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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 25, 2001

$1.2 Million in Illinois FIRST Projects for Chicago

SPRINGFIELD -- Governor George H. Ryan announced today that he is releasing $1,222,500 in Illinois FIRST funding for projects in Chicago, including $200,000 to the Chicago Park District to replace 221 windows at the fieldhouse in Hamilton Park.

This Illinois FIRST project was initiated by State Rep. Charles A. Morrow, D-Chicago.

Other Illinois FIRST grants announced by Ryan:

  • $175,000 to Food from the Hood for an entrepreneurial program at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. Twenty eight freshman will create and run a natural foods product business with revenues going to scholarships for higher education for the participants.
    This project was initiated by Senate Democrat Leader Emil Jones of Chicago.

  • $100,000 to the Chicago Park District for the consulting phase of a Children's Garden playground at the Midway Plaisance.
    This project was initiated by State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, D-Chicago.

  • $100,000 to Community Human Services to support the "Exodus to Excellence" initiative to serve at-risk adolescents and adjudicated delinquent youth.

  • $100,000 to the Evangelical Catholic Diocese of the Northwest to establish the Eugene Sawyer Center.
    This project was initiated by State Sen. Donne E. Trotter, D-Chicago.

  • $75,000 to the New Calvary M.B. Church to build a new facility.
    This project was initiated by Trotter.

  • $60,000 to the Vivian Harsh Society to purchase audio/video equipment and to sponsor two poetry festivals.
    This project was initiated by State Rep. Monique D. Davis, D-Chicago.

  • $50,000 to the South Chicago Consortium to provide after school and summer programs to families in the South Chicago community and its surrounding areas. A contribution of $50,000 is being made from the City of Chicago Community Block Grant.
    This project was initiated by Trotter.

  • $50,000 to the Chicago Health Connection to implement a Doula training program for birthing assistants.
    This project was initiated by Trotter.

  • $50,000 to the Chicago Board of Education to hire a project coordinator and to purchase materials and supplies for the implementation of the Breakable Vow Domestic Violence Prevention Program for Mather, Steinmetz, Marshall, Corliss, and Kelly high schools.
    This project was initiated by State Rep. Thomas J. Dart, D-Chicago.

  • $50,000 to the St. Richard School to purchase desks, chairs, chalkboards, VCR's, computers and library equipment.
    This project was initiated by State Sen. Robert S. Molaro, D-Chicago.

  • $50,000 to the Misercordia Home to hire occupational and physical therapists.
    This project was initiated by State Rep. Daniel J. Burke, D-Chicago.

  • $37,500 to the Chicago Urban League to conduct a study on the use of educational technology in the Chicago Public Schools.
    This project was initiated by State Sen. Barack Obama, D-Chicago.

  • $25,000 to the Harris YWCA to make repairs to its heating/air conditioning and plumbing systems.
    This project was initiated by Obama.

  • $25,000 to the Harris YWCA for cable installation and server connection to implement a local area network system and to complete plumbing system repairs.
    This project was initiated by Currie.

  • $15,000 to the Solomons Kingdom Coptic Church to purchase computers and supplies for its new Computer Repair Engineer Certification program.
    This project was initiated by Burke.

  • $10,000 to the New Galilee Outreach Advocacy and Technology Center to implement its computer training/repair certification course.
    This project was initiated by State Rep. Connie Howard, D-Chicago.

  • $10,000 to the West Englewood United Organization to implement an after school computer training class.
    This project was initiated by Obama.

  • $5,000 to Jazz Unites to extend its "Project Awareness" program.
    This project was initiated by Currie.

  • $5,000 to the Chicago Public Library to provide workshops and programs at the South Shore branch. This project was initiated by Obama.

  • $5,000 to Jazz Unites to extend its "Project Awareness" program.
    This project was initiated by Obama.

  • $5,000 to the Chicago State University to organize, plan, and implement its first international conference and trade fair being held in Accra, Ghana.
    This project was initiated by Howard.

  • $5,000 to the O'Keefe Local School Council to purchase three laptop computers and software.
    This project was initiated by Currie.

  • $5,000 each to the following Chicago Public Schools:
    Charles S. Deneen Elementary
    to purchase a security system.
    James Madison Elementary
    to install a new intercom system.
    Kosmenski Elementary
    to purchase 35 computer refurbishing kits.

These projects were initiated by Obama.


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