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COVID-19 resources for Workers

Provided below is a list of resources and information for Montgomery County workers impacted by COVID-19 (Coronavirus). These links take you directly to the experts so please know clicking on a link will open a new browser with the information you are seeking.  We will continue to update this page as more resources become available. If you have any questions or wish to speak to MCEDC directly, please call or text 217-851-4332.  If there is anything you would like added to this page, please email:

The Chicago Times has broken down Governor Pritzkers 5-phase reopening plan in three easy to follow charts, visits there website to learn more about how your business may be impacted as the state starts to reopen:

Restore Illinois Final Package issued 5/5/20:

Governor JB  Pritzker Issues Disaster Proclamation
Click HERE to view the proclamation in full via WORD format.  

To view his additional executive orders, click HERE.

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.  To learn about eligibility, click HERE.


What is Unemployment Insurance?

In general, UI provides temporary income maintenance to individuals who have been separated from employment through no fault of their own and who meet all eligibility requirements, including the requirements that they be able and available for work, register with the state employment service and actively seek work.  To learn more about Unemployment Insurance, click HERE.

Economic Impact Payments:

The IRS is committed to helping you get your Economic Impact Payment as soon as possible. The payments, also referred to by some as stimulus payments, are automatic for most taxpayers. No further action is needed by taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 and 2019 and most seniors and retirees.  Click HERE to learn more.

In light of the recent Disaster Proclamation issued by Governor JB Pritzker and by his direction, the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) is following the federal government in providing special tax filing and payment relief to individuals and businesses in response to the COVID-19 Outbreak.  The filing deadline for Illinois income tax returns has been extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. To read the full bulletin from Director David Harris click HERE.

U.S. Department of Agriculture and Rural Development:

USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses, and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated as more actions are taken to better serve rural America. This page is being updated each day so you may want to check back every few days. Click HERE to Learn more.

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