While the Relief for Restaurants and Other Hard Hit Small Businesses Act of 2022 (H.R. 3807) languishes amid the partisan rancor in Washington DC, the Illinois legislature stepped in to fill the void, at least to an extent. The FY23 Illinois state budget, signed by Governor JB Pritzker back in mid-April, included the appropriation of the remaining $4 billion in federal monies provided by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Of that $4 billion, $190 million in total was earmarked as Support for industries impacted by the Covid-19 Pandemic and of that amount, $50 million is set aside for a restaurant employment and stabilization grant program. Although all of the program’s parameters have yet to be finalized, we do know that to qualify for Illinois’ restaurant grants, businesses must have 50 or fewer employees; must not have received an RRF grant, a grant from Illinois’ Back to Business Grant Program or the Business Interruption Grant program; or any local or state assistance of more than $10,000 in grants or forgiven loans since April 1, 2020. Applicants may have received federal Paycheck Protection Program funding. Grant funds may be used for a variety of costs including payroll costs, paid sick leave, employee health care costs, payments of principal or interest on any mortgage or rent obligations and utilities, among others. The program will be operated by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).