JOLIET, Ill. – In response to the COVID-19 outbreak which has forced small businesses, restaurants, bars and other establishments to temporarily close their doors to the public, state Rep. Larry Walsh, Jr., D-Joliet, is highlighting resources available to help businesses and workers secure financial assistance.

“Small and locally owned and operated businesses are the economic drivers that keep our communities running,” Walsh said. “The new reality we face as a result of this public health crisis is challenging for us all, but nowhere does it hit closer to home than for those without a reliable source of income.”

Walsh is encouraging small businesses impacted by COVID-19 to submit information to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), which is working in consultation with the U.S. Small Business Administration to offer financial assistance during this unprecedented public health crisis.

“The state is continuing to make every possible attempt to enable access to financial assistance, and we are coordinating with our partners in the federal government as part of this effort,” said Walsh. “Eventually, we will see an end to these challenging times.”

For more information or access to additional resources, please contact Rep. Walsh’s district office at (815) 730-8600 or email

Rep. Lawrence Walsh, JrRep. Lawrence Walsh, Jr

86th District
Springfield Office:
200-9S Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8090
District Office:
121 Springfield Avenue
Joliet, IL 60435
(815) 730-8600