Illinois’ government has spent billions in federal pandemic aid. What do some programs do when the money runs out?

May 5, 2023

Article published by WBEZ | May 5, 2023 By Camryn Cutinello

Illinois has received billions in federal relief money during the COVID-19 pandemic. But there will be no new rounds of aid from Washington after federal and state COVID emergency orders expire on May 11.

That means a revenue stream will be drying up for many programs that were launched by state agencies to cope with the far-reaching effects of COVID.

Agencies say they will be able to continue those programs with federal funding until at least 2024, with a requirement that they spend the money by 2026. After that, some programs will wind down because they have served their purpose or they are out of money.

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