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New COVID-19 restrictions on Alcohol sales begins Friday Oct. 23, 2020

Cicero spokesman Ray Hanania addresses the Cicero Chamber of Commerce at a panel discussion on Wednesday Feb. 26, 2020 featuring editors of the local community news media.

New COVID-19 restrictions on Alcohol sales begins Friday Oct. 23, 2020

New Executive Order that impacts bars and restaurants prohibits drinking of alcohol after 10 PM, or the sale of alcohol for consumption on site by 9 pm
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Effective Friday, October 23, 2020 at noon regarding serving liquor:
Cease indoor and outdoor consumption of alcohol at 10:00 p.m. Restaurants and food establishments may continue to serve food for indoor and outdoor dining after 10:00 p.m.
Cicero spokesman Ray Hanania addresses the Cicero Chamber of Commerce at a panel discussion on Wednesday Feb. 26, 2020 featuring editors of the local community news media.
Cicero spokesman Ray Hanania addresses the Cicero Chamber of Commerce at a panel discussion
All bars that serve alcohol for on-site consumption must end alcohol service at 9:00 p.m. before closing at 10:00 p.m.
Cease all sales of alcoholic liquor for off-premises consumption between 10:00 p.m. and the following day at the hour at which the licensee is permitted to resume.
Restaurants or establishments serving food may continue operating after 10:00 p.m. to serve food and provide curb-side pick-up or carry-out delivery of food.
Carry-out or delivery of alcohol after 10:00 p.m. is prohibited.
Prominently post signage, in a form prescribed by the Town’s Local Liquor Commissioner or Deputy Local Liquor Commissioner at each publicly accessible entrance to the establishment and in any area of the establishment where alcoholic liquor is sold, informing patrons of the 10:00 p.m. closure or cessation of alcoholic liquor for sale.
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The full order is printed below:
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COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 2020-12
WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation (the “Disaster Proclamation”) due to the impact of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) and declared all counties in the State of Illinois as a disaster area, which has been continually renewed at least every thirty (30) days and on March 13, 2020 and President Donald Trump issued a proclamation declaring a national emergency concerning the COVID-19 outbreak; and
WHEREAS, Governor J.B. Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-43 on June 26, 2020, that affirmed a local government body may enact provisions that are stricter than those in the Executive Order; and
WHEREAS, recently there has been a rapid rise of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations over the past two weeks in the region; and
WHEREAS, it remains imperative to maintain social distancing and not permit groups of individuals across the Town of Cicero (the “Town”) to recklessly congregate and cluster at or near establishments that sell alcoholic liquor, in particular in the late evening, unacceptably placing their own health and the health of all residents in danger; and
WHEREAS, due to the lack of social distancing and crowds of people gathering at businesses and storefronts, in addition to stores not enforcing mask requirements, the risk of transmission of COVID-19 continues to rise in the community; and
WHEREAS, in order to stop the devasting spread of COVID-19, all individuals in the Town and visitors of the Town must practice a strict and disciplined adherence to social distancing guidelines; and
WHEREAS, in an effort to protect the health, safety and general welfare of the Town and its residents, it is necessary and appropriate to take immediate measures in response to stopping the spread of COVID-19;
NOW, THEREFORE, by the powers vested in me as the President of the Town of Cicero, and pursuant to Chapter 34 of the Code of Ordinances of the Town of Cicero, Illinois (the “Town Code”), I hereby declare that a state of emergency exists within the Town of Cicero and order the following:
SECTION 1: Effective Friday, October 23, 2020 at noon, any establishment operating in the Town as a restaurant, or bar that serves liquor, and/or maintains an outdoor patio license or sidewalk cafe permit issued in association with such license shall abide by the following:
(a) Cease indoor and outdoor consumption of alcohol at 10:00 p.m. Restaurants and food establishments may continue to serve food for indoor and outdoor dining after 10:00 p.m.
(b) All bars that serve alcohol for on-site consumption must end alcohol service at 9:00 p.m. before closing at 10:00 p.m.
(c) Cease all sales of alcoholic liquor for off-premises consumption between 10:00 p.m. and the following day at the hour at which the licensee is permitted to resume alcoholic liquor sales as provided by Chapter 10, Section 10-58 of the Town Code or as otherwise provided in the Town Code, ordinance, or executive order.
(d) All persons licensed to sell liquor for consumption off-premises including, but not limited to restaurants, bars, liquor stores, convenience stores, mini marts, and grocery stores, and any other establishment in which liquor is sold for consumption off­ premises shall cease all sales of alcoholic liquor at 10:00 p.m.
(e) Restaurants or establishments serving food may continue operating after 10:00 p.m. to serve food and provide curb-side pick-up or carry-out delivery of food. Carry-out or delivery of alcohol after 10:00 p.m. is prohibited.
(f) Prominently post signage, in a form prescribed by the Town’s Local Liquor Commissioner or Deputy Local Liquor Commissioner at each publicly accessible entrance to the establishment and in any area of the establishment where alcoholic liquor is sold, informing patrons of the 10:00 p.m. closure or cessation of alcoholic liquor for sale.
SECTION 2: Pursuant to Chapter 50, Section 50-37 and Chapter 10, Section 10-4, of the Town Code, in conjunction with enforcement authority granted in the Town Code to the following officers, this Executive Order may be enforced by the Town’s Police Department, and the Town’s Local Liquor Commissioner and Deputy Local Liquor Commissioner.
SECTION 3: In addition to any other penalty provided by law, any person who violates this Executive Order shall be subject to arrest pursuant to Chapter 50, Section 50-40 of the Town Code. Further, any business that violates this Executive Order shall be subject to sanctions, including but not limited to, closure pursuant to Chapter 10, Section 10-70 of the Town Code, and suspension or revocation of liquor license.
SECTION 4: All guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control (the “CDC”) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (“IDPH”) shall continue to remain in effect for all businesses and establishments in the Town including, but not limited to, maintaining a social distance of at least six (6) feet, wearing proper face coverings as recommended by the CDC, and operating at the capacity limits established by IDPH.
SECTION 5: This Executive Order does not grant any licensee any privilege to sell liquor in contravention of, or less restrictively than allowed by any other applicable ordinance or Executive Order, or the license held by the licensee.
SECTION 6: This Executive Order shall remain in effect until a determination that the threat to public health posed by COVID-19 has diminished to the point that this Executive Order can be safely repealed, or until amended, superseded or rescinded.
SECTION 7: This Executive Order shall be distributed in accordance with the Town
Code.
SECTION 8: This Executive Order is not intended to, and does not, except as specifically set forth herein, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the Town of Cicero, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person. This Executive Order shall be deposited and kept immediately available on file for inspection in the office of the Town Clerk.
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Cicero Chamber hosts online discussion: “Successful Practices by Cicero Businesses in the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Cicero Chamber to Host Online Discussion on

