COVID-19 INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

The Village of Huntley continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and address Village functions and services accordingly.  This is a rapidly evolving situation, and updates will be made to this page regularly as conditions change.  For more information on COVID-19, please see the appropriate resources.


OCTOBER 23 -
The Governor’s Office and IDPH have announced that Tier 1 enhanced mitigation measures go into effect today, Friday, October 23, for Region 8 which includes Kane County.
More information about the mitigation efforts is available at: https://dceocovid19resources.com/.../COVID-19-Resurgence...
A map designating each region, as well as the status of each region, is available via this link: http://dph.illinois.gov/regionmetrics?regionID=8
Enhanced mitigations will be in effect in a region until that region is able to reduce its seven-day rolling average test positivity rate to or below 6.5% for three consecutive days. When a region is at or below the 6.5% sustained positivity rate target for three consecutive days, the region will be allowed to return to regular Phase 4 guidelines without enhanced mitigations.
IDPH has highlighted that the state’s Guidelines for Youth and Adult Recreation Sports (https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/introduction), which went into effect on August 15, still apply and are not affected by the enhanced mitigations.



october 16 -
- McHenry County Department of Health/Lake County Department of Health Press Release - North Suburban Region 9 COVID-19 Trends May Trigger Mitigation
- McHenry County Department of Health Press Release - McHenry County enters warning level
- Kane County Department of Heath Press Release - Kane County Health Department Urges Residents to Change Behavior to Stop the Surge of COVID-19 Cases

Governor JB Pritzker signed a new Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation extending the statewide declaration through Saturday, November 14. 
Additionally, Governor Pritzker signed Executive Order 2020-59 to extend all Phase 4 orders.


SEPTEMBER 25 - 
Restore Illinois Phase 4 Recovery – FAQ for businesses; Updated 9/25/20  - visible via this link.


SEPTEMBER 18 - 

Governor JB Pritzker signed a new Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation (available via this link) extending the statewide declaration through Saturday, October 17. Additionally, Governor Pritzker signed Executive Order 2020-55 (available via this link) to extend all Phase 4 orders.

SEPTEMBER 17 - 

HUNTLEY BUSINESS OWNERS - The second round of the Business Interruption Grants Program (BIG) opens this afternoon for application. To learn more and to determine if your business qualifies, visit: https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/SmallBizAssistance/Pages/C19DisadvantagedBusGrants.aspx

Additional resources for businesses are available on HuntleyFirst.com


AUGUST 25 - 

The State of Illinois today announced revised guidelines for restaurants and bar establishments statewide to operate safely and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. New guidelines go into effect Wednesday, August 26th and will require face coverings to be worn both in indoor and outdoor dining settings in all eleven regions in the state. Full guidelines may be found on the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) website.


AUGUST 24 - 
On August 10th, Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA)announced that applications for rental and mortgage assistance are available for those who have lost a job or income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Emergency housing assistance is available for both renters and homeowners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


AUGUST 19 - 
Restore Illinois Phase 4 Recovery – FAQ for businesses; Updated 8/19/20  - visible via this link.

Additional resources for businesses are available on HuntleyFirst.com

AUGUST 18 - 
In recent days, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has announced emergency rules for businesses, schools, and child care establishments regarding the use of face coverings and the size of gatherings.
In summary, this ruling states that any business, service, facility, or organization shall take reasonable steps:
• to require employees, customers, and other individuals on the premises to wear a face covering
• to comply with group gathering size recommendations
Additional details, including links to the Emergency Rule and Governor's Press Release, are available at:
AUGUST 10 - 
Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) today announced that applications for rental assistance are available for renters who have lost a job or income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligibility criteria and the application for Rental Assistance is available at era.ihda.org now through August 21. **Due to anticipated high volume, the application window may close early.**
Applications for Emergency Mortgage Assistance will become available on August 24 at ema.ihda.org.


AUGUST 5 - 
Restore Illinois Phase 4 Recovery – FAQ for businesses; Updated 8/5/20  - visible via this link.

JULY 29 - 
Governor Pritzker announced guidance for youth and adult recreational sports, including, but not limited to, school-based sports (IHSA & IESA), travel clubs, private leagues and clubs, recreational leagues and centers, and park district sports programs. The newly released guidance categorizes sports into three risk levels, low, medium, or high, based on the amount of contact between athletes and their proximity during play. The guidance sets four levels of play allowed based on current public health conditions.
Beginning Saturday August 15th, low risk sports can be played at levels 1, 2, and 3. Medium risk sports can be played at levels 1 and 2, and high-risk sports can be played at level 1. Please see the guidance for youth and adult recreational sports document for more detailed information.


