Dear Friend,

I’m excited to give you an important update on our state’s pandemic recovery efforts. Parallel to the rest of the state, Chicago will move into the Bridge Phase of our reopening plan—easing capacity limits and allowing for increased business operations in all industries—starting Friday, May 14.

Although this development comes as a relief to many business owners across the state, some are still struggling to cope with pandemic-related losses. The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund is now open, offering aid to eligible restaurants, bars and other food service businesses—find a list of covered costs and apply here. For all other types of businesses, the Paycheck Protection Program has been extended to May 31, 2021.

There’s assistance available for families, too. Eligible households may be able to claim a larger federal child tax credit and receive advanced payments as early as July under the American Rescue Plan. Don’t miss out—file your 2020 income taxes by May 17, even if you have no income to report, to qualify.

We couldn’t have made this progress without the commitment and sacrifice of residents like you. Illinois continues to outpace national vaccination rates, and after an alarming uptick earlier this spring, we’ve been able to contain the spread of COVID-19 thanks to diligent social distancing and mask wearing.

We are so close to the finish line, and we need you to help us keep up the fight against this pandemic. If you haven’t already, get vaccinated (all Illinoisans 16 and up are eligible!) and encourage your family and friends to get their doses, too. To make it even easier to protect yourself against this deadly virus, all state-run sites and many private providers are now accepting walk-ins. Find a vaccination site near you.

In just a few short days, our favorite restaurants, gyms and fitness centers, museums, performing arts venues, and more will finally be able to welcome more Chicagoans—and our day-to-day lives will be one step closer to normal.

Thank you for helping us make it to this point. As always, my staff and I are available to assist you and answer your questions. Feel free to reach out at 773-869-9050 or email us at www.senatortonymunoz.com/contact-us.

I look forward to hearing from you—and maybe even seeing you!—very soon.

Sincerely,

Tony Munoz
State Senator | 1st District

Dear Friend,

With the legislative session now in full swing, I’m excited to offer you an update on what’s happening in Springfield and in our own community.

More than half of adults in Illinois have now received the COVID-19 vaccine, and over 26% are fully vaccinated against the virus—while that’s great news, I’m aware that many Illinoisans are still reeling from the impact on the pandemic on their finances, their jobs and their personal lives.

That’s why I’ve included resources below on assistance for small businesses, child care providers and families to help bridge the gap during this challenging time.

I encourage you to take advantage of these programs or forward the information to a friend, loved one or neighbor who might be able to benefit. We are stronger together—let’s keep looking out for one another and lending a hand where we can.

As always, my office is available to help: Contact us at 773-869-9050 or http://www.senatortonymunoz.com/contact-us.

Stay well, and I hope to see you soon!

Sincerely,

Tony Munoz
State Senator | 1st District

U.S. Small Business Association expands relief programs
There’s help out there for businesses struggling to make ends meet. The Restaurant Revitalization Fund is expected to open soon to provide assistance to eligible restaurants, bars and other food service businesses—prepare your application now. For all other types of businesses, the federal Paycheck Protection Program has been extended to May 31, 2021.

Need assistance with your application? Check out the First Stop Business Information Center.

Illinois child care providers to receive $1.6 billion in federal funds
Throughout the pandemic, essential workers relied on child care providers to keep their children safe while they served on the front lines. The federal American Rescue Plan allocated $1.6 billion to child care providers in Illinois, including $140 million in direct grants. Stay tuned for details and explore the childhood services Illinois has to offer here.

Help Illinois Families program offers wide-ranging relief
Illinoisans facing financial hardship may be eligible for assistance to help pay for food, utility bills, rent and more. The Help Illinois Families initiative is open to all low-income households, regardless of how they have been affected by COVID-19. Find a list of eligibility requirements and complete a pre-application form here.

Donate life: Become an organ and tissue donor
April is National Donate Life Month, a celebration of the lifesaving gift of an organ or tissue transplant. This month, take a moment to educate yourself about organ and tissue donation, and consider signing up for the Illinois Donor Registry—it only takes 30 seconds, and it could change the lives of up to 25 people. Learn more at LifeGoesOn.com.

Dear Friend,

I hope you and your family are staying well and enjoying the beautiful spring weather.

