Fehr Graham helps clients secure $3.5M in grants to improve communities

The U.S. Senate passed the Omnibus Appropriations Act, awarding millions of dollars to help fund Illinois projects. Fehr Graham helped clients secure $3.5 million in grants, which will be used to improve communities.

U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) announced the $182 million of congressionally directed spending in a news release.

"This appropriations package makes significant investments in the future of Illinois," Durbin said in the news release. "The use of Congressionally directed spending provides Members of Congress, who know their states and districts better than federal agency personnel in Washington, with the ability to direct federal funding to priority projects in their communities. This much needed federal funding will help localities in Illinois launch important infrastructure projects, improve access to health care, advance environmental conservation, strengthen community violence prevention initiatives, support our rural communities to ensure they have access to the resources they need, and much more."

Fehr Graham funding specialists helped:

  • Mt. Morris Fire Protection District secure $1 million to fund the design, engineering and site work to replace its fire station that has not been updated since the 1920s.
  • The Village of Ivesdale secure $250,000 to replace outdated, failing cement asbestos water mains.
  • The Ottawa YMCA secure $250,000 to construct a facility to serve a low-income population in LaSalle County.
  • The Moving Pillsbury Forward nonprofit group secure $2 million to continue the Pillsbury Mills Redevelopment Project at the former Pillsbury Mills site in Springfield.

"Our state and our nation are stronger when we invest in our communities and families — and that's what this bipartisan funding agreement does," said Duckworth. "I'm so proud I was able to help secure critical support for projects all across our state to help clean up our water, improve our state's infrastructure, expand healthcare access, create jobs and tackle environmental injustice issues facing communities across Illinois.

See a full list of funded projects here