JULY 24 -

Governor JB Pritzker signed a new Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation extending the statewide declaration through Saturday, August 22. Additionally, Governor Pritzker signed Executive Order 2020-48 to extend all Phase 4 orders. All regions of the state remain in Phase 4 (Revitalization) of the “Restore Illinois” plan. For a region of the state to move into Phase 5 (Illinois Restored) a vaccine or effective treatment must be made available or the state must have seen an elimination of new cases over a sustained period of time through herd immunity or other factors.

All Phase 4 guidelines are available on the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s (DCEO) COVID-19 website via this link. DCEO is available to assist with inquiries regarding the Phase 4 guidelines by phone at (800) 252-2923 or by email at ceo.support@illinois.gov.  

Restore Illinois Phase 4 Recovery - FAQ for Business as of 7/24/2020 
Mitigation Plan FAQ's may be viewed here

JULY 15 -

Governor JB Pritzker hosted a COVID-19 press briefing update highlighting a new mitigation plan to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19. The Governor’s mitigation plan is available via this link. During his press briefing, the Governor announced that the state would be modifying its regional boundaries to largely follow IDPH’s 11 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) regions. The Governor’s press release announcing today’s changes is available via this link.

Mitigation Plan FAQ's may be viewed here.

JUNE 26 - ALL REGIONS ENTER PHASE 4 OF THE "RESTORE ILLINOIS" PLAN
As of June 26th, all regions of the state are now in Phase 4 (Revitalization) of the “Restore Illinois” plan.
Press Release announcing all regions move to Phase 4
With the entire state entering Phase 4 today, Governor JB Pritzker signed a new Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation extending the statewide disaster declaration through Saturday, July 25, 2020.  Additionally, Governor Pritzker signed Executive Order 2020-43 , which supersedes the previous order to reflect the changes in Phase 4. Governor Pritzker also signed Executive Order 2020-44 extending previous executive orders. 

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has provided Phase 4 guidelines for businessesThese guidelines are intended to prepare businesses, employers and employees to implement new safety measures for reopening and returning to work.  The guidelines may be viewed via the following link,  Phase 4 Guidelines.

Please be respectful of the guidelines in place for Phase 4 which continue to include social distancing parameters, face covering requirements, etc. 


JUNE 8
Effective Monday, June 8, 2020, Village Hall at 10987 Main Street and the Public Works building at 11000 Bakley Street will be open to the public.  We are following federal health and safety guidelines as well as guidance from our state and local governments.  Our goal is to provide services in a way that helps promote the health and wellbeing of our staff and the people we serve.  Despite the new safety measures in place, we are committed to remaining your friendly village with country charm.  We thank you all in advance for your cooperation and patience as we move into this new phase of operations.

First, we ask if you are feeling ill, have a fever or have a cough, please stay home.  Our employees will also not be allowed to work if they are feeling ill or have a fever or cough.  We have increased our already rigorous cleaning regime, particularly in common areas and frequently touched surfaces.

Facial coverings will be required at each facility in accordance with Phase 3 protocol.  Additionally, sneeze guard shields have been installed at the front counter of the Village Hall lobby.  Visitors and staff will also have easy access to hand sanitizer stations at the entry to the main lobby, in the Police Department lobby and the Administration lobby.  To aid visitors’ social distancing compliance, signage and markings for those waiting for service at both the Police Department and Administration counters have been installed. A limited number of visitors will be allowed to enter the lobby at one time so that social distancing can be accommodated.

Social distancing is an important component of Phase 3 to continue to slow the spread of the virus. Although we will be open Monday, the Village encourages everyone to conduct business online, via email, mail or phone when possible.  Staff and Village Hall contact information may be found on our website at www.huntley.il.us or by calling 847-515-5200.  

Details on specific Village services are available here.


