Beginning January 25, school-based staff will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations as they become available through local healthcare providers.
Learn more: bit.ly/cpsVaccinationStrategy
Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Department of Public Health have partnered to begin rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine for CPS staff.
Support Canty Elementary School and get some delicious donuts on the North West Side!
TGIF! 🤩 Tonight is the night! Stan’s Donuts 🍩 will be at Canty. Just wanted to share some reminders 📌.
📍Masks are required. 😷
📍Please be sure to social distance. ↔️
📍The truck will be located near door 🚪 five on Paris Avenue.
📍You can not drive into the parking lot. Street parking is available.
📍There will be a separate pick up line for pre-orders. 🧾
State and federal officials are encouraging Illinoisans to stay vigilant as reports of unemployment insurance fraud swell.
Today we celebrate the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, the first woman, and the first woman of color, to hold that office. As Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman said, "We are striving to forge our union with purpose. To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters, and conditions of man. And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us, but what stands before us. We close the divide because we know to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside."
A favorite quote of Dr. King’s, taken at the Washington D.C. memorial.
“Make a career in humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.”
Today, honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by volunteering time, donating resources, or reflecting on your personal commitment to advancing equity and progress.
Here’s a roundup of virtual and in-person events to participate in around Chicago today, or you can reach out to one of the many organizations or pantries doing great work in our area: https://bit.ly/3oXKgOe
As a reminder, our office will be closed today, January 18th, and will reopen on Tuesday, January 19th.
Several members of Vaughn Occupational High School have tested positive for COVID-19 since Monday’s reopening, and it breaks my heart that this community has been affected so profoundly during the pandemic. Although many of us are eager to return to a state of normalcy, in-person learning, in this time of crisis and with inadequate clarity on safety standards, public health metrics, and safety precautions, has proven to compromise the health of our teachers, students, and communities.
Read what CPS officials, teachers, and parents have to say here:
CPS says teachers who've been locked out defied the terms of their contract.
Chicago will have six COVID-19 vaccine centers up and running by next week, capable of administering 25,000 shots per week contingent on federal vaccine shipments.
Additionally, Mayor Lightfoot urges the city to reopen restaurants for indoor dining, a decision that will ultimately be made by Governor Pritzker.
See details in the article below.
Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus in the Chicago area and the rest of Illinois.
Today is the first day of the 102nd General Assembly coming off of a historic lame-duck session where we made strides in healthcare, education, housing and chose a new Speaker of the House for the first time in decades. A heartfelt congratulations to my friend and colleague, Emanuel "Chris" Welch on his election to be Illinois’ first Black Speaker of the House. I am confident that he will lead Illinois out of these multiple crises and be the one to restore unity in our party and change the culture of Springfield.
As the 6th House democrat to publicly call on former Speaker Madigan to resign back in August, I am so pleased to have elected a new leader at a moment when we desperately need to rebuild trust in government and politics, both locally and nationally.
It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve the people of the 19th House District and to work among such thoughtful, and caring members of this body here in Springfield and neighborhood residents in the district, all to better our state. We have so much work to do in the coming months and I was proud to take the oath of office yesterday and start this new chapter in Illinois history.
In great news for renters, homeowners and small landlords across the state, tonight we passed our emergency housing legislation, SB3066, off the House floor (Senate action to come). In a moment of concurrent public health, employment, and governmental crises, our residents need housing security more than ever. Thanks to the ringleader in the House, State Representative Delia Ramirez, and to State Senator Ram Villivalam and Senator Robert Peters, who have pulled out all the stops, legislating and negotiating for days and over the holidays with stakeholders to reach complex compromises. Most importantly, housing advocates and lawyers from the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing and Housing Action Illinois played a life blood role in this bill.
This bill creates critical protections for those facing eviction during the pandemic, it creates clear guidelines to make sure those most in need receive Emergency Rental Assistance, and it institutes a foreclosure moratorium so that families will not lose their homes.
SBA has opened the next round of Paycheck Protection Program loans today with $284 billion earmarked for restaurants and other small businesses. See the article below for information on changes to the program.
