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Illinois House members 2010 earmark requests.

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WASHINGTON--House members are finally required to post their earmark spending requests on their websites. You'll find in this posting links to millions of dollars of projects from the Illinois House delegation.

Taxpayers for Common Sense--a watchdog group--deeply involved in earmark disclosure issues applauds the mandatory postings but notes "many members created a labyrinth that made finding their list of requests difficult or impossible, proving again a lesson learned long ago--simply posting information on the web is not transparency.

"The information has to be readily accessible, easy to understand, and available in a format that is downloadable and easy to manage."

Taxpayers for Common Sense did what the House could or would not--create a spreadsheet with the names of all the members of the House and the link to their fiscal 2010 earmark requests.

Common Sense!

I went through the spread sheet created by Taxpayers for Common Sense and pulled out the links for the 17 of the 18 Illinois House members.

(The delegation has 19 members with a recently filled vacancy. Cook County Board Member Mike Quigley was elected to replace Obama White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel on April 7. Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) has not requested earmarks.)

The Illinois delegation has requested hundreds of earmarks for projects. The main purpose of this post is to just get the raw data out.

Some projects look solid; some iffy and one is just baffling and needs further examination. That is, after all why this stuff is posted.

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) put in vague request for a $28 million earmark for one Stephen Leach,, who is looking to be the grantee for a reading project, "Reading is Fundamental."

Earmarks are controversial because these projects often escape review. I've never been of the view that all of this spending should be lumped together and denigrated as "pork barrel."

Take a look. Let me know what you think.

Below the main list of member links--- I've cut and pasted lists of members whose web pages allowed copying.

Lawmaker requests


1. MELISSA BEAN
2. JUDY BIGGERT
3. JERRY COSTELLO
4. DANNY DAVIS
5. BILL FOSTER
6. LUIS GUTIERREZ
7. DEBBIE HALVORSON
8. PHIL HARE
9. JESSE JACKSON JR.
10. TIM JOHNSON
11. MARK KIRK
NO EARMARK REQUESTS
12. DAN LIPINSKI
13. DON MANZULLO
14. PETER ROSKAM
15. BOBBY RUSH
16. JAN SCHAKOWSKY
17. AARON SCHOCK
18. JOHN SHIMKUS


*Not included--Mike Quiqley, elected April 7.

CONGRESSWOMAN BEAN RELEASES FUNDING REQUESTS FOR FY2010
http://www.house.gov/apps/list/speech/il08_bean/04_03_09_fy2010_req.html



Below are Congresswoman Melissa Bean's (IL-08) funding requests for FY2010. As part of her commitment to increase transparency in government, Congresswoman Bean in previous years has posted a list of all funding secured in appropriations bills. This year, Congresswoman Bean is posting a list of all funding requests, earlier in the Appropriations process. The projects and amounts requested do not guarantee funding. After requesting priority projects, the House Appropriations Committee considers requests from all Members of the House and decides which projects get funding and at what levels. Therefore, the list of funding requests below cannot be accurately used for a year-to-year comparison against previous lists.

Note: Requests are listed by bill and in alphabetical order.

Commerce, Justice and Science
Law Enforcement Advocacy Partnership (LEAP)

* Recipient: Turning Point, Inc., located at P.O. Box 723, Woodstock, Illinois 60019
* Description: $300,000 through the Department of Justice's Juvenile Justice account to the LEAP program to support the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) at the local level. This is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars because LEAP is a collaboration between 15 police departments, the State's Attorney and Turning Point that provides crisis intervention, emergency shelter, overnight and daily orders of protection, domestic violence training for police, and advocacy in court for domestic violence victims.


Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS)

* Recipient: Glencoe Police Department on behalf of the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS), located at 675 Village Court, Glencoe, Illinois 60022
* Description: In conjunction with other Members, $200,000 through the Department of Justice's COPS Account for the expansion of NIPAS. NIPAS, a private non-profit mutual aid organization, is responsible for law enforcement coverage of 68 member towns with a total population of approximately 1.8 million residents in northern Illinois. This is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars because NIPAS serves as a model mutual-aid system for police departments nationwide. Ensuring that they have the atmospheric detection equipment they need will allow them to better combat the effects of hazardous crime sites, improve response time, and save millions of taxpayer dollars through the combining of resources.

Public Safety Communication (McHenry County, IL)

* Recipient: McHenry County, located at 2200 North Seminary Avenue, Woodstock, IL 60098
* Description: $400,000 through the Department of Justice's COPS Law Enforcement Technology and Interoperable Communications account to McHenry County, IL to improve communication in areas at risk for both manmade and natural disasters, and as a means to protect data exchange between various local entities. McHenry County is in the process of bringing in new computer technology to the Courts, State's Attorney, Public Defender, Sheriff's Office and Jail. This technology upgrade is a critical step toward integrating the County's criminal justice information system, but it will not complete the project. This is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars to complete the interface between law enforcement and the court system, thereby allowing McHenry County to completely utilize the benefits of fully integrated criminal justice system. McHenry County received $94,000 in federal support in FY2008, and has committed over $3,000,000 of its own funding to the Integrated Justice Project.

Defense
Large Aircraft Podded Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) Guardian Pod for the KC-135

* Recipient: Northrop Grumman Corporation (Defensive Systems Division), located at 600 Hicks Road, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
* Description: $4,495,000 from Air Force Procurement (P-1 Line #:050) for the LAIRCM Guardian Pod for the KC-135 aircraft deployed in support of ongoing operations that have inadequate protection against an Infrared Missile threat. This is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars to procure and install the Guardian AN/AAQ-24 (V) LAIRCM system on the AFRC KC-135 aircraft.

Ultra-Wide Coverage VIS/NIR Sensor for Force Protection

* Recipient: Goodrich ISR Systems Barrington, located at 550 West Northwest Hwy, Barrington, IL 60010
* Description: $2,850,000 from Navy, Research and Development, RDT&E, Force Protection Advanced Technology (Line 16, PE# 0603123N) for the Ultra-Wide Coverage VIS/NIR Sensor for Force Protection. This is for developing, integrating and demonstrating a new visible/near infrared sensor that would be used for airborne persistence surveillance. The advanced sensor technologies will be incorporated to include high resolution, high quantum efficiency, very large format visible / near IR detectors coupled with high fidelity, geo-spatially accurate optics. These technologies will be integrated into a comprehensive surveillance system suitable for manned, or unmanned, and long endurance missions.

Wide Area Sensor for Force Protection (Targeting)

* Recipient: Goodrich ISR Systems Barrington, located at 550 West Northwest Hwy, Barrington, IL 60010
* Description: $2,050,000 from Navy, Research and Development, RDT&E, Force Protection Advanced Technology (Line 16, PE# 0603123N) for the Wide Area Sensor for Force Protection (Targeting). This is for developing the wide area sensor program to build a deployable day/night, wide-area, persistent surveillance system to provide real-time surveillance for combat troops in theater. These technologies will be integrated into a comprehensive surveillance system suitable for manned, or unmanned, and long endurance missions.


Energy and Water
Lake County Wetland Preservation and Restoration Plan

* Recipient: Lake County, located at 18 North County Street, Waukegan, IL 60085
* Description: $200,000 in the Army Corps of Engineers Planning Assistance to States account to prepare a countywide plan to identify key wetlands. This is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because these wetlands will be preserved and restored to reduce flood damages, improve water quality, and protect high quality natural resources. The Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission projects a 63 percent increase in population in the Des Plaines River watershed from 1990 to 2030. Already, Lake County has lost over 42 percent (38,000 acres) of its wetlands since settlement. Therefore, the plan promulgation process will: (1) examine the County's remaining wetland resources and their potential flood damage reduction, water quality functions, and natural resource value, (2) use County database information to identify areas that continue to experience flood damages, (3) identify those wetlands that should be preserved or restored, and (4) develop a prioritized list of these resources that can be used by SMC, other agencies, and local groups to implement projects.

McCook and Thornton Reservoirs

* Recipient: Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, located at 100 East Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60611
* Description: In conjunction with other members, $5,000,000 in the Army Corps of Engineers General Construction account for the McCook and Thornton Reservoirs construction project authorized by the Water Resources Development Act of 1988. This is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because completing the McCook and Thornton Reservoirs and bringing them fully on-line is crucial to local communities, the health of Lake Michigan and its tributaries, and to the economic development of the region. Without timely completion of the project, communities will face decreased drinking water allocations, significant decreases in water quality and thousands of homes will be vulnerable to flooding. In fact, at any one time, over 550,000 homes are subject to flooding with annual damages sustained exceeding $150 million.


Financial Services
Harper College Northwest Suburban Small Business Incubator

* Recipient: Harper College, located at 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine, Illinois 60067
* Description: $150,000 through the Small Business Administration's Salaries and Expenses Account for Harper College's Northwest Suburban Small Business Incubator, which will provide vital assistance to local entrepreneurs who are starting new small businesses. This is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because r50esources will be allocated to provide support services such as legal, accounting and business counseling professionals to allow entrepreneurs to concentrate on growth and lay a foundation for a successful start-up. This project will also create at least 30 individual incubators in addition to common areas needed to support individual businesses.

Interior and Environment
Hunterville Subdivision Sanitary Sewer Project (McHenry, IL)

* Recipient: City of McHenry, located at 333 S. Green Street McHenry, IL 60050
* Description: $150,000 in the EPA's STAG account to provide sewer and water lines to Hunterville Park. This is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because at present time, the 62 households in the Hunterville subdivision utilize septic systems that routinely fail and contaminate the Fox River. This project would extend city sewer and water service to Hunterville, which is pitched toward the Fox River, preventing the contamination currently resulting from the subdivision's reliance on outdated septic systems.

Village of Johnsburg Wastewater Treatment Facility

* Recipient: Village of Johnsburg, located at 1515 Channel Beach Drive, Johnsburg, IL 60050
* Description: $500,000 through the EPA's STAG account for Village of Johnsburg to assist with the construction of a centralized wastewater treatment and collection system. This funding would compliment $462,200 that was received in The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008. This is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because an estimated 300,000,000 gallons of raw or partially treated wastewater that is being discharged from failed or failing septic tanks into the Fox River each year. In addition to being one of the nation's most popular recreational waterways, the Fox River is the primary source of drinking water for some 200,000 people. Improving the quality of its water will also complement ongoing efforts to clean up and restore the ecosystem of the Illinois River, into which the Fox River flows.

Village of Spring Grove Water Main Extension

* Recipient: Village of Spring Grove, located at 7401 Meyer Road, Spring Grove, IL 60081
* Description: $150,000 in the EPA's STAG account to expand the sewer and water main through the town of Spring Grove, which is 95% comprised of septic systems that are adjacent to a high value aquatic resource. This is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because he septic systems in this area are failing and even with temporary repairs, they can't keep up with current and proposed infrastructure in the area. The biggest impact the water main extension would have is on the local elementary school, which is in dire need of expansion but can't proceed without access to the water main. The extension will also increase the number of users on the municipal system and add to the number of hydrants available to a commercial area.

Water's Edge Waldorf School, (Wauconda, IL)

* Recipient: Water's Edge School, located at 150 East Bonner Road, Wauconda, IL 60084
* Description: $11,000 in the EPA's STAG account to provide clean drinking water to the children at Water's Edge Waldorf Elementary School. Water's Edge School is located 400 yards from the Wauconda Sand & Gravel Superfund site. This is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because the school currently draws its drinking water from a groundwater aquifer contaminated with vinyl chloride. Like $750,000 received four years ago to aide nearby homes, this grant will be used to remove the school from this potentially contaminated water supply and instead hook up to a clean, permanent supply of municipal drinking water.

Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

* Recipient: Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, located at 450 West Highway, Barrington, IL 60010
* Description: $72,500 through the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Account for the Breast Cancer Center at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital. This funding is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars because it will support the development of a centralized digital mammography reading station at the Breast Care Center "headquarters" on the Advocate Good Shepherd campus, so the hospital's radiologists have the equipment and capacity they need to read and interpret a rapidly growing volume of screening and diagnostic mammograms.

Children's Memorial Hospital Intensive Care Unit Facilities

* Recipient: Children's Memorial Hospital, located at 2300 Children's Plaza, Chicago, IL 60614-3394
* Description: $500,000, in conjunction with other Members, through the Department of Health and Human Services HRSA Health Facilities Account to help build a new hospital. This is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars because construction of a new hospital will allow Children's Memorial to continue providing all children in our region with access to the best minds in pediatric medicine and science and the most advanced cures, treatments and technology in a family-centered environment.

F.A.S.T. Solutions Initiative

* Recipient: McHenry County, located at 2200 North Seminary Avenue, Woodstock, IL 60098
* Description: $250,000 through the Department of Education, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FISPE), or the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Training and Employment Services to fund the F.A.S.T Solutions Initiative. This program is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars because it will provide flexible and sustainable workforce training in a "boot camp" format which is designed to provide intensive, short-term occupational training in specific fields identified by employers through their participation on the McHenry County Workforce Investment Board (WIB).

Specialty Care and Diagnostic Testing (Lake County, IL)

* Recipient: Lake County, located at 18 North County Street, 9th Floor, Waukegan, IL 60085
* Description: $500,000 through the Department of Health and Human Services HRSA Account to assist Lake County's two safety net providers - HealthReach and LDHD/CHC. Providing this assistance is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars because it helps prevent patients from deteriorating to the point that they must receive care in local hospital emergency rooms, which is more costly, and facilitates access to diagnostic services such as x-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs, CT scans, biopsies, cardiac stress test and referrals to specialists.

Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Illinois Route 120 Corridor (Lake County, IL)

* Recipient: Lake County, located at 18 North County Street, 9th Floor, Waukegan, IL 60085
* Description: $1,000,000 from the Transportation, Community and System Preservation (TCSP) account in the FY10 Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) budget for phase one engineering of a freeway section of the Illinois Route 120 corridor between U.S. Route 12 and Illinois Route 131. This funding would compliment $975,000 that was received in The Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, and the $980,000 that was received in The Fiscal Year 2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act for this project. East-west travel across Lake County continues to become more congested as the county grows. This is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because creating the Illinois Route 120 Corridor will be a coordinated effort including several local municipalities, Lake County, and the state of Illinois in order to reduce congestion and increase traffic flow.

Meacham Road Tollway Access Ramps (Schaumburg, IL)

* Recipient: Village of Schaumburg, located at 101 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg, IL 60193
* Description: $500,000 from the Transportation, Community and System Preservation (TCSP) account in the FY10 Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) budget for phase one engineering of a west-bound off ramp at Meacham Road from U.S. Interstate 90. This funding would compliment $475,000 that was received in The Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 for this project. The Village of Schaumburg is the largest center of economic development in the State of Illinois outside the City of Chicago, generating nearly $3 billion in retail sales each year. More than 5,000 businesses take pride in their Schaumburg address and Woodfield Mall has been named the Illinois Number One Tourist Attraction. This is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because the Village has worked closely with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority, and the adjacent municipalities on developing this plan, which has broad community support.

Metra Commuter Rail System Development of the Suburban Transit Access Route Line (Northeastern, IL)

* Recipient: Metra Commuter Rail, located at 547 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60661
* Description: In conjunction with other Members of the Illinois Delegation an appropriation of $5 million from the Section 5309 New Start funds in the FY09 Federal Transit Administration (FTA) budget for the Metra Suburban Transit Access Route Line (STAR). This funding would complement the $13,227,500 that was received in FY08 and FY09 for this project. This essential funding would be used by Metra for preliminary engineering and environmental assessment work for the STAR Line. This forward-looking suburb to suburb commuter rail line, which was authorized under SAFETEA-LU, would continue this initiative that will link more than 100 communities and their rail lines in the Chicagoland region. This is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because this project is vital to the region in terms of alleviating traffic congestion, providing new commuting opportunities, and linking communities and places of business with new service promoting additional economic development.

Metra Commuter Rail System Expansions and Upgrades to the Union Pacific Northwest Line (Northeastern, IL)

* Recipient: Metra Commuter Rail, located at 547 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60661
* Description: $5 million from the Section 5309 New Start Funds in the FY09 Federal Transit Administration (FTA) budget for the Metra Union Pacific NorthWest (UP-NW) Line. This funding would complement the $13,227,500 that was received in FY08 and FY09 for this project. This funding for a vital commuter rail line authorized under SAFETEA-LU would be used by Metra for preliminary engineering on the UP-NW line. This is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because these improvements will provide an essential upgrade to Metra's second busiest line that will include a new station, an extension of track, new facilities, and enhanced overall service.

Miller Road Widening (McHenry County, IL)

* Recipient: McHenry County Department of Transportation, located at 2200 North Seminary Avenue, Woodstock, IL 60098
* Description: $500,000 from the Transportation, Community and System Preservation (TCSP) account in the FY10 Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) budget to widen Miller Road from Illinois Route 31 to River Road. This funding would compliment $6,839,000 that was received in SAFETEA-LU and The Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 for improvements to Miller Road. This is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because by widening Miller Road from Routes 31 to River Road in McHenry, Illinois to four lanes, existing and projected traffic demands would be met well into the future for this heavily traveled north-south thoroughfare in eastern McHenry County.



REP. JUDY BIGGERT
http://judybiggert.house.gov/NewsRoom.aspx?FormMode=Detail&ID=982

Biggert Releases Member Project Requests

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Judy Biggert (R-Il-13th) today released the complete list of the member projects ("earmarks") and program requests that she has submitted to House appropriators for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 funding cycle.

"While I have released my requests before, this is the first year that every Member of the House will be required to do so under new rules, and that's the sort of progress we should continue to move forward on," said Biggert, a long-time advocate for earmark reform. "Members know their district's needs better than some bureaucrat in Washington, but every dollar of taxpayer money should be fully vetted by the public and scrutinized for waste, fraud, and abuse."

In addition to posting their requests online, Members must submit signed certifications that neither they nor their spouse has a financial interest in a project they secure. House Republicans also have voluntarily adopted reforms such as no self monuments, no earmarks for front organizations, no 'air-dropping' earmarks into a conference report to avoid scrutiny, and always publicly detailing all earmarks in the Congressional Record.

Today's release marks the second time, beginning in FY08, Biggert has published all of her project requests prior to their approval by the House, Senate, conference, and White House. And for FY09, she even adopted a year-long moratorium on earmarks as part of a broader push to bring more transparency and accountability to the earmarking process. Previous to that, Biggert publicized earmark projects that actually received federal funding.

"I know that some of these requests are long shots, and we never want to get people's hopes up too high. But transparency now is much more important than sparing false hopes, and I want to ensure that all of our worthy projects are out there and given a chance," said Biggert. "I'm proud of the requests we've made for residents of the district. These are expenditures that will create jobs, improve roads, and protect our children and health."

22 requests were made for funding in 9 appropriations bills. Biggert made no requests of the remaining three subcommittees: state/foreign ops, military construction, and legislative branch.

The biggest category of requests on Biggert's list is technology - funding associated with Argonne National Laboratory or technology companies that are spin-offs from the research and development conducted at Argonne.

"Appropriating funds is a responsibility that is assigned to Congress by the Constitution," said Biggert. "What I object to in the "earmarking" process is when there is lack of transparency. In the past, no one knows who requested the earmark, and no one knows about the earmark until after Congress has voted on the bill in which the earmark is contained. I think that's wrong. Those who request and receive earmarks should be willing to defend the earmarks, and Members should know what they're voting for in advance of the vote."

Biggert said that the process of selecting and submitting requests is one that she takes very seriously.

"My staff and I spend a great deal of our time calling on county, local and state officials to ask for their federal funding priorities for the communities in my district. I also personally meet with hundreds of constituents each year who come to me with requests for funding for not-for-profit and other causes. Some of them are appropriate and worthy; others are not," she said. "I'm hopeful that with even greater reform, we will be able to eliminate any inappropriate spending requested by those on either side of the aisle."

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U.S. Representative Judy Biggert
Member Requests
April 3, 2009

Energy & Water

1. Green Fuels Depot
Intended Recipient of Funds:
Packer Engineering
1950 N. Washington St.
Naperville, IL 60563
Amount Requested:
$4,000,000
Project Description:
Funds will allow a local collaboration of engineering, scientific, and municipal leaders to use emerging energy technologies to convert waste into electricity, hydrogen, and ethanol to operate municipal fleet vehicles.
Explanation of the request:
The City of Naperville, College of DuPage, Argonne National Lab, and Packer Engineering will demonstrate biomass conversion to fuel for municipal fleet vehicles. Demonstrating and deploying waste-to-fuel sources will promote environmental responsibility and sustainability while reducing costs to municipalities, and ultimately taxpayers, by reducing high energy costs and operating overhead of local government.

2. Advanced Battery Materials and Manufacturing R&D
Intended Recipient of Funds:
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 South Cass Avenue
Argonne, IL 60439
Amount Requested:
$5,000,000
Project Description:
Argonne National Laboratory and the Commonwealth of Kentucky are collaborating in an industrial consortia to advance battery materials and manufacturing. The main objective is to make breakthroughs in new battery materials and electro-chemistry critically needed to move forward on practical, competitive transportation solutions and for efficient storage of electricity generated from renewable energy sources.
Explanation of the request:
Electrification of the nation's light vehicle fleet has great potential to reduce oil imports and significantly reduce emissions.

3. Natural Community and Hydrology Restoration at Prairie Bluff Preserve and Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve (LPNP)
Intended Recipient of Funds:
Forest Preserve District of Will County
17540 West Laraway Rd
Joliet, IL 60433
Amount Requested:
$1,000,000
Project Description:
Funds will be used to modify how storm water is managed at the preserve through the elimination of agricultural drain tiles, creation of infiltration basins and trenches, and the use of other best management practices. In addition, funds will be used to restore naturalized plant communities across this portion of the recharge area, increase water infiltration, and stabilize the seepage flow at LPNP.
Explanation of the request:
Prairie Bluff Preserve occupies much of the groundwater recharge zone for the seeps at Lockport Prairie. Modifying how storm water is managed is important for protecting the rare habitats and would address several goals and objectives contained in the federal recovery plans for endangered species.

4. Report language request (non-earmark) on Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT), which is owed local school districts for the loss of property tax revenue associated with Argonne National Lab/Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science.
Language Details:
The language would direct the DOE to change regulations that tie PILT payments to Impact Aid and therefore reduce payments for the Lemont Township High School District 210, Burr Ridge School District 180, and Cass School District 63. It also requests $280,000.00 in PILT payments.

Interior

1. 63rd Street Storm Sewer Expansion
Intended Recipient of Funds:
Village of Willowbrook
7760 Quincy Street
Willowbrook, IL 60527
Amount requested:
$2,000,000
Project Description:
Replacement of existing outdated sewage pipes with larger pipes to alleviate private property flooding and prevent future road closures.
Explanation of the request:
Development in the local area has exceeded current storm sewer capacity. Installing larger pipes now will alleviate future flooding and street closure, improving quality of life for drivers and homeowners in the area. Furthermore, managing storm water flow now will prevent premature road deterioration and the subsequent road construction delays and costs associated with repair.

2. Storm water Management at Naper Settlement
Intended Recipient of Funds:
Naperville Heritage Society
523 S. Webster Street
Naperville, IL 60540
Amount requested:
$500,000
Project Description:
This project will provide the proper drainage and management of storm water as required by DuPage County at Chicagoland's only nationally accredited outdoor history museum.
Explanation of the request:
Introducing underground vaults and improving management of storm water at Chicagoland's only nationally accredited outdoor history museum will improve the water quality in the DuPage River watershed by mitigating the impact of storm water on Naper Settlement's grounds and in the surrounding neighborhoods.

