This post was last updated on May 15th at 3:30pm
To the Residents of the 14th District,
My office has created a COVID-19 webpage with up-to-date information for you and your family. We will continue to provide weekly summaries of new information as well. You can read last week's update here.
As of today, Illinois has 90,369 reported cases and 4,058 reported deaths. Daily updates on case count and general resources have been compiled by Gov. Pritzker here. You can also see community by community data for Cook County here.
1) Pandemic Unemployment Assistance has Launched: After weeks of setting up the program, a new program has started this week extending unemployment benefits to those who are typically not eligible, especially independent contractors, self employed, and gig-workers. You can learn more about the program and how to apply here.
2) Restore Illinois Data Tracker: Last week, Gov. JB Pritzker's office announced Restore Illinois, a five phase plan to reopen the state. We covered the plan here. This week, the state of Illinois launched a data tracker so you can follow along to see how regions across the state are performing on different metrics. More information on the tracker and what moving from phase 2 to phase 3 would look like is here.
3) Access Vital Records: The Cook County Clerk's Offices are currently closed. However, they are working to process vital records requests remotely. Vital records include
marriage, birth, and death certificates. Find out how to request these records here.
4) New Guidelines for Nursing Homes: This week Gov. JB Pritzker revised guidelines for nursing home liability during the COVID-19 pandemic. The order limits liability for nursing homes for COVID-19 related injuries and death for nursing homes that follow Illinois Department of Public Health guidance. Read more about the order and guidance for nursing homes here.
5) Take Out Dining: An ongoing list of local restaurants offering take out is here.
6) Looking to Help?: Thank you to all of our neighbors who are stepping up to help! An ongoing list of opportunities for donations and volunteers is here.
Commissioner Scott Britton