Projects in Johnson County and Goreville are among nine projects the U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing in through the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program.
USDA Acting State Director Molly Hammond announced Wednesday that USDA is investing over $59 million to equip, rebuild, and modernize essential services in rural areas of Illinois.
Johnson County is receiving a $8.5 million loan to construct a new Johnson County Courthouse in Vienna. The new facility will be for public use and hold county offices. Offcials said the project ensures the facility will be handicap accessible and provide better public safety to the community and employees within the building.
Goreville will receive at $25,000 grant to assist with the purchase of a patrol vehicle, replacing a current vehicle that requires costly repairs and is no longer dependable. Goreville has two full-time and three part-time patrol officers who provide police protection for the residents of Goreville in addition to the visitors at Fern Clyffe State Park.
To learn more about Community Facilities Program funding opportunities, contact a USDA Rural Development state office.