Senator Melinda BushGRAYSLAKE – Price gouging scams have run rampant across the State of Illinois and across the country taking advantage of the present situation. To combat these scams State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) is urging Illinois residents to report any unfair pricing practices associated with the coronavirus pandemic to the Office of the Attorney General.  

“The coronavirus outbreak is frightening enough without the additional fear of being cheated out of a fair price,” Bush said. “I am confident in the attorney general’s ability to protect consumers and put a stop to these unfair practices.” 

Governor Pritzker earlier issued an executive order prohibiting price gouging and handed Attorney General Kwame Raoul the authority to enforce it. The Office of the Attorney General has so far directed businesses to maintain fair pricing, especially on items recommended by public health agencies to help prevent the spread of the virus. 

The Office of the Attorney General has also been monitoring products sold online through retail giants such as Amazon, eBay, and Facebook. 

“If you have been a victim of a price gouging scam or if you have seen anything suspicious, please file a complaint with the attorney general immediately,” Bush said. 

For questions or additional information concerning price gouging scams, please visit illinoisattorneygeneral.gov. 

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GRAYSLAKE – State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) released the following statement in response to the United States House resolution condemning the Chinese government’s handling of the novel coronavirus response:

“There is no doubt the Chinese government’s initial downplaying of the novel coronavirus exacerbated its spread. But this resolution puts Americans in danger. The virus doesn’t have a zip code or borders and pinning the blame on a specific country or geographical location only spreads animosity and hatred. The attacks on Asian Americans in recent weeks related to COVID-19 are unpatriotic and un-American. This is not who we are. 

“Even as feelings of fear and anxiety run high, we need to pull together as a country and show the world the best of who we are. I condemn all anti-Asian American hate crimes and I urge my colleagues and fellow Americans to stand with me in support of the Asian American community here in Illinois, around the county, and the world.” 

House Resolution 907 can be read on congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-resolution/907?s=4&r=1. 

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ILLINOIS RESIDENTS ARE SUBJECT TO A STAY AT HOME ORDER UNTIL APRIL 7TH 

STATE OF ILLINOIS COVID-19 WEBSITE

  • The State of Illinois has created a website to centralize information about COVID-19’s spread in Illinois and what programs / services are available for affected residents and businessowners. Please visit www2.illinois.gov/sites/coronavirus for all information relating to the virus.

STATE OF ILLINOIS COVID-19 HOTLINE NUMBER

  • If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 in Illinois, please call the hotline number: (800) 889-3931

INCOME TAXES

  • The federal government has delayed the date by which you must FILE and PAY any income taxes you owe – it is now July 15th, 2020.
  • By extension, the State of Illinois automatically delays the date you must FILE your income taxes – it is now October 15th, 2020.
  • However, if you anticipate you will owe money upon filing, you must still pay on the original schedule. Payment extensions have only been granted to certain businesses dramatically affected by COVID-19. If you have additional questions, please visit https://www2.illinois.gov/rev/Pages/default.aspx

STAY AT HOME ORDER DETAILS

  • Read the Executive Order HERE
  • The order is designed to further implement social distancing measures, which are the best tools Illinoisans have to combat the spread of COVID-19
  • You can still do things like go to the grocery store, pharmacy, medical office or gas station, and go outside for exercise while practicing social distancing. This order is designed to limit non-essential activities. Read the Executive Order for details
  • This is NOT a lock down, or martial law. Do NOT run to grocery stores if you don’t need supplies – the Illinois supply chain to businesses is, and will continue to be, functioning
  • Roads, bridges, airports and public transportation will still be open
  • Non-essential businesses must stop operating. A list of essential businesses is included in the executive order, but if you need further clarification please call 1 (800) 252-2923 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

IF YOU OR YOUR BUSINESS HAS SUPPLIES OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT - MASKS, GLOVES, SANITIZER, RESPIRATORS, ETC. - YOU CAN DONATE THEM!

  • Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to donate personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • In response to the need for PPE, the Essential Equipment Task Force was created.
  • The State of Illinois is partnering with the Illinois Manufacturers Association and Illinois Biotechnology and Innovation Organization (iBio) to ramp up production of PPE.
  • The factories involved will adhere to strict social distancing guidelines to ensure that the workers behind creating PPE are safe and healthy, too.

INDIVIDUAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE DURING COVID-19

  • Unemployment Insurance is being expanded to cover those without access to paid sick leave or who aren’t able to work due to COVID-19. Please visit https://www2.illinois.gov/ides for more information
  • If you have experienced technical difficulties while using the website or the phone system, please try again. The State of Illinois has worked around the clock to add capacity to their servers and phone systems.
  • Most utility companies have agreed to a moratorium on service shutoffs for those who can’t afford to pay their bills during this period
  • If you cannot pay your mortgage due to Coronavirus-related job loss, first talk directly with your lender about your options. If you need extra assistance with mortgage & housing-related issues, visit http://housingactionil.org/help for additional resources
  • The State of Illinois is supporting efforts by the federal government to expand eligibility for unemployment insurance. Unfortunately this won’t occur without an act of Congress, which is currently being debated and voted on

