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Senate President Harmon: Senate session canceled for next week

Published: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 05:40 PM

Senate President Don HarmonSPRINGFIELD — Illinois Senate President Don Harmon has canceled the Illinois Senate’s scheduled session days for next week. The 59-member Senate was scheduled to be at the Capitol on March 31 and April 1 and 2.

Harmon informed Senate Democrats on a caucus conference call Wednesday, part of an ongoing effort to keep members and staff informed during the COVID-19 public health emergency. He said senators and staff continue to examine legislative and procedural priorities so that when the legislative session resumes, the Senate is prepared to act efficiently and effectively.

“We are going to have to figure out what is critical and what is time-sensitive,” Harmon said.

Glowiak Hilton urges small businesses to take advantage of state, federal assistance during COVID-19 closures

Published: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 05:33 PM

Sen. Suzy Glowiak HiltonWESTERN SPRINGS – With local restaurants and other small businesses closing for COVID-19 State Senator Suzy Glowiak Hilton (D-Western Springs) is sharing resources that will provide economic relief.

“I’m grateful to the many small business owners who closed to help protect public health,” Glowiak Hilton said. “They are sacrificing a lot right now, so we need to make sure that they have all the resources they need to stay afloat during these unprecedented and difficult times.”

Bertino-Tarrant brings awareness to extended professional license renewal

Published: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 05:29 PM

Sen. Jennifer Bertino-TarrantSPRINGFIELD - Due to limitations on current in-person coursework, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is spreading awareness of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations' deadline extension.

"During this trying time, people should not be forced to worry about whether they will be able to renew their professional licenses on time," Bertino-Tarrant said. "I applaud the department for recognizing the struggles many Illinoisans will face due to the restrictions on in-person classes."

Manar encourages donations to overcome shortage of protective gear for health workers

Published: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 04:59 PM

gogglesBUNKER HILL - To contend with a potentially dire shortage of personal protective equipment, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) is asking Central Illinois residents to donate unused gear to their local health departments, hospitals, and first responders, or consider making hand-sewn masks for non-clinicians.

"In times of crisis, unity creates community resilience," Manar said. "Now is the time to unite behind our medical personnel and first responders who are on the front line in the fight against COVID-19. Their PPE supply is dwindling, and without adequate gear, they cannot fully protect themselves or their patients."

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