Utilities, including water, have agreed not to suspend service for the foreseeable future.
IRMA has spoken directly with the heads of the Community Bankers Association of Illinois, Illinois Bankers Association, and the Illinois Credit Union League. All assured IRMA that their members are open and willing to work with any employers who are facing liquidity issues. IRMA strongly encourages retailers who are facing or concerned about near-term liquidity to contact their financial institution. IRMA would like to thank the members of these associations for the willingness to assist economic victims of this pandemic.
The General Assembly has cancelled legislative session for next week. However, the notice also stated that members could be called back on short notice to address ‘urgent matters’.
Governor JB Pritzker just concluded his daily briefing. What follows is an overview as well as additional information related to COVID-19.
Governor JB Pritzker just concluded his daily briefing. What follows is an overview as well as additional information related to COVID-19 including WIC, Workers’ Compensation, state government, and the Assembly.
As noted in yesterday’s summary, Illinois is allowing anyone left unemployed, permanently or temporarily, to obtain unemployment benefits. To review, they are doing this by expanding the definitions of ‘able to work’, ‘available to work’, and Under Illinois law, you only receive benefits if you are able to work, available to work and actively seeking work. You are considered ‘able to work’ if you are ‘physically and mentally capable of performing work for which you are otherwise qualified’ and you are considered ‘available for work’ unless you impose a condition upon acceptance of work that is so narrow there is no reasonable prospect of securing work. The emergency rules broaden what constitutes ‘able to work’ and ‘available to work’ to include looking for work that can be done from home. Further, the emergency rules do not apply only to COVID-19 cases.
- The State is recommending that large gathers of more than 250 participants be cancelled.
- Contrary to rumors, schools are NOT being closed but that option is being reviewed on a day-to-day basis. Additionally, the state is encouraging schools to cancel any activities that include more than 250 people.
- Closing the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago to anyone who does not have business with the state.
- Working with all state agencies to provide options for tele-work for state employees.
- Asking any business that can allow employees to work from home, to do so immediately. Those that cannot are being strongly encourage social distancing at work.
- The March 17th Illinois primary election will go on as planned. Local election authorities are being asked to extend early voting hours.
- The City is banning any community event of 1,000 or more scheduled to occur anytime in the next 30-days be cancelled. Not talking about stores, schools, public transport, etc.
- The City said they would NOT be cancelling schools at this time. Like the state, they will continue to review. Chicago Public Schools will cancel events and guidance in the event a school experiences a positive test result.
- The City said they would NOT be requiring business closure. Also said they will be issuing proposals to ease the impact on businesses in the near future.
- City encourages private employers to implement work-from-home.
- The City said they would NOT be shutting down public transportation.
- They will be producing guidance for office buildings in the very near future.