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Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Rep. Meier and Congressman Shimkus Host Telephone Town Hall April 23

Join Rep. Charlie Meier and Congressman John Shimkus for a special Telephone Town Hall “COVID-19 Edition” on Thursday, April 23 beginning at 6:00 p.m. If you do not receive a…

Monday, April 20, 2020
Unemployment Benefits Update for 1099 and ‘Gig’ workers

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Applying for and being denied benefits under the regular program can help establish eligibility under the new temporary program. (Yes this sounds odd, but this is…

Friday, April 17, 2020
Meier: Greenhouses, Garden Centers, and Nurseries Can Remain Open

I want to address the confusion concerning greenhouses, garden centers, and nurseries. Yes, you can remain open provided adequate social distancing is in effect. It is clear these essential businesses…

Thursday, April 16, 2020
Meier asks Pritzker to postpone increasing minimum wage to help create jobs

Illinois State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) sent a letter on April 16th to Governor Pritzker asking for him to support postponing an increase to the minimum wage. According to Rep….

Monday, April 13, 2020
Webinar Today for Small Businesses in Southern Illinois

Today, April 13th from 1:00-2:30 pm DCEO, in partnership with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, will be hosting a webinar for small businesses you and members of the General Assembly…

Thursday, April 9, 2020
State Police Extends FOID and CCL Renewals

The Illinois State Police filed emergency rules this week to address renewals of Firearm Owner Identification and Concealed Carry Licenses during the COVID-19 epidemic. These rules are designed to provide…

Thursday, April 9, 2020
Meier Urges State to Work Faster to Process Unemployment Claims

With thousands of Illinois residents still unable to receive and apply for unemployment benefits, State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) is urging the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) to “stop…

Thursday, April 9, 2020
Southern Illinois Legislators Ask Governor to Stop Mental Health Patient Transfers

Southern Illinois legislators submitted the following letter to Governor JB Pritzker and Department of Human Services Secretary Grace Hou on Wednesday, April 8 asking that immediate action be taken to stop the transfer…

Thursday, April 9, 2020
Eli Lilly Offers Insulin for $35

In response to the crisis caused by COVID-19, Lilly is introducing the Lilly Insulin Value Program, allowing anyone with commercial insurance and those without insurance to fill their monthly prescription…

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
American Diabetes Association Providing Support to Individuals Affected by Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association is providing support and guidance to constituents impacted by diabetes, who are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. You can access helpful resources,…