Durbin Discusses State and Local Funding in American Rescue Plan with Illinois Mayors

SPRINGFIELD – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) spoke today with members of the Illinois Municipal League’s Executive Committee and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus’s Executive Board to discuss the state and local funding included in the American Rescue Plan (ARP). The legislation includes $13.7 billion in state and local funding for Illinois.

“Many government entities throughout Illinois faced major budget cuts due to the financial impact of the pandemic,” Durbin said. “The American Rescue Plan will help address critical revenue shortages that threatened the ability of local public health departments, first responders, and educators to respond to the needs of our communities during this crisis.”

The ARP provides an estimated $7.5 billion for the state government and $5.9 billion for Illinois local governments, including $2.5 billion for counties, $2.7 billion for cities with a population of more than 50,000, and $740 million for smaller municipalities. Under the ARP, Illinois will receive approximately $1.5 billion in testing and public health money for Illinois health departments and an estimated $275 million in vaccine distribution money. Roughly $5 billion will be provided to Illinois K-12 schools to re-open safely. More information on funding for Illinois in the ARP can be found here.