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Illinois Government Responses to COVID-19 – Updated 4/1/2020

April 1, 2020

HeplerBroom understands how staying abreast of the latest developments related to COVID-19 is important to your business and planning for the future. We have assembled some of Illinois’ additional executive, legislative, and regulatory actions related to COVID-19 that may affect you and summarized them below.

ECONOMIC

  • On March 31, 2020, Governor Pritzker announced that he will sign another Executive Order, extending the time that all Illinois residents are to shelter in place. Health officials with the Illinois Department of Public Health announced an additional 937 cases in the State of Illinois, confirming the total number of cases is 5,994. Illinois public and private schools will remain closed until April 30, 2020. The provisions of the prior order will remain in place, with directives for restaurants and bars to remain closed or provide carry out, curbside, or delivery service only. Only those businesses deemed essential will be open to the public, but employees and patrons must adhere to social distancing measures. For more information, or to listen to Governor Pritzker’s announcement, visit https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/news.
  • On March 20, 2020, Governor Pritzker issued an Executive Order which, in part, ceased enforcement of orders of eviction for the duration of the pandemic. Along with Governor Pritzker’s order, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (“IDFPR”) issued guidance of their own. The IDFPR is urging all mortgage services to defer payments for 90 days for those suffering hardship as a result of COVID-19. Although citizens are not relieved of their obligation to pay, these directions are necessary to help those who are facing economic hardships due to being out of work as a result of the pandemic. For more information on the guidance issued by the IDFPR, or for additional contact information for assistance regarding your loan or rent payments, visit https://www.idfpr.com/News/2020/2020%2003%2030%20IDFPR%20financial%20guidance.pdf.

A public emergency such as the one we are experiencing with COVID-19 is unlike anything any of us has ever experienced. In an effort to continue to keep citizens safe, Illinois has also worked to keep many businesses and services running. Like many, HeplerBroom attorneys are diligently working from their homes to keep both clients and the community at large updated as to executive, legislative, and regulatory actions in the midst of COVID-19.

HeplerBroom attorney Emilee M. Bramstedt contributed to this blog post.

COVID-19 Updates

HeplerBroom LLC COVID-19 Response

HeplerBroom has been diligently working on its response and continuity plan to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to keep the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our clients as our top priority.

To help ensure everyone’s continued health and well-being, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all attorneys and staff will be working remotely until March 31. This is an unprecedented and dynamic situation, and HeplerBroom is committed to observing governmental suggestions and requirements concerning public health while continuing to provide legal service second to none.

To ensure this, the firm has identified essential personnel in each office who will make certain that critical firm functions that cannot be done remotely continue to be handled. We have put in place protocol for those essential personnel to make sure they are keeping healthy per the CDC cleaning and sanitizing recommendations. All teams have back-up personnel and procedures that we will follow to make sure all deadlines are met and clients receive the same great service and work product that we have always been proud to provide.

HeplerBroom’s IT department has been working hard to make sure all remote employees are set up with equipment and access from home to limit disruption to our clients. Maintaining security and confidentiality has remained, and will continue to remain, at the forefront of all processes and procedures, at all levels throughout the firm.

The firm has created emergency communication measures to communicate any changes to this plan to employees and are communicating on a regular basis with any and all new resources and helpful information during this uncertain time.

During these fluid and unpredictable times, HeplerBroom will continue its commitment to great service and results for our clients, all while keeping safe and healthy.

Wishing you and your families good health.