Latest News and Updates
Updates on the policies, news and regulations that affect your organization and community.
6/1: Illinois Partners Executive Director Lauren Wright issued a statement on systemic racism in our country, an issue that allows some lives to be protected and valued more than others.
5/29: As Illinois moves into Phase 3, read Governor Pritzker’s most recent Executive Order sharing requirements for organizations to reopen and other activities to resume.
5/18: Illinois Partners, in collaboration with providers, has sent a letter to the Illinois Deputy Governor for Health and Human Services requesting clarity on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) surveys, guidance and forms.
5/5: Governor Pritzker announced Restore Illinois, a plan focused on reopening the state.
4/23: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is giving $955 million in grants from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help meet the needs of older adults and people with disabilities. Illinois is receiving grants totaling $32.1 million.
4/22: The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announced Monday that the state has been approved to provide approximately 316,000 Illinois households with additional SNAP benefits beginning April 30th through the Pandemic EBT program.
4/20: TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to fund human services in the next stimulus package. Illinois Partners is a proud member of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and is working with nonprofits to advocate for the benefits outlined in this letter to Congress. The Alliance has easy sign-on forms with sample language for our elected leaders, including advocating for the human service sector to receive essential worker pay and robust financial relief.
4/15: TAKE ACTION: On April 16 from 2 to 3 pm help spread the word on the importance of completing Census 2020 by participating in a Thunderclap. Use this Thunderclap social media kit for easy-to-post content or share posts from others in your region. Let’s get counted.
4/14: The University of Illinois released “the first in a series on the impacts of COVID-19” on the State. Read the full report: What Policymakers Should Know About the Fiscal Impact of COVID-19 on Illinois
4/13: COVID lays racial health disparities bare: IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike and Gov. JB Pritzker announced plans for greater testing and available alternative housing in black communities.
4/11: Learn more about Gov. Pritzker’s new Call4Calm hotline aimed at providing emotional and mental support for stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
4/6: The Illinois Department of Human Services announced that Illinois Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients will begin receiving maximum benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.
4/5: Essential workers in human services and health care now qualify for Illinois’ Child Care Assistance Program.
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.