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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 8, 2000

Ryan: $1.6 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for East Central Illinois

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,665,400 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in East Central Illinois, including $300,000 to Niantic Fire Protection District to construct a larger firehouse.

The present facility was built in 1951, and is too small to house modern equipment. The firehouse will be built on a parcel of property donated by a local resident. The village is contributing $77,800.

This Illinois FIRST was initiated by State Rep. Bill Mitchell, R-Forsyth.

Other Illinois FIRST grants announced by Ryan:

  • $200,000 to Shelbyville Fire Protection District to purchase a ladder truck. The city is contributing $100,000.
    This project was initiated by Mitchell.

  • $175,000 to the City of Hoopeston to excavate, tile, and enclose an open drainage ditch that is posing health concerns.
    This project was initiated by State Rep. William Black, R-Danville.

  • $175,000 to the Village of Tower Hill to build a village hall with a storm shelter.
    This project was initiated by Mitchell.

  • $170,000 to Shumway Fire Protection District to purchase a new truck and a tornado warning system. The village is contributing $21,000.
    This project was initiated by Mitchell.

  • $150,000 to Windsor Fire Protection District to purchase a new truck.
    This project was initiated by Mitchell.

  • $134,000 to Macon County Sheriff's Department to purchase a new computer and Global Positioning System and fund the "Safe Haven Program".
    This project was initiated by State Rep. Julie A. Curry, D-Mt. Zion.

  • $100,000 to Milliken University to construct Decatur Indoor Sports Complex. Milliken University and Decatur Park District are contributing $6,000,000.
    This project was initiated by Curry.

  • $60,000 to Decatur Macon County Opportunities Corporation for relocation and renovations costs for Anna Water Head Start Program.
    This project was initiated by State Sen. Duane Noland, R-Decatur.

  • $50,000 to Mid Illinois Senior Services, Inc. to purchase a new building to house the Thrif-T-Boutique and the Moultrie County RSVP program.
    This project was initiated by Curry.

  • $50,000 to Ridge Township to rebuild township park in Westervelt that was destroyed by a tornado. This project was initiated by Mitchell.

  • $27,300 to the City of Ashmore to remove and replace a ceiling at the Ashmore Community Center.
    This project was initiated by State Sen. Judith A. Myers, R-Danville.

  • $25,000 to Charleston Fire Department to purchase a thermal imaging camera.
    This project was initiated by Myers.

  • $20,000 to Vermilion County War Museum to install an American with Disabilities Act approved elevator. The City of Danville is contributing $34,000.
    This project was initiated by Black.

  • $20,000 to the Village of Catlin to upgrade communication and data processing for the Village Police Department.
    This project was initiated by Black.

  • $8,100 to Decatur Police Department to purchase a portable ballistic shield.
    This project was initiated by Curry.

  • $1,000 to Casey Library to purchase a computer.
    This project was initiated by Myers.


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