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GSA's Great Lakes Region Public Affairs Office, located in Chicago, issues media releases and advisories to provide the public with important information on GSA projects and activities within the six states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.


President's 2016 Budget Proposes $104 Million for Great Lakes Building Projects

Full street level view of Milwaukee U.S. Courthouse exterior with workers on lift doing window replacement workGreat Lakes Region building renovation projects will receive nearly $104 million in historic courthouse renovations if President Obama's 2016 budget is passed intact. The budget includes nearly $69 million for heating and air conditioning system and plumbing renovations at Detroit's Levin U.S. Courthouse, $27 million for restoration of Milwaukee's Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse (photo), and $8 million for renovation of nine elevators at Cincinnati's Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse. Read Press Release>

Michigan, Wisconsin Lighthouses Sold at Public Auction

Long shot of Round Island Lighthouse from the Getty CollectionIn an effort to save tax dollars while preserving the past, GSA recently sold two lighthouses to public citizens via online auction. The Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal North Pierhead lighthouse in Sturgeon Bay, Wisc., sold for $48,500 to Gordon Krist of Paris, Kentucky, on Sept. 12, 2014, while the Round Island Passage lighthouse near Mackinac Island, Mich., sold for $65,500 to Edward Glosemeyer of St. Louis, Missouri, on Sept. 29. Visit for additional lighthouse and auction information. Read Press Release of Original Offering>


News Around the Region


Regional Administrator Kalayil Participates in Federal Surplus Donation with Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth


Photo of GSA Regional Administrator Ann Kalayil, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, and three members of the Glendale Hts., Illinois, VFW Post 2377GLENDALE HTS., IL – Great Lakes Regional Administrator Ann P. Kalayil recently participated in a Federal Surplus Program computer donation at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2377 in Glendale Heights, lll. 

GSA, along with the State of Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) and the National Association of State Agencies for Surplus Property, partnered with Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth to donate laptop computers to local VFWs and American Legions. These laptops will help the organizations assist veterans with writing resumes, finding skilled employment, and applying for veteran's benefits.

Kalayil discussed the importance of a strong federal-state partnership in federal personal property donations; the FORVETs bill expanded access to equipment transferred from GSA's Federal Surplus Program to veteran organizations through state agencies like Illinois CMS. Kalayil also discussed how the reuse of technology equipment helps GSA meet sustainability goals by keeping e-waste out of landfills.

Kalayil Visits Local School and Shares Personal Leadership Story


Regional Administrator Ann Kalayil speaking to students in classroom

CHICAGO – Great Lakes Regional Administrator Ann Kalayil recently visited with 50 ninth grade students at the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School in Chicago. Kalayil talked to the young women about public service leadership in her role as the first woman to be appointed GSA's Great Lakes Regional Administrator. The students shared how they identify with women leaders and how these leaders give them the confidence and courage to pursue their passion and interests in the future. Kalayil also met with school administration and discussed GSA resources available to schools, such as purchasing options through GSA schedules and the Computers for Learning program.

Renovated Chicago Federal Building Wins AIA Design Excellence Award


Exterior night shot of 11 West Quincy Court Federal Building, Chicago

CHICAGO – The American Institute of Architects, Chicago, recently recognized GSA’s 11 West Quincy Court Federal Building at its 58th annual Design Excellence Awards. GSA’s renovation of the building was selected as one of 12 winners out of more than 100 entries in the Distinguished Building Category. By renovating the former Bond department store, GSA preserved a building with deep ties to the local economy and Chicago’s historic State Street. GSA’s renovation preserved the building's architecturally significant exterior while providing a modern, glass-enclosed, energy-efficient interior, which has earned Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification. The project also transformed Quincy Court from a service alley to the building's new main entrance, tying the building into the Federal Campus. (Christopher Barrett photo)


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