State Representative Kelly Cassidy

State Representative Kelly Cassidy Proud to represent the 14th District. For more information please visit my website at repcassidy.com Prior to becoming a representative, I worked in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office for 14 years, serving as the Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs until 2001 when I became the Director of Programs and Development.

During my time as Director of Programs and Development, I helped lead the office’s budget process, giving me great insight into the impact of budgets on government policy. While decreasing the overall office budget, I successfully found creative approaches to fund critically important programs. As the General Assembly continues searching for long-term budget solutions, my experience will be invalu

During my time as Director of Programs and Development, I helped lead the office’s budget process, giving me great insight into the impact of budgets on government policy. While decreasing the overall office budget, I successfully found creative approaches to fund critically important programs. As the General Assembly continues searching for long-term budget solutions, my experience will be invalu

Operating as usual

Thanks to the SAFE-T Act passed earlier this year, drivers licenses will no longer be suspended for outstanding fines an...
07/15/2021

Thanks to the SAFE-T Act passed earlier this year, drivers licenses will no longer be suspended for outstanding fines and fees. If your license was previously suspended the suspension will be rescinded. Contact my office for more information.

The Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) of Chicago is offering a Mortgage Assistance Program to provide assistance to lo...
07/12/2021
Emergency Assistance | NHS Chicago

The Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) of Chicago is offering a Mortgage Assistance Program to provide assistance to low to moderate-income homeowners who have suffered an economic impact due to the pandemic and are having difficulty paying their mortgage. The maximum amount of assistance available is $3,300.
To be eligible for this assistance, you must:

- Be a resident of the City of Chicago.
- Live in the home (single family up to 4 units) for which you are applying for assistance. It must be your primary place of residence.
- Demonstrate your total household income was 120% or below the Area Median Income (AMI) prior to March 1, 2020.
- Have a mortgage on your home that was current as of 3/1/2020 and is now delinquent. You may be on a forbearance plan.
- Have experienced a change in your financial status after 3/1/2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis.
- Be 18 years of age or over, or be a financially independent minor.
Grant applications will close in October of 2021, or until funds are exhausted. So, applying early is encouraged!

Please visit the NHS Emergency Housing Assistance page (https://www.nhschicago.org/emergencyassistance) to apply for this mortgage assistance.

For your safety, and the safety of our staff members, we are not accepting visitors at our physical offices, and no in-person classes or workshops are being held.We are here to serve you remotely via telephone (773) 329-4111, email, our client portal, and virtually through secure online homebuyer ed...

07/12/2021
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The Illinois Rental Payment Program is an emergency rental assistance program designed to support Illinois households that are unable to pay rent due to the pandemic. Applicants who apply may be eligible for up to 15 months of assistance and a maximum grant amount of $25,000.

To be eligible for this assistance, you must meet all of the following:
- Household is at risk of homelessness or housing instability (i.e. household received a past due rent or eviction notice).
- Household lives in Illinois and rents their home as their primary residence.
- Household’s total gross income cannot exceed 80% Area Median Income for location
- Household must have experienced a financial hardship directly or indirectly due to the pandemic, for example:
- Being laid off, place of employment has closed, reduction in hours of work, loss of spousal/child support, inability to find work due to COVID-19, having to stay home with children due to closure of day care/school.

Tenants have until 11:59 PM on Sunday, July 18 to complete their portion of the application. If a landlord is unresponsive, the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) will provide an alternative pathway to complete the application.

Please visit the IHDA website (https://ilrpp.ihda.org/) to start the application. Before applying, be sure to check out the income limits on eligibility herehttps://df7qosnywqs6g.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/ILRPP_AMIs_FY21_80.pdf

Don't forget to join me tomorrow at 10am for my coffee and conversation event at Swedish American Museum.Thank you Ander...
07/06/2021

Don't forget to join me tomorrow at 10am for my coffee and conversation event at Swedish American Museum.

Thank you Andersonville Chamber of Commerce for helping us promote this event!

Don't forget to join me tomorrow at 10am for my coffee and conversation event at Swedish American Museum.

Thank you Andersonville Chamber of Commerce for helping us promote this event!

In an effort to address the lack of funds individuals with dual income from freelance/1099 work were missing out on when...
07/01/2021
Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) - IDES

In an effort to address the lack of funds individuals with dual income from freelance/1099 work were missing out on when filing for regular state unemployment benefits, the December 2020 Federal CARES Act created the mixed earners unemployment compensation (MEUC) program. That program has officially launched on the IDES website starting today!

PUA CLAIMANTS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE.

