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Your all-in-one information resource for employment, benefits, taxes, and more.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Stimulus Payments

  • One of the most publicized portions of the act involves cash payments of $1,200 to individuals and $2,400 to married couples.
  • An additional $500 may be paid for each qualifying child.
  • These amounts are subject to reduction if the individual’s Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) exceeds $75,000 ($150,000 for a married couple).
  • Nonresident alien individuals and a person who is the dependent of another is ineligible to receive the payment.
  • The cash payments will be based on the recent tax information available to the IRS, based on the 2018 or 2019 tax return filed, but is subject to a “true-up” based on 2020 tax return information.
  • See the IRS Guide, Economic Impact Payments: What You Need to Know, for more information.
  • Calculate how much you'll get from the stimulus checks.
    • Over 80% of American adults will receive a payment.

Unemployment Benefits

  • Unemployment benefits will be expanded from 26 weeks to 39 weeks.
  • Self-employed individuals will qualify for the first time.
  • Unemployed workers will get an additional $600 per week for up to four months, on top of the normal state unemployment benefits.
  • Find more information at the U.S. Department of Labor.

Single-Family Mortgage Foreclosure Moratorium and Forbearance

  • The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides for a moratorium on foreclosure of federally backed mortgage loans for at least 60 days.
  • The act allows borrowers facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 to request a forbearance on payments on federally backed mortgages for up to 60 days.
  • Borrowers may request extensions of the forbearance for up to four additional periods of 30 days each. This forbearance provision will be in effect for either the end of the COVID-19 state of emergency or December 31, 2020.

Student Loan Forbearance

Retirement Funding

  • Required Minimum Distribution rules for qualified plans and individual retirement accounts are suspended for 2020 to preserve asset value.
  • Coronavirus-related distributions of up to $100,000 can be made with the related income tax payable over a three-year period. Additionally, the amount can be recontributed back to plan over a three-year period without affecting that year’s contribution limits.
  • The limits on the amount of loans that can be taken from a qualified plan for Coronavirus-related purposes is increased to the lesser of $100,000 or 100% of the individual’s accrued benefit.
  • Check out Forbes and Bloomberg for more information.

