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As we continue to monitor COVID-19, please visit these trusted agencies for the latest information: 

For a copy of the Governor’s Executive Order, please click here. The Essential Business Checklist from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is available here, and an essential business flowchart is available here.




Closures and Reduced Capacities


The Rec Center is lowering capacity and requiring advanced registration in accordance with Tier 3 but you can still go there for your exercise needs! Visit Parks and Recreation website for more information or call them at 815-844-6818 


Pontiac City Hall offices are closed for all non-essential traffic. Sewer bills can be paid by calling 815-844-5740. You can also FILL OUT THIS FORM to enroll in autopay for sewer bills. 


Pontiac Tourism announced all museums are closed until further notice. You can however take a stroll downtown and admire our latest window museum exhibit "A Christmas Carol" and the accompanying story trail on windows throughout the downtown. Visit this page for locations and more details. 


Leaf Collection continues through Thanksgiving. 


Pontiac Public Library will move to curbside pickup. You can find all of the details and instructions HERE 


Region 2 - Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations




Utility Assistance Available!





Small Business Assistance

One-time grant equal to 30% of your total ComEd balance (up to $1000). Payment plan options to spread remaining balances out over as long as 6 months. 


Helping Hand

Grant of up to $300 towards a past due balance incurred due to COVID-19


Residential Hardship

Grant of up to $500 towards electric bill if experiencing financial hardship due to job loss, illness, military deployment, disability, or as a senior citizen


Nonprofit Special Hardship

Grant of up to $2,000 to eligible nonprofit organizations who have fallen behind on their electric bills





Warm Neighbors Cool Friends

assistance for moderate income households who may not meet the guidelines of government programs



Financial Assistance

Hardship grants for qualifying low-income households



Other Resources


Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) 

Utility bill assistance from the State of Illinois



Questions? Need assistance?

Contact Elisabeth or Cole


NCICG's COVID-19 Response Specialist Team


Cole Horner

C (815) 303-6244

w (815) 433-5830

Elisabeth Benham

C (815) 303-6255

w (815) 433-5830




North Central Illinois Council of Governments

613 W Marquette Street

Ottawa, IL 61350




The Starved Rock Country Alliance is building a directory website ( to promote small locally-owned retail businesses that have enabled an eCommerce component for online purchasing. Orders can be fulfilled either via shipping, in-store, or curb service pickup, but each store listing must have an online eCommerce ordering system.  


If your small locally-owned retail business has built an eCommerce site for ordering and wants to be included in the directory site, please forward the following information to There is NO COST to be included in this directory. 


Store Name:

Store Address:

Store Phone:

URL of their eCommerce Shop:

Type of Product Mix:


Does your business need to build an online store? 

The Illinois SBDC at the Starved Rock Country Alliance is offering a no-cost class that walks you step by step in building an eCommerce storefront using WIX. Here is the class signup information.


Let's Talk eCommerce: 

Whether expanding your retail operation or launching a new offering, eCommerce is opening many opportunities for businesses to thrive. We will cover eCommerce as a whole and then do a deep dive in setting up an eCommerce store on the simplest of platforms.

Date: November 11th

Time: 10am - 12pm

Register Here: 


The Illinois SBDC at the Starved Rock Country Alliance offers no-cost, one-on-one business advising as well as webinars and learning opportunities for small businesses. To learn more, visit 


Thank you for your participation! If there is anything we can assist your business with, please feel free to contact us at 844-369-8898.


Region 2 Mitigation Requirements


Jesse White Reminds Public Extensions for License Plate Sticker Ends Nov. 1, 2020


The following webinars are being hosted by Small Business Association - Illinois District Office.  Click the register here button to be redirected to their website for additional information. 

Wednesday, Oct. 21

HR 101 for Small Businesses | Hosted by the Illinois SBDC for the Metro East | 9 a.m. | Register here

8(a) Orientation | 9:30 a.m. | Register here

Introduction to Incoterms® 2020 Rules | Hosted by the SBDC/ITC at College of Lake County | 10 a.m. | Register here

SBA's Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness | Hosted by the Illinois SBDC at Champaign County EDC | 10 a.m. | Register here

Hiring Employees vs. Subcontractors: What You Need to Know | 11 a.m. | Register here

Intro to Exporting | Hosted by the Illinois SBDC/ITC at Champaign County EDC | 12 p.m. | Register here

The Startup Guide to Business in Illinois-Basics | Hosted by the Illinois SBDC at College of DuPage | 2 p.m. | Register here

Starting Your Business in Illinois | Hosted by the Illinois SBDC at Joliet Junior College | 4 p.m. | Register here

Start Your Business in Illinois | Hosted by the Illinois SBDC at Bradley University | 5:30 p.m. | Register here

Thursday, Oct. 22

Disaster Recovery: Communities Support Small Businesses | Hosted by the Illinois SBDC at College of DuPage | 11 a.m. | Register here

SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program | 1 p.m. | Register here

Starting Your Business in Illinois | Hosted by the SBDC/ITC at College of Lake County | 6 p.m. | Register here

Friday, Oct. 23

Audits and Tax Resolutions | 11 a.m. | Register here

Fridays with Fergie | Open office hours to get any small business question answered | 11:30 a.m. | Register here

International E-Commerce and Social Media Marketing Boot Camp | Hosted by the Illinois SBDC/ITC at ICNC | 1 p.m. | Register here

SBA's Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness | Hosted by the Illinois SBDC at Champaign County EDC | 3 p.m. | Register here

Monday, Oct. 26

SBA's Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness | Hosted by the Illinois SBDC at Champaign County EDC | 3 p.m. | Register here

Disaster 2020: Stories of Survival, Startup and Growth During the Pandemic | Hosted by the Illinois SBDC at College of DuPage | 11 a.m. | Register here

Tuesday, Oct. 27

Live Intentional Intellectual Property Strategy for Startups-Trademarks | Hosted by the Illinois SBDC at College of DuPage | 10 a.m. | Register here

COVID-19 Financial Assistance for Illinois Small Businesses and Nonprofits |  Hosted by the Illinois SBDC at Champaign County EDC | 3 p.m. | Register here

Stay updated

Visit for updates on the loan programs, guidance for businesses and employers, and other SBA resources.