Here’s how bars, cafes, and restaurants can qualify for the PPP loans, which fully convert to grants if used properly
As we consider the possibility of a new Speaker of the House in Illinois, women across the state call on the House Democratic Caucus to support a qualified female candidate for this role. The time for our first woman Speaker in Illinois is long overdue. See the statement below:
After candidate forums and discussion, I stand united with 18 of my colleagues in reaffirming our opposition to re-elect Speaker Madigan. See our statement below.
Section 4.5 of the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act was repealed in the House in March 2019, but we’re cheering on the Senate to do the same. If it’s repealed and the governor immediately signs off, CPS would almost certainly be forced to reach an agreement with the CTU before it can move ahead with its own plans. The union has said it doesn’t trust CPS to make its schools safe on its own. The first students return Monday, and thousands more are due back on February 1.
Kurt Hilgendorf, the CTU’s political director, said Section 4.5 has a “25-year history of being inequitable, discriminatory and really problematic for school governance.” Dian Palmer, president of SEIU Local 73 which represents 7,500 school support staff, said a repeal of Section 4.5 would prevent future “debacles” like outsourcing janitorial and nursing services — both of which have proven to be costly mistakes for CPS that the district has recently tried to solve. Read more in the Sun-Times article below.
A 25-year-old, one-page section of an Illinois law governing educational labor that limits the Chicago Teachers Union’s bargaining rights could be repealed as soon as this weekend in Springfield.
A welcomed change of scenery from Zoom conference rooms to being back in Springfield with our colleagues for the first time since spring! Representative Ramirez and I have been hard at work waiting for this first day of session. More updates to come!
Yesterday has left me reeling. Anyone who did not see this coming hasn’t been paying attention. What we witnessed predates the election and is the direct result of reckless leadership lacking integrity and any notion of the common good. My heart hurts for the trauma inflicted upon witnesses near and far, and for the lives lost and 60 capitol police injured.
This was an attempted coup of our government, initiated by elected officials who violated their oaths of office - culminating in mob violence and death. If we want to continually live up to America's promise and the principles of democracy, we must be intentional about our words and actions. I am committed to denouncing the spread of misinformation and propagation of dangerous conspiracy theories and holding those responsible for seditious acts, accountable.
We have hard days of healing ahead because this was just a symptom of nefarious root causes that will not disappear on January 20th. Taking action against the very real threats to our democratic process is how we move towards justice, prevent further harm, and ensure the peaceful transition of power.
A detailed recap of the six hours in Washington DC that shook US democracy
Today I had the privilege of touring the revamped IDPH COVID-19 testing site at 6959 W Forest Preserve Dr with Alderman Sposato, Senator Martwick, and Norwood Park Trustee Avino. We dropped off four boxes of Allegretti's donuts to thank the staff for their hard work.
As of this week, you can register for your appointment ahead of time and just show a QR code when you arrive, making the process contactless apart from the swab. Please visit rebrand.ly/idph to register for your test.
The staff told us that the turnaround time for test results is now 24-48 hours, which makes contact tracing and keeping our communities safe easier than ever. Dr. Kenneth Campbell informed us that Illinois is considered among the best in the country at testing, thanks to innovative government efforts and the diligence of our citizens.
If you're a restaurant, bar, or coffee shop worker who is experiencing hardship from the COVID-19 crisis, Southern Smoke still has over $3 million of emergency funds to distribute in Chicago. Apply below: https://southernsmoke.org/chicago-relief-fund/
The Chicago Restaurant Worker Relief Fund was created to help Chicago restaurant, bar and coffee shop workers who are experiencing hardship from the COVID-19 crisis. This fund will provide emergency relief grants based on need to these workers who have lost wages or employment due to the shutdown fo...
Tuesday, tomorrow at 1.30pm. To join, please register at bit.ly/SmallBizTownHall2021
Yesterday night, the second stimulus bill, a $900 billion pandemic relief bill that includes enhanced benefit and direct cash payments, was signed into law. This bill comes at a much needed time and extends or adds new benefits for small businesses and people.
Join me, US Rep Mike Quigley ,and SBA Director Bo Steiner tomorrow at 1:30 pm for you to get updates on the new stimulus bill and directly ask questions.
To join, please register at bit.ly/SmallBizTownHall2021
The tardiness will hurt people, but overall, thank goodness this is signed. Down payment.
