Governor Pritzker Announces Details of Planned Executive Order Extension

During Thursday’s daily briefing, Governor Pritzker announced his intention of extending the stay at home Executive Order through the month of May.  He also announced modifications to the stay at home order that includes opening some state parks, adding greenhouses and nurseries to the list of essential businesses, allowing non-essential businesses to provide curbside pick up, and requiring face coverings in public when social distancing is not possible.  The Governor’s press release with more details on the extension and modifications is linked below.

Governor’s Press Release 04-23-2020

Cancellations due to COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following public events have been cancelled.

City of Carterville 13th Annual Block Party- April 24, 2020 (cancelled)

Carterville Chamber of Commerce/Carterville Rotary Hurricane Golf Scramble- May 8, 2020 (cancelled)

Saving Spaces Downtown Car Show- May 8, 2020 (cancelled)

City of Carterville Independence Day Fireworks Display- July 4, 2020 (cancelled)

Please contact the Carterville City Hall with any questions.

Illinois Dept. of Human Services “Call4Calm” Free Text Line

The Illinois Department of Human Services’ Mental Health Division has launched a free-of-charge emotional support text line, Call4Calm, for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19. Individuals who would like to speak with a mental health professional can text “TALK” to 5-5-2-0-2-0, or for Spanish, “HABLAR” to the same number: 5-5-2-0-2-0.

Call4Calm is free to use, and individuals will remain anonymous. Once a resident sends a text to the hotline, within 24 hours they will receive a call from a counselor employed by a local community mental health center to provide support.

Individuals can also text 5-5-2-0-2-0, with key words such as “unemployment” or “food” or “shelter” and will receive information on how navigate and access supports and services.

Ward 1 Water Project Road Repairs

When traveling through the areas involved in the Ward 1 Waterline Project this week, please be aware of possible road closures.  The contractors are making repairs to the roads and partial/lane or full closures will be occurring this week.  Contact the Carterville Water and Sewer Department with any questions.

Participate in the 2020 U.S. Census

While we are home following the stay at home order and keeping each other safe, please consider taking about 10 minutes to complete the 2020 U.S. Census questionnaire.  According to a 2017 George Washington University report, Illinois receives about $34 billion a year in federal funds that are distributed based on population.  Every uncounted resident can cost the state of Illinois and its units of local government $18,000 a year in federal funding.

Illinois is expected to lose one Congressional seat due to the loss of population over the last ten years.  An undercount in the 2020 Census could cost Illinois an additional seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Please take a few minutes and participate in the 2020 Census!