On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act into law.

A key component of the Act is the State and Local Fiscal and Recovery Funds provision that includes $65.1 billion in direct, flexible funding for counties. For Illinois, this would mean an estimated allocation for counties of $2.5 billion. 

ISACo advocated in support of this additional federal funding for counties with Illinois’ Congressional delegation. The money will be released in two tranches, with the first 50% of the funding getting to counties within 60 days of enactment and the remaining 50% no earlier than 12 months following the first tranche.

ISACo is working closely with the National Association of Counties (NACo) to provide updated information about how the money can be used based upon guidance we anticipate getting from the U.S. Treasury Department. As an ongoing resource for counties, we are dedicating this page on our website for aggregating information about the State and Local Fiscal and Recovery Funds provision as new information and guidance becomes available.

U.S. Treasury Guidance for State and Local Fiscal and Recovery Funds

NACo Overview for America's Counties: U.S. Treasury Interim Final Rule & Guidance 

Treasury Main Landing Page for State and Local Fiscal and Recovery Funds (May 10) Treasury Portal for Requesting Funds Available Via Link

Treasury Guidance Fact Sheet-Shorter Version (May 10) 

Treasury Guidance Fact Sheet - Longer Version (May 10)

Treasury Interim Final Rule for Fund Guidance (May 10)

NACo Treasury Guidance PowerPoint (May 11)

Frequently Asked Questions (May 10)

Frequently Asked Questions (June 7)

Frequently Asked Questions (June 8)

Frequently Asked Questions (June 17)

American Rescue Plan Act Information

Funding Allocation by County

NACo Analysis of the American Rescue Plan

American Rescue Plan Text

Estimated Distributions to Illinois Counties 

NACo Letter to Treasury on Recovery Fund Implementation 

NACo National Membership Call Recording (April 6)

NACo National Membership Call Recording (April 15)

New Guidance on Certification Process for State & Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (April 16)