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Illinois receives $4.4 million in AmeriCorps grant

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SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois is set to receive millions in federal grant money for volunteer educational programs throughout the state.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced on Tuesday that AmeriCorps programs will receive $4.4 million from the Corporation for National and Community Service. The federal organization administers AmeriCorps. The grants help fund seven AmeriCorps programs with more than 1,000 volunteers.

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The grants will go toward teaching, tutoring, and mentoring at-risk youth in Illinois. Most of the grant awards go to Chicago area AmeriCorps programs, including teaching programs in low-income neighborhoods.

But the Belleville program that partners with Southwestern Illinois College is also receiving about $400,000. Its members serve as tutors, summer camp counselors and computer coaches in the community.

Quinn says AmeriCorps is the foundation of the volunteer infrastructure in the state.

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