Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation sponsored by local State Representative John Cavaletto to transfer ownership of the former Animal Disease Testing Lab in Centralia to Kaskaskia College for educational use. Under HB1744 if the college ever were to close or decided not to use the building for educational purposes, then ownership would revert back to the state.
“I am very pleased that a perfectly good building that sat empty and unused for too long has been converted into the Agriculture Department home at Kaskaskia College,” said Representative. Cavlaetto. “This is one of those situations where we were sad to see the local testing lab closed but that closure created an opportunity to help the college in its needs for more space for educational programs,” Cavaletto added.
To make the transfer official, the college paid one dollar for the lab.
The lab had been vacant since it was closed in 2012 by then Governor Pat Quinn.