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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Child care phased-in reopening plan

While many child care homes and centers have been open and providing emergency care to the children of essential workers during the COVID-19 State of Emergency, the majority of licensed…

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Rules for remote court hearings approved in Illinois

The Illinois Supreme Court has approved rules to allow the expansion of remote participation in court hearings. These new and amended rules grant courts broad discretion to allow Remote Court…

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Driver services facilities open with new plan

The Secretary of State will be begin opening Driver Services facilities on June 1 with a phase-in plan. Services in June and July will focus ONLY on new drivers, customers with expired…

Sunday, May 24, 2020
Toolkits to help businesses adhere to Phase 3 guidelines

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has developed a free tool kit to help employers implement the Governor’s Restore Illinois Phase 3, Guidelines for Safely Reopening Businesses….

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
What to expect when Phase 3 goes into effect on May 29

As part of the Governor Restore Illinois plan Illinois will move into Phase 3 on May 29. Phase 3 means the rate of infection among those surveillance tested is stable…

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Steps to file for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for self-employed & independent contractors

Many employees who work as independent contractors (like gig workers) and self-employed individuals, do not pay into the state unemployment systems and may not be eligible for regular unemployment benefits….

Monday, May 11, 2020
Impact of COVID-19 on Illinois nursing home residents & staff

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, as of May 9, 2020, 1,553 Illinois nursing home residents have died from COVID-19 complications since the start of the coronavirus pandemic….

Friday, May 8, 2020
E-check processing fees waived to renew driver’s license, state id, vehicle registration

 In an effort to further encourage online transactions with the Secretary of State’s office at, The Secretary of State and State Treasurer have worked to waive the payment processor…

Thursday, May 7, 2020
Ten Priorities for Illinois’ Economic Recovery

As the COVID-19 Pandemic unfolded and the March Stay at Home was put into place, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin took the long view creating an internal Economic Recovery Working…

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Commercial Driver’s License testing resumes on limited basis

The Illinois Secretary of State’s office has opened three Commercial Drivers License (CDL) facilities to meet the overwhelming demand being placed on commercial and agricultural enterprises engaged in delivering and…