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DuPage County to allocate $43 million in COVID-19 relief to area municipalities

The DuPage County Board voted to allocate $43 million in COVID-19 federal relief funds to county municipalities, the county announced in a statement Wednesday.

DuPage County received more than $161 million in federal funds through the Cares Act, the federal coronavirus relief law passed in March. The county board established the local Government Municipal COVID-19 Reimbursement Program to provide a portion of these federal funds to assist DuPage cities, towns and villages for qualifying expenses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.

DuPage County approved intergovernmental agreements with municipalities at its board meeting Tuesday.

“The COVID-19 response has stressed all government budgets, particularly those providing day to day service to our community residents," County Board Chairman Dan Cronin said in a statement. "We are pleased to provide our municipal partners with financial relief as they continue to carry out their vital mission, serving and protecting the residents of this county."

Among area municipalities that recieved funds are:

• Darien, $1,121,195

• Downers Grove, $2,543,114

• Elmhurst, $2.4 million

• Glen Ellyn, $1.4 million

• Hinsdale, $797,662

• Lemont, $1.2 million

• Lombard, $2.2 million

• Villa Park, $1.1 million

• Warrenville $682,940

• Westmont $1.2 million

• Wheaton $2.7 million

• Willowbrook, $445,668

• Winfield, $509,068

• Woodridge $1.7 million

Municipal governments are required to submit eligible expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those expenses may include sanitizing, increased costs of police and fire response, purchase of personal protective equipment and other costs.

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