January 2017 Progress Report

In January 2017 we published a progress report to accompany our Rantoul Tomorrow Showcase at the JW Eater Innovation Center. Below you will find our Economic Growth accomplishments and goals to date or you can view the entire report here!



  • Downtown: Beautification & Clean-up
  • Upgrades to LED street lighting
  • Mixed use path extensions
  • Downtown: Updating Ordinances and Streamlining Codes
  • Village process continuing, to be completed by Spring 2017
  • American Legion Summer 2017 state baseball tournament hosting
  • Midwest Prep Academy: reuse of football facilities, starting summer 2017
  • Farmers’ Market continuation
  • A Market Director has been hired, market is scheduled July 5 – September 20
  • Buy Local campaign expansion with RACC
  • Shop Rantoul First, holiday season 2016 (Village funding)
  • Focus on downtown microbrewery/restaurants/gathering places
  • Liquor commission rules revision to allow for microbrewery use & special event permits
  • Streetscape projects funding plan
  • Fall 2016 grant application denied; different funding sources being explored
  • Downtown façade grant program projects
  • Wellness Workshop awning replacement
  • Jill’s Creative Expressions window replacement
  • Tire Monkey façade improvement
  • $20K budget for 2017-2018
  • Continue discussion with U of I, other sports programs re: usage of Village facilities
  • Continue new project development in TIF #2 and #4 
  • Downtown:  Pride in Ownership and Marketing
  • Downtown:  Conversion of Downtown into event venue
  • Flower Island Program
  •     Involvement of RTHS landscaping students
  • ArtPlace America grant program
  • Complete New hotel #2 market study
  • Attraction of Microbrewery to Downtown
  • Develop two restaurants/gathering places in Downtown
  • Bank Building RFP to be issued in Spring 2017