MACOMB, Ill. (AP) - Construction could begin next year on a new performing arts center at Western Illinois University.
The state is releasing $60 million in capital investment money to build the $71.8 million facility at the Macomb school.
In a statement, Gov. Pat Quinn called the project “an investment in the school’s future.”
The Center for Performing Arts will be a 130,000-square-foot, two-story facility. It will include a 1,400-seat auditorium and two smaller theaters as well as rehearsal studios.
The building could open by the spring of 2018.
Western Illinois has about 13,600 students.