MAY 29
As of May 29th, all regions of the state are now in Phase 3 (Recovery) of the “Restore Illinois” plan. The earliest that a region can move into Phase 4 is Friday, June 26. With the whole state entering Phase 3, Governor JB Pritzker announced an end to his Stay at Home Order. The Governor signed a Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation extending the statewide disaster declaration through Saturday, June 27, 2020.  Additionally, the Governor signed Executive Order 2020-38, called the Community Recovery Order, which supersedes the previous Stay at Home Order to reflect the changes allowed in Phase 3.  The Governor also signed Executive Order 2020-39 extending previous executive orders. 

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has provided guidelines for businesses that are allowed to re-open under Phase 3These guidelines are available on DCEO’s website via this link. These guidelines are intended to prepare businesses, employers and employees to implement new safety measures for reopening and returning to work. 

Please be respectful of the guidelines in place for Phase 3 which continue to include social distancing parameters, face covering requirements, etc. 

OUTDOOR DINING PROGRAM
On May 28th, the Village Board approved a temporary Outdoor Dining Program which will enhance Huntley’s restaurant and bar carry-out service options. The Square will be open from 11am-9pm for your enjoyment. Groups of 6 people or less may utilize a table for up to 60 minutes. Consumption of alcohol is allowed by those 21 and older. No vaping or smoking allowed. Please note that open containers of alcohol may not be carried into or out of the Designated Public Space. 
Please remember to properly dispose of your garbage when dining at the Square.  Let’s keep our Square clean! 
Many of your favorite restaurants and bars have opened their outdoor dining areas. As part of the temporary Outdoor Dining Program, businesses may choose to work with the Village to expand or establish new outdoor seating areas. Please be respectful of the guidelines in place for Phase 3 which continue to include social distancing parameters, face covering requirements, etc.  Enjoy the nice weather and support local businesses!

FACILITY UPDATES
The Village of Huntley Lobby and Public Works building will remain closed until further notice. There will be no reduction in services for public safety and the Village encourages residents to conduct business online, via email, mail or phone when possible.  Staff will continue to be available to maintain all essential operations and to serve our residents via email and telephone. For more details on this and access to Village services, please click here.

The Police Department Lobby will also continue its altered schedule. The Police Department Lobby will be open Monday-Friday from 8 am - 4 pm.  If possible, we encourage people to call the non-emergency line at 847-515-5311 instead of visiting the Police Lobby.   Visitors that do come to the lobby must call on the red vestibule phone to speak to a Records Clerk or Dispatcher.  They will try to help over the phone or admit the visitor into the lobby if necessary. 

Continued guidance suggests that the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. To view the CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage, click here.

Additional resources are also available on the State of Illinois dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response page.

A COVID-19 Business Resource page has been created and can be viewed on the HuntleyFirst website.


MAY 24
In preparation of the upcoming move into Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois five-phased plan, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has published common guidelines for all Phase 3 Businesses and Operations. Phase 3 guidelines span 10 different industry categories. Each set of guidelines includes a common set of guidelines that are expected and encouraged among all employers and activity types, as well as workplace and program-specific guidelines. These guidelines may be viewed at https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/pages/restoreILP3.aspx

Additionally, the State of Illinois is providing new guidelines for indoor/outdoor tennis, as well as revised guidelines for boating and fishing and for golf.

If you have read the industry safety guidelines above and have other specific questions or comments about how Phase 3 affects your business or employees, DCEO offers direct support via their Business Hotline Monday through Friday at 1-800-252-2923, or email at: ceo.support@illinois.gov.  Additional information regarding the Restore Illinois plan may be found here.

MAY 12
From Mayor Sass 
We are eager to move forward and safely re-open our local economy.  To that end, we have worked collectively with the other municipalities in McHenry County and McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks to ask the Governor to re-consider the inclusion of McHenry County within the Northeast Health Region, which includes Cook County, and to move us into another region.  This would allow progressing through the Governor’s recovery phases on a quicker pace.  This effort has involved putting together a plan for safely re-opening businesses in Huntley and throughout the county.  We thank you for supporting our local businesses and encourage everyone to continue to do so.  
Please review the following for additional details:
Press Release
Letter from Leaders of McHenry County

MAY 5
During his daily press briefing today, Governor JB Pritzker announced the creation of “Restore Illinois,” a five-phase plan to safely reopen the state’s economy.The five phases are: Rapid Spread, Flattening, Recovery, Revitalization and Illinois Restored. The five-phase plan is guided by public health metrics designed to provide a framework for reopening businesses, education and recreational activities in each phase. The Governor indicated that this initial plan can and will be updated as research and science develop and as effective treatments or vaccines are realized. We are currently in Phase Two (Flattening) according to this schedule.
More information about the Governor’s “Restore Illinois” plan is available in his press release via this link.
The Governor’s full “Restore Illinois” plan is available via this link.

