Construction Watch: College of Lake County in Illinois readies, again, for expansion project

By: | April 19, 2019
After a yearslong delay due to state budget troubles, the College of Lake County is hopeful the Capital Development Board of Illinois will give final approval so construction on the project can begin in October.After a yearslong delay due to state budget troubles, the College of Lake County is hopeful the Capital Development Board of Illinois will give final approval so construction on the project can begin in October.

Construction is expected to begin this year at the College of Lake County’s Lakeshore campus in Waukegan, Illinois. The $47.9 million expansion and renovation project was originally approved in 2012, but put on hold due to the state’s budget troubles. The college is waiting on the state’s Capital Development Board to review and give its final approval of the project, according to a tentative timeline provided by the college. Construction, expected to take two years, would then start in October. Read more.

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