• Relief for Working Families

Apply today! More than 15,000 pre-applications have been received since Governor JB Pritzker and DCEO announced an expansion to the emergency assistance program programs earlier this week. Qualifying families can request assistance with household necessities such as utilities, rent and food. Visit the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity website to see if you’re eligible and to find more resources available to you and your family.


  • Illinois workNet offers Free Online Coursera Courses

Illinois residents now have access to 3,800 online courses through Coursera. Coursera is designed to train individuals without a college degree or technical background so that they may earn certificates in high-demand Information Technology (IT) jobs.  

Professional Certificates, like the Google IT Support Professional Certificate, is available for Illinois residents to earn.  

Free courses and training opportunities are available for a limited time, so be sure to register for these online courses by September 30, 2020. For more information visit

In order to qualify, follow these steps: 

  • Virtual Job Fairs

Your job search just got easier with Illinois workNet. Illinois workNet is bringing you Virtual Job Fairs, so there is no need to attend an in-person event when it’s all done in the comfort of your home. Visit their website to search for more opportunities:

  • BIG Grant Opportunity

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has worked to develop emergency programs for businesses experiencing losses. Governor JB Pritzker announced the Business Interruption Grants (BIG) which will make $60 million available for 3,500 businesses that have experienced interruption, including restaurants, salons and barber shops, health and fitness centers and others in disproportionately impacted areas. Apply today here:

  • CEFS – WIOA Application is now available ONLINE

Like most of the general public, the normal processes for the C.E.F.S. WIOA program has been affected by the COVID-19 virus. We want to make sure that we continue providing those of you who have been laid off from your jobs with services including funding for occupational classroom training programs that will lead to reemployment and strong earning potential over time. The application is available at

  • Business Emergency Layoff Aversion Application

At this time, the allotted funding has been spoken for.  Over 225 projects statewide were submitted.  If any additional funding becomes available, we will post it here.