June 28, 2018

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $276,000 for Rural Development in Central Illinois Communities


[WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $276,747 in federal funding today to help improve public safety, housing, water infrastructure and energy efficiency in Central Illinois. The grants come from four programs within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) office of Rural Development (Community Facilities, Rural Energy for American Program (REAP), Water & Waste Disposal and Mutual Self-Help Housing Technical Assistance).

“Investments like these are critical in helping rural communities in Central Illinois to protect and serve families, improve water infrastructure, build new homes and reduce energy costs,” 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 Central 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:

   • City of Waverly (Communities Facilities - Morgan County): $19,300 to purchase a new vehicle for the police department
   • Illinois Affordable Housing (Mutual Self - Help Housing Technical Assistance – Coles County): $109,642 to help build four homes for very low-income households in Northpointe Estates, Dieterich, IL
   • Cass Rural Water District #1 (Water and Waste Disposal - Cass County): $70,000 to alleviate existing health hazards by providing portable water to 163 residential users
   • Kaiser Electrical Contractors (REAP - Tazewell County): $12,005 to purchase and install solar panels
   • Hoosier Township (Communities Facilities - Clay County): $25,000 to purchase a replacement tractor
   • Mazanek Farms Inc (REAP - Marion County): $8,000 to purchase and install solar panels
   • Breese JMY Enterprises (REAP - Clinton County): $10,000 to purchase and install solar panels
   • Village of Palestine (Communities Facilities - Crawford County): $22,800 to purchase a replacement squad car for the police department

Rural Development programs allocating grants under this announcement:

   • Community Facilities Program: helps rural communities develop or improve important public services and facilities
   • Rural Energy for America Program (REAP): helps rural small businesses and agricultural producers purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements
   • Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program: helps households and business in rural areas make infrastructure enhancements that improve drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal and storm water drainage
   • Mutual Self-Help Housing Technical Assistance Grants: helps support the building of homes for low-income families in rural areas

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.