I remember hearing from Sonya Solomon that Illinois had a lot of interest in rural revival, and here a program that is trying to address directly the demise of a sense of community:

Stewardson villagers are looking to mimic the success of other small towns in the area, such as Dieterich and neighboring Strasburg, in revitalizing their community.

The village has been struggling economically, and according to residents, has lost its sense of community. So, villagers are looking for ways to make it vital in the future.

In order to do that, community members have enlisted the help of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs in