Due to its poor financial health and lagging economy, Illinois carries unique economic and fiscal risks from a prolonged market downturn or recession. The state must act now to mitigate harm from COVID-19.View Report
This page will be updated daily to reflect developments related to the spread of COVID-19 in Illinois.
In the case of an epidemic like COVID-19, Illinois governors are given a wide range of emergency powers for a limited period of time.
Struggling businesses, individuals and families need relief while the economy is shut down. Despite Illinois’ financial woes, leaders can help the recovery by lifting government-imposed financial burdens.
The order was originally scheduled to lift on April 7, but cases of coronavirus in the state continue to rise. Schools will remain closed.
The change puts Illinois in line with the new federal deadline announced in response to the spread of the coronavirus.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on March 20 ordered state residents to stay home except for essential workers and trips for supplies. The order came as Illinois recorded its fifth death and 585 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Springfield needs to pull policy levers to mitigate harm. And they should do so as quickly as possible.
Unemployment claims spiked this week as Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered bars and restaurants to halt dine-in service, the service industry took major hits and large gatherings were banned to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.
With economic challenges driven by the coronavirus ahead, Illinois finds itself missing an important financial tool.
The order comes as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Illinois continues to rise.