Durbin, Duckworth Secure More Than $178 Million In Senate Appropriations Bills For Illinois Projects

Funding would go toward safer community projects, clean energy, drinking water, community health programs, and more

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) secured more than $178 million through Congressionally-directed spending for Illinois projects in the Senate’s draft Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) appropriations bills. The projects range from gun violence prevention, funding for Illinois’ rural and agriculture communities, clean drinking water, education, small businesses, community health programs, and more.  The appropriations bills must be conferenced with the House bills before they are finalized.  Durbin and Duckworth will continue to advocate for these Illinois projects throughout the duration of the appropriations process.

“The use of Congressionally-directed spending provides Members of Congress, who know their states and districts better than federal agency personnel in Washington, with the ability to direct federal funding to priority projects in their communities,” said Durbin. “The requested community projects will invest in our future, create good paying jobs, improve environmental conservation, strengthen community violence prevention initiatives, expand access to health care, and much more. I will continue working with Senator Duckworth to get these projects in the final omnibus package and signed into law.”

“I’m pleased that these draft bills include investments in important projects that I advocated for that could help clean up our water, improve our state’s infrastructure, expand healthcare access, make our streets and communities safer, create jobs and tackle environmental injustice issues that are facing so many folks across Illinois,” said Duckworth.

These draft funding bills include the following Illinois priorities secured through Durbin and Duckworth Congressionally-directed spending requests:

Agriculture, Rural Development & Related Agencies: Total $7.8 million


  • Capital Improvements, Peoria: $3.5 million to the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR) for necessary modernizations to the federal buildings that house laboratories of the Agricultural Research Service.  These improvements include repair and/or replacement of aging heating and cooling, electrical, and pneumatic systems at NCAUR, a federal laboratory that has been responsible for countless agriculture, food safety, environmental, and health care discoveries since its inception.


  • Capital Improvements, Urbana: $500,000 to the Agricultural Research Service for necessary repairs and modernizations to their facilities in Urbana, Illinois.  These improvements include repairs to the soybean field laboratory that houses the USDA Soybean Germplasm Collection, as well upgrades to heating and cooling, electrical, and water systems in a second building. 


  • Capital Improvements, Flora: $2.5 million to Clay County for an expansion to the Clay County Hospital in Flora, IL. This project will expand hospital space to house specialty medical services available to residents Clay County and the surrounding area. Increased specialty clinic space will allow for the recruitment and retention of providers who can provide much needed treatment to patient’s who do not have the means to travel outside the region for care.


  • Library Renovation, Dixon: $210,000 to the Dixon Public Library to renovate 1700 square feet of space in their current building, which is more than 120 years old.  This renovation will create a multi-purpose programming space for library and community meetings and gatherings. 


  • Mobile Rural Telemedicine Initiative, Quincy:  $710,000 to Blessing Health System to expand an established telemedicine program with a mobile clinic containing diagnostic and telemedicine equipment.  This mobile clinic would provide physical exams and diagnostic tests such as EKGs, X-rays, ultrasounds and lab services, to individuals in underserved areas, with an emphasis on women and seniors, in communities where such services are not available. 


  • Rural Telemedicine Expansion, Eureka: $163,000 to Carle Eureka Hospital to expand their rural telemedicine program covering a town of 5,000 people.  The acquisition of mobile telemedicine carts, telemedicine provider workstations, and other related equipment will allow this rural hospital to expand access to specialty care, mental health care, and support services to members of the community and reduce the need to travel in order to obtain such services. 


  • Rural Telemedicine Initiative, Rockford: $218,000 to Saint Anthony Medical Center to expand telehealth services to additional rural hospitals and clinics surrounding Rockford.  Funding would allow the hospital to procure the necessary equipment to establish telehealth programs in small, rural hospitals and utilize scarce clinical resources across a rural service area. 


