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  • Friday, March 20, 2020 7:07 PM | Anonymous
    The coronavirus that is disrupting personal and professional affairs across the globe can count another victim: the Illinois General Assembly.
    No hearings are scheduled in either the state Senate or House of Representatives through May 31, when the bodies ordinarily adjourn their spring sessions.
    Senate Bill 2481 has enjoyed unanimous support in two roll-call votes. A third affirmative vote would send the bill to the state House. Gov. JB Pritzker has voiced his backing.
    The cap took effect Jan. 1 following moves last spring to find funding for the $45 billion state capital infrastructure plan sought by Pritzker. Under the bill, infrastructure projects would instead be funded, in part, by increasing the sales tax charged in private vehicle sales, based on vehicle age and selling price.
    In other news from Springfield, under proposed state legislation, drivers could obtain a registration permit from the Illinois Secretary of State that is valid for 90 days instead of the current term of 30 days. The longer-lasting permit would carry a $13 fee.
    But the future of Senate Bill 3197 is in question, with state lawmakers recessed during the current pandemic outbreak. The General Assembly’s 2020 schedule called for bills becoming law to pass out of committee by March 27. An adjusted schedule has not been announced.

  • Friday, March 20, 2020 7:07 PM | Anonymous
    The coronavirus that is disrupting personal and professional affairs across the globe can count another victim: the Illinois General Assembly.
    No hearings are scheduled in either the state Senate or House of Representatives through May 31, when the bodies ordinarily adjourn their spring sessions.
    Senate Bill 2481 has enjoyed unanimous support in two roll-call votes. A third affirmative vote would send the bill to the state House. Gov. JB Pritzker has voiced his backing.
    The cap took effect Jan. 1 following moves last spring to find funding for the $45 billion state capital infrastructure plan sought by Pritzker. Under the bill, infrastructure projects would instead be funded, in part, by increasing the sales tax charged in private vehicle sales, based on vehicle age and selling price.
    In other news from Springfield, under proposed state legislation, drivers could obtain a registration permit from the Illinois Secretary of State that is valid for 90 days instead of the current term of 30 days. The longer-lasting permit would carry a $13 fee.
    But the future of Senate Bill 3197 is in doubt, with state lawmakers recessed during the current pandemic outbreak. According to the General Assembly’s 2020 schedule, bills in hope of becoming law must pass out of committee by March 27. SB 3197 currently is before the Senate Transportation Committee.

  • Friday, March 20, 2020 7:07 PM | Anonymous
    Everyone should be concerned about contracting the new coronavirus — if not for oneself, then to protect others who are at risk of becoming severely ill. As with the flu, the virus is more dangerous for people who are older than 60, people who have a weakened immune system, and people with an underlying condition such as diabetes, asthma or another chronic illness.
    The flu and the coronavirus can cause similar symptoms — a whole-body malaise, with a fever, a dry cough and a noticeable shortness of breath — but there are differences. Because the symptoms are so similar, doctors will sometimes rule out the flu first.
    Spring allergy season tends to trigger many of the same symptoms in many people, adding another diagnostic wrinkle.
    With the spread of the coronavirus comes another ailment: anxiety about every single symptom. Is an itchy nose the result of trying not to touch one’s face or is it the onset of the flu? Or is it, just maybe, the coronavirus?
    As spring nears, allergies may be triggering symptoms that can make it difficult to determine what your body is trying to fight off. Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease specialist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, helps explain the subtle differences between signs of allergies or infection with the flu or the coronavirus.
    First, consider the time of year. Allergies and influenza tend to be seasonal. If you have a runny nose in the spring and this happens every year, allergies are the likeliest culprit. If it’s winter and flu is raging in your community, then that’s the probable explanation. The flu is far more widespread than the coronavirus.
    But flulike symptoms in warming weather — in a place with documented coronavirus transmission? Maybe it’s not the flu.

