Executive Orders 12 - 18

Sat, April 11, 2020 10:31 AM | Anne Hengehold (Administrator)

Executive Orders:

COVID-19 Executive Order Number 18 (2020-20) – Suspension of Recording of Verbal Attestation for Public Benefits, April 6, 2020 

  • During the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation, the requirement that telephone applicants for public assistance provide an audio recording of their verbal attestation is suspended. A simple verbal attestation properly documented by the State is sufficient.
  • Additionally, unsigned mailed applications for public benefits may be signed by verbal attestation by phone, properly documented by the State.


COVID-19 Executive Order Number 17 (2020-19) – Increasing Healthcare Capacity, April 1, 2020

  • During the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation, “healthcare facilities” includes “any government-operated site providing health care services established for the purpose of responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.”
  • “Healthcare Professional” means all those licensed or certified as such OR those who are “working under the direction of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) or DPH in response to the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations.”
  • “Healthcare Volunteer” means all volunteers or medical or nursing students who do not have licensure who (i) are providing services, assistance, or support at a Health Care Facility in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and are authorized to do so; or (ii) are working under the direction of IEMA or DPH in response to the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations.”
  • All Health Care Facilities, Professionals and Volunteers are directed to “render assistance” to the State in support of its efforts to fight COVID-19.
    • For Facilities, this must include increasing the number of beds, preserving personal protective equipment or taking necessary steps to treat COVID-19 patients.
    • For Professionals, this means providing healthcare services or working under the direction of IEMA or IDPH.
    • For Volunteers, this means providing services, assistance, or support at a Facility or working under the direction of IEMA and IDPH.
  • Facilities, Professionals, and Volunteers are immune from civil liability in the event of a death or injury when providing assistance or services in response to COVID-19 except in the case of gross negligence or willful misconduct.


COVID-19 Executive Order Number 16 (2020-18) – Extension of Prior COVID-19 EOs, April 1, 2020

  • All COVID-19 EOs (EOs 2020-03 through 2020-17) are extended through the duration of the Second Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation, which currently extends through April 30th.


COVID-19 Executive Order Number 15 (2020-17) – Extension of Cannabis License Application Deadlines, March 28, 2020

  • Applications for the following cannabis licenses are extended through April 30th: craft grower, infuser, and transporter. This supersedes a previous executive order which had extended the deadline to March 30th


COVID-19 Executive Order Number 14 (2020-16) – Suspension of Vehicle Repossessions, March 28, 2020

  • Beginning March 27th and through the duration of the Disaster Proclamation, provisions in the Vehicle Code related to vehicle usability and allowing for repossessions are suspended. This does not suspend the requirement to make payments or fulfill other obligations pursuant to the terms of the loan.
  • In-classroom training requirements for private security and fingerprint vendors. Testing can be done online.


COVID-19 Executive Order Number 13 (2020-15) – Suspension of School Testing and Attendance Requirements; Daycare, March 27, 2020

The following are in effect for the duration of the Disaster Proclamation unless otherwise noted.

  • Provisions in the School Code specifying the school term and requiring approvals for changes are suspended. This EO does not relieve school districts of the requirement to provide at least 185 days to insure 176 of actual pupil attendance. Nothing in the EO shall prohibit school employees, pursuant to their contracts, from receiving additional compensation for additional time worked as a result of the extension of the school term.
  • Provisions providing for the calculation of daily pupil attendance are suspended.
  • Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) may implement rules allowing the State Superintendent of Education to address the following:
    • Minimum requirements of the school calendar and school day
    • Create, define, and determine the use of “Remote Learning Planning Days”
    • Create, define, and determine the use of “Remote Learning Days”
    • Provide additional guidance pursuant to the terms of this order.
  • Beginning March 27th, all public school districts and eligible entities that receive funding from ISBE to administer and implement a grant program for preschool education or an early childhood block grant may provide childcare services for children (age 0-12) of employees exempted from the Stay-at-Home order (EO-2020-10). This does not affect these entities’ ability to continue to serve those already identified and enrolled in these programs. 


  • The following provisions of the Illinois School Code, 105 ILCS 5/2-3.71 (Pre-School/ Early Childhood), are suspended:
    • Requirements regarding the age of children to be served
    • Selection process, first prioritizing at-risk children and then children with a family income less than four times the poverty guidelines in the Federal Register
    • The licensure requirements for providing childcare services to children of employees exempt from EO 2020-10.
  • Program age requirements are suspended in regards to children of employees exempt from EO-2020-10.
  • Prohibition on communicating, opening, considering, and accepting school construction bids electronically is suspended.


COVID-19 Executive Order Number 12 (2020-14) – Remote Witnessing and Counterparty Signing, March 26, 2020

·       During the duration of the Disaster Proclamation, electronic remote witnessing through two-way A/V by Notary Publics is allowed.

·       This also applies to any required act of witnessing under state law.

·       Notwithstanding Illinois law and regulations, absent an express prohibition in a document against signing in counterparts, all legal documents may be signed in counterparts. This includes deeds, last wills, and powers of attorney for healthcare. Notaries should be sent via email or fax copies of the signature pages.   

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