COVID-19 Updates List

Update 8/24/20

The Governor’s Office and IDPH announced that Region 7 has activated the state’s mitigation plan, effective Wednesday, August 26, due to having three consecutive days of an average test positivity rate at or above 8%. Region 7 is a two-county region including Kankakee and Will counties.

Governor Pritzker's Press Release

The state originally announced a mitigation plan to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19. As a part of that mitigation plan, the Governor announced that the state would be modifying its regional boundaries to largely follow IDPH’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) regions. The state’s website listing what phase each region is in.

The new Region 7 mitigations being imposed are listed below and go into effect on Wednesday, August 26

  

  • Bars and restaurants must be closed by 11 p.m. 
  • Bars and restaurants can serve patrons at tables with outdoor seating only. No indoor service or seating is allowed. 
  • No ordering, seating or congregating at the bar is allowed and it is recommended that bar stools be removed. No indoor service or seating is allowed. 
  • Bars and restaurants must limit parties to no more than six per table with outdoor seating only; tables should be six feet apart. 
  • Reservations for all groups are required. 
  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting the premises. 
  • Meetings, social events and gatherings are limited to the lesser of 25 people or 25% of overall room capacity. (This restriction modifies the previous limitation of the lesser of 50 people or 50% of overall room capacity.) 
  • All reception halls are closed. 
  • No party buses are allowed. 
  • Gaming and casinos must be closed by 11:00 p.m. and are limited to 25% capacity. 

 

Guidelines for Youth and Adult Recreation Sports (available via this link), which went into effect on August 15, still apply and are not affected by the enhanced mitigations. 


These mitigations will be in effect until the region is able to reduce its seven-day rolling average test positivity rate to or below 6.5% for 14 consecutive days. The 6.5% positivity rate target was selected by IDPH because it signifies a committed and aggressive reduction in the amount of infections in the region. When the region is able to meet the 6.5% sustained positivity rate target, the region will be allowed to return to regular Phase 4 guidelines without these enhanced mitigations.

 

IDPH is providing daily updates on their COVID-19 website regarding the metrics used to determine each phase of the Governor’s “Restore Illinois” plan. 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. 


Update 8/24/20

Announcing the Will County Small Business Grant Program 
Your business may be eligible for up to $15,000

The Village of Homer Glen is distributing a new grant opportunity to small business owners in our community to help mitigate the financial challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please open the following links to check eligibility and take advantage of this Will County small business grant opportunity.  

English Flyer      Spanish Flyer

Update 8/12/20

The Illinois General Assembly's Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) approved IDPH's emergency rulemaking regarding the use of face coverings.

A municipality may refer any complaints received alleging a violation of the rulemaking to the local public health department or IDPH. Violations of this rulemaking can only be brought against businesses, not individuals. 

  The following enforcement process will apply under the new rules: 

  • First, businesses will be given a warning in the form of written notice and encouraged to voluntarily make “reasonable efforts” to comply with public health guidance. 
  • Second, businesses that do not voluntarily comply will be given an order to have some or all of their patrons leave the premises as needed to comply with public health guidance and reduce risks. 
  • Third, if the business continues to refuse to comply, the business can receive a class A misdemeanor citation and be subject to a fine ranging from $75-$2,500.

On Saturday, August 8, President Donald Trump announced his signing of four executive orders in response to the breakdown of congressional negotiations over another round of federal stimulus efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The four orders addressed unemployment, deferring payroll taxes, student loans and evictions. Each of the orders are linked below: 

On Monday, August 10, Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Housing Development Authority announced the creation of an Emergency Rental Assistance Program and an Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program. Governor’s Press Release.

  

Update 7/15/20

The Governor announced new mitigation steps called Actions to Combat a Resurgence of COVID-19 that the State will apply in the event it experiences spikes like those that have occurred recently across the country. The plan calls for an expansion of the health regions from the current four to eleven.

The new regions in which the metropolitan Chicago region are divided include:

SOUTH SUBURBAN: Kankakee, Will
WEST SUBURBAN: DuPage, Kane
NORTH SUBURBAN: Lake, McHenry
SUBURBAN COOK: Suburban Cook
CHICAGO: City of Chicago

Update 6/26/20

  • Illinois Gaming Board announced that video and casino gaming will be allowed to resume on July 1, 2020.

