Durbin: Senate Appropriations Committee Approves over $2.7 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 $2,751,000 for projects in Illinois.


The Fiscal Year 2011 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill includes funding for the following projects:


  • Benedictine University, Lisle: $250,000 in funding to assist small businesses increase productivity.  This certificate program will be offered to Illinois entrepreneurs, providing training to strengthen business practices.

  • Bradley University, Peoria: $400,000 in funding to establish a training program to build new technologies, new businesses, and new jobs in the green technologies industry.  This program will target existing small businesses and entrepreneurs in the development of new green technologies and implement sustainable green practices into business processes.

  • Chicago House and Social Service Agency, Chicago: $400,000 in funding for the expansion of an employment program with a transitional jobs component for low-income individuals with HIV/AIDS, allowing more adults to move from income based on disability subsidies into long term-employment.

  • City of Chicago: $450,000 in funding to expand a workforce re-training program in the City of Chicago.  This program provides technology training to unemployed administrative and professional workers to prepare them for careers in the technology sector.

  • Kaskaskia College, Centralia: $150,000 in funding to expand job counseling and placement efforts for veterans.  Expanded programming will allow the College to reach more veterans in the counties surrounding Centralia.

  • Lewis and Clark Community College, Godfrey: $150,000 in funding to expand job counseling and placement programs for veterans.  Increased programming will accommodate more veterans in the Metro East area and raise awareness of the employment services available to veterans through the College.

  • Rock Valley College, Rockford: $200,000 in funding to expand job training and small business counseling programs.  Programs provide services to the region’s dislocated workers and cultivate and support small and entrepreneurial businesses.

  • Safer Foundation, Chicago: $275,000 in funding for a transitional employment program.  Participants will prepare for long term employment through green jobs training, while gaining critical experience and building a work history.

  • Saint Xavier University, Chicago: $250,000 in funding for a minority small business initiative.  This program will provide services to help entrepreneurs increase the success of minority-owned small businesses.

  • Sauk Valley Community College, Dixon: $226,000 in funding to expand job training and certification programs offered by the College.  These programs strengthen the workforce and assist displaced workers.