As a community, working together to move beyond the impact of COVID-19 is important. ComEd understands that some customers and small businesses may need help paying their electric bills. That’s why they are offering additional assistance opportunities for eligible customers, as part of their ongoing effort to ensure safe, reliable and affordable energy.

• Eligible customers may be able to spread out balances over 18 months, with 0% down, and be exempt from disconnection through June 30, 2021. All other residential customers with balances are eligible for an 18-month, 10% down payment plan. ComEd’s CARE program offers grants to eligible customers in need, including veterans, active military, and nonprofit organizations, until funds are exhausted.

• Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds are available to households in need, but the deadline to apply is May 31, 2021. For information on how to apply, call the LIHEAP Hotline at 877-411-WARM (9276) or visit

• Eligible businesses can take advantage of the Small Business Assistance program and receive a grant up to $1,000 towards a past-due balance, once every 12 months. Enrolled businesses may also place a remaining balance into a payment plan of up to 6 months. Details available at

To learn more, visit or call 800-EDISON1 (800-334-7661).


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SPRINGFIELD The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) will be moving its Springfield office to the Lincoln Tower Plaza office building at 524 S. Second Street.The departments offices will be located on the fourth floor.

The move is expected to be completed by the end of March. All Springfield-basedemployees will make the move to the new locationfrom their current officeat 900 S. Spring Street.The new rental contract will provide increased space including space for needed training facilities and office space for future growth --at a lower cost than the previous contract.

“Our new office setting will serve our employees and the public well. The building islocated nearthe Capitol andclose to other government offices that the department regularly works with,” said IDOL Director Michael Kleinik.All Springfield phone numbers for the Illinois Department of Labor will remain the same after the move.

For more information about IDOL, please visit the department’s website:

Automatic refunds will be sent to eligible taxpayers who filed electronically before March 15, 2021

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Springfield — Governor Pritzker announced May 12 that the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) will begin issuing refunds to eligible taxpayers who filed their 2020 Illinois Individual Income Tax Return prior to a newly enacted federal unemployment tax exemption.

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 included a retroactive provision making the first $10,200 per taxpayer (up to $20,400 married, filing jointly) of unemployment benefits nontaxable for returns with a modified Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of less than $150,000. The provision was enacted after tax filing season opened on February 12, 2021. Approximately 376,000 Illinois taxpayers who filed returns electronically prior to ARPA may qualify to receive a refund. 

"With the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and the retroactive provision dealing with unemployment compensation, Illinois taxpayers who received unemployment benefits in 2020 may be in line for an additional refund," said David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue. "For most eligible filers, no additional action is required. However, I encourage all taxpayers eligible for this tax exemption to review their return to determine if additional action is necessary to claim this valuable tax benefit."

The Illinois Department of Revenue has begun recalculating electronically filed 2020 individual income tax returns and will notify taxpayers who filed before March 15, 2021 of the systemic adjustment of their AGI and the amount of any refund due. Eligible taxpayers can expect to receive their refund checks approximately two to three weeks after they receive a notification letter from IDOR. 

IDOR will also notify an estimated 3,300 paper filers who filed prior to the implementation of the federal unemployment exclusion that they will need to file an amended return to qualify for any refund due.  

For taxpayers who filed electronically on or after March 15 and included the unemployment exclusion on their federal and state individual income tax returns, no additional filing changes are required. For taxpayers who filed electronically on or after March 15 but did not include the unemployment exclusion when calculating their AGI, an amended return must be filed to adjust their AGI.

Illinois tax filers who claim the Illinois Earned Income Credit (EIC) may also be eligible for an additional refund due to the newly enacted federal unemployment compensation tax exemption. IDOR estimates any additional refunds because of an increase to EIC will be issued late in 2021 once federal Earned Income Tax Credit data is provided to the state by the Internal Revenue Service.

Additional information from the IRS may be found in their article New Exclusion of up to $10,200 of Unemployment Compensation. For Illinois specific information on unemployment compensation, including different filing scenarios, visit IDOR's website



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