Coronavirus - Support Niles Businesses

Cook County announced that late-payment interest penalties will be waived for two months on the second-half installment on property tax bills.  The action means that property tax bills normally due August 3rd can be paid as late as October 1st without extra late charges.

The Village of Niles is asking residents to support Niles businesses that have been affected by the Coronavirus by purchasing gift cards from the restaurants and other businesses.  Residents can buy directly from the restaurants and businesses so they can use these funds for a month or two.  When the pandemic is over, you can redeem the gift card at Niles businesses. Businesses are encouraged to update their web sites to sell gift cards. Residents can also support the restaurants that may offer a drive-thru, a take-out menu, as well as curb service. They can also purchase meals for first responders including doctors, nurses, firefighters, police, and public works personnel.  A list of restaurants is provided below.  

Governor Pritzker has issued a state-wide “Stay-at-Home” order, which took effect Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 5 P.M. and will last through  April 7. The "Stay-at-Home" order was extended by the Governor until May 30th.  All residents shall remain in their home during this time, with exceptions for essential needs like obtaining food and visiting doctors.

Rest assured that the Village’s police, fire, and public works services will all continue during this event. Regular garbage pickup will continue, but loose items that are not in a bag or cart will NOT be accepted. The Niles Free Bus will use its weekend schedule, with no early morning runs, 7 days a week beginning Tuesday, March 24 (the first run will switch to a 9:33 am start time for the 411 route, 9:43 am for the 410 route and 9:30 for the 412 route). Village facilities remain closed to the public.

Essential services will still be operational including, but not limited to:

o Grocery stores

o Gas stations

o Auto Repair Facilities

o Pharmacies

o Police stations

o Fire stations

o Hospitals, clinics and healthcare operations

o Garbage/sanitation

o Public transportation

o Public benefits (i.e. SNAP, Medicaid) hotlines

o A full list can be found in the executive order www.coronavirus.illinois.gov

Governor Pritzker's 5-Phase Plan 

https://abc7chicago.com/society/restore-illinois-5-phase-reopening-plan-by-gov-pritzker-splits-il-into-4-regions-/6159808/

https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-cb-pritzker-plan-reopen-illinois-20200506-erfvitdovffmzd7ativx4hj57q-htmlstory.html

https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/restore-illinois-faqs

Governor Pritzker has extended the statewide Stay-At-Home Order through the end of May 2020.

Beginning May 1, 2020, several changes have been made to the statewide Stay-At-Home Order:

• Some outdoor recreation is allowed to reopen, such as State parks, limited fishing and boating, and golf (with restrictions), when social distancing is followed.

• Greenhouses, garden centers, and nurseries may reopen, provided all other pandemic safety measures are followed.

• Animal grooming services may reopen.

• Non-essential retail stores may reopen to fulfill phone and online orders through curbside pickup and delivery.

• All individuals are required to wear a face covering or mask when in a public place and where social distancing cannot be maintained. This order is similar the existing Niles executive directive, but this order puts the practice into effect statewide.

Congress Passed Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Health Care Enhancement (HCE) on April 23, 2020

On Thursday, April 23, 2020, Congress Passed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (PPP & HCE Act), and the President signed it into law Friday, April 24.

The PPP & HCE Act is an expansion of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) portion of the CARES ACT passed in late March. The original $350 billion earmarked for small business paycheck loans has been exhausted; the new legislation adds $310 billion more to the program. Additionally, the PPP & HCE Act includes:

• $60 billion for the SBA’s economic injury disaster loans and grants, including:

• $50 billion for economic injury disaster loans – each loan can be up to $2 million with interest rates not to exceed 4% and long-term repayment periods of up to 30 years;

• and $10 billion for grants of up to $10,000 that do not have to be repaid.

• $100 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations, $75 billion of which is designated for hospitals and health care providers, and $25 billion of which is designated for the ramp-up of COVID-19 testing

• Additional funds are provided for the SBA to administer these programs

It is critical that any small employers who have already applied for a PPP loan check with their lender, as the Interim Final Rule states explicitly, you can only apply for one PPP Loan. Contact your bank to see if they still have your application and whether or not it will be submitted when the SBA begins accepting new PPP loan applications.

If you are a small business owner who has not applied for PPP loans, you can start your application now. You must submit SBA Form 2483 (Paycheck Protection Program Application Form) and payroll documentation. Applications will be accepted again Monday, April 27 at 9:30 am!

State of Illinois Small Business Assistance

The State of Illinois announced grants for Small Business.  More information is provided at the following link:

https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/SmallBizAssistance/Pages/Coronavirus-Disease-2019-(COVID-19)-Information-for-Small-Business.aspx

The State of Illinois Small Business Assistance programs are provided in the link above.   Cook County announced on March 26, 2020 the Covid-19 Small Business Assistance Program.  

