It’s important that we follow recommendations from state and federal health officials and stay home as much as possible.

We are seeing cases of COVID-19 increase drastically as more testing becomes available. Do your part to prevent the spread and flatten the curve by staying home, and practice social distancing when you do essential activities, such as grocery shopping and picking up medications.

The latest number of cases and deaths can be found in the Chicago Sun-Times graph below:

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DCEO’s African American Business Development Manager Matt Simpson will be hosting a series of webinars focusing on African American small businesses. Matt will be joined by a representative from the Small Business Administration to discuss the federal programs that are available. Please note the below webinars are open to all Illinois small business owners. However, DCEO recognizes that there are unique challenges that African American business owners face and will speak to those concerns in this webinar series.

If you have questions, please contact Matt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dates and Times:

  • Friday, May 1, 2020 at 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. – Southern & Southwest Region: (East St Louis, Centerville, Carbondale, Cairo) please register at
  • Friday, May 8, 2020 at 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. - North Central, Northern Stateline, Northwest, West Central, and East Central Regions (Peoria, Decatur, Champaign, Quad Cities, Galesburg) please register at
  • Friday, May 15, 2020 at 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. – Northeast Region (Chicago South Suburbs, Dolton, Riverdale, South Holland, Thornton, Lansing) please register at
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