More than $7 million in funding coming to support health, human services in central Illinois


FILE – In this Jan. 4, 2019 file photo, Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., walks to a group photo with the women of the 116th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. A mass departure of top aides is shaking House Democrats’ campaign arm after Hispanic and black members of Congress complained that the staff lacked diversity. Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos is chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. She’s issued a statement saying she’d ‘fallen short’ and would work to make the staff ‘truly inclusive.’ (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WMBD) — U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) announced federal funding from the Department of Health and Human Services will be coming to central Illinois Tuesday.

The funding will be given to two local organizations:

  • Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity, Inc. – $6,742,031
  • Knox County Health Department – $1,125,815

Tri-County Opportunities Council, Inc. in Rock Falls will receive $6,915,453, for a total of $14,783,299 in her district.

The funding was awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Head Start and Health Center Cluster Programs. Bustos is a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees the Department of Health and Human Services.

Rep. Bustos said the funding is an investment in hardworking Illinoisans.

“This federal funding is an investment in hardworking Illinoisans and their families. As many of our institutions face an uncertain financial future in the midst of the Coronavirus crisis, this funding will go to ensure that our students continue to have a lifetime of opportunity and that Illinoisans have access to quality, affordable health care,” Bustos said.

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