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Pandemic cancelations strain nonprofit budgets across Illinois

 While many of Illinois’ larger canceled events have gotten a lot of attention, canceled bake sales, fun runs and other community events have strained budgets for local nonprofits. The City of Chicago announced earlier this month that most of its summer events would not happen. The state of Illinois announced the state fairs in Springfield … Read more

Pritzker announces $900 million community, business grant programs

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday announced a $900 million package of state grant programs to support communities and small businesses impacted by the pandemic and civil unrest. The package includes emergency rental and mortgage programs totaling $300 million for Illinoisans who are having trouble making payments. “Nearly 1 in 3 Illinois adults have either missed … Read more

Illinois officials take part in discussions about police and minority communities

Discussions in the nation’s capital and Illinois’ capital city are looking at how to address concerns about police accountability and equity in minority communities. Conversations including officials from various public positions around Illinois follow the high-profile killing of a black man by a law enforcement officer in Minneapolis last month. George Floyd was laid to … Read more

Pritzker administration announces $11 million in grants to support the growth of minority-owned businesses across Illinois

  DCEO to provide working capital for 32 minority-owned businesses and incubators  Springfield-  (HINA) Wire) – Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today announced that 32 minority-owned businesses and business incubators will receive a total of $11 million as part of the state’s Minority-Owned Business Capital and Infrastructure … Read more

 Illinois reabrirá servicios para adquirir o renovar licencias de conducir

La Oficina del Secretario de Estado de Illinois reabrirá todas sus sucursales con un horario ampliado a partir de esta semana. Chicago.- Los primeros dos meses, las oficinas se centrarán solo en nuevos conductores, conductores con licencias vencidas y transacciones de vehículos, dijo el secretario de Estado Jesse White en un comunicado de prensa. “Actualmente … Read more

Illinois announces $7.3 million investment for Illinois Small Business Development Centers

Funds to Boost Outreach, Training and Professional Guidance Available at No Cost for Small Businesses throughout Illinois impacted by COVID-19. SPRINGFIELD – May 29 (HINA Wire) The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced a new $7.3 million investment from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program – … Read more

Survey: Illinois small businesses desperate to open

By Zeta Cross | For The Center Square| Chicago.-  Small business owners are eager to reopen and many are afraid they won’t survive the pandemic, according to a recent survey by the Illinois Federation of Independent Business.“There are some desperate folks out there,” said Mark Grant, director of the Illinois chapter of the federation. The … Read more

Governor Pritzker announces plan to expand child care in next phases of restore Illinois

Chicago – (HINA Wire) –  Governor Pritzker announced today the state’s plan for a gradual reopening of child care in Phases 3 and 4 of Restore Illinois. “We can’t have a conversation about going back to work without talking about child care – anything else leaves a large portion of the workforce, especially women who too … Read more

Negocios de Illinois se preparan para la reapertura 

Springfield- (HINA) Los negocios que podrán reabrir a partir del 29 de mayo en Illinois ya preparan sus instalaciones con las disposiciones de sanidad y distanciamiento social. Sin embargo, para las empresas que brindan servicios que implican estar muy cerca de los clientes, resulta difícil la idea de mantener seguros a clientes y empleados. De … Read more

Advierte Pritzker sobre riesgo de cruzar las fronteras

Chicago- El gobernador J.B. Pritzker alertó a los residentes de Illinois sobre el peligro de cruzar la frontera con otros estados, como Wisconsin, donde se relajan las restricciones del Covid-19 a nivel inquietante. Pritzker expresó preocupación por la población que viaja a Wisconsin e Indiana a medida que se abren más negocios en esos estados. “Estoy … Read more