Durbin, Duckworth Announce $820,000 In Federal Funding For Rural Community Development In Southern Illinois

CHICAGO – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced $820,000 in federal funding for projects in Coles and Menard Counties to support rural community development projects. Today’s funding, provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Community Development Initiative Grant, will provide assistance to benefit the Embarras Area Water District and the Greenview Community Fire Protection District.
“This federal funding will help boost communities in southern Illinois, serving to improve water treatment and build new and improved fire station,” said Durbin. “I will continue working with Senator Duckworth to ensure that our state’s rural communities have access to the critical federal investments that drive economic growth.”
“Illinois communities deserve the resources they need to effectively serve hardworking families across our state, and I’m pleased to continue working closely with Senator Durbin to secure investments like these that go a long way toward making that happen,” Duckworth said.
Under this announcement, the following projects will receive USDA funding:
·         Embarras Area Water District (Charleston, IL): $300,000 in funding to install water treatment equipment to help the system meet Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) guidelines.
·         Greenview Community Fire Protection District (Greenview, IL): $520,000 in funding to construct a new fire station. The new fire station will house five pieces of fire equipment, provide office space, equipment storage, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant washrooms, a mechanical room and storage archive space. The facility will also have a kitchen and a large multi-purpose room to be utilized by the community. The new fire station provides a facility that can be used as a public meeting space and for various community activities.