Fast Hits: Illinois Information Coming Quickly for Tuesday, Might 18, 2021 | Illinois
Republicans turn to Cubs, Sox for seats for vaccinated people
A group of Republican lawmakers are urging the Cubs and White Sox baseball teams not to require customers to demonstrate their COVID-19 status in order to sit in certain areas of their sports facilities.
The letters to the heads of the sports organization state that people do not need to show medical identification and that those who have not yet received the vaccine, which is still under emergency approval and not fully approved, should not be treated as second class citizens.
Rental property owners are preparing for the grant program
Rental property owners need their tenants to work together to apply for taxpayers’ money that the state grants to cover last year’s unpaid rent.
The Illinois Housing Development Authority will apply for hundreds of millions of millions in grants on its website IHDA.org by June 7th.
Eligible Units can receive up to $ 25,000 with no refund.
Legislators are making progress on ethics packages
Illinois lawmakers on all sides are pushing ethics reforms, but there is a difference in what should be prioritized. Senate Bill 4 works through the legislature with more economic disclosure requirements for lawmakers and regulations for lobbyists.
Republicans are pushing for such action, but are also pushing for the county-state’s lawyers to investigate corruption.
Governor JB Pritzker said he will review any ethics packet that lands on his desk.
State reports lowest number of COVID-19 cases, deaths in weeks
Illinois state officials have recorded the lowest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in weeks.
The 946 positive cases reported on Monday from the past 24 hours were the lowest since 782 on March 15.
Only six deaths were reported on Monday, the lowest since five on March 29. Almost 38 percent of the state’s population is fully vaccinated.
IDNR reminds boaters to be safe
Expect more patrols from state natural resource officials on the state’s waterways.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced that the conservation police are reminding boaters of safety during National Safe Boating Week next week.
Memories include wearing a life jacket, installing engine shutdowns, and being sober operating a boat.
House, Senate returns to Springfield
Both the House and Senate are back in Springfield for the last few weeks of session.
While the Senate has this Saturday and Sunday off, the House is in session next weekend.
Both chambers are then scheduled every day through the end of May, including the Memorial Day holiday weekend.