Lake County Board Commits $75 Million to COVID-19 Recovery

$105 Million Committed to COVID-19 Recovery in Past Three Months

LAKE COUNTY, Ill. – The Lake County Board yesterday passed a $75 million emergency measure called Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support Lake County residents, communities, taxing districts, businesses, and countywide services in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adding to the funding allocated the past two months, the Lake County Board has now committed $105 million for COVID-19 recovery in Lake County.

“The Lake County Board and our staff have been working together with municipalities, townships, non-profits, local businesses and residents to make sure that these relief dollars are reaching as many residents as possible, in the most efficient way possible,” said Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart. “I thank all the board members for the time they’ve spent ensuring that critical needs will be met across Lake County as we move forward together towards recovery.”

In April, Lake County received $121.5 million as part of the CARES Act passed by Congress. The Lake County Board created a Special Committee dedicated to providing guidance and direction on CARES Act funding used to develop programming and service opportunities to help the community recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Lake County government is allocating funding towards the following programs:

  • $35 million municipality, fire protection district, and other taxing body reimbursement for municipal and local essential services
  • $20 million small business assistance 
  • $18 million food, rental, utility, housing, employment and other resident support and assistance
  • $15.3 million Lake County COVID-19 expenses
  • $13.7 million contact tracing, education, vaccination, behavioral health services, and other public health support and assistance
  • $3 million personal protective equipment 

Disaster Proclamation Extended

The Lake County Board also voted to extend its coronavirus disaster proclamation through August 11, 2020. This proactive measure allows Lake County to continue to access additional state and federal funding and resources for COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.

By Margo Pelak

Margo Pelak is founder and managing editor of the Local Newsreader, which covers hyper-local news in Hawthorn Woods, Lake Zurich and Mundelein. She resides in Hawthorn Woods with her husband Dennis and two wild beasts named Ladybug and Juney P.

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