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The meaning of success to us is to be moved by the purpose, to engage in camaraderie. Southland Vibe exemplifies business and township support. Highlighting the movers and shakers and silent heroes that care for the south suburbs. We truly underestimated the impact our first issues of the magazine would have on the south suburbs, we exceeded our own expectations. We listened to what our readers want and need to see, we complied. We are here to give you the best the south suburbs has to offer. We are going into the new year with tons of new content, more extensive editorial pieces, dynamic photography, interactive video links, and much more.

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THANKSGIVING 2020 More than 1 million COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States over the last 7 days.

As cases continue to increase rapidly across the United States, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with.

Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you  can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu.

Hosting a Thanksgiving Gathering

Celebrating virtually or with the people you live with is the safest choice this Thanksgiving.

If having guests to your home, be sure that people follow the steps that everyone can take to make Thanksgiving safer. These steps include:

Have a small outdoor meal  with family and friends who live in your • community.

Limit the number of guests.

• Have conversations with guests ahead of time to set expectations for • celebrating together.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and items between use.

• If celebrating indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if • possible. You can use a window fan in one of the open windows to blow air out of the window. This will pull fresh air in through the other open windows.

Limit the number of people in food preparation areas.

• Have guests bring their own food and drink.

• If sharing food, have one person serve food and use single-use options, like • plastic utensils.

Consider Other Thanksgiving Activities Host a virtual Thanksgiving meal with friends and family who don’t live with you • •

Schedule a time to share a meal together virtually.

Have people share recipes and show their turkey, dressing, or other dishes they prepared.

Watch television and play games with people in your household • •

Shop online sales the day after Thanksgiving and days leading up to the winter holidays.

Use contactless services for purchased items, like curbside pick-up.

Shop in open air markets staying 6 feet away from others and wear a mask.

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New tax law allows fire sprinkler system installation and retrofits to be fully tax deductible.

The time is now to upgrade your building’s fire safety with a fire sprinkler system or a sprinkler retrofit.

The May 2020 Federal COVID-19 legislation has strengthened Small Business Section 179 expensing to include both new fire sprinkler installation and building retrofits. In the past, the cost of a fire sprinkler system upgrade was tax deductible over a 39-year depreciation schedule. With Section 179 expensing, these costs can now be fully expensed in the same year. In the past, small businesses were only able to fully deduct small equipment purchases like computers, and light duty vehicles that were used more than 50% of the time for business only use.

Under the new Section 179 guidelines, the one year

Section 179 expensing does not allow for the full deduction of sprinkler retrofits from converting commercial structures into residential buildings, but this permanant change in the provision can be utilized for any crictical occupancies, including entertainment occupancies.

deduction period phases out after 2022. Any new sprinkler system or retrofit completed between September 27, 2017 and December 31, 2022 will be able to be fully expensed in one year. After 2022, the allowed deduction percentage is as follows: 2023: 80% 2024: 60% 2025: 40% 2026: 20% 2027 and after: The depreciation schedule becomes permanently set at 15 years.

Expense amount increased. In the past, the annual cap on purchases was set at $500,000 per year. With the addition of fire protection upgrades in Section 179, congress also increased the annual limit to $1 million.

Contact your tax expert for more information.

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Sterk Family Law Group Presents: Domestic Violence Stops With You: Available Civil Remedies in Illinois

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Domestic Violence is an epidemic that affects an unknown number of people due to the under-reported nature of the issue. This abuse comes in many forms: physical abuse, mental abuse, verbal abuse, spiritual abuse, sexual abuse, and financial abuse. There is no particular social class, economic class, gender, race, or ethnicity who is exempt from domestic violence. Domestic violence is not limited to one certain class of individuals who are more prone to violence and there is no particular stereotype.

This book is for informational purposes does not constitute legal advice and should be construed as such. If you are in imminent danger, please contact 911.

Are you being abused? If you had the courage to pick up this book and hold it in your hands…the answer is probably YES. Abuses takes on many forms. All forms of domestic violence are equally destructive as they rob you of your physical health, mental well-being, emotional wellness and in the worst-case scenario…abuse will rob you of your life.No matter what you have been told – YOU DO NOT DESERVE TO BE ABUSED. Enough is enough.

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We are aware that everyone has been affected by the recent response to COVID-19 but we hope that you find some comfort in knowing that we are still operational and here to assist you. If you are a victim of domestic violence, we can assist you with obtaining an Order of Protection.

Domestic violence must stop…and YOU are the only one with the power to stop it and the laws in Illinois afford the opportunities of protection to all victims of domestic violence. YOU are NOT powerless! You can do this! You MUST do this and you WILL do this. Just by picking up this book…YOU have already empowered yourself to STOP the abuse.

Whether you are a current client or if you are looking for family law or estate planning assistance, our team is here for you and will continue to be available to address your concerns.

Because many, if not all, victims of Domestic Violence feel helpless with nowhere to escape, we felt the need to publish this book to let victims know there are legal remedies available in Illinois and the abuse CAN STOP.

You may email our office at info@sterkfamilylaw.com, or call 815-600-8950 and one of our team members will be able to assist you.

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