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CHICAGO – In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic crisis it created, a second round of Business Interruption Grants from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity have begun to be distributed. State Senator Robert Peters (D-Chicago) expressed gratitude for the support given to local restaurants small businesses.

“This has been an unprecedented several few months in our world that has affected everyone, and local restaurants and small businesses have really stepped up to try to retain some sense of normalcy during all the uncertainty,” Peters said. “Many have done so at personal financial cost, which was only made worse by the economic downturn the COVID-19 pandemic brought about. That’s why I’m grateful to see such important local establishments getting a bit of a boost from the BIG grants, and I hope they will use that money to continue providing services and support to our community during these trying times.”

Twenty businesses in the area Peters represents received BIG funding totaling nearly $600,000. Businesses in industries or in areas of the state that were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic were given priority for the second round of grants, but the application is open to any business.

“There are still grants available, so if you think you might need some help, I’d encourage you to apply,” Peters said.

For more information or to apply, visit DCEO’s website.