Village Announcements

COVID-19-Information for Businesses-UPDATED

3/26/2020 – Below is the information for a new package of emergency assistance programs for small businesses.

Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund

This $60 million fund will support low-interest loans of up to $50,000 for small businesses in every industry outside of Chicago.

DCEO and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) are partnering with Accion, the Illinois Bankers Association and the Community Bankers Alliance of Illinois to create this fund. Loans will be supported by a $30 million loan loss reserve, consisting of $20 million of DCEO funds and $10 million in funds secured with the partnership with the Illinois banking community.

Applications will be available on DCEO’s website by Friday, March 27.

Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program

This new $20 million program supports small businesses in suburban and rural counties across Illinois, providing grants of up to $25,000 to small businesses in communities served by DCEO’s Office of Community Development.

These grants will offer businesses of up to 50 employees the opportunity to partner with their local governments to obtain grants of up to $25,000 in working capital. The program redeploys Community Development Block Grant funds to support local small businesses.

Applications will be available on DCEO’s website by Friday, March 27. The grants will be offered on a rolling basis.  

Hospitality Emergency Grant Program

This new $14 million grant program aims to help small hospitality businesses make ends meet, providing up to $25,000 to eligible bars and restaurants and up to $50,000 for eligible hotels.

These grants are available to support working capital – like payroll and rent – job training and technology to support shifts in operations, like increased pick-up and delivery.

Bars and restaurants that generated between $500,000 and $1 million in revenue in 2019 are eligible for up to $25,000, and bars and restaurants that generated less than $500,000 in revenue in 2019 are eligible for up to $10,000. Hotels that generated less than $8 million in revenue in 2019 are eligible for up to $50,000. The program repurposes job training and tourism promotion funds to provide this emergency grant assistance.

Applications are available today on DCEO’s website and are due by April 1 at 5 p.m. All valid, eligible applications received within the five-day window will be entered into a lottery, and grant winners will be notified on April 4

Click here to go to the DCEO webpage with further details.


3/26/2020 – Click here for COVID-19 Guidance for Large Businesses


3/23/2020 – Here are links to resources that are available to businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19.

Link 1 –  Illinois Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity ‘Jot-form’.  This is an online fill-able form that will allow businesses to be included in the important evaluation of the impact of Covid-19 and those specific needs for our area.

Link 2 –  IVAC’s Covid-19 page outlining several resources that are available to businesses.

Note from IVAC:  “The best advice I can share read all the details of the program.

Next, download the document, fill out the form and start gathering the support documentation required. DO NOT leave anything blank. Submit the form electronically, as those will be approved faster.

Note: small business owners a few things have to happen before SBA loans can/will be processed. 1)Illinois needs to be declared a disaster area. 2)The county must be declared a disaster area OR a contiguous county to your business. 3)Fill out jotform first.  Again, read all the details of the program.”

Link 3 – Small Business Administration Loan Resources

Link 4 – Illinois Dept. of Employment Security regarding Covid-19 Unemployment Benefits

Link 5 – Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Information for Small Business -Small Business Assistance

Link 6 – Deferral of state and local sales tax payments for small- and medium-sized bars and restaurants

Link 7 – The Illinois Liquor Control Commission provided an extension of liquor license renewal dates (available via this link) and additional guidance to Local Liquor Control Commissions for on-premises only retailers (available via this link).

Also attached for your convenience, are two documents from the Small Business Administration.

Document 1

Document 2

We hope that this information will be helpful during this uncertain time.  Please let us know if you have any questions or if there is anything that the Village can help with.

Village of North Utica


David G. Stewart; Village President
O:  815-667-4111


Laurie A. Gbur; Village Clerk
O: 815-667-4111 ext. 11
C:  815-343-9111


Jamie Turczyn; Director of Village Affairs
O:  815-667-4111
C:  815-791-0129

Parking During Snow Removal

With winter upon us, please be sure to move vehicles off public streets after 2″ or more of snow until the snow has been removed.  This helps keep the roads clear and safe .  Thank you!!

This is in accordance with the Village Code
Code, Sec. 6-2-1-I. – Parking During Snow Removal


US 6 and Illinois 178 Intersection Improvement Project Fact Sheet 2-25-2019

1. Background: Temporary traffic signals are in place to mitigate traffic congestion. A more permanent solution is desired to provide better overall flow and to accommodate left turning traffic without blocking through traffic. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) initiated a study to identify proposed improvements.

2. Alternatives under review:
a. Installation of permanent traffic signals and additional turn lanes.
b. Installation of a modern single-lane roundabout with highway lighting.

3. Proposed scope of work:
a. Construction of a modern single-lane roundabout is currently the preferred      alternative due to traffic and safety benefits.
b. Traffic signals would no longer be needed.
c. Highway lighting would be provided.
d. The new pavement is anticipated to be concrete.

4. Benefits of a roundabout:
a. Crash severity is reduced by the low speeds and collision angles. This means fewer injuries and fatal crashes.
b. Traffic capacity is increased under most conditions.
c. No permanent traffic signals to maintain.

5. Roundabout Design:
a. Accommodates large tractor trailers for all turning movements.
b. Emergency vehicles can pass through without using the truck apron.
c. U-turns are performed easily for increased access to local businesses.
d. Some right-of-way must be purchased but no buildings will be displaced.

6. Schedule:
a. The initial study is anticipated to be complete in spring 2019.
b. The improvement is tentatively funded in 2020 using Highway Safety Improvement Program funds.

7. Summary: Illinois Department of Transportation, District 3, is in the preliminary stages of a study to determine improvements to the US 6 and IL 178 intersection in North Utica. The preferred alternative based on traffic flow and safety is to construct a single-lane modern roundabout. The proposed roundabout is tentatively funded with Highway Safety Improvement Program funds due to the anticipated safety benefits. The District anticipates completing the study in the spring of 2019 and beginning construction of the project in 2020 if a roundabout stays the preferred alternative. If another scope of work is selected an alternative funding source will have to be identified.

8. The project website can be found at and will provide project specific information as well as general information regarding roundabouts.

Garbage Bulk Item Pickup

Republic Services is now offering residents a bulk item pickup along with regular trash removal services. Bulk items will be collected every other week; opposite of recycle week.

Village Residents can place one bulk item at the curb, along with their trash, beginning on Monday January 8th.  Only one bulk item at a time is allowed and a list of acceptable items is listed below.

Also, as a reminder, please remove vehicles and refrain from parking on the street during times of snowfall of 2 inches or more so that the snow plows can safely plow and salt the Village streets.

Thank you.

Bulk items are usually associated with furniture type items:



Love Seat




Mattress & Box Spring

Ceiling fan


NO “White Goods” such as appliances, water heaters, furnace parts or air conditioners

NO Electronics

Click here to view all the garbage pickup information.