Pritzker Sends Taxpayer Funded Relief Funds to Dissolved Businesses

Pritzker Sends Taxpayer Funded Relief Funds to Dissolved Businesses

Governor Pritzker’s ineptness to send relief funds to businesses that are actually still in business is just the latest example of politicians haphazardly spending and wasting taxpayer dollars.

March 11, 2021

Governor Pritzker has repeatedly highlighted the state’s Business interruption Grant program, a program that was developed using federal relief dollars to provide economic relief funds for small businesses hit hardest by COVID-19, by touring the state and touting the program. However, WCIA’s latest report on the program uncovered that more than $1 million in grant funding went to businesses that were dissolved.

From WCIA: A review of state records shows the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity sent at least $1.1 million in Business Interruption Grants to 72 companies the state considers “dissolved.”

In order to qualify for the Coronavirus relief funding, state application forms show the businesses had to attest that they were open on March 1st, 2020, they would try to stay open all year, and would use the money “exclusively for costs and losses incurred due to the business interruption” caused by Covid-19.

Business registration records kept at the Secretary of State’s office showed at least 72 of the companies that won grant funding were considered dissolved or terminated long before the pandemic began…

Five of them dissolved in the 1990s. One of them dissolved in 1987.

This report comes amid Congress passing a new spending package that will send Illinois over $7 billion in taxpayer dollars for Governor Pritzker to oversee. 

Illinoisans know all too well about politicians haphazardly spending and wasting their tax dollars and unfortunately, Governor Pritzker’s ineptness to send relief funds to businesses that are actually still in business is just the latest example.

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