MAY 1
Governor Pritzker’s Stay at Home Executive Order Extension effective May 1, 2020 through May 29, 2020:  
Executive Order 2020-32  issued by Governor Pritzker's office on April 30, 2020, is an extension of the state’s disaster proclamation requiring individuals to stay at home or their place of residence. Individuals are required to wear a face covering in public places when they are unable to maintain a six-foot social distance, such as in stores.  This order prohibits all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household. This order permits leaving the home for essential activities while following social distancing guidelines.  It further permits fishing, boating, and golf, when following the guidelines. The order defines essential businesses and operations. Retail stores may fulfill online and telephonic orders through pick-up outside the store or delivery. This supersedes Executive Order 2020-18.  View the FAQ page for additional information

APRIL 13
The Illinois Human Services Mental Health Division has announced a new program, called “Call4Calm,” that will allow Illinois residents to talk to a mental health professional, free of charge, during the COVID-19 crisis.   Illinois residents wanting to speak to a mental health care professional can text the word “TALK” to 552020.

When residents text the hotline, they will receive a follow-up text message asking for their first name and for their zip code. The information will be used to connect the caller with a health care professional in their area, according to the state, and those who call the hotline will remain anonymous.

The service is also available in Spanish by texting “HABLAR” to 552020.

In addition, the phone number can be used to seek help and guidance on other critical issues during the pandemic. Residents can text keywords like “unemployment,” “food,” or “shelter,” according to the governor’s office, and they will receive additional information in response.


APRIL 7

MDC Environmental Services is requesting a change in recycling procedures ONLY FOR HOUSEHOLDS WHERE A MEMBER HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 OR IS SHOWING SYMPTOMS.

In those cases, they ask that all of household's materials be bagged and thrown in the garbage, including those items that would normally be recyclable.

During the processing of the recyclables, there is still physical contact between workers and the materials. If someone in your household has COVID-19 or symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please help limit MDC employees' potential exposures as much as possible.

For more information or other questions, please see the MDC website or contact them directly.

Additionally, MDC Environmental Services has notified us of a temporary change to their collection practices for all customers. In order to limit the drivers' physical interaction with refuse and other possible sources of contamination, effective immediately, MDC will no longer collect bulk items at the curb. They are making this temporary change out of an abundance of caution. They also request that all trash be secured in plastic bags (not placed loose in cans.)

MDC states, "FEMA has declared us as “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers,” and we have our ID’s, so we can continue to work as we move through the next phase of this situation. If we can keep our workers healthy, we can keep picking up the trash."

For more information or other questions, please see the MDC website or contact them directly.

APRIL 6

The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.

Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. The CDC has created a helpful document that outlines step-by-step options for sew and no sew masks.


APRIL 1

Governor Pritzker has extended the Stay at Home Order until April 30, per Executive Order 2020-18.  In accordance, the Village of Huntley Lobby and Public Works building will remain closed.  The Police Department Lobby will also continue its altered schedule.  There will be no reduction in services for public safety and the Village encourages residents to conduct business online, via email, mail or phone when possible.  Staff will continue to be available to maintain all essential operations and to serve our residents via email and telephone. For more details on this and access to Village services, please click here.


MARCH 31

Resources for Small Business
We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting Stay at Home Order have impacted our local business community greatly. Huntley’s local businesses are a vital part of our economy and our community. We have compiled a number of resources available to businesses affected on the Huntley First website. These include grants, loans and guidance on complying with current regulations. We encourage all business to research the options and apply for all that meet your needs.

Additionally, the Village of Huntley Economic Development Specialist, Melissa Stocker, is available to offer guidance and tips on these applications and programs. You can contact Melissa at mstocker@huntley.il.us or 847-450-4262.


MARCH 30

The Kane County Coroner's Office has announced that an 88 year old man from Huntley has died from the COVID-19 virus. Out of respect for the deceased and their families, only the age, gender, municipality of residence and date of death are released by the coroner and the health department. We send our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

We remind all our residents to take the proper precautions to help slow the spread of the virus. Practice social distancing, wash your hands, disinfect surfaces regularly, and call your healthcare provider and avoid contact with others if you have any symptoms.

