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Dear Constituents,

Here’s my e-newsletter for Saturday, April 11, 2020.  Highlighted in this issue are the following:

  • The Citizens Utility Board Response to COVID-19 Webinar – April 16, 2020
  • Secretary of State extends expiration dates for driver's licenses, more due to COVID-19
  • COWL Annual Scholarship Awards Program
  • COVID-19 Government Updates

We hope you find the following information useful. In the meantime, if you need immediate assistance, or may have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the office at 773-473-7300.
 
Stay safe and be well.
 
Sincerely,
  
Camille Y. Lilly
State Representative, 78th District
Illinois House of Representatives
101st General Assembly

Secretary of State extends expiration dates for driver's licenses, more due to COVID-19
 
CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White said Friday he is extending expiration dates for driver's licenses, ID cards, vehicle registrations and document filings for at least 90 days after driver services facilities reopen.

Due to the stay-at-home order, Illinois' driver services facilities are closed to the public through April 30. Residents are encouraged to use cyberdriveillinois.com for services such as renewing vehicle registration stickers.

White said extending expiration dates will help alleviate the rush of customers visiting facilities once they reopen, and conducting online services will further help to reduce face-to-face transactions once they resume.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has also pushed back the REAL ID deadline one year to Oct. 1, 2021.

Current Illinois driver's licenses or ID cards will continue to be accepted at airports, military bases and secure federal facilities until Oct. 1, 2021.
 
 
COWL Annual Scholarship Awards Program
 
The Conference of Women Legislators (COWL), a bipartisan, bicameral, nonprofit organization of women legislators in the Illinois General Assembly, has announced the 2020-2021 Annual Scholarship Awards Program. COWL created the scholarship program as part of its mission to promote economic independence, community service and leadership development. The scholarship program endeavors to assist Illinois women, 25 years or older, who are seeking to earn undergraduate college degrees. Up to ten awards of $2,500 each are available.

Scholarship applicants are required to enroll in an Illinois accredited college or university for a minimum of six credit hours to qualify, making the scholarships available to part-time and online students. Applications are accepted at www.cowlil.com until Friday, May 1, 2020. Awardees will be notified by Monday, June 1, 2020
Government Updates

Illinois Department of Public Health:
Illinois Department of Employment Security 
Federal Stimulus Package  https://bit.ly/2Jwn4nb 
Illinois Specific Breakdown https://bit.ly/342xvbv 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IIDs) and Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTFs) https://bit.ly/3aAAWZD 
  • Outpatient Settings: FAQs and Considerations https://bit.ly/2waDwGQ 
  • Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) Requirements and Implications Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) https://bit.ly/2yrXxJJ 
  • Hospitals, Psychiatric Hospitals, and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs): FAQs, Considerations for Patient Triage, Placement, Limits to Visitation and Availability of 1135 waivers. https://bit.ly/39E8uVb
  • COVID-19 guidance in dialysis facilities https://bit.ly/2UxNHP2 

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Illinois Department of Agriculture Updates https://bit.ly/3dNNGxS 
  • Updates on cannabis application information
  • Solid Mosquito Larvicide Training
  • Winter Blend Fuel Waiver
  • Egg Packaging

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum  
 
Health and Safety Resources

Coronavirus Hotline 
(bit.ly/ilcoronavirushotline) – Call the Illinois Department of Public Health Coronavirus Hotline with questions. Health professionals can also use it to report suspected COVID-19 cases: 1-800-889-3931.

IDOC COVID-19 Support Line 
The Department of Corrections has established a support line for questions regarding COVID-19. It is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM at 217-558-2200 ext. 7700. Questions can also be emailed to doc.covid@illinois.gov.

Insurance Questions 
(bit.ly/ilinsurancequestions) – Dial the Illinois Department of Insurance’s hotline for your COVID-19-related insurance questions: (877) 527-9431. 

Telemedicine 
(bit.ly/iltelemedicine) – The state has relaxed rules about the use of telephone and video chat for the delivery of medical advice. If you have private insurance or Medicaid, you may qualify.

Senior grocery store hours 
(bit.ly/ilseniorshopping) – Many grocery stores are offering special hours for seniors and high-risk individuals. 

Severe Weather Resources 
(bit.ly/ilseverewx) – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency and National Weather Service are developing guidelines for severe weather. Check that your community shelter is open on IEMA’s website before you head there to take cover. 
 

