HARRISBURG – Seeking to offset some of the devastation many small businesses across Illinois have faced due to COVID-19 closures, State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) has filed legislation to provide these businesses with much-needed relief.
Senate Bill 1615 is an initiative of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. It would allocate 25 percent of future federal COVID-19 relief funds received by the state to the Business Interruption Grant (BIG) Program, a program to provide economic relief to small businesses that experienced losses due to the ongoing health crisis.
Fowler said by working with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, they’re going to lower that 25 percent threshold somewhat to 11 or 12 percent.
Senate Bill 1615 is also being sponsored in the House of Representatives as House Bill 2424.