Durbin: Senate Appropriations Committee Approves $3.3 Million for Illinois Projects
[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today said that the Senate Appropriations Committee, of which Durbin is a member, has approved $3,300,000 for projects in Illinois.
The Fiscal Year 2010 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill includes funding for the following projects:
• Haymarket Center, Chicago. $700,000 to allow the Haymarket Center to develop and implement a workforce development initiative. This project will provide transitional employment for workers in the service industry.
• Illinois Eastern Community Colleges, Olney. $200,000 to expand the programming and operations of the Illinois Small Business Development Center, operated through Illinois Eastern Community Colleges and based in Olney, Illinois. The Small Business Development Center provides business counseling, feasibility studies, business planning and other services to a 17-county area in Southeastern Illinois.
• Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. $600,000 to expand the operations and outreach of the University Technology Park (UTP) at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Since opening, UTP has accommodated over 20 technology companies, adding over 120 jobs to the economy of Chicago’s South Side.
• Illinois State Library, Springfield. $300,000 to allow the Illinois State Library, in cooperation with the Illinois Library Association, to assist public libraries in expanding their small business and employment resources, including technology.
• Illinois State University, Normal. $500,000 to allow Illinois State University (ISU) to further develop the McLean County Business Incubator. This incubator will support local entrepreneurs and apply research conducted at ISU for commercial purposes.
• Shawnee Community College, Ullin. $200,000 to expand the programming and operations of the Illinois Small Business Development Center, housed at Shawnee Community College. The Small Business Center provides business counseling, small business workshops, business planning and other services to a 5-county area in Southern Illinois.
• Uhlich Children’s Advantage Network, Chicago. $400,000 to expand job training and placement services of Uhlich Children’s Advantage Network (UCAN). This UCAN program focuses on providing services to disadvantaged young adults who have separated from the foster care system.
• Western Illinois University, Macomb. $400,000 to expand the programming and operations of the Illinois Small Business Development Center, housed at Western Illinois University. The Small Business Development Center provides business counseling to prospective and established business owners and inventors in 12 counties in West-Central Illinois.
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