Rock Falls Mayor William Wescott is joining a large number of other mayors in what is called downstate Illinois who are getting frustrated and angry about how the state is treating municipalities outside the Chicago area.
Following the Rock Falls City Council meeting Tuesday night the mayor spoke of the Federal Funds in the Cares Act that was supposed to help communities and small business impacted by the pandemic. Wescott, like other mayors, have complained that Illinois is the only state that requires money that could be used for economic development and support to be sent back to Springfield, not kept in the hands of the municipalities.
He went on to say the city does not know if any reimbursements will be coming their way from the state and he does not know if any of the small businesses who need the money now will be able to survive until the state gets around to properly helping.
Wescott also spoke of the Stabilization Grants the state rolled out with such fanfare. Rock Falls had four businesses approved for money from that program months ago. He stated to date, they have not seen a dime of any of the money.
The mayor also said they city and businesses were informed recently that the businesses who qualified for funding will now have to present new forms and documents before the state will send the funds.