For more information on reported cases in our area, please see the Kane County Health Department website or the McHenry County Health Department website.




MARCH 26

Police Department Lobby Changes
Starting on Friday, March 27, the Police Department Lobby will be open Monday-Friday from 8 am - 4 pm.  If possible, we encourage people to call the non-emergency line at 847-515-5311 instead of visiting the Police Lobby.   Visitors that do come to the lobby must call on the red vestibule phone to speak to a Records Clerk or Dispatcher.  They will try to help over the phone or admit the visitor into the lobby if necessary. 

Illinois Hospitality Emergency Grant Program for Hotels, Restaurants & Bars
Yesterday, Governor Pritzker announced a $14 million grant program to help small hospitality businesses make ends meet. Up to $25,000 to eligible bars and restaurants and up to $50,000 for eligible hotels can be applied for. These grants are available to support working capital (like payroll and rent), job training and technology to support shifts in operations (like increased pick-up and delivery).

Bars and restaurants that generated between $500,000 and $1 million in revenue in 2019 are eligible for up to $25,000.  Bars and restaurants that generated less than $500,000 in revenue in 2019 are eligible for up to $10,000.  Hotels that generated less than $8 million in revenue in 2019 are eligible for up to $50,000.

All applications are due by April 1 at 5 pm.  All valid, eligible applications received within the five-day window will be entered into a lottery, and grant winners will be notified on April 4.

Access the application and additional information here.

This grant program is funded by the Illinois Office of Tourism.



MARCH 25

The past few weeks have been a time of anxiety and stress for us all. These feelings can be even worse for those who deal with a mental health issue. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has released this guide for those with a mental health issue or their loved ones on dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Please view the guide for information and resources.



MARCH 23, 2020

Our economic development website has page of COVID-19 information to help businesses navigate this difficult time. It includes the guidance regarding essential businesses & operations, resources, tips, and the listing of restaurants and breweries currently open in our community. Please help us share this information with the business owners and operators in our community.



MARCH 20, 2020

State of Illinois Stay at Home Order
Earlier today, Governor Pritzker enacted a Stay at Home order for the State of Illinois, effective 5 pm on Saturday, March 21, 2020, in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the most robust manner possible.  This order will remain in effect until through Tuesday, April 7.  The order requires residents to stay home and limit travel, activity and business functions to only the most essential needs.  The full order and FAQs document are available online at coronavirus.illinois.gov.

As announced on March 18, the Huntley Village Hall and Public Works Building are closed to the public.  In response to this order, only essential staff will be working at staggered times.  Plans are in place for essential services such as water, wastewater and public safety to continue without incident. There will be no reduction in services for public safety and the Village encourages residents to continue to conduct business online, via email, mail or phone when possible.

A school reopening date is tentatively scheduled for April 8.  This will be re-evaluated as that date draws nearer.  Please contact Huntley Community School District 158 for information on their services and updates until the schools reopen.

This is a stressful time and the pandemic will have emotional and economic impacts for our residents.  We have compiled a list of resources to find help for some of these issues:

We thank those essential workers who continue to go into work and are on the front lines of this fight.  We can help keep them safer by adhering to this order and continue to practice social distancing and good hygiene.  

The order is about protecting public health in our community from the highly contagious COVID-19 coronavirus. Washing your hands often, disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and staying away from others are the best ways at this time to help prevent or at least slow the further spread of the virus.  Please be sure to check with your neighbors, especially those who are elderly or have mobility issues, to see if you can lend a helping hand in running errands or picking up groceries or other necessities.  Working together as a community, we will get through this unprecedented time.


Trash Collection

MDC Environmental Services has notified us of a temporary change to their collection practices. In order to limit the drivers' physical interaction with refuse and other possible sources of contamination, effective immediately, MDC will no longer collect bulk items at the curb.  They are making this temporary change out of an abundance of caution. They also request that all trash be secured in plastic bags (not placed loose in cans).

New Resources
We have added a number of new links to our resources section to help residents cope with the various issues caused by the pandemic. 

The Illinois Retail Merchants Association has compiled a list of stores with special shopping hours for senior citizens and other vulnerable populations.

Senior Services Associates can provide a number of services to seniors in McHenry and Kane Counties, including access to meals, help with shopping, transportation to medical appointments and resources for emotional support.  Information on services can be viewed on their website or by calling 815-356-7457.