The State of Illinois announced the Hospitality Grant recipients for grants of between $10,000 and $25,000. The list of recipients is provided below:

https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/SmallBizAssistance/Documents/Hospitality%20Grant%20Awardees%204.17.20.pdf

Cook County $10 million Community Recovery Fund

Cook County unveiled a $10 million Community Recovery Fund that will offer no-interest loans to suburban small businesses, gig workers, and independent contractors whose livelihoods have been battered by the new coronavirus.  The application for the newest Cook County Small Business Assistance program is provided below.  Additional information on Business Assistance Programs are provided below under Business Assistance Programs.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=rlVNi7RtBU6oXFnWolbNbmMOJwqJKYZHoxCOSMzw5rhUOUVZOVgyUjVIUjgzUDAxOElWNUwxQ0VQRS

US Chamber of Commerce Grant Program for Small Business Recovery

The US Chamber of Commerce launched a new grant program to support small business recovery.  The US Chamber will distribute $5,000 grants to small employers in the US from corporate and philanthropic partners. The link is provided below:

https://savesmallbusiness.com/

Niles Chamber of Commerce - Voice of Business Interviews

The Niles Chamber of Commerce & Industry - Voice of Niles Business Interviews with the Mayor of Niles, Mayor Andrew Przybylo,  Economic Development Director John Melaniphy, Village Trustee Denise McCreery and Village Trustee George Alpogianis regarding the business assistance programs are provided at the links below:

https://www.facebook.com/ChamberNiles/videos/576845699852633/UzpfSTEwMDAwMDU1NjAwMjgwNjozNTYzODEyODgzNjQ3MjEw/

https://www.facebook.com/ChamberNiles/videos/1572648249568411/UzpfSTEwMDAwMDU1NjAwMjgwNjozNTI4ODQ0ODU3MTQ0MDEz/

https://www.facebook.com/ChamberNiles/videos/2689712497803935/?q=Niles%20Chamber%20of%20Commerce%20Voice%20of%20Business&epa=SEARCH_BOX

https://www.facebook.com/ChamberNiles/videos/693723261374602/UzpfSTEwMDAwMDU1NjAwMjgwNjozNjA1MDk1MDQ2MTg1NjYw/

There are also links for frequently asked questions pertaining to the Governor's Stay-At-Home order for businesses, as well as, information for restaurants.  We would also like to thank all the Niles grocery stores that have endured unprecedented demand and have worked diligently during this crisis to keep their store shelves stocked.  If you need assistance or have any questions please contact the Director of Economic Development John C. Melaniphy at 847 588-8074.

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Grocery Stores Designate Special Hours for Senior Citizens

Aldi - First hour starting at 8:30 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Jewel-Osco - 7:00 am to 9:00 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Walmart - First hour starting at 6:00 am each Tuesday 

Target - First hour starting at 8:00 am each Wednesday

Fresh Farms - First hour starting at 8:00 am

Whole Foods - First hour starting at 8:00 am

Meijer -  7:00 am to 8:00 am Tuesdays and Thursdays 

Meijer employees and medical workers, first responders and law enforcement officers can shop from 7:00 am to 8:00 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays

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Coronavirus - Economic Stimulus Package

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2020

• Extended Unemployment Insurance program increases the maximum unemployment benefit by $600 per week and ensures that laid-off workers, on average, will receive their full pay for four months instead of 3 months.

• $100 billion in a Marshall Plan for the Health Care System.

• $150 billion for state and local Coronavirus Relief fund.

• $10 billion for SBA emergency grants of up to $10,000 to provide immediate relief for small business operating costs.

• $17 billion for SBA to cover 6 months of payments for small businesses with existing SBA loans.

• $30 billion in emergency education funding and $25 billion in emergency transit funding.

• $30 billion for the Disaster Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as private nonprofits providing critical and essential services.

• More than $10 billion for the Indian Health Services, and other tribal programs.

• Prohibits businesses controlled by the President, Vice President, Members of Congress, and heads of Executive Departments from receiving loans or investments from Treasury programs.

• Makes rent, mortgage and utility costs eligible for SBA loan forgiveness.

• Bans stock buybacks for the term of the government assistance plus 1 year on any company receiving a government loan from the bill.

• Establishes robust worker protections attached to all federal loans for businesses.

• Creates real-time public reporting of Treasury transactions under the Act, including terms of loans, investments or other assistance to corporations.

• Creates a Treasury Department Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery to provide oversight of Treasury loans and a Pandemic Response Accountability Committee to protect taxpayer dollars.

• Adds a retention tax credit for employers to encourage businesses to keep workers on payroll during the crisis.

• Provides income tax exclusion for individuals who are receiving student loan repayment assistance from their employer.

• No bailout for big oil.

• Eliminated “secret bailout” provision that would have allowed bailouts to corporations to be concealed for 6 months.

• Prohibits airlines from stock buybacks and CEO bonuses.