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Current News: Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity Launching (B.I.G.) Grants

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is launching the first round of Business Interruption Grants (BIG) by providing $60 million to businesses experiencing losses or business interruption as a result of COVID-19 related closures. The BIG Program is available for up to 3,500 businesses that experienced a limited ability to operate due to COVID-19 related closures. DCEO will begin distributing funds to qualifying businesses in early July. The total program funding will amount to at least $540 million in grants for small businesses, $270 million of which has been set aside for childcare providers and is funded by the CARES Act.

In the first wave of grants, priority will be given to small businesses that have been heavily restricted or completely shut down during the pandemic. Additional priority will be given to businesses located in disproportionately impacted areas (DIAs), or low-income areas that have had high rates of COVID-19 cases. Bars and restaurants, barbershops and salons, and fitness centers that are not located in DIAs are also eligible.  Businesses eligible for the program must have experienced extreme hardship, demonstrated by experiencing eligible costs or losses in excess of the grant amount since March.

Specifically, the program includes support for:

  1. Businesses located in DIAs Where There Was Recent Property Damage from Civil Unrest- $20 million for businesses that are located in a subset of DIAs that have recently experienced significant property damage, providing 1,000 grants of $20,000 each
  2. Bars and Restaurants- $20 million for bars and restaurants unable to offer outside service, providing 1,000 grants of up to $20,000*
  3. Barbershops and Salons- $10 million for barbershops and salons, providing 1,000 grants of $10,000 each*
  4. Gyms and Fitness Centers- $10 million for gyms and fitness centers that have lost significant revenue due to COVID-19, providing 500 grants of $20,000 each*

Business Interruption Grant Program - DCEO 


RESTORE ILLINOIS

On Tuesday, May 5th, Governor Pritzker released Restore Illinois, a five-phased plan that will reopen our state, guided by health metrics and with marked by distinct business, education, and recreation activities characterizing each phase.
 
The Restore Illinois plan recognizes that the economy will start growing again when consumers feel that it is safe to return to work, shop and dine out, and engage in social and recreational activities.
 
Under the Restore Illinois framework, certain businesses and activities are allowed to resume in Phase 3 with IDPH-approved safety guidance in place.

State of Illinois Re-Opening

Restore Illinois: Read the Plan



ART OF PHASE IV OF RESTORE ILLINOIS PLAN
APPLICABLE TO EACH REGION UPON TRANSITION TO PHASE IV  |  ISSUED ON JUNE ,  | EARLIEST EFFECTIVE DATE JUNE ,
2020

Guidelines for all ALL INDUSTRIES, DAY CAMPS, HEALTH AND FITNESS, MANUFACTURING,
RESTAURANTS AND BARS
,
and more! Click here for the complete Overview.

Click here for prior news reports.
Stay up to date with Covid-19 in DuPage County.
(click the image below)
 

DuPage County COVID-19 Dashboard


The DuPage County Health Department, along with DuPage County GIS, have developed an interactive COVID-19 case map. The dashboard links data from the DuPage County Health Department into the GIS Data Systems from DuPage County to provide a greater level of understanding into how the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, pandemic is unfolding across our communities.

The information on the COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated daily to provide DuPage County residents information about the current spread of COVID-19 and need for healthy distancing and prevention steps to slow the spread of disease. Information around age range, sex as well as community of residence of the cases identified through testing are included. Since testing resources are limited to the most severe cases and at-risk populations, this does not reflect total disease presence in our communities. As testing becomes more available, this information will become more reflective of the actual disease activity in the community.

To enlarge any of the graphs viewed in this dashboard, please hover and click on the  symbol located in the upper right hand corner of each graph.

Click the image to the left to gain access to this interactive map of DuPage County.

 


Illinois COVID-19 Hotline & Email Address

If you have questions about Coronavirus-Call the
Illinois Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Hotline 1(800) 889-3931 or,
Send an email to: DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV 
Anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Click Here FOR THE DUPAGE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

  It is safe to assume that every community in DuPage County is impacted by COVID-19.

The DuPage County Health Department reminds everyone that the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to practice social distancing and follow the governor’s stay-at-home order. The best way to prevent the spread is by: 

  • Following the “stay-at-home” order  
  • Strictly adhering to social distancing guidelines   
  • Washing your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds   
  • Covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue and then throw the tissue away
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth 
  • Staying home and isolating yourself from others in your household, if you are sick
 

   click the link above for more information.  

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Covid-19 Response

CDC is responding to a pandemic of respiratory disease spreading from person-to-person caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The disease has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). This situation poses a serious public health risk. The federal government is working closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, as well as public health partners, to respond to this situation. COVID-19 can cause mild to severe illness; most severe illness occurs in older adults.

Stop the Spread

No doubt that you have been seeing a tremendous amount of information about the spread and impact of COVID19. Information is changing very fast and trying to keep up with the facts and sort through the less than factual information is becoming ever more difficult. Create a household plan of action on how best to prevent the COVID19 virus. Click here for the Household Plan of Action, and Symptoms to Look for. To visit the DuPage County Health Dept., please click here.