Resources for Families

Expanded Unemployment Benefits 
(bit.ly/ilunemploymentbenefits) – IDES has expanded unemployment benefits to individuals who have lost their jobs temporarily or permanently due to coronavirus. This includes employees who must isolate themselves but who do not have paid medical leave. It does not include anyone who voluntarily quits for any reason – including to care for their children. For more information call 1-800-244-5631 or visit the Illinois Department of Employment Security's website (https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/Pages/default.aspx).

Income Tax Deadline Extended 
(bit.ly/iltaxdeadline) – Illinois income tax filing deadline has been pushed back to July 15, to correspond with the extended federal deadline.   

Moratorium on Evictions 
(bit.ly/ilevictionmoratorium)– Effective March 21-April 30.   

Moratorium on Vehicle Repossessions 
(bit.ly/ilrepomoratorium) – Effective during the governor’s disaster declaration. 

Moratorium on HUD-insured Mortgage Foreclosures and Evictions  
(bit.ly/hudmortgagemoratorium) – In place through April 30. Only applies to single-family homes.

FannieMae Mortgage Assistance 
(bit.ly/fanniemaeassistance) – FannieMae is offering a 12-month forbearance and other payment options for mortgages it services.  

Freddie Mac Mortgage Assistance 
(bit.ly/freddiemacassistance) – Freddie Mac is halting all foreclosures and evictions on loans it services until at least May 17. It is also offering 12-month forbearances and other payment options. 

Childcare Assistance Locator 
(bit.ly/childcareassistancelocator) – With many child care centers closed, essential workers may need to locate new providers. There is also a toll-free helpline available at 888-228-1146. 

Student Loan Collections 
(bit.ly/studentloaninterestpdf) – The federal government has reduced interest rates to 0% and suspended collections until September 30. https://www.inccrra.org/about/sdasearch 

Reporting Price Gouging and Scams 
(bit.ly/ilattorneygeneral) – The attorney general’s office is investigating reports of price gouging: https://ccformsubmission.ilattorneygeneral.net/   

Utilities 
(bit.ly/utilitiesil) – The ICC has banned disconnections during the crisis and assessing late fees through at least May 1. Some internet service providers have also made accommodations:

Xfinity/Comcast (comca.st/xfinityassistance) – Disconnections are suspended through at least May 1. New late fees will also be waived and data caps lifted. Its Wi-fi hotspots will be made available to the public for free, and it is offered new $10/month plans for new customers.

AT&T (soc.att.com/attcovid19) – See Xfinity/Comcast. It is offering roughly the same benefits.  

Spectrum Internet (bit.ly/spectrumcovid19) – Offering free internet for two months to new customers with K-12 or college students. Its Wi-fi hotspots will be made available to the public for free.

Viasat Internet (https://corpblog.viasat.com/covid-19/) – Similar to Comcast and AT&T but not offering new plans. 

Civil Legal Aid (Bit.ly/ilcivillegalaid) – Families experiencing legal issues who cannot afford an attorney may be able to find help. 
  
Closures / Businesses

Dentists 
(Bit.ly/ildentists) – The Illinois Dental Association recommends members cancel all non-emergency appointments through April 30. 

Restaurants 
(bit.ly/ilrestaurants) – Ordered not to have dine-in guests through April 30. Delivery, curbside pick-up and drive-through sales are still allowed. Carry out is permitted if social distancing is practiced.

Bars 
(bit.ly/illinoisbars) – Ordered closed through April 30. Some breweries and wineries are seeking opportunities to continue sales of closed liquor packages (bottles of wine, cans of beer, etc.).

Events 
(bit.ly/illinoisevents) – Events that serve more than 10 people or occur in a non-essential setting are banned March 21-April 30. Events serving more than 50 people banned from March 18. Events serving more than 1,000 people were banned from March 12 to April 11. FAQ about the stay-at-home order are available here: bit.ly/ilstayathomefaqs


Education


Public Schools 
(bit.ly/ilschools) – Ordered closed through April 30. Grab-and-go meals are available for students who need them statewide, and some schools are even offering delivery. Many restaurants are also offering free meals to children who need them. CPS is offering free boxes of food with three days' worth of meals for every child in a household available for pick up on weekdays between 9 a.m. and  1 p.m. 

Private Schools 
(bit.ly/ilprivateschools) – Ordered closed through April 30. 

Most Colleges & Universities 
(including all state public universities) (bit.ly/ilcolleges) – All in-person classes canceled.
 

