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Remote Learning Virtual Forum, Second Round of Business Interruption Grants, Final Census, Vote-by-Mail Reminders and more

Dear Neighbor,

With the recent passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, our country lost a true national icon and role model, and someone who spent a lifetime fighting for "equal justice under the law." Although many of us are still in deep mourning over this devastating loss and what it will mean to our country - especially when it looks like the unabashed and hypocritical Republicans will rush through a deeply conservative person to further tilt the Supreme Court to the right - we must use our strong emotions to energize our never-ending fight to form a more perfect Union and bend the arc of history towards justice. As several online memes have illustrated: now that we are “Ruth-less”, this is how we now need to fight to carry on Justice Ginsburg’s tradition.

And just as we are trying to absorb the loss of our beloved Justice, today we learn of the unacceptable decision out of Kentucky to not adequately charge those responsible for Breonna Taylor’s death with murder. This is unacceptable and a miscarriage of justice. We must make our voices heard and make known our unwillingness to value some lives less than others. I am hoping these demonstrations will remain peaceful and produce the end result we all want.

These events come at a pivotal point in our country’s history, with the continued rampage of COVID-19 in our communities, an ongoing economic disaster, and protests against police brutality and social and economic injustice. Let’s seize this moment and change the course of our country for the better: by being active in our communities, voting for real, lasting change, and  building a brighter future for ourselves and for future generations.

Now is the time to reach out and help each other in these difficult times. The best and easiest ways to do so, are to:

  • Fill out your census within the next week by going to my2020census.gov;
  • Have a plan to vote in the upcoming election whether you are voting by mail or dropping your ballot in a secure ballot box location, or on election day; and
  • Get involved in your community by participating in local events or supporting organizations and/or programs that lend a helping hand to those in need

This is our moment to make a real difference and support one another. Let's move forward together.

In this newsletter, you will find: 

  • A protest advisory regarding the court ruling in the murder case of Breonna Taylor from the Dept. of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection
  • Information on my upcoming Remote Learning: Best Practices forum with Majority Leader Greg Harris;
  • The latest round of assistance with the Business Interruption Grants program from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity;
  • My joint statement with the LGBTQ Caucus on the bigoted remarks from Rep. Amy Grant regarding her democratic challenger, Ken Mejia-Beal;
  • The Center On Halsted's Anti-Violence virtual project update event
  • A friendly reminder to get your flu shot;
  • Registration details for the Old Town Neighborhood Cleanup event;
  • An announcement from Gov. Pritzker on enhancing equity in awarding of adult-use cannabis licenses;
  • Final reminders to fill out your census and submit your vote-by-mail application

As always, if you have any general questions about services or specific COVID-19 guidelines, feel free to call our office at 773-348-8974; email us at info.staterepyoni@gmail.com; or visit coronavirus.illinois.gov. Also be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter for the most recent news and updates as we receive them.

Wishing you all the best - please stay safe and healthy.

Yours in service,


 

Yoni Pizer
State Representative, 12th District

Breonna Taylor Protest Advisory from the Dept. of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection

"Remote Learning: Best Practices" Virtual Forum

Join Majority Leader Greg Harris and myself next Wednesday, September 30th at 6pm for a virtual town hall on the challenges and potential policy solutions with remote learning in the age of COVID-19. To RSVP, fill out this Google Form and you will receive the Zoom link via email: tinyurl.com/RemoteRSVP

Updated Second Round Funding for Business Interruption Grant (BIG) Program

The Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program is a $636 million program developed by Governor Pritzker and the Illinois General Assembly to provide economic relief for small businesses hit hardest by COVID-19. BIG leverages federal funding provided by the CARES Act to help offset COVID-19 related losses for Illinois small businesses. Funding may be used to help businesses with working capital expenses, including payroll costs; rent; utilities; and other operational costs as defined in the eligible cost list found below.

Important Application Updates: Applications for a second round of funding are now live. A total of $220 million will be made available for small businesses of all types in Illinois. If you have questions or are experiencing technical difficulties, please submit a question via the following forms for assistance with your application in either English or Spanish. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with funding priorities outlined below. Please take care to submit a complete and correct application. Additional time needed to submit will not impact your eligibility or chances of receiving a grant.

Joint Statement from LGBTQ Caucus on Rep. Amy Grant's Bigoted Remarks

Center on Halsted's Anti-Violence Virtual Project Update

"During this presentation and discussion, you will meet Dansen Mayhay(she/her/hers), Community Engagement and Training Coordinator). She will share how we support our community to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and support survivors through counseling and advocacy.

During the program update you will also learn about upcoming activities and ways to support us."

Getting Your Flu Shot This Season

As the weather begins to turn, now is the time to get your flu shot. Visit chicagoflushots.org to learn about vaccination sites in your area and how you can stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Old Town Merchants and Residents Association Neighborhood Cleanup Event

This Saturday, September 26th, the Old Town Merchants and Residents AssociationYouth For A Better Future (YBF) and Lincoln Park Community Services will be hosting their fall neighborhood cleanup event. Learn more about how you can help by visiting the event page or RSVP by emailing rrubinson@oldtownchicago.org.

Governor Pritzker's Announcement: Awarding Cannabis Licenses with a Focus on Equity

Mail-In Voting Information and Reminders

Register to be an Election Judge

COVID-19 has caused a shortage of poll workers and election judges across Illinois. In order to have a fair, safe and secure election it is vital to have election judges and poll workers. To serve as an election judge, visit: chicagoelections.gov/en/serving-as-a-judge-of-election.html.
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