LIPINSKI SECURES $3.65 MILLION FOR NINE LOCAL PROJECTS THAT WILL CREATE JOBS, AID LAW ENFORCEMENT, IMPROVE PUBLIC TRANSIT, AND PROMOTE EDUCATION
December 10, 2009
Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) announced his success in obtaining $3.65 million for nine local public safety, transportation, education, health, and technology projects under legislation that passed the House of Representatives today. These worthy projects were awarded funding at Congressman Lipinski's request and as a direct result of his working over many months to ensure they received priority treatment.
"I'm very pleased to be bringing home this funding, which will benefit everyone from young kids who need somewhere to go after school to commuters who ride Metra to seniors who call 9-1-1 for emergency medical care," Congressman Lipinski said. "Since the first day I took office, I have been focused on getting things done for the people of the Third District. As this latest round of funding shows, I continue to produce concrete results. All told, I have obtained $160 million in federal money for local projects since 2005."
Recipients include the municipalities of La Grange, Oak Lawn, La Grange Park, and Hickory Hills; the Valentine Boys & Girls Club of Bridgeport; Saint Xavier University; the Chicago Transit Authority; Metra; and the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition.
"The Saint Xavier University community is grateful to Congressman Lipinski for his dynamic leadership and commitment to higher education, as demonstrated by his efforts to secure federal funding for our Stump Library renovation project," said Angela Durante, Ph.D., Interim President and Provost of Saint Xavier, which received $750,000 for new technology for its library. "The state-of-the-art technological improvements made possible by this funding will ensure that the Stump Library will continue to be a great benefit to Saint Xavier students and a valuable resource to the wider community."
"We're very grateful for what the congressman has done for our community," said La Grange Park Village President Dr. Jim Discipio, whose community received $75,000 for police equipment that will improve communications with other public safety agencies. "With the economic times being the way they are, to have the Congressman work as hard and diligently as he does is something we should all be thankful for."
"The Valentine Boys & Girls Club is very appreciative of Congressman Lipinski's continued support in securing funding for our organization," said Jeffrey Sadowski, regional director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago. "He recognizes the work that we do on a daily basis that essentially keeps kids off the street during the time when they are most vulnerable - after school. With the help of Congressman Lipinski, we are able to provide programs and services that are mission-driven. Thank you, Congressman Lipinski."
"The Village of Oak Lawn is pleased to have received this funding, which will help provide our first responders with the technology they need to keep our residents safe in case of emergency," said Mayor Dave Heilmann, whose community received $100,000 for equipment to allow emergency personnel to view safety-camera video from within their vehicles. "I want to thank Congressman Lipinski for all his efforts on our behalf."
"Now more than ever, my constituents need someone who can stand up for their interests in Washington and deliver vital assistance," Congressman Lipinski said. "I continue to fight every day to make certain that the federal government helps the hard-working residents of the Third District."
The following projects will receive funding thanks to Congressman Lipinski:
Saint Xavier University: $750,000 for an array of information technology designed to enhance student learning. Much of the new technology will be located in the new Robert and Mary Rita Stump Library. The money will help pay for a new media center that will stimulate innovation and aid in the development of new applications of technology to teaching; an information commons to support research, library reference services, and instruction; a mobile computer lab that will convert regular classrooms into temporary computer labs; and an online communications system that will provide students with live Web casts, on-demand materials and lectures, distance learning programs, and other tools that will expand the university's reach. Equipment in the new media center will be used to develop digital literacy programs for students and the community at large.
La Grange: $700,000 to renovate the Stone Avenue Metra station, which serves an average of nearly 1,000 commuters daily. The Village of La Grange, Metra, and BNSF Railway are collaborating on the project, which includes a careful and historically respectful rehabilitation of the structure, accessibility upgrades, and the addition of a "kiss and ride" area along with improved bicycle facilities. In addition, La Grange will receive $100,000 for a new generation of 9-1-1 call center technology that will allow for the display and answering of calls received in a variety of formats, including text messages and streaming video. The system will also utilize digital mapping to precisely pinpoint the location of a caller.
Oak Lawn: $100,000 for equipment to allow first responders to view safety-camera video from emergency vehicles. This will allow for improved assessment of developing situations, faster emergency responses, and enhanced crime prevention. Cameras are currently in place in Oak Lawn schools, the train station, parking garage, and key intersections.
La Grange Park: $75,000 for police equipment that will improve communications with other public safety agencies in cases requiring joint action. The equipment includes in-car video cameras that can stream to the Cook County Emergency Operations Center, in-car radios with extra channels, interoperable hand-held radios, and associated computer servers.
Hickory Hills: $125,000 for the police department to replace outdated computers, communications equipment, and back-up power supply equipment. 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.
Valentine Boys & Girls Club: $150,000 for afterschool programs to combat youth obesity and promote healthy lifestyles. The club will use the money to cover expenses necessary to create a daily fitness regime during afterschool hours for youths between the ages of 6 and 18. Among the club's recreational offerings will be swim classes, game-room activities, instruction in strength and cardiovascular training, and sports such as basketball, volleyball, football, and floor hockey. In addition, healthy nutrition will be taught in a series of workshops.
Chicago Transit Authority: $1.5 million for preliminary work on the Circle Line, which will run in an arc west of the Loop, connecting all existing CTA lines as it stretches from the Orange Line near Ashland Avenue on the South Side to the existing Pink Line Cermak Branch near 18th Street and on to the North and Clybourn area on the North Side. A total of $43.8 million has now been earmarked for this multi-billion dollar project.
Illinois Science and Technology Coalition: $150,000 to help the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition to establish the Illinois Nanotechnology Collaborative, which aims to increase commercial applications resulting from nanotechnology research, much of which is financed by the federal government. The INC will develop specific strategies to make it easier for small businesses to share infrastructure and reduce start-up costs, and to access Illinois' deep nanotechnology research capabilities. This will in turn provide a greater return on federal investments.
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