CHICAGO - Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today announced $164,619 in state grants to three Illinois communities for capital projects including bridge repairs and sewer system improvements. The Village of Fox River Grove is getting $32,500 for sewer system rehabilitation, the Village of Wauconda is receiving $125,000 to help pay for replacement of sanitary system lift stations, and $7,119 is going to the Village of Round Lake for a new footbridge.
“The people of Illinois have the right to expect their state and local governments to provide the necessary resources for projects that are important to their public health and safety, and quality of life,” said Governor Blagojevich.
Sections of the sanitary sewer line in the Village of Fox River Grove were originally constructed in the 1920s. As a result of the deterioration of some sections, raw sewage sometimes backs up into residents homes during heavy rain. More than sixty homes are benefiting from this project. This is the final installment on a $65,000 grant for this project.
The Village of Wauconda has been working to rehabilitate its sewer system since 1997, when it was put on restricted status by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA). The lift station replacement is for the Lakeview Villa subdivision. This is the final installment on a $250,000 grant for this project.
The new footbridge in Round Lake is at the Lincoln Street crossing of Squaw Creek. The new bridge will have a greater load bearing capacity, improving conditions for students and commuters who will use it to get to the local METRA station. A balance of $17,881 remains on a $50,000 grant for this project.
“I want to thank the Governor for helping our community with these important and necessary improvements,” said State Representative Mark H. Beaubien, Jr., who sponsored the projects.