Rep. Butler: Funding on the Way for Needed Repairs at State Fairgrounds, Lincoln and Logan Correctional Facilities

Millions of dollars in vital state funding is on the way for much-needed repairs at the State

Fairgrounds on Springfield’s North End, and other state facilities in the 87th Legislative District, State Representative Tim Butler announced today.

“This is great news for our area,” said Representative Butler. “All of our state facilities serve our families, and they are investments that we have made with taxpayer dollars. We absolutely cannot allow them to fall into disrepair.”

“The bipartisan Fiscal Year 19 budget I signed in June includes funds for critically necessary improvements at state facilities across Illinois,” said Governor Bruce Rauner. “Every dollar we are investing in these projects helps state government deliver better service to the residents of Illinois.”

Representative Butler said the funding for local repairs is part of a $198 million statewide Deferred Maintenance allocation.  The package includes $4.5 million for removing and replacing more than 187,000 square feet of roofing and decking on buildings at the State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Another $4.5 million is allocated to undertake extensive repairs at the Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Arena, including sidewalks, staircases, and retaining walls, electrical systems and lighting, and fire safety.

“Our Fairgrounds is a jewel on the north end of town. Making these needed improvements will help ensure we can continue to attract families to safely enjoy the fair and other great events Sangamon County has to offer,” Representative Butler said.

Representative Butler said the Deferred Maintenance state funding package also includes $1 million for a new roof at the Logan Correctional Center in Lincoln and $2.3 million to completely renovate shower rooms at the facility. Additionally, $3 million is included for construction of a new bus pad at the Lincoln Correctional Center and $240,000 to stabilize and level the electrical transformers to prevent power outages.