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

Additional CARES Act Commitments

Supporting Materials

Lake County Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Lake County renters who have been impacted by COVID-19 are invited to apply for a new program that offers financial assistance to help pay for rent and utility 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
  • $17.2 million for public health support and assistance, including contact tracing, health education, vaccinations, behavioral health and other services
  • $17 million for small business and economic assistance 
  • $13.5 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

Tune in to Recording of COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall

On Wednesday, January 13, Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart hosted a virtual town hall meeting with Lake County Health Department Executive Director Mark Pfister and Lake County Medical Epidemiologist Dr. Sana Ahmed to answer questions from the community about the COVID-19 vaccine, including questions about the timeline, vaccine safety and more. Watch the meeting recording in English or Spanish. Those with questions that did not get answered during the town hall can email 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 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

On June 11, 2021, the State of Illinois moved to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois framework, marking the full reopening of all industries and activities. Read the Phase 5 reopening guidelines here.