State of Illinois Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates - Click Here

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Below are updates on where to go for the latest information about the state’s response to COVID-19. For the latest news about state government’s response, you can visit and for important health and safety guidelines you can visit the Illinois Dept. of Public Health’s coronavirus information page here.



Heather A. Steans
State Senator, 7th Illinois Senate District



Are you interested in volunteering? Please visit the Serve Illinois Commission’s homepage for information on how to volunteer and how to connect community services with other volunteers who can help. Also included is a link for those able to donate protective equipment.


Job opportunities

If you have found yourself out of work due to widespread closures, you should know there are some essential businesses actively looking for more employees. If you visit The Illinois Retail Merchants Association’s COVID-19 information page, you will see links to retail employers who are currently hiring. If you’re a small business owner, you can also find information about assistance there.


Visit the Illinois Dept. of Public Health site if you need guidance on how to adapt to COVID-19

COVID-19 forces us to consider the need for social distancing and best public health practices in every space. If your business or organization is an essential service that must remain open during the stay-at-home order and you are wondering what you can do to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, you should visit the IDPH’s coronavirus site and look along the left side of the page for links to specific guidelines on what to do.


Help for the homeless

Illinois Dept. of Human Services Secretary Grace Hou has informed stakeholders throughout the state that IDHS will make $6 million available for emergency lodging for people experiencing homelessness. The emergency funds will be made available through local Continuums of Care (CoC), local or regional planning bodies that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that coordinate housing and services funding for homeless families and individuals.


For more information on how IDHS is responding during this pandemic, you can read more at the department’s coronavirus page.


Illinois Treasurer will assist small businesses

Small businesses and not-for-profits can also seek aid through a program created by Illinois Treasurer Frerichs' office. A new program will allow financial institutions that administer loans to businesses and non-profits to to apply as depositories who can receive funds from the state and administer loans to businesses and not-for-profits. To learn more visit their website here.


DCFS supporting private agencies that have needed to suspend services

The director of the Illinois Dept. of Children & Family Services has said it will ensure payments continue to agency partners who are providing essential services to families and that private agencies that must slow or stop non-essential services during the emergency will not be financially penalized. For more information about how DCFS is adapting during the pandemic response, you can visit the DCFS coronavirus page.

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