Illinois provides $30M to acquire, develop open lands and parks


Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois grant funds will provide nearly $30 million for projects across the state to acquire open spaces and develop and improve recreational facilities. Gov. J.B. Pritzker release the list of 85 projects late last week. They will receive $29.7 million from the Open Space Land Acquisition and Development program through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

OSLAD money supports up to one-half of a project’s cost. Local funds will bring the total investment to $56 million. OSLAD receives funding from a portion of the state’s Real Estate Transfer Tax. It has provided $403 million for over 1,700 projects since it was created in 1987.


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