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Wednesday, July 15, 2020
State establishes COVID-19 resurgence criteria

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has established a menu of mitigation options organized by risk level to combat the resurgence of COVID-19 in the state. The following health…


Friday, July 10, 2020
IDES callback strategy

Effective July 9, 2020, the Illinois Dept of Employment Security has implemented the “callback only model” as a temporary solution to effectively honor the order in which callers attempt to reach the…


Friday, July 10, 2020
Paycheck Protection Program extended to August 8

The popular Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been extended until August 8. The program has $130 billion to lend. PPP loans funds to small businesses based on 10 weeks worth of payroll…


Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Expired driver’s license, vehicle registration now extended to Nov 1

According to the Illinois Secretary of State, all driver’s licenses, ID cards, vehicle registration, restricted driving permits and monitoring device driving permits that are currently expired or set to expire…


Monday, July 6, 2020
BIG grant deadline is July 7 for round 1

The deadline to apply for the first round of Business Interruption Grants (BIG) is Tuesday, July 7that 5pm. The state is providing $60 million in the first round to businesses…


Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Contact Tracers Needed

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is helping to identify and recruit more than 4,000 Contract Tracers for local health departments. Contact Tracers are a vital part of Illinois’…


Monday, June 29, 2020
As July 15 tax deadline nears help available for senior filers

Nearly 25% of people over 65 years of age still need to file their 2019 income taxes, which are due on Wednesday, July 15. While most Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and AARP…


Thursday, June 25, 2020
Preparing for Phase 4

The state of Illinois has developed a toolkit to help prepare employers implement new and updated safety guidelines in Phase 4 and ensure activities are conducted in accordance with the latest public health recommendations….


Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Schools to reopen in Phase 4 with restrictions

The state announced guidelines for Illinois schools to safely return to in-person Instruction as the state advances to Phase 4 of the Governor’s Restore Illinois plan. GUIDANCE FOR K-12 SCHOOLS…


Tuesday, June 23, 2020
New grants to help biz impacted by COVID-19

Applications are being accepted for the state’s new Business Interruption Grants Program (BIG) and the Distressed Capital Program. Both programs will give priority to minority-owned businesses, or businesses located in…