* Dewitt Daily News…
Hundreds of millions of dollars were distributed by the federal government to municipalities across the country but in Illinois, local governments have yet to see those dollars because Governor JB Pritzker has not released them.
Congressman Rodney Davis wants to know why those dollars are not going to communities in Illinois when many are already planning on struggles once the coronavirus has been defeated. Congressman Davis says programs like the PPP helped small businesses and their employees, it is time to help local governments.
The Congressman from Taylorville says it is too soon to start talking about more stimulus bills before we know what the economy looks like as Americans begin getting back to work. He says there is still stimulus money to be distributed, and those dollars need to get out before they disperse more.
* I asked the governor’s press secretary about the alleged holdup. Jordan Abudayyeh’s reply…
Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, Will County, and Kane County all received direct funding from the federal government under the CARES Act.
That leaves 97 counties and approximately 1200 cities outside the collars without funding. We have been working with the IML for several weeks on a plan to allocate the remaining portion of local money not claimed by Chicago and the collar counties, approximately $800 million, to those municipalities. In order to do this, the administration has proposed creating a grant program through DCEO.
This requires legislation and we have presented this plan to all four caucuses of the General Assembly for their consideration. We look forward to Congressman Davis supporting that plan when the General Assembly returns to Springfield.
Congressman Davis should’ve probably read the bill he voted for.