The Senate Appropriations Committee announced that Congress will restore – on a bipartisan basis – the authority to include congressionally-directed spending items with enhanced transparency and accountability in the Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations bills.  All congressionally-directed spending requests must comply with Senate Rule XLIV, which requires rigorous procedures for transparency and accountability, as well as the Senate Appropriation Committee’s requirements.

Senator Durbin has submitted the following Illinois initiatives to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration.  This list will be updated on a rolling basis as requests are submitted to the Committee.  Please note that submission of an initiative does NOT guarantee that it will receive funding. 

In compliance with Senate Rule XLIV and Committee requirements, Senator Durbin has certified that he, his spouse, and his immediate family have no financial interest in any of the initiatives he has requested.


Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies


Federal Inspection Station Upgrades, Chicago, Illinois. 
$250,000 to the Chicago Department of Aviation to complete the pre-construction design to reconfigure the 25-year-old Federal Inspection Station (FIS) at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to meet current agency standards, streamline passenger and baggage processing, and expand overall capacity.  

Hospital Upgrades, Dixon, Illinois. 
$334,000 to Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital (KSB) to renovate three Labor and Delivery rooms to include new casework, lighting and equipment, and restroom facilities. 

River Habitat Conservation & Restoration Initiative, Chicago, Illinois.
$1,000,000 to the John G. Shedd Aquarium, in partnership with the Chicago Park District, to address deferred habitat restoration and conservation needs in the polluted ecosystem on the South Branch of the Chicago River, aka “Bubbly Creek.”

Rural Telemedicine Initiative, Pittsfield, Illinois. 
$115,000 to Illini Community Hospital to expand their rural telemedicine program covering a town of 4,200 and a service area of 12,000. 


Commerce, Justice, Science & Related Agencies


Communications system upgrades, Matteson, Illinois. 
$275,000 to the SouthCom Combined Dispatch Center for communications systems that will provide more detailed information to the public, allow for more focused policing as well as notification to community fire departments in a more timely fashion. 

Community Violence Prevention Initiative, Chicago, Illinois. 
$640,000 for Advocate Aurora Health System and University of Chicago Medicine to conduct a targeted neighborhood assessment to understand the specific causes of violence and the local strategies that may work best to prevent and intervene in violence. 

Community-based legal services, Chicago, Illinois. 
$200,000 for the Lawndale Christian Legal Center to support and enhance the community-based legal services to juveniles and emerging adults, ages 24 and younger, who reside in North Lawndale.  

Equipment and Technology Upgrades, Statewide, Illinois. 
$575,000 to the Illinois Secretary of State Police (ISSP) for procurement of a robot used to identify, analyze and render safe any explosive hazards or hazardous materials.  

Evidence-based violence reduction initiative, Chicago, Illinois. 
$500,000 to Heartland Alliance to support READI Chicago, an evidence-based violence reduction initiative providing intensive, innovative programming to men at the highest risk of gun violence involvement.  

Law enforcement technology, Springfield, Illinois. 
$100,000 for the City of Springfield to procure technology to allow police to monitor areas with high rates of gun violence in order to pinpoint when and where gunshots occur, and expedite their response times to those incidents.  

Neighborhood Policing Initiative, Chicago, Illinois. 
$500,000 to the City of Chicago for the expansion of the Neighborhood Policing Initiative (NPI), a new community collaborative policing program in Chicago in which officers regularly engage with residents to problem solve and build strong community relations.

Urban Flood Susceptibility Index, Chicago, Illinois. 
$175,000 to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), to develop resources for local and county governments in northeastern Illinois to help make their flood resilience project prioritization processes more equitable by updating CMAP’s Urban Flood Susceptibility Index with new data to help county and local governments equitably prioritize flood resilience projects to address the needs of those most vulnerable to climate change. 


Energy and Water Subcommittee


Accessible Solar Initiative, Evanston, Illinois.
$500,000 to the City of Evanston to install solar energy on low income properties.

