Chamber Members:

Half-way through the week and we’ve had a lot of information to read over already with Phase 4 guidelines and grant programs. Today is going to be a light update covering a few video conference opportunities and a little more.

School Guidelines

A lot of discussion seems to be going around regarding return to school in August. Yesterday we shared some of the information from the Governor. Here is the link to the full 60+ page report:

It is attached as a PDF document to this message as well.

Business Interruption Grant Clarification

After delaying the opening of the application from Monday to Tuesday and then from Tuesday to Friday, we learned that the BIG program will basically apply to restaurants/bars, salons/barbers, and gyms/fitness centers in the first round of funding. In addition to these, other businesses can apply but only if they fall into a zip code affected by the recent civil unrest of which none of our local zip codes apply. We are working with DCEO to urge and find out when the next round of funding may open and to expand the list of eligible businesses.

For those that do fall into these three categories, make sure you have all of the information needed to apply. You can find of the details here:

Invite to Webinar on Phase 4 and BIG Program

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will be hosting a webinar this upcoming Monday and all of our members are invited to participate. The webinar will begin at 1:00 PM. This is the perfect opportunity to have all of your questions answered about the next phase and grant eligibility. You can register here:

Finally, make sure that you register to join us on our next Virtual Conference this Friday, June 26 at 11:00 AM.

Will County Update – Pandemic Funding, Ballots by Mail, and Census Information 

Speakers and Topics:

Denise Winfrey, Interim Will County Executive – Update on Will County Programs and Projects including $120 million distribution of CARES Act funds

Lauren Staley Ferry, Will County Clerk – Information about New Ballot by Mail Process

Quinn Adamowski, Census Engagement Coordinator – Census 2020 Progress and Next Steps

Register here:

Stay well,

Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry Staff and Board of Directors



Mike Paone

Vice President – Government Affairs

Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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