The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 1,826 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 36,934 cases, including 1,688 deaths, in 96 counties in Illinois. Cases by county can be found on the state’s coronavirus website at coronavirus.illinois.gov.
IDPH is providing hospital resource utilization data on their website (available via this link), including intensive care unit bed and ventilator usage. This data is updated regularly and may be subject to change as a result of IDPH’s continuous data validation and hospital follow-up efforts.
Today, Governor JB Pritzker announced that he would sign an executive order next week extending and modifying the Stay at Home Order that is currently in effect until April 30. His new order will take effect on May 1 and continue through May 30. Linked here is the Governor’s press release announcing the extension and modifications. IML will share additional guidance and information, including the new executive order, as it becomes available.
As has been the case each time the Governor has issued a statewide order, I was asked to participate in the announcement. We appreciate the Governor’s attention to how these issues impact the cities, villages and towns across the state, and for including the Illinois Municipal League (IML) in his decisions and major announcements. My prepared remarks from today’s briefing are available via this link.
In his announcement, the Governor made modifications to the current Stay at Home Order by both strengthening and relaxing various provisions. For exact details about what was announced and specific information, please refer directly to the Governor’s announcement. Once the Governor’s new executive order is issued, we will share it directly with our members. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and other state agencies will be issuing new guidelines to clarify additional details to be effective May 1. A general summary of the modifications includes:
-There are no changes to the current restrictions and allowances regarding restaurants and bars.
-There are no changes to the current restrictions placed on barbers, hair salons or other salons.
-Face coverings shall be required to be worn by all individuals when in public places and when not able to maintain adequate social distancing, except for children under age 2 and when with members of the same household. Face coverings will be required in public indoor spaces.
-All essential businesses may remain open consistent with the original executive order. Grocery and other stores designated as essential shall reduce their occupancy capacity to 50%, institute one-way aisles and signage for customers, eliminate the usage of reusable bags, and will be asked to limit the number of individuals from the same household shopping at the same time.
-Some state parks will be opened. Activities such as hiking, fishing, boating, walking and running are allowed, given adequate social distancing. Fishing and boating will only be allowed in groups no larger than two per boat. The decision to open or close community parks remains under local authority. Additional guidance from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, including which state parks will reopen on May 1, is available via this link.
-Golf courses shall be allowed to operate within strict parameters.
-Pet grooming services shall be allowed to operate.
-Greenhouses, garden centers, nurseries and landscape supply companies shall be allowed to operate.
-All retail stores, including those previously closed as non-essential, will be authorized to fulfill online orders through curbside pickup or delivery.
-Additional information will be provided later to address healthcare services and elective procedures to be authorized by guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
As we shared yesterday, it is our suggestion that municipalities may want to consider postponing or cancelling community events and large gatherings through early summer to help continue fighting the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, municipalities may wish to avoid signing any legal contracts committing to community events until more guidance is provided by the state or federal governments regarding when those events should resume. As always, consultation with your retained attorney or legal counsel is recommended prior to such actions.
The Governor’s Office is continually updating their COVID-19 resources. Linked here is the most recent edition of their Daily COVID-19 FAQs. To assist their efforts, the Governor’s Office is collecting and responding to questions regarding the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. They have created an email address, Gov.COVID19stakeholder@illinois.gov, where citizens may send questions, comments and recommendations. The Governor’s staff compiles all inquiries and responds with answers.
IML is posting all of this information and more on our COVID-19 resources page available at iml.org/covid.
The State of Illinois’ central website for COVID-19 is available at coronavirus.illinois.gov.
The Illinois Municipal League will continue to distribute timely, reliable and pertinent information as it becomes available. Please feel welcome to share these messages with municipal officials and others in your community. As always, thank you for your dedication to your community.
Please help in support of our local businesses through this time. Here is a list of Sheridan businesses that will be open with contact information, some of which offer curbside or carry out services:
Sheridan Food Mart 815-496-2272
Calico Cafe 815-496-9734 (Carry Out/Curbside Service/In Town Delivery)
Subway(BP) 815-496-9266 (Carry Out Service)
Sheridan Tobacco and Spirits 815 496-3121 (Drive Thru Service)
Sheridan American Legion 815 496-2380 (Please call on services available)
Illinois "Shelter in Place" order extended to May 30th.
Further information can be found at coronavirus.illinois.gov
An Update from Groot Industries regarding waste pick up through the pandemic. Click here for the announcement.
4/6/2020 Changes to your recycling program
In an effort to reduce potential exposure to personnel, if you or someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, or is exhibiting symptoms related to COVID-19, please bag your recyclables and place them in your trash/refuse cart. Please continue this practice until symptoms subside. If there are no signs of COVID-19 in your household, please continue to place your loose recyclables in your cart.
Northwest Region Stakeholders; This is one of the best programs we’ve seen for the recent crisis. More at www.sba.gov. Share it with anyone you deem appropriate.
SMALL BUSINESS PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM
The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of
payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and
Funds are provided in the form of loans that will be fully forgiven when used for payroll costs,
interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the
forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Loan payments will also be deferred for six
months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor lenders will
charge small businesses any fees.
