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Local businesses awarded grant funding

Lansing’s Red Roof Inn and Travelodge among over 30 recipients of state aid

information provided by the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau

LANSING, Ill. (April 25, 2020) — Over 30 small businesses throughout the Chicago Southland region have been awarded grant funds from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, including Red Roof Inn and Travelodge in Lansing.

The funds were granted to aid with working capital, such as payroll and rent, job training, and technology to support shifts in operations including increased use of carryout and delivery for food businesses. On March 23 Illinois launched a $14.45 million Hospitality Emergency Grant Program to support hotels and food and beverage small businesses in response to the pandemic shutdown. The hospitality industry in Illinois has seen significant revenue losses as the pandemic worsened and the stay-at-home order was extended.

Over 12,000 hospitality small businesses applied for the funds, and over 700 were awarded grant funding. A lottery system was used to select award winners. “These funds will help the businesses stay operational in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and help them recover quickly once the Order expires and citizens are allowed to frequent area businesses again,” said Jim Garrett, President/CEO of Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau (CSCVB).

The CSCVB provides weekly updates to partner businesses, including information on additional funding sources. These updates can be found at

The full list of business grant awardees is located at

Travelodge is located at 17301 Oak Avenue in Lansing. Phone 708-474-6900 for more information.

Red Roof Inn is located at 2450 173rd Street in Lansing. Phone 708-895-9570 for more information.

Katie Arvia
Katie Arvia
Katie is a lifelong Lansing native who currently works full-time in marketing while also freelance reporting for The Lansing Journal. In 2015, she graduated with high honors from Saint Xavier University in Chicago with a BA in English, and she plans to pursue a Master's degree in the near future. Her favorite Lansing Journal assignments include coverage of TF South High School's walkout ("Demonstrating the possibilities") and her St. Patrick's Day interview with her grandma ("St. Patrick's Day traditions: reflections of an Irish granddaughter").