May 17, 2019

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $140,000 for Rural Development in Illinois


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $142,885 in federal funding to assist communities in Southern and Central Illinois with water and waste disposal projects. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households (SEARCH) and Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants programs, both of which are within the Office of Rural Development.

“Investments like these are critical in helping rural communities across the state to improve infrastructure and increase access to safe, clean water,” Duckworth said. “I will continue working with Senator Durbin to make sure hardworking Illinoisans receive the federal support they deserve.”

“This federal funding is an investment in Hamilton and Fulton County’s infrastructure, economy, and public health,” Durbin said. “Senator Duckworth and I will continue working to ensure that our state’s rural communities have access to these important federal resources.”

Under this announcement, the Village of Dahlgren in Hamilton County will receive $117,885 in funding through the Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants program for emergency water line repairs, which ensure the Village can provide safe water to residents. The Village of London Mills in Fulton County will receive $25,000 in funding through the SEARCH program to obtain a preliminary engineering report that will evaluate the Village’s current water distribution system, water treatment plant and wells.

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