COVID-19 News and Updates
As we all grapple with the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted to reach out to share updates and offer support.
We saw several new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the state and in our region this week. As testing supplies become more broadly available, those numbers will likely continue to increase. In the weeks to come, it’s important we all look out for one another. Each and every one of us must take the advice given by the Illinois Department of Public Health seriously. No one is immune from this novel coronavirus, and we must take every precaution necessary to help protect the more vulnerable among us.
To prevent further spread of the virus, I made the decision to close my physical district office and postpone all of my community events until further notice. Staying open and accessible is my top priority, but protecting the health and safety of our residents takes absolute precedence. I strongly encourage any employer that can conduct work remotely to send their employees home to do so immediately.
Although my office is physically closed, continuing to serve our community during this time of crisis and uncertainty is of the utmost importance to me. Other than in-person meetings, all district operations are continuing as usual. In addition, my team and I will be responding to emails and calls seven days a week to ensure that we are getting you the information and assistance you need as soon as possible. Rest assured that we are here to respond to your calls and emails, assist with state services, respond to legislative requests, and provide information about the state’s COVID-19 response and available resources to help you through this difficult time. Please know that you can continue to reach me and my office at 847-485-9986 or Info@RepJoyceMason.com.
To help keep residents informed, I’ve created a COVID-19 information and assistance page. This page is updated daily with resources to help you stay safe and well during this trying time. For general information on my office, you can reach my website home page by going to www.RepJoyceMason.com. If you or someone you know needs any help from me or my office, please know we are here for you.
If you need help finding COVID-19 resources in addition to those on my assistance page or need help with any state or local services, please contact me at 847-485-9986 or Info@RepJoyceMason.com.
State Representative, District 61
During my first legislative session, I worked with legislators on both sides of the aisle to start creating an Illinois that works for all of us. I’m proud of what we accomplished last session, and I’m looking forward to building on last year’s progress as we continue making Illinois a better place to live, work and raise a family.
I'm accountable to you, and I've been listening to your feedback. Since assuming office, I’ve been hosting coffee hours, community forums and advisory councils to make sure I’m always getting regular input from residents in our community. I’ve put together the following 2020 legislative agenda based on the concerns I’ve heard from our community over the past several months:
1. Property tax relief: Our property taxes have been far too high for far too long. I’m proud to have helped create the Property Tax Relief Fund, a measure that will give well-deserved rebates to hardworking homeowners on their property tax bills. As a single mom, I understand the pain caused by our outrageous property tax rates, and I will continue working diligently to develop real solutions to our property tax crisis.
2. Public and environmental health: Last session, we made Illinois the nation’s leader in restricting the use of the harmful chemical ethylene oxide; however, I know that no amount of ethylene oxide is safe for humans. That’s why I’m committed to getting this cancer-causing pollutant out of our community.
Climate change as a whole is also at the top of my agenda. I will continue to advocate for the passage of the Clean Energy Jobs Act, and I will continue doing everything I can to preserve and protect our environment.
3. Veterans’ rights: There are real problems with how our state handles veterans’ benefits and assistance. Too often, veterans are denied access to resources on the basis of sexual orientation, mental illness or invisible disabilities. I’ve just introduced a Veterans’ Bill of Rights that addresses many of these issues, as well as several other bills supporting veterans which I’ll be sharing about in future newsletters.
One of my favorite parts of being a legislator is the opportunity to give extra recognition to the folks in our community who give back to those around them. My “Good Neighbor” Business of the Month Award is just one of the ways I spotlight people doing good in our community. Congratulations to Boonie Mac Shack for being my most recent “Good Neighbor” Business! I’m always accepting nominations for my “Good Neighbor” Business of the Month Award—you can find the nomination form here!
Another thing I love about being a legislator is being able to create opportunities in our community. I’m currently accepting applications for my paid legislative internship program. High school or college students interested in the program can submit an application here!
In The News
My legislative work has recently been highlighted by several news outlets. You can read some of those articles here:
Pritzker with bipartisan support signs ethylene oxide laws
Legislation targeting the ‘skyrocketing’ cost of diabetes medicine passed by state legislature
Pritzker’s veto of Obamacare protection bill survives in Senate
Save The Date
I’d love to hear more of your ideas on how we can continue to build a stronger Illinois together. I hope you’ll consider sharing your thoughts with me at one of my upcoming events!
I’m partnering with Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs, State Senator Melinda Bush and Zion Mayor Billy McKinney to host an I-Cash event at Zion City Hall on Friday, March 6 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
I’m hosting another meeting of my Senior Advisory Council at my district office in Gurnee on Saturday, March 12 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
I’ll be having another Join Joyce for Coffee and Conversation at Somethings Brewing in Grayslake on Saturday, March 21 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
On Monday, March 30 I’m hosting a Vietnam Era Veterans Appreciation Ceremony from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Warren-Newport Public Library.
Throughout the entire month of March, I’m hosting a Civic Engagement Poster Contest! All K-12 students are welcome to participate.
I’m also hosting another meeting of my Women’s Advisory Council at my district office in Gurnee on Wednesday, April 8 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
During the last two weeks of April, I’m hosting a Book Drive! All donated books will be given to libraries and non-profits in our community!
State Representative, District 61