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Posted on: March 5, 2020

COVID-19 Response


Village of Rantoul – COVID-19 Response


May 8th 4:45pm

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May 1st 5:00pm

COVID-19 Response Update - Mayor Charles Smith

April 27th 10:00am

Help is available through local churches for people that are self-isolated due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

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April 17th 6:00pm

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April 16th 1:30pm

Mayor Charles Smith would like to offer condolences after receiving news of the first Rantoul casualty due to the COVID-19 virus.

April 9th 5:00pm

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April 7th 4:15pm

EPA Encourages Flushing ONLY Toilet Paper

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is encouraging all Americans to only flush toilet paper, not disinfecting wipes or other non-flushable items that should be disposed of in the trash. Flushing only toilet paper helps ensure that the toilets, plumbing, sewer systems and septic systems will continue working properly to safely manage our nation’s wastewater. While EPA encourages disinfecting your environment to prevent the spread of COVID-19, never flush disinfecting wipes or other non-flushable items. These easy steps will keep surfaces disinfected and wastewater management systems working for all Americans.

Preventable toilet and sewer backups can pose a threat to human health and present an extra challenge to our water utilities and their workforce. Flushing anything other than toilet paper, including disinfecting wipes, can damage internal plumbing, local sewer systems and septic systems. Fixing these backups is costly and takes time and resources away from ensuring that wastewater management systems are otherwise working properly. EPA thanks wastewater utilities and their workforce for their courageous efforts at a time when resources may be stretched thin. Having fully operational wastewater services is critical to containing COVID-19 and protecting Americans from other public health risks. Our nation’s wastewater employees are everyday heroes who are on the frontline of protecting human health and the environment every single day.

April 2nd 2:45pm

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March 31st 5:00pm

Earlier today, Governor Pritzker announced an extension of the “Stay At Home” Executive Order until April 30th.  

The Village of Rantoul will comply with the extension in the same manner we have complied with the original Executive Order by maintaining restricted access to public buildings, keeping closed our playgrounds and park court facilities, and encouraging social distancing practices in our parks.  

The Mayor also urges all residents of Rantoul to continue abiding by the restricted movement of the “Stay At Home” order, appreciates businesses remaining compliant during these difficult times, and asks citizens to use all precautionary techniques outlined by public health officials.  

THANK YOU for all your cooperation in helping us “flatten the curve”.  If you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to reach out, either on this page or by emailing the Administrator.

March 30th 12:45pm

As you may know, the Governor announced last week a “Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program” with money set aside to aid small businesses recover from the financial hardships due to the COVID-19 response.  

Unfortunately, this program excludes those communities in Illinois who receive direct entitlement through the Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), including Rantoul.  Because we receive an annual allotment from HUD for CDBG related activities, our municipality is not able to apply for this program, nor can our local small businesses benefit from this program.  However, our staff has been working with the HUD District office in an effort to utilize some of our existing CDBG Program dollars to assist local businesses with a similar program which we would offer through our own allotment.  There is a process we must complete to make this money available for the purpose of aiding small businesses during this recovery period, but once that process is finished we will announce the application process for those dollars.  

Again, while we recognize the community will not qualify for the program announced by the state, we are working towards creation of a local program which will serve the same purpose.  More information and the application process will be released as soon as the program is approved.  

March 30th 9:30am

Due to “social distancing” requirements at both the state and federal government levels, the basketball courts will no longer be allowed for use.  

While we recognize there is great interest on these weather-friendly days to enjoy the outdoors, there is no way to monitor or maintain “social distancing” during the spirited play of basketball, soccer, or other team sports where proximal “defense” is normal.  In an effort to minimize the risk of exposure our basketball courts throughout the Village will be closed immediately.  

The parks will remain open, but only the open spaces will be available for use, and we strongly urge you to maintain all “social distancing” practices at all times, including when using the parks.  

Also note, the playgrounds at each park are also closed and not available for use.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in these matters.

