Participate in the 2020 U.S. Census

While we are home following the stay at home order and keeping each other safe, please consider taking about 10 minutes to complete the 2020 U.S. Census questionnaire.  According to a 2017 George Washington University report, Illinois receives about $34 billion a year in federal funds that are distributed based on population.  Every uncounted resident can cost the state of Illinois and its units of local government $18,000 a year in federal funding.

Illinois is expected to lose one Congressional seat due to the loss of population over the last ten years.  An undercount in the 2020 Census could cost Illinois an additional seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Please take a few minutes and participate in the 2020 Census!

DCEO Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program – *Updated 4/2/2020

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is offering grants to small businesses for up to $25,000 to support working capital expenses during the Covid-19 crisis.  Carterville businesses interested in this program can complete the attached abbreviated application and return it to City Hall.  Once received, the applications will be forwarded to our grant writers who will work directly with the businesses to help complete all the grant’s requirements.  Feel free to contact City Hall or visit the DCEO Guidebook link for more information.

Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program FAQs

DCEO Program Details and Guidebook

Carterville DCEO Small Business Grant Abbreviated Application


Illinois Essential Business Flowchart

The State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has released a flowchart to assist business owners in determinig if their business is considered an essential business under Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order.  Carterville City Hall has fielded a few questions on this topic so far.  Hopefully, this document will be helpful to those business owners and management.

Essential Business Flowchart