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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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05212019CM0539SPRINGFIELD – To restore the public’s trust in their elected officials in light of recent allegations of corruption within the Illinois government, State Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview) joined her colleagues in the House and Senate to support a set of measures to overhaul ethics laws in Illinois.

The legislative package includes nine proposals to increase transparency in all levels of state government. The lawmakers gathered Thursday to call on the Joint Commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reform to consider recommending the measures in their final report.

“Government officials should be working for their constituents, not themselves,” said Fine. “These steps have the potential to create long-term change to root out corruption and dishonesty in our state government.”

Among the measures Fine is encouraging the Joint Commission to consider:

  • Establishing term limits on legislative leadership;
  • Enacting a policy to temporarily remove a legislator as a leader and/or committee chair during a criminal investigation or in the event of a charge/indictment;
  • Prohibiting legislators from lobbying elected officials from other units of government;
  • Establishing at least a one-year prohibition on legislators leaving their offices and working as lobbyists;
  • Expanding disclosure of legislators’ outside income; and
  • Enabling the Legislative Inspector General to self-initiate investigations and making it an independent agency for the purposes of budgets and hiring.

“I hope all lawmakers—no matter their party—can agree these reforms are crucial to restoring Illinoisans’ confidence in government,” said Fine. “As elected officials, we need to stay vigilant and hold bad actors accountable to prevent corruption.”

The Joint Commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reform is expected to release a report in time for final action.

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