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Friday, April 3, 2020
Applications for Paycheck Protection Program Now Being Accepted

Small businesses can now download the application for the Paycheck Protection Program to file with an eligible lender. The Federal Paycheck Protection Program was created through the CARES Act and is designed to provide a direct incentive for small…


Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Families First Coronavirus Response Act Effective Today

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR PUBLISHES GUIDANCE EXPLAINING PAID SICK LEAVE AND EXPANDED FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE UNDER THE FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT Effective today, April 1st employers must post…


Monday, March 30, 2020
Applications Available for Child Care Providers to Obtain Stipends Ranging From $750-$3,000

To ensure providers are available for essential workers, the state will be providing stipends to child care providers who have been licensed to operate during this pandemic. Licensed homes will…


Monday, March 30, 2020
Check Out CARES Act Questions & Answers Here

The U.S. Senate has compiled an extensive Q&A list covering the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) passed by the federal government last week. Find answers to your questions…


Friday, March 27, 2020
Summary of $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES)

Congress approved and the President has signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act  (CARES) today. The $2.2 trillion economic rescue package provides help for families, small business, hospitals, local…


Thursday, March 26, 2020
Rep. Meier: Bars, Restaurants, and Hotels Impacted by COVID-19 Have Until April 1 to Apply for Grant Program

State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) wants Illinois small businesses impacted by COVID-19 to know they could be eligible for state grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. Applications are due by…


Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Emergency Assistance Programs Available for Small Businesses in Illinois

Three new programs from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to help small businesses: Hospitality Emergency Grant Program To help hospitality businesses make ends meet in the midst of…


Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Illinois Income Tax Filing Deadline Extended to July 15

In light of the recent Disaster Proclamation concerning the coronavirus, the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) is following the federal government in providing special tax filing and payment relief to…


Monday, March 23, 2020
Meier Encourages Volunteers to Donate Blood

State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) is encouraging the public to consider donating blood as a result of thousands of blood drives being canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As…


Friday, March 20, 2020
Illinois EPA Temporarily Closes All Vehicle Emissions Testing Stations

Illinois EPA Director John J. Kim today announced the temporary closure of all vehicle emissions testing stations in Illinois.  In the interest of safeguarding the health of all Illinoisans, including…