Must Keep Employees on the Payroll—or Rehire Quickly
Forgiveness is based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining
salary levels. Forgiveness will be reduced if full-time headcount declines, or if salaries and
All Small Businesses Eligible
Small businesses with 500 or fewer employees—including nonprofits, veterans organizations, tribal
concerns, self-employed individuals, sole proprietorships, and independent contractors— are
eligible. Businesses with more than 500 employees are eligible in certain industries.
When to Apply
Starting April 3, 2020, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply. Starting April 10,
2020, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply. We encourage you to apply as
quickly as you can because there is a funding cap.
How to Apply
You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository
institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is
participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved
and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is
participating. All loans will have the same terms regardless of lender or borrower. A list of
participating lenders as well as additional information and full terms can be found at www.sba.gov.
The Paycheck Protection Program is implemented by the Small Business Administration with support
from the Department of the Treasury. Lenders should also visit www.sba.gov or www.coronavirus.gov
for more information.
For up to date information regarding the Corona Virus (Covid-19) pandemic, click the above photo for link to the
Center for Disease Control.
IDES Announces New Procedures for filing Unemployment Benefits 04/03/2020
Since Illinois' statewide shutdown amid the stay at home order, nearly 300,000 workers have filed unemployment claims. Many of those workers have experienced issues while trying to file their claims.
Last week, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) system crashed and phone lines failed due to heavy traffic. To address those issues, IDES added new hires, a new server and additional phone lines.
Furthermore, IDES announced that they will be implementing a schedule for those filing claims online and over the phone in order to process the high volume of unemployment benefit claims due to COVID-19.
For those filing their claims online, individuals with last names beginning with letters A-M will be asked to file their claims on Sundays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays. Those with last names beginning with letters N-Z will be asked to file their claims on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays. Saturdays will be available for anyone to accommodate those who could not file during their allotted window.
For those filing through the call center, individuals with last names beginning with letters A-M will be asked to call on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 7:30am – 6pm. Those with last names beginning with letters N-Z will be asked to call on Mondays and Wednesdays between 7:30am – 6pm. Fridays (7:30am – 6pm) will be available for anyone to accommodate those who could not file during their allotted window.
The day or time in which a claim is filed will not impact whether you receive benefits or your benefit amount. Additionally, claims will be back-dated to reflect the date in which a claimant was laid-off or let go from their job due to COVID-19.
Those with questions or in need of assistance with unemployment benefit are encouraged to visit IDES.Illinois.gov.
Normal Hours-Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:00PM
Limited Hours-By Phone Only through the Covid-19 Pandemic
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Village of Sheridan will be closed to walk in services for the time being. You can reach us by calling the Village Hall @ 815-496-2251 or e-mailing us @ email@example.com.
If you are a senior citizen located within the Village of Sheridan in need of groceries and/or medication, please call us at 815-496-2251 or 815-496-2186 and we will assist you.
"Gateway to the Lower Fox River Dells"
For up to date information regarding Community Unit 2 School District, please click the link above. School resumes April 8th pending no further changes.
Governor announces more than $90 million in emergency assistance available for small businesses
Gov. Pritzker announced a new package of emergency assistance programs for small businesses in need of additional capital, totaling more than $90 million. Illinois businesses will be able to apply to these programs on the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) website.
Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund
This $60 million fund will support low-interest loans of up to $50,000 for small businesses in every industry outside of Chicago.
DCEO and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) are partnering with Accion, the Illinois Bankers Association and the Community Bankers Alliance of Illinois to create this fund. Loans will be supported by a $30 million loan loss reserve, consisting of $20 million of DCEO funds and $10 million in funds secured with the partnership with the Illinois banking community.
Applications will be available on DCEO’s website by Friday, March 27.
Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program
This new $20 million program supports small businesses in suburban and rural counties across Illinois, providing grants of up to $25,000 to small businesses in communities served by DCEO’s Office of Community Development.
These grants will offer businesses of up to 50 employees the opportunity to partner with their local governments to obtain grants of up to $25,000 in working capital. The program redeploys Community Development Block Grant funds to support local small businesses.
Applications will be available on DCEO’s website by Friday, March 27. The grants will be offered on a rolling basis.
Hospitality Emergency Grant Program
This new $14 million grant program aims to help small hospitality businesses make ends meet, providing up to $25,000 to eligible bars and restaurants and up to $50,000 for eligible hotels. CLICK HERE to access the application.
These grants are available to support working capital – like payroll and rent – job training and technology to support shifts in operations, like increased pick-up and delivery.
Bars and restaurants that generated between $500,000 and $1 million in revenue in 2019 are eligible for up to $25,000, and bars and restaurants that generated less than $500,000 in revenue in 2019 are eligible for up to $10,000. Hotels that generated less than $8 million in revenue in 2019 are eligible for up to $50,000. The program repurposes job training and tourism promotion funds to provide this emergency grant assistance.
Applications are available today on DCEO’s website and are due by April 1 at 5 p.m. All valid, eligible applications received within the five-day window will be entered into a lottery, and grant winners will be notified on April 4.
Click here to go to the DCEO webpage with further details.