The State of Illinois’ official COVID-19 site is HERE
Governor Pritzker’s daily briefing – Held daily at 2:30 PM, can be viewed on Facebook HERE.
Illinois’ official COVID-19 website with information, news and links to resources can be found HERE.
City of Chicago’s Public Health Commissioner, Dr. Allison Arwady is holding daily Q&A sessions at 11 AM HERE.
Unemployment Insurance Benefits – Unemployment insurance is available to all those who have been separated from their job through no fault of their own in relation to COVID-19. Illinoisans can file online for unemployment insurance through the Illinois Department of Employment Security HERE and can call 1-800-244-5631 with any questions. The best way to apply is online to avoid long hold times. If you are not sure if you qualify, it is recommended that you apply as to not miss out on any potential benefits.
School closures and free lunch – All K-12 schools around Illinois are closed at the direction of Governor Pritzker. The Illinois State Board of Education has answers to Frequently Asked Questions available HERE. All schools are still able to offer meals to students who qualify for free and reduced lunch. Click HERE for more information from the State Board of Education.
Small Businesses – The Small Business Administration has resources available to small business effected by COVID-19, which are available HERE. Illinois has received economic injury disaster declaration from the Small Business Administration. If you are interested in applying for low-interest SBA loan assistance, you can file HERE.
Student Loan Relief – The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has made an agreement with 20 private loan providers to provide relief to borrowers. This will now include individuals who are not covered under current Federal loan assistance. If you have a private loan and do not know your servicers, visit nslds.ed.gov or call the Department of Education at 800-433-3243 to find out. If you have complaints regarding your loan servicer, pleaser contact the IDFPR Division of Banking at 217-785-2900 or the Attorney General’s loan helpline at 800-455-2456.
Food security – If you are looking to donate food to a local food bank and are in need of assistance locating your nearest one, please contact our office at 847-673-1131 and we can connect you with one.
Utility Relief – ComEd and Ameren have suspended disconnects and are waiving late-payment fees. AT&T, Comcast, and others are preserving and enhancing telecom service.
REAL ID – The Federal Government has decided to extend the deadline for REAL ID Compliance past October, 1st 2020. A new deadline has not yet been finalized, this will allow Illinois residents to continue to travel with their State issued ID.
Medicaid – The Governor’s office is in the process of filing a federal waiver to expand Medicaid coverage. Read more HERE.
Childcare centers – The governor has not mandated the closure of childcare centers. Those remaining open are strongly urged to adhere to federal safety guidelines. You can read the latest guidelines and updates provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services HERE.
Changes at the Secretary of State – All Secretary of State offices are closed through March 31. Expiration dates for driver vehicle registrations, driver’s licenses, identification cards, permits, and parking decals are extended 30 days.
Support local business – Many restaurants are still open for carryout and delivery. Please consider supporting them in this difficult time. The Skokie Chamber of Commerce is maintaining a list of open restaurants HERE. The Lincolnwood Chamber of Commerce has a list on their Facebook page, HERE. For many small independent restaurants, Grubhub has suspended their delivery fees.
Addressing Price Gouging – Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s office is investigating and will take action against any price gouging. If you think you are being subjected to price gouging, call 1-800-386-5438.
Donating Blood – The American Red Cross has announced they are facing a severe blood shortage. If you are able to, please consider donating blood. You can schedule an appointment online HERE or call them at 1-800-733-2767.
Showing Potential Signs of COVID-19 – If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, please call your doctor first before going into office. If you do not have a primary care physician, you can call the Illinois Department of Public Health at 1-800-889-3931 for assistance.