Museum, community grants announced

SPRINGFIELD—Twenty-three Illinois museums, aquariums, cities, park districts and conservation districts will share in more than $2.9 million in grant funds generated from off-track betting parlors, Natural Resources Department Director Joel Brunsvold announced.

Rockford Park District is scheduled to get $128,992.03 from the funds.

“These dollars will assist cultural institutions, parks and other facilities around Illinois with operational assistance as well as funding needed infrastructure improvements,” Brunsvold said. “Even during challenging financial times, we must continue to invest in the long-term health of our these facilities for they add to the quality of life for our residents.”

The funds are distributed from the Horse Racing Tax Allocation Fund and will be used for general operating support and capital improvements. In Chicago, the funds are distributed to museums and aquariums. In other areas, if a recipient does not maintain a museum, the money may be used for general purposes.

The program was authorized by the Horse Racing Act of 1987, which required that four-sevenths of 1 percent of the tax revenue on receipts collected from intertrack wagering locations be allotted for these grants. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources distributes the proceeds.

Other grant recipients and the amount distributed: Chicago Academy of Science, $41,457.53; Chicago Adler Planetarium, $76,393.66; Art Institute of Chicago, $246,765.50; City of Bloomington, $58,577.39; Carbondale Park District, $40,824.12; Champaign Park District, $47,566.02; Chicago Historical Society, $76,510.11; Village of Crestwood, $363,796.76; DuSable Museum of African American History, $27,133.72; Effingham Park District, $23,847.75; Field Museum of Natural History, $246,765.50; Fox Valley Park District, $141,714.68; Grayville Park District, $36,544.16; John G. Shedd Aquarium, $176,893.25; Joliet Park District, $148,122.38; Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, $25,852.72; Museum of Science & Industry, $246,765.50; Oakbrook Terrace Park District, $375,373.30; City of Peru, $31,063.84; Springfield Park District, $91,503.00; Vermilion County Conservation District, $42,792.62; Waukegan Park District, $219,044.46; TOTAL, $2,914,300.00.

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