3. Residential Water Well Testing
Intended Recipient of Funds:
DuPage County Health Department
111 N. County Farm Rd
Wheaton, IL 60187
Amount requested:
$225,000
Project Description:
The project will sample private water wells located down gradient of seven known areas of contamination to determine the scope and source of additional contamination, with an emphasis on Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). The Health Department will collect the water samples and the Illinois EPA will conduct the sample analysis.
Explanation of the request:
Over 140,000 residents use water from private wells in DuPage County. By implementing the second phase of water testing in down-gradient areas, local officials will be able to discover and preempt the spread of potential contaminants, protecting both water quality and human health.

Commerce, Justice, and Science

1. Internet Safety Programs
Intended Recipient of Funds:
Village of Downers Grove
801 Burlington Ave.
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Amount Requested:
$5,000
Project Description:
Funds will be used to implement four projects: the Bully Busters Program (4th grade), which focuses on how to handle bullies, including issues related to cyberbullying; the Home Alone Program (5th grade), which is designed for "latchkey" children and includes Internet safety; the Cyberbullying Program (7th grade), which was developed specifically for middle school students and focuses on the consequences of cyberbullying; and the Protecting Your Child From Predators Program, which is specifically for parents and includes a segment about keeping children safe from online threats.
Explanation of the request:
With reports that one in seven minors are approached online with unwanted sexual advances, more resources are needed to protect children online. This funding will not only protect children from predators, but also will educate them on new threats like Cyberbullying. Crime Prevention experts will conduct classes with both students and parents to teach them strategies to keep children safe.

Labor, Health, and Human Services

1. Children's Autism Treatment
Intended Recipient of Funds:
Little Friends, Inc.
140 North Wright Street
Naperville, IL 60540
Amount Requested:
$200,000
Project Description:
Funds will be used to physically expand the Little Friends Center for Autism (LFCA), one of the only training and evaluation clinics in the metropolitan area.
Explanation of the request:
Last year, LFCA trained over 3,000 parents and professionals and more than 120 families have benefited from LFCA's evaluation clinic. They have since outgrown the space, and have an opportunity to move to a larger facility nearby. This will allow for expanded occupational and speech therapy services for children with autism of all ages and provide the space needed to conduct additional evaluations, confidential consultations and family trainings.

2. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Center
Intended Recipient of Funds:
St. Xavier University
18230 Orland Parkway
Orland Park, IL 60467
Amount Requested:
$500,000
Project Description:
Funds will be used to develop a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Center on St. Xavier University's Orland Park campus to better prepare educators and education students to teach STEM disciplines to pre-school through college-age students. The STEM Education Center will feature a state-of-the-art methods lab that will be used to provide hands-on science, math, and technology programs designed to increase teachers' knowledge and skills in these areas.
Explanation of the request:
The STEM Education Center will increase the number of well-qualified STEM teachers in south suburban schools; improve STEM education in public and private schools in the south suburbs of Chicago; and increase the number of teachers and students who participate in programs that result in careers in STEM fields. Both locally and nationally there is a critical need for professionals with a solid foundation in science, technology and mathematics. And advancing science and technology is crucial to America's long-term economic competitiveness in the global marketplace.

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development

1. Bolingbrook Airport Improvements
Intended Recipient of Funds:
VILLAGE OF BOLINGBROOK
375 W. BRIARCLIFF ROAD
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Amount Requested:
$2,000,000
Project Description:
Funds will be used to carry out FAA-approved plans to bring a recently-acquired airport into FAA compliance by upgrading the runway to general aviation standards. The project will include drainage improvements, old runway removal, and paving.
Explanation of the request:
The Bolingbrook International Airport is one of the most widely used general aviation airports in Illinois. Improving the runway will increase safety for travelers and increase access for commercial and passenger travel to the southwest suburbs.

2. Tinley Park 80th Avenue Metra Station Development
Intended Recipient of Funds:
Village of Tinley Park
16250 South Oak Park Avenue
Tinley Park, IL 60477
Amount Requested:
$2,000,000
Project Description:
Funds will be used by the Village of Tinley Park, in collaboration with Metra, to develop a new building, warming shelters, and pedestrian underpass to accommodate increasing ridership at Metra's second busiest location.
Explanation of the request:
The 80th Avenue Metra facility is the second busiest commuter train location within the Metra system. It has a daily ridership of over 3000 commuters. A new building, warming shelters, and underpass will vastly improve efficiency, safety, and access for daily commuters.

3. Woodridge Pedestrian Bridge at Rt. 53
Intended Recipient of Funds:
Village of Woodridge
One Plaza Drive
Woodridge, 60517
Amount Requested:
$500,000
Project Description:
Funds will be used for construction of a pedestrian bridge over Route 53.
Explanation of the request:
The proposed pedestrian bridge is the last step to connecting a network of commercial, residential, and recreational paths. Once completed, the bridge will enhance pedestrian safety as well as decrease congestion and improve air quality by offering citizens convenient access to multiple destinations on foot and bicycle, rather than car.

4. Ogden Avenue Grade Separation
Intended Recipient of Funds:
City of Aurora
44 E. Downer Place
Aurora, IL 60507
Amount Requested:
$4,000,000
Project Description:
Funds will be used for engineering and design of a much-needed grade separation at IL Route 34 in Aurora along the EJ&E tracks recently acquired by Canadian National.
Explanation of the request:
The Surface Transportation Board's (STB) recent approval of Canadian National's purchase of the EJ&E Railway has created an urgency to begin Phase I engineering for a grade separation at Ogden Ave due to the four-fold increase in freight traffic and related traffic congestion and safety concerns. Under the STB's decision, Canadian National would be required to pay 67% of the cost of the $50 million project, however matching public funds are required to leverage those dollars.

5. 159th Street Widening
Intended Recipient of Funds:
Illinois Department of Transportation
2300 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL
Amount Requested:
$1,750,000
Project Description:
Funds would be used to widen 159th street from two to four lanes from I-355 to Will-Cook Road.
Explanation of the request:
Widening 159th street will ease congestion and improve public safety. Average daily travel has doubled in the last 5 years, resulting in a 20% increase in traffic fatalities.

Department of Defense

1. Diamond MEMS Sensors for Real-Time Sensing of Weaponized Pathogens
Intended Recipient of Funds:
Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc.
429 B Weber Road # 286
Romeoville, IL 60446
Amount Requested:
$2,500,000
Project Description:
Funding would provide for the development of wearable, diamond-based MEMS biosensors for first responders or warfighters that will detect weaponized pathogens in real-time.
Explanation of the request:
The purpose of the project is to develop a wearable sensor to detect weaponized pathogens utilizing the unique properties of diamond. ADT's patented diamond technology will be used as a platform to enable a new class of compact, wearable chemical and biological point sensors, with unprecedented sensitivity, stability, and reproducibility. Success in this project would offer improved safety for America's warfighters and improved response times in hazardous material or environmental situations.

2. Joint Aircrew Combined System Tester (JCAST)
Intended Recipient of Funds:
Chemring Scot, Inc.
2525 Curtiss Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Amount Requested:
$2,000,000
Project Description:
The funding would be used for the procurement of Joint Aircrew Combined System Testers (JCAST). The JCAST is a self-contained, portable tester, eliminating the need for multiple pieces of equipment to test aircrew flight equipment.
Explanation of the request:
The JCAST tester provides mission critical data collection for complete system verification. It will reduce life-cycle ownership costs by accurately and effectively performing trend analysis, which is necessary for purchasing equipment and replacement parts. The JCAST tester has the support of United States Air Force Major Air Commands such as the Air National Guard (ANG), Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) Air Combat Command (ACC), Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), United States Air Forces Europe (USAFE), Air Force Special Operation
Command (AFSOC) and the Air Education and Training Command (AETC).

3. Cadmium Telluride on Silicon for Night Vision and Low-Cost Solar Energy
Intended Recipient of Funds:
EPIR Technologies
590 Territorial Drive, Unit B
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Amount Requested:
$5,000,000
Project Description:
Funds will be used for the construction of a solar research and manufacturing facility to create novel, lower-cost, concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) cells that will generate higher capacity solar technology, reduce energy costs, and make alternative substrates more affordable to the U.S. Army for advanced night vision capabilities.
Explanation of the request:
Increased manufacture of advanced solar technology promises to bring down the cost of renewable, photovoltaic energy to that of conventional grid power. This would lower energy costs, help end America's dependence on foreign energy, and combat climate change. Moreover, the Army's night vision capabilities will greatly expand through the associated manufacture of alternative substrates for high performance HgCdTe-based cameras. These substrates are a component of the CPV solar cells, hence the mass production of the solar cells will ensure the availability of low-cost alternative substrates.

Agriculture

1. Gypsy Moth Control
Intended Recipient of Funds:
Village of Downers Grove
801 Burlington Ave.
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Amount Requested:
$75,000
Project Description:
Gypsy Moth Control funding will focus on spraying activities for 800 acres of residential area in Downers Grove in DuPage County, IL.
Explanation of the request:
Area infestations of Gypsy Moths have caused significant harm to neighborhood foliage, specifically oak trees. And there are reports that fecal matter from large populations of gypsy moths has caused respiratory discomfort to local residents. The need for increased suppression activities will protect both environmental and human health needs. Gypsy moths also incur significant financial damages by forcing residents to pay the costs associated with cutting down damaged trees or replanting foliage. State funding for mitigation efforts was ceased.

2. Gypsy Moth Mitigation
Intended Recipient of Funds:
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
3 S. 580 Naperville Rd
Wheaton, IL 60189
Amount Requested:
$75,000
Project Description:
Gypsy moth mitigation funding will be utilized for the application of insecticide and pheromone mating disruptor to protect Oak woodland natural areas from high levels of Gypsy Moth activity and damage.
Explanation of the request:
Gypsy moth infestations continue to plague DuPage County, IL. The Forest Preserve enjoys dense areas of mature oak tree stands -- some, dating back more than 100 years. The Forest Preserve District needs assistance to mitigate future defoliation from the gypsy moth in order to protect the area's natural habitat. State funding for mitigation efforts was ceased.

3. Gypsy Moth Prevention
Intended Recipient of Funds:
Downers Grove Township
4340 Prince St
Downers Grove, 60516
Amount Requested:
$75,000
Project Description:
The purpose of this project is to control the population of gypsy moths within Downers Grove Township by spraying in unincorporated areas where gypsy moths are infesting and destroying neighborhood trees.
Explanation of the request:
Downers Grove Township is located in DuPage County, Illinois, where gypsy moth outbreak levels continue to rise annually. State assistance to commercial and residential property owners for prevention efforts has ceased, leaving homeowners responsible for costly mitigation or debris removal. Successful prevention will decrease the moth population and prevent damage to neighborhood trees.

Financial Services

1. Women's Entrepreneurial Education and Workforce Development Initiative
Intended Recipient of Funds:
Benedictine University
5700 College Road
Lisle, IL 60532
Amount Requested:
$300,000
Project Description:
Benedictine University recently established an innovative program specifically designed to empower women in the workforce. The program is designed to reach out to diverse low- and middle-income women for purposes of job skills training and professional development. Financial literacy and collaborative leadership are a few examples of course work for this program.
Explanation of the request:
In changing economic times, access to education and job training for underserved women is vital to our local communities.

Homeland Security

1. Midwest Regional Center for Homeland Security
Intended Recipient of Funds:
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 South Cass Avenue
Argonne, IL 60439
Amount Requested:
$5,000,000
Project Description:
Funds will be used to design and build a dedicated space to consolidate key science and engineering capabilities, integrate research on critical homeland security technologies, and to develop crisis management tools, including those specifically adapted to the regional needs of the Midwest.
Explanation of the request:
Argonne conducts basic and applied research for several Federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and other State and regional entities. The Center would further that research. The Center also would provide operational capabilities, including secure space and communications, to assist first responders in their coordination efforts with all regional and federal agencies. The Center would also serve as a hub to help the region meet all response challenges in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist threat. In addition, the Center will provide the FBI with a secure Continuity of Operations Facility in the Chicago area, should offices downtown be affected by a major event. These secure capabilities currently do not exist in the Midwest region.

REP. BILL FOSTER
FY 2010 Appropriations Requests
The following is a list of the 49 projects, totaling $51,292,553 submitted to the House Committee on Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2010.

Project: DeKalb/Sycamore Mentorship Program

Requested Amount: $17,688

Requestor: Best Buddies Illinois, 350 North Orleans Street, Suite 678, Chicago, IL 60654

These funds would support the mentoring programs of Best Buddies at Northern Illinois University, Sycamore High and Sycamore Middle Schools. These programs enhance the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities by increasing their opportunities to gain meaningful employment.


Project: High School Technology Training

Requested Amount: $15,000

Requestor: Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township, 425 Tulsa Ave, P.O. Box 173, Carpentersville, IL 60110

The funding for this program would allow some Teen Center Club Members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dundee Township to learn how to use and improve their computer skills as well as learning about hardware identification and installation, networking and technology-related careers. Because college is not an option for all teens, this program will help these teens gain valuable skill sets that will make them more marketable to future employers, helping them to find jobs following High School graduation.


Project: Future Leaders Program

Requested Amount: $75,000

Requestor: Boys and Girls Club of Elgin, 355 Dundee Avenue, Elgin, IL 60120

This program for low-income middle school students would be applied to an after school program focused on reading assistance, financial literacy, homework assistance and for the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse. The program will make a positive impact on at-risk area children, of which, 80 percent come from single family homes and 72 percent live below the poverty level. By giving them these critical skills, the Boys and Girls Club helps these vulnerable children avoid the temptations of crime and gang activity.


Project: Campton Hills Police Mobile Patrol

Requested Amount: $25,000

Requestor: Campton Hills Police Mobile Patrol, 40W115 Campton Crossings Drive, Unit B, Campton Hills, IL 60175

This funding would be used to purchase five new Mobile Data Computers (MDC). Five moving radar units would also be provided to each squad. The Campton Hills Police Mobile Patrol currently operates with secondhand equipment, and this funding would both update existing equipment and ensure that every squad car has a MDC. MDCs and radar units allow law enforcement to more efficiently control and enforce traffic violations, making area streets safer for constituents.


Project: Physician Referral Service

Requested Amount: $25,000

Requestor: Catholic Charities - Elgin, 40 DuPage Court, Suite 400, Elgin, IL 60120

These funds would be used by the Physician Referral Service to purchase new computers and printers, as well as for the recruitment of physician volunteers. The Service uses a computerized phone database to link doctors who will accept Medicaid for their services with Illinois Medicaid recipients. Medicaid recipients can call this service for assistance. By using this service, patients can avoid being turned away for care, preventing expensive emergency room visits that they cannot afford - costs that would be passed on to the taxpayer.


Project: Eola Road Widening, Aurora, IL

Requested Amount: $3,000,000

Requestor: City of Aurora, 44 E. Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60507

These funds will support the reconstruction and widening of Eola Road from Montgomery Road (83rd Street) to Keating Dr. (87th Street). Improvements will include road reconstruction and widening from two to four lanes, stormwater drainage improvements, intersection improvements, curbs and gutters and sidewalk installation. The widening of this road will reduce the commuting time for working constituents, making them more effective employees.


Project: Ogden Avenue Grade Separation

Requested Amount: $4,000,000

Requestor: City of Aurora, 44 E. Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60507

This funding would aid in the initial phase of engineering for a grade separation at Ogden Avenue, which, because of the recent approval of Canadian National's purchase of the EJ&E Railway, is a top priority due to the impending four-fold increase in traffic. This traffic increase is also likely to significantly increase traffic congestion, further emphasizing the need for a grade separation.


Project: Substation Relocation and Revitalization

Requested Amount: $6,000,000

Requestor: City of Aurora, 44 E. Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60507

The funding would support the redevelopment of a major portion of downtown Aurora, which is part of the city's overall redevelopment plan. The funding would also allow the city to work with a public utility company to clean a contaminated site beneath the electrical station, and the city would also utilize a much needed electrical infrastructure upgrade to serve area residents. The project would improve and modernize the electric power delivery system, increasing the electrical reliability in the area while also helping to grow Aurora's economy.


Project: Street Pedestrian Signalization at Main St. & Millview Drive

Requested Amount: $550,000

Requestor: City of Batavia, 100 N. Island Ave., Batavia, IL, 60510

These funds support construction of an intersection with traffic and pedestrian signalization, specific pedestrian crossings and bicyclist accommodations. This project will make the area safer for automobiles and pedestrians in the area. Creating bike and pedestrian friendly areas are essential to encouraging excercise and healthy lifestyles, increasing the quality of life of constituents and also helping to reduce health care costs.


Project: Drainage Upgrades, DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport, DeKalb, IL

Requested Amount: $1,462,500

Requestor: City of DeKalb, 200 S. 4th Street, DeKalb, IL 60115

This funding is for the first phase of the airport's drainage improvement project. The project will include construction of a detention pond, as well as storm sewer piping to accommodate airport expansion activities. These improvements will mitigate the impact of flooding on airport premises and nearby properties, helping homeowners to save money while also increasing the airport's efficiency.


Project: Multi-Use Pathway, Dixon, IL

Requested Amount: $1,200,000

Requestor: City of Dixon, P.O. Box 386, Dixon, IL 61021

These funds will support planned modifications to an existing abandoned railway pier structure which spans the Rock River in Dixon. The project will rehabilitate an abandoned railroad trestle and contribute to the economic development of Dixon's downtown area, helping to create jobs.


Project: Lindgren Road Realignment at Plank Road in Sycamore, IL (DeKalb County)

Requested Amount: $340,000

Requestor: City of Sycamore, Sycamore Center, 308 W. State St, Sycamore, IL, 60178

This funding will support the realignment of Lindgren Road, a city street, at Plank Road, a county highway. This realignment would provide a safe intersection for school buses serving Sycamore's newest elementary school as well as promoting the safety of area residents, making it easier and safer for local children to go to school.


Project: Bob Leonard River Walk Construction, St. Charles, IL

Requested Amount: $225,000

Requestor: City of St. Charles, 2 East Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174

These funds will be used for phase 2 of construction for the river walk, consisting of the construction of bicycle/pedestrian path for residents and visitors in downtown St. Charles. This project contributes to the St. Charles Downtown Plan and River Corridor Plan, as well as the Kane County Bike Plan. The river walk's construction will also contribute to the economic vitality of downtown St. Charles and provide community access to healthy outdoor activities for residents and visitors.


Project: Coltonville Bridge Replacement

Requested Amount: $2,132,000

Requestor: County of DeKalb, 200 North Main Street, Sycamore, IL 60178

Funding for this project will assist the county with removal and replacement of the existing three span concrete bridge structure on Coltonville Road. The replacement structure will provide for three traffic lanes and will be located in a way that will accommodate current traffic on the bridge, as well as the anticipated traffic increases over the next ten years.


Project: Audiology Services

Requested Amount: $30,109

Requestor: Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region, 799 South McLean Boulevard, Elgin, IL 60123

This funding will support the purchase of new equipment, including an audiology booth, a specialized computer, an audiometer to evaluate hearing loss and a scanner to efficiently evaluate audiology results. These purchases would allow for improved services for the approximately 650 infants, children and adults the Elgin Center serves annually.


Project: Health Careers Center of Excellence

Requested Amount: $205,000

Requestor: Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, IL 60123

These funds would contribute to the first phase of a major expansion project to evolve the college's healthcare programs into a regional center of excellence in the education and training of those in the healthcare profession. There is a shortfall in healthcare and allied health professionals, and this shortfall poses a threat to healthcare and emergency medical services in the area. By creating a Health Careers Center of Excellence, additional well-educated healthcare professionals will be available to serve our area's healthcare needs - especially as baby boomers age and face more health related issues.

Project: Elgin Police Car Video Recording Replacement

Requested Amount: $460,000

Requestor: Elgin Police Department, 151 Douglas Ave., Elgin, IL 60120

This funding would allow for the replacement of all video recorders in Elgin Police cars. This equipment has not been replaced for 8 years. Video recorders allow law enforcement officers to capture unbiased court admissible evidence, assisting officers in obtaining convictions in a variety of court cases. The equipment will also continue to assist officers with the gathering of intelligence on gang related crimes, making our communities safer by reducing crime.


Project: Glenwood West Learning Resource Program

Requested Amount: $300,000

Requestor: Glenwood School for Boys and Girls, West Campus, 41 W 400 Silver Glen Road, St. Charles, IL 60175

The residential education and life-skills programs at the Glenwood School provide safety, nurturing, structure and stability in an educational environment. The funding would support the Learning Resource Program, which is designed to assess, evaluate and test all incoming students in order to create a one-on-one, customized educational program for each student. The school serves children from lower income, single-parent families, providing them with the opportunities needed to grow and succeed. Currently, 90% of Glenwood students go on to institutions of higher education, and by funding this program, we can turn around the lives of vulnerable children, making them productive adults.


Project: Electronic Medical Record Solution

Requested Amount: $150,000

Requestor: Greater Elgin Family Care Center (GEFCC), 370 Summit Street, Elgin, IL 60120

To meet Elgin's growing need for access to primary health care, GEFCC will soon be opening its walk-in clinic. This additional site will increase the faxing and relocating of patient charts on a daily basis. This funding would be used to create a medical record system, creating a safer and more efficient system to track patient records and information, reducing health care costs.


Project: Rural County Cancer Wellness Outreach

Requested Amount: $20,000

Requestor: Home of Hope of the Rock River Valley, 1637 Plock Road, Dixon, IL 61201

This project provides individual and family counseling, support, education and wellness services to those who have been affected by a cancer diagnosis in underserved rural areas. This funding benefits the project by helping to pay staff salaries so the outreach and services can be completely available to community members touched by cancer.


Project: Hospice Patient Supply Delivery

Requested Amount: $25,000

Requestor: Hospice of the Rock River Valley, 264 IL Route 2, Dixon, IL 61021

This funding would be used to purchase a delivery vehicle for the organization, allowing for hospice employees to safely deliver and collect materials to and from patients, allowing those that face terminal diseases to be better served.


Project: Whiteside County, Illinois U.S. Highway 30 Four-Lane Project

Requested Amount: $880,000

Requestor: Illinois Department of Transportation, 2300 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL 62164

The funding would complete the initial phases of engineering to widen U.S. Highway 30 between Fulton and Rock Falls. The project will relieve congestion on the highway, reduce commutes, increase productivity and improve the safety for area residents and travelers along the route.


Project: Environmental Health Progress Project

Requested Amount: $24,760

Requestor: Kendall County Health Department, 811 W. John Street, Yorkville, IL 60560

These funds will allow the Health Department to implement an Information Technology platform for the inspections of wells, septic systems and restaurants. Currently, all data is entered and gathered by hand. As Kendall County continues to grow, this technology will allow for a more efficient system which will improve overall community services and will increase the safety of constituents by ensuring that tested water is clean and drinkable.


Project: Equipment for Aurora Early Learning Program

Requested Amount: $325,000

Requestor: Kids Hope United, 525 College Avenue, Aurora, IL 60506

The City of Aurora shows significant need for full-day early education and child care services, as only 31 percent of children in need are able to benefit from the current resources at the Aurora Early Learning Center. This funding will support the purchase of equipment for the center's early childhood initiative, allowing more children to receive early education and child care services, giving them the skills they need to become better learners in elementary school.


Project: John C. Dunham Planetarium at SciTech Museum

Requested Amount: $985,000

Requestor: SciTech Museum, 18 West Benton, Aurora, IL 60506

This funding would be used to help construct the John C. Dunham planetarium, which would be a state-of-the-art educational facility. It will allow expert educators to deliver live science demonstrations and both world-class astrometric and video presentations for 150 students at a time. In addition, the Planetarium will partner with area schools, many of which have many students from low-income families. This partnership would foster an interest in science-related careers and provide educational opportunities in underprivileged communities, inspiring more students with the power of science.


