Schakowsky Announces Funding Requests for 9th Congressional District

May 10, 2021
Press Release

EVANSTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, announced the projects in her district for which she has submitted funding requests. Earlier this year, Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro announced that the annual funding process would once again allow Members of Congress to request funding for specific projects. Additionally, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio announced that the committee would accept requests for funding for Member Designated Projects related to surface transportation needs.

“For years, we have seen many very worthy projects across the 9th Congressional district go unfunded. In various communities, in the realms of education, transportation, housing and other important needs, public funding has come up short or been non-existent. With the community project funding requests and the surface transportation funding requests, I am proud to be able to make these targeted requests after hearing from so many worthy and necessary entities that applied. I only wish we were able to fund more of them,” said Congresswoman Schakowsky.

She added, “As our nation moves forward from this pandemic, the inequities from community to community, neighborhood to neighborhood, have been more greatly revealed. We must acknowledge that many segments of our community fall between the cracks when it comes to being able to access resources needed to serve our region. Our state, county and municipal budgets are all strained with responding to this pandemic while seeing reduced income from property and sales taxes, so funding for many necessary projects may often get delayed or forgotten. That is why I am pleased that we are able to find specifics projects in need and request direct federal funding. I was happy to see so many great proposals from all corners of my district.”

The funding projects selected were based on their reach and breadth of impact on the community, as well as likelihood of receiving funding. Projects submitted by Congresswoman Schakowsky are not guaranteed funding, are subject to funding decisions by the Appropriations Committee, and will ultimately depend on the final passage of the funding bills. Below is a list of projects requested, and can be found HERE and HERE with the certification letters confirming Congresswoman Schakowsky and her family members have no financial interest in any of the projects requests.

COMMUNITY PROJECT FUNDING REQUESTS

Project Name: Chicago Public Schools Arts Revitalization Project

AMOUNT OF REQUEST: $495,000

INTENDED RECIPIENT: Chicago Public Schools

The funding would be used for improvements at the following schools in the CPS system:

  • Senn High School, 5900 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60660
  • Sullivan High School, 6631 N Bosworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60626
  • Boone Elementary School, 6710 N Washtenaw Ave, Chicago, IL 60645
  • Swift Elementary School, 6710 N Washtenaw Ave, Chicago, IL 60645
  • Brenneman Elementary School, 4251 N Clarendon Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
  • Walt Disney Magnet School, 4140 N Marine Dr, Chicago, IL 60613

EXPLANATION OF REQUEST: Funding for capital improvement, supplies, and equipment for several Chicago Public Schools.  This arts revitalization initiative would create a refreshed arts space with modern technology and refreshed supplies.

Project Name: Rohingya Culture Center Homework Help Program

AMOUNT OF REQUEST: $41,700

INTENDED RECIPIENT: Rohingya Culture Center, 2740 W. Devon Ave, Chicago IL 60659. 

EXPLANATION OF REQUEST: Funding for the purchase of 80 laptops, 2 printers, secure storage, necessary IT support, and utilities for the creation of a homework help computer lab serving young people in the Rohingya community via the Rohingya Culture Center. 

Project Name: Community Schools Expansion Project

AMOUNT OF REQUEST: $370,000

INTENDED RECIPIENT: Skokie/Morton Grove School District 69, 5050 Madison Street, Skokie IL 60077

 

The schools benefitting from this request include:

  • Madison Elementary School, 5100 Madison St, Skokie, IL 60077
  • Lincoln Junior High School, 7839 Lincoln Ave, Skokie, IL 60077
  • Edison Elementary School, 8200 Gross Point Rd., Morton Grove, IL 60053

 

EXPLANATION OF REQUEST:  Funding for critical upgrades to community schools in District 69.  These include the establishment of a Healthy Fresh Market for food insecure families to have access to healthy foods, new or expanded community gardens, new pre-kindergarten playground equipment, a community resource management system, and more. 

Project Name: Syrian Community Network Refugee Youth Education Program

AMOUNT OF REQUEST: $90,000

INTENDED RECIPIENT: Syrian Community Network, 5439 Broadway Ave, Unit 1, Chicago, IL 60640.

EXPLANATION OF REQUEST: Funding to hire additional staff to maintain a hybrid service model for the coming year for the Youth Education Program.

Project Name: CREATE Teacher Residency

AMOUNT OF REQUEST: $600,000

INTENDED RECIPIENT: Evanston/Skokie School District 65, 1500 Mcdaniel Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

EXPLANATION OF REQUEST: Funding to place 20 resident teachers paired with a lead teacher in three training academy schools in District 65. These teachers are in classrooms four days a week while doing masters studies.

Project Name: New Life Interim Housing Renovation

AMOUNT OF REQUEST: $450,000

INTENDED RECIPIENT: Good News Partners, 1546 W Jonquil Terrace, Chicago, IL 60626.

