ILLINOIS RESIDENTS ARE SUBJECT TO A STAY AT HOME ORDER UNTIL APRIL 7TH 

STATE OF ILLINOIS COVID-19 WEBSITE

  • The State of Illinois has created a website to centralize information about COVID-19’s spread in Illinois and what programs / services are available for affected residents and businessowners. Please visit www2.illinois.gov/sites/coronavirus for all information relating to the virus.

STATE OF ILLINOIS COVID-19 HOTLINE NUMBER

  • If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 in Illinois, please call the hotline number: (800) 889-3931

INCOME TAXES

  • The federal government has delayed the date by which you must FILE and PAY any income taxes you owe – it is now July 15th, 2020.
  • By extension, the State of Illinois automatically delays the date you must FILE your income taxes – it is now October 15th, 2020.
  • However, if you anticipate you will owe money upon filing, you must still pay on the original schedule. Payment extensions have only been granted to certain businesses dramatically affected by COVID-19. If you have additional questions, please visit https://www2.illinois.gov/rev/Pages/default.aspx

STAY AT HOME ORDER DETAILS

  • Read the Executive Order HERE
  • The order is designed to further implement social distancing measures, which are the best tools Illinoisans have to combat the spread of COVID-19
  • You can still do things like go to the grocery store, pharmacy, medical office or gas station, and go outside for exercise while practicing social distancing. This order is designed to limit non-essential activities. Read the Executive Order for details
  • This is NOT a lock down, or martial law. Do NOT run to grocery stores if you don’t need supplies – the Illinois supply chain to businesses is, and will continue to be, functioning
  • Roads, bridges, airports and public transportation will still be open
  • Non-essential businesses must stop operating. A list of essential businesses is included in the executive order, but if you need further clarification please call 1 (800) 252-2923 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

IF YOU OR YOUR BUSINESS HAS SUPPLIES OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT - MASKS, GLOVES, SANITIZER, RESPIRATORS, ETC. - YOU CAN DONATE THEM!

  • Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to donate personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • In response to the need for PPE, the Essential Equipment Task Force was created.
  • The State of Illinois is partnering with the Illinois Manufacturers Association and Illinois Biotechnology and Innovation Organization (iBio) to ramp up production of PPE.
  • The factories involved will adhere to strict social distancing guidelines to ensure that the workers behind creating PPE are safe and healthy, too.

INDIVIDUAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE DURING COVID-19

  • Unemployment Insurance is being expanded to cover those without access to paid sick leave or who aren’t able to work due to COVID-19. Please visit https://www2.illinois.gov/ides for more information
  • If you have experienced technical difficulties while using the website or the phone system, please try again. The State of Illinois has worked around the clock to add capacity to their servers and phone systems.
  • Most utility companies have agreed to a moratorium on service shutoffs for those who can’t afford to pay their bills during this period
  • If you cannot pay your mortgage due to Coronavirus-related job loss, first talk directly with your lender about your options. If you need extra assistance with mortgage & housing-related issues, visit http://housingactionil.org/help for additional resources
  • The State of Illinois is supporting efforts by the federal government to expand eligibility for unemployment insurance. Unfortunately this won’t occur without an act of Congress, which is currently being debated and voted on

HELPING THOSE IN NEED DURING COVID-19

  • If you would like to volunteer to help in the fight against COVID-19, please visit the Serve Illinois Commission's homepage at: https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/serve/Pages/default.aspx
  • In collaboration with Lake County Government, Lake County Community Foundation, and Lake County Municipal League, United Way of Lake County launched the Lake County COVID-19 Community Response Fund to unite the funds raised by Lake County’s philanthropies, corporations and individuals to be disbursed to nonprofit organizations across the county. If you would like to donate, visit: 
    https://www.liveunitedlakecounty.org/covid19/…

GROCERY STORE JOB OPENINGS and RESOURCES FOR RETAILERS

  • The Illinois Retail Merchants’ Association (IRMA) is collecting information, particularly from grocers, who are looking to hire. The link below takes interested parties to the portion of IRMA’s webpage where they will find links. Simply click on the company and follow their instructions. We are updating this as we receive information. https://irma.org/covid-19/

UPDATE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND RESTAURANTS

  • Over 20,000 small and medium-sized bars and restaurants will be allowed a 2-month delay in sales tax payments to the State and local jurisdictions, as well as waiving late filing fees and interest payments starting Friday, March 20th
    *As of Friday, March 20th, Illinois small businesses in every county are eligible to apply for low-interest Coronavirus disaster assistance loans. If you want to apply, go to https://disasterloan.sba.gov

ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD

  • If you see a member of the Illinois National Guard deployed in your community, understand they are not taking policing action and they’re not delivering weapons – they are supporting the health care system with their technical expertise, often by identifying old hospitals for reopening, or providing logistical help or direct assistance to medical professionals.
  • The Illinois National Guard will be setting up triage centers all across Illinois to help test healthcare workers and first responders.

