Obama's Earmarks Released

Thursday, October 11, 2007; 5:08 PM

Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill.) requested federal funding for several projects as part of this year's annual appropriations process. The projects, with the amounts designated by his constituents and several national organizations were released by the senator.

Adler Planetarium, to support replacement of its projector and related equipment: $3,000,000.

One of its most popular attractions and teaching tools at the Adler Planetarium is the Sky Theater. The projection equipment in this theater is 40 years old, and is no longer supported with parts or service by the manufacturer. It has begun to fail, leaving the theater dark and groups of school students and other interested museum-goers without this very valuable and exciting learning experience.

AIDSCARE, Inc., for general operating support: $750,000.

AIDSCARE is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization that provides housing and care for homeless children, families and adults living with advanced HIV/AIDS in the Chicago Area.

AIDSCARE, Inc., for completion of the North Lawndale Campus: $2,000,000.

Upon its completion, the North Lawndale campus will offer 66 units of service-enriched housing for low-income and homeless individuals and families impacted by HIV/AIDS; an onsite Health Facility and Wellness Center for residents and other members of the community; and an 8,693-square-foot multi-purpose community center.

Aledo, IL, to support its replacement of two aging water towers: $750,000.

Two aging 150,000-gallon water towers require replacement. The towers' water pressure is chronically low, and its supply is unreliable. Average daily use for the towers is 420,000 gallons.

American Red Cross of Illinois, for emergency preparedness: $5,000,000.

Funding will assist in providing 29 chapters and 3 blood service regions of the American Red Cross with the resources to be able to deliver mass care services in a timely matter in the event of a large-scale disaster. Funding will be used for equipment such as backup generators, shelter trailers, shelter supplies, stockpile cots, heater meals, response vehicles, and communications devices. This equipment will be strategically placed throughout the state, and will allow the Red Cross to serve requests by hospitals and trauma requests immediately and up to 72 hours.

American Theater Company, for the construction of a new facility in Logan Square: $200,000.

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