Manzullo’s Next Year Budget Requests

Here is what 16th District Congressman Don Manzullo is requesting be placed in next year’s Federal budget:

Rakow Road Widening Project in McHenry County

Aerospace Education/R&D Center in Rockford

Sewer System Improvement in Savanna

Flood Mitigation Project in DeKalb County

Keith Creek Flood Control Project in Rockford

Groundwater Protection Program in McHenry County

Manufacturing Technology Program at NIU

Rockford Crimefighting Technology Initiative

U of I Center for Rural Health in Rockford

Technology Upgrades at Rockford College

Autism Independence Program in McHenry County

Rockford West Side Economic Development Initiative

Communications Equipment for Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department

Defense Department Energy Research Project in Rockford

River District Development Initiative in Rockford

Here are the details of the McHenry County projects:

Rakow Road Widening Project in McHenry County

$1 million is requested to help fund the Rakow Road widening project in Crystal Lake and Lake in the Hills, which impacts tens of thousands of motorists every day. This is a major traffic congestion relief project that will go to construction in the Spring of 2010. McHenry County is one of the most congested areas of the country and federal funding is greatly needed to support this important road project that helps not only McHenry County, but the entire region.

Groundwater Protection Program in McHenry County

$280,000 is requested to help fund implementation of the McHenry County Groundwater Protection Program. This program uniquely seeks to address protection of the quantity and quality of the groundwater resources, the sole source of drinking water for all of McHenry County. Information gained from this project will benefit the local governments, the 11-county Regional Water Supply Planning Groups, and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning by providing a more complete description of the available groundwater resources.

Autism Independence Program in McHenry County

$100,000 is requested to help expand the Pathways Program at the Special Education District of McHenry County (SEDOM) to provide assistance for postsecondary students with intellectual disabilities including individuals on the autism spectrum, in partnership with McHenry County College. This project addresses crucial educational goals to close the gap for preparing young adults on the autism spectrum with the necessary social and vocational skills required for living independently.

8th District Congresswoman Melissa Bean’s list is here.

Bean’s projects in McHenry County follow:

Law Enforcement Advocacy Partnership (LEAP)

  • Recipient: Turning Point, Inc., located at P.O. Box 723, Woodstock, Illinois 60019

  • Description: $300,000 through the Department of Justice’s Juvenile Justice account to the LEAP program to support the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) at the local level. This is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars because LEAP is a collaboration between 15 police departments, the State’s Attorney and Turning Point that provides crisis intervention, emergency shelter, overnight and daily orders of protection, domestic violence training for police, and advocacy in court for domestic violence victims.

Public Safety Communication (McHenry County, IL)

  • Recipient: McHenry County, located at 2200 North Seminary Avenue, Woodstock, IL 60098

  • Description: $400,000 through the Department of Justice’s COPS Law Enforcement Technology and Interoperable Communications account to McHenry County, IL to improve communication in areas at risk for both manmade and natural disasters, and as a means to protect data exchange between various local entities. McHenry County is in the process of bringing in new computer technology to the Courts, State’s Attorney, Public Defender, Sheriff’s Office and Jail. This technology upgrade is a critical step toward integrating the County’s criminal justice information system, but it will not complete the project. This is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars to complete the interface between law enforcement and the court system, thereby allowing McHenry County to completely utilize the benefits of fully integrated criminal justice system. McHenry County received $94,000 in federal support in FY2008, and has committed over $3,000,000 of its own funding to the Integrated Justice Project.

Village of Johnsburg Wastewater Treatment Facility

  • Recipient: Village of Johnsburg, located at 1515 Channel Beach Drive, Johnsburg, IL 60050

  • Description: $500,000 through the EPA’s STAG account for Village of Johnsburg to assist with the construction of a centralized wastewater treatment and collection system. This funding would compliment $462,200 that was received in The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008. This is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because an estimated 300,000,000 gallons of raw or partially treated wastewater that is being discharged from failed or failing septic tanks into the Fox River each year. In addition to being one of the nation’s most popular recreational waterways, the Fox River is the primary source of drinking water for some 200,000 people. Improving the quality of its water will also complement ongoing efforts to clean up and restore the ecosystem of the Illinois River, into which the Fox River flows.

