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Dear Constituents,

This is the second week of the statewide lockdown due to COVID-19. As the virus continues to evolve, and as medical experts learn more about how to contain it, we all have a responsibility to participate in the Government-issued mandates to stop COVID-19 from spreading.

In this issue of my e-Newsletter, I have included information to help small businesses survive during this crisis, as well as additional resources for individual assistance. The information contained in this e-newsletter is directly from the CDC, the Office of the Governor, and the Cook County Commissioner’s Office.

We hope you find the following information useful. In the meantime, if you need immediate assistance, or may have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the office at 773-473-7300.

Stay safe and be well.

 

In the meantime, stay safe and be well.
 
Sincerely,
 
​Camille Y. Lilly
State Representative, 78th District
Illinois House of Representatives
101st General Assembly

Public Health Officials Announce 937 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 937 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois.  Yesterday, eight new deaths were also reported, including the death of an incarcerated man from Stateville Correctional Center. 
 
  • Cook County: male 50s, male 60s, female 60s, female 70s
  • DuPage County: male 60s
  • Kendal County: female 60s
  • Will County: male 50s, male 60s
Additionally, 12 men who were incarcerated at Stateville are now hospitalized, including several requiring ventilators.  There are 77 more incarcerated individuals with symptoms who are isolated at the facility.  Eleven staff are also being isolated.

The Illinois Department of Corrections is taking a number of steps to control the spread of COVID-19 in its correctional centers.  Staff who work with individuals in isolation and quarantine, as well as in the health center, are wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE) and all staff are wearing some PPE.  Staff are also having their temperature checked daily as they enter the facility. 

Correctional centers with a confirmed case are placed on lockdown, which means there is no movement around the facility except for medical care.  Incarcerated individuals who show symptoms are being tested.

Clark, Crawford, Marion, Randolph, and Saline counties are now reporting cases.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 5,057 cases, including 73 deaths, in 52 counties in Illinois.  The age of cases ranges from younger than one to 99 years. 

For all personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, email  PPE.donations@illinois.gov

For health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email dph.sick@illinois.gov

Medically trained professionals able to volunteer are asked to sign up at www.illinoishelps.net.          

*All data are provisional and will change.
Stimulus 2020 Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for the economic impact payment? Tax filers with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns will receive the full payment. For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount is reduced by $5 for each $100 above the $75,000/$150,000 thresholds. Single filers with income exceeding $99,000 and $198,000 for joint filers with no children are not eligible.

Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive an economic impact payment of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples. Parents also receive $500 for each qualifying child.

How will the IRS know where to send my payment? The vast majority of people do not need to take any action. The IRS will calculate and automatically send the economic impact payment to those eligible. For people who have already filed their 2019 tax returns, the IRS will use this information to calculate the payment amount. For those who have not yet filed their return for 2019, the IRS will use information from their 2018 tax filing to calculate the payment. The economic impact payment will be deposited directly into the same banking account reflected on the return filed.

The IRS does not have my direct deposit information. What can I do? In the coming weeks, Treasury plans to develop a web-based portal for individuals to provide their banking information to the IRS online, so that individuals can receive payments immediately as opposed to checks in the mail.

I am not typically required to file a tax return. Can I still receive my payment? Yes. People who typically do not file a tax return will need to file a simple tax return to receive an economic impact payment. Low-income taxpayers, senior citizens, Social Security recipients, some veterans and individuals with disabilities who are otherwise not required to file a tax return will not owe tax.

How can I file the tax return needed to receive my economic impact payment? IRS.gov/coronavirus will soon provide information instructing people in these groups on how to file a 2019 tax return with simple, but necessary, information including their filing status, number of dependents and direct deposit bank account information.

I have not filed my tax return for 2018 or 2019. Can I still receive an economic impact payment? Yes. The IRS urges anyone with a tax filing obligation who has not yet filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019 to file as soon as they can to receive an economic impact payment. Taxpayers should include direct deposit banking information on the return.

I need to file a tax return. How long are the economic impact payments available? For those concerned about visiting a tax professional or local community organization in person to get help with a tax return, these economic impact payments will be available throughout the rest of 2020.

Where can I get more information? The IRS will post all key information on IRS.gov/coronavirus as soon as it becomes available. The IRS has reduced staff in many of its offices but remains committed to helping eligible individuals receive their payments expeditiously. Check for updated information on IRS.gov/coronavirus rather than calling IRS assistors who are helping process 2019 returns. For more general tax rules, see 12 IRS (non-stimulus) tax rules you'll need this year.
 