HELPING THOSE IN NEED DURING COVID-19

  • If you would like to volunteer to help in the fight against COVID-19, please visit the Serve Illinois Commission's homepage at: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/serve/Pages/default.aspx
  • In collaboration with Lake County Government, Lake County Community Foundation, and Lake County Municipal League, United Way of Lake County launched the Lake County COVID-19 Community Response Fund to unite the funds raised by Lake County’s philanthropies, corporations and individuals to be disbursed to nonprofit organizations across the county. If you would like to donate, visit: 
    https://www.liveunitedlakecounty.org/covid19/…

GROCERY STORE JOB OPENINGS and RESOURCES FOR RETAILERS

  • The Illinois Retail Merchants’ Association (IRMA) is collecting information, particularly from grocers, who are looking to hire. The link below takes interested parties to the portion of IRMA’s webpage where they will find links. Simply click on the company and follow their instructions. We are updating this as we receive information. https://irma.org/covid-19/

UPDATE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND RESTAURANTS

  • Over 20,000 small and medium-sized bars and restaurants will be allowed a 2-month delay in sales tax payments to the State and local jurisdictions, as well as waiving late filing fees and interest payments starting Friday, March 20th
    *As of Friday, March 20th, Illinois small businesses in every county are eligible to apply for low-interest Coronavirus disaster assistance loans. If you want to apply, go to https://disasterloan.sba.gov

ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD

  • If you see a member of the Illinois National Guard deployed in your community, understand they are not taking policing action and they’re not delivering weapons – they are supporting the health care system with their technical expertise, often by identifying old hospitals for reopening, or providing logistical help or direct assistance to medical professionals.
  • The Illinois National Guard will be setting up triage centers all across Illinois to help test healthcare workers and first responders.

GROCERY STORES WILL DEDICATE SPECIFIC HOURS FOR SENIORS ONLY

  • Governor Pritzker, the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and store owners across the state convened a work group to further positive health outcomes for Illinoisans. Grocery store owners across the state will be offering dedicated hours for seniors only, to shop for their goods without other shoppers present. This dedicated period will also feature heightened social distancing measures
  • Contact your local store to get more information about what their individual hours are

HEALTHCARE UPDATE

  • The State of Illinois’ emergency notification tool, SIREN, will be used to share updated healthcare information directly to doctors. The State of Illinois is asking doctors to sign up for SIREN immediately, either by emailing their contact information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visiting www.SIREN.illinois.gov
  • The Governor signed an Executive Order significantly expanding telemedicine for both Medicaid patients and those insured by private companies

ALL RESTAURANTS AND BARS WILL BE CLOSED TO DINE IN GUESTS THROUGH APRIL 7th

  • Curbside pickup, drive-through, take-out and delivery are all being permitted. Contact restaurants directly or work through your major delivery service provider
  • Price-gouging in delivery fees and in general will not be tolerated. Constituents should report all incidents of price gouging to www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov.

ALL ILLINOIS K-12 SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED THROUGH APRIL 7th

  • Meals will continue to be distributed to children who qualify for free and reduced lunch via delivery or pickup options depending on the school district
  • Check with your local school district for expanded meal options for all students

ALL ILLINOIS DMV's / DRIVER'S LICENSE FACILITIES WILL CLOSE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

  • Expiration dates for licenses and vehicle registration will be extended for 30 days
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GRAYSLAKE – In light of the current situation, State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) is asking people to donate food to local food pantries to help address increased need.

“With schools and businesses across the state closed, people have lost jobs or seen their incomes reduced. Some are now struggling to put food on the table,” Bush said. “Food pantries are struggling to keep up with higher demand and have no idea how long this will last, so it’s important that we help each other out during this troubling time.”

Bush is urging people who are able to donate to local food pantries in northern Lake County. 

The following food pantries are accepting donations: 

Wauconda Food Pantry
505 W Bonner Rd. Wauconda, IL 60084
Drop off is from 4-6 p.m., Thursdays or call (224) 430-4338 to schedule drop off.
Items needed: nonperishable unopened food, canned food, toiletries, etc.

Warren Township Food Pantry
17801 W Washington St., Gurnee, IL 60031
Call (847) 244-1101 ext. 101 or visit https://www.warrentownship.net/services/food-pantry/
Donation/ Assistance available 1-3 p.m. Friday, March 20 and 27.
Items needed: canned veggies, laundry detergent, boxed mashed potatoes.

Avon Community Food Pantry
433 E Washington St. Round Lake Park, IL 60073
Call (847) 546-1476
10 people at a time will be served, all others will be asked to wait in their cars.
Donations to the donation box located outside township office door or call number provided.
Items needed: unopened nonperishable food, disinfectant spray, toilet paper, sanitary napkins, hand sanitizer, diapers, bleach, pine cleaner, bread, toothpaste, mouth wash.

Open Arms Mission
1548 Main St., Antioch, IL 60002
Call (847) 395-0309
For Donations open Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Pull up to warehouse door with donations. Cash donations are accepted online at https://www.openarmsmission.org
For assistance Tuesday through Thursday, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., drive through to pick up food.
Items needed: Bar soap, toilet paper, and cash donations.

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