“Successful Practices by Cicero Businesses in the COVID-19 Pandemic”

11 AM on Thursday. November 5, 2020

Business Members of the Cicero Chamber of Commerce will share their experiences in surviving in this difficult environment of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic during an Online Zoom Webinar on Thursday Nov. 5, 2020 beginning at 11 AM.

If you are a Cicero Business, we want you to share your successful experiences during the pandemic to help other businesses survive this terrible economic challenge.

You must be a member of the Cicero Chamber of Commerce to Participate. Membership is free.

If you would like to present your experiences during this online program, you must contact the Cicero Chamber of Commerce with your details to register. (All Chamber members will be able to view the live Webinar or the video recording afterwards.)

Contact us by Email:

Ray Hanania, Town of Cicero Liaison:

CiceroChamberofCommerce@gmail.com

La Cámara de Comercio de Cicero Presenta Una conversación vía internet sobre

“Las prácticas exitosas utilizadas por las empresas de Cicero durante la pandemia de COVID-19”

El jueves 5 de noviembre del 2020 – a las 11 de la mañana

Los comerciantes y empresarios miembros de la ‘Cámara de Comercio de Cicero’ compartirán sus experiencias y lo que han hecho para sobrevivir en medio del difícil desafío que es la pandemia del coronavirus COVID-19. Esto se realizará durante un seminario virtual vía “Zoom”, el próximo jueves 5 de noviembre del 2020 a partir de las 11 a.m.

Si usted es dueño de alguna tienda o empresa de Cicero, le invitamos a compartir sus experiencias exitosas durante la pandemia, para así poder ayudar a otras empresas a sobrevivir este terrible reto económico.
Para participar debe ser miembro de la ‘Cámara de Comercio de Cicero’. La membresía es gratuita.

Si desea presentar sus experiencias durante este programa en línea, debe comunicarse con la ‘Cámara de Comercio de Cicero’ con todos sus datos para inscribirse. (Todos los miembros de la Cámara podrán ver el seminario web en vivo o  ver la grabación de video posteriormente).

Los interesados pueden ponerse en contacto por correo electrónico con:
Ray Hanania, Enlace del Municipio de Cicero:
CiceroChamberofCommerce@gmail.com

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Business Interruption Grants Program (BIG)

Business Interruption Grants Program (BIG)

Applications begin on June 26, 2020

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is launching the first round of Business Interruption Grants (BIG) by providing $60 million to businesses experiencing losses or business interruption as a result of COVID-19 related closures. The BIG Program is available for up to 3,500 businesses that experienced a limited ability to operate due to COVID-19 related closures. DCEO will begin distributing funds to qualifying businesses in early July. The total program funding will amount to at least $540 million in grants for small businesses, $270 million of which has been set aside for childcare providers and is funded by the CARES Act.

In the first wave of grants, priority will be given to small businesses that have been heavily restricted or completely shut down during the pandemic. Additional priority will be given to businesses located in disproportionately impacted areas (DIAs), or low-income areas that have had high rates of COVID-19 cases. Businesses eligible for the program must have experienced extreme hardship, demonstrated by experiencing eligible costs or losses in excess of the grant amount since March.

Specifically, the program includes support for:

  • Businesses located in DIAs Where There Was Recent Property Damage from Civil Unrest – $20 million for businesses that are located in a subset of DIAs that have recently experienced significant property damage, providing 1,000 grants of $20,000 each
  • Bars and Restaurants – $20 million for bars and restaurants unable to offer outside service, providing 1,000 grants of up to $20,000*
  • Barbershops and Salons – $10 million for barbershops and salons, providing 1,000 grants of $10,000 each*
  • Gyms and Fitness Centers – $10 million for gyms and fitness centers that have lost significant revenue due to COVID-19, providing 500 grants of $20,000 each*

Businesses must have been in operation for at least three months prior to March 2020 and must meet specific annual revenue criteria outlined in document below.

WHEN AND WHERE TO APPLY: 

DCEO will begin accepting applications on June 26th. The application submission portal will be posted on this webpage. Until the 26th, DCEO is posting the application questions and required documents for businesses and business support organizations to read, review and prepare.  *While a portion of funds are reserved for businesses located in DIAs, the following business types in non-DIA locations are also eligible to apply for assistance: bars and restaurants; barbershops and salons; gyms and fitness centers.

Questions? Submit a question in via the question submission form in English or Spanish. Submitting a question via the form ensures a timely response.

DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACTED AREAS
The map below shows all disproportionately impacted areas for the Business Interruption Grant program. To determine whether or not you are located in a DIA, enter your address in the search box.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK THIS LINK

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State allows restaurants & bars to resume indoor service

State allows restaurants & bars to resume indoor service

Letter from the Town of Cicero, Wednesday June 24, 2020

Notice to Restaurants (Indoor and Outdoor Dining) Effective June 26, 2020-1

Indoor Restaurant and Bar Establishment Guidelines (Eng/Span)

Attention Cicero Businesses:

We are happy to announce, by order of the Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois, all restaurants may now resume indoor dining operations for restaurants, and bar establishments. Groups of up to 10 people are allowed to be seated together for indoor dining beginning Friday, June 26th, 2020. The IDPH provides safety guidelines for restaurants, and bar establishments to prevent the exposure to and the spread of COVID-19. Seated areas should be arranged so that tables allow for 6ft. between parties; impermeable barriers may be installed between booths that are less than 6ft. apart.

