Latest News

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Our work is not over

Late Saturday night, the Democrat majority passed an unbalanced and partisan state budget through the General Assembly. This FY21 budget spends over $2 billion more than last year’s budget, relies on…


Thursday, April 23, 2020
Statement from Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin on ‘Stay At Home’ Extension and Order Changes

Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) released the following statement on the Governor Pritzker’s changes to the ‘Stay At Home’ order: “The new Stay At Home order that…


Thursday, April 23, 2020
Durkin reiterates suggestions for safe reopening of economy

After conversations with the Governor and legislative leaders, Leader Jim Durkin followed up with letter to Governor Pritzker reiterating House Republican suggestions for safely reopening the state’s economy. Among the suggestions: Allow Illinoisans to undergo medical procedures postponed…


Thursday, April 16, 2020
Share your ideas on how we can get Illinois working again

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted families across the state and our country. Jobs, schools, childcare, health care, businesses, really all aspects of our lives, have been affected.  It will take…


Monday, April 13, 2020
Illinois House Republicans Call For Immediate Remedies to Unemployment Failures at IDES

Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) and House Republican caucus members are calling on Governor JB Pritzker and state officials to rectify the failed unemployment system in Illinois…


Thursday, April 9, 2020
Preserve your COVID-19 stories, share with State Museum

Illinois State Museum Launches online tool to collect COVID-19 stories for future generations The Illinois State Museum (ISM) announced a new collecting initiative that allows Illinois residents to share stories…


Monday, April 6, 2020
Allstate providing $600 million to auto insurance customers amid pandemic

Allstate is providing a Shelter-in-Place Payback to help its personal auto insurance customers in these challenging times. Allstate is also offering free identity protection to all Americans. Shelter-in-Place Payback Allstate,…


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…