USDA invests $59.1 million in Illinois

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Acting State Director Molly Hammond announced that USDA is investing $59,168,800 to equip, rebuild and modernize essential services in rural areas of Illinois.

“We know that rural communities need robust, modern infrastructure to flourish, which is why USDA invests in much-needed community facilities and services in rural Illinois,” Hammond said. “These improvements, while continuing to help those rebuild from the pandemic, are also a part of USDA’s commitment to being a solid partner for rural communities in deploying critical infrastructure.”

USDA is investing in nine projects through the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program. Examples of the investments include:

  • Wabash General Hospital District – $13 million loan to assist in new construction and additions to existing buildings.
  • Johnson County – $8.5 million loan to construct a courthouse.
  • Salem Fire Protection District – $654,800 loan to purchase a pumper truck.
  • Village of Goreville – $25,000 grant to purchase a patrol vehicle.
  • Village of North City – $19,800 grant to purchase and install an early warning system.