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Keith Farnam news release: Legislation paving way for Elgin Community College expansion passes Senate

State Rep. Keith Farnam, D-Elgin, issued the following news release:

A measure introduced by State Rep. Keith Farnham, D-Elgin, to allow Elgin Community College to expand by purchasing land from the City of Elgin advanced out of the General Assembly on Wednesday. Sen. Michael Noland, D-Elgin, sponsored the legislation in the Senate, where it passed unanimously.

“This bill will allow ECC to continue to expand its beautiful campus and provide additional educational resources to our growing community and student population,” Farnham said. “I urge the governor to act quickly and sign this bill into law.”

“ECC is an important part of our community, and this expansion will ensure students have the resources they need to succeed,” Noland said. “ECC needs this expansion to prepare students for the future and remain a vibrant center of learning.” 

House Bill 2862 passed out of both chambers of the General Assembly and awaits the governor’s approval. The legislation, an initiative of the City of Elgin, would allow land currently owned by the city to be re-zoned for commercial or industrial use. This change is necessary because the city plans to sell a portion of the land to ECC that the community college will use for an expansion that may include a bookstore or restaurant.

“This legislation will be a boost to our area economy and will create jobs,” Farnham added. “Community members – and future ECC students alike – will be the beneficiaries of this future expansion.”

For  information,  contact Rep. Farnham’s full-time constituent service office at 847-841-7130 or email 


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