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Reps. Batinick, Spain propose Fair Business Treatment Act

Amid the ongoing economic stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic, State Representatives Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) and Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) are filing legislation to help support small businesses.

Residents can save on money-saving virtual utility bill clinics

To share tips that could potentially save homeowners money during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, is encouraging residents to take advantage of the free virtual utility bill clinic offered through the Citizens' Utility Board ...

Batinick hosting blood drive

State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) will be hosting a blood drive in partnership with Plainfield Township, Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Versiti Blood Center of Illinois. The event will take place on Thursday, May 14th at Plainfield Township Community ...

Illinois Police organizations applaud Attorney General's ruling

Illinois Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge President Chris Southwood, Illinois State Troopers Lodge 41 President Joe Moon, and Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council Executive Director Shawn Roselieb issued the following joint statement after Illinois Attorney General Kwame ...

Foster urges HHS, FDA to speed up vaccine approval process

Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) and Congresswoman Donna Shalala (D-FL) sent a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration urging them to speed up the evaluation and approval process for ...

Batinick launches ‘Let’s Face It’ program

Batinick’s program, ‘Let’s Face It’, will donate 50 facemasks to the first 20 stores or restaurants that agree to add this requirement. The Representative has worked to promote greater safety for all residents in his District as the coronavirus pandemic ...

Child Abuse Prevention Month, resources highlighted to report abuse

To highlight Child Abuse Prevention Month and to shed light on free resources available to report abuse, state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, is emphasizing the importance of protecting children, especially during the uncertain times caused by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 ...

$2 Million unclaimed Mega Million ticket in Illinois

Thetimesweekly.com The Illinois Lottery on recently announced it is extending the timeframe in which winners can claim prizes during the COVID-19 crisis. For players with prizes that were set to expire between March 16 and May 31, 2020 the Lottery ...

Support for survivors of domestic violence and resources

Thetimesweekly.com State Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, is highlighting state and national resources available to survivors of domestic violence during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Gov. Pritzer announces Arts for Illinois relief fund

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot joined Governor JB Pritzker to announce a new 'Arts for Illinois Relief Fund' to provide financial assistance to artists, artisans and cultural organizations impacted by COVID-19. The fund is a partnership between the City of Chicago, ...

House Democrats introduce bill requiring all insurance plans to cover full cost of virus testing

WASHINGTON – House Democrats introduced legislation requiring all health insurance plans to cover the full cost of COVID-19 testing for U.S. consumers. The No Cost for COVID-19 Testing Act codifies the promises made by insurers to cover COVID-19 at no ...

Foster heads student loan relief program for all borrowers

Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) led a letter to the nation’s nine federal student loan servicers urging them to apply emergency financial assistance measures announced by the Department of Education in the midst of the COVID-19 ...

ComEd, Exelon donate to local nonprofits for COVID-19 response and relief

To support communities affected by the spread of the coronavirus, ComEd officials announced the company will contribute $250,000 to United Way of Metro Chicago and the Chicago Community Trust’s COVID-19 Response Fund to support their efforts to provide essential services ...

'Helping Hands' to protect elderly during COVID-19

Plainfield - State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) recently launched a program to help senior citizens in his district stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of COVID-19 cases has increased exponentially and in more locations across Illinois with the ...

Veterinary Assoc. urges hygiene and understanding on Coronavirus' potential effects on pets

The Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association (ISVMA) reports that there is no current scientific evidence that pets can become sick by contracting coronavirus (COVID-19) from humans or other animals. However, ISVMA officials suggest pet owners observe proper human hygiene when ...

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