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BIG Awards To Assist 43 Businesses In Greater Peoria

Gov. JB Pritzker announces Business Interruption Grants during an appearance Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 at the YMCA in Bloomington.
Eric Stock
Gov. JB Pritzker announces Business Interruption Grants during an appearance Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 at the YMCA in Bloomington.

Forty-three Tri-County businesses financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic will benefit from an Illinois emergency grant program.

Gov. JB Pritzker announced the first round of Business Interruption Grant (BIG) wards this week, totaling $46 million distributed to more than 2,650 businesses. Peoria-area businesses will receive a total of $700,000.

Appearing in Bloomington on Thursday, Pritzker said diverse ownership factored in when choosing recipients.

“Over $24 million of this first round of grants is going to organizations in disproportionately impacted areas,” Pritzker said. “And half of the total businesses receiving awards in this round are minority-owned.”

Businesses received either $10,000 or $20,000 to help with working capital expenses, such as payroll, rent, utilities, equipment and pandemic-related costs such as personal protective equipment, training, and new technology. The Tri-County businesses receiving money were mostly bars and restaurants, salons and fitness centers.

The full BIG program will total $636 million in awards to businesses in more than 400 communities statewide.

Pritzker acknowledged Peoria state Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth in helping make the BIG awards possible. Gordon-Booth was unable to attend Thursday’s event.

“I want to thank her for her work ensuring that the BIG program operated with equity at its core,” Pritzker said.  

Tri-County BIG Award recipients


$10,000 – Peoria: Five Senses Spa, Salon and Barbershop; Alter Ego Spalon; Angel Nails; Kabab-G; Power Zone; Johnny Vig’s Lounge; Atagucci’s; West Town Tap; G+T Maintenance; Prestige Barbershop (Northwoods Mall); The Chef and The Baker; Dunlap: Smart Styles/SuperCuts; Brimfield: Jen’s Place.

$20,000 – Peoria: Childers Eatery (War Memorial); Childers Eatery (University); Adams Street Café; Kickback on Fulton; Anytime Fitness; Jimmy John’s (two locations); Peoria Elite Gymnastics Academy; Brasky’s; Pizza Ranch; Sushigawa; Training Domain; Dac’s Smokehouse; Family Medical Equipment and Supply; Panaderia Ortiz; Mattress For Less; Racks on the Rocks; West Peoria: Shelton’s.


$10,000 – East Peoria: Firehouse Pizza; Washington: A Cut Above.

$20,000 – East Peoria: East Port Gallery; 5th Quarter Sports Bar and Pizzeria; Morton: Plank Pilates Studio; Pizza Ranch; Gold’s Gym; Washington: Art at the Bodega; Tremont: g.y.m., inc.; Pekin: Mings of Pekin; Marquette Heights: Kona Ice of Peoria.


$20,000 – Goodfield: The Barn III Dinner Theatre.

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