Foxx meeting 3Health insurance marketplace open enrollment ends March 31 – Get covered today!

March 31 is the last day of open enrollment for health insurance coverage through the Illinois health insurance marketplace, Get Covered Illinois. Visit to enroll online or to find a local event where you can receive assistance.

Need help with your utility bill?

ComEd has set aside $10 million to assist customers struggling to pay unusually high energy bills in 2014 due to the colder than usual winter weather.

Participants in ComEd’s Budget Billing program can arrange to pay a fixed amount each month, based on their energy usage during the previous year, and avoid spikes in their bill when the weather turns cold. The Flexible Deferred Payment Agreement Option allows customers with outstanding balances to establish deferred payment plans.

ComEd is also adjusting its eligibility requirements for financial assistance programs. Additionally, through April 1, customers who meet the income criteria for LIHEAP do not have to demonstrate any additional hardship in order to receive supplemental assistance through the Residential Special Hardship Program, which applies grants of up to $1,500 to unpaid electric bills. ComEd’s nonprofit assistance program, which typically provides one-time grants of up to $2,000 for 501(c)(3) organizations experiencing financial hardship, will extend this opportunity to organizations that have already received a grant, as long as the award was not in the past two years. Finally, eligibility requirements for the ComEd Helps Activated/Veteran Military Personnel program have temporarily been altered so that a veteran who has served for any length of time and has been honorably discharged may apply for up to $1,000 in bill payment assistance.

For more information about any of these programs, call 1-888-806-2273, visit or go to Fellowship Baptist Church (4543 S. Princeton Ave. in Chicago) between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, to meet with a representative and apply for assistance in person.

Women Business Owners Symposium – March 27

UIC Forum
725 W. Roosevelt Rd.
8 a.m.—3 p.m. on Thursday, March 27
Use Parking Lot 5 (Morgan and Roosevelt) or 6 (Halsted and Roosevelt)
FREE admission and FREE on-site daycare (ages 1-8)
Resources exhibit hall
One-on-one counseling

Hear Marianne O’Brien Markowitz, Acting Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, and Beth Reese, President of Nicor Gas, discuss challenges and opportunities for women in business, as well as their own experiences.

Learn about
• The Affordable Care Act
• The “Buy Illinois” initiative
• Equal pay for women
• State and federally funded procurement opportunities
• Access to capital and wealth management
• Information technology and women in STEM fields
• Contract bidding opportunities for diverse suppliers

For more information or to register, visit or call (312) 814-0007.

New leadership program for African-American professionals

In an effort to increase the number of educated, motivated African-Americans ready to take on leadership roles in the public, private and non-profit sectors, the Chicago Urban League and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business have launched IMPACT.

IMPACT is a nine-month training, mentoring and networking program designed for African-American professionals between the ages of 30 and 45. The program will run from September 2014 through May 2015. Participants must attend a day-long class one Friday per month. Participation is highly selective, and applications are due April 23. Visit theIMPACT website for more information and to download an application.

Grants available to eliminate the “digital divide”

The Eliminate the Digital Divide grant program supports organizations that seek to provide access to computers, other technology and training in disadvantaged communities. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity website has more information about applying, as well as important eligibility criteria. The deadline for applications is this Friday, March 14.

Contact Info

Chicago Office:
1155 W. 79th St.
Chicago, IL 60620
(773) 224-2830

Springfield Office:
M114 Capitol
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-1607


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