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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 5, 2000

Governor Announces $22 Million To Fund Antipoverty Programs

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today a $22 million federal Community Services Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that will be used to fund antipoverty programs in communities throughout the state.

"The ultimate goal of antipoverty efforts in Illinois is to promote self-sufficiency through access to quality education and good job opportunities," Ryan said. "We are committed to finding innovative solutions to combat poverty and give more of our citizens the ability to achieve self-sufficiency."

The grant will be shared at the local level by 36 Community Action Agencies, or CAAs. The funding comes from the federal government to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (DCCA), which then allocates it to the CAAs.

Agency services include providing basic life necessities such as food, shelter and medicine. In addition, long-term development programs such as literacy, nutrition, education and job creation services are also provided.

"This program is a terrific example of state and federal agencies working together to provide low-income residents with the services they need," said DCCA Director Pam McDonough.

Funding in the amount of $225,000 is also being provided to the Community Services Block Grant Loan Program, designed to provide long-term, fixed-rate financing to small businesses. Since the program's inception in 1983, businesses receiving these loans have created more than 4,000 jobs for low-income citizens.

In addition, $200,000 is being provided to the Community Services Block Grant Scholarship Program, which provides academic scholarships to low-income persons with high academic aptitude or potential. More than 4,500 students have benefited from this program since its 1985 inception.

The program also earmarks $173,000 in funding for training and technical assistance through the Illinois Community Action Association. An additional $200,000 in natural disaster recovery assistance and $500,000 in funding for innovative anti-poverty projects is administered through the CAAs.

A list of grantees is attached.


COMMUNITY SERVICE BLOCK GRANTEES

BCMW Community Services, CentraliaBond, Clinton, Marion,
Washington
$216,154
Big Muddy CAA, West FrankfortFranklin, Jackson, Jefferson,
and Williamson
$628,849
Carver CAA, GalesburgKnox$122,339
CEDA of Cook County, ChicagoCook (Suburban) $1,967,245
CEFS Economic Opportunity
Corporation, Effingham
Christian, Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Montgomery, Moultrie,
and Shelby
$325,590
Central IL Economic Development
Corporation, Lincoln
DeWitt, Logan, Mason,
Menard, Piatt, Fulton
$246,967
Champaign County Regional
Planning Commission, Urbana
Champaign$394,128
Chicago Dept of Human ServicesCook-City of Chicago $9,491,198
Decatur-MaconOpportunities, DecaturMacon$238,451
DeKalb County DCS, DeKalbDeKalb$154,807
DuPage County DHR, WheatonDuPage$342,523
East Central CAA, DanvilleFord, Iroquois, Vermilion$280,091
Embarras River Basin Agency, GreenupClark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland,
Douglas, Edgar, Jasper,
Lawrence, Richland
$407,075
Illinois Valley EDC, GillespieCalhoun, Greene, Jersey,
and Macoupin
$186,266
Kankakee County Comm. Svcs.Kankakee$202,542
Kendall-Grundy CAA, YorkvilleGrundy, Kendall $59,722
Lake County CAP, WaukeganLake$417,136
Madison County, EdwardsvilleMadison$453,905
McHenry Co.Housing Authority, McHenry$105,992
MCS Community Services,
Jacksonville
Cass, Morgan, Scott$104,302
Mid-Central CAA, BloomingtonLivingston, McLean$282,961
Northwestern IL CAA, FreeportJoDaviess, Stephenson$108,105
Peoria Citizens Committee
for Econ.Opportunity, Peoria
Peoria$418,857
Project NOW, Inc., Rock IslandHenry, Mercer, Rock Island$427,953
Rockford Human Services Dept.Boone, Winnebago$446,950
St. Clair County CAA, BellevilleSt. Clair$732,212
Sangamon Co. Department of
Community Resources, Springfield
Sangamon$284,682
Shawnee Development Council, KarnakAlexander, Hardin, Johnson,
Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Union
$249,472
Tazwood Comm.Services, MortonTazewell, Woodford$220,604
Tri-County Opportunities Council,
Rock Falls
Bureau, Carroll, LaSalle, Lee,
Marshall,Ogle, Putnam, Stark,
and Whiteside
$532,218
Two Rivers Head Start Agency, BataviaKane$347,899
Two Rivers Regional Council
of Public Officials, Quincy
Adams, Brown, Pike, Schuyler$221,530
Wabash Area Development, Inc., EnfieldEdwards, Gallatin, Hamilton,
Saline, Wabash, Wayne, White
$273,125
Western Egyptian EOC, SteelevilleMonroe, Perry, Randolph$130,004
Western Illinois Regional
Council, Macomb
Hancock, Henderson,
McDonough, Warren
$193,146
Will County Center for Community Concerns,
Joliet
Will$343,814
Total $21,558,814



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