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Charter buses look for help from Springfield

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PEORIA (HOI) - Time and money are running out for Peoria Charter Coach.

The company is leading a caravan of nearly 30 buses to the state capitol tomorrow morning to ask for financial help from lawmakers.

The local bus company is still closed because of the pandemic, and because of social distancing, their buses can only have 10 people at a time. That is not even a third of their full capacity.

CEO Bill Winkler says the PPP loan he got earlier this year will be gone by August, adding that if the state doesn't step in, he and other motorcoach companies won't make it into 2021.

"Public transportation, mass transit, the airlines, and Amtrak, they've all got $75 billion in grants and loans. We're not asking for much," he says. "We're a small business. The federal government and our state says 'Hey, we're all about small business,' but we have no advocate."

Winkler and representatives are asking for $10 billion in additional assistance.

Jon Schoenheider

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