DCEO Announces $18.2 Million in Infrastructure Grants for 34 Rural Communities

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The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announced a total of $18.2 million in grants will be awarded to 34 downstate and rural communities facing threats to health and safety because of infrastructure issues.

The Community Development Block Grant program for 2020, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is estimated to benefit around 113,266 Illinois residents by funding water and sewer upgrades and repairs in low-income, rural communities.

Illinois' governor stresses dealing with the spread of COVID-19 while trying to prevent more devastation to the state's economy is a challenge, but linked together.

In his briefing Monday, Governor J-B Pritzker said the most important thing to do for the economy is to fight the virus.

Today is an important day for some industries being hurt by the stay at home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Murphysboro Mayor Will Stephens reminds this is the final day to apply for 14 million dollars in Hospitality Emergency Grants earmarked for Illinois tourism.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says his plan to privatize the state's economic development agency will improve job creation in Illinois.

Illinois' economic development wing is fighting to hold on to its existence, as lawmakers debate a plan that would essentially privatize the state agency.