Coronavirus update from state government – Monday afternoon

News has been coming from state agencies over the weekend and this morning as state government continues to work to meet the challenges presented by the coronavirus outbreak. Below is a recap of the latest news from state government in response to the emergency.

My district offices will be closed to in-person visits, but will still be available by telephone at (815) 432-0106 for Watseka and (815) 844-9179 for Pontiac.

I have posted links to several agencies and resources on my website at You can find out more from the Illinois Department of Public Health at and the federal Centers for Disease Control at

At this time, it is important that everyone remember to wash their hands frequently, using soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds, clean and sanitize frequently-touched surfaces like doorknobs and tabletops, avoid crowds and cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.

Those who are feeling ill or who have coronavirus questions should call the Department of Public Health’s toll-free statewide coronavirus hotline at 1-800-889-3931.

Governor Pritzker announces bars and restaurants will close to public by end of Monday

Many restaurants are asking for information about the statewide closure of bars and restaurants which is effective at the close of business today. For specific details about how Governor Pritzker’s order is going to be applied, they can contact the Illinois Department of Public Health at (217) 782-4977 or the local health department.

Ford County: (217) 379-9281

Iroquois County: (815) 432-2483

Livingston County: (815) 844-7174

Vermilion County: (217) 431-2662

Woodford County: (309) 467-3064

Changes to unemployment insurance to assist workers displaced by coronavirus closures and disruptions

Department of Public Health daily briefing (2:30 p.m.)

Illinois Department of Natural Resources closes all state sites

Illinois State Museum, Branches, to close until further notice

As this situation continues to develop, more information will continue to come out. I will do my best to keep you posted.