Clean Energy Retrofits Initiative, Chicago, Illinois.
$500,000 to the City of Chicago for a clean energy retrofit program for homes and communities to reduce energy consumption by 50%.

Comprehensive Study of Southwest Illinois Levee Systems, Southern Illinois.
$200,000 to the Army Corps St. Louis District for a comprehensive evaluation of the Southern Illinois Levee Systems.  The study will determine risks given the continued impacts of climate change, recommend risk-reduction measures, and prioritize them for future funding.

Illinois Locks and Dams Navigation Ecosystem Restoration Program (NESP), Illinois.
$45.1 million for the Army Corps to fund the first NESP construction on Lock and Dam 25 north of St. Louis.  NESP would expand and modernize seven locks at the most congested lock locations along the Upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers as well as fund $1.7 billion in ecosystem restoration.

Resilience Plan for Upper Mississippi River Watershed, Illinois.
$200,000 for a new regional planning effort between the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association and the Army Corps to develop long term resilience plans for managing floods, drought, and sediment. 

Restoration of Fox River, Kane County, Illinois.
$250,000 for the Army Corps Chicago District to complete the feasibility study for the environmental restoration of the polluted Fox River.

Sewer Projects Madison and St. Clair Counties, Illinois. 
$21,025,000 for the Army Corps St. Louis District for sewer projects in Madison and St. Clair Counties.

Upper Des Plaines River Flooding and Restoration Project, Lake and Cook Counties, Illinois.
$1,525,000 for the Army Corps Chicago District to continue preconstruction, engineering, and design of levees, reservoirs, and ecosystem restoration to reduce flooding in communities in Upper Des Plaines River watershed.


Financial Services and General Government


Behavioral Workforce Initiative, Joliet, Illinois. 
$300,000 to Will County for the expansion of the Will County Behavioral Workforce Pipeline project, which provides career training, supportive services and educational resources to individuals from a substance use disorder for entry-level jobs as recovery coaches in community organizations. 

Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse, Chicago, Illinois.
$52 million to the General Services Administration to allow for the demolition of the four unoccupied and deteriorating federal buildings directly adjacent to the Dirksen Courthouse, as well as associated costs of remediation and site improvements.

Small Business Development Initiative, Macomb, Illinois. 
$200,000 to Western Illinois University to expand efforts to address food deserts in locations across the state by providing technical assistance to keep small community grocery stores open, and aid in the establishment of community supported retail grocery stores in both urban and rural areas that struggle with food insecurity. 

Workforce Development Initiative, DeKalb, Illinois. 
$500,000 to Northern Illinois University to work with local food entrepreneurs to improve their sustainability and accelerate growth while providing employment opportunities to underserved community residents and experiential learning for college students. 

Workforce Training Initiative, Chicago, Illinois. 
$600,000 to the Haymarket Center to support direct vocational services and job training through its recently completed, on-site kitchen program. 

Homeland Security

Emergency Operations Center Generator Replacement, Wauconda, Illinois.
$48,000 to the Wauconda Fire Protection District to replace an emergency back-up generator, which will be used to power their emergency operations center in a disaster.

Emergency Operations Center, Macomb, Illinois.
$2 million to Western Illinois University to renovate the university’s library to add a permanent emergency operations facility for the region.

Flood Walls & Flood Gates, DuPage County, Illinois.
$915,000 to DuPage County to install hydraulic floodwalls and floodgates to protect more than 130 homes in the St. Joseph Creek Condominiums in Lisle.

Morgan Shoal Shoreline Project, Chicago, Illinois.
$4 million to the City of Chicago to support the design and construction of the Morgan Shoal Chicago Shoreline Project to help to protect Lake Shore Drive, its residents, and public properties from flooding and subsequent erosion damage. 

Riverfront Removable Flood Wall, Peoria, Illinois.
$5 million to the City of Peoria to conduct planning studies, design engineering, and construction of a flood wall system to protect their downtown from flooding.

