Manar Announces First Phase of Local Business Funding through BIG Program

Manar Announces First Phase of Local Business Funding through BIG Program

August 13, 2020 – State Senator Andy Manar made the announcement today that more than 40 local businesses will see additional aid from funding stemming from the state’s Business Interruption Grant program.  The program is to help business owners who are facing economic hardships.  Decatur will receive $270,000 out of the total of $790,000 that will be distributed to local businesses in the 48th District.  The BIG program had its first round of distribution released this week in order to provide business communities with financial assistance in areas impacted the most by COVID-19 related closures.

“The Business Interruption Grant program is an example of what is possible when legislators do their job and create tangible solutions to the problems facing our state,” Manar said. “Government is supposed to work for those we represent first and foremost, and I’m proud that we are doing everything possible at the state level to help our small business community stay afloat.”

 

DPS Holding Return to Learn Q&A Tonight

DPS Holding Return to Learn Q&A Tonight

August 13, 2020 – At 5:30 p.m. DPS 61 will host a webinar on the DPS Facebook page to answer questions from families to prepare for the start of virtual learning.  The event will run through 6:15 p.m. and will have Dr. Paul Fregeau and other members of the DPS administration.

If you would like to register for the webinar, go to www.dps61.org/parentqa.

Illinois Policy Institute Research Shows Work Share Program Could Have Saved Thousands of Jobs

Illinois Policy Institute Research Shows Work Share Program Could Have Saved Thousands of Jobs

August 13, 2020 – With more than one in seven Illinois residents still out of work due to the COVID-19 crisis and associated state lockdowns, the Illinois Policy Institute found Governor Pritzker could have quelled pandemic-related job losses by implementing an unemployment program that most states already have in place. New Institute research has shown that Pritzker could have saved nearly 32,000 jobs if he had implemented a short-time compensation program which would have allowed employees to receive a percentage of unemployment benefits as well as work reduced hours while keeping their jobs.

Illinois is the largest state that does not have a short-time compensation or work share program.  Other states, such as Texas, Florida and New York used similar programs to assist employers to avoid full lay-offs as well as increase the chances of residents returning to jobs following the pandemic.  Since 2014, Illinois has had the ability to implement a work share program.

Since COVID-19 began impacting Illinois’ economy, there have been 1.58 million total requests for unemployment benefits.

 

The Illinois Department of Public Health Announces 1,834 New Cases; 24 Additional Deaths

The Illinois Department of Public Health Announces 1,834 New Cases; 24 Additional Deaths

August 13, 2020 – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,834 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 24 additional confirmed death.

– Adams County: 1 female 100+
– Cook County: 1 female 50s, 1 female 60s, 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s, 2 males 80s
– DuPage County: 1 female 90s
– Lake County: 1 female 90s
– LaSalle County: 1 female 80s, 2 female 90s
– Madison County: 1 female 60s
– Peoria County: 1 female 40s
– Shelby County: 1 female 80s
– Tazewell County: 1 male 80s
– Washington County: 1 male 80s
– Will County: 1 male 80s
– Winnebago County: 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 200,427 cases, including 7,696 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years.  Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 46,006 specimens for a total of 3,235,807.  The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total test from August 6 – August 12 is 4.0%.  As of last night, 1,628 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19.  Of those, 383 patients were in the ICU and 127 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

Fewer Unemployment Filings Last Week

Fewer Unemployment Filings Last Week

August 13, 2020 – Fewer people are filing for unemployment in Illinois, but it’s still in the tens of thousands a week.

The U.S. Department of Labor reports nearly 22,900 Illinoisans filed for initial unemployment benefits last week. That’s down about 2,800 from the total that filed the week before.

Around 1.5 million Illinoisans have filed since the beginning of March.

For the first time since mid-March, the number of initial weekly claims was below 1 million nationally last week.

Road Work On Rt. 51 To Begin Next Week

Road Work On Rt. 51 To Begin Next Week

August 13, 2020 – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that construction on U.S. 51 from Business U.S. 51 southwest of Decatur to just north of the Shelby County line begins the week of Aug. 17.

The work involves resurfacing, bridge repairs, guardrail upgrades and pavement markings and will require daily lane closures. Motorists can expect a smoother driving surface with this work, which is expected to be complete next spring.

Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. To avoid the work area, when feasible, use of alternate routes should be considered.

Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment.

State Awards First Round of Business Interruption Grants

State Awards First Round of Business Interruption Grants

August 12, 2020 – The State is awarding the first round of business interruption grants.

46 Million dollars in “BIG” grants have been released to more than 2,600 businesses, including salons, gyms and restaurants says Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Acting Director Michael Negron.

The grants range from $10,000 to $20,000 and can be used for things like payroll, utilities, equipment and PPE for employees.  Negron says they expect to award more grants in subsequent rounds.  Visit DCEO.Illinois.gov for more info.