Governor Pat Quinn was in Waukegan yesterday to announce the release of $35.9 million in state funds for the expansion of the College of Lake County Lakeshore Campus. If you were not able to attend, read the whole article in the News-Sun.
We were thrilled to be in the audience for such a great announcement for our downtown. We were especially pleased when Governor Quinn said:
“Once you have an institution like we’re going to build here, with lots of people coming in and out, all through the day and into the night, that’s good for the community. It’s good for public safety. You have eyes on the street. You have people coming together, going to restaurants after school and so on, and that’s what Main Street is all about. When I was lieutenant governor, we worked with Waukegan Main Street, one of the very best programs in the whole state of Illinois. They really work on the community. We believe in the community. We believe in the opportunity of people to start business and expand their businesses. We believe in tourism and encouraging people to come to Waukegan ….” (Thanks to Dan Moran of the News-Sun for the supplying the exact quote.)
Wow. Thanks, Governor! Every single one of our volunteers should take pride in knowing the Governor of a state of 12.88 million people knows about our local Main Street. Our efforts are paying off!