News

Quinn and Durbin Boast $70M Grant

Quinn and Durbin Boast $70M Grant

Illinois is boasting a $70 million boost from the U. S. Department of Defense, confirming it’s won a competition against other regions to host a Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute at the Chicago-based UI Labs.

Gov. Pat Quinn and U. S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) discussed it during a conference call with reporters Sunday.

“We are elated,” said Durbin. “This is an historic day. Illinois’ success in winning this grant from the federal government is going to put us in the forefront nationally and internationally in leading the way in manufacturing in the 21st Century.”

It’s a public-private partnership involving much of the U of I system, including the Blue Waters Super Computer. On the private side, the partners include such Illinois-based companies as Boeing, Caterpillar, and Deere and Company. Quinn recounts a recent discussion with Deere’s chef executive: “He told me that there’s more information technology on a John Deere combine today than there is on the space shuttle,” Quinn said, “so these machines are 21st Century machines, and we’ve got to use 21st Century technology to design them, and that’s what the manufacturing lab is all about.”

 

www.uilabs.org

 

Recent Headlines

in Local

Beer Tickets Land State Fair Manager in Hot Water

state fair logo

Bliefnick hasn't responded for comment

in Local

On-Line Learning Could Get a Boost

state_capitol_4

Maintaining common standards in online college coursework is the goal of a new state law

in Local

Illinois Coal a Hot Commodity Worldwide

coal

Illinois coal exports have risen sharply in recent years, even as its high sulfur content limits its demand in the U.S.

in Local

Downtown Taylorville Building Partially Collapses

tothemoontattoo

A downtown Taylorville business is closed after part of its building collapsed over the weekend.

in Local

Cameras Could Appear in Sangamon County Courtrooms

gavel2

Half a dozen central Illinois counties could soon join a pilot project that allows cameras in court.