State Sen. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) announced that Gov. Bruce Rauner has ordered the release of grant funds for two crucial capital programs in the 47th Senate District, Eagle View Community Health Systems and the Macomb Public Library District.
“Both of these organizations are pillars of the community that are open to the public and important to the entire region, but they also play a particularly important role for low-income residents and some of our most vulnerable citizens,” said Tracy. “Eagle View provides services to all individuals regardless of their ability to pay and offers a safe space for those who need health care. The Macomb Public Library District has brought the community together since 1882, providing free educational and recreational services to everyone. I’m thankful Governor Rauner has signed off on these grants so they can resume building and we can keep these essential organizations thriving in our district.”
Eagle View Community Health Systems, located in Stronghurst and Oquawka, has a grant total of $52,345, and its paid-to-date amount was $10,469. To resume their construction and improve their operations, the organization will receive the remaining $41,876 from the Illinois Capital Development Board (ICDB). The Macomb Public Library District is currently owed $238,207.50 in grant funds for its construction and development from ICDB, which is also due to be paid immediately.
“By providing financial resources to the Macomb Public Library District, we can help inspire the next generation of readers. Through investment in Eagle View Community Health Systems, we can increase access to health care in an underserved area. The people of Western Illinois will really benefit from these capital projects,” said Governor Bruce Rauner.
“The release of this much-needed funding is great news for local families and communities,” said State Rep. Randy Frese (R-Paloma). “The services provided by Eagle View Community Health Systems and the Macomb Public Libraries are essential to our well-being and our quality of life in West-Central Illinois.”
The last grant payment to be received by both organizations was in Fiscal Year 15, and due to Illinois’ budget impasse, the final payments had previously been placed on hold. The ICDB has currently been approved to fund over 20 capital projects for Fiscal Year 18.