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Budzinski announces $1.3 million for two Macoupin County projects 

Funding will be used to benefit MCDD and Staunton Force Main Project

Last week, Congresswoman Nikki Budzinski (IL-13) announced that two projects in Macoupin County will be receiving a combined $1,300,000 in federal funding. The funding was requested by Budzinski during the House of Representatives’ Community Project Funding process and signed into law in a bipartisan government funding bill. In total, Congresswoman Budzinski secured $136.1 million for projects throughout Illinois’ 13th Congressional District in the package.

“Last week, I was proud to join colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass a government funding deal that will provide critical federal resources to projects in Macoupin County,” said Budzinski. “With more than $1.3 million headed to projects in Staunton and Carlinville, I’m excited to see progress made to improve infrastructure and services available to folks with developmental disabilities. In the coming months, I look forward to visiting the sites of these projects in the coming months and continuing my work to deliver results for the folks I serve in Central and Southern Illinois.”

The government funding package included six of 12 appropriations bills that need to be passed by March 22 in order to fully fund the federal government. Budzinski helped to pass the package in the House of Representatives last week.

The following projects championed by Congresswoman Budzinski will be receiving direct federal investments from the bipartisan government funding bill:

$500,000 for the Macoupin Center for the Developmentally Disabled

The funding will be used by the Macoupin Center for the Developmentally Disabled (MCDD) to relocate their current facility to a more accessible and safe location that will allow the Center to provide more education and employment services and opportunities for residents who have developmental disabilities.

“The Macoupin Center for the Developmentally Disabled is extremely grateful for all the hard work and time that Congresswoman Nikki Budzinski and her staff, including Brian Zilm and John Lee, have put forth on this project,” said MCDD Development Director Kimberly Wing. “We appreciate this opportunity and look forward to working towards the goal of growing MCDD to serve more adults with developmental disabilities living in Macoupin County.”

$800,000 for Staunton’s Force Main Project

The funding will also be used to replace the City of Staunton’s only sanitary sewerage pump station. The sanitary sewer force main infrastructure is over 40 years old and has experienced severe wear and poses a risk to citizens.
“I would like to thank Congresswoman Nikki Budzinski and her team for all their hard work for supporting this project and securing the grant,” said Staunton Mayor Craig Neuhaus. “Without this grant, it could be a possible catastrophe for the city of Staunton.”