COVID-19 Hotlines:

Kankakee County Health Department: 815-802-9311

IL Department of Public Health: 1-800-889-3931

AMITA Health St. Mary's Hospital: 815-928-6431 

Riverside Healthcare: 815-219-4037

Restore Illinois

On Sunday May 24th, Governor JB Pritzker released new industry-specific guidelines to allow for a safe re-opening of businesses as the state progresses into the next phase of the Restore Illinois plan. All four regions of the state are expected to advance to Phase 3 of the plan in the coming days. Phase 3 is expected to see many businesses reopen across the state, and hundreds of thousands of workers back to work.

The following industries are included in Phase 3: retail, offices, manufacturing, barbershops and salons, summer programs, various outdoor recreation activities, bars and restaurants for outdoor dining, and more. During Phase 3, group gatherings of 10 or fewer will now be permitted. A full list of industries as well as corresponding safety guidelines is now available.

Phase 3 Industry Guidelines

Phase 3 Business Toolkit

COVID-19 Testing

If you or an employee is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please contact your doctor's office to determine which next steps are right for you.

Testing is available on-site at both Riverside Healthcare and Amita Health St. Mary's, along with Aunt Martha's Wellness Center in Kankakee. 

Riverside Healthcare also offers on-site testing for employers with more than 60 employees. 

NOTE: Testing is not available at the Kankakee County Health Department. 

FAQ for Businesses Regarding Face-coverings

Small Business Administration: Disaster Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has declared an economic disaster status for the entire state of Illinois. Small businesses in Illinois that have suffered economic injury as a result of COVID-19 are now eligible to apply for the low-interest loans being offered by the SBA. 

Apply Here 

Three Step Process  

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Details

SBA Disaster Loan Fact Sheet 


Payroll Protection Forgiveness Application

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has released the Payroll Protection Program Forgiveness Application. This application provides guidance to the details of loan forgiveness.

PPP Forgiveness Application

The SBA has also updated their Payroll Protection Program FAQ. This gives clarity to the following:

  • Time Period of Forgiveness
  • Payroll Reduction Exemption
  • Owner's Cap

Updated FAQ on Payroll Protection Program

The Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act

CARES Act Helpful Chart

IL Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity FAQ Page

IL Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) - Emergency Assistance Layoff Aversion

Application: Submit to Ladonna Russell: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Save Small Business Grant | U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Application Available starting April 20, 2:00 PM. Learn More and Apply

Illinois Small Business Assistance Initiatives

  • Includes Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program

COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits:

Federal Stimulus Package: Unemployment Benefits FAQ Page

The new federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program provides benefits for many individuals who have been determined ineligible for state unemployment benefits, including self-employed workers and independent contractors.

Learn about PUA 

File a PUA Claim

State of Illinois, Shelter-in-Place Executive Order - Extended 30 days 

Shelter-in-Place FAQ

Emergency Child Care for Essential Employees

Child Care Resource & Referral: 815-741-1163 

Legal Toolkit for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

April 2, 2020: Free Webinar to discuss ways to mitigate the financial impact from COVID-19 through insurance coverage.

Local Contact: Paul McGrady, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Simply HR: Employment & Labor Blog. COVID-19 Q&A for Employers: 

Daily Press Release Videos from the IL Department of Public Health:

Apply for Disaster Loan Assistance:  

List of Kankakee County Restaurants still offering carry out, delivery, or curbside service.

To add a restaurant to the list, fill out this form.

Fill out the 2020 Census

2020 Census Adjusted Timeline