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 An Illinois program that provides grant money to parks and recreational facilities is making $50 million available to local governments.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced Monday that 22 Illinois communities statewide would receive funds to renovate and repair recreation facilities and build new facilities. Quinn's office says money from the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program is expected to create more than 300 jobs.

Projects will include $2.5 million for Carbondale to build an outdoor aquatic center, $2.5 million for Champaign to build a recreation center and $2.5 million for Chicago to rehabilitate the South Shore Cultural Center.

The Kankakee Valley Park District will receive $2.5 million to expand the Ice Valley Centre with a gymnasium, bleachers, locker rooms, storage areas, exercise room and a mezzanine.

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