Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

The Village of Pingree Grove continues to monitor the coronavirus/COVID-19 situation and is working closely with local, state and national agencies to follow the recommendations.  Our first priority is the safety of our employees and residents.

Critical information:

Current Pingree Grove COVID Statistics are available at this link.

Recent Announcements - UPDATED REGULARLY

  • July 20, 2020 - The Municipal Center has reopened to the public. Contactless methods of conducting your business with the Village remain available and are encouraged. The Municipal Center parking lot drop box has reopened for your use and the temporary drop box located in the Police Department lobby vestibule will be emptied and locked as of Monday, July 27, 2020.
    • Building permit applications will continue to be accepted via the following methods: email (, parking lot drop box, regular mail, delivery service, or in-person.
    • Utility bills can be paid via the following methods:  online with credit or debit card (2.25% processing fee will be added), personal check dropped off in the Municipal Center parking lot drop box, or either of these methods and including cash in person at the Municipal Center.
  • Pingree Grove re-opened Village playgrounds on June 29, 2020. Residents are strongly encouraged to follow the state guidelines when using parks, including maintaining social distancing, wearing masks when you can’t social distance, wash your hands, and otherwise be safe.
  • On June 26, 2020, the Governor signed Executive Order 2020-43, advancing the State to Phase 4 of the Reopening Plan and superseding Executive Order 2020-38. Requirements include:
    • Continue to practice social distancing.
    • Wear face covering in public places or when working.
    • Elderly people and those who are vulnerable should take additional precautions.
    • Limit on gatherings of 50 or more people, with some exemptions.
    • When possible, conduct your activities outdoors.
    • Additional requirements for businesses, non-profits, and other organizations are specifically outlined within the Order.
    • Exemptions are outlined within the Order.
  • The State of Illinois has passed Public Act 101-0631, which in part allows for the sale of mixed cocktails to go in accordance with regulations stated within the Act. Village President Steve Wiedmeyer has signed an Order authorizing the sale of mixed cocktails to go in accordance with that Act for businesses with the applicable liquor licensing.  A copy of the Order and the Act are available here.
  • The Starting on May 29, a number of restrictions on business operations will be lifted, including the implementation of programs allowing restaurants to engage in on-site service of food and beverage (in outdoor seating areas only).  For more information, visit the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity website, available here.
  • The Governor has released a 5-Stage "Restore Illinois" plan for transitioning away from COVID-19 related restrictions.  A copy of the plan is available at this link.  The plan creates four geographic regions in the State; Pingree Grove is located in the Northeast Region, which encompasses areas from Kane County north to Wisconsin, and east to Lake Michigan (including Cook County and Chicago).  No information has yet been provided on when this region will transition to other phases of the plan or see a reduction in the current restrictions.
  • The Governor has released a new Emergency Proclamation which includes a number of restrictions.  It also extends previous COVID-19 related restrictions to May 29, 2020.  A copy of each of the Governor’s Executive Orders is available here.  Among the key restrictions are:
    • Limits on gatherings of 10 or more remain in effect.
    • Prohibition on non-essential travel remains in effect.
    • Playgrounds remain closed.
    • All persons over the age of 2 are required to wear masks or face coverings when in public places where social distancing cannot be maintained and when within an indoor public space, such as a store, unless they are medically unable to wear masks.
    • Modified restrictions on non-essential business closures remain in effect, including continued closure of hair salons, barbers and nail salons.
    • Continued prohibition on dining at restaurants remains in effect (although carry-out service is permitted).
  • The Centers for Disease Control are recommending that all Americans wear masks or cloth face coverings when they are in public areas and are unable to maintain social distancing.  Find out more about the current recommendations from the CDC here.
  • Join us in making the Coronavirus precautions effective.  Find out more at the All In Illinois page.
  • Our playgrounds are closed.  Please honor those closures, and keep your children home.  Read more here.
  • The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has posted this document explaining the identification of essential businesses.  For more detail, click through.
  • The ongoing spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in our state and country has been unprecedented.  We are working on a daily basis, directly with our federal, state and local counterparts to ensure that every possible precaution is being utilized to protect the safety of our community.  The Kane County Health Department will shortly be publicly sharing access to their updated COVID-19 database, which is available at this link.  We have been working with the Health Department to confirm the accuracy of the data.  
  • The Governor’s March 20 executive order calls for residents to stay home from 5 p.m. March 21 through April 7 (Note: this has now been extended to May 29, 2020) to prevent the spread of COVID-19. People will be allowed to visit grocery stores, gas stations, doctor’s offices/hospitals, pharmacies, restaurants offering curbside service and their workplace if it is deemed essential by the Governor’s executive order. Taking walks outside or working in the yard also are permitted, but residents should maintain proper social distancing from others.
  • There have been many questions regarding whether a business is considered essential or if it must comply with the “Stay at Home” Order." The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is available to answer those questions and has issued guidance on essential businesses & operations. Contact DCEO’s helpline by phone at 800-252-2923 to leave a message or by email. A helpful flowchart to determine if a business is essential or non-essential has been developed by DCEO. The Illinois Municipal League also provided essential business FAQs related to the Governor’s executive order.
  • Village playgrounds (public and private) are CLOSED by virtue of the Governor’s order.  The Village’s walking paths and open spaces are open, provided that other requirements of the Stay At Home order are followed.
  • On 3/20/2020, the Governor signed Executive Order 2020-10 (click link to view Order).  This Order implements a mandatory Stay-At-Home requirement for Illinois residents, and requires the closure of non-essential businesses.  Please review the Order for details on what is, and is not permitted.  In particular, please note:
    • Restaurants and gas stations in the Village will continue operations, as will grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, home improvement stores and a number of other industries.
    • While outdoor exercise and recreation is permitted (while following social distancing requirements), please note that all Village Playgrounds are closed, effective Saturday, 3/21/20 , in compliance with the Governor’s Order.
    • Limits on gatherings of 10 or more, or gatherings involving more than one household have now been imposed.
    • We ask for residents to be reasonable and kind, and to follow the Order voluntarily.
  • On 3/20/2020, the Village President signed an Emergency Order(click link to view Order) which incorporates the findings of the Governor of the State of Illinois in Executive Orders 2020-03 through 2020-10.  In addition, the Order also provided for the following:
    • Confirmation of the suspension of any prior commercial solicitation licenses and prohibiting the issuance of any further commercial solicitation licenses until the termination of the State of Emergency. 
    • Permission for any retail establishment in the Village which maintains a Village-issued liquor license to engage in the package sale of beer and wine (see the Order of the President for details).
  • On 3/18/2020, the Pingree Grove Police Chief issued a Notice (click link to view Notice) regarding the Handling of Calls for Service.  In the event of an emergency, please call 9-1-1.  Other important information regarding emergency calls and non-emergency calls can be found in the Notice.
  • On 3/16/2020, the Pingree Grove Village President and Village Board passed and approved the Declaration of a Local State of Emergency under Ordinance No. 2020-O-08 (click link to view ).
  • On 3/16/2020 Governor Pritzker ordered (click link to view order) all restaurants and bars to be closed for dine-in effective at the close of business on March 16, 2020 through March 30, 2020, in addition to canceling all public events with more than 50 people. See Restaurant & Bar Updates below for local establishments that will be open under the restricted operations.
  • On 3/14/2020, the Village announced the temporary closure of the Municipal Center lobby.  This closure is based upon the recommendation of public health officials.  The Village will be operating and all public services will continue.  However, the building will be closed to the public.  See details below on how to pay your water bill, apply for building permits, or related activities.  You may also call 847/464-5533 or email for more information.
  • On 3/13/2020 Governor Pritzker ordered (click link to view order) the closure of all Illinois public schools (Pre-K-12) beginning on Tuesday, 3/17/2020, with classes scheduled to resume on March 30th. An amendment to the Executive Order was also signed on 3/15/2020.
  • On 3/13/2020 Governor Pritzker ordered  (click link to view order) the cancellation of all public events with more than 1,000 people, in an effort to slow the virus.

