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Governor announces assistance to businesses hit by coronavirus  

Governor announces assistance to businesses hit by coronavirus  

Governor JB Pritzker is announcing millions of dollars in emergency assistance for small businesses in Illinois.

The Governor says he knows how hard it’s been the past several days, especially for businesses that have had to close their doors.

“My office and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity are working closely to find ways to expeditiously direct our existing small business program to those experiencing the greatest need.  By Friday, our small businesses will be eligible for $90-million in state emergency assistance.”

There is also a new $20-million program that supports small businesses of up to 50 employees by allowing them to partner with local governments to obtain grants of up to $25,000 in working capital.

The Governor says there is a special program for bars and restaurants.

“Our new hospitality emergency grant program will offer $14-million to help hotels, bars, and restaurants support their payroll and rent.  As well as job training and technology for operations like pickup and delivery which for now have become central to many restaurants staying open.”

A couple of options are available.  Small business owners should visit DCEO.Illinois.Gov for more information.