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Column: Funding to clean up Tinley Park Mental Health Center is a mystery, but Blue Island gets windfall

Originally Printed in the Daily Southtown

Questions about the status of state funding to clean up the former Tinley Park Mental Health Center property have led to revelations of a windfall for Blue Island.

It is unclear whether the state still intends to pay to demolish buildings and remove contaminants from the abandoned 280-acre site near 183rd Street and Harlem Avenue. Last year, lawmakers allocated $15 million in Rebuild Illinois money for the work.

State Rep. Tim Ozinga, R-Mokena, investigated whether unspent money earmarked for the work last year rolled over into this year’s allocation.

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Legislation Introduced To Sell Tinley Park Mental Health Center

Rep. Tim Ozinga introduced the legislation on Thursday, and if passed, would force the sale of the center to Tinley Park for redevelopment.

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