Governor Pritzker's Executive Orders and Rules

Governor Issues Disaster Proclamation

JB Pritzker, Governor of the State of Illinois, in the interest of aiding the people of Illinois and the local governments responsible for ensuring public health and safety issues a Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

This proclamation will assist Illinois agencies in coordinating State and Federal resources, including the Strategic National Stockpile of medicines and protective equipment, to support local governments in preparation for any action that may be necessary related to the potential impact of COVID-19 in the State of Illinois.

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Latest Executive Orders Related to COVID-19

Executive Order Number 14

NOTARY AND WITNESS GUIDELINES - any act of notarization or witnessing required by Illinois law may be completed remotely by via two-way audio-video communication technology provided that the acts follows specific guidelines set forth in the Order and by the Secretary of State.

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Executive Order Number 13

SUSPENDS ADMISSIONS TO IDOC FROM COUNTY JAILS — Admissions to the Illinois Department of Corrections from all Illinois county jails are suspended, except at the discretion of the Director of the Illinois Department of Corrections for limited essential transfers.

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Executive Order Number 12

SUSPENDS HEALTHCARE WORKER'S BACKGROUND CHECKS Individuals who are certified as a nurse assistant, but are currently inactive on the Health Care Worker Registry, may be hired under certain provisions, such as the inactive status being no more than five years and limiting conditional employment to three months pending the result of a more extensive background check.

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Executive Order Number 11

ESSENTIAL HUMAN SERVICES OPERATIONS — Individuals may leave their residence to work for or obtain any Human Services Operations, such as adoption agencies, long-term care facilities, residential settings for individuals with disabilities and day care centers for children of essential employees. Illinois school districts do not need approval by the school board for an e-learning curriculum.

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Executive Order Number 10

STAY AT HOME — All individuals must stay at home, with exceptions for essential activities, essential government functions, and essential businesses and operations. All non-essential business and operations must cease, aside from Minimum Basic Operations. Business can continue with employees working from home. Local government units across the state must halt all evictions, and gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.

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Emergency rules adopted in response to the COVID-19 outbreak

The following are emergency rules adopted by the Department in response to Governor JB Pritzker’s Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations and Executive Orders related to COVID-19.  These rules are effective upon filing with the Secretary of State and remain in place for a maximum of 150 days.

Home Health, Home Services, and Home Nursing Agency Code (77 Ill. Adm. Code 245)

This emergency rule suspends the requirement that a registered nurse conduct a supervisory visit to a patient’s or client’s residence.  The emergency rule will allow for the supervisory visits to be conducted via electronic or telephonic means, if available

Effective March 25, 2020

Hospital Licensing Requirements (77 Ill. Adm. Code 250)

This rule allows hospitals to increase their bed capacity or re-allocate bed designations between clinical services to accommodate extraordinary needs in the service population due to the COVID-19 pandemic without prior authorization from the Department.   

Effective March 25, 2020

Long-Term Care Assistants and Aide Training Programs Code (77 Ill. Adm. Code 395)

This rule allows for military personnel with medic training to serve as CNAs and allows CNAs who have been certified or licensed in another state to work in Illinois during the duration of the disaster proclamations. 

Effective March 25, 2020

Health Care Worker Background Check Code (77 Ill. Adm. Code 955)

This emergency rule temporarily suspends the provisions of the Healthcare Worker Background Check Act that prohibit an individual from being hired to work as a CNA if they have been inactive on the Department’s Health Care Worker Registry (“Registry”)(225 ILCS 46/33(g) and that limit conditional employment of CNAs to three months pending the results of finger-print based criminal history record checks (225 ILCS 46/33(l)). 

Additionally, this rule allows for military personnel with medic training to serve as CNAs and allows CNAs who have been certified or licensed in another state to work in Illinois during the duration of the disaster proclamations. 

Effective March 25, 2020