    Influenza dies back in the summer, but scientists have yet to see evidence that the coronavirus will go away as temperatures rise. Coronavirus infections have been spreading in equatorial climates like Singapore’s and in the Southern Hemisphere, now in the middle of summer.
    Consider, too, where the symptoms first started appearing. "It’s usually your nose and eyes where you develop symptoms of seasonal allergies," Dr. Adalja said.
    The seasonal flu, on the other hand, is more likely to affect your whole body, as is the case for many other respiratory viruses — including the coronavirus. So if you experience fevers, headaches or muscle aches, consider flu or coronavirus.
    "There’s a feeling of overall malaise that is associated with viral infections," Dr. Adalja said. Except for seasonality, it can be hard to tell the two apart.
    "Unfortunately, there’s no reliable way to distinguish between early symptoms of the flu and coronavirus," Dr. Adalja said. "The only way to distinguish the two clinically is with a diagnostic test."
    According to reports from nearly 56,000 laboratory-confirmed cases in China, people infected with the coronavirus develop symptoms like a dry cough, shortness of breath and a sore throat, in addition to fever and aches.
    About 5 percent of patients may also experience nausea or vomiting, while roughly 4 percent develop diarrhea. Researchers are not sure why some people develop gastrointestinal symptoms with coronavirus infections.
    "But that’s not something you usually see with influenza in adults," Dr. Adalja said.
    Severe coronavirus infections can result in lung lesions and pneumonia. But the vast majority of those infected get only mild cases that often resemble the flu.
    Your personal history can give doctors clues to what’s going on. If you traveled to an area with large clusters of coronavirus cases, or were in contact with someone who later tested positive for the virus, you may have caught it, too.
    Doctors and health care workers have to work with these possibilities because tests are still available only in limited quantities in the United States, Dr. Adalja said.
    How bad is it?
    Pay close attention to whether your symptoms worsen over time. Discomfort due to allergy remains consistent until you treat it or the allergen goes away. Symptoms of the flu tend to resolve in about a week.
    The new coronavirus, on the other hand, seems to cause more severe symptoms than the average seasonal flu and seems to have a higher fatality rate, although the numbers are a bit uncertain.
    If you are elderly or have other health conditions, such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes or immunodeficiency, you are more vulnerable to viral infections and are more likely to develop severe disease if infected with the coronavirus.
    Early estimates from China show that the average death rate among coronavirus patients is about 2 percent, but that figure rises to 8 percent in people 70 years or older, and about 15 percent in people 80 years or older.

    But nobody is certain how many cases are very mild or asymptomatic.
    What to expect
    The general advice for people who get sick with the flu or coronavirus is very similar: Rest and drink plenty of fluids.
    Mild cases of the flu resolve by themselves within a few days. Although coronavirus infections tend to last a little longer, most people with mild cases get better in about two weeks, Dr. Adalja said.
    Severe cases may take three to six weeks to resolve. Doctors can only give supportive care, providing patients with intravenous fluids, medicines to keep the fever down or oxygen to help with breathing.
    There are no approved treatments for coronavirus infections, although a few clinical trials are underway that test antiviral drugs such as remdesivir.
    It’s up to you to take precautions to prevent a coronavirus infection, and to take stock of your medical and travel history. But you don’t need to go to the doctor for every sniffle or scratchy throat.
    "You should be going to the doctor for something that would trigger concern, even before you had heard of the coronavirus," Dr. Adalja said.
    "So if you’re somebody that’s elderly or somebody that has another medical condition, if you develop shortness of breath, if you develop extreme fatigue, those are real indicators to call your physician and go to the hospital."

  • Friday, March 20, 2020 7:07 PM | Anonymous
    President Donald Trump on March 18 signed into law a coronavirus relief package that includes provisions for free testing for COVID-19 and paid emergency leave.
    The law provides many workers at businesses with fewer than 500 employees with up to two weeks of paid sick leave if they are being tested or treated for coronavirus or have been diagnosed with it. Also eligible are those who have been told by a doctor or government official to stay home because of exposure or symptoms.
    Businesses will be reimbursed for the full amount within three months, in the form of a payroll tax credit. The reimbursement will also cover the employer’s contribution to health insurance premiums during the leave. It’s fully refundable, which means that if the amount that employers pay workers who take leave is larger than what they owe in taxes, the government will send them a check for the remainder.
    Under the law, those payments would be capped at $511 a day, roughly what someone paid $133,000 earns annually. The original measure called for workers to receive their full pay but limited federal reimbursement to employers to that amount.
    Workers with family members affected by coronavirus and those whose children’s schools have closed still would receive up to two-thirds of their pay, though that benefit now would be limited to $200 a day.
    The Senate had earlier on March 18 approved the House-originated bill. The move allowed the upper chamber to devote its full attention to passing the next relief package in response to the coronavirus crisis.
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Senate Republicans had been critical of the House-passed legislation, but they emphasized that it is urgent to get relief to the American people amid the coronavirus crisis.
    McConnell reiterated March 18 that he would not adjourn the Senate until it passed what lawmakers are describing as a "phase three" economic stimulus package in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
    After an initial vote the previous week, the House approved a set of changes to the legislation on March 16, clearing the path for the Senate to take it up.
    The House legislation was negotiated between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Trump administration and the President expressed support for it.
    To aid in social distancing, McConnell announced ahead of the final vote that senators would take precautions during the vote.
    "What we’ll do is have a 30-minute roll call vote. We want to avoid congregating here in the well," he said. "I would encourage our colleagues to come in and vote and depart the chamber so we don’t have gaggles of conversation here on the floor. That’s particularly important for our staff here and the front of the chamber, so I would encourage everyone to take full advantage of a full 30-minute roll call vote. Come in and vote, and leave."
    He asked members to be aware of "social distancing" as they went to the chamber and departed it and said, "With that, I think we will be able to get through the voting that will occur without violating any of the safety precautions that have been recommended to us by the Capitol Physician and others."

