SPRINGFIELD - Due to limitations on current in-person coursework, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is spreading awareness of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations' deadline extension. 05092019CM0885

"During this trying time, people should not be forced to worry about whether they will be able to renew their professional licenses on time," Bertino-Tarrant said. "I applaud the department for recognizing the struggles many Illinoisans will face due to the restrictions on in-person classes."

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced a number of measures aimed to assist licensees and education providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Professional licenses issued by the agency that have a renewal date between March 1, 2020 and July 31, 2020 have received an automatic extension to renew before Sept. 30, 2020.

Additionally, all current licensees under the department's jurisdiction whose license renewal deadline falls between those dates will have until the end of September to complete their continuing education coursework. The coursework can be done through interactive webinars and online distance education.

"The very people who must renew their licenses are the people we are relying on right now," Bertino-Tarrant said. "It is imperative to protect their well-being and reduce person-to-person contact."

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