Chemical Industry Council of Illinois (CICI) Members


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


Afternoon Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – 8,904 Confirmed Cases, 210 Deaths; COVID-19 Predictions, Graphs; McCormick Place, Other Facilities Coming Online; DHS, Department of Labor, Coast Guard Notices; Links to Executive Orders; Law Firms & Other Services 

This afternoon, the Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting a total of 210 deaths, an increase of 53 from yesterday, out of 8,904 now-confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, which is an increase of 1,209 new cases since yesterday. In total, 48,048 people have now been tested for the virus, an increase of 4,392 new tests since yesterday. 

You can see where these cases are occurring at the State of Illinois COVID-19 website which 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.  

COVID-19 Predictions, Graphs: Researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) have launched a website making predictions on the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak in various states and the need for hospital beds and supplies. These researchers are predicting the number of cases and deaths in Illinois will continue to rise until the mid/later part of April under these IHME Projections

In addition, the Chicago Sun-Times has this updated daily graph providing information on the total positive cases and the number of fatalities since the crisis began. 

McCormick Place “Hospital, Other Facilities Coming Online. As you may know, CICI has been helping to secure equipment needed to turn McCormick Place into a temporary hospital. It was announced today that in less than a week’s time, 500 rooms and beds have been assembled along with 14 nursing stations, and full support rooms for supply storage, pharmacy needs and housekeeping. By the end of the month, 3,000 beds are expected to come online.  This Crain's Chicago Business article contains a video clip and additional information on this undertaking.

Three other sites in Chicago and the collar counties which are reopening include the former Advocate Sherman Hospital campus in Elgin, the Metro South Health Center in Blue Island and Westlake Hospital in Cook County’s Melrose Park.  Also, the Vibra Hospital in Springfield will also begin to add more beds to increase capacity in Central Illinois.

US Department of Labor Information on Paid Sick Leave:  The US Depart of Labor has a webpage for employer guidance on the newly created Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  This contains the new law’s provisions, FAQs, and answers on topics such as paid sick leave and extended family medical leave.    

DHS Notice & Questionnaire on COVID-19 Cyber Threats:  Attached is a notice and questionnaire from the DHS Intelligence Enterprise (DHS IE) Cyber Mission Center (CYMC), coordinated with Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and FBI. This notice informs federal civilian government and private sector network defenders of a Coronavirus-themed phishing campaign against state and local entities. Malicious cyber actors since at least March 12, 2020 have been sending coronavirus-themed phishing e-mails—purporting to be from official US Government agencies—to various state and local agencies in an identified US state, according to a US state law enforcement agent.

Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC®) Operations: Attached to this e-mail is a Marine Safety Information Bulletin from the US Coast Guard covering several topics of interest to CICI members related to TWIC program.

Links to Governor Pritzker’s Executive Orders: Yesterday,CICI inadvertently attached the continued Stay-at-Home Proclamation instead of the actual new Stay-at-Home Executive Order, which contains more information and can be found here: Stay at Home Order. In addition, the governor also issued an Executive Order providing immunity from liability for healthcare workers/workplaces, with the exception of willful neglect and misconduct, and can be found here: Healthcare Immunity

CICI Associate Member Services: As you can imagine, the COVID-19 crisis can have numerous legal implications for businesses on everything from environmental regulations to employment & labor law to banking and finance.  

In response to this, the following CICI Associate Members have created first-rate Webpages providing relevant and important information for CICI members on the COVID-19 crisis. These are great resources that provide everything from informational updates to scheduled webinars.    

Jenner & Block

Conn Maciel Carey

Quarles & Brady

Greensfelder Hemker & Gale

Ice Miller

Freeborn & Peters LLP

Thompson Coburn

Thompson Hine COVID-19 Task Force

Seyfarth Shaw



K & L Gates

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

1400 E. Touhy Ave, Suite 110
Des Plaines, IL 60018
Tel: (847) 544-5995
Fax: (847) 544-5999