Byron Plant Closing Impact:
On August 27, 2020 Exelon announced that it intends to retire the Byron Nuclear Plant in September of 2021. The closure of the Byron Plant will have a devastating impact on our County and our Park District as well as local sales tax, housing and many other Economic Impacts.
Click on the image below to access the full Economic Impact Analysis.
10/23/2020 – Additional Mitigation
Region 1 Resurgence Mitigation Guidelines:
Today, Governor JB Pritzker hosted a COVID-19 press briefing update highlighting a new mitigation plan to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19. That plan is can be accessed here: Actions-to-Combat-a-Resurgence-of-COVID-19
06/22/20 – Phase 4 Reopening Guidance
“The City of Oregon is excited that we will be moving into Phase 4 Reopening. Oregon has done a phenomenal job following State and Local guidelines which clearly had a positive effect on limiting local Covid-19 cases. We want to remind our residents that this horrific virus has not been eradicated, not is it taking a summer vacation. We implore everyone to continue their efforts to limit exposure risks and keep practicing the suggested social distancing regulations as provided by the CDC. Below is a link to the Restaurant and Bar Phase 4 Guide as well as the Overview Guide. We will continue to monitor any additional guidance that comes from the State and will share that here accordingly.” – Darin DeHaan, City Administrator
05/27/20 – Phase 3 Reopening Guidance
Below is a link providing details for Restore Illinois Phase 3 requirements, recommendations and helpful tool-kits from the DCEO. It covers the 10 categories that are permitted for phase 3 reopening on May 29th. If a business, organization or activity does fall into one of the 10 categories, it is most likely able to resume operations when Phase 4 is achieved. Enclosed tents will not be allowed as that would essentially create an indoor dining environment. Outdoor dining areas should have a temporary handwashing station or hand sanitizer available for staff and customers. Outdoor areas should be staffed to remind customers to practice social distancing and limit customer trips into the facility. Maximum people at a table is to be 6, all tables a minimum of 6 feet apart. –
Food Sanitation Coordinator
Ogle County Health Department
907 Pines Rd., Oregon, IL 61061
Press Release from the Lee/Ogle Executive Leadership Group Team in refer to Re-opening. Press Release – Lee Ogle Counties Phased ReOpening
Covid-19 Update from Mayor Ken Williams: 3-23 release
City of Oregon: Community announcements regarding COVID-19 updates.
Please check this page and “City Announcements” regularly for updates.
All of us at the City are committed to providing the essential level of services you have come to expect. As your closest and first level of government we will do our best to answer your questions. While not all items will be under our control we will be a clearinghouse for as much information as possible.
This website will post public notices for the community as they are received.
- Frequently Asked Questions: Governor’s Executive Order 2020-32 (Stay at Home Order)
- Open Meetings Act: Public Participation and Comment During the COVID-19 Crisis
- COVID-19: State of Emergency and Public Gatherings
5/4/20 Illinois’ Plan for Re-opening: Gov. Pritzker has released a regional 5-step plan with conditions to re-open Illinois. The full report can be found HERE.
5/1//20 GOV. PRITZKER announcement: The following email is information from the Illinois Municipal League, which works with cities across Illinois with technical assistance and timely information/resources. This email contains information we believe the general public would find very useful.
Today, Governor JB Pritzker signed a new disaster proclamation (available via this link) that went into effect immediately and lasts through May 29.
Also today, the Governor signed Executive Order 2020-32 (available via this link) that modified and extended his original Stay at Home Order. The order goes into effect on May 1 and lasts through May 29. The following modifications have been made to Governor JB Pritzker’s original Stay at Home Order (Executive Order 2020-10):
- Face coverings are required to be worn by all individuals, when medically tolerable, who are in public places and unable to maintain adequate social distancing of six feet, except for children under age two and when with members of the same household. Face coverings will be required in indoor public places such as stores. The Illinois Municipal League (IML) has developed an informational piece for municipalities to use to comply with the order’s face covering requirements.
- All essential businesses may remain open consistent with the original executive order. Essential retail stores shall reduce their occupancy capacity to 50% or to the capacity set by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) based on store square footage, provide face coverings to all employees who cannot maintain social distancing of six feet at all times, set up store aisles to be one-way, communicate these requirements to customers through signage and public service announcements and discontinue use of reusable bags.
- Non-essential retail stores may reopen to take orders online or over the phone for either curbside pickup (outside the store) or delivery. Employees must maintain social distancing of six feet or wear a face covering when that is not possible.
- All businesses that have employees physically reporting to a work-site must post IDPH’s guidance regarding workplace safety during the COVID-19 emergency. The IDPH guidance is not yet available, but we will share it once it is released.
- Fishing and boating in groups of no more than two per watercraft will be permitted.
- Golf courses will be permitted to open only when following strict guidelines provided by DCEO (available via this link).
- Some state parks will be reopened. The list of state parks that will reopen is available via this link.
- Pet grooming services will be allowed to reopen.
- Educational institutions may allow and establish procedures for pick-up of necessary supplies or student belongings and dormitory move-out. These procedures must be in a manner consistent with public health guidelines and social distancing requirements.
The order still requires all individuals currently living in the State of Illinois to avoid travel and stay at home or their place of residence. Individuals may only leave their residence to perform essential activities.
The order provides that all non-essential business and operations must cease except for minimum basic operations as defined by the order. “Essential Businesses and Operations” that may continue include: stores that sell groceries; food production and agriculture; organizations that provide charitable and social services; media; gas stations and businesses needed for transportation; financial institutions; hardware and supply stores; critical trades; mail, post, shipping, logistics and delivery services; educational institutions (for the purposes of facilitating distance learning); laundry services; restaurants for off-premises consumption; supplies to work from home; supplies for essential businesses and operations; transportation; home-based care and services; residential facilities and shelters; professional services; day care centers for employees exempted by this order; manufacturing, distribution and supply chain for critical products and industries; critical labor union functions; hotels and motels; and, funeral services.
The Governor’s order still allows Essential Governmental Functions to operate, including municipal governments. Per the order, “Essential Governmental Functions” means all services provided by the state or any municipal, township, county, subdivision or agency of government and needed to ensure the continuing operation of the government agencies or to provide for and support the health, safety and welfare of the public, and including contractors performing Essential Governmental Functions. Each governmental body shall determine its Essential Governmental Functions and identify employees and/or contractors necessary to the performance of those functions.
The Governor also signed Executive Order 2020-33 (available via this link), which extends previous executive orders through May 29. That includes Executive Order 2020-07 (available via this link), which suspended certain provisions of the Open Meetings Act (OMA). Linked here is our updated information sheet regarding OMA.
Today, the Illinois Gaming Board announced the extension of their suspension of all video gaming operations and all casino gambling operations until further notice. The Gaming Board’s announcement is 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, Gov.COVID19stakeholder@illinois.gov, where citizens may send questions, comments and recommendations. The Governor’s staff compiles all inquiries and responds with answers.
As we have previously noted, it is our suggestion that municipalities consider postponing or cancelling community events and large gatherings through early summer to help continue fighting the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, municipalities may wish to avoid signing any legal contracts committing to community events until more guidance is provided by the state or federal governments regarding when those events should resume. As always, consultation with your retained attorney or legal counsel is recommended prior to such actions.
4/5/20 Important Notice from Ogle County Public Health Department.
“Ogle County is now at the beginning of the epidemiological curve. This means that we will continue to see an increasing number new cases.
We need the public to stay home to minimize those number of cases that we will get here locally. I realize that it is hard to understand because we are fighting something that we are unable to see. The sentiment seems to be that, “I am healthy and the virus can not hurt me”. The Covid-19 virus has been confirmed to be in our communities.
This fight is not about you as an individual. This is about community, about the common good, about protecting our parents, our brothers and sisters, our children, our friends, our healthcare workers, first responders, and the other people on the front lines. Our communities’ are going to be facing tough decisions based on how well our people adhere to social distancing, staying at home, washing hands and other prevention tactics.
Ogle County Health Department has been talking to many of our residents and for the most part people have been great to work with. We have also talked to some with a blatant disregard for the public’s health.
Please help our staff to keep you all safe! We have extremely dedicated people that are working, as I type this, trying to protect the people of Ogle County! We will see the worst of this in the next several weeks. Community participation will ultimately determine how severe this gets!
