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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21, 2000

$2.3 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for East Central Illinois

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $2,357,200 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in East Central Illinois, including $775,000 to Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services to renovate its facility. The hospital was constructed in 1952 and does not meet current life safety and fire code requirements. The renovations, that will include the installation of sprinkler systems, smoke and fire compartments, corridor and electrical upgrades, will ensure compliance with the Illinois Department of Public Health regulations. The city is contributing $372,671.

This Illinois FIRST project was initiated by State Rep. Rick Winkel, R-Champaign.

Other Illinois FIRST grants announced by Ryan:

  • $250,000 to the City of Danville to partially fund a new electrical infrastructure for an area in the city's Southgate Industrial Park.
    This project was initiated by State Rep. William B. Black, R-Danville.

  • $150,000 to the City of Watseka to refurbish its elevated water tower.
    This project was initiated by Black.

  • $114,000 to the Hutton Fire Protection District to purchase two tanker trucks.
    This project was initiated by State Rep. Dale A. Righter, R-Mattoon.

  • $100,000 to the Paris Community Fire Protection District to purchase a new fire truck. The district is contributing $47,200.
    This project was initiated by State Sen. Judith A. Myers, R-Danville.

  • $100,000 to the Village of Ashmore to repair and renovate its community center.
    This project was initiated Righter.

  • $100,000 to the Coles County Fair Association to renovate the grandstands at its fairgrounds.
    This project was initiated by Righter.

  • $100,000 to the Shelbyville Fire Protection District to purchase a new ladder truck.
    This project was sponsored by State Sen. Duane Noland, R-Blue Mound.

  • $90,000 to the City of Danville to purchase a yard waste tractor.
    This project was initiated by Myers.

  • $75,000 to the Herrick Fire Protection District to construct a storage building and purchase safety and rescue equipment.
    This project was initiated by State Rep. Bill Mitchell, R-Forsyth.

  • $75,000 to the City of Danville to upgrade the Danville Fire Department's communications system. This project was initiated by Myers.

  • $50,000 to the Paxton Area Emergency Medical Service to purchase a new ambulance. The city is contributing $30,000.
    This project was initiated by State Rep. Timothy V. Johnson, R-Urbana.

  • $50,000 to the City of Mattoon to construct a yard waste recycling center. The city is contributing $11,839.
    This project was initiated by Myers.

  • $50,000 to the Marshall Fire Department to purchase two thermal imaging cameras and an exhaust system.
    This project was initiated by Myers.

  • $50,000 to the Village of Arthur to purchase and install two additional sirens for the tornado warning system.
    This project was initiated by Noland.

  • $40,000 to the Village of Ludlow to purchase a backhoe. The village is contributing $10,000.
    This project was initiated by Johnson.

  • $25,000 to the Mattoon Fire Department to purchase safety and rescue equipment.
    This project was initiated by Myers.

  • $25,000 to the City of Paris for a planning grant.
    This project was initiated by Myers.

  • $25,000 to Blue Mound Township for the engineering design of a new water treatment distribution system.
    This project was initiated by Noland.

  • $40,000 to the Village of Royal to make improvements to the village, its park and recreation area.
    This project was initiated by Johnson.

  • $16,100 to the Coles County Sheriff's Department to purchase twelve body armor vests.
    This project was initiated by Myers.

  • $15,000 to the Paradise Equestrian Therapy Center to purchase an arena floor and construct American with Disabilities Act accessible horse stalls.
    This project was initiated by Myers.

  • $15,000 to the City of Martinsville to purchase bleachers, lights, and playground equipment for Martinsville Summer Recreation Park.
    This project was initiated by Myers.

  • $10,000 to the Clark County Sheriff's Department to purchase equipment associated with the start up costs of a new fingerprint machine.
    This project was initiated by Myers.

  • $6,900 to the City of Brocton to purchase and install a fence for the Brocton Spring Festival.
    This project was initiated by Myers.

  • $5,200 to the Coles County Council on Aging, Inc to purchase a computer, copier and software for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.
    This project was initiated by Myers.

  • $5,000 to the Village of Royal to make sidewalk improvements.
    This project was initiated by Johnson.


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