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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 29, 2003

Governor announces release of $1.25 million for the City of Streator
Funds to be used for new police and fire station

CHICAGO- Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today authorized the release of $1.25 million to the City of Streator to assist in establishing a new police and fire station. The new facility, to be constructed at the east edge of the City’s central business district, will consist of a new state-of-the-art combined police and fire department and will include a senior citizens services center.
                       
“I’m pleased to be able to provide the City of Streator with these funds to help meet the public safety needs of this growing community,” said Governor Blagojevich.  “It’s also important to note that in addition to improving conditions for police and firefighters, this facility will provide new opportunities for the city’s senior citizens.”
 
The facility will replace an existing 100-year-old fire station that is no longer capable of meeting the city’s fire service needs. In addition, the Police Department will move from its present location in the city’s municipal administration building, which is outdated and no longer capable of meeting the expanded law enforcement needs of the community.  The combined facility will also enable the City to provide appropriate senior citizen services for the foreseeable future by replacing two existing centers which have been outgrown by the recent steady increase in the City’s senior population.  State Senator Patrick Welch (D-38) sponsored the project.
 
“Updating infrastructure for our public safety personnel is of critical importance in maintaining the quality of life for the residents and businesses of our cities and towns,” said Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Director Jack Lavin. “Homeowners and business owners alike need to know that in an emergency situation their community is fully prepared to respond and assist them.”
 
The City of Streator has over 14,000 residents.


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