Commerce, Justice, Science: Nearly $8.9 million


  • Advanced electronics initiative, DeKalb: $1 million to Northern Illinois University for updated technology and equipment to transform an existing microchip lab space into a modern engine for workforce development and innovation in microchip research, design, workforce development and small business innovation and prototyping. 


  • Environmental Justice Assessment, Chicago: $2 million to the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Public Health for a Community Driven Air Quality and Environmental Justice Assessment. Academic, government and community partners will collectively design and implement an air-monitoring effort to identify and uncover local air quality concerns across the City of Chicago.


  • Gun violence prevention initiative, Chicago: $500,000 to the Heartland Alliance for Human Need & Human Rights to support their Rapid Employment and Development Initiative (READI). READI Chicago connects individuals at highest risk of gun violence on Chicago’s West Side to employment opportunities through paid transitional jobs, cognitive behavioral interventions, coaching and supportive services.


  • Gun violence prevention initiative, Lake County: $750,000 to the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office to deploy violence interrupters to high crime areas within Lake County, including Waukegan, North Chicago, and Zion, in order to combat rising rates of violence in communities. 


  • Gun and community violence victim resources, Chicago: $350,000 to the City of Chicago to support programming focused on helping people with disabilities who are crime victims and people who become disabled as a result of gun or community violence.


  • Law enforcement training, Skokie: $299,000 to the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center to expand their Law Enforcement Action in Democracy (LEAD) Training program. LEAD Training is an evidence-based initiative providing anti-bias, hate crime reporting and racial awareness training for law enforcement personnel aimed throughout Illinois.


  • Recidivism reduction initiative, Chicago: $775,000 to the Haymarket Center to reduce recidivism among adults in vulnerable areas of Chicago who have completed inpatient treatment for substance use disorder and remain at high risk of re-engagement with criminal activities by using evidence-based interventions to decrease crime among 200 participants during year one by addressing the eight leading causes of recidivism. 


  • Schoolyard improvements, Chicago: $750,000 to the Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC) to expand their Space to Grow: Greening Chicago Schoolyards collaborative initiative. HSC will provide education around climate resilience and support community driven and sustainable schoolyard improvements at Chicago Public Schools.


  • Technology upgrades, Carbondale: $600,000 to the City of Carbondale to upgrade the records management software of the police department to improve tracking and analysis of crime data. 


  • Violence prevention and intervention initiative, Chicago: $500,000 to Youth Outreach Services for pre-trial and crime prevention services for Cook County and Chicagoland youth ages 12 to 18.  This program will divert justice-involved adolescents from youth detention center occupancy, using a trauma-informed and restorative justice approach, and support youth reentering the community. 


  • Violence reduction initiative, Chicago: $800,000 to Metropolitan Family Services to expand training for professionals involved in addressing and responding to incidences of gun violence, as well as provide additional health and wellness resources for the staff, participants and larger community working to reduce violence and gang activity in Chicago. 


  • Youth mentoring program, Chicago: $500,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Metropolitan Chicago to expand their youth mentoring efforts to include the West and far South Sides of Chicago, and south suburban Cook County.  BBBS programming is individualized to each program participant based upon risk and protective factors they experience, and is proven to positively impact educational outcomes, social emotional development, and prevention of risky behaviors including violence. 


Energy and Water Development: Total $71 million


  • Sewer Project, Cahokia Heights: $3.5 million to the Army Corps of Engineers to complete a new sewer project in Cahokia Heights.


  • Solar Power Project, Chicago: $1 million to the City of Chicago to retrofit and install solar panels at libraries on the South and West sides.


  • Des Plaines River (Phase II), Cook and Lake Counties: $11 million to the Army Corps of Engineers to begin construction on a combined flood protection and ecosystem restoration project for the Upper Des Plaines River watershed.


  • LaGrange Lock (Illinois River), Beardstown: $49.3 million to the Army Corps of Engineers to complete design on the modernization of the LaGrange Lock on the Illinois River as part of the Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP).  NESP seeks to expand and modernize seven locks at the most congested lock locations along the Upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers and fund $1.7B in ecosystem restoration.


