State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) announced today that State funds awarded to the Downers Grove Park District for interpretive signs for the Blodgett House that have been delayed since 2009 have been authorized for release by the Governor’s Office of Management & Budget (GOMB). The funds were initially awarded as part of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s (DECO) Illinois Jobs Now! Capital Plan, but only a portion of the funds were ever delivered.


“The Downers Grove Park District was awarded a $15,000 grant in 2009, but the money never arrived,” said Olsen. “They eventually received $3,750 in 2014, but the balance continued to be delayed. I am pleased to know the remaining $11,250 has been authorized to be released and will soon find its way to the Park District.”


Two Blodgett Houses, one built in 1846 and the other in 1892, are located in Downers Grove’s Wandschneider Park at 831 Maple Avenue. The village’s historical museum is located in the 1892 home.


“The Blodgett House is a historical gem in our community and is a critical part of our village’s history,” Olsen said. “The funds the park district will soon receive will help support interpretive signs so that citizens can continue to appreciate the home for years to come. I hope the final grant supporting the Blodgett House approved in 2009 for interior work will also be released soon.”