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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Village Coronavirus Response


Monday, October 19th

A message from Mayor Caiafa:
The administration is committed to the wellbeing of our residents and will continue to communicate any new developments regarding the COVID-19 virus. 
Governor Pritzker has announced that cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in Illinois. The state of Illinois has seen a spike this past week to a 5.1 % positivity rate. 
It’s critical we all practice the 3 W’s - WASH your hands, WEAR a face covering, and WATCH your distance. 
Please use the CDC precautionary measures to help protect yourself and others. Avoid crowds where social distancing cannot be achieved and wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds, especially after coming in contact with public surfaces. People over 60 and those at higher risk should travel only when necessary. 
If you feel any symptoms, please contact your health provider.

Covid-19 Advice Covid-19 Advice2


Monday, June 8th

Village Hall Re-Opened

On Monday, June 8th the Village Hall has re-opened with COVID-19 Precautions (Mask Wearing Required, Limited Patrons, & Social Distancing) in place.

For safety reasons the Village is recommending that all residents consider conducting their business (vehicle sticker, water bill, etc.) either online, or via the Village Dropbox or U.S. mail at the present time.

Vehicle stickers are not due until July 31st this year so there is adequate time to receive your sticker in the mail. 

If you have questions or concerns about the re-opening procedures please call the Village Hall at (847) 678-2550.


Friday, May 29

A Message From Mayor Nick Caiafa:

Today the State of Illinois enters Phase 3 (Recovery) of the Governor’s “Restore Illinois” plan. I am sure that many of you have questions about what Phase 3 will look like and what it means. So do I! Because so much is unknown about this pandemic and the COVID-19 virus, the information we receive seems to change on a daily basis. Therefore, I will provide many links to websites and pages that contain information directly from our State agencies. But first, some local good news!

We welcome the following restaurants and bars who today will offer outdoor dining and service, and have obtained their temporary outdoor service permits. We encourage you to explore these new el fresco areas that were created by their proprietors. We thank them for their creativity, and applaud them for taking the steps to re-open to the public and investing in the future of Schiller Park, for that future starts today.

Chasers Sports Bar & Grill, 4255 Old River Road

The Great Escape, 9540 W. Irving Park Road

Horseshoe Inn, 9639 Irving Park Road

Mantra by Indian Garden, 9438 W. Irving Park Road

Q Bar & Grill, 3801 Mannheim Road (Quality Inn)

Richie’s Place, 9812 Lawrence Avenue

Short Fuse Brewing, 5040 N. River Road

Sway Bar, 9420 W. Irving Park Road

Landing Strip, 9820 Lawrence Avenue

Café Mirage, 9845 Lawrence Ave (already features an outdoor dining area and plans to re-open today as well)

Please note that we have installed additional picnic tables at all parks in town to provide additional seating for the food establishments that do not have an outdoor service area and to increase available seating while you enjoy the outdoors. Please visit our website for a list of all of our restaurants offering carry-out and delivery food options.

Next, the rules regarding face masks or facial coverings have not changed. Please continue to wear them whenever maintaining a distance of less than 6 feet from members of the public The Illinois Department of Human Rights has issued a helpful Frequently Asked Questions document, “FAQ for Businesses Concerning Use of Face-Coverings During COVID-19.” That document is available via this link. The Illinois Municipal League (IML) also has a helpful fact sheet regarding face coverings, which is available via this link.

As you may have heard, we will re-open “Bark Park” (Dog Park) on Monday, June 1, 2020 with extra COVID-19 precautions in place. While our village parks remain open, the playgrounds remain closed at this time. Additionally, our concerts at Clocktower Park and movies in the Stalica Park have been canceled through the end of July, 2020. Stay tuned for updates. We will have better news when Phase 4 commences. If you enjoy camping, the Illinois Department of Public Health released guidelines (available via this link) on private RV parks and campgrounds during Phase 3 of the “Restore Illinois” plan.

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has provided guidelines for businesses that will be allowed to re-open under Phase 3. These guidelines are available on DCEO’s website via this link. The guidelines are intended to prepare businesses, employers and employees to implement new safety measures for reopening and returning to work. DCEO is available to assist with inquiries regarding the new guidelines by phone at (800) 252-2923 or by email at

DCEO now indicates that all pools should not be opened until detailed guidance is provided by IDPH. In following their guidelines, we have made the difficult decision to keep the Anna Montana Water Park & Memorial Pool closed for the 2020 summer season. If your apartment complex or condominium building has a pool, the DCEO has provided a general statement regarding such pools, in addition to public ones.

Also, a couple of days ago, Governor JB Pritzker announced the release of new guidance from IDPH regarding places of worship and providers of religious services (available via this link). This guidance does not obligate or encourage places of worship to resume in-person activity. It provides guidance on how to facilitate in-person services in the safest possible environment. Please check with your place of worship regarding their decision to resume or refrain from in-person worship or activity.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is providing COVID-19 tax tips to taxpayers to assist them in understanding the relief opportunities available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and other recent legislation. All of the IRS’ tax tips are available via this link.

