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The federal government recently enacted legislation to address the dramatic economic crisis brought on by COVID-19, including an unemployment benefits expansion. While this will financially help unemployed Illinoisans in the months to come, not everyone will be eligible for all the benefits contained in the package, and some benefits will not begin immediately.
Please do not call to inquire about these new federal programs. Our employees are processing applications for current benefits. Further details about the new federal programs and how to apply will be made available once they have been finalized.
How will this affect Illinois unemployment benefits?
Once the stimulus package has been implemented in Illinois, individuals receiving unemployment benefits will receive an additional $600 each week above what they would receive in regular unemployment benefits until July 31, 2020. This will not be retroactively applied to unemployment benefits received in the past. In many cases, individuals will also be eligible for more weeks of unemployment above the 26 weeks provided under regular unemployment rules. Both of these benefits will be applied automatically if you qualify.
What do I do if I have already received my maximum benefits?
Some individuals who have received their entire 26 weeks of regular unemployment benefits may be eligible for more weeks of benefits under the stimulus package. If you have exhausted your benefits, or you are close to exhausting your benefits, we are finalizing the process to continue benefits under the stimulus package. Details will be available as soon as we have received further guidance from the US Department of Labor.
I am self-employed. Do I qualify under the new federal unemployment program?
Under regular unemployment rules, the incomes of self-employed workers, freelancers, and independent contractors are not subject to unemployment taxes and so typically these individuals are not eligible for unemployment benefits. The stimulus package creates a new, temporary program to help people who lose this type of work as a direct result of the current public health emergency. IDES will provide information about how to apply for this benefit as soon as it is finalized. Please do not apply at this time.
Thank you for waiting to apply until further details are available. This will allow our employees to address the large volume of claims for those individuals who are eligible under current benefit programs.
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DuPage County COVID-19 Dashboard
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.
|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:
Join the State "All In Illinois"
“I’ve taken virtually every action available to me to protect our residents and slow the spread, and now, our strongest weapon against
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|COVID-19 is you,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “For everyone in Illinois, we as individualsmust commit to stay home, stay safe and practice social distancing to stay healthy. I’m asking you to join us and be all in for Illinois.”
All in Illinois is supported by a series of public service announcements featuring famous Illinois natives, including Jane Lynch, Deon Cole, Jason Beghe, Jackie Joyner Kersee and Matt Walsh. The PSA videos reinforce the importance of staying at home during the COVID-19 crisis and encourages everyone to do their part to stop the spread of the virus. The PSA celebrity videos can be viewed by visiting Allin.Illinois.gov.
“We are grateful to all of our well-known Illinoisans for participating in this effort to unite all of our residents during these trying times,” said Erin Guthrie, Director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. “We are confident these messages will help increase awareness of how critical it is to stay home and work together to flatten the curve of this virus.”
People can also show their solidarity by updating their Facebook profile photos with the All in Illinois frame image and share messages with friends and family on social media using the #AllinIllinois hashtag. Additionally, Illinois residents can show they’re committed to being part of the solution by displaying All in Illinois signage in their yard or in their window. All in Illinois signs are available to download here.
To access the All in Illinois digital took kit click here.
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Public Service Announcement from Jason Beghe
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.
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.
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.
COVID-19 Impact. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has just released a survey for small businesses that are affected by the COVID-19 virus. Small business owners are being asked to help through your participation in the survey so our State leadership can best understand the impact COVID-19 on small businesses in Illinois. Attention small business owners click here to take this short online survey.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For our latest news & press releases click here.
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.
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.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. JB Pritzker has ordered Illinois residents to stay at home. Executive Order No. 10 requires all residents to stay home, with exceptions for essential needs or business activities. Gatherings of 10 people or more are prohibited. The order extends through April 30, 2020. In addition, Gov. JB Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation March 9, 2020 regarding COVID-19 that gives the state access to federal and state resources to combat the spread of this newly emerged virus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com. Click here for Illinois Small Business Centers & Advisors that can help.
