sign 5503310 1280 rWEST CHICAGO – More than $3 million in Back to Business grants will be awarded to small businesses across the 25th District, State Senator Karina Villa (D-West Chicago) announced.

“Local businesses bring so much life to our community,” Villa said. “Especially through the challenges of the last two years, the services they provide have been absolutely vital and, now more than ever, they need our support.”

Sixty-three local businesses will be receiving a total of $3,125,000 in COVID-19 relief funds in the latest round of B2B grants through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Roughly $200 million in B2B grants has already been awarded to small businesses throughout the state, with an emphasis on disproportionately impacted areas. With nearly $50 million left to go, more businesses will have the opportunity to get a share of the relief funds.

“Programs like Back to Business have been absolutely integral to helping our small businesses back on their feet,” Villa said. “I’m so pleased to see so many businesses in the district take advantage of this great opportunity to receive such well-deserved investment.”

Grants will continue to be awarded on a rolling basis. Visit the DCEO website for more information on the B2B program or check the status of an existing application by logging into the portal.

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032222cm0631 rSPRINGFIELD – Legislation sponsored by State Senator Karina Villa (D-West Chicago) will allow Illinois visitors and non-resident students to continue to receive therapeutic services via telehealth from an out-of-state certified social worker they have an established relationship with.

“Finding a therapist is a long and arduous process for many people,” Villa said. “This kind of care isn’t a one-size-fits-all situation, and when a good match is found, we should make it as easy as possible for individuals to receive continued care.”

Current law requires clinicians to be licensed in the state where their client is physically located at the time of care, not the state where they reside. House Bill 4797 would allow nonresidents and visitors to Illinois, such as university students, to continue to receive the care they need from their trusted and established therapists.

“As a school social worker, I will continue to advocate for increased access to services a social worker can provide, as I understand just how important these services can be to individuals who need it most” Villa said. “By removing this barrier to care, Illinois will be a leader in increasing access to mental health resources for in-state and out-of-state residents.”

House Bill 4797 unanimously passed out of the Senate Insurance Committee on Wednesday and now awaits further consideration.

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WEST CHICAGO - Thanks to the support of State Senator Karina Villa (D-West Chicago), 57 businesses in the district she represents will receive almost $3 million in combined assistance to grow and restore their services that were hindered by the pandemic.

“Our businesses have worked exceptionally hard to remain open while keeping their employees and the community safe,” said Villa. ”Business owners are still trying to recover their lost resources from the pandemic.”

The Back to Business program grants are awarded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity using funds allocated to them by the American Rescue Plan through last year’s state budget. So far – thanks to strong support from Villa – DCEO has provided hundreds of millions in B2B grants to thousands of small businesses throughout the state with an emphasis on disproportionately impacted areas.

To date, $2.95 million in B2B grants have gone to businesses within the 25th District. Businesses receiving these grants include restaurants, bars, hotels and other hard-hit sectors.

“This funding will help our local businesses restore resources from the major effects of the pandemic so they can continue to deliver for our community,” said Villa.

For a full list of businesses receiving B2B grants, click here.

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SPRINGFIELD – Community members and professionals on State Senator Karina Villa’s (D-West Chicago) Senior Advisory Committee are making strides on a measure that would ensure nursing home residents are treated with courtesy and are able to maintain their human and civil rights while receiving medical care.

“It is essential that we, as a community, support nursing home residents, who are among one of our most vulnerable populations,” Villa said. “Families should have full confidence in the facility and their staff to perform the best medical practices and be courteous of the patient’s wishes.”

Villa’s legislation would prohibit nursing home residents from performing labor for the facility unless it is for documented therapeutic or medical purposes. It also ensures timely delivery of basic needs for residents.

This initiative provides nursing home residents the right to courteous treatment, the right to protection and the right to advocacy services. It outlines a grievance procedure for residents and protects them through the process of expressing grievances. This measure will make residents and their advocates better aware of their rights in the home and ensure that they are protected in executing their rights.

“It is already stressful enough to make the decision to put a loved one in a nursing home. They should not have to worry about facilities taking proper care of their family members,” said Villa. “My hope is that under this measure, there will be improved accessibility to ensure residents are treated with dignity and respect at all times.”

This legislation was in partnership with my senior advisory committee. “The committee is filled with seniors living in the community and a community member who voiced her experiences in a long term care facility where she was neglected,” said Villa.

Senate Bill 1633 passed the Senate and now heads to the House for further consideration.

Senator Villa is a strong promoter of the senior community. She hosts a monthly Senior Advisory Committee on the second Friday of each month at 10 a.m. via Zoom. To receive the link and agenda contact Villa’s office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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