New law to double southwestern Ill. port’s size

GRANITE CITY – A southwestern Illinois port district near the Mississippi River will more than double under legislation signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn.

The Belleville News-Democrat reported that the measure signed Friday expands the what will be named America’s Central Port district and gives the port more borrowing authority.

The district now covers the townships of Granite City, Venice, Nameoki and Chouteau. But under the law that takes effect Jan. 1, the district will include the townships of Wood River, Alton and Godfrey in Madison County and Elsah and Quarry in Jersey County.

The legislation also gives the district authority to build and run manufacturing, residential and cultural sites.

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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com