If you have questions about your already submitted EIDL application, contact the SBA Disaster Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or

Follow @SBA_Illinois on Twitter.

E-mail questions to


October is National Women's Small Business Month, which means it's time to celebrate women-owned businesses everywhere, as well as the outstanding progress female entrepreneurs have made over the years. 

To celebrate, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will be hosting a series of webinars geared toward women owned business owners to learn how to utilize national resources through government and the private/public business sector in order to succeed amidst a pandemic.

 For information please contact: Ibie Hart, Women’s Business Development Manager

To see the full list of virtual panel discussions in celebration of Women's Small Business Month, please click here!







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  • The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has announced that recordings of two webinars hosted Thursday to help businesses and lenders with the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Applications are available to anyone who missed the sessions but may still require assistance. 





  • The Route 66 Museum, Pontiac Oakland Auto Museum, Liv County War Museum and the Museum of Gilding Arts are open 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. for the month of June.
  • Restaurants and bars can open for outdoor service with restrictions. Retailers can open their doors to customers. Fitness centers and hair salons are able to open with restrictions. Pontiac Public Library will be starting curbside pick-up in June. The Pontiac Rec Center will also be offering limited activities.








  • The Illinois Retail Merchants Association, in conjunction with the Council of State Retail Associations (CSRA), is hosting a complimentary webinar on Wednesday, May 13 at 11 am CST that will refocus your retail plan to not only survive COVID-19, but help you succeed! The webinar will focus on positive messaging that can be incorporated into your current communication plans, and will cover how store operations must change, how to market yourself -- including the do’s and don’ts of Facebook live -- and how to get in the right mindset to not just survive, but to thrive as stores re-open. Note: There is no cost to participate. This event is a special benefit being provided to IRMA members in conjunction with our partners at CSRA.











  • Republic Services bulk pick-up resumes Monday, April 27th
  • In an effort to assist the current food pantries, Reaching out to Pontiac, which a group of Pontiac citizens, along with Pontiac businesses, will sponsor a drive through grocery pick up. The event will take place on Saturday, April 25th, at Baby Bulls Restaurant outside of the fine dining area from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. or until supplies run out. Each car that drives up will receive a case of water and two bags of groceries with no questions asked. The groceries will be placed in your trunk to avoid any contact. If anyone knows of any shut-ins, people who do not have cars or anyone else unable to make it on Saturday for any reason, the group would be willing to deliver groceries and water within the city limits and drop them off. There already have been some donations but if you would like to donate, add someone to the delivery list or for more information, call 815-419-5976.



  • Event Information: DCEO COVID-19 Emergency Relief Webinar for African American Businesses. This webinar is held on Friday, May 8th at 2:00 p.m. Click here to register.




  • St. Mary’s - Pontiac St. Vincent De Paul  Food Pantry will be open on April 9th from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. This is for drive-thru service only. Please stay in your cars and the food will be placed in your trunk. Clothing and Pantry shopping with be closed until further notice. Please call 815-844-3663 if you are unable to pick up food and they will try and coordinate a delivery.


  • Attached is the new Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity North Central Region Newsletter. It is full of information to assist businesses and people of Illinois.
  • The City of Pontiac will be hosting two conference calls to review the Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program. The State of Illinois has initiated a program to support Small Businesses effected by COVID-19. The support comes in the form of a grant for 2 month working capital not to exceed $25,000. The City of Pontiac must apply on behalf of the businesses. The first conference call is scheduled for Tuesday, April 8th, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. and the second will be Thursday April, 9th, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Please register by emailing as soon as possible.
  • At 1:30 p.m. on 4/6/2020, a webinar is occurring with experts from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) who will provide the latest updates on state and federal employment separation programs, and answer questions from participants. Please email Lanae Clarke at to find and obtain a recording of the webinar. 





  • Governor Pritzker has extended the Stay at Home Executive Order until April 30th, 2020. 
  • The Livingston County Food Pantry will be open Wednesday April 1st and then closed completely until further notice. 
  • Republic Service will be doubling up on all routes to limit driver exposure. Please have waste/recycle containers out before 6:00 a.m. or the night before day of service.
  • Upcoming Webinar:

    COVID-19: Everything Employers Need to Know and Do Right Now Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 10:00 a.m. CST 1 hour; Mark Toth, Chief Legal & Public Affairs Officer, ManpowerGroup North America Save Your Seat Here. 



  • The Governor just issued a shelter-in-place order for the State of Illinois as a measure to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The order takes effect tomorrow, March 21 at 5:00 pm and remains in effect through April 7.
  • First Positive COVID-19 Case in Livingston County - Livingston County Public Health Department 



  • The Community Recreation Center is closed to the public. All programs and rentals are cancelled at this time. 
  • Harvey Dinner Theater at the Eagle Performing Arts and Conference Center has been cancelled. 
  • All City of Pontiac museums are closed at this time.