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Need to renew your driver’s license or license plates soon, but you know Driver Services facilities are closed for the Stay at Home Order? Expirations have been extended at least 30 days so you have time, but you may take advantage of the Illinois Secretary of State’s online services such as renewing your license or registration easily at

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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

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Polish American Association

3834 N. Cicero

Chicago, IL 60641

(773) 282-8206

Category: News

Dear Friends,

Over the past few days, Governor Pritzker has been offering daily updates and guidelines on some of the measures recommended to ensure minimal spreading of the coronavirus.

While the coronavirus is changing how we go about our daily lives, it’s important to remain calm and to take proper precautions. Right now, the best possible thing you can do to help is to stay home unless it’s absolutely necessary to venture out.  Regardless of your health or age, it is vital that we take this recommendation seriously, as preventing further spread of the disease is the key to keeping you, your family, and our community healthy.

Additionally, it’s important to keep in mind:

  • The Illinois State Board of Education is working to provide meals every day to all students, no questions asked. 
  • All bars and restaurants are closed as of Monday, March 16 at 9 p.m. Restaurants will have take-out, drive-thru and delivery options still available.
  • All gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited starting Wednesday, March 18. Grocery stores, pharmacies and medical facilities are exempt. However, fitness clubs, theaters, religious services, and bowling alleys are included.
  • To provide some relief to local eateries during the coming weeks, Grubhub is suspending commissions and Uber Eats is waiving delivery fees on orders from independent restaurants. Some larger restaurants are offering free delivery. Many delivery services have introduced no- or low-contact delivery options.
  • Ameren and ComEd are suspending any disconnections and waiving late payment fees. Other major utility companies, like People’s Gas and Nicor, are suspending disconnections as well.
  • The Attorney Generals Office will work to impose a moratorium on utilities shut-offs in the immediate term.
  • AT&T, Comcast, Verizon and others are preserving telecom services.
  • The Illinois Department of Employment Security is allowing workers who are unemployed due to COVID-19 to apply for unemployment.
  • All Illinois Secretary of State offices and Driver Services facilities are closed to the public through March 31. Expiration dates for driver’s licenses, ID cards, vehicle registration and other transactions will be extended by 30 days. More information and some services are available online.
  • The Small Business Administration is providing disaster assistance loansfor small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
  • In order to apply for an emergency injury disaster declaration from the Small Business Administration, Illinois needs data from businesses across the state. If your business has been affected by COVID-19, please complete this online survey.
  • The Illinois Attorney General’s office encourages residents to file a complaint if they notice price gouging on essential items related to the coronavirus outbreak, including hand sanitizer, cleaning products and protective gear.

Our state’s governmental and economic leaders are stepping up to do their part in helping our people during this immensely difficult time. They know as well as I do that now, more than ever, it’s vital that we watch out for one another.

Continue to check my Facebook page and the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website for daily updates. 

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COVID19 Updates

Office Information

Springfield Office:
413 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8191
District Office:
2921 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 278-2020


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