Illinois Gaming Board Press Release
Protocols for Resumption of Video Gaming Operations

  • Business Interruption Grants Program – The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is launching the first round of Business Interruption Grants (BIG). This first round will provide $60 million to businesses experiencing losses or business interruption due to COVID-19 related closures. This program is available for up to 3,500 businesses. Applications for the BIG program open on June 26 and submissions are due by July 7. The DCEO will begin distributing funds in early July. For more information, including eligibility, and to apply for the BIG program, 
  • The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) issued orders approving two COVID-19 Utility Relief Agreements with large and small Illinois private utilities. More information is available in the ICC’s press release via this link.
  • On Tuesday, June 23, Governor Pritzker announced guidelines for educational institutions to safely return to in-person instruction. Guidelines for K-12 schools, released by the Illinois State Board of Education and IDPH. 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.

Update 6/22/20

The State’s new Phase 4 guidelines were released this morning, June 22.

Here is a helpful Overview: https://dceocovid19resources.com/assets/Restore-Illinois/businessguidelines4/phase4overview.pdf

You can view the new Phase 4 Guidelines at https://dceocovid19resources.com/restore-illinois/restore-illinois-phase-4/

Illinois is on track to move to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan on Friday, June 26.

Governor Pritzker’s Press Release

Update 6/18/20

COVID-19 has made it difficult for some homeowners to pay their mortgage. Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) just created a new resource.

In March, Congress passed the CARES Act, which enables any homeowner with a federally-backed mortgage to pause mortgage payments for at least six months, and up to a year. When the forbearance ends, the missed payments can be put on the end of the loan as a non-interest balloon payment or they can be recapitalized through a modification. Reverse mortgages are also eligible for relief. During the forbearance, no foreclosure activity can occur.

This law could save thousands of homeowners from unnecessary foreclosure, but they have to know about it, and they have to ask for it. To help people sign up for a forbearance, CVLS launched a new program on their website: https://www.cvls.org/get-legal-help/covid-19-relief/

The website guides people through a CARES Act forbearance request, step-by-step. If they have trouble with the internet, they can also call 312-332-8785 or email covid@cvls.org. Trained law students from area schools will call anyone who contacts CVLS, walk them through the process, and prepare the necessary documents.

Please share this information far and wide! You can include it in newsletters, email updates, websites, social media posts, etc.

Flyer       Press Release

Update 6/11/20

  • To help local businesses promote themselves, the Village has created new standards for temporary promotion signs. Businesses are allowed 1 ground-mounted or feather banner sign and/or 1 wall sign on the business facade. There is no permit required, and there is no fee. The use of temporary signs during this period will not count against the Village’s maximum of 91 display days per year. Please check the rules below before displaying a temporary sign. 
  • On June 2, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission announced the temporary authorization of delivery of alcoholic liquor under certain conditions. On June 10, the Village Board passed an ordinance to allow delivery locally, following State guidance. The authorization will sunset on June 2, 2021. There are strict rules associated with the delivery. Please click the link below to view the Liquor Control Commission’s guidelines.
  • Due to the restrictions on health & fitness businesses during Phase 3 of the Governor’s Restore Illinois Plan, it is difficult for businesses to operate indoors. The Village Board voted to allow businesses to host fitness classes at Heritage Park (behind Village Hall at 14240 W. 151st Street) at no cost. A special event permit and forms are required. Please call the Building Department at (708) 301-1301 if you have any questions.

Update 6/10/20

  • The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) has now released guidance regarding the resumption of both casino gambling and video gaming operations. There is no date set at this time by IGB for when casino gambling may resume.
  • Guidance regarding the resumption of video gaming operations includes information about plans required to be submitted to IGB from terminal operators. These plans, called pandemic resumption plans, must detail how the operator will follow current IDPH, Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, along with recommendations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The plans must be reviewed and approved by IGB before the operator is allowed to resume video gaming, which is expected to be in Phase 4 (Revitalization), possibly beginning on Friday, June 26.
  • The DCEO has released an updated Frequently Asked Questions document regarding Phase 3 guidance for businesses.
  • Governor’s Office FAQ June 9, 2020

Update 6/05/20

Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act Passed - If you have received or are planning on receiving a loan via the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), you are highly encouraged to review legislation passed by Congress on Wednesday which is awaiting signature by the President that is expected very soon. The Act will extend PPP deadlines and relax restrictions on how loans are used. This will be a tremendous help to many businesses, especially pertaining to loan forgiveness.