GROCERY STORES WILL DEDICATE SPECIFIC HOURS FOR SENIORS ONLY

  • Governor Pritzker, the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and store owners across the state convened a work group to further positive health outcomes for Illinoisans. Grocery store owners across the state will be offering dedicated hours for seniors only, to shop for their goods without other shoppers present. This dedicated period will also feature heightened social distancing measures
  • Contact your local store to get more information about what their individual hours are

HEALTHCARE UPDATE

  • The State of Illinois’ emergency notification tool, SIREN, will be used to share updated healthcare information directly to doctors. The State of Illinois is asking doctors to sign up for SIREN immediately, either by emailing their contact information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visiting www.SIREN.illinois.gov
  • The Governor signed an Executive Order significantly expanding telemedicine for both Medicaid patients and those insured by private companies

ALL RESTAURANTS AND BARS WILL BE CLOSED TO DINE IN GUESTS THROUGH APRIL 7th

  • Curbside pickup, drive-through, take-out and delivery are all being permitted. Contact restaurants directly or work through your major delivery service provider
  • Price-gouging in delivery fees and in general will not be tolerated. Constituents should report all incidents of price gouging to www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov.

ALL ILLINOIS K-12 SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED THROUGH APRIL 7th

  • Meals will continue to be distributed to children who qualify for free and reduced lunch via delivery or pickup options depending on the school district
  • Check with your local school district for expanded meal options for all students

ALL ILLINOIS DMV's / DRIVER'S LICENSE FACILITIES WILL CLOSE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

  • Expiration dates for licenses and vehicle registration will be extended for 30 days
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0GRAYSLAKE - The Illinois General Assembly recently announced the cancellation of its session next week to help slow the potential spread of the novel coronavirus. In order to protect the public health and reduce risk in local communities, State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) announced the temporary closure of her Grayslake office and will be remotely serving constituents starting on Monday, March 16th. Her office will continue to provide vital state services and will be re-evaluating risk levels weekly and will resume in-person operations as soon as possible.

"Above all, I urge you not to panic," Bush said. "The State of Illinois is prepared to handle the developing situation, and I'm confident our officials will do their best to keep citizens safe."

In the meantime, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released the following information:

What is coronavirus?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), coronaviruses commonly cause mild to moderate illness in people worldwide. Most of the time, they aren't much different from a cold or flu virus— coronavirus symptoms may include fever, cough and shortness of breath, and usually only last for a short amount of time. There are no specific treatments for coronavirus, but to relieve symptoms, patients are instructed to take pain and fever medications, drink plenty of liquids, and stay home and rest.

What’s the status of coronavirus in Illinois?

Currently, the number of coronavirus cases in the state remains low, but it continues to climb. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has posted coronavirus case totals and test results on its website, updated daily.

Is Illinois prepared to handle a potential outbreak?

Illinois health officials have acted swiftly to contain the virus, and they are prepared for the future. Illinois was the first state to provide coronavirus testing, and hospitals and health providers across the region are already expanding their surveillance efforts by offering patients with flu-like symptoms the option to be tested for the virus. IDPH has outfitted two additional labs in central and southern Illinois to handle the extra testing load.

On March 9, Gov. Pritzker issued a statewide Disaster Proclamation, which will allow Illinois to receive federal resources and support to advance preparation and planning. This declaration will build on the state's strong response to the outbreak.

How do I know if my family and I are at risk?

Public health officials will reach out to individuals who may have been exposed. They are actively monitoring the situation and will update the public in the event that certain measures— like school and business closures— are necessary.

How does coronavirus spread?

According to the CDC, coronavirus mainly spreads from person to person. Act the same way you would act if you had the flu— if you think you may be sick, keep your distance from other people and always cover your coughs and sneezes.

How can I stay healthy?

The IDPH and the CDC have issued recommendations to help people avoid coming down with coronavirus. Keep in mind: These tips are helpful for avoiding any virus, including the flu and the common cold!

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If I get sick, will insurance cover my care?

If you have questions regarding health insurance and HMO inquiries, please call the Illinois Department of Insurance at (877) 527-9431. If you have questions regarding Medicare beneficiaries and caregiver inquiries, please call CMS at (800) 548-9034.

With questions and concerns about coronavirus, please call the IDPH 24/7 hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Today, students from Grayslake Middle School and River Trail School came to the Capitol to participate in Tech Day 2019. They showcased their work on transforming student and teacher communication and live broadcast and video production. STEM education is so important. It was great to see these bright young people in Springfield.

Senator Bush with a Grayslake Middle School student on Tech Day 2019

Senator Bush with a Grayslake Middle School student on Tech Day 2019

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05092018KS4738SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) released the following statement this morning after serious criminal allegations were made public against State Representative Nick Sauer (R-Lake Barrington), a member of the House Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Task Force:

“Rep. Nick Sauer should resign from his office immediately. For far too long in Springfield, sexual harassment and abuse from those in positions of power has gone unchecked. I applaud this woman for coming forward and telling her story. Women must have confidence that when they come forward with stories of abuse that the systems in place will hear them and believe them. Without accountability there can be no change.”

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