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
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 5 Guidelines
YouTube (Friday) Video Update Playlist
Latest COVID-19 Updates
Coronavirus update for 7.1.2021 – The Final Edition, Jobs Report, Infrastructure Agreement, and More
Chamber Members: Happy July! Today is the day. After 300 plus daily coronavirus updates, this will serve as the final edition. We hope that the updates have served you well and that at the very least they were informative and allowed you to find information in one...
Coronavirus update for 6.30.2021 – I80 Work, Illinois Bond Rating Improves, and Assistance for Child Care
Chamber Members: If you haven’t heard yet, I80 construction is underway. Read below for details on what is happening. Today’s update also talks about an upgrade in bond rating for Illinois (1st in over two decades), state assistance for child care, state unemployment...
Coronavirus update for 6.29.2021 – Infrastructure Talks Have You Confused?, Vaccine Passports, and Health Care Stats
Chamber Members: Halfway through the week before a holiday. Out in Washington, D.C. infrastructure talks seem to become more confusing by the day with ups and downs. Read below to stay current on the latest twists and turns. There is also renewed talk about vaccine...
Coronavirus update for 6.28.2021 – Infrastructure Clean Up, Unemployment Comparisons, and Two Members Working Together
Chamber Members: Enough rain already, right? As we come close to the end of June and the 4th of July holiday, these next few days will be the end of the daily coronavirus update. The update itself isn’t going to go away completely though as after the 4th of July we’ll...
Coronavirus update for 6.25.2021 – Optimism in Congress, County Vaccine Comparisons, and Getting Ready for School
Chamber Members: Today’s update has the potential to give all a little optimism that things may be working out in Congress. There is still a ways to go with an agreement on infrastructure, but there are positive movements. With rain predicted for what seems like an...
Chamber Members: Today’s update has big news on the infrastructure talks, hopefully winding things up. Also, the usual Thursday jobs report, CDC announces eviction moratorium extension, the national debt ceiling, and Illinois gets good news with financial outlook. One...
Chamber Members: Today’s update focuses on rental relief in Illinois, a call nationally to extend the eviction ban, how Illinois families stand as covid has likely erased gains from post recession, a new home price record, and the release of airport aid. As a...
Coronavirus update for 6.22.2021 – Voting on Voting, Entrepreneurial Knowledge, and Economy Investments
Chamber Members: Today’s update covers the action taking place in Congress – voting on voting and the never-ending topic of infrastructure. Also, we look at investments in the economy, what entrepreneurs have learned through covid, and U of I announces vaccine...
Coronavirus update for 6.21.2021 – The Labor Market, Illinois Hits Mark on Shots, and Governor Signs Off on Election Bill
Chamber Members: Welcome to Summer 2021! Looking back one year ago, we were entering the last week of Phase 3 with Phase 4 beginning on June 26. So we spent almost one year in Phase 4 with back-and-forth mitigations. It is a nice feeling to be in Phase 5 now with a...
Coronavirus update for 6.18.2021 – Legislative Coffee Date, Employee Vaccine Opp., and the Vaccine Lottery
Chamber Members: Before we get into the preview of today’s update, let’s bring attention to two things. First, we have a Legislative Coffee presented by CITGO this upcoming Thursday, June 24 at 8:30 AM. We’ll be talking about outcomes of the most recent session in...
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)
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