Much of this success is the product of the relationship Booher
cultivated with the State Bank of Lincoln. The result of this
partnership has had broad-reaching benefits for the rural housing
market in Illinois. As one of the top lenders in the state and
nation, the State Bank of Lincoln is helping expand the Rural
Development program by serving as a secondary market for guaranteed
home loans made by other lenders in the state.
Booher and his staff were one of only seven Rural Development
offices in the nation to pilot the agency's Guaranteed Underwriting
System. All their recommendations have been incorporated into the
system that speeds up the loan approval process.
Booher has a reputation as a good trainer and continues to ensure
Rural Development's success in Illinois by preparing and integrating
new staff into the agency's programs. He has been acknowledged for
support of his staff, helping clients in need and assisting his
fellow workers throughout the state.
Besides financing for single-family homes, Rural Development
offers a variety of low-cost financing options and grants for
community facilities, multifamily housing, water and sewer systems,
and business development, with regional offices throughout the