Businesses failing to enforce face coverings rules can now face fines

Failing to enforce rules for face coverings in Illinois could now result in fines. Building on efforts to protect Illinois' workers and communities in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. JB Pritzker announced that the Illinois Department of Public ...

Bill to name Will County Post Office after Larry Walsh Sr.

Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) has introduced a bill to designate the U.S. Post Office facility located at 303 E. Mississippi Ave. in Elwood, Illinois, as the Lawrence M. "Larry" Walsh Sr. Post Office Building.

Pritzker launches new awareness campaign encouraging face coverings

In an effort to get everyone in Illinois on board with the importance of wearing face coverings in public, Gov. J.B. Pritzker has launching a new $5 million awareness campaign.

Jobs resources offered for 97th district businesses and residents

thetimesweekly.com As Illinois begins its climb to economic recovery, State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) is offering two resources to help both businesses and job seekers in his 97th District.

AG releases first report of Disability Rights Bureau enforcement efforts

Attorney General Kwame Raoul late last week released the first annual Disability Rights Bureau Investigation and Technical Assistance Activity report for fiscal year 2019-2020. The report is being released as the nation celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Americans with ...

Attorney general wants CDC to control COVID data

Attorney General Kwame Raoul on Tuesday joined a coalition of attorneys general urging the federal government to immediately withdraw its new reporting structure that prohibits hospitals from reporting COVID-19 data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ...

Shredding event Aug. 4

Unused documents like bills and medical records can begin to crowd people’s homes. To ensure the items are properly disposed, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Plainfield) will host a free public shred event Aug. 4. “Shred events allow for a safe, ...

Every student in the state deserves a quality education

thetimesweekly.com The state has approved more than $100 million that will go toward bridging the digital divide in schools across the state to protect the safety of both students and teachers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "Every student in the state ...

Small businesses should take advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program

The federal government is once again accepting applications for the Paycheck Protection Program, and State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is encouraging business owners to apply for PPP and other forgivable loans through the Small Business Administration.

New Organ/Tissue donation Campaign

Secretary of State Jesse White unveiled a new ad campaign featuring a woman whose life was saved because of organ donation when she received a heart from a friend’s daughter. Tanisha Basham received her lifesaving heart from her friend’s daughter ...

Foster vote strengthens healthcare, lowers drug cost

Thetimesweekly.com Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) on Monday voted to build on the Affordable Care Act to lower health costs and prescription drug prices for all Americans by joining House Democrats to pass the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act. ...

Non-profits urged to apply for charitable Trust Grants $375,000 available

thetimesweekly.com A grant program to help small non-profit organizations provide food and housing assistance will begin taking applications on July 1, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs said.

Education package signed into law

The state’s education package that will provide assistance and relief to teachers and schools affected by the COVID-19 pandemic has become law.

Utility assistance necessary for COVID-19 recovery

thetimesweekly.com The Illinois Commerce Commission announced the decision to approve several consumer protection measures during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, several of which State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Frankfort) called for as leader of the Senate’s Energy and Public Utilities working ...

State investment in schools is vital

State Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Frankfort) along with several other state legislators supported the General Assembly’s comprehensive education package that was signed into law on last Friday. “While COVID-19 has presented our educators and students with a situation they could ...