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Friday, April 3, 2020
Small businesses can now apply for Paycheck Protection Program

Small businesses can  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 is designed to provide a direct incentive for small…


Friday, March 27, 2020
More to be done to help IDES meet needs of unemployed, provide certainty to business

As  COVID-19 driven unemployment rates surge, the state of Illinois is falling behind in helping residents obtain much needed benefits and providing information to businesses about the repercussions on their unemployment insurance…


Thursday, March 26, 2020
April 1 deadline to apply for new restaurant, hospitality grants

To help hospitality businesses make ends meet in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, DCEO has launched the Hospitality Emergency Grant Program with $14 million drawn from funds originally budgeted…


Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Illinois Income Tax Filing Deadline Extended

The filing deadline for Illinois income tax returns has been extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.


Monday, March 23, 2020
What to do if you are sick

From the Illinois Hospital Association: Every Illinoisan plays a role in ensuring our health care system remains fully operational to treat patients in need of urgent care. If you are…


Monday, March 23, 2020
These essential businesses can remain open during COVID-19 pandemic

Essential Businesses and Operations Essential Businesses and Operations are exempt from the Stay-at-Home Order Issued by the Governor and can remain in operation. For the purposes of the Stay-at-Home Executive…


Friday, March 20, 2020
Stay-at-Home order issued to slow COVID-19 spread

Residents still able to go to grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and gas stations. Restaurants limited to take-out and delivery only. Today in a effort to slow the spread of COVID-19,…


Thursday, March 19, 2020
Cook County assessment mailings suspended

 The Cook County Assessor’s Office announced today the temporary suspension of assessment notice mailings and appeal deadlines. This suspension will remain in place until further notice while the office remains…


Thursday, March 19, 2020
Small Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can now apply for SBA loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved the state’s eligibility for disaster assistance loans for small businesses facing financial hardship in all 102 counties due to COVID-19. Eligible businesses can…


Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Residents urged to file price gouging complaints

The Illinois Attorney General’s office is investigating unfair pricing on essential items needed to stop the spread of the coronavirus amid a pandemic, including hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and sprays and protective…