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Yingling closes Round Lake Beach office

State Rep. Sam Yingling, a Grayslake Democrat, is closing his 62nd District office, 1919 Route 83, Suite 1 in Round Lake Beach, until further notice but will continue to be available remotely. Local families, seniors and small business owners who have concerns are encouraged to email Residents with concerns about COVID-19 can call the Illinois Department of Public Health’s hotline (800) 889-3931 or email


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March 18, 2020 at 06:29PM

Bristow Postpones Events, Offers Assistance to Businesses Affected During Closures |

To help maintain the health and well-being of the community, state Rep. Monica Bristow, D-Alton, will be postponing all of her planned events for the month of March and is working to connect local small business owners with resources during the planned closures of restaurants and other establishments.

“With the concern surrounding COVID-19, my office will follow the guidelines and recommendations set forth by the Center for Disease Control and the Illinois Department of Public Health and discourage public gatherings,” said Bristow. “My priority is to keep our communities safe and healthy, including those who are already most vulnerable to this virus, like those with pre-existing conditions and our seniors. I want residents to know that I am in contact with our local health officials and IDPH to communicate accurate information to the public about this ongoing situation.”

The following events hosted by Bristow will be postponed for a later date:

Mar. 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Mar. 23 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Mar. 28 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Mar. 30 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“If you are a small business owner and you have questions or need assistance during these closures of restaurants, bars and other establishments, please reach out to me at and I will send updates as soon as more information becomes available,” said Bristow. “This includes any information regarding small business loans, unemployment benefits for individuals, and any other resource that may emerge during this very difficult time for many.”

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March 17, 2020 at 07:31AM

Illinois Legislative Offices Visit North Suburban YMCA

Staff members from local legislative offices stopped by The North Suburban YMCA on March 9th to give an update on Springfield, discuss local issues, and learn more about how the Y provides an array of services for children, families adults and seniors in its 15 local communities. In attendance were Jessica Sewell, Outreach Coordinator and Caseworker for U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth; Mike Amarilio, Chief of Staff, State Representative Jonathan Carroll; Mira Franzen, Intern for State Representative Jonathan Carroll; Caryn Valdez, Chief of Staff, Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz; and Andrew Goczkowki, Grants Coordinator for Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky.

The NSYMCA is a leading provider of services to 15 North Shore communities including Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Glencoe, Glenview, Highwood, Highland Park, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, Libertyville, Northfield, Northbrook, Riverwoods, Wheeling, and Winnetka. For more information visit

About the North Suburban YMCA

The North Suburban YMCA services Northbrook and 14 surrounding communities with programs and tools that help its residents become healthier, more connected, and confident, ensuring that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. The NSYMCA focuses on Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility and is a charitable organization, inclusive and welcoming to all in our community. Learn more at

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March 10, 2020 at 03:36PM

Rep. Bristow and Citizens Utility Board Host Clinic

Two weeks from today State Representative Monica Bristow (D-Alton) and the Citizens Utility Board will co-host a utility bill clinic for residents.

The clinic will be focused on educating and assisting residents in cutting costs on their energy bills as well as valuable information on scams, helping you find the best utility rates and more.

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The free clinic will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, March 23nd at the Roxana Public Library located at 200 N. Central Avenue in Roxana. Registration is required. To register contact the CUB at 1-800-669-5556 ext. 111 or email


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March 9, 2020 at 05:00AM

Fox River Valley Initiative to host event on gun safety, mental health

Some of the topics that participants will be discussing is increasing the Medicaid reimbursement rate at the state level to cover hospital-based crisis stabilization units, providing a place to go during a mental health crisis and how 48 units of affordable house broke ground at 1212 Larkin Ave. in Elgin.

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March 6, 2020 at 08:20PM

Bristow to Host Property Tax Office Hours in Alton

ALTON, Ill. – To help local residents find property tax relief, state Rep. Monica Bristow, D-Alton, is hosting Property Tax Office Hours for residents of Alton Township. The event will be held on March 12 at Senior Service Plus, located 2603 N. Rodgers Ave. Alton, IL, from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.

“This event will give residents the opportunity to learn about and take advantage of current tax exemptions and find tax relief,” said Bristow. “By sitting one-on-one with staff from the assessor’s office, residents will be able to learn more about what they can do to save on their property taxes”.

Bristow’s free property tax event will let residents engage with members of the Alton Assessor’s office to learn about exemptions and the property tax appeals process. Residents are encouraged to bring a copy of their most recent property tax bills and a valid state ID.

“It is important for homeowners to have the opportunity to come, ask questions, and learn from property tax experts,” continued Bristow. “This event will also educate attendees about new laws, proposals, and how to save money on property taxes to local homeowners.”

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March 3, 2020 at 10:03AM

Bristow Reminds Residents about upcoming Health and Wellness Fair |

To connect members of the Metro East community with resources for health and community services, state Rep. Monica Bristow, D- Alton, state Rep. Katie Stuart, D- Edwardsville, and state Rep. Jay Hoffman, D- Swansea, are hosting a Senior Health and Wellness Fair at the Granite City Township Center, located at 2060 Delmar Ave, from 9 a.m. to noon.