  • Solar Farm Project, Quincy: $1.4 million to the City of Quincy to install two solar farms.


  • South Fork of the South Branch of the Chicago River: $1.3 million to the Army Corps of Engineers to complete design on the restoration of the South Fork of the South Branch of the Chicago River known as Bubbly Creek.


  • Sewer Rehabilitation Projects, Wood River and Belleville: $3.5 million to the Army Corps of Engineers to complete ongoing sewer rehab projects in Wood River and Belleville.


Financial Services and General Government: Total $2.7 million


  • Small Business Accelerator, Joliet: $500,000 to the University of St. Francis for a Small Business Accelerator to provide small business owners with mentoring, training, access to a regional business incubator, and networking opportunities, with an emphasis on minority-, women-, and veteran-owned business startups. 


  • Small Business Development Center, Joliet: $312,000 to Joliet Junior College to re-launch their small business support department as the Entrepreneurial Development Center. The Center will work with small business owners directly with no-cost series including workshops, classes technical assistance, referral services and more.


  • Small Business Development Center, Rockford: $1,000,000 to the City of Rockford to establish a small business development center focused on assisting minority and women entrepreneurs start and sustain a business.  The Center will provide technical assistance through training, counseling, and business support. 


  • Workforce development initiative, Chicago: $921,000 to mHUB to support their Catalyze Initiative, a program that bridges the access gap for underrepresented manufacturers, engineers and small business owners.


Homeland Security: Total $2.9 million


  • Chicago Shoreline Morgan Shoal Project, Chicago: $200,000 to the City of Chicago to support the Morgan Shoal project to protect residential and public properties and Lake Shore Drive from flooding and erosion.


  • Emergency Operations Center, Rockford: $1 million to the City of Rockford to construct a Homeland Security Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for coordination of emergency response activities. This Center will serve as the hub of all response activities for fire, police, public works, and other governmental and non-governmental officials.


  • Flood Mitigation, Hampshire: $518,000 to the Village of Hampshire for a flood mitigation project which will address chronic flooding in the downtown business district.


  • Horseshoe Lake Flooding and Restoration Project, East St. Louis: $500,000 to the City of East St. Louis for a flood control project at Horseshoe Lake State Park.


  • Road Viaduct Drainage Improvements, Flossmoor: $200,000 to the Village of Flossmoor to support drainage improvements.


  • Stormwater Infrastructure Project, Rock Island: $500,000 to the City of Rock Island for levee pumps needed to prevent flooding.


Interior: Total $15.4 million


  • ADA Upgrades, Murphysboro: $20,000 to the Historic Liberty Theater to remodel one of the theater’s restrooms to comply with ADA requirements.


  • Aquifer Mapping, Urbana: $1 million to the University of Illinois to map the underground geology of Mahomet Aquifer, the source of water to nearly one million people for residential, industrial, and agricultural uses across 17 counties in East Central Illinois.


  • Cass Avenue Water Main Replacement, Edwardsville: $500,000 to the City of Edwardsville to replace Edwardsville’s failing and undersized water mains on Cass Avenue.


  • Coal Ash Impoundment Assessment, Urbana: $1 million to the University of Illinois to conduct a statewide assessment of Illinois' 72 coal ash impoundment ponds, which contain toxic byproducts from burning coal.


  • Drinking Water Project, DuPage County: $300,000 to DuPage County to expand the York Township Drinking Water System to 1,200 additional residents in unincorporated DuPage County.


  • Forging Resilient Communities Program, Chicagoland: $3.5 million to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Chicago to expand their Forging Resilient Communities Program, which is focused on building resilience in historically underserved areas in the Chicago region by reducing flooding.


  • Lead Service Line Replacement, Chicago: $1 million to the City of Chicago to accelerate the replacement of lead service lines in licensed daycare centers.


