Gov. Quinn, HUD Regional Administrator Riley, Illinois elected officials, and DCEO Director Ribley join mayors, village presidents from West Cook County Housing Collaborative to make major funding announcement - Metropolitan Planning Council

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Gov. Quinn, HUD Regional Administrator Riley, Illinois elected officials, and DCEO Director Ribley join mayors, village presidents from West Cook County Housing Collaborative to make major funding announcement

CHICAGO – Gov. Patrick Quinn, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Midwest Regional Administrator Antonio R. Riley, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and U.S. Rep Danny K. Davis (D-Chicago), and Illinois Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Director Warren Ribley will join Oak Park Village President David Pope, on behalf of the West Cook County Housing Collaborative, to make a major funding announcement that will impact five communities in West Cook County. These five communities – Bellwood, Berwyn, Forest Park, Maywood and Oak Park – have been collaborating for two years to address shared housing issues, including foreclosure recovery and strategies to encourage transit-oriented redevelopment.

WHO:            
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
Gov. Patrick Quinn, State of Illinois
HUD Midwest Regional Administrator Antonio R. Riley
U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Chicago)
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Executive Director Randy Blankenhorn
Ill. DCEO Director Warren Ribley
Ill. Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park)
IFF CEO Joe Neri
Mayor Henderson Yarbrough, Sr., Village of Maywood
Mayor Robert J. Lovero, City of Berwyn
President Frank A. Pasquale, Village of Bellwood
Mayor Anthony Calderone, Village of Forest Park 

WHAT:         
HUD Sustainable Communities Grant Announcement to West Cook County Housing Collaborative for more than $2.9 million, and DCEO Ike Grant Announcement for more than $4.2 million

WHEN:
Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, Noon 

WHERE:  
Marion Street, (one block east of Harlem) at Westgate Street (1/2 block south of Lake Street) in Oak Park, Ill. 

Reporters interested in attending are asked to contact Laura J. Feldman in HUD’s Chicago Public Affairs Office, at 312 913-8332 or laura.j.feldman@hud.gov or (cell/day of event) 312 498-7283; or David M. Powers, Communications Director, Village of Oak Park, at 708 358-5781 or powers@oak-park.us.

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