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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 28, 2000

$3 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago

    SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $3 million in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $1 million to the Newberry Library to fund remodeling and construction that is scheduled to begin in January 2001. The public will benefit from additional space for exhibits and meeting rooms.

    Approximately 75,000 people use the independent research library and educational institution annually.

    This Illinois FIRST project was initiated by State Sen. John J. Cullerton, D-Chicago.

    Other Illinois FIRST grants announced by Ryan:

  • $500,000 to Olive Harvey College to implement the "Probation Challenge" program which will provide the skills and education necessary to persons who have not completed their education.

  • $425,000 to Irving Park YMCA to purchase materials for the construction of a competition sized pool.
    This project was initiated by State Sen. James A. DeLeo, D-Chicago.

  • $250,000 to Casa Italia, Inc to fund capital improvements. Casa Italia serves over 600,000 Italian-Americans in the Chicago area with foreign language programs, cultural programs, a lecture series and social activities.
    This project was initiated by DeLeo.

  • $250,000 to the city of Evanston to convert its fire station and police headquarters into a public safety facility. The renovated facility will house police, fire and 911 personnel. The city will contribute over $4 million.
    This project was initiated by State Sen. Carol Ronen, D-Chicago.

  • $100,000 to Irving Park YMCA to fund an after school tutoring program for 5th through 8th grade students from thirteen area schools.
    This project was initiated by State Rep. Richard T. Bradley, D-Chicago.

  • $100,000 to St. Vincent dePaul Center, a nonprofit organization that provides services to low-income families. Funds will be used for the construction of a new multi service facility.
    This project was initiated by Cullerton.

  • $100,000 to the Chicago Theatre Group for the Goodman Theatre to fund its "Mainstage" production season. The theatre will offer free weekday matinees for nearly 30 Chicago public high schools as well as free student subscriptions to a newsletter. The nonprofit group will contribute $640,500.
    This project was initiated by State Rep. Louis I. Lang, D-Skokie.

  • $84,000 to Indo, a nonprofit organization assisting with the adjustment and integration of new immigrants. The funding will increase staff and expand its educational, social and cultural services.
    This project was initiated by Lang.

  • $50,000 to the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago to purchase and install new playground equipment for the Virginia Frank Child Development Center. The playground and its equipment are an integral part of the Therapeutic Nursery-Kindergarten program located at the Center.
    This project was initiated by State Rep. Julie Hamos, D-Evanston and Ronen.

  • $45,000 to CPS to purchase computer equipment and supplies at Boone School, Farnsworth School and Sullivan High School.
    These projects were initiated by Silverstein.

  • $25,000 to Kids in Danger to fund a campaign that educates parents and caregivers about recalled children's products. The campaign will include disseminating brochures to local hospitals and daycare centers listing recalled products.
    This project was initiated by State Rep. Judy Erwin, D-Chicago.

  • $25,000 to Mr. Malo Youth Center to provide area youth with a positive social and educational alternative to drugs, gangs and violence. The after-school program will service children ages eight to 14 at its youth center.
    This project was initiated by State Rep. John A. Fritchey, D-Chicago.

  • $25,000 to Residents for Effective Shelter Transitions to purchase a 15-passenger van that will be used to support its shelter, housing and social service programs.
    This project was initiated by State Sen. Lisa Madigan, D-Chicago.

  • $25,000 to Arie Crown Hebrew Day School of Skokie to fund the hiring of a teacher for its Resource Program. The resource teacher will provide services for learning deficient students as well as those students who need to be challenged beyond the standard curriculum.
    This project was initiated by State Sen. Ira I. Silverstein, D-Chicago.

  • $25,000 to ORT Technical Institute to purchase new computer server software and other equipment that will enhance its institute's computer networking system.
    This project was initiated by Silverstein.

  • $20,000 to SHORE Community Services, Inc. of Skokie to purchase a van to transport clients with developmental disabilities.
    This project was initiated by Hamos.

  • $10,000 to the Adler Planetarium to fund an exhibit entitled "Remarkable Works of Copernicus, Hevelius and Other Historical Polish Astronomers."
    This project was initiated by State Rep. Robert J. Bugielski, D-Chicago.

  • $10,000 to Associated Talmud Torahs of Chicago to open and operate an educational center that will provide materials, resources and workshops for its teachers.
    This project was initiated by Silverstein.

  • $5,000 to the Shattered Globe Theater to provide general operating support for its 2000-2001 Mainstage Season.
    This project was initiated by Erwin.

  • $5,000 to the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce to purchase a new copy machine that will aid in its technical assistance to area businesses.
    This project was initiated by State Rep. Joseph M. Lyons, D-Chicago.

  • $5,000 to CPS to purchase assistive technology for the Special Education Department at Field School.
    This project was initiated by State Rep. Harry Osterman, D-Chicago.

  • $5,000 to CPS to purchase computers for classroom use at Joyce Kilmer Elementary School.
    This project was initiated by Osterman.

  • $5,000 to Native American Education Services College to fund a powwow in the Chicago area.
    This project was initiated by Silverstein.

  • $2,500 to the Sheffield Neighbors Association for neighborhood beautification efforts.
    This project was initiated by Fritchey.

  • $1,500 to Haas Park Advisory Council to fund a portion of the Haas Park renovation and expansion.
    This project was initiated by Fritchey.

  • $1,000 to Holstein Park Advisory Council to purchase an air conditioner for its auditorium.
    This project was initiated by Fritchey.


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