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Glowiak Hilton: Childcare centers reopening soon

Published: Saturday, May 23, 2020 01:22 PM

Sen. Suzy Glowiak HiltonSPRINGFIELD – With businesses planning to reopen as soon as May 29, State Senator Suzy Glowiak Hilton (D-Western Springs) announced that childcare facilities will be able to help when parents return to work.

“Many parents have reached out expressing how overwhelmed they are as they try to balance work from home, e-learning and other new roles that they have taken on,” Glowiak Hilton said. “Childcare centers will soon reopen and help lift a weight off their shoulders.”

Joyce: Property tax relief will help ease financial hardships

Published: Saturday, May 23, 2020 12:48 PM

joyce floor 052220SPRINGFIELD - In order to offer much needed relief to Illinois property taxpayers, the Illinois State Senate passed a measure that defers tax sales and gives counties the ability to extend homestead exemptions and waive late fees.

“Communities I represent pay up to three times the national average on property taxes, which can be a huge financial burden,” State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) said. “We have to offer as much relief as we possibly can, especially knowing the hardships many are facing right now.”

Senate Bill 685 gives chief county assessment officers the authority to approve homestead exemptions without applications in 2020 for people who have disabilities, are veterans with disabilities, and senior citizens who qualifies for assessment freezes.

Exemption extensions permitted if:

  • The county board has previously declared a local disaster related to COVID-19;
  • The owner of the property as of Jan. 1, 2020 is the same owner as of Jan. 1, 2019;
  • The applicant for the 2019 taxable year has not yet asked for the exemption to be removed for the 2019 or 2020 taxable
  • The exemption for the 2019 taxable year has not been determined to be an erroneous exemption.


County assessment officers are still permitted to conduct audits of taxpayers claiming an exemption in order to verify the applicant is eligible to receive the senior citizens assessment freeze homestead exemption.

In addition, the measure defers tax sales and gives the county the authority to waive property tax interest penalties. However, these provisions do not apply in Cook County.

The legislation, Senate Bill 685, passed the Senate 56-0 and now goes to the governor for his approval.

Bertino-Tarrant announces child care facilities will soon reopen

Published: Saturday, May 23, 2020 11:34 AM

Sen. Jennifer Bertino-TarrantPLAINFIELD — State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) announced a plan for a gradual reopening of child care centers has been put in place, as parents prepare to return to work.

“I know there are concerns from parents who are worried they will not be able to return to work because they do not have reliable child care,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “I’m pleased childcare facilities will safely reopen soon, so families can start to get back to some normalcy.”

Seclusion room measures excluded from education legislation

Published: Saturday, May 23, 2020 10:36 AM

seclusionroom 052320SPRINGFIELD – As the Senate approved an education plan without addressing the abuse of seclusion rooms in schools, State Senator Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights) released the following statement:

“I am incredibly disappointed that the provisions to protect our most vulnerable students were excluded from the final bill. Advocates and I are trying to address the reality of children being shackled in our schools, while the opposition is more concerned with administrative provisions in the legislation.

“When physical attendance at schools resumes, our children should not fear that their basic dignity will be stripped away. I remain committed to ending the inhumane practices of prone restraint and the abuse of seclusion rooms.”

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