As we all work to navigate this difficult time due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Village is providing more frequent communications to residents. Today, our focus is on working together as a community to support those in need.
It's Simple: Stay Home. Save Lives.
During the statewide Stay at Home Order, which is now extended through April 30, the Village of Wilmette team wants to share some important safety messages and remind you that while we may be apart, we're in this together!
The Village of Wilmette is joining the City of Chicago and municipalities across our region to urge residents to take this call to action seriously. Unfortunately, Illinois has not hit its peak of the COVID-19 crisis. Each day of compliance with the order is critical in flattening the pandemic curve. Every degree of stronger compliance could save lives. Share the hashtag #StayHomeSaveLives in your social media posts to help amplify this truly life-saving message.
Tonight: Light a Candle to Show Your Support for Medical Professionals
Our community is our strength. Please join our neighbors TONIGHT at 7 p.m. in placing a candle or luminary outside your home to show your support for our doctors, nurses and medical professionals. WGN in planning to drive around Wilmette to capture this community gesture.
Share your beacons with us - tag us on Facebook and Twitter @VofWilmette and use #WilmetteStrong.
Find Local COVID-19 Cases on Cook County Public Health Interactive Map
The Cook County Department of Public Health has launched a web map that reports COVID-19 cases in Suburban Cook County by municipality. The website also provides additional data for cases by report date and exposure source, as well as cases by different demographic groups.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors - Wilmette Community Caretaker Program
The Village expresses its appreciation to the nearly 50 volunteers who have signed up for our
Community Caretaker Program to help at-risk residents who need help during the Stay at Home Order. The Village created the program to connect those in need with volunteers to assist with such things as picking up groceries and medicine. It works like this: a request comes into the Village; a staff member follows up with the requester to better understand the needs and situation and then coordinates with volunteers to respond to the request. Since it launched a few weeks ago, the Village has received positive feedback from both volunteers and residents! So far:
48 volunteers have signed up and more signing up every day!
Wilmette's Sales Tax Rebate Program Providing Needed Relief to Local Businesses
The Wilmette Village Board recently unanimously approved a $375,000 economic relief package to support small businesses in the Village which have been negatively impacted by the public health crisis. The grant program is providing immediate financial support to restaurants, retail stores and other local merchants through a municipal sales tax rebate program. Since the Village rolled out the program last week, 22 businesses have submitted applications and the Village has approved almost $85,000 in rebates.
The coronavirus has put healthcare and emergency preparedness at the forefront, and in just 10 minutes you can help direct future federal funding to support critical public services, along with schools, roads and other programs. If you haven't completed the 2020 Census questionnaire online yet, please take 10 minutes to do it today! Every home has received a mailed invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. It is easy to respond online, over the phone or by mail - all without having to meet a census taker. Census takers plan to visit homes this summer for those who haven't responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
What if I lost the letter with my reporting instructions? Call the U.S. Census Bureau's toll-free customer help line at 1-800-722-7851, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time.
Refuse Collection Reminder
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Advanced Disposal is implementing the following changes to ensure the safety of their employees, customers and the public:
All trash/refuse and recycling must be placed in the company designated cart or a can with handles ONLY if you do not have a cart. **Loose items outside of the container WILL NOT be collected.** Customers with extra services such as back-door services will not be impacted.
All bulky item pickup/collection is suspended until further notice.
At this time, yard waste service is unaffected by the changes. Yard waste stickers can be purchased at Jewel stores and Millen Hardware.
The Village has also suspended weekend electronics recycling until further notice, but residents can still use the dumpster located at the Public Works Facility (711 Laramie Ave.) Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Questions? Please contact Public Works at email@example.com or 847-853-7500. Employees are available during regular hours of 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
State Provides Resources for Consumers Struggling to Make Payments on their Debts and Other Guidance
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced a series of actions to ensure the protection of Illinois residents in many areas of consumer borrowing, servicing and collections. The Department also provided consumer guidance for its regulated financial sectors, including state banks, credit unions and other lenders. Learn more: IDFPR Announces Help for Consumers Press Release. Visit the State's Economic Assistance web page for more information on loans for small businesses, unemployment insurance, utility relief, food access and more.