Helpful Articles

Resources & Information for Individuals


Child Care
Covid-19 Emergency Child Care Provider Search
To find child care during the coronavirus crisis, call the statewide toll free number (888)228-1146,
Citizenship & Immigration
Informed Immigrant
Resources for immigrants during the coronavirus crisis.
USCIS Response to Covid-19
USCIS staff are continuing to perform duties that do not involve face-to-face contact with the public. However, USCIS will provide emergency services for limited situations.
World Relief Aurora
World Relief DuPage/Aurora fosters a movement among local churches to create welcoming communities where refugees and immigrants thrive.
Housing
COVID-19 Resources Related to Housing & Homelessness
Housing Action Illinois is a statewide coalition that has been leading the movement to protect and expand the availability of quality, affordable housing in Illinois for more than 30 years. Housing Action will make daily updates with new resources as they become available.
Homeless Shelters Guidance
This Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidance provides recommendations for homeless shelters and is intended to support response planning by homeless service providers.
IHDA COVID-19 Housing Resources Information
Illinois Housing Development Authority information for renters and homeowners.
Illinois Department of Human Services Resources
The Illinois Department of Human Services has resources to help, including Emergency and Transitional Housing and information for Homeless Youth. For Veterans, call 877-424-3838 for 24/7 access to the VA’s services for homeless and at-risk Vets.
Rental Assistance
The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) contracts with local agencies and select properties around the state to provide rental assistance. The contacts on this list below can help you apply and, if eligible, place you on a wait list for an appropriately sized apartment. You must be prepared to move into a participating property in order to receive rental assistance.
Illinoisans Experiencing Food Insecurity
Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry
The Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry drive-thru pantry runs on Tuesday and Thursday from 9AM until 12PM.
One cart per car. Please remain in your vehicle at
all times and do not roll
your windows down.
Food Pantries
Search for food pantries in your area.
Illinois Emergency Food Program
An alphabetic listing of all Illinois Emergency Food Program distribution sites, this list includes Food Pantries, Soup Kitchens and Homeless Shelters.
Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry
Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry and friends are dedicated to making sure no one is hungry!
Job Seekers
Illinois Worknet Center
To expand economic opportunity, the Illinois Worknet Portal utilizes partnerships and technology to expand seamless and real-time access to workforce development resources.
JobNow
Aurora residents have access to JobNow, which offers expert live assistance in a one-on-one setting. Explore how to build an effective resume, preview the kinds of questions that will arise during a job interview, and learn the best steps to take towards the career you are interested in. You will need to enter your library card number and pin to sign in to the service.
Tips for Interviewing Online
Indeed's Video Interview Guide, including best location, body language, and practice and tech set up.
People with Disabilities
COVID-19 Resources for the Disability Community
Access Living has assembled a resource guide for COVID-19.
Seniors
Covid-19 Special Shopping Hours for Seniors and Vulnerable Populations
The Illinois Retail Merchants Association has compiled a list of stores holding special shopping hours for senior citizens and other vulnerable populations. This list is updated frequently.
Unemployment
Covid-19 and Unemployment Benefits FAQ
Unemployment benefits may be available to some individuals whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19. The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive to the current situation as possible.
Schedule for claiming/certifying IL Unemployment Benefits
In order to process the extremely high volume of unemployment benefit claims due to COVID-19, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) has implemented a schedule for those filing claims online and over the phone.
Workers
Illinois Department of Labor FAQs Regarding COVID-19
The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) will continue to enforce all labor laws during the Covid-19 Crisis.
Restaurant Workers
Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation (RWCF) is working to collect information and links to resources that will help restaurants and workers deal most effectively with the COVID-19 Emergency.
Veterans
Coronavirus FAQs: What Veterans need to know
VA call centers and some VA health facilities are currently experiencing very high numbers of calls. To help the VA address the most urgent needs first, use the frequently asked questions (FAQs) for routine or non-urgent questions.
Find VA Location
Veterans with symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath should immediately contact their local VA facility. VA urges Veterans to contact VA before visiting.
My HealtheVet
If you believe you may have COVID-19, use the VA’s My HealthEVet tool to send your provider a secure message and schedule a telehealth appointment. Veterans and their caregivers can also talk to a nurse by calling the Nurse Advice Line at 888-598-7793.

General Resources

State of Illinois Response to the Coronavirus

Watch live at 2:30pm: The Pritzker administration's daily COVID-19 update

Restore Illinois Plan (English)

Restore Illinois Plan (Spanish)

Federal Government Response to the Coronavirus (English)

Federal Government Response to the Coronavirus (Spanish)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

County Health Dashboards

DuPage County Covid-19 Dashboard

Kane County Covid-19 Dashboard

Kendall County Covid-19 Dashboard

Will County Covid-19 Dashboard

Information on Face Masks

State of Illinois Guidance on the Use of Masks

CDC DIY Cloth Face Covering Instructions

Mental Health & Self Care

Illinois Call4Calm Text Line

CDC Information on Stress & Coping

Headspace - Free Meditation

Income Taxes

Filing deadlines have been extended to July 15 for Federal and Illinois. Find coronavirus Information for Illinois taxpayers at Illinois Department of Revenue.

Payments on Credit Cards and Auto Loans

Credit Card Payments 

In this time of need, many credit card issuers are moving quickly to assist their customers by providing them with information and resources that may alleviate some of their financial burden. Please go to your financial institutions’ websites for information, or take a look at Credit Karma’s compiled list of credit card issuers’ assistance efforts and eligibility requirements.

Auto Loan Payments

Many lenders are offering auto loan relief programs to help their customers alleviate some of their financial burden. Find more information on Credit Karma.

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