Business and Employment
Applying for Unemployment
If you've lost your job due to the COVID-19 Crisis, you can apply for unemployment through the State of Illinois Department of Employment Services. Along with your personal and background information, you need the following documents and information on hand to complete your application:
- Drivers license or state ID
- Current residential and mailing address
- Social security number
- Last dates of employment
- Number of days worked during the last employment period
- Number of weeks earning $484 or more during last employment period
Select industries, including healthcare, customer service, logistics, store operations, and facility management, are hiring during the COVID19 crisis. If you are looking for work, see positions available on Skills for Chicagoland’s Future and the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership.
If your small business is strained by COVID-19, you may be eligible for City, State, or Federal funds (loans or grants). The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) COVID-19 Resource Center has the most up-to-date resources for businesses. On this site, you'll find:
- News and policy that impact small businesses
- Emergency financing information and applications (neighborhood, city, state, and federal resources)
- Options for 1:1 support, through the resource navigator
- Information about workshop webinars
Health and Safety
Businesses should implement flexible sick leave policies and social distancing measures to protect employees and customers. Get the most updated guidance from the Chicago Department of Public Health.
Doing Business with the City
As part of the functioning of our government, we need to buy a wide range of goods and services. Examples include engineering and construction services, office supplies, vehicles, janitorial services, signs, legal services, and so much more, including: Professional Services, Commodities, Work Services, Vehicles & Heavy Equipment, Architecture and Engineering, and Small orders, which are purchases under $100,000.
The nonprofit-led, government-supported Get My Payment Illinois Coalition was formed to ensure eligible Illinoisans-- especially those most vulnerable-- receive their Economic Impact Payments from the federal CARES Act.
GetMyPaymentIL.org, hosts resources in English, Spanish, Polish, Chinese, Arabic, and Tagalog, tailored to the lowest income Illinoisans, including those who may be homeless or lack a permanent address, those without access to a computer or internet, those without a bank account, or those with limited English proficiency.
GetMyPaymentIL.org is accessible to all and will help individuals:
- Learn if they need to register for a payment if they don’t normally file income tax returns.
- Get a bank account for faster receipt of their stimulus payment via direct deposit (or to cash or deposit their paper stimulus check for free at their bank).
- Find tax information and assistance to get their payment.
- Answer questions about their stimulus checks such as whether it impacts their public benefits or what Social Security recipients need to do next.
Go to www.GetMyPaymentIL.org to learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the hotline at 888-553-9777.