Illinois Business Check-In

City of Alton, IL

City of Alton, IL

Illinois Newsroom

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve been checking in with small businesses here in Illinois. Restaurants and retail have been hard hit — with thousands of businesses closing permanently around the state since March. Many that will not reopen. Nationally, more than 130,000 businesses have shut their doors.

The 21st checks in with small businesses to see how they've adapted in the pandemic. 


Bob Thompson, Co-owner of Bike Tek in Springfield, IL

Authrine Singleton, the Owner and Cosmetologist at Master’s Touch Salon in Bloomington, IL

Benjamin Chauvin, Founder of Rockford Roasting Company in Rockford, IL


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