April 21, 2020 Update from the Mayor

April 21, 2020 Update from the Mayor

Today, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 1,551 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 33,059 cases, including 1,468 deaths, in 96 counties in Illinois.  Hickory Hills now has 37 confirmed COVID cases.

During his daily press briefing, Governor JB Pritzker announced expanded relief for student loan borrowers whose loans are not owned by the federal government. The relief includes a 90-day forbearance and waiving of late payment fees. Borrowers should contact their student loan servicer to identify the options available to them. More information is available in the Governor’s press release announcing the expanded relief (available via this link). Those who borrowed student loans owned by the federal government received relief in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. More information about that relief can be found on the Federal Student Aid Office’s website (available via this link).

Tomorrow is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day  

In 1970, about 20 million Americans assembled to demand greater attention to the protection of the planet.  The theme for Earth Day 2020 is Climate Action.  Hopefully, this crisis will bring greater appreciation of the need to take care of our environment and not take our earth for granted.

Chamber of Commerce Fundraiser

Just a reminder that our wonderful Hills Chamber of Commerce is running two fundraisers to help support our local business community while also allowing us to thank our “essential workers”.  The following was submitted to me from the Hills Chamber:

The Hills Chamber of Commerce is thanking all those essential workers with a “Thank You” Yard Sign fundraiser. The Hills Chamber of Commerce supports the small business communities of Hickory Hills and Palos Hills. If you are interested in purchasing a 24 x 18 sign ($20), full color/double sided sign with stake, please visit our website at www.thehillschamber.org. We will be offering contactless delivery of the signs locally. What a great way to let your family, friends and neighbors know that you support them, not only during this pandemic, but beyond!

We are also selling Hickory Hills STRONG and Palos Hills STRONG shirts ($20) and hoodies ($35). Sizes range from Youth Small to Adult 3XL. Please visit our website at www.thehillschamber.org to order yours today. #supportsmallbusiness #shoplocal #hickoryhillsstrong #paloshillsstrong

Funny Scene from Parks and Recreation with Sam Elliott

Mayor Mike