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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…

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Governor announces regional approach to reopening Illinois

The Governor announced today that he will be incorporating a regional approach to reopen the state’s economy in a five-phase plan called Restore Illinois. The four regions are Northeast, North-Central,…

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Workplace Health and Safety Guidance for Employees

Do not work if you are sick According to IDPH, you should not report to work if you are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), including fever (100.4° or above),…

Monday, May 4, 2020
Operating businesses under May 1 EO

State guidelines for businesses now reflect May 1, 2020 Executive Order 2020-32. See links below for details. What businesses can open now? Occupancy Restriction for Essential Stores Golf Operational Guidelines

Friday, May 1, 2020
Unbanked residents get help with stimulus checks

Today, The Illinois Department of Professional and Financial Regulation (IDFPR) announced new options for unbanked Illinoisans seeking to cash their stimulus checks without incurring check cashing fees. The FDIC estimates…

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Illinois Humanities Emergency Relief Grants

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has received $75 million in supplemental funding to assist humanities and cultural institutions affected by the coronavirus as part of the CARES Act….