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Kane County ready to pass out riverboat funds
By Leslie Hague | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 5/2/2008 12:25 AM

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Kane County has started the process of doling out $1 million in riverboat grants for the year.

Under a plan recommended by the county's riverboat committee Thursday, the court-appointed special advocates group, a Geneva home for disabled adults and a study of Fox River quality would all get $100,000.

The county received just fewer than 50 requests totaling $2.5 million. For the most part, projects are funded on a 50/50 matching basis, said committee chairman John Hoscheit.

The county received about $8 million from the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin. Much of that has already been allocated for internal county programs, including $2 million for farmland preservation.

To qualify, projects need to address education, environmental concerns or economic development.

Committee members noted with a slowing economy, need for many charitable organizations goes up while funding is decreased.

"I wish we could do better, but this is what we have," Hoscheit said.

The committee recommended the city of St. Charles get $75,000 toward a river corridor bike path, and $50,000 each to Batavia and North Aurora's riverfront projects.

Other grants would be used to expand literacy programs, add foreclosure counseling and 4-H programs.

The list of projects now goes to the county's executive committee before going before the county board for final approval. The date for a final vote has not been determined.