Illinois’ Response to COVID-19
The State of Illinois is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in a number of ways. This page will be updated as new programs and policies are modified and/or introduced. We also invite you to stay up-to-date with child care and early education policy information with our monthly e-newsletter, eAdvocate. Sign up!
Get Your Stimulus Check!
Most Illinoisans are eligible for Economic Impact Payments from the federal government. Even if you have no income you are eligible, but you might have to take action to receive your check.
You could receive up to $1,200 ($2,400 for a married couple) and $500 for each eligible dependent. This site will help take you through each step so you can get your payment as quickly as possible.
Emergency SNAP Allotments
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is issuing emergency SNAP (LINK) supplements to more than 450,000 SNAP households to help buy food during the pandemic crisis. Fact sheets available in English and Spanish.
COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits
Unemployment benefits may be available to some individuals whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19. IDES recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive to the current situation as possible. Learn more.
Latest Illinois Executive Orders Related to COVID-19
- Executive Order Number 15
SUSPENDS PROVISIONS IN THE ILLINOIS SCHOOL CODE — Suspends requirements on the administration of assessments, school terms, and the calculation of daily pupil attendance. Allows ISBE to implement rules regarding remote learning. Permits the use of early childhood block grant funding to provide child care for children of employees performing essential work. Any bids received by a school district for construction purposes may be communicated and accepted electronically.
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- Executive Order Number 12
SUSPENDS HEALTHCARE WORKER'S BACKGROUND CHECKS Individuals who are certified as a nurse assistant, but are currently inactive on the Health Care Worker Registry, may be hired under certain provisions, such as the inactive status being no more than five years and limiting conditional employment to three months pending the result of a more extensive background check.
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- Executive Order Number 11
ESSENTIAL HUMAN SERVICES OPERATIONS — Individuals may leave their residence to work for or obtain any Human Services Operations, such as adoption agencies, long-term care facilities, residential settings for individuals with disabilities and day care centers for children of essential employees. Illinois school districts do not need approval by the school board for an e-learning curriculum.
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- Executive Order Number 10
STAY AT HOME — All individuals must stay at home, with exceptions for essential activities, essential government functions, and essential businesses and operations. All non-essential business and operations must cease, aside from Minimum Basic Operations. Business can continue with employees working from home. Local government units across the state must halt all evictions, and gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.
Executive Order 2020-10 (HTML) (English) (Arabic) (Polish) (Chinese) (Spanish) (Hindi)
View all Executive Orders related to COVID-19