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Municipal, retail, and manufacturing groups want local control for federal coronavirus relief funds in Illinois

Added 07-10-20 02:23:01pm EST - “While Chicago and Illinois counties with half a million people or more get to control most of nearly $5 billion in federal funds amid COVID-19 relief efforts, a group of associations said Thursday the Pritzker administration is taking…” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Municipal, retail, and manufacturing groups want local control for federal coronavirus relief funds in Illinois”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

While Chicago and Illinois counties with half a million people or more get to control most of nearly $5 billion in federal funds amid COVID-19 relief efforts, a group of associations said Thursday the Pritzker administration is taking such control away from other local governments.

Downtown Springfield restaurateur Peter Praia opened Di Piero’s on the plaza of the Old State Capitol a number of weeks before the pandemic began.

“We didn’t have enough sales history to get any kind of help from any organization so we’ve just been for four months, we’ve been on our own,” Praia said.

Brad Cole with the Illinois Municipal League said a federal program passed months ago with around $800 million for local governments across Illinois could help such businesses, but he said the Pritzker administration stripped the economic stimulus decisions from the local governments.

“Let’s keep the money locally, let’s not reallocate it,” Cole said. “Let’s give it to local officials so they can spend it on local businesses for local purposes so that we can keep local businesses thriving.”

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