Chemical Industry Council of Illinois (CICI) Members


Mark Biel, Chief Executive Officer
[email protected] or 217/522-5805 


Afternoon Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – 1,049 Confirmed Cases, 9 Deaths; Remote Work Policy, Essential Business Operations Memo Template, Employer Action Plan, Analysis/Synopsis of Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order, Jenner & Block Resources 

At the time of this e-mail, the Illinois Dept. of Public Health is reporting 9 deaths, out of 1,049 now-confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Illinois including an infant. Confirmed cases have risen by 296 since yesterday and are up from 93 cases a week ago. In total, 8,374 people have been tested for the virus. You can see where these cases are occurring at the State of Illinois COVID-19 website that also contains more information on this outbreak. In addition, Western Illinois University has an put together this Map of COVID-19 Cases in Illinois & Surrounding States to give you a better picture of where Covid-19 cases are at in relation to areas surrounding Illinois.  

Remote Work Policy: Attached to this e-mail is a template borrowed from our peers at the Virginia Manufacturers’ Association for businesses for remote work policy, social distancing & exposure management. 

Essential Business Operations Template: Attached is a draft memo as an example to have at your facility if questioned about whether your facility is an Essential Business as defined under the Governor’s Stay-At-Home order. Please change as you see fit and review with your legal counsel.

Employer Action Plan Guidance Document: In conjunction with our brethren at the Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council, attached is a guidance document covering employer action plans regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, covering employee communications, operations risk assessment and mitigation efforts, the media, local leaders and first responders, and federal resource links from the Illinois Dept. of Public Health, CDC, and DHS.

Synopsis/Analysis of State-At-Home Order: CICI Associate member and law firm, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, has put together a synopsis and analysis of Governor Pritzker’s Stay at Home Order to help you navigate the multitude of provisions in the order. This can be found at: Seyfarth Shaw Synopsis

Jenner & Block Resource Center: CICI member law firm Jenner & Block has put together a COVID-19 resource center which provides critical updates prepared by their multi-disciplinary task force, drawn from all of the firm’s different practice groups. Here is a link to that site:  Jenner & Block Resource Center



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