110713 CM 0536SPRINGFIELD – A plan allowing the Lebanon Community Unit School District to continue raising funds for a new school building passed the Senate on Thursday. State Senator James Clayborne (D-Belleville) sponsored the proposal, House Bill 1002, which passed by a 57 to 0 vote.

“While the current school building has served the community well for 80 years, it is in dire need of replacement,” Clayborne said. “This gives the school district the ability to continue raising money for a new building that voters have already approved.”

The bill extends the school district’s debt limit, allowing them to continue issuing bonds and collecting the $7.5 million that residents voted to raise in a 2010 referendum.

House Bill 1002 passed the senate and now moves to the House.