Village coordinates ‘A Night of Shining and Dining’ to support healthcare workers, first responders, local businesses

Wednesday, April 1, 7:30pm by Melanie Jongsma LANSING, Ill. (March 28, 2020) – Word is spreading quickly through social media about the April 1 opportunity to visibly and financially show support throughout the community. “Shine a Light on Lansing: a Night of Shining & Dining,” reads the headline of the Village-sponsored event. The Facebook Event … Read more

IDES addressing unprecedented volume of unemployment claims

Week of March 21 marks an increase of nearly 1,400% over last year information provided by the Illinois Department of Employment Security SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (March 27, 2020) – On March 26, Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced they are taking additional steps to address the unprecedented volume of unemployment benefit … Read more

Local businesses help Lansing Fire Department

Thornton Distillery and NB Coatings donate critical supplies by Carrie Steinweg LANSING, Ill. (March 27, 2020) – Crisis can bring out the best in humanity. In Lansing and far beyond, neighbors are helping each other, and kindness is being shown in so many ways, including some we never imagined. The Well pivots production Lansing Deputy … Read more

Gov. Pritzker announces income tax filing extension and small business aid

information provided by the Office of the Governor CHICAGO, Ill. (March 25, 2020) – Today Governor JB Pritzker announced a three-month extension of the income tax filing deadline and several new programs to provide more than $90 million in financial relief to small businesses across the state. “As this crisis has evolved, my team and … Read more

Congresswoman Robin Kelly, small business owners discuss COVID-19 impacts via conference call

information provided by the Office of Robin Kelly MATTESON, Ill. (March 23, 2020) – Congresswoman Robin Kelly hosted a conference call with local small business owners and chamber of commerce representatives, the first in her series discussing the economic and community impacts of the coronavirus. “The purpose of the call was to hear firsthand what … Read more

Walgreens announces thousands of employment opportunities

Social distancing also in place at stores nationwide information provided by Walgreens DEERFIELD, Ill. (March 22, 2020) – With growing needs and support for Walgreens stores and pharmacies, the company is looking to fill more than 9,500 existing full- and part-time and temporary roles in stores across the U.S., including customer service associates, pharmacy technicians … Read more

Illinois unemployment falls to historic low in January

First time in 10 years Illinois falls below national rate information provided by the Illinois Department of Employment Security SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (March 15, 2020) – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate fell -0.2 percentage point to 3.5 percent, a new record low, while nonfarm payrolls added +16,600 jobs … Read more

Black Women’s Expo and Leadership Conference postponed following Governor’s directive

information provided by BWeNext CHICAGO, Ill. (March 14, 2020) – Following the joint announcement by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot that all events with a projected attendance of 1,000 people or more must be canceled or postponed until May 1, the planners of the Black Women’s Expo announced postponement of the … Read more

New pilot to connect SNAP recipients to jobs

CHICAGO, Ill. (March 13, 2020) — Earlier this week the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announced an innovative partnership with private philanthropy and the National Able Network that will expand the number of organizations who can provide work and training resources for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients in Illinois. The SNAP to Success … Read more