Sponsored by the City of Aurora and designed to be part of the mortgage application process, Illinois Assist is a grant given at closing as a percentage of the mortgage loan amount. The assistance may be used for down payment or closing costs and prepaids. Assistance is in the form of a non-repayable grant. When the first mortgage is reserved, the assistance is automatically reserved. When the loan is closed, there are no second mortgages, second notes, deed restrictions or liens. For more information, contact Angela Conover at 312-664-5656 or [email protected] or a participating lender.