June 28, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Nearly $110,000 for Rural Development in Southern Illinois Communities


[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $109,800 in federal funding today to help improve public safety and public services in Central Illinois. The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development’s Community Facilities program, which assists rural communities develop or improve important public services and facilities.

“Investments like these are critical in helping rural communities in Southern Illinois to protect and serve families,” Duckworth said. “I will continue to work with Senator Durbin to make sure that hardworking Illinoisans throughout the state receive the federal support they deserve.”

“This federal funding will help Southern Illinois communities purchase equipment and improve facilities, ultimately enhancing quality of life for residents,” Durbin said. “Senator Duckworth and I will continue working to ensure that our rural communities have access to these critical federal investments that drive growth.”

Under this announcement, the following projects will receive USDA funding:

   • Village of Goreville (Communities Facilities - Johnson County): $19,200 to purchase a new vehicle for the police department
   • City of Shawneetown (Communities Facilities - Gallatin County): $25,000 to purchase a replacement squad car for the police department
   • Horseshoe Chamber of Commerce (Communities Facilities - Alexander County): $10,800 for roof repairs to the community center and its two outbuildings
   • City of Mound (Communities Facilities - Pulaski County): $29,800 for roof replacement and HVAC repairs to the community center
   • County of Pulaski (Communities Facilities – Pulaski County): $25,000 to purchase a tractor with a boom mower

USDA Rural Development invests in infrastructure projects across the country through loans and grants to underserved rural communities. These resources provide much-needed infrastructure improvements that help business development, homeownership, community services, public safety, healthcare and access to high-speed internet.