Travel Restrictions

In furtherance of Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, and 9994, which bans the entry of non-U.S. citizens who are from or recently been in China, Iran, or certain European countries, the Department of Homeland Security issued a Notice of Arrival Restrictions requiring American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who  are returning home after recently visiting certain European countries , China, and Iran. Click here to learn more.

DCEO

The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity is a State Agency that leads economic development efforts for Illinois. Our main focus is to retain and create jobs. There are specific resources throughout our website that help businesses, workers, and residents. Learn more about Gov. Pritzker’s regional plan to safely reopen our state, Restore Illinois. Click here to learn more.

 

Accepting Donations

DuPage County is accepting donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to assist in the COVID-19 response. Businesses, medical and nursing schools, and residents can donate unused Personal Protective Equipment at www.protectdupage.org and locate the donation link on the front page. Those with questions about the donations process may email staff at eoc.logistics@dupageco.org. For our latest news & press releases click here.

How You Can Help

The federal government continues taking aggressive and proactive steps to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. FEMA is committed to the health and safety of the American people and is our top priority. Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis, stay informed on what is rumor versus fact related to the coronavirus response. Learn how to help if you are a company with medical supplies to donate or sell, a volunteer who is medically trained, or  a member of the general public.




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Things You Should Know

Unemployment benefits may be available to some individuals whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19. IDES recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive to the current situation as possible. Please read the Covid-19 Unemployment Benefits FAQ to learn more. Information needed to file a internet claim - online. For more resources through IDES click here.



What Illinois is Doing?

Protecting the health, safety, and wellbeing of Illinoisans is Governor Pritzker's top priority. The administration continues to work closely with local health departments, county officials and federal partners to put systems in place to respond to COVID-19. This website will provide the latest news releases related to coronavirus, video archives of press conferences and tips from leading experts to keep you and your family safe.


Employee Safety

Learn how you can keep your employees safe through the "Guidance on Preparing Workplace for Covid-19" PDF booklet. OSHA standards, including those for personal protective equipment (PPE, 29 CFR 1910.132) and respiratory protection (29 CFR 1910.134), require employers to assess the hazards to which their workers may be exposed. Workers who may have exposure risk click here to read more.






Clients & Community

We remain 100% committed to supporting your career goals and business needs, while we practice social distancing to help protect the health of our community. Following Governor Pritzker's "stay at home" order to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19), workNet DuPage has closed its physical facility, but we continue to serve the public remotely. Job seekers can still visit our website as well as businesses looking for online resources as well.





(CARES) Act/State Loans

Illinois small businesses can tap into $250 million in low-interest bridge loans as soon as this week to help push through the Covid-19 pandemic, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerich said today. To learn more click here.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now.


Paycheck Protection Program

SBA is still accepting P.P.P. loan/grant applications!

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Click here for the Paycheck Protection Program application.

You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program. Click here for a FAQ for lenders and borrowers.


Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration. SBA Loan application click here.

Any such Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (apply here). For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Click here for Illinois Small Business Centers & Advisors that can help.

Guides to the SBA Loan Process

Each section has it's own guides and downloadable pdf file.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act expands the Small Business Administration’s long-standing Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL). The EIDL program was created to assist businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters. Read more

Emergency Loans

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. Read more

Employee Retention Tax Credit

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act created a new employee retention tax credit for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of COVID-19. This new employee retention tax credit is a 50% tax credit for the first $10,000 of compensation, including the employer portion of health benefits, for each eligible employee.  Read more.




Local Food Pantries

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People's Resource Center

Since 1975, People's Resource Center (PRC) has been bringing neighbors together to respond to hunger and poverty in DuPage County.

Nearly 30,000 DuPage residents rely on PRC for help each year. With a team of over 2,600 volunteers, we offer nutritious food and other basic necessities like clothes and rent assistance for people facing tough times.  We also connect people with resources—education and tutoring, jobs, technology, art, a caring community—to create a future of hope and opportunity for all.

People's Resource Center (630) 682-5402
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Neighborhood Food Pantries

More and more people are faced with the harsh realities of trying to make ends meet. Even working two or more jobs is not enough. Growing numbers of folks are struggling and need NFP’s assistance to pay their rent/mortgage before they and their families are evicted or to pay a bill before one of their utilities is shut off. We have taken steps at each of our pantry locations to adhere to social distancing directives as well as sanitization. Learn more about how you can help!

Warrenville Phone: 630-929-3923
West Chicago Phone: 630 293-4958
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Northern Illinois Food Bank

Our Mission: Leading the Northern Illinois community in solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need through innovative programs and partnerships.

We invite you to join us through volunteering at one of our four centers (West Suburban Center in Geneva; North Suburban Center in Park City; Northwest Center in Rockford; South Suburban Center in Joliet), becoming a financial or food donor, and helping us spread the word about hunger in our community on Facebook and Twitter. Read More


Local Utilities

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