Applications for the Cook County Promise Guaranteed Income Pilot Open Thursday, October 6

Economic Development

(COOK COUNTY, IL) — Today, President Toni Preckwinkle reminded residents that the Cook County Promise Guaranteed Income Pilot will be opening its application portal later this week. Eligible Cook County residents will be able to apply for the pilot beginning Thursday, October 6 by visiting The application portal will remain open until October 21. There is no benefit to applying early; after the application window closes, final participants will be selected at random.

“After months of hard work, Cook County is proud to be launching the application portal for the largest publicly-funded guaranteed income pilot in American history,” President Preckwinkle said. “We estimate that nearly 36% of Cook County residents will be eligible to participate, and I encourage everyone who meets the requirements to apply.”

Funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the $42 million Promise Pilot will send monthly payments of $500 to 3,250 residents for two years. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, a resident of Cook County, and have a household income at or below 250% of the federal poverty level.