Clark Kaericher | Vice President, Government Affairs | 217-522-5512 ext. 296

April 3, 2020

The Technology Council seeks to aggressively and proactively promote the interests of the Illinois technology community by advocating for public policy that fosters innovation and promotes economic growth. The Council will seek to promote workforce development policies, advocate for world-class technology infrastructure, avoid overregulation on the industry and support innovators access to the capital they need to grow.
Good afternoon everyone. If you're anything like me, you've spent a lot of time at home recently and are wondering how Carole Baskin has managed to avoid jail for killing her husband. Even OJ Simpson says she's guilty! ( ) If you have no idea what I'm talking about, watch the Tiger King on Netflix. Also, now that we have another month of "stay at home order" (more on this below), I'm taking any and all streaming recommendations you all can offer. Boy, do I miss sports on tv.  
Stay at Home Order Extended  
As hinted at in last week's newsletter, on Tuesday Governor Pritzker extended his stay at home order. Saying the fight against the novel coronavirus is far from over, the governor ordered most state residents to remain at home until the end of April. The provisions of the order remain the same. Currently, the Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting a total of 7,695 cases and 157 deaths in Illinois. Things are expected to get worse before they get better. The state issued its first-ever emergency alert to mobile phone users requesting all medical professionals, including those that have retired, to register to help.  
Committee Updates 
The House and Senate were not in session this week. Under the original session calendars, both chambers were not scheduled to be in the next two weeks. It is very unclear when the General Assembly will return to Springfield. Chamber leaders have said to expect a very limited agenda when they do return, one that focuses on the budget and COVID-19 relief.  
As we pointed out last week, the legislative leaders also extended the committee deadline (the deadline for moving House bills out of the committee to the floor) to April 24. The Senate has extended the third reading deadline for Senate bills to May 7. The House has extended the third reading deadline to May 8, which will be a scheduled session day.  
Labor Force Update/Employment Webinar 
Over the last two weeks, more than ten million Americans have filed for unemployment. Almost all of those filings have been the result of the COVID-19 virus. In Illinois alone, more than 178,000 Illinois residents applied for unemployment last week. This was an increase from 114,000 the previous week. Both weeks were record highs. 
Next Monday, April 6th, the Chamber is hosting a webinar with both the United States Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Chamber President Todd Maisch will be joined on the webinar by DOL Midwest Representative Christopher Hagerup and IDES Director Tom Chan. More details to come shortly. If you'd like to register to watch the webinar, please email Lanae Clark  
Illinois Chamber COVID-19 Webpage 
In response to the pandemic, the Illinois Chamber has put together a new page to address business concerns. The page has rundowns of the various federal, state and local economic assistance programs. It also features recordings of our webinars with key policymakers such as Senator Dick Durbin, Treasurer Mike Frerichs, and Congressman Mike Bost. Finally, there is a link providing information on what you can do to help.
You can access the page here:  
Articles of Interest  
Stay healthy everyone and because we all need more distractions,  if you like country music at all,  I recommend Ashley McBryde's new album  Never Will. It  was released today . "First thing I Reach For"  is    a   throw back  to the country  music days  of  Loretta Lynn and  Tanya Tucker .   
Until next time,  

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