Batinick-Backed Bill to Include Back Payments for Illinois School Construction Grants Signed into Law

PLAINFIELD – Bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) to amend the School Construction Law was signed into law by Governor Pritzker on Friday. House Bill 3637 updates definitions in this law and issues back payments for additional money owed to Illinois schools.

“It’s terrific to see HB 3637 signed into law to make needed updates to our School Construction Law,” said Rep. Batinick. “In the 97th District, this legislation will provide funding that has been owed to the Oswego School District 308 for years. I’m glad to see this bipartisan effort in the General Assembly become law and this will help schools obtain needed funding to maximize their educational impact on Illinois students.”

HB3637 makes several updates to the School Construction Law, including requiring conditional grant awards to receive proof from school districts that they have funds available that will cover the costs of their required local matches. A required local match is the Capital Development Board’s (CDB) determined project cost multiplied by a school district’s Local Capacity Percentage.

Updates also include the creation of a 2-year window for a school to obtain its required local match and receive its final grant from the CDB. This legislation also limits required local matches to be between 10% and 90% for any school district. Additionally, this legislation factors in school construction projects that schools applied for in 2004, 2005, or 2006 when adjusting grant amounts for projects funded in the cycle beginning after June 30th, 2022.

The Capital Development Board manages Illinois’ capital improvement programs. It is a bipartisan, seven-member board with members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the State Senate. An Executive Director is selected by the board to manage CDB and CDB employees.