After a long winter, I’m excited to share a few exciting updates with you. Below, you’ll find important news for the schools in our district, a helpful how-to on accessing online driver services, and information on the progress of our state’s vaccine rollout.

As always, my staff and I are ready to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have about the issues facing our community—we are available by phone at 773-869-9050 or via email at http://www.senatortonymunoz.com/contact-us.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,

Tony Munoz
State Senator | 1st District

Local school districts to receive $2.585 billion
I’m excited to announce school districts in our community will receive $2.585 billion in additional funding to help address the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority of the funding comes as part of the most recent federal COVID-19 relief package, the American Rescue Plan, which gives schools a great deal of flexibility in how they can use the money over the next 3 ½ years. Learn more and see which schools in our area are receiving funding here https://bit.ly/2RoBFbC.

Residents encouraged to renew driver’s licenses, registration online
A trip to the driver services facility can be time-consuming, and during the pandemic, it could even put your health at risk. Avoid crowds and skip the line by purchasing license plate stickers, renewing your driver’s license or ID, and taking advantage of other online services at www.cyberdriveillinois.com. Remember: All expired driver’s licenses and ID cards are now valid until Aug. 1, 2021, so there’s no rush to renew.

All Illinoisans 16 and up eligible for the vaccine starting April 12
Getting vaccinated is the best way we can protect our friends, our family and ourselves against COVID-19. Starting April 12, all Illinoisans age 16 and up—regardless of occupation, age or medical background—will be eligible to receive the vaccine. There are a number of vaccination locations in our area. Register for an appointment on the Cook County Health Department portal.

Unable to book your appointment online? Call the toll-free Illinois Department of Public Health hotline at 833-621-1284.

Dear Friend,

The U.S. Congress passed a landmark COVID-19 response package Wednesday, and the president has now signed it into law. The American Rescue Plan can begin to help Illinois businesses, homeowners, renters, workers, students and more get back on their feet.

This one-time revenue infusion will go a long way toward helping our state recover from the COVID-19 crisis. Here are a few important provisions included in the American Rescue Plan:

We can expect help with our COVID-19 response.
The plan includes an estimated $275 million to help facilitate our vaccine rollout, plus hundreds of millions more for testing, health departments and community health centers, hospitals, and mental health care and substance abuse treatment. The legislation also includes a plan to allow unemployed individuals to stay on their employer-sponsored health plans for free via COBRA through September.

Residents will receive more direct relief.
About 85% of Illinois adults will receive relief checks. Single filers who make less than $75,000 annually and couples who make less than $150,000 will receive $1,400 per person, including dependents. Federal unemployment programs have been extended through Sept. 6 and the SNAP benefit increase will remain in place through Sept. 30. Rent relief and mortgage assistance programs will also get a boost.

Small businesses will get the help they need to survive and thrive.
The American Rescue Plan establishes an aid program for restaurants, offering up to $5 million per location to help them recover from revenue losses in 2020. The Emergency Injury Disaster Loan and Paycheck Protection Programs will also receive additional funding to enable more small businesses to keep their doors open.

Schools and local governments will receive stronger support.
Illinois K-12 schools will receive approximately $5 billion to help keep students safe and engaged during the pandemic, and an additional $1.3 billion will bolster our colleges and universities. To ensure bright futures for our youngest learners, Head Start and child care providers will also receive assistance. Counties, cities and smaller municipalities have been allocated funding to help cope with revenue losses and continue providing the services our communities rely on.

I’m thrilled to see the federal government step up to offer support, and I’m committed to making sure the state uses these dollars responsibly, with Illinoisans in mind.

The American Rescue Plan can help us support our neighbors in need and get our state’s economy back up and running to secure a stronger future for all of Illinois. It’s time to lend a hand to those hit hardest by COVID-19, including struggling small business owners and out-of-work Illinoisans—and I plan to work with my fellow legislators and the executive branch to ensure this relief helps us move forward, together.

The light at the end of the tunnel grows stronger every day. My staff and I are still here to serve you—please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns at (773) 869-9050 or http://www.senatortonymunoz.com/contact-us.

Stay safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Tony Munoz
Assistant Majority Leader | 1st District

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