September 14th, 2022|0 Comments

The City of Watseka will hold a public hearing on Thursday, September 15th, 2022, at 6:30 P.M. at City Hall in order to provide interested parties an opportunity to express their views on the proposed federal funded Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) project.

Persons with disabilities or non-English speaking persons who wish to attend the public hearing and need assistance should contact Amanda Hibbs, City Clerk at 815.432.2711 no later than Tuesday, September 13th, 2022, at 5:00 pm. Every effort will be made to make reasonable accommodations for these persons.

On or about Friday, September 30th, 2022, The City of Watseka intends to apply to the Illinois Department of Transportation for the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program. This program is funded by Section 1122 of MAP-21, which provides for the reservation of funds apportioned to a State under section 104(b) of title 23 to carry out Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).

These funds are to be used for a transportation enhancement project that will include the following activities: Streetscaping improvements including the reconstruction of portions of US Route 24 (Walnut Street) between the Union Pacific Railroad Tracks and 5th Street to include concrete
sidewalk, curb ramp improvements, concrete curb and gutter replacement, brick pavers, hot-mix asphalt pavement, storm sewer, pavement striping, lighting, and landscaping features.

Information related to this project will be available for review prior to the public hearing as of September 7, 2022 at the office (City Hall) between the hours of 9am – 4pm. Interested citizens are invited to provide comments regarding these issues either at the public hearing or by prior written statement. Written comments should be submitted to Amanda Hibbs, City Clerk, 201 Brianna Drive, PO Box 338, Watseka IL, 60970 no later than 3:00pm on Wednesday, September 15th, 2022 in order to ensure placement of such comments in the official record of the public hearing proceedings.

A plan to minimize displacement and provide assistance to those displaced has been prepared by City of Watseka and is also available to the public. This project will result in no displacement of any persons or businesses. For additional information concerning the proposed project, please contact (Neil Piggush 815.614.3447) or write to (Neil Piggush, Piggush Engineering, Inc, 586 William
Latham Drive, Suite 8, Bourbonnais, IL 60914).

Is it another “Here we go again?” Let’s hope not!

July 16th, 2020|0 Comments

For the sake of all small businesses, let’s pray that things will not get worse in Illinois. Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health have put forward a deliberate plan that will utilize several layers of mitigations to combat a resurgence of COVID-19 and prevent uncontrollable spread. Illinois has maintained well in the face of resurgences in many spots throughout the country, but if Illinois numbers begin to show a deteriorating situation, the Governor has issued a 3-tiered plan that could ultimately lead to another complete shutdown. Again, please follow the rules for prevention and hope Illinois continues on an improving pathway. Following is a link to the full release of the Governor’s “Actions to Combat a Resurgence of COVID-19” with the triggers and levels of potential shutdowns if the situation worsens:

Small Business Grants Still Available

May 5th, 2020|0 Comments

Help is still available for small businesses in east central Illinois to help prevent layoffs. Grants are available through our Local Workforce Investment Area including the counties of Champaign, Douglas, Ford, Iroquois, and Piatt. The Champaign County Regional Planning Commission maintains an office in the Iroquois County Administrative Center and stands ready to help with applications for this DCEO supported program. Information is on their website at:…/emergency-assistance-funding-to-suppor…/

It’s worth a look. A simple initial application can get the ball rolling.


April 2nd, 2020|0 Comments

Below is a list of some of the COVID-19 Resources that we have developed in response to requests from some of our business friends. There is a lot of information at the end of these links. If you need help analyzing any of these programs, message us here or email us at We’re all in this together. Stay smart & safe!



SBA: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

SBA: Disaster Loan Assistance


COVID-19 Response & Resource Portal

Emergency Small Business Grants & Loans Assistance

Illinois DCEO: COVID-19 Assistance for Small Business


U.S. Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resource Link

WHO: Getting Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19

CDC: Interim Guidance for Businesses & Employers

OSHA: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19


March 24th, 2020|0 Comments

With the continued confusion over the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and the escalation of the outbreak, the Iroquois Economic Development Association office has shifted to an overabundance of caution mode. The Iroquois County Administration Center is closed to the public until further notice, but we will be available as always by phone (815-432-0072) or email ( Both methods will be checked regularly, a minimum of every hour on weekday mornings. The IEDA office is too small for adequate social distancing, but arrangements can be made in larger conference areas if in-person appointments are necessary. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation in this unprecedented situation.

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