SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Governor J.B. Pritzker has announced state agencies have been directed to implement plans for a temporary reduction of government functions and workforce while maintaining core functions and essential operations.
Select employees will continue to report to work while the remaining workforce will either work remotely or be asked to remain home on call. All state employees will continue to be paid during this period.
Over the next several days, the Pritzker administration will finalize these plans and update state employees and the public. The Office of the Governor will remain fully operational throughout this period.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) recently announced the closure of all state parks, fish and wildlife areas, recreational areas, and historic sites as well as the cancellation of upcoming scheduled events.
Meanwhile, the Illinois Gaming Board has suspended all video gaming operations at all licensed video gaming establishments and suspended gambling operations at all casinos until March 30, 2020, due to COVID-19.