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By Rob Kaiser, Chicago Tribune Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
May 15--This time, the Small Business Administration appears poised to stick with the deadline it set for small firms harmed by the Sept. 11 attacks to apply for low-interest loans.
The deadline, now May 22, has been extended twice.
As part of the emergency loan program, nearly 8,000 businesses nationwide have received $715 million. In Illinois, 115 firms got $12.5 million.
To qualify, businesses must show they were directly and significantly affected by the terrorist attacks or the government's response.
While this appears to leave a significant amount of gray area of which firms are eligible, SBA spokesman …