COVID-19 Coronavirus

April 6 Update from Community Development Director Abt

The application period for the $350 billion in grants/loans through the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) is open.

IMPORTANT DETAILS ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

  • Eligibility:  You are eligible if you are a sole proprietor, partnership, C-Corp, S-Corp, LLC, Independent contractor, self-employed individual, 501c3 non-profit or 501c19 veteran organization.
  • The loans/grants are forgivable for up to 100% as long as employers keep paying their workers
  • Employers can borrow up to 250% of their average monthly payroll

Talk to your lender (or one of the local lenders listed here) today. Ask to apply for the Payroll Protection Program, also known as the SBA 7a program. Here is the link to the borrower application form.

Note: Many lenders have been overwhelmed by the response. Please continue to try to make contact as they work through the high demand and need.

Webinars and Local Resources

Cook County and SBA Illinois are hosting webinars about PPP. Follow the hyperlinks or find more information in the Quick Links section at the top of this page.

April 6 Update from Chief Weitzel

Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel has ordered Community Service Officers to adjust their schedules and start enforcing social distancing in the community with an emphasis on parks, playgrounds, and athletic fields.

Both Community Service Officers’ hours were changed to 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. These are part-time jobs and CSOs switch days so there is coverage throughout the week.

Community Service Officers will patrol parks, playgrounds, and athletic fields during their shifts every 30 minutes. They will be encouraging anyone in violation of the Governor’s Executive Order for social distancing, to adhere to the executive order and not congregate if it is a violation of the Governor’s directive. This is not a criminal enforcement mechanism.  The goal is to have compliance and the CSOs have been instructed on the proper techniques for compliance.

The hours of 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. were selected due to several circumstances, including the fact that schools are off, eLearning takes place in the mornings and early afternoons, and afternoon/early evening are typically the height of outdoor activity in the village.

Chief Weitzel stated:  “We want our residents to know that this is a community service initiative and not a criminal enforcement matter. This way we can help our residents make sure they are social distancing and we do our part to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. My hope is that by the end of April we will no longer need these special assignments and will be on the downturn of the pandemic. However, we are fully prepared to continue special assignments, if the Governor keeps his order in place to stay at home.”

April 3 Update from Community Development Director Abt

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Illinois District Office is hosting free webinars for small businesses impacted by coronavirus. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. All Illinois small businesses can now apply for these low-interest disaster loans. The SBA webinars cover eligibility, use of proceeds, terms, filing requirements, and additional resources for small businesses. Webinars will continue as long as there is demand and may be found at sbaillinois.eventbrite.com.

UPCOMING SBA WEBINARS

Friday, April 3, 11 a.m.

Friday, April 3, 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 4, 10 a.m.


The SBA’s Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources web page includes information regarding:

 The SBA Illinois District Office provides additional resources and information on their website. If you need to speak with a small business coach or SBA team member, or have further questions about resources and programs, email Illinois.do@sba.gov.

March 29 Update from Chief Weitzel

The police substation at the Scout Cabin is for police officers reporting for duty only.  There is no public access to this building and officers are not taking reports at this location.  This is an effort to have officers separated from the main police facility to limit the possibility of officers contracting coronavirus.

Please call the Police Department non-emergency phone number, 708‑447‑2127, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  After hours, call 911 for all police-related services.  If you come to the lobby of the Police Department (31 Riverside Road), it is suggested that you park your car in front of the station and call 911 for police service.  The officers will respond to the front of the police station and speak to you where your car is parked.  If you have to come into the lobby, there is a lobby phone you can pick up that directly rings at the consolidated dispatch center. 

During this pandemic, we are trying to limit the amount of face-to-face contact officers have with individuals, so that we can continue to serve our community at full strength.  These are temporary measures, and once the pandemic is deemed to be under control it is likely many of these directives will be lifted.

The police department has a vestibule that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  That vestibule has a direct phone line to the consolidated dispatch center and will ring there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

For emergency call 9-1-1

Anyone who needs additional information or has any questions can contact Chief Weitzel at tweitzel@riverside.il.us.

March 29 Update from Parks & Recreation Director Malchiodi

All Playgrounds and Athletic Fields are closed. The Riverside Parks & Recreation Department has been closely monitoring the Coronavirus health concern. We wanted to remind all residents that acting on Executive Order 2020-10 by the Governor of the State of Illinois, the Riverside Parks & Recreation Department has cancelled all programs, and closed all facilities, athletic fields, and playgrounds through Tuesday, April 7th.

