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  • The Majority Report 08/24/20 - A call for Mercy Hospital to stay open, lawmakers join energy summit and more

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    Lawmakers join Energy Summit to discuss coal to solar transition in Illinois

    Coal PlantCANTON — In response to recent coal plant closures around the state, State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) held an Energy Summit to discuss the future of energy policy in Illinois with Senate colleagues Michael E. Hastings (D-Frankfort), Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) and stakeholders from Vistra Energy.

    One proposal, which Koehler is sponsoring and Manar is co-sponsoring, would freeze property tax rates on coal, gas, and nuclear plants at pre-closure rates for a total of five years, ensuring local governments and school districts a consistent source of revenue in the short term. Additionally, it would provide an extra week of unemployment insurance benefits for those who are laid off from their job at a plant or mine.

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    Hunter: Mercy Hospital is necessary to our community's wellness, needs to remain a hospital

    Mercy HospitalCHICAGO — Mercy Hospital announced plans to close by May 2021 last month, and State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) is advocating against it, saying Mercy should remain open.

    “This decision could devastate our community, which is already struggling in the middle of this global pandemic,” Hunter said. “Mercy owners requested hundreds of millions of dollars just to close it down, and turn it into a clinic. But we don’t need a clinic, we need a hospital, which has the resources necessary to save lives in times of urgency and in times of severe illness.”

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    Local food pantries receive hand-picked sweet corn at Murphy giveaway

    Murphy SweetcornDES PLAINES — Local food pantries will be able to offer fresh, Illinois-grown sweet corn to families in need, thanks to a donation from State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) and the Mercer County Farm Bureau.

    Murphy hosted a giveaway last Monday, where a truck bed full of sweet corn was distributed to local food pantries and other community organizations serving families in the 28th District.

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  • Crowe reminds residents of local food drive this Saturday

    food pantryMARYVILLE – In an organized effort to replenish the stock at three Metro East food banks, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is encouraging residents to drop donations off at a coordinated food drive this Saturday.

    According to event organizer Tom Anderson, the collection site will be on the corner of Illinois Rt. 140 and Texas Blvd. in Bethalto from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 30. With a drive-thru style drop-off plan, volunteers will be accepting donations at that location for Community Hope Center in Bethalto, Crisis Food Center in Alton and Day Spring Four Square Church in South Roxana.

    “One scripture has been my only motivation: ‘I was hungry, and you fed me,’” Anderson said.

    “Residents are being turned away and going hungry, because our food banks are struggling to keep the shelves stocked,” Crowe said. “While there are many ways to help our friends and neighbors through the pandemic, I strongly encourage anyone able to donate to this food drive.”

    The event, named the Karen Rodgers Memorial Food Drive, primarily needs food and other items for single mothers: diapers, wipes, formula, baby food and microwavable meals for children aged through 12. However, all non-perishable food items are being accepted, as well as monetary donations directly to each food bank.

    If needed, a rain date is scheduled for the following day on Sunday, May 31 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

  • Crowe encouraging residents to support upcoming local food drive

    foodpantry 051820WOOD RIVER – In response to the lack of inventory available for Metro East residents at food banks, organizers have planned a multi-city community food drive, and State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is urging residents who can to donate to help those in need.

    According to event organizer Tom Anderson, the collection site will be on the corner of Illinois Rt. 140 and Texas Blvd. in Bethalto from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 30. With a drive-thru style drop-off plan, volunteers will be accepting donations at that location for Community Hope Center in Bethalto, Crisis Food Center in Alton and Day Spring Four Square Church in South Roxana.

  • The Majority Report 03/30/20 - Assistance offered amid COVID-19 outbreak

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    Every week we see new impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic — from the effect it has on the tax deadline to the need for more donations at food pantries.

    State agencies and local communities have proven one thing, however: We are stronger together.

    Keep reading to learn about deadline extensions and how you can help in your community.

    Tax deadlineTax Deadline Extended

    Illinois taxpayers will have three extra months to file taxes this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

    Gov. JB Pritzker announced last week the Illinois Department of Revenue will delay the tax filing deadline until July 15, as the federal government previously announced.

    The state will continue to process refunds to those who are owed one and filed prior to the deadline. For more information, visit MyTax.Illinois.gov.

    Emergency Loans

    The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity established the Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund to offer low-interest loans of up to $50,000 to struggling small businesses.

    Small businesses located outside the City of Chicago with fewer than 50 workers and less than $3 million in revenue in 2019 may apply. Applications can be found by visiting the DCEO’s website here.

    Small businesses within the city of Chicago can apply to a similar loan program here.

    Real ID REAL ID Deadline

    The deadline to get a REAL ID has been pushed back a year to October 2021.

    The date change is intended to foster social distancing to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

    Current Illinois driver’s licenses or ID cards will continue to be accepted at airports, military bases and secure federal facilities until Oct. 1, 2021.

    Donate to food pantries

    As local grocery stores have been wiped of essential products and many Illinoisans are experiencing layoffs due to COVID-19, more families are leaning on food pantries.

    It is more important than ever to help our neighbors put food on the table. If you feel fortunate enough to donate to a food pantry, please do so. Your simple gesture will make a difference. Use this online locator to find your nearest food bank.

    Senate Democrats roll out COVID-19 webpage

    To create a one-stop shop for resources, announcements and the governor’s daily briefings related to COVID-19, the Illinois Senate Democrats rolled out a new webpage.

    The page will be updated daily as new information is made public. It can be found by visiting illinoissenatedemocrats.com/covid-19.

    For the most up-to-date information, please continue to check the link above or the governor’s coronavirus response website found here.

    We will continue to send periodic updates. Rest assured that together, we will get through this trying time.

     


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  • Bush asks people to donate to food pantries to address increased need

    food pantryGRAYSLAKE – In light of the current situation, State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) is asking people to donate food to local food pantries to help address increased need.

    “With schools and businesses across the state closed, people have lost jobs or seen their incomes reduced. Some are now struggling to put food on the table,” Bush said. “Food pantries are struggling to keep up with higher demand and have no idea how long this will last, so it’s important that we help each other out during this troubling time.”

    Bush is urging people who are able to donate to local food pantries in northern Lake County.

  • Morrison encourages people to donate to local food pantries

    Sen. Julie A. MorrisonDEERFIELD — During this trying time, State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Lake Forest) is encouraging people willing and able to donate to local food pantries.

    “People throughout the state have lost work due to the coronavirus outbreak, either temporarily or permanently,” Morrison said. “Their feet were pulled out from underneath them, and now they don’t know how they’re going to feed their families.”

    Morrison is asking people who have the means to donate to local food pantries in the northern suburbs.