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Murphy: Loans, tax deferrals and more assistance available to local businesses during COVID-19 closures

Published: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 11:30 AM

Sen. Laura MurphySPRINGFIELD – To provide assistance to the many local restaurants and businesses who have closed their doors due to the outbreak of COVID-19, or the new coronavirus, State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) is sharing information that might help these establishments survive this difficult period.

“It’s heartbreaking to see so many businesses shuttered and so many working Illinoisans struggling. It’s important that we stop the spread of coronavirus, but the resulting loss of business has been devastating to our communities,” said Murphy. “It’s vital that we offer them resources to provide some help during this uncertain and challenging time.”

Bennett warns consumers of coronavirus price gouging and scams

Published: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 11:26 AM

Sen. Scott BennettSPRINGFIELD - Reports of scams and price gouging have hit Illinois as COVID-19 continues its spread. In response, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is urging residents to file a complaint with the Office of the Attorney General to report unfair pricing and other unfair practices connected to the coronavirus outbreak.

On Monday, Governor JB Pritzker issued an executive order prohibiting price gouging and giving Attorney General Kwame Raoul enforcement authority. The Office of the Attorney General is directing businesses to maintain fair pricing, particularly on items public health agencies are recommending people use to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Van Pelt expands Goal Setting Art Contest in response to school closures

Published: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 09:33 AM

Sen. Patricia Van PeltCHICAGO – The outbreak of COVID-19 has led to school closures in Illinois, potentially leaving parents responsible for home-schooling their children through April. While families are making arrangements, State Senator Patricia Van Pelt is launching a career-focused art contest for students.

Earlier this month, Governor J.B. Pritzker ordered all K-12 schools — both public and private — be closed from March 17 to April 7 (April 21 for Chicago Public Schools) to further safeguard communities from the spread of the virus.

Bertino-Tarrant: Call your health care provider if you feel ill

Published: Monday, March 23, 2020 11:16 AM

Sen. Jennifer Bertino-TarrantSPRINGFIELD — If you begin to feel ill with symptoms that could be COVID-19, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is urging you to call your doctor’s office before going in.

“If you go into the office without notice, you aren’t just potentially exposing yourself to COVID-19, you could be exposing others,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “In order to not spread the virus further, please call, so they can provide you with directions.”

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