- Published: Tuesday, November 23, 2021 02:35 PM
I hope you and your loved ones are staying well. As you prepare to gather to celebrate the holiday season, I wanted to reach out to give you a few updates and remind you that my staff is ready to assist you with any needs that may arise.
Below, you’ll find information on energy assistance this winter, help for business owners and more.
With questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact my office at 773-869-9050 or SenatorTonyMunoz.com/ContactUs. My staff and I are ready to serve you.
Stay warm and healthy, and I hope to hear from you soon!
State Senator | 1st District
Energy Assistance for winter
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the Citizens Utility Board are reminding residents to apply for $200 million remaining in utility assistance under Governor JB Pritzker’s Help Illinois Families initiative – an expansion of the Low-Income Household Energy Assistance Program under the American Rescue Plan.
Designed to support Illinois’ most vulnerable families and keep them from falling behind, the program will help cover the cost of heating and energy bills, including expanded benefits provided this year from $750 to $1,000, on average per household.
To learn more and to fill out a new remote application, visit helpillinoisfamilies.com.
SBA Signature Loan Programs
The Small Business Administration reached $44.8 billion in funding to small businesses through more than 61,000 traditional loans in the last 12 months ending on Sept. 30, 2021. More than $1.4 billion in loans were made by SBA-approved lenders in Illinois, totaling 2,160 loans.
Reminder: COVID EIDL Applications due before Dec. 31, 2021
The COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan program ends on Dec. 31. Business owners, non-profits, and other eligible entities must apply or request an increase by 10:59 p.m. CT that day to be considered for the program. For more information about COVID EIDL, visit the SBA website.
Join the SBA’s Illinois District Office to learn more about the changes to the COVID EIDL program and how to navigate the application and reconsideration process on Wednesday, Dec. 1 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Register now to attend!
$3.5 million in tax credits available for investors
The Angel Investment Tax Credit Program has been a springboard for startups that range the entire spectrum, from tech and life sciences, to manufacturing – bringing innovative programs and services to fruition. In Illinois, venture funding is at an all-time annual record of over $5.5 billion raised and to finish the year strong, DCEO is reminding investors there is currently $3.5 million in tax credits still up for grabs for the remainder of the year on a first-come first-served basis. The program is still accepting applications from new businesses, as well as investors for the 2021 program. For more on applying, visit DCEO’s website.
College-bound students can use Common App to apply to Illinois public universities
Applying for college can be exhausting. Not anymore. Now there is just one application for all 12 public universities and dozens of private colleges in Illinois. Learn more at http://commonapp.org.
Appointments to be required for certain services at Illinois driver’s facilities
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that throughout the next few months, many larger downstate and central Illinois Driver Services facilities will require appointments for behind-the-wheel road tests, REAL IDs, standard driver’s licenses and ID cards. Vehicle services, such as renewing a license plate sticker or applying for a vehicle title, do not require an appointment. The facilities and tentative dates they begin appointments can be found here. Other locations may be added to the list of appointment-required facilities after this rollout is complete.