$42 Million 

Committed to Municipalities & Local Governments'
COVID-19 expenses

$17 Million 

Committed to Local Small Businesses

$15.7 Million 

Committed to Public Health

$15 Million 

 Committed to Food, Housing and Utilities for Residents

CARES Funding Recipients

The Lake County Board has committed $121.5 million in funding it received from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to support Lake County residents, communities, taxing districts, businesses, and countywide services in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The recipient lists below will be updated as more funding is distributed.

Resident Support and Assistance

Small Business Assistance Grant Program

As of 10/28/20, there are still Lake County Small Business Assistance Grant applications that are being processed. The list below will be updated as additional funds are distributed.

Additional CARES Act Commitments

Supporting Materials

COVID Housing Relief Program

Lake County renters and homeowners who have been impacted by COVID-19 are invited to apply for a new program that offers financial assistance to help pay for rent, gas and electric bills. Learn more.

What is Lake County Forward?

Lake County Forward is a collaborative, whole-of-government initiative for community health and economic recovery as Lake County accelerates through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The pandemic has been challenging for so many of our Lake County residents and businesses”, said Lake County Chair Sandy Hart. “As we move forward together, the Lake County Board and staff are working to ensure that we are committed, united and resilient on the road to recovery.”  

Lake County Forward is comprised of...

Lake County Strategic Advisory Group: As part of Lake County Forward, Chair Hart has formed a Lake County Strategic Advisory Group on COVID-19 Relief and Recovery. This non-partisan, public-private advisory group will share their expertise and knowledge and provide input on strategic needs, requirements, options, and recommended priorities while recovering from COVID-19. Members will be invited by Lake County Board Chair Hart to participate.

Special Finance COVID-19 Committee: Lake County formed a special COVID-19 Finance Committee that met for the first time on May 15, 2020. The Committee was set up to provide guidance and strategic priorities to County Administration for the planning and execution of the various federal COVID response funds provided to Lake County. The committee will meet weekly to evaluate options and act quickly to fund initiatives to help the community ‘move forward’ from COVID-19.

Task Forces: Over the last several months, Lake County employees have been working around the clock to respond to COVID-19. Lake County has formalized a group of task forces that continues to measure the impact of COVID-19 and plan for recovery efforts. Teams are focusing on support and resources for the homeless and vulnerable communities and businesses, maximizing Federal and State funding to aid the community, and possible operation and budget changes to Lake County Government.

Actions Taken

$121.5 Million Committed to COVID-19 Recovery

On September 29, 2020, the Lake County Board voted to appropriate and re-allocate $121.5 million in funding it received from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to support Lake County residents, communities, taxing districts, businesses, and countywide services in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • $42 million to reimburse local municipalities, fire protection districts, and other taxing bodies for COVID-19 expenses
  • $28.05 million for Lake County essential services related to COVID-19
  • $17 million for small business and economic assistance 
  • $15.7 million for public health support and assistance, including contact tracing, health education, vaccinations, behavioral health and other services
  • $15 million for food, rental, utility, housing, employment and other resident support and assistance
  • $1.75 million for the stockpile and distribution of personal protective equipment
  • $2.04 million contingency/reserve for other COVID-19 related expenses

Rent & Utility Assistance

The Lake County COVID Housing Relief Program (CHRP) provides rent and utility assistance for eligible households financially impacted by COVID-19. If you are a Lake County resident and need help paying rent or utility bills, please call 211. To learn more about the Lake County COVID Housing Relief Program, click here.

Tune in to Recording of COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall

Lake County held a live COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, September 30. Hosted by Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart, panelists discussed the most current information about how COVID-19 is impacting Lake County, relief efforts including programs that have provided funding to Lake County businesses and residents who have been financially impacted, and information about voting in the November General Election. Watch the meeting recording in English or Spanish. Those with questions that did not get answered during the town hall can email communications@lakecountyil.gov to get the information they need.

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Restore Illinois

Help for Illinois Families: Relief for Households Across the State


The Pritzker Administration, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, has launched a new initiative to help Illinois families access and afford home energy assistance and other essential services during COVID-19. Families seeking emergency assistance to cover costs of utility bills, rent, temporary shelter, food and other household necessities may visit www.helpillinoisfamilies.com for program details and how to apply.

North Suburban Region - Lake & McHenry Counties

Lake and McHenry County officials are working together to slow the recent resurgence of COVID-19. The two counties make up the North Suburban Region identified under a plan recently rolled out by the State of Illinois. Under the plan, the region is positioned to respond with appropriate interventions as current state metrics indicate an increase of COVID-19 positive cases. Learn more about the North Suburban Region here.

Phases & Guidelines

To prepare businesses and employers to implement new and updated safety guidelines in Phase 4, the State of Illinois has developed this business toolkit complete with signage, posters, and other resources to ensure business and activities are conducted in accordance with the latest public health recommendations.

Phase 4 guidelines include five new industry categories and updated recommendations for the existing categories from Phase 3. Each set of guidelines includes a common set of guidelines that are expected and encouraged among all employers and activity types, as well as workplace and program-specific guidelines.