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updated: 5/16/2014 8:02 AM

Illinois gives $5.2M for Cook County construction

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The state of Illinois is spending $5.2 million on construction projects in Cook County.

The money will go toward a 7.4-mile pedestrian path in Palos Park and Lemont, improvements to Claire Boulevard in Robbins and various road and sidewalk projects in Evanston.

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Gov. Pat Quinn's office announced the latest round of grants in a news release Thursday.

The money is from a $31 billion capital construction plan Illinois lawmakers approved in 2009.

It's paid for through video gambling and tax hikes on candy, liquor and other products.

State Rep. Kelly Burke is an Evergreen Park Democrat whose district will be home to the new pedestrian path. She says providing safe pathways for residents will help families enjoy the outdoors.

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