MIL-OSI USA: Bustos Highlights Unclaimed COVID Fiscal Recovery Funds for Illinois Villages

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17)

Funding will be forfeited if not claimed by September 30th, 2021

WASHINGTON — Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) highlighted that more than $762,000 in federal funding allocated to villages in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District remains unclaimed. 

“Some of our smallest communities are at risk of losing federal funding owed to them through the American Rescue Plan, and my office wants to make sure that the residents of these villages receive the support they’re due,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “These funds have the potential to support vital local projects throughout rural Illinois, but only if they’re claimed in time. I urge each and every one of these villages to take full advantage of these resources before they’re re-allocated to other villages.”

Earlier this year, Congresswoman Bustos voted for the American Rescue Plan Act which directed $19.53 billion in Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery funding to non-entitlement units of Local Government (NEUs) across the country, such as townships and villages. Despite outreach from Bustos’ office to these localities, funds remain unclaimed. 

Local governments will have through September 30, 2021, to claim these funds through the State of Illinois’ NEU Portal. After that date, the funds will be surrendered and allocated on a per-capita basis to other local governments. Additional information on claiming CLFR funding can be found here. 

The following villages in Illinois’ 17th district have unclaimed CLFR funding available:

  • Ellisville (Fulton County): $12,506.87
  • Liverpool (Fulton County): $16,721.14
  • Marietta (Fulton County): $14,817.92
  • Smithfield (Fulton County): $30,043.67
  • Gulfport (Henderson County): $6,389.38
  • Media (Henderson County): $12,778.76
  • Menominee (Jo Daviess County): $32,626.61
  • Henderson (Knox County): $33,170.39
  • New Boston (Mercer County): $88,363.74
  • Sherrard (Mercer County): $80,750.86
  • Grove (Rock Island County): $80,343.03
  • Dakota (Stephenson County): $63,621.89
  • Rock City (Stephenson County): $38,472.21
  • North Pekin (Tazewell County): $210,033.80
  • Little York (Warren County): $42,278.65

Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds can be used to cover revenue losses and the costs of responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency or to its negative economic impacts on households, small businesses, impacted industries, essential workers, and the communities hardest-hit by the crisis. These funds can also be used to invest in building, maintaining, or upgrading water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure.

Municipalities do not have to submit plans for fund usage in order to make a claim. Claiming funds will not impact eligibility for other tax credits or benefits owed to the municipality. Additional information from the State of Illinois on eligible uses of CLFR funding can be found here. 

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