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Current list of house bills (late March 2020).

Legislative News, April 2020

Maureen Mulhall, ILOTA Lobbyist

 

The General Assembly has cancelled session this week. As with the last cancellation of session, they are taking the decision to return to Springfield one day at a time.  At this time, leadership is working on compiling a list of priority bills.

 

Legislation:

On Thursday, March 17, 2020, the House Rules and Senate Committee on Assignments moved almost 200 bills into Standing Committees. At this time, no committee hearings are scheduled. 

 

Corona Virus:

On March 20, Governor Pritzker issued a nine page Executive Order # 2010. In the synopsis of EO 2010, it requires all individuals stay at home except for essential activities, that all nonessential businesses cease (workers to work from home if able), all gatherings of 10 or more are prohibited, nonessential travel is prohibited, schools are to remain closed through April 7, and all evictions ceased (which does not relieve the obligation to pay rent or make mortgage payments.)  There are many exceptions for the many prohibitions in his executive order. DCEO has made a list of Essential Businesses & Operations. They have also created a small business assistance page that contains links to the SBA.  State Treasurer Michael Frerichs is creating a Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program as well.

 

The Federal Government is working on economic packages for those individuals/businesses most affected. There are also many state, local and county loans/grants available throughout Illinois. It is best to search the internet for your city or county and include your business type along with economic development and/or covid 19 for what may be available. 

 

The State has created a new website: coronavirus.illinois.gov. IDPH updates are posted on their site. The CDC updates information on its website as well.

 

Upcoming Dates:

To be announced.