Public Access to facilities, athletic fields, playgrounds, and programs is tentatively scheduled to resume on Wednesday, April 8th.

We appreciate your understanding and support during this challenging and unprecedented time.

March 27 Update from Community Development Director Abt

Attn:  Riverside Small Businesses. Business Resources Available.

This week, the Governor announced a new package of emergency assistance for small businesses. Applications go live TODAY. More information on the assistance programs can be found at the link below.  Assistance includes emergency loans for small businesses in any industry and a hospitality emergency grant program for restaurants, bars and hotels.

https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/coronavirus/Resources/Pages/For-Business.aspx

https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/coronavirus/Resources/Pages/EconomicAssistance.aspx

https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/coronavirus/Resources/Pages/VolunteerOpportunities.aspx

A comprehensive list of executive orders is available here:  https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/coronavirus/Resources/Pages/ExecutiveOrders.aspx

March 27 Update from Chief Weitzel

As a precautionary measure only, the Police Department day shift will begin reporting for duty at the Scout Cabin on Fairbank Road starting this weekend.  Residents may see police activity inside the Scout Cabin.  Chief Weitzel wants them to know that no criminal activity is occurring there. The Police Department will be parking vehicles at the Scout Cabin so officers can report directly to that facility.

Officers will report to the Scout Cabin fully dressed and ready for duty. Officers will get in their assigned squads and then go out on patrol as usual. Roll call will be handled electronically or officers will meet at a public parking area to hold roll call where they can maintain social distancing.  Even though residents may see police activity at the Scout Cabin and roll call being held in public parking lots, Chief Weitzel wants to ensure residents that this is a temporary measure during the COVID/19 pandemic.

Chief Weitzel hopes that separating some of the officers from the Riverside Road facility will assist in preventing, to the extent possible, the officers from contracting Coronavirus. There will be no uniforms, weapons, or equipment kept at the scout cabin. When officers report there, they will have their laptops with them to be able to do reports either from that facility or in their squads remotely. All physical arrests that must occur will be done at the Village of North Riverside Police Department and WC3 (central dispatch) in the Central Booking area there.

Any resident who has questions/concerns may contact Chief Weitzel at tweitzel@riverside.il.us.

MARCH 26 - URGENT MESSAGE FROM CHIEF BUCKLEY

Riverside Residents,

I would like to start off by saying, Thank you! Thank you for doing your part to stay-at-home and keep social distancing.

As we continue to deal with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic it is up to each and every one of us to do our part for the safety of our families and those around us. I understand that this has been a trying time for everyone, but we need to continue isolating ourselves to minimize the spread of this disease. Please remember that no one is immune to COVID-19, although it will affect all of us differently. It does not differentiate between young and old or what ethnicity you are or where you live in the world. Some individuals have the symptoms of a cold while others will be on a ventilator to assist them with breathing. Nevertheless, if we do not slow down the spread of this disease our hospitals will not be able to handle the number of truly sick individuals who will need lifesaving equipment to survive. There will not be enough hospital beds and ventilators available. This could be the case by the end of April if these drastic steps to stay-at-home and distance yourself from others are not followed.

I know that many have recently heard the term “bending the curve”. By bending the curve, healthcare professionals are trying to prevent the spike of sick people who need hospitalization and ventilators. To bend this curve and prevent a spike in the number of individuals that are sick, we must continue to strictly follow the stay-at-home order and ensure social distancing.

The bottom line is that together, we need to continue what we are doing and do better. Yesterday the temperature outside reached 55 degrees with sunshine. It was a great day for a walk, jog or bike ride. Everyone needed some fresh air. I went for a nice run, but kept to the social distancing as I passed people. I also understand that kids needed to get out a little, but they need to understand and parents need to continue to reinforce that they cannot play in groups or with friends that they would normally play with.

Again, thank you to everyone for doing their part, but please remember that we can do better to minimize the spread of this disease. I cannot stress this enough and it concerns me as a first responder and public safety official that we have a long way to go to contain this virus.

Please stay healthy and take care of your families. If there are any questions or needed assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me at 708-447-2123 x306 or by email mbuckley@riverside.il.us.

