Governor Pat Quinn today announced more than $1.2 million in state investments in southern Illinois to support critical public works improvements, part of nearly $2 million to help rural communities improve their water and sewer systems, including $150,000 to pay for project that will design storm water and sewage improvements in Iuka.
Quinn said the projects are vital to southern Illinois and support basic community needs, and include Investing in infrastructure in Clay, Crawford, Fayette, Franklin, Marion, Pope, Wayne and Williamson counties.
The investments were made under the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)’s Community Development Assistance Program, which targets areas with populations of less than 50,000 that are outside of urban counties. Larger towns and cities are eligible for similar funding by direct application to the federal government. Most of the money is for design work on water and sewer lines, with a portion dedicated to emergency needs. The funds originate from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and are administered by the DCEO.