Illinois and Chicago Set to Enter Phase 4 of Reopening Plans this Friday

Dear Neighbor,

Governor JB Pritzker announced plans today to move forward into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Public Health Plan, which permits gyms, theaters, museums and indoor dining to reopen with limited capacity restrictions this Friday, June 26th. Unlike previous phase transitions, the city's Reopening Chicago Plan coincides with the State’s plan and will also happen this Friday.

This graduation to Phase 4 is welcome news for many residents and business owners, including myself. As Mayor Lightfoot said during today’s press conference, we are progressing into Phase 4 specifically because so many of us have been carefully following safety guidelines set forth by our Public Health Departments. That said, all of the progress made thus far can be erased if we do not continue to take the proper precautions. It is imperative that we continue to wear face coverings in public, socially distance, frequently wash our hands, and stay home if we’re not feeling well - all to prevent the spread of further infection. This will enable Chicago and Illinois to continue on the road to recovery.

Aside from the reopening news, the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced updated grant program applications for businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19. These include the Business Interruption Grant (BIG) Program and the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Distressed Capital Program, both of which will open this week.

In this newsletter, you will find the most recent reports on the state of the district, including overviews of the city's and state's reopening plans, guidance on reopening for businesses from DCEO, updates on Chicago's “Together Now” Fund, and the most recent report from the Governor's Office.

As always, if you have any general questions about services or specific COVID-19 guidelines, feel free to call our office at 773-348-8974; email us at; or visit Also be sure to follow my office on Facebook and Twitter for the most recent news and updates as we receive them.

Wishing you and your loved ones health and peace.

Yours in service,


Yoni Pizer
State Representative, 12th District

Restore Illinois Phase 4 Overview

Reopening Chicago Phase IV Overview

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, alongside the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), industry leaders, labor leaders, and public officials, have developed industry-specific guidelines for safely operating within Phase IV: Gradually Resume. These guidelines are part of the city’s Be Safe Chicago framework that will be used to guide Chicago’s reopening process amid COVID-19.

Aligned with the State of Illinois but tailored to Chicago’s context, these guidelines advise employers and residents of Chicago on how to gradually resume reopening while continuing to prioritize the health of our most vulnerable residents. Please reference these materials to help cautiously guide your businesses and employees during Phase IV: Gradually Resume. As we continue to reopen further, more guidelines will be added, and existing guidelines will be updated.

Reopening Guidelines for Businesses from the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO)

Chicago's "Together Now" Fund

Applications are now open for the “Together Now” fund launched this month by Mayor Lightfoot to provide financial relief for Chicago small businesses and non-profits that have experienced economic distress due to COVID-19 or recent property damage. The application deadline is Monday, June 29.
Chicago businesses with property damage will be eligible for infrastructure grants up to $10,000 to help with repair costs. Businesses that have at least a 25 percent revenue loss due to COVID-19 will be eligible for operational grants up to $4,000 to help cover economic losses.
Each business owner is eligible to apply for one infrastructure grant and one operational grant. Select regional or national chain businesses, including franchises, branch banks and payday loan stores, are not eligible. Other restrictions apply.
The $15 million fund is supported by an initial commitment of $10 million from the City of Chicago, a $1 million contribution from Jewel-Osco, and several million dollars in additional private donations.
The initial round of grants is expected help more than 2,500 small businesses. Recipients will be selected through a lottery following the close of the application period a week from today.
For more information or to apply, visit Anyone who wishes to make a tax deductible donation to the Together Now fund can do so on the Chicago Community Trust's website. Together Now is a collaboration between the City of Chicago, the Chicago Community Trust and One Chicago Fund.

FAQ and List of Resources from Governor's Office

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