Project Requests

Background

In the 117th Congress, the House of Representatives announced the introduction of Member Designated Project and Community Project Funding requests. These direct appropriations will put the Power of the Purse back in the hands of Members of Congress, as the framers had intended, instead of the hands of bureaucrats in the Executive Branch. To ensure full transparency and integrity of this process, I certify that neither I nor my immediate family has any financial interest in the listed projects below.


Member Designated Project

Calhoun Street Bridge Replacement

  • Location of the Project: City of Morris, Illinois (IL-16), 60450
  • Project Sponsor: City of Morris, Illinois
  • Signed Financial Disclosure Letter: Link
  • Requested Funds: $1,200,000

Chapel Bridge Replacement

  • Location of the Project: Stockland, Illinois (IL-16), 60967
  • Project Sponsor: Iroquois County Highway
  • Signed Financial Disclosure Letter: Link
  • Requested Funds: $2,900,000

City of DeKalb Traffic Signal Modernization Project

  • Location of the Project: DeKalb & Sycamore, Illinois (IL-16 & IL-14), 60115/60178
  • Project Sponsor: City of DeKalb
  • Signed Financial Disclosure Letter: Link
  • Requested Funds: $1,140,000.00

City of South Beloit Willowbrook Road Reconstruction

  • Location of the Project: South Beloit, Illinois (IL-16), 61080
  • Project Sponsor: City of South Beloit
  • Signed Financial Disclosure Letter: Link
  • Requested Funds: $7,200,000

Graaskamp Boulevard Extension

  • Location of the Project: City of Wilmington, Illinois (IL-16), 60481
  • Project Sponsor: City of Wilmington
  • Signed Financial Disclosure Letter: Link
  • Requested Funds: $2,086,836

IL 251 East Service Drive Improvements

  • Location of the Project: Machesney Park, Illinois (IL-16), 61115
  • Project Sponsor: Village of Machesney Park
  • Signed Financial Disclosure Letter: Link
  • Requested Funds: $480,000

IL-76 Extension

  • Location of the Project: Belvidere, Illinois (IL-16), 61008
  • Project Sponsor: City of Belvidere Public Works Department
  • Signed Financial Disclosure Letter: Link
  • Requested Funds: $27,000,000

Mill Road Intersection Improvements

  • Location of the Project: Tower Road/Mill Road Byron, Illinois (IL-16), 61010
  • Project Sponsor: City of Byron
  • Signed Financial Disclosure Letter: Link
  • Requested Funds: $1,000,000

North Broadway Street Reconstruction Project  

  • Location of the Project: Coal City, Illinois (IL-16), 60416
  • Project Sponsor: Village of Coal City
  • Signed Financial Disclosure Letter: Link
  • Requested Funds: $6,247,608

Riverside Boulevard Reconstruction and Widening (Phase II and III)

  • Location of the Project: Loves Park and Rockford, Illinois (IL-16), 61111/61114
  • Project Sponsor: Winnebago County Highway Department. Cosponsored by City of Loves Park, City of Rockford, and State of Illinois.
  • Signed Financial Disclosure Letter: Link
  • Requested Funds: $14,920,000

US 6 from I-55 to the new Houbolt Extension

  • Location of the Project: US Route 6 - Channahon, Illinois (IL-16), 60410, to Joliet, Illinois (IL-11), 60436
  • Project Sponsor: Will County, Illinois
  • Signed Financial Disclosure Letter: Link
  • Requested Funds: $1,250,000

Village of Roscoe Main Street Reconstruction

  • Location of the Project: Roscoe, Illinois (IL-16), 61073
  • Project Sponsor: Village of Roscoe 
  • Signed Financial Disclosure Letter: Link
  • Requested Funds: $6,320,000


Community Project Funding

Byron Water System Improvements Project

  • Request Amount: $1,000,000
  • Intended Recipient: Jason Stoll, City Engineer
  • Address: City of Byron, 232 W. Second Street, Byron, Illinois 61010
  • Signed Financial Disclosure Letter: Link
  • Project Description: This project will help the City of Byron fix problems with their water distribution system. The size and condition of the existing water distribution system is deteriorating and is too small for the city’s current population. Due to the existing conditions of the water mains, the city is struggling to meet the needs of their constituents. The proposed project will allow the city to strengthen their water infrastructure foundation to support existing businesses and create the opportunity to attract new development to the area. It is vital for the health of my constituents and the community that the water distribution system be addressed immediately to ensure a safe and reliable water source.

Martin Avenue Extension to Courthouse Road (1760 N Road) including Utilities and Detention Pond

  • Request Amount: $2,350,000
  • Intended Recipient: John Allhands, Mayor, City of Watseka
  • Address: City of Watseka, 201 Brianna Drive, P.O. Box 338, Watseka, Illinois 60970
  • Signed Financial Disclosure Letter: Link
  • Project Description: This project would extend Martin Avenue in Watseka, Illinois, while also providing proper drainage, sewer, and runoff storage for the road and nearby K-12 school. Martin Avenue presently serves as the only ingress or egress to the Watseka Community High School parking lot, the Heritage Woods Assisted Living Complex, and the Belmont Oaks residential subdivision. The single access point causes additional wear and tear on the nearby roads and increase safety concerns in the surrounding neighborhoods. This project will ensure the safety of the school’s students, staff, and parents, while also providing easier access for emergency services vehicles in case of traffic flow issues due to school arrival, dismissal, or extra-curricular activity. This will also provide the opportunity for eastward development of the city in order to avoid the flood impact area on the north and west sides of the city.

