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December 27, 2001

Ryan: $212,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Southern Illinois

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $212,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Southern Illinois, including $90,000 to the Village of Steeleville to improve public safety and accessibility of local businesses and public areas throughout the village.

The improvements will include the extension and repair of sidewalks in town and around public schools; exterior paving, fa├žade and handicapped accessible ramps within the business district and the purchase of pagers and turn-out gear for the fire department.

This Illinois FIRST project was initiated by State Rep. Dan Reitz, D-Steeleville.

Other Illinois FIRST grants announced by Ryan:

  • $50,000 to the City of Red Bud to help develop a commercial and industrial park. The city is contributing $850,000.
    This project was initiated by Reitz.

  • $25,000 to the Village of Jonesboro to purchase and install three new tornado sirens.
    This project was initiated by State Sen. David Luechtefeld, R-Okawville.

  • $20,000 to the Village of Eddyville to install a new roof, a heating/ventilation/air-conditioning system and to repair two restrooms at its community center.
    This project was initiated by State Rep. Jim Fowler, D-Harrisburg.

  • $20,000 to Lively Grove Township to purchase a new truck and snowplow. The township is contributing $36,000.
    This project was initiated by Luechtefeld.

  • $5,000 to the Village of Belknap to clean the main drainage ditch through the village and to replace sidewalks along Seminary Street.
    This project was initiated Fowler.

  • $2,000 to the Western Egyptian Economic Opportunity Council to make restroom plumbing improvements at the Waterloo Senior Center.
    This project was initiated by Reitz.

    Illinois FIRST funds are not part of the state budget's General Revenue Fund. Recently, lagging tax collections brought on by a slowdown in the national economy and the terrorist attacks of September 11 have forced the governor to order spending cuts in the General Revenue Fund that amount to less than 2 percent of total spending. Illinois FIRST monies are derived from separate accounts in the state budget -- the Road Fund and the Fund for Illinois Future -- as well as through the sale of state bonds.

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