In This Issue
Staff News
Does Your Community Have a Brownfield?
Someone You Know Needs Victim Services
TCRCF Now Collects Mercury Thermostats
Economic Development in McDonough County
Funds for Enhancement Projects
$200 Million in Disaster Relief Funds Available

Staff News 


There were a few milestones that took place in the past year that are very noteworthy.   Read more...


Does Your Community Have
a Brownfield?brownfield photo

Funding and Assistance is Currently Available for Assessment, Cleanup and Redevelopment of Brownfields

A brownfield is a property in which the expansion, redevelopment, or future reuse of, may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant.  The United States Environmental Protection Agency has funds available for up to $350,000 for assessment and $200,000 for cleanup of such properties.

The WIRC Community Development staff can provide your community with the technical assistance you need to submit a competitive application.

Benefits to revitalizing a brownfield include: improved community image; preserved neighborhoods; mitigation of public health and safety concerns; job growth; and an increased local tax base.

For more brownfield revitalization information or to see if your community is eligible for assistance, call Assistant Planner Nathan Cobb at (309) 837-3941.  
s to take? Add a "Find out more" link to additional information that you may have hosted on your website.


Someone You Know Needs
Victim Services 

Staff and volunteers sometimes talk about working ourselves out of our jobs. Sadly though, there is still a huge need for our services. In the most recent National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (2010) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, results show that: Read more...




Tri-County Resource &

Waste Management Council


TCRCF Now Collects
Mercury Thermostats 

thermostat 2

It is against the law to throw your mercury thermostat in the trash.  The TCRCF makes it easy for you to stay legal!


In 2010, the Mercury Thermostat Collection Act was passed in an effort to keep mercury from entering the environment.  Wall-mounted mercury-switch thermostats are a major source of mercury in the solid waste stream. Thermostats may be broken when disposed of by traditional methods, allowing mercury to be released into the air and eventually settling into water or onto land. In response to the need to properly dispose of mercury thermostats,

starting immediately, the Tri-County Regional Collection Facility (TCRCF) is helping businesses and residents to follow the law by collecting mercury-switch thermostats. 



Suzan 30



The Season of Presidential Politics  

is Upon Us 


"No matter who is elected president, in  

my view, this is a difficult time with critical issues and we will need a leader who can face issues, build a strong team, and make the tough decisions in order to get  

the job done with integrity, strength and  

no small measure of common sense."  

DIRECTIONS  - Suzan Nash, Executive Director  

The season of presidential politics is upon us. While the partisan campaigning has been fairly tame thus far and we haven't been subjected yet to the barrage of negative ads, I anticipate that we will need to brace ourselves for the mudslinging and other diversions that so often happen. I do hope that somewhere in there, the candidates will focus on the critical issues that face this country.   Read more... 


Economic Development in McDonough County

The Western Illinois Regional Council is proud to be part of a recently announced NTN-Bower Macomb plant expansion project that was made public April 6, 2012. Staff worked with the City of Macomb and submitted an application to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for funding that will assist the city in Bower Road improvements. Road improvements will also be made to East Jackson Street and funding will also come from the Illinois Department of Transportation.


Construction of the new portion of the plant will begin in May and create a minimum of 80 permanent full-time jobs. Private investment totally $100,000,000 will fund the building expansion and the installation of new production line equipment.


Illinois Department of Transportation Funds for Enhancement Projects Available

The Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) is a funding assistance program that allocates resources to well-planned projects to provide and support alternate modes of transportation, enhance the transportation system through preservation of visual and cultural resources and improve the quality of life for members of local communities. Read more...


  U.S. Department of Commerce Announces   

  Availability of $200 Million in Disaster Relief Funds 

Ice storm

Funding will help communities with long-term economic recovery and infrastructure support


U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson recently announced the availability of $200 million in U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) funding. The $200 million is available nationwide and $18,714,000 is available for the six-state Chicago region on a competitive basis to help communities that received a major disaster designation in fiscal year 2011 with long-term economic recovery and infrastructure support. For the counties of Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Knox, McDonough and Warren, and the respective communities therein, this is in relation to the severe winter storm and snowstorm declaration in March 2011. Affected local governments in the above counties are eligible to apply for federal assistance to fund up to 80 percent of the approved costs for emergency protective measures such as the construction of a salt holding facility or the repair, restoration or replacement of damaged public facilities/infrastructure such as roads. Any project must be specifically linked to the disaster declaration.  


"The Obama Administration is committed to helping rebuild communities impacted by natural disasters," Bryson said. "With this $200 million, the Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration will support long-term economic recovery in critical regions and invest in job creation to ensure our economy is built to last."

Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis, and will be evaluated against all other eligible applicants.  Successful projects will: 

  • support long-term economic recovery (not initial clean-up or rebuilding efforts)
  • demonstrate a nexus between the project scope of work and applicable disaster
  • show that the project will foster job creation and promote private investment
  • align with a relevant strategic, economic development, or disaster recovery plan
  • demonstrate the incorporation of disaster resiliency


Those who can apply include states or subdivisions of states (such as towns, counties, etc.); public or private nonprofit organizations or associations; district organizations (such as economic development districts, regional planning commissions, etc.); institutions of higher education; and Indian tribes. 

For more information on how to apply for the disaster relief funds, call the Western Illinois Regional Council at 309/837-3941. Details of the project will have to be submitted to EDA in order for a pre-determination of competitiveness.     


TopNetWIRC Newsletter - Volume 21/Issue 1
Western Illinois Regional Council
223 South Randolph St.
Macomb, IL 61455
(309) 837-3941
Go to our website!
Thank your customer, tell them how valuable they are to you, but don't go overboard. Insincerity is easy to spot.
Western Illinois Regional Council
c/o Western Illinois Regional Council
Macomb, Illinois 61455