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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 8, 1999

Governor Releases $3.4 Million To Help Communities Purchase Paratransit Vehicles

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan today released $3.4 million to community agencies across the state for the purchase of specially-equipped urban paratransit vehicles for persons with disabilities and the elderly.

"The agencies receiving the vehicles provide a vital service in their communities by transporting senior citizens and persons with disabilities to their jobs, medical care, schools and other essential activities that enhance and enrich their lives," Ryan said. "Public funds that help these individuals retain their independence are a sound investment in the people of Illinois."

Through a state-coordinated one-stop shopping program, a combination of $682,600 in state and $2,730,400 in federal funds will be used to purchase a vehicle for each of 74 agencies. Three new service providers will receive vehicles, 53 agencies will use the new vehicles to replace vans or buses that have reached the end of their service capacity, and 18 agencies will expand their current service with additional vehicles.

All vehicles will be fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The following is a list of recipients and their location and the type of vehicles to be purchased:

ALSIP

  • Sertoma Center, Inc. - Van

    ALTON

  • Challenge Unlimited, Inc. - Small paratransit bus
  • Senior Services Plus, Inc. - Van

    BEARDSTOWN

  • Cass County Mental Health Association - Small paratransit bus

    BEECHER

  • The Anchorage of Beecher - Small paratransit bus

    BELLEVILLE

  • St. Clair Associated Vocational Enterprises, Inc. - Small paratransit bus

    CANTON

  • American Red Cross - Fulton/Schuyler Chapter - Van
  • Community Mental Health Center of Fulton & McDonough Counties - Van

    CARBONDALE

  • Senior Adult Services - Van

    CENTRALIA

  • South Central Illinois Mass Transit District - Van

    CENTREVILLE

  • Children's Center for Behavioral Development - Van

    CHAMPAIGN

  • Mental Health Center of Champaign County - Small paratransit bus

    CHARLESTON

  • CCAR Industries - Van

    CHICAGO

  • Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc. - Van
  • Bethel New Life, Inc. - Small paratransit bus
  • Chicago Association for Retarded Citizens - Small paratransit bus
  • Chicago Commons Comprehensive Senior Care - Small paratransit bus
  • Chicago REACH- Small paratransit bus
  • El Valor Corporation - Van
  • Hyde Park Neighborhood Club - Small paratransit bus
  • Misericordia Heart of Mercy - Van
  • Renaissance Adult Day Services, Inc. - Small paratransit bus
  • YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago - Van

    COUNTRYSIDE

  • Helping Hand Rehabilitation Center - Van

    DECATUR

  • Macon Resources, Inc. - Small paratransit bus

    DIXON

  • Kreider Services, Inc. - Small paratransit bus
  • Lee County Council on Aging - Van
  • Sinissippi Centers, Inc. - Van

    DOWNERS GROVE

  • Ray Graham Association for People with Disabilities - Small paratransit bus

    DuQUOIN

  • The Gold Plate of Program of Perry County - Van
  • Five Starr Industries, Inc. - Van

    EAST ST. LOUIS

  • Hazel Bland Promise Center - Van
  • Senior Services of St. Clair County, Inc. - Van

    ELGIN

  • Jayne Shover Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center - Van

    EVANSTON

  • Council for Jewish Elderly - Van

    FLORA

  • Clay County Horizon Center - Van
  • Clay County Rehabilitation Center, Inc. - Van

    FRANKLIN PARK

  • West Suburban Special Recreation Association - Van

    GIBSON CITY

  • Gibson City Area Telecare Services, Inc. - Van

    GLENWOOD

  • Edith Waller Foundation - Small paratransit bus

    GREENUP

  • Embarras River Basin Agency, Inc. - Van

    GREENVILLE

  • Bond County Senior Citizens Center, Inc. - Van

    HOYLETON

  • Hoyleton Youth and Family Services - Van

    JACKSONVILLE

  • Prairie Council on Aging, Inc. - Van

    JOLIET

  • Trinity Services, Inc. - Small paratransit bus

    LANARK

  • Rolling Hills Progress Center, Inc. - Van

    LINCOLN

  • Central Illinois Economic Development Corporation - Van

    McHENRY

  • Pioneer Center of McHenry County, Inc. - Small paratransit bus

    McLEANSBORO

  • TRADE Industries - Small paratransit bus

    MONEE

  • Eastern Will County Senior Services - Van

    MONTICELLO

  • Piatt County Senior Citizens Transportation Program - Small paratransit bus

    NORMAL

  • BroMenn Healthcare - Small paratransit bus

    OAK LAWN

  • Park Lawn School and Activity Center - Van

    PALATINE

  • Countryside Association for the Handicapped, Inc. - Small paratransit bus

    PARIS

  • Human Resources Center of Edgar and Clark Counties, Inc. - Small paratransit bus
  • Edgar County Senior Citizens Council, Inc. - Van

    PEORIA

  • Door to Door, Inc. - Small paratransit bus

    PONTIAC

  • Futures Unlimited, Inc. - Small paratransit bus

    PRINCETON

  • Bureau County Senior Citizens Association - Small paratransit bus

    RED BUD

  • Human Service Center of Southern Metro-East - Small paratransit bus

    ROBINSON

  • Lawrence/Crawford Association for Exceptional Citizens - Van

    ROCK ISLAND

  • Lutheran Social Services of Illinois - Van
  • Project NOW, Inc. - Van

    ROLLING MEADOWS

  • Special Leisure Services Foundation - Van

    ROSICLARE

  • Rides Mass Transit District - Small paratransit bus

    SANDWICH

  • Open Door Rehabilitation Center - Van

    STERLING

  • Rock River Valley Self Help Enterprises, Inc. - Small paratransit bus
  • Whiteside County Senior Center - Small paratransit bus

    SULLIVAN

  • Moultrie County Beacon, Inc. - Small paratransit bus

    TROY

  • Jarvis Township Senior Citizen Center - Van

    VANDALIA

  • FAYCO Enterprises, Inc. - Van

    WASHINGTON PARK

  • Senior Citizens Activities Center of St. Clair County - Van

    WATERLOO

  • Human Support Services - Van

    WEST FRANKFORT

  • Franklin County Senior Services, Inc. - Small paratransit bus

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