durand charm

Working to improve our community

Durand has been working diligently on many projects. Check out their facebook pagehere.

Economic Development -

mapping - has your community thought about its future?

MAPPING is a strategic visioning and planning process for rural communities for long-range economic development. Local residents of that community come together to create an action plan, identify  goals and strategies necessary to move forward towards common goals and a community they envision. 

For more information on the MAPPING program or how to get your community involved, contact the

Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs or visit their website at http://mappingthefuture.org 

Here are a few communities that have started planning!

The City of Mount Carroll is in the process of finalizing a Business Development District. Visit the City's website or contact City Hall for more information. 


Stockton strong

united for progress!

Stop at a a local business to purchase your Stockton Shop local bag for only $5. Mark your calendars! Next large group meeting is Monday March 21 from 6-7 PM at the Stockton Park House. Check Stockton Strong out on Facebook! 


Check out Savanna's First Fridays! Click here for more information on their events.


Mt. Carroll is currently participating in the MAPPING program Click here for information and how to get involved and check out facebookfor more more information!


Elizabeth unveiled their long-range vision for their community. ​Check out facebookfor more more information!

other recent Projects awarded -

  • City of Savanna - Has secured $1,235,035 in grant funds for improvements to Wacker Road including $1,085,035 from DCEO Economic Development Program and $150,000 in Truck Access Route Program funding. 
  • City of Galena - The City of Galena received a DCEO Community Development Assistance Program Grant for Sanitary Sewer Extension to ten households within the community. 
  • City of Savanna - Savanna received a Safe Routes to School Grant for new sidewalks along Wacker Road in Savanna. These new sidewalks will facilitate and encourage a safer walk to school for residents.
  • City of Mount Carroll - The City was one of only two communities in the state to receive a Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households (SEARCH) grant this fiscal year. The grant in the amount of $ 30,000 will go towards a Waste Water Treatment Facility Plan.
  • Village of Stockton - Received a Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity CDAP Emergency Public Infrastructure Grant in the amount of $159,456.00 for maintenance on the Route 78 water main breaks.
  • Village of Elizabeth - Received a Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity CDAP Emergency Public Infrastructure Grant in the amount of $105,4310.00 to replace a sanitary sewer main crossing under Highway 20. Visit the DCEO CDAP Grant Tracker website for more information or click here.
  • Village of Durand - The village received a USDA RBEG Grant for their Downtown Square Project.

living lanark

united for change

Contact Mayor John Huggins at 815.541.0557 with questions.

The City of Galena received a DCEO Community Development Assistance Program Grant in the amount of $199,443.00 for the construction of roughly 2700 L.F. of new sanitary sewer main and the purchase and installation of grinders pumps for residents along Rives and Thirst Streets. The project will eliminate private septic systems for these residents and connect them to City sewer. Construction is close to completion!

The City of Savanna is in the process of creating a new TIF district. The new TIF district will expand over more of the City than the previous district which in turn will generate more funds. 

Village of tampico

siren and generator

CFPS assisted the Village of Tampico in securing  DCEO funds of $13,837 in addition to $20,000 for a U.S. Rural Development grant for the purchase of a new storm siren and generator. The siren has replaced an antiquated system that does not provide adequate notification to local residents. The generator also provides backup power needed for the new siren. The new system has remote activation connected to the national weather system, and is located in a central location within the Village. This new siren will provide public safety to approximately 790 residents.

The Village of Elizabeth has recently implemented a Business Development District. The income from the district will be allocated for infrastructure improvements in town. Contact CFPS if you think your community can benefit from a BDD. To learn more about Elizabeth's BDD, clickHERE andHERE.