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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Friday, March 5, 2021

RTA COVID Relief Funding

My primary duty as Chairman of DuPage County is to advocate for our residents. Never has this role been more critical than during the pandemic. As you know, I have been vigorously advocating that the DuPage County Health Department receive our County’s fair share of vaccine from the state. We are beginning to see increasing allocations, which our Health Department will promptly distribute to healthcare partners: Hospitals, physician offices, clinics, and our network of more than 100 vaccine providers. We continue to lead the region in the percentage of residents fully vaccinated.

In addition to advocating for our residents’ public health needs, it is just as critical to advocate for economic recovery in our region. I recently had the opportunity to respond to the Regional Transportation Authority’s public transit recovery planning document entitled “Sustaining Critical Transit in 2021.” As you can see in the attached letter, it was imperative to remind the RTA leadership of the transportation needs of our 928,000 residents supporting 650,000 jobs in our county. I believe connecting people to jobs will be a critical function as we recover from the impact of COVID-19. Ensuring our residents have viable transportation alternatives to get them to work, school, appointments, shopping and all of their daily activities is imperative. We will continue to ensure DuPage County residents’ needs are front and center as we advocate at the local, state and federal levels.

To view the Chairman's letter to the RTA, please go to www.dupageco.org/CountyBoard/docs/64386.