Durbin and Duckworth Announce Federal Grants for Illinois Universities


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) – Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth jointly announced Wednesday that more than $5.5 million in federal grants will go to Illinois universities for biomedical research.

These grants come from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and will go toward research programs across the state to support medical advancements in a variety of fields, from neurological diseases to biological chemistry research.

“Federal investments in biomedical research lead to new jobs, new treatments and new cures for diseases and conditions that affect all of our families in one way or another, whether it’s cancer, ALS or heart disease,” Durbin said in a statement. “Illinois’ world-class research institutions have played a vital role in advancing medicine and treating devastating diseases, and this vital federal support will help continue that mission.”

“When we support biomedical research, we open up opportunities to achieve transformative medical breakthroughs for all kinds of illnesses and diseases,” Duckworth said in his own statement. “I am pleased that with the help of the Department of Health and Human Services, these outstanding research centers in Illinois can continue their very important work, and I will continue to do what I can to ensure that our state remains a leader in medical research and development.”

The following universities have been named as recipients of the indicated amount of money:

  • University of Chicago – $1,796,993
  • University of Illinois – $1,047,330
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – $823,718
  • University of Illinois at Chicago – $690,493
  • Northwestern University – $490,568
  • Southern Illinois University School of Medicine – $368,750
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science – $287,968

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