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County Board approves Phases 2 and 3 of Chairman’s Initiative projects

Date: Thursday, September 8, 2022

County Board approves Phases 2 and 3 of Chairman’s Initiative projects


WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. – To assist with the negative economic impacts from the COVID pandemic, Winnebago County received in total approximately $55 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP). The County has determined that a portion of the award, $1 million, will be used for various Chairman’s Initiative projects, where each Board Member received $50,000 for their respective districts. Funding can be disbursed as Board Members see fit as long as projects are ARP compliant, reviewed by the external auditor and approved by the County Board.


The County Board approved Phases 2 and 3 of the initiative, bringing thirteen (13) more projects to fruition in Winnebago County. Projects include:


“The goal of these initiatives is to not only create economic impact, but give affected organizations the chance to rebuild post-Pandemic,” said Chairman Joseph Chiarelli. “I’m proud of the diverse range of recipients selected by our board members and I look forward to the prosperity it will bring to our region.”


Phase 1 of the Chairman’s Initiatives was approved by the County Board on July 28, 2022 for a total of twenty-nine (29) projects and organizations to receive ARP funding. Projects in the first group of funding include:


Allocation amounts and Board Member participation may vary by end of the program. A more detailed list of the projects can be found here:

Chairman’s Initiative Projects: Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3

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