CHICAGO, Ill. -- In Chicago, $250,000 will be spent to clean up rivers, upgrade waste water treatment plants and improve drinking water.
Governor Pat Quinn made the announcement about the Illinois Clean Water Initiative on Monday.
He said the loan to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District will greatly improve the environment and also create several thousand jobs.
The program involves 10 different projects around the Chicago area.
"We have to understand that we cannot have flooding in this country or any other country. We cannot have a situation where we don't treat our waste water properly and we definitely cannot have a situation where we don't have clean water," said Governor Pat Quinn.
State officials said Illinois ranks high among states needing water infrastructure improvements.