Excerpt from the Register-Mail:
Knox College was approved to receive, during the 2008 fiscal year, $295,320 for “preservation projects through the Save America’s Treasures program,” according to the Chronicle’s searchable database. The project, originally applied for on the FY 2007 Appropriations bill, was sponsored by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
Since Congress did not pass a full appropriations bill for FY 2007, many projects such as the one at Knox were pushed back for one more year.
According to Durbin’s press secretary, Christina Mulka, the money will be used to establish the Knox College Lincoln Studies Center; the Lincoln-Douglas Debates/Underground Railroad Information and Education Center; an art gallery and exhibition space; and “historically-appropriate building renovation for academic/public use” through non-federal funding. All these projects are set to take place in Alumni Hall, which has been undergoing renovations for the past seven years.