- Published: Thursday, July 08, 2021 03:32 PM
The weather is heating up, but life isn’t slowing down.
To keep you up to date, I’ve included information below on a number of new programs and service changes to help you and your family thrive this summer and beyond.
I hope you take advantage of these opportunities or pass the information along to someone who might benefit. As always, my staff is available to help answer questions and provide assistance however we can—just reach out to us at 773-869-9050 or SenatorTonyMunoz.com.
We look forward to hearing from you!
State Senator | 1st District
There’s still time to get vaccinated—and win big
Illinois continues to lead the Midwest in vaccinations against COVID-19. To reward Illinoisans for rolling up their sleeves, people who get vaccinated are automatically entered into a lottery with prizes of up to $1 million. The promotion will run until Aug. 26, with drawings for 43 cash prizes — including three million-dollar jackpots — and 20 scholarship awards. Find a vaccination site near you.
Expired driver’s licenses and IDs valid until Jan. 1, 2022
As driver services facilities reopen, many motorists have had to endure long lines to renew their licenses and state ID cards. To cut down on wait times and give you more flexibility, the secretary of state has extended all expired and expiring driver’s licenses and IDs to Jan. 1, 2022. You can also skip the crowds altogether by taking advantage of online services at www.cyberdriveillinois.com.
U of I hosts webinar series on bridging the digital divide
The University of Illinois Extension has partnered with the Illinois Office of Broadband and the Benton Institute for Broadband and Society to produce the second annual Developing Broadband Leadership Webinar Series. Each 90-minute session, held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., covers a different facet of the effort to extend critical high-speed internet access across the state:
- July 13: Broadband Funding and Broadband Partnerships
- July 27: Moving a Broadband Project Forward
- August 3: Broadband Adoption and Affordability: Ensuring Broadband for Everyone
Participation is free, but registration is required.
Unemployed Illinoisans could qualify for insurance savings
Starting this month, Illinoisans who received unemployment benefits in 2021 could be eligible for financial help to purchase plans on the ACA Marketplace. Your monthly premium could average $10 or less per month—or even not cost you a dime. Visit GetCoveredIllinois.gov by Aug. 15 to get free enrollment assistance and find out if you qualify.
Applications now open for 2021 Governor’s Export Awards
Do you know an Illinois-based company that has excelled in exporting, or an organization providing export assistance? Invite them to apply for the 2021 Governor’s Export Awards—the state’s highest recognition for exporting achievements. Apply on the DCEO website by July 31, and learn more about resources available through Illinois' Office of Trade and Investment at exports.illinois.gov.