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

Federal Grants to Help IL Homeowners Afford Critical Repairs

CHICAGO - January 22, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- A new round of $6.1 million in federal funds will help low-income homeowners, including seniors and persons with disabilities, afford the necessary repairs to stay in their homes. The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) today announced the Single-Family Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation (SFOOR) program will ensure 148 homeowners can keep up with necessary but costly repairs – and will keep communities strong by stabilizing neighborhoods and creating local economic activity.

Congresswoman Duckworth Announces Housing and Urban Development Grants for the City of Elgin and...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - January 3, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) announced that the City of Elgin and DuPage county will receive Housing Choice Voucher - Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) grants for $66,194 and $88,710, respectively. The program encourages communities to develop local strategies to help families obtain employment that will lead to economic independence and self-sufficiency

Congresswoman Duckworth Announces HUD Grant for Des Plaines

WASHINGTON, D.C. - October 25, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a $278,375 Community Development Block Grant to Des Plaines, Illinois. The grant helps further develop urban communities by creating better living environments and increasing economic opportunities for low- and moderate- income persons.

Governor Quinn Highlights Innovative School Green Infrastructure Improvements

CHICAGO - October 14, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Pat Quinn today joined students, parents and community leaders to highlight an upcoming school improvement project made possible through the Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant (IGIG) program. Ravenswood Elementary School was among 13 applicants that received funding from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to support projects that reduce the amount of pollution running into Illinois waterways from stormwater sources and reduce the risk of local flooding. The announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect our natural resources and ensure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.

Congresswoman Duckworth Announces U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. - July 23, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) announced the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded over $67 million dollars in grants to be allocated throughout specific counties, cities and the state of Illinois. The Community Development Block Grant, which has been awarded to Cook, Dupage, and Kane counties as well as multiple cities including Elgin, Palatine and Schaumburg, aims to help further develop urban communities by creating better living environments and increasing economic opportunities

Congresswoman Duckworth Announces More Than $1 million Investment to Secure Flooded Land in Wood...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - July 3, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- On Wednesday, July 3, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has awarded a grant of $1,093,748 to help Wood Dale secure flooded land. The grant will fund the acquisition and demolition of five residential properties that are regularly flooded by the Salt Creek. The land will be returned to beneficial flood plain and deeded in perpetuity to remain open space

US Department of Labor announces $2 million to assist storm recovery in Illinois

WASHINGTON, DC - July 1, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The U.S. Department of Labor today awarded a $2 million National Emergency Grant to assist with cleanup and recovery efforts following severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding in 40 counties throughout Illinois between April 16 and May 5.

Rep. Lipinski Announces $34,043 Grant to Garden Homes Fire Protection District

WASHINGTON, D.C. - April 18, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) announced today that the Garden Homes Fire Protection District, serving portions of unincorporated Cook County near Alsip, Merrionette Park and Chicago, has received a $34,043 grant from the Department of Homeland Security to purchase new equipment to assist firefighters responding to fires and incidents involving hazardous materials. The grant will allow the fire protection district to purchase a new compressor and filling station for self-contained breathing apparatus

The Chicago Community Trust Awards $231,000 in Grants for Affordable Housing

CHICAGO, IL - October 8, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Chicago area’s largest regional grant maker, The Chicago Community Trust, today announced $231,000 in grants to advance affordable rental housing.


O’Fallon - August 24, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan today announced that her office has distributed $4.5 million in funding from the national foreclosure settlement reached earlier this year to the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation. Madigan said the grant will help to provide much-needed legal services to struggling homeowners in Central and Southern Illinois

Seniors Urged to Apply for Circuit Breaker Grant by June 30; Program ends July...

SPRINGFIELD - June 25, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Illinois Department on Aging Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., is reminding Illinois seniors about their last chance to get approved for Circuit Breaker property tax grants before the program ends July 1. The Circuit Breaker program provides grants to eligible seniors and persons with disabilities to help them reduce the costs of property taxes, license plate renewals and rides on public transit. After June 30, property tax grants will no longer be available. The General Assembly did not appropriate funds for Circuit Break property tax grants for fiscal year 2013.

RE/MAX Northern Illinois Agents Donated More Than $100,000 to Children’s Memorial Hospital in 2011

Chicago, IL - February 14, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Agents affiliated with RE/MAX offices in the northern Illinois real estate network donated more than $100,000 to Children’s Memorial Hospital of Chicago in 2011.


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.


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