Gilman had previously applied for an Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program to upgrade the business district along Central Street and fallen short. So the city council decided to do some additional prep work in hopes that would help the town’s chances and the effort paid off –Gilman is the recipient of a $2 million grant to do work on North Central Street.

The area to be improved includes North Central from U.S. 24 north to Third Street, Front Street from North Central to Main Street and Second Street from Central Street to the Canadian National crossing