CICERO – State Senator Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago) dropped off a $200,000 check to the Town of Cicero at the March 11 Board meeting. He plans to make similar visits to more of his communities in the months to come.
The money was appropriated through House Bill 215 in the 2013 budget for infrastructure improvements.
"This is a common funding appropriation that can be used for streets, alleys and infrastructure improvements," Sandoval said. "Given the harsh winter we've had, I wouldn't be surprised if it was used for road improvements."
Cicero Town spokesman Ray Hanania said the senator hit the nail on the head.
"Those improvements are where we are looking," Hanania said of street repairs.
Sandoval said he will also be delivering checks to other communities in the coming months, including Summitt, $100,000; Riverside, $ 50,000; Forest View, $100,000; Lyons, $100,000; Stickney, $100,000; Bedford Park, $100,000; McCook, $100,000; and Burbank, $100,000.
"As I went around talking to people in these municipalities it was evident they were all looking for support from Springfield to improve various needs in their communities," Sandoval said. "I think it's a fair request and I take it seriously that the taxes that are sent to Springfield are returned to the taxpayers."
Sandoval said he is inspired by the tenacity of the Cicero administration in making sure the Town isn't forgotten when Springfield reaches into its pockets for its municipalities.
Sandoval represents the 11th Senate District, which includes Bedford Park, Burbank, Cicero, Forest View, Lyons, McCook, Stickney, Summit and Riverside, as well as Chicago neighborhoods of Brighton Park, Clearing, Gage Park, Garfield Ridge, Little Village and West Lawn.