COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

DCEO has compiled a list of resources for small businesses along with helpful links. Small Business Development Centers across the state are available to assist businesses with accessing resources. Please visit their website (LINK) for more information. DCEO is also soliciting input from Illinois businesses through an online survey (LINK) about how their operations have been impacted by COVID-19.

State of Illinois Updates

Keep up-to-date with Governor’s press announcements and the IL Department of Public Health on their website (LINK)

Stay at Home Order and Essential Business Operations

Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order 2020-10 (LINK) designated essential and non-essential business and operations. The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity published answers to Frequently Asked Questions (LINK) and a flowchart (LINK) to clarify what is considered essential versus non-essential. Additionally, the State has provided an Essential Business Determination Hotline which can be reached by phone at 1-800-252-2923 or by email at

Sales Tax Payments

On March 19 Governor Pritzker announced a series of new measures to relieve pressure on small businesses. Specific to restaurants, the Governor announced that any eating and drinking establishments that incurred less than $75,000 in sales tax liabilities last year will not be charged penalties or interest on payments due in March, April or May made late. Penalties and interest will be automatically waived; however, qualified taxpayers must still file their sales tax return even if they are unable to make a payment. Any taxpayers taking advantage of this relief will be required to pay their sales tax liabilities due in March, April and May in four installments starting on May 20 and extending through August 20. For more information, please visit their website (LINK).

Small Business Administration (SBA) Updates

Sign up for SBA email updates on their website (LINK)

COVID-10: Small Business Loan Information

The State of Illinois has received its statewide Economic Injury Declaration which means small businesses in Illinois may be eligible for low-interest, economic injury disaster loans up to $2M per business. Eligibility requirements are determined by SBA and can be found on their website (LINK). Businesses can access additional information (LINK) and apply for the loan online (LINK)

Unemployment Information

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 as possible. Please visit the Illinois Department of Employment Security’s  website (LINK) to review the information to assist your employees

Utility Updates

Below are links to several of the local area utilities regarding their response to COVID-19:

Local Partners

The La Grange Business Association (LINK) and the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LINK) offer pertinent COVID-19 information for businesses on their websites.

Other Assistance

DoorDash is offering assistance to the restaurant industry through a package of commission relief for new and existing DoorDash partner restaurants. Please visit their website (LINK) for more information.

Grubhub is offering assistance to independent restaurants by deferring commission fees. Please visit their website (LINK) for more information.

UberEats is offering assistance to independent restaurants by waiving delivery fees and enabling same-day payouts for any UberEats restaurants who request it, to increase cash flow certainty. Please visit their website (LINK) for more information.

Facebook has announced grants (LINK) to assist businesses experiencing disruptions resulting from COVID-19.