Dolton 149 Receives $150,000 State Grant

Dolton 149 Receives $150,000 State Grant

Dolton 149 Receives $150,000 State Grant (Calumet City, IL) – South suburban Dolton School District 149 will receive a $150,000 grant from the state of Illinois in a supplemental budget recently approved by Illinois lawmakers, and its top elected official is offering a public “thank you” to a key state legislator who secured the funding.

Board of Education President Wilbur Tillman expressed his “deepest gratitude” to State Senator Elgie Sims (D-Chicago), the chair of the Illinois Senate Appropriations Committee, who sponsored the grant for the district.

“On behalf of the entire Board of Education, I want express my deepest gratitude to Senator Sims for championing the $150,000 grant for Dolton 149,” said Tillman. “The district appreciates Senator Sims support for and invest in local schools.”

The grant, which was part of a supplemental budget, HB 969, approved by lawmakers on January 10, 2023 during the legislature’s lame duck session, seeks to help the district with “violence interruption” and “community development,” according to the legislation.

“The safety of our students is a top priority for the district,” said Tillman. “And a thriving community contributes to the safety and well-being of children, and this money will help our efforts to strengthen our schools in the community.”

Tillman pledges to continue advocacy on behalf of the district.

“As Board President and a member of the board of education, I will remain a fierce advocate for securing additional money from Springfield to help our schools,” Tillman said. “I will fight for every dollar to improve our children’s education.”

Dolton 149 Receives $150,000 State Grant

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