Latest News and Updates
Updates on the policies, news and regulations that affect your organization and community.
4/2: Learn more about a technical assistance program aimed at helping nonprofits and small businesses in Cook County access federal coronavirus relief package funds.
3/26: Illinois Partners commends Governor Pritzker, IDHS Secretary Hou, and the administration for the creation of the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund, a new statewide fundraising effort to support nonprofits serving those whose lives have been impacted by the novel coronavirus. For more information: https://www.ilcovidresponsefund.org. See the governor’s press release for details.
Federal Level: For up-to-date information on the new Senate emergency relief package (CARES Act) and Illinois’ 1135 waiver, check out our fact sheet, which will be continually updated live as the CARES Act moves through the House.
3/25: Congress passes a $2 trillion coronavirus response package.
3/23: The Illinois Department of Human Services’ latest update for providers related to funding during this public health crisis.
3/19: TAKE ACTION. Contact Illinois members of Congress to tell them that you join Illinois Partners, YMCA, United Way, and 90 other organizations in calling on legislators to provide $60 billion in relief to nonprofits across the country to keep doors open, expand scope to address increasing demands and lessen the worst effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. For email communication, download and email this letter. Utilize this script from the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities to share why this is important for your organization.
3/16: IDHS Staff and Providers: View up-to-date information about the Coronavirus on the IDHS Coronavirus Page.
3/15: IDHS is working with the Illinois Department of Public Health to increase awareness of responsible social distancing and common sense health practices to help curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information and briefings visit IDPH’s website.
3/12: Guidance from the Illinois Department of Human Services on provider protocol for addressing COVID-19.
3/12: The 2020 Census count has launched in Illinois! You can fill out the questionnaire by mail, phone or online. Online filers can print and save a confirmation letter after the form is completed.
3/11: Pritzker Administration will provide unemployment benefits to workers impacted by COVID-19.
3/10: IDHS announced an innovative partnership with private philanthropy and the National Able Network that will expand the number of organizations who can provide work and training resources for SNAP recipients in Illinois.
2/19: Gov. Pritzker delivered his FY21 budget address. Read the press release and budget address. Illinois Partners released a statement commending the governor’s budget recommendation, which demonstrates the importance and value of investing in human services.
2/4: A pending change to the state’s youth health care program is causing confusion and hardship for affected families.
1/27: The public charge rule remains frozen only in Illinois, where a federal appeals courts has upheld a state-wide injunction. Learn more about today’s Supreme Court ruling.
1/19: Senator Don Harmon is named Illinois Senate President. Harmon succeeds John Cullerton who stepped down in 2019.
1/12: U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $8.9 million in federal funding to help children in Decatur, Joliet and Alton, Illinois, access Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
1/1: Customized Employment for Individuals with Disabilities Act (SB 2087) – Creates a five-year pilot program for finding employment for individuals with disabilities, tasked with helping them find jobs and negotiating fair wages.
1/1: Parolee-Medicaid Screening (SB 1744) – Requires the Department of Corrections (DOC) to screen inmates prior to release for Medicaid eligibility.
1/1: Alzheimer Advisory Committee (SB 1726) – Creates the full-time position, Dementia Coordinator, within the Department of Public Health to oversee the implementation of the Illinois Alzheimer’s Disease State Plan.
1/1: Community-Integrated Living (HB 3069) – Requires any facility licensed under the Community-Integrated Living Arrangements Licensure and Certification Act to notify the Department of Human Services when emergency calls are made from the facility.
1/1: Medicaid Redeterminations (HB 3040) – Amends the Public Aid Code to require that if an individual has transferred from one long-term care (LTC) facility to another LTC facility, the individual Medicaid eligibility must be sent to the LTC facility where the individual resides and to that individual.
1/1: Family Mental Health Centers (HB 2247) – Creates a community-based pilot program for persons with mental illness or persons at risk for mental health diagnosis in communities with high need or underutilization of mental health services.
1/1: Children and Youth Adult Mental Health Crisis Act (HB 2154) – Creates the Children and Youth Adult Mental Health Crisis Act, which will restructure the Individual Care Grant/Family Support Program for children and young adults with high mental health need regardless of type of insurance coverage.
1/1: Child Abuse Reports-DPH-DHFS (HB 831) – If DCFS gets a report of suspected abuse or neglect of a child who was receiving care in a hospital, including psychiatric hospitals, DCFS shall notify the Directors of DPH and HFS of the report. DPH licenses those facilities, HFS provides healthcare for those patients under Medicaid.