The legislation includes the following changes to the PPP program:

  • Loans that can be used for a 24-week covered period (instead of 8 weeks)
  • Eligibility for loan forgiveness – if at least 60% of the loan is used on payroll (instead of 75%.)
  • Loan forgiveness will still be possible if full-time employees (FTEs) won’t return to work
  • Five-year loan repayment terms for future PPP loans
  • Payroll tax deferment restored

For a summary of the Act, PLEASE CLICK HERE

Update 6/03/20

Governor Pritzker has signed HB 2682 (Rep. Zalewski, D-Riverside/Sen. Feigenholtz, D-Chicago). The new law went into effect immediately. The law, among other provisions, allows for the sale and delivery of pre-mixed cocktails and mixed drinks for off-premises consumption. 

Update 5/29/20

  • As of Friday, May 29, all regions of the state are now in Phase 3 (Recovery) of the “Restore Illinois” plan. The Governor announced during his daily press briefing on Thursday, May 28, that the same criteria used to determine if a region could move into Phase 3 will also be used to determine if a region can move into Phase 4 (Revitalization). The earliest that a region can move into Phase 4 is Friday, June 26.
  • With the whole state entering Phase 3 today, Governor Pritzker announced an end to his Stay at Home Order. He signed a Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation extending the statewide disaster declaration through Saturday, June 27, 2020.
  • Additionally, the Governor signed Executive Order 2020-38, called the Community Recovery Order, which supersedes the previous Stay at Home Order to reflect the changes allowed in Phase 3. 
  • The Governor also signed Executive Order 2020-39 extending previous executive orders. That includes extending Executive Order 2020-07, which suspended certain provisions of the Open Meetings Act (OMA), including the in-person quorum requirements and conditions limiting when remote participation is permitted.
  • The OMA provisions of Executive Order 2020-07 are now extended through June 27, 2020.  
  • The Illinois Liquor Control Commission released guidance regarding Phase 3 operations.
  •  Governor’s Office Frequently Asked Questions May 28, 2020.

Update 5/28/20

  • All regions of the state will move into Phase 3 (Recovery) of the “Restore Illinois” plan starting Friday, May 29. The Governor announced during his daily press briefing that the same criteria used to determine if a region could move into Phase 3 will also be used to determine if a region can move into Phase 4 (Revitalization). The earliest that a region can move into Phase 4 is Friday, June 26.
  • Governor Pritzker announced the release of new Guidance for Places of Worship and Providers of Religious Services from IDPH. This guidance does not obligate or encourage places of worship to resume in-person activity. It only provides guidance on how to facilitate in-person services in the safest possible environment.
  • DCEO provided a general statement regarding both public and private (at homeowners associations and condominiums) pools. DCEO now indicates that all pools should not be opened until detailed guidance is provided by IDPH.
  • IDPH released Private RV Parks and Campgrounds Guidelines.
  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is providing COVID-19 tax tips to taxpayers to assist them in understanding the relief opportunities available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and other recent legislation. IRS’ tax tips link.
  • Governor’s Office Frequently Asked Questions from May 27, 2020.

Update 5/26/20

The Village Hall will reopen to the public on June 1, 2020.  All persons entering the building will be required to wear a mask. Social distancing will be enforced. Public Committee meetings will also reconvene in June. The Village Board meetings will continue to be held both in person and via Zoom for the month of June. The Community Room will remain closed. 

Update 5/24/20

Governor Pritzker announced the release of guidelines for businesses that will be allowed to re-open under Phase 3 (Recovery) of the “Restore Illinois” plan. These guidelines are available on the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s (DCEO) website. These guidelines are intended to prepare businesses, employers and employees to implement new safety measures for reopening and returning to work. It is anticipated that all regions of the state will enter Phase 3 of the plan on May 29, 2020. More information about today’s announcement is available in the Governor’s press release.

