Aurora University asks state for new building
Officials from Aurora University this week met with lawmakers in Springfield to ask for $5 million toward a new building on campus.
The new building would be used to house a math and science-focused school for 200 students from Aurora-area districts 128, 131, 204 and 308. The concept of the school was approved by lawmakers several years ago.
Aurora University President Rebecca Sherrick said the focus will be on practical science kids can eventually use.
"It's chemistry in order to solve larger problems," Sherrick said.
Of course, asking the state for money at a time when it can't pay the bills it already owes is a challenge.
Lawmakers would have to approve a construction plan that includes the project in order to get it going. If they do, Sherrick says the school could be ready to open by fall 2014.