CHICAGO - The Illinois Finance Authority advanced deals totaling more than $1 billion for several universities, non-profits like the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and health care providers including $400 million to help finance Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare's new facility.

A handful of borrowers also sought approval to restructure their existing auction-rate securities or pieces of their insured variable rate holdings. The numbers, however, are small compared to the rush of borrowers that sought approval at the board's March meeting to restructure in excess of $3 billion to stem the rising interest costs that have followed the collapse of the auction rate market in February.

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