September 11, 2020

Duckworth Speaks with Northwest Illinois Mayors on COVID-19 Recovery


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today held a virtual meeting with six mayors from across Northwest Illinois to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on their communities. Duckworth and the local leaders also discussed what communities are looking for in future federal relief packages and how her office can help Northwest Illinois with recovering from both the economic and health impacts of the pandemic.

“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 Northwest Illinois mayors today, and I’ll keep working hard to make sure they have the assistance they need and deserve.”

Duckworth was joined virtually by Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara, Moline Mayor Stephanie Acri, Rock Island Mayor Mike Thoms, Belvidere Mayor Mike Chamberlain, Freeport Mayor Jodi Miller and Galena Mayor Terry Renner.

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.