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Rep. Kelly FY22 Community Project Funding Requests

Apr 24, 2021
Press Release

Congresswoman Kelly submitted the following requests (in alphabetical Order) to the House Committee on Appropriations for FY22 Community Project Funding:

Rep. Robin Kelly has submitted funding requests for important community projects in the Second Congressional District of Illinois to the House Appropriations Committee.

Under guidelines issued by the Appropriations Committee, each Representative may request funding for up to 10 projects in their community for fiscal year 2022 – although only a handful may actually be funded. Projects are restricted to a limited number of federal funding streams, and only state and local governments and eligible non-profit entities are permitted to receive funding. Additional information on the reforms governing Community Project Funding is available here.

In compliance with House Rules and Committee requirements, Rep. Robin Kelly has certified that she, her spouse, and her immediate family have no financial interest in any of the projects she has requested.


Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies​:

Pembroke Township Integrated Infrastructure Pilot
Amount Requested: $3,000,000

Intended Recipient: Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) on behalf of Community Development Corporation of Pembroke and Hopkins Park (CDC of PHP)

Explanation of Request: The project would extend scalable access to approximately 850 residences, businesses, and community anchor institutions throughout the entire 52-square-mile Pembroke Township footprint. Pembroke is a very rural, historically impoverished, and dramatically un/underserved community that lacks communications and energy infrastructure, including wireline broadband, cellular, and natural gas.

Ethics Letter


Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies​:

SouthCom Technology Upgrades

Amount Requested: $275,500

Intended Recipient: SouthCom 9-1-1 Dispatch Center, 21113 Dettmering Street, Matteson, IL 60443

Explanation of Request: This project will provide funding for systems that will provide more detailed information to the public and coordination amongst first responders. It will also provide quicker response times, more efficient dispatching, and allow SouthCom to provide a higher level of service to member agencies and the citizens in the Villages of Matteson, Richton Park, and Olympia Fields.

Ethics Letter


University Park Police Department Cameras

Amount Requested: $20,000

Intended Recipient: University Park Police Department, 650 Burnham Drive, University Park, IL 60484

Explanation of Request: The purchase of 22 body worn cameras and 7 squad car cameras used to enhance community and law enforcement trust relations, traffic enforcement, case credibility and to meet new Illinois police reform mandates. The purchase will aid in training, crime prevention, enhance public trust and Officer safety.  

Ethics Letter


Financial Services and General Government:

Ascending House

Amount Requested: $200,000

Intended Recipient: Chicago Southland Economic Incubator, 1904 174th St, Hazel Crest, IL 60429

Explanation of Request: Ascending House will provide the necessary software, tools (video conference room, studio, printing lab), and connections to interns and new employees that start-ups may not have access to otherwise due to high costs or lack of know-how. Funding will go towards creating a video conference center, a podcast studio, and an advanced printing lab, providing the E-Commerce Entrepreneurs training program, operating the InternMatch Illinois which is a match-making platform for small businesses to find the right interns, and building a commercial kitchen.

Ethics Letter


Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies:

Chicago Public Schools Enrichment Program

Amount Requested: $495,000

Intended Recipient: Chicago Public Schools, 42 W Madison St Chicago, IL 60602

Explanation of Request: This is a project that would upgrade arts programs, facilities, and technology at six CPS schools: Haley Elementary School (ES) for Fine and Performing Arts, Washington ES for Fine and Performing Arts, Corliss HS for STEM, Owens ES for STEM, Powell ES for Personalized Learning, and Smith ES for Personalized Learning.

Ethics Letter


Behavioral Health Telemedicine for Emergency Room Access

Amount Requested: $625,000

Intended Recipient: Franciscan Health Olympia Fields, 20201 Crawford Avenue, Olympia Fields, Illinois 60461

Explanation of Request: This project funding will enable the emergency room to treat and diagnoses patients at the time of admission to the emergency room. Currently, Franciscan Health does not have 24 hour a day 7-day coverage for behavioral health patients- causing a delay in diagnoses and treatment. Behavioral health physicians are difficult to recruit and utilizing telehealth is a cost-effective option and allows patients to be treated in real time.

Ethics Letter


Career Center Technology Upgrades and Guidance Counselor Support

Amount Requested: $177,630

Intended Recipient: Kankakee Area Career Center, 4083 N 1000 W Road, Bourbonnais, IL 60914

Explanation of Request: Kankakee Area Career Center has a great need to upgrade equipment and technology related to curriculum and add a professional counselor. The project will focus on four programs for technology/equipment upgrades: Fire-Rescue-Emergency Medical Responder; Certified Nurse Assistant Training and Health Occupations; Engineering and Design; and Automotive Technology. The Career Guidance Counselor will serve students in 12 occupational programs. Kankakee Area Career Center serves almost 800 students daily (890 pre-enrolled for next year), with no professional guidance counselor on staff.

Ethics Letter


Childbirth Simulator

Amount Requested: $90,879

Intended Recipient: Olivet Nazarene University, One University Avenue, Box 6012, Bourbonnais, IL 60914

Explanation of Request: Olivet Nazarene University (ONU) offers a four-year Baccalaureate Nursing degree preparing students to be effective and competent Registered Nurses. ONU has a full and well-equipped simulation lab with the exception of the childbirth simulator. Purchasing a new childbirth simulator will provide students with the knowledge and practice to be competent and enter the nursing workforce. Funding this project will help prepare students for hospital units and contribute to a safer environment for patients and medical staff.

Ethics Letter


Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies:

CTA Red Line Extension - Workforce Development

Amount Requested: $1,500,000

Intended Recipient: Chicago Transit Authority, 567 W. Lake St, Chicago, IL 60661

Explanation of Request: The Red Line Extension (RLE) Project will extend the Red Line south 5.6 miles from the 95th Street Terminal to 130th Street in the City of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois. The proposed heavy rail extension will include four new stations near 103rd Street, 111th Street, Michigan Avenue, and 130th Street. The Workforce Development project would provide workforce training and support services, such as mentorship, training, transportation, and childcare grants, as well as, placement of candidates in jobs on CTA projects and external projects.

Ethics Letter


Residential Blight Reduction

Amount Requested: $400,000

Intended Recipient: City of Harvey, 15320 Broadway Ave, Harvey, IL 60426

Explanation of Request: This project includes the demolition of 40 city-owned, blighted residential structures. This project represents the first phase of the Harvey Residential Reactivation Program, which aims to revitalize Harvey’s neighborhoods by removing and reactivating blighted residential properties. Removing these buildings would increase neighborhood beautification, accelerate residential redevelopment opportunities, create new public open space, and create new jobs and economic opportunities for the city.

Ethics Letter


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