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VILLA PARK – To help offset losses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D- Villa Park) is urging local businesses to submit their applications for the Back to Business grant program before the Oct. 13 deadline.

“The Back to Business program has already helped over a dozen businesses in our community,” Cullerton said. “Submitting your application before the deadline could help your business get the funds needed to bounce back from this pandemic.”

The B2B program will provide grants ranging in size from $5,000 to $150,000, commensurate with losses experienced. The deadline for applications for B2B grants is Oct. 13, and grants are awarded on a rolling basis.

Funding for the B2B program comes from $250 million in American Rescue Plan Act money. To date, businesses in the 23rd district have received nearly $700,000 cumulatively.

“The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is working hard to make sure local businesses get the funding they need,” Cullerton said. “I encourage business owners to utilize the DCEO website and local Community Navigator organizations to get the help they need to apply.”

For more information on the B2B program and to access the application, visit the DCEO website.

library 1147815 1280WOOD DALE – Project Next Generation, a program designed to encourage youth mentorship at public libraries, is coming to the Wood Dale Public Library District, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) announced Tuesday.

“The Project Next Generation program is a great example of how our public libraries can provide important resources to our communities,” Cullerton said. “The life skills a mentor can provide to at-risk youth will surely help the students who need it most.”

The Wood Dale Public Library District is set to receive nearly $9,000 to implement the Project Next Generation program. The program’s mentors work with middle and high school students to help develop knowledge to use various technologies, achieve success through project-based learning, and increase other life skills like effective communication, goal-setting and conflict resolution.

Projects were awarded grants from the Illinois State Library using federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The grants totaled over $530,000 across the state and are awarded to public libraries serving culturally diverse, low-income and underserved populations.

“I commend Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White for establishing this program,” Cullerton said. “Making sure our most vulnerable students get the additional help they need will help put them on a better path moving forward.”

For more information, visit https://www.ilsos.gov/departments/library/grants/png.html.

library 1147815 1280VILLA PARK – Eight local libraries will receive funds totaling over $350,000 to upgrade programs and help patrons get the resources they need, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D- Villa Park) announced Wednesday.

“This funding will allow libraries to expand the help they give,” Cullerton said. “Whether it be allowing people to access the internet to apply to jobs or providing programming to help kids retain their education over the summer, libraries are a valuable asset to our communities.”

The funds received by the eight local libraries is part of $18.1 million in grants awarded to 638 public libraries across the state. Libraries will use these funds to implement and expand services and products like audiobooks and eBooks, dual language materials, adult programming and more.

Read more: DuPage County libraries receiving funds for upgrades, Cullerton announces

053121HAO00763SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is proud to see a measure that would offer mental health support information on student ID cards being signed into law on Friday.

“Providing mental health support to students—whether they’re in middle school or college—is so important, especially as they start to return to in-person learning,” Cullerton said. “Something as simple as a contact number for a crisis line could help prevent unnecessary tragedy in an age group that has seen increasing suicide rates over the years.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 2007 and 2018, suicide rates for people aged 10-24 increased by 57.4%. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for children between the ages of 10 and 14. 

To provide students with essential mental health support services, House Bill 1778 would require school districts that issue ID cards for students in sixth to 12th grade to include the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Crisis Text Line numbers on the backs of cards. It also requires colleges and universities to publish the information on student IDs. A similar measure sponsored by Cullerton, HB 2014, was also recently signed into law.

HB 1778 was signed by Gov. JB Pritzker and will go into effect July 1, 2022.

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