Dear friends,

Governor JB Pritzker issued a Stay at Home Order for the people of Illinois that will remain in place through at least April 7. The text of the order is available here. A FAQ that should answer most questions is available here.

For many of you, this order does not mean any new, significant changes. If you were already working from home (or performing an essential function) and following the recommendations to stay in except for essential needs, nothing should have changed.

Rest assured that vital services will remain open. Medical facilities, grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, and banks and credit unions will not close.

You will still be able to go out for vital supplies, take care of elderly and infirm friends and relatives, walk your dog, and seek medical attention. If your heater goes out, you can still call a repair service. You can still go to the laundromat.

Here’s what the order means:

  • Unless you work for an essential business, your employer can’t allow you to come to work.
    • They can still require you to work from home, and they can still require a skeleton crew of staff to come in to secure inventory and other assets and to enable others to work from home.
    • If you do have to go in, your employer should institute social distancing and other protocols to protect your health, if they haven’t already.
  • You can only travel for essential needs. This includes medical visits for health emergencies, getting vital supplies for yourself, and getting vital supplies for friends and loved ones who cannot or should not go out on their own.
    • Do not go out for supplies if you’re sick. Get a friend, loved one, delivery service, or neighbor to get supplies for you, and minimize contact when they drop them off.
  • When you are healthy, you can still go for walks and go outside to get other exercise, but practice social distancing. Stay at least 6 feet away from people outside your immediate household at all times.

I know this order is difficult. Many people are afraid and suffering, but we are taking these steps to help protect the most vulnerable among us and to ensure that our heroic health care providers don’t get overwhelmed. If we work together, we can get through this.

As your state senator, I promise to do all I can to support you through this difficult time and to provide you with as much information as possible. My district office is closed, but please don’t hesitate to call my staff at 773-278-2020 or send me an email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions or I can help in any way.


Small Business Resources

Information on Governor Pritzker's Sales Tax Deferral Executive Order HERE

Mayor Lightfoot Announces $100 Million Relief Package HERE

Small Business Administration COVID-19 Website HERE

SAB Disaster Assistance Information HERE

Department of Employment Security Website HERE

Guidance for child care providers and the new Emergency Child Care License can be found HERE

For additional resources, you can call the Small Business Association at 1-800-659-2955 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Unemployment Benefits

Apply for Unemployment Benefits HERE

Illinois Department of Employment Security COVID-19 Website HERE

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families HERE

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - Apply HERE

Illinois Medicaid Information HERE

Local food pantries

*Recommend calling first for service hours

Irving Park Community Food Pantry

4256 N Ridgeway Ave

Chicago, IL 60618

(773) 283-6296

Celestial Vision Food Pantry

3023 W. Fullerton Ave.

Chicago, IL 60647

(773) 501-4064

Chicago Hope, Inc.

2505 N. Kedzie Blvd.

Chicago, IL 60647

(773) 499-9763

Sabeel Food Pantry

3031 W. Belmont Ave.

Chicago, IL 60618

(773) 267-7031

Northwest Church of Christ

4602 N. Kilbourn Avenue   

Chicago, Illinois 60630       

(773) 283-2586

Open Arms Ministry

2649 N Francisco Ave.

Chicago, IL 60647


Every Wednesday

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Polish American Association

3834 N. Cicero

Chicago, IL 60641

(773) 282-8206

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