Below is the list of guidelines and toolkits for businesses allowed to re-open in Phase 3: 

Update 5/22/20

Governor Pritzker announced plans to expand child care options through new group size limitations on child care centers in Phase 3 and Phase 4 of the “Restore Illinois” plan. More information is provided in a Reopening Child Care in Illinois Guideline.

Update 5/21/20

The White House released information summarizing the federal support delivered to the State of Illinois, including personal protective equipment, federal funding and other efforts. Trump Administration Illinois Support Summary.

Update 5/20/20

On May 20, 2020, The Governor announced modifications to guidelines in Phase 3 (Recovery) of the “Restore Illinois” plan.  It is anticipated that regions will enter Phase 3 of the plan on May 29, 2020. In the coming days, the state and IDPH will be issuing formal industry-specific guidance for business owners and employees in these and other sectors.

Governor’s Press Release announcing these changes

Governor’s Restore Illinois Links
[PLAN]  [FAQs]  [DASHBOARD]

  • Bars and restaurants will have the option to resume operations for outdoor seating, but not for regular indoor food service. Tables must be six feet apart and away from sidewalks, face coverings and distancing measures for staff must continue to be followed. Bars and restaurants will be also required to follow additional precautions and guidance that will be issued at a later date.
  • All retail stores can open their doors to in-person shopping with IDPH safety precautions and capacity limits in place.
  • Health clubs, gyms, and fitness studios can provide one-on-one personal training in indoor facilities and outdoor fitness classes of up to ten people.
  • Personal care services, like nail salons, spas and barbershops, can open with IDPH safety precautions and capacity limits.
  • Golf will now be allowed in foursomes, and golf carts will be allowed with capacity limits of one person per cart. One additional member of the same household will be allowed to share a cart.
  • Indoor and outdoor tennis facilities will be allowed to open while following IDPH safety precautions and capacity limits.
  • All state parks will reopen on May 29. All parks concessions will reopen, as well, under guidance set for retail and food service businesses.
  • Boating or camping of up to 10 people will be allowed.

Update 5/18/20

The state is implementing a contact-tracing collaborative effort with municipal and county departments of public health. As an additional resource, IDPH has published a Frequently Asked Questions document (available via this link) to answer questions about the state’s contact-tracing efforts. Anyone interested in performing contact tracing can fill out IDPH’s interest form (available via this link).

Update 5/14/20

Governor JB Pritzker announced the creation of a “Get Hired IL” website to connect those who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic with employers who are currently hiring. The state’s website (available via this link) provides a place for both job seekers and employers to register, and additional information about upcoming virtual job fairs.

Update 5/12/20

Yesterday during his daily press briefing, Governor Pritzker highlighted the progress being made on regional metrics as it was related to his “Restore Illinois” plan. Press release detailing the data as of May 11, 2020. 

The Governor’s Office is continually updating their COVID-19 resources. Current and past updated Daily COVID-19 Frequently Asked Question can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions pageTo 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.

Update 5/07/20

  • The IDPH COVID-19 website Restore page is providing daily updates regarding the metrics used to determine if a region is able to move to the next phase of the Governor’s “Restore Illinois” plan. 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. All criteria, including testing and contact tracing, must be met for a region to move into the next phase.
  • IDPH has published an FAQ regarding Elective Surgeries and Procedures. Elective surgeries and procedures per IDPH’s guidance are allowed to start on Monday, May 11, if those healthcare facilities comply with the requirements set by IDPH.
  • The National League of Cities (NLC) and state municipal leagues have launched the “Cities Are Essential” campaign. The campaign is focused on garnering Congressional support for $500 billion in direct, unrestricted federal aid over the next two years to help local governments, regardless of size, respond to and recover from COVID-19. 
  • Illinois Municipal League (IML) updated its COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions document to address common inquiries regarding the current Stay at Home Order.
  • The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) is instructing independent contractors, or 1099 workers, who lost work due to COVID-19 to apply for regular unemployment benefits before attempting to apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits. PUA benefits are 100% federally-funded unemployment benefits for individuals who are unemployed for specific COVID-19 related reasons and are not eligible for regular unemployment.  More information about the PUA application process.