Water Billing

We are standing with our residents during these challenging times. The Village will not be imposing late fees or shutting off water during this cycle. However, we request that our residents try to stay current on their utility bills, as the Village relies on that funding in order to continue providing safe water.

Information Provided by the Kane County Health Department

Help Prevent the Spread of Respiratory Viruses (Click here for Spanish version)

What You Need to Know About Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Village Facilities - UPDATED 3/20/2020

The Municipal Center is operational under a limited schedule, and the lobby is closed at this time.  Please contact us by telephone 847 / 464-5533 or by email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

The Police Department remains fully operational, but officers will be deferring activities that involve unnecessary personal contact. The Police Station lobby remains open, but we encourage residents to handle non-emergency matters by phone or email. Public Works and utility services will remain fully operational.  See 3/18/2020 Notice from Police Chief under Recent Announcements above.

What can you do to minimize risk?

Nearly all services normally available in-person at the Pingree Grove Municipal Center can be handled electronically, through the US Mail, or through the use of our dropbox. Please note that the dropbox at the Municipal Center is not currently available. A temporary dropbox has been installed in the Police Department lobby vestibule and is available 24/7 (see photo below). 

COVID-19 Temporary Drop Box

  • Water Bill Payments can be paid online by clicking here. You can also pay by cash or check through the use of the temporary dropbox in the lobby vestibule at the Police Department.
    • For cash or check payments using the dropbox, please place your payment in a sealed envelope.
      • The dropbox is under 24/7/365 video surveillance and will be emptied several times throughout the day.
  • Building permit information, including our Building Permit Application, is available by clicking here.  Details on submission are listed below.  With either method, you will need to provide all required backup documentation. Please call 847/464-5533, ext. 2 with any questions.
    • To submit a copy electronically, it is recommended that you download the form and save your responses.  Your Application and all required backup documentation can be emailed to
    • To submit a hard copy, you can drop off your Permit Application and backup documentation in a sealed envelope in the temporary dropbox at the Police Department or mail it to the Village at 555 Reinking Road, Pingree Grove, IL 60140.
    • After your permit has been approved, you will be contacted via telephone at the number you provide to provide the balance due for your permit.
      • Payment can be made by cash or check using the Utility Payment Dropbox or online using our online bill pay system, selecting the one-time payment option and Building Permit as the payment type.
      • When your payment has been received, we will forward your permit via email. Black and white copies of the permit will temporarily be allowed, but still must be displayed at the property while work is being performed and until inspections have been completed.  If you are unable to print the copy of your permit, please contact us at 847/464-5533
  • Other Transactions can also be made via mail, telephone or email.  For more information, please contact the Village at 847/464-5533 or email the Village at

Restaurant & Bar Updates - As of 4/1/2020

On March 15, 2020, Governor Pritzker has ordered all restaurants and bars to close for dine-in beginning at the close of business on 3/16/2020 through 3/30/2020 (this has now been extended through 4/30/2020). Click here for a list of local establishments that will be operating under the restrictions.

The Village has authorized our local establishments to engage in the carry-out or delivery of beer and wine, as a part of their normal operations. 

The Village will continue to update this page as information becomes available.