On 6/25/2020, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 894 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois with 31,686 test specimens reported in the last 24 hours. Laboratories have reported a total of 1,460,527 tests administered in Illinois to date. IDPH has reported a total of 139,434 cases, including 6,810 deaths, including 41 deaths in the last 24 hours, in Illinois. Preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests from June 18 through June 24 is 3%. Cases by county can be found on the state’s coronaviruswebsite at coronavirus.illinois.gov.
Friday, June 26, all regions of the state are set to move into Phase 4 (Revitalization) of the “Restore Illinois” plan. For a region of the state to move into Phase 5 (Illinois Restored) a vaccine or effective treatment must be made available or the state must have seen an elimination of new cases over a sustained period of time through herd immunity or other factors.
Governor JB Pritzker’s press release announcing the move to Phase 4 is available via this link.
It is our understanding that Governor Pritzker will issue a new disaster proclamation and new executive orders June 26. Additional guidelines for water parks and swimming facilities, and possibly other activities, are also expected to be released at the same time. We will provide all additional information in an update message tomorrow.
The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) announced today that video and casino gaming will be allowed to resume on July 1, 2020. IGB’s press release making this announcement is available via this link. IGB has updated their guidance regarding the resumption of video gaming (available via this link). IGB’s guidance regarding the resumption of casino gaming is available via this link.
On Monday, June 22, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) released their Phase 4 guidelines (available via this link) for reopening under Governor Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois” plan. DCEO is available to assist with inquiries regarding the new Phase 4 guidelines by phone at (800) 252-2923 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DCEO also has announced the creation of the Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program. The first round of funding will provide $60 million in economic relief for businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications for the BIG program open on Friday, June 26, and submissions are due by Tuesday, July 7.More information about the program is available via this link. Municipal officials should share this information with local businesses that may be eligible for this program.
DCEO is seeking administrators for the Rebuild Distressed Communities Program, as well. The program will provide $25 million to support Illinois business that sustained property damage as a result of civil unrest during protests and demonstrations held on or after May 25, 2020. The selected administrators will reimburse eligible businesses for the costs to repair structural damages that have already been performed and pay for work yet to be done. More information about how to become an administrator and about the program is available via this link.Applications to be an administrator for the program are available now and due by Tuesday, July 7.
The Illinois Municipal League (IML) continues to inquire about the local funding, from the state’s federal CARES Act allocation, made available by the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021 State Budget. We expect more information about the funding process to be available soon and will provide it to our members at that time. Related to this issue, the U.S. Department of the Treasury has updated their Frequently Asked Questions document (available via this link) regarding how CARES Act money can be spent. The Department’s guidance is available via this link.
The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) issued orders approving two COVID-19 Utility Relief Agreements with large and small Illinois private utilities. More information about that is available in the ICC’s press release via this link. While the agreements do not apply to municipal utilities, municipalities may want to consider the terms of the agreements in determining how to proceed with utility disconnections, payments and late fees.
The agreements end the moratorium on private utility disconnections and suspensions of late payment fees on July 26, which is 30 days after Illinois enters Phase 4. The agreements also contain provisions regarding reconnections, late payments and extension of payment plans.
That moratorium was only mandated for private utility providers, not municipal or public utility providers. It is entirely within the discretion of the local unit of government to determine what steps should be taken with their accounts. We are not aware of any legal liability for municipalities that relates to private utility service and would encourage public utilities to follow pre-existing policies and normal procedures. Municipal officials should consult with their legal counsel or retained attorney prior to taking any formal action regarding its municipal utility procedures.
On Tuesday, June 23, Governor Pritzker announced guidelines for educational institutions to safely return to in-person instruction.The guidelines for K-12 schools, released by the Illinois State Board of Education and IDPH, are available via this link. IDPH requirements for schools to reopen in Phase 4 (Revitalization) of the “Restore Illinois” plan include:
`Use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including face coverings;
`Prohibit more than 50 individuals from gathering in one space at the same time;
`Require social distancing whenever possible;
`Conduct symptom screenings and temperature checks or require self-certification that individuals entering school buildings are symptom free; and
`Increase school-wide cleaning and disinfection.
In addition to these guidelines, local school districts will be developing their own local reopening plans.
Guidelines for higher education institutions to reopen are available via this link. Additional guidance for community colleges is available via this link.
IDPH is providing daily updates on their COVID-19 website (available via this link) regarding the metrics used to determine each phase of the Governor’s “Restore Illinois” plan (available via this link). Those metrics include COVID-19 admissions to the region’s hospitals, the region’s COVID-19 test positivity rate and the available surge capacity at the region’s hospitals. IDPH is now providing metrics for each individual county (available via this link).
It is recommended that all communities comply with the Governor’s executive orders for the protection of their residents throughout this public health crisis.If a municipality wishes to deviate from the executive orders, municipal officials should consult with their legal counsel or retained attorney prior to taking any formal or informal action that would conflict with the executive orders, as that could create liability exposure to the municipal government or those municipal officials.
The Illinois Municipal League (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.
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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.
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)
Temporary Hours-Monday-Friday 7:00AM-3:00PM
For up to date information regarding Community Unit 2 School District, please click the link above.