Businesses Interruption Grant BIG programMARYVILLE –State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is pleased to learn 29 businesses in the district she represents have received financial assistance from the Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program to help offset financial losses stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, and she is encouraging more to apply.

“The small business community is among the hardest hit by the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Crowe said. “These funds will support operating costs while they adjust to mitigation and ensure their employees are compensated appropriately.”

In the district Crowe represents, 29 businesses received a combined total of more than $1.3 million in grants. Each business received between $5,000 and $150,000 to be used to help cover the costs of payroll, rent, utilities and other working capital during the time they have experienced interruptions due to the pandemic. 

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity awarded the grants this week, as part of the second round of the BIG program. However, applications will remain open until all of the funding is spent. 

“Although these grants will offset some costs, nothing compares to the support of the community,” Crowe said. “I encourage residents to continue to shop at their local small businesses, especially when planning for the holidays.”

The BIG program is the largest state-run economic support program formed in response to the financial losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are available on DCEO’s website

For a complete list of awardees, click here.

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teaser image 598403MARYVILLE –To patronize small businesses during the pandemic, State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Centreville) and State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) are encouraging Metro East residents to shop small this holiday season to support local businesses.

“The money you spend at a local business stays within our town and community, fostering our local economies,” Belt said. “This holiday season, I urge residents to shop locally to help support our local businesses during this difficult time and encourage economic growth in our community.”

“As the holiday season approaches, I want to remind residents of the special, unique services and gifts the Metro East small business community provides,” Crowe said. “By supporting small businesses, we can help our friends and neighbors in this difficult time while investing in our local economies.”

For those who would prefer to shop from home during the pandemic, there are options beyond brick-and-mortar stores. Belt and Crowe urge residents to support small businesses however they can, including by shopping online, ordering carry out from a locally owned restaurant or buying a gift card for a friend. 

Additionally, if finances are tight, community members can still give businesses a boost by engaging with their social media channels, referring friends and leaving positive reviews online.

Belt and Crowe would also like to remind struggling small businesses that the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has launched the second round of the Business Interruption Grant program, which will distribute $220 million to small businesses hit hardest by the ongoing pandemic, including movie theaters, event venues, hotels and more. Learn more and apply here

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Metro East to see additional resurfacing projects in the coming months 

Asphalt RoadMARYVILLE – While prioritizing safety for motorists and travelers, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is thanking Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) road workers for completing the Interstate 255 project ahead of schedule and is looking ahead to the next resurfacing project.

“By investing in local infrastructure, Illinois is ensuring reliable transportation for our community and creating high-quality labor jobs for our workforce,” Crowe said. “Working families, students and other motorists depend on safe roads, and I thank IDOT for efficiently prioritizing this project.”

The $67 million reconstruction of I-255 was one of the first projects of the state’s Rebuild Illinois effort in the St. Louis Metro East area.

IDOT closed I-255 in February to resurface an almost completely deteriorated section of interstate. IDOT initially slated completion by the end of November, but the latest estimates predict workers will be done by Nov. 1.

The next resurfacing project in the area, totaling $21.2 million, is expected to begin on the connecting sections of Interstates 70, 55 and 270. 

Motorists should anticipate single-lane closures during construction. Completion is slated for fall 2021. A map and additional details are available here.

“Allowing extra time for travel is a small inconvenience for the opportunity to have safer roads in the long term,” Crowe said. “Knowing the frustrations associated with road construction delays, I thank residents for their patience.”

For a full list of upcoming Metro East road projects, visit IDOT’s website

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DCEOColorLogo LowResMARYVILLE – To mend technical inequities in rural areas of the Riverbend region, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is urging Metro East organizations to apply for $50 million in available funding through the second round of the Connect Illinois broadband expansion program.
 
“To ensure small businesses are able to compete and residents are able to connect at work and school, access to reliable, high-speed internet is critical,” Crowe said. “Communities must have the resources to support local digital demands, and applying for this grant is a simple way to expand broadband opportunities to those living in rural areas.”
 
The second round of Connect Illinois grants will allow for up to $5 million per project and calls for a matching component, which requires companies to dedicate funding that will accelerate the delivery of broadband investments. Internet service providers, rural cooperatives, nonprofits and local governments are eligible to apply.
 
Funding for the Connect Illinois program is made possible through Rebuild Illinois, the state’s historic, bipartisan $45 billion statewide construction program, which has dedicated $420 million to broadband infrastructure.
 
The application will remain open through February 2021. More information on this grant program can be found on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s website.
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