Dear Chicago Residents and Partners,
While the City continues to prioritize its public health response in order to keep residents safe and healthy, we are also looking ahead to the next phase of this challenge to develop ways Chicago can emerge stronger post COVID-19. On April 23, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced the creation of a COVID-19 Recovery Taskforce to advise city government as economic recovery planning efforts get underway.
The Taskforce will be co-chaired by Mayor Lightfoot and former White House Chief of Staff Sam Skinner and led by a group of industry experts, regional government leaders, community-based partners and policymakers. It is comprised of five core committees, with recommendations developed out of the Policy & Economic Stimulus Committee, the Mental & Emotional Health Committee, and the Marketing & Business Development Committee. There will also be a Regional Coordination Committee to ensure alignment across neighboring governing bodies, as well as a Change Study that will analyze economic and social impacts of COVID-19 on the city and be used as a basis for many of the recommendations developed by the other Committees. Over the next several weeks, the Taskforce will:
- Help unite Chicagoans during this unprecedented time and build opportunities to grieve as well as cope with the loss of first responders, front line workers and loved ones from COVID-19;
- Address COVID-created unemployment;
- Reaffirm Chicago as a destination for businesses, workers, tourism and events;
- Engage regional partners and policymakers to ensure recovery efforts are aligned across multiple jurisdictions;
- Conduct a “change study” to gauge the full extent of economic hardship and provide a baseline for the city as well as the business community.
Learn more about the COVID-19 Recovery Taskforce at chicago.gov/coronavirus.
- Modified Stay at Home Order - Governor JB Pritzker has announced that he will sign a modified version of the state's stay at home order that will go into effect on May 1 and extend through the end of the month. The modified order will strengthen the state's social distancing requirements while allowing residents additional flexibility and provide measured relief to non-essential businesses in the safest way possible.
- Emergency Ordinance - The City Council yesterday approved an ordinance introduced by Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot to codify the executive authorities enacted last month to ensure a citywide emergency health response amid COVID-19. The ordinance codifies emergency action taken by Mayor Lightfoot in March following the onset of the pandemic and provides guidance around the City’s efforts to support and equip frontline workers and provide necessary supplies and care for residents.
- Cloth Mask Drive - The City of Chicago is launching the “Chicago Together! Make a Mask, Give a Mask, Wear a Mask” citywide cloth mask drive on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Through the citywide drive, residents can make and donate homemade cloth masks that will be provided to homeless shelters, community health clinics, and other organizations to prevent outbreaks among the City’s most high-risk residents. For information on how to donate, go to chi.gov/maskdrive.
- Tele-Town Halls - The City's Racial Equity Rapid Response Team (RERRT) is partnering with local community organizations and is hosting tele-town halls to provide targeted information and receive direct input from residents in communities that have been most heavily impacted. Those who missed the South Shore COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall can watch part 1 and part 2 on the South Shore Works Facebook page. Residents living in or near the Austin and Auburn Gresham neighborhoods can participate in the other two virtual town hall through Facebook Live:
- Saturday, April 25: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm: Greater Auburn Gresham DC
- Saturday, April 25: 1:00 - 2:30 pm: Austin Coming Together
- Smart 911 - Sign up for Smart 911 and create a safety profile for yourself and your family. In the event of an emergency, your Safety Profile is made available to call takers the moment your phone or one associated with your account dials 9-1-1. The service is free and sign up can be completed in minutes at smart911.com.
Join the Fight against COVID-19
- Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund
- A Better Chicago’s Emergency Relief Fund
- CPS Compassion Fund for COVID-19 Closures
- Red Cross Blood Donations
- PPE & Medical Supplies
For more information, visit chicago.gov/coronavirus.