BEARDSTOWN, IL – Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) today announced that the City of Beardstown was awarded $2,918,000 in a rural development investment loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Water and Environmental grant program.

“Investing in our rural communities in west-central Illinois is critical to the overall prosperity of the 18th Congressional District,” said Rep. LaHood. “The funding awarded through this USDA award will provide support to Beardstown’s sewer collection mains and repair damages caused by flooding. I applaud the Trump Administration and the USDA for their support of rural communities in Illinois.”

This Rural Development investment will repair or replace sewer collection mains that have sustained damage from flooding and purchase collection system maintenance equipment. The collection system consists of eight Lift Stations, 12,550 linear feet of force mains, 137,000 linear feet of gravity sewer main, and 417 sanitary sewer manholes. These improvements will address the immediate needs within the collection system where streets are collapsing, and sewer mains are failing and alleviate a health and sanitary hazard. The funding will support over 6,100 residents.