I want to provide an update on COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in Illinois and inform you of some of the steps our state government is taking in response to COVID-19 to slow the spread of the virus and keep our residents safe and informed:

  • The Governor declared a Disaster Proclamation (Illinois' version of a Declaration of a State of Emergency) to ensure our government has access to every tool necessary to manage the spread of COVID-19.
  • The Governor, in consultation with public health professionals and State Superintendent Carmen Ayala, has decided to close all schools in Illinois, public and private, from Tuesday 3/17 through Monday 3/30.
  • The Governor and health professionals including Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, have called on every individual in our state to do their part to limit the virus' spread and protect our most vulnerable residents by practicing social distancing, staying home when they are sick, washing hands for 20 seconds, avoiding large crowds, and generally not treating their whereabouts as business as usual.
  • The State of Illinois, Cook County, and the City of Chicago have all issued bans on gatherings of more than 1,000 people, and Governor Pritzker and our state's executives are asking those who administer gatherings of greater than 250 people to cancel or indefinitely postpone such public gatherings.
  • The Pritzker administration is filing emergency rules in coordination with the Illinois Department of Employment Security to clarify that individuals unemployed due to COVID-19 can generally qualify for unemployment benefits to the full extent permitted by federal law.
  • The Governor's office is holding press conferences every day to keep the public informed. Up to date information and video of these press conferences can be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health's website. 

For more information on the impact of COVID-19 in our local community, you can watch a video of the Facebook Live I hosted with Senator Martwick and health experts from the local and state levelHERE.

There is a lot of misinformation circulating about COVID-19. I ask that you consult trusted sources for updates, including the Center for Disease Control, the Illinois Department of Public HealthCOVID-19 hotline: 1-800-889-3931 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and the FAQ section below.

Please do not hestitate to call us at 872-208-5188, send a message at www.senatorram.com/contact-us, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Above all, I urge you not to panic. The State of Illinois is prepared to handle the developing situation, and I'm confident our officials will do their best to keep our residents safe.

Frequently Asked Questions about Coronavirus

What is coronavirus?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), coronaviruses commonly cause mild to moderate illness in people worldwide. Most of the time, they aren't much different from a cold or flu virus— coronavirus symptoms may include fever, cough and shortness of breath, and usually only last for a short amount of time. There are no specific treatments for coronavirus, but to relieve symptoms, patients are instructed to take pain and fever medications, drink plenty of liquids, and stay home and rest.

What’s the status of coronavirus in Illinois?

Currently, the number of coronavirus cases in the state remains low, but it continues to climb. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has posted coronavirus case totals and test results on its website, updated daily. 

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