COVID-19 Information and Resource Guide
Stay At Home Order
The stay at home order went into effect at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 and will continue through Tuesday, April 7. Under the order, residents may still go out to shop for groceries, pick up prescriptions, tend to needs of pets, and exercise, among other things. You can find the governor's complete executive order establishing the stay at home policy here.
For a complete list of businesses considered essential under the governor's stay at home order, please click here.
Daily Public Briefings
Governor J.B. Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike are delivering public briefings on COVID-19 at 2:30 p.m. each day. These daily updates are one of the best ways to stay up-to-date on the latest COVID-19 news in Illinois. The briefings are taking place every day, seven days a week. You can watch the briefings in real-time here, and you can find an archive of past COVID-19 briefings here.
For general questions about COVID-19, please visit Illinois’ COVID-19 status page here or visit the Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) COVID-19 information page here. If you have more specific questions or concerns, IDPH has also created a COVID-19 hotline. You can reach the hotline by calling 1-800-889-3931 or by emailing DPH.Sick@Illinois.Gov. It’s important to note the IDPH hotline is not equipped to provide medical advice. IDPH has advised any resident who needs medical assistance to contact their primary care physician.
State Income Taxes
The Illinois state income tax filling deadline has been moved to July 15. This new date matches the recently moved federal income tax deadline. Returns will continue to be processed by the Illinois Department of Revenue in the time leading up to the July 15 deadline. You can check the status of your return here.
Shopping Hours for Seniors
The Illinois Retail Merchants Association has compiled a list of stores offering dedicated shopping hours for seniors and people with preexisting conditions. You can find that list here.
Small Business Resources
Small Business Disaster Assistance
Small business owners in Illinois will soon be able to apply for emergency financial assistance from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Applications for the $90 million dollars in emergency funding will be available here starting Friday, March 27. For a full list of DCEO COVID-19 programs click here.
Small Business Administration
Small business owners in Illinois who are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 are eligible for disaster relief low-interest loans from the federal government. You can apply for a loan here. Loans of up to $2 million may be used to pay any fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. Interest rates can be as low as 3.75% for businesses without credit available elsewhere and 2.75% for non-profits. The terms can be over 30 years.
Illinois Treasurer's Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program
Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs has announced a small business relief program where the State of Illinois will make $250 million available to banks to make low-interest loans to small businesses to weather this crisis. For more information, click here.
Sales Tax Relief
The Illinois Department of Revenue is waiving penalties and interest on late Sales Tax Payments for small restaurants and bars. For more information, please see the Illinois Department of Revenue's notice here.
Small Business Survival Guide
The Illinois Small Business Development and International Trade Center has created a small business survival guide to help businesses through the COVID-19 outbreak. You can find the survival guide here.
Expanded Unemployment Insurance
Unemployment insurance is recommended for all those who are losing wages or jobs through the outbreak. For a link to guidance and the application, click here. The website is seeing heavy traffic, so the department is now asking individuals to adhere to an alphabetized schedule when filing an unemployment benefit claim online and over the phone.
Online Filing Schedule:
Those with last names beginning with letters A-M will be asked to file their claims on Sundays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays.
Those with last names beginning with letters N-Z will be asked to file their claims on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays.
Saturdays will be available for anyone to accommodate those who could not file during their allotted window.
Call Center Filing Schedule:
Those with last names beginning with letters A-M will be asked to call on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 7:30am – 6pm.
Those with last names beginning with letters N-Z will be asked to call on Mondays and Wednesdays between 7:30am – 6pm.
Fridays (7:30am – 6pm) will be available for anyone to accommodate those who could not file during their allotted window.
The day or time of day in which a claim is filed will not impact whether you receive benefits or your benefit amount. Additionally, claims will be back-dated to reflect the date in which a claimant was laid-off or let go from their job due to COVID-19. You can also contact my office for assistance filing for unemployment insurance.
If you have lost your employer-provided health insurance as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, you may be eligible to enroll in a new plan at Healthcare.Gov here.
Free E-Learning Resources
The Illinois State Board of Education has compiled an extensive life of e-learning tools and resources available for students of all ages. You can find those resources here.
Higher Education Information
The Illinois Board of Higher Education has issued COVID-19 guidance for public and private colleges here.
Rep. Mason's Civic Engagement Poster Contest
K-12 students are invited to join State Rep. Joyce Mason for a Civic Engagement Poster Contest. The contest has been extended to April 10 due to the statewide COVID-19 school closures. Posters should be related to civic engagement and can be created using any medium. Winners from each grade will be announced in April. Finished posters may be emailed to Rep. Mason's district office at or shared with Rep. Mason's page on Facebook.
Emergency Child Care
If you need help finding child care due to COVID-19, you can use Illinois' emergency provider search tool here.
The National Alliance on Mental Health created a COVID-19 Information and Resource Guide. You can access that guide here.
Middle and high school students experiencing a mental health crisis can anonymously speak with a mental health counselor through Text-A-Tip, Lake County's 24/7 helpline for young people. If you need help or are concerned about a friend, you can reach Text-A-Tip by texting LAKECO to 1-844-823-5323.
If you or a family member need assistance, you can reach the Illinois Department of Human Services' toll-free 24-hour Domestic Violence Helpline by calling 1-877-TO END DV.
Lake County 211
Looking for assistance but not sure where to start? Lake County's 211 system will connect you to the right service provider for your needs. You can access 211 by dialing 211 on your phone, texting your zip code to 898211 or by visiting 211's website here.
The Village of Antioch is providing updates to residents and businesses multiple times a week on their website.
March 28 update: See the most recent update here.
Beach Park Resources
The Village of Beach Park is providing weekly updates to residents on its website.
The Village of Gurnee has compiled local resources for businesses and residents.
We've Got It To Go: Gurnee's ist of restaurants that are still open and serving take out or delivery is here.
Gurnee's list of resources for businesses is here.
Lake Villa Resources
The Village of Lake Villa has compiled a list of local resources for businesses and residents.
Lake Villa's list restaurants that are still offering carryout or delivery is here.
Lake Villa's general list of COVID-19 updates and resources is here.
The Village of Lindenhurst has compiled a list of local resources for businesses and residents.
Lindenhurst's list restaurants that are still open and serving take out or delivery is here.
Lindenhurst's general list of COVID-19 updates and resources is here.
The Village of Wadsworth is sharing local COVID-19 updates on its website.
Winthrop Harbor Resources
The Village of Winthrop Harbor is posting local COVID-19 updates on its website here.
The City of Zion is providing local COVID-19 updates for residents on its website.
To find ways to get actively involved in Illinois' fight against COVID-19, please visit Serve Illinois' website here.
Lake County ElderCARE
Lake County ElderCARE, a local non-profit that offers free assistance to seniors, is seeking volunteers to do phone wellness checks on seniors who receive ElderCARE services. Individuals interested in volunteering to make at least two calls wellness calls a week are asked to contact ElderCARE at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-406-4683.