Underwood Wraps Coronavirus Impact Tour in Press Conference with Rep. Schneider, Mayor Cunningham, Lake County Board Chair Hart, and Fire Chief Bridges

July 16, 2020
Press Release

WEST CHICAGO—Today, Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14), joined by Representative Brad Schneider (IL-10), concluded her Coronavirus Impact Tour. Over the last several weeks, Underwood has traveled across the 14th District to speak with health care providers, small business owners, essential workers, and child care providers, and other constituents about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Underwood highlighted what she learned, and talked about the CARES Act, legislation supported by both Underwood and Schneider that has brought federal funding and support to the 14th and 10th Congressional Districts as the communities respond to the pandemic. 

Rep. Schneider provided an update on the Heroes Act, the latest coronavirus relief package passed in the House of Representatives, and discussed the next steps Congress will take to further support Illinois’ needs with federal relief packages. The members of Congress were joined by City of Waukegan Mayor Sam Cunningham, Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart, and Waukegan Fire Chief George Bridges, Jr., who shared updates on how their communities and the communities they serve have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.  

“During my Coronavirus Impact Tour, I’ve seen the true strength and resiliency of Illinoisans. Essential workers are risking their lives; small businesses are fighting tooth-and-nail to stay afloat for their communities; educators and parents are changing how they’re meeting the needs of students under unbelievably difficult circumstances that no one prepared them for. I conclude this tour inspired by our community. I have a renewed sense of urgency to bring additional federal resources and help to the Fourteenth District, and I look forward to continuing these meetings to ensure our community is supported through this difficult time,” said Underwood.  

“Yesterday, Mayor Lightfoot and other community leaders sent us a letter. Mayor Lightfoot called on her Congress to get to work for cities, and we’re here to say that we’re working for Chicago. We’re working for the people of Illinois. And we’re working to fight this virus. The HEROES Act that we passed two months ago would send more checks, extend unemployment aid, and form State and Local Coronavirus Relief Funds to help out Illinois and cities like Chicago and Waukegan,” said Schneider.

Photos of the press conference can be found here.   

Audio of the press conference can be found here.