Project: Northern Illinois Food Bank Distribution and Community Nutrition Center

Requested Amount: $1,000,000

Requestor: Northern Illinois Food Bank, 600 Industrial Drive, St. Charles, IL 60174

The funding will support construction of a new Food Distribution and Community Nutrition Center, because the current facility is no longer sufficient to meet the increasing demand for food assistance. Aside from not being able to handle the increased demand, the current facility is in need of frequent repair. A new facility will allow the Food Bank to better serve area residents living in poverty by allowing them to use their tax dollars more efficiently and effectively.

Project: Hadron Particle Therapy

Requested Amount: $5,000,000

Requestor: Northern Illinois University, 300 Altgeld Hall, DeKalb, IL 60115
The NIU Institute for Neutron Therapy (NIUNT) uses excess beam capacity from Fermilab's proton linear accelerator to generate a neutron beam that treats advanced radio-resistant malignant tumors. This is the only full-service neutron facility in the U.S. The funding will connect the power of science with the need to help treat veterans who are suffering from cancer.


Project: Mobility Services for Veterans Who Are Visually Impaired

Requested Amount: $2,500,000

Requestor: Northern Illinois University, 300 Altgeld Hall, DeKalb, IL 60115

Within the next five years, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will see approximately 80% of their staff currently working in the area of blindness and visual impairment retire. This funding would support a proposed program to train rehabilitation teachers and orientation and mobility specialists to be employed by the VA to provide services for veterans who are visually impaired. Many of the returning veterans from the wars in Afghanistan in Iraq have suffered eye damage, causing various levels of visual impairment. This training provides our veterans with the care they deserve, and will give them the skills they need to secure employment and lead productive lives.


Project: Northern Illinois Proton Treatment and Research Center

Requested Amount: $9,500,000

Requestor: Northern Illinois University, 300 Altgeld Hall, DeKalb, IL 60115
These funds would further the development of the Northern Illinois Proton Therapy Treatment and Research Center. This medical and research treatment facility will treat malignant tumors that are uncontrollable through conventional cancer techniques. When completed, the Center will treat up to 1,500 patients annually using advanced medical science and cutting-edge particle accelerator physics. Proton therapy is the optimal treatment for small, early-stage tumors located close to sensitive structures.


Project: Unique Methodologies for Nano/Micro Manufacturing and Jobs Training for Nanotechnology

Requested Amount: $2,000,000

Requestor: Northern Illinois University, 300 Altgeld Hall, DeKalb, IL 60115

This funding would benefit a project that will educate both management and workers in the technical aspects of nanoscience and engineering in the context of application to current needs in manufacturing. As in all major evolutions in manufacturing, creating the necessary tools is an essential element for success. The proposed work will establish mechanisms for research and development with joint industrial collaborations in new product development, job creation, and the establishment of new businesses. Only by funding initiatives like this can we truly harness the power of nanotech and ensure that our constituents can compete and win in a global economy.


Project: Pace Transit Infrastructure for Randall Road, Kane County, IL

Requested Amount: $960,000

Requestor: Pace, the suburban bus division of the Regional Transportation Authority, 550 W. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005

These funds will support improvements in transit infrastructure along Randall Road between Aurora and Elgin. This corridor has been identified by Kane County as a candidate for future Bus Rapid Transit service. The funding, an initial infrastructure investment, would make it easier for Kane County residents to use existing bus services while also shortening travel times for commuters and making the bus a more attractive commuter option while reducing the number of cars on the road, thus lessening our carbon footprint.


Project: Provena Health Electronic Medical Record (EMR) System

Requested Amount: $3,000,000

Requestor: Provena Mercy Medical, 1325 N Highland Ave, Aurora, IL 60506

This funding will be used to implement the computer hardware of Provena's Electronic Medical Record system, connecting physicians in its numerous facilities throughout the community. Electronic data exchange will lower costs, advance clinical decision support, increase population-based quality measurement and reporting capabilities, add messaging and online consultation capabilities, and will allow patients to have an online personal health record.


Project: Hesed House Comprehensive Homeless Resource Center

Requested Amount: $200,000

Requestor: Public Action to Deliver Shelter Inc. DBA Hesed House, 659 South River St, Aurora, IL 60506

This funding will be used to expand Hesed House into an additional facility, which will house the Comprehensive Resource Center. This center will allow outside agencies to have offices on-site, enabling professionals to better serve guests. On-site services for homeless persons are more effective than those located off-site because they eliminate both the need for transportation and long wait times for appointments. By streamlining the services the most vulnerable are eligible to receive, we make the dollars serving them go further.


Project: Home Rehabilitation for Low-Income Homeowners

Requested Amount: $19,000

Requestor: Rebuilding Together Geneseo/Cambridge (RTGC), 219 W. Wells, P.O. Box 254, Geneseo, IL 61254

The funding would support project expansion to aid low-income homeowners including the elderly, persons with disabilities and families with children. Rebuilding Together repairs and renovates homes of low-income occupants so that residents can remain in their homes and live in a healthy environment.


Project: Reagan Home Centennial Restoration Project

Requested Amount: $10,000

Requestor: Ronald Reagan Home Preservation Foundation, 816 South Hennepin Avenue, P.O. Box 816, Dixon, IL 61021

In preparation for expected national and international attention during the hundredth anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth in 2011, this funding is necessary to assure that the property entrusted to the foundation is maintained. The restoration both prepares the site for additional visitors but extends the life of the buildings and grounds for years to come.


Project: Wind Technician Training Program

Requested Amount: $200,000

Requestor: Sauk Valley Community College, 173 IL Route 2, Dixon, IL 61021

To maximize the economic potential of wind power, the College has created a certificate program to train wind turbine technicians. This funding would be used to train up to 64 workers over the next two years.

Project: Cortland Center Road/Somonauk Road Roundabout Installation, Cortland, IL

Requested Amount: $750,000

Requestor: Town of Cortland, 59 S. Somonauk Rd, P.O. Box 519, Cortland, IL 60112

This funding will help create a roundabout for an intersection that is experiencing traffic volume growth. The intersection will also be the key for the development of a new central business district and civic campus for the town. The project is designed to reduce excessive fuel consumption, and to also mitigate traffic safety concerns.


Project: Atkinson Sewer Treatment Screening Equipment Replacement

Requested Amount: $77,000

Requestor: Village of Atkinson, 107 West Main St, P.O. Box 614, Atkinson, IL 61235

These funds will allow the Village of Atkinson to replace the screening equipment at the sewer treatment plant, a replacement that has been mandated by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. The replacement will ensure better sewer treatment and a safer work environment for the Village employees who are currently doing the screening by hand.


Project: Cambridge Water Line Replacement and Extension

Requested Amount: $161,535

Requestor: Village of Cambridge, 123 West Exchange Street, Cambridge, IL 61238

This funding would allow for the replacement of the Cambridge water line. The replacement would create increased water pressure to the area, minimizing fire damage and saving lives in the event of a fire.


Project: Elburn Waste Water Treatment Plant Standby Generator

Requested Amount: $272,351

Requestor: Village of Elburn, 301 E. North Street, Elburn, IL 60119

This funding will support the installation of an emergency generator to the existing Waste Water Treating Facility, which currently lacks emergency power generation. The installation of such a generator would allow the facility to continuously pump waste water, which is important because failing to do so will result in sanitary sewage backups into the homes of residents, creating a public health hazard and causing thousands of dollars in damages.


Project: Village of North Aurora Police Digital Radio Interoperability

Requested Amount: $204,610

Requestor: Village of North Aurora, 25 E. State St, North Aurora, IL 60542

These funds would be used to purchase 35 radios for police use. These radio purchases are vital to the Village's ability to communicate with its emergency dispatch center in Aurora are essential to the safety of city residents and police officers.


Project: Oswego Water Well Rehabilitation and Redevelopment

Requested Amount: $110,000

Requestor: Village of Oswego, 100 Parkers Mill, Oswego, IL 60543

These funds would allow for the rehabilitation of Well #6 in Oswego. This project is vital to the Village's water system because without the rehabilitation, the well could stop functioning at any time during the coming year.


Project: Sublette Elevated Tank and Water Main Project

Requested Amount: $465,000

Requestor: Village of Sublette, 202 W. 1st Street, P.O. Box 86, Sublette, IL 61367

Currently, the Village's elevated water storage tank can no longer be effectively rehabilitated and must be replaced. The funding will allow for the construction of interconnecting water mains, which will improve the flow and distribution of flow through the Village from the new tank. Providing adequate flow and pressure to Village residents is a fundamental service and basic need of the community.


Project: Quiet Zones at EJ&E Grade Crossings, Wayne, IL

Requested Amount: $180,000

Requestor: Village of Wayne, 5N430 Railroad Street, Wayne, IL 60184

This funding will support the installation of quiet zones at the EJ&E railroad grade crossings at Army Trail and Smith Roads. Single family residences are located at and on the approaches to these two crossings, and the construction of barrier medians at each crossing will improve traffic safety while reducing railroad noise and preserving home values.


Project: Health Facility for the Underserved

Requested Amount: $1,200,000

Requestor: Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Fox Valley, 400 North Highland Avenue, Aurora, IL 60506

These funds will support the construction, renovation and purchase of equipment for VNA's Aurora facility. With this renovation, VNA will be able to provide at least 9,000 additional medical exams, 3,300 more dental exams, and 4,500 more counseling visits per year to a primarily underinsured, uninsured and low to moderate income population, thus reducing the cost to our health care system.


Project: Adult Transition Program

Amount Requested: $500,000

Requestor: Waubonsee Community College, Rt. 47 at Waubonsee Drive, Sugar Grove, IL 60554

These funds will be used to enhance Waubonsee's adult education program to assist adult learners transitioning to postsecondary education. The specialized adult program will assist those who are seeking to define or redefine their employment and academic goals, those who have been affected by economic turmoil, and those who are seeking to enter a new field to remain employed or to re-enter the workforce. This program places a strong focus on basic skills development, job training and retraining and transition. Only by job retraining initiatives like this can our workforce change with the times and gain the skills needed to succeed in this economy.


Project: Wayne Police Mobile Communications Upgrade

Requested Amount: $16,000

Requestor: Wayne Police Department, 5N430 Railroad Street, P.O. Box 532, Wayne, IL 60184

These funds would be used to replace mobile radio and squad car computer systems. These changes are necessary because of changes in computer emergency dispatch equipment made by the Village's dispatching agency and thus, with these funds, the citizens and police will have the technology needed to better fight crime.


Project: We Go Together for Kids Education Enrichment Program

Requested Amount: $300,000

Requestor: West Chicago Elementary School District 33, 312 E. Forest Ave, West Chicago, IL 60185

This funding will support school district enrichment services including violence and substance abuse prevention programs, after school and summer programming, academic supports during the school day, wellness promotion including nutrition education and fitness services, parenting education and parent literacy services. The We Go Together for Kids program provides a holistic approach to solving the problems families face, and seeks to give both children and parents the skills they need to succeed.


Project: Family Literacy Preschool Program

Requested Amount: $195,000

Requestor: YWCA Elgin, 220 E. Chicago Street, Elgin, IL 60120

The Literacy Program offers a unique opportunity for children and parents to learn English and develop essential school-readiness skills. A majority of the funding will be used for direct literacy services, and a portion will be used for project coordination and minor safety upgrades and repairs to the Preschool classroom to a safe learning environment. By becoming literate, a major hurdle is removed from the lives of children and parents, increasing their chances for greater economic opportunities.

REP. LUIS GUTIERREZ

FY 2010 Project Requests for Chicago's 4th District

The following projects have requested support through FY 2010 Congressional appropriations. The deadline for appropriations submissions expired on February 20, 2009.

Alivio Medical Center -- $3,200,000

966 West 21st St., Chicago, IL 60608

Funding would go towards construction costs of the new Alivio Medical Center facility in Cicero, IL, which would provide medical care and services for the uninsured.

Access Community Health Network -- $1,400,000

1501 S. California Ave, Chicago, IL 60608

The funding would provide career laddering for medical assistants that will give this group of employees a window into a four-year college degree, a nursing career, and advanced education when appropriate. The long-term goal is to train and retain bi-lingual, bi-cultural nurses who will remain committed to community health.

Adler School of Professional Psychology -- $300,000

65 East Wacker Place #2100, Chicago, IL 60601

The funding would contribute to the expansion of community bi-lingual services that addresses disparities in the availability and use of mental health services among the African-American and Hispanic populations.

Center for Civic Education -- $35,000,000

5145 Douglas Fir Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302

The funding would be used for national programs authorized under the Education for Democracy Act that teach students the fundamental values and principles of American constitutional democracy.

Chicago Public Schools Marine Military Academy and Argonne National Laboratory -- $750,000

145 South Campbell Ave., Chicago, IL 60612

9700 S. Cass Ave., Argonne, IL 60439

The Marine Military Academy has been designated as a Math and Science Academy. Funding would allow the development of a forensics laboratory, the first of its kind in the Chicago Public Schools.

Children's Memorial Hospital -- $3,500,000

2300 Children's Plaza, Chicago, IL 60614

The funding would be used for the construction and equipment of a comprehensive cardiac unit. This facility would be designed to diagnose and treat a broad range of complex heart conditions from infancy through young adulthood.


Columbia College Chicago -- $5,000,000

600 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605

The Interactive Arts and Media team at Columbia College Chicago is currently working with the Army on the implementation of the High-Rise Evacuation Learning Platform (HELP). Building upon HELP, the Army has identified additional areas for Columbia College to assist in their training and readiness efforts. The Construct training program uses methods of movie and video game production to develop interactive simulations to train individuals to solve problems as a team, making the move from solo effort to teamwork involving knowledge and skills that can be developed systematically.

Columbia College Chicago -- $1,000,000

600 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605

Columbia's capital needs are based on technology innovation and include a trio of broadband interconnects between its Motion Picture Center (MPC), a digital post-production station, and the research offices, laboratories and classrooms, along with software and servers to create a highly efficient and flexible research environment. Funds would be devoted to enabling the school to upgrade the digital connectivity across the Columbia College Chicago campus, and to acquire and configure the necessary technology to make this project feasible. The requested technology enhancements would enable the School of Media Arts to leverage the technological improvements of recent years, and take them to the next level and to a broader spectrum of students and faculty in the process, improving the discipline of education in the media arts.

Community Support Services -- $500,000

9021 Ogden Ave., Brookfield, IL 60513

Funding would benefit the Family Support 360 project, a one-stop shop community center that serves Latino families who have a child with a developmental disability.

Girl Scouts of the USA -- $115,000

420 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018

The funding would be used for VIVA Illinois: An Adult Volunteer/Hispanic Outreach Program. This program states that it is beneficial because local Girl Scout councils understand the unique characteristics of the girls and communities they serve.

Greater Humboldt Park Community of Wellness -- $218,047

1116 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago, IL 60651

The program seeking funding is the Community Health Linkages that aims to improve health outcomes in Humboldt Park by addressing known community health disparities through community education. Specifically, the project would address asthma, smoking and depression.

Illinois State University -- $500,000

310 Hovey, Campus Box 4040, Normal IL 61790

Funding would support the Preparation and Pre-College Recruitment of Underserved Urban Youth program, which promotes post-secondary opportunities to underrepresented youth, enables them to attend college, and facilitates and expands teacher placement in urban settings.

Illinois State University -- $500,000

310 Hovey, Campus Box 4040, Normal IL 61790

Funding would support the Manufacture Your Future program; designed to create advanced manufacturing career opportunity awareness in K-12 students, and the teachers, counselors, and parents who support them.

Loyola University Chicago -- $368,000

6525 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60626

The funding would allow Loyola University Chicago's School of Education to train 100 of its students to become academic coaches at area high schools.

Metra, Chicago, IL -- $20,000,000

547 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60661

Union Pacific Northwest Line (UP-NW) would use funding to provide for preliminary engineering to increase service, extend the McHenry branch north to a new station, add central train control signaling to the branch and build new efficient coach yards.


Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago -- $25,000,000

100 East Erie St., Chicago, IL 60611

The McCook and Thornton Reservoir projects are a key component of the Chicago Underflow Plan (CUP), the flood control element of the District's Tunnel and Reservoir Plan. In FY 2010, funding would be used to continue ongoing design and construction of the McCook Reservoir. This project would provide more than $130 million per year in benefits to over 3 million Illinois residents and once complete would protect over 1.3 million structures from flooding.

Multi-Systematic Therapy, Resurrection Health Care -- $210,000

1820 S. 25th St., Broadview, IL 60603

The funding would be used for the continuation and expansion of the program that treats youth who are presenting behavioral problems.

Museum of Science and Industry -- $1,000,000

57th St. and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637

Funding would support a core program initiative of the Museum that will enable it to grow the number of participants in teacher professional development programs, deepen the learning experience, and create greater access to community services.

National Center for State Courts -- $2,000,000

300 Newport Ave., Williamsburg, VA 23185

The State Courts Improvement Initiative would assist knowledge information services, education and technical assistance, and national court initiatives and research.

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges -- $4,000,000
1041 North Virginia Street, Third Floor, Reno, NV 89503

Funding would continue to support the Model Courts project. This project provides funding for approximately 17 staff to support work in Model Courts and in jurisdictions nationwide.

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges -- $4,000,000

1041 North Virginia Street, Third Floor, Reno, NV 89503

Funding would continue to support the Model Courts project. This project provides funding for approximately 17 staff to support work in Model Courts and in jurisdictions nationwide.

National Council of La Raza -- $5,000,000

1126 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036

The funding would provide development assistance and financing for affordable housing and community revitalization projects in primarily Hispanic neighborhoods.

National Latino Education Institute -- $900,000

2011 West Pershing Road, Chicago, IL 60609

The funding would provide technical assistance and workforce development to low-income individuals in the Chicago area.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital -- $3,000,000

251 East Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611

The funding would be used for the Diabetes Collaborative. It would focus on the build-out of three ophthalmology suites with medical and eye equipment. This would provide comprehensive preventative care in the form of ophthalmologic services, diabetes education and patient tracking of diabetic outcomes via an electronic health record.

Open Books -- $1,500,000

213 W. Institute Place, Suite 305, Chicago, IL 60610

Funding would expand its signature literacy and books programs serving students of all ages in Chicago. Open Books presents a proven model for addressing literacy concerns in the district and across the country.

Pace Suburban Bus, Chicago, IL, $960,000

550 W. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005

The funding would provide paratransit vehicles for disabled riders of Pace Chicago public transit.

Poder Learning Center -- $500,000

1637 S. Allport St., Chicago, IL 60608

Poder Learning Center would use the funding to support and expand their ESL and IT workforce training program in response to the educational needs of the adult immigrant community in the Pilsen, Little Village, and surrounding area.

Puerto Rican Cultural Center -- $150,150

2703 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60622

The funding would be used for an HIV/AIDS outreach and education program in the community. This program provides services and preventative outreach with cultural competence to the Puerto Rican community.

Reach Out and Read National Center -- $10,000,000

56 Roland St., Boston, MA 02129

The funding would be used for a national program that promotes literacy and language development in infants and young children, targeting disadvantaged and poor children.

Reading Is Fundamental -- $28,000,000

1825 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20009

The Reading is Fundamental Inexpensive Book Distribution Program aims to enhance child literacy by providing millions of underserved children with free books for personal ownership and reading encouragement from more than 18,000 locations throughout the nation.

Robert Morris College -- $2,660,000

401 S. State St., #410, Chicago, IL 60605

The funding would be used to upgrade the college library facility and institute a new electronic library supported by a modern circulation component. This will include touch screen electronic card catalogs, interactive smart boards for collaborative study and research, multiple LCD information screens showing updates on institutional information plus local, national and worldwide news feeds.

Roosevelt University School of Pharmacy -- $1,000,000

430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605

Roosevelt University is establishing a College of Pharmacy with a progressive curriculum that will produce pharmacists more rapidly and at a lower overall cost than traditional four-year programs. Roosevelt's pharmacy program would address not only the chronic shortage of pharmacists but the specific need for underrepresented populations to pursue a degree in pharmacy.

Seguin Services, $300,000

3100 S. Central Ave., Cicero, IL 60804

The Job Creation and Peer Mentorship Initiative would provide training and coaching for small business owners and employees.

SGA Youth & Family Services -- $300,000

11 East Adams, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60603

The funding would support the Parachute program, which aims to serve at-risk youth, 10-17 years of age. It operates after school, on holidays, and during summer breaks in six core areas: achieving academic success, character building and development of adaptive life skills, increasing parental involvement, promoting cultural and physical health and wellness, supporting positive adult mentor relationships, and promoting service learning and volunteerism.

SGA Youth & Family Services -- $185,000

11 East Adams, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60603

The funding would be used towards the Juvenile Justice Program. It will provide prevention education, counseling, and case management services to discourage and rehabilitate at-risk youth.

St. Anthony Hospital -- $1,100,000

2875 W. 19th St., Chicago, IL 60623

The funding would be used for the construction of an operating suite and recovery room at St. Anthony Hospital, Chicago. Additional operating and surgical facilities are required to meet increasing demand, provide improved patient care and afford added patient privacy.

St. Mary's and Elizabeth Medical Center, Resurrection Health Care -- $400,000

2233 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60622

The funding would be used for the purchase of digital mammography equipment to replace the inadequate and outdated equipment currently in use.

St. Mary's and Elizabeth Medical Center, Resurrection Health Care -- $295,000

2233 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60622

Requested funding would support the expansion of the "We CANDO It" children's health program, a school initiative that includes an after-school mentoring program, summer camp, and parent education component.

St. Mary's and Elizabeth Medical Center, Resurrection Health Care -- $275,000

2233 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60622

The funding would support the Community Diabetic Program, which currently provides inpatient services, to provide outreach efforts to educate the community about diabetes and allow the center to include an outpatient program.

St. Procopius Elementary School -- $200,000

1625 S. Allport St., Chicago, IL 60608

The funding would be used for a Community Technology Center, which would provide students and the school community with computers and software. These resources and technical assistance would support teacher instruction and student learning in core subject areas.

Strategic Learning Initiatives -- $470,000

4615 29th Place NW, Washington, DC 20008

Funding would be used develop the Early Childhood Initiative. The program strives to deliver instructional services to parents of children aged 3 to 5 in low-income neighborhoods so that their children are prepared to learn from the first day of school.

Teach for America -- $25,000,000

315 W. 36th Street, New York, NY 10018

The purpose of the funding is for the recruitment, selection, placement and professional development of an estimated 8200 first- and second-year teachers in 39 low-income regions across the nation. These teachers would reach an estimated 525,000 underserved students.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology -- $400,000

325 N. Wells, Chicago, IL 60654

Erie Neighborhood House targets children of low-income children with moderate to severe emotional or behavioral difficulties. Funding would provide case management, disabilities and speech services, observation and support of children in the classrooms, complete psychological evaluations, and counseling for parents and families.

Westlake Hospital, Resurrection Health Care -- $165,000

1225 West Lake Street, Melrose Park, IL 60160

Funds are requested to expand a community-based hospital program to register for the Illinois All Kids health insurance program. The All Kids program provides the State's uninsured children with comprehensive healthcare including doctors visits, hospital stays, prescription drugs, vision care, dental care and medical devices.

US Soccer Foundation -- $1,000,000

1211 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036

Funding would address the diabetes health crisis by supporting innovative soccer programs designed to promote healthy lifestyles in children. The program would serve children in underserved communities with programs that combine soccer with diet and nutrition.


- Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson


Project

Midwest Regional Center for Homeland Security

Requestor

Argonne National Laboratory

Amount Requested

$25,000,000

Requestor Address

9700 South Cass Avenue
Argonne, IL 60439

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

To design and construct a state-of-the-art facility capable of developing and deploying new technologies and crisis management tools, including those specifically adapted to the regional needs of the Midwest.


