The NACC continues to be vigilant protecting the interests of our business community. Two major issues we are keeping an eye on this week are:
- Governor Pritzker’s new proposed emergency rules for establishments to require masks or face significant fines
- Update on federal Phase IV stimulus package and how it’s shaping up for support of the business community
Governor J.B. Pritzker’s New Proposed Rules
Governor Pritzker announced on Friday, August 7th that his administration will file new emergency rules to require businesses, schools, and child care establishments to enforce mask requirements or face fines up to $2,500.
Click Here for details of the proposed emergency rules which will be reviewed by the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules (JCAR) this week.
We have reached out to both Illinois Senator John Curran and Illinois Representative Keith Wheeler offices – each is an area legislator who serves on JCAR to voice our concerns. Should these rules result in our area businesses being held liable for the actions of members of the community who enter their establishments and do not follow the mask requirement – it is our belief, that of our businesses have no control, no ability to restrain and furthermore efforts to take action exposes our businesses to legal liability.
We will be exploring other advocacy measures as this issue unfolds to determine the best path forward in protecting our businesses from undue fines and liabilities, while supporting our public health officials safety protocols to ensure we as a larger community reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep our businesses open.
Federal Stimulus Package: Phase IV
There is much in flux for the next wave of federal stimulus to support our businesses. As you recall, the Phase 3 (CARES Act) provided much-needed support including PPP loans, expanded unemployment benefits, etc. For Phase IV, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the HEROES bill – which is currently being reviewed by the U.S. Senate. In addition, the U.S. Senate introduced their own version of Phase IV with their HEALS bill. Both extend the PPP application to December 31, 2020 (currently the deadline expired August 8, 2020). The U.S. Chamber of Commerce prepared an excellent summary of the two bills under consideration. Their review of the key areas of interest for the business community can be read here.
In addtion, President Trump signed executive orders to provide economic aid considering the two bills have stalled. His initiatives would extend unemployment supplements at $400 a month and offer payroll tax suspension. However, the legalities of his executive orders are in question.
We realize that business livelihoods could be hinging on some of these crucial policy issues and will do our best to both advocate on your behalf and keep you informed as things unfold. For the most up to date information, follow us on social media, visit our COVID-19 resource page, and watch of urgent update emails.
As your advocate – please contact me anytime with questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 544-3387.
Director of Government Affairs