Update 5/05/20

Governor Pritzer issued his Restore Illinois Plan.

Full Plan

One Page Summary

Map of Health Regions

Graphic Showing Phases

Update 5/01/20

The Governor’s  Executive Order 2020-32 that modified and extended his original Stay at Home Order goes into effect on May 1 and lasts through May 29. The following modifications have been made to Governor JB Pritzker’s original Stay at Home Order (Executive Order 2020-10):

Face coverings are required to be worn by all individuals, when medically tolerable, who are in public places and unable to maintain adequate social distancing of six feet, except for children under age two and when with members of the same household. Face coverings will be required in indoor public places such as stores. The Illinois Municipal League (IML) has developed an informational piece for municipalities to use to comply with the order’s face covering requirements.

All essential businesses may remain open consistent with the original executive order. Essential retail stores shall reduce their occupancy capacity to 50% or to the capacity set by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) based on store square footage, provide face coverings to all employees who cannot maintain social distancing of six feet at all times, set up store aisles to be one-way, communicate these requirements to customers through signage and public service announcements and discontinue use of reusable bags.

Non-essential retail stores may reopen to take orders online or over the phone for either curbside pickup (outside the store) or delivery. Employees must maintain social distancing of six feet or wear a face covering when that is not possible.

All businesses that have employees physically reporting to a work-site must post IDPH’s guidance regarding workplace safety during the COVID-19 emergency. The IDPH guidance is not yet available, but we will share it once it is released.

Fishing and boating in groups of no more than two per watercraft will be permitted.

Golf courses will be permitted to open only when following strict guidelines provided by DCEO (available via this link).

Some state parks will be reopened. The list of state parks that will reopen.

Pet grooming services will be allowed to reopen.

Educational institutions may allow and establish procedures for pick-up of necessary supplies or student belongings and dormitory move-out. These procedures must be in a manner consistent with public health guidelines and social distancing requirements.

The order still requires all individuals currently living in the State of Illinois to avoid travel and stay at home or their place of residence. Individuals may only leave their residence to perform essential activities. 

 The order provides that all non-essential business and operations must cease except for minimum basic operations as defined by the order. “Essential Businesses and Operations” that may continue include: stores that sell groceries; food production and agriculture; organizations that provide charitable and social services; media; gas stations and businesses needed for transportation; financial institutions; hardware and supply stores; critical trades; mail, post, shipping, logistics and delivery services; educational institutions (for the purposes of facilitating distance learning); laundry services; restaurants for off-premises consumption; supplies to work from home; supplies for essential businesses and operations; transportation; home-based care and services; residential facilities and shelters; professional services; day care centers for employees exempted by this order; manufacturing, distribution and supply chain for critical products and industries; critical labor union functions; hotels and motels; and, funeral services.

 Face Coverings Required

Guidance on the Use of Masks by the General Public

Update 4/30/20

Illinois Gaming Board announced the extension of their suspension of all video gaming operations and all casino gambling operations until further notice. The Gaming Board’s announcement.

Update 4/23/20

Governor 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.

Governor’s Press Release

Update 4/20/20

For a guide for consumers struggling to repay their debts during the COVID-19 pandemic, view the IL Department of Financial and Professional Regulation’s document.

Update 4/17/20

  • Governor Pritzker announced that in-person learning in schools will not resume during the 2019-2020 school year, with remote learning days to continue for all pre-k through12th grade students.  

Governor Prizker’s Press Release

  • President Trump has unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. These steps will help state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives.

Update 4/16/20

  • Governor JB Pritzker and six other governors announced they have joined together in creating a regional coordination plan to eventually reopen the economy in the Midwest (Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana and Kentucky). Leaders in those states will work in close coordination utilizing a fact-based, data-driven approach to protect families from the spread of COVID-19 while reopening the economy. The governors stated that they would use four factors when determining when best to reopen. Those factors are:   
  1. Sustained control of the rate of new infections and hospitalizations
  2. Enhanced ability to test and trace 
  3. Sufficient health care capacity to handle resurgence 
  4. Best practices for social distancing in the workplace

 Governor Pritzker’s Press Release

  • Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has issued a health alert to the general public and health care professionals regarding the use of imported and counterfeit KN95 protective face masks. IDPH recommends discontinuing the use of any imported KN95 respirators for procedures that require the use of an N95 or similar respirator unless their authenticity and performance (through fit testing) can be verified.

