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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 6, 2001

$375,000 in Illinois FIRST Projects for Western Illinois

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $375,000 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in western Illinois, including $175,000 to the Table Grove Fire Protection District to purchase a new rescue/pumper fire truck. Additionally, the funds will be used to purchase a fire fighting apparatus and equipment for the truck.

This Illinois FIRST project was initiated by State Rep. Richard P. Myers, R-Colchester.

Other Illinois FIRST grants announced by Ryan:

  • $50,000 to Pike County to purchase an ambulance and equipment for the ambulance.
    This project was initiated by State Sen. Laura Kent Donahue, R-Quincy.

  • $50,000 to the Western Area Purchasing Coop to purchase a building to provide a permanent warehouse and space to expand the building in order to add more schools. The Coop is a nonprofit organization that provides over 60 schools in West Central Illinois with supplies.
    This project was initiated by Myers.

  • $25,000 to the Bowen Fire Protection District to purchase a new pumper fire truck.
    This project was initiated by State Rep. Art Tenhouse, R-Liberty.

  • $25,000 to the Mendon Fire Protection District to purchase fire rescue equipment.
    This project was initiated by Tenhouse.

  • $25,000 to the Pike County Senior Citizens Council to purchase a van for the transportation of senior citizens in the area.
    This project was initiated by Tenhouse.

  • $25,000 to the Spring Creek Fire Protection District to purchase fire equipment such as hoses and nozzles.
    This project was initiated by Tenhouse.



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