SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Recreational areas up and down the state will be sharing more than $1.5 million in federal grant money to repair bridges, build trails, purchase property and help pay for other projects.
Governor Bruce Rauner’s office says the projects are in eleven communities and include city park districts, county forest preserve districts as well as Southern Illinois University and Prairie State College.READ MORE: Bears Set To Take On Packers For First Time Since Aaron Rodgers Told Fans, 'I Still Own You;' Jimmy Graham Says Trash Talk Is Par For Course
“These projects will help provide safe places for children and families, hikers, bike riders and horseback riders to enjoy the outdoors,” Rauner said.
The communities that will receive the grants include Aurora, Charleston, Mahomet, Rockford Park District, Shabbona Township, Tinley Park, Macon County Conservation District as well as the Cook County and DuPage County Forest Preserve Districts,READ MORE: Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews Has Scored No Goals So Far This Season, But He's Motivated To Work On Game
The money will come from the Recreational Trails Program, a federal grant program that in Illinois is administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in cooperation with the state’s transportation department.
Under the program, the federal government reimburses up to 80 percent of the projects’ cost to the local grant recipients, with the recipients paying for the rest.MORE NEWS: First Illinois Case Of Omicron COVID-19 Variant Confirmed In Chicago Resident
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