background_fid.jpg
Macomb 91.3fm - Galesburg 90.7fm Keokuk 89.5fm - Burlington 106.3fm
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

Western Illinois Regional Council secures $1.5 million USDA loan to purchase facility

WIRC.jpg
Jane Carlson
/
Tri States Public Radio
A nearly $1.5 million USDA Rural Development loan will allow the Western Illinois Regional Council to purchase its current office space at 133 W. Jackson St. in Macomb.

With the loan, WIRC will be able to buy the property, make some renovations, and acquire an adjacent warehouse.

The Western Illinois Regional Council and Community Action Agency has secured a nearly $1.5 million federal loan to purchase and upgrade its current offices.

The USDA Rural Development loan will allow the agency to continue and expand services while reducing monthly expenses, according to WIRC’s interim executive director John Pritchard.

“It is a loan. It will be repaid, with interest. But it’s a long-term loan and the interest rate is favorable to the market,” Pritchard said. “So it actually will cost the agency a little bit less than the current rent.”

WIRC has been leasing its current space at 133 W. Jackson St. in downtown Macomb for nearly two years.

With the loan, the agency will be able to buy the property, make some renovations, and acquire an adjacent warehouse.

Pritchard said the current space is already a significant expansion and improvement over the agency’s previous facility in Macomb.

“It’s a much more effective place to work. We’re able to maintain confidentiality for clients and a number of other things which are an advantage,” Pritchard said.

WIRC provides low-income home energy assistance, counseling and prevention for domestic violence and sexual assault, a food pantry and clothing center, and housing assistance, among other services.

Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth announced the federal support this week, saying it will allow the agency to help more people in need in western Illinois.

Tri States Public Radio produced this story.  TSPR relies on financial support from our readers and listeners in order to provide coverage of the issues that matter to west central Illinois, southeast Iowa, and northeast Missouri. As someone who values the content created by TSPR's news department please consider making a financial contribution.

Jane Carlson covers west central Illinois and southeast Iowa for Tri States Public Radio.