The Governor’s Office is continually updating their COVID-19 resources. Linked here is the most recent edition of their Daily COVID-19 FAQs. To assist their efforts, the Governor’s Office is collecting and responding to questions regarding the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. They have created an email address,, where citizens may send questions, comments and recommendations. I am told that the Governor’s staff compiles all inquiries and responds with answers. Let me know if that is not accurate.

Finally, I am told that the earliest that a region can move into Phase 4 (Revitalization) is Friday, June 26. I ask that all of our residents and businesses in Schiller Park adhere to the guidelines set forth by the State during this public health crisis, that you protect yourself, your family and our community, and that we move to Phase 4 as soon as possible. Thank you.

The State of Illinois’ central website for COVID-19 is available at


New Village COVID-19 Update Flyer Released -- 5/29/20


Wednesday, May 20

Governor Pritzker Announces Phase 3 Re-Opening Update

Governor Pritzker Announces Updates to Phase 3 of Restore Illinois Plan in Consultation with Health Experts: Bars and Restaurants Can Open for Outdoor Seating, All State Parks to Open. Click on this link for the Governor’s Order:


Monday, May 18

Schiller Woods Parking Lots Closed for Holiday Weekend

The Cook County Forest Preserve has notified the Village that the parking lots for Schiller Woods will be closed over the Memorial Day Weekend (Friday, May 22nd through Monday, May 25th).


Thursday, May 7

Governor Pritzker Offers Further Guidance on Face Coverings

During his daily press briefing yesterday, Governor Pritzker highlighted when individuals should wear face coverings in public. “At this time, face coverings are required in public situations where social distancing cannot be maintained, and that applies only to those medically able to wear a mask,” Governor Pritzker said. 

The Illinois Department of Public Health ("IDPH") has provided Guidance on the Use of Masks by the General Public (available via this link).


Friday April 24, 2020            

Message from Mayor Nick Caiafa

Governor Pritzker Announces Modified Stay-at-Home Order (May 1 to May 31)

Illinois Governor Pritzker announced that he will issue a modified “stay at home” order that will take effect May 1 and end on May 31, 2020. To comply with this order, the Village Hall and other Schiller Park offices, including the Recreation Center, Library and Community Center, will remain closed to the public until at least May 31. The May 20 adjudication date will be continued to June 17. With the temporary closures of our offices, rest assured, Village staff will remain onsite working and responding to your needs and concerns.

The temporary modifications to the garbage pickup procedures, including the requirement that all garbage be placed inside carts, cans, or bags as well as the suspension of pickup of bulk items and construction debris, will continue for the time being.

The May 1st executive order will extend the previous “stay at home” order with certain modifications. The following is a summary of some of the changes and new requirements based on what is contained in the Governor’s press release.

Face Coverings Required Effective May 1st

Starting May 1, anyone over 2 years of age must wear a face covering or mask when they are in a public place and cannot maintain a six foot social distance, including when shopping at stores and other businesses. An expensive or surgical-grade mask is not required. Please note that we do not have face masks at the Village Hall for distribution. The Governor stated that face coverings, including homemade masks using bandanas or other cloth are acceptable.

Also contained in the May 1 order, businesses and manufacturers that have been declared essential and open to the public will be required to provide face coverings to all employees who are not able to maintain six feet of social distancing. New mandates to maximize social distancing and the well-being of employees and customers will be required, which might include staggered shifts and occupancy limits, among others.

Changes to Essential Businesses and Activities Starting May 1st

1. Outdoor Recreation

The State will phase in the re-opening of state parks. Please note that those areas of our parks in Schiller Park that include playgrounds and basketball courts will remain closed. Our dog park will also remain closed until further notice as we initiated landscape maintenance and upgrades. We encourage you to use our walking path at Stalica Park, but please make sure you abide by the 6-foot distance required by the “social distancing” mandate.

The Governor’s May 1 order will allow golf courses to open subject to strict safety guidelines and to social distancing requirements. Additionally, fishing and boating in groups of no more than 2 people will be permitted, subject to restrictions adopted by IDNR.

2. New “Essential” Businesses

Greenhouses, garden centers, and nurseries may reopen as essential businesses. Animal grooming services may also open. All businesses must follow social distancing practices.


3. Non-Essential Retail (Pick-up and Delivery)

Retail stores that were not designated as essential under the initial stay at home order can reopen to fulfill telephone and online orders through pick-up outside the store (i.e., curbside) and delivery.


4. Medical Procedures

Surgi-centers and hospitals can allow certain elective surgeries to move forward, subject to strict guidelines and priority for treatment of COVID-19 patients.

As always, please monitor our website ( and Facebook page for updates, or contact the Village Hall at (847) 678-2550 during normal hours on weekdays (9:00 am to 5:00 pm) with any questions or concerns.


