AmeriCorps organizations in Illinois to share $15 million

CHICAGO (AP) — Volunteer organizations around Illinois will be getting more than $15 million in federal grant money. In a news release, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin of Illinois announced that the additional funding for 16 Illinois-based AmeriCorps organizations will come from the Corporation for National and Community Service. The money will go both for the programs themselves and for education awards to help AmeriCorps members pay for college when they have completed their community service. The money will go for programs all across Illinois, from Chicago to East St. Louis. The programs address such issues as literacy, disaster relief and hunger. AmeriCorps members serve through nonprofit, faith-based and community organizations.