Thursday updates from state government; legislature cancels next week’s session

New information website for state government’s response to coronavirus

The state of Illinois has unveiled a new website which collects all the latest information in one place. Visit to see news about preparation and prevention, as well as answers to frequently asked questions, a map showing the counties where coronavirus has been detected and much more.

Yesterday the Governor announced the confirmation of 128 new coronavirus cases in Illinois, and an expansion into two more counties, Kendall and Madison. The General Assembly, as expected, went ahead and cancelled next week’s scheduled session and extended bill passage deadlines into April. The Capitol building has been closed to the public until at least the end of March.

Actions taken in the last few days include a lifting of weight limits for trucks so that more goods and supplies can be delivered to local stores and an extension of license renewals for many professionals licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

This is a good time to express appreciation for the hard working medical personnel who are on the front lines fighting this illness. We are all grateful for their service and their sacrifice under these difficult conditions. I hope everyone will heed their advice about staying home, keeping safe and taking the appropriate actions to protect yourself and your loved ones. We are all in this together!

The latest situation update from state officials in Illinois

128 new cases of coronavirus in Illinois; social distancing measures everyone can take

Overweight permit fees waived for transportation of emergency relief supplies

Information for veterans from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System

Frequently asked questions about unemployment benefits during the coronavirus emergency

Tips for older adults and those who care for them from the Illinois Department on Aging

Steps to stay safe from coronavirus, from the Centers for Disease Control

Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announces measures to assist licensees and education providers during the pandemic

Applying for DHS benefits during the emergency

Anyone with questions or concerns about coronavirus should call the Department of Public Health’s statewide toll-free information hotline at 1-800-889-3931. Additional information from state and federal agencies is on my website at