PPPINDIAN CREEKState Senator Terry Link (D-Indian Creek) is encouraging local business owners to apply for forgivable loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.

“This pandemic has put an unprecedented financial strain on small business owners,” Link said. “The Paycheck Protection Program provides them with another tool they can use to help stay afloat during these uncertain times. I highly encourage any business owners who are struggling to apply.”

The U.S. Treasury Department and the Small Business Administration have extended the application deadline for the Paycheck Protection Program to allow more businesses to seek financial relief. Businesses can receive up to $10 million in forgivable loans through the program.

The loans provided through the program have an interest rate of 1% and can be fully forgiven if they are used for payroll, rent, utilities or interest on mortgages.

The deadline to apply in Aug. 8, 2020.

According to the Small Business Administration, more than 27,000 Illinois businesses have taken advantage of the program, saving an estimated 1.36 million jobs.

To find participating lenders, business owners and managers can visit the Small Business Administration’s website.

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Books HDWAUKEGANThe Waukegan Public Library is receiving a $76,665 grant through the state’s Adult Literacy Program, State Senator Terry Link (D-Indian Creek) announced Thursday.

“These programs provide adults with valuable opportunities to improve their English language skills or overcome barriers to literacy,” Link said. “I’m glad to see that one of these grants will be coming to Waukegan to ensure this important service remains available to the community.”

The Adult Literacy Program provides grants to help students develop and enhance their reading, math, writing and English-language skills. The program assists Illinois adults who read below the ninth grade level or speak English at a beginning level.

More than 13,500 students will be served by the Adult Literacy Program statewide, assisted by nearly 6,000 volunteer tutors.

People interested in becoming volunteer tutors are encouraged to contact the Illinois Adult Learning Hotline at 800-321-9511.

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votebymail2 052220SPRINGFIELD – A new measure backed by State Senator Terry Link (D-Indian Creek) that would help ensure Illinois voters can safely participate in the November 2020 General Election was signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker today.

“With the possibility COVID-19 will still be a problem in our state in the fall, it’s critical that we ensure voters can participate in the election, even if they do not feel safe going to their usual polling place,” Link said.

Senate Bill 1863 expands Illinois’ vote-by-mail program for the 2020 General Election. Under the new law, anyone who has voted in the last two years will receive a vote-by-mail application. New voters registering online may also automatically request a vote-by-mail ballot rather than having to apply.

The measure also establishes Election Day, November 3, 2020 as a holiday for Illinois schools and universities. Some schools and universities will be used as polling locations and will be properly cleaned before students and staff return. 

The law further allows election authorities to establish a curb-side voting program and extends early voting hours at polling locations.

“We can’t allow the novel coronavirus infringe on anyone’s ability to exercise their democratic right,” Link said.  “This law will help ensure every eligible voter can participate in our process.”

Senate Bill 1863 takes effect immediately.

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Ed stock photoNORTH CHICAGO – North Chicago CUSD 187 will receive a $200,000 grant from the Illinois State Board of Education to implement teacher residencies, State Senator Terry Link (D-Indian Creek) announced Thursday.

“Illinois is facing a teacher shortage, and it’s essential that we provide school districts with all the tools available to recruit and retain qualified teachers,” Link said. “Teacher residency programs provide yet another pathway to help schools ensure they can put high-quality teachers in classrooms.”

Teacher residency programs offer an alternative to the traditional teacher preparation experience. In partnership with state-recognized higher education institutions that have approved teacher preparation programs, residency programs provide clinical experience alongside mentor teachers while also providing additional staffing in high-need areas.

The State Board of Education is also now accepting applications for the next round of Teacher Residency Planning Grants. The grant application is open to local education agencies that serve high numbers of students of color or low-income students, or have a high demand for new teachers.

For more information or to apply, visit https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Educator-Effectiveness-Grants.aspx

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