Funding Also Approved to Plan and Construct New Beach Concession Building at Popular Recreational Area

IBSP Groundbreaking 2014 049RZION – State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) and officials from the Illinois Capital Development Board and Illinois Department of Natural Resources today broke ground on the $1.3 million shoreline stabilization project at Illinois Beach State Park in Zion. The project is part of Governor Pat Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, and will help reduce sand erosion and allow hundreds of thousands of visitors each year to continue enjoying this pristine stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline. Officials also today announced that Governor Quinn has approved funding to plan and construct a new Beach Concession Building at the popular recreation area.

“These efforts to maintain Illinois Beach State Park are an investment in both our natural resources and our tourism economy,” Senator Bush said. “This is a great first step in improving the environmental integrity of our Lake Michigan Shoreline.”

The shoreline stabilization project involves the construction and installation of onshore and offshore protective measures to allow natural movement of sediment without eroding the existing shoreline. The sand that has accumulated at the North Beach area will also be removed and redistributed. Copenhaver Construction, Inc. of Gilberts, Illinois was the lowest of four bidders for the project at $1,378,000. The project will be overseen by the Illinois Capital Development Board (CDB).

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“This plan helps our state fill the skills gap in our workforce. It comes at no cost to tax payers and helps produce jobs that average annual salaries of $50,000 or more.” - Sen. Melinda Bush

040214 cm 1321RSPRINGFIELD - Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) intensified her efforts to improve the Illinois economy today by shepherding a workforce-training program through the Senate designed to have long-term benefits for employers and employees.

The Illinois State Training and Employment Program – otherwise known as I-STEP – would allow community colleges to provide free job training for new hires at companies that are adding to the Illinois workforce.

“This plan helps our state fill the skills gap in our workforce,” Bush said. “It comes at no cost to tax payers and helps produce jobs that average annual salaries of $50,000 or more.”

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