Governor Wants to Tear Down Site of NIU Shootings

A new building, called Memorial Hall, would be built on the campus.

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Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he will push for state funding to tear down the building where the Northern Illinois University shootings occurred and to erect a new building in the center of campus, the Northern Star reports.

The building will cost $40 million and will be called "Memorial Hall," the governor said. It will not be at the same site as Cole Hall and could be in use by 2010.

"We are committing the funds needed to build Memorial Hall, to replace Cole Hall, a building now burdened by tragedy and loss. We will tear that building down, not to erase the memory of what happened, but to remind us that the human spirit, the will to learn, to build, to grow, to give back—that spirit lives."