EXPLANATION OF REQUEST: The funding would be used to help Good News Partners provide dignified housing and support services for women and families in the 9th Congressional District who are experiencing homelessness or are in immediate crisis. The funding request includes renovation of a kitchen area to serve as both a functional kitchen for the shelter and a training area, the addition of 8 showers and restrooms, climate control for the building, a computer room for programs with homework tutoring and job training and placement, and a playroom for young children.

 

Project Name: School-Based Health Center

AMOUNT OF REQUEST: $258,000            

INTENDED RECIPIENT: Glenbrook High School District 225, 3801 West Lake Avenue

Glenview, IL 60026

 

EXPLANATION OF REQUEST: Funding to operate a school-based health clinic for the 2021-22 school year.

Project Name: Stormwater Improvement Project

AMOUNT OF REQUEST: $640,000

INTENDED RECIPIENT: Village of Arlington Heights, Illinois, 33 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005

EXPLANATION OF REQUEST:  The funding would be used to address neighborhood flooding that has been a significant and recurring issue for the Race Avenue / Chicago Avenue residential neighborhood in Arlington Heights, Illinois.  The proposed project includes construction of stormwater detention facilities totaling over 15,000 cubic feet, installation of 300 feet of 36’’ storm sewer, plus ancillary sewer work and street pavement replacement. 

 

Project Name: Dual Enrollment and Certificate Programs

AMOUNT OF REQUEST: $25,000

INTENDED RECIPIENT: Harry S. Truman Middle College, 1145 W Wilson Ave Chicago, IL, 60640

EXPLANATION OF REQUEST: Funding for grants for dual enrollment and vocational opportunities.

Project Name: YWCA Evanston/North Shore Domestic Violence Shelter

AMOUNT OF REQUEST: $450,000

INTENDED RECIPIENT: Evanston, Illinois YWCA, 1215 Church St, Evanston, IL 60201

EXPLANATION OF REQUEST: The funding would be used to help fund construction of YWCA’s new Family Support Center for Survivors of Domestic Violence.  This new shelter will replace an outdated facility that served for many years as a lifeline that has for years served over 250 women facing domestic violence annually. 

 

The new support center will house a two-floor residential shelter, a third floor dedicated to the delivery of community-based domestic violence services, and a floor for al additional YWCA staff.  Improvements in the new structure include increased security, a private and enclosed play area for children, dedicated computer access for residents 24/7, 23 rooms (up from 11 in the original shelter) and an overall occupancy increase to 66 from 32.  YWCA has done amazing work in this field for many years, and this new shelter will help them serve individuals in need more effectively. 

 

 

SURFACE TRANSPORTATION FUNDING REQUESTS

 

PROJECT NAME: Rand Road (US 12), Kensington Road, and Illinois Route 83

 

PROJECT AMOUNT: $4,500,000

 

PROJECT SPONSOR: Village of Mount Prospect

 

PROJECT NAME: Lake Shore Drive between N Lake Shore Drive at W Hollywood Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60060, and N Lake Shore Drive at E Grand Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611.

 

PROJECT AMOUNT: $2,000,000

 

PROJECT SPONSOR: City of Chicago

 

PROJECT NAME: Loyola Station on CTA’s Red Line

 

PROJECT AMOUNT: $3,600,000

 

PROJECT SPONSOR: Chicago Transit Authority

 

PROJECT NAME: Skokie Valley Trail Improvements

 

PROJECT AMOUNT: $ 3,526,800

 

PROJECT SPONSOR: Cook County Department of Transportation

 

PROJECT NAME: Traffic Signal Priority Improvements re: Harlem Avenue Pulse Line

 

PROJECT AMOUNT: $400,000

 

PROJECT SPONSOR: PACE Suburban Bus

 

PROJECT NAME: Resurfacing of several streets in Lincolnwood, Illinois

 

PROJECT AMOUNT: $365,657

 

PROJECT SPONSOR: Village of Lincolnwood

 

PROJECT NAME: Reconstruction and widening of Busse Road in Mount Prospect

 

PROJECT AMOUNT: $400,000

 

PROJECT SPONSOR: Cook County Department of Transportation

 

PROJECT NAME: Metra’s Zero Emission Locomotive Commuter Rail Pilot

 

PROJECT AMOUNT: $1,000,000

 

PROJECT SPONSOR: Metra

 

PROJECT NAME: Modernization of important arterial roads in Chicago, Illinois

 

PROJECT AMOUNT: $1,500,000

 

PROJECT SPONSOR: City of Chicago

 

PROJECT NAME: Replacement of thousands of ADA ramps in the City of Chicago

 

PROJECT AMOUNT: $1,500,000

 

PROJECT SPONSOR: City of Chicago

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