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“For every business we become aware of who is alleged to be in violation, we send a letter to the business owner to remind them of terms of compliance,” Huffman said. “Depending on the response from the business owner, DCEO will also elevate the complaint with local authorities, including local health departments, to review operational activity.”
If a business’ alleged violation isn’t resolved locally or through the Illinois Liquor Control Commission, Huffman said, the DCEO may revoke the business’ BIG award.
As of now, she said, the six unidentified businesses haven’t had their awards revoked.
But at least one Twin Cities business will be relinquishing its BIG award. Trucker He knows I’ll be here when he gets home and I’ll know that I’m in his heart wherever he goes shirt, hoodie
Monster Pawn Normal, 1408 S. Main St., received $50,000 in the second round of the BIG program, even though it wasn’t eligible for a grant.
“They received my application and it went all the way through…I had the (grant) money,” store co-owner Thomas O’Donnell said. “But then I learned that pawn shops weren’t eligible.”
O’Donnell said he voluntarily returned his award to the DCEO, and that Director Erin Guthrie sent him a personal apology letter.
“It was all handled professionally, but it was still painful,” O’Donnell said. “It is what it is, just a misunderstanding.”
Huffman confirmed that pawn shops are among “a handful of business categories that are ineligible for the program.”
The DCEO guidelines identify 20 specific businesses that cannot qualify for the program. Other than pawn shops, the list includes liquor stores, strip clubs and junk yards.
“When businesses are determined to be ineligible after the notification of a BIG award, DCEO will reach out to the applicant to review the circumstances and to potentially recover the grant money,” Huffman said.
Rescinding his BIG award felt like the “right thing to do,” O’Donnell said.
“Keeping it — that wouldn’t have been fair to other pawn shops who didn’t apply because they knew they didn’t meet the requirements,” he said.
He added that he didn’t think it would be worth the time or effort fight to keep the award. Operating a retail business during the pandemic, he said, is tough enough.
“But we’re still here, we’re still hanging on,” O’Donnell said. “I’m just hoping for brighter days.”
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