As you may know, Community Insurance Center is an authorized SBA surety bond agency. Because of this unique role we hold in Chicago and St Louis, we feel obligated to share as soon as we receive it, information about the SBA’s COVID-19 loan program.
 
All Illinois small businesses can now apply for low-interest disaster loans to help offset the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The Illinois District Office will host free webinars covering:
  • Eligibility
  • Use of proceeds
  • Terms
  • Filing requirements
  • Additional small business resources
Choose the date and time most convenient for you. All events listed in Central Time. Click the link to register now.

Monday, March 30, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, March 31, 11 a.m.
Tuesday, March 31, 3 p.m.

More webinars will be announced soon! As soon as we receive information about the webinars, we will share it.   
 
Updates to SBA's disaster loan website
The SBA heard your feedback about your experience using the disaster loan website, and the SBA is working diligently to meet customer demand and make the application process as user-friendly and easy as possible. Currently, the online application is under maintenance. In the interim, applicants can download forms, fill them out, and upload or mail them. Visit the website for more instructions, and if you're still receiving error messages, try closing and reopening your browser and clearing your cookies/browsing cache.

Apply for Assistance

Stay Safe,
 
 
Matthew H. Cooper
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Community Insurance Center NA, Inc.
1631 South Michigan Ave Unit 102
Chicago, IL 60616
Direct:312-967-8978 Office. 312-341-9080  fax 312-341-9084

President Preckwinkle Unveils Economic Relief Package for Cook County Residents and Businesses

 
CHICAGO – In an effort to help businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today announced an expansive series of measures waiving various County fines, fees and deferring tax collections.
 
“With businesses facing so many challenges and difficulties created by the coronavirus, waiving these fines and fees is the right thing to do,” Preckwinkle said. “It is our hope these measures provide a bit of much-needed relief. Waiving these fines and fees and deferring the County’s tax collection will assist our businesses in terms of cash flow to the tune of $35M during these difficult times.”
 
“With so many businesses facing financial adversity caused by the coronavirus, these measures will be helpful to their finances in these challenging circumstances,” said Cook County Chief Financial Officer Ammar Rizki. “The economic impact of COVID-19 will be significant and we must do whatever possible to assist the businesses that serve as the backbone of our local economy.”

Under the relief package, due dates for Home Rule Taxes like the Alcoholic Beverage Tax, Amusement Tax, Tobacco Tax and Gasoline and Hotel Accommodations Tax will be pushed back as will numerous fines and fees under the jurisdictions of the Departments of Transportation and Highways, Environment and Sustainability, Revenue, Building and Zoning and Public Health. The relief measures have the potential to free up $35 million for Cook County businesses. A full list of the business-friendly efforts is available here.
 
“This has assuredly been a difficult couple of weeks, but we will rise to this challenge and we will do it as one Cook County,” Preckwinkle said. “From the heroic first responders to residents making protective masks in their own homes to donate to hospitals, it is truly inspiring to see Cook County working together as one to confront this challenge. Each day we are seeing firsthand the grit and grace that makes Cook County so special.”
 
Preckwinkle is also reminding residents of a new emergency text alert system to keep the public informed with accurate information regarding COVID-19. ”AlertCook,” the new Cook County public health and safety messaging service, offers subscribers a direct line of communication to receive updates from Cook County Government related to public health alerts and emergency management. Simply text ‘Alert Cook’ to 888-777 to opt-in and receive the latest COVID-19 alerts and information.
 
“On behalf of our more than 1,000 members and the entire business community, we want to thank Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle for her efforts in providing much-needed relief to our business community during these unprecedented times," said Jack Lavin, president and CEO, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. "Employers from industries ranging from restaurants and hotels to retail have been forced to make difficult decisions, which include layoffs and even shutting their doors. By allowing employers to defer tax payments to Cook County, they will have access to additional cash flow needed to overcome the current loss in business and keep people employed.”

For all updates on Cook County’s response to COVID-19 visit https://www.cookcountyil.gov/service/information-covid-19.
Governor’s Office Daily COVID-19 Q & A
March 29, 2020

Helplines and Webpages
 
General Resources: visit coronavirus.illinois.gov

PPE Equipment:
  • Donations: PPE.donations@Illinois.gov
  • To Manufacture PPE in Illinois: ima@ima-net.org
 
Business Assistance:
  • Essential Business inquiries: contact 1-800-252-2923 or CEO.support@illinois.gov
  • IL Small Business Assistance: email CEO.support@illinois.gov (DCEO)
  • Federal Small Business loans visit: https://disasterloan.sba.gov.
  • Business insurance coverage: https://mc.insurance.illinois.gov/messagecenter.nsf.
 
