- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

CHESTER, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois school district is getting nearly $4.4 million from Illinois taxpayers to help in replacing an elementary school’s gymnasium and two classrooms rendered unusable because of structural issues blamed on shifting ground.

Gov. Pat Quinn says the funds from the state’s Illinois Jobs Now! program will be matched by $1.5 million from the Chester school district.

The Chester Elementary School gym and its connecting classrooms were condemned in mid-2012 because shifting ground made them structurally unstable.

That’s led to more than 600 students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade having no facility for physical education classes during inclement weather.

The new buildings will be erected on more stable ground near the school.

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