The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest loans for disaster-related damages through August 14. If your small business, home or apartment was physically damaged during civil unrest you could receive up to $200,000 in loans. Small businesses experiencing economic injury may also apply. Apply online at

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BIGGrants2 FBAssistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) announced the Illinois Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has released applications for two grant programs aimed at providing economic relief for businesses and communities impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

The new Business Interruption Grant (BIG) and Rebuild Distressed Communities programs total $85 million and will provide relief for thousands of businesses affected by the ongoing pandemic. These programs are part of a $900 million effort to restore communities hit hardest by the pandemic. Both programs offer priority for small businesses located in disproportionately impacted areas (DIAs)—low-income areas that have experienced high rates of COVID-19 cases—as well as businesses in communities damaged by recent civil unrest.

In the first round of funding, the BIG program will make $60 million available for 3,500 businesses—including restaurants, bars, barbershops, salons and fitness centers—that experienced losses or business interruption due to closures or restricted operations during the COVID-19 outbreak. The program also offers funding to businesses in DIAs that have suffered property damage as a result of recent civil unrest. More information on the BIG program is available here.

The Rebuild Distressed Communities program is a $25 million economic recovery program to support Illinois businesses that have sustained property damage as a result of civil unrest during protest and demonstrations on or after May 25. Funds may be used to cover structural repairs, improve electrical systems and restore exterior work.

To help businesses take advantage of these opportunities, DCEO will conduct a series of webinars and outreach to businesses in the coming weeks. See here for a list of upcoming webinars and to sign up for regular updates on grants and other business assistance programs.

Applications for both programs are due July 7. More information on eligibility and how to apply can be found on DCEO’s website.


Munoz062920CHICAGO – State Senator Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) joined Alderman Patrick Daley Thompson, South Branch Park Advisory Council and Greater Bridgeport Mutual Aid Saturday for a free personal protective equipment giveaway in the 11th Ward.

“It’s been proven how effective masks are at reducing the spread of COVID-19,” Munoz said. “It’s critical that we ensure every person has access to the protective equipment they need to keep themselves safe during this pandemic.”

Area residents came to Eleanor Boathouse in Park 571 to receive free reusable masks, hand sanitizer, and hot dogs.

Munoz donated 250 reusable masks for the event.

Under Gov. JB Pritzker’s Stay at Home Order, face coverings are required for anyone over the age of 2 in public spaces where social distancing is not possible.

Munoz061820CHICAGO – Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which currently protects undocumented people brought to the United States as children from deportation, Illinois Senate Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) released the following statement:

“Dreamers have been productive residents in spite of constant hate and inhumane threats of deportation. This decision recognizes their humanity and provides long-awaited peace of mind regarding their immigration status. I hope they are able to get some rest tonight.

“We still have a long way to go to fix our country’s deeply flawed immigration system, but today’s decision is a step forward. The fight for the rights of undocumented immigrants will continue.”

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