Congressman John Shimkus

Representing the 15th District of Illinois


Shimkus Announces $231,500 in Federal Assistance to Three Area Communities

May 30, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) today announced USDA Rural Development grants to three communities in Hardin, Johnson, and Gallatin Counties totaling $231,500.

Federal grants were awarded in the amount of:

- $187,300 to Cave-in-Rock toward the completion of a major water project. The project consists of replacing two pumps, completing electrical work, and making other repairs at the lagoon site. When finished, the project will alleviate a health hazard, providing approximately 318 residents with a sewer system that meets Illinois Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.

- $25,000 to Shawneetown toward the purchase of a replacement police car. Replacing one of Shawneetown's two police vehicles will save money on increasingly costly repairs, and provide officers with a reliable vehicle to perform their job.

- $19,200 to Goreville toward the purchase of a new 4-wheel drive police vehicle. Goreville provides police protection and emergency response to Fern Clyffe State Park, which has over 250,000 visitors each year. The park area is a wooded, high-terrain area that is difficult to access with a regular police car.

“Grants from the USDA make necessary development and public safety projects possible for rural communities," Shimkus said. "My office can assist with rural development grants as well as any other federal grant program application.”