Community Project Funding Requests

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations is formally accepting Community Project Funding requests from House Members for possible inclusion in FY23 appropriations legislation. Each Member of Congress is allowed 15 total project submissions. Congressman Darin LaHood has recommended to the Committee that the following projects in Illinois’ 18th Congressional District be considered to receive funding through the Community Project Funding process.

Projects are listed in alphabetical order by the project name below.

Project Name: Development of Quincy Riverfront Port
Location of the Project: Quincy, Illinois
Project Sponsor: City of Quincy
Requested Amount: $3,500,000
Justification for use of funding: This project will allow river cruise ships to bring their passengers to Quincy, Illinois, supporting the local economy. In addition, the removal of aging utility towers, currently obstructing views of the Mississippi River, will lead to a vast expansion of residential and commercial development along the riverfront in Quincy, Illinois.
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Project Name: Innovation and Technology Simulation Lab
Location of the Project: Normal, Illinois
Project Sponsor: Illinois State University’s Mennonite College of Nursing
Requested Amount: $4,000,000
Justification for use of funding: This project will address the Central Illinois crisis-level shortage of primary care providers and further promote nursing workforce development by preparing graduates to be healthcare leaders and nurse-educators. 
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Project Name: Nofsinger Road Realignment
Location of the Project: Washington, Illinois
Project Sponsor: City of Washington
Requested Amount: $5,248,000
Justification for use of funding: This project will address the ongoing safety concerns, especially for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians that travel through Illinois. This update would have a major regional impact and lead to economic opportunities for the City of Washington and its surrounding areas.
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Project Name: Prospect Road Reconstruction Project
Location of the Project: Peoria Heights, Illinois
Project Sponsor: Village of Peoria Heights
Requested Amount: $2,000,000
Justification for use of funding: This project will improve safety and convenience, increase economic development, and expand accessibility for all community members. This update would be a catalyst for further economic and residential investment for a community that continues to be a strong job creator for Central Illinois. 
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Project Name: Regional & Sustainable Illinois River Barging Operation
Location of the Project: Henry, Illinois
Project Sponsor: City of Henry
Requested Amount: $3,226,399
Justification for use of funding: This project will provide a significantly safer and more cost-effective alternative to truck transportation and will provide access to additional and available landfills. The construction of the Regional & Sustainable Illinois River Barging Operation will further decrease transportation costs, reduce regional traffic congestion, and reduce erosion on roads and other infrastructure.
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Project Name: Regional Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) System & Records Management System (RMS)
Location of the Project: Peoria, Illinois
Project Sponsor: City of Peoria
Requested Amount: $2,000,000
Justification for use of funding: This project will add immeasurable value to the City and County of Peoria to improve response times for emergency calls, reduce overtime for police and fire officers, provide better community dashboards and information, and most importantly, increase public safety.
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Project Name: Rural Health and Wellness Center
Location of the Project: Elmwood, Illinois
Project Sponsor: Elmwood Community Foundation (ECF)
Requested Amount: $4,000,000
Justification for use of funding: This project will further address health behaviors by delivering evidence-based health interventions that drive healthy behaviors to prevent and control diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, cancer, obesity, and falls for the residents of Knox, Fulton, and Peoria Counties.
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Project Name: Somerset Drive Multi-Use Path
Location of the Project: Germantown Hills, Illinois
Project Sponsor: Village of Germantown Hills
Requested Amount: $670,000
Justification for use of funding: This project addresses safety concerns with the number of students walking and biking to school each day. This multi-use path can be expected to increase the safety of students walking and bicycling to school and after-school activities and decrease the potential for child traffic injuries or fatalities.
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Project Name: Upper Mississippi River – Illinois Waterway System, IL, IA, MN, MO, & WI
Location of the Project: Peoria, Illinois
Project Sponsor: Illinois Corn Growers Association
Requested Amount: $25,000,000
Justification for use of funding: This project will provide a positive economic benefit by facilitating a stronger, more robust economy and river ecosystem, create millions of jobs for skilled construction trades, and improve the efficiency of supply chains.
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Project Name: Veterans Drive Extension Engineering
Location of the Project: Pekin, Illinois
Project Sponsor: City of Pekin
Requested Amount: $4,000,000
Justification for use of funding: This project will dramatically improve connectivity between Pekin and regional employment centers while providing a critical step for future economic development.
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Project Name: Village of Downs, IL Downtown Streetscape Improvements Phase I
Location of the Project: Downs, Illinois
Project Sponsor: Village of Downs
Requested Amount: $2,128,000
Justification for use of funding: This project will further improve accessibility and safety for residents of Downs, Illinois and visitors of the business district. Enhancements to downtown Downs, Illinois will transform downtown businesses and strengthen the business district’s identity and sense of place for business owners.
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Project Name: W. College Avenue Rehabilitation: Rivian Motorway to White Oak Road
Location of the Project: Normal, Illinois
Project Sponsor: Town of Normal
Requested Amount: $3,500,000
Justification for use of funding: This project will improve equity, mobility, and quality of life for Bloomington-Normal residents and visitors and provide accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists on a multi-use path. This project will also support economic development through new transit connections between local employers.
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Project Name: Washington, IL Police Evidence Storage
Location of the Project: Washington, Illinois
Project Sponsor: City of Washington, Washington Police Department
Requested Amount: $783,877
Justification for use of funding: This project will allow the City of Washington Police Department to continue their significant investigation assistance regionally, including on issues related to cybercrimes, crimes against children and violent crime. Additionally, an enhanced evidence storage facility would allow for the city to continue to provide storage and property support for regional law enforcement assistance.  
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Project Name: Western Avenue Community Center Building Expansion
Location of the Project: Bloomington, Illinois
Project Sponsor: Western Avenue Community Center
Requested Amount: $3,450,000
Justification for use of funding: This project will improve the Center’s ability to support the community through an increase of additional community outreach programs such as social services assistance, childcare, mental health services, recreational programs, and interpretation and translation services for the entire community of Bloomington, Illinois.
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Project Name: Western Road (CH 6) Realignment
Location of the Project: Marshall County, Illinois
Project Sponsor: Marshall County
Requested Amount: $6,972,000
Justification for use of funding: This project will increase the overall safety of the roadway, reduce accidents, allow for better fuel efficiencies, and better provide a vital link to allow goods and materials to be transported across the region.
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