CHICAGO — The Illinois Finance Authority board this week advanced deals to help fund projects for the University of Chicago Medical Center and DePaul University and announced the successful pooling of federal recovery zone facility bond allocations from at least 15 cities and counties for Navistar International Corp.

DePaul, the largest Catholic university in the country, received preliminary approval for the sale of up to $165.6 million of new-money and refunding bonds planned for early next year. The deal will refund $50.6 million of debt sold in 2005 with a three-year adjustable rate that resets next April. It also will provide new money for various academic building projects at DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus and downtown Loop buildings.

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