Resources for Residents
On Friday, January 22, 2021, Governor JB Pritzker announced the state will move into the early stages of Phase 1B of the COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Plan beginning on Monday, January 25. Phase 1B will expand vaccines to non-health care frontline essential workers and residents aged 65 and over. The frontline essential workers designation includes many residents who carry a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure because of their work duties, often because they are unable to work from home, and/or they must work closely to others without being able to socially distance. This include first responders, education, food and agriculture, manufacturing, corrections workers and inmates, USPS workers, public transit workers, grocery store workers and staff at shelters and day cares. It was noted by State and County government that while the vaccination program is underway, at this time, demand for the vaccine far outpaces the supply. As such, officials are encouraging patience through the process and noted that an appointment is required to receive the vaccine. The Illinois Department of Public Health has established a website dedicated to the vaccine administration program.
Cook County has published a website (LINK), as well as a hotline 833-308-1988, where residents and workers in Cook County can sign up for COVID-19 updates and information to schedule an appointment. Here residents can receive:
- Updates on the Vaccine and the Community Vaccination Program
- Notification for when vaccine administration is open to your phase
- Information on scheduling a vaccine appointment through Cook County Health
- Information on vaccine distribution locations throughout Cook County
For additional information, please see the following links:
- Vaccine Distribution: Phases 1A and 1B Information
- COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ Sheet
- IDPH COVID-19 FAQ's
- State's Webpage for Vaccination Locations
- Cook County Vaccine Information Page
Below are links to several of the local area utilities regarding their response to COVID-19, including provisions for anyone struggling to make utility payments:
Senior Shopping Hours
Trader Joe’s - Every day from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. crew members will maintain an additional line outside the front door for senior customers to ensure those customers in need will have an expedited entrance to the store.
Walgreens - Every Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. is designated as seniors-only shopping. Additionally, Walgreens provides additional senior discounts through its website (LINK).
Interfaith Community Partners
Interfaith Community Partners will shop and deliver groceries for anyone age 75 or older; they do not need to be an existing client. They continue to take seniors to medical appointments. Please call 708-354-9328 for more information or visit their website (LINK) to volunteer.
Aging Care Connections
Please visit their website (LINK) for program updates and available services.
Unemployment benefits may be available to some individuals whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19. IDES recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive as possible. Please visit the Illinois Department of Employment Security’s website (LINK) to review the information.
La Grange Library E-Services
The La Grange Library provides an e-library (LINK), offering digital access to books, audiobooks, movies, music, and magazines. The e-library also includes learning apps for students and adults.
La Grange Area Historical Society
The Historical Society is documenting how life in La Grange has been affected by COVID-19 and is collecting information about the personal experiences of individuals and families to preserve the story of this unprecedented time. Residents are asked to fill out a Community COVID-19 Response Form (LINK) and also submit drawings, photos and videos via e mail to email@example.com. For more information, visit the historical society’s website (LINK)
Call4Calm - Mental Health Support
The Illinois Department of Human Services has established a mental health support hotline for anyone struggling with stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic and needing emotional support. To access the service, text TALK to 552020 for English or HABLAR for Spanish. This service is free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People seeking assistance will remain anonymous and will provide only their first name and zip code, which enables the service to link callers to a counselor in their area who is knowledgeable about available local resources.
Resources for Debt Obligations
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation published a guide (LINK) to provide guidance for residents struggling with debt obligations, including rent and mortgage payments as well as loan payments, and more.