Illinois Insights: An Update from Cozen O’Connor (5/2)

May 2, 2022

Public Health

  • Masks now recommended indoors in Cook County: The health department recommends people wear masks indoors to protect those most at risk from COVID-19, including people older than 50, people with underlying medical conditions, and those who are immunocompromised. From Block Club Chicago.


Amid spike in crime, Pritzker administration announces new grant funding for community violence prevention organizations

Governor JB Pritzker announced the launch of $113 million in funding opportunities for community organizations working on violence prevention and interruption across the state. This funding builds on $73 million already distributed by the Illinois Department of Human Services to organizations in FY22 as well as an additional $71.8 million in the pipeline, with grant agreements expected to be finalized prior to the summer.

Community-based organizations that provide services in any of the 42 eligible communities (and follow GATA guidelines) can apply. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis to expedite funding.

To apply for funding, visit

Around the State


More than 100,000 Chicagoans applied for 5,000 spots in guaranteed income program during 1st week of applications

More than 100,000 people applied for a spot in Chicago’s $31.5 million guaranteed basic income pilot program, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Friday.

The program will support 5,000 low-income households with $500 a month for 12 months to provide additional economic stability. To apply for the lottery, residents must live in the City of Chicago, be 18 years or older, have experienced economic hardship related to COVID-19, and have a household income at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level (ex. $57,575 for a household of 3).

Program participants will be selected via a lottery.

More information on the new initiative is available here.

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Beltway Briefing: Forest and Trees

A barrage of divisive economic signals played a role in recent market turmoil. On Capitol Hill, politicians are pouncing on the numbers to support their political agendas ahead of the critical 2022 midterm elections. Meanwhile, the path forward in the war in Ukraine remains unclear, as what many predicted would be a swift victory for the Russian military enters its third month, with no end in sight.

Public Strategies’ Howard Schweitzer, Mark Alderman, Patrick Martin, and Kaitlyn Martin take a step back from the minutiae of Washington to reflect on the bigger picture of politics and try to bring some perspective to the challenging environment in which the country finds itself.

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