Helpful resources for those with coronavirus questions

Below is a list of local, state and federal resources for those with questions about the many different aspects of the ongoing coronavirus emergency. Check back, as this list will likely be updated as more information becomes available.

GENERAL – Current detailed information

  • State of Illinois main website: Coronavirus.Illinois.gov
  • Toll-free statewide coronavirus information hotline: 1-800-889-3931
  • State Rep. Tom Bennett’s website: repbennett.com/covid-19
  • Governor’s office coronavirus questions: GOV.COVID19stakeholder@illinois.gov

ALL IN ILLINOIS

  • State leaders are asking Illinoisans to share their stories about how they are filling the hours staying at home, while encouraging others to do the same. The “All In Illinois” campaign has videos from celebrities and everyday Illinoisans talking about what they are doing while heeding the advice to stay at home during the outbreak.

NEWS FROM STATE AGENCIES

  • To sign up for news updates from state government, sorted by agency and county, click here.

ASSISTANCE/INFORMATION FOR:

THOSE WHO ARE UNEMPLOYED

BUSINESSES

CHILD CARE PROVIDERS AND ESSENTIAL WORKERS IN NEED OF CHILD CARE

  • Updates for facilities regulated by the Department of Children and Family Services: https://www2.illinois.gov/dcfs/brighterfutures/healthy/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
  • Many parents are still having to go into work, even though child care centers have been closed. To meet the need for child care for those considered essential workers, the Governor’s office has set up a directory of emergency providers of child care. You can visit https://emergencycare.inccrra.org/ to enter your location and find out about providers nearby, or call the early learning helpline at 1-888-228-1146 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for more information.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVORS

  • The Department of Human Services (DHS) is working to connect domestic violence survivors with emergency shelters during the coronavirus outbreak. DHS is making its Helpline, 1-888-863-6338, into “a one-stop access point for shelter needs.” Persons calling that line can be connected with a local shelter either through an existing shelter service or through the emergency shelter program that includes space in available hotels. DHS has been working to help local shelters with the emergency funds needed during the outbreak. Read the full statement from DHS here.

FARMERS

HEALTH CARE INFORMATION

HUMAN SERVICES PROVIDERS AND CLIENTS

  • Illinois Department of Human Services: 1-800-843-6154

INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

  • The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) assists those with disabilities in living independently, through such services assistive technology, occupational rehabilitation and in-home services. But because so many state offices have been closed, the agency has set up a new toll-free number for Illinoisans to use during the coronavirus outbreak. Call 1-877-581-3690 or visit the DRS website for assistance.

NON-PROFITS AND COMMUNITY FOUNDATIONS

PROFESSIONAL LICENSES ISSUED BY THE STATE

QUESTIONS AND INFORMATION ABOUT STATE PRISONS

SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL INFORMATION

SENIORS AND THOSE WHO CARE FOR THEM

STATE RETIREES

THOSE WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT STATE TAXES

THOSE WHO WISH TO ASSIST

  • Personal Protective Equipment donations: ppe.donations@illinois.gov 
  • To Volunteer: http://serve.illinois.gov
  • Additional information about volunteer opportunities and ways to help alleviate the critical shortage of blood donations by clicking here.

TO CONTACT YOUR LOCAL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Ford County Public Health Department

https://fordcountyphd.org/; (217) 379-9281

Iroquois County Public Health Department

https://www.co.iroquois.il.us/health-department/; (815) 432-2483

Livingston County Public Health Department

https://lchd.us; (815) 844-7174

Vermilion County Public Health Department

https://vchd.org/; (217) 431-2662

Woodford County Public Health Department 

http://www.woodfordhealth.org; (309) 467-3064  

My local offices are closed to in-person visits, but are still available by telephone at:          

Watseka: (815) 432-0106 and Pontiac: (815) 844-9179