All the safety guidelines can be found attached to this letter and can be found online by clicking this link.

Additional guidance may be needed as the COVID-19 outbreak conditions change including new information about the virus such as, its transmission and impacts.

In addition, all restaurants must continue to follow the Illinois Department of Commerce guidelines at all times. All guidelines can be found attached to this letter and can also be found online by clicking here.

All signs that need to be displayed at your establishment when you open for indoor person dining can also be found at said website.

Any businesses defying this order or the Illinois Department of Commerce guidelines will be shut down immediately and may be issued a ticket or ordinance violation and may have their business license suspended or revoked.

Our Town President Larry Dominick and Board of Trustees are working together to make our community a safe place for all of our residents and businesses. So we ask for your understanding so we can all work together in keeping our Town as safe as possible during these times. Should you have any additional questions or concerns please contact us at 708-656-3600 Ext. 165 and we will be more than happy to address your questions or concerns.

We know that together we will continue to move forward while keepings our residents safe.
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Ismael Vargas, Town of Cicero Business License Director

Atención Negocios de la Cuidad de Cícero:

Estamos contentos de anunciar, por la orden de la Oficina del Gobernador del Estado de Illinois, que todos los restaurantes y bares podrán resumir las operaciones dentro de su localidad. Grupos no más de 10 personas será permitido sentarse juntos dentro de la localidad a partir de viernes, 26 de Junio de 2020. El IDPH proporciona reglamentos de seguridad para restaurantes y establecimientos de bares para evitar la exposición y la propagación de COVID-19.

Las áreas de asientos interiores deben estar dispuestas de modo que las mesas permitan 6 pies entre grupos. Restaurantes y bares podrán instalar barreras impermeables entre cabinas de menos de 6 pies aparte.

Toda la regulación de seguridad se puede encontrar adjuntas a esta carta y se pueden encontrar en línea en.

Es posible que se necesite orientación adicional a medida que cambian las condiciones del brote del COVID-19, incluso a medida que se dispone de nueva información sobre el virus, su transmisión e impactos.

Además, todos los restaurantes deben seguir las reglas del Departamento de Comercio de Illinois en todo momento. Todas las reglas se pueden encontrar adjuntas a esta carta y también se pueden encontrar en línea en.

Todos los letreros que necesitan ser mostrados en su establecimiento cuando usted abre para servir comida dentro de su localidad se pueden encontrar en dicho sitio web.

Los negocios que desafían esta orden o las reglas del Departamento de Comercio de Illinois serán cerrados inmediatamente y pueden recibir una multa o una infracción de la Ordenanza y pueden tener sus licencias de negocio suspendidas o revocadas.

El presidente de la ciudad, Larry Dominick y la Mesa de Directivos están trabajando juntos para hacer nuestra comunidad un lugar seguro para todos nuestros residentes y negocios. Así que pedimos su cooperación para que todos podamos trabajar juntos en mantener nuestra ciudad lo más segura posible durante estos tiempos. Si tiene cualquier pregunta adicional o preocupaciones por favor póngase en contacto con nosotros al 708-656-3600 Ext. 165.

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Ismael Vargas, El Director de Licencias de Negocios

TOWN OF CICERO
Business License Department
4949 WEST CERMAK RD
CICERO, ILLINOIS 60804
2ND FLOOR
708.656.3600 ext. 250, 253, 205
FAX 708.656.0859

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State offers $85 million in grants to help business and communities recover

State offers $85 million in grants to help business and communities recover

New equity-driven programs through DCEO to provide a boost for communities and businesses hit hardest during COVID-19 crisis

Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today released applications for the latest in a series of grant programs designed to offset the economic impact of COVID-19 for businesses and communities across Illinois. The new Business Interruption Grant (BIG) and the Rebuild Distressed Communities grants total $85 million and will provide relief for thousands of businesses affected by the ongoing pandemic. 

Applications for BIG grants and the Rebuild Distressed Communities NOFO are due on July 7th. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, visit DCEO’s website.

“This virus has had devastating effects on the health and livelihoods of our residents, and we must take aggressive action to help our families and communities recover,” said Governor Pritzker. “As our small businesses reopen their doors, these grant programs will provide critical support to allow them to safely expand their operations. We can not recover without our small businesses leading the way, particularly in communities that have been disproportionately impacted by this virus, and this administration is committed to using all resources at our disposal to help them thrive.”

These programs administered by DCEO are part of over $900 million in new programs recently announced by Governor Pritzker, with a focus on restoring communities hit hardest by the pandemic. Both programs offer priority for small businesses whose operations were heavily restricted or completely shut down during the pandemic, for those located in disproportionately impacted areas (DIAs), as well as those in communities damaged by recent civil unrest. DIAs are low-income areas that have experienced high rates of COVID-19 cases.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our Illinois economy, which is why the Pritzker administration has continuously taken action to grant critical relief programs the duration of this unprecedented crisis,” said Acting Director of DCEO, Michael Negron. “With many businesses all across our state experiencing hardship from COVID-19, DCEO has worked to marshal funding in a way that reaches across all of our diverse community areas, and that assists those who need it the most. With the new BIG program, the state will ensure those businesses most greatly affected are not left behind as we move forward to a safe, phased reopening of our state and economy.”

Business Interruption Grants Program (BIG)
The first round of the new business interruption grants program, known as “BIG,” will make $60 million available for 3,500 businesses that experienced losses or business interruption because they closed or severely restricted their operations as a result of COVID-19. Businesses eligible for BIG include restaurants and bars; barbershops and salons; health and fitness centers; as well as businesses located in DIAs which have had reports of recent property damage due to civil unrest.

