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State money will renovate NIU shooting site
Associated Press

Students are tended to outside of Cole Hall at Northern Illinois University Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008, after a gunman opened fire. He killed five students and wounded 21 others before turning the gun on himself.

 

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Published: 1/27/20 2:32 PM

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SPRINGFIELD -- Northern Illinois University will get $8 million in state funding to renovate the site of a shooting rampage.

Cole Hall has been closed since a gunman entered a class lecture and started shooting. Five students were killed and 19 were wounded on Feb. 14, 2008.

The renovation will reconfigure the building that had two of the university's large lecture halls. The room in which the shootings occurred will be closed to classroom instruction and reused as computer labs, offices and commons areas.

Another $2.3 million in state money will go toward building a new lecture hall at the Stevens building.

The money is coming from the state's capital construction plan, which the Legislature and Gov. Pat Quinn approved last year.