Lipinski Brings Millions of Federal Funds to Bridgeview, Justice, and Summit

Today, President Obama signed into law the Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 OmnibusAppropriations Act which contains approximately $6.5 million for local projects secured by Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03), including money for projects in Bridgeview, Justice, and Summit.

"I am happy to be bringing money home that will aid police in doing their job, enhance public transportation, and help protect America's food safety," stated Rep. Lipinski. "I worked closely with local leaders and elected officials to identify the needs of communities across the Third Congressional District, and I am pleased to bring back a significant amount of money for worthwhile projects that will have a direct impact on the daily lives of local area residents."

The FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act includes funding for several projects requested by Rep. Lipinski, including:

  • $100,000 for the Village of Justice Police Department to acquire new portable radio devices
  • $2,077,000 for the National Center for Food Safety & Technology in Summit - run by the Illinois Institute of Technology - to conduct food safety research
  • $475,000 for Pace Suburban Bus to construct a new transit center serving Toyota Park in Bridgeview

"This grant obtained by Congressman Lipinski is vital for the security of the Village of Justice," stated Justice Mayor Kris Wasowicz. "These funds will allow us to modernize our police department and improve overall security for the people of Justice. I am extremely pleased with this grant and with the work of the Congressman to ensure that the Village of Justice continues its longstanding tradition of safety and prosperity."

"At a time of great peril for both the economy and the environment, Representative Lipinski understands public transit improvements help address both concerns, and make it more affordable for local families to access jobs, shopping, and entertainment," said Bridgeview Mayor Steve Landek. "Toyota Park already enjoys easy access from I-55, I-294 and the CTA Orange Line, and we're delighted that we will now serve as a Pace hub as well."

(March 11, 2009)