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 to the current situation as possible.

The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity is working diligently to secure access to helpful resources for small businesses throughout the State of Illinois and has compiled a list of helpful links regarding COVID-19 resources for small businesses.

The United Way's 2-1-1 Community Help Line is always available to help connect local residents to services, programs and resources in McHenry and Kane Counties.  Please call 2-1-1 to be speak to a specialist in your area to find the right resources for your individual situation.  All calls are free and confidential.


MARCH 19, 2020

The Illinois Department of Public Health has launched a new online IDPH COVID-19 resource hub to communicate the latest information on the evolving pandemic.

Kane County Health Department has also created a COVID-19 Kane County Updates page for more local information on the pandemic.

The links in the resources section below have also been updated accordingly.  


MARCH 18, 2020

Due to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Village is taking the following actions in order to limit exposure to both our residents and employees, and to reduce potential spread of the virus:

Declaration of Local State of Emergency
Pursuant to the authority vested in the office of Village President by the Illinois Municipal Code Section 5/11-1-6, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act Section 3305/11 and Ordinance (O)2020-03.19 of the Village of Huntley, Village President Charles H. Sass has declared a Local State of Emergency, effective March 17, 2020.  During the existence of the Local State of Emergency, the Village President shall execute such authority as provided under the Illinois Municipal Code, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act and Ordinance (O)2020-03.19.

Village Hall/Public Works Building Closure – Effective March 19 until further notice
After careful consideration and to protect the health and wellness of our residents and employees, the Village has made the decision to close Village Hall at 10987 Main Street and the Public Works building at 11000 Bakley Street to the public beginning March 19.  This decision was based on guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding the most effective strategies to prevent the spread of illness.  Plans are in place for essential services such as water, wastewater and public safety to continue without incident. There will be no reduction in services for public safety and the Village encourages residents to conduct business online, via email, mail or phone when possible.  Staff will continue to be in the office to maintain all essential operations and to serve our residents via email and telephone. Staff and Village Hall contact information may be found on our website at www.huntley.il.us or by calling 847-515-5200.

Police Services – Police Department Lobby to remain open - This information has changed effective March 26: View Update
The Police Lobby will remain open to the public for emergency situations.  All non-emergency, not-in-progress crimes should be called in to the non-emergency number at 847-515-5311 to have the initial report taken via phone.  For non-emergency situations, the dispatcher will take the required information and an officer will re-contact you as soon as possible via telephone to handle your call for service. Examples of non-emergency calls include but are not limited to: theft reports, damage to property, and fraud. Additionally, certain non-emergency issues can be reported using the new online police reporting program.  Residents are encouraged to use this form of reporting these types of calls to help limit face-to-face interaction with the public on non-emergency calls.  As a reminder, always call 911 in an emergency.

 The Medication Drop Box located in the Police lobby will be closed until further notice.  To find alternative locations for this service, please see the DEA location list.  Earlier this week, Huntley Police Department (and many neighboring public safety agencies) made adjustments to their response procedures.  Dispatchers have begun asking additional questions regarding symptoms of COVID-19.  This allows the first responders to use proper precautions when caring for our community. 

Police officers will continue to physically respond to all high-priority, emergency, exigent, in progress calls that effect life safety issues.  Again, always call 911 in an emergency or if you are in danger.

Utility Bill Payments
At this time, we are asking the public to conduct business online as much as possible.  Utility bill customers wishing to pay their bill in-person can use the drop box located in the front drive aisle of the Municipal Complex at 10987 Main Street.  You can also call 847-515-5200 to make a payment over the phone using Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.  Requests for service may also be submitted online by navigating to the Finance Department home page on the Village website.  The Village also offers an online payment option and automated bill payment program.  Should you have any questions or require any Village services, please contact us at 847-515-5200.

Building Permits and Inspections
Building permits are now being processed through email.  Permit applications and accompanying plans can be sent to inspections@huntley.il.us.  In some instances, file sizes may be too large and will need to be sent via Dropbox.  You will receive an e-mail from the Development Services Department confirming receipt of the permit application within one business day.  If you do not receive an email or if you have questions, please call 847-515-5252

Inspections of occupied homes have been suspended until further notice to limit direct contact between employees and residents.  Additional inspections may be suspended or delayed depending upon the current situation.  The Village will make every effort to ensure timely inspections, but for the safety and of residents and inspectors, this may not always be possible. 

