West side officials urge more funding for the homeless

State Reps. La Shawn K. Ford, Delia Ramirez and Lindsey LaPointe will join homeless advocates Sunday morning from A Safe Haven to push for more support of the homeless and homeless prevention in the next state budget. The Illinois General Assembly is returning to Springfield after weeks of working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic. A new state budget takes effect July 1.

New grants for small businesses hurt by COVID-19

The city announced this week it will distribute $5,000 grants to up to 1,000 businesses operating in neighborhoods like Austin that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m Monday, May 4, with winners being announced on May 11.