President signs bill with over $42 million for local projects secured by Hare

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

-- President Barack Obama recently signed the Omnibus Appropriations Act which invests over $42 million in local projects at the request of Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL).

"These projects represent a substantial investment in our local economy," Hare said. "I was proud to secure this funding and will continue to fight so that every community in the 17th District gets its fair share."

The following projects were included in the bill at the request of Hare and other members of the Illinois Congressional delegation:

  •  Mercer County Hospital-Renovation Project (facilities & equipment), $95,000 -- Mercer County Hospital, the lone health care facility for 30 miles, is over 25 years old and much of the infrastructure, heating, cooling and mechanical systems are near the end of their projected life. The State will not allow the facility to continue in its current condition. This funding will be used to renovate the hospital, addressing identified improvement areas and expand capacity to accommodate increased volumes of patients and improve privacy and confidentiality.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers-Village of Andalusia Harbor Dredging, $143,000 -- The Village of Andalusia will use this funding to dredge the boat harbor and marina. This harbor has been maintained by the Corps of Engineers in the past and provides significant tourism, recreation and economic activity for the village. The harbor is inaccessible in its current state and desperately needs attention. Additionally, dredging the harbor will help maintain access to the Mississippi River for recreation and economic development.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers-Upper Mississippi River Comprehensive Plan Investigations Account, $163,000 -- The purpose of this funding is to develop a system-wide plan for reducing catastrophic flooding in the Upper Mississippi River Valley.
  • OSF-Peoria (includes St. Mary's OSF in Galesburg)-Electronic Health Records Initiative, $95,000 -- OSF will use this federal funding to adopt, install and expand an electronic health records system to build on a central data repository that stores clinical, financial, demographic and operational information about patients. This modern, efficient record-keeping system will improve support for and safety of patients throughout Illinois' West, Central communities.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers-Mississippi River between Missouri River and Minneapolis, $19.027 million -- This project area extends from the mouth of the Missouri River to St. Louis upstream to Lock and Dam 22 tailwater, includes 105 miles of river and 70,000 acres of public lands. The project provides a nine-foot navigation channel via a system of locks and dams, regulating works, dike and revetment, dredging, environmental compliance, environmental stewardship responsibility, and land and water-based recreational opportunities.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers-Upper Mississippi River Restoration, $17.713 million -- The purpose of the Upper Mississippi River Restoration project is to address adverse impacts to the aquatic ecosystem caused by maintenance of the river's navigation channel. This includes habitat rehabilitation and enhancement projects that are effectively preserving and improving fish and wildlife habitat on the river.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers-Illinois Waterway, $1.772 million -- This project involves the portion of the Illinois Waterway within the boundaries of the St. Louis District extending from the mouth of the Illinois River at Grafton, to the tailwater of LaGrange Lock and Dam at mile 80.15.  he project involves the maintenance of a nine-foot navigation channel, associated channel patrol, water management, environmental compliance, and river engineering. The project also has environmental stewardship responsibility for 32,000 acres of public lands.
  • Memorial Medical Center (Springfield, IL)-Intelligent Pharmacy-Automated Drug Management, $666,000 -- Memorial Medical Center will use this funding to implement the technology to provide the bar-code footprint needed for a close-loop medication system, and automated storage, dispensing and return processes. Through bar-code verification, this technology will eventually establish the foundation for safe medication dispensing that will reduce errors by more than 70 percent.
  • East Moline Downtown Development, $237,500 -- This funding will be used for capital improvements to priority infrastructure and development projects, including acquisition and renovation of dilapidated structures, regional marketing and promotion, and economic development to revitalize East Moline's downtown.
  • City of Quincy, IL-Hydroelectric Power Generation, $475,750 -- This funding will assist the city of Quincy in obtaining three licenses needed to build hydroelectric generating facilities at Army Corps of Engineers Locks and Dams #20, #21 and #22. The Mississippi River Hydro-Electric Study is a necessary first-step to bringing clean, efficient and renewable energy to the heart of the Midwest.
  • Quad Cities Track Improvement, $475,000 -- This funding will be used for capital infrastructure (track improvements and rolling stock) to assist the Illinois Department of Transportation and Amtrak in expanding passenger rail service between the Quad Cities and Chicago.
  • YWCA Sauk Valley and Canton-Joint Women's Economic Empowerment Initiative, $320,000 -- This project aims to build the economic position and employability of victims of domestic violence through financial literacy, computer training, and career preparation.  The program also helps to empower young girls by building their computer skills and interest in math and science.
  • Rock Island County Care Center (facilities & equipment), $285,000 -- Rock Island County Care Center is a public nursing home facility. The current facility does not meet life safety codes and its rural location is a deterrent to family involvement in the care and treatment of residents. This funding will be used to construct a new facility in a new location that meets life safety codes and improves family involvement in care and other activities. The 245-bed facility is the safety net provider for senior services in Rock Island County.
  • Calhoun County Highway 1 Resurfacing, $475,000 -- This funding will be used to resurface 13.46 miles of County Highway 1 between Hardin and Brussels.
  • Macoupin County Health Department-Community Health Initiative (facilities & equipment), $238,000 -- Macoupin County Health Department will use this money to build a Maple Street Clinic. This clinic will provide comprehensive interdisciplinary prevention and public health services to persons of all ages. The clinic will be available to all residents with special outreach directed towards those who do not have access to health care services. Services provided at the Maple Street Clinic will include but are not limited to: WIC, family case management, Healthy Families program, teen parent services, Environmental Health Services, and Health Education.
  • Project Success of Decatur & Macon County, $180,000 -- Project Success' programming works to increase student attendance, student achievement and parental involvement to promote school success. This funding would provide the resources Project Success needs to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency through increased school success for at-risk students in Decatur and Macon County.