sims 012121CHICAGO— The Southeast Chicago Chamber of Commerce is set to receive $1,450,000 in grants to revitalize the local business community, thanks to State Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-Chicago).

The Chamber of Commerce will receive funding from the Illinois Department of Economic Development to enhance and provide additional services to local businesses through its Rebuild Distressed Communities program. The grant is made possible by the state’s historic Rebuild Illinois Capital Plan.

“The key to any building is a strong foundation,” said Sims. “My priority continues to be securing resources for our community and funds to help revitalize the southeast Chicago area is a critical part of this work. These funds will help boost the economy by creating new jobs and business opportunities.”

Projects for fiber optic cable enhancement will repair and improve the surrounding area while increasing economic opportunities for impacted businesses. The projects were evaluated based on project need, capacity, quality and societal impact.

The final round of Rebuild Distressed Communities program provides $976,000 to 26 small businesses and $7.45 million to help revitalize seven commercial corridors located across the state.

For more information on assistance available for small businesses, people can visit DCEO’s website or reach out to Senate Sims’ office at 773-933-7715 or visit