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American Rescue Plan

HOW DOES THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN HELP IL-03?

On March 10, Representative Marie Newman voted to pass the American Rescue Plan, a historic stimulus package designed to crush the COVID-19 virus, rebuild our economy, launch a national vaccine campaign and provide Americans and small businesses with the critical relief they need and deserve.

Put Vaccines in Arms: The plan mounts a national vaccination program that includes setting up community vaccination sites nationwide and addressing disparities facing communities of color. Of the more than $20 billion being invested to establish a national COVID-19 Vaccination Program, approx. $275 million is going to boost Illinois’ vaccination rate. In March, Rep. Newman announced that eight community health centerswith sites in IL-03 will receive more than $70 million total to boost vaccine distribution in our communities.

Put Children Safely Back in School: The plan makes a nearly $130 billion national investment in school re-opening and making up for lost learning. Of that funding, more than $127 million is being invested into schools across IL-03 to provide them with the resources and supports to re-open schools safely for in-person learning. This funding is on top of the $1.8 billion being invested in the 638 schools in Chicago Public Schools.

Put Money in People’s Pockets: The plan finishes the job on the President’s promise to provide $2,000 in direct assistance to households across America with checks of $1,400 per person, following the $600 down payment enacted in December.  The plan also provides direct housing assistance, nutrition assistance for 40 million Americans, expand access to safe and reliable child care and affordable health care, extend unemployment insurance so that more than 20 million American workers can pay their bills and supporting 27 million children with an expanded Child Tax Credit and more than 17 million low-wage workers through an improved Earned Income Tax Credit.

Put People Back In Jobs: The plan provides crucial support for the hardest-hit small businesses, especially those owned by entrepreneurs from racial and ethnic backgrounds that have experienced systemic discrimination, with EIDL grants, expanded PPP eligibility and more.  The plan also provides crucial resources to protect the jobs of first responders, frontline public health workers, teachers, transit workers and other essential workers that all Americans depend on.

Investments in Local Governments: The bill provides $360 billion for new Coronavirus Relief Funds for states and localities, including to help keep critical workers on the job. In total, municipalities across Illinois will receive $13.7 billion.

Supports for Transit/Airline Workers: This bill includes $30 billion for transit agencies across the country to prevent, prepare and respond to the continued threat of the pandemic. As part of that funding, $71.5 million will be invested into Midway Airport and $1.5 billion will go towards Illinois transportation workers to ensure employees are supported throughout this pandemic and service can be fully restored in the coming months.

Funding Breakdown for State, Cities and Municipalities:

The American Rescue Plan provides an estimated $13.7 billion in relief to municipalities across Illinois, this includes: 

  • State of Illinois: $7.5 billion
  • City of Chicago: $1.98 billion
  • Cook County: $998.86 million
  • DuPage County: $178.99 million
  • Will County: 133.97 million
  • City of Berwyn: $32 million
  • City of Oak Lawn: $7.7 million
  • Other Villages, Towns and cities in IL-03: A total of $50 million