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Western Finally Gets Memorial Hall Money

Macomb, IL – W.I.U. kicked off its homecoming weekend by announcing it will bring home a big chunk of change for a much-delayed construction project. It's been several years since Western was told it would get money for renovating Memorial Hall. Now, the state says it will release the $12 million needed to upgrade the electrical and heating systems, remove asbestos, and complete other improvements. A ceremony was held outside the building Friday morning to make the announcement. The state says its tight budget prevented it from releasing the money sooner. The multi-year project will begin with the process of finding new space for the departments now housed in the building. The renovation work will begin in the summer of 2007 and should be completed two years later.