State of Illinois Benefits: If you are out of work, click here for Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) COVID-19 unemployment benefits. IDES has assembled these helpful FAQs about unemployment benefits in the context of the COVID emergency - click here.
- Workers laid off due to COVID qualify for unemployment benefits, so long as they are prepared to return to work.
- Workers sent home due to COVID illness or quarantine, or are caring for an affected family member, are also eligible for UI coverage.
Federal Benefits: Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Federal Government is funding a temporary emergency increase in unemployment compensation benefits including:
- An additional $600.00 per week
- An additional 13 weeks of benefits (on top of the 26 weeks normally allowed)
- Up to 39 weeks of benefits to individuals not typically eligible for unemployment benefits (e.g., including independent contractors and self-proprietors) but have become unemployed as a direct result of COVID-19.
- Click here for more information from the IDES about these Federal programs.
Federal Economic Impact Payments
U.S. residents will receive the Economic Impact Payment of $1,200 for individual or head of household filers, and $2,400 for married filing jointly if they are not a dependent of another taxpayer and have a work eligible Social Security number with adjusted gross income (AGI) up to:
- $75,000 for individuals
- $112,500 for head of household filers and
$150,000 for married couples filing joint returns
Taxpayers will receive a reduced payment if their AGI is between:
- $75,000 and $99,000 if their filing status was single or married filing separately
- $112,500 and $136,500 for head of household
- $150,000 and $198,000 if their filing status was married filing jointly
Eligible retirees and recipients of Social Security, Railroad Retirement, disability or veterans’ benefits as well as taxpayers who do not make enough money to normally have to file a tax return will receive a payment. This also includes those who have no income, as well as those whose income comes entirely from certain benefit programs, such as Supplemental Security Income benefits.
Retirees who receive either Social Security retirement or Railroad Retirement benefits will also receive payments automatically. Click here for more information at the IRS’s Economic Impact Payment Information Center.
Avoid Scams! The IRS urges taxpayers to be on the lookout for scam artists trying to use the economic impact payments as cover for schemes to steal personal information and money. Remember, THE IRS WILL NOT CALL, TEXT YOU, EMAIL YOU OR CONTACT YOU ON SOCIAL MEDIA ASKING FOR PERSONAL OR BANK ACCOUNT INFORMATION – even related to the economic impact payments. Also, watch out for emails with attachments or links claiming to have special information about economic impact payments or refunds.
- Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership - Who’s Hiring Now?
- Illinois WorkNet Center - Job Finder and General Resources
- Excellent personal financial resource page from the Department of the Treasury
Emotional Support/Mental Health Resources
- New Trier High School – COVID-19 School Information and Financial Assistance
- Glenbrook High Schools - COVID-19 School Information
- Sunset Ridge School District 29 - E-Learning Information
- Avoca School District 37 - COVID-19 School Information
- Glenview School District 34 - COVID-19 School Information
North Shore Senior Center Services
- Senior & Family Services is conducting assessments over the phone, arranging services and connecting older adults to the resources they need. Anyone needing help at home can call 847.784.6000.
- Adult Protective Services continues to investigate reports of abuse and neglect. Anyone suspecting abuse, neglect or financial exploitation of an older adult or adult with disabilities ages 18-59, can call the 24-hour APS hotline at 866.800.1409.
The Center is looking into continuing support groups and would appreciate input regarding new support groups to help during this time. Please call 847.784.6000 or email email@example.com.
- Senior Options is providing services for care management and daily money management clients, and therapists are providing counseling sessions for those experiencing anxiety or depression. Call 847.242.6270, leave a message and someone will call back during weekday business hours.
- House of Welcome (HOW) Adult Day Services participants and families are participating free of charge in HOW’s specialized programs for people living with dementia. HOW is also holding its Alzheimer’s Family Support Group on Thursday afternoons and Memory Café on Friday afternoons. For more information, call 847.242.6250 or email HOW@nssc.org.
- Live online Lifelong Learning classes are being offered at no charge. Visit www.nssc.org and click on “Online Lifelong Learning Classes” to see a schedule of upcoming classes and register.