River Forest officials are taking a second helping of financial assistance from Cook County for reimbursement for expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

After receiving $100,000 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds through Cook County, village officials learned River Forest is eligible for an additional $12,000. At the Nov. 9 virtual village board meeting, officials approved an amendment to the original intergovernmental agreement approved in July, setting the wheels in motion for the additional CARES Act funding.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced in July that 134 Cook County suburbs will share about $51 million under the CARES Act.

Eligible categories include medical expenses; public health expenses; payroll expenses for public safety, public health, health care, human services, and similar employees whose services are substantially dedicated to mitigating or responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency; expenses for actions to facilitate compliance with COVID-19-related public health measures; expenses associated with the provision of economic support in connection with the COVID-19 public health emergency; and any other COVID-19-related expenses reasonably necessary to the function of government that satisfy the fund’s eligibility criteria, excluding costs associated with conducting Coronavirus Relief Fund Single or Program-Specific audits.

Robert J. Lifka

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