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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

Secretary of State event in Chicago Heights

A mobile Secretary of State event is scheduled for tomorrow in Chicago Heights, and will offer the following services:

• Renewal / correction of driver’s license.
• New / renewal / correction of state ID.
• License plate renewal stickers.
• Motor voter registration w/ renewal of DL / ID.
• Organ donor registration w/ renewal of DL / ID.
• Seniors age 65+, no charge for state ID.

Proper identification required for above services. For veteran designation, residents must bring their DD-214 or NAF 13038. For more information about veteran ID services, call the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs at 1-800-437-9824.

The event will be held Tuesday, September 22nd, from 10am to 2pm at:

Chicago Heights Park District
1400 Chicago Rd,
Chicago Heights, IL

Attendees must wear face coverings and follow social distancing rules.

New COVID-19 ‘Mitigation Efforts’ starting Aug. 26

Governor Pritzker has announced new COVID-19 restrictions on businesses in the greater Will and Kankakee County areas.

According to Mr. Pritzker’s office, new COVID-19 positivity rates have climbed to unacceptable levels, prompting the state to re-impose certain restrictions on bars, restaurants, meetings and social gatherings in general, beginning August 26 through at least September 2, at which point the restrictions may be rolled back or increased.

The entire press release is attached below.

Emergency Rental & Mortgage Assistance Program

From the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) Emergency Rental & Mortgage Assistance Program:

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

With applications now available, the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA) will support Illinois tenants unable to pay their rent due to a COVID-19-related loss of income. Tenants whose applications are approved will receive one-time grants of $5,000 paid directly to their landlords to cover missed rent payments beginning March 2020 and prepay payments through December 2020, or until the $5,000 is exhausted, whichever comes first. The assistance will be in the form of a grant and repayment will not be required. Applications for ERA will be accepted August 10th through August 21st. Due to anticipated high volume, the application window may close early. IHDA will use a third-party entity to select a pool of applications to be reviewed for eligibility. Approximately 30,000 tenants are expected to receive funding. Apply online at: era.ihda.org. 

Tenant Eligibility:

  • Household income before March 1, 2020 was at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income;
  • An adult member of the household must have had a loss of income due to the COVID-19 crisis on or after March 1, 2020; and
  • Household has an unpaid rent balance that began on or after March 1, 2020.

Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program

Available August 24, 2020, the Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (EMA) will assist homeowners who have experienced a COVID-19-related loss of income resulting in past due mortgage balances starting March 2020. Approved applicants will receive up to $15,000 paid directly to their mortgage servicer. Assistance will cover the homeowner’s past due or forbearance balance and their regular mortgage payments through December 30, 2020, or until the funding is exhausted, whichever comes first. Payments may include all escrowed first mortgage expenses including property taxes, insurance and certain fees. The assistance will be in the form of a grant and repayment will not be required. Applications for EMA will be accepted from August 24th through September 4th. Due to anticipated high volume, the application window may close early. IHDA will use a third-party entity to select a pool of applications to be reviewed for eligibility. The program is expected to assist approximately 10,000 households. Apply online at: ema.ihda.org. 

Homeowner Eligibility:

  • Household adjusted gross income from 2019 Tax Return was at or below 120 percent of the Area Median Income;
  • An adult member of the household has had a loss of income due to the COVID-19 crisis on or after March 1, 2020;
  • Homeowner’s mortgage was current as of February 29, 2020;
  • The mortgage is past due or in forbearance.

Additional documentation attached to this post.

For more information about the Emergency Rental Assistance Program: https://era.ihda.org/

For more information about the Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program: https://era.ihda.org/

Crete Featured Business: Dairy Queen

Crete Dairy Queen owner, Sam Patel, grew up in a small village. When he saw an opportunity to become a franchise owner in Crete, he felt it was a perfect fit.

Dairy Queen Crete is currently open for drive-thru only, and is located at: 1006 E Steger Rd Crete, IL 60417 (708) 304-2447

Crete Featured Business: Dairy Queen

Crete Dairy Queen owner, Sam Patel, grew up in a small village. When he saw an opportunity to become a franchise owner in Crete, he felt it was a perfect fit. Dairy Queen Crete is currently open for drive-thru only, and are located at: 1006 E Steger RdCrete, IL 60417(708) 304-2447

Posted by Village of Crete on Tuesday, August 4, 2020