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Sunday, April 5, 2020
Prioritized Essential Workers eligible for child care assistance

During the declared COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, the children of Prioritized Essential Workers are eligible to receive child care through the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Child Care Assistance…


Friday, April 3, 2020
State expanding services to protect domestic violence survivors

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1-877-863-6338 The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) has launched a $1.2 million plan to increase the capacity of its current statewide network of services for domestic…


Friday, April 3, 2020
Applications for Paycheck Protection Program now being accepted

Small businesses can now download the application for the Paycheck Protection Program to file with an eligible lender. The Federal Paycheck Protection Program was created through the CARES Act and…


Friday, April 3, 2020
Guidelines for calculating estimated state taxes during COVID-19 pandemic

From Illinois Department of Illinois Informational Bulletin:  Changes to Estimated Payment Requirements due to COVID-19 Virus Outbreak Due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic and the subsequent Emergency Declaration of Disaster…


Thursday, April 2, 2020
Unemployment filing schedule enacted

To more efficiently process the extremely high volume of unemployment benefit claims due to COVID-19, IDES has implemented the following schedule for those filing claims online and over the phone: Online Filing Schedule: Those…


Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Plea goes out to help seniors in Central Illinois

Senior Services of Central Illinois currently has a waitlist of 216 seniors who need meals delivered to their homes and not enough volunteers to make the deliveries.  Volunteers are need…


Wednesday, April 1, 2020
State Employees: Deadline for dependent verification extended

The information contained below applies only to state employees who have received dependent eligibility paperwork from CMS. CMS extends the deadline for verifying dependent eligibility to June 18, 2020.  The…


Tuesday, March 31, 2020
An urgent call for medical help to fight COVID-19

As the state of Illinois sets up alternative care sites in the battle against COVID-19, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is calling on all licensed health care professionals to…


Monday, March 30, 2020
Increasing care capacity to prepare for surge

In anticipation of a surge in COVID-19 cases needing hospitalization, the state of Illinois, city of Chicago along with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management…


Monday, March 30, 2020
CARES Act Questions and Answers

The U.S. Senate has compiled an extensive Q&A list covering the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) passed by the federal government last week. Find answers to…