SPRINGFIELD – In an effort to uplift the restaurant industry, State Senator Doris Turner announced a total of $785,000 was awarded to 19 local restaurants in Springfield, Chatham and Decatur, continuing her support for small businesses. open 208368 1920

“As a lifelong Central Illinois resident, I know we have a unique restaurant industry,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “The Back to Business grants have had a tremendous impact on small business and the owners. This funding will help our favorite restaurants keep their doors open and flourish for years to come.”

The Back to Business grant program provides recovery grants for small businesses throughout the state, with an emphasis on businesses in the hardest hit industries. Through the Back to Business and Business Interruption Grant programs, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has provided over $535 million to more than 15,000 businesses since the start of the pandemic.

Nineteen restaurants in the Springfield area and Decatur will receive $785,000 through this round of Back to Business grants.

“Small businesses create jobs, boost our local economy and are the backbone of our communities,” said Turner. “I will continue being a strong supporter of small businesses and entrepreneurs.”

A full list of awardees can be found here.