WAND: Budzinski announces federal grants for Central Illinois law enforcement

Sep 27, 2023
Nikki in the News


September 27, 2023

WASHINGTON (WAND) — Congresswoman Nikki Budzinski (IL-13) announced that six cities in her district will receive a combined $322,977 from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.

Law enforcement departments in Springfield, Champaign, Belleville, Decatur, Alton and Edwardsville will each receive funding to support a range of program areas.

“Every single day, our first responders put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe. It’s critical that we make sure they have the equipment, training and technology needed to stay safe on the job,” said Congresswoman Budzinski. “I’m so glad to announce that communities in Central and Southern Illinois will be receiving more than $322,000 in federal grants to support our local law enforcement agencies.”

Funding amounts and purposes can be found below:

  • $102,523 for the City of Springfield will be used to sustain and increase the number of officers to keep up with the growing department and community requests.
  • $86,018 for the City of Champaign will be used to train new sergeants and lieutenants and provide employees with emotional health training.
  • $58,403 for the City of Belleville will be used to upgrade outdated technology and equipment.
  • $42,876 for the City of Decatur will be used to deploy more police officers in areas with high crime and gun violence rates.
  • $18,697 for the City of Alton will be used to purchase safety-enhancing equipment for police vehicles.
  • $14,460 for the City of Edwardsville will be used to purchase radar units for patrol vehicles to increase traffic safety enforcement.

Recent Posts

Jul 9, 2024

Budzinski, Durbin, Duckworth Announce $17.8 Million for the Sangamon Mass Transit District   

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Nikki Budzinski (IL-13) and Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth announced that Sangamon Mass Transit District (SMTD) will receive $17,807,630 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The funding will support Sangamon Mass Transit District in replacing its fleet of older buses with diesel-hybrid and compressed natural gas buses that reduce harmful emissions. Congresswoman Budzinski submitted […]

Jul 8, 2024

Budzinski, Kim, Bost Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve VA Training for Military Sexual Trauma Claims  

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Representatives Nikki Budzinski (D-IL-13) and Young Kim (R-CA-40) and Mike Bost (R-IL-12) announced the introduction of the bipartisan Improving VA Training for Military Sexual Trauma Claims Act which would improve training for VA employees who process and decide military sexual trauma (MST) claims. The legislation would help to reduce red tape for survivors who file for disability benefits.  “Too […]

Jul 2, 2024

Budzinski, Durbin, Duckworth Statement on Appointment of Pam Monetti to Serve as Illinois Director for USDA Rural Development  

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congresswoman Nikki Budzinski and Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth released the following statement regarding Pam Monetti’s appointment as the new Illinois Director for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development: “At our recommendation, the Biden Administration has made an excellent choice in appointing Pam Monetti to serve as the new […]