Unemployment expanded as state shuts “non-essential” businesses

The state has expanded unemployment benefits

State implements rules allowing affected workers to receive unemployment benefits

If you have been laid off as the result of the State of Illinois’ COVID-19 virus remediation efforts, you may be entitled to unemployment benefits.

That’s a result of “emergency rules” implemented by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).

It makes laid off workers eligible for benefits they wouldn’t normally qualify for, according to changes the state made on March 13th.

Any workers laid off should file for unemployment benefits immediately, as filings are typically not retroactive.

Illinois “lockdown” order

Governor Pritzker has ordered the closure of “non-essential” businesses throughout the state in his “shelter in place” order, effective today, March 21st at 5:00PM.

The order is an attempt to get Illinoisans to limit their physical proximity to other persons or groups, often referred to by the term “social distancing”, in order to control the spread of the virus.

Activities not restricted by the order include shopping for essentials such as groceries, medical supplies including prescriptions, carry out meals at participating restaurants, fuel such as gasoline and diesel, and medical attention.

The federal CDC recommends keeping a six-foot distance between you and any other people, regardless of their apparent state of healthiness.

Norridge closes Village Hall until at least April 3

The Village Hall will be closed until at least April 3

Village building at 4000 Olcott will be closed to visitors for at least 2 weeks

The Village of Norridge has released a statement indicating the Village Hall will be closed from 5PM March 20th until April 3rd.

The statement also said the Village government will be available by telephone (708-453-0800) for “essential municipal administrative services”, as well as certain services offered on their website.

The Village Hall closure joins the school and library who shuttered their buildings last week. The state has since mandated the closure of schools statewide, as well as bars and restaurants for dine-in customers.

The closures are being implemented to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The Village has also posted a bulletin of info about COVID-19, including information from the Village’s health commissioner earlier in the month about the symptoms of the virus and how it is transmitted.


Norridge schools partial closure week of March 16

Norridge schools are taking precautions against COVID-19

Students to attend E-Learning only classes March 16 through the 20th

Norridge School District 80 will be implementing its e-learning program in a statement to parents.

Ridgewood High School District 234 will be following a similar plan, in their statement to parents.

Union Ridge School District 86 is closed from today until March 30th per a statement on their website.

Norridge School District 79 Pennoyer has released a statement saying they will assess the situation and make a decision by the end of the school day.

Update (3/13/20): District 79 will also do e-learning the week of March 16th.

The week of the 23rd is the normal spring break.

The schools are limiting access as a result of the COVID-19 “coronavirus” outbreak.

Update (3/14/20): the Illinois governor has ordered the closure of all schools throughout Illinois through the end of March.

Norridge bans “puppy mill” sales of pets

Sale of “puppy mill” animals are now banned in Norridge

Village allows pet stores to sell animals only from nonprofit rescues and small breeders

The Village of Norridge has passed an ordinance that bans the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits from commercial breeders in pet shops.

Sales from breeders are allowed only if they have a USDA class A license and possess “no more than 5 female dogs or cats capable of reproduction in any 12 month period”.

The ordinance allows the unrestricted sale of pets from humane/rescue organization such as the Garrido Stray Rescue Foundation, and animal control centers.