Area Services & Support
SNAP Online Purchasing Plan
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved IDHS’ SNAP Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Online implementation plan, which gives SNAP customers the ability to enter their Personal Identification Number (PIN) to order groceries online. All SNAP recipients with Link cards in Illinois will be able to participate.
Independent Contractors, Sole Proprietors Filing For Unemployment Benefits
State officials are urging independent contractors and sole proprietors to file for unemployment benefits now. Also, note that this initial claim may be denied, but it sets the stage and allows for retroactive compensation.
IDES also has a new chat bot on their website to help answer your questions.
Social Security Phone Scams
Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs says Social Security phone scams have skyrocketed, becoming the Number 1 fraud reported to the Federal Trade Commission and Social Security Administration. To help reduce this fraud, Social Security has launched a new online form to report these phone scams.
Searchable Online Map to Find Food Pantries and School Meal Distribution Sites
A searchable online map is available for finding local food pantries and school meal distribution sites across the Tri-Counties. It can be searched by city or address. Be sure to adjust the distance range for the broadest search. While much of the information has been recently updated, given demand, it’s a good idea to call ahead.
Driver’s License and REAL ID Deadlines
Here are some reminders for those needing state driver services such as license renewals and license plate stickers:
- Expiration dates for driver’s licenses, identification cards, vehicle registrations and other transactions and document filings will be extended at least 90 days after Driver Services Facilities reopen.
- Renew your license plate sticker online.
- The REAL ID deadline has been pushed back to October 1, 2021.
Business Interruption Grants (BIG) Program
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has announced the creation of the Business Interruption Grant (BIG) Program. The first round of funding will provide $60 million in economic relief for businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications opened Friday, June 26 and submissions are due by 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 7.
The program is available for up to 3,500 businesses that experienced a limited ability to operate due to COVID-19 related closures. Fund distribution will begin in early July. Specifically the program provides support for bars and restaurants unable to offer outside service, providing 1,000 grants of up to $20,000; barbershops and salons, providing 1,000 grants of $10,000 each; gyms and fitness centers that lost significant revenue due to COVID-19, providing 500 grants of $20,000 each; and businesses located in disproportionately impacted areas where there was recent property damage from civil unrest, providing 1,000 grants of $20,000 each. Businesses must have been in operation for at least three months prior to March 2020 and must meet specific annual revenue criteria.
Guidance for Disinfecting Businesses
Looking for guidance on cleaning and disinfecting your home, school or workplace? Check out the Centers for Disease Control Guidelines for help.
Legionnaires’ Disease Prevention When Reopening A Business
If your business is currently closed, be aware that there are precautions to take before reopening to prevent a Legionnaries’ Disease Outbreak. Because your business has been closed, there may be stagnant water in the plumbing. Stagnant water can cause conditions that increase the risk of bacteria growth, like Legionella. Legionnaires’ Disease is a serious lung infection.
East Peoria Online Building Permit Application
An online East Peoria building permit application is now available to assist contractors with construction projects.