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Testing for the General Public

March 27, 2020 From Village of Crete, Mayor Einhorn:

TESTING FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC

The Will County Health Department is making the following suggestions to the general public:

Members of the general public who feel that they are experiencing symptoms of COVOD-19 should consult their primary healthcare provider. 

If the healthcare provider feels that the patient qualifies for a COVID-19 test, the provider can order the test and direct the patient to a test location.

Generally speaking, patients should not report to a hospital without speaking to their healthcare provider.    

If you are having a medical emergency and trouble breathing, please go to the nearest ER or call 911.

If you decide to go to the ER, please call ahead and let them know you are experiencing symptoms.

The Will County Health Department Coronavirus Response Hotline is 815-740-8977.

Illinois Coronavirus Hotline is 800-889-3931.

Business Interruption Grant Webinars

The Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program is multi-million program developed by Governor Pritzker and the Illinois General Assembly to provide economic relief for small businesses hit hardest by COVID-19.

BIG leverages federal funding provided by the CARES Act to help offset COVID-19 related losses for Illinois small businesses. Funding may be used to help businesses with working capital expenses, including payroll costs; rent; utilities; and other operational costs.

Applications for a second round of funding are now being accepted and can be found here. A total of $220 million will be made available for small businesses of all types in Illinois. Grants will be awarded and funded on a rolling basis until funding is depleted.  The grant size will be equivalent to two months of expenses.

The BIG program is open to all eligible businesses (for profit and nonprofit) with $20 million or less in annual revenue in 2019 and experienced losses due to COVID-19. Of the total funding, $70 million will be invested in Disproportionately Impacted Areas (DIAs) and $60 million in heavily impacted industries. A map of the DIAs and the eligibility guidelines can be found on our website. 

The heavily impacted industries are defined as having annual revenues of $10 million or less and have been close or operating at a very diminished capacity since mid-March and are likely to continue to do so until Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan. These industries include the following:

·         Event spaces

·         Music venues

·         Performing arts venues

·         Indoor recreation

·         Amusement parks

·         Movie theaters

·         Museums

·         Charter/shuttle buses

DCEO will be hosting webinars regarding this program. You can register for the webinars by using the links below:

Event:  Northeast Region Business Interruption Grant Webinar
Date and time:  Friday, September 25, 2020 2:00 pm
Event address:  https://illinois.webex.com/illinois/onstage/g.php?MTID=eae4c803e69f3132138ed9c902bf20d0e

Event:  Northeast Region Business Interruption Grant Webinar
Date and Time:  Monday, September 28, 2020 2:00 pm
Event Address:  https://illinois.webex.com/illinois/onstage/g.php?MTID=eb5ae540f4ac73d79af6b0fcdc96cd4fa

Event:  Northeast Region Business Interruption Grant Webinar
Date and time:  Wednesday, September 30, 2020 3:00 pm
Event address:  https://illinois.webex.com/illinois/onstage/g.php?MTID=e1b28c578db7ed2236ac96f8a0a0def37

Secretary of State event in Chicago Heights

A mobile Secretary of State event is scheduled for tomorrow in Chicago Heights, and will offer the following services:

• Renewal / correction of driver’s license.
• New / renewal / correction of state ID.
• License plate renewal stickers.
• Motor voter registration w/ renewal of DL / ID.
• Organ donor registration w/ renewal of DL / ID.
• Seniors age 65+, no charge for state ID.

Proper identification required for above services. For veteran designation, residents must bring their DD-214 or NAF 13038. For more information about veteran ID services, call the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs at 1-800-437-9824.

The event will be held Tuesday, September 22nd, from 10am to 2pm at:

Chicago Heights Park District
1400 Chicago Rd,
Chicago Heights, IL

Attendees must wear face coverings and follow social distancing rules.

New COVID-19 ‘Mitigation Efforts’ starting Aug. 26

Governor Pritzker has announced new COVID-19 restrictions on businesses in the greater Will and Kankakee County areas.

According to Mr. Pritzker’s office, new COVID-19 positivity rates have climbed to unacceptable levels, prompting the state to re-impose certain restrictions on bars, restaurants, meetings and social gatherings in general, beginning August 26 through at least September 2, at which point the restrictions may be rolled back or increased.

The entire press release is attached below.

Emergency Rental & Mortgage Assistance Program

From the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) Emergency Rental & Mortgage Assistance Program:

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

With applications now available, the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERA) will support Illinois tenants unable to pay their rent due to a COVID-19-related loss of income. Tenants whose applications are approved will receive one-time grants of $5,000 paid directly to their landlords to cover missed rent payments beginning March 2020 and prepay payments through December 2020, or until the $5,000 is exhausted, whichever comes first. The assistance will be in the form of a grant and repayment will not be required. Applications for ERA will be accepted August 10th through August 21st. Due to anticipated high volume, the application window may close early. IHDA will use a third-party entity to select a pool of applications to be reviewed for eligibility. Approximately 30,000 tenants are expected to receive funding. Apply online at: era.ihda.org. 

