Weekly Update | October 31, 2020
Working with the U.S. EPA to Fund Clean Water for Children and Families
Clean water is a priority of mine and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That's why this week I joined EPA Regional Administrator Kurt Thiede and Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder to announce $116 million to modernize water infrastructure throughout the state. This funding will provide for safe, quality drinking water for residents across Illinois. The investments we make today in water infrastructure will pay dividends for decades to come. Healthier children, families, and communities will be the outcome. The projects range from reducing exposure to lead to improving overall water quality and I look forward to seeing them completed.

Administrator Thiede and I also got to witness the conservation practices taking place at Brown and Brown Farms outside Decatur. We spoke with area farmers about initiatives they are implementing to protect water quality and health. To further that cause the EPA and Illinois Farm Bureau signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that commits to continuing collaborative efforts that recognize agricultural environmental stewardship through improved communications and outreach. It is good to see the EPA working with our Ag community to promote clean water.

Read more from the EPA, Herald & Review, and Farm Week
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis speaks at a EPA funding announcement in Springfield on Tuesday, October 27th, 2020. Looking on from L-R are CWLP's Water Division Manager Todd LaFountain, Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder, and EPA Regional Administrator Kurt Thiede.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis applauds as EPA Regional Administrator Kurt Thiede signs an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Illinois Farm Bureau on Tuesday, October 27th, 2020.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis listens alongside EPA Regional Administrator Kurt Thiede as Dave and Chase Brown describe their farm conservation practices outside Decatur on Tuesday, October 27th 2020.
Wishing You a Happy and Safe Halloween!
Today is Halloween - a fun holiday tradition that like many other things has been impacted by COVID-19. This year it is important to take precautions if you still plan to participate in traditional trick-or-treat fun. The CDC has safety guidelines for those collecting and giving away treats. You can find those here or by clicking the graphic below.
Constituent Service Spotlight
Helping Constituents Cut Through Red Tape
Meg [in your office] worked diligently & was persistent in working with the regional Social Security Office to get $4,354.80 refunded to me that was wrongly held out of my Social Security payments. We are deeply appreciative of Meg’s efforts and the office of Rodney Davis.

-Vickie, White Heath, IL
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More Important Updates
Thanking Our School Nutrition Professionals for Adapting to COVID-19 Challenges
Yesterday I visited Carlinville School District #1 High School with U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Brandon Lipps. We thanked the school nutrition professionals for all of their hard work throughout the pandemic ensuring students still get healthy meals. They have additional precautions they have to take and are preparing meals for both in-person and remote learners. Impressed with how they've adapted during these challenging times.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis and USDA Deputy Undersecretary Brandon Lipps speak with school nutrition professionals at Carlinville High School on Monday, October 26th, 2020.
Ensuring Rural Illinoisans Have Access to Healthcare
I visited two rural health clinics this week. On Monday I visited the Jersey Community Hospital clinic in Roodhouse to see firsthand some federal investments we've made through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Office. These include the purchase of the building itself as well as imaging, fitness and telemedicine equipment.

On Friday I toured the new JCH clinic in Hardin. I’m proud to see the initiatives that JCH CEO Beth King and the board have done to invest in rural communities. Their work with these two clinics, couple with federal investments, will ensure that the residents of Calhoun and Greene counties have access to quality healthcare.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis speaks to healthcare professionals at Jersey Community Hospital Roodhouse Clinic on Monday, October 26th.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis pictured with healthcare professionals at Jersey Community Hospital Hardin Clinic on Friday, October 30th.
Supporting Grafton Technologies Rural Broadband Expansion Efforts in Jersey County
Internet access is crucial for individuals and communities across the country, particularly those who live in rural areas. Access to broadband technology is even more important this year due to remote and e-learning practices due to the pandemic. I’m proud of the work that Grafton Technologies continues to do to promote internet access throughout southwestern Illinois, and I appreciated the opportunity to congratulate its team on being awarded the Connect Illinois grant in 2020. Through the Federal Communications Commission and USDA Rural Development we've directed tens of millions of dollars into expanding rural broadband across Illinois.
U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis views equipment at Grafton Technologies in Jerseyville on Friday, October 30th, 2020.
Visiting the Salvation Army Food Pantry in Jerseyville
This week I visited the Salvation Army Food Pantry in Jerseyville to meet with its organizers and volunteers to learn about how it is handling the increase in demand for food items and how I can support its mission in Washington. Congress and the USDA established the Farmers to Families Food Box Program during the pandemic to help ensure no one is going hungry.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis listens to staff at the Salvation Army Food Pantry in Jerseyville on Friday, October 30th, 2020.
Stopping by Odelehr's Produce in Brussels
It wouldn’t be a visit to Calhoun County without a stop at one of its tremendous produce stores - Odelehr's in Brussels. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to stock up on fresh fruits, vegetables, and other locally-produced products!
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis shops locally at Odelehr's in Brussels on Friday, October 30th, 2020.