City could apply for funds to help theater

Money available through state block grant

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CLINTON — Clinton residents were excited when Clintonia Eagle Theater came to town, and during the state lock-down, they have been able to continue supporting the Eagle.

Now, the theater could get some much-needed financial help if an application for funds planned by the city is successful.

The theater currently is in what owner Eric Gubelman has described on the theater’s Facebook page as “intermission,” because of COVID restrictions on public gatherings.  But, the movie screening venue has turned into a popular temporary drive through location for patrons to pick up popcorn and snacks.

The City of Clinton is working to try to help the theater by applying for $25,000 in working capital for the theater through the Downstate Small Business Stabilization plan, funded by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity administers the grant.

The city has scheduled a public hearing on the application for 5 p.m. on Monday, April 27 at city hall.  The hearing will be held via conference call by calling (312) 757-3117 and then entering the access code 579-428-613 and following the instructions.

The public will be able to comment during the hearing.  Information about the application is available for review at www.clintonillinois.com.  Written comments should be submitted to Tim Followell at city hall no later than the end of business on Friday, April 24.