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ISU nursing, Normal roadwork and Western Avenue expansion are included in Rep. LaHood’s federal funding request

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U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood is seeking close to $13.1 million in federal funding for four McLean County projects.

Central Illinois congressman Darin LaHood is seeking over $13 million in federal funding for four McLean County projects.

The requests are through the federal appropriations process known as Community Project Funding. Each member of Congress is allowed to submit 15 projects. Four of LaHood’s projects are in McLean County.

The Peoria Republican is seeking $4 million for an expansion of the simulation lab at the Illinois State University Mennonite College of Nursing.

“This project will address the Central Illinois crisis-level shortage of primary care providers and further promote nursing workforce development by preparing graduates to be healthcare leaders and nurse educators,” LaHood’s office said in an online listing of its funding requests.

LaHood is also requesting $3.5 million to rehab West College Avenue from Rivian Motorway to White Oak Road in Normal. His office said the funding will provide accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Connect Transit has proposed adding fixed routes to and from Rivian Motorway.

“This project will also support economic development through new transit connections between local employers,” LaHood’s office said.

LaHood has asked for nearly $3.5 million to expand Western Avenue Community Center in Bloomington. His office said that would enable the organization to provide additional community outreach, including childcare, mental health services, recreational programs and interpretation and translation services to Bloomington-Normal.

LaHood’s request also seeks $2.1 million to improve accessibility and safety to the streetscape in downtown Downs.

LaHood represents parts of Bloomington-Normal.

Eric Stock is the News Director at WGLT. You can contact Eric at ejstoc1@ilstu.edu.