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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 16, 2001

$1 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Central Illinois

SPRINGFIELD - - Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Central Illinois, including $250,000 to the West Central Educational Television Consortium. The Consortium is a not-for-profit organization that provides public television broadcasting for a 16-county region in Western and Central Illinois. The grant will be used for educational programming costs.

Other Illinois FIRST grants announced by Ryan:

  • $105,000 to the Sherman Fire Protection District to purchase an aerial-equipped fire truck.
    This project was initiated by State Rep. Raymond Poe, R-Springfield.

  • $100,000 to the Illiopolis Fire Protection District to purchase a new pumper truck.
    This project was initiated by State Sen. Larry K. Bomke, R-Springfield.

  • $100,000 to the Lincoln Rural Fire Protection District to purchase a new pumper truck.
    This project was initiated by State Sen. Robert A. Madigan, R-Lincoln.

  • $70,000 to the Washburn Fire Protection District to purchase a fire rescue vehicle. The district will contribute $160,217.
    This project was initiated by State Rep. Keith P. Sommer, R-Mackinaw.

  • $50,000 to South Litchfield Township to purchase land for a new parking lot and to buy equipment for its administrative building.
    This project was initiated by State Rep. Gary Hannig, D-Litchfield.

  • $40,000 to the Village of Brighton to purchase an early warning system and an emergency generator for its municipal building.
    This project was initiated by State Rep. Tom Ryder, R-Jerseyville.

  • $40,000 to the Village of Secor to purchase and equip a new utility vehicle for general use.
    This project was initiated by Sommer.

  • $40,000 to the Auburn Square Merchants Association to reconstruct a bandstand in the village square.
    This project was initiated by Bomke and State Rep. Gwenn Klingler, R-Springfield.

  • $30,000 to the Mason County Board to remove a log jam in the Snicarte ditch, caused by heavy flooding in 1993.
    This project was initiated by R. Madigan.

  • $25,000 to the Cass County Historical and Genealogical Society for storage, display and public research of county records and materials.
    This project was initiated by Poe.

  • $25,000 to the Tri-County Antique Club to purchase land for a building that will be used to display antique farm machinery.
    This project was initiated by Ryder.

  • $25,000 to the Village of Mechanicsburg to purchase playground equipment and make park improvements.
    This project was initiated by Bomke.

  • $20,000 to the Auburn Cemetery Board to refurbish the caretaker's cottage and purchase a new tractor.
    This project was initiated by Bomke.

  • $20,000 to Panola Township to purchase a truck that will be used for general maintenance of its roads. The township will contribute $41,000.
    This project was initiated by R. Madigan.

  • $20,000 to Minonk Township to purchase oil and chip material used to resurface township roads.
    This project was initiated by R. Madigan.

  • $20,000 to Metamora Township to purchase a truck that will be used for road maintenance.
    This project was initiated by R. Madigan.

  • $20,000 to East Peoria Historical Society to replace the roof on the historic Doering House, which functions as a local museum.
    This project was initiated by R. Madigan.

  • $20,000 to Clayton Township to help fund the construction of a bridge that will replace the current out-dated bridge. The township will contribute $45,000.
    This project was initiated by R. Madigan.

  • $20,000 to the Tremont Township Road District to refurbish its dump truck.
    This project was initiated by Sommer.

  • $20,000 to Wimmer Cemetery in Auburn to construct a storage shed and purchase lawncare equipment.
    This project was initiated by Bomke.


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