Illinois Insights An Update from Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies (6/10)

June 10, 2022

Public Health

  • 32 Illinois Counties at ‘High’ Alert Level for COVID: “Thirty-two Illinois counties are now under a “high community level ” for COVID, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, marking a significant jump from last week as some Chicago-area counties return to the highest alert level. The number of counties at the “high ” level marks an increase from last week’s 19 as some Chicago-area counties that had dropped down to medium last week returned to the heightened level. Cook, Lake, DuPage and McHenry counties in the Chicago area all remain under the high category, where they have been for several weeks. ” From NBC Chicago.


Pritzker administration announces next steps for cannabis dispensary license applicants

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation today announced the next steps to issue 185 Conditional Adult Use Cannabis Dispensing Organization Licenses to applicants selected in three lotteries in 2021.

Applicants must finalize statutory compliance checks before Conditional Licenses can be issued. To accommodate these compliance checks, beginning June 16, 2022, IDFPR intends to issue Conditional Licenses to the applicants selected in the 2021 lotteries in three waves:

  • Wave 1, on or before July 22, 2022. Naperville-Chicago-Elgin BLS Region.
  • Wave 2, on or before August 5, 2022. Other BLS Regions with multiple licenses available.
  • Wave 3, on or before August 19, 2022. BLS Regions with a single license available.

The pace of licensing will be determined by how quickly applicants ’ compliance checks can be verified.

More detailed information on next steps is available here. 

Illinois to establish Health Food Access Program to address food insecurity

Gov. J.B. Pritzker approved legislation this week establishing the Healthy Foods Access Program, which will provide grocery stores and other food sellers the financial support necessary to expand their operations into food deserts.

House Bill 2382 enables the Department of Human Services in coordination with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to establish the Healthy Food Development Program to expand access to healthy foods in underserved areas. Grocery stores, corner stores, farmers’ markets, and other small retailers may receive assistance through grants, loans, equipment, or other financial assistance to be awarded on a competitive basis.

The legislation takes effect on January 1, 2023. More information is here.

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Deputy mayor for public safety to depart Lightfoot administration

John O ’Malley, Mayor Lori Lightfoot ’s deputy mayor for public safety, is leaving City Hall after just one year on the job — marking the position ’s fourth departure in three years.

O ’Malley is expected to be replaced by Elena Gottreich, deputy director of prosecutorial strategies for the Chicago Police Department.

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