COVID-19 and Townships

UPDATE AS OF April 9, 2020  

As we reported earlier this week, Governor Pritzker  SUSPENDED the Annual Town Meeting to an undetermined date at this time by Executive Order 2020-20.  We will be updating everyone upon  direction from the Governor’s office as to when this meeting may be scheduled.   Please note the meeting is suspended not cancelled. 

REGARDING REGULAR TOWNSHIP BOARD MEETINGS:  Regular township monthly board meetings have not been suspended or cancelled.  The objective to have these meeting is up to each individual townships discretion.  We are recommending that if you have them you follow the guidelines for social distancing and number of people attending.  The Governor has suspended the rules covering electronic participation allowing them to take place.  We are encouraging some avenue of holding the meeting electronically so that regular monthly bills can be paid to accommodate business as usual to the extent possible.  We are recommending tools like ZOOM or FREE CONFENCE CALL .COM. or another software package of your selection. 

If you have additional questions, please contact the TOI office. 

From the Executive Director

TO:                         All Township Officials

FROM:                  Bryan E Smith, Executive Director

DATE:                    April 7, 2020

RE:                          COVID-19; Annual Town Meeting

Governor Pritzker released Executive order 2020-22 this afternoon addressing the ANNUAL TOWN MEETING scheduled for April 14, 2020 or April 21, 2020.  The order (copy attached) specifically states the following:

Section1:  The provisions of the Township Code, 60 ILCS 1/30-5(a) and 30-5(b), requiring that each township’s annual meeting for calendar year 2020 be held on either April 14, 2020 or April 21, 2020 are SUSPENDED through the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation.

Therefore, the ANNUAL MEETING IS SUSPENDED.  TOI will update everyone on applicable instructions to hold the meeting at a later date. 

If you have any questions, please contact the TOI office.

COVID-19 Update for Local Officials (Part 2)

Friday, May 1, 2020 at Noon CST

Presented by: Illinois Association of County Board Members and Heyl Royster

Local officials and agency staff in Illinois need to stay up to date with the legal challenges of COVID-19. Illinois Association of County Board members will partner with Illinois Extension, lending their legal professionals to discuss worker compensation and human resources issues related to COVID-19. Please register to attend this impromptu webinar this Friday, May 1, 2020 at noon. Local officials will have a chance to ask for further legal advice during a Q and A.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. For reasonable accommodation, please contact Nancy Ouedraogo at

As of this time, our Federal, State and Local Governments are in the midst of uncertainty due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19 Pandemic)
All public bodies across the State are taking action to curb the spread of Covid-19.
With regards to Township Government the onlyofficial Executive direction from the Office of the Governor (Executive Order 2020-07) encourages public bodies to postpone public business when possible. This Document is a summary of Executive Order 2020-07 as it relates to the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act that all townships must abide by.
While this situation is unprecedented it continues to be very fluid and changing by the minute. TOI has been working with legislative leaders and the Governor’s Office to find a solution to the Annual Meeting issue. Any updates regarding the Annual Town Meeting and your ability to cancel or postpone it will be provided on the TOI website and Facebook Page.
Again, this is an unprecedented event and things are changing by the moment. Please stay safe and we will keep you posted as we are made aware of any developments.

During his daily press briefing, Governor JB Pritzker announced that on Wednesday, April 1, he will be extending the disaster proclamation through April 30, 2020
We have a link below to the Governor’s Executive Orders.

Message from the Executive Director 3/23/2020 regarding Shelter-in-Place Directive

Check Illinois Department of Health for COVID-19 Updates

State of Illinois Executive Office Executive Order in Response to COVID-19 regarding electronic participation

Employee/Employer Guidelines for COVID-19

Gubernatorial Orders

Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation

Executive Order regarding School Closures

Executive Order Regarding Restaurants and Bars, Public Gatherings and Open Meetings Act

Executive Order Regarding Stay at Home 

Executive Order Amending Portions of the Stay at Home Order

Executive Order Regarding Remote Notarization

Illinois Modified Stay At Home Order 4/23/2020

State Resources

Illinois' COVID-19 Website

Prevention Overview

Prevention in Your Community

Prevention in Adult Day Programs

General Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

State of Illinois Resources

Risk Assessment

Common Guidelines for all Phase 3 Businesses and Operations

Toolkit for Manufacturing

Toolkit for Health and Fitness Centers

Toolkit for Offices

Toolkit for Personal Care Services

Toolkit for Retail Businesses

Toolkit for Service Counters

Toolkit for Youth Sports

Toolkit for Restaurants & Bars

Guidelines for Outdoor Recreation

Guidelines for Day Camps

Restore Illinois Phase 3 Guidelines 5/28/2020

Federal Resources

Workplace Posters

Employees Rights Fact Sheet

CDC Resources