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
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!
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
· Charter/shuttle buses
DCEO will be hosting webinars regarding this program. You can register for the webinars by using the links below:
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.