  • Lead Service Line Replacement, Quincy: $400,000 to the City of Quincy to accelerate the replacement of Quincy’s lead service lines.


  • Lead Service Line Replacement, Waukegan: $500,000 to the City of Waukegan to accelerate the replacement of lead service lines in Waukegan with a focus on lower income, underserved areas. 


  • Northern Moraine Wastewater Reclamation District Wastewater Treatment Plant Emergency Power Upgrades, Island Lake: $250,000 to the Northern Moraine Wastewater Reclamation District to upgrade the emergency power system at the Northern Moraine Reclamation District’s Wastewater Treatment Plant.


  • Oak Ridge Cemetery Black History Initiative, Springfield: $150,000 to the City of Springfield to support a new Black History Initiative at Oak Ridge Cemetery.


  • Sanitary Sewer Improvements, Cahokia Heights: $2 million to the City of Cahokia Heights for the rehabilitation of their sanitary sewer system which will increase the reliability of service and reduce overflows impacting residents and the environment.


  • Sewer Extension, Peoria: $600,000 to the City of Peoria to extend Peoria’s sewer system to open land to new economic development.


  • Storm Sewer Installation, Streator: $400,000 to the City of Streator to install new storm sewers, eliminate combined sewer overflows, and reduce residential basement sewer backups.


  • Wastewater Infrastructure Maintenance, Streator: $1.2 million to the City of Streator to replace aging equipment and better meet water quality standards. New equipment will lead to annual operation cost savings based on decreased energy usage.


  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Renovation, Cedar Point: $530,000 to the Village of Cedar Point to ensure that Cedar Point can provide a full functioning treatment plant that will reduce pollutants in wastewater.


  • Water Connection Project, Cook County: $500,000 to the Village of Bedford Park for a new water main to supply the Village of Lemont with drinking water.


  • Water and Sewer System Updates, Will County: $500,000 to Will County to replace damaged sewer lines in Fairmont, a disproportionally impacted low-to-moderate income community in unincorporated Will County.


  • Water Line Replacement, Centralia: $500,000 to the City of Centralia to replace Centralia’s outdated and deteriorating main steel water line to prevent catastrophic failure of its water system.


  • Water Main Improvements, Ivesdale: $250,000 to the Village of Ivesdale to replace outdated, failing cement asbestos water mains.


  • Water Main Replacement, Diamond: $601,000 to the Village of Diamond to replace approximately 2,000 feet of aging and failing water main and rehabilitate three sanitary lift station that are over 30 years old.


Labor, Health and Human Services, Education: Totaling more than $28 million


  • Access to Medical and Behavioral Health Expansion, Chicago: $978,000 to expand Infant Welfare Society’s integrated and coordinated healthcare home to meet the urgent needs of low-income communities identified as health professional shortage areas.


  • Aviation Apprenticeship Program, Chicago: $350,000 to Aerostar Avion Institute for apprenticeship program expansion to address the shortage of aircraft pilots, maintenance technicians and STEM laborers in the aviation industry.  


  • Behavioral Health Clinic Expansion, Hazel Crest: $450,000 to Aunt Martha's Health and Wellness to renovate and purchase equipment for a new behavioral health clinic in Hazel Crest.


  • Behavioral Health Triage Center, Rockford: $1 million to Rosecrance for their behavioral health triage center to serve patients experiencing severe psychiatric and behavioral health crises.


  • Cancer Lab Equipment, Chicago: $750,000 to Rush University Medical Center for new lab equipment for Rush’s new Cancer Institute.


  • Career Pipeline Program, Oak Lawn: $500,000 to Advocate Aurora Health to provide summer internships to local college students and expand career opportunities in the health care field.


  • Chicago Roadmap for High School Seniors, Chicago: $500,000 to the City Colleges of Chicago support their program helping their senior high school students connect to and enroll at a City Colleges of Chicago. 


