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American Rescue Plan

The American Rescue Plan is a comprehensive COVID-19 relief package which will put shots in the arms of Americans, children back in the classroom, money in the pockets of working families and people back to work.

Shots in Arms

The plan will ramp up vaccinations by mounting a national vaccine program that includes setting up community vaccination sites and addressing disparities in distribution. Click here to learn more about vaccine sign up and distribution in Illinois. 

Money in Pockets

The American Rescue plan will put money in the pockets of Illinoisans providing $1,400 in survival checks for individuals making under $75,000 and joint filers making under $150,000.

This payment will be sent to you via check or direct deposit from the IRS. You do not need to take any action to get this payment, but if you are having difficulty receiving it, you can contact my office for assistance. Click here to track your check

The plan provides direct housing assistance and nutrition assistance and extends unemployment insurance to support Illinoisans who are struggling amidst the unprecedented economic crisis brought on by the pandemic. It will provide support for our most vulnerable populations, and cut childhood poverty in half through an expanded Child Tax Credit.   

Call the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) for unemployment benefits questions: 1-800-244-5631, or visit the IDES website here.

Single filers earning up to $75,000 and joint filers earning up to $150,000 will qualify for the expanded Child Tax Credit. The Secretary of the Treasury will issue child tax credit payments in advance without any action on your part. If you are having difficulty, contact our office for help at  (202) 225-3515. Learn more about the expanded Child Tax Credit here. 

Kid in the Classroom

The bill invests nearly $130 billion in school reopening to help get kids back in the classroom as quickly as possible.

People in Jobs

The plan will put people back to work, provide support for first responders and essential workers and provide crucial support for the hardest-hit small businesses through EIDL grants and expanded PPP eligibility.   

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration's Illinois District Office can be found here and local assistance information here.
  • All Illinois small businesses affected by COVID-19 are now eligible to apply for low-interest disaster loans at
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has information on resources and ways individuals, or businesses can seek assistance. For more information, please visit: or contact 1-800-638-6582. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's small business resource guide can be found here.
  • The National Main Street program has resources for small businesses and offers community support for those impacted by COVID-19. For more information visit their website here or contact 312-610-5613.
  • The House Committee on Small Business has made congressional and federal resources available on their website here.

Please contact my office at (202) 225-3515 with questions regarding these programs.