RANTOUL — It’s been a little more than a year since construction stopped, frozen as it were, on the new Lincoln’s Challenge Academy campus because the Illinois General Assembly and Gov Bruce Rauner could not agree on a budget.

Work is expected to resume on the project after the passage of a stopgap budget last week. When it will start remains to be determined.

Ally Bovis, public information officer with the Illinois Capital Development Board, said it has not been announced when construction crews will crank up their equipment again to work at the site.

The budget is also good news for area transportation projects, including a project to resurface U.S. 45 in and north of Rantoul to Ludlow.

Area school districts will also see funding increases, including $503,391 more for Rantoul City Schools, $163,790 more for Rantoul Township High School and $54,889 more for Gifford Grade School. (See related story, this edition.)

Lincoln’s Challenge is operated by the Illinois National Guard. National Guard Lt. Col. Brad Leighton said it is his understanding that the construction project funding is part of the stopgap budget.

“The Capital Development Board are the ones handling the construction. We expect to have more information sometime next week. We also expect it to take a little time to get the contractor back there and all the things you would expect for a project that was halted,” Leighton said.

Leighton said National Guard officials are “excited to get this money appropriated and to get the project rolling again.”

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