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February 6, 2004

Governor announces over $500,000 for suburban public safety projects
Eight Illinois communities to benefit

CHICAGO - Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today authorized the payment of over
$500,000 for eight projects in McHenry County, Calumet City, Gilberts, Glenside, Highwood, Lakewood, Villa Park and the Newport Township Fire Protection District in northwest Lake County. The projects focus on public safety improvements and initiatives.

“Our firefighters and police officers put their lives on the line for the residents of their communities every day and they deserve to have up-to-date equipment, stations and training facilities available to them,” said Governor Blagojevich.

The projects being funded include a grant for
$200,000 to the Newport Township Fire Protection on behalf of the Northwest Lake County Fire Training Cooperative for construction of a fire simulation tower for firefighter training. The Northwest Lake County Fire Training Cooperative is comprised of fire departments including Newport Township, Antioch, Fox Lake, Grayslake, Lake Villa and Round Lake. Training has also been provided to fire departments from other surrounding communities.

A list of the projects is attached:

Location/Project Description
Current Legislative Sponsor

McHenry County
Construct a children's waiting room at courthouse
State Representative Jack Franks

Calumet City Fire Department
New ambulance


$ 25,000
(balance of $50,000 grant)

(total payment)
This project sponsored by State Representative David Miller is located in State Representative Constance Howard's district.

Village of Gilberts
Street lighting
State Representative Timothy Schmitz

Glenside Fire Protection District
Fire station renovations

$ 35,579.42
(balance of $75,000 grant)

$ 25,000
(balance of $50,000 grant)
This project sponsored by State Representative Kay Wojcik is located in State Representative Carole Pankau's district

City of Highwood
Fire station renovations
State Representative Karen May

Village of Lakewood
New police department facility
State Representative Rosemary Kurtz

Village of Villa Park
Upgrade Police Station
State Representative Bob Biggins

Newport Township Fire Protection District
Fire simulation training tower
State Representative JoAnn Osmond


$ 30,000
(total payment)

$ 50,000
(balance of $100,000 grant)

$ 57,747.91
(balance of $725,000 grant)

(total payment)



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