Category: Covid-19

New COVID-19 Regional Mitigation Phases Announced

Due to the insurgence of COVID-19 reported cases, some regions in Illinois will be moving into or have moved into new mitigation measures.

The link below is to the Illinois Department of Public Health Regional Dashboard, showing all the counties and what Region they are located in.

IDPH Regional Dashboard

Because Maple Park is within both DeKalb and Kane Counties, they fall into separate regions. DeKalb County is part of Region 1, and Kane County is located in Region 8. Listed below are the current mitigation measures for both counties.

Region 1 – DeKalb County

Region 8 – Kane County

Also, listed below is a link to testing sites available for residents of Maple Park. Simply enter the zip code and it will pull up those sites available.

COVID-19 Testing Sites

Region 1 is at Warning for COVID-19

Northern Illinois Rockford Region – On September 29, Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department ofPublic Health (IDPH) implemented new COVID-19 mitigation measures for the Northern Illinois Rockford
Region (Region 1) to take effect on Saturday, October 3.

Mitigations to Take Effect on October 3, 2020
The mitigation measures were implemented as Region 1 is at warning level for COVID-19 due to a positivity rate greater than 8% and increasing COVID-19 infection rates in the region. These additional prevention measures disproportionately impact local business establishments.
As we learn to co-exist with COVID-19, it is important to respect and support local businesses and each other by taking the following steps:
 Follow local travel guidance and limit non-essential travel.
o Non-essential travel includes traveling for sports team and social gatherings.
 Limit your contacts and follow the 3Ws.
o Keep your contacts limited to a small number. The more people from different
households that gather, the greater the risk of spreading COVID-19.
o If your children are in school, keep the playdates to those who are in your child’s class.
o When eating with others not from your household, keep 6ft apart
 Leave a place or gathering where people are not masking or social distancing, or if the gathering is too large.
 Support local businesses by continuing to order online, carrying out, and using curbside pick-up.
For general questions about COVID-19, call the IDPH hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or

Update on Kane County Covid-19 and the Governor’s Announcement

In last Friday’s press release, the Illinois Department of Public Health informed the public that Kane County has now been added to the Watch List, meaning Kane County had an increase in two (2) of the eight (8) COVID-19 metrics.  In the past week(s), the following has transpired:

  1. When there are two consecutive weeks with more than a 20% increase in deaths; Kane County went from four (4) deaths to seven (7) death; and,
  2. The number of new cases of COVID went from 50 people out of 100,000 to 105 people out of 100,000.

Please see the Kane County Press Release under the Covid-19 Tab on the Home page  for additional details. Please refer to the COVID-19 tab on the Home Page for further informaiton specifically regarding COVID-19.

In an effort to improve public health and curb the chance for spreading the virus we ask Maple Park residents to mask up, practice social distancing and wash their hands.

We are also asking residents to assist Maple Park businesses (especially the bars and restaurants) in their efforts to prevent the spread of the virus by following these same practices when you patronize the businesses.


Thanks for your cooperation, stay strong and stay well!




Phase 4 Guidelines Overview – Restore Illinois

Are you confused about what Phase 4 reopening is going to involve? What has changed from Phase 3? At the link below you will find the Phase 4 Guidelines Overview from the Illinois Department of Commerce outlining how this new Phase will affect everyone. The earliest these new guidelines will be effective is June 26th, but we wanted to give everyone an opportunity to review them before that date.

Phase 4 Reopening Overview

COVID-19 Emergency Grant Assistance for Small Businesses in Kane, Kendall, and DeKalb Counties


NOW AVAILABLE: COVID-19 Emergency Grant Assistance for Essential Small Business in Kane, Kendall, and DeKalb Counties

The Kane County Office of Community Reinvestment is pleased to announce that it is now accepting grant applications from essential small businesses facing financial impacts from the COVID-19 emergency. The program, which is funded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, aims to provide assistance to essential small businesses in order to avoid layoffs due to Illinois Executive Order 2020-10 (COVID-19 Stay-at Home Order). Funds from this reimbursement-based program will be used to help eligible businesses mitigate layoffs and adhere to “social distancing” provisions established by state and federal public health authorities. It is not intended to duplicate other types of assistance available from federal, state, or local government. Individual awards under the program may range from $5,000 to $50,000 per employer/physical location. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Program guidelines, application materials, and a list of eligible essential businesses can be found here. Questions should be emailed to Businesses located outside Kane, Kendall, and DeKalb Counties are encouraged to request contact information for their county’s local workforce development office.

Also, The Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) has updated their guidance on State liquor licenses expiring on the last day of each month from March through June.

Due to the hardships generated by COVID-19 liquor license holders have been experiencing, all licenses expiring March 31, April 30, May 31 and June 30, 2020 are extended until July 31, 2020.  Here’s the link on how to renew your State Liquor License.

State License Renewal Guidance