Funding cuts stall park for children with special needs

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SOUTH ELGIN, Ill. --  A desperate effort is underway to keep construction moving on a playground for special needs children. The SEBA Park project in South Elgin is one of many across the state losing funding due to budget cuts.

Governor Bruce Rauner froze grant funding for local park projects. South Elgin was counting on a state grant to cover half of the park's $800,000 price tag. Construction on SEBA Park started in the fall and village officials have already purchased customized playground equipment. They hoped to celebrate the grand-opening of the park this summer. Now, they are just trying to find the funding to finish what they started. The project would create an inclusive, multi-generational playground for people of all abilities.

Catherine Kelly, a spokesperson for Gov. Bruce Rauner, released this statement:

“Many state programs are running out of money because majority party legislators knowingly voted for a budget that intentionally left our state with a $1.6 billion hole. As a result, the governor’s budget office is taking actions necessary to address the fiscal crisis that the governor inherited. GOMB has asked  all affected communities to hold on construction and stop incurring costs if construction has started.”

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