  • Community Clinic, Chicago: $1 million to the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago to partner with Stone Community Development Corporation to create a new community health clinic site in Austin to serve children and families.


  • Community Health Navigator Program, Chicago: $238,000 to the YMCA of Metro Chicago to pilot a Community Health Navigator program at three YMCAs to address long-haul COVID and health disparities.


  • Community Health Workers Capacity Building Initiative, Springfield: $500,000 to the Illinois Public Health Association to expand training efforts for community health workers.


  • Domestic Violence Hotline, Chicago (Duckworth): $550,000 to the Network for improved technology and capacity expansion of the Illinois domestic violence hotline.


  • Enhancing Black and LatinX Professionals for STEM Careers, Chicago: $800,000 to the Chicago State University to prepare Black and Latinx students for careers in STEM and health sciences by creating modern, innovative classroom spaces that build foundational knowledge and support students in developing a sense of belonging.


  • Facility Expansion, Chicago: $1 million to the Chicago Children's Advocacy Center for renovations to the Children’s Advocacy Center to better meet the needs of child victims of sexual abuse and expand capacity for mental health services.


  • Facility Expansion, Normal: $1 million to Illinois State University to construct a new facility for the College of Nursing.


  • Kindergarten Readiness Program, North Chicago: $975,000 to Kids Above All in partnership with North Chicago Schools to support programming focused on ensuring children in Lake County reach developmental milestones and are ready for kindergarten.


  • Illinois Court Appointed Special Advocates Expansion, Central Illinois: $256,000 to the Illinois Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) to expand services into Clinton, Clay, Jasper, Fayette, Montgomery, Christian and Shelby counties in the 4th Judicial Circuit in central Illinois.


  • Inclusive Water Education and Workforce Training Pathways, Chicago: $225,000 to Current for development of a job training program centered on water quality monitoring, and map related career and educational pathways in the broader blue economy for individuals from historically disinvested communities and those who are underrepresented in utilities and water-related industries in Illinois.


  • Mechatronics and Automation Program, Elgin: $600,000 to Elgin Community College to launch a Mechatronics/Automation Certificate training program.


  • Medical Training & Simulation Laboratory, Olympia Fields: $1 million to Franciscan Health Olympia Fields to equip a medical simulation laboratory to train physicians, residents, and nurses.


  • Mental Health Services Expansion, Chicago: $375,000 to Northwestern University Settlement House to expand bilingual mental health services for children and families.


  • Mobile Mental Health Program Expansion, Chicago: $649,000 to BUILD Inc. to expand a full-service, mobile behavioral health, crisis response, and case management unit, bringing mental health care directly to Chicago West Side residents impacted by gun violence and trauma.


  • Mobile Training Lab, Centralia: $413,000 to Kaskaskia College for development of a mobile manufacturing training lab for youth workforce development.


  • Network Level Health Specialists Project, Chicago: $750,000 to Chicago Public Schools to launch a collaboration with Chicago hospitals and healthcare systems engaged in the HEAL initiative to establish a network-based health specialist model.


  • NICU Expansion, Rockford: $1 million to Swedish American Health System to expand the neonatal intensive care unit and increase available maternal and infant health services in Rockford.


  • NICU Improvements, Chicago: $863,000 to Cook County Health for equipment purchases for the neonatal intensive care unit at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital.


  • Nursing School, Chicago: $750,000 to National Lewis University to help establish a new School of Nursing by supporting facility renovations and equipment purchases.


  • Open Educational Resources, Chicago: $500,000 to the City Colleges of Chicago to launch a task force and pilot program for Open Educational Resources (OER) at Harold Washington College.


  • Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training Program Expansion, Chicago: $500,000 to Revolution Workshop to reduce inequities by providing training that leads to living-wage careers and financial prosperity for residents of marginalized communities; and to decrease the acute talent shortage in the construction sector by providing a diverse pipeline of trained workers to skilled-trades employers.


