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Mayor Lightfoot – COVID-19 Address

COVID-19 State of the City March 19, 2020 Our Department of Public Health started tracking this virus when the first reports started coming from China in December, almost four months ago. As we prepared for this virus coming to the U.S. and specifically Chicago, our Public Health and emergency management teams drew upon lessons learned … Continued



The Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Requirements and Considerations

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Requirements and Considerations

By  Pamela Abbate-Dattilo, Emily S. Pontius  and Erin M. Edgerton The Act provides that covered employers may exclude health care providers and emergency responders from taking emergency paid sick time and emergency FMLA leave provided by the Act, although of course they remain eligible for traditional, unpaid FMLA leave if they meet the other eligibility requirements. … Continued



Tax Filing and Payment Deadlines

Tax Filing and Payment Deadlines

By Mark A. Thomson As  ORBA reported, the Internal Revenue Service has postponed the tax filing and payment deadlines for calendar year taxpayers until July 15, 2020. Revised guidance has now been issued which expands the provisions to remove the dollar limitation on the amount of the payment that may be postponed until July 15. … Continued



Chicago Hopes to Make Small Business Loans Quickly

Chicago Hopes to Make Small Business Loans Quickly

Crain’s Chicago Business Chicago officials have already received a deluge of demand from small businesses interested in applying for loans of up to $50,000 from the city’s  Small Business Resiliency Fund.   “Over 300 businesses have expressed interest overnight,” deputy mayor Samir Mayekar told reporters today. “We have a duty to try and help them … Continued



WBDC Program Helps WBEs Reach Top-Shelf Status

WBDC Program Helps WBEs Reach Top-Shelf Status

By Genny Hom-Franzen Small-business owners who want to learn the ins and outs of selling products to national retailers should take advantage of a free program at the Women’s Business Development Center in Chicago. Called “Top Shelf: High Volume Retail Growth Insights,” the eight-week program incorporates into its curriculum expert lectures, group discussions and the … Continued



Buying a Home in the Gig Economy: How to Beat Lenders’ Skepticism Without a Salary

Buying a Home in the Gig Economy: How to Beat Lenders’ Skepticism Without a Salary

By  JOANNE CLEAVER CHICAGO TRIBUNE    Often, aspiring entrepreneurs take on side hustles to learn the entrepreneurial ropes and gain enough income to achieve major financial milestones, including homeownership, said Lotika Pai, managing director of the access to capital program at Chicago’s Women’s Business Development Center. “If your side work becomes more continuous, you might … Continued



CDC fact sheet

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. … Continued



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