Following fierce opposition from municipalities nationwide, it now appears unlikely that the Bush administration's proposal to fully cut the federal government's Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG) will come to pass. The CDBG program is a primary method of passing federal dollars down to local governments.
Pete Dame, deputy village manager, said communities involved in the effort are now waiting to see how CDBG funds will be allocated. Dame works with state and national legislators who represent Oak Park on issues that will impact the village.
The village has a committee that oversees distribution of the grant dollars. Oak Park has typically received about $2.2 million in grant dollars. Some of the money is used annually for capital improvement projects in Oak Park, but much of it goes to local non-profit and social service agencies.