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 6.17.2021 – Spike in Jobless Claims, Housing Shortage Report, and Covid Under 1%
Chamber Members: Since today is Thursday, you know that we’re going to be sharing a job report below. Today we have both the weekly national numbers as well as the state May report. Claims have oddly spiked and Illinois is right in the mix contributing to it....
Coronavirus update for 6.16.2021 – Governor Signs Bill for Juneteenth, Amends the Budget, and No Energy Deal
Chamber Members: Today’s update covers a number of important topics coming out of Springfield as well as the usual infrastructure talk out in Washington D.C. Governor Pritzker has now signed the bill to officially make Juneteenth as state holiday, an energy bill...
Coronavirus update for 6.15.2021 – Waiting on the Energy Vote, Budget Reconciliation Starts, and a New Vaccine
Chamber Members: Members of the Illinois Senate were back in Springfield today to consider an energy regulatory overhaul bill that's been in discussion in some form since at least 2019. The House is due back tomorrow to vote on the bill, should the Senate get it done...
Chamber Members: All seems to have gone well with the move to Phase 5 on Friday and over the weekend. Today’s positive cases were under 200. Please let us know if you have any lingering concerns or questions. Today’s update will talk about the ongoing energy...
Chamber Members: Mid to late March 2020 is the last time that our economy was fully open for business and now, 15 months later, we’re back to “normal.” Congratulations to all of you that have endured, pivoted (should be on the list of most used words in 2020), seen...
Chamber Members: Today’s update has the usual Thursday jobs report and we also take a look at an inflation report out that sees prices surging. Also, yet another infrastructure deal has emerged on the federal front. Consider adding your voice to a push for adding...
Chamber Members: Halfway through the week as we look today at some issues brewing in the state. First of all, the Republicans have sued the Democrats on the redistricting process. This was pretty much expected. Out in Washington, D.C. there emerged yet another...
Chamber Members: When we enter phase five Friday it will be the first time in more than a year that there are no limitations on the size of gatherings and most public activities. There seems to be some lingering questions about capacities across various industries...
Chamber Members: The week we’ve all been waiting for is here as full economic reopening should happen this Friday, June 11 unless some unforeseen circumstance pops up. That though is unlikely as today we’re under 250 cases in Illinois. Utterly amazing numbers looking...
Chamber Members: Looks like we’re in for a nice weekend. As a wrap up to the week that saw a flurry of bills passed and some already signed, a final report is below. The Governor also signed today the new legislative and supreme court maps. The May jobs report has...
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