2021 Schneider Community Project Funding
Community Project Funding (CPF) is a new initiative for Fiscal Year 2022 that will allow Members of Congress to request direct funding for projects that benefit the communities they represent. The new initiative entails stringent eligibility, ethics, and transparency guardrails and is only available to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as some non-profits.
Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) has submitted the below CPF requests to the House Appropriations Committee, in alphabetical order by recipient:
Project Name: Wolf Road Sidewalk (North)
Request Amount: $1,126,734
Recipient: City of Prospects Heights
Address: 8 N. Elmhurst Road, Prospect Heights, IL 60070
Project Description: Funding for this project would be used to complete a pedestrian sidewalk to provide a safe pedestrian thoroughfare, in particular for nearby 6,000 residents of multifamily housing units. Currently the road has a drainage ditch running parallel to the roadway, forcing pedestrians to walk along the shoulder next to 40mph traffic. Adding a sidewalk would ensure the 2,200 households would have safe walking access to nearby public transportation, local businesses, and institutions like Harper College.
Project Name: Zion Stormwater Project
Request Amount: $720,435
Recipient: City of Zion
Address: 2828 Sheridan Road, Zion, IL 60099
Project Description: Funding for this project would go towards sediment removal in a flood detention basin to restore positive drainage, planting of native wetland vegetation, and streambank stabilization. This stormwater management and flood mitigation project would help alleviate ongoing flooding at a local Park District-operated senior center and a separate recreation center, as well as neighboring facilities such as a cancer treatment center. The project would also benefit water quality within the watershed through native wetland plantings to absorb high-precipitation events more naturally.
Project Name: College of Lake County Workforce Development Project
Request Amount: $898,000
Recipient: College of Lake County
Address: 19351 West Washington Street, Grayslake, IL 60030-1198
Project Description: Funding for this project would help close the county-wide skills gap by enabling the College of Lake County (CLC) to train and connect workers, including unemployed and underemployed individuals, with in-demand manufacturing jobs in the Tenth District. This funding would also provide local manufacturing businesses with a highly trained pool of local applicants, a pipeline to filling open positions, and a mechanism to train the local workforce in companies’ most needed skills.
Project Name: Lake County Emergency Operations Center
Request Amount: $26,250,000
Recipient: Lake County Government
Address: 18 N. County Street, Waukegan, IL 6008
Project Description: Funding for this project would go towards the construction of a consolidated Emergency Operations Center that would coordinate 911 operations for the county into one location, ensure redundancy of public safety operations, and could serve as a potential federal Continuity of Operations facility for Chicago-based federal agency personnel. The Libertyville facility would serve 600,000 residents in Lake County.
Project Name: Lake County Health Department Behavioral Health Center Addition
Request Amount: $997,361
Recipient: Lake County Health Department
Address: 3010 Grand Avenue Waukegan, IL 60085
Project Description: This project would double existing behavioral health services capacity at the Lake County Health Department Libertyville Mental Health Center by expanding the physical space housing primary care, psychiatry, and counseling for individuals with mental illness. The space would provide substance use counseling, Medication Assisted Treatment for substance use disorders, and counseling and case management to children and youth.
Project Name: Dady Slough Flood Storage and Wetland Enhancement Project
Request Amount: $3,000,000
Recipient: Lake County Stormwater Management Commission
Address: 500 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville, IL 60048
Project Description: Funding for this project would go towards property acquisition, excavation for flood storage, restoration of wetlands, and construction of public access areas in and around Dady Slough Lake. This Lake County-sponsored flood mitigation project that would directly impact more than 800 households, local institutions like a high school, and a major state-owned thoroughfare. This is the County’s highest priority flood mitigation project and would help two low-income communities as well as have significant downstream benefits.
Project Name: North Chicago Storm Sewer
Request Amount: $7,796,558
Recipient: Lake County Stormwater Management Commission
Address: 500 West Winchester Road, Suite 201, Libertyville, IL 60048.
Project Description: Funding for this project would go towards the construction of a 3,225 foot upsized sewer system, the removal and replacement of box culverts, replacing outlet control structures, and constructing a 40 acre-feet of compensatory flood storage. This high-priority stormwater management and flood mitigation project would support local, state, and federal assets, including housing for Great Lakes Naval Station, Illinois Route 41, and local homes and facilities. The project would also provide downstream benefit by increasing water storage capacity.
Project Name: Northern Illinois Food Bank – New Food Distribution Center
Request Amount: $750,000
Recipient: Northern Illinois Food Bank
Address: 273 Dearborn Court, Geneva, IL 60134
Project Description: Funding for this project would help the Northern Illinois Food Bank more than double the amount of space for a new food distribution center. The new facility would enable the Food Bank to increase their capacity for volunteer engagement, food processing and distribution, and safe cold, frozen and dry food storage, which will better serve the surrounding communities and help address hunger in the Tenth District.
Project Name: Park Street Closure and Enhancement Project
Request Amount: $600,000
Recipient: Village of Mundelein
Address: 300 Plaza Circle, Mundelein, IL 60060
Project Description: Funding for this project will help the Village of Mundelein enhance the Park Street Closure, a multi-purpose and outdoor public space to connect residents and support local businesses. This project would promote economic development in an underserved and historically challenged downtown area while at the same time serving the community, including nearby low-income residents.
Project Name: Waukegan Carnegie Museum Revitalization Project
Request Amount: $3,750,000
Recipient: Waukegan Park District
Address: 1324 Gold Road, Waukegan, IL 60085
Project Description: Funding for this economic development project will revitalize an underserved community by providing new community and event space, offering cultural enrichment, and supporting nearby local businesses through rehabilitation of a central building in downtown Waukegan, the Carnegie Museum and Library. An independent analysis conducted by Visit Lake County assessed the overall local economic impact of the project to be $5.3 million in growth in the first five years.