- Published: Thursday, October 07, 2021 12:36 PM
It’s hard to believe, but autumn is here! The leaves are changing, cooler weather is rolling in and the holidays are on the horizon.
This month, the General Assembly will return to Springfield for the fall veto session to take up legislation we weren’t able to address earlier this year. I’ll keep you updated on the status of any new laws that could affect our community, and in the meantime, I’ve included news below on a few exciting investments in our area.
My office is here to assist you during this busy time. With questions about state services, legislative matters and more, please do not hesitate to call my office at 773-869-9050 or email us at SenatorTonyMunoz.com/contact-us.
I look forward to hearing from you!
State Senator | 1st District
Back to Business relief program still open for Illinois small businesses
The $250 million B2B program is still open, offering eligible small businesses one-time grants of up to $150,000 to cover operation costs, staff payroll and other expenses. To qualify, a business must have made $20 million or less in revenue in 2019 and be able to demonstrate a reduction in revenue in 2020. Don’t wait—find a community outreach partner for application support and apply today at Illinois.gov/DCEO. Applications close on Oct. 13.
Household assistance available for low-income families
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is providing $327 million to support Illinois’ most vulnerable residents with rent, utilities, food and other household expenses, regardless of immigration status. Eligible households are encouraged to apply for the Low-Income Household Energy Assistance Program and Community Services Block Grant program. More information on the relief programs is available on the DCEO website.
Renew professional licenses online
Residents can now renew eligible professional licenses online. In addition, licensees’ renewal deadlines have been extended to Dec. 31, 2021. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation is encouraging licensees to renew their licenses quickly to avoid a backlog due to the more than 150,000 licenses that are up for renewal. Licenses may be renewed on the IDFPR website.
It’s time to get a flu shot
With COVID-19 cases continuing to ravage our community, it’s more important than ever to get a flu shot to avoid co-infection with COVID-19 and the flu. Millions of people suffer from the flu every year, and hundreds of thousands are hospitalized while tens of thousands succumb to the virus. People six months and older are recommended to get the seasonal flu vaccine. Check with your health care provider, local health department or area pharmacy to find a flu shot location. More information about influenza can be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health website at www.dph.illinois.gov.