  • Friday, March 20, 2020 7:07 PM | Anonymous
    In a March 17 letter to President Donald Trump, the leaders of the National Automobile Dealers Association and the Alliance for Automotive Innovation urged him, when considering any executive orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to classify dealerships as "essential" businesses exempt from forced closures.
    "Given the importance of safe transportation in addressing the coronavirus outbreak, we have an obligation to ensure that motor vehicles remain safe and are properly maintained," NADA President Peter Welch and AAI President John Bozzella wrote.
    Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has been similarly approached, but a federal dictate would ensure uniform rules for dealerships across the U.S.
    A significant number of states and cities have taken emergency action this month to force the closure of businesses deemed "nonessential," such as movie theatres, shopping malls and museums. By contrast, essential businesses, including healthcare facilities, pharmacies and grocery stories, are able to remain operational.
    "Motor vehicles, both new and old," Welch and Bozzella wrote, "are critical to ensure that the public can get food and other necessities of life, as well as to continue to interact with one another in a manner consistent with public health officials’ recommendations.
    "To that end, it is vital that vehicle repair, maintenance and sales facilities be considered essential operations when federal, state and local officials impose certain requirements due to the coronavirus outbreak."

  • Friday, March 20, 2020 7:06 PM | Anonymous
    Dear Fellow Dealer:
    The CATA Board of Directors met March 17, and the prevailing spirit from the directors was, "We’re all in this together." A room full of competitors in the car business, and we were all united in feeling that cooperation and information-sharing will help us get through this National Emergency, as declared by the President.
    There are more questions than answers right now but we want to provide you with a clearinghouse of updated information to keep your decisions informed to the greatest extent possible. Look to the CATA website,, for information to help you run your business during this unique time in our history.
    Right now, it seems like most dealers in the Chicago market are trying to stay open while keeping employees and customers safe. Dealers are looking to cut costs wherever possible and persuading the OEMs to provide incentives and assistance to keep our businesses running.
    The National Auto Dealers Association is lobbying in Washington to designate franchised dealers as essential businesses — especially considering our parts and service operations — and we will do the same in Illinois, to give you the option to stay open.
    The CATA will remain functioning while we follow the guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please call us whenever you have a question or concern that we can help with. We will work to stay on top of all developments and keep you informed. Check the CATA website,, often.
    Bill Haggerty        
    Chairman, Chicago Automobile Trade Association
    David E. Sloan
    President, Chicago Automobile Trade Association

  • Friday, March 20, 2020 7:06 PM | Anonymous
    The staff of the CATA had been working with a patchwork of email addresses. Until now. All suffixes henceforth are Please adjust any correspondence:
    Dave Sloan, president,
    Chris Konecki, executive vice president,
    Mark Bilek, senior director of communications,
    Erik Higgins, director of dealer affairs,
    Sandi Potempa, director of special events & exhibitor relations,
    Jennifer Morand, director of public relations & social media,
    Jim OBrill, director of marketing,
    Donna Young, bookkeeper,
    Roxanne Sammarco, administrative assistant,
    Pam Grace, meetings coordinator, receptionist,
    The office’s main telephone number is (630) 495-2282.

  • Friday, March 20, 2020 7:06 PM | Anonymous
    The Better Business Bureau of Chicago & Northern Illinois recognized the CATA on March 5 for marking 85 years as an accredited BBB member.
    "Our valued partnership with the CATA exemplifies a powerful partnership with the goals and principles of the Better Business Bureau," says Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the BBB’s Chicago office.
    "We are honored to recognize the CATA as both organizations strive to support and foster an ethical marketplace benefiting both consumers and businesses."
    Since 1996, in a step to better serve the consumer. New-car dealers, other automotive advertisers, the BBB and the CATA established an advertising review program to review possible deceptive automotive advertising. The program has been welcomed by the Illinois attorney general’s office for its self-regulatory approach.
    The program levels the playing field for automotive advertisers while providing the public with the reassurance that automotive advertising is truthful.

  • Friday, March 06, 2020 7:10 PM | Anonymous
    New light-vehicle sales in January were close to flat compared to the same month in 2019. January’s SAAR of 16.84 million units represents an increase of 0.8%.
    However, raw sales numbers of 1.130 million units represent a slight decline of 0.2%. Light trucks represented more than 75% of all new light vehicles sold, and the red-hot crossover segment claimed 43.4% of the total market.
    Forecasters expect to see light-truck sales continue to account for three-quarters of the market for the rest of 2020. After an all-time record-breaking month of average incentive spending per unit in December 2019, incentive spending decreased in January.

