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Business Assistance

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On Friday, June 26, 2020 Illinois will move into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan. Together, many industries can keep moving forward by doing the following:

  • Getting to know the guidelines set forth by the Restore Illinois plan
  • Post adequate signage
  • Complete opening checklists

Guidelines, signage and checklists are all available for download at


Small Business Assistance

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved the request for federal assistance to businesses impacted by civil unrest in the northern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will.

 This means there are now a variety of loans available for businesses and residents who experienced physical damages or economic injury as a result of civil unrest in these areas. Loans available are: 

  • Business Physical Disaster Loans - Loans to businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property owned by the business, including real estate, inventories, supplies, machinery and equipment. Businesses of any size are eligible. Private, non-profit organizations such as charities, churches, private universities, etc. are also eligible.
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) - Working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the civil unrest. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period.
  • Home Disaster Loans - Loans to homeowners or renters to repair or replace disaster-damaged real estate and personal property, including automobiles.

Attached you will find additional information. Businesses can apply for loans online here.

SBA has also opened a Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center (VDLOC) with virtual customer support representatives to assist applicants with completing the online application. Call 571-422-6016 or 470-363-6079 or contact with questions.


Governor Pritzker recently announced a $900 million package of equity-driven community and business grants intended to help those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and compounded by property damage and civil unrest.

  • Business Interruption Grants: $60 million program for businesses experiencing losses or interruption as a result of COVID-19. Applications for first round available Monday, June 22, 2020.
  • Distressed Capital Program: $25 million program for Illinois businesses with sustained property damage as a result of civil unrest after May 25, 2020.

Business owners should stay in contact with the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) for additional opportunities.

Additional questions concerning business assistance can be directed to Derek Conley, Economic Development Specialist at or 815-724-4014.

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If you believe that a business is violating Executive Order 20-38, you may submit a complaint. Please review this document that describes the executive order before submitting the complaint - Restore Illinois FAQ for Businesses

If after review of the Executive Order you still believe that a business is in violation, you may Submit a Complaint Here.

If you have questions about whether a business is violating the state guidelines by not allowing for safe social distancing or that it is not maintaining a safe and sanitary work environment to minimize the risk of spread of COVID-19, please contact the Workplace Rights Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office at 844-740-5076 or

If you have questions about employee benefits, including paid leave, please contact the Illinois Department of Labor at 312-783-2800 (Chicago office), 217-782-6206 (Springfield office), or



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