Members of Congress representing Will County announced the list of projects they are seeking funding for through the annual appropriations process.
Community Projects Funding is an initiative that allows members to apply for direct funding for projects that benefit their districts, according to a press release.
Under congressional guidelines, every representative can apply for funding for fiscal year 2023 projects, though only a handful can actually be funded. Projects are restricted to a limited number of federal funding sources, and only state and local governments and eligible nonprofit entities are permitted to receive funding.
U.S. Representative Bill Foster, D-Naperville, announced the following project requests in Will County:
- $1.2 million for Pace Bus’ new building for its park-and-ride location in Bolingbrook with public restrooms, vending machines and signage with real-time bus departure information. Pace has rolled out indoor waiting areas at other parks-n-rides along Interstate 55. The new facility would be fully accessible to people with disabilities.
- $1.1 million for the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s efforts to establish safe pedestrian accommodations from the Highway 53 Corridor to Will County Regional Trail Systems and beyond. An estimated 1.3-mile trail would connect several residential developments along Route 53 to a school, regional trail networks, the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and local businesses. The project is in the feasibility phase.
- $884,000 to United Way of Will County to launch a Resilient Youth program consisting of 22 training sessions for over 500 teachers to help over 26,000 students across the county.
- $500,000 to the City of Joliet to support the creation of the Regional Water Authority and the cost of bringing water from Lake Michigan to Joliet and surrounding towns.
- $500,000 to the University of St. Francis in Joliet to provide acceleration funds and mentorship to businesses and entrepreneurs in underserved categories and to deliver community programs. The funding will help launch additional programs for businesses founded by people of color, women and veterans.
- $500,000 to VNA Healthcare to support the construction of a new health center in Joliet. It will include 24 examination rooms, a wellness kitchen, waiting rooms, a laboratory, nursing stations and a mental and behavioral health service.
U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, announced the following project requests in Will County:
- $353,000 to Joliet Junior College to relocate its small business support department and allow JJC to increase staff and services to meet demand from area entrepreneurs.
- $500,000 for the VNA Healthcare Center in Joliet.
U.S. Representative Bobby Rush, D-Chicago, announced the following project requests in Will County:
- $4.9 million for the Village of Manhattan to improve the operational resilience of its water system and provide a safe and reliable water supply to the Village’s 9,500 residents. The village needs to upgrade its Well 7 to increase pumping capacity and provide treatment to remove radium from the water.
- $1.5 million to Will County to widen Laraway Road between Route 52 and east of Cedar Road intersections to address traffic issues. Capacity improvements are also needed at the intersection of Route 52 and Laraway Road in New Lenox.