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updated: 9/10/2012 11:20 AM

Illinois gives $8 million for National Guard site

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NORMAL, Ill. -- The state of Illinois is contributing $8 million to build an Illinois Army National Guard facility on the campus of Heartland Community College in Normal.

Gov. Pat Quinn's office on Monday announced the state funding for the Illinois Department of Military Affairs and the central Illinois college. The $8 million will be in addition to $10 million in federal construction money.

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The project is expected to create 100 construction jobs.

In a statement, Quinn says the new National Guard facility will lead to better educated students and soldiers.

When it is completed, 22 full-time and about 200 part-time soldiers will work there. Heartland College also plans to use the facility for several programs, including law enforcement training.

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