Village of Spring Grove Water Main Extension

  • Recipient: Village of Spring Grove, located at 7401 Meyer Road, Spring Grove, IL 60081

  • Description: $150,000 in the EPA’s STAG account to expand the sewer and water main through the town of Spring Grove, which is 95% comprised of septic systems that are adjacent to a high value aquatic resource. This is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because he septic systems in this area are failing and even with temporary repairs, they can’t keep up with current and proposed infrastructure in the area. The biggest impact the water main extension would have is on the local elementary school, which is in dire need of expansion but can’t proceed without access to the water main. The extension will also increase the number of users on the municipal system and add to the number of hydrants available to a commercial area.

F.A.S.T. Solutions Initiative

  • Recipient: McHenry County, located at 2200 North Seminary Avenue, Woodstock, IL 60098

  • Description: $250,000 through the Department of Education, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FISPE), or the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Training and Employment Services to fund the F.A.S.T Solutions Initiative. This program is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars because it will provide flexible and sustainable workforce training in a “boot camp” format which is designed to provide intensive, short-term occupational training in specific fields identified by employers through their participation on the McHenry County Workforce Investment Board (WIB).

Miller Road Widening (McHenry County, IL)

  • Recipient: McHenry County Department of Transportation, located at 2200 North Seminary Avenue, Woodstock, IL 60098

  • Description: $500,000 from the Transportation, Community and System Preservation (TCSP) account in the FY10 Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) budget to widen Miller Road from Illinois Route 31 to River Road. This funding would compliment $6,839,000 that was received in SAFETEA-LU and The Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 for improvements to Miller Road. This is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds because by widening Miller Road from Routes 31 to River Road in McHenry, Illinois to four lanes, existing and projected traffic demands would be met well into the future for this heavily traveled north-south thoroughfare in eastern McHenry County.

And, in Barrington, we have the following being requested by Congresswoman Bean:

Ultra-Wide Coverage VIS/NIR Sensor for Force Protection

  • Recipient: Goodrich ISR Systems Barrington, located at 550 West Northwest Hwy, Barrington, IL 60010

  • Description: $2,850,000 from Navy, Research and Development, RDT&E, Force Protection Advanced Technology (Line 16, PE# 0603123N) for the Ultra-Wide Coverage VIS/NIR Sensor for Force Protection. This is for developing, integrating and demonstrating a new visible/near infrared sensor that would be used for airborne persistence surveillance. The advanced sensor technologies will be incorporated to include high resolution, high quantum efficiency, very large format visible / near IR detectors coupled with high fidelity, geo-spatially accurate optics. These technologies will be integrated into a comprehensive surveillance system suitable for manned, or unmanned, and long endurance missions.

Wide Area Sensor for Force Protection (Targeting)

  • Recipient: Goodrich ISR Systems Barrington, located at 550 West Northwest Hwy, Barrington, IL 60010

  • Description: $2,050,000 from Navy, Research and Development, RDT&E, Force Protection Advanced Technology (Line 16, PE# 0603123N) for the Wide Area Sensor for Force Protection (Targeting). This is for developing the wide area sensor program to build a deployable day/night, wide-area, persistent surveillance system to provide real-time surveillance for combat troops in theater. These technologies will be integrated into a comprehensive surveillance system suitable for manned, or unmanned, and long endurance missions.

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

  • Recipient: Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, located at 450 West Highway, Barrington, IL 60010

  • Description: $72,500 through the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Account for the Breast Cancer Center at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital. This funding is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars because it will support the development of a centralized digital mammography reading station at the Breast Care Center “headquarters” on the Advocate Good Shepherd campus, so the hospital’s radiologists have the equipment and capacity they need to read and interpret a rapidly growing volume of screening and diagnostic mammograms.


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