Matthew Buckley

Riverside Fire Chief

March 24 Update from Village Manager Frances

COVID-19 Impact on FOIA Requests

On March 20, 2020, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a Shelter In Place Order, which is effective March 21, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. to April 7, 2020. Accordingly, all Village staff is either unavailable or devoted to public safety tasks. In light of the foregoing, the Village respectfully requests that you consider waiting to submit your FOIA request until after the Shelter In Place Order has been lifted. Alternatively, the Village requests that you agree to waive the statutory response deadlines and allow the Village to respond to the request as soon as is practicable. If you are agreeable to waiving the response deadlines, please affirmatively state that in your request. In the event you do not choose one of the foregoing options, the Village will respond to your request pursuant to state law, which includes the ability to identify and deny a request if it is determined to be unduly burdensome.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience during this time.

March 23 Update from the Department of Public Works

Please DO NOT FLUSH WIPES and other non-flushable items.  Not only can they clog a homeowner’s private sewer lateral, but they can also clog the public sewer mains and the filters at sewage treatment plants.  Find additional information here.

March 22 Update from Police Chief Weitzel

The Governor’s Office is in the process of collecting and responding to questions regarding the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. To help facilitate that process, they have created an email addressGov.COVID19stakeholder@illinois.gov, where citizens may send questions, comments and recommendations. The Governor’s staff will then compile all inquiries and respond with answers.

This email address is not for an emergency situation where you may need police, fire, EMS or other village services. For any emergency situation, call 9-1-1.

March 21 Update from Police Chief Weitzel

Riverside Police remind residents about solicitation

The Village of Riverside is not permitting solicitation during this national crisis, and the Village will not be approving solicitation permits due to the governor’s executive order. Door-to-door solicitation, in compliance with the governor’s executive order, is being suspended in Riverside.

Any resident who observes a violation of the solicitation suspension can contact the West Central Consolidated Communications Center via 911. The suspension of solicitation is temporary in nature in the Village of Riverside. We will notify the public once the ban is lifted and the public health crisis has been deemed to have subsided.

March 21 Update from Parks & Recreation Director Malchiodi

The Riverside Parks & Recreation Department has been closely monitoring the Coronavirus health concern. Based on the rapidly evolving situation and acting on Executive Order 2020-10 issued by the Governor of the State of Illinois, the Riverside Parks & Recreation Department is canceling all programs, closing all facilities, athletic fields, and playgrounds through Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

Riverside Parks & Recreation Department programs, activities, and public access will be suspended at the Historic Water Tower.

Public Access to facilities, athletic fields, playgrounds, and programs is tentatively scheduled to resume on Wednesday, April 8th. 

During this closure, full time staff will be available to the public via email and phone during normal business hours. Extra measures are being taken during the closure to do deep cleaning. 

Spring Athletic Leagues are currently postponed, more information will be coming. 

We appreciate your understanding and support during this challenging and unprecedented time. 

Be Well.

March 20 Update from Governor J.B. Pritzker

Governor Pritzker has issued an Executive Order requiring all residents to stay at home during this public health emergency and observe social distancing guidelines when out in public  for essential activities.  Read the Executive Order here.  This Executive Order will go into effect at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 and will remain in effect until Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

Please note that Riverside Foods will remain open daily but will close at 6:00 p.m. Monday - Friday to allow additional time for enhanced sanitation.  Saturday hours are 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Sunday hours are 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Additionally, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. will be reserved for elderly and immunocompromised shoppers.  Please visit the Economic Development Commission Facebook page for details regarding Riverside businesses.

March 19 Update from Finance Director Johns

Resident Assistance Available

Food Resources

  • Riverside Township Food Pantry 708-442-4400

Utilities

Village of Riverside Water Billing

  • No Water Shut Offs until May 1, 2020
  • No additional late fees assessed as of March 17, 2020 until May 1, 2020
  • Please contact Donna Lamich for payment plan options

ComEd

  • Suspending Disconnect
  • Waiving new late payment charges through May 1, 2020
  • Payment plan options available at ComEd.com/DPA

Nicor

Flood Brothers 

  • Payment plan options available at 630-261-0400

General Assistance

  • Riverside Township 708-442-4400

March 19 Update from Riverside TV

Live streams of the Village Board of Trustees meeting audio will be available on Riverside TV starting at 7:00 p.m. this evening.

Click here to listen in on YouTube.

Click here to listen in on Facebook.  

In addition, the meeting audio will be available on TV on Comcast Xfinity Channel 6 in Riverside and on AT&T U-Verse channel 99-Riverside throughout the State of Illinois.