  • Population Health Career Pathway Program, Chicago: $1.25 million to Sinai Health System to expand Sinai’s Population Health Career Pathway Program, which provides career training in growing population health careers for at-risk youth in Chicago.


  • Rural Health Institute, Springfield: $1 million to Southern Illinois University School of Medicine to create a new Institute for Rural Health.


  • School-Based Mental Health Services, Chicago: $1.5 million to the University of Illinois in partnership with Rush University to expand school-based health services in Chicago.


  • Southland Hospitals and Shelters Collaborative, Oak Lawn: $900,000 to Advocate Christ Medical Center to provide medical care, emergency housing services, and short-term emergency assistance to families who are homelessness in suburban Cook County.


  • Springfield Re-Entry Program, Springfield: $250,000 to Shifting into New Gear (SING) to support re-entry mentoring for citizens returning to community and family life after incarceration.


  • Teaching Program Development, Chicago: $750,000 to Lawndale Christian Health Center to construct an exam room clinic in conjunction with their new medical residency program.


  • Technology Divide Relief Program, Chicago: $402,000 to Access Living to provide critical technology supports to individuals with disabilities to help ensure equitable access to services and supports.


  • Truck Driver Training Program, Ullin: $450,000 to Shawnee Community College to expand its commercial truck driver training program to its Metropolis and Cairo campuses.


  • Violence Recovery Services, Chicago: $1.25 million to the University of Chicago Medical Center to deliver street outreach and violence recovery services on the South Side of Chicago.


  • Young Minds Project, Peoria: $1 million to Methodist Health Services to support renovations for a new facility to house both inpatient and outpatient care for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit at Unity Point Health.


Military Construction & Veterans Affairs: Total $6 million


  • 126th Air Refueling Wing Refueling Hangar Facility, Scott Air Force Base: $2.5 million for the planning and design of a new Refueling Hangar Facility at Scott Air Force Base for the 126th Air Refueling Wing.  The current hanger was constructed in 1956, remains in disrepair, and no longer meets Department of Defense seismic, energy, and fire standards. 


  • General Richard L. Jones National Guard Readiness Center, Chicago: $3.5 million for the planning and design of major alternations to the General Richard L. Jones National Guard Readiness Center in Chicago Illinois.  This facility was built in 1931 and remains one of the largest readiness centers in the country.  However, it is currently underutilized due to a significant need for renovation and modernization


Transportation, Housing & Urban Development: Totaling more than $36 million


  • Affordable Housing, Chicago: $1 million to Breakthrough Family Housing to support the development of new construction housing to families in the East Garfield Park community area on the West Side of Chicago.


  • Broadband Connectivity Data Center, Alton: $500,000 to the City of Alton to equip Alton’s broadband network data center.


  • Community Center Renovations, East Saint Louis: $1 million to the City of East St. Louis for capital improvements to its community center.


  • Butler Drive Reconstruction, Cook County: $1.2 million to Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways to rehabilitate a road located on the property of the Illinois International Port District that provides first- and last-mile access to the Port  maritime facilities on the southwest shore of Lake Calumet.


  • Curtis Road Street Rehabilitation, Savoy: $2 million to the Village of Savoy to improve safety standards and maximize efficient multi-modal transportation on this corridor.


  • CTA Bus Security Shield Implementation Project, Chicago: $1 million to the Chicago Transit Authority to retrofit 250 of CTA’s buses with next generation security shields to protect bus drivers.


  • Dauberman Road Extension and Grade Crossing Project, Kane County: $500,000 to Kane County for the Dauberman Road extension and grade separation project.


  • East Grand Avenue Rehabilitation, Williamson County: $360,000 to Williamson County to rehabilitate East Grand Avenue.


  • East Riverwalk Project, Kankakee: $475,000 to the City of Kankakee to support the East Riverwalk along the Kankakee River.


  • Electric Bus and Charging Infrastructure Program, Statewide: $6.715 million to the Illinois Department of Transportation to provide grant funding to Illinois transit districts for new electric buses and charging infrastructure.


