Durbin Announces Federal Funding For Rural Development Projects In Northern Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development division has awarded funding to two Illinois organizations – Resthave Home in Whiteside County, Illinois and the Village of Carbon Hill, Illinois – through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan Program.


“This federal investment will help create local, good-paying jobs in Northern Illinois, in addition to helping protect the public health, safety and welfare of their residents,” Durbin said.

Under today’s announcement, USDA has awarded a loan of $400,000 to the Resthave Home of Whiteside County in Morrison, Illinois. The funds will be used to address increased renovation costs following last year’s unusually harsh winter. The ongoing renovation will include the addition of twenty-one skilled nursing beds and sixteen assisted living units, as well as upgrades to the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.

Under the same announcement, USDA has awarded a loan of $1,500,000 and a grant of $1,193,500 to the Village of Carbon Hill, Illinois. The funds will be used to construct a new centralized sewer system. This project will alleviate public health concerns regarding the existing private septic systems, and will bring the system into compliance with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency standards. Carbon Hill is home to approximately 345 residents who will benefit from this project.


USDA Rural Water and Waste Disposal Loans are used to develop drinking water and waste disposal systems, including solid waste disposal and storm drainage systems in rural areas and towns with populations under 10,000. Funds are available to public entities such as municipalities, counties, special-purpose districts, Indian tribes, and corporations not operated for profit. Additionally, Water and Waste Disposal Grants seek to reduce water and waste disposal costs to a reasonable level for rural areas.