Chemical Industry Council of Illinois (CICI) Members


Mark Biel, Chief Executive Officer
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – Commercial Routing Assistance Tool Available; General Assembly Far Off from Returning to Springfield; Update on COVID-19 Cases  

Commercial Routing Assistance Available: With the support of the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Idaho National Laboratory (INL) has designed, developed, and deployed a capability for truckers and other commercial drivers in the U.S. to understand restrictions that they might encounter as they travel across the country. Attached to this Update you will find the Commercial Routing Assistance (CRA) tool that merges coordinated and vetted data streams, plots multiple automated or custom routing options, and visualizes the wide variety of state regulations and actions that a driver would encounter along a route. With the CRA, commercial operators can plan vehicle movements across multiple states quickly, particularly during emergencies. 

For more information and access to the Commercial Routing Assistance (CRA) tool landing page, visit

General Assembly Not Returning to Springfield Anytime Soon: Many legislators have called for the legislature to briefly return to Springfield and deal with emergency items related to COVID-19.  Governor Pritzker gets asked this very question almost every day at his press conferences, deferring to the House and Senate leaders to make that decision. And with the governor’s own phased-in plan for reopening, it doesn’t look like 177 members of the General Assembly and numerous staff will be reconvening anytime soon.  In fact, House Speaker Michael Madigan released a statement today along the lines that the House will only return when and if members and staff, and the general public’s health and safety can be assured.   

Update on COVID-19 Cases: The Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) is now reporting a total of 2,974 deaths, an increase of 136 deaths from yesterday.  There are currently 68,232 positive cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, an increase of 2,270 since yesterday. In total, 361,260 people have now been tested in Illinois for the virus, which is an increase of 14,974. The percentage of positive cases since yesterday as compared to increased testing is at 15.1%, which is a full percentage point lower than yesterday.  Remember – one of the parameters for the governor’s Restore Illinois plan calls for regions to be at or under a 20% test positivity rate before regions can proceed to another phase of this plan.

You can check 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.  The IDPH website also now includes a breakdown of the cases under each zip code in the state. In addition, Western Illinois University has an put together this Map of COVID-19 Cases in Illinois & Surrounding States which gives you picture of where COVID-19 cases are occurring in relation to areas surrounding Illinois. 

Worldometer also has a site with pertinent statistics on a state by state breakdown and comparison. Also, the City of Chicago has a good categorization of the cases within the city.


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