A local Congresswoman says a federal COVID-19 relief package would provide Kendall County with $73 million in funding and would also provide millions of dollars in direct funding to municipalities and townships.
14th District Democratic Congresswoman Lauren Underwood issued a statement on Tuesday, saying she convened local elected officials for a virtual briefing on the "Heroes Act."
The $3 trillion stimulus second relief package has been highly publicized as it passed in the U.S. House of Representatives, late last week.
ABC News reported that the bill would put more money directly into Americans' pockets -- but the massive piece of legislation is likely headed straight to the Senate legislative graveyard, as it has seen a wall of disapproval, primarily from Republicans, who argue there are too many partisan provisions and the cost is too expensive.
The first stimulus bill that garnered significant bi-partisan support in March provided $2.2 trillion. But push from the new legislation may have legs.
ABC reported that the measure is largely viewed as a "messaging bill" for Democrats and an opening bid in negotiations with Senate Republicans, who have blasted the bill as a "liberal wishlist."
Locally, Rep. Underwood said in a statement that the "Heroes Act," includes both State Relief and Local Relief Funds to support unforeseen budget crises related to COVID-19.
Underwood says Kendall County would receive $73 million, DeKalb County would receive $59 million and Kane County would receive $299 million, among others.
Additionally, estimates are that the village of Montgomery would receive $10 million, the village of Sugar Grove would receive $5 million, Oswego Township would receive $28 million and others like Aurora would receive $110 million. Other communities would also receive funds, as the sampling was for local leaders who joined the call.
Underwood said the act, also includes many of her priorities, such as, "investments in testing, tracing, and treatment; protections for essential workers; additional relief payments for individuals and small businesses; direct local funding to support services like schools and first responders" and other items.
Two of her bills were also included, related to lowering out-of-pocket costs for veterans needing COVID-19 care and survivors of domestic violence.
Similar to comments by other Republicans, 16th District Congressman Adam Kinzinger was on Fox News on Saturday and called the bill "disappointing," saying several other bills had bi-partisan support and that the "Heroes Act" is being used as a political weapon for November's election.