AG Scams FBINDIAN CREEK – State Senator Terry Link (D-Indian Creek) is warning Lake County residents against scammers who claim to sell COVID-19 tests.

“This is a difficult time for everyone, and, unfortunately, there are some people who are trying to take advantage of this situation,” Link said. “If you or someone you know has experienced one of these scams, I urge you to report it to the authorities. No one should have to worry about being taken advantage of during this pandemic.”

Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim announced Friday that his office has received reports of scammers posing as health care professionals and offering COVID-19 tests. In exchange for the test, the person is asked to pay cash or provide personal information.

All COVID-19 tests in Illinois must be arranged through a health care provider. The Illinois Department of Public Health, Lake County Public Health Department and Centers for Disease Control will never visit a person’s home to conduct a COVID-19 test.

Residents are encouraged to report potential scams to the Illinois Attorney General’s office online here or by phone at 1-800-386-5438. Residents can also report scams to the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office at 847-377-3000 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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INDIAN CREEK – Assistance for restaurants, hotels and other small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak is available through two new state programs, State Senator Terry Link (D-Indian Creek) announced Thursday.

“This pandemic is having major repercussions on our local businesses, many of which have had to close temporarily,” Link said. “It’s critical that our state finds ways to help them through this difficult time.”

To provide assistance to struggling small business owners, Gov. JB Pritzker unveiled the Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund, a $60 million program that will support low-interest loans of up to $50,000 for sm​all businesses outside of Chicago.

Businesses with fewer than 50 employees and less than $3 million in revenue in 2019 will be eligible to apply. Loan recipients will owe nothing for six months and will then begin making fixed payments at 3% interest for the remainder of a five-year loan term.

Pritzker also announced the Hospitality Emergency Grant Program. The program offers $14 million in grants to restaurants, bars, hotels and other hospitality businesses to help them make ends meet during the COVID-19 crisis. It will provide up to $25,000 to eligible bars and restaurants and up to $50,000 for eligible hotels.

Grant funds can be used to compensate employees and pay rent, or to support new practices like expanded pick-up, delivery and sanitation.

“These businesses are central to our communities, and we have a responsibility to do everything we can to help them face these new challenges,” Link said.

Applications to the Small Business Emergency Loan Fund will be available on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s website by Friday, March 27.

The application period for the Hospitality Emergency Grant Program is open now and closes April 1 at 5 p.m. Businesses can find more information on the program here or apply here. A Spanish-language application is available here.

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04102019CW0503SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Terry Link (D-Indian Creek) released the following statement in response to Governor JB Pritzker’s budget proposal Wednesday:

“The Department of Children and Family Services has long been in need of major changes, and I’m glad to see that Governor Pritzker is committed to making a significant investment in the agency. The proposed $147 million in additional funding is going to make a serious difference in ensuring that all children receive the care they need.

“The governor’s proposal also makes needed investments in education. The proposed increases of $50 million to the early childhood block grant and $350 million in evidence based funding for K-12 schools will help make Illinois a destination for parents looking to send their kids to high quality schools.

“This proposal marks a good starting point as we work to create a budget for the state of Illinois. I look forward to working with the governor and my colleagues in the legislature to develop a balanced budget that will keep Illinois moving forward.”

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FloorWAUKEGAN – State Senator Terry Link (D-Indian Creek) applauded Medline Industries’ decision to temporarily close its Waukegan sterilization plant while working to decrease ethylene oxide emissions.

“It’s clear just how dangerous exposure to ethylene oxide can be,” Link said. “I’m glad to see that Medline is taking the health consequences of people who live near the plant seriously.”

The company announced Tuesday that it will temporarily halt sterilization operations at the Waukegan facility to install nearly $10 million worth of upgrades to comply with new state laws regulating ethylene oxide.

Last year, Link co-sponsored a law that set emission limits for non-sterilizations facilities that emit ethylene oxide and requires them to obtain permits from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. He also sponsored a law to prevent renewal of permits for facilities that violate state or federal standards for ethylene oxide emissions.

Both measures took effect in June.

“We need tight regulations on ethylene oxide to ensure that the public health is protected in communities that neighbor these plants,” Link said. “The laws we passed last spring are a good step forward, but we still have a lot of work to do on this issue.”

Last year, a study by the University of Illinois at Chicago found higher levels of ethylene oxide in the blood of people who live near plants that emit the chemical. Further studies by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the World Health Organization and the National Toxicology Program have all demonstrated a link between ethylene oxide and cancer.

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