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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…

Monday, June 22, 2020
Illinois moves to Phase 4 on June 26

All four regions of Illinois will move into Phase 4 of the Governor’s Restore Illinois Plan on Friday, June 26, 2020. Phase 4 guidelines were designed by the Department of…

Friday, June 19, 2020
COVID-19 Utility Relief for Illinoisans

The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) has approved a program that helps ensure eligible residential and small business utility customers can continue to receive life-saving electric, gas, water and sewer services…

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Emergency Relief for Households Impacted by COVID-19

The state has increased funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) programs to help families impacted by the pandemic. Applicants for these programs will…

Monday, June 15, 2020
Reminder: Income Tax Filing and Payment Deadline Is July 15

The Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) is reminding taxpayers that state individual income tax returns and payments are due July 15, the same date set by the Internal Revenue Service…

Monday, June 15, 2020
Online preregistration now available for Driver’s Licenses

Illinois residents who are new drivers or have expired driver’s licenses or ID cards  can now preregister online to apply/renew their driver’s licenses and ID cards. This is in an effort to…