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SGA Calls for Center for the Performing Arts Funding

November 7, 2013

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MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University's Student Government Association (SGA) recently passed a bill asking the State of Illinois to release the funds needed for the Center for the Performing Arts (CPA). The $71.8 million project will be funded by the Illinois Capital Development Board (CDB).

"This is a historic moment for the Student Government Association. Our student body is united around the idea of pushing for the state to finally release the funding for this project," SGA President Caleb Markey said.
The SGA bill had an unprecedented 17 contributing authors and 30 sponsors.

"The Center for the Performing Arts will be a great addition to campus," said SGA Director of Academic Affairs Ben Lampere, who was the main author of the bill. "The center will provide more educational opportunities not only to the students, but also to the communities surrounding Western."

Construction is expected to take approximately 28 months. The center will include a 150-seat studio theatre, a 250-seat thrust stage and a 1,400-seat main auditorium. On April 26, 2011, a ceremonial groundbreaking took place, but funding to begin construction has yet to be released, Lampere added.

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