Argonne National Laboratory's broad experience in national security research serves as a very strong base for the development of a Midwestern regional research and operations center that is capable of assisting local, state, regional, and federal agencies in meeting the challenges of natural disasters, and in countering terrorist threats, including the use of chemical, biological, nuclear, or radiological weapons.



Project

Advanced Battery Materials and Manufacturing R&D

Requestor

Argonne National Laboratory

Amount Requested

$20,000,000

Requestor Address

9700 South Cass Avenue
Argonne, IL 60439

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

For research and development in advanced battery materials and manufacturing.

Positive outcomes from this project are expected to directly impact the Illinois economy through R&D jobs and attraction of battery manufacturers to the State. Additionally, key objectives of this program are to rejuvenate advanced battery R&D and initiate battery manufacturing R&D; promote educational outreach; and stimulate workforce development in the district and the State.


Project

Expansion of One to One Mentoring Services for At-Risk Children in Will and Grundy Counties

Requestor

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy County

Amount Requested

$185,000

Requestor Address

417 W. Taylor Street
Joliet, IL 60435

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

For the expansion of measurable, one to one community-based and school-based mentoring services for at-risk children from single-parent homes in rapidly populated Will and Grundy Counties, including: recruitment, screening and background checks, orientation and training, matching, and support and monitoring.

Expansion of this program will allow at-risk children to receive help with schoolwork, encouragement in art and/or sports, and learn conflict resolution. They will meet on a weekly basis with individuals and couples who will help them gain higher self-esteem, behave responsibly and have better relationships with those around them.

Project

New Waste Water Treatment Plant

Requestor

City of Braidwood

Amount Requested

$1,000,000

Requestor Address

141 West main street
Braidwood, IL 60408

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

To construct a new wastewater treatment plant facility capable of meeting the city's current needs along with future demand and growth projections.

The average household income in Braidwood according to the 2000 census is $54,375. The average water bill for a resident of Braidwood is $60.56 per month of which $31.42 relates to sewer charges. These fees are burdensome to senior residents with fixed incomes, which account for 14% of the City's population. The City is expecting construction of this project to occur over an 18-24 month period of time of which 10-20 contractors will be staffed daily at minimum. That would translate to somewhere between 36,000-96,000 man hours. The construction of this project will create up to 65 jobs immediately.







Project

Joliet Multi-Modal Regional Transportation Center

Requestor

City of Joliet

Amount Requested

$2,000,000

Requestor Address

150 W. Jefferson St.
Joliet, IL 60432

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

For improvements to the Joliet Multi-Modal Regional Transportation Center. The center is located in downtown Joliet, Illinois which is the seat and home to the Will County Courthouse and an important employment and cultural center for the Chicago Metropolitan Regional Area. Nationally Registered Historic Joliet Union Station serves as Amtrak's second busiest station in suburban Chicago with over 34,000 passenger boardings and alightings on an annual basis. Joliet Union Station is the terminus point for both the Metra Rock Island and Metra Heritage Corridor Districts that serve regional transit users on a daily basis. Pace bus pulse points in downtown Joliet also provide local and regional service in the Southwest Chicago Metropolitan Area. Continued population and job growth in both Will County and Joliet underscore the need to make these vital transportation assets viable for current and future needs. Will County, IL is one of the fastest growing areas in the United States.

Project

LaSalle Intergenerational Community Center

Requestor

City of LaSalle

Amount Requested

$1,000,000

Requestor Address

745 2nd Street
LaSalle, IL 61301

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

For the demolition of an abandoned school and construction of an intergenerational community center used for both day care and a senior center to benefit both seniors and preschoolers.

YSB operates one of only two licensed day care centers in LaSalle. Over 70% of the working families attending the current center, The Kids' Place, are low income and receive subsidized care. Demolition of the old school, which is both an eyesore and a danger to the neighborhood, will improve the area.


Project

Illinois River South Water and Sewer Improvements

Requestor

City of Marseilles

Amount Requested

$1,000,000

Requestor Address

209 Lincoln Street
Marseilles, IL 61341

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

To extend municipal water and sewer service north along County Highway 15 to the Interstate 80 Interchange (Exit 97).

The project makes public utilities available for economic development in the area. The project opens up about 2000 acres for industrial, commercial, and residential development at the Interstate 80 Interchange. The extension corridor is along County Highway 4 which is the main access route (80,000 lb truck route) to Marseilles.


Project

Southside Water Infrastructure Improvement Plan

Requestor

City of Momence

Amount Requested

$600,000

Requestor Address

29 N. Dixie Highway
Momence, IL 60954

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

This project will fund upgrades to the city's water distribution system, increasing water flows on the south side of Momence. The increase in water flow will enhance fire suppression capability on the south side of Momence and will provide the infrastructure to allow for further economic development.


Project

Peru Electrical Department Wind Turbine Generation

Requestor

City of Peru

Amount Requested

$2,000,000

Requestor Address

1901 Fourth St.
Peru, IL 61354

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

For the construction and implementation of a new 2.5 megawatt wind turbine generation station to reduce the departments need for other sources of energy, reduce their carbon footprint, and provide additional electric power generation with safe renewable sources.

Once completed, the project will provide the taxpayer with a safe, reliable, renewable source of electric energy generation. It will help to reduce the department's dependency on foreign energy sources and reduce the carbon footprint of the existing generating capability. The wind turbine and components will be 100% US made and will create approximately 10,000 man-hours of work for the local construction and crafts industry and countless man-hours in the fabrication of the wind turbine and components.


Project

New Law and Justice Center

Requestor

County of Bureau Illinois

Amount Requested

$3,000,000

Requestor Address

700 South Main Street
Bureau, IL 61356

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

To construct a new Bureau County Law and Justice Center that incorporates both court rooms and a correctional center into one building.

Since the present jail is thirty years old and does not meet today standards, the county needs a jail that will not only meet today's requirements, but will also meet some or all of the future requirements of the county. The Jail and Justice Center would also create many additional long-term jobs in addition to the construction jobs. The investment in the infrastructure of Bureau County will be an investment in sustained economic growth and prosperity for many businesses, the agriculture community and all individuals in Bureau County.


Project

Brisbin Road Interchange at I-80 in Grundy County, Illinois

Requestor

County of Grundy

Amount Requested

$1,000,000

Requestor Address

1320 Union Street
Morris, IL 60450

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

For construction of a new interchange on Interstate 80 at Brisbin Road to spur economic development.

With an investment of public infrastructure, opportunities for private investment, job creation, job retention and high impact development can be realized. Construction of this interchange will promote economic development and create new jobs in this area of the country.


Project

Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System/ Kankakee County Sheriff Airport Enhancement Program

Requestor

Economic Alliance of Kankakee County

Amount Requested

$2,000,000

Requestor Address

200 E. Court St.
Suite 500
Kankakee, IL 60901

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

For enhancements to the Greater Kankakee Airport.

The completion of the enhancements identified in this project will allow for increased capacity at the GKA for prisoner and alien transport.


Project

Grundy County ETSB Consolidation Facility E911 System

Requestor

Grundy County Emergency Telephone System Board

Amount Requested

$350,000

Requestor Address

111 East Illinois Ave.
Morris, IL 60450

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

To provide mission critical equipment for a new county wide consolidated Emergency 911 telephone public safety answering point (PSAP), first respond dispatch center, and secondary county emergency operations center (EOC).

The Grundy County Emergency Telephone System Board (ETSB) is constructing a consolidated Enhanced 9-1-1 (E911) / dispatch facility. This consolidation will bring together two currently overcrowded PSAPS: City of Morris PSAP and Grundy County Sheriff PSAP. This facility will be better positioned to handle the growing needs of both our population and emergency responders and will provide services for five Law Enforcement Agencies, eight Fire Districts, and two Emergency Management Agencies that fall in Grundy, Kendall, and Will County.


Project

Guardian Angel Transitional Living Program

Requestor

Guardian Angel Community Services

Amount Requested

$400,000

Requestor Address

1550 Plainfield Road
Joliet, IL 60435

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

For a transitional living program for victims of domestic violence.

Guardian Angel Community Services' Transitional Living Program will provide safe, affordable housing, counseling and supportive services for women and their children who have fled abusive relationships. This Transitional Living Program has been designed to: accommodate women with children; offer each woman/family control over their living conditions; offer safety and security in a well-maintained building; accommodate on-site assistance and guidance through the presence of a resident caseworker and the assistance of a full time case aid.


Project

Illinois Community College Sustainability Network

Requestor

Heartland Community College

Amount Requested

$5,000,000

Requestor Address

1500 West Raab Street
Normal, IL 61761

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

To implement The Sustainability Institute Network to promote and provide energy education and sustainability practices in districts across Illinois.

The Illinois Community College Sustainability Network (ICCSN) includes all 48 community colleges in Illinois. ICCSN will provide every community member with access to the expertise of a local sustainability institute at their local community college. The program will also provide each community in America with access to local education and advice on the technology and cost of going green so that citizens, builders, laborers, and businesses can go to a trusted and reliable source for the most advanced resources and practices for implementing green solutions and sustainable technologies.


Project

Tools for Maintenance Conversion

Requestor

Illinois Department of Military Affairs/ Illinois National Guard

Amount Requested

$2,100,000

Requestor Address

1301 N. MacArthur Boulevard
Springfield, IL 62702

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

To assist with an unfunded Army mandate that the State "fix forward" as much equipment as possible (alleviating down time due to the evacuation process and to further streamline maintenance operations).


Project

Route 30 intersection Improvements

Requestor

Illinois Department of Transportation/ Village of Frankfort

Amount Requested

$5,000,000

Requestor Address

432 West Nebraska Street
Frankfort, IL 60423

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

For intersection and add-lane improvements to US Route 30 between Harlem Avenue and Wolf Road.

U.S. Route 30, in its present condition, presents a safety and traffic hazard to those who traverse it on a daily basis. Reduction of traffic volume and improvements to the condition of various intersections is important for the community and the region.


Project

Illinois Coalition for Manufacturing Innovation Expansion into the 11th District of Illinois

Requestor

Illinois Institute of Technology

Amount Requested

$1,000,000

Requestor Address

3300 S. Federal
attn: Office of Sponsored Research
Chicago, Il 60616

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

To expand the Illinois Coalition for Manufacturing Innovation into the 11th district of Illinois.

It is fundamental to the future economic competitiveness of the United States to keep manufacturing jobs here at home. This project will provide assistance to our manufacturing industries - especially small and medium-sized businesses. ICMI's main mission is to launch a pilot initiative to create and disseminate improved models for the adoption of innovation by small and medium-sized manufacturing companies through collaborations with research institutions.


Project

Illinois Statewide Gang Intelligence Database

Requestor

Illinois State Police

Amount Requested

$10,000,000

Requestor Address

801 South Seventh Street
P.O. Box 19461
Springfield, IL 62794

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

To upgrade the state's current database capabilities to allow more efficient tracking of gang and violent crimes.

The completion of this project would allow the Illinois State Police to merge information from local and county police agencies' gang and violent crimes information systems and allow for national sharing of this information. This will provide an invaluable tool in the analysis and prevention of violent gang related crimes.


Project

My EntreNet: Supporting Rural Entrepreneurship in Illinois

Requestor

Illinois State University

Amount Requested

$250,000

Requestor Address

Campus Box 4040
Hovey 310
Normal, IL 61790

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

To develop a program utilizing best practices from the University of Northern Iowa to assist rural entrepreneurs in Illinois.

Rural entrepreneurs are often far removed from one another They lack the networks, advice and resources to which urban entrepreneurs have access. This project is a joint partnership between Illinois State University and the Economic Development Council of Bloomington-Normal that will provide support services for rural entrepreneurs in Illinois.


Project

A National Model for Water Quality Improvement and Renewable Energy Production

Requestor

Illinois State University

Amount Requested

$500,000

Requestor Address

Campus Box 4040
Hovey 310
Normal, IL 61790

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

To develop, design, operate, maintain, and monitor a systematic approach for generating renewable energy using methane digester fed with dairy manure and plant biomass using treated municipal waste water under the oversight of Illinois State University.


Project

Equipment for Technology and Workforce Development Center

Requestor

Illinois Valley Community College

Amount Requested

$2,675,500

Requestor Address

815 North Orlando Smith Avenue
Oglesby, IL 61348

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

To provide providing cutting edge high technology equipment needed to appropriately equip the new Technology and Workforce Development Center.

The technology and workforce development center at Illinois Valley Community College will become a major tool for economic development throughout the Illinois Valley. It will help create jobs by attracting new business and industry. The Center will also play a vital role in providing career opportunities to young people who are entering the workforce.


Project

Agriculture Green Energy Education Center

Requestor

Joliet Junior College

Amount Requested

$1,000,000

Requestor Address

1215 Houbolt Road
Joliet, IL 60431

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

To outfit a planned Joliet Junior College (JJC) green agriculture-training center, which will fund alternative energy hardware for training and demonstration purposes. The project will also develop a set of resources for an Applied Science Degree in Sustainable Agriculture.


Project

Gunshot Location System

Requestor

Joliet, IL Police Department

Amount Requested

$1,200,000

Requestor Address

150 West Washington Street
Joliet, IL 60432

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

The Joliet Police Department believes that the ShotSpotter Gunshot Location System would be an essential tool in combating crime. Police, sheriffs, the FBI and other law enforcement organizations nationwide have been successful in using ShotSpotter GLS to reduce crime. Agencies using ShotSpotter systems have seen gunfire related violent crime rates fall by at least 30%, more than a 50% increase in gunfire arrests, and gunfire rates dropped dramatically, by as much as 60 to 80%. ShotSpotter has also been responsible for producing countless arrests, decreasing police response time, increasing officer safety, pinpointing key forensic evidence, and saving numerous lives. It will make the City of Joliet a safer community.



Project

Renewable Energy Generation Technician Training Laboratories

Requestor

Kankakee Community College

Amount Requested

$876,000

Requestor Address

100 College Drive
Kankakee, IL 60901

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

To equip Kankakee Community College's new Renewable Energy Training Laboratories with technology to provide hands-on training in solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, and wind energy technologies to implement a new Green Collar Workforce Training curriculum developed with National Science Foundation grant.

Completion of Kankakee Community College's Advanced Technology Education Center is essential to implement the college's Renewable Energy training program. The center and its laboratories are essential components in producing the highly trained, green collar technicians needed to install and service new solar, geothermal and wind energy facilities for Illinois homeowners and businesses.


Project

Technological Improvements for the Kankakee County Sheriff's Office

Requestor

Kankakee County Sheriff's Office

Amount Requested

$481,588

Requestor Address

3000 S. Justice Way
Kankakee, IL 60901

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

To purchase an Automated Ticketing System and other technological improvements for the Kankakee County Sherriff's Office and 13 other law enforcement agencies located within Kankakee County.

This equipment saves the officer's time by completing reports in the car, creating easy to read and understand ticketing, and allows for timely identification. Each of these devices allows the police force to complete their work quickly and efficiently so that they can then get back to the streets and focusing on other criminal activity.


Project

Wind Technology Project

Requestor

Kankakee River Metropolitan Agency

Amount Requested

$1,500,000

Requestor Address

1600 West Brookmont Boulevard
Kankakee, IL 60901

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

To install state of the art wind technologies to provide renewable sources of energy for the Kankakee River Metropolitan Agency, reduce the Agency's operating costs, and install important safety upgrades.

KRMA seeks renewable sources of power to minimize its overall carbon footprint. In addition, implementing wind energy will enable the Agency to reduce its single largest operating cost - utilities. Reducing reliance on the utilities will free capital for reinvestment in the aging plant and potentially enable the Agency to provide cost savings to consumers. Finally, funding this project will enable important safety upgrades to protect the integrity of the plant. This will ensure the plant maintains access to its self-generated power during outages as required by the EPA. Last year, the lack of such access last year caused $2,000,000 in damage to plant equipment during a single outage.


Project

Etna Road and Champlain Street Reconstruction

Requestor

La Salle County

Amount Requested

$1,000,000

Requestor Address

PO Box 128
Ottawa, IL 61350

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

For the reconstruction of both Etna Road and Champlain Street (County Highway 20) within the corporate limits of the city of Ottawa, beginning at Illinois Route 23 and extending easterly and southerly for 1.95 miles.

This project will provide needed improvements to Etna Road and Champlain Street located within the urban limits of the City of Ottawa. Etna Road is located within a quarter mile of the I-80/IL 23 interchange and provides access to state and county offices providing critical public services. Improvements to this roadway will stimulate further development of adjacent properties on the City's north side in an area zoned for business, commercial and light industrial uses. Improvements to Champlain Street will provide better access to services for adjacent areas zoned for apartments and single and multi-family residential use.


Project

STAR Line

Requestor

Metra

Amount Requested

$20,000,000

Requestor Address

547 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60661

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

For preliminary engineering on the SAFETEA-LU authorized STAR Line commuter rail project which will link nearly 100 communities to the existing METRA rail system fill a critical void in inter-suburban travel..

The STAR Line will establish a key rail connection throughout the northwest, west, and southwest Illinois suburbs and also offer the basis for expanded suburban rail service in the future


Project

SouthEast Service Line

Requestor

Metra

Amount Requested

$20,000,000

Requestor Address

547 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60661

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

For preliminary engineering on the SAFETEA-LU authorized SouthEast Service (SES) Line commuter rail project in a corridor that has been traditionally underserved by transit.

The SES Line will provide new commuter rail service on a 33 mile route that will terminate at the LaSalle Station in downtown Chicago. The new service will provide new commuting opportunities for thousands of riders along the corridor. This Line will allow for better access to existing jobs in Chicago and along the corridor, as well as attract new businesses eager to take advantage of access to Metra rail lines.


Project

Minooka Emergency Operations Center

Requestor

Minooka Fire Protection District

Amount Requested

$250,000

Requestor Address

413 Mondamin Street
PO Box 736
Minooka, IL 60447

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

To assist in the equipping and supplying of a new emergency operations center in the new Minooka Fire Protection District Fire Station.

The new building will be a fully functional fire station and serve as an emergency operations center for the Village of Minooka. This will be Minooka's first purpose designed emergency operations center and is critical to public safety.


Project

Flood Damaged Central Elementary School

Requestor

Ottawa Elementary School

Amount Requested

$5,000,000

Requestor Address

520 West Main Street
Ottawa, IL 61350

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

For the predisaster mitigation of Central Elementary School.

Central Elementary School is located on the banks of the Illinois River within the flood plain as established by FEMA. In September 2008 a record flood resulted in water level +2 feet above the floor elevation of the building causing damage throughout the building and flooding the crawlspace below the building. Central Elementary School houses the entire 5th and 6th grade programs for the Ottawa Elementary School District. It is considered a "critical facility" by the National Flood Insurance Program and FEMA.


Project

Reach Out and Read

Requestor

Reach Out and Read

Amount Requested

$10,000,000

Requestor Address

56 Roland Street
Boston, MA 02129

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

Reach Out and Read (ROR) is a national program that would help to promote literacy and language development in infants and young children, targeting disadvantaged and poor children and families throughout the 11th District.

Research clearly demonstrates the importance of promoting early language and literacy skills so that children have the essential reading skills to begin school successfully. Yet today, a large number of children do not receive the necessary support and assistance to develop these skills and begin kindergarten read to learn. Reach Out and Read would assist at risk children in our district to help them develop these basic skills.


Project

Inexpensive Book Distribution Program

Requestor

Reading is Fundamental

Amount Requested

$28,000,000

Requestor Address

1825 Conneticut Ave
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20009

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

This request will fund the Inexpensive Book Distribution Program, which provides free, new books to underserved children throughout the 11th Congressional District of Illinois.

RIF is a non-profit organization that provides free books to the nation's most needy children through the Books for Ownership program. RIF engages children in reading related activities and motivates children to read for fun. RIF encourages parents and community members to become involved in children's literacy. RIF also offers trainings to center- and home-based daycare providers in support of the emergent literacy skills of preschool children. Furthermore, RIF provides trainings and resources to parents, including access to free videos, information, and tips on making reading a fun part of their child's day.


Project

Hill Memorial Learning Center

Requestor

Social Service and Community Development Foundation, Inc.

Amount Requested

$250,000

Requestor Address

402 Singleton Place
Joliet, IL 60436

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

To provide early childhood education to 40 children that reside in Joliet area.

The early childhood program at the Hill Memorial Learning Center provides education and childcare services during a critical stage in childhood development. This is an important community service for a population in need.


Project

Normal Multi-Modal Transportation Center Including Facilities for Adjacent Public Agency Uses

Requestor

Town of Normal

Amount Requested

$16,000,000

Requestor Address

100 E. Phoenix Ave
Normal, IL 61761

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

For construction of the Normal Multi-Modal Transportation Center.

The Normal Multimodal Transportation Center will provide the public with a safe terminal for eight transportation modes, including the city bus system, inter-city and charter buses, Amtrak service to Chicago and St. Louis, airport shuttles, taxis, park and ride facilities, and pedestrian connections to the downtown and ISU campus. In addition, Normal is an important stop on high-speed rail service between Chicago and St. Louis. This project is regionally significant because it will improve transportation service to and from downtown Normal and Bloomington, Illinois State University, the airport, the national headquarters of State Farm Insurance, Mitsubishi Motors, Peoria, Chicago and Champaign. This project will create important transportation infrastructure and generate over a hundred jobs locally.


Project

Upper Mississippi Restoration, IL, IA, MN, MO, & WI

Requestor

US Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District

Amount Requested

$20,000,000

Requestor Address

Clock Tower Building
P.O. Box 2004
Rock Island, IL 61204

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

For the construction, planning, and/or design of 23 projects applied research, long term resource monitoring at six field stations, continuation of a Public Involvement program, and working on development of the Independent Technical Review Committee.

The funding will be used to continue projects which are vital to the ecological restoration of the Upper Mississippi River and Illinois Waterway, including habitat creation and long-term monitoring. This project is critical for public safety and for flood prevention.


Project

Upper Mississippi River - Illinois WW System, IL, IA, MN, MO, & WI

Requestor

US Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District

Amount Requested

$35,000,000

Requestor Address

Clock Tower Building
P.O. Box 2004
Rock Island, IL 61204

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

To finish design and start construction of three locks (L/D 22, 25 and LaGrange); begin small scale navigation and improvements and continue ecosystem restoration projects.

The funding would be used to construct new 1,200 foot lock chambers, begin ecosystem restoration projects and complete small-scale navigation aids. This project is critical as public safety and flood prevention.


Project

Illinois River Basin Restoration, IL

Requestor

US Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District

Amount Requested

$1,200,000

Requestor Address

Clock Tower Building
P.O. Box 2004
Rock Island, IL 61204

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

This is a 50 year program for large ecosystem restoration in the Illinois River Watershed.

The Illinois River Basin is a major commercial link between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River. This project will enhance the economic vitality of the Illinois River Basin by making navigational improvements and preventing floods.


Project

Illinois Waterway, Lockport Lock and Dam, IL (Replacement)

Requestor

US Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District

Amount Requested

$88,861,000

Requestor Address

Clock Tower Building
P.O. Box 2004
Rock Island, IL 61204

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has classified the Lockport Lock and Dam as Dam Safety Issue, Category DSAC II, which is defined as a dam that has confirmed (unsafe) or unconfirmed (potentially unsafe) hazards. The project will create jobs and prevent downstream flooding in Joliet.


Project

Will County FPMS Study

Requestor

US Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District

Amount Requested

$600,000

Requestor Address

Clock Tower Building
P.O. Box 2004
Rock Island, IL 61204

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

A comprehensive study of the watersheds would allow Will County to prepare watershed plans that are cohesive and complete improving the County's capacity to avoid unnecessary flooding, property damage, injuries, and potential loss of life.

