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GOVERNOR WAIVES PENALTIES, INTEREST FOR TAXPAYERS AFFECTED BY SEVERE WEATHER, FLOODING - WAIVER TO HELP VICTIMS OF RECENT STORMS IN 34 COUNTIES

 
SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced today that individuals and businesses devastated by severe weather and flooding that began on April 23, 2019, may request waivers of penalties and interest on state taxes if they cannot file their returns or make payments on time. Those impacted in the 34 counties declared a disaster are eligible to request a waiver of penalties and interest for income taxes, withholding taxes, sales taxes, and specialty and excise taxes.
 
“Communities across Illinois continue to be threatened by heavy rains and flooding and the state is committed to doing everything we can to help,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “From providing sandbags and other resources to communities to waiving penalties for impacted taxpayers who need more time to file, we want Illinoisans to know the state is on their side. During this time, I urge impacted individuals and businesses to take precautions, help their neighbors, and safely evacuate if necessary.”
Taxpayers seeking waivers of penalties and interest for taxes should send a brief written explanation of why they cannot timely file or pay to the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR).
 
Taxpayers should provide their full name, account number (if using a Social Security number, include only the last four digits), mailing address, and an estimate of when they believe they can file or pay their taxes.
 
Requests may be sent electronically to REV.DisasterRelief@Illinois.gov or via postal mail using the address on the return. Taxpayers who mail their request to IDOR should write “Flood – Spring 2019” on the top of the return in red and include their explanation for penalties and interest abatement request.
 
Property owners who may have been impacted by the flooding in the 34 declared counties should contact their county Supervisor of Assessments office if they wish to apply for reassessment due to any property damage.
 
The counties covered by the disaster declaration include: Adams, Alexander, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Fulton, Greene, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Jackson, Jersey, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Madison, Marshall, Mason, Mercer, Monroe, Morgan, Peoria, Pike, Putnam, Randolph, Rock Island, Schuyler, Scott, St. Clair, Tazewell, Union, Whiteside, Woodford.

 

READINESS FOR PET OWNERS

All dogs are good dogs, but even the best-trained pups can’t pack their own emergency kit! When making an emergency plan for the whole family, don’t forget to include your pets. Follow the tips below to get started:

  • Make sure your pet’s ID tag is up to date.
  • Don't forget your pet’s needs in your emergency kit. Include items such as:
    • Pet food
    • Additional bottled water
    • Copies of important documents, like adoption papers and veterinary records.
    • Extra medication
    • Leashes or harnesses
    • Pet crate or carrier
    • Towels or bedding supplies
    • Veterinary contact information
    • Your pet’s comfort items or toys
  • Identify pet-friendly hotels or shelters in case you evacuate. For public health reasons, many emergency shelters cannot accept pets. Most pet-friendly shelters will need your pet’s medical records to make sure all vaccinations are current, so keep extra copies in your kit.
  • If you have large animals like horses, cattle, sheep, goats, or pigs, make sure they all have a form of identification. Ensure vehicles and trailers are available for use for an evacuation. Research destinations ahead of time to ensure they have food, water, veterinary care, and proper equipment to handle large animals.
  • Take a selfie with your pet! This can help prove ownership if you are separated.

 

 

LIHEAP FOR DISASTER ASSISTANCE

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program’s (LIHEAP) provides possible funding for disaster relief (which can assist with replacement of items such as water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners) in the flooding disaster areas declared as a disaster by the Governor to qualified low income individuals.

The Illinois counties declared by the Governor as Disaster areas for this flood event include the following counties: Adams, Alexander, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Fulton, Greene, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Jackson, Jersey, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Madison, Marshall, Mason, Mercer, Monroe, Morgan, Peoria, Pike, Putnam, Randolph, Rock Island, Schuyler, Scott, St. Clair, Tazewell, Union, Whiteside, Woodford.

LIHEAP federal grant funds are disbursed through the Community Action network, for LIHEAP they are “Local Administering Agencies,” or “LAAs.”  The list of LAAs for LIHEAP is included at this site:

https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/CommunityServices/HomeWeatherization/CommunityActionAgencies/Pages/default.aspx

The federal income guidelines beginning July 1, 2019; are linked below:

https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/CommunityServices/UtilityBillAssistance/Pages/HowtoApply.aspx

ENERGY EFFICIENCY FOR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Dear Partner –

This email is to inform you that ComEd has an Energy Efficiency Program dedicated to nonprofit organizations such as your organization. The Energy Efficiency program offers free lighting products, LED lighting upgrades, occupancy sensors and lighting controls and various equipment improvements that will help you conserve energy and lower your operating costs.  I highly encourage you to participate as this can help you to continue providing the valuable needed programs in your community.

If you are interested in learning more or participating in this Energy Efficiency program, please see the flyer attached. You can also visit ComEd.com/Nonprofit, emailNonprofitEE@ComEd.com or call 855-433-2700.

Thank you,

Klaudia

 

Klaudia Kuklinska 

Energy Resources Center

University of Illinois at Chicago

1309 S Halsted Street, MC 156

Chicago, IL 60607

(312) 355-7345

kuklins2@uic.edu

 

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FEMA VOLUNTEER AGENCY LIAISON (VAL)

The FEMA VAL website explains how FEMA supports the coordination of voluntary efforts and donations management before, during, and after disasters.

Please visit the FEMA VAL website for FEMA updates, newsletters and other resources useful for volunteer, faith-based, and community-based organizations.

Newsletters can be subscribed by contacting VAL-Team@fema.dhs.gov.