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Illinois Government Responses to COVID-19 – Updated 5/15/2020

May 15, 2020

Today’s updates discusses the possibility of Illinois moving to Phase 3 of Governor Pritzker’s five-phase plan. Additionally, this update discusses an Illinois website to help those unemployed and Legislator Darren Bailey’s amended lawsuit against Governor Pritzker.

HEALTH

  • Before moving to Phase 3 of Governor Pritzker’s five-phase reopening plan, a region must meet certain milestones, including to have “[a]t or under a 20 percent positivity rate and increasing no more than 10 percentage points over a 14-day period.” While the climbing number of cases in the state made achieving this goal seem unlikely anytime soon, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced this week that all four regions of the state have officially fallen below the 20 percent mark. If the regions continue to report results that either remain steady or decline, many regions and possibly the entire state could move to Phase 3 as early as May 30th. To read Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan and more about each phase, visit https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/sfc/servlet.shepherd/document/download/069t000000BadS0AAJ?operationContext=S1. For access to the Illinois Department of Public Health’s data, visit https://www.dph.illinois.gov/restore.

 ECONOMY

  • Over one million Illinois residents are unemployed, so the state has created a site meant to connect those looking for a job with employers seeking employees. The site allows employers to post job openings and allows those looking for a job to search for an opening to pursue. Governor Pritzker made clear that “the financial stability and success of [Illinois] residents is key to getting Illinois’ economy back on its feet [and] Illinois won’t be restored until our workers and families have the opportunities and resources they need to build and fill their lives.” For access to the Get Hired Illinois website, visit https://www2.illinois.gov/GetHired/Pages/default.aspx.

EMERGENCY POWERS

  • Darren Bailey is the Southern Illinois lawmaker who successfully obtained a temporary restraining order against applying the statewide stay-at-home order to himself. Bailey has amended the complaint so that the outcome of his case will have broader application than to him alone. The amended complaint alleges that the Governor lacked the authority to extend the stay-at-home order as to any Illinois residents beyond the initial 30-day order.  In support of his allegations, Bailey points to an opinion written by Michael J. Luke, a prior attorney general, who stated, “the Governor would be required to seek legislative approval for the exercise of extraordinary measures extending beyond 30 days.” To read the amended complaint, click here. For more information, visit https://www.wandtv.com/news/rep-darren-bailey-files-new-lawsuit-against-stay-at-home-order/article_d703d6ec-9562-11ea-829b-6f233fb7b7ab.html.

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.