Noteworthy News
An electronic newsletter for Tinley Park businesses
May 29, 2020

Village to host 'best practices' webinar for restaurant and bar industry
The Village of Tinley Park will host a webinar at 8 a.m. Friday, June 5 regarding best practices for the restaurant and bar industry in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Todd Schlender, an instructional designer with the National Restaurant Association, will lead the conversation on new industry standards. Mike Clark from Ed and Joe’s and Dennis Suglich from Cuzin’s will discuss what they're doing differently to adapt to this new environment. The webinar will end with a question and answer session.

To join the meeting on your computer, tablet or smartphone, follow the GotoMeeting link. You can also dial in using your phone; just call (866) 899-4679 or (786) 535-3119 and use access code 192-379-541. If you need GoToMeeting, you can download the app and be ready for the meeting.
State releases industry-specific guidelines for Phase Three reopening
Gov. J.B. Pritzker recently released new industry-specific guidelines to allow for a safe re-opening of businesses as the State progresses into the next phase of the “Restore Illinois” plan. All four regions of the state are expected to advance to Phase Three of the plan in the coming days.

Industries that are included in Phase Three are retail, offices, manufacturing, barbershops, salons, summer programs, various outdoor recreation activities, and bars and restaurants for outdoor dining. During Phase Three, group gatherings of 10 people or fewer will now be permitted.

While Phase Three safety guidelines offer new precautions for businesses and residents to take, the State encourages everyone to maintain compliance with ongoing public health guidance, such as using face coverings, washing hands regularly and practicing social distancing. See the new industry guidelines for more information.

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has also developed a downloadable Phase Three Business Toolkit that includes signage, training checklists and other resources to help business owners and workers implement safety procedures and precautions aligned with public health standards.
What you need to apply for Cook County's Recovery Fund
Applications will be open soon for the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development's Community Recovery Fund, which is part of the Community Recovery Initiative. This loan fund will offer one-time, zero-interest loans of as much as $20,000 for small businesses and $10,000 for independent contractors in suburban Cook County.

Make sure you're ready by preparing documents and information, including:

  • Bank statements from October 2019 to the date of application
  • A copy of your most recently filed federal tax return
  • A copy of your most recent annual financial statements (this is only required if you own/operate a small business)
  • A photo ID of the independent contractor or business owner; valid forms of identification consist of a driver’s license issued by the State of Illinois or any other U.S. state, an identification card issued by any U.S. state, a passport or consular identification

Small businesses are eligible if they employ 25 or fewer employees, earn less than $3 million in annual revenue, are located in suburban Cook County, and have seen revenues decrease more than 25% as a result of COVID-19.

Independent contractors are eligible if they make at least half of their yearly income in 1099 contract work, earn less than $100,000 annually, and reside in suburban Cook County.

For more information, visit the Cook County website, read a list of frequently asked questions, or email
Temporary Outdoor Dining Applications open
The Village would like to remind Tinley Park restaurants and bars that they can now apply to have outdoor dining at their establishments. Those who are interested can email a completed  Temporary Outdoor Dining Application, as well as a sketch of the planned outdoor dining area layout, to Community Development Department staff will reply to the request within one business day of receipt and will schedule the required inspection within two business days. Find out more at
Village of Tinley Park
16250 S. Oak Park Avenue Tinley Park, IL 60477
(708) 444-5000
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