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The impact of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) continues to create uncertainty and concern both globally and here in our communities. Beginning March 17, local University of Illinois Extension offices in DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties will be closed, and related local programs and services also will be impacted during this time.

“Illinois Extension continues to activate strategies at the state, campus and local levels to protect everyone’s health and safety,” said Deanna Roby-Vorgias, County Director serving DuPage, Kane and Kendall counties. “In addition to the indefinite suspension of university-sponsored events with more than 50 anticipated attendees, as announced last week, we also will close offices starting March 17 for a period of time. Smaller-attendance activities and meetings