Durbin Announces More Than $107 Million for Emergency Preparedeness in Illinois During FY2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced more than $107 million in federal funding to improve emergency preparedness across Illinois. In fiscal year 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded state and local authorities, transportation agencies, and port facility operators in Illinois preparedness grants totaling $107,952,308 to prevent and respond to acts of terrorism and other hazards.
“The recent string of horrific terror attacks around the world has underscored a grim reality—we must ensure that Illinois is prepared to address emergency events, including preventing and responding to acts of terrorism,” said Durbin. “This funding will help provide state and local agencies as well as transportation authorities with the necessary tools to keep Illinois residents, visitors, and businesses safe.”
Under this announcement, the State of Illinois was awarded the following grants:

  • State Homeland Security Grant: $16,408,500 to support the implementation of state homeland security strategies to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events;
  • Urban Area Security Initiative Grant: $68,610,000 to improve capacity to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism in Chicago;
  • Emergency Management Performance Grant: $10,927,764 to assist in preparing for all hazards;
  • Urban Area Security Initiative Non-Profit Security Grant: $1,709,502 to improve security at non-profit organizations at high risk of terrorist attack;
  • Intercity Bus Security Grant: $38,421 to enhance security measures for the Peoria Charter Coach Company.

Under this announcement, the following state and local agencies and facility operators were awarded Port Security Grants to help implement Area Maritime Transportation Security Plans and facility security plans:

  • Illinois State Police: $49,595
  • East Moline Fire Department: $148,547
  • Apex Oil Company, Inc: $350,844
  • Chicago Fire Department: $90,000
  • Chicago Police Department: $158,724
  • IMTT Holdings, LLC: $76,892
  • Will County Emergency Management Agency: $24,459
  • Will County Sheriff’s Office: $16,000
  • Illinois State Police: $18,000

Under this announcement, the following transportation agencies were awarded Transit Security Grants to enhance security measures at critical transit infrastructure:
Chicago Transit Authority: $5,591,730
Northeast Illinois Commuter Railroad Corporation: $3,733,330