COVID-19 Updates and Resources
The Village of Homer Glen will continue to provide regular updates to our residents and local businesses, as information becomes available. Village staff is in constant communication with its partner agencies and first responders to make sure necessary information is disseminated. This site will be the primary local source for information. Please follow us on Facebook and our website to stay informed of local happenings and programs that may be able to assist our community during this difficult time. Resources and helpful links are listed below.
The Governor announced new mitigation steps called Actions to Combat a Resurgence of COVID-19 that the State will apply in the event it experiences spikes like those that have occurred recently across the country. The plan calls for an expansion of the health regions from the current four to eleven.
The new regions in which the metropolitan Chicago region are divided include:
SOUTH SUBURBAN: Kankakee, Will
WEST SUBURBAN: DuPage, Kane
NORTH SUBURBAN: Lake, McHenry
SUBURBAN COOK: Suburban Cook
CHICAGO: City of Chicago
Governor Pritzker has signed a new Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation extending the statewide disaster declaration through Saturday, July 25, 2020.
Governor Pritzker has signed Executive Order 2020-43 which supersedes the previous order to reflect the changes in Phase 4.
Governor Pritzker has signed Executive Order 2020-44 which extends previous executive orders.
- Illinois Gaming Board announced that video and casino gaming will be allowed to resume on July 1, 2020.
- Business Interruption Grants Program – The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is launching the first round of Business Interruption Grants (BIG). This first round will provide $60 million to businesses experiencing losses or business interruption due to COVID-19 related closures. This program is available for up to 3,500 businesses. Applications for the BIG program open on June 26 and submissions are due by July 7. The DCEO will begin distributing funds in early July. For more information, including eligibility, and to apply for the BIG program,
- The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) issued orders approving two COVID-19 Utility Relief Agreements with large and small Illinois private utilities. More information is available in the ICC’s press release via this link.
- On Tuesday, June 23, Governor Pritzker announced guidelines for educational institutions to safely return to in-person instruction. Guidelines for K-12 schools, released by the Illinois State Board of Education and IDPH. IDPH requirements for schools to reopen in Phase 4 (Revitalization) of the “Restore Illinois” plan include:
- Use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including face coverings;
- Prohibit more than 50 individuals from gathering in one space at the same time;
- Require social distancing whenever possible;
- Conduct symptom screenings and temperature checks or require self-certification that individuals entering school buildings are symptom free; and
- Increase school-wide cleaning and disinfection.
- In addition to these guidelines, local school districts will be developing their own local reopening plans.
Click here for FULL LIST of Updates.
Village Board Launches COVID-19 Emergency Small Business Assistance Program
Partnering to Keep the Lights On
At the March 25 meeting, Mayor Yukich and the Village Board of Trustees proactively approved COVID-19 financial assistance for small businesses to Keep the Lights On. The program provides financial assistance to eligible independently-owned businesses in Homer Glen. Up to a $10,000 line of credit is available with loans offered at zero percent (0%) interest. Click on the link below for the program details and application form. Eligible businesses can apply now.
Village Hall is Closed - At the direction of Governor Pritzker (Executive Order #2020-10) the Village Hall will be closed to the public until June 1. At this time, staff is working (in office and remotely) and the Village is answering phone calls at the main number 708-301-0632.
Essential employees will continue to monitor our Village Facilities and Parks. Department email boxes will be checked periodically and will be responded to as personnel is available based upon priority. Department email boxes are as follows:
- All police administration and non-emergency matters for the Will County Sheriff’s Department should be directed to 708-301-9274.
- The Will County Sheriff’s Department personnel will continue to respond to service calls and patrol the Village of Homer Glen, as they do currently under our existing contract.
- For emergencies, call 9-1-1.
- Adjudication Court: Adjudication will resume in June. The next adjudication hearing is schedule for June 17.
- Village Meetings: Village Hall will be open for the Village Board meeting. Individuals should not attend if they are sick or have been around anyone who has been sick. All attendees will be required to wash their hands prior to entering the board room and adhere to social distancing requirements. The meeting will be recorded and available on this website on Thursday morning, and we encourage residents to watch the meeting.
- The public agenda packet is posted on this website.
- Special Events: Following direction from Governor Pritzker and recommendation from the CDC, the Village has cancelled its Homer Community Festival.
Building Permits & Inspections
Applications for building permits can still be submitted by email, fax or regular mail. The Village’s permits are available on the Permit Applications page. At this time, the Village will not require payment of the permit fees at time of application. These fees will now be able to be paid at time of permit issuance. Village staff will still be conducting essential inspections. Nonessential inspections, that require entering our residents’ homes will not be conducted at this time. The determination of essential versus nonessential will be decided by the Village’s Chief Building Official. The processes for issuing building permits and requesting inspections will continue with no changes. Next week, the Village will have installed a drop box by the Village Building Department entrance that will allow residents/contractors to drop off large-format plans and permit applications. All possible efforts will be taken to not disrupt construction in the Village, while still protecting the public and Village staff.
No Door-to-Door Solicitations - There are no solicitation permits issued at this time.
Utilities and Services
- AT&T - Offers added relief for customers.
- Comcast - New policies for the next 60 days including free WiFi hotspots for everyone, no disconnects or late fees, and more.
- ComEd - Imposing a moratorium on the service disconnections and waiving new late payment charges through at least May 1.
- Homewood Disposal - No changes to service.
- Illinois American Water - In addition to suspending shut-offs, ILAW is suspending late fees until further notice.
- Nicor Gas - Nicor has suspended service disconnections for non-payment through May 1.
Please DINE LOCAL! Thank you to all of our local restaurants that have decided to remain open for the public, offering drive-thru, curb-side pick-up, and/or delivery. In an effort to promote our local businesses, the Village attempted to contact all of our local restaurants to compile a list of those that will still remain open. We will update this list as additional information is received.
The latest news. programs, and resources for businesses can be found on the Business Resource page.
Residents can find information and resources for child care, filing for unemployment, taxes, support services, and volunteer opportunities related to the COVID-19 epidemic on the Resident Resources page.
Links to Government websites with credible information and resources related to the Coronavirus can be found on the Coronavirus Government Resources page.
Information about face-coverings is provided on the Face Mask Page.
Answers to frequently asked questions are provided by various agencies on the Frequently Asked Questions page.