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As Illinois’ small business community continues to confront the daily consequences of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) is encouraging local small business owners to take advantage of an upcoming informational business webinar.
Small businesses looking to keep workers on the payroll have a new option in the Paycheck Protection Program. Starting now, small businesses may apply for loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) that will be forgiven loans for businesses that keep all employees on the payroll for eight weeks. Money must be used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
This week, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced the extension of his ongoing "stay-at-home" order amid the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.
Daily COVID-19 Q & A: April 3
Here are some helpful resource and webpages regarding the ongoing COVID-19 health issue.
With the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases growing daily, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has announced that he will be extending the state’s disaster proclamation for 30 days. This is the second disaster declaration issued by the Governor in hopes of combating the ongoing COVID-19 health issue.
As small businesses and restaurants across the state continue to feel the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, a number of assistance measures have been put in place to help provide relief to Illinois' small business community.
Currently, Illinois residents are facing the daily challenges of navigating the unprecedented pandemic that is the COVID-19 health crisis.
With the Governor having recently issued a stay-at-home order lasting until Tuesday, April 7, I wanted to reach out to make you aware that constituent services are still available through both my Springfield and Mattoon offices via phone and e-mail.
The Governor has issued a stay-at-home order starting at 5 PM Saturday, March 21, until Tuesday, April 7. We want to make sure you understand what this means for you and dispel some rumors you may have heard.
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, below are updates on issues and topics impacting the daily lives of our residents.
According to the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the federal emergency declaration has added flexibility to the Medicaid system that will help cover costs involved with testing for and treating patients for COVID-19.
On March 13, Governor Pritzker ordered that all K-12 schools (both public and private) close from March 17 through at least March 30. The order also includes early childhood programs located in public and private schools. Internships, experiential learning opportunities, and behind-the-wheel driver’s education are included as well.
In light of ongoing health concerns surrounding the coronavirus/COVID-19 health crisis, a number of Illinois’ utility companies have announced measures being taken to help alleviate unnecessary stress and burdens for Illinois residents.
All restaurants and bars are now closed through March 30, but you can still support these small businesses by utilizing drive-thru, delivery and curbside pickup where offered. Also, consider buying gift cards online to use later. This small step can help these local businesses get through this difficult time.
For individuals, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will postpone the April 15 federal tax-payment deadline for another 90 days. The IRS will also waive interest and penalties. This delay is available to people who owe $1 million or less. Go to https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/17/treasury-and-irs-to-delay-tax-deadline-by-90-days.html
To protect employees and the public through social distancing, Illinois Department of Employment Security Offices are closed until further notice.
In light of ongoing concerns and questions surrounding COVID-19, weve pulled together information on a number of topics that impact daily life.
Illinois lawmakers received an update March 5 on the status of Coronavirus (COVID-19) from state Public Health officials who are encouraging the public to help prevent the spread of the virus.
In other action, residents across Illinois will soon begin receiving invitations to fill out the 2020 census forms. This count of our nation’s population provides critical data that is used to provide resources to communities and determine the number of seats each state will have in Congress.
Also during the week, the Senate approved legislation to let teachers buy back lost retirement benefits, and legislation has been introduced to reduce costs for volunteer firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTS).
State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) issued the following statement following Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Budget Address, which was delivered on February 19.
Seeking to reform the state’s current system of drawing voting maps and empower voters, State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) is sponsoring Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 18 (SJRCA18) to remove lawmakers from the redistricting process.
A major issue with the state’s Automatic Voter Registration program made headlines during the week, raising questions about the integrity of Illinois' elections. As the legislature gears up for the spring session, and the process of filing new legislation begins, Senate Republicans continue to push for fair maps.
Meanwhile, a new law ends the practice of suspending driver’s licenses for not paying fines, and January is "Blood Donor Month."
In news this week, the recent cold weather and the late harvest have led to a propane emergency across the Land of Lincoln.