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Monmouth College plans $40 million center

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MONMOUTH, Ill. -- Monmouth College is moving forward with what's being called "a new academic era" at the school in western Illinois.

WGIL Radio reports that officials unveiled the cornerstone Saturday for the new $40 million Science and Business Center being built at the college. It will be the first time the two departments will be under the same roof.

Monmouth College Board of Trustees Chairman David Byrnes pledged $5.5 million toward the project himself and says the new building sends an important message. He says it's a reminder of the college's commitment to reach the next level in its pursuit of academic excellence.

The Science and Business Center also received money under Illinois' capital construction program. It should be completed in two years.