Jesse White Announces Expired Driver’s Licenses, ID Cards and License Plate Stickers Extended an Additional Month – Until Nov. 1

Jesse White Announces Expired Driver’s Licenses, ID Cards and License Plate Stickers Extended an Additional Month – Until Nov. 1

July 8th, 2020- Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that expiration dates for driver’s licenses/ID cards and license plate stickers have been extended an additional month – from Oct. 1, 2020, to Nov. 1, 2020. 

This new Nov. 1 extension also includes those who have July, August, and September expiration dates. As a result, expired documents will remain valid until Nov. 1 so customers do not need to rush into Driver Services facilities, especially during the current heatwave.

White continues to urge the public to consider using online services when possible instead of visiting a facility due to heavy customer volume. Customers who can conduct business online may go to www.cyberdriveillinois.com to take advantage of online services – such as renewing license plate stickers – from the comfort of their own home. People who conduct online transactions will avoid waiting in line at a facility. 

White noted that online transactions continue to flourish, with June 2020 seeing an increase of 110 percent in online license plate sticker renewals when compared to June 2019. Month/Year Online License Plate Sticker Renewals June 2020 447,103 (110% increase) June 2019 212,396 

Through July 31, Driver Services facilities are serving ONLY new drivers, customers with expired driver’s licenses/ID cards, and vehicle transactions.

Pritzker Signs Manar Proposal to Cover Cancer Clinical Trials for Medicaid Beneficiaries

Pritzker Signs Manar Proposal to Cover Cancer Clinical Trials for Medicaid Beneficiaries

July 8th, 2020- Illinois Medicaid recipients are now eligible for life-saving clinical trials to treat cancer and other serious diseases.

Governor Pritzker enacted Senate Bill 1864, a health care package that includes a proposal by Senator Andy Manar requiring the state’s Medicaid program to cover routine care costs incurred for an approved clinical trial involving the prevention, detection, or treatment of cancer or any other life-threatening disease, as long as Medicaid would normally cover those same routine care costs for a non-clinical procedure.

“It’s not an exaggeration to say that this law will save lives. For too long, some people were granted access to the most advanced and potentially life-saving cancer treatment, and others weren’t, simply depending on which insurance plan they had. That injustice ended today,” Manar said. “I appreciate Governor Pritzker’s demonstrated commitment to advancing equity in health care.”

Initially introduced and carried through the Senate by Manar, the initiative was included in a broader health care package passed by the General Assembly during the abbreviated special session in May.

More than 20% of Illinoisans are covered by Medicaid, making it the second-largest type of insurance behind Medicare.

Medicare and private insurance carriers are already required to provide coverage for routine care costs in clinical trial participation. Medicaid is not. This legislation would align Medicaid coverage for clinical trials with coverage under those insurance plans.

Because routine costs would be paid for by Medicaid if the patient were not on a clinical trial, there is a minimal cost difference for Medicaid to cover these costs within a clinical trial.

Manar worked closely with the American Cancer Society to draft the proposal.

“The state has taken an important step to ensure the viability of new cancer research in our state and to allow an additional 20% of Illinois residents to have access to the latest treatments and therapies,” said Shana Crews, Government Relations Director at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. “We look forward to working with state leaders to further reduce Illinois’ cancer burden.”

LISTEN: School Board Update with Beth Nolan

LISTEN: School Board Update with Beth Nolan

July 8th, 2020- Beth Nolan talks about how they are looking at national protocols and guidelines plus using local autonomy to shape their plans for the return of school in the fall, how they are targeting starting on time, how they have received input from the community, and a time capsule that will be unearthed this week. Listen to the podcast now.

LISTEN: Dove Inc. Celebrates 50 Years

LISTEN: Dove Inc. Celebrates 50 Years

July 7th, 2020- Dove Inc. Is celebrating 50 years.  The organization is a coalition of religious organizations, volunteers, and advocates seeking to coordinate efforts to address unmet human needs in our communityWhat started as a mission to serve the poor and create educational opportunities for volunteers in the 1970’s has grown to offer a Domestic Violence Program, assistance for the homeless, financial assistance, and more says executive Director Tamara Wilcox. The theme for the anniversary year is “needed then, vital now” and the organization announced a new program called The Senior Companion Program.  The program, which is an offshoot of the RSVP program, utilizes senior volunteers to assist other seniors who are homebound

Listen to the podcast with  Executive Director Tamara Wilcox as Dove Inc. celebrates their 50th Anniversary.

The 22nd Annual USTA/Ursula Beck Pro Tennis Classic Postponed Until 2021 

The 22nd Annual USTA/Ursula Beck Pro Tennis Classic Postponed Until 2021 

July 7th, 2020- The 22nd Annual USTA/Ursula Beck Pro Tennis Classic has been postponed until 2021. 

“Due to the ongoing situation surrounding COVID-19, the United States Tennis Association has canceled all five ITF World Tennis Tour events taking place in the U.S. in August. This decision was made to ensure the health and safety of all those involved with these events” the USTA announced.

Tournaments in Lexington, KY, Landisville, PA, Concord, MA, Memphis, TN as well as Decatur, IL were all affected by the decision.

“This was a disappointing day for our tennis community and the City of Decatur. Unfortunately, ever since the announcement on opening professional men’s tennis with our $25,000 men’s event a couple of weeks ago, things seem to have just gone the other way for the tennis world. Several high-profile professional tennis players have contracted COVID-19 and the country as a whole has had more outbreaks. On the bright side, our committee was encouraged by the strong sponsorship pledged this year which nearly matched what we experienced in 2019” said Chuck Kuhle, tournament director. “To have that kind of support in a year like this was unbelievable. We look forward to returning to the Fairview Tennis Center in 2021.” 

Coziahr Harley-Davidson Hosts 5th Annual Warrior Run

Coziahr Harley-Davidson Hosts 5th Annual Warrior Run

July 7th, 2020- Coziahr Harley-Davidson will hold it’s 5th Annual Warrior Run this weekend.

The event, which honors local military men and women, will be held Saturday, July 11th with registration beginning at 9 am at Coziahr Harley Davidson in Forsyth. 

The escorted ride will leave at 10:50 am for the Decatur Airport for a photo op with Blackhawk helicopter. From there, the ride will stop at Lovington American Legion, Bement American Legion, and Dewitt Country Store before heading to the final stop at Bargenta where The Filthy Janes will perform from 5-9 PM. 

Restore, Reinvest and Renew Program Grant Money

Restore, Reinvest and Renew Program Grant Money

July 7th, 2020- Illinois communities can still apply for grant money through the state’s Restore, Reinvest and Renew program, or R3.

A portion of the tax revenue generated by the sale of recreational marijuana goes toward the program, which provides funds to communities hit hard with drug problems.

Quinn Rallins, director of the Justice, Equity, and Opportunity Initiative for the Lieutenant Governor’s office, said the grants can be used for youth development, civil legal aid, violence prevention, and economic development.

“The organizations decide what works for their community in terms of the problems to fix and they are trying to address,” he said.

The communities that are eligible for R3 funding were identified in part by their rates of gun injuries, child poverty, unemployment, and incarceration. Local governments, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and other community associations may apply for the grants.

A bipartisan R3 board will make funding decisions. The R3 board consists of the Lieutenant Governor, state agency leaders, and lawmakers.

The deadline to apply is July 20. Information can be found at www.r3.illinois.gov.