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If Illinois closes bars, reduces restaurant service, will there be more federal help?

State Rep. Lance Yednock: 'We need aid'

State Rep. Lance Yednock, D-Ottawa, spoke Thursday at the La Salle County Governmental Complex.
State Rep. Lance Yednock, D-Ottawa, spoke Thursday at the La Salle County Governmental Complex.

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Gov. JB Pritzker said bars will close and restaurant services may be reduced if La Salle County COVID-19 cases get worse and more people are admitted to the hospital.

If that happens, will there be more financial aid?

The extra $600 weekly unemployment benefits from the federal government (on top of state assistance) expires Friday, July 31.

With the additional aid ending, “nearly 30 million unemployed people could struggle to pay rent, utilities or other bills, and economists worry that overall consumer spending will drop, adding another economic blow,” the Associated Press reported last week.

State Rep. Lance Yednock, D-Ottawa, attended the Thursday briefing in Ottawa, when the governor came to talk about the COVID-19 warning level La Salle County has reached.

The governor said it's possible smaller capacity limits at other activities will be a possibility.

“I think him and every governor in the 50 states are going to be pushing for more aid. As you know, the pandemic relief largely comes from the federal government. If they decide to sit on their hands on this, then we’re all going to suffer,” Yednock said.

He said there are still people out of work.

“When they get cut off tomorrow, it could be even more challenging than it’s already been.”

“We need aid, not only for people that are unemployed and seeking jobs,” Yednock said, "but also for our communities. Our revenues are going to be way down in our communities, and we need that just as bad as anything.”

“I’m hopeful,” he said about the aid. “But that’s a federal question.”

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