Will County contains many creeks and streams with watersheds that have not been analyzed. The intent is to conduct a watershed study that will analyze flood flows and base flood elevations of the many unstudied creeks and streams of portions thereof within unincorporated Will County. This study will provide FEMA floodplain and detailed hydraulic modeling for areas within the unincorporated areas of Will County, Illinois.


Project

Bourbonnais Creek Storm Water Improvement Project

Requestor

Village of Bourbonnais/ Olivet Nazarene University

Amount Requested

$500,000

Requestor Address

700 Main street NW
Bourbonnais, IL 60914

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

For replacing the existing culvert, expanding the length of the culvert and modifying it to be consistent with the existing creek channel.

The weakness of an inadequate, under-sized and failing open waterway is threatening to damage public and private property. The current condition of the waterway has deteriorated and is difficult to maintain. The deterioration is due to erosion of the banks of the waterway.


Project

New Sewer System

Requestor

Village of Downs

Amount Requested

$1,000,000

Requestor Address

211 S. Seminary
Downs, IL 61736

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

For the construction of a new sanitary sewer collection system that will convey sewage to an existing region-wide waste water treatment facility.

The Village is mandated to construct the public sewer system by the IEPA, which will eliminate pollution of the area streams by untreated or improperly treated sewage. Federal funds will complete the project and prevent hazardous waste contradiction.


Project

Multi-Purpose Green Municipal Service Center

Requestor

Village of Hopkins Park/ Pembroke Township

Amount Requested

$5,000,000

Requestor Address

PO Box AK
Hopkins Park, IL 60944

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

To construct a multiple service green energy building.

This project will provide federal funds to construct a multi-use community service center. This project will create jobs and a safe community center for an area in need.


Project

116th Avenue at EJ & E At-Grade Crossing Upgrade

Requestor

Village of Mokena

Amount Requested

$224,000

Requestor Address

11004 Carpenter Street
Mokena, IL 60448

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

For the installation of warning gates, flashing lights and roadway improvements for the at-grade crossing.

The new Hickory Creek Junior High School recently opened on 116th Avenue south of the EJ&E at-grade crossing. This has produced an increase in the amount of school bus traffic and pedestrian traffic as well as vehicle related traffic. North of the crossing is the regional Old Plank Road Bike Trail. There are currently no crossing gates at this location. The proposed project will also be an integral component affiliated with authorizing a quiet zone status along the EJ&E recently purchased by Canadian National. This project is critical to public safety.



Project

US RT 30 Improvements

Requestor

Village of New Lenox

Amount Requested

$3,200,000

Requestor Address

1 Veterans Parkway
New Lenox, IL 60451

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

For additional travel lanes, traffic signals and other roadway improvements.

This project will provide an additional traffic signal, travel lanes and turn lanes on US Route 30. Construction of these improvements will relieve congestion on the State system and enhance access to approximately five hundred thousand square feet of new retail floor space, as well as office and residential development. The project will improve access to the METRA Rock Island district depot in New Lenox, as well as I-80 from Maple Avenue (US Route 30). This project helps create jobs, makes the community safer, and relieves congestion.


Project

Will County Criminal Justice Information Initiative

Requestor

Will County

Amount Requested

$690,000

Requestor Address

302 N. Chicago Street
Joliet, IL 60432

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

For Phase II development of the Integrated Criminal Justice Information System.

Multi-jurisdictional project to facilitate the integration of disparate information systems among Will County criminal justice departments into a core system capable of data sharing under a Global Justice XML Model. The integration initiative represents a cooperative venture between county, local, and state criminal justice entities with representatives on the Will County Criminal Justice Integration Committee. The project will improve public safety and effectiveness, while reducing expenses related to non-integrated criminal justice systems.


Project

Ridgewood Water and Sewer Improvement Project

Requestor

Will County

Amount Requested

$550,000

Requestor Address

302 N. Chicago Street
Joliet, IL 60432

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

For vital upgrades to the Ridgewood community water and sewage system in northeast Joliet Township.

This project is of vital importance to the health and safety of the Ridgewood community residents. Improvements must be made to the water and sewage system in Ridgewood so that State and Federal water quality standards are met. A private well testing program administered by the Will County Health Department found that 30% of samples tested positive for fecal contamination.


Project

Mentally Ill and Substance Abuse Program

Requestor

Will County Health Department

Amount Requested

$500,000

Requestor Address

302 N. Chicago Street
Joliet, IL 60432

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

For the enhancement of the comprehensive Co-occurring Mental Illness/Substance Abuse Services (MISA) program.

There is a critical need to expand mental health services in Will County. The county's growth is greatly outpacing the availability of much needed services especially mental health and substance abuse services. This project is important for public safety in Will County.


Project

Violence Prevention and Intervention Initiative

Requestor

YWCA McLean County

Amount Requested

$700,000

Requestor Address

1201 N. Hershey Rd.
Bloomington, IL 61704

Purpose / How request is a valuable use of taxpayer funds.

To expand the scope of violence prevention and intervention services to cultivate a safer and healthier community in McLean County.

Funding for the YWCA will expand the scope of violence prevention and intervention services to cultivate a safer and healthier community in McLean County. An advocate will be placed at police departments to provide on-site resources to sexual assault victims and serve as the liaison between the police departments, the court system and victim services. It will also increase direct client services to marginalized populations. Crisis walk-in and counseling outreach locations will be offered at pilot sites. Site-based services will target areas and populations that have access barriers such as rural areas, addiction treatment facilities, nursing homes and group homes for the disabled. Training to increase competence of specialized populations will be imbedded within the pilot services.
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Building Customer Service Capacity for Serving Customers with Disabilities

Request: $50,000

The West Suburban Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation

9440 West Joliet Road

Hodgkins, IL 60525

The funding would be used to develop programs that enhance understanding and capacity for service workers who interact with individuals with disabilities.

This project proposes to fill a gap in the understanding and capacity that front line service employees have in dealing with persons with disabilities through the creation of informational and education materials. This would consist of a DVD training program on serving customers with disabilities that would be made widely available.

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Building Renovation Project for Senior Services, La Grange, IL

Request: $355,000

Aging Care Connections (formerly SWSCOA)

111 West Harris Avenue

La Grange, IL 60525

The funding would be for the environmentally friendly renovation of the existing senior services facility.

Aging Care Connections (formerly SWSCOA) is the designated provider of Title III services of the Older Americans Act administered through the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging. As a part of the national Aging Services Network, Aging Care Connections is the only organization in our service area selected to offer federal and state sponsored programs for older adults and their caregivers. Aging Care Connections has been offering federally funded services for seniors since 1974 and has consistently met the high standards required by the Administration on Aging, Illinois Department on Aging and the Area Agency on Aging (AgeOptions), as evidenced through program and fiscal compliance reviews on a regular basis.

As the number of older adults continues to grow (and subsequently the number of adult children who are thrust into the role of caregiver), requests for assistance to the organization on how to manage care in the home continually increase on a daily basis. By 2030, there will be about 71.5 million older persons or one in every five Americans. The 85+ population is projected to increase to 6.1 million in 2010 and 7.3 million in 2020. In our local area, older adults and their families depend on Aging Care Connections to provide information, assistance, guidance and support for the myriad of issues facing an aging society. Investing taxpayer money in helping seniors to remain independent in their own homes is a much more cost effective way of providing care and an endorsement of our community's commitment to aging well.

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Catholic Charities Long Term Green Housing

Request: $750,000

Catholic Charities Housing Development Corporation

721 North LaSalle Street

Chicago, IL 60654

The funding is for the planning and construction of an advanced long-term skilled-care facility for seniors which would serve as a pilot project for the state of Illinois.

Catholic Charities Housing Development Corporation has made a real contribution to the plan to provide affordable, safe, housing for seniors in Cook County, Illinois. The Catholic Charities Green House project would truly help people transform the lives of seniors and families of seniors who require long-term skilled -care in a residential facility. The pilot project would be a State model for long-term, skilled-care housing that will be replicated in other communities.

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Center for the Science of Animal Well-Being (C-SAW) Zoological Veterinary Medicine Professional Training Programs

Request: $500,000

Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo

3300 Golfview Road

Brookfield, IL 60513

This request would help sustain and strengthen several innovative professional training programs for zoological and aquatic veterinary medicine.

There is a national shortage of zoological veterinary professionals for employment at zoos and aquariums, government agencies, and/or research facilities. Chicago Zoological Society's C-SAW programs offer veterinary students innovative training programs and exposure to cutting edge veterinary medical practices - including high tech diagnostics and treatment. The advances made in this field by current and future professionals will improve veterinary care at the participating institutions; protect and preserve endangered species; and help advance understanding in controlling and preventing the spread of diseases like West Nile Virus, Chronic Wasting Disease, and other zoonotic diseases of interest to human health professionals as well as veterinarians.

As zoos increasingly serve as a haven for a growing number of endangered species, qualified zoo veterinarians are of utmost importance. With more than almost 220 zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in the United States, the demand for expertise in zoological medicine is enormous. This expertise is also in demand for wildlife medicine programs in parks and protected areas. There are few opportunities to gain hands-on experience with a vast array of mammals, birds, and reptiles, and such programs are highly competitive and limited. The Center for the Science of Animal Well-Being's Zoological Veterinary Medicine Professional Training Programs provide training for those who are entering the zoological veterinary science field, whether they become zoo or wildlife vets, academic researchers in comparative animal medicine and/or zoonotic disease as it relates to human health, or enter government service.

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City of Hickory Hills, Police Department

Request: $125,000

City of Hickory Hills

8652 W. 95th Street

Hickory Hills, IL 60457

The Hickory Hills Police Department's 9-1-1 Center provides a crucial link between citizens requesting police services, improves the management of critical incidents involving both man-made and natural disasters, and facilitates radio interoperability communications for first responders. Funds would be used to replace outdated computers, communication consoles, radio equipment, and necessary contingency back up power supply equipment.

The equipment utilized in the Police Department's 9-1-1 Center helps to facilitate recommendations provided through the National Incident Management System. In the event of a natural or man made disaster this equipment would be essential to the operation of the City's Emergency Operation Center as part of the City's Disaster Plan. Technological improvements to 9-1-1 equipment will enhance the ability of first responders from multiple agencies to coordinate efforts and establish vital radio communications. This enhanced ability will provide safety and protection to all citizens affected by a disaster or critical incident. The addition of new equipment will also improve the efficiency of police methods that are utilized in providing protection and services to the community.

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City of Hickory Hills Wastewater Infrastructure Improvement

Request: $500,000

City of Hickory Hills

8652 W. 95th Street

Hickory Hills, IL 60457

This project would help to reduce sewer overflows into streets, public waterways, and commercial buildings.

Sanitary sewers are designed to only carry wastewater from homes or businesses. Due to the aging, existing system, the infiltration of rainwater through deteriorated joints, broken sewers and cross connections add clear water to sewer systems, often filling the sanitary sewer systems to capacity. Once this happens, water will flow backward through the sanitary sewer pipe, flooding basements, and causing manholes to discharge releasing wastewater onto the street.

The construction would consist of the repair and rehabilitation of sanitary sewers. Repair and rehabilitation can include a variety of methods, but generally this project will make use of existing video, performed by the City of Hickory Hills, that isolates sections of sewer in need of repair. The video tape will provide visual evidence of leaking joints, cracked clay sewer pipe, protruding taps, and illegal cross connections. Repair methods will consist of point repairs (isolated sections of sewer that are so badly cracked, they need to be replaced in their entirety) and cured in place sewer lining.

The cured-in-place lining process involves inserting a resin-saturated flexible lining into the existing sewer. Air or water is forced into the tube, which causes it to fit tightly to the existing sewer walls. The resin hardens, completing the curing process. When the curing process is completed, a new pipe has been created that is free of cracks and holes that allow rainwater and roots to enter the sewer and cause operational problems such as stoppages and overflows.

The inability of the existing sanitary sewer to contain raw sewage puts public health at risk and violates state and federal environmental regulations. Sanitary sewer overflows release wastewater and potential pathogens onto streets, into waterways, and basements increasing potential health risks. As wastewater overflows into creeks, rivers, lakes, and streams it contaminates all bodies of water fed by the waterways and all creatures/plants coming in contact with the polluted water.

There are various costs associated with inflow and infiltration, including local cleanup to sanitary sewer system overflow a well as additional costs needed for wastewater treatment. Overflow costs are associated with road and waterway cleanup and the potential for fines if the overflow problem is not corrected. Additionally, sewer system backups into basements or households can result in litigation and potential liabilities for the responsible city or agency. Eventually, new homes or businesses may not be allowed to connect to the sanitary sewer system if the inflow and infiltration issues are not corrected, lowering housing values due to the inability to develop land for future growth.

Inflow and infiltration costs water treatment facilities and consumers large amounts of money in operating expenses. All water entering a water treatment facility must be treated as wastewater causing an increase in operating costs proportional to the amount of clean water entering the sanitary sewer system due to inflow and infiltration. Costs associated with processing the added clean water from inflows and infiltration are eventually passed back to the consumer in the form of rate increases. By reducing inflow and infiltration capital and operating costs can be lowered. Minimizing inflow and infiltration can also increase the lifetime-capacity of a treatment facility and wastewater transportation system.

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Chicago Transit Hub (Circle Line - Ogden Streetcar), IL - Alternatives Analysis

Request: $3,000,000

Chicago Transit Authority

567 W. Lake

Chicago, IL 60661

The funding would be used towards completion of alternatives analysis for the Circle Line Project.

As one of major transportation hubs in the United States, Chicago roadways are very congested. This project will alleviate some of that congestion by extending a successful rapid transit line to customers in an area lacking this kind of transit service. Funding for this project would be in accord with the FTA's support of locally planned and operated mass transit systems throughout the United States.

The Chicago Transit Hub (Circle Line - Ogden Streetcar) Project, which is currently in Alternative Analysis, will connect the existing CTA Orange Line near Ashland with the existing Pink Line Cermak Branch near 18th Street. Also, the project will connect the CTA Red and Brown Lines near North/Clybourn with the existing CTA track, and structure near Lake/Paulina. The project will also add new CTA and Metra transfer stations along new and existing CTA tracks to the northwest, west, southwest, and south of Chicago's Central area. A new rail yard facility and rolling stock will also be added. This project has received previous appropriations of $6 million in FY2009 under the New Starts Section 5309, $3.9 million in FY2008 under the Alternative Analysis Section 5339, $1 million in FY2006 under the New Starts section 5309, $4.4 million in FY2004 under the Non-New Starts Section 5309, $27 million in FY2003 in Formula Funding section 5307.

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Cook County Environmental Infrastructure (COOK COUNTY, IL)

Request: $1,000,000

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Chicago District)

111 N. Canal Street

Chicago, IL 60606

The Cook County Environmental Infrastructure fund works to modernize, enhance, and improve Cook County's aging environmental infrastructure system.

This project specifically provides technical planning, design and construction assistance to non-federal interests who have environmental infrastructure needs in Cook County, Illinois. Projects include the development and protection of water supply and waste water systems; combined sewer overflows; and remediation of adverse water quality impacts and storm water impacts to waste water systems.

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Countryside Street Repair

Request: $500,000

City of Countryside

5550 East Avenue

Countryside, IL 69525

The funding would be for the repair of various streets, including Kensington Avenue, 61st Street, 57th Street, as well as others.

This street repair project will help improve the movement of traffic through the region, improve safety, and create good paying local jobs. Roads in good condition are an important contributor to economic development and are an important contributor to the local housing market.

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Diamond MEMS Sensors for Real-Time Sensing of Weaponized Pathogens

Request: $2,500,000

Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc.

429 B Weber Road # 286

Romeoville, IL 60446

The funding would be used to develop a wearable sensor to detect weaponized pathogens utilizing the unique properties of diamond.

This project will address the two major problems with current systems used to detect weaponized chemical and biological pathogens. First, compact and reliable devices for first responders or warfighters to detect weaponized pathogens simply do not exist despite years of research and a clearly increasing need to protect these individuals. Second, pathogen-detecting sensor technologies that are currently available use materials that are inherently unstable which leads to unreliable operation.

The unique properties of diamond can solve these problems. ADT's diamond technology has outstanding electrochemical properties, which, in addition to its other unique properties, translates into high-sensitivity for real-time detection. Diamond is also extremely hard, resistant to wear and chemically and biologically inert, providing a stable platform for detection devices that will not deteriorate over time or with repeated use. Success in this project would have enormous pay offs, and the societal benefits will be substantial-ranging from improved safety for our warfighters to improved response times in hazardous material or environmental situations-through rapid detection of airborne pathogens and chemicals. ADT, as a small business, would not be able to fund this project on its own. Federal funding will provide a critical infusion of resources, allowing ADT to adapt its unique technology to help defend our country against chemical or biological attack both at home and abroad.

The purpose of the project is to develop a wearable sensor to detect weaponized pathogens utilizing the unique properties of diamond. ADT's patented diamond technology will be used as a platform to enable a new class of compact, wearable chemical and biological point sensors, with unprecedented sensitivity, stability, and reproducibility. These sensors would be extremely compact and capable of monitoring the presence of pathogen molecules in real time. The unique properties of ADT's diamond technology will overcome the limitations of current pathogen detection technologies. ADT will develop chemical and biological sensors that are scalable and can be integrated with emerging micro-technologies as well as embedded in fabrics.

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E-Beam Free Form Repair Qualification

Request: $5,000,000

Sciaky, Inc.

4915 W 67th Street

Chicago, IL 60638

The funding would be used to assist in enabling the widespread qualification and certification of EBFFF for cost efficient "repair of DOD weapon system components" and other military infrastructure

Across the Department of Defense, the impact of corrosion and wear on DOD platforms, vehicles, weapons systems and support equipment is estimated to cost $10-$20 billion per year. Successful development of this program will help to enable the widespread qualification and certification of Electron Beam Free Form Fabrication (EBFFF) for repair of DOD weapon system components and the successful transfer of technology to DOD Organic Depots, weapon system OEMs, and Military Repair Service Centers. Successful implementation will ensure substantial cost savings for the DOD, as well as improved overhaul logistics through the elimination of expensive parts inventories, as well as platform downtime when waiting for new or replacement parts.

A significant and growing portion of the US Defense Budget is currently allocated to the maintenance and overhaul of military equipment being used far beyond its expected service life. The inadequacy of traditional repair technologies often forces the military to dispose of worn or damaged components, which must then be replaced with expensive spare parts. In many cases, the original equipment manufacturer drawings are no longer available, making it difficult to locate replacement parts through the materiel supply chain, or directly with the weapon system manufacturer since many weapon systems remain in service far beyond their intended life. Using Electron Beam Free Form Fabrication (EBFFF) can reverse this trend. EBFFF is a next generation free form fabrication technology that has demonstrated that it can cost-effectively repair or replicate many high value weapon system components that would otherwise be scrapped. EBFFF can also form quality replacement parts at the site of the repair, and generate significant cost savings and supply chain logistics advantages. However, the dynamics of downsizing and budget constraints prevent the steps necessary for rapid deployment of EBFFF solutions within our military infrastructure. Funding of this project has the potential to significantly reduce cost associated with the repair and replacement of DOD platforms, vehicles, weapons systems.

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Emergency Generator Replacement

Request: $150,000

Village of La Grange Park

447 N. Catherine Avenue

La Grange Park, IL 60526

The funding would be used to replace a 30-year old generator that provides power to the emergency communications center and various portions of the fire department.

Replacement of the existing generator with a new generator (and related equipment) would ensure reliable emergency power supply to crucial first responder functions and maintain communications during power outages. Police and Fire Departments are dispatched for the Village's communications center. Additionally, the communications center is the heart of the Village's capacity to communicate and maintain contact with first responders in the field. These funds will go directly to providing for the safety and security of the residents of La Grange Park and surrounding communities.

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Employment Opportunities Pre-Apprenticeship Program/ Small Business Development Program

Request: $260,000

Hispanic American Construction Industry Association

901 W. Jackson Blvd.

Suite 205

Chicago, IL 60607

The funding would be used to conduct a comprehensive employment and apprenticeship training for construction industry trade opportunities (Employment Opportunities Pre-Apprenticeship Program), as well as and skill development programs for small businesses and entrepreneurs (Small Business Development Program).

The Employment Opportunities Pre-apprenticeship Training Program will include an eight week comprehensive review of the construction industry and will help participants determine which construction trade or apprenticeship program to pursue as a career. Primary construction trades will be emphasized during the course of the training. Industry professionals, including HACIA members will provide presentations and will be encouraged to consider qualified participants for future employment. Trade union representatives and vocational institution representatives will be encouraged to participate by conducting classes.

With the Small Business Development Program (SBD), HACIA will offer customized training workshops to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses develop the necessary skills that will enable them to maintain or expand into new business markets. This program will deliver up-to-date management advice, training and information to help business owners make sound decisions and to assist potential owners in getting started on the right foot as they begin to build capacity to perform on the Prime level. The SBD Program will also address methodologies associated with Green Building and assist the contractors with the technical portion associated with the bidding and estimating of Green Building projects.

These programs will enable individuals to develop the necessary skills to secure good-a paying job or expand their small business.

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Health and Physical Education Program

Request: $160,000

Valentine Boys and Girls Club of Chicago

3400 South Emerald

Chicago, IL 60616

The funding would be used to help prevent obesity and promote healthy development through physical fitness programs, sports activities and nutritional workshops for youth in Chicago.

Obesity is a major health problem with both genetic and environmental causes among youth today. The Valentine Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago promotes healthy development by fostering in youth a sense of competence, a sense of usefulness, and a sense of belonging.

A daily fitness regime will be created for youth ages 6-18 which will consist of segments of exercise in the following areas.

Aquatic: Learn to Swim, Swim Team, Underwater Hockey, CPR Training, and Life Guarding.

Game Room: Billiards, Foosball, Ping Pong, and Board Games.

Fitness Center: They will also instruct the youth in beginning and advanced strength training with free weights. Cardiovascular method training will be used on the treadmills, stationary bikes and rowing machines.

Gymnasium: Aerobic exercise will also be introduced with the instruction of various sports such as Basketball, Volleyball, Football and Floor Hockey.

Finally, a healthy nutrition will be instilled into the daily eating habits of the youth by offering health workshops. They are youth led in which our Keystone & Torch Club participants educates the youth on various topics such as "Eat to Live, Not Live to

Eat," "Eating Disorders," and "Truth about Fast Foods."

This program will reinforce the benefits of good exercise/fitness habits on growth, mental well-being and overall healthy lifestyles.

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HOFFMAN DAM, IL

Request: $200,000

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Chicago District)

111 N. Canal Street

Chicago, IL 60606

Funding would be used to move forward with PCA execution and design completion/next phase of this project.

The project will alleviate the ill effects of three low-head dams along the Des Plaines River near the Villages of Riverside and Lyons, Illinois. These dams no longer serve their original purpose or create recreational pools and currently impede the migration of fish, impair water quality and have converted riverine habitat to stagnant reservoir habitat to stagnant reservoir habitat. Additionally, the dams annually create a safety hazard for river users resulting in fatal accidents of recreational boaters. The proposed project seeks to remove the Armitage and Fairbanks dams and to notch the Hofmann dam in order to restore riverine conditions. This project has moved through the feasibility report state (12/2006); the Project Cooperation Agreement is complete. Design and implementation were put on hold due to lack of Federal and non-federal funding.

This project will advance the efforts to improve water quality in a highly urbanized area as well as improve safety to those users of the river as a recreational asset. This river was key in the expansion of the nation; restoring it will ensure its health long term.