After calling the measure a “disgrace,” President Trump abruptly signed it, extending expanded unemployment benefits and an eviction moratorium, and averting a government shutdown.
Happy first day of Kwanzaa to our friends and neighbors who celebrate!
Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas.
The quasi calm after the storm of the very wet pre-holiday food pantry at Joined Hands Pantry in the Our Lady of Victory Parking lot. Amanda and eighth graders Matt and Damien from Garvey Elementary came out again. This place runs on big hearts who show up week after week. There is so much need right now. In my office, Jessica wraps up every conversation with a gentle inquiry if families have enough food, and the answer is often no. We want to be up close to the needs and our nets to catch people so we can fill the holes, here in the neighborhood and on the House floor.
Below, the Illinois Restaurant Association has summarized what the new federal pandemic relief bill means for our restaurants here in Illinois. Tomorrow, the National Restaurant Association will be hosting a webinar to outline the benefits of this bill for restaurant owners at 12:30CT/1:30EST. Learn more and sign up to watch here: https://tinyurl.com/yaakxeoa
Today, Congress unveiled a $900 billion relief bill to provide short-term economic relief to the country in the face of the ongoing pandemic. Moments ago, the House approved the package, and the bill now heads to the Senate, which is on track to pass the legislation tonight.
The plan includes several items that will benefit restaurants, most importantly a second round of access to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), with unique provisions aimed to assist the restaurant industry.
While the package does not include a dedicated relief fund for restaurants such as the $120B RESTAURANTS Act, it is a step in the right direction with provisions that will provide much-needed support to our industry. The IRA continues to fight for additional targeted relief for the entire restaurant and hospitality industry at the federal, state, and local levels.
The plan announced today targets restaurant relief with provisions including:
-Enhanced PPP Loan Limits: The Paycheck Protection Program provides a business with a forgivable loan based on 2.5 times its monthly payroll costs. Restaurants, however, can seek forgivable loans based on 3.5 times monthly payroll costs.
-Enhanced Access to PPP: Companies that employ 300 or more employees at all locations are deemed ineligible for the Paycheck Protection Program. Given the fact that many mid-sized and larger restaurant groups are on the verge of bankruptcy, the bipartisan plan allows restaurant groups to qualify for PPP as long as they do not employ more than 300 employees per location.
-Other provisions in the bill that will benefit restaurants include the deductibility of business expenses paid with PPP loans, enhancement of the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC), extension of the augmented Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), and increased tax deduction for business meals.
Our work is not over. We will continue to push the new Congress in 2021 to pass more comprehensive relief that will give restaurants the ability to survive now and thrive in the future.
See link below to read a summary of the package:https://restaurantsact.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Pandemic_Relief_Overview_v2.pdf
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Our team wants to show our appreciation for those who continue to do great work in our community, especially during this difficult time. That’s why we’re mailing thank you letters to hundreds of our local educators and healthcare workers to say that we’re so grateful for their resilience and creativity, and as a reminder that we’re here as a resource! #shoutoutUSPS
Spotlight on New Hope Community Food Pantry
Join us for a quick 30 minute spotlight on the New Hope Community Food Pantry, serving five zipcodes on the far NW side of Chicago and suburbs. School social worker *and* pantry board president Joe Kerke touches on the need, the operation, how to get involved as a volunteer, and how to access food assistance. Learn even more at newhopecommunityfoodpantry.com
**Shout out to the owner of North Branch Friend Chicken in Jefferson Park who donated food on Monday to the pantry!**
Reimagining Violence Prevention: A Comprehensive Look at Violence Prevention Work
Virtual Information Session: Volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
Our recent forum on the Illinois Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program covered the impact COVID-19 has had on the CASA program and the critical need for volunteers *right now*. Please take a listen to learn about this meaningful way to support our abused and neglected youth.
Thank you again to our co-hosts and speakers: Executive Director of Illinois CASA, Mari Christopherson; Outreach and Missions Associate of IL CASA, James McIntyre; Senator Rob Martwick; Mayor Guerin of River Grove and Mayor Saviano of Elmwood Park.
Illinois CASA champions children by supporting, uniting, and growing local programs to provide a court-appointed volunteer advocate for abused and neglected children throughout the State. If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved and have questions, please reach out and we will be happy to connect you with the organization.