Sewer System Improvements, Cahokia Heights, Illinois.
$22 million to St. Clair County to repair or replace failing pump stations in Cahokia Heights and bring its sewer system to a sufficient working condition. 

Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies 


Chicago Region Trees Initiative, Cook and DuPage Counties.
$500,000 to the Morton Arboretum to assist communities in the Chicago region in planting new trees to mitigate the impact of climate change and address environmental inequities in underserved communities.

Combined Sewer Overflow Prevention, Peoria, Illinois.
$450,000 to the City of Peoria for their Spring Street Water Infrastructure Project to address combined sewer overflow issues.

Emerald Ash Borer Reforestation Program, Schaumberg, Illinois.
$250,000 to the Village of Schaumberg to plant new trees and remove infected trees.

Flood Resilience Efforts in Underserved Communities, Chicago, Illinois.
$1.5 million to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Chicago to build flood resilience in historically underserved areas of the Chicago region facing sewer overflow issues. 

Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge Expansion, McHenry County.
$500,000 to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to expand the federally protected Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge.

Lead Service Line Replacement, North Chicago, Illinois.
$500,000 to the City of North Chicago to accelerate the replacement of lead service lines and water mains.

Pullman National Monument Master Plan, Chicago, Illinois.
$300,000 to the Historic Pullman Foundation to collaborate with the property owners within the monument on a strategic master plan to address historic preservation and improvements to Pullman's historic structures and public spaces.

Sewer Infrastructure Extension, Malta, Illinois.
$250,000 to the Village of Malta to extend sanitary sewer infrastructure to serve Malta and Kishwaukee Community College.

Sewer System Upgrades, Cahokia Heights, Illinois.
$1.5 million to the HeartLands Conservancy to help address urgent and systemic sanitary sewer overflow issues in Cahokia Heights including repairing and replacing sewer pipes, surface drainage systems, and pump stations.

Water Main Replacement, Joliet, Illinois.
$500,000 to the City of Joliet to replace aged, leaking water mains needed as part of the City’s Alternative Water Source Program.

Water Main Replacement, Monmouth, Illinois.
$600,000 to the City of Monmouth to replace outdated water mains.

Water Reclamation Facility Upgrades, Lake County, Illinois.
$400,000 to Lake County to replace aging, critical equipment for the Des Plaines River Water Reclamation Facility.

Water Treatment Plant Upgrades, Metropolis, Illinois.
$400,000 to the City of Metropolis to rehab and upgrade their water treatment plant.

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

Behavioral Health Center Services, Roselle, Illinois.
$475,000 to Metropolitan Asian Family Services to establish a Behavioral Health Center to provide culturally competent outpatient mental health services, including needs assessments, group therapy, and medication management, to children and families.

Behavioral Health Institute Renovation, Chicago, Illinois.
$900,000 to Holy Cross (Sinai) Hospital for the renovation of Holy Cross Hospital’s 28-bed behavioral health unit, which will allow the hospital to increase access to substance use and mental health treatment for patients.

Cancer Center Equipment, Chicago, Illinois.
$1 million to the University of Chicago Medical Center to purchase an essential equipment component of their Radiation Oncology Department at their new Cancer Center. 

Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, Chicago, Illinois.
$1 million to Rush University to help establish their Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Center for Immersive Learning, Aurora, Illinois.
$775,000 to Aurora University to help support Aurora’s new Center for Immersive Learning, which will provide hands-on training opportunities for AU’s nearly 800 nursing students.  

Child Protection Training, Springfield, Illinois.
$1 million to support training at the University of Illinois Child Protection Training Academy sites in Springfield and Carbondale, which train child welfare case workers across the state.  

City College Open Education Resources, Chicago, Illinois.
$450,000 to City Colleges of Chicago to create Open Educational Resources for courses at Harold Washington College and City Colleges of Chicago.

