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Governor Announces Revised Plan

Updates to Phase 3 of Restore Illinois Plan in Consultation with Health Experts Bars and Restaurants Can Open for Outdoor Seating, All State Parks to Open Building on a robust, statewide effort to ensure Illinois can safely reopen and following the data, science, and guidance from public health experts and stakeholders across the state, Governor PritzkerContinue reading

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Landscapes Continue to Change at Lightning Speed

The federal CARES Act funding came and went – then got replenished.  The same happened with the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). Currently, the U.S. Congress is looking at future economic stimulus packages and we have a unique opportunity coming up to impact future economic recovery policy.  On Friday, May 8th at 9:30 amContinue reading

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Gov. Pritzker Announces Modified Stay at Home Order Will Be Extended Through May to Continue Progress

Releases Illinois Modeling Showing Significant Second Wave If Stay at Home Order Were Lifted Modified Order Includes Increased Flexibility for Residents and Non-Essential Businesses, Requires Face Coverings in Public ​  Based on data from scientists and health experts and after consulting with stakeholders across the state, Governor JB Pritzker announced that he will sign aContinue reading

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Bad News/ Good News for Payroll Protection Program Loans

It was announced last week (4/16) that initial funding for the PPP program in the CARES Act has been depleted and the SBA will not be processing further applications.  Additionally, it was announced that the SBA EIDL loan funds were also depleted. U.S. Chamber of Commerce officials say they are very confident that Congress (inContinue reading

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Looking at Back to Work Plans & IL Loans Now Available

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Return to Work Plan Just Released We have been on several calls recently to learn effective strategies to “reopen” our economy.  The U.S. Chamber just released yesterday a national return to work plan exploring the extreme complexities to consider and how to best protect employees and our communities while not exposingContinue reading

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Breaking News: Worker’s Comp Claims for Essential Businesses Emergency Rule

This morning, (4/13/20), the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission voted to authorize an emergency rule creating a rebuttable presumption that an employee who comes down with COVID-19 is presumed to have caught the virus at that work was the reason.  This rule not only applies to healthcare workers and first responders but all workers in deemedContinue reading

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Key Programs that Support Business

Wow!  How things have changed since our last The Current Update!  As soon as COVID-19 began to impact our businesses community, federal, state and local officials began creating resources to help our businesses and not-for-profit agencies keep their doors open.  Below are key programs that could provide significant support for our Members and the businessContinue reading

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Government Affairs Brief: 4.3.2020

CARES Act & Payroll Protection Program (PPP) Roll Out As we reported yesterday (4/2/20), our Chamber Members in the banking industry warned us to expect hiccups in the roll-out of the PPP loans today.  The final rules from the CARES Act were not released to financial institutions until very late last night (April 2nd).  TheContinue reading

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Government Affairs Brief: 4.2.2020

Payroll Protection Program (PPP) of the CARES Act Opens April 3rd Yesterday, NACC hosted a webinar where Kevin Courtois, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Region of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce discussed in detail the CARES ACT and specifically, the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) – a key economic stimulus for small business.  The loanContinue reading

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Government Affairs Brief: 3.31.2020

Q&A Webinar with CARES Act Expert from U.S. Chamber of Commerce April 1st NACC will be hosting a complimentary webinar with Kevin Courtois, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Congressional and Public Affairs Executive Director, Great Lakes Region. Kevin will be providing NACC members with up-to-date information about the recently passed $2 trillion federal CARES ACT and otherContinue reading