Congressman John Shimkus

Representing the 15th District of Illinois


Area Firefighters and Community Colleges Awarded More Than $500,000 in Federal Grants

Sep 14, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) today announced federal investments in Richland, Wabash, and Edwards Counties totaling $567,620. 

Through the Economic Development Administration, the Illinois Eastern Community College District was awarded $300,000. Those funds will be used to upgrade workforce training facilities at West Richland Center in Noble, Olney Central College, and Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel. 

Separately, firefighters in West Salem were awarded a federal grant of $267,620. Those funds may be used to purchase new emergency vehicles, including pumpers, brush trucks, tankers, rescue vehicles, or ambulances. 

“I congratulate both the fire protection and community college districts on their successful grant applications " Shimkus said. "My office can assist communities with these types of grants as well as any other federal grant program application.”