March 26th 2:30pm

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Emergency Small Business Grants and Loans Assistance

March 23rd 10:30am

Western Illinois University has developed a web map that tracks COVID-19 spread statewide.
The map visualizes the number of coronavirus-positive cases reported per Illinois county, as provided by state and local health authorities.
It also reports cases from Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin counties along or near the Illinois border.

March 23rd 10:00am

Driver and Vehicle Services — During the duration of the disaster proclamation and 30 days thereafter, the urgent need to address the expiration of vehicle registrations, driver’s licenses, permits, parking decals, Illinois identification cards and hearings pursuant to the Illinois Vehicle Code is suspended, as are the filing of statements of economic interest.

Executive Order

March 20th 6:00pm

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March 20th 4:00pm

Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a “stay-at-home” order for Illinois starting Saturday March 21st at 5 p.m. through the end of the day April 7. Residents can still go to the grocery stores, put gas in their cars, take walks outside and make pharmacy runs, the Governor said at a Friday afternoon news conference.

Executive Order for stay-at-home order issued Friday, March 20th.

March 19th 4:00pm

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The Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce has posted the following local restaurant listing with current service schedules and options.

General Coronavirus Information Document

March 19th 1:00pm

Illinois has launched a new website dedicated to the coronavirus.  Governor JB Pritzker announced the new website on Wednesday (March 19th).

The website is and has a list of resources as well as any information needed on COVID-19.

March 18th 10:00am

Effective today, March 18th, C-CARTS is going fare-free for all trips until further notice. This measure is to protect the health and safety of C-CARTS employees and passengers. 

Please call 217-344-4287 for any questions, or to schedule a demand-response trip.

March 17th 9:00am

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday limited crowd sizes in Illinois to under 50, the latest in a stream of restrictions handed down in recent days as the state aims to prevent the future spread of coronavirus.

The Governor’s executive order applies to fitness centers, bowling alleys, private clubs and theaters. Not affected are grocery stores, hospitals, pharmacies, gas stations banks or shelters

March 16th 3:30pm

COVID-19 Response Update - Mayor Charles Smith

Video Transcript (English)          Video Transcript (Spanish)

The following video can also be viewed with Spanish subtitles.

March 15th 9:00pm

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced Sunday afternoon that all restaurants and bars, including video gaming parlors in Illinois will be closed effective Monday March 16th at 9:00pm, continuing through March 30, due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Drive-through and curbside pickup service from restaurants will be allowed to continue.

The statewide primary election and the Census are continuing.  Individuals have been encouraged to utilize early voting opportunities leading up to Tuesday’s election and they may still do so.  If they have not already voted absentee, by mail or early, citizens are encouraged to vote in their normal fashion on Tuesday, March 17, to ensure a successful election process.  

The U.S. Census Bureau released a statement this afternoon that addresses issues raised last week regarding an accurate count for college students and individuals living in group quarters.  More information about the Census is available directly through their website.

March 13th 5:01pm

CLOSED - FORUM FITNESS CENTER and RANTOUL YOUTH CENTER beginning Saturday, March 14th - Until further notice

LIMITED PUBLIC ACCESS - All other Village of Rantoul buildings, including Police, Utility Billing, Municipal Offices, Recreation Offices, and Public Works Offices.

Please monitor this page for updates as they become available.

Illinois Executive Order regarding all public school closures from March 17 - March 30.

Executive Order Regarding Public Gatherings

March 12th 1:15pm

The Staff at the Village of Rantoul are constantly monitoring the changing conditions as it relates to the COVID-19 illness, and are developing an operational plan in case one would need to be implemented.  

At this time, all Village services and facilities will continue to operate as normal, with additional safety and sanitary procedures put in place.  

We will continue to work with the county health department to evaluate our operations, and as changes occur we will provide that information to the public.  

For more information, please visit the CDC website:

Additional Resources

Illinois Department of Public Health (Governor statements)

Rantoul City Schools (COVID-19 Alert will Open on Home Page)

Social Distancing Guidance

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