March 19 Update from Community Development Director Abt

SHOP LOCAL: SUPPORT RIVERSIDE BUSINESSES

During this difficult time, the Village of Riverside asks that our residents continue to support our small restaurant and business owners, many of which still have pickup, delivery or other service accommodations.  The Village is compiling a list of businesses and the services/options they have available and we will be updating that list regularly.  Please visit our Shop Local: Support Riverside Businesses page.

For those businesses that cannot offer carry-out/delivery or online services, we ask our residents to consider purchasing gift cards or gift certificates from our local businesses and utilizing them when restrictions on social distancing and other closures lift.

If you are a Riverside business owner, please contact the Community Development Director at sabt@riverside.il.us or (708) 447-1241 to add your business’s information to the list.

March 18 Update from Village Administration

Here is an informational flyer on how to access Village Services while the Village Offices are closed to walk-in traffic.

For specific questions on COVID-19 please contact Fire Chief Matt Buckley at (708) 447-2123 ext. 306 or by email.

March 18 Update from Community Development Director Abt

These are uncertain times for our business community and we know you have questions.  We do not have all the answers but we want to provide you as much information as we can. Here is a resource list for small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 18 Update from Police Chief Weitzel

The Police Adjudication hearing and Building Dept hearing scheduled for Thursday, March 26, 2020 has been cancelled.  All cases have been rescheduled to Thursday, April 23, 2020 with the Building Dept hearing starting at 5:30 p.m. and the Police adjudication hearing starting at 6:00 p.m.

Ticket fines will not show an increase for the month of March due to this cancellation. If more information is needed, please email your questions/concerns to adjudication@riverside.il.us.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Thomas Weitzel

Chief of Police

March 17 Update from Village Administration

Village Offices will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 18.  It is the Village’s highest priority to maintain services to its residents.  Village Staff will continue to work on site to continue offering all essential services.

  • Village services will continue.  Residents and businesses may continue with Village business online, by phone, or by email. To pay a bill online, please visit the payment page of the Village website.  Payments or other correspondence may also be placed in the silver drop-box in front of the Riverside Township Hall. The Village’s phone number is 708-447-2700.
  • Building Permit Applications and Contractor’s License Applications can be found here. To apply for a permit or license, please email the application and required documentation to Will Bouman.  Permit and contractor’s license applications can be placed in the silver drop-box in front of the Riverside Township Hall.
  • Residents may continue to call, email, and use Riverside Responds
  • The Village Board will conduct its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. by phone only and the meeting will be closed to the public. To listen in, please view the livestream offered at the Riverside TV website.  Public comment may be submitted to Village Clerk Cathy Haley by email or by leaving comments in the lockbox in front of the Township Hall.  
  • Please note that an item has been added to the Village Board Agenda, to update Riverside’s Declaration of Emergency ordinance. This is not a declaration of emergency; however, the Village Board would like to remain proactive by updating the current local code. Should the Village issue a Declaration of Emergency in the future, this would be announced publicly, on social media and on the village website.  In the event that future Village Board meetings were to be cancelled, if enacted, the Emergency Declaration would allow the Village to maintain certain administrative functions including the payments of bills and other routine requirements.
  • All non-mandated public meetings will be cancelled or/rescheduled.
  • Police and Fire personnel continue to exercise extreme caution and will be notified of individuals experiencing respiratory issues prior to arrival in order to take additional precautions.
  • Public Works will continue to ensure safe and high-quality drinking water to customers and reminds residents to NOT flush wipes.

March 17 Update from Police Chief Weitzel

The Riverside Police Department is committed to serving our residents and visitors. In light of the rapidly evolving situation as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Police Department will be making some modifications to the services we provide. These modifications are for the safety of our employees and the citizens we serve. Our goal is to try to prevent or contain the spread of COVID-19, especially to those in the high risk category.  Please read the attached update for complete information on the new Police Protocols.

March 16 Update from Fire Chief Buckley

As the Village of Riverside continues to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, I would like to update residents regarding the preparation the Village has taken to minimize the spread of this virus. It is the intention of the Village to sustain all of our services throughout this event. Please read the attached update for more information regarding protocols for first responders.

March 16 Update from Village Manager Frances

Beginning Monday, March 16, the Parks & Recreation Department and Public Works Department will be closed to the public.  Essential village services will continue as normal.  The Village office will remain open for business; however, residents are asked to please use the convenient online or phone payment systems to transact village business.  Information on Payment Options is available here.

The Village Board meeting on Thursday, March 19 will continue as scheduled and residents are encouraged to watch from home on Comcast Xfinity Channel 6 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99.  The meeting will also be streamed live on Riverside TV.  

