Census 2020GLENVIEW – With the Census Bureau set to end its counting efforts a month earlier than scheduled, State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview) is urging residents to fill out their census forms as soon as possible.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on our community, but your participation in the 2020 Census can help us recover,” said Fine. “The census is the best tool we have to protect after-school programs, health care services, food assistance and the other vital community resources we rely on.”

The census is safe, secure and confidential. It takes less than 10 minutes and can easily be done from the comfort of one’s home online, by phone or by mail. It determines congressional representation, helps determine how federal funds flow into states and provides information that will impact communities for the next decade.

Some areas of the North Shore are reporting low response rates. In parts of downtown Evanston, as little as 61.5% of residents have responded to the census. Without a 100% response rate, schools, roads, hospitals and other critical community services in these areas could be affected.

“If you have already filled out the census, thank you for doing your part to ensure a full and complete count,” said Fine. “Help us spread the word by calling a friend or neighbor to make sure they get counted, too.”

Residents can complete the census for their household at https://my2020census.gov.

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Attention: Due to inclement weather, the beach cleanup event has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m.

EVANSTON – In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the International Coastal Cleanup, State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview) and State Representative Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston) are hosting an Adopt-a-Beach cleanup event in partnership with the Alliance for the Great Lakes this Saturday, Sept. 12 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Evanston South Boulevard Beach.

“Our gorgeous beaches provide a beautiful place to exercise, relax and spend time with friends and loved ones. It’s up to us to keep them healthy and clean,” said Fine. “This cleanup event is a great way to enjoy the scenery while making a difference for your community.”

The Alliance for the Great Lakes’ Adopt-a-Beach program mobilizes thousands of volunteers who give back to their local beaches each year. In 2019, Adopt-a-Beach volunteers cleaned up over 53,843 pounds of trash.

About 90% of litter picked up from Great Lakes beaches is plastic. Once in the water, plastic can break down into smaller pieces called microplastics, toxic particles which can be mistaken for food by small fish and wildlife and make their way into drinking water.

“I’m thrilled to be sponsoring this beach cleanup,” said Gabel. “It’s great to give citizens an opportunity to help clean up the environment and beautify the lakefront.”

Volunteers should meet at the South Beach entrance. To keep all team members safe, masks and social distancing will be required. Find more information and register to join the cleanup here.

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GLENVIEW – To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment and give 9th District residents the opportunity to view the latest special exhibition at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview) is hosting a free virtual tour Thursday, Sept. 10 at noon.

“Even with strict health and safety measures in place, some residents may not feel comfortable visiting a museum in person right now, and the cost of admission can also be a barrier for many families,” said Fine. “I firmly believe everyone should have the chance to view this fascinating exhibition, which is why I partnered with one of my favorite local institutions—the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie—to offer this free virtual option.”

On the virtual tour, Chief Curator Arielle Weininger will discuss Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg’s life and work. The tour will include embedded audio, video and photographs of artifacts. After the presentation, Weininger will host a live Q&A.

Fine is hosting the tour in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, establishing women’s constitutional right to vote. Justice Ginsburg, a longtime pioneer for gender equality, cofounded the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union in 1972 to fight sex discrimination in education and the workplace.

“Justice Ginsburg once said, ‘Women's rights are an essential part of the overall human rights agenda,’” said Fine. “I can think of no better way to celebrate the anniversary of women’s suffrage than to explore her contribution to the women’s movement.”

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the first-ever museum exhibition exploring Justice Ginsburg’s life through gallery interactives, listening stations, archival photographs and historical artifacts. The exhibition was set to run through Aug. 16, 2020, but has been extended through Jan. 3, 2021.

The tour is free, but registration is required. The deadline to register is Sept. 3. After the deadline has passed, all registrants will receive a link to join the tour via Zoom. For more information, visit SenatorFineIHMECTour.eventbrite.com or contact Fine’s office at 847-998-1717.

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03062019CM0925GLENVIEW – To support small business owners as they adapt to new health and safety guidelines, State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview) announced 56 local businesses will receive a combined $930,000 through the Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program.

“With our state in recovery mode, these grants will give business owners the boost they need to reopen in a way that’s safe for staff and customers,” said Fine. “BIG funding can help get our local economy back on its feet without sacrificing our progress in the fight against COVID-19.”

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity awarded a total of $46 million to 2,655 small businesses in the first round of BIG funding. The BIG program offers grants to Illinois restaurants and bars, barbershops and salons, and fitness centers that have suffered pandemic-related losses, with a focus on businesses in the hardest-hit areas of the state.

First round grants range from $10,000 to $20,000 and may be used to help businesses with working capital expenses, including payroll costs, rent and utilities. The funds may also be used to cover pandemic-related expenses, such as personal protective equipment, training and new technology.

“This first round of funding is a step toward ensuring a total recovery for our small business community,” said Fine. “I encourage everyone to shop local when possible to help our main streets bounce back from the COVID-19 crisis.”

To ensure ongoing support for small businesses, the State of Illinois has planned future rounds of funding. The BIG program is the largest state-run economic support program formed in response to the COVID-19 economic downturn. The full list of grant recipients is available here.

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