For Illinoisans

The State of Illinois has launched a coronavirus response website with up-to-date information on how this virus is impacting all of us. For more information, visit If you’re interested in serving our community through volunteer opportunities visit To learn more about the statewide #AllInIllinois effort go to

For information about COVID-19 vaccines click here.

You may also watch my virtual town hall on the vaccine here.

For information about the resources available to our seniors click here.

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is now open for First and Second Draw loans through March 31, 2020. For more information about small business relief made available by the latest coronavirus relief package, click here.

For information regarding direct payments click here.

For information regarding unemployment compensation click here.

For Frequently Asked Questions click here.

Information on the coronavirus

I encourage Illinoisans to routinely follow updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for the latest information regarding the coronavirus outbreak.


The CDC has reported that symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

You can read more about symptoms here.

You can learn more about what to do if you are sick here.

Protecting Yourself & Others

Know How it Spreads

  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. You can read more about his it spreads here.
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus and to get vaccinated.

Everyone Should

  • Avoid close contact;
  • Wear masks and wash hands frequently; and
  • Clean and disenfect.

Actions Taken by Congresswoman Bustos’ Office

In response to the coronavirus, Congresswoman Bustos’ office has conducted outreach to every hospital in the district, the Illinois Hospital Association, the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network, every County Health Department in the district and numerous Community Health Centers. The Congresswoman has also been closely engaged with Governor Pritzker, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, in order to better help her advocate for the district at the federal level.

Congresswoman Bustos has also helped pass five pieces of legislation in response to the coronavirus. The five bills are Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, and the the omnibus appropriations and coronavirus relief package.

To lift up stories from the community, Congresswoman Bustos has tapped into her roots as a former investigative reporter and interviewed individuals to learn more about what they’ve done in response to the coronavirus.

Click here to watch an interview with a Rockford nurse working in the COVID-19 unit.

Click here for a conversation with Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul about common COVID-19 scams and how Illinoisans can avoid them.

Click here to watch an interview with Dr. John Vozenilek, Chief Medical Officer for Digital Health and Innovation at OSF HealthCare in Peoria.

Click here to watch an interview with Carol Merna, CEO of the Center for Prevention of Abuse.

Click here to watch an interview with Congressmember Karen Bass, Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Click here to watch an interview with Jakobs Family Farms.