Public Meetings
As Governor Pritzker has ordered, all public meetings will be limited to no more than 50 people. 

Please consider carefully whether or not to attend any meetings.  Please use precautionary measures if you choose to attend a public meeting.  Please stay home if you do not feel well.  Village Board meetings are recorded and posted the following day for viewing on the Village’s website.  Please check the Village website at www.huntley.il.us to check the status of any regularly scheduled meetings.  

Thank you for your understanding, and please do the following to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid large gatherings
  • Stay home as much as possible
  • Keep social distance to at least 6 feet
  • Do not touch your face

Please be sure to check with your neighbors, especially those who are elderly or have mobility issues, to see if you can lend a helping hand in running errands or picking up groceries or other necessities.

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MARCH 16, 2020

UPDATE ON FIRST RESPONDER PROCEDURES 

Should you call 911, a dispatcher may ask you questions to see if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.  Please be honest about your symptoms. Our goal is to give you the help you need, while protecting our police, fire and EMS personnel from infection so we can serve others, including medically vulnerable members of our communities.

In an effort to reduce the potential exposure of our police first responders and all community members, we have temporarily adjusted our response procedures. For non-emergency situations, the dispatcher will take the required information and an officer will re-contact you as soon as possible via telephone to handle your call for service. Examples of non-emergency calls include but are not limited to: theft reports, damage to property, and fraud. We will continue to physically respond to all high-priority, emergency, exigent, in progress calls that effect life safety issues. Additionally, anytime you feel in danger never hesitate to dial 911.

If we do respond to your location, officers may greet you wearing a mask and they may speak to you from a safe distance. Please understand this is for your safety as well as ours.

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MARCH 12, 2020

As concern over the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to grow, the Village of Huntley is in close communication with Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who are managing the state and national response.  Staff is in close contact with the Departments of Health and Emergency Management Agencies in both McHenry and Kane Counties.  We are being proactive in our actions to monitor and minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community.  The Village has operational plans in place to ensure the delivery of essential Village services should an outbreak occur in our community.

Village staff and officials receive continual updates on the situation and appropriate response guidelines.  They are encouraged to not attend work or public functions if they are ill.  Managerial staff have plans in place to ensure the smooth running of Village services in the event of staff shortages.  You may notice that front counter staff, inspectors or police officers are not shaking hands and may stand a little farther back when interacting with the public.  Please understand this is not intended to cause offense, but is a best practice to minimize the spread of the virus.

The Municipal Complex is equipped with hand sanitizing stations and information on the virus.  Our building maintenance crews are also more diligent than ever in cleaning and sanitizing areas that are frequently touched, following the CDC cleaning and disinfection guidelines.

Despite our best efforts to provide a healthy environment, public spaces can be a place of virus transmission.  We encourage the public to call, email or utilize online services when appropriate to avoid a trip to the Municipal Center. Water and sewer service customers can make payment via the online payment program, the automated bill payment program, or by cash or check in the drop box located in front of the Municipal Complex.  Village Board meetings can be viewed online the day after the meeting occurs.

Cancellation of Village events may occur on a case by case basis.  Any cancellations will be communicated through the appropriate means, such as the Village of Huntley websiteFacebookTwitter and Nixle.

We urge residents to take common sense precautions during this situation.  We encourage residents to stay informed on this rapidly evolving situation and to seek reliable sources of information on best practices for reducing the spread of this virus.

The CDC advises that people follow some basic tips to help prevent respiratory illnesses.  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact with people who are sick with respiratory symptoms. Stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. If you have not already done so, discuss influenza vaccination with your health care provider to help protect you against seasonal influenza.

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MARCH 10, 2020

The Village of Huntley is closely following the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) and urge all residents to stay informed. Information on COVID-19 is best attained through the multiple public health agencies monitoring the situation, such as the World Health Organization (www.who.int), Centers For Disease Control (www.cdc.gov), or the state or county Department of Health. 

You can also call the Illinois Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 24/7 hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV to have all your coronavirus questions answered.

Stay informed and follow prevention best practices, such as frequently and thoroughly washing your hands, covering your coughs & sneezes with a tissue and throwing it away, avoiding people who are sick, staying home when you’re sick, disinfecting frequently touched objects often

We have compiled some additional links that can help our community members who have been impacted by the pandemic: