The Majority Report 03/30/20 - Assistance offered amid COVID-19 outbreak


Every week we see new impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic — from the effect it has on the tax deadline to the need for more donations at food pantries.

State agencies and local communities have proven one thing, however: We are stronger together.

Keep reading to learn about deadline extensions and how you can help in your community.

Tax deadlineTax Deadline Extended

Illinois taxpayers will have three extra months to file taxes this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Gov. JB Pritzker announced last week the Illinois Department of Revenue will delay the tax filing deadline until July 15, as the federal government previously announced.

The state will continue to process refunds to those who are owed one and filed prior to the deadline. For more information, visit

Emergency Loans

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity established the Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund to offer low-interest loans of up to $50,000 to struggling small businesses.

Small businesses located outside the City of Chicago with fewer than 50 workers and less than $3 million in revenue in 2019 may apply. Applications can be found by visiting the DCEO’s website here.

Small businesses within the city of Chicago can apply to a similar loan program here.

Real ID REAL ID Deadline

The deadline to get a REAL ID has been pushed back a year to October 2021.

The date change is intended to foster social distancing to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Current Illinois driver’s licenses or ID cards will continue to be accepted at airports, military bases and secure federal facilities until Oct. 1, 2021.

Donate to food pantries

As local grocery stores have been wiped of essential products and many Illinoisans are experiencing layoffs due to COVID-19, more families are leaning on food pantries.

It is more important than ever to help our neighbors put food on the table. If you feel fortunate enough to donate to a food pantry, please do so. Your simple gesture will make a difference. Use this online locator to find your nearest food bank.

Senate Democrats roll out COVID-19 webpage

To create a one-stop shop for resources, announcements and the governor’s daily briefings related to COVID-19, the Illinois Senate Democrats rolled out a new webpage.

The page will be updated daily as new information is made public. It can be found by visiting

For the most up-to-date information, please continue to check the link above or the governor’s coronavirus response website found here.

We will continue to send periodic updates. Rest assured that together, we will get through this trying time.


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