MEUC provides an additional $100 weekly, apart from the additional $300 weekly pandemic unemployment emergency compensation (PEUC) currently being given. These $100 in MEUC can be backdated beginning December 27, 2020 to those receiving regular unemployment (or extended benefits). Individuals who had $5000+ net in self employment income that did not contribute to their monetary eligibility are are eligible to apply and must provide a 1040 schedule c or 1045 schedule k-1 for partnerships. This program ends September 4, 2021.

Please find the FAQ and application page below:

https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/Pages/meuc.aspx?fbclid=IwAR3lisq9QsHZAk4EErRegJ14X3ac0pClS1jZmMZNvZW4FQm_SIg_yZbLKdA

Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) is a new program created by Congress. It helps gig workers, freelancers, and other self-employed workers access additional unemployment benefits.

07/01/2021
Proud to stand with my colleagues in the House Progressive Caucus in support of striking Cook County workers with SEIU L...
06/30/2021

Proud to stand with my colleagues in the House Progressive Caucus in support of striking Cook County workers with SEIU Local 73. The workers that kept this county running through the pandemic deserve a fair contract.

Proud to stand with my colleagues in the House Progressive Caucus in support of striking Cook County workers with SEIU Local 73. The workers that kept this county running through the pandemic deserve a fair contract.

06/28/2021
06/28/2021
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The tenant-led application period for the Illinois Rental Payment Program is now open! Visit the IHDA website (https://ilrpp.ihda.org/) to start the application.

The Illinois Rental Payment Program is an emergency rental assistance program designed to support households in Illinois that are unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Neighbors who apply may be eligible for up to 15 months of assistance and a maximum grant amount of $25,000. The grant can cover the past due rent from the previous 12 months and future rental assistance for the next three months, if deemed necessary.

Tenants have until 11:59 PM on Sunday, July 18 to complete their portion of the application. If a landlord is unresponsive, the Illinois Housing Development Authority will provide an alternative pathway to complete the application.

If you have any questions or need assistance completing your application, you can reach out to a local housing stability provider (https://df7qosnywqs6g.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Housing-Stability-Service-Providers_FINAL_5.11.2021.pdf) or feel free to contact our office!

Enjoying Pride North in Rogers Park this weekend. Stop by and learn about what we can do for you!
06/27/2021

Enjoying Pride North in Rogers Park this weekend. Stop by and learn about what we can do for you!

Have questions about your property tax assessment? Join us at 6 pm TONIGHT, Monday, June 21, with Commissioner Bridget G...
06/21/2021

Have questions about your property tax assessment? Join us at 6 pm TONIGHT, Monday, June 21, with Commissioner Bridget Gainer and Fritz Kaegi Cook County Assessor for a virtual workshop on property taxes and the appeals process. To RSVP, click here: https://bit.ly/3zK2hpi
Remember, if an appeal results in any changes to your property's assessed value in 2021, this will be reflected in the 2021 tax bill you will receive in 2022.

How to file an appeal?
Before you begin filing for an appeal, prepare by having an email address on hand to create your online account and visit www.cookcountyassessor.com/online-appeals to start your application.
What happens after an appeal is submitted?
You will receive email confirmation of your filing, and a second email that contains your appeal docket number used to reference your appeal in the Assessor's office. The results will be sent to you in the mail.
How can I check the status of my online appeal?
1. Go to https://propertytaxfilings.cookcountyil.gov
2. Log in using your email address
3. Click on My Filings
4. Review your appeal information

Have questions about your property tax assessment? Join is at 6 pm TONIGHT, Monday, June 21, join Bridget Gainer and Fritz Kaegi for Cook County Assessor for a virtual workshop on property taxes and the appeals process. To RSVP, click here: https://bit.ly/3zK2hpi

Remember, if an appeal results in any changes to your property's assessed value in 2021, this will be reflected in the 2021 tax bill you will receive in 2022.

Commissioner Larry Suffredin's office is also available to help provide individual assistance with property tax appeals. To schedule a time to talk to one of his staff members, please contact his office at 847-864-1209 or email [email protected].

How to file an appeal?
Before you begin filing for an appeal, prepare by having an email address on hand to create your online account and visit www.cookcountyassessor.com/online-appeals to start your application.

What happens after an appeal is submitted?
You will receive email confirmation of your filing, and a second email that contains your appeal docket number used to reference your appeal in the Assessor's office. The results will be sent to you in the mail.

