August 24, 2020

Duckworth Speaks with Kankakee Mayor about COVID-19 Recovery


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today held a virtual meeting with Kankakee Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the city. Duckworth and Wells-Armstrong also spoke about what Kankakee is looking for in a future federal relief package as well as other federal funding opportunities for new potential infrastructure projects in the city.

“Our local governments have been hit especially hard during this pandemic,” Duckworth said. “Communities are battling this virus on two fronts—leaders are trying to protect their citizens during this public health crisis and keep essential services running despite decreased revenue. It’s not easy. I’m glad I was able to connect with Mayor Wells-Armstrong today, and I’ll keep working hard to make sure they have the assistance they need and deserve.”

Duckworth has been a strong supporter of providing more funding to state and local governments to help with budget shortfalls as a result of COVID-19. Earlier this year, Duckworth called for funding to local governments serving small communities in a future relief package, and called for flexibility and clarity in the distribution of relief funds to state, county and local governments.