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Crowe warns motorists to be cautious of buckling pavement

Published: Tuesday, July 07, 2020 03:23 PM

buckledpavement 070720MARYVILLE – In anticipation of forecasted extreme summer heat, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) reminds drivers to remain alert, expect slowdowns and be cautious of pavement buckling on roads.

“While extreme heat increases health risks, it also increases risks for pavements to fail,” Crowe said. “To ensure safety for everyone on the road, I urge residents to pay attention to pavement conditions, avoid driving over buckled roads and report issues quickly to officials.”

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, pavement failures or blowouts occur when prolonged high temperatures cause the road to expand and buckle up or blow out, resulting in uneven driving surfaces. Precipitation and humidity increase the potential for buckling.

Pavement failures can be reported to IDOT by calling 800-452-4368 or by reaching out to law enforcement via 911.

Joyce: Free credit reports offered during COVID-19 pandemic

Published: Tuesday, July 07, 2020 03:17 PM

joyce 031120PARK FOREST – State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Park Forest) is promoting free credit reporting websites for people to assess their financial situations.

“The COVID-19 crisis has forced many of us to shift our priorities,” Joyce said. “While people are focusing on taking care of their families and making ends meet, it’s important to keep track of their financial situation, too.”

Federal law requires each of the three nationwide consumer credit reporting companies—Equifax, Experian and TransUnion—to provide a free credit report every 12 months if requested. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, these companies are offering free online weekly credit reports through April 2021.

The information in these reports may affect mortgage rates, credit card approvals, apartment requests and job applications. Reviewing credit reports can also help catch signs of identity theft early.

“By knowing their credit score, people get an opportunity to better their financial situation,” Joyce said. “I encourage residents to check their credit reports often since it can be done free of charge every week.”

To find out more about why credit is important or to request a credit report, visit www.AnnualCreditReport.com.

Lightford: Child and Adult Care Food Program funding now available

Published: Monday, July 06, 2020 03:49 PM

kids lunch 070620SPRINGFIELD – Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) and the Illinois State Board of Education announced Wednesday that funding is available for the Child and Adult Care Food Program for Fiscal Year 2021. The program helps child care centers, Head Start programs, before- and after-school, emergency shelters and day care home providers by providing funding to offer healthy meals to children.

“Our children’s wellbeing continues to be a priority as we continue to face the current pandemic,” Lightford said. “This program will continue to provide thousands of children with healthy meals that may not be available at home.”

 

The continuing COVID-19 pandemic has caused even more families to depend on federally funded nutrition programs. More than 1,000 child care centers across Illinois will be able to provide children with healthy meals.

 

Individuals in households who participate in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are automatically eligible to receive free meal benefits. The USDA Household Income Eligibility Guidelines determine eligibility to receive free meal benefits for families that do not receive TANF or SNAP benefits.

If a household’s income falls within or below the listed guidelines, a member of the household should contact their child care center or day care home provider to learn about benefits of the CACFP. They may be required to complete an application and provide income, TANF or SNAP information.

Children enrolled in Head Start or Early Head Start programs at approved Head Start facilities and foster care children who are legal responsibilities of the state or court also receive free meal benefits. Parents or guardians should contact their child care center or day care home provider to find out if they participate in CACFP.

 

Income Eligibility Guidelines Effective from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021

Income Eligibility Guidelines

Effective from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021

 

Free Meals                                                                                                 

 

 

Reduced-Price Meals                                                                                                 

130% Federal Poverty Guideline

185% Federal Poverty Guideline

Household Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

Household Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

16,588

1,383

692

638

319

1

23,606

1,968

984

908

454

2

22,412

1,868

934

862

431

2

31,894

2,658

1,329

1,227

614

3

28,236

2,353

1,177

1,086

543

3

40,182

3,349

1,675

1,546

773

4

34,060

2,839

1,420

1,310

655

4

48,470

4,040

2,020

1,865

933

5

39,884

3,324

1,662

1,534

767

5

56,758

4,730

2,365

2,183

1,092

6

45,708

3,809

1,905

1,758

879

6

65,046

5,421

2,711

2,502

     1,251

7

51,532

4,295

2,148

1,982

991

7

73,334

6,112

3,056

2,821

1,411

8

57,356

4,780

2,390

2,206

     1,103

8

81,622

6,802

3,401

3,140

1,570

For each additional family member, add

     5,824

486

243

224

112

For each additional family member, add

8,288

691

346

319

160

Child care institutions can learn more and apply for the program here: https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Nutrition-and-Wellness-Child-Care-Institutions.aspx

Family day care homes can learn more here: https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Family-Day-Care-Homes.aspx

Those interested in the adult care portion of the program can visit: https://www2.illinois.gov/aging/programs/Pages/Child-and-Adult-Care-Food-Program-(CACFP).aspx

Murphy: Free credit reports can help Illinoisans get back on track after COVID-19 crisis

Published: Monday, July 06, 2020 12:24 PM

creditreport 070620DES PLAINES – As unemployment claims begin to level off and the economy reopens, State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) urges Illinoisans to take advantage of free credit reporting websites to assess their financial situation.

“We’re starting to see things open up and people go back to work, but we aren’t out of the woods yet. The pandemic may have long-term economic consequences for some families,” said Murphy. “These free resources can help you get back on track.”

Federal law requires each of the three nationwide consumer credit reporting companies—Equifax, Experian and TransUnion—to provide a free credit report every 12 months if requested. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, these companies are offering free online weekly credit reports through April 2021.

The information in these reports may affect mortgage rates, credit card approvals, apartment requests and job applications. Reviewing credit reports can also help catch signs of identity theft early.

“COVID-19 may have delayed some of your financial goals, but you shouldn’t let it derail them completely,” said Murphy. “Credit reports are just one more tool to help you toward a full recovery.”

To find out more about why credit is important or to request a credit report, visit www.AnnualCreditReport.com.

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