State Representative Kevin Schmidt has sent a letter to Governor Pritzker, urging the release of much-needed funding to Washington Park. In October 2021, a devastating fire burned the Washington Park, Illinois municipal building, destroying the town’s police and fire departments. Since that time, state funds to rebuild the police and fire departments have been designated, but not released from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
“Washington Park needs an operational police and fire department, plain and simple,” Rep. Schmidt said. “These are basic emergency services that people rely on. The community is struggling because these departments are being forced to operate without the building, equipment, and resources they need to do their job to their best ability. This is NOT acceptable. I sent a letter to the Governor’s Office because this must be a top priority and the funds need to be sent as soon as possible.”
Rep. Schmidt proudly serves the citizens of the 114th District of Illinois.