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Illinois / Community

State Grants $2 Million to Western Illinois to Revamp Neighborhoods

one of the early projects will be streetscaping for downtown East Moline
Moline Community Development Corporation
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A residential street in Moline.

Communities in Western Illinois, including Rock Island and Moline, will get nearly $2 million to help fix up vacant properties.

The Illinois Housing Development Authority approved $19 million for the Strong Communities Program. It hopes to invest in underserved communities with money to take on abandoned homes.

The program has awarded $30 million in grant funding. Some grants will go to Galesburg, Macomb, Moline, Monmouth, and Rock Island. Rock Island will receive $268,000, and $417,000 will go to Moline.

Rachel graduated from Michigan State University's J-School and has a background in broadcast and environmental journalism. Before WVIK, she worked for WKAR Public Media, Great Lakes Now, and more. In her free time, she likes to cook, hike, and hang out with her cat.