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Ethics Reform in Springfield, CPS Family Assistance Survey, Financial Help for LGBTQ Seniors and more

Dear Neighbor,

Hard to believe (or is it?!) there are only 74 days until the most important election of our lives. Everyone should make sure they’ve requested their mail-in ballot if that’s how you’d like to vote and continue to donate whatever you can (time and money come to mind!) to your favorite candidates. My father’s 88th birthday is actually on Election Day so I’ve been doing everything I can to make it a memorable one! 

At the same time, as August comes to a close and Fall approaches (far too quickly!), I am also reminded of the long list of items the General Assembly needs to accomplish during the upcoming Veto Session in Springfield, scheduled to begin November 17th. These goals include passing a comprehensive package to combat generations of institutionalized racism, providing additional relief for small businesses and the many Illinoisians still suffering from the adverse effects of the pandemic induced economic downturn, passing the Clean Energy Jobs Act, preventing Illinois from becoming a right-to-work state, overturning the Parental Notification Act.

However, one of the most important legislative priorities items on my agenda is passing comprehensive ethics reform that addresses chronic corruption that has plagued Illinois government for far too long. Last week, I joined some of my colleagues in the General Assembly by signing onto a letter calling for specific ethics measures to increase transparency and restore the public’s trust in our elected leaders. See below for an outline of these proposals and continue reading for my statement:

Last week I went to Bronzeville and joined fellow Illinois House legislators Leader Greg Harris and Reps. Robinson, Mah, LaPoint, Stava-Murray; Congressman Danny Davis, former Governor Pat Quinn; and community, labor and religious leaders to voice our opposition to the announced closure of Mercy Hospital. I was inspired to see so many passionate advocates and stakeholders coming together to support access to quality healthcare for our neighbors in Bronzeville, Chinatown and throughout the South Side. It would be a huge mistake to remove the vital community health services that Mercy Hospital provides - especially in the midst of a global pandemic - and create what would amount to a healthcare desert on the near South Side. To prevent this, Mercy owner Trinity Health must either do everything in its power to keep the hospital open or sell it to someone who will. 

Read more here for the full story, and see photos from the event below:

In this newsletter, you will find: 

  • My joint statement with Illinois legislators calling for comprehensive ethics reform measures;
  • A family assistance survey from Chicago Public Schools;
  • An update from IHDA on the Emergency Mortgage Assistance grant program;
  • Information on a financial aid program for LGBTQ Seniors;
  • Applications to the Together Now Chicago Fund; 
  • Information on a public health outreach campaign called The New Normal;
  • An update on this year's census; and 
  • A reminder to make a plan to vote in the upcoming November election.

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

Statement on Comprehensive Ethics Reform Proposals

Family Assistance Program from CPS

IHDA Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program Now Open

Today, August 24th, the Illinois Housing Development Authority is accepting applications for Emergency Mortgage Assistance (EMA) grants. Homeowners must apply directly through IHDA’s website: ema.ihda.org.

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services have built a self-help page on their website to assist applicants, linked here. Those who need one-on-one assistance can also contact CVLS at 312-332-8785 or COVID@cvls.org.

Financial Help for LGBTQ Seniors

Feeling confident about your finances can be a challenge, especially during a pandemic. Thankfully, SAGE has partnered with LifeCents to create a financial wellness program to address the unique financial needs of LGBT elders. SAGECents is an online, personal financial health and wellness app that is free and easy to use. This program can help you get a good picture of your financial health and provides resources and tools that will help you achieve your financial goals.

If you have had trouble accessing SAGECents, it could be because of your browser. This program is not compatible with Internet Explorer. To access SAGECents, copy and paste sageusa.lifecents.com/introduction into one of these browsers:

Google Chrome (Download) – Recommended
Microsoft Edge (Download)
Mozilla Firefox (Download)
Safari (Download)

If you do not have any of the above browsers on your computer, simply choose one to download and click here to register. Remember, all information entered into the program is secure and confidential.
 
Start feeling confident about your finances today when you sign up for SAGECents!

Chicago Together Now Fund Now Accepting Applications

Links:
Apply Here
Eligibility Criteria & FAQ
Sign Up for Upcoming Webinars

"New Normal" Public Health Campaign

Census Reminders for Large Residential Buildings

Recently, I met my neighborhood census worker (and constituent!) John S. I'm glad to see census takers like him really working hard on following up with people who haven't responded to the 2020 census. Important reminder to building managers: you are obligated to give census takers access to your building, cooperate and provide known information if Census workers ask. Go to www.my2020census.gov to fill out your Census form if you haven't already. Let's get counted everybody! #2020census

Anniversary Month of 19th Amendment Ratification

This month, our country celebrates the 100th anniversary of the #19thAmendment’s ratification. Our nation’s leadership is stronger, bolder, and more courageous thanks to women’s profound role in our electoral system. Make a plan to vote this November by visiting chicagoelections.gov. If you plan on voting by mail, be sure to request your mail-in ballot with a mail ballot application as soon as possible!
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