Businesses prioritized for this first wave of funding must have experienced extreme hardship, demonstrated by losses in excess of the grant amount since March, caused by following the public health guidance to limit their operations. Businesses must also have been in operation for at least three months prior to March 2020.
Grants will be made available for small businesses in amounts ranging between $10,000-$20,000, depending on business type and other eligibility criteria. A full list of criteria as well as the application can be found on DCEO’s website. Businesses and community partners can assess their eligibility and gather any documents needed to complete the application before it opens for submission on Friday, June 26th at 9:00am. All applications must be submitted by Monday, July 7th at 5:00pm.

BIG grants give businesses access to funds that will help accelerate reopening or expanding capacity, including assisting with purchase of technology, PPE or other equipment necessary to comply with new public health guidelines related to COVID-19. Funds may be used to help businesses cover the costs payroll, rent, utilities and other working capital during the time businesses have experienced interruptions due to COVID.

All grant categories feature dedicated set asides for businesses located in DIAs, based on a statutory mandate to release a minimum of 30 percent of BIG funds to DIAs throughout Illinois. Disproportionately impacted areas are low-income zip codes that have had a significant number of cases of COVID 19 among residents. For more information on determining eligibility or to see if your business is located in a DIA, visit DCEO’s website.

“With small businesses suffering because of the global health pandemic and recent looting from civil unrest in our country, it is critical that we step up and play a role in saving these mom and pop shops,” said State Representative Chris Welch, 7th District. “The Business Interruption Grants and Distressed Capital Program will play a critical role in helping minority owned businesses survive in this climate.”

“Working together, Governor Pritzker and the General Assembly made Business Interruption Grants a priority in this year’s state budget,” said State Senator Andy Manar, 48th District. “Making sure small business owners in all parts of Illinois have access to much needed financial assistance is imperative as we continue to fight the ongoing impact of COVID-19.  Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and we should do everything we can to support them.”

“To truly set the state on a path toward recovery, we have to extend the aid needed to help our small businesses survive these unprecedented times,” said State Senator Elgie R. Sims Jr., 17th District. “Budget negotiations were more difficult this year. I am pleased that we are providing desperately needed relief to many of the businesses who have been hardest hit, including those who can’t reopen until Phase 4 or 5.”

“The Governor has shown tremendous leadership throughout this pandemic by not only designing a broad range of programs that support those hit hardest, but by also going a step further to reach those in disproportionately impacted areas like our community,” said State Representative Lisa Hernandez, 24th District.“While small and minority-owned businesses already face longer odds for success, these programs will help them gain the footing they need to pull through this crisis.”

To ensure first round funds are disbursed quickly and carefully, DCEO will involve community-based financial institutions with experience administering grant programs throughout the state, especially in the communities designated as disproportionately impacted areas.  Similar to other COVID-19 emergency assistance programs, these CDFIs will review applications and administer funds, with funds targeted for release beginning in mid-July. Eligible businesses will be selected via a lottery process.

“Illinois small business owners are tough, but they need extra help to continue fighting through this pandemic,” said Brad McConnell, CEO of Accion Serving Illinois & Indiana. “Accion is thankful we are able to partner with the Governor to support the businesses that have been hit the hardest.”

This $60 million funding round represents the first wave of the BIG program, which in total will amount to at least $540 million in grants for small businesses, $270 million of which has been set aside for childcare providers. The Department will issue a NOFO at a later date to seek qualified partner(s) in assisting with administering future phases of the BIG program to small businesses. DCEO’s grants will complement ongoing efforts by DHS to administer BIG grants earmarked specifically for childcare centers.

“Governor Pritzker’s BIG program aims to mitigate the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black and Brown communities, and combat the baked-in inequities of relief programs that have shut out over 80% of minority owned businesses and independent contractors,” said Rebecca Shi, Executive Director, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition. “IBIC and our 147 members commend the Governor and are ready to roll up our sleeves to assist our entrepreneur of color to not only survive but thrive through this pandemic.”

To ensure that businesses are prepared to take advantage of these resources, DCEO will leverage its statewide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) as well as other community partners to conduct outreach to business owners eligible for BIG assistance. This outreach to small businesses and communities will prioritize ensuring diversity and inclusion of minority owned businesses in this first round of funds, as well as future rounds of funding.

Distressed Capital Program
The second program, Rebuild Distressed Communities, is a $25 million economic recovery program to support Illinois businesses that have sustained property damage as a result of civil unrest during protest and demonstrations on or after May 25th, 2020. The Distressed Capital Program will reimburse the costs to repair structural damages, including repairs to storefronts and entrances, improving electrical systems, and restoring exterior work.

The Distressed Capital Program will specifically help businesses located in DIAs and will prioritize small businesses, women and minority-owned businesses, underinsured or uninsured businesses, businesses that have a high community impact – such as grocery stores – and businesses in communities that have experienced historic disinvestment. The Distressed Capital Program also includes provisions to encourage BEP contractors, including minority- and women-owned businesses, are the first in line to do the repair work.

DCEO is issuing a NOFO to identify an administrator or administrators to oversee the provision of funding to reimburse the costs of repairs already undertaken and cover future repairs for eligible businesses damaged as a result of civil unrest. More information about eligibility and documentation required to apply can be found in the NOFO posted on DCEO’s website.

BIG and Rebuild Distressed Communities programs build on steady action taken by Governor Pritzker throughout the COVID-19 crisis to support small businesses. With the addition of this first round of BIG and Rebuild Distressed Communities, more than $150 million in business assistance programs have been announced since March – including the downstate small business stabilization fund, the hospitality grants program, and the Fast Track Public Infrastructure Program. Collectively, these programs have helped provide vital assistance for thousands of unique businesses located in every corner across the state.

