According to data in the Illinois Data Portal, State grants have been given out to the tune of $14.8 billion since 1994. Here is a chart showing the four biggest State-run agencies that have provided the largest sum of grant money.
An important thing to note about this chart is that there are many agencies under the section “other.” Below is the entire list of departments that resides in “other,” due to their relatively small monetary output:
Historic Preservation Agency
Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
Council on Developmental Disabilities
Healthcare and Family Services
State Board of Education
Children and Family Services
Housing Development Authority
Board of Higher Education
Criminal Justice Information Authority
Emergency Management Agency
Capital Development Board
While many of these agencies provide important services, they do not give out as much money for grants as the top four to be displayed on the chart effectively.
The agency with the most money given away by grants is the IDCEO, or Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. IDCEO provides grants and manages services that help with economic development. Businesses, non-profit organizations, local governments, and many workers benefit from this services.
The second-largest, in terms of grant money, is the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. Needless to say, the IEPA works to protect the environment and the general health of the Illinois population. The agency provides grants to help environmental cleanup operations, water health regulation, and underground storage tank regulation.
Illinois Human Services provides the third-largest sum of grants for the State. The Illinois Human Services manages a various number of organizations that help those in need. They give out grants for a wide variety of human needs, such as mental health, alcohol and substance abuse and community services.
Lastly, the Illinois Department of Transportation gives out the fourth-largest sum of grants. IDOT manages all Illinois transportation systems and strives to improve them in order to move supplies and people as quickly as possible. The agency mainly deals with grants such as Highway safety, sustained traffic enforcement and the injury prevention program.