Government Services

Driver’s Services Facilities 
(bit.ly/ildmv) – Closed through April 30. Any licenses, IDs, registrations that expire during this period are automatically extended by 30 days. The federal government also extended the deadline to begin requiring a REAL ID or passport to board a plane, originally set for October 1, 2020.

Vehicle Emissions Testing Stations 
(bit.ly/ilemissionstest) – Closed through April 30. Due dates for inspections are extended in relation with vehicle registration extensions.

Family and Community Resource Centers 
(bit.ly/ildhsfcrc) – All but 14 of the IDHS FCRCs are closed, where people can apply for SNAP and other need-based assistance. Waits may be longer than usual for guests who visit in person. Online applications (bit.ly/ilfcrcapp) will still be processed, and IDHS’s call center is still open: 1-800-843-6154.

Department of Rehabilitation Services 
Local offices (bit.ly/ilrehabservices) – Closed starting March 19. Online applications are still being accepted: DRS.illinois.gov/apply.

Cook County Circuit Trials 
(bit.ly/cookcountytrials) – Most trials postponed through April 17. Other jurisdictions, including Lake and DuPage Counties are taking similar steps.
 

Help for Struggling Businesses

Illinois Small Business Emergency Loans 
(https://bit.ly/bizloanfund) – The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation established the Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund to offer low-interest loans of up to $50,000 to struggling small businesses. Chicago is offering a similar program (bit.ly/chibizresiliencyfund) for businesses located in the city.

Small Business Loans 
(bit.ly/ussmallbizloan) – The U.S. Small Business Administration is extending assistance loans to struggling businesses.

Small Business Disaster Assistance Loans 
(bit.ly/bizdisasterassistance) – The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering disaster assistance loans for up to $2 million.

Low-interest Loans 
(bit.ly/lowinterestloan) – Backed by the Illinois treasury, banks and credit unions throughout Illinois are offering low-interest loans to businesses that have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

Sales Tax Deferment 
(bit.ly/salestaxdeferment)– Small- and mid-sized restaurants and bars will be able to defer sales tax payments for February, March, and April.

Cannabis Business License Applications 
(bit.ly/cannabislicenseapps) – IDFPR is accepting applications through certified mail, rather than in person.

Automatic License Extensions 
(bit.ly/IDFPRlicenses) – IDFPR is automatically renewing all licenses that would normally expire between March 1 and July 31 until September 30. Continuing education that would normally be required to be completed in person can also be done online. The governor has issued executive orders that provide similar opportunities to cannabis businessesprivate security and fingerprint vendors.

Online Massage Therapy and Cosmetology School Courses 
(bit.ly/ilmassagecosmetology) – IDFPR is allowing these schools to offer more than 10% of their courses online until July 31.

Expedited Critical Access Pharmacy Payments 
(bit.ly/ilpharmacypayments) – Comptroller Susana Mendoza expedited payments to pharmacies in underserved rural communities.

Online Notary Services 
(bit.ly/ilnotary) – Notaries are allowed to work online using two-way videos while the governor’s disaster declaration is in effect.
 
How You Can Help

Volunteering 
(https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/serve/Pages/default.aspx)– Volunteers are needed during the pandemic. Serve Illinois is working to connect volunteers to organizations that need help.  

Blood Donation 
(https://www.redcross.org/) – The crisis has caused many blood drives to be cancelled, so there is a great need for blood throughout the state. Consider donating to your local blood bank. 

Food Bank Donations 
(https://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank )– With many people out of work, food banks are seeing a drastic increase in need for food assistance. Consider donating to your local food bank to help struggling families during this difficult time. 

Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund 
(https://www.ilcovidresponsefund.org/) – The state is collecting donations to help Illinois not-for-profits that are serving essential human services needs during the pandemic. 

Former Health Care Professionals 
(Bit.ly/ilformerhealthprofessionals) – Illinois is requesting the help of former health care professionals during this crisis. Licensing requirements have been modified to make returning to the field easier.  

Health Care Professional Notification 
(https://www.illinoishelps.net/) – The state developed a new website to more easily alert and activate medical professionals in the event of disasters and public health emergencies. All medical professionals are encouraged to register. 

Donations of Protective Equipment 
(bit.ly/ilppe) – Illinois is accepting donations of unopened equipment, like masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes to ensure adequate supply during shortages.
Remember to Practice Social Distancing! It can save lives.
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