CARES funds eligible for public safety
“Our local first responders have seen marked increases in need as a result of the coronavirus pandemic,” said County Board Speaker Mimi Cowan (D-Naperville). “First responders can’t stay home, they are out working every day, saving lives and ensuring our communities are safe, and with the added pressures from the pandemic, they need us to step up for them.”
“The residents of Will County can be confident that when they dial 911 in an emergency, they will receive the services that they need and deserve,” said County Board Minority Leader Mike Fricilone (R-Homer Glen).
Will County received more than $120.5 million in federal coronavirus relief funds this year. The Will County Board created a CARES committee to oversee the distribution of those funds. Over $66 million were directed to local taxing bodies which provide vital services to residents and have been impacted by COVID-19.
The initial allocation of funds directed $24.1 million to small businesses and farms, $12 million to individuals needing support for shelter, food, and utilities, $6 million for non-profits, and $12 million for other needs like public safety.
“The need for this funding is substantial,” said County Board Member and CARES committee chair Ken Harris (D-Bolingbrook). “The County Board is working diligently to make sure that our most important needs are met during this unprecedented crisis.”
More information about CARES funding can be found at www. willcountyillinois.com/CARES-Act.