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Tuesday, June 2, 2020
SBDC Receives $7.3 Million to Help Illinois Small Biz

Last week the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced a new $7.3 million investment from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for the Illinois Small Business Development…


Monday, June 1, 2020
Child Care Phased-in Reopening

While many child care homes and centers have been open and providing emergency care to the children of essential workers during the COVID-19 State of Emergency, the majority of licensed…


Friday, May 29, 2020
Murphy’s Capitol Report: Reviewing the Historic Special Session

For the historic four-day special session, the House convened at the Bank of Springfield (BoS) Center in downtown Springfield, and the Senate met at the Capitol. We wore masks, practiced…


Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Driver Services Facilities to Reopen in June

The Secretary of State will be begin opening Driver Services facilities on June 1 with a phase-in plan. Services in June and July will focus ONLY on new drivers, customers with expired…


Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Toolkits to Help Businesses Reopen

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has developed a free tool kit to help employers implement the Restore Illinois Phase 3, Guidelines for Safely Reopening Businesses. The business toolkit includes signage,…


Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Rep. Murphy: Step in the Right Direction for Restaurants, But More Needed

Today Governor Pritzker announced that as regions of the state enter phrase 3 of his Restore Illinois reopening plan, restaurants and bars will be able to expand their operations with…


Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Rep. Murphy Glad to See Rule Threatening Small Biz Withdrawn

Following public outcry and pressure from Republicans in the General Assembly about an emergency rule to penalize small businesses with a Class A Misdemeanor, the Pritzker administration withdrew the rule…


Saturday, May 16, 2020
Rep. Murphy Responds to Governor Small Biz Overreach

Following a move by Governor JB Pritzker that could jail small business owners for re-opening, State Representative Mike Murphy (R-Springfield) issued the following statement: “This is a blatant overreach by…


Thursday, May 14, 2020
Murphy, Central Illinois Legislators Call for Direct Local Input to Address COVID-19, Re-open IL

This morning, central Illinois House Republican State Representatives Tim Butler (R-Springfield) and Mike Murphy (R-Springfield) held a press conference via Zoom to discuss their continued push for a more localized…


Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Rep. Murphy Encourages Eligible Local Governments to Apply for Fast-Track Public Infrastructure Grants

On Tuesday, May 12, the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity announced a $25 million Fast-Track Public Infrastructure Grant program in an effort to accelerate public works projects across…