$42 Million in Capital Funding to Add New Classroom Building on
the Moline Campus and Create Nearly 300 Construction Jobs

MOLINE – August 29, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by Western Illinois University 
President Jack Thomas, Moline Mayor Don Welvaert, and several state and community leaders to break 
ground on Phase Two of the Western Illinois University (WIU) Riverfront Campus expansion. The new $42 
million classroom building funded by the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program will create nearly 300 
construction jobs and allow the university’s Arts and Sciences, Education and Human Services, and Fine Arts 
and Communication programs to relocate to the Riverfront Campus. Today’s groundbreaking is part of the 
governor’s commitment to put people back to work and strengthen Illinois’ infrastructure.