State Representative Dan Brady (R-Normal) today said he is working with the Governor’s office, state business organizations, as well as local chambers and business owners to coordinate a plan to help local retail businesses, restaurants, bars and others weather the temporary crisis caused by the coronavirus (COVID–19).
“Throughout our area and the state events have been canceled, schools and universities have temporarily shut down or shifted to online courses, and businesses have directed employees to work from home. These are all good precautions to protect local families and stem the spread of the virus as quickly as possible; but it also means our small businesses are taking a very hard hit. We need to do everything we can to soften the blow,” Brady said.
In the wake of the Governor’s recent decision to close all in-dining/beverage consumption areas of Illinois restaurants and bars, Rep. Brady met with local restaurant and bar owners along with the Bloomington and Normal Mayors to discuss what types of assistance would be most helpful. The discussion included possible delays of the sales tax that is due soon and increased staff at Unemployment Offices and encouraging as much on line filing for quicker benefits, and expansion to part time/seasonal employees.
Following the meeting, Rep. Brady talked with Governor Pritzker who agreed to review all options discussed, and promptly applied with the Federal government to allow our local businesses to access Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million each to impacted businesses that are now being offered by the Small Business Administration. Details can be found here.
Representative Brady said he is eagerly anticipating reviewing details of several federal relief packages currently moving through Congress to determine what additional resources will be provided to states that Illinois can utilize to help local businesses.
Rep. Brady added that as the state budget negotiations progress it will be crucial to protect the return of sales tax revenues to our local communities that can assist with local needs, and also funding for community health departments.
“In the coming weeks I will be continuing the dialogue with businesses, organizations and my colleagues in the General Assembly so we can put together a comprehensive, coordinated relief plan and get it in place as quickly as possible,” Brady said.
Representative Brady also noted that for local families concerned about the coronavirus and looking for more information about how they can protect their families, updated information is continuously posted at https://ilcovid19info.com.