DCEO will conduct a series of webinars and outreach to businesses in the coming weeks. For a list of upcoming webinars and to receive regular updates on grants and business assistance programs, please visit DCEO’s website of follow us on social at @IllinoisDCEO.

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Cook County offers $10 million recovery fund for suburban small businesses, independent contractors

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Cook County offers $10 million recovery fund for suburban small businesses, independent contractors

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle Announces Applications Open for $10M Recovery Fund for Suburban Cook County’s Small Businesses & Independent Contractors

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced today that applications are now open for the Community Recovery Loan Fund.  Launched as part of the Bureau of Economic Development’s Community Recovery Initiative, the $10 million Community Recovery Fund offers one-time, zero-interest loans of up to $20,000 for small businesses and up to $10,000 for independent contractors.  

“Cook County is committed to having a meaningful impact in the communities that are facing tough economic challenges in the face of COVID-19,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. “While we know the funds will go fast, through these investments in local small businesses and independent contractors, the County hopes to positively impact financially underserved communities while providing growth capital to help sustain operations and provide assistance to our most vulnerable businesses.”  

This program will serve suburban Cook County businesses with less than 25 employees and less than $3 million in annual revenue, or independent contractors with less than $100,000 in yearly income who earn at least 50 percent of their revenue from contracting work.  Self-employed, independent contractors such as rideshare drivers and other gig industry workers residing in South Suburban Cook County are eligible. 

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Since the announcement of the recovery fund in April, more than 8,000 small businesses, independent contractors, and non-profits have reached out to express need and interest in the County’s loan fund program and technical assistance resources.    

“While we understand $10M is not enough to help the thousands of small businesses that expressed a need in this program, we are hopeful that it will offer relief to some,” said Xochitl Flores Bureau Chief of Economic Development.  “Our efforts to identify more resources and ways to grow our support are ongoing, and we are hopeful that this is coming at a time when recovery is so critical.” 

The loan applications will be processed through a network of lending partners that include: the Chicago Community Loan Fund, SomerCor, Accion, Women’s Business Development Center, and Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives Micro Finance Group.

“As Cook County is entering phase three of the Restore Illinois Plan, many small businesses and self-employed entrepreneurs outside of Chicago have struggled to access capital to keep their operations moving forward and the Cook County Community Recovery Fund, at zero percent interest, will provide relief to many south and west suburbs,” stated Bob Tucker, COO and EVP of Programs for Chicago Community Loan Fund. 

The joint effort is the latest in a variety of resources offered through Cook County’s Community Recovery Initiative program, which features a technical assistance network that has helped more than 170 small businesses get access to educational resources and $3M in funding through the Paycheck Protection Program. 

Once launched, applications will be open for ten days. We will consider the following in our review of all the applications submitted:

  • Eligibility – Applicants must meet all the criteria identified in the form, submit all the requested materials, and submit them via the portal by June 8, 2020. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Geography: Loans will be awarded across all suburban Cook municipalities.
  • Priority will be given to applicants located in Economically Disconnected Areas or Disinvested Areas and businesses owned by women, minorities, persons with disabilities, or veterans. 

Online applications for the loans are now being accepted until June 17, 2020 and are available in English and Spanish. To apply and to find additional information, please visit www.cookcountyil.gov/recovery.

For more information visit our website.

Have a question? Read our FAQs 

Contact us at: ccrf@cclfchicago.org 

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COVID-19 restrictions eased for Restaurants, Bars and Salons

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COVID-19 restrictions eased for Restaurants, Bars and Salons

The Town of Cicero Business License Department released new guidelines based on the directives set by the STate of Illinois for the expansion of services by restaurants, bars and salons during the coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic.

For further information or details, contact Business License Director Ismael Vargas.

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Here are each of the notices separated (Bars, Salons, Restaurants) to make it easier for each industry to focus on their concerns.

BARS

Attention Cicero Businesses:

We are happy to announce, by order of the Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois, that all bars can open for temporary outdoor-person dining beginning, Monday, June 01st, 2020. For all the bars in Cicero, we will be allowing a TEMPORARY opportunity to have outdoor-person dining during the COVID-19 pandemic or until further notice. However, prior to opening your establishment for temporary outdoor-person dining, you must submit a plan and sketch detailing how and where you will have the outdoor-dining service offered to the public by email to ivargas@thetownofcicero.com along with your phone number, and I, the Business License Director, will contact you when everything has been temporarily approved. If you are not able to submit said plans and drawings via email you may also come and submit them in person to the Town of Cicero’s Business License Department. Your sketch must include the location of where you will be placing the temporary outdoor dining service and measurements of how far apart you plan to have the tables, chairs, host podium, etc. There is still NO DINE-IN allowed in any bars at this time.

In addition, all bars must continue to follow the Illinois Department of Commerce guidelines at all times. All guidelines can be found attached to this letter and can also be found online at https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo /pages/restoreILP3.aspx. All signs that need to be displayed at your establishment when you open for outdoor-person dining can also be found at said website. In addition, all bars in Cicero must follow the Noise Ordinance during if planning to have outdoor dining.

Any businesses defying this order or the Illinois Department of Commerce guidelines will be shut down immediately and may be issued a ticket or ordinance violation and may have their business and liquor license suspended or revoked. Our Town President Larry Dominick and Board of Trustees are working together to make our community a safe place for all of our residents and businesses. So we ask for your understanding so we can all work together in keeping our Town as safe as possible during these times. Should you have any additional questions or concerns please contact us at 708-656-3600 Ext. 165 and we will be more than happy to address your questions or concerns.

We know that together we will overcome this unfortunate situation.