Today is National Gun Violence Awareness Day, also known as#WearOrange Day—a day to honor those we’ve lost to the gun violence epidemic and to bring attention to the actions we can take now to it.
Today is National Gun Violence Awareness Day, also known as #WearOrange Day—a day to honor those we’ve lost to the gun violence epidemic and to bring attention to the actions we can take now to end it.
Food Security During COVID19
Domestic Violence and Support Systems During COVID19
We lose 191 million in federal dollars every year just by missing one percent of the population in the U.S. Census. When I got my instructions and census ID# in the mail, I wanted to see just how quickly I could finish it. Took less than five minutes to be counted!
Outreach’n! Thanks to everyone who sent back a completed survey. Be on the lookout for our response in the mail 👀
District Office: 6315 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, 60646
District Number: (773) 647 - 1174
I'm proud to represent you and your family as the new State Representative for the 19th District in the Illinois House. I am a social worker by training and at heart, and I’ve spent recent years in public policy, state government, and community work.
I am originally from Maine where my mom was a social worker and my dad worked in politics. The values they instilled in me - like compassion, service, and using our short time on earth to improve our communities – are so core to who I am that I don’t know any other way to be. My mom worked hard running a single-parent household during my teenage years and she passed away from cancer two weeks after I graduated college, plunging me into adulthood at 22. I was devastated, but awed by her support network and her impact on the world. At my mom’s service, a woman named Tracy spontaneously spoke. She was a former foster care client from my mom’s social work days in the 80s and she spoke of the life-changing impact my mom’s compassion had on her. Through my grief, sitting at my mom’s service at age 22, I was floored and forever changed by this stranger’s words. From that day forward, I have seen every moment as an opportunity to make someone’s life better and to improve our communities – through social work, changing laws, and community building. Soon after that, I started my first post-college job as a counselor for kids with special needs. Fifteen years later I’m here in the 19th District, still driven by those same values of compassion and service.
I am committed to building a stronger Illinois and middle class. That means fairer taxes, more accessible and affordable health care, property tax relief for local homeowners and better education for all of our students.
Thank you for working to help us keep the unemployment money that we received during this pandemic that the state now wants back. It was their mistake, not ours. We were forced to close for months. That money was helpful. Now, the state wants us to pay back the money. That is not fair! Thank you, again.
Just a reminder:
One more time!! NWside Chicago peeps! Please join us in supporting one of our favorite places to eat: Manny's Deli. 4th generation, family owned business working hard to stay open WITHOUT laying off staff. PLEASE HELP THEM OUT! Order online for pick up AT OUR HOUSE in Norwood Park (5457 North Nordica)! Monday, October 19, 2020 4:30-5:00 p.m.
Good to meet you this weekend! Thanks for visiting our block and introducing yourself to the neighborhood!
2 Questions for my lovely State Rep & team -
1) Via your networks -- Are you aware of a local agency, refugee assistance group, neighborhood family in need ... that could use some gently used baby gear?? (stroller, Pack 'n Play, etc.)
2) Do you happen to know of any free Community Shredding Events this fall ?? I have the.papers! 😉
It is the top post on Mr Plummer’s public Facebook pag. Apparently, he’s not the only colleague of yours saying this. Probably should be addressed to the constituents as to exactly what this is....
And thank you, my family an I are well. I hope you and yours are too.
I am a bit confused. Can you explain what Jason Plummer is talking about then and what exactly was Bill 357? A lot of your constituents think that you all voted for a pay raise for yourselves. Jason Plummer is a colleague, correct?
Did you really vote “yes” to give yourself a pay increase during a pandemic when millions of people are out of work and while Illinois is seeking a bailout from the feds? Can you explain your reasoning behind this please?
Thank-you for your timely updates on the pandemic and all that entails. I observe you working very hard for your potential constituents. That is good to see especially at this time. For those of you who are paying attention, remember this when it is time to vote.Here is someone who cares about the people. That is the character trait we need desperately in our leadership. Thank-you Lindsey and thank-you to your staff.
Hello, I am wondering where Representative LaPointe stands on HB4870. Thank you- IL voter
Thank you for coming out tonight Lindsey. It was nice to meet you.