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Illinois Invests in New STEM Academy

Gov. Pat Quinn has announced a major investment to help build a new school for the sciences in Illinois.

The governor announced the $3.5 million investment today for the John C. Durham STEM Academy at Aurora University in Aurora.

STEM stands for "science, technology, engineering, and math."

The announcement is part of the governor's agenda to better prepare every child for a successful college career.

"I can just see that STEM education plays a great role in having a sustained society that focuses on energy efficiency and renewable energy and water conservation," Quinn said. "These are all the things we have to do to really be better, to make our society even better. That's what Americans have always done. They understand and our job here is to make things better than we found it and leave it for our kids."

The investment will allow construction of the school to begin immediately and open for the 2014-15 school year.