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Illinois Energy Resources Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Request: $2,000,000

University of Illinois at Chicago (Energy Resources Center / Mechanical and Industrial

Engineering)

842 West Taylor

Room 2039 ERF

Chicago, IL 60607

The funding would be used expand the efforts of the Energy Resources Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago to provide unbiased, objective and comprehensive information and technical assistance on energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable economic development throughout the Midwest and fulfills a mandate explicitly stated in EPACT as a responsibility of the U.S. Department of Energy, which is not currently funded.

The effort will assists in the implementation and installation of existing and new technologies to reducing energy costs, waste and pollution reduction. More importantly this effort will work with business, industrial, commercial and residential customers to encourage cost effective investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy capital projects. This effort will include specific information on:

* Energy Efficient Design
* Energy Assessments for Industrial and Institutional Clients
* Total Resource Management for Industrial Clients
* Combined Heat and Power Applications
* Energy Efficient Buildings and Indoor Air Quality
* Renewable and Alternative Energy Systems
* Advanced HVAC Research and Technology Development, and Tech Transfer
* Anaerobic Digesters and on Farm Clean Electricity Production
* Aggregation of Consumers and Bulk Energy Purchasing Efforts
* Residential Energy Efficiency Projects and Incentives
* LED and Other Advanced Lighting Technologies
* State, Utility, and Local Government energy efficiency incentive programs
* Market Transformation Programs
* USDOE, USEPA and USDA Energy programs, Incentives and Best Practices.
* Biofuels Information and Incentives
* Dissemination of Energy Research
* Outreach and educational programs on the importance of transforming non-food lingo-cellulosic raw materials such as switchgrass, popular trees, forest waste, agricultural residues and algae to renewable fuels.
* Dissemination of methods to improve the efficiency of solar cells.

The College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, through its Energy Resources Center as a part of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and affiliated Departments and Schools including the Departments of Chemical and Electrical and Computer Engineering, which has complimentary expertise and will also play a key role in the attaining the overall objectives of the proposed program has the capabilities and expertise to utilize these additional resources to greatly expand current efforts to promote the economic and environmental benefits of cost effective investments in proven and cutting edge energy efficiency and renewable technologies. The overall goal of this effort will be to accelerate the market transformation for proven energy saving products and investments, while encouraging the early adoption of new and developing technologies.

Federal energy security, energy reliability, and economic and environmental concerns all dictate that the United States and its businesses and citizens strive to reduce energy usage, adopt cost effective renewable systems. In order to achieve this goal, citizens must have access to reliable, unbiased, and objective information. Increasing energy costs, spot shortages and supply concerns, and an increasingly volatile energy markets dictate a need for federal support for state, local and regional action plans.

The USDOE, USEPA, the national labs and other federal and State entities have developed many effective tools and practices to assist in promoting these goal. This effort will advance these laudable federal goals by accelerating the tech transfer and adoption of these new technologies throughout the Midwest. Encouraging and supporting cost effective investments in energy capital improvements will create jobs, improve the local and regional economies, improve energy security, and improve the environment. A regional approach to providing necessary technical assistance and unbiased information is a prudent and effective use of federal funds.

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Illinois Nanotechnology Collaborative

Request: $195,000

Illinois Science and Technology Coalition

200 East Randolph, Suite 2200

Chicago, IL 60601

The funding would support efforts of the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition to establish the Illinois Nanotechnology Collaborative (INC). The INC would break down barriers and establish new collaborative channels in the field of nanotechnology by: developing strategies to improve business access to nanotechnology infrastructure, promoting Illinois assets, and identifying policy changes that may benefit nanotechnology businesses.

Each year, the federal government invests more than $1 billion in nanotechnology research and related activities. As Congress works to advance the National Nanotechnology Initiative Amendments Act of 2009 in order to strengthen federal nanotechnology policy, it is necessary at the state level to ensure that new pathways are forged to ensure federal resources translate to increased economic opportunity. This project seeks to accomplish this objective and will enhance the ability to start or grow nano-businesses in Illinois.

According to the publication Small Times, Illinois is the number two state in the country when it comes to the dollar value of nanotechnology research. However, when it comes to the density of nanotechnology firms, Illinois is not even among the top 10 states. These facts point to the dramatic disconnect between research and commercial application. The outcome of this proposal will be a detailed blueprint on methods for enhancing collaboration in Illinois' nanotechnology community, including specific strategies to make it easier for small businesses to share infrastructure (thus reducing start-up costs) and enjoy greater access to the deep research infrastructure in the state (thus providing a greater return on federal investments).

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Justice-Willow Springs Water Commission Archer Avenue Construction and Pump Station Renovations

Request: $500,000

Justice-Willow Springs Water Commission

7000 South Archer Avenue

Justice, IL 60458

The funding would be used to purchase pumps and other upgrades which would provide clean, safe water to over 31,000 area residents.

The existing 1.0 MG above ground reservoir was constructed in 1964 and will reach the end of its projected design life in 2014. Two (2) 1.0 MG underground reservoirs are to be constructed adjacent to the existing underground reservoirs on site. These new reservoirs will replace the existing 1 MG above ground reservoir and supplement existing system storage requirements. Adequate storage capacity is critical to municipal water systems in order to maintain supply during emergencies. As part of the pump station renovation, two (2) additional high service pumps will be added to those installed in 2009 as part of a modernization and replacement program. All of the pumps and motors in the older pump station building are in need of replacement or major rebuilding.

These pumps are the sole source of water delivery for the Water Commission. The new pumps will be more energy efficient and will help meet peak demands of the system as well as provide the required redundancy in emergencies should other pumps fail.

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National Center for Food Safety and Technology, IL (Project and Language Request)

Request: $3,800,000

Report Language:

"The Committee recognizes the contributions which the National Center for Food Safety & Technology is making towards ensuring the security and safety of the nation's food supply. The Committee therefore directs the Food & Drug Administration to fund the National Center through their cooperative agreement at a level of not less than $3.8 million."

Illinois Institute of Technology

10 West 33rd Street

Chicago, IL 60616

The funding would be used to conduct FDA's food defense research initiative and additional research on recovery and prevention technology.

NCFST is a food safety research center funded in part over the past 20 years through a cooperative agreement with the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Nutrition (CFSAN). NCFST provides a collaborative environment where scientists from industry, academia, and government pool their scientific expertise and institutional perspectives to proactively resolve food safety issues. The Center's research has been applied to science-based policy and production processes affecting a wide variety of food safety issues including E. coli in spinach, Salmonella in processed foods, Botulinum in canned foods, and chemical contaminants in foods.

The work of the NCFST is critical to the safety and security of the U.S. food supply. This has been recognized as a basic federal government responsibility since at least the 1930s, when the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act was first enacted.

For FY09, the base funding is specified at $2.077 million for the Food Center, which is a reduction from the prior year's level of 2.3 million and below the historically specified level of $3 million. An increase to $3.8 million is required to keep pace with the increased demand on the Center's food safety program in an ever more complex and changing global food supply.

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Northern Illinois University Transportation Energy Program

Request: $1,000,000

Northern Illinois University

400 Altgeld Hall #300

DeKalb, IL 60115

Funding would be used to perform research to develop improved energy efficiencies in ground transportation working as an integrated team with Argonne, Northern Illinois University's College of Engineering and manufacturers (who are either OEMs or component suppliers to the industry).

Project research topics will include: reduced engine friction through use of advanced technology surface treatment, improved rail/wheel friction through passive surface treatments, use of nanoparticles in cooling fluids to reduce radiator size and improve cooling efficiency, structural enhancements to reduce weight while improving recyclability and reducing greenhouse gases, and human factors studies to improve utilization of energy saving technologies.

The project team will also extend the application of bio-based fuels in this area of transportation. A by-product of this project will be the training of U.S. students to become more effective engineers in terms of understanding how to design systems to be more energy efficient. Thus, as engineers move from the university into industry, they will be able to design more energy efficient products. Most of Northern Illinois University's engineering graduates become employed in transportation related industries.

This represents the second year in which NIU is involved in this type of energy efficiency project. This past year, NIU faculty members started and made gains in the area of energy efficiencies related to the railroad industry, and the second year will allow the NIU researchers to develop new and more advanced approaches.

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Northwestern University Research Program in Molecular Electronics for Flash Memory Production

Request: $4,000,000

Northwestern University

633 Clark Street

Evanston, IL 60208

The funding would be used to establish an accelerated research program focusing on the development and use of ultra-high-density, three-dimensional memory chips for the fabrication of flash memory devices, to be deployed for surveillance activities and communication in the battlefield.

Northwestern University seeks Congressional support for funding from the U.S. Army, in FY 2010, to establish an accelerated research program focusing on the development and use of ultra-high-density, three-dimensional memory chips for the fabrication of flash memory devices, to be deployed for surveillance activities and communication in the battlefield.

The technology aims to develop devices with working parts no larger than a white blood cell. The program in Molecular Electronics for Flash Memory Production will pursue three significant goals that will result in several key military applications, including:

Flash Memory Production: They propose to construct an ultra-dense flash memory, which can be written with the end of a 2-volt battery and then eradicated, at will, with light.

Robust Molecular Memory: They are developing ultra-porous, highly crystalline, network materials that represent a revolutionary departure in fabrication, so as to render switchable components more robust and everlasting.

Fundamental Investigations in Molecular Electronics: Their research will allow us to lay the fundamental groundwork for measuring the transport properties of novel molecular electronic components (e.g., switches, diodes, and resistors).

Northwestern University, through its world-renowned International Institute of Nanotechnology (IIN) and recently established Center for Integrated NanoSystems (CINS), is a global leader in the design and fabrication of molecular memory and logic on a nanometer scale for use in communication devices. Over 15 start-up companies, with over $300 million of venture-capital investment, have emerged from IIN inventions, with numerous tools and technologies now finding their way into the marketplace in the U.S. NanoInk, an Illinois company that has raised over $50 million in venture capital, has commercialized a nanotechnological tool, called NScriptor, for doing Dip Pen Nanolithography (DPN). Nanosphere Inc. - another Illinois company spun from Northwestern's research - most recently raised $110 million in a public offering, and has commercialized a suite of low-cost, genetic-testing systems that will enable hospitals to test patients for ailments ranging from heart disease to cancer. An investment in molecular electronics for flash memory production will serve to broaden the scope and influence of the IIN in soldier nanotechnologies.

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Ogden Avenue Relief Sewer (Phase I from Gordon Park to La Grange Road)

Request: $400,000

Village of La Grange

53 S. La Grange Road

La Grange, IL 60525

The funding would be used for construction of a new sewer to redirect storm water from the existing combination sewer system flow to the deep tunnel - north of Hillgrove Avenue from Edgewood Avenue to Locust Avenue. This would help provide residential flooding relief and reduce overflow impacts.

These improvements will reduce residential flooding impacts and redirect polluted wet weather flow to the Deep Tunnel. The construction of the Ogden Avenue Sewer will provide direct relief for approximately 800 households (including proposed new housing in the vicinity), several businesses, churches and schools.

A best practice objective of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) is to reduce the amount of polluted wet weather flow that reaches the combined sewer overflow at Salt Creek. The Ogden Avenue Relief Sewer will redirect the polluted wet weather flow to the Deep Tunnel system, helping to provide residential flooding relief and reducing overflow impacts.

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Saint Xavier University Library and Learning Center Technology Improvements

Request: $750,000

Saint Xavier University

3700 West 103rd Street

Chicago, IL 60655

The funding would be used to purchase equipment, software and develop facilities for the New Media Center, Library Service and Digital Media Center Upgrades, Computer Lab and Mobile Lab Technologies, and Event Capture and Video Streaming.

The library is the place where information becomes knowledge and where knowledge becomes wisdom. Built to serve several hundred students, the library today serves more than 5,300 undergraduate and graduate students across a breadth of disciplines never dreamed of by Saint Xavier's founders. While it has performed its function admirably for more than fifty years, the facility long ago reached its limitations on space for collection growth, for new and expanding resource functions, and for study needs. In its present form it cannot meet the demands of growing enrollment, expanding curriculum, or the very nature of today's information technology needs.

This project would help meet these growing demands and will become a primary destination for intellectual, social and cultural purposes on the south side of Chicago.

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Saint Xavier University Science Center and Equipment and Instrumentation Initiative

Request: $1,000,000

Saint Xavier University

3700 West 103rd Street

Chicago, IL 60655

The funding would be used to renovate the existing Science Wing of the Ward Academic Center and provide contemporary and safe science laboratories, advanced classrooms and equipment, and improved research space.

Despite the overall excellence of the education it provides, Saint Xavier University is constrained in the area of science education by its facilities and equipment, which are out of date and unable to capitalize on the changes in science and science education. The University's primary science facility is a 50 year-old building that simply cannot accommodate the technologies required to teach new methods of science. The University is committed to renovating the Science Wing of the Warde Academic Center.

This modernization will address the following:

-Biological laboratories that contain biologically active materials or involve the chemical manipulation of these materials. This includes laboratories that support such disciplines as biochemistry, microbiology, cell biology, biotechnology, immunology, botany, pharmacology, and toxicology.

-Chemical laboratories supporting both organic and inorganic synthesis and analytical functions, and laboratories in material and electronic sciences.

-Animal laboratories for the manipulation, surgical modification, and pharmacological observation of laboratory animals.

-Physical laboratories for physics instruction; they incorporate lasers, optics, nuclear material, high and low temperature materials, electronics, and analytical instruments.

The cost of maximizing the educational potential of the University's science facilities by upgrading laboratories and incorporating technology throughout is staggering. But the high-technology equipment needed to perform and teach new methods of science must be integrated into the renovated facilities or the value of these facilities will never be realized.

The centrality of science and technology in our daily lives has never been greater. Educating future teachers, researchers, clinicians, technologists, public health officials, policy makers, and others is one of the most pressing responsibilities of American higher education today. With the rapid changes occurring in the sciences, students entering college in 2009 will have opportunities to work in areas of science and technology that haven't even been developed yet. Exposing these students to state-of-the-art science facilities and equipment will provide them with a strong incentive to explore all avenues available in the science professions.

Saint Xavier University is committed to advancing the scientific training of a new generation of undergraduate students. However, success in meeting the national need for individuals with the potential to lead a scientific renaissance depends on the University's ability to strengthen its scientific curricula and enhance student engagement in the sciences. To do so, it is imperative that Saint Xavier modernize and expand its science facilities for teaching and research.

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Science Storms

Request: $1,500,000

Museum of Science and Industry

57th Street and Lake Shore Drive

Chicago, IL 60637

The funding would be used for the development and public outreach associated with its new iconic exhibit, Science Storms. The exhibit will utilize fascinating exhibitry, including an indoor four-story tornado, a contained lightning exhibit, and a 20' diameter avalanche to teach basic principles of physics, chemistry, materials science, motion and forces. Public outreach for Science Storms includes multiple daily science demonstrations within the exhibit, curricula integration into after-school programs in Chicago communities, programming for students who visit the Museum as part of a class, and multiple programs at the Museum for school-aged children.

Illinois is privileged to have two Department of Energy National Laboratories conducting research in the state: Argonne and Fermi. The Museum currently is collaborating with scientists at Fermi and Argonne National Laboratories. Science Storms will leverage the knowledge and research from Argonne and Fermi to bring cutting-edge research and emerging science to the Museum. By showcasing the significant work accomplished at Argonne and Fermi, the exhibit will increase visibility for the labs, and will provide a more substantial learning experience for our visitors of all ages.

The National Science Teacher Association's Position Statement on Informal Science Education notes that, "A growing body of research documents the power of informal learning experiences to spark curiosity and engage interest in the sciences during school years and throughout a lifetime" (NSTA, 1999). Focused student experiences at Museums have been shown to complement, deepen and enhance classroom science studies. Museum field trips and special student programs provide students with access to role models in the sciences, as well as opportunities for authentic science study not typically available in traditional classroom settings.

Student experiences at the Museum are designed in accordance with National Science Education Standards to narrow the scope of the field trip experience to focus on specific curriculum areas, using strategies that appeal to a wide range of learners. With this, results of the 2005 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Science exam indicated that 70 percent of Illinois 4th and 8th graders lack basic knowledge in the earth, physical and life sciences (U.S. Department of Education, 2006). These scores indicate that Illinois students are trailing the national average and that student science performance continues to decline. In an era of high stakes testing and increased focus on learning standards, teachers need additional support to effectively meet the needs of their diverse student body. The public outreach the Museum of Science and Industry can provide in connection with the Science Storms exhibit will become a source of support to meet such needs.

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Shedd Aquarium's Great Lakes Awareness Program

Request: $750,000

Shedd Aquarium

1200 South Lake Shore Drive

Chicago, IL 60605

The funding will be used to help sustain and strengthen science-based conservation programs for area students.

The education staff at Shedd Aquarium is dedicated to helping learners understand and think critically about the issues facing the Great Lakes. Due to the demands on the curriculum, teachers are often unable to include science-based conservation and stewardship instruction during the school day. Shedd education will focus on reaching youth and their families during out-of-school time to fill that gap and provide additional science education in a fun and engaging way in order to create a complimentary and robust science program in communities throughout the Chicago area. They will build upon a partnership begun last year with scouting groups to provide a comprehensive out-of-school time experience for these youth focusing on issues of conservation, water resources and local stewardship. Activities will include educational workshops in the scouts' communities and at Shedd Aquarium, engaging overnight experiences for the troops and their families to better understand the interconnectedness of the world's waterways, and stewardship projects in their local natural spaces.

The Great Lakes are facing habitat loss and shoreline degradation, water loss and diversion, declining water quality, onslaughts of invasive species and a lack of public understanding and awareness of these problems.

Launched in 2005, Shedd Aquarium's Great Lakes conservation program raises awareness of Great Lakes issues and inspires action by integrating all the ways that Shedd Aquarium communicates with the public. These communication pathways include:

-The "Listen to your Lakes" awareness campaign and website

-Exhibits, such as the Great Lakes Invasive Species exhibit

-Educational programs

-Community outreach

-Proactive and reactive public relations opportunities

-Networking and collaborating with colleagues from governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations

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Sidewalk Replacement, Merrionette Park, IL

Request: $200,000

Village of Merrionette Park

11720 Kedzie Avenue

Merrionette Park, IL 60803

The funding would be for the removal and replacement of deteriorated sidewalk throughout the village.

The proposed construction would consist of the removal and replacement of deteriorated concrete sidewalk throughout the village. New sidewalks would improve the safety of area residents, and support the everyday needs of the community.

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South Fork, South Branch, Chicago River (Bubbly Creek), IL

Request: $1,000,000

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Chicago District)

111 N. Canal StreetChicago, IL 60606-7205

Funding would be used for the Army Corps to continue work on a feasibility study for restoration of Bubbly Creek, a contaminated segment of the Chicago River located in an area that is undergoing extensive residential and commercial redevelopment.This project will help inform future projects aimed at restoration of contaminated sediment. The project is occurring on a federal navigable waterway. As a result, it fits squarely within the jurisdiction and responsibility of the Corps.

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Southwest Central Dispatch 9-1-1 facility upgrade

Request: $2,325,000

Southwest Central Dispatch

7611 West College Drive

Palos Heights, IL 60463

The funding would be used to support technology upgrades at an overburdened 9-1-1 call center that services over 250,000 Illinois residents.

Southwest Central Dispatch is a regional emergency communication center providing 9-1-1 service to multiple city police and fire departments and fire protection districts. The center provides 9-1-1 service for a service population of 250,000 people and is the backup 9-1-1 facility to the Cook County Sheriff and District 19 MABAS which increases the service population to over 3,000,000 people. This project is a good use of taxpayer resources because the overburdened facility is in need of various technological and other upgrades in order to adequately provide for the safety and security of the citizens of southwest Chicago.

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Stone Avenue Train Station, La Grange IL

Request: $500,000

Village of La Grange

53 S. La Grange Road

La Grange, IL 60525

The funding will be used to upgrade the historic Stone Avenue Train Station, including new roofing, gutters, windows and accessibility upgrades. A new "kiss and ride" area is also planned along with improved bicycle facilities.

Built in 1901, the Stone Avenue Train Station is a historic, iconic structure serving an average of over 900 commuters daily. The condition of the Stone Avenue station, outbound shelter and surrounding areas have deteriorated over time and require a comprehensive renovation which the Village of La Grange has undertaken along with BNSF and Metra. The scope of work includes new roofing, gutters, facia, tuckpointing, windows and accessibility and other upgrades. A new "kiss and ride" area is also planned along with improved bicycle facilities.

Maintaining and investing in our commuter rail transportation system is integral to quality of life, environmental impact mitigation and economic development throughout the nation's urban and suburban centers. Successful communities require a rail system that includes quality, dependable and accessible commuter train station facilities. In addition to providing rail services to a substantial amount of commuters on a daily basis, the Stone Avenue Train Station is a historic and architecturally significant structure worth preserving for future generations.

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Village of La Grange, Police Department

Request: $100,000

Village of La Grange

53 S. La Grange Road

La Grange, IL 60525

The Village is preparing for the next technological phase of emergency 9-1-1 services called "Next Generation" or NG 911. NG 911 software and hardware technology upgrades will display and answer emergency calls from all types of devices in the future -including text messages and streaming video. The system will also interface with a digital mapping system allowing for the ability to precisely pinpoint the location of a call for assistance and provide for an additional dispatch workstation (PSAP) to handle call overflow.

As technology continues to advance, emergency dispatch centers must be prepared to handle calls for service from all different types of electronic communications including cellular telephone calls, text messages, and video streaming. Upgrades to emergency identification and response systems enhance public safety and further national 9-1-1 program capabilities and objectives.

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Village of La Grange Park, Police Department

Request: $75,000

Village of La Grange Park

447 N. Catherine Avenue

La Grange Park IL, 60526

The funding would enhance public safety through the purchase of upgraded equipment needed to enhance the department's interoperability capabilities.

This project consists of procuring the necessary equipment to enhance the department's interoperability capability to communicate with other agencies when responding to calls requiring a joint presence or action. This equipment includes several in-car video cameras with the capability to stream directly to the Cook County Emergency Operations Center, in-car radios with sufficient channels to provide interoperability, interoperable hand held radios carried by each officer, and the associated computer servers and ancillary equipment.

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Village of Oak Lawn, Police Department

Request: $200,000

Village of Oak Lawn

9446 South Raymond Avenue

Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Oak Lawn seeks to acquire and deploy village-wide camera systems and associated hardware to permit first responders to view and access interior and exterior camera system data during emergencies. Cameras are place today are in Oak Lawn schools, the train station, parking garage, and key intersections but they are not linked to personal computers in police vehicles. Acquisition and installation of this equipment will enhance public safety and emergency response as officers in the field will be able to view and assess various situations from their police vehicles, allowing for improved assessment of developing situations and faster response for public safety and crime prevention.

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Water and Stormwater Improvement Project for 111th and Cicero Avenue

Request: $500,000

Village of Oak Lawn

9446 South Raymond Avenue

Oak Lawn, IL 60453

The funding would be used to provide a new creek with stable banks and planting at Stony Creek and would provide important assistance for the prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution.

As part of the TIF mixed use development project in the Village of Oak Lawn at 111th and Cicero Avenue, an extensive environmental restoration and stormwater management infrastructure improvement is required. Oak Lawn has partnered with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago and their engineering consultants CH2MHILL and Burke Engineering to make these improvements.


Congressman Peter J. Roskam

FY2010 Appropriations Requests

COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE

$48,900 for Hanover Park Police Department Rapid Response to School Violence

Hanover Park Police Department

2121 W. Lake Street

Hanover Park, IL 60133

This funding is needed to equip the Hanover Park Police Department to better be able to respond to threats of school violence, particularly in light of the recent and sudden increase in teen and gang shootings. The Hanover Park Police Department plans to enhance its response to school violence capabilities through purchase of equipment, training, and realistic exercises. This training would be used for all sworn department members in a series of simulated situations of police response to active shooters in schools. Included in the request is funding for purchase of training weapons, and tactical equipment, and armored security gear for use in both drills and actual incident response. The Hanover Park Police Department has demonstrated a willingness to be a regional resource, and has positioned itself to provide mutual aid to surrounding municipalities and even other states. The Department's School Familiarization Program was featured in a June 2008 Law and Order article, and has served as a model for other departments across the country.

