01282020CM0541DES PLAINES – In response to federal court documents that implicate an unnamed Illinois official in a bribery scheme involving electric utility company ComEd, State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) has issued the following statement:

“The court documents filed Friday include troubling allegations of corruption within our state government. These crimes are a breach of the public’s trust, and they cannot be tolerated.

“Our elected officials should be held to a higher ethical standard, and as such, I urge a thorough federal investigation of these wrongdoings.

“But whether or not the investigation ends with an indictment, I will continue to push for significant reforms to eradicate greed in all levels of government, hold bad actors accountable, and show the public we can and will do better.”

05292018KS0370DES PLAINES – The deadline for the federal Paycheck Protection Program has been extended to Aug. 8, and State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) urges business owners to act quickly to take advantage of available assistance.

“The past few months have put a strain on our economy, down to the local level. Our business community needs help, and fast,” said Murphy. “These forgivable loans could give our small business owners some much-needed breathing room.”

The Federal Treasury Department and the U.S. Small Business Administration have extended the application deadline for the program, which offers up to $10 million in loans to eligible businesses. Funding is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and may be used for payroll costs, rent, utilities or interest on mortgages. If used as intended, the loans don’t have to be repaid.

More than 27,000 Illinois businesses have already taken advantage of the loans, saving an estimated 1.36 million jobs, according to the Small Business Administration.

Participating lenders can be found on the Small Business Administration’s website.

Illinois’ network of Small Business Development Centers, including Harper College in Palatine, can help business owners and managers navigate assistance programs like PPP. To schedule an appointment with an advisor, register for a workshop or contact the help desk, visit their website.

“If your business is suffering from pandemic-related losses, there’s still time to apply for assistance,” said Murphy. “I encourage the many valuable small businesses in our region to take advantage of available resources and submit an application now.”

07.22.20 OnlineTownHall.posterDES PLAINES – To connect with residents and keep the community up to date on important legislative issues, State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) will host a virtual town hall meeting via Zoom on July 22 at 7 p.m.

“With social distancing requirements in place, we’re getting creative with outreach,” said Murphy. “At this virtual town hall, residents will be able to learn more about important issues in our district, as well as voice their questions and concerns, without putting their health and safety at risk.”

Murphy plans to discuss a wide range of topics affecting the 28th District, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the state’s expansion of the vote-by-mail system and other new legislation passed during the shortened legislative session this spring.

Des Plaines Public Library is co-hosting the event. Murphy will be joined by representatives from the Illinois Dept. of Insurance and Get Covered Illinois, who will be on hand to answer constituents’ questions about health insurance coverage and Special Enrollment Periods for the Affordable Care Act Marketplace.

“There is so much uncertainty in all aspects of our lives right now,” said Murphy. “I hope to provide some answers on important topics impacting people’s day-to-day lives, including aid programs, unemployment and health insurance.”

The event is free, but registration is required. Register here to receive a link to the Zoom meeting. With questions about the event, contact Murphy’s office at 817-718-1110 or www.senatorlauramurphy.com/contact-us.

05292019CM0668DES PLAINES – As unemployment claims begin to level off and the economy reopens, State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) urges Illinoisans to take advantage of free credit reporting websites to assess their financial situation.

“We’re starting to see things open up and people go back to work, but we aren’t out of the woods yet. The pandemic may have long-term economic consequences for some families,” said Murphy. “These free resources can help you get back on track.”

Federal law requires each of the three nationwide consumer credit reporting companies—Equifax, Experian and TransUnion—to provide a free credit report every 12 months if requested. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, these companies are offering free online weekly credit reports through April 2021.

The information in these reports may affect mortgage rates, credit card approvals, apartment requests and job applications. Reviewing credit reports can also help catch signs of identity theft early.

“COVID-19 may have delayed some of your financial goals, but you shouldn’t let it derail them completely,” said Murphy. “Credit reports are just one more tool to help you toward a full recovery.”

To find out more about why credit is important or to request a credit report, visit www.AnnualCreditReport.com.

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