www.illinois.gov

Pat Quinn, Governor

State Links Skip to Content Skip to State Links

 Government
 Business
 Employment
 Education
 Health & Safety
 Family & Home
 Travel & Recreation
 About Illinois
 Illinois.gov

Stay Informed

Your Government


[Search Tips]

Illinois Flag Honors

Inspector General


 IGNN: State/All Press Release

ILLINOIS NEWS
The State of Illinois News page provides access to the Illinois Government News Network and all state press releases.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2010

Governor Quinn Announces $4 Million for Rockford Flood Relief, Economic Development Effort
State, Federal Support Critical to Launching Area’s Revival Plan

ROCKFORD – April 9, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced more than $4 million for flood mitigation and economic development in the Rockford area’s Keith Creek floodplain. Between September 2006 and June 2008, portions of that region were devastated by severe flooding, resulting in thousands of dollars in damages and lost economic activity.

“We must work diligently to end future flood damage along the Keith Creek floodplain,” said Governor Quinn. “In addition to assisting in that vital effort, this investment will help improve the quality of life in the Rockford area.”

Between September 2006 and June 2008, portions of Rockford were devastated by severe flooding. The funding announced by Governor Quinn will help remove 36 of 112 homes severely impacted by the flooding, helping mitigate chances for flood damage in the future.

The state is providing more than $1 million through the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Midwest Disaster Recovery Program. Illinois is one of several states that received funding through the federal program designed to assist with expenses related to disaster relief, long-term recovery, and restoration of infrastructure, housing and economic revitalization. The program is administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).

The $1 million grant will match approximately $3 million in federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds approved by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). This is the first grant awarded by the State of Illinois under the CDBG Midwest Disaster Recovery program.

The combined grant awards administered by IEMA and DCEO, totaling more than $4 million, are critical in launching the Keith Creek mitigation and flood control project.

“I would like to thank Governor Quinn for his willingness to work with our citizens toward a solution for the historical flooding problems Keith Creek has brought to the Churchill Park neighborhood,” said Rockford Mayor Lawrence Morrissey. “This grant is the first step in our flood mitigation program and I look forward to continuing our work with the State of Illinois as we partner in bringing a sustainable, environmentally friendly, waterway that will mitigate future flood damage to this historic neighborhood.”

Governor Quinn made the announcement at the Stockholm Inn in Rockford, and was joined by DCEO Director Warren Ribley and Rockford Mayor Morrissey.



###

News Categories

 State/All
 Governor's Office
 Lt. Governor's Office
 Agriculture
 Budget/Fiscal
 Business
 Children/Families
 Culture
 Disabilities
 Economic Development
 Education
 Environment
 Flag Honors
 Health/Human Services
 History
 Infrastructure
 Opportunity Returns
 Recovery
 Safety/Security
 Technology
 Tourism/Recreation
 Transportation
 Workforce/Jobs

News Resources

 Search the News
 IIS Radio News
 RSS News Feeds
 e-News Subscriptions
 Communications Office
 Privacy Statement

Features

Sign up for an e-news subscription
Copyright © 2014 State of Illinois Site Map | Illinois Privacy Info | Kids Privacy | Web Accessibility | Contact Us