How can I check the status of my online appeal?
1. Go to https://propertytaxfilings.cookcountyil.gov
2. Log in using your email address
3. Click on My Filings
4. Review your appeal information

06/11/2021

WE WON!! Governor JB Pritzker's office has committed to #SaveOurOmbudsmen !

That means the program will remain public, with all Requests for Proposals ENDED, and will receive additional funds needed to fully staff the 10 mandated ombud positions.

This couldn't have happened without grassroots organizing. Our nursing home residents led the charge, even while confined in their rooms for months. Residents, ombuds, and organizers came together to create positive change - and we're just getting started!

THANK YOU to everyone who sent emails, made calls, and signed petitions. Special thanks to State Representative Kelly Cassidy and Alderwoman Maria Hadden for being in coalition with us to get this done.

[Image description: Background is light green, with yellow and dark green triangular detailing in the top right corner. Header reads "We Won!!" in dark green font with a red conical party noisemaker blowing colorful squiggles. Text below reads "The Governor's office has committed to keeping the long-term care ombudsman program FULLY staffed, FULLY funded, and FULLY public!" in dark green letters. A decorative yellow line follows, then a larger red text reading "Thank you to everyone who helped #SaveOurOmbudsmen !" The Institutional Rescue and Recovery Coalition is at the bottom.]

We are so relieved to see that the state and city have heard our communities demands to keep our ombudsman program a pub...
06/09/2021

We are so relieved to see that the state and city have heard our communities demands to keep our ombudsman program a public resource. We are continuing to work with activists, ombudsman, nursing home and long term care facility residents to continue to improve this vital program.

Yesterday, we learned that, thanks to a joint effort with State Representative Kelly Cassidy and community advocates, the Illinois Department of Aging has secured additional funds to fully staff our City Ombudsman program AND has agreed to cease their plans to privatize it. Our Ombuds are so important to the health and wellbeing of our nursing home residents and have been true heroes throughout this pandemic. Thank you to the Coalition to Strengthen the Ombudsman Program and to our Ombuds.

Throughout this pandemic, residents in our nursing homes were some of the hardest hit by the virus. In the City of Chicago, our Ombudsmen are the workers who act as advocates for those residents. Through this last year, our City Ombudsmen worked tirelessly to support nursing home and long-term care facility residents; often they were the only people outside of staff even allowed in the buildings. Despite the vital role they play in supporting our most vulnerable residents, their staffing was allowed to drop to 5 positions from 8 during the most challenging time of the pandemic because of the State was planning to privatize the program.

A coalition of nursing home residents and advocates brought this staffing issue to the attention to myself and Rep. Cassidy and together, we have been organizing to keep this program public, AND get it the full funding needed to bring the staffing to 10 full time positions.

Find our latest newsletter below where we cover updates on Springfield, the bridge phase and announce details on the lat...
05/19/2021
Bridge Phase: Updated State and City Guidelines on Reopening

Find our latest newsletter below where we cover updates on Springfield, the bridge phase and announce details on the latest launch of IHDA's rental assistance program:

https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Bridge-Phase---Updated-State-and-City-Guidelines-on-Reopening.html?soid=1107937355450&aid=A_zkApv6zX4

IHDA Rental Relief Applications Now Open! Join Us Next Week for a How to Apply Webinar! Session Overview and Bridge Phase: Updated State and City Guidelines on Reopening With just 13 scheduled sessio

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04/28/2021

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04/24/2021

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04/21/2021

The Illinois Restaurant Association's (IRA) has partnered with the city of Chicago to bring restaurant/hospitality workers in the Rogers Park community the opportunity to be vaccinated. The vaccination event will take place on Monday, April 26 between 9am-5pm at Loyola Park, 1230 W. Greenleaf. In order to make the event successful, they're looking for 4-5 volunteers to help them out that day. We're looking for individuals to help with:
Line management / crowd control
Document/form completion & patient flow
Floaters & general support

If you are interested in volunteering that day please email our office at: [email protected] or give our office a call at 773-784-2002.

Join me today at 10am on the melanoma research foundation’s page for a Facebook live event with Dr. Amy J. Deri...
03/15/2021

Join me today at 10am on the melanoma research foundation’s page for a Facebook live event with Dr. Amy J. Derick. We will be discussing melanoma advocacy, legislation, screening and prevention.

Don’t forget! Tomorrow at 11am ET we are hosting another 25th Anniversary Special Guest Facebook Live! We will be featuring State Representative Kelly Cassidy 14th District-Illinois, and Dr. Amy J. Derick, Medical Director and Board-Certified Dermatologist at Derick Dermatology! Make sure to tune in as they discuss melanoma advocacy and awareness.

