Millions of dollars coming to 6-county area, including La Salle, Bureau, Putnam and Livingston

$24.2 million for cities, villages; $48.6 million to counties

Roughly $72.8 million from the American Rescue Plan funding is on the way to La Salle, Bureau, Livingston, Putnam, Marshall and Stark counties.

That total amount includes about $24.2 million for cities and villages and about $48.6 million coming to counties.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury is preparing to release guidance on how the funds can be spent. The money will be dispersed in two separate portions. Counties and designated “metropolitan” cities will receive their first portion directly from the U.S. Treasury no later than May 10.

All other cities and villages will receive their distributions through the state of Illinois. The state has an additional 30 days to distribute the recovery funds, which means cities and villages will receive their first portion by June 9, and second payment no earlier than 12 months after the first payment.

Contact North Central Illinois Council of Governments in Ottawa with questions: Ali Braboy at 815-303-6255 or alib.edd@ncicg.org and Cole Horner at 815-303-6244 and cole.edd@ncicg.org. NCICG is a regional planning agency that provides administrative assistance to local governments throughout the region. For more information about NCICG, visit www.ncicg.org.