Update 4/13/20

  • Video Gaming License Renewal Fees - In recognition of the hardships caused by this unprecedented public health crisis, the Gaming Board has extended the March 31, 2020 renewal fee payment deadline. Renewal fees are now due ten business days after the Gaming Board resumes statewide video gaming operations. Additionally, and to further alleviate the burdens caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Gaming Board also suspended billing through at least April 30, 2020. During the Suspension Period, the Gaming Board will not initiate any enforcement actions or assess any penalties for unpaid license fees that came due during this period. The full document explaining the suspension period can be found by clicking Video Gaming Renewal Fees Guidance.
  • Governor announced a sweeping emergency expansion of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act that was approved this morning by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. First responders and front line workers that are injured or suffer periods of incapacity from exposure to COVID-19 during a COVID-19 state of emergency will be entitled to rebuttable presumptions in contested hearings that the injury or incapacity arose out of and in the course of their employment, and were causally connected to the hazards or exposures of that employment. Linked here is the emergency order. 
  • The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recently announced a new text message program, allowing people to text “COVID” to 312-500-3836, in order to register to receive current information and updates about COVID-19. The Department also has a telephone hotline to take health questions about COVID-19; residents may call the hotline at 800-889-3931 or email questions to: dph.sick@illinois.gov.

Update 4/13/20

  • Video Gaming License Renewal Fees - In recognition of the hardships caused by this unprecedented public health crisis, the Gaming Board has extended the March 31, 2020 renewal fee payment deadline. Renewal fees are now due ten business days after the Gaming Board resumes statewide video gaming operations. Additionally, and to further alleviate the burdens caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Gaming Board also suspended billing through at least April 30, 2020. During the Suspension Period, the Gaming Board will not initiate any enforcement actions or assess any penalties for unpaid license fees that came due during this period. The full document explaining the suspension period can be found by clicking Video Gaming Renewal Fees Guidance.

Update 4/10/20

Update 4/08/20

  • Governor’s Executive Order 2020-22 - Suspends the date of each township’s annual meeting for calendar year 2020 through the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations. Suspends the provision that no license of a funeral director shall be renewed more than twice and suspends the requirement that the transportation of deceased human remains must be under the immediate direct supervision of a licensee. Under the Child Care Act of 1969, the definition of “child” is suspended to ensure those who are 18 years or older can remain in their placement. In the Health Care Worker Background Check Act, suspends the time period for designated students, applicants, and employees to have their fingerprints collected electronically.
  • Homewood Disposal requests households with COVID-19 symptoms to not recycle - 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 recycle cart. Letter from Homewood Disposal.

Update 4/07/20

  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.   Guidance on the Use of Masks by the General Public
  • Will County Health Department provides data for COVID-19 cases within the county.
  • Illinois COVID-19 cases by county.

Update 4/02/20

Governor Pritzker kicked off "All in Illinois" campaign to reinforce the State’s Stay At Home message. A digital toolkit and sign can be downloaded from the All in Illinois website.

Update 3/31/20

Establishment of new rules for child care centers and homes operating during the emergency.

Update 3/30/20

  • Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act Passed March 27

The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain nonprofits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA. 

Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act 

  • Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Announcement

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) announced help for consumers struggling to make payments on their debts due to the COVID-19 crisis and guidance for its regulated financial sectors.

IDFPR press release with links for resources and services.

Update 3/30/20

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) announced help for consumers struggling to make payments on their debts due to the COVID-19 crisis and guidance for its regulated financial sectors.

IDFPR press release with links for resources and services.

Update 3/27/20

Update 3/26/20

FAQ Executive Order 2020-10 updated March 26, 2020 Illinois Municipal League revised Frequently Asked Questions for Governor’s Executive Order 2020-10 (Stay at Home Order).

