PEKIN (HOI) — A new grant will help improve handicap access and parking at Tazewell County’s McKenzie Building in downtown Pekin.
The purpose of the Polling Place Accessibility Grant is to address areas of inaccessibility in Illinois’ Polling Places.
Tazewell County received $91,250 in funds through the grant, which will be put towards sidewalks, a new dive-up landing for handicap parking and a new ramp that will be built at the entrance of the building.
“This is making sure that every voter has the right to vote in person for an election,” said Tazewell County Clerk John Ackerman. “… That’s what our early voting program is for, so that individuals can still arrive early at our office or any of (the) early voting locations and cast their vote in person.”
The city of Pekin will take the lead on replacing the sidewalks leading up to the McKenzie Building.
The Tazewell County Clerk’s Office, in partnership with the Tazewell County Maintenance Department and City of Pekin, applied for 4 PPA Grants, two of which have been awarded.
The projects are expected to be completed in one year.