c0481846 wuhan novel coronavirus illustration splCHICAGO – To help Illinois families pay their electric bills during the pandemic, Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) is highlighting a new support package from ComEd and the Illinois Commerce Commission.

“With unemployment numbers at a record high and rising every day, residents need assistance with utility bills,” Martinez said. “Hopefully, these measures can provide relief for families struggling to keep the lights on.”

The package includes a number of provisions to help customers get back on their feet, including an extension of ComEd’s current policy suspending disconnections until the state moves to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan or Aug. 1, 2020, whichever comes first. Residential and small business customers will have an additional 30-day grace period, during which time ComEd will not disconnect service for nonpayment.

Low-income households earning less than 150% of the federal poverty level are eligible for financial assistance for past-due balances. Under this package, customers will have more flexible payment options, including longer payment plans, and ComEd will waive reconnection fees and new deposit requirements for residential customers.

“Working families are struggling in many ways throughout the pandemic,” Martinez said. “It’s reassuring to see companies helping people get back on their feet.”

Customers who are struggling to pay their outstanding balances and electric bills are encouraged to contact ComEd’s customer care team as soon as possible at (800) 334-7661, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. More information is also available at ComEd.com/CARE.

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U.S. Supreme Court decides to uphold DACA Program
CHICAGO – In response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, thus providing renewable work permits for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) released the following statement:
“An immigrant’s livelihood should never be threatened, it should be celebrated. I commend undocumented immigrants on their courage to contribute to our society, even though their rights as workers are oftentimes challenged and vulnerable.
I am thrilled by the court’s decision to continue support for Dreamers and hope to see the DACA Program permanently protected by Congress, before it’s contested again.”
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IHDALogoCHICAGO – To support working families financially burdened by the COVID-19 outbreak, Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) is promoting the state’s effort to provide grant programs for residents struggling to make ends meet in disproportionately impacted areas.
 
“Because of unemployment issues and other financial stresses during the pandemic, many working families have struggled to keep a roof over their heads,” Martinez said. “Thankfully, relief will soon be available for Illinois residents, especially in black and brown communities.”
 
Prioritizing renters impacted by the pandemic, the Illinois Housing Development Authority is launching a $150 million program with $5,000 grants to provide emergency rental assistance to Illinois tenants who are unable to pay their rent. The program is scheduled for August 2020 and intended to run through the end of the year.
  
IHDA is also launching a separate $150 million program for eligible Illinois homeowners with grants of up to $15,000 to provide support with mortgage payments. The program is also expected to launch in August 2020 and provide assistance through the end of the year.More information will be available in the coming weeks on IHDA’s website: https://www.ihda.org/.
 
Other grant programs announced Wednesday include assistance for small business through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity totaling $85 million, resources to lessen effects of poverty for Illinois residents through the Department of Human Services totaling $32.5 million, and Emergency Senior Services Funds worth up to $5 million administered by the Department on Aging.
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CPS

CHICAGO – To recruit and retain quality educators at city schools, Chicago Public Schools will receive a $200,000 grant from the Illinois State Board of Education to support teacher residencies, Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) announced Thursday.
 
“Although teachers have always played a vital role in our communities by educating our youth, we’ve really seen a wave of appreciation and support due to the extra sacrifices and hard work educators have exhibited during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Martinez said. “Encouraging more people to join the teaching profession and investing in residency programs is an important step to offer the opportunity to inspired, educated individuals considering making a career change.”
 
Teacher residency programs offer an alternative to the traditional teacher preparation experience. In partnership with state-recognized higher education institutions that have approved teacher preparation programs, residency programs provide clinical experience alongside mentor teachers, while also providing additional staffing in high-need areas.
 
ISBE is accepting applications for the next round of Teacher Residency Planning Grants. The grant application is open to local education agencies that serve high numbers of students of color or low-income students, or have a high demand for new teachers.
 
Interested applicants can learn more about the grants and apply here.
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