Wednesday, April 8

A Message From Schiller Park Mayor Nick Caiafa:

Today I received a telephone call from U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley. We spoke at length about Schiller Park, including our dedicated and hard-working front-liners, administration and staff, and our needs and concerns in addressing this pandemic within our community. We also discussed our residents who are abiding by the “stay at home” order of Governor Pritzker and who have made many sacrifices and have exemplified what it is to be conscientious citizens and good neighbors to each other. We also talked about our businesses, including those that they been drastically impacted by the decline in air travel. Representative Quigley assured me that he continues to work daily for and on behalf of Schiller Park residents and businesses. He asked that we publish his office telephone number so people may call with their questions and concerns. So on his behalf, please visit for updates and links to resources that may be helpful to you and your families. If you have any questions call Representative Quigley’s Office at (773) 267-5926.

Congressman Quigley Coronavirus Information


Friday, April 3

The Village Coronavirus Update was modified and can be viewed using the link below.

Village of Schiller Park Coronavirus Update 

There will be no Village Staff at Village Hall on Saturday mornings until at least April 30th. This will be re-evaluated as that date gets closer.


Tuesday, March 31

Do you need Information about filing for unemployment?

Whether you’ve been furloughed, laid off, or are experiencing a reduction in your normal work hours, you may qualify for unemployment benefits.

Please be aware that part-time workers, the self-employed, and independent contractors may qualify for unemployment benefits.

Use the link below for details on filing an unemployment claim online using the Illinois Department of Employment Security website:

If you have questions about Unemployment Insurance, you may also call the IDES Customer Service Center at 800-244-5631 or 866-488-4016 TTY. They recommend you call either in the early morning or late afternoon to try to avoid long wait periods.


Friday, March 27

The Mayor has written a letter to Schiller Park residents and businesses. Please use the link below to view the letter.

Mayor Letter of 3/26/20


Thursday, March 26

COVID-19 and Schiller Park’s Drinking Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated that Americans can continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with the EPA, has stated that COVID-19 has not been detected in public drinking water supplies.Use this link to view the Village’s COVID-19 fact sheet.


Monday, March 23

The Village Coronavirus Update was modified and can be viewed using the link below.

Village of Schiller Park Coronavirus Update 

As a precaution related to the outbreak Groot has informed the Village that pickup of “bulk items” and “construction debris” is suspended until further notice. Collection of “loose” uncontainered garbage is also suspended until further notice – which means all garbage must be in your garbage cart, another can which has handles, or be bagged.


Message From Mayor Caiafa - Friday 3/20/20

Good Afternoon, Schiller Park Residents and Businesses. This is Mayor Nick Caiafa with an important message. 

As you may know, the Governor has issued a “stay at home” order, taking effect throughout Illinois tomorrow, Saturday, at 5:00 pm. The order requires all Illinois residents to stay in their homes as a measure to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Because we want the best for our community, we ask that you abide by the Governor’s order.

I want to first assure you that the dedicated Village administration and staff continue to operate, and to provide vital public services, including police, fire and administration. Please monitor our website at and our Facebook page for continued updates regarding the steps taken to deal with this situation by our Schiller Park administration, as well as federal and state agencies.

I encourage you to please use delivery services, including those Schiller Park restaurants listed on our website, but if you must go to the store for necessary provisions, please remember to be patient.

In addition to remaining at home, I urge you to utilize the precautions recommended by the Center for Disease Control to prevent transmission of the virus, including regular hand washing with soap for at least 20 seconds, keeping a distance of at least 6 feet from other people, avoiding crowds, and by all means, if you don’t feel well, please stay home and call your Doctor.. 

Additionally, if you have elderly or disabled neighbors or friends, and cannot reach them on their phone, please let us know and we will check on them.

In closing, rest assured that your health and safety remain our top priority. 

Please call the Village Hall with non-emergency questions, from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM Monday through Friday, and please continue to call 9-1-1 at any time with emergencies. Thank you.


Governor Pritzker’s "Stay at Home" Order

Frequently Asked Questions Re: Governor’s Stay at Home Order


As a result of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic the Village is providing the following updates to inform and help our residents cope with this crisis. 

The Village Hall, Police Records window, Recreation Center, Activity Center, Community Center, and Community Development offices are closed at this time. Village staff will still be working and you are encouraged to call the Village Hall at (847) 678-2550 to get whatever assistance you may need. 

Please click on the links below to review the detailed Village update on steps that have been taken related to the pandemic and also the changes in Police Department & Fire Department procedures.

Village of Schiller Park Coronavirus Update

Public Safety (Police/Fire) Procedures Update

The State of Illinois has created a new website to address questions, concerns, and issues related the Coronavirus Pandemic. Click on the link below to visit the new State website:

State of Illinois Coronavirus Webpage

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