Proposed Southern Illinois ethanol plant under development

By Susanne Retka Schill | September 25, 2014

A small town in southern Illinois has landed two grants totaling nearly $4 million for infrastructure projects to support a proposed ethanol plant. “We’re really fortunate,” said Randy Dees, president of the village of Waltonville, Illinois. “For a town of 450 people, it would be a real lift.”

The $1.95 million funding through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration was announced this week. Dees said that nearly doubles the $2 million already awarded from the Illinois Department of Transportation. The money will be used for sewer, water and road improvements. Dees was not authorized to say anything about the proposed ethanol facility, but did say that Waltonville has two rail lines that go by the property being considered.

Project details will not be available until the financing package is completed, which is expected within the next month, according to a project spokesman who requested he not be named.