  • Friday, March 06, 2020 7:10 PM | Anonymous
     "We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next 10," Bill Gates wrote in his 1996 book, "The Road Ahead."
    In 2010, self-driving cars were barely on the radar of most automotive and technology enthusiasts. By the end of 2019, autonomous and connected vehicles were a billion-dollar industry and riding a wave of hype and disillusionment.
    The next decade of autonomous-vehicle development will prove as unpredictable as the last. While charting this unknown territory, the automotive industry will have to face some fundamental questions.
    WHO will autonomous vehicles benefit? In theory, self-driving technology can be applied to any vehicle: cars, taxis, trucks and buses. In reality, new technologies usually come at a premium and initially are adopted by a select few.
    For the foreseeable future, the cost of producing and servicing self-driving cars will be expensive. Some people have expressed concern that autonomous vehicles will be accessible only to a small minority of people who will be able to afford the experience of personally owned AVs or self-driving robo-taxis.
    On the other hand, some AV advocates have argued that self-driving cars would best serve vulnerable populations like the blind or disabled — groups that previously have been marginalized by their inability to drive.
    Similarly, autonomous vehicles would be extremely useful for an aging population that may prefer a self-driving car or taxi to a privately owned car. Autonomous vehicles could become a socially transformative technology, or they simply could turn into another luxury item for the uber-wealthy.
    WHAT will be the reaction to the first serious automotive hacking incident? To date, there have been no malicious cyber-attacks that have compromised the safety of either an autonomous or human-driven vehicle. The most well-known cybersecurity breach involved ethical hackers who were able to take control of a Jeep Cherokee by exploiting a vulnerability in the Uconnect system; that vulnerability was quickly patched.
    The news of a self-driving Uber that struck and killed a pedestrian shook the AV industry to its core, grounding not only Uber’s autonomous pilot program but causing other companies to reevaluate their approach to real-world testing. An auto hacking incident that caused a fatal crash could create an even greater public relations backlash and scrutiny from lawmakers. If the autonomous-vehicle industry succeeds in gaining consumer trust, cybersecurity will need to maintain a near-perfect record.
    WHEN will autonomous vehicles take over the roads? If commercial applications are the initial target market for automated vehicles, they may be driven primarily overnight when traffic is low and when utility for delivery of goods can be maximized. Nighttime driving results in far more accidents than daytime driving. Self-driving cars will not suffer from drowsiness or fatigue and sensors such as lidar can enable autonomous vehicles to manage the dangers of low visibility more reliably than humans.
    With online commerce continuing to grow across all retail sectors, the country’s road system will be increasingly strained by delivery vans and trucks. There is a limit to the number of vehicles the current infrastructure can sustain. One solution could be to have fleets of electric autonomous trucks transport goods across our highways while people sleep and have humans overtake the roads during the day.
    WHERE will autonomous vehicles be most widely deployed? Currently, self-driving car companies have focused their real-world testing in cities, envisioning that AVs will replace taxis and ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft. However, dense urban areas are considered the most challenging environment for self-driving cars to safely navigate. And large cities have other potential transportation solutions, ranging from traditional buses and trains to "new mobility" services such as on-demand bikes and scooters.
    Instead, there is a strong case to be made that AVs are more appropriate in suburban and rural communities. Autonomous vehicles excel at navigating consistent, reliable roads and traffic patterns such as those designed in much of suburbia. And road fatalities are among the highest on rural roads with high speeds. While autonomous vehicles are built and tested in cities from Detroit to San Francisco, it may be the suburbs that become the safe haven for self-driving cars.
    WHY should we care about autonomous vehicles when so much uncertainty remains? Conventional wisdom tells us that even the most advanced autonomous-vehicle companies are not yet ready for widespread deployment. And when it comes to self-driving technology, being 99% safe won’t be sufficient.
    Beyond the safety challenges, autonomous vehicles will confront other social, cultural and economic hurdles. Operators of commercial vehicles like taxis, buses, and trucks do much more than just drive. For example, bus drivers collect fares, help people with disabilities and respond to emergency situations. Autonomous and connected vehicles will face many challenges beyond simply navigating the roads.
    Despite these unknowns, self-driving cars carry tremendous promise for saving lives and increasing social welfare. As with other emergent social technologies, we have few answers about what the future holds for autonomous and connected vehicles. If automakers, urban planners and legislators are to meet the challenges ahead, they will need to ask the right questions.

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