Illinois budget impasse means work stops on NIU building

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — The state’s budget troubles mean construction has stopped on a $27.4 million classroom building at Northern Illinois University. NIU spokesman Bradley Hoey tells The (DeKalb) Daily-Chronicle that the state agency called the Capital Development Board is fully funding the project. He says the agency received an order from Gov. Bruce Rauner to halt capital projects. Construction work on the Stevens Building project stopped on June 30. Work started in July 2014, when part of the building was demolished so renovations could happen. The building was home to the schools’ Department of Anthropology and School of Theater and Dance. NIU hoped to start using the new building in fall 2016. NIU President Doug Baker has said he’s hopeful the state will agree on a budget so construction can restart.