Federal Grant For Family Justice Center In Rockford

Sep 11, 2018

From L-R Jennifer Cacciapaglia, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Mayor Tom McNamara (at podium), U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, and U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger.
Credit Chase Cavanaugh / WNIJ News

There's federal money on the way to help combat domestic violence in northern Illinois. Members of Congress announced a nearly $450,000 grant for Rockford to establish a Family Justice Center. The facility will serve as a hub for survivors of domestic abuse and their children to get help from law enforcement, social services, and other agencies.  Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara says he’s grateful for the federal help.

“We’ve (gone) way out of our way to make sure that survivors’ voice is really the leading force behind this. And I’m just incredibly thankful to our federal delegation working bipartisan across the aisle to deliver dollars here. I can’t thank them enough.” 

The federal delegation consisted of U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Representatives Cheri Bustos and Adam Kinzinger.   

Rockford is working to raise funds to attract more specialized consultants to the center, which should open in a year and a half.