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Jazz UpFront on Front St. is a jazz and blues venue in Downtown Bloomington. 

Several Bloomington and Normal businesses are among the $46 million worth of grants announced by the state of Illinois and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Activity

The Business Interruption Grants were announced as a part of a larger relief effort for communities and businesses across Illinois, totaling to $94 million. 

Out of the over 1,000 businesses receiving the grant, 35% are restaurants. Restaurants in McLean County such as Shannon's Five Star and several bars are on the list. The full list of Bloomington-Normal recipients can be viewed below. 

The grant money can be used to cover costs such as payroll, protective personal equipment for workers and other operational costs. 

The remaining $48 million will be used as a part of the Local CURE program to support 163 government bodies across 78 counties in Illinois. CURE program funds can be used to cover medical and public health expenses for a local government, as well as offset payroll costs for health care and frontline workers. 

Bloomington and Normal are not on the list of uncertified local governments, but communities such as Lexington and Gibson City have not registered. Gibson City is eligible for over $140,000 and Lexington is eligible for over $84,000.

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