Atención Negocios de la Cuidad de Cícero:

Estamos contentos de anunciar, por la orden de la Oficina del Gobernador del Estado de Illinois, que todas las bares pueden abrir temporalmente solo para comer afuera al aire libre “temporary outdoor-person dining” a partir de lunes, 01 de Junio de 2020. Para todos los bares de Cícero estaremos permitiendo una oportunidad TEMPORAL de cenar en persona al aire libre durante la pandemia COVID-19 o hasta nuevo aviso. Sin embargo, antes de abrir su establecimiento para temporalmente comer al aire libre, usted debe enviar por correo electrónico planes y dibujos detallando cómo y dónde tendrá el servicio de comida al aire libre ofrecido al público a ivargas@thetownofcicero.com junto con su número de teléfono y yo, el Director de Licencias de Negocios, me pondré en contacto con usted cuando todo haya sido aprobado temporalmente. Si no puedes enviar dichos planes y dibujos por correo electrónico, también puedes venir al Departamento de Licencias de Negocios de la Ciudad de Cícero para entregarlos. Su dibujo debe incluir en donde va a colocar el servicio de comedor al aire libre y las medidas de lo lejos que planea tener las mesas, sillas, etc. Todavía NO SE PERMITE COMER ADENTRO DEL LOS BARES “DINE-IN” en este momento.

Además, todos los bares deben seguir las reglas del Departamento de Comercio de Illinois en todo momento. Todas las reglas se pueden encontrar adjuntas a esta carta y también se pueden encontrar en línea en https:// www2.illinois.gov/dceo/pages/restoreILP3.aspx. Todos los letreros que necesitan ser mostrados en su establecimiento cuando usted abre para servir comida al aire libre se pueden encontrar en dicho sitio web. Además, todos los bares de Cícero deben seguir la Ordenanza de Ruido durante la planificación de comer al aire libre.

Los negocios que desafían esta orden o las reglas del Departamento de Comercio de Illinois serán cerrados inmediatamente y pueden recibir una multa o una infracción de la Ordenanza y pueden tener sus licencias de negocio y licor suspendidas o revocadas. El presidente de la ciudad, Larry Dominick y la Mesa de Directivos están trabajando juntos para hacer nuestra comunidad un lugar seguro para todos nuestros residentes y negocios. Así que pedimos su cooperación para que todos podamos trabajar juntos en mantener nuestra ciudad lo más segura posible durante estos tiempos. Si tiene cualquier pregunta adicional o preocupaciones por favor póngase en contacto con nosotros al 708-656-3600 Ext. 165.

Sabemos que juntos superaremos esta desafortunada situación.

 

Salons

Attention Cicero Businesses:

We are happy to announce, by order of the Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois all Barber, Beauty, and Nail Salons can open beginning, Monday, June 01st, 2020. However, all said businesses must follow the Illinois Department of Commerce Guidelines at all times. All guidelines can be found attached to this letter and can also be found online at https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/pages/ restoreILP3.aspx. All signs needing to be displayed at your establishment when you open can also be found at said website.

Any businesses defying this order will be shut down immediately and may be issued a ticket or ordinance violation and may have their business licenses suspended or revoked. Our Town President Larry Dominick and Board of Trustees are working together to make our community a safe place for all of our residents and businesses. So we ask for your understanding so we can all work together in keeping our Town as safe as possible during these times. Should you have any additional questions or concerns please contact us at 708-656-3600 Ext. 165 and we will be more than happy to address your questions or concerns.

We know that together we will overcome this unfortunate situation.

 

Atención Negocios de la Cuidad de Cícero:

Estamos contentos de anunciar, por orden de la Oficina del Gobernador del Estado de Illinois todos los Salones de Peluquería, Belleza y Uñas pueden abrir a partir del lunes, 01 de junio de 2020. Sin embargo, todas estas empresas deben seguir las reglas del Departamento de Comercio de Illinois en todo momento. Todas las reglas se pueden encontrar adjuntas a esta carta y también se pueden encontrar en línea en https://www2.illinois .gov/dceo/pages/restoreILP3.aspx. Todos los letreros que necesitan ser mostrados en su establecimiento cuando usted abre se pueden encontrar en dicho sitio web.

Los negocios que desafían esta orden serán cerrados inmediatamente y pueden recibir una multa o una infracción de la Ordenanza y pueden tener sus licencias de negocio suspendidas o revocadas. El presidente de la ciudad, Larry Dominick y la Mesa de Directivos están trabajando juntos para hacer nuestra comunidad un lugar seguro para todos nuestros residentes y negocios. Así que pedimos su cooperación para que todos podamos trabajar juntos en mantener nuestra ciudad lo más segura posible durante estos tiempos. Si tiene cualquier pregunta adicional o preocupaciones por favor póngase en contacto con nosotros al 708-656-3600 Ext. 165.

Sabemos que juntos superaremos esta desafortunada situación.

Restaurants

Attention Cicero Businesses:

We are happy to announce, by order of the Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois, all restaurants may now allow customers to enter the establishment to place their food orders for carry-out or to pick-up their food orders. However, there may only be 2-3 customers inside the establishment at a time and they must be standing 6 feet apart while they wait to receive their orders. There is still NO DINE-IN allowed in any restaurants at this time.

We are also happy to announce, by order of the Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois, that all restaurants can open for temporary outdoor-person dining beginning, Monday, June 01st, 2020. For all the restaurants in Cicero, we will be allowing a TEMPORARY opportunity to have outdoor-person dining during the COVID-19 pandemic or until further notice. However, prior to opening your establishment for temporary outdoor-person dining, you must submit a plan and sketch detailing how and where you will have the outdoor-dining service offered to the public by email to ivargas@thetownofcicero.com along with your phone number, and I, the Business License Director, will contact you when everything has been temporarily approved. If you are not able to submit said plans and drawings via email you may also come and submit them in person to the Town of Cicero’s Business License Department. Your sketch must include the location of where you will be placing the temporary outdoor dining service and measurements of how far apart you plan to have the tables, chairs, host podium, etc.

