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Congressman Randy Hultgren

Representing the 14th District of ILLINOIS

Hultgren Welcomes Lake County Office Opening for SBA Loans for Individuals and Small Businesses Affected by Severe Flooding

Nov 15, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today welcomed the decision by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to locate a Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Lake County which will allow residents and businesses in Lake, McHenry and Cook Counties severely impacted by flash floods and flooding on July 11 to apply for low-interest SBA disaster loans. Administrator McMahon made the loans available in response to a letter from Gov. Bruce Rauner on Nov. 9, 2017, requesting a disaster declaration by the SBA. Previously, the SBA issued a Disaster Declaration for Lake and McHenry Counties with operating centers in Wisconsin only.

“Illinois residents and businesses have suffered significant loss following the severe storms and flooding in July. I am pleased the SBA responded to Illinois needs and have located outreach centers in Lake County to serve Lake, McHenry and Cook counties,” said Rep. Hultgren. “I encourage 14th District residents who were affected to apply for loans to help rebuild following the devastated July floods.”

Rep. Hultgren previously sent a letter to FEMA Administrator Long urging him to assist local efforts to conduct damage assessments to help determine how much federal assistance might be available for individuals and small businesses affected by the flooding. Rep. Hultgren visited the affected areas and worked with local and state officials to make sure everyone is safe and mitigate flood damage.

The following information is provided by the SBA:

SBA Customer Service Representatives will be at the Disaster Loan Outreach Center to issue loan applications, answer questions and help individuals complete their applications.

The Center is located in the following community and is open as indicated: 

Lake County
Lake County Emergency Operations Center
1303 N. Milwaukee Ave
Libertyville, IL 60048


Opening:         Thursday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Hours:             Weekdays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
                        Saturday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (closed Sunday)

Closes:            Tuesday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.  EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage. 

Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes. Eligible mitigation improvements may now include a safe room or storm shelter to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.

Interest rates are as low as 3.215 percent for businesses, 2.500 percent for nonprofit organizations, and 1.938 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years.  Loan amount and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition. 

Survivors may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at

Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing Loan applications can also be downloaded at

Completed applications should be returned to the center or mailed to:

U.S. Small Business Administration
Processing and Disbursement Center
14925 Kingsport Road
Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to submit applications for physical property damage is Jan. 12, 2018.  The deadline for economic injury applications is Aug. 13, 2018.