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This is a truncated version of the EFA Chicagoland Chapter News. If you would like to read the full e-newsletter, visit the archive, where you can also subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox monthly.

MIND CANDY

  • Normal-ish? It’s beginning to look a lot like summer. Lakefront parks reopened, Cubs and Sox fans can again enjoy a game in person, Ravinia is back, and a Chicago City Council committee approved a slate of summer events. But be forewarned: As the weather warms up, so may package theft—and now even the squirrels are in on it.
  • Small Biz. Illinois Small Business Development Centers offer “information, confidential business guidance, training, and other resources to start-up and existing small businesses.” Find your local SBDC office and sign up for services.
  • Automated Alerts. Don’t have the time to check important pages for new information? Or do some job sites not offer alerts? Automate it! Follow That Page will monitor webpages and send you an email when information changes, such as when new meeting dates or jobs are added.

FREELANCE NEWS

Healthcare.gov

Beginning April 1, Healthcare.gov subsidies and eligibility will be expanded. If you already get your insurance through Healthcare.gov, you’ll need to sign in and update your application to get the higher subsidies. The uninsured and existing enrollees have until May 15 to sign up for or change their plans.

Chicago Home-Business Ordinance

Changes are coming to Chicago’s home-based business ordinance … eventually. “The most fundamental rewrite in the decades-long history of Chicago’s home-business ordinance” is currently stalled in committee.

EFA Statement Condemning Anti-Asian Violence

The EFA’s recent statement condemning anti-Asian violence mentions bystander intervention training. Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago has partnered with New York-based nonprofit Hollaback! and CAIR-Chicago to offer several free, hour-long public webinars on the 5Ds of bystander intervention. Multiple sessions are available throughout April.

PRO Act

Keep apprised of where Congress is with the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act through Fight For Freelancers USA’s website or Facebook page. You can also contact your senators or representatives to let them know how disastrous the PRO Act could be for us if it becomes law as written.

If you need help finding the words, EFA Board Member Joy Drohan offered her letter as a template in an EFA Discussion List thread. You can access the letter here, or see the EFA statement, which was sent to Congress.

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