In addition, all restaurants must continue to follow the Illinois Department of Commerce guidelines at all times. All guidelines can be found attached to this letter and can also be found online at https://www2.illinois. gov/dceo/pages/restoreILP3.aspx. All signs that need to be displayed at your establishment when you open for outdoor-person dining can also be found at said website.

Any businesses defying this order or the Illinois Department of Commerce guidelines will be shut down immediately and may be issued a ticket or ordinance violation and may have their business license suspended or revoked. Our Town President Larry Dominick and Board of Trustees are working together to make our community a safe place for all of our residents and businesses. So we ask for your understanding so we can all work together in keeping our Town as safe as possible during these times. Should you have any additional questions or concerns please contact us at 708-656-3600 Ext. 165 and we will be more than happy to address your questions or concerns.

We know that together we will overcome this unfortunate situation.

 

Atención Negocios de la Cuidad de Cícero:

Estamos contentos de anunciar, por la orden de la Oficina del Gobernador del Estado de Illinois, que todos los restaurantes ahora pueden permitir a los clientes entrar en el establecimiento para poner su orden de comida para llevar o para recoger su orden de comida. Sin embargo, sólo puede haber 2-3 clientes dentro del establecimiento a la vez y deben estar separados a 6 pies mientras esperan para recibir su orden. Todavía NO SE PERMITE COMER ADENTRO DEL RESTAURANTE “DINE-IN”en este momento.

También estamos contentos de anunciar, por la orden de la Oficina del Gobernador del Estado de Illinois, que todas las restaurantes pueden abrir temporalmente solo para comer afuera al aire libre “temporary outdoor-person dining” a partir de lunes, 01 de Junio de 2020. Para todos los restaurantes de Cícero estaremos permitiendo una oportunidad TEMPORAL de cenar en persona al aire libre durante la pandemia COVID-19 o hasta nuevo aviso. Sin embargo, antes de abrir su establecimiento para temporalmente comer al aire libre, usted debe enviar por correo electrónico planes y dibujos detallando cómo y dónde tendrá el servicio de comida al aire libre ofrecido al público a ivargas@thetownofcicero.comjunto con su número de teléfono y yo, el Director de Licencias de Negocios, me pondré en contacto con usted cuando todo haya sido aprobado temporalmente. Si no puedes enviar dichos planes y dibujos por correo electrónico, también puedes venir al Departamento de Licencias de Negocios de la Ciudad de Cícero para entregarlos. Su dibujo debe incluir en donde va a colocar el servicio de comedor al aire libre y las medidas de lo lejos que planea tener las mesas, sillas, etc.

Además, todos los restaurantes deben seguir las reglas del Departamento de Comercio de Illinois en todo momento. Todas las reglas se pueden encontrar adjuntas a esta carta y también se pueden encontrar en línea en https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/pages/restoreILP3.aspx. Todos los letreros que necesitan ser mostrados en su establecimiento cuando usted abre para servir comida al aire libre se pueden encontrar en dicho sitio web.

Los negocios que desafían esta orden o las reglas del Departamento de Comercio de Illinois serán cerrados inmediatamente y pueden recibir una multa o una infracción de la Ordenanza y pueden tener sus licencias de negocio suspendidas o revocadas. El presidente de la ciudad, Larry Dominick y la Mesa de Directivos están trabajando juntos para hacer nuestra comunidad un lugar seguro para todos nuestros residentes y negocios. Así que pedimos su cooperación para que todos podamos trabajar juntos en mantener nuestra ciudad lo más segura posible durante estos tiempos. Si tiene cualquier pregunta adicional o preocupaciones por favor póngase en contacto con nosotros al 708-656-3600 Ext. 165.

Sabemos que juntos superaremos esta desafortunada situación.

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Governor’s Guidelines for Easing Restrictions on Businesses under Phase 3

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Governor’s Guidelines for Easing Restrictions on Businesses under Phase 3

On Tuesday, May 5th, Governor Pritzker released Restore Illinois, a five-phased plan that will reopen our state, guided by health metrics and with marked by distinct business, education, and recreation activities characterizing each phase. The Restore Illinois plan recognizes that the economy will start growing again when consumers feel that it is safe to return to work, shop and dine out, and engage in social and recreational activities. Under the Restore Illinois framework, certain businesses and activities are allowed to resume in Phase 3 with IDPH-approved safety guidance in place.

Read the Plan

To prepare businesses and employers to implement the new safety guidelines and to bring many residents back to work, the State of Illinois has developed this business toolkit complete with signage, training checklists, and other resources to ensure business and activities are conducted in accordance with the latest and greatest public health recommendations.

Phase 3 guidelines span 10 different industry categories. Each set of guidelines includes a common set of guidelines that are expected and encouraged among all employers and activity types, as well as workplace and program-specific guidelines.

Common Guidelines for all Phase 3 Businesses and Operations to follow can be found in the Phase 3 Business Toolkit.

For Industry definitions and guidelines, please see below:

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Manufacturing
Manufacturing facilities such as plants, factories and mills

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Health and Fitness Centers
Gyms, fitness centers, yoga, dance, cycling, pilates, barre studios, and other customer-facing fitness centers

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Offices
Non-customer-facing offices such as: legal; accounting services; architectural/engineering design; and other professional services

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Personal Care Services
Hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, spas, waxing centers, tattoo parlors

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Retail
Retailers and merchandisers such as: grocery stores; hardware stores; clothing stores; pharmacies; department stores; shopping malls

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Outdoor Recreation
Customer facing services such as driving ranges, outdoor shooting ranges, paintball courses, outdoor adventure parks

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Service Counters
Stores providing assorted services for dropped off goods, such as: dry cleaners; electronics repair shops; shoe repair shops; car washes

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Day Camps
Recreational youth programs such as sports camps, recreational camps, educational camps

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Youth Sports
Youth sports games or matches, group sports lessons, team or group sports practices (no competitive sports permitted in Phase 3)

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Restaurants and Bars (outdoor dining and drinking)
Full-service restaurants, limited-service restaurants, snacks bars, taverns, and other food and beverage businesses

  • Toolkit

 

Additionally, the State of Illinois is providing new guidelines for indoor/outdoor tennis, as well as revised guidelines for boating and fishing and for golf.