Beware of new phishing scams targeting recipients of unemployment benefits. If you or someone you know has been a victim...
03/11/2021
Fraud and Identity Theft - IDES

Beware of new phishing scams targeting recipients of unemployment benefits. If you or someone you know has been a victim of unemployment fraud complete the form linked below. As always, please contact our office if you are in need of further assistance.

https://www2.illinois.gov/ides/Pages/Reporting_Unemployment_Insurance_Fraud.aspx

IDES is aware of phishing schemes targeting Illinoisans. Please note that individuals will never receive a text message from IDES seeking personally identifiable information, like your social security or driver’s license numbers. For more info on phishing schemes please visit the FTC website.

A couple of years ago, some awesome neighbors drew our attention to an inconsistency in Illinois law that subjected cand...
03/01/2021
Witness Slip

A couple of years ago, some awesome neighbors drew our attention to an inconsistency in Illinois law that subjected candidates for Local School Council to the level of background check intended for volunteers who interact directly with students rather than treating them the same way we treat elected school board members across the state. This is particularly galling since the Local School Councils do not have anywhere near the authority that an elected school board will have, even as they provide critical opportunities for engagement with our neighborhood schools.

Those early discussions with neighbors engaged with their local schools resulted in an awesome coalition of individuals and organizations that brought the issue to the attention of Chicago Public Schools’ leadership and came up with HB251. We will have our first hearing on the bill on Wednesday morning in a test of our new remote hearing platform. Use the form here to fill out a witness slip in support of this simple change bringing parity to the processes candidates for LSC and School Board face.

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I think certain categories of high income earners like ER & ICU doctors/nurses should be exempt from increasing income tax rates
Please vote no on HB 3653
Please sign and share this petition!
As a constituent of yours, I was curious is you’re willing to voice your support for Madigan as Speaker?
Thank you for all your hard work. Legal use has ancient precedents:
You got a lot of nerve voting yourself a pay raise during this self induced economic crisis.
Independent contractors (18% of IL workers) need HELP too
Dear Rep Kelly Cassidy, 💔💔💔 Doctors took a newborn baby from her parents after they refused a vitamin K shot. The couple is suing the hospital & DCFS. Will you help protect IL families? PLEASE VOTE **YES** on #HB4769. Thank you for all that you do!! https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-vitamin-k-shot-lawsuit-illinois-dcfs-20190924-4qxfsnq4yva5hni36b545yp3bi-story.html?fbclid=IwAR2JQ7_qs71gu6-H3XSR8Rj2vZ9zB51-TP98k5zUOuKdfSDswYAI6JhgHa4
As a mother of an 8 month old baby boy & life long IL resident I urge you to Please VOTE ✳️**YES**✳️ ON HB 4769: Protect Illinois Families!👨‍👩‍👦 Thank you for all you do to serve the community 💓
Protect IL families. Medical kidnapping is a crime against humanity. Please SUPPORT HB4769 ❤️
Rep Cassidy, I see that you are a co-sponsor of HB4780 which mandates HPV for all children starting in 6th grade (10 + 11 year olds). Yet you are on the Informed Consent Committee. How can you be pro vaccine and informed consent at the same time? You cannot! Stop trying to pretend you are someone you are not.
Rep Cassidy I would like to voice my opposition to HB4870. Mandating a medical product of which vaccine manufacturers have been indemnified from liability poses many conflicts of interest and will injure the subset of individuals who will suffer adverse and often severe reactions to a medical product the US Supreme Court has acknowledged is "unavoidably unsafe". . The government uses a vaccine court compensation avenue and basically tax payers have to foot the bill for deaths and injuries, which are very difficult to prove as children are vaccinated from day 1 with a hepatitis vaccine, thus never able to prove a child was healthy from birth and trace subsequent neurological injury, encephalopathy, mitochondrial dysfunction, gastrointestinal disorders, and autoimmune disorders to a vaccination event. Besides the infant schedule, the pregnant mothers are pressured to be vaccinated with a flu shot during pregnancy.. There are components in most of the current vaccines (residual vector--animal, yeast, or human-- proteins and DNA fragments, viral/retroviral RNA and DNA fragments, occasional fungal spore contaminants, heavy metals and surfactants, and other known carcinogenic chemicals that are often neurotoxic and cross the blood brain barrier.I am compiling data, scientific published studies, and vaccine court injury testimonies to prepare my statement in opposing this bill, as I know other parents, medical providers and scientists are doing the same. We would like an open forum to discuss these proposed laws.