Individual Assistance:
  • Employee workplace concerns contact the Attorney General’s Workplace Rights Bureau at (877) 470-5076 or submit a complaint online.
  • Unemployment insurance eligibility and the application process call Claimant Services at (800) 244-5631.
  • If you feel sick or are concerned about infection visit IDPH website.  
  • Resources for people with disabilities, please visit www.DDD.Illinois.gov.
 
Other Resources:
  • IDFPR list of licensees and consumers impacted by COVID-19 visit: https://www.idfpr.com/COVID-19.asp
  • School-related inquires visit https://www.isbe.net/covid19
  • COVID19 cases by county: visit dph.illinois.gov
  • To volunteer: visit serve.illinois.gov or email dph.serveillinois@illinois.gov
  • Emergency Day Care Provider Search: visit https://emergencycare.inccrra.org
 
 
Remember to Practice Social Distancing! It can save lives.
CLEAN AND DISINFECT. IT CAN ALSO SAVE LIVES.

Cleaning and disinfecting your home or business during this COVID-19 crisis is very important to stop the spread of this virus. The CDC offers the following tips:
  • Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect.
  • Clean surfaces using soap and water: Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
  • High touch surfaces include Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.
Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if it is dirty. Then, use disinfectant.
  • Use an EPA-registered household disinfectant.   To learn more about effective household disinfectants to fight COVID-19, CLICK HERE
  • Alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol.
For clothing, towels, linens and other items:
  • Wear disposable gloves.
  • Wash hands with soap and water as soon as you remove the gloves.
  • Do not shake dirty laundry.
  • Launder items according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.
  • Dirty laundry from a sick person can be washed with other people’s items.
  • Clean and disinfect clothes hampers according to the guidance above for surfaces.

Preventative Actions for Grocery Stores

Grocery stores can play an important role in protecting their employees and customers from COVID-19 infections by following personal and environmental hygiene practices. The following industry best practices can be employed to keep employees and customers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Post a sign(s) at the entrance(s) and throughout the store alerting customers that they must follow the 6ft separation rule;
  • Post sign(s) for customers and employees alerting them of efforts in place regarding COVID-19

                1) Information for Employees

                2) Store Preparedness

  • Announce social distancing expectations through your PA system periodically throughout the day;
  • Set up floor markers in your stores to show people how far apart they need to be from each other when waiting to check out;
  • Have designated employee(s) regularly walk the floor to ensure that customers are following social distancing rules and provide guidance as needed o Consider staggering the number of shoppers in the store at one time to allow for the increased distance between shoppers.

           1)  Consider controlling the flow of shoppers through the store by use of one-way aisles so shoppers to reduce the frequency of shoppers crossing paths.
 

  • Place shield guards in front of the cashier and/or bagger that may not have the ability to stand 6ft away from the customer
  • Consider prohibiting the use of reusable bags
  • If you have an online delivery or curbside pickup capabilities, encourage your customers to use those methods before coming to the store.
  • If you have self-checkout lanes, encourage their use to reduce the interaction between employees and consumers and also reduce the handling of money between consumers and employees.
  • Encourage the use of cashless purchases to reduce the danger of transmission through money1.
  • Prohibit self-serve foods including hot bars, cold bars, and buffets.
  • Prohibit product sampling
  • Employees who have symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) should notify their supervisor and stay home.
  • Sick employees should follow the CDC-recommended steps. Employees should not return to work until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.
  • Employers that are subject to the new paid sick leave-FMLA act (companies with less than 500 employees) are also required to display a new poster. You can access the poster here.

Helpful suggestions for implementing preventative actions for grocery stores:

  • Shoppers should use separate entrances and exits to limit close contact between shoppers arriving and leaving.
  • Consider using an entrance and exit monitor to keep count of the number of shoppers in the store.
  • Limit shoppers in the store at one time (Example: only 100 shoppers in the store at one time). Consider size of store when implementing this recommendation. Stores should limit shoppers appropriately to ensure social distancing between staff and shoppers.
  • Grocery carts can be used to maintain social distance between shoppers if a line forms outside of the store.
  • Consider the use of a store greeter offering sanitizing wipes inside and outside of the store.
  • At check out, use footprints in the lane diagraming the 6-foot distance needed between shoppers in line waiting to checkout.
  • Regularly clean the conveyor belt, as well as the surrounding area, with a disinfectant and sanitizing wipes between shoppers checking out.

Helpful Resources
Illinois Food Retailers Association COVID-19 Updates
Illinois Retail Merchants Association Social Distancing Guidance
Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division Employee Rights March 2020
Illinois Department of Public Health Information
CDC When and How to Wash Your Hands
 

 

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