Sean Crawford reports:
Illinois has awarded the first round of emergency funding to small businesses to help them during the pandemic.
Known as Business Interruption Grants, they range from $10-thousand to $20-thousand. They are earmarked for helping businesses make payroll, pay rent, utilities and unexpected costs like PPE. More than 26-hundred businesses in 78 counties are benefitting. More than half are minority-owned. So far, $46-million has been awarded.