Federal funds boost rural development projects

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WASHINGTON, DC — Monday, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D) and Tammy Duckworth (D), of Illinois, announced nearly $118 million in federal funding for several area counties to support rural community development projects.

Durbin says, “This federal funding will help boost communities across Illinois, serving to improve road conditions, build new and improved village halls, expand hospital facilities, and help lighten the burden of a university.” 

The following projects will receive USDA funding:

  • City of Paris (Edgar County): $525,000 to improve road conditions and traffic flow at the intersection of 1200th and Route 1
  • Olivet Nazarene University Foundation (Kankakee County): $115,000,000 to assist in purchasing a portion of University assets
  • Village of St. Jacob (Madison County): $790,000 to construct a new village hall to meet current energy codes, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, additional square feet and storage areas
  • Pinckneyville Community Hospital District (Perry County): $1,605,000 to construct a 2,560 square foot building to house Pinckneyville Community Hospital District’s Senior Life Solutions outpatient Senior Behavioral Health Program
 

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