Durbin Announces $28 Million in Recovery Act Funding for Energy Efficiency Improvements

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $28,740,800 in funding to three Illinois communities through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help improve energy efficiency, reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions and create green jobs locally.


“Creating jobs and securing our environmental future are at the heart of the Recovery Act,” said Durbin. “This funding will make a significant investment in the effort to reduce the carbon footprint of residents and businesses in the Chicagoland area.”


Today’s funding will be used for activities such as energy audits, residential and commercial building retrofits, the development and implementation of advanced building codes and inspections and the creation of financial incentive programs for energy efficiency improvements. The following communities will receive funding:


• City of Chicago: $27,648,800


• City of Des Plaines: $576,900


• Village of Hoffman Estates: $515,100