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Manar encourages Macon County residents to take advantage of mobile COVID-19 testing site

Published: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 10:50 AM

covid 19 5057462 640DECATUR – To keep pace with the State of Illinois’ testing goals, State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) is encouraging residents to take advantage of a mobile COVID-19 testing site in Decatur this weekend.

“The State of Illinois has implemented a robust statewide testing operation, but we cannot let up. Continuing to meet our testing goals is one of the key tools we have at our disposal to fight the spread of COVID-19,” Manar said. “Taking advantage of this free opportunity to get tested will pay dividends for you, your loved ones, and your community. Slowing the spread of COVID-19 takes effort from all of us, and I urge everyone who is able to get tested.”

Bertino-Tarrant, McGuire to lead hearing on Early Childhood Education Funding and Access to Early Literacy

Published: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 09:08 AM

preschool 091620SPRINGFIELD – State Senators Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) and Pat McGuire (D-Crest Hill) will host a subject matter hearing on early childhood education funding and access to early literacy Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 12 p.m.

“Illinois children should be given the opportunity to succeed – from the day they enter preschool,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “That starts with expanding evidence-based funding to early childhood education programs.”

Black Caucus agenda to take on racial disparity in education and workforce development

Published: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 08:55 AM

black student 091620CHICAGO—In response to longstanding racial disparities in early childhood education, K-12 education, higher education, and other forms of workforce training, the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus will discuss their developing agenda to provide equitable resources to students in Black communities throughout the state at a press conference at Chicago State University on Wednesday.

Education is the second of four major policy pillars the Black Caucus is focusing on to develop their legislative agenda. They include:

  • Criminal justice reform, violence reduction and police accountability
  • Education and workforce development
  • Economic access, equity and opportunity
  • Health care and human services

A virtual joint hearing on education and higher education will follow the press conference at noon on Wednesday. The Black Caucus plans to have a series of hearings for each of the pillars. A hearing for the first pillar was already held. It focused on police accountability.

Who: Illinois Legislative Black Caucus

When: Sept. 16, 10 a.m.

Where: The press conference will be held at Chicago State University located at 9501 South King Dr., in the 4th floor auditorium of the Gwendolyn Brooks Library. It can also be viewed on www.blueroomstream.com, a subscription-based service.

State economic aid available for area businesses under COVID restrictions

Published: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 04:32 PM

Small BusinessJOLIET — State Senator Pat McGuire urges businesses in Will County affected by the current COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigations to apply for economic assistance announced today by Governor JB Pritzker.

“The measures needed to stop the spread of COVID-19 require extra sacrifice from certain businesses,” McGuire said. “That’s why the new Business Interruption Grants grant competition prioritizes those businesses.”

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