Pritzker announces area public infrastructure grants

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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity announced the recipients for the 2020 Community Development Block Grants for Public Infrastructure. A total of $18.2 million will be awarded statewide for water and sewer system improvements. The Village of Buda, Ladd, Marseilles, Ottawa, Toluca, Wenona and Wyanet each will receive at least $550,000.

Marseilles will be addressing issues with the overflow of Gum Creek.

“With the assistance of this grant, we will now be able to address important issues that will assist in strengthening the infrastructure that is critical to achieving economic recovery, while providing residents with piece of mind and restoring confidence in the place they call home.” said Mayor James Hollenbeck.

“Reliable access to clean drinking water isn’t a luxury – it’s a fundamental right, said State Representative Lance Yednock (D-Ottawa). “Our CDBG public infrastructure program will empower communities to not only improve and modernize our aging infrastructure – but to generate new, economic development opportunities that will bring workers back to the construction site and give companies modern infrastructure they can count on.”

The 2021 program makes another $18 million available for public infrastructure projects. The deadline for communities to apply is Tuesday, August 3, 2021.