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Governor Pritzker Announces Over $50 Million in Grants for Essential Infrastructure Projects

Press Release - Tuesday, May 31, 2022

CHICAGO — Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today announced $50.7 million in new infrastructure grants awarded to 34 communities, counties, and localities across Illinois for critical infrastructure projects including bridge replacement, water treatment upgrades, road construction projects and more. State funds will be met with $72.1 million in matching commitments for capital projects, which brings the total investment to nearly $123 million.

This funding is made possible by the Rebuild Illinois Public Infrastructure (RIPI) Capital Program, part of Governor Pritzker's historic, bipartisan capital program, Rebuild Illinois, and a key priority outlined in Illinois' 5-year economic plan, a blueprint to create economic growth. RIPI is one of several infrastructure programs created by the state to provide investment in aging infrastructure, as well as job opportunities for communities. In total, the Rebuild Illinois capital plan will be providing at least $3.3 billion in grants and programs for locals and businesses around the state.

"Every corner of Illinois deserves 21st century infrastructure - and Rebuild Illinois is the largest ever effort to get us there," said Governor JB Pritzker. "Modernizing major throughways that underpin our status at the nation's transportation hub is critical work, but so, too, is making the lives of working families easier. Rebuild Illinois proudly dedicates more than $3.3 billion to exactly that: renewing local roads, rebuilding sidewalks, and investing in the hubs of community life."

"Investing in our state's infrastructure through Rebuild Illinois is also an investment in communities so they can live, work, and be well," said Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton. "Not only will these projects improve communities' quality of life with critical infrastructure improvements, they will also uplift underserved areas by creating jobs as we continue to build a better, stronger Illinois for all."

"Through the Rebuild Illinois Public Infrastructure program, the state continues to advance capital investments that will bring growth and opportunity to communities across Illinois," said DCEO Director Sylvia I. Garcia. "In helping localities address their aging infrastructure needs, this program supports local economies by creating good paying construction jobs and improving the roads, bridges, and other public works that are critical to quality of life across our great state."

"These investments in our state's infrastructure help us to rebuild a better Illinois and future for all," said House Speaker Emanuel "Chris" Welch. "As we work to address our aging infrastructure, we're also providing the opportunity for good-paying union jobs and continuing to help our economy recover. Most importantly, we're doing it all through the lens of equity so we can ensure our communities that have suffered from systemic disinvestment have the opportunity to grow and prosper along with the rest of Illinois."

"Infrastructure sustains the state's commerce and trade industry, bolsters our economy, and makes disenfranchised communities more competitive and secure," said Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford. "With an emphasis on resiliency and social impacts, these infrastructure grants will help reshape our local communities' critical infrastructure needs and help grow resources in which they rely on the most."

The projects, which are funded by capital grants, include replacement of a wooden water tower, a façade facelift for the Coronado Performing Arts Center, and ADA accessibility upgrades. It also includes road and bridge repairs, and capital upgrades for utilities, water treatment, and sewer systems. The grants range from $343,000 to $2 million in funding, with an average grant award of nearly $1.5 million.

Projects include:

Grantee

Project Description

Amount

City of Arcola

Sewer construction

$1,906,062 

City of Carmi

Water line and pressure reducing station replacement, and tank upgrades

$1,795,000

City of Greenfield

Sewer replacement

$2,000,000

City of Greenville

New water treatment plant

$2,000,000

City of Lacon

Roadway improvements

$1,095,705 

City of Litchfield

Utility delivery improvements

$2,000,000

 

City of Loves Park

Water main extension

$1,480,730 

City of Macomb

Wastewater treatment plant improvements

$2,000,000

City of Morris

Industrial Park roadway construction

$2,000,000

City of North Chicago

Installation of public utilities and roadway

$2,000,000 

City of Olney

Replacement of storm sewer

$2,000,000 

City of Rock Falls

Roadway reconstruction

$2,000,000 

City of Rockford

Restoration of the Coronado Performing Arts Center facade

$720,265 

City of Spring Valley

Sewer improvements

$343,292

City of Toluca

Water tower maintenance

$500,000

City of Vandalia

New water tower treatment plant

$2,000,000 

City of White Hall

Water system improvements

$2,000,000 

LaSalle County

Soldier Pile Wall creation to mitigate slope failure and future flooding impact (Peru Township)

$1,947,774

 

Pope County

Water system improvements (Golconda)

$2,000,000 

Pulaski County

Elevated water storage tank rehabilitation (Ullin)

$485,000 

Shelby County

Expansion of water treatment plant (Beecher City)

$2,000,000 

Stephenson County

Road reconstruction

$1,250,000

Village of Ashland

Replacing sanitary sewer lift station

$1,157,000 

Village of Big Rock

Sewer project

$1,966,593 

Village of Broadview

Street roadway reconstruction, utility improvements and ADA crossings

$574,005 

Village of Creve Coeur

Wesley Road reconstruction project

$1,705,615

 

Village of Dupo

Road improvements to Industrial Drive

$1,462,464

Village of Hillside

Sewer improvements

$2,000,000

Village of Justice

Drainage project

$1,425,126 

Village of Manhattan

Drainage improvements

$725,000 

Village of Milledgeville

Sanitary sewer improvements

$600,000 

Village of New Athens

Roadway improvements

$515,000 

Village of New Holland

Construction of a Water tower, treatment plant and well

$2,000,000 

Village of Tiskilwa

Replacement of four bridges

$1,112,852

 


To date, a total of 74 projects and over $105 million in investments have been awarded through four programs under DCEO's infrastructure portion of Rebuild Illinois, including: Fast Track Public Infrastructure, Public Infrastructure, Regional Economic Development and Shovel Ready Sites. All applications were reviewed on a competitive basis.
Priority areas during the application process included job creation, critical infrastructure needs, locations in underserved areas, and project impact.
Check DCEO's website and follow us on social media @IllinoisDCEO for updates on future Rebuild Illinois programs.

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