Update 3/25/20

Village Board Launches COVID-19 Emergency Small Business Assistance Program - Partnering to Keep the Lights On

At the March 25 meeting, Mayor Yukich and the Village Board of Trustees proactively approved COVID-19 financial assistance for small businesses to Keep the Lights On. The program provides financial assistance to eligible independently-owned businesses in Homer Glen. Up to a $10,000 line of credit is available with loans offered at zero percent (0%) interest. Click on the link below for the program details and application form. Eligible businesses can apply now.

COVID-19 Emergency Small Business Assistance Program Application

Update 3/24/2020

  • Daily COVID-19 Q&A from the Governor’s Office.
  • Information and Resources on Emergency Child Care for child care providers; essential workers; and volunteers who want to offer support.
  • Illinois Commerce Commission actions related to COVID-19.
  • The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is available to answer regarding whether a business is considered essential or if it must comply with the “Stay at Home” Order and has issued guidance on Essential Businesses & Operations. Contact DCEO’s helpline by phone at (800) 252-2923 to leave a message or by email at CEO.support@illinois.gov. This flowchart developed by DCEO is helpful to determine if a business is essential or non-essential. 
  • Volunteer Opportunities information for how to volunteer, community organizations to submit needs, and how to donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). 
  • If you have a business in your community that would like to donate any PPE supplies they are not using they can email the State at ppe.donations@illinois.gov.
  • the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) has put out a call for Illinois companies to help produce and supply critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that is currently in short supply. This includes N-95 masks, gloves, gowns, ventilators, sanitizer, etc. The IMA has created a COVID-19 section of their website, https://ima-net.org/covid-19/, which contains a survey to identify companies who may be able to produce, donate or otherwise provide these products. Please see the “Illinois Request for Essential Supplies” section on the left side of the page. Please also see https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/serve/Disaster/Pages/COVID-19-PPE-Donations.aspx for additional information.

Update 3/23/2020

  • Village Parks and Playgrounds are CLOSED.  Please observe social distancing practices when using trails, sidewalks, and/or open spaces.
  • The U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (Labor) announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. This relief to employees and small and midsize businesses is provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act), signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020. IRS information and Key Takeaways.

Update 3/21/2020:

Executive Order 2020-10 to stay at home in effect starting at 5:00 p.m. Frequently Asked Questions

Update 3/20/2020:

  • Media Release 
    A message from Mayor Yukich and the Village Board of Trustees regarding Village Hall closure; Village website and social media posts; Village Board meetings; and small business assistance program.
  • Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-10 requiring all Illinoisans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. The order prohibits things like visiting the homes of friends and holding gatherings of any size and closes all nonessential establishments, including most retail, recreation and entertainment businesses. It does NOT prohibit essential activities like going to the grocery store, receiving medical care, or taking your pet for a walk. For more information on what this order means for you.

Update 3/19/2020:

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and for the safety of the general public and Village staff, the Village of Homer Glen is encouraging patrons to conduct Village business online or over the telephone. To limit face-to-face interactions, effective Thursday, March 19, services provided at Village Hall will only be available via email, online, fax and/or by telephone until further notice.

Update 3/18/2020: 

Due to the current State and Federal emergency mandates imposed on our local restaurants, Mayor Yukich, as the Liquor Commissioner, has enacted the following changes to the Village’s liquor license requirements.

The Village will be allowing restaurants with a Classes “A”, “B” and “F” liquor licenses to sell sealed beer and wine along with carry-out food orders. Prior to offering this service, all local businesses should contact the State of Illinois and their dram insurance providers, to ensure they are in compliance with all applicable state laws and insurance policies. Please note this only applies to the sale of beer and wine and must be offered along with food services. Additionally, this will be only allowed during the Governor’s mandated closure requirements.” If you have any questions please call Village Hall.

Update 3/17/2020: 

Governor JB Pritzker held a conference call with local governments statewide this afternoon. The Governor clarified his Executive Order that all non-essential businesses must limit attendees or visitors to 50 people, or close. This applies to event spaces, banquet halls, bowling alleys, fitness centers, gyms and theaters as well as restaurants and bars. Grocery stores, hospitals, gas stations, banks, shelters and pharmacies are not affected.