“There are incredible health and community services that residents should know more about,” said Bristow. “Although this Fair is focused on health services for seniors, everyone can benefit from the resources and information that will be offered. Those who attend the Fair will have the opportunity to have both blood glucose and blood pressure screenings for free, which is vital at any age.”

The fair will provide residents the opportunity to learn about the mental, dental, and physical healthcare services that are offered by local and state organizations. During the fair, seniors will be able to learn about low-cost healthcare from a variety of sources. Organizations like the Citizens’ Utility Board, the Illinois State Treasurer’s office and the Attorney General’s office will also be in attendance to provide additional information for resources and support.

“There will be numerous organizations ready to address your physical, mental, and financial wellness at this Fair,” said Bristow. “I encourage everyone to stop by and learn more about what these local and state resources can offer.”

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March 2, 2020 at 04:45PM

State declares February as Career and Technical Education Month

The Illinois Senate adopted Senate Resolution 983 on Feb. 26, declaring February as Career and Technical Education Month in Illinois.

This resolution brings awareness to the career and technical education that prepares students for high-wage, high-demand careers. CTE covers many fields, including healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, hospitality, and more. It encompasses many types of education, from classroom learning to certification programs to work-based learning opportunities outside of the classroom. 

“I have prioritized creating a skilled workforce in Illinois, and it depends on giving students the opportunity to attend high-quality trade schools in our state,” state Sen. Rachelle Crowe said. “We need to be encouraging success from outside a traditional classroom. This resolution works to bring awareness to the vital contributions labor workers provide in economic development efforts. Technical, vocational and trade education strengthens the Metro East at its core.”

Career and technical education delivers options for students pursuing college and rewarding careers; it delivers real-world skills to students, and it delivers a high school experience with more value. Parents and students both want their child or themselves to pursue a career they are passionate about. CTE lets students explore careers and find out what they want, or don’t want, to do after high school. CTE makes the future more affordable by helping families save money and wisely invest their time. CTE students can earn a paycheck, marketable certifications and even earn college credits while in high school, which can lead to better opportunities whether they pursue college or a career. There are a growing number of scholarships designed to help CTE students. 

“Each year, it’s important to recognize the accomplishments and opportunities coming from the world of Career and Technical Education. With career opportunities increasing for those with trade and technical skills, the state of Illinois needs to let students and business owners know that the state will continue promoting and investing in these careers,” state Rep. Monica Bristow said. “As a member of both the Higher Education Committee and the Economic Development committee, I recognize that CTE is an incredible avenue to meaningful and lucrative careers. I am happy to support February as CTE Month to recognize the work being done in the field and increase awareness about the opportunities for those entering the field.”

Career and technical education provides learners with the knowledge and skills they need to be prepared for college and careers. CTE gives purpose to learning by emphasizing real-world skills and practical knowledge within a selected career focus. Students take specialized courses, in addition to required courses, and often have the opportunity to participate in internships, engage with mentors and practice what they are learning through hands-on projects. Students can participate in CTE at the middle school or high school level and at postsecondary institutions. 

“Career and technical education creates meaningful pathways for students that allows them to learn through real-world application, explore career fields, and learn technical and employability skills that will last them a lifetime,” Madison County CTE Director Kaleb Smith said. “One important element of CTE is that it doesn’t limit a student’s future career options, it expands them. Students who utilize CTE programs can follow a path that leads to an industry credential, an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree, or beyond. Going through a CTE program really does help a student find who they are and what they want to be and send a student down a path that leads to a meaningful career.”

For more information, visit or call (618) 656-0415. Madison County Career and Technical Education’s address is 6161 Center Grove Road in Edwardsville.

The RiverBend Growth Association provided this article.

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February 28, 2020 at 11:33AM

Stuart cohosting feminine product drive

EDWARDSVILLE — State Rep. Katie Stuart is collaborating with the Soup-n-Share Outreach Program to host a supply drive for feminine hygiene products during March in honor of Women’s History Month.

There will be a donation box at Stuart’s constituent service office at 2105 Vandalia St. Unit #16, in Collinsville, and at the Soup-n-Share at 5 Caine Drive in Madison.

“Every year, I try to host a few women’s supply drives because the need for tampons and pads is constant,” said Stuart. “The accessibility of hygiene products is not a problem you can solve with one drive. Each month, there are women and girls who worry they won’t have enough supplies to last them and may have to consider missing school or work as a result.”

Soup-n-Share is a community-based organization that works to eliminate hunger, offer free clothing, and free diapers or hygiene products to families across Madison County. Accepted donations include tampons, pads, soap and other hygiene products. Stuart is also sponsoring legislation to require college campuses to provide feminine hygiene products in public buildings for students and visitors.

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February 28, 2020 at 11:32AM

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