WASHINGTON, DC – As part of this year’s community project funding from the House Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Representative Marie Newman (D-IL-03) announced today that she has secured $640,000 in federal funding for the City of Hickory Hills. Upon passage in Congress, the funding would be used to update 20,000 linear feet of sanitary sewers in a low-income portion of the city, reducing basement backups and sanitary sewer overflows.
“In my five months serving in Washington, I have been proud to fight for infrastructure investments that will improve the quality of life of my constituents,” said Congresswoman Marie Newman. “By securing this funding for the City of Hickory Hills, we can modernize a sewer system that services thousands of residents, improving their wellbeing and the public health of the city as a whole. I was proud to work with Mayor Howley to obtain funding for this project, and I look forward to continuing to work together to ensure that residents of Illinois’ Third District have the highest quality public services.”
The funding under the legislation will provide a valuable service to the community of Hickory Hills by reducing the inflow and infiltration of their sewer system, especially in areas of the city with a low-income population. This project will not only improve the health and safety of these Hickory Hills residents but also the property values and environment of the entire city.
“We could not be more pleased that Congresswoman Newman worked diligently to secure federal funding to improve our city’s aging sanitary sewer infrastructure,” said Hickory Hills Mayor Mike Howley. “Congresswoman Newman and her staff took the time to understand our city’s needs and recognized the vital importance of keeping our sanitary sewer system structurally sound while reducing the amount of stormwater that infiltrates our sewers. We are most appreciative of Congresswoman Newman’s efforts to support this project and improve public health in our community!”
The funding request was approved today by the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies. In addition to this request, Congresswoman Newman has submitted nine other community projects for funding consideration, which will be considered for approval in the coming weeks. Earlier this week, Congresswoman Newman announced approval of $80,000 in federal funding to support a small business incubator in Chicago’s McKinley Park neighborhood.
All submissions must designate federal funding for specific projects that demonstrate a positive benefit to the community and are a good use of taxpayer funds. Find a full list of Congresswoman Newman’s Community Project Funding Requests here.