$75,000 for Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital Domestic Violence Program

Advocate Health Care

2025 Windsor Drive

Oakbrook, IL 60523

With the growing numbers of reported domestic violence in DuPage County and throughout Illinois' 6th Congressional district, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital (AGSH) seeks to further strengthen and expand its domestic violence program to ensure that current and expected needs are met. In addition, with this funding AGSH will be able to expand its collaborative efforts with local police departments to include Lombard and Wheaton, complementing its current interaction with Downers Grove. Additionally, AGSH will enhance training both internally and for local agencies that serve as strategic points of entry: emergency departments, local police departments, and faith-based organizations. The federal government has recognized the serious public health threat that domestic violence poses to society through its Healthy People 2010 objectives, and the federal government has sought and is seeking a reduction in the rate of physical assault by current or former intimate partners. AGSH seeks to help achieve this important federal objective. This project meets the objectives of the Bureau of Justice Assistance by encouraging the development and implementation of strategies to reduce and prevent crime and violence, drawing in community participation, and providing technical assistance.

$675,000 for Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS) Atmospheric Detection Equipment

Glencoe Department of Public Safety

675 Village Court

Glencoe, Illinois 60022

On behalf of Bartlett, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Hanover Park, Mount Prospect, Roselle, Streamwood, and Villa Park.

The Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS) Emergency Services Team (EST) is a mutual aid organization that is responsible for law enforcement coverage of 68 member towns with a total population of approximately 1.8 million residents. In Illinois' 6th Congressional District, the acquisition of this equipment will directly benefit the municipalities of Bartlett, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Hanover Park, Mount Prospect, Roselle, Streamwood, and Villa Park. This funding will be used to acquire atmospheric Detection Equipment for the NIPAS EST mutual aid response trained officers. Member Police Departments and the NIPAS EST have identified a lacking atmospheric detection capability. Atmospheric detection equipment is needed to allow NIPAS law enforcement officers the ability to respond to crimes or other incidents involving hazardous environments, explosive devices, arson materials, and narcotics. NIPAS will administer this program which will provide coverage for 68 member communities in the counties of Lake, Cook, DuPage, McHenry and Will Counties. Ensuring that NIPAS officers have the Atmospheric detection technology they need will: protect police officers who are the first to respond to Hazmat related accidents/crime scenes and methamphetamine related crime scenes; decrease the response time of officers to hazmat accidents/crime scenes; increase public safety, and provide valuable atmospheric samples that can later be used for criminal prosecutions. This shared resource will leverage taxpayer dollars toward a more efficient procurement of this atmospheric detection equipment.

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE


$650,000 for the Gas Technology Institute

Advanced Power Generation Unit for Military Applications

The Gas Technology Institute

1700 S. Mount Prospect Road
Des Plaines, IL 60018

In partnership with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, the Gas Technology Institute will use this funding to develop an advanced power generation unit for military applications. The unit developed as a result of this research project will have dual-use applications as military or commercial portable power or vehicle auxiliary power units (APU). The novel fuel cell power unit is highly efficient, clean, and very quiet. GTI will work with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory to develop and validate the performance, efficiency, and emissions of this new power generation unit and identify applications that address the needs of Army Technology Objectives ATO related to reduced energy consumption and increased carried energy density for power systems. This technology will also have commercial applications for commercial vehicle auxiliary power units (e.g., to address anti-idling laws) and back-up power systems for improved reliability. Vehicles that sit and idle for extended periods of time, such as long haul trucks and transit and school busses, currently use nearly 1.5 billion gallons of diesel fuel annually (during idling). In addition, the military has specialized needs for quiet power systems for field deployment for individual soldiers, vehicles, and other remote power requirements. This high-risk, high-impact technology offers the promise of substantially reducing the capital cost of fuel cell-based power systems by avoiding the use of expensive, foreign-sourced precious metals such as platinum that are common in current fuel cell power systems.

$4,000,000 for the Helmets to Hardhats Program

Center for Military Recruitment, Assessment and Veterans Employment

815 16th Street NW, Suite 600

Washington, DC 20006

The Helmets to Hardhats program is a valuable one that serves the members of the armed forces in transitioning from active duty, the National Guard, or Reserves into skilled employment in the construction industry. Most career opportunities utilizing the program are connected to federally-approved apprenticeship training programs. This training is usually provided by trade organizations at no or minimal cost to the servicemember. This program even provides the extensive training that is sometimes necessary for military personnel without prior experience in the building and construction trades. In fact, most of the servicemembers that are successfully placed start with virtually no experience in their chosen field. All participating trade organizations conduct three to five year "earn-while-you-learn" apprenticeship training programs that teach veterans everything necessary to become a construction industry professional with a specialization in a particular craft. Because these apprenticeship programs are regulated and approved at both the Federal and State levels, veterans can utilize their Montgomery GI bill benefits to supplement their income while learning a valuable skill. The program creates valuable links to ideal careers for guardsmen and reservists, and it helps to smooth the transition into a valuable and sustainable career that lessens the time that a veteran-in-transition will be dependent on other services. The Helmets to Hardhats program in Illinois is the most innovative in the nation, offering job placement assistance in dozens of fields. Through the leadership of the Illinois Teamsters, Helmets to Hardhats hosted the first-ever Chicago-area veterans' job fair in August 2007. Over 400 veterans were placed with job training, apprenticeships, and employment opportunities as a result. To date, more than 39,000 veterans have been placed with jobs nationally.

ENERGY AND WATER

$3,500,000 for Big Bend Lake Reservoir Expansion, Des Plaines River, IL

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Chicago District

111 N. Canal Street, Suite 600

Chicago, IL 60606-7206

Funding for this project would be used to continue Phase I of the authorized Des Plaines River Project. Specifically, construction will move forward on the expansion of Big Bend Lake and lowering the normal lake level to obtain an additional 587 acre-feet of storage. Material excavated from the expansion must be removed from the site. Two storm sewer lines, which currently empty into Big Bend Lake, a 96-inch and 24-inch, will be rerouted directly to the Des Plaines River. Recurrent flooding along the Des Plaines River causes an estimated average annual damage of more than $25 million (69% traffic damages, 20% residential damages, 8% commercial/industrial/public damages, 3% emergency services costs). Statutory authorization for this project is provided in the Water Resources Development Act of 1999 (Public Law 106-53), and a Project Cooperation Agreement has been signed by the Army Corps of Engineers and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

$300,000 for Solar Lighting for the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, IL

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

3S580 Naperville Road

Wheaton, IL 60189

Funding for this project would be used to install an on-grid solar panel energy collection system to provide power for lighting of one of the entire Danada Forest Preserve Campuses. The Danada Forest Preserve is a high visibility public facility that is used for meetings, wedding events, youth equestrian programs and a soon to be visitor center with native plant demonstration gardens. This campus is home to the Danada House, an equestrian facility, and staff offices. The lighting project is necessary to facilitate night programming while improving safety and security. The solar lighting project would be an educational component that would tie well into the sustainability initiatives currently being proposed for the entire facility. Additionally, the project would serve as a helpful demonstration of solar technology and capacity in the Chicagoland region.

$250,000 for a Green Roof for the DuPage County Administration Building

DuPage County

421 N. County Farm Road

Wheaton, IL 60187

The objective for implementation of Green Roof Technology is to reduce energy costs for county campus facilities and to promote and implement new environmental technology. The Jack T. Knuepfer Administration Building roof is currently leaking and is in great need of repair. The roof has been identified to be structurally sound to support a low profile vegetated Green Technology roof system. With the installation of a green roof, the R value, or thermal resistance will increase, thereby contributing to cooler roof temperatures in the summer months, decreasing solar loading effects which transfer heat into the building, ultimately resulting in considerable energy savings, which is good for the environment and taxpayers.

$25,000,000 for the McCook Reservoir in the

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Chicago District

111 N. Canal Street, Suite 600

Chicago, IL 60606-7206

In FY 2010, funding will be used to continue on-going design and construction of the McCook Reservoir. The McCook Reservoir is currently under construction, and when completed will have a total capacity of 10 billion gallons, provide more than $90 million per year in benefits to 3.1 million people in 37 communities, protecting 1,240,000 million structures. The District is proceeding with planning, design and ultimately construction of the Thornton Reservoir under the Section 211 provision of the 2007 WRDA. This provision will allow the District to complete the project, seek reimbursement for the federal share, and bring the flood protection and CSO storage benefits to 556,000 people in 15 communities by 2014. Completing the McCook and Thornton Reservoirs and bringing them fully on-line is crucial to local communities, the health of Lake Michigan and its tributaries, and to the economic development of the region. Without timely completion of the project, communities will face decreased drinking water allocations, significant decreases in water quality and thousands of homes will be vulnerable to flooding. In fact, this project will provide more than $130 million per year in benefits to over 3 million Illinois residents and once complete will protect over 1.3 million structures from flooding. The McCook and Thornton Reservoir projects are a key component of the Chicago Underflow Plan (CUP), the flood control element of the District's Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP). TARP is the long-term comprehensive flood pollution control solution for Chicago and its 51 surrounding communities, and includes a series of underground tunnels and storage reservoirs designed to address combined sewer overflow discharges. This system has been enormously effective in achieving its goal as evidenced by the elimination of 85% of the combined sewage pollution in a 325 square mile area. The McCook Reservoir project is authorized under the Water Resources Development Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-676).

$5,000,000 for the Chicago Sanitary& Ship Canal Dispersal Barriers

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Chicago District

111 N. Canal Street, Suite 600

Chicago, IL 60606-7206

Historically, the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River were separated naturally by a landmass, but since the completion of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, aquatic species can move freely between the two water systems. This dispersal barrier is needed to keep the invasive species Asian Carp from reaching Lake Michigan and infesting the larger Great Lakes ecosystem. A temporary dispersal barrier (Barrier I) has been operating for nearly seven years, and construction of a permanent barrier (Barrier IIA) will be completed this year. Funding in the amount of $5.0 million is needed to operate Barrier I, complete construction of Barrier II, and prepare designs for making Barrier I permanent. This project is authorized by the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-114).

INTERIOR AND ENVIRONMENT

$192,500 for the Tubeway Drive Storm Water Lift Station Rehabilitation Project

Village of Carol Stream

500 North Gary Avenue

Carol Stream, IL 60188

The Tubeway Drive Storm Water Lift Station is 35 years old, and is showing signs of corrosion and is at the end of its useful life. Under this rehabilitation project, the lift station will be totally replaced with new more efficient pumps, valving, backup systems and structures. Replacing the station in a timely manner will ensure storm water flows are effectively managed, preventing flood damage losses. Carol Stream will provide a 45% commitment of matching funds.

$255,000 for the Lombard Gatz Pond Outfall Sewer Project

Village of Lombard

255 E. Wilson Avenue

Lombard, IL 60148

Funding for this project will be used for installation of approximately 13,000 linear feet of storm sewers, ranging in size from 30" to 66" diameter pipes, in order to divert storm water from existing combined storm and sanitary sewers in the subject watershed. This project will remove storm water flows from entering Combined Sanitary and Storm Sewers, thereby reducing the chances of Combined Sewer Overflows. Lombard will commit to a much larger share of the total project cost than the required 45% local match.

$225,000 for Elk Grove Village Sanitary Sewer Lining Large Industrial Mains

Elk Grove Village

901 Wellington Avenue

Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Elk Grove Village has undertaken an innovative sanitary sewer lining program to extend the life of its aging infrastructure, reduce ground water infiltration, reduce energy consumption at lift stations, and reduce the amount of wastewater to be treated. The improved infrastructure will also ensure uninterrupted service to industrial, manufacturing and telecommunication facilities located in the Business Park, the largest contiguous industrial park in the country. The proposed improvement provides for lining of approximately 14,000 lineal feet of 15, 18, 21, 24 and 30 inch diameter sewer. Elk Grove Village will commit to a much larger share of the total project cost than the required 45% local match.

LABOR, HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES, EDUCATION


$1,500,000 for the Alexian Brothers Hospital Network's Center for Brain Research

Alexian Brothers Healthcare

3040 Salt Creek Lane

Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Alexian Brothers Hospital System is a full scale research and clinical enterprise. The system is expanding the Alexian Brothers Center for Brain Research, which will conduct cutting edge research in the area of diagnostic screenings, with the goal of being able to better differentiate between Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Through the Center for Brain Research's applied research and treatment programs, the Center will be able to provide better services to military personnel and returning combat veterans suffering from TBI, depression, and PTSD. It will provide our returning servicemembers with a new level of care, more appropriately and swiftly directing treatment.

$68,000 for Easter Seals Assistive Technology Hardware and Software

Easter Seals DuPage

830 S. Addison Avenue

Villa Park, IL 60181

Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region (Easter Seals DFVR) has been at the forefront of serving and enriching the lives of those with disabilities and their communities for over 50 years. Children with disabilities who are unable to communicate through speech and/or who have limited mobility and movement are extremely limited in their ability to interact with the world around them. Access to Assistive Technology devices and software is unleashing the potential for these children to live, learn, communicate and play in their communities. Computerized communication devices, special computer switches, modified keyboards, and software designed to aid students to learn and participate in the classroom are needed for children with disabilities and access to these devices and learning how to maximize utilization is vital to the work of therapists, teachers, and families who are charged with teaching these children. Easter Seals will use this funding for its Assistive Technology Program to maximize outcomes.

$1,500,000 for Access Community Health Network Career Laddering

Access Community Health Network

1501 S. California Avenue

Chicago, IL 60608

This funding will be used by ACCESS to create an innovative career training and advancement framework for healthcare employees. ACCESS employs close to 450 entry level workers, the majority of whom have no college education and many of whom are recruited because their "peer" status is an asset in helping medically underserved patients enter and navigate the health system. ACCESS is proposing an integrated strategy for employee career advancement by deploying two tandem strategies: developing career ladders with internal training programs; and providing scholarships for employees that show educational promise, combined with mentoring to integrate educational attainment into career advancement at ACCESS. The majority of these 450 workers are minorities, many with families, and some who are single parents working two jobs to survive in the current economy. Most have not had the resources to consider pursuing their education, and for those who have had formal training (such as medical assistants), pursuit of a four-year degree has been beyond reach. This funding will go towards enriching our health workforce and creating opportunities for improvement and advancement for workers in the healthcare field.

$150,000 for the DuPage County Start the Heart Campaign

DuPage County Health Department

111 N. County Farm Road

Wheaton, IL 60187

The leading cause of death in DuPage County is Heart Disease. While many of these deaths are attributed to chronic disease, there is an opportunity to reduce deaths related to sudden cardiac arrest. Currently, one person dies every two minutes from sudden cardiac death, and the national survival rate is only 6% to 7%. Some areas of the country have seen positive trends increasing the survival rate through public health campaigns that focus on increasing the numbers of individuals trained in CPR and creating greater access to Public Access Defibrillators (AEDs). Survival rates double in locations with access to AEDs. The Start the Heart Campaign is a collaborative, community-based partnership with the Midwest Heart Foundation (a group established by area physicians), local governments, education, and healthcare leaders. The goals are to increase the number of citizens who are trained in CPR and to increase the public access to AEDs. The healthcare costs related to survivors of delayed defibrillation are very high as these individuals require long rehabilitative therapy or long term skilled care. Costs related to families that lose mothers or fathers prematurely can be recognized in many social programs that support unplanned loss of income. Funding for this project will help create access to AEDs throughout area communities.

$205,000 for the Elgin Community College Health Careers Center of Excellence

Elgin Community College

1700 Spartan Drive

Elgin, IL 60123

Elgin Community College (ECC) is in the midst of creating a Health Careers Center of Excellence. Funding for this project will be used for curriculum research and development and the acquisition of instructional equipment. Sixty percent of the nation's new registered nurses and the majority of allied health professionals receive their training through community colleges. We are facing a healthcare workforce shortage, but ECC every semester has had to turn away more applicants than it is able to enroll. The ECC Health Careers Center of Excellence will help meet this growing need.

TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

$250,000 for Revitalization of South Villa Corridor

Village of Villa Park

20 S. Ardmore Avenue

Villa Park, IL 60181

The Village of Villa Park is in the process of revitalizing the South Villa Avenue corridor. Funding for this project will specifically be used in the business district of the village to provide aesthetic enhancements and redevelopment opportunities to promote and attract increased economic development activity.

$20,000,000 for the Metra UP-West Line

METRA

547 W. Jackson Blvd.

Chicago, IL 60661

Metra's Union Pacific West (UP-W) Line project will build upon the recent extension to Elburn and create needed capacity with new corridor improvements, while continuing to deliver safe, reliable and affordable service to Metra riders. The UP-W Line extends from Ogilvie Transportation Center in downtown Chicago nearly 44 miles west to Elburn. Along that corridor, it serves 18 outlying stations within Kane, DuPage and Cook Counties. The Line currently offers 59 commuter trains per weekday, 29 inbound and 30 outbound, with passengers making approximately 30,000 daily trips. The substantial residential growth in this region is fueling a corresponding demand for increased service. As an example, the Elburn area, the recent recipient of a UP-W Line extension, is projected to grow by more than 650 percent between 2000 and 2030. Correspondingly, employment in the UP-W corridor is expected to increase more than 100 percent. These authorized improvements will allow Metra to offer UP-W line commuters more express trains and more reverse commute trains. Federal funding is necessary to complete the upgrades that will allow this project to realize the benefits promised. Metra depends on federal funding to ensure that it continues to provide service to more than 1.6 million riders. This project is authorized by SAFETEA-LU (Public Law 109-59), and received $4.8 million in FY09 funding.

$20,000,000 for the Metra STAR Line

METRA

547 W. Jackson Blvd.

Chicago, IL 60661

Metra's proposed STAR Line goes beyond providing a service to a single corridor or portion of the suburban areas. Rather, the STAR Line establishes key rail connection throughout the northwest, west, and southwest suburbs and also offers the basis for expanded suburban rail service in the future. Under the proposed route, the STAR line would link such major economic and business centers as Navistar, Lucent Technologies, BP Amoco, Tellabs, Nicor, the Louis Joliet mall, the Prairie Stone business campus (home to Sears Holdings), Woodfield Mall, AT&T, Motorola and O'Hare Airport. The STAR Line creates a long-needed alternative to the automobile for nearly 1.2 million employees who commute to work at businesses located along the alignment. It also provides an effective transportation option to nearly 1.6 million residents who today live in an area chronically plagued by highway congestion. By linking nearly 100 communities in the southwest, west, and northern suburbs, the STAR Line fills a critical void in inter-suburban travel. Federal funding is necessary to complete the upgrades that will allow this project to realize the benefits promised. Metra depends on federal funding to ensure that it continues to provide service to more than 1.6 million riders. This project is authorized by SAFETEA-LU (Public Law 109-59), and received $4.8 million in FY09 funding.

$760,000 for Pace Suburban Bus Alternatives Analysis

of "J-Route" Bus Rapid Transit Project

Pace Suburban Bus

550 W. Algonquin Road

Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Pace will use this funding to perform the federally required Alternatives Analysis study on the proposed "J-Route" corridor transit project. The alternatives analysis study will determine the preferred mode (bus/rail), specific alignment, design and capital and operating costs. Once constructed, this project will create a high-speed transit option for commuters between Schaumburg, O'Hare Airport, Oakbrook and Naperville. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), if selected as the preferred mode, is based on signal priority for buses at traffic signals along arterial routes, roadway improvements like exclusive bus lanes and "queue jump" lanes, real-time travel information signs at significant stops along the route using the Intelligent Bus System already installed on all Pace buses, and dissemination of real-time travel information to passengers, dispatchers, planners, and customer relations staff using a variety of electronic media. The project will provide a much-needed new transit option for residents, commuters and workers in DuPage and northern Cook Counties. The service would allow faster, more reliable service on congested suburban streets. This project received $237,500 in FY09.


Congressman Roskam Obatained Earmarks for FY09 can be found here.
Congressman Roskam Obtained Earmarks for FY08 can be found here.

REP. BOBBY RUSH
FY2010 Appropriations Requests

* Youth_as_Possibility_Chicago_IL.pdf
* Village_of_Orland_Park.pdf
* Stephen_Leach.pdf
* South_Central_Community_Services_Inc.pdf
* Safer_Foundation.pdf
* Roosevelt_University.pdf
* Respiratory_Health_Association_of_Metropolitan_Chicago.pdf
* Real_Men_Charities_Inc.pdf
* Reach_Out_and_Read_National_Center.pdf
* National_Urban_League.pdf
* METRA.pdf
* Little_Black_Pearl_and_Design_Center.pdf
* Labor_of_Love_Performing_Arts_Academy.pdf
* Jane_Addams_Hull_House.pdf
* Jackson_Park_Hospital.pdf
* Illinois_Tollway_Authority.pdf
* Illinois_Institute_of_Technology_FS.pdf
* Illinois_Institute_of_Technology_D.pdf
* Illinois_Institute_of_Technology_A.pdf
* Illinois_Community_School_District_218.pdf
* IDOT.pdf
* Holy_Cross_Hospital_Labor_HHS_Education.pdf
* Holy_Cross_Hospital_Labor_HHS.pdf
* Holy_Cross_Hospital_Energy_and_Water.pdf
* Girl_Scouts_of_America.pdf
* Columbia_College_Homeland_Security.pdf
* Columbia_College_Energy_and_Water.pdf
* City_of_Oak_Forest_Police_Department.pdf
* City_of_Blue_Island_Police_Department.pdf
* Chicago_State_University_Defense_Materials_Tech.pdf
* Chicago_State_University_Defense_Ballistics_Technology.pdf
* Chicago_Botanical_Garden.pdf
* Center_for_New_Horizons.pdf
* BUF_of_Illinois.pdf
* Black_Metropolis_National_Heritage_Area_Commission.pdf
* Adler_School_of_Professional_Psychology_Teamwork_Englewood.pdf

REP. JAN SCHAKOWSKY


FY 2010 Appropriations Requests

Proposed Recipient: A Safe Haven Foundation

Project Name: Veterans Afflicted with Diseases of Substance Abuse/ Alcoholism

Recipient Address: 4846 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60639

Amount Requested: $300,000

Explanation of the request:

The requested funds will be used to guarantee supportive housing and recovery management services to Veterans that are afflicted with the health condition and diseases of substance abuse and alcoholism.

Proposed Recipient: Access Community Health Network

Project Name: Reducing Cancer Disparities through Comprehensive Early Detection

Recipient Address: 1501 South California Avenue, Chicago, IL 60608

Amount Requested: $750,000

Explanation of the request:

Studies show that African American women are more likely to die from breast cancer than white women. The causes of this racial health disparity are many, but to increase African American women's chance of survival the messages of early detection and prevention, as well as cancer screening and treatment are imperative. This program seeks to address these national health disparities.

Proposed Recipient: AIDS Foundation of Chicago

Project Name: HIV/AIDS Treatment Coordination

Recipient Address: 411 South Wells Street, Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60607

Amount Requested: $250,000

Explanation of the request:

The Treatment Coordinator program will help hundreds of low-income people with HIV/AIDS improve their health outcomes and also help local, state, and national health officials plan better service delivery systems to promote care and treatment adherence among vulnerable populations.

