- Published: Monday, April 26, 2021 10:31 AM
With the legislative session now in full swing, I’m excited to offer you an update on what’s happening in Springfield and in our own community.
More than half of adults in Illinois have now received the COVID-19 vaccine, and over 26% are fully vaccinated against the virus—while that’s great news, I’m aware that many Illinoisans are still reeling from the impact on the pandemic on their finances, their jobs and their personal lives.
That’s why I’ve included resources below on assistance for small businesses, child care providers and families to help bridge the gap during this challenging time.
I encourage you to take advantage of these programs or forward the information to a friend, loved one or neighbor who might be able to benefit. We are stronger together—let’s keep looking out for one another and lending a hand where we can.
As always, my office is available to help: Contact us at 773-869-9050 or http://senatortonymunoz.com/contact-us.
Stay well, and I hope to see you soon!
State Senator | 1st District
U.S. Small Business Association expands relief programs
There’s help out there for businesses struggling to make ends meet. The Restaurant Revitalization Fund is expected to open soon to provide assistance to eligible restaurants, bars and other food service businesses—prepare your application now. For all other types of businesses, the federal Paycheck Protection Program has been extended to May 31, 2021.
Need assistance with your application? Check out the First Stop Business Information Center.
Illinois child care providers to receive $1.6 billion in federal funds
Throughout the pandemic, essential workers relied on child care providers to keep their children safe while they served on the front lines. The federal American Rescue Plan allocated $1.6 billion to child care providers in Illinois, including $140 million in direct grants. Stay tuned for details and explore the childhood services Illinois has to offer here.
Help Illinois Families program offers wide-ranging relief
Illinoisans facing financial hardship may be eligible for assistance to help pay for food, utility bills, rent and more. The Help Illinois Families initiative is open to all low-income households, regardless of how they have been affected by COVID-19. Find a list of eligibility requirements and complete a pre-application form here.
Donate life: Become an organ and tissue donor
April is National Donate Life Month, a celebration of the lifesaving gift of an organ or tissue transplant. This month, take a moment to educate yourself about organ and tissue donation, and consider signing up for the Illinois Donor Registry—it only takes 30 seconds, and it could change the lives of up to 25 people. Learn more at LifeGoesOn.com.