This is not a hoax! This is not a joke! This is not politics! This is not meant to instill fear in you! Use common sense and Please take this seriously!!!
Public Health Administrator
Ogle County Health Department
3/21/20 Beginning immediately Oregon Park District playgrounds, skate park, outdoor fitness equipment, basketball courts, tennis courts and dog park are closed until further notice.
Executive Order No. 8 issued by Governor Pritzker requires public organizations to close places of public amusement, both indoors and outdoors. The parks will remain open, but the water fountains and bathrooms will not be available. If you choose to use the parks for walking, hiking, running or biking, please continue to comply with social distancing requirements. -Erin Folk, Director – Oregon Park District
3/21/20 Updated list of restaurants open, and their services. Click HERE
3/18/20 List of local restaurants open for delivery, pick-up, and carry out. No one wants to cook dinner EVERY night, so consider carry out for the family on an occasional basis. Or a morning coffee and muffin, or sandwich or soup for lunch. This is one of best ways to support our local eateries and economy during this emergency. Click HERE to see list of all local restaurants, phone numbers, and services they offer. Please be courteous and call in advance to avoid waits and lines.
3/17/20 Information on bar and restaurant food services: YES, some restaurants have made the decision to remain open to serve customers, but Governor Pritzker has ordered no “on-site consumption” to limit risk of public exposure. Customers may call for curb side pick-up or delivery. Customers may enter the premises to purchase food or beverages for carry-out only. If ordering carry-out, customers are strongly urged to call in orders well in advance to avoid wait time and long pick-up lines (which could increase risk of exposure).
Social distancing (six foot separation) is expected to be practiced.
This is the distance of two adult outstretched arms touching fingertips.
Further details on Oregon’s restaurant guidelines can be found by clicking HERE.
Oregon’s Street Department has also established temporary ‘pick-up parking’ spaces near restaurants with time-limited parking for the convenience of customers.
3/16/20 The following is a list of city operations at this time. Other public agencies and businesses may be reporting their own updates, so please check with them if you have questions
- Chief DeHaan is our Emergency Management Agency Coordinator and works with County Health and other department resources to provide communications for the public. Please check our website and Facebook
- City employees have been asked to curtail home visits to limit possible transmission of virus.
- City Streets Department will be assisting to establish temporary “pick-up only” parking for the benefit of restaurants providing curb side pick-up services. Please support our local businesses by considering a weekly “order out” family meal.. A list of eateries providing this service will be posted in “City Announcements” when available)
- NiCor has announced it will not shut-off gas service for the duration of this emergency.
- ComEd has announced suspension of electrical shut offs and will also provide extended repayment plans.
Currently known closings and cancellations. If the organization you are interested in is not listed, please call them or check their website. We also ask that you inform City Hall of other closings and cancellations as you become aware of them. (815-732-6321)
- Oregon School District
- View details here: https://www.ocusd.net/corona
- Oregon Public Library
- “Out of an abundance of caution we have made the difficult decision that Oregon Public Library will be closed to the public beginning March 17th until March 31st.”
- Oregon Park District
- “To ensure the safety of our patrons, participants and staff, Nash Recreation Center will be closed March 14th– March 30th. All Oregon Park District programs and events will be postponed or cancelled through April 3rd.”
- All Illinois State Parks are closed until further notice. White Pines Cabins and Gift Shops are still open at this time. The White Pines Restaurant is closed.
The City of Oregon, Illinois is happy to serve our residents with comprehensive information to make your interactions with your city government a positive experience. With a dedicated staff of municipal employees, as well as area volunteers serving on boards and commissions, we hope that together we can increase the quality of life for everyone. Please check out all the information available to you on this website. We would be happy to hear from you if you have any questions or concerns.
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City Council meeting dates, times, and agendas can be found in “Departments: agenda/minutes”. Or click here.
Planning Commission and Economic and Community Development agendas and minutes can be found in “Departments: City Committees”. Or click here.
Other important public documents and reports for the city can be found in “Documents”. Or click here.
City Code for Oregon is hosted on the Municode website and can be accessed here. You will then need to type a description of your topic of interest in the search bar of the municode homepage to find relevant sections. You may also view a published copy of the City Code at City Hall.