Gov. J.B. Pritzkerís administration captured $219 million in federal funds that Congress and President Donald Trump approved months ago. About 4 percent has been paid to local governments across the state, according to documents from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
The money is meant for local governments and is not part of the billions of dollars that went directly to Chicago and other larger governments like Cook County.
Decatur Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe said itís been frustrating the city hasnít had access to that money.
ďThe way it was set up in Illinois was kind of screwy because this is federal money that was supposed to come to us to help us,Ē Moore Wolfe told WMAY.
Restrictions have eased on what the money can be used for, Moore Wolfe notes, allowing for police and fire costs to be covered.