Civic Education Programs, Illinois.
$400,000 to the Barat Education Foundation to expand its One American Voice program, which provides civic education for elementary and middle school students in schools throughout Illinois.

Community Health Clinic Expansion, Whiteside County, Illinois.
$1 million to Whiteside County to expand the county-operated Community Health Clinic.

Community Mental Health Services, Chicago, Illinois.
$475,000 to BUILD, Inc. to support the mental health needs of children and families impacted by trauma and violence in West Side, Chicago.

Easterseals Autism Therapy Services, Bloomington-Normal, Illinois.
$625,000 to Easterseals of Central Illinois to build upon its collaboration with the Bloomington-Normal YMCA and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center to expand its Autism specific therapy services.

Education/Employment Resources for Adolescents, Cook County, Illinois.
$315,000 to Cook County Health to expand the Cook County Health CARE Trailblazer Program for a new Emergency Medical Technician Apprenticeship. 

Elementary School Renovation Program, Chicago, Illinois.
475,000 to Chicago Public Schools to upgrade STEM, Fine and Performing Arts, and personalized learning technology classrooms in six CPS elementary schools. 

Federally Qualified Health Center Expansion, Belleville, Illinois.
$1 million to Chestnut Health Systems to expand their Federally Qualified Health Center services to Belleville, with an emphasis on behavioral health treatment.  

Federally Qualified Health Center Expansion, Chicago, Illinois.
$1 million to Esperanza Health Center to support a significant expansion of Esperanza’s flagship Federally Qualified Health Center in the low-income, predominantly-Latino community of Brighton Park. 

Frontline Staff Trauma Resilience Program, Chicago, Illinois.
$100,000 to expand the Partners in Resilience program administered by Strides for Peace, which addresses trauma in frontline staff for organizations delivering community violence prevention and intervention services.

Health Simulation Lab, Chicago, Illinois.
$450,000 to Chicago State University to purchase science laboratory equipmentfor the Health Sciences Simulation Lab.

Health Outreach Bus, Chicago, Illinois.
$275,000 to the Night Ministry to purchase a new Health Outreach Bus to provide health care and social services resources to under-served populations across Chicago. 

Healthcare Professional Education and Employment, Chicago, Illinois.
$115,000 to Near North Health to provide medical assistant education and training through their collaboration with the National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement. 

Hospital Mobile Health Care Unit, Chicago, Illinois.
$600,000 to Lurie Children’s Hospital to expand Lurie’s Mobile Healthcare Plus program, which uses a modified ambulance to deliver health care services and skilled professionals to medically underserved communities, particularly for school-based services.

Institute for Integrated Collaborative Care, Olympia Fields, Illinois.
$700,000 to Aunt Martha’s Institute to create an Institute for Integrated, Collaborative Care, which will provide education and training for health care providers to utilize knowledge of social determinants of health and culturally competent care in their patient interactions.  

Intergenerational Trauma-informed Care, Cicero, Illinois.
$1 million to the University of Illinois Health’s Mile Square Health Center to expand behavioral health and addiction treatment services at its Cicero clinic location.

Interdisciplinary Telehealth for Underserved Areas, Illinois.
$350,000 to renovate a dedicated space for the Lewis University Center for Interdisciplinary Telepractice, which would be used to expand telehealth services in Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, McDonough, Schuyler, Vermilion, Will, Kendall, and Cook Counties.  

Mental Health Care Services, Chicago, Illinois.
$275,000 to the Infant Welfare Society to hire five new mental health care providers at the Angel Harvey Family Center of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago, in order to expand behavioral health care for low-income, Spanish-speaking children and adults.  

Mental Health Center Renovation and Expansion, Quincy, Illinois.
$800,000 to The Knowledge Center at Chaddock to complete construction and development of atraining space for training, consultation, and research to expand and improve child and adolescent mental health care through the use of trauma-informed clinical practice. 