Mineral-Gold Fire Protection District New Fire Station

  • Request Amount: $500,000
  • Intended Recipient: John Blackert
  • Address: 111 E. Main, P.O. Box 236, Mineral, Illinois, 61344
  • Signed Financial Disclosure Letter: Link
  • Project Description: This project is for the construction of a new fire station and is a priority because it replaces a current building that is in disrepair. This is a valuable use of taxpayer funds because it aids the community members in providing a new fire station and will improve operations and response times to better serve the residents of Bureau County.

Morris Community YMCA

  • Request Amount: $1,000,000
  • Intended Recipient: Missy Durkin, Executive Director Greater Joliet Area YMCA
  • Address: Joliet Young Men’s Christian Association/Greater Joliet Area YMCA – 749 Houbolt Road, Joliet, Illinois 60431
  • Signed Financial Disclosure Letter: Link
  • Project Description: This project would facilitate the construction of a new YMCA on a 13.5-acre parcel of donated land.  The new YMCA building will be in the heart of Morris, Illinois, and has an estimated total construction cost of $18 million. To date, private donors, businesses, and government agencies have invested a total of $12.4 million in this project. Over the last 15 years, the YMCA has supported the residents of Grundy County by continually reimagining ways in which they deliver services to the community, providing opportunities for individuals of all ages to stay engaged and connected.  This was especially evident during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Northern Illinois University’s Understanding and Mitigating Future Weather and Climate Risks to American Agriculture

  • Request Amount: $660,000
  • Intended Recipient: Dr. Jerry Blazey, Vice President for Research and Innovation Partnerships
  • Address: Northern Illinois University, 1425 West Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, Illinois 60115
  • Signed Financial Disclosure Letter: Link
  • Project Description: This project would create a new consortium which pairs local farmers with the expertise of Northern Illinois University meteorology and climatology scientists to develop tools to cope with severe weather impacts and provide insight to policy makers to shape decision making. This public-private partnership will improve local and national weather forecasting and modeling for agriculture growers and producers, improving decision making on crop choice, planting, and harvesting, while increasing food system efficiency and overall economic output. Additionally, this funding would leverage a $23 million state investment in the Northern Illinois Center for Community Sustainability.

Ottawa YMCA

  • Request Amount: $1,000,000
  • Intended Recipient: Joe Capece, Executive Director of the Ottawa YMCA
  • Address: Young Men’s Christian Association of Ottawa, 201 E. Jackson Street, Ottawa, Illinois 61350
  • Signed Financial Disclosure Letter: Link
  • Project Description: This project would facilitate the construction of a new YMCA in Ottawa, Illinois. The new facility will have an health care clinic on-site, and will feature a world-class competition pool, spaces for group classes, community kitchen space for healthy eating, a children adventure center, family locker rooms, an elevated indoor track, multi-use gymnasium, and more amenities. The current YMCA facility was built in 1956 and has been continuously serving the community for 68 years. The Ottawa YMCA truly does serve as the community hub and reaches over 26,000 households, illustrating the positive impact the project could have in the 16th District.

Rural Health Professions Building at UIC Health Sciences Campus–Rockford

  • Request Amount: $2,000,000
  • Intended Recipient: Paul Weinberger
  • Address: Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, 352 Henry Administration Building, MC-350, 506 S. Wright Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801
  • Signed Financial Disclosure Letter: Link
  • Project Description: This project will help the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) expand the Rural Health Professions program at the UIC Health Sciences Campus in Rockford, Illinois through the construction of a five-story 135,000 square feet building. This funding will pay for architectural plans for the building, which will support the expansion of the Rural Health Professions program in dentistry, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition, and public health on the Rockford campus. The expansion of the Rural Health Professions Program in Rockford will train the next generation of healthcare providers in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to help provide care for rural Americans.

US Route 6 Multi-Use Path Extension

  • Request Amount: $900,000
  • Intended Recipient: Thomas J. Durkin, Village Administrator
  • Address: Village of Channahon, 24555 Navajo Drive, Channahon, Illinois 60410
  • Signed Financial Disclosure Letter: Link
  • Project Description: This project would construct a 3,300-foot multi-use path extension from Thomas Dillon Drive to Patricia Lane in the Village Channahon. This project is included on the Village Comprehensive Plan update accomplished in December 2019. This pathway connection would reduce vehicular emissions, improve the air quality of the area, and provide direct access to employment centers. In addition, a large portion of the residents of the community will have increased and direct access to the I & M Canal Heritage Corridor where none previously existed.

Village of Dwight – New Ambulance

  • Request Amount: $250,000
  • Intended Recipient: Jared Anderson
  • Address: Village of Dwight, 209 S. Prairie Avenue, Dwight, Illinois 60420
  • Signed Financial Disclosure Letter: Link
  • Project Description: Like many rural towns in my district, the Village of Dwight is 20 minutes from the nearest hospital. As a result, the Village’s emergency medical services must travel many miles to get individuals the lifesaving medical treatment they need. Unfortunately, the ambulances have many miles of wear and tear on them. While providing 24/7 coverage for medical and trauma related emergencies, these ambulances respond to over 1,000 calls per year. They provide an organized service that is timely to assist potential or confirmed emergencies. A successful community is dependent on a healthy community.

Village of Granville – Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement

  • Request Amount: $350,000
  • Intended Recipient: Jared Baker, Village President
  • Address: Village of Granville, 316 S. McCoy Street, P.O. Box 580, Granville, Illinois 61326
  • Signed Financial Disclosure Letter: Link
  • Project Description: This project would improve and repair the Granville Wastewater Treatment Plant, which has been in service for several years. In addition, preventative repairs must be made so the plant can service the community and businesses, thereby decreasing the chances of catastrophic failure.

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