January 21, 2023

Duckworth Secures $1 Million in Funding for Rockford Emergency Operation Center to Help Keep Residents Safe


[ROCKFORD, IL] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Rockford officials to discuss the construction of a Homeland Security Emergency Operations Center in Rockford, a project for which she secured $1 million in Congressionally Directed Spending. Duckworth met with Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara, Rockford Fire Chief Michele Pankow and other officials to discuss the project, which will serve as the hub of all response activities for fire, police, public works and other governmental and non-governmental officials. Photos from today’s event are available here.

“Our state and our nation are stronger when we invest in our communities and families, Duckworth said. “I’m pleased I was able to secure this important funding for the City of Rockford—this will go a long way in helping create the new emergency operations center which will better support our first responders and help keep Rockford safe.

“I appreciate the continued support of Senator Duckworth,” said McNamara. “We know that emergency preparation is critical in handling a potential disaster effectively and efficiently. This funding will allow us to continue to keep our community safe.”

More than $88 million in Duckworth-supported Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) requests were included in the Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) Omnibus Appropriations Act, which President Biden signed into law last month. Duckworth’s more than 40 projects across the state to help clean up our water, improve our state’s infrastructure, expand healthcare access, create jobs and tackle environmental injustice issues facing communities across Illinois. Learn more about Duckworth’s CDS process here.