Durbin, Duckworth Announce More Than $4 Million In Federal Funding For Rural Community Development...

U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced $4,198,600 in federal funding for projects in Clay, Crawford, Edgar, Marion, Moultrie, Richland, and Pulaski Counties to support rural community development projects. Today’s funding, provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Community Development Initiative Grant, will provide assistance to benefit public safety, water infrastructure, local VFWs, mental health facilities, and more.

Lipinski Announces More Grants for Midway Airport

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) has announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has awarded Midway Airport two grants to improve safety at the airport. An almost two million dollar grant will be used to help rehabilitate over a mile of runway to maintain the structural integrity of the pavement and to minimize foreign object debris. In addition, a separate grant for $72,000 will help pay for equipment needed to reduce the risk of runway incursions and conflicts between aircraft and vehicles operating at the airport

CHA receives $100,000 grant to assist youth as part of National Reentry Week

Chicago Housing Authority CEO Eugene Jones, Jr. and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Midwest Regional Administrator Antonio R. Riley announced Monday that CHA has won a $100,000 Chicago Juvenile Reentry Assistance Program grant from HUD and the Department of Justice

Durbin Announces $1.6 Million In HUD Funding For Illinois Housing And Community Development

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that five communities in Illinois will receive a total of $1,579,817 in grant funding through the Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) Program, a federal grant program administered by Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help develop urban communities.

House-Senate Transportation Bill Compromise Protects Important Illinois Infrastructure Priorities

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced a bipartisan, bicameral agreement to authorize and fund transportation programs for the next 5 years.  Durbin – who was a member of the Conference Committee tasked with finding a compromise between the House and Senate versions of the transportation

Durbin Announces More Than $443,000 In Federal Funding To Assist Homeless Veterans In Illinois

Under today’s announcement, the following communities will receive funding from HUD’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) tenant-based voucher program, which will help enable homeless veterans and their families to access affordable existing housing of their choice

IHDA Launches Mortgage Program to Boost Homebuying in Hardest Hit Areas and Stabilize Communities

The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) today launched its new 1stHomeIllinois loan program to help make homeownership a reality for up to 4,000 first-time homebuyers in 10 Illinois counties hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis. The program provides $7,500 in down payment assistance with an interest rate as low as 4.125 percent for a secure, 30-year fixed rate mortgage.

Up To $13.9 Million Available From EPA for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today issued a Request for Applications soliciting proposals for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants to fund new projects to restore and protect the Great Lakes. Up to $13.9 million will be available during the 2015 funding cycle for grants to state, tribal, interstate and local governmental agencies, institutions of higher learning and other nonprofit organizations. Applications are due September 28, 2015

Durbin, Duckworth Announce Firefighter Grant For Addison Fire Protection District And Surrounding Communities

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded a $218,182 Assistance to Firefighters Grant to the Addison Fire Protection District for a driver simulator for emergency vehicles. This simulator will allow the fire Department to practice defensive driving skills without jeopardizing the public


Debra Grand, incoming Board Chair, and Mark Angelini, President of Mercy Housing Lakefront Mercy Housing Lakefront, one of the first to develop permanent supportive housing projects of significant size in the Chicago area, will use the grant to expand its Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI).

Bustos Announces $1.2 Million in Funding for Freeport, East Dubuque Head Start Projects

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced a $1,236,603 grant for Northwestern Illinois Community Action Agency in Freeport. The grant is awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and will be put toward Head Start projects.

Congresswoman Kelly Announces $460,636 CDBG Grant for Kankakee

Congresswoman Robin Kelly announced today that the City of Kankakee has been awarded a $460,636 Community Development Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. “Federal Community Development Block Grant funds have greatly benefited the city by supporting valuable services, better housing, public improvements and economic development,” Congresswoman Kelly said.

Bustos Urges Illinois Communities To Apply For Federal Transportation & Infrastructure Grants

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, urged communities across her region of Illinois to apply for $500 million in federal grants available for transportation and infrastructure projects. More information on the application process on the next round of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants can be found by visiting The deadline for pre-applications is May 4th and the deadline for final applications is June 5th.

Foster Announces $2.7 Million Grant for Flood Protection in DuPage County

Congressman Bill Foster announced that DuPage County will be receiving a $2.7 million Hazard Mitigation Grant from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to fund the acquisition and demolition of 13 flood prone residential properties.

IDNR to Host Public Hearing on Federal Disaster Resilience Grant Competition

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) will host a public hearing on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) National Disaster Resilience Competition, a grant program designed to help states and their communities better prepare for and withstand natural disasters


Investigation by CHA and HUD Inspectors General ends with guilty plea...

The Chicago Housing Authority will receive restitution for money stolen by a former contractor and her husband after the pair pleaded guilty to stealing funds intended for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, a crime that was exposed following an investigation by the CHA’s Office of the Inspector General.


Mayor Emanuel, Congressman Rush Join CTA to Announce Plans to Revitalize...

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and U.S. Congressman Bobby Rush today joined CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. and Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner (CDOT) Rebekah Scheinfeld to announce conceptual plans to revitalize and renovate the CTA’s Cottage Grove Green Line station and the surrounding area.

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Quigley Fights to Expand Affordable Housing and Protect Vital Infrastructure Investments

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) fought to expand federal housing assistance and protect funding and eligibility for vital infrastructure programs that improve the economy and support local communities, including projects in Chicago and Cook County. His efforts come as the House Appropriations Committee considers the FY15 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill Fisher Investments Jay Carlson