By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

CHICAGO (CBS)– The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus is getting a big renovation thanks to money from the state’s “Rebuild Illinois” program.

The state dedicated more than $500 million dollars to the U of I system for construction, renovations and maintenance. This includes some big projects at the main campus downstate.

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The interior of Altgeld Hall will be transformed into a modern facility while leaving the historic exterior intact.

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Gov. JB Pritzker announced the renovations will take place in four phases. Another building, Illini Hall, will be replaced with a new facility. The new hall with house a data science center.

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The first phase of construction began last month.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff