April 2, 2020
Did you know the Village offers a free service called Smart 911? Once you sign up, first responders will be provided with important information that will help them address your emergency. This information, including medical issues and current location, can help Police, Fire and EMS locate and help you.
When you call 9-1-1, your Profile displays on the 9-1-1 screen and call takers can view your addresses, medical information, home information, description of pets and vehicles, and emergency contacts. You can provide as much or as little information in your profile as you like. Your family's profile information is completely private and secure and is only shared with 9-1-1 dispatchers and first responders in the field when you call 9-1-1.
April 1, 2020
Paycheck Protection Program For Small Businesses
Our partners at the Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation asked us to share this important information on the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will provide $349 billion in loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.Here's more information:
March 31, 2020
Stay-At-Home Order Extended To April 30
To help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in Illinois and protect our friends, neighbors and vulnerable populations, Governor Pritzker has extended the Stay at Home Order, which began on March 21, to April 30, 2020.
The health and safety of the community and staff is of the utmost importance to the Village and taking preventive steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 is a top priority. With this in mind, Village buildings will remain closed to the public until at least April 30. All essential services will continue to be provided while maintaining social distancing practices. We are committed to ensuring that we serve our community during this time.
The Village will continue using a modified staffing and operations model intended to allow the Village to provide essential services now and in the future. Some non-essential services may be reduced during this time. We will attempt to minimize the reduction in services by using innovative approaches on a case-by-case basis. Click HERE for information on accessing Village services remotely.
In support of the Stay at Home Order, playgrounds throughout the community have been cordoned off with caution tape and signage added to the areas and facilities that are closed.
We must all do our part to help end this pandemic. Social distancing. Washing our hands. Staying home as much as possible. Please keep in mind that every action we take as individuals during this time affects the entire community.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to respond during these challenging times.
March 27, 2020
No Changes To Garbage or Yard Waste Collection
The Village has been working with Republic Services to ensure the continued provision of all collection services during the COVID-19 crisis. There will be no changes to garbage or yard waste collection services at this time. Yard waste pickup will begin as scheduled on April 1, 2020.
March 27, 2020
Illinois Hospitality Emergency Grant Program for Hotels and Restaurants: The Governor has announced a new $14 million grant program that aims to help small hospitality businesses during the COVID-19 crisis, providing up to $25,000 to eligible restaurants and bars, and up to $50,000 for eligible hotels. These grants are available to support working capital (like payroll and rent), job training and technology to support shifts in operations (like increased pick-up and delivery).
Apply at https://us.accion.org/news/covid-19-hospitality-business-grant-program/. Applications are due by April 1 at 5:00 p.m. All eligible applications received will be entered into a lottery. Grant winners will be notified on April 4.
For links to other business resources, including low interest loans through the State of Illinois, visit the Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation website OR contact the DGEDC at 630.729.0380 x302 with any questions about these programs.
March 26, 2020
To The Downers Grove Community: To help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in Illinois and protect our friends, neighbors and vulnerable populations, Governor Pritzker adopted a Stay at Home Order, which began on March 21, 2020. It is crucial that you follow CDC recommendations for social distancing due to COVID-19. This means keeping a 6-foot distance from others. We encourage you to enjoy fresh air and outdoor recreation through dispersed recreation by participating in outdoor activities AWAY from others.
According to the Stay at Home Order, parks remain open to allow folks to walk, hike or jog. Areas designed for group activities such as playgrounds, courts and sports fields are off limits. These areas do not provide the opportunity to practice social distancing.
In support of the Stay at Home Order, playgrounds throughout the community have been cordoned off with caution tape and additional signage has been added to the areas and facilities that are closed.
For your health and safety, the Village, Park District, District 58 and District 99 urge you to comply with the Stay at Home Order and avoid gathering at playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts and sports fields. Please keep in mind that every action we take as individuals during this time affects the entire community.
Thank you for your cooperation during these challenging times.
March 23, 2020
Purchase Garbage/Yardwaste Stickers By Mail While Village Hall is closed to the public we are committed to ensuring that we serve our community. If you need to purchase garbage/yard waste stickers, we can help. Simply mail a check for the total amount of stickers ($4.00 each) you would like to purchase, along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:
Village of Downers Grove
801 Burlington Avenue, Downers Grove, Il 60515
Stickers will be mailed using the self-addressed, stamped envelope you provide. Please visit www.downers.us for more information on accessing Village services remotely. Thank you for your patience, flexibility and understanding in these trying times.
File A Police Report Online The Village continues to monitor and respond to the pandemic very closely. Taking preventative steps to slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a top priority.
During these challenging times we encourage residents to use the Downers Grove Police Departments Online Reporting System to file non-emergency police reports. This simple online system gives you the ability to submit reports to the department at your convenience, while freeing up patrol officers to answer emergency calls.
If you require a police response, please call 911.In some circumstances our officers may contact you by phone so that we can continue to practice social distancing. Please be assured that our officers are actively patrolling the streets and online reports are being reviewed on a timely basis. If you do not require a police response, you can submit reports for the following crimes through the Online Reporting System:
- Vehicle Burglary
- Detached Garage Burglary
- Attempted Vehicle Theft
- Annoying or Harassing Phone Calls
- Lost Property Reports (in or outside Downers Grove)
- Hit and Run Accidents
- Identity Theft
- Credit Card Fraud Delayed Suspicious Incidents
To submit an online report, please visit Police Department Online Services. Thank you for being our partners in helping keep Downers Grove safe.
March 22, 2020
Volunteer Help Needed Volunteer organizations throughout DuPage County are looking for some extra help. Organizations with a mission focused on housing/homelessness, food security/hunger/meal delivery and seniors are experiencing a large decrease in their regular volunteer base.
If you are in good health (preferably younger in age) and willing to volunteer, visit the Giving DuPage Volunteer Portal for a list of the organizations that could use your help.
Thank you for doing your part to support our community.
Low-Interest Loans For Small Business On behalf of Governor Pritker's Office, Choose DuPage and our partners at the Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation (DGEDC), we wanted to share information about the low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans available for small businesses in Downers Grove.
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Here's a link to the complete details at DGEDC.
March 21, 2020 Governor Pritzker has issued the following FAQs regarding the Stay at Home Oder that takes effect as of 5:00 p.m today.
March 20, 2020
Today, March 20, 2020, Governor Pritzker issued a Stay at Home Order, requiring all Illinois residents to stay at home, except for essential activities, beginning on Saturday, March 21 at 5:00 p.m. until the end of Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Many activities will still be allowed such as:
- Going to grocery stores, pharmacies, medical providers, gas stations and banks, etc.
- Picking up food from restaurants
- Taking walks and exercising outside while practicing social distancing
For information about how this order affects the Downers Grove parks, please visit: COVID-19 Updates Parks And Facilities
The Village fully supports the Governor's actions and we call upon all Downers Grove residents to support each other and keep people safe by voluntarily complying with the order.
Village police officers will be assisting in the implementation of this order. We ask that you do your part to not put our officers in a position to enforce. Let's all work together to help break the cycle of spread. Please keep in mind that every action we take as individuals during this time affects the entire community. Make good choices for you, your family and your community and follow the guidelines of the National, State and Village government. You can stay informed by checking the Village website and Village social media sites.
We have been in touch with officials from Jewel, Fresh Thyme, Shop and Save, and Aldi and they assure us that there is no need to over-buy or hoard. Supplies are in normal condition and supply chains are all functioning. Please do not hoard groceries or supplies - it puts unnecessary stress on the system we all depend on.
The health, safety and welfare of the community and staff is of the utmost importance to the Village. Taking preventative steps to slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a top priority. As we have done since the beginning of this pandemic, your Village has prioritized our residents and employee safety - that doesn't change. The Village continues to adjust in an effort to be sure the services we all depend on--law enforcement, fire protection, emergency medical services, and safe water supply all remain accessible to our residents.
Below is a summary of what the Governor's order means for you and your family:
Stay Home Except For Essential Needs
On Friday, March 20, 2020, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a Stay at Home Order that requires residents to stay home except for essential activities.
How long will we stay home?
This goes into effect on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. and will remain in place until the end of Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
What can I do?
Stay home. Everyone should stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. It is OK to go outside for walks or bike rides if you are not in a group. Stay at least 6 feet apart when leaving your home for essential activities.
Essential services which will remain open include:
- Gas stations
- Food: Grocery stores, food banks, convenience stores, take-out and delivery restaurants
Village buildings remain closed to the public. All essential services will continue to be provided while maintaining social distancing practices. We are committed to ensuring that we serve our community during this time.
- Non-essential businesses
- Dine-in restaurants
- Entertainment venues
- Gyms and fitness studio
- Public events and gatherings
Fact Based Public Health Resources
- CDC The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/
- State of Illinois COVID-19 website
- Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/
If you have questions, call ILDPH at 1-800-889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV
- DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) at https://www.dupagehealth.org/
Residents and healthcare professionals with concerns about exposure or specific symptoms are encouraged to call the DCHD at (630) 221-7553 (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) or (630) 682-7400 after hours.