Mental Health Peer Support Program, Chicago, Illinois.
$90,000 to expand NAMI’s Peer Support Program for individuals with lived mental health experiences providing support services for families and individuals facing mental health challenges.

Mobile Response Unit for Mental Health and Crisis Intervention, Schaumburg, Illinois.
$335,000 to the Village of Schaumburg to create a mobile crisis unit to respond to non-life threatening 911 calls and connect residents with mental health support, information, referrals, and linkage to services. 

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, New Lenox, Illinois.
$500,000 to Silver Cross Hospital to build the Cook County’s first and only Level 3 NICU to provide advanced care for premature newborns, full-term babies with congenital disorders, and address infant mortality rate.

Nurse Training & Workforce Development, Peoria, Illinois.
$850,000 to support the Nursing Simulation Lab at Bradley University, which will provide state-of-the-art training and education to nursing students.

Outpatient Facility Rehabilitation Project, Carterville, Illinois.
$1 million to Southern Illinois Healthcare to renovate the outpatient rehabilitation buildings at Herrin Hospital and in Carterville, Illinois, into a single location recently acquired by SIH.

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$1 million to ASI for design of a new health and employment center that will offer post-acute healthcare, wellness activities, and a workforce resource center for the community in and around Humboldt Park.  

Public Housing Residents Entrepreneurship Hub, Chicago, Illinois.
$250,000 to the National Public Housing Museum to provide resources and support for small businesses owned and operated by public housing residents.

Rapid Response Naloxone Program, Will County, Illinois.
$175,000 to Will County to support an opioid overdose intervention program.

Renewable Energy Infrastructure Training Program, Chicagoland Area, Illinois.
$500,000 to IBEW to support curriculum, training, and instructors for programming in two high schools in the Chicago region and at an after-school program that will educate high school students on career opportunities in the unionized electrical and renewable energy industries.

Regional Center for Equity and Professional Development, Springfield, Illinois.
$1 million to the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine to create a Regional Center for Equity and Professional Development.

Senior Meals and Workforce Development Programs, Chicago, Illinois.
$1 million to the Chinese American Service League (CASL) to expand their Senior Meals Program for low-income seniors in diverse AAPI, Latino, and African American communities on Chicago’s South Side. 

Special Olympics Programming, Chicago, Illinois.
$600,000 to Special Olympics Chicago to expand its offered activities.

Students and Teachers in Disadvantaged Communities Education Initiative, Chicago, Illinois.
$400,000 to the Intuit Center to generate virtual arts education content and curricula development, and engagement to meet the post-COVID needs of teens and Chicago Public School teachers and students. 

Substance Use Continuum of Care, Metro East, Illinois.
$225,000 to Centerstone of Illinois to expand services, ranging from medication-assisted treatment to peer support in a recovery home, and hire additional nurses for substance use disorder treatment in Metro East. 

Support for Older Adult Services, Chicago, Illinois.
$200,000 to Casa Central to support its Adult Wellness Center, which provides therapeutic services to adults above the age of 60.

Teacher Shortage Program, Charleston, Illinois.
$750,000 to Eastern Illinois University to expand the capacity of its Grow Your Own teacher preprogram and develop an online Masters of Arts in Teaching program to help accommodate student needs. 

Violence Intervention and Prevention Services, Chicago, Illinois.
$750,000 to UCAN Chicago to expand delivery of trauma-informed violence prevention and intervention programming to more communities facing high rates of violence.  

X-Ray Room Renovation, Carbondale, Illinois.
$500,000 to Southern Illinois Healthcare to replace the current general X-Ray room at SIH’s Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Young Adult Program Building Renovation, Chicago, Illinois.
$1 million to Thresholds to renovate and expand existing treatment space to enable it to serve more patients and provide a greater array of supports, including through a group therapy space, family counseling rooms, skills and education workshops, and career development services.  

Youth Diversion Programs, Chicago, Illinois.
$500,000 to the Youth Advocate Program to support evidence-based alternative programs to youth incarceration through intensive wraparound services, family engagement, crisis intervention, skill development, vocational work, and case management.


Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies


Base Civil Engineer Complex, Springfield, Illinois. 
$10.2 million for new facilities to house the Base Civil Engineer Complex of the Air National Guard 183rd Wing at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. 


Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies


Airport Cargo Ramp Expansion, Rockford, Illinois.
$14.6 million to Rockford Airport to construct an aircraft parking apron for increased international air cargo traffic as part of the airport’s new international cargo facility.

CTA 103rd St. Garage Electric Bus Initiative, Chicago, Illinois.
$2 million to the Chicago Transit Agency for upgrades to its 103rd Street facility to accommodate electric buses and charging infrastructure. 

Chicago Parks Wifi Connectivity Initiative, Chicago, Illinois.
$1 million to the Chicago Park District to accelerate its current program to establish wi-fi connectivity at all of Chicago’s Parks.

Commuter Rail Zero Emission Locomotives, Northeast Illinois.
$2 million to the Northeast Illinois commuter rail system (Metra) to support a new zero emission locomotive pilot on its Rock Island Line that runs from Chicago to Joliet.

Expansion of Automation Technology Training Program, Morrison, Illinois.
$1.5 million to the Morrison Institute of Technology to expand their facilities to accommodate a new Automation Annex to house equipment, classrooms, and lab space for its Automation Process Controls Engineering Technology Program. 

Foster Care Family Services Center, Kendall County, Illinois.
$200,000 to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Kendall County for a multiuse space serving families involved with the foster care system.

Improvements to State/Lake Elevated Transit Station, Chicago, Illinois.
$1 million to the City of Chicago to support the ongoing design and rebuild of the CTA’s State/Lake Station.

North Avenue Safety Improvements Project, Cook County, Illinois.
$200,000 to the Village of Oak Park to implement safety recommendations to revitalize the North Avenue corridor. 

Reas Bridge Replacement, Decatur/Macon County, Illinois.
$3.5 million to Macon County to finalize design and begin construction on the replacement of two structurally deficient bridge segments on the Reas Bridge crossing Lake Decatur. 

Road Upgrades, Marion, Illinois.
$715,000 to the City of Marion to repair and resurface three roads (Main, Bainbridge, Pentecost Streets).

Rosemont Transit-Oriented Development, Cook County, Illinois.
$300,000 to Cook County for the transit oriented development near the Rosemont CTA Blue Line station.

Saint Anthony Hospital and Community Campus Plan, Chicago, Illinois.
$450,000 to Saint Anthony Hospital to create a master plan for a new Focal Point Community Campus in Little Village that will include a new St. Anthony Hospital. 

Springfield Race Riot Memorial, Springfield, Illinois.
$4 million to the City of Springfield for a new memorial to honor the 1908 Springfield Race Riot.

Transit Electric Bus and Charging Infrastructure, Downstate Illinois.
$15 million for downstate transit agencies distributed through the Illinois Department of Transportation to purchase new electric buses and charging infrastructure.

Upgrades for Adult Disability Community Services Centers, Cook and DuPage Counties, Illinois.
$287,000 to the United Cerebral Palsy Seguin of Greater Chicago to renovate their community day sites for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. 

Washington Park Framework Plan, Chicago, Illinois.
$500,000 to the Chicago Park District to develop a Washington Park Framework Plan including restoration of the historic park structures around the site of the future Obama Presidential Center. 

Women and Families Shelter Upgrades, Chicago, Illinois.
$475,000 to Margaret’s Village to make repairs and upgrades at their transitional shelters for homeless women, children, families, and seniors.

Youth Center Improvements, East St. Louis, Illinois.
$350,000 to the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation to make capital improvements to its youth center.

Youth Equity Center, Rock River Valley, Illinois. 
$750,000 to the YMCA of Rock River Valley for their Youth Equity Center, which focuses  on programming to break the cycle of poverty and address social determinants of health for youth in their community.