Forefront is speaking daily with policymakers on local, state, and federal levels to advocate for the social impact sector and provide our community with the most up-to-date information on governmental response to the COVID-19 outbreak. We will continually update this page as new developments occur and resources are available.
To get in touch about policy response and Forefront’s plan of action, contact Bryan Zarou, Director of Public Policy, at email@example.com.
Tuesday, April 13: Governor Pritzker has signed HB-3653 into law, setting into motion a number of reforms targeting the inequities embedded in Illinois’ criminal legal system.
Tuesday, March 30: President Biden has signed legislation extending the Paycheck Protection Program until May 31. Forefront has championed this legislation and is thrilled that more nonprofits will now have a chance to secure funding.
Thursday, March 25: Today, a resolution introduced by Representative Ryan Spain and sponsored by Forefront and Illinois community foundations passed the Higher Education Committee with a vote of 10-0-0. This resolution will give Illinois community foundations the backing needed to form post-graduation scholarship programs.
Thursday, March 25: Today, the Senate voted to extend the Payroll Protection Program. President Biden is expected to sign legislation extending the program until May 31.
Tuesday, March 9: The American Rescue Act is scheduled to be signed by the President later this week. This $1.9 trillion comprehensive relief package is designed to help state and local governments, unemployment insurance, those behind on rent and mortgage, and nonprofits and businesses negatively impacted. Read a summary of the bill.
Tuesday, February 23: On Monday, President Biden announced a two-week period in which the Small Business Administration will only process Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans for employers with fewer than 20 employees and those that are minority-owned. The priority period will run from February 24 through March 9. Read this fact sheet from the Biden administration.
Thursday, February 11: Last night, the House Small Business Committee approved a $50 billion relief package that allows nonprofits with more than 500 employees and operating in more than one location to secure PPP forgivable loans. The package also removes the nonprofit affiliation rule included in the CARES Act. The bill now goes to the House Budget Committee to be included in a comprehensive aid package that is expected to go to a vote on February 22. View the news release, view the full bill, and access a section-by-section bill summary.
Monday, January 25: A coalition of nonprofit organizations sent an initial letter to federal leaders urging Congress and the President to enact a package of solutions tailored to the needs and realities of nonprofits serving the public good. Learn more and sign on.
Friday, January 8: The Small Business Administration’s newest news release offers new guidance for the Paycheck Protection Program, which will re-open the week of January 11.
Thursday, January 7: The Small Business Administration released additional PPP guidance on Wednesday, January 6, interpreting provisions of the new COVID relief law:
Monday, December 21: Leaders in both chambers of Congress have reached an agreement over a new stimulus bill to help support millions of Americans as they continue to struggle with the impact of COVID-19 on their health, livelihood, and community. Read a summary of the key issues addressed by the new bill.
Friday, December 18: Thanks to the advocacy work of Forefront and our partners, the City of Chicago is delaying the implementation of its nonprofit lobbying laws until at least April 1, 2021. Forefront is committed to working diligently with The Chicago Board of Ethics and the Mayor’s Office to share our Members’ concerns about this law, and on working toward amendments that increase transparency in Chicago. See the announcement to learn more.