Tenant Eligibility:

  • Household income before March 1, 2020 was at or below 80 percent of the Area Median Income;
  • An adult member of the household must have had a loss of income due to the COVID-19 crisis on or after March 1, 2020; and
  • Household has an unpaid rent balance that began on or after March 1, 2020.

Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program

Available August 24, 2020, the Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (EMA) will assist homeowners who have experienced a COVID-19-related loss of income resulting in past due mortgage balances starting March 2020. Approved applicants will receive up to $15,000 paid directly to their mortgage servicer. Assistance will cover the homeowner’s past due or forbearance balance and their regular mortgage payments through December 30, 2020, or until the funding is exhausted, whichever comes first. Payments may include all escrowed first mortgage expenses including property taxes, insurance and certain fees. The assistance will be in the form of a grant and repayment will not be required. Applications for EMA will be accepted from August 24th through September 4th. Due to anticipated high volume, the application window may close early. IHDA will use a third-party entity to select a pool of applications to be reviewed for eligibility. The program is expected to assist approximately 10,000 households. Apply online at: ema.ihda.org. 

Homeowner Eligibility:

  • Household adjusted gross income from 2019 Tax Return was at or below 120 percent of the Area Median Income;
  • An adult member of the household has had a loss of income due to the COVID-19 crisis on or after March 1, 2020;
  • Homeowner’s mortgage was current as of February 29, 2020;
  • The mortgage is past due or in forbearance.

Additional documentation attached to this post.

For more information about the Emergency Rental Assistance Program: https://era.ihda.org/

For more information about the Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program: https://era.ihda.org/

Crete Featured Business: Dairy Queen

Crete Dairy Queen owner, Sam Patel, grew up in a small village. When he saw an opportunity to become a franchise owner in Crete, he felt it was a perfect fit.

Dairy Queen Crete is currently open for drive-thru only, and is located at: 1006 E Steger Rd Crete, IL 60417 (708) 304-2447

Crete Featured Business: Dairy Queen

Crete Dairy Queen owner, Sam Patel, grew up in a small village. When he saw an opportunity to become a franchise owner in Crete, he felt it was a perfect fit. Dairy Queen Crete is currently open for drive-thru only, and are located at: 1006 E Steger RdCrete, IL 60417(708) 304-2447

Posted by Village of Crete on Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Crete Featured Business: Cone Cottage

On warm summer nights, the Cone Cottage in Crete is one of the most popular destinations for both residents and visitors.

And when the season comes to an end and the first snow falls, it is the promise of being reunited with that great tasting ice cream and hometown atmosphere, that gets many people through those cold winter months.

So, don’t delay, go get that cone today!

Crete Featured Business: Cone Cottage

On warm summer nights, the Cone Cottage in Crete is one of the most popular destinations for both residents and visitors. And when the season comes to an end and the first snow falls, it is the promise of being reunited with that great tasting ice cream and hometown atmosphere, that gets many people through those cold winter months.So, don't delay, go get that cone today!

Posted by Village of Crete on Thursday, July 16, 2020

Village Vehicle Sticker Deadline July 17

The extended due date for the village vehicle sticker is July 17. The regular price per sticker, per vehicle is $50. Senior Citizens, 65+, receive a $25 discount for the first sticker. The sticker must be displayed in the LOWER PASSENGER side corner of the windshield.

PLEASE NOTE: After July 17, the regular sticker price will double to $100, $50 for seniors.

PLEASE NOTE: After July 17, the Crete Police Department will begin writing tickets to vehicle owners who do not have a sticker.

PLEASE NOTE: The revenue from the stickers is used for street improvements/maintenance, which is especially important this year, because unlike Springfield and most American households, local municipalities did not receive stimulus checks from the Federal government.

Crete Police Department begins ‘Speed Campaign,’ aimed at reducing accidents and injuries.

For the next month or so, Crete officers will keep an extra watchful eye on motorists traversing Crete municipal roads. According to Chief Pieritz, some drivers have misinterpreted the COVID-19 crises as an opportunity to violate traffic laws without fear of repercussions, and Chief Pieritz asks that both residents and visitors slow down and obey traffic control devices, to avoid costly tickets or worse.

The campaign was made possible by an IDOT grant, which reimburses Crete Police Department 100% of the officer hours used for the campaign.

Crete FD & PD Rescue Dog

It’s usually the ‘cat stuck in the tree’ story that the fire department responds to. This time, however, it was about a dog stuck in a hole. Last Tuesday, Crete Fire and Police responded to a call of a puppy who had fallen into a hole used in the construction of a deck. The quick action of the first responders resulted in the successful and safe rescue of the four-legged friend.

Great work by Crete Fire and Crete PD in saving this fur baby who had fallen into a hole. From barricaded subjects, to…

Posted by DC Pieritz on Wednesday, July 8, 2020