Last Updated 7.8.2020

It is important for employers to monitor the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak and implement strategies to protect their workforce while ensuring continuity of operations whenever possible. This page contains links to a variety of resources provided by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Effingham County Health Department, the U.S. Small Business Administrationg, adn the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Restore Illinois Phase 4 NEW!

Phase 4 - Indoor and Outdoor Dining Guide NEW!

Phase 4 - Indoor and Outdoor Recreation Guide NEW!

Restore Illinois Business Toolkits

How to Save Lives and Livelihoods

Effingham County Board Resolution approved 5/13/2020

How to Calculate Maximum Loan Amounts

Re-Opening Your Business Resources

Restore Illinois: A Plan to Reopen Illinois


Grants & Loans

Ameren Illinois has announced funding for small businesses and non-profits that have fallen behind on their electric bills. Under the company's COVID-19 Economic Hardship Recovery Program, one-time grants of up to $500 will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis until June 30, or until the funds are exhausted. Call 866.800.0747 or visit to learn more.  NEW!

Paycheck Protection Program

Newest Resources

Trusted Resources

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Minimum Wage Increase on July 1 to $10/hour NEW!
This increase does not require an update to the Illinois department of labors required postings, provided your business is displaying the poster effective January 1, 2020.

Child Care Resources

The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development (along with many agency partners) has developed a web page for communities with resources to help them address child care needs for essential workers. They will be updating it a great deal over the coming days as more resources become available.