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Cook County Seal | Toni Preckwinkle | Cook County Board President

Bureau of Economic Development           

March 24, 2021

Rebuilding Stronger Together

Logo: Cook County 2020 Community Recovery Initiative Impact Report

Our newsletter provides updates on the Bureau of Economic Development’s COVID-19 recovery initiatives, as well as general information on other programs.

At the Bureau of Economic Development along with our partners, we are committed to rebuilding stronger together. In this issue, find out about our impact report, a new emergency rental assistance program, urgent needs for manufacturers and more!

Community Recovery

Cook County COVID-19 Community Recovery Initiative Impact Report

At the March 18 meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, we released our 2020 Impact Report, "Rebuilding Stronger Together: Fostering Resilience and Advancing Equity.” The report contains success stories, quotes, and key insights about the Community Recovery Initiative. The success of these efforts was driven by a network of nearly 100 local, regional, and national partners. View the full report.

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Apply Now for Emergency Rental Assistance

Emergency Rental Assistance Logo

Applications are now open for the Cook County Emergency Rental Assistance program. The program pays up to 12 months of missed rent and utility payments and up to 3 months of future rent payments directly to your landlord or utility provider. Applications will remain open until April 2, 2021.

Apply for our Program

Information on programs for those in Chicago or other parts of the state can be found by going to

Business Recovery

Find Resources on our New Website for Small Business Assistance

Small Business Owner in Oak Lawn

Luz Cavazos, Owner of Juicy Luzy Sangria, Oak Lawn, Illinois

Cook County's Small Business Assistance program provides local businesses with free technical advice to help them address the unique challenges they face during the pandemic. Please visit the program’s new website for the latest news on the Paycheck Protection Plan and to sign up for free small business assistance.


Read Our Report on the Urgent Needs for Manufacturers in Suburban Cook County

Manufacturing Concierge Program Report

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cook County partnered with the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) to conduct a historic outreach and census of suburban Cook manufacturers to ascertain the impact of the pandemic on their business. Over 1,000 manufacturers were surveyed to better understand their most urgent needs.

View the report to see what they found.

News You Can Use

Where Can I Find Covid-19 Vaccines?

Vaccinations at Cook County Health sites are by appointment only. Interested individuals should register at or by calling the hotline at (833) 308-1988 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday – Friday. They will be notified when appointments are available for scheduling for their eligibility tier.

In addition to Cook County Health sites, the Cook County Department of Public Health has distributed vaccines to more than 145 partner locations, including Jewel-Osco, Mariano’s, Walgreens, Federally Qualified Health Centers and hospitals who are also offering vaccines by appointment. A complete listing of these sites can be found on their website.

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