The Governor’s office releases new information everyday. We will continue to keep you up to date and link you to the latest resources as it becomes available.

COVID-19 is significantly impacting our community and this is a challenging time. There are federal, state and local resources available now to help Illinoisans. It is also likely there will be more. We will continue to seek out resources and will update this section whenever we locate items and information of benefit to our community.

General Assistance

The Illinois Department of Public Health has setup a hotline to answer questions about COVID-19. Call 800-889-3931 or visit

Economic Assistance for Illinois Families

If you are without paid sick leave or cannot work due to COVID-19, you can apply for unemployment insurance. Either call IDES at 800-244-5631 or visit

Professional Licenses

DFPR is announcing guidance to help licensees maintain their licenses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective immediately, the measures will:

  • Extend expiration dates of professional licenses up for renewal between March 1, 2020 and July 31, 2020 to the new expiration date of September 30, 2020.
  • Extend continuing education requirements with renewal deadlines between March 1, 2020 and July 31, 2020 to the new expiration date of September 30, 2020.
  • Allow online/virtual continuing education course credits in addition to currently permitted in-person courses.
  • Allow massage therapy schools to offer online instruction for lecture-based courses.
  • Allow barber, cosmetology, esthetics, hair, braiding, and nail technology schools to exceed the 10% cap for teaching online theory courses.

More information regarding the changes in professional licensing, including a full list of professions and renewal extensions can be found here

Small Business Support

Governor JB Pritzker filed with the U.S. Small Business Association for statewide eligibility in a federal loan program for small businesses facing hard times financially. The SBA is offering coronavirus disaster assistance loans to help impacted companies get through this period of instability, and this will ensure that all of our counties qualify for assistance. These low-interest loans offer up to $2 million in assistance to eligible small businesses or to non-profit organizations that apply. These loans can be used to help pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid due to the impact of COVID-19. According to the Small Business Administration: Up to a maximum of 30 years, loans are available with long-term repayments to keep payments affordable.