Proposed Recipient: The Army Corp of Engineers

Project Name: Des Plaines River, IL

Recipient Address: 111 North Canal Street Suite 600 Chicago IL 60606

Amount Requested: $1,000,000

Explanation of the request:

This project would help prevent recurrent flooding along the Des Plaines River, which causes an estimated average annual damage of $25,228,500 (69% traffic damages, 20% residential damages, 8% commercial/industrial/public damages, 3% emergency services costs).

Proposed Recipient: Better Existence with HIV (BEHIV)

Project Name: Capacity Building

Recipient Address: 1740 Ridge Suite 100A Evanston IL 60201

Amount Requested: $330,000

Explanation of the request:

The remodeling of BEHIV's Chicago office will allow is to serve even more people in our community. HIV infection rates are increasing, and the individuals who are being infected are in need of more comprehensive, intensive services for a longer period of time. By consolidating and modernizing the facility, they will be able to provide these life-saving services to more people.

Proposed Recipient: Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness

Project Name: Chicago Demonstration Project on Housing Chronically Homeless Families

Recipient Address: 205 West Wacker, Suite 1321, Chicago, IL 60606

Amount Requested: $250,00

Explanation of the request:

Beyond helping chronically homeless families in Chicago gain self-sufficiency, this project will quantify what the hardest-to-serve families truly need to end their homelessness. This will allow Chicago to develop a service model replicable across the country, eventually helping thousands of families get back on their feet. By analyzing the project's cost-effectiveness, this project will save taxpayer money in the future by avoiding costly public interventions by the child welfare, health care, and criminal justice systems.

Proposed Recipient: Chicago House and Social Service Agency

Project Name: i Four Employment Training and Transitional Jobs Program

Recipient Address: 1925 N. Clybourn Ste. 401 Chicago IL 60614

Amount Requested: $200,000

Explanation of the Request:

Program provides intensive training and a six month transitional jobs program in food service to persons living with HIV/AIDS. In just over two years, more than 300 individuals have successfully participated in the iFour Employment Program.

Proposed Recipient: Chicago Housing Authority (CHA)

Project Name: Computer Centers and Computer Training for Senior Public Housing Residents

Recipient Address: 60 E. Van Buren Street, 10th Floor Chicago IL 60605

Amount Requested: $ 500,000

Explanation of the request:

This project will train 1,000 Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) senior residents within the 9th District and Chicago in the use of technology. These senior residents will then be able to confidently use technology to access services and information and qualify for employment with flexible arrangements conducive to senior workers. It is expected that federal funding for the project will serve at least 1,000 CHA senior residents and result in employment of at least 200 senior citizens in part-time, full-time, and work-at-home job opportunities.

Proposed Recipient: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Project Name: Behavioral Rehabilitation of Brain Injury for Returning Veterans

Recipient Address: 325 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60654

Amount Requested: $300,000

Explanation of the request:

A recent Rand Corporation report estimates that 19 percent of returning soldiers have experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Funding for this project will allow the Chicago School of Professional Psychology to educate its graduate students about the effects of TBI and tools for evaluating and treating it's unique symptoms.

Proposed Recipient: Chicago Transit Authority

Project Name: North Mainline Station Rehabilitation

Recipient Address: 567 W. Lake Chicago IL 60661

Amount Requested: $ 1,000,000

Explanation of the request:

Rehabilitation project will address functional and customer environment elements within the existing station footprint. The project will increase customer comfort and safety, improve service reliability and enhance the transit rider's experience, as well as enhance station usability.

Proposed Recipient: Chicago Transit Authority

Project Name: Yellow Line Extension

Recipient Address: 567 W. Lake Chicago IL 60661

Amount Requested: $1,000,000

Explanation of the request:

As one of the major transportation hubs in the United States, Chicago roadways are very congested. This project will alleviate some of that congestion by extending a successful rapid transit line to customers in an area lacking this kind of transit service. Funding for this project would be in accord with Federal Transit Authority's support of locally planned and operated mass transit systems throughout the United States.

Proposed Recipient: Citizens Utility Board

Project Name: The Right Call- Consumer Education Campaign to Cut Illinois Phone Bills

Recipient Address: 309 West Washington Street, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60606

Amount Requested: $450,000

Explanation of the request:

The vast majority of phone consumers are paying for minutes they don't use, calling features they don't need or want, and are paying too high a per minute rate to do so. The problem is that the phone companies make it hard to figure this out. For every dollar Citizens Utility Board spends on their phone outreach program, they are able to achieve over $5 in annual savings per consumer. It is estimated that there is roughly $1.5 billion a year in potential savings hidden in bloated phone bills.

Proposed Recipient: City of Evanston Police Department

Project Name: Undercover Operations Personnel

Recipient Address: 1454 Elmwood Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201

Amount Requested: $35,000

Explanation of the request:

Fund would be used to reimburse overtime when undercover officers are assigned to another jurisdiction either for the undercover operation or to fill in for the officer assigned to another agency.

Proposed Recipient: City of Evanston Water Treatment Plan

Project Name: Heated Intake System for the Reduction in the Formation of Frazil/ Anchor Ice

Recipient Address: 555 Lincoln Street, Evanston, IL 60201

Amount Requested: $205,200

Explanation of the request:

This project will ensure the provision of essential water supplies during winter months to a population of over 350,000. The last week in January 2009 was one of the most serious on record for the formation and dissipation of frazil/anchor ice. On January 30, 2009, Evanston was forced to declare an emergency, complete with the opening of the Emergency Operations Center and related protocols, as ice that began forming at 2:30 am had not dissipated by 10 am that morning. Since no water could be pumped though the frozen intake, the utility came very close to running out of stored treated water and a complete shutdown of operations. If the situation had continued, our hospitals and many apartment buildings which have steam heat would have had to institute emergency evacuations of their frail inhabitants.

Proposed Recipient: City of Park Ridge

Project Name: Relief Sewers Project

Recipient Address: 505 Butler Place, Park Ridge, IL 60068

Amount Requested: $750,000

Explanation of the request:

In August 2007, and again in September 2008, the Park Ridge area was hit with a 50 year storm. The area was declared a disaster and FEMA was brought in to assist with emergency services. The cost to the Federal Government exceeded $2,000,000. By installing an additional six to ten relief sewers this will prevent major flooding across the city and ultimately provide a huge savings for the federal government.

Proposed Recipient: FlexTech Alliance

Project Name: Printed and Conformal Electronics for Military Applications

Recipient Address: 84 West Santa Clara Street, Suite 630, San Jose, CA 95113

Amount Requested: $2,000,000

Explanation of the request:

Future defense platforms will need innovative electronics solutions in order to maintain operational superiority. This project will create new, advanced materials and printed and conformal electronics will enable flexible, lightweight and rugged photovoltaic, battery, sensor, and communication products for military systems. Integration with textiles and other surfaces will enable production of electronics for military infrastructure not possible today.

Proposed Recipient: Heartland Health Outreach

Project Name: Supportive Services to Promote Stability, Re-entry, and Recovery for Individuals with a Serious Mental Illness Who Have Experienced Homelessness

Recipient Address: 4730 North Winthrop Ave. Chicago IL 60640

Amount Requested: $200,000

Explanation of the request:

Federal funding will be used to strengthen and expand Heartland Health Outreach's Mental Health and Addiction Services' (MHAS) delivery system for its target population: individuals with a serious mental illness who have experienced long-term, often chronic homelessness. The project will facilitate their re-entry from jail or prison; promote their recovery through employment opportunities; and help them enter and navigate multiple service systems.

Proposed Recipient: Illinois Community College Sustainability Network

Project Name: Illinois Community College Sustainability Network

Recipient Address: 1500 West Raab Road, Normal, IL 61761

Amount Requested: $1,000,000

Explanation of the request:

The mission of the ICCSN is to strengthen Illinois community colleges' capacity to promote and provide energy education and sustainable practices in their districts and across Illinois. This project will help provide every community member with access to the expertise of a local sustainability institute at their local community college.

Proposed Recipient: Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Ministries (IRIM)

Project Name: Refugee Resettlement and Homelessness Prevention Program

Recipient Address: 4753 North Broadway, Suite 401 Chicago IL 60640

Amount Requested: $367,500

Explanation of the request:

The project advances the nation's refugee resettlement goals while at the same time ensuring that new refugees do not become homeless. It also minimizes newly arrived refugees' reliance on state and local public support. If IRIM did not provide housing assistance, refugees without family members in the Chicago area who were not yet able to obtain adequate employment would have no recourse except to seek assistance through public and private shelters and public assistance programs.

Proposed Recipient: John G. Shedd Aquarium

Project Name: Great Lakes Awareness Program

Recipient Address: 1200 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL, 60605

Amount Requested: $500,000

Explanation of the request:

One of the most effective ways to ensure that people understand the issues facing the Great Lakes is to reach teachers with immersive research experiences. Funds from this request will be used to develop the Aquarium's "Great Lakes Odyssey" for teachers. This program will provide teachers the opportunity to conduct research alongside professional scientists and share important lessons with their students.

Proposed Recipient: Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago

Project Name: Early Childhood Residents Program

Recipient Address: 2100 Patriot Boulevard, Glenview, IL 60026

Amount Requested: $95,000

Explanation of the request:

Research has demonstrated that teacher quality plays a critical role in student outcomes, with those teachers who have specialized college-level experience and training in early childhood education shown as being most effective. The Early Childhood Residents Program was devised to address the growing need for certified early childhood teachers in Illinois schools.

Proposed Recipient: Lincoln Park Zoological Society

Project Name: South Pond Environmental Restoration Project

Recipient Address: 2001 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614

Amount Requested: $500,000

Explanation of the request:

Project will restore the natural ecosystem of the South Pond, which will provide environmental education benefits to the schoolchildren of the Chicagoland area.

Proposed Recipient: Loyola University Chicago

Project Name: Chicago Clean Air, Clean Water Project

Recipient Address: 6525 North Sheridan Road, Grenada Center #220, Chicago, IL 60626

Amount Requested: $845,000

Explanation of the request:

Funding will allow Loyola University's Clean Air, Clean Water project to enhance existing monitoring programs by increasing the number of key sites where samples and measurements will be taken, as well as analyzing new and relevant threats to ecosystems and human health including endocrine disruptors, antibiotics, heavy metals, and pharmaceuticals in water. The information gathered by through observation will enable extensive research on impacts of emerging environmental threats on ecosystems and human health.

Proposed Recipient: The Marilyn G Rabb Foundation (MGR Foundation)

Project Name: The Uptown Services Expansion Project 2010

Recipient Address: 6348 N. Milwaukee Chicago IL 60646

Amount Requested: $315,000

Explanation of the request:

The MGR Foundation targets underserved schools and populations that other programs do not service. The MGR Foundation's marathon running mentor program, Team M3~Chicago Student MentorRun, which was designed to provide an alternative to gangs and violence for at-risk youth, has been implemented as an after-school program in three CPS High Schools and will include eight CPS High Schools training for the 2009 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

Proposed Recipient: Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Project Name: McCook and Thornton Reservoirs, IL

Recipient Address: 100 East Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60611

Amount Requested: $1,000,000

Explanation of the request:

This project includes the construction of a series of storage reservoirs designed to address combined sewer overflow discharges. The project was authorized for Corp of Engineers construction by Congress, and once complete will bring significant flood relief and water quality enhancements to millions of Illinois residents.

Proposed Recipient: MicroLink Devices

Project Name: Lightweight, High Efficiency Solar Cells for Aircraft and Spacecraft

Recipient Address: 6457 West Howard Street, Niles, IL 60714

Amount Requested: $2,000,000

Explanation of the request:

This project will permit the development of lightweight, high efficiency solar-cell technology, which will be used to enhance the performance of the nation's surveillance spacecraft, which is a vital part of the intelligence gathering infrastructure. The lightweight, high efficiency solar-cell technology will also enable the construction of new long-duration, high-altitude solar-powered surveillance aircraft (the DARPA Vulture Program), which will be used for long-term surveillance in remote areas.

Proposed Recipient: Museum of Science and Industry

Project Name: Teacher Professional Development Series

Recipient Address: 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637

Amount Requested: $500,000

Explanation of the request:

In Illinois, 70 percent of 4th-8th grade students scored below proficient in the 2005 National Assessment of Education Progress for Science. The Teacher Professional Development Series will attempt to solve this problem by providing: more support for teachers not familiar with science, instructional strategies that incorporate proven informal learning techniques, museum skills so that field trips to museums are productive learning experiences, and a professional learning community that enables teachers to communicate and share ideas with peers.

Proposed Recipient: NanoBusiness Alliance

Project Name: Developing a Model Nanotech Innovation Cluster at the Illinois Science and Technology Park

Recipient Address: 8045 Lamon Ave Suite Q3606, Skokie, IL, 60077

Amount Requested: $750,000

Explanation of the request:

These programs will provide significant leverage to the existing and future nanotechnology businesses arising from the pioneering research in Illinois, creating and accessing networks that the individual companies simply could not afford to build. In the process, the NanoBusiness Alliance will build an intellectual infrastructure of networks and resources that can be brought to bear throughout the country to help develop additional clusters.

Proposed Recipient: National Lekotek Center

Project Name: AblePlay

Recipient Address: 2001 North Clybourn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

Amount Requested: $230,420

Explanation of the request:

AblePlay is designed to be a self sustaining program which empowers families to help their own children by providing them access to research and information on toys in a user-friendly format. The money received would help AblePlay to jump start its growth and deepen its credibility with the toy industry. AblePlay is a social enterprise and a market based solution to help with a social need. It is within the tax payers' self interest to fund programs like AblePlay which will be able to achieve economic self sufficiency based on a sound business model. AblePlay will be able to provide a sustainable long term service and benefit to citizens with only an initial investment from the federal government.

Proposed Recipient: Northwestern University

Project Name: Clean Energy Storage, Conversion, and Generation Research

Recipient Address: 633 Clark Street, Evanston, IL 60208

Amount Requested: $1,000,000

Explanation of the request:

Project will be the cornerstone for a new and generally applicable approach to the development of nanotechnological tools and methods that will work to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and provide compact, low-cost, environmentally friendly, and portable sources of energy.

Proposed Recipient: Pace Suburban Bus

Project Name: Pace Milwaukee Avenue Transit Infrastructure Enhancements

Recipient Address: 550 W. Algonquin Road Arlington Heights IL 60005

Amount Requested: $500,000

Explanation of the request:

Pace's study of the entire six-county region, completed in February 2009, reveals Milwaukee Avenue as the preeminent corridor for investment in Bus Rapid Transit technology. This project will increase ridership on public transportation thereby reducing traffic congestion, improving air quality and reducing dependence on foreign oil.

Proposed Recipient: Pegasus Players

Project Name: Global Voices

Recipient Address: 1145 West Wilson, Chicago, IL, 60640

Amount Requested: $90,000

Explanation of the request:

Program provides a vehicle for secondary school students to participate in the performing arts - through the development and performance of plays in the languages being studied.

By design, theater demands cooperation, both within the classes and between the collaborating schools. First, students are taught the basics of playwriting, including an introduction to the elements of drama: setting, character, plot, conflict, dialogue, and theme. Next, they develop a storyline and compose a play in the language being studied. It can be (and has been) about anything. During the composition stage, the partnered classes exchange their work, helping each other with proper language usage.

Proposed Recipient: QuesTek Innovations LLC

Project Name: Corrosion Resistant Ultrahigh-Strength Steel Landing Gear

Recipient Address: 1820 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201

Amount Requested: $2,000,000

Explanation of the request:

Investing in Ferrium S53 corrosion resistant steel for military landing gear will significantly reduce the more than $280 million the Air Force spends each year on structural steel landing gear component condemnations during maintenance and overhaul. This has the potential to save billions of dollars in taxpayer money

Proposed Recipient: Stonewater Control Systems, Inc.

Project Name: Unified Management Infrastructure Systems

Recipient Address: 1007 Church Street, Suite 101, Evanston, IL 60201

Amount Requested: $2,000,000

Explanation of the request:

This project will advance the research, engineering development, and deployment of a secure communication platform to meet military needs, protecting soldiers and first responders on the battlefield using secure mobile communication systems by simultaneously providing what is currently unprecedented: real-time, accurate monitoring of the military's communication devices. Research will benefit federal, state and local agencies which are responsible for safety and environmental regulation.

Proposed Recipient: Technology Innovation Center

Project Name: Small Business Incubator

Recipient Address: 820 Davis Street Suite 100 Evanston IL 60201

Amount Requested: $250,000

Explanation of the request:

A recent review of funded projects at the Economic Development Agency of the US Department of Commerce demonstrated that business incubators were the Agency's most cost-effective way to use taxpayer funds to create quality jobs. The Technology Innovation Center, which was named the Business Incubator of the Year in 1997 by the National Business Incubator Association, has a proven record of providing the necessary resources to help small businesses thrive. Additionally, the Center attracts between 10 to 20 new businesses per year and facilitates an average of $2 million annually in private financing for small businesses.

Proposed Recipient: Village of Glenview

Project Name: Glenview Public Library Construction

Recipient Address: 1225 Waukegan Road Glenview IL 60025

Amount Requested: $500,000

Explanation of the request:

This project is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it furthers education and access to technology. Additionally, the national impact of this project is that it fosters both long and short term job creation with an estimated 364 construction jobs created in the short term and 14.5 long term jobs. This facility will add to the growth of the region by enhancing both residential and business development.

Proposed Recipient: Village of Harwood Heights

Project Name: Oak Park Water Main Project

Recipient Address: 7300 West Wilson Avenue, Harwood Heights, IL 60706

Amount Requested: $427,500

Explanation of the request:

Clean and safe water is the most important utility and service that the village provides to our residents. The Oak Park Water Main experiences the most water breaks and repairs of any place in the village. The street is well traveled and a school, church, many single family homes, and multi family homes are affected and served by this water main. The project is needed for the quality of life for our residents before it becomes an emergency situation.

Proposed Recipient: Village of Harwood Heights

Project Name: Lawrence Avenue Side Street Project

Recipient Address: 7300 W. Wilson Avenue Harwood Heights IL 60706

Amount Requested: $450,000

Explanation of the request:

Recently the Village completed a streetscape project along Lawrence Avenue bid out by the Illinois Department of Transportation and funded in part by Federal ITEP dollars. The side streets directly intersecting with Lawrence Avenue need to be brought up to the same pedestrian safety and parking standards required by the Illinois Dept. of Transportation. The project will provide new pedestrian walkways, safe parking stalls and sidewalks where cars are not protruding across them. With the completion and new use of Lawrence Avenue the safety of the public on the adjoining side streets is the major concern.

Proposed Recipient: Village of Lincolnwood

Project Name: Hiring of One Police Officer

Recipient Address: 6900 North Lincoln Avenue, Lincolnwood, IL 60712

Amount Requested: $75,000

Explanation of the request:

Since Lincolnwood borders Chicago on two sides, and there are five IDOT highways that traverse our community, criminal activity in Lincolnwood is much higher than most communities of our size. The reduction of one Police Officer, which will occur if additional funding is not made available, will mean one less Officer on the street to protect residents and businesses.

Proposed Recipient: Village of Lincolnwood

Project Name: Municipal Complex HVAC System Replacements

Recipient Address: 6900 N. Lincoln Avenue Lincolnwood IL 60712

Amount Requested: $260,000

Explanation of the request:

The existing HVAC units are over 20 years old and are very inefficient. The replacement units will be much more energy efficient and thus provide significant energy savings.

Proposed Recipient: Village of Morton Grove

Project Name: Water Main Improvements at Chicago River Crossing and Dempster Street

Recipient Address: 6101 Capulina Avenue, Morton Grove, IL 60053

Amount Requested: $700,000

Explanation of the request:

While major infrastructure investments were made in the formative years of the Village, upgrades and improvements are necessary to ensure that Morton Grove continues to serve as a contributing asset of the metropolitan economy. The funding challenges of an established and mature community like Morton Grove are considerably greater than in a newer community on the exurban fringe.

Proposed Recipient: The Village of Niles

Project Name: Milwaukee Avenue Revitalization Project

Recipient Address: 1000 Civic Center Drive Niles IL 60714

Amount Requested: $750,000

Explanation of the request:

The Milwaukee Avenue corridor runs five miles from Chicago to the south and Glenview to the north with several major intersecting arteries and transportation corridors such as Dempster, Touhy, Harlem and Golf Road connecting Skokie, Morton Grove, Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Lincolnwood and more to major destinations to the north, south, east and west. Over 40,000 vehicles and 3,000 transit riders who travel Milwaukee Avenue each day will benefit from a safer environment, designed for vehicles, transit and pedestrians. An improved corridor also means improved frequency, reliability, speed, and connectivity for public transit. Funds utilized on the Milwaukee Avenue Revitalization project will benefit all who currently use the corridor, future riders and the region as a whole.

Proposed Recipient: Village of Norridge

Project Name: Montrose Avenue Repaving - Harlem to Canfield

Recipient Address: 4000 N. Olcott Avenue Norridge IL 60706

Amount Requested: $800,000

Explanation of the request:

This project would be a valuable use of taxpayer funds as maintaining our infrastructure is a priority to the Village of Norridge and our economy. The project will create many jobs such as laborers, engineers and technicians who will work on the project. These jobs will come from small and large businesses throughout the State of Illinois.

Proposed Recipient: The Village of Wilmette

Project: Village Center and West Village Center Master Plan

Recipient Address: 1200 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091

Amount Requested: $125,000

Explanation of the request:

The development of a Master Plan for the Village Center will ensure the financial viability of both the Village of Wilmette and the public transportation system. By adding residents and employees to the Village Center, it is anticipated that Village revenues will increase due to real estate transfer tax revenues and increased sales tax revenues. Moreover, it is anticipated that the higher density will lead to an influx of not only new residents, but also new retail and dining options which will add to the vibrancy of the Village Center.

Proposed Recipient: The Village of Skokie

Project Name: Communications Center at New Police Station

Recipient Address: 5127 West Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077

Amount Requested: $500,000

Explanation of the request:

The Communications Center stands in direct support of the Village's Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which will also be housed within this vitally important facility. Given its history as a symbolic target for rallies and protests, as well as the number of sites within the Village that have been identified as critical facilities and infrastructure, e.g., regional hospital and shopping center, Cook County District Courthouse, Illinois Holocaust Museum, interstate highway, commuter railway and regional water treatment plant, the importance of this facility cannot be overstated.

Proposed Recipient: The Village of Skokie Police Department

Project Name: LEED Certification for the new Police Department

Recipient Address: 5127 West Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077

Amount Requested: $896,500

Explanation of the request (must include purpose and why it is a valuable use of taxpayer funds):

Achieving a silver or greater LEED Certification in the construction of the new Police Department Headquarters will achieve energy efficiency and environmental quality with an estimated 25 percent in energy savings. The project is an adaptive reuse of an existing site, which will produce an aesthetically appealing and efficient building with cost savings in operation and maintenance due to the new energy efficient measures. Such measures include increased insulation, white roof, low-e double glazed windows, significant shading for solar control, and efficient lighting with occupancy sensors, daylight lighting controls, efficient air-cooled chiller, condensing boiler (90% efficiency), direct digital control system, demand controlled ventilation using CO2 sensors, under floor air distribution and premium efficiency motors with variable frequency drives.

Proposed Recipient: The Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation

Project Name: The Women In Military Service For America Memorial

Recipient Address: Dept. 560, Washington, D.C. 20042

Amount Requested: $1,000,000

Explanation of the request (must include purpose and why it is a valuable use of taxpayer funds):

The Women In Military Service For America Memorial is the only major national Memorial paying tribute to all women who have ever served in our armed forces beginning with the American Revolution including those who now serve.

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So, while the Wilson and Lawrence Red Line stations deteriorate, wreak of urine and are infested with all sorts of nastiness, Schakowsky wants to give $1M to renovate a station which isn't even in her district.

Well played, Jan. Thanks for thinking of us.

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