The Illinois Municipal League is angry, as they should be, about federal bailout money for Chicago as the only Illinois town or city to get federal aid.
Per an open letter it sent to Governor JB Pritzker, the legislation Congress is apparently about to pass provides $150 billion for state and local governments, but defines local governments as those with a population over 500,000.
For Illinois, that means Chicago only, plus a few of its largest counties.
“Congress has turned a blind eye to the economic crisis facing municipalities and has effectively ignored 1,298 of Illinois’ cities, villages and towns,” says the IML. “The Illinois Municipal League formally requests any aid received by the state designated for municipal governments be dispersed by your office to all 1,298 cities, villages and towns on a per capita basis so that every community receives the financial help they need to weather the crisis.”