Chemical Industry Council of Illinois (CICI) Members


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


Afternoon Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – 12,262 Confirmed Cases, 307 Deaths; Child Care Assistance Application; Best Practices for Grocery Shopping  

This afternoon, the Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting a total of 274 deaths, an increase of 33 from yesterday, out of 12,262 now-confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, which is an increase of 1,006 new cases since yesterday. In total, 69,942 people have now been tested in Illinois for the virus, an increase of 10,959 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. Also, IDPH has a case breakdown of the number of positive cases in Chicago and each county relative to the number of fatalities.  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.  

Application for Child Care Assistance for “Essential Workers”: Yesterday, Governor’s Pritzker announced that all essential workers in healthcare, human services, essential government services and essential infrastructure now qualify for the state’s Childcare Assistance Program. 

According to the Illinois Department of Human Services website, to qualify for this assistance, “each” parent/guardian in the home must be an essential worker unable to work remotely. The applicant must meet the definition of a “Prioritized Essential Worker”, submit documentation as proof of each parent/guardian’s employment status along with the application. Acceptable documentation includes a pay stub within the past 30 days or a letter from your employer. If submitting a letter from your employer, please have them list: 1) the company name; 2) your job title; 3) standard working hours; and, 4) your salary and frequency of pay (e.g. weekly, biweekly).

If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact your Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCR&R). To find your local CCR&R, please visit:

Best Practices for Grocery Shopping.  Outside of “essential” employment as defined in the Governor’s stay at home order, most human contact is now, or should be, largely through grocery shopping.  Attached you will find a guide from Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) illustrating best practices for grocery shopping to limit the amount of contact when getting necessary supplies, such as social distancing, sanitizing and cleaning procedures, and not using re-usable bags.

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