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

Apr 7, 2021

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.

State Grants to Fund Local Infrastructure Projects

Aug 20, 2020

The city of Marion will use a two-million dollar state grant to build a much-needed water tower.

Governor J-B Pritzker is adding Williamson County to the existing disaster proclamation to help keep communities safe. 

EDWARDSVILLE — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker released the first 10% of $105 million in funding for a new health sciences building on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus Thursday.

The initial $10.5 million pays for the planning and design of the new building, which will house nursing, pharmacy, public health, social work and the many other health science programs at the university. 

Illinois lawmakers say they’re ready to move ahead with a major road construction program. It would mean tax and fee increases on gasoline, license plates and driver’s licenses.

David Sam, president of Elgin Community College, said Wednesday the school has received nearly $1 million in donated equipment to help train workers for manufacturing jobs. But there’s a problem  he doesn’t have the space on campus to put it.

“Most of us don’t even have the space to put the equipment so that we can train the much-needed individuals to serve the manufacturing community,” Sam said during a news conference at the statehouse. 

Officials with Southern Illinois University Carbondale requested funding for capital infrastructure needs Monday in Springfield.

In a hearing with the Senate Subcommittee on Capital & Transportation Joint Committee, SIU-C interim chancellor John Dunn said there are many needs in Carbondale.

The need for new or repaired roads, bridges, buildings and other infrastructure in Illinois continues to outpace the amount of funding available to complete the projects. With a new governor and legislative session starting in January, discussions have already started with an aim to change that.

Three rural southern Illinois towns are receiving a total of over $231,000 dollars  in federal money. According to a press release from Congressman John Shimkus' office, Goreville will receive $19,200 to go towards buying a new 4–wheel drive for the police department.  Since Goreville police provide emergency response to Fern Clyffe State Park, which has rough terrain, the grant money will better equip authorities to rescue hikers at the popular state park.