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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
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
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.
Thanks to the many who gave blood and scheduled upcoming appointments over the past couple of weeks, the American Red Cross has been able to meet immediate patient needs. During this uncertain time, we encourage individuals to keep scheduled blood, platelet or AB Elite plasma donation appointments and to make new donation appointments for the weeks ahead to ensure a stable supply throughout this pandemic.
Donating blood products is essential to community health and the need for blood products is constant. As part of our nation’s critical infrastructure, healthy individuals can still donate in areas that have issued shelter in place declarations.
There is no substitute for blood, organs, tissue, or bone marrow. They are precious. They are perishable. And the need for them is vital.
Any one of us might need a transfusion, at any time. We rely on one another to meet that need. But on the other side of that common vulnerability, there is uncommon strength. As a partnership of blood centers, we're far stronger together than we are alone.
We are Humble and Grateful. We lift each other up. Thanks to you, we currently have a stable supply.
Decades of experience and high-level expertise in blood collection, testing, logistics, distribution, special services and research propel Vitalant forward to advance the experience, practice and application of transfusion medicine. Simply put, we are the conduit that connects people with their lifesaving potential.
Our purpose is helping people realize their life-transforming potential. We strive to make blood donation comfortable, easy and convenient with more than 125 donation centers across the country and more than 30,000 blood drives annually.
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
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
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
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At ComEd, we care about our communities. With customers potentially affected by COVID-19, ComEd is expanding awareness of its programs to help customers through temporary or extended financial hardship. At ComEd, the health and safety of our customers, employees, and contractors are our top priorities. As part of this commitment, we’re closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and taking appropriate precautions.
Find energy-saving offerings specially designed for income-eligible customers to easily improve home and building energy efficiency. Read more
On the heels of offering new, low-income Internet Essentials customers two months of free internet and raising the speed of that program’s service to 25/3 Mbps, Comcast today announced additional steps to help ensure people stay connected to the Internet as more schools suspend classes and companies encourage employees to work from home due to the Coronavirus.
During this extraordinary time, it is vital that as many Americans as possible stay connected to the Internet – for education, work, and personal health reasons. Read more
As our company responds to COVID-19, the health and safety of our employees and customers remain our top priority. Here’s how we’re responding. We know that many people are experiencing economic hardships as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. AT&T is keeping you connected 24/7. As part of this effort, we'll waive:
• Late payment fees for postpaid wireless, home phone or broadband residential, U-verse TV or DIRECTV customers
• Domestic postpaid wireless plan overage charges for data, voice or text for residential postpaid wireless customers. Read more
Chicago area’s largest provider of community health care, Access Community Health Network (ACCESS) has 34 health centers, located throughout Chicago, Cook and DuPage counties, and serves as the medical home for more than 180,000 patients each year.
ACCESS health centers and programs are a vital ingredient to creating healthier neighborhoods. Our impact can be felt beyond the walls of our health centers, as our care teams collaborate with community residents, businesses and services to improve the neighborhoods where they live, work and play. Read more.
VNA Health Care is a patient-centered, community-based, not-for-profit healthcare provider serving the Chicago suburbs with convenient and compassionate healthcare.
When you choose to come to VNA, you receive high-quality, affordable health care. Your care team members are your partners who work with you to help you achieve your best health. We are your home for health care, the place you can go for care through every stage of your life.
DuPagePads is so much more than a pad on the floor. DuPagePads is about the journey home. It’s about the journey from dependency to self-sufficiency. Not the shelter. Not the nights spent in a car, in a motel room or on the street. DuPagePads is a journey that begins with an extended hand, an affirming voice, and a trusting soul that will advocate undividedly for each individual.
The Interim Overnight Housing Program offers families and individuals a safe environment. Phone: 630-682-3846, ext. 2275 OR
Toll Free: 866.682.3846, ext. 2275