  • Electric Paratransit Vehicle Program, Statewide; $2 million to the Illinois Department of Transportation for a new pilot program focused on procuring EV paratransit vehicles for rural Illinois transit agencies.


  • Equipment and Facility Upgrades, Chicago: $250,000 for equipment and improvements at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Farm on Ogden in the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago.


  • Fieldhouse Project, Chicago: $500,000 million to the Chicago Park District to rebuild the Cragin Park fieldhouse in the Belmont-Cragin community of Chicago.


  • Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago: $450,000 to the Greater Chicago Food Depository to expand the organization's programs that address hunger's complex root causes and strengthen communities' health and economic stability.


  • Improving Housing Conditions, Cahokia Heights: $1.7 million to Centreville Citizens for Change to address the contaminated indoor air and drinking water in many residential homes caused by frequent flooding.


  • Learning Center Upgrades, Niles: $200,000 to the Village of Niles to support capital improvements to the Niles Teen Center.


  • Markham Courthouse Accessibility, Markham: $1 million to the Cook County Bureau of Asset Management to advance design upgrades to bring the courthouse into compliance with ADA standards.


  • Mobile Meals Program, Aurora: $700,000 to the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry to create a Mobile Meals Program to expand their services to the underserved population in a five-county region.


  • Municipal EV Readiness Project, Chicago Region: $500,000 to the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus to develop policies and best practices for “EV Readiness” to help municipalities be more competitive for grants and investment.


  • New YMCA Facility, Ottawa: $250,000 to the Ottawa YMCA to construct a new facility serving a low-income population in LaSalle County.


  • Northwest Economic Growth Area Infrastructure & Planning Study, Normal: $520,000 to the Town of Normal for an infrastructure and planning study.


  • Redevelopment Project, Springfield: $2 million to Moving Pillsbury Forward to redevelop the former Pillsbury Mills site.


  • Renewable Energy and Urban Farming Campus, Chicago: $250,000 to Green Era Educational to support their Renewable Energy and Urban Farm Campus in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood of Chicago.


  • Route 53 to Wauponsee Glacial Trail Pedestrian Connection, Will County: $1.1 million to Will County to complete engineering and construction on a 1.34-mile pedestrian/bike trail connection linking the south side of Joliet’s Illinois Route 53 Corridor to the Will County Forest Preserve’s 23-mile Wauponsee Glacial Trail.


  • Sustainability Hub, Chicago: $250,000 to Cultivate Collective for a sustainability hub on Chicago’s Southwest Side.


  • Transit Accessibility, Chicago: $3 million to the Chicago Transit Authority to more rapidly complete full accessibility of the Oak Park and Ridgeland Green Line stations which both lack elevators and other needed upgrade to make them fully accessible.


  • Technology Upgrades, Southern Illinois: $1.2 million to Rides Mass Transit, which provides paratransit service in an 18-county area in southeastern Illinois, for technology upgrades.


  • Trolley Trail Connector, Metro East: $900,000 to Gateway East Trails to complete engineering on a bicycle/pedestrian trail project that will connect Lebanon, O'Fallon, Shiloh, MidAmerica Regional Airport, Scott Air Force Base, and Belleville.


  • US 51 Multi-use Path Project, Decatur: $1.5 million for the City of Decatur to construct a separated pedestrian/bike path on US 51 to connect an underserved area to downtown Decatur.


  • W. College Avenue Rehabilitation, Normal: $1.5 million to the Town of Normal to advance the rehabilitation of an arterial urban transportation corridor. Project will improve equity, mobility, and quality of life by increasing pedestrian and bicycle access from low- and moderate-income block groups to major area employers.


  • Zero Emission Locomotive Commuter Rail Pilot, Cook & Will Counties: $1.5 million to Metra to support a new zero emission locomotive pilot on Metra’s Rock Island Line that runs from Chicago to Joliet.