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