Villa applauds $440,000 in local Back to Business grants

WEST CHICAGO – With support from State Senator Karina Villa, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity recently announced the latest round of Back to Business grants awarded to businesses in the restaurant industry.

“The Back to Business grants have provided essential financial support to so many of our local restaurants,” said Villa (D-West Chicago). “Grants that help cover rent, payroll and other operational costs have made it possible for restaurants to keep their doors open during such difficult times.”

The Back to Business grant program provides recovery grants for small businesses throughout the state, with an emphasis on businesses in the hardest hit industries. Through the Back to Business and Business Interruption Grant programs, DCEO has provided over $535 million to more than 15,000 businesses since the start of the pandemic.

Twelve area restaurants in Villa’s district will receive a combined total of $440,000 through this round of Back to Business grants.

“Our local restaurants play a vital role in enhancing and shaping our communities,” Villa said. “Through this program, we can ensure that restaurants across the state will be able to sustain themselves for years to come.”

For more information about Back to Business grants, visit DCEO’s website.