State budget includes funding for MP projects

MAPLE PARK—On Monday, Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law bills that create the $31 billion “Illinois Jobs Now!” plan. Under the plan, the village of Maple Park will receive $140,000 in funding.

The plan is directed at reviving the Illinois economy through capital construction projects that create and retain jobs. Maple Park will receive $40,000 for the construction of a new public restroom at the Village’s Civic Center and $100,000 for stormwater management.

The village of Maple Park worked with state Rep. Bob Pritchard, (70th Dist.) and state Rep. Kay Hatcher, (50th Dist.), to secure these funds during the budget process.

The village’s Civic Center, a focal point for the community, will get a much-needed and accessible restroom facility for activities at the center, such as baseball games, basketball games, and the Maple Park Fun Fest.

“This improvement to the village’s Civic Center site has been sought after for some time now, and it is finally going to become a reality,” Maple Park trustee Suzanne Fahnestock said.

The stormwater management funding will be applied to issues identified in a 2008 study of flooding that took place in the village as a result of unprecedented rainfall.

“The village has several problem areas where stormwater has caused significant flooding, and the funds will assist in remediation efforts in these areas,” Village President Kathy Curtis said.

The village looks forward to putting these funds to work as soon as they become available, Fahnestock said.