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Last Day For 2020 Census

Today is the final day to participate in the 2020 Census.

To all who have filled out the census: Thank you! You are making your community better.

Please ask your family, friends, acquaintances, the person across from you at the gas station, etc. if they have filled out the census yet.

Doing so, is one of the most significant ways you can make a difference in your community, and all without even having to leave your house.

Please take five minutes and go to https://2020census.gov/ or answer by phone: 844-330-2020

2020 Census Deadline Tomorrow!

The deadline for the 2020 Census has been moved – again – to October 15, 11:59 p.m. Anyone who has not completed the census will not be counted, resulting in fewer state funds for Crete to cover municipal programs.

Please fill out the census. It costs you nothing and benefits your community.

Visit https://2020census.gov/ or call 844-330-2020

Crete Fire Department Lifesaving Award

Crete Fire Chief Mike Waterman presented lifesaving awards to Captain Jim Boehner, Lieutenant Scott Kirkpatrick, FF/EMT Kelley Grzych and FF/EMT Matthew Briggs.

The four members of the Crete Fire Department responded to a call in July of this year, saving the life of an individual in anaphylactic shock after having received a bee sting.

Crete Fire Department Life Saving Award

Crete Fire Chief Mike Waterman presents lifesaving awards to Captain Jim Boehner, Lieutenant Scott Kirkpatrick, FF/EMT Kelley Grzych and FF/EMT Matthew Briggs. The four members of the Crete Fire Department responded to a call in July of this year, saving the life of an individual in anaphylactic shock after having received a bee sting.

Posted by Village of Crete on Monday, October 12, 2020

Fire Department Drive-Thru Dinner Fundraiser

Due to COVID-19, the Crete Fire Department was unable to host its annual pancake breakfast and open house events earlier this year, both of which help raise funds for training and equipment.

A substitute ‘Drive-Thru Dinner Fundraiser’ is now planned for Friday, October 30th, 5-8pm, at Crete Fire Station 1, located 524 W. Exchange St, Crete, IL 60417. See flyer below for more information.

Crete Fire Department Drive-Thru Dinner Fundraiser

Census Deadline Extended Through October

The deadline to answer the 2020 Census has been extended to October 31st. Read more about the extension here: https://2020census.gov/…/n…/press-releases/court-ruling.html

To fill out the Census form go to 2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020.

As a reminder, answering the Census is especially important for municipalities like Crete because government and grant funds, for things like police and roads, are determined by number of residents.

We’ve also made two videos about the importance of the Census. Check them out here:

2020 Census: Support Your Community

Did you know that the Village of Crete forfeits $171.84 in tax revenue from the State of Illinois, for every person in Crete who doesn’t fill out the 2020 Census? The Census money is earmarked for things like local law enforcement and public works.

Now imagine that one percent of Crete, or 83 people, don’t participate in the census. That’s $14,192.00. But what if it’s 20% of residents that don’t fill out the Census? The lost revenue is now $284,000.00, which might result in reduced law enforcement resources and more potholes in Crete roads.

The good news is that, with your help, there’s still time to avoid any potential issues. All you need to do is go to 2020census.gov before October 5th and fill out the form. You can also call 844-330-2020 and complete the process by phone.

The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential, so don’t worry about your answers being published.

If you’ve already completed the census, awesome! Thank you! If you could still help spread the word and maybe gently nudge any procrastinators around you and share the Census website or phone number with them, we’d really appreciate that too!

And remember, the deadline for the 2020 Census is October 5th, and the next Census is not until 2030, so we gotta make this one count. Go #TeamCrete!

Cares Act Small Business Grant

The deadline to apply for CARES relief has been extended until the end of business Friday, October 2, 11:59pm. To register and fill out the application, visit the Will County website at:

https://www.willcountyillinois.com/CARES-Act

Additionally, the direct Small Business Assistance link is: 

https://www.willcountyillinois.com/CARES-Act/Local-Business-Assistance

If your small business has been hurt by COVID-19, don’t delay, fill out that application today

Business Interruption Grant Webinars

The Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program is multi-million program developed by Governor Pritzker and the Illinois General Assembly to provide economic relief for small businesses hit hardest by COVID-19.

BIG leverages federal funding provided by the CARES Act to help offset COVID-19 related losses for Illinois small businesses. Funding may be used to help businesses with working capital expenses, including payroll costs; rent; utilities; and other operational costs.

Applications for a second round of funding are now being accepted and can be found here. A total of $220 million will be made available for small businesses of all types in Illinois. Grants will be awarded and funded on a rolling basis until funding is depleted.  The grant size will be equivalent to two months of expenses.

The BIG program is open to all eligible businesses (for profit and nonprofit) with $20 million or less in annual revenue in 2019 and experienced losses due to COVID-19. Of the total funding, $70 million will be invested in Disproportionately Impacted Areas (DIAs) and $60 million in heavily impacted industries. A map of the DIAs and the eligibility guidelines can be found on our website. 

The heavily impacted industries are defined as having annual revenues of $10 million or less and have been close or operating at a very diminished capacity since mid-March and are likely to continue to do so until Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan. These industries include the following:

·         Event spaces

·         Music venues

·         Performing arts venues

·         Indoor recreation

·         Amusement parks

·         Movie theaters

·         Museums

·         Charter/shuttle buses

DCEO will be hosting webinars regarding this program. You can register for the webinars by using the links below:

Event:  Northeast Region Business Interruption Grant Webinar
Date and time:  Friday, September 25, 2020 2:00 pm
Event address:  https://illinois.webex.com/illinois/onstage/g.php?MTID=eae4c803e69f3132138ed9c902bf20d0e

Event:  Northeast Region Business Interruption Grant Webinar
Date and Time:  Monday, September 28, 2020 2:00 pm
Event Address:  https://illinois.webex.com/illinois/onstage/g.php?MTID=eb5ae540f4ac73d79af6b0fcdc96cd4fa

Event:  Northeast Region Business Interruption Grant Webinar
Date and time:  Wednesday, September 30, 2020 3:00 pm
Event address:  https://illinois.webex.com/illinois/onstage/g.php?MTID=e1b28c578db7ed2236ac96f8a0a0def37