As this situation evolves, the Village will continue to provide updates and post additional resources on the Village website.  We ask that you do your part to keep the community safe and prevent the spread of illness.  Please contact the Illinois Department of Public Health with specific questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19) by calling (800) 889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.gov.  

March 15 Update from Village President Sells

Dear Fellow Riversiders,
I want to thank everyone for making prudent decisions and necessary sacrifices during this time of national emergency. All of us are concerned for our families, our friends, our neighbors, and our local businesses. While we take the steps of social distancing, practicing proper hygiene, and contacting your doctor for guidance if ill, it is also important to recognize that the coronavirus challenge is also an opportunity. Even as we feel isolated by the threat of infection, we are also reminded that we are all mutually dependent on one another. This is our opportunity to balance fear with the comfort of community, and to remember that we have endured darker times. The sun always rises again. Be careful, be reasonable, and be loving. Follow the science and listen to your doctors and trusted experts. Your village is being extremely proactive about this threat -- our public safety leaders are staying fully informed on both the spread of the virus and the current best practices to limit its spread. As a community and as a nation we will do what we have always done -- we will stand together in the face of adversity, guarded and encouraged by our better angels, and resolute in our common goal to emerge stronger and more united as a people. If you have questions or concerns about the village’s preparations and response as we move forward please don’t hesitate to contact me, Village Manager Jessica Frances, or Fire Chief Matt Buckley.  

Ben Sells

Village President

March 13 Update from Fire Chief Buckley

The Village of Riverside continues to receive updates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Illinois Department of Public Health, Governor Pritzker’s Office and Cook County Department of Public Health. The health and safety of our residents are paramount.

Please note that polling places will be open on Tuesday, however, early voting is recommended. Residents may early vote at Berwyn City Hall, Brookfield Village Hall or Stickney-Forestview Public Library. Please visit the Cook County Clerk’s website for complete details.

Locally, the Village is working to ensure Village services are uninterrupted; however, we ask residents that, when possible, please conduct Village business by phone or online via: payment portal, email and Riverside Responds. We ask our residents to do the following to reduce and contain the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus):

  • Reduce social interaction; the purpose of cancelling school and special events is to reduce social interaction for a period of time.
  • Events should be cancelled or postponed until after May 1st.
  • If you have the flu, contact your physician. The Emergency Department resources are being taxed and we want to ensure resources are available for those that are most critical or are part of a vulnerable population.
  • Do not engage in activities that would promote the spread of the virus. It is vital to eliminate contamination.
  • Please continue your preventative methods such as washing hands properly, use of disinfectant and antibacterial gel as well as cleaning of frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Safety measures were implemented to protect Public Safety personnel and Village staff to ensure delivery of Village services. Please note that in the future, some of the Village offices may need to close to visitors; however, rest assured that the Village will continue to deliver the services that you rely upon. Please note that the volume of ambulance calls within the Village has increased. If possible, please contact your physician if you have the flu or believe you need to be tested, before your condition worsens. The Village wants to ensure the availability of the ambulance and first responders for the most critical patients.

The key to containment of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) is reducing social interaction. We ask for your patience during this time as Village resources will be strained and over-extended.

Thank you for your help. We appreciate the concerned and caring community that is Riverside. If you have any questions, please contact Fire Chief Matt Buckley at 708-447-2123 x306 or email Chief Buckley.

March 4 Coronavirus Update from Village President Sells

With confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) now reported in Cook County, it is important for all of us to be proactive in defending against the spread of this illness. That means implementing practices to avoid getting sick and, if you do get sick, to avoid infecting others.

 The best defenses are practicing good hygiene and social distancing. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay home if you are sick (except to seek medical care). Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
 
Everyone should practice the above preventative measures. Also take time to review emergency operations plans, including identification of essential business functions, teleworking, and flexible sick leave policies.
 
Travelers should be alert to changing conditions. Before traveling, check travel health notices at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices. If you are returning home from countries with Travel Alert Levels 2 or 3 take the appropriate measures. You can find that and other valuable information at the City of Chicago’s website at https://www.chicago.gov/coronavirus.
 
Riverside’s Police and Fire Departments are coordinating with surrounding communities to provide emergency services in a safe and professional manner. Help them out – if a responder asks you to wear a mask or use hand sanitizer please do so. They are only trying to keep you, and themselves, healthy. Together we can help manage the effects of COVID-19 on our community.