Don’t expect to get a driver’s license or do any other business in person with the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office. In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, Secretary of State Jesse White announced the closure of all facilities through the end of the month. Expired documents will be extended 30 days. White is also asking the federal government to delay fully implementing REAL ID, which goes into effect October 1. Some transactions can be completed online at CyberDriveIllinois.com.
The Illinois State Museum will close all its facilities, including its main facility in Springfield, its Research and Collections Center, Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown and the Lockport Gallery in Lockport. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced it would immediately close all state parks, fish and wildlife areas, recreational areas and historic sites amid ongoing concerns of spreading COVID-19. No date was set for reopening.
Meanwhile, the Illinois National Guard has been activated, but law enforcement agencies across the state expect they’ll only be implemented if there’s large numbers of people infected with COVID-19 refusing to self-isolate. Governor J.B. Pritzker’s disaster declaration activated the guard. That means reservists, some of whom the governor’s office says may be doctors and nurses, are being activated.