A $250 million low-interest loan will allow the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago to improve public health, clean up area rivers and upgrade the region's water infrastructure.
Gov. Pat Quinn says the projects financed through the Illinois Clean Water Initiative will create 2,000 construction-related jobs and support an additional 8,000 jobs.
The initiative is designed to help local governments overhaul aging drinking water and wastewater treatment plants and pipelines.
In announcing the financing Monday, Quinn calls it "a big step" toward cleaning up Chicago area waterways. He says he's committed to making Illinois a national leader in clean water and laying the foundation for a stronger economy.