CHICAGO — The Illinois Finance Authority advanced deals totaling more than $400 million Tuesday to finance projects for the University of Chicago Medical Center, Advocate Health Care Network, the Franciscan Communities, and the Big Ten Conference.

The conduit issuer board also approved an $11.3 million allocation of Midwestern Disaster Area Bonds on behalf of agricultural and food product giant Cargill Inc. The company is tapping the federal program ahead of its Dec. 31 expiration to finance construction of a 300,000 bushel grain elevator in Mercer County. Proceeds will also finance other projects at facilities in Douglas County and Edgar County.

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