Link floorWAUKEGAN – Waukegan’s drive-thru COVID-19 testing site is reopening Thursday in a new location, State Senator Terry Link (D-Indian Creek) announced.

“I’m glad to see that this critical testing service is available once again for area residents who suspect they may have been exposed to COVID-19,” Link said. “It remains essential that we continue to test for this virus to understand its presence in Lake County and throughout the state. If you’re experiencing symptoms or may have come in contact with COVID-19, I encourage you to stop by and get tested.”

The testing site has moved from its location on Northwestern Avenue in order to allow vehicle emissions testing to resume at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s facility there. It is now located at 102 W. Water St.

Testing will be available from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. daily while supplies last.

All individuals experiencing COVID-like symptoms are encouraged to seek testing. Testing is also available for the following individuals regardless of whether they are experiencing symptoms:

  • Health care workers
  • First responders
  • Employees of correctional facilities
  • Individuals exposed to confirmed COVID-19 patients
  • Employees that support critical infrastructure (grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, restaurants, public utilities, factories, childcare and sanitation)
  • All local and state government employees
  • Individuals with compromised immune systems or chronic medical conditions

People seeking tests must be seated at a functioning window and are not permitted to exit their vehicles for the safety of testing personnel. Testing is free, but individuals will be asked to show photo identification and a health care employee or first responder identification, if applicable. 

For a full list of testing sites in Illinois and for contact information and guidelines on eligibility for testing, visit https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/testing-sites

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CasinoSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Terry Link (D-Indian Creek) voted for a measure Saturday that would allow new casinos in Illinois, including one in Waukegan, to faster and more effectively invest in creating high-quality facilities.

“These new casino destinations will enhance local economies,” Link said. “This measure will free them up to invest in top notch facilities.”

Last year, the governor signed legislation sponsored by Link that authorized the construction of a new casino in Waukegan, as well as five other locations across Illinois.

Senate Bill 516 includes a provision that would ease requirements on payments these casinos must make to the state, allowing them to better invest in their facilities. 

“This legislation will help maximize the benefits these casinos provide to their surrounding regions,” Link said. “I look forward to seeing the economic boost they provide to their communities across the state, and especially in Waukegan.”

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3Link FBSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Terry Link (D-Indian Creek) released the following statement after the Illinois Senate’s passage of a state budget for Fiscal Year 2021:

“These are uncertain times, but what we passed this evening is a budget that keeps essential services available for Illinoisans in the midst of a pandemic. 

“Under this budget, we’re taking care of the things we need to keep our state running. For instance, we’re fully meeting our funding obligations to retain stability for our pension system. We’re also fully funding our public schools, ensuring that no school district will receive less funding than it did last year. 

“The COVID-19 crisis has been difficult for everyone, but I’m glad we have a new budget that retains critical services Illinois residents will need to help them cope with the pandemic.”

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SPRINGFIELD - A measure championed by State Senator Terry Link (D-Indian Creek) to help voters participate safely in the November 2020 General Election passed the Illinois Senate Friday.

“There’s no guarantee that voters won’t still be at risk for contracting COVID-19 when they come to the polls in November,” Link said. “We have a responsibility to put measures in place to keep them safe.”

Senate Bill 1863 expands Illinois’ vote-by-mail program for the 2020 General Election. Under the legislation, anyone who has voted in the last two years will receive a vote-by-mail application. 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 legislation also allows election authorities to establish a curb-side voting program and extends early voting hours at polling locations.

“If this virus is still present in the fall, we could see a lot of people staying home from the polls,” Link said.  “This legislation will help ensure everyone has a way to exercise their democratic right.”

Senate Bill 1863 passed the Senate 37-19. It now heads to the governor’s desk.

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