The U.S. Department of Labor is set to award the Illinois Migrant Council more than $1.3 million to assist seasonal farmworkers.
Specifically, the $1,393,708 will be used to fund job training and housing for seasonal farmworkers and their families.
"This investment is good news for farmworkers and agricultural producers across Illinois," said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL). "It helps ensure that our state has a highly-skilled agricultural workforce, and it honors our promise that those who help bring food to our tables shouldn't have to struggle to put food on theirs."
The Department of Labor's National Farmworker Jobs Program is giving out $81 million across the nation to help the farmworkers "attain employment stability, learn new skills, and gain better housing options," according to Durbin's office.