For more on latest guidelines for places of worship and religious services, please view safety guidelines on IDPH’s website.

We also encourage businesses to go above and beyond this guidance in prioritizing the safety and health of their workers and customers.

If you have read the industry safety guidelines above and have other specific questions or comments about how Phase 3 affects your business or employees, please feel free to get in touch with DCEO. For direct support, contact our Business Hotline Monday through Friday at 1-800-252-2923, or email at: ceo.support@illinois.gov.

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Experts discuss ways for businesses to survive Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic

Vanessa Parrish, Director of Corporate Education at Morton College

Video: Experts discuss ways for businesses to survive Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic

The Town of Cicero, the Cicero Chamber of Commerce and Morton College on May 19, 2020 hosted an online workshop to help businesses survive the coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic using Zoom online technology.

Speakers discussed ways to businesses to survive and explore strategies to adapt their businesses to the new environment of social distancing and personal contact restrictions.

Morton College business leader Ashley Swint discusses strategies for businesses to survive in the COVID-19 Pandemic during a Zoom Video Conference held on May 19, 2020 sponsored by Morton College, the Town of Cicero and the Cicero Chamber of Commerce.

A special Online, live Video Seminar with speakers who will help businesses navigate through the impact of the coronavirus.

Ashley Swint holds a BA in Fashion Marketing & Management and an MBA in Marketing. She is an Adjunct Business instructor at Morton College and have been teaching Business and Marketing courses in Higher Education for 10 years. Along with my classroom experience I have spent 15 years working in marketing both in Healthcare and Apparel sectors. Along with teaching, I run a marketing consulting firm for small businesses.

Ashley Swint, Adjunct Business instructor at Morton College and have been teaching Business and Marketing courses in Higher Education
Ashley Swint, Adjunct Business instructor at Morton College and have been teaching Business and Marketing courses in Higher Education

Vanessa Parrish, Director of Corporate Education at Morton College

As a graduate of Health Systems Management from Loyola University, Parrish has worked in healthcare the majority of my career, with the additional experience in business management.

Currently, Parrish is the Director of Corporate Education at Morton College.

Vanessa Parrish, Director of Corporate Education at Morton College
Vanessa Parrish, Director of Corporate Education at Morton College

Ismael Vargas is the Business License Department Director for the Town of Cicero. Vargas has been a community activist for years and is also the chairman of the Cicero Clergy Committee and a member of the Cicero Chamber of Commerce.

Ray Hanania is a former award winning Chicago City Hall reporter and now spokesman for the Town of Cicero. He is the coordinator for the New Cicero Chamber of Commerce and a veteran strategic communications consultant.

Ismael Vargas, Cicero Director of Business Licenses
Ismael Vargas, Cicero Director of Business Licenses

For information on the Live Webinar, Email Ray Hanania at RHanania@ThetownofCicero.com

Morton College, The Town of Cicero and the Cicero Chamber of Commerce will host more free online workshops to help local businesses. Check back here for more information regularly or subscribe to our free Chamber Newsletter.

Click here to view the video online or use the widget below to watch and listen to the seminar panelists.

Click here to view the PowerPoint Presentation: 05-19-20 Ashley Swint PowerPoint Presentation


Helping Businesses in the Coronavirus Environment

Helping Businesses in the Coronavirus Environment

Join the New Cicero Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday May 19, 2020 at 3 PM for a special Online, live Video Seminar with speakers who will help businesses navigate through the impact of the coronavirus.

Click this link to watch the seminar/workshop.

The Webinar ID is: 863 1033 0025
(We are using Zoom and you may want to download the FREE Zoom App to enhance your viewing experience. The audience will be able to submit questions on the site’s chat board that panelists will answer.)

Keynote Speaker: Ashley Swint

Ashley Swint, Adjunct Business instructor at Morton College and have been teaching Business and Marketing courses in Higher Education
Ashley Swint, Adjunct Business instructor at Morton College and have been teaching Business and Marketing courses in Higher Education

Ashley Swint holds a BA in Fashion Marketing & Management and an MBA in Marketing. I am an Adjunct Business instructor at Morton College and have been teaching Business and Marketing courses in Higher Education for 10 years. Along with my classroom experience I have spent 15 years working in marketing both in Healthcare and Apparel sectors. Along with teaching, I run a marketing consulting firm for small businesses.

My goals as a professional and an educator are to enrich the lives of students entering the workforce, so that they may be prepared for the industry both in method and hands on experience.

 

Speaker: Vanessa Parrish

Vanessa Parrish, Director of Corporate Education at Morton College
Vanessa Parrish, Director of Corporate Education at Morton College

As a graduate of Health Systems Management from Loyola University, I have worked in healthcare the majority of my career, with the additional experience in business management.

Currently, working as a Director of Corporate Education at Morton College, I have found my interest in enhancing businesses capabilities, utilizing my previous management experience.

The goal for myself is to be able to give businesses that are interested in finding ways to enhance their operations, the means to do so in order to see communities and individuals flourish.

Speaker: Ismael Vargas

Ismael Vargas, Cicero Director of Business Licenses
Ismael Vargas, Cicero Director of Business Licenses

 

Ismael Vargas is the Business License Department Director for the Town of Cicero. Vargas has been a community activist for years and is also the chairman of the Cicero Clergy Committee and a member of the Cicero Chamber of COmmerce.

Emcee: Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania, Award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and spokesman for the Town of Cicero
Ray Hanania, Award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and spokesman for the Town of Cicero

Ray Hanania is the spokesman for the Town of Cicero and coordinator for the New Cicero Chamber of Commerce. He is an award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and veteran strategic communications consultant.

For information on the Live Webinar, Email Ray Hanania at RHanania@ThetownofCicero.com