SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (KFVS) - Illinois Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $109,800 in federal funding on Thursday, June 28 that will help improve public safety and public services in Central Illinois.
The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development's Community Facilities program.
The program is meant to assist rural communities to develop or improve important public services and facilities.
The following areas will receive USDA funding:
- Village of Goreville (Communities Facilities - Johnson County): $19,200 to purchase a new vehicle for the police department
- City of Shawneetown (Communities Facilities - Gallatin County): $25,000 to purchase a replacement squad car for the police department
- Horseshoe Chamber of Commerce (Communities Facilities - Alexander County): $10,800 for roof repairs to the community center and its two outbuildings
- City of Mound (Communities Facilities - Pulaski County): $29,800 for roof replacement and HVAC repairs to the community center
- County of Pulaski (Communities Facilities – Pulaski County): $25,000 to purchase a tractor with a boom mower
These resources provide much-needed infrastructure improvements that help business development, homeownership, community services, public safety, healthcare and access to high-speed internet.