Message and Resources from the Joliet Chamber regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease)
The Joliet Chamber Staff and the Board of Directors are actively monitoring the continuing developments regarding the spread of COVID-19. At this time, we encourage all of our Chamber Members and their employees to educate themselves to the fullest in order to understand all of the facts surrounding this coronavirus disease.
We also encourage everyone to follow recommendations from trusted healthcare institutions and centers. We urge you as employers to consider steps that can be taken to prepare for potential impact on your workplace and your employees.
Please be aware of issues that may develop such as: leaves of absence, privacy, working remotely, and workforce reduction. We will continue to update our membership with any changes on the local, State and Federal level. Here are some useful links to review and share:
- Will County Health Department
- Illinois Department of Health
- COVID-19 updates from the World Health Organization
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Workplace Tips for Employees
- Guidance For Employers To Plan and Respond To Coronavirus
- Facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions
Additional resources from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
Again, we encourage all to constantly review facts regarding COVID-19 by utilizing the above links. A common message has been we’re all in this together, so let’s support one another, continue to do business local and with fellow Chamber members, and follow recommendations from the health professionals. Finally, you will be receiving a packet in the mail of upcoming Chamber programs and events. We plan to take each program and event on a case by case basis as the safety and well-being of our Chamber members, as well as the community, is of utmost importance. Please check our social media, your email, and our Chamber website for any updates.
We thank you all for your continued patience and support as we navigate this situation together.
Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry Staff and Board of Directors
Upcoming Programs – Virtual and In-Person
Virtual Conference Series: Joliet City Council Candidates Forum (Register Here)
Virtual Conference Series: State of the City Address with Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk (Register Here)
Useful documents to guide you through questions and answers from the COVID-19 crisis
A Bridge to Phase 5 / Phase 4 Updates
US CofC Phase_3_Bipart_Summary_FINAL (CARES Act)
IL Treasurer SmallBizCOVID19ReliefProgram Due April 1
Governor Pritzker Announces New Phase 4 Guidelines and Information on a Bridge Phase before Phase 5
YouTube (Friday) Video Update Playlist
Latest COVID-19 Updates
Coronavirus update for 4.19.2021 – Economic Growth Outpacing Hiring, Restaurant Fund News, & More Updates
Chamber Members: Rough week ahead with some dreary weather in store. The news to share today however is a little brighter. Take a look below for updates on economic growth outpacing hiring, news on the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, J&J vaccine, the...
Coronavirus update for 4.16.2021 – Will County IDOT Project List, $1.6 Billion for Childcare, and Catch Up on Fed Issues
Chamber Members: It’s always good to start your weekend with some good news. Today, even with the differing and back and forth news and views on covid #’s and vaccines, we have to be happy with the latest announcement. More than 30 percent of U.S. adults are fully...
Coronavirus update for 4.15.2021 – Good News on Jobs, Supreme Court Expansion, and Latest on Vaccines
Chamber Members: Happy Thursday! A lot of things going on in both Washington DC and Springfield as lawmakers return from their breaks. Speaker Pelosi announced today that she will not bring up a bill on expansion of the Supreme Court, the daily vaccine update is...
Chamber Members: Vaccine news is stealing the bulk of today’s spotlight. With yesterday’s major pause and more studies being conducted, we’ll likely here more and more of what is on the horizon with children, schools, and passports. Take a look below for a few...
Coronavirus update for 4.13.2021 – Vaccine Halted, New Studies on Variant & Business Bounce Back, and Illinois Leadership Thoughts
Chamber Members: Today’s update covers the unfortunate information concerning the announcement to pause one of the three approved coronavirus vaccines. In addition, we have a new study about the U.K. variant, a new study about Illinois business’ ability to bounce...
Coronavirus update for 4.12.2021 – Covid Numbers Update, Infrastructure Latest, and much more to catch up on
Chamber Members: Glad to be back in touch with our daily updates after some time off. Today’s update is certainly packed with information to catch up on so make sure that you read through and don’t miss anything. *Daily Coronavirus update brought to you by Silver...
Coronavirus update for 4.1.2021 – Details on $2 Trillion Plus Plan, Jobs Report, and New School Guide
Chamber Members: Today’s update will be the last one for the week and will reappear in your inbox on Monday, April 12th after taking a week off. Before it’s forgotten, if you have not yet voted please make plans to do so with the last option being in person at your...
Coronavirus update for 3.31.2021 – Good & Bad Reports on Vaccines, and Extensions on PPP & Evictions
Chamber Members: President Biden has made official the extension of PPP funds until May 31 by signing the Act into law. We have good and bad news on the vaccine front as new studies show promising results, but an unfortunate error will slow rollout. Also, the eviction...
Coronavirus update for 3.30.2021 – Waiting on Another Bridge, Infrastructure Day, and Worker Turnover
Chamber Members: Today’s update takes a look at the real possibility that we could be slipping backwards into a new virus surge. We’re basically at the needed 70% vaccination level for those 65+, but additional red flags have emerged. Additionally, we should finally...
Chamber Members: Spring break seems to be in full swing this week. Hopefully, all of you that have the chance to take some time off and relax can do so. With that said, today’s update has no shortage of announcements and updates. Today we focus on a major announcement...
Virtual Conference Series: Economic Trends & Reopening of the Economy (Register Here)
Virtual Conference Series: Legislative Coffee Presented by CITGO w/ Illinois State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel and State Senator John Connor (Video Recording)
Virtual Conference Series: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) First and Second Draw, PPP Forgiveness and EIDL Information for Businesses (Register Here)
Virtual Conference Series: Town Hall Meeting – A Follow Up Discussion (Video Recording)
Virtual Conference Series: City of Joliet Status Report on Projects & Programs (Video Recording)
Virtual Conference Series: Anti-Sexual Harassment Training (Register Here)
Virtual Conference Series: 2020 Meet the Candidates Forum (Video Recording)
Virtual Conference Series: Community Disaster Preparedness: Red Cross Ready Rating (Video Recording)
Virtual Conference Series: Government Affairs Legislative Coffee with U.S. Congressman Bill Foster and Jason Keller, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (Video Recording)
Virtual Conference Series: The Renaissance Continues – Updates from the Joliet City Center Partnership (Video Recording)
Click here for presentation slides: https://jolietchamber.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/The-Renaissance-Continues_CCP-slides.pdf
Virtual Conference Series: Child care: Increasingly vital to our workforce & economy (Video Recording)
Slide Presentation can be downloaded here: ReadyNation PPT 8.5.2020
Child Care Restoration Grants: $270 million for licensed providers with reduced capacity and experiencing business interruption-
Application info: https://tinyurl.com/ILGrantApp
*Note: Aug. 14 application deadline
Info on ordering Personal Protective Equipment for child care providers (only pay shipping): https://tinyurl.com/ILPPEhelp