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Area Suburbs Get Roughly $16M In Second-Round ARPA Funding 

Saturday, September 17, 2022 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

The nine Proviso Township suburbs in the Village Free Press readership area will get roughly $16.4 million in second-round funding through the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced Sept. 14. 

The nine suburbs are among more than 1,200 municipalities in Illinois that will receive a total of $371 million in second-round ARPA funds, state officials said. A total of $742 million in ARPA money has been given in the first and second funding rounds. 

“This critical funding will help localities cover remaining pandemic-related costs incurred while supporting communities in every region of the state,” Gov. Pritzker said. 

The second and final round of funding will help municipalities that have incurred unexpected costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said DCEO Director Sylvia I. Garcia. 

The second-round funding amount is equivalent to the first-round funding amount that municipalities got last year. 

Melrose Park, the most populous of the nine suburbs, got around $1.7 million in second-round funding and around $3.4 million in total ARPA funds. 

Stone Park, the smallest among the nine suburbs, got around $328,000 in second-round funding and around $657,000 in total ARPA funds. 

The funds can be spent on a variety of measures, including public health initiatives taken to respond to the pandemic, salaries for employees who perform essential services, such as first responders, and infrastructure projects. 

A chart showing second-round funding for the nine VFP suburbs, alongside total funds for each suburb. | File 

“This final round of federal funding of $518,346 for Broadview will allow the village to strengthen our first responder services, public health outreach services, and our infrastructure, investing in the community so that we emerge stronger from the pandemic,” said Broadview Mayor Katrina Thompson in a statement released Sept. 15. 

“Broadview’s first responders were the backbone of our response to the pandemic, so I am thrilled that the additional costs that the village incurred will be covered and we will be able to strengthen our first responder system, public health, and infrastructure over the long-term.”

Last year in Maywood, village officials purchased an online community engagement platform called Polco to get a sense of how residents want the ARPA funds to be spent. 

Last month, Maywood Mayor Nathaniel George Booker said 90% of residents who took a survey administered through Polco chose “services or programs to promote healthy childhood environments” as the funding category they found most important. 

He said 86% of respondents said “services to address behavioral healthcare needs [worsened by] the pandemic, mental health treatment, and substance abuse services hotlines” are important funding areas. 

At a public meeting last year, Mayor Booker said the first-round ARPA funds don’t have to be spent until Dec. 31, 2024. 

“Realistically, the ARPA money funds through four fiscal years. We do not have to spend the money like it’s burning a hole in our pocket,” Booker said. “We can be intentional and strategic about this money — we do not have to spend it all at once.”

See a complete list of suburbs that received second-round ARPA funds here.

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