COVID-19: Business Response

Restore Illinois: Phase 4 Information

Village’s Economic Relief Package

  • Restaurant Relief Package –The Wilmette Village Board approved an additional $169,249 economic relief package to support Wilmette restaurants in response to stricter mitigations imposed by the State of Illinois in Region 10 (suburban Cook County). These new restrictions have a significant impact on the restaurant industry, including a ban on indoor dining and reduced capacity and party sizes for outdoor dining. The program is provisional: it will take effect if the current mitigations put in place on Oct. 28 extend beyond four weeks, which would be Nov. 25. The program will provide financial support to restaurants through a municipal sales tax rebate program.

ComEd’s Small Business Assistance Program

  • The Small Business Assistance Program provides eligible small business customers, with a one-time grant up to $2,000 towards a past due balance. Eligible customers may also place a remaining balance into a payment plan of up to six months. To apply for the Small Business Assistance Program, please call 1-877-426-6331.
  • Click here for more information on the program.

How to Support Local Businesses

State of Illinois

Cook County

  • Community Recovery Fund: This loan fund offers one-time, zero-interest loans of up to $20,000 for small businesses and up to $10,000 for independent contractors in suburban Cook County. Businesses must be located in suburban Cook County.

Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources for Small Businesses

  • After submitting documentation demonstrating the impact of COVID-19 on more than 3,000 businesses across the state, Gov. Pritzker announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved the state’s eligibility for disaster assistance loans for small businesses facing financial hardship in all 102 counties due to COVID-19. Eligible businesses can apply for up to $2 million in low-interest loans to help offset the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.


Note: This webpage will be updated and revised as necessary. This page was last updated December 11, 2020.