Find out what resources and opportunities are available for your business during the COVID-19 pandemic.

1/11: COVID-19 Resources Table of Contents

Find business relief with resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • WARN Reporting & Services
  • Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to COVID-19
  • COVID-19 and Unemployment Benefits
  • SBA: Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources
  • Workforce Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic
  • State of Illinois Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response
  • OSHA - COVID-19
  • Illinois workNet Service Finder
  • 2/11: WARN Reporting & Services

    The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity​ and Local Workforce Innovation Areas (LWIAs) provide services to employers who are planning, or have gone through, a layoff. In addition to providing services, these entities, along with individuals and employers, have the ability to report layoffs in Illinois.

    3/11: Guidance for Businesses and Employers Responding to COVID-19

    Plan, Prepare and Respond to COVID-19 with the Centers for Disease Control's guidance.

    4/11: Illinois Department of Employment Security: 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.

    5/11: Small Business Association's (SBA) Guidance and Loan Resources

    Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.

    6/11: Illinois Economic Assistance

    Use this page to get updates about economic assistance for employers, jobseekers, workers, and information about our services during the COVID-19 health emergency.

    7/11: State of Illinois Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

    Protecting the health, safety, and wellbeing of Illinoisans is Governor Pritzker's top priority. The administration continues to work closely with local health departments, county officials and federal partners to put systems in place to respond to COVID-19. This website will provide the latest news releases related to coronavirus, video archives of press conferences and tips from leading experts to keep you and your family safe.

    8/11: OSHA - COVID-19

    This webpage provides information for workers and employers about the evolving coronavirus pandemic. The information includes links to interim guidance and other resources for preventing exposures to, and infection with, the novel coronavirus—officially named SARS-CoV-2, which causes the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

    9/11: Illinois workNet Service Finder

    The Service Finder is a free service for Illinois residents and employers that offers many great service providers and programs that are available throughout Illinois to help you get through tough times. These services and programs provide support to help you reach your training and employment ​goals. Use the Service Finder to search for resources that can help you.

    10/11: COVID-19 Response and Resources

    The Illinois Comptroller's website includes information and resources for the business community such as:

    11/11: Small Business COVID 19 Relief Program

    The Business Invest - Illinois Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program (“Program”) is an impact investment loan program under which the State Treasurer has made up to $500 million in deposits available to banks and credit unions throughout the state, at near-zero rates, to assist Illinois small business and non-profits negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.