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Local governments to benefit from grants aimed to create jobs and improve infrastructure

Local governments are now able to apply for a portion of nearly $80 million in grants to update critical infrastructure and jumpstart further economic development in the South Suburbs.

Through the Public Infrastructure, Regional Economic Development, and  Shovel Ready Sites programs, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) will distribute funding to local governments to support projects that will help generate jobs, expand economic opportunity and encourage new development.

Applications for public infrastructure grants must be submitted by June 30, but others will be accepted on a rolling basis.

For additional information on these funds, prospective applicants can visit DCEO’s website here. Interested parties can send questions to or call 217-785-6174.

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