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U.S. Rep. Davis secures over $20 million for communities as term ends

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis

Media reports have shared that U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13) has secured $20,308,790 in Community Project Funding (CPF) for 15 different communities through the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023. Complete details of each of the 2023 funding requests can be viewed here.

All requested projects have been included in legislation passed out of the House Appropriations Committee and the full House has passed projects with a (*). Projects are listed alphabetically by recipient below:

Recipient: Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department
Project Name: Policing Equipment and Technology Upgrades
Requested Amount: $436,000

The purpose of the funding is to purchase radio transmitters and receivers for first responders within Calhoun County as well as other important equipment. Currently, radio service does not cover the entire county and deputies are unavailable at times due to the varied terrain in the county. Other items they will purchase are body and dash cameras, vehicle laptops and computer storage equipment necessary to preserve data obtained on the cameras. The department currently has no body camera recording capability.

Recipient: City of Greenfield*
Project Name: City of Greenfield, IL – Construction of New Police Department
Requested Amount: $393,723

The purpose of the funding is to replace the city’s police department building. The current building has severe mold issues and is a state of advanced deterioration that makes it non-salvageable. The city would demolish the current building and replace it with a new one on the downtown square.

Recipient: City of Greenville*
Project Name: Drinking Water Treatment Plant Construction
Requested Amount: $750,000

The purpose of the funding is to aid in the construction of Greenville’s 3.5 million gallons per day water treatment plant. The current facility was constructed in 1968 and needs replacement to meet modern water quality standards and deliver the volume necessary to sustain the population and industry.

Recipient: Village of Heyworth*
Project Name: Sanitary Sewer Inflow & Infiltration Reduction
Requested Amount: $1,600,000

The purpose of the funding is to rehabilitate the sewer collection system though lining, grouting, and replacement to prevent ground water and surface waters from entering the system and overloading pump stations and treatment operations. The Village’s sanitary sewer collection system was built in the late 1960s and leaks extensively. During normal conditions the sanitary sewer system collects nearly twice as much water as the Village produces at its water plant and during rainy conditions this may increase to a factor of ten or greater.

Recipient: Jersey Community Hospital District
Project Name: Jersey Community Hospital Infrastructure Upgrades
Requested Amount: $2,000,000

The purpose of the funding is for Jersey Community Hospital to upgrade the electrical infrastructure of the main hospital, which was built in 1976, as most is original to the building. Additionally, the hospital parking lot needs a significant amount of repairs and expansion, including a new employee parking lot and extension to connect to a roadway for easier navigating and delivery of supplies. Both of these infrastructure needs are significant and the hospital needs to complete these items before any other facility expansion or improvements can be done. The funds would be utilized to fund both of these efforts.

Recipient: City of Jerseyville*
Project Name: Hollow Avenue Roadway Improvements Phase 2
Requested Amount: $900,000

The purpose of the funding is to reconstruct and widen a key roadway as well as make ADA improvements. This project will allow for the safe and efficient movement of residential, business, and industrial traffic. The work itself will included replacing deteriorated asphalt roadway with concrete pavement, making related subgrade improvements, widening the roadway, storm sewer/drainage improvements, and the addition of an ADA-compliant sidewalks. The project limits extend from North Hickory Street to Waggoner Avenue.

Recipient: Lincoln Land Community College*
Project Name: Truck Driver Training Expansion
Requested Amount: $1,118,688

The purpose of the funding is to expand the training lot for the highly successful Lincoln Land Community College truck driver training program and thereby build its capacity to address the shortage of truck drivers in Central Illinois. They will expand the concrete lot, extend lot lighting to the new section, and repaint all lines to fully utilize the existing and expanded lot area. LLCC has been operating a trucking driver training program on its main campus in Springfield, IL since 1998. Since the inception, the program has had 3,415 students enrolled in the program, 3,381 (99%) have graduated with a CDL License and 3,130 (92%) have become employed in the trucking industry. Their CDL program is offered every four to six weeks throughout the year. Lincoln Land holds about 28 sessions per year averaging 161 students annually. The goal of their program expansion is to increase those numbers by about 90 students annually. Currently, Lincoln Land’s program is fully booked four months out.

Recipient: City of Litchfield*
Project Name: Drinking Water Distribution System Improvements Phase I & II
Requested Amount: $2,284,429

The purpose of the funding is to make improvements to the city-owned water distribution system. The full project plan has six phases and the first two phases would be funded under this proposal. Phase I provides an 8″ water line to the east side of Lake Lou Yaeger. Phase II replaces the current two 10″ mains with a 14″ main along Illinois Route 16 and Union Avenue from Lake Litchfield to Yaeger Lake Trail including transferring all services to the new main.

Recipient: County of Macon*
Project Name: Reas Bridge Road Bridges Replacement
Requested Amount: $4,500,000

The purpose of the funding is to replace two bridge segments over Lake Decatur on a .93-mile section of County Highway 24 along the Northeast Connector of the greater Macon County South and East Beltway project. The current bridges are structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. The west bridge has a federal sufficiency rating of 18.2, the lowest ranked bridge out of 223 structures that are inspected by the County. The east bridge has a rating of 28.3, the fourth worst rated structure.

Recipient: City of Pana*
Project Name: Drinking Water Transmission Main Replacement
Requested Amount: $1,881,600

The purpose of the funding is to replace approximately 1.6 miles of deteriorated 14″ cast iron water main with 16″ PVC water main, fittings, services, and interconnects. The current water transmission main was installed in 1949 and was originally used to pump raw lake water. After over 20 years of being the transmission main for raw lake water it was changed to serve as the transmission main for fully treated water. The increasing needs of this current system can be attributed to many factors of the overall design of this water transmission main system. First, the size of this main is not adequate to meet community needs. Next, this main does not have standard rubber gaskets, but gaskets that are constructed from leadite which is no longer recommended for use. Lastly, all of the main breaks experienced in the project area occur at the bell joints resulting in depressurization.

Recipient: Parkland College
Project Name: Health Professions Improvement and Expansion
Requested Amount: $322,100 ($320,000 included in legislation)

The purpose of the funding is to improve Health Professions education at Parkland College through the purchase of new equipment and the expansion of instructional space. Equipment for surgical technology is required equipment for accreditation standards related to the core curriculum and teaching of the required laboratory skills. Parkland’s Surgical Technology program has doubled in size over the past two decades and expanded to offer new credentials. This growth has led to crowding and scheduling issues which will be addressed through the relocation and renovation of Parkland’s Surgical Technology Lab and Mock Operating Room. Additionally, the Surgical Technology program needs new equipment; the useful life of its current equipment is nearing an end. The updated equipment will include the purchase of a surgical stretcher, surgical scrub sinks, a surgical table footboard, and a utility table. Parkland will also purchase a new Portable X-ray Unit. This unit is a key piece of equipment for the college’s Radiologic Technology program. The unit currently in use can no longer be serviced and is needed for patients who are unable to reach Parkland’s x-ray suite. The portable x-ray unit is a required piece of lab equipment per accreditation standards.

Recipient: Piatt County Sheriff’s Office
Project Name: 911 Radio Communication System Upgrade
Requested Amount: $606,750 ($607,000 included in legislation)

The purpose of the funding is to purchase radio transmitters, receivers, and radios for first responders within Piatt County. The project is designed to provide better coverage throughout the county while providing interoperability between all agencies. The current system has a lot of dead areas where first responders have little to no radio service and cannot reach dispatch or other units to request assistance. In addition, there are different systems in place between services which limits the ability to communicate in times that may be critical.

Recipient: Sharpsburg & Neighboring Area Water System*
Project Name: Rural Water Distribution System Phase 3
Requested Amount: $690,750

The purpose the funding is to provide rural water service to approximately 52 rural users in Christian County, IL to the north, south, and east of the Village of Stonington. The project will consist of approximately 16 miles of 4″ and 6″ PVC water main, valves, hydrants, fittings, and related items. The Sharpsburg and Neighboring Area Water System (SNAWS) is supplied by Stonington who largely administer their existing rural water network, while SNAWS focuses on expanding to rural customers in the most need.

Recipient: City of Taylorville*
Project Name: West Main Cross Street Improvements, Webster to Cheney
Requested Amount: $2,500,000

The funding would be used for rehabilitating a key downtown street section including pavement, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, and ramps. The project runs along West Main Cross Street from Webster Street to Cheney Street consisting of two blocks in the business district and four blocks in a residential area. The existing street is brick based with a hot-mix asphalt overlay that reduces the gutter height. Over time the pavement has deteriorated and needs to be replaced after many patches. The project will replace the curb and gutter to IDOT standard heights improving the drainage along the street. Sidewalks will be replaced and new curb ramps will be ADA compliant. Water mains and storm sewers will be updated at the same time to meet current standards and lower the costs of doing those projects separately.

Recipient: Village of Worden*
Project Name: School Access and Pedestrian Safety Improvements
Requested Amount: $326,600

The purpose of the funding is to repair and replace existing concrete sidewalks throughout the rural village and construct new sidewalks at unserved locations. Over the years these sidewalks have deteriorated to a point of being unsafe. The goal of this project is to provide a safe location for citizens of all ages to move about the community. It is particularly intended for children and parents to be able to safely walk or bike to school.

“As I conclude my service in Congress I am proud to be able to deliver one final time for the communities of the 13th District,” Rep. Davis told WAND TV. “In 2022 I secured nearly $32 million for 25 community projects – a 100 percent success rate for all projects requested. These infrastructure, healthcare, workforce, and law enforcement investments will benefit Illinoisans for decades to come. I am also extremely proud of my team that worked tirelessly to serve our constituents since I took office in 2013. We were able to solve 11,668 cases for people who were at their wits end on where to turn when government was broken. We made Washington work for them. Thank you to the people of Central and Southwestern Illinois who gave me the opportunity to serve in Congress. It has been the honor of a lifetime.”

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