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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, State Senator Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights) is encouraging local businesses to apply for assistance through the second round      of Business Interruption Grants to combat financial hardships.

“We’re in a time where thousands of small businesses are facing unprecedented economic uncertainty,” Gillespie said. “This      program will help provide some stability and give out small businesses a helping hand.”

The BIG Program has allocated $220 million in the second round      for movie theatres, performing arts venues, concert venues and more to help them stay afloat through these uncertain times and make sure they have the means to open safely in the coming months.

BIG funds can be used to help businesses cover the costs of payroll, rent, utilities and other working capital during the time they have experienced interruptions due to the pandemic.

To ensure funds are distributed across the state and across business type, $60 million has been specifically allocated for heavily distressed industries, including indoor recreation facilities and amusement parks, and another $70 million has been set aside for businesses located in disproportionately impacted areas, or low-income areas that have experienced high rates of COVID-19. Wheeling businesses may qualify for part of the $70 million. For a full list of eligible ZIP codes, click here.

During the program’s first round of funding in August, it granted more than $40 million to small businesses across Illinois in the form of $10,000 to $20,000 grants.

“The state’s continuing to do what’s necessary and what’s required to help the business community stay afloat,” Gillespie said. “I encourage any small business that is struggling to apply for relief as soon as applications go live.”

Applications open tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 17 and can be found on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s website alongside a full list of criteria. 

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS –  State Senator Ann Gillespie                    (D-Arlington Heights) is asking residents to participate in the 2020 Census and cautioning them about the consequences of failing to      fill it out before the deadline that is now just three weeks away.

Cook County is reporting a lower response rate compared to its previous rate in 2010, which could and most likely will affect everything from how congressional districts are drawn to how highway funds are allocated.

“This is serious. If we don’t come together as a community, we’ll all lose federal representation which directly effects the opportunities our communities are afforded,” Gillespie said.” This year the census has a new online option, it’s easier than before to fill out. When I filled out mine, it took me less than 10 minutes to complete."

The census is now safer, more secure, and just as confidential. Filling out the form is crucial as 2020 brings new congressional district maps, helps determine how federal funds flow into states and provides information that will affect communities across Illinois for the next 10 years. Currently, 82.8% of Arlington Heights residents, 78.7% of Palatine residents and 79.6% of Mount Prospect residents have filled out the form this year. Although many of the communities in the 27th Illinois Senate District have a higher response rate than 2010, its still important to fill out your census if you haven’t done so, Gillespie said.

“Until there’s a 100% response rate, schools, roads, hospitals and other critical community services are not getting every cent of the federal taxes they've paid,” Gillespie said. “This determines so much about what federal money comes to Illinois, so let's make sure we all count.”

Residents can complete the census for their household at https://my2020census.gov, or by calling 844-330-2020.

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CHICAGO – State Senator Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights) welcomed legislators and staff to the second tour of two safety-net hospitals last Wednesday. The group of bipartisan lawmakers, advocates and safety-net experts attended the tours.

“This group was able to see the crucial role safety-net hospitals    play in underserved communities,” Gillespie said. “Uninsured    people, Medicaid and Medicare recipients make up the vast    majority of the patients treated in these hospitals.”

The group toured Swedish Hospital and Thorek Memorial Hospital    in Chicago. Representatives from multiple other safety-net    hospitals joined to explain the essential services they offer. Safety-net hospitals serve low-income communities where a majority of patients receive coverage from Medicaid.

“The state's network of safety net hospitals is vitally important to all our health and safety, especially now, during a pandemic,” said State Senator Heather Steans. “It was informative to visit these crucial hospitals, and should remind all of us in Springfield that we need to make their continued operation a priority.”

During the shortened legislative session this past May, lawmakers passed the Hospital and Health Care Transformation Program. The program will provide $150 million in funding for individual projects for safety-net hospitals to advance health equity and address systemic health disparities in Illinois.

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — In efforts to protect Illinois’ most vulnerable population and spare them a trip to the driver services facility, State Senator Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights) is alerting drivers age 75 and older that their driver’s license expiration dates have been extended by one year.

“Extending the expiration date for older drivers will help our most at-risk population avoid or delay a visit to the driver services facility during this pandemic,” Gillespie said. “This will give these Illinoisans the opportunity to plan a visit when they are comfortable and safe without being penalized.”

In addition to being 75 years of age or older, the driver must have a valid license—drivers whose licenses have been suspended or revoked do not qualify for the one-year extension. Drivers who are eligible should receive a letter from the secretary of state as proof of their qualification.

For drivers under age 75, expiration dates for driver’s licenses, ID cards and license plate stickers have been extended until Nov. 1, 2020. Customers who choose to visit a facility need wear a face mask. Additionally, customers are asked to be patient due to heavy volume and should be prepared to wait outside in various types of weather.

Gillespie encourages drivers to visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com to avoid waiting in line and take advantage of online services, including replacements and renewals of registrations, driver’s licenses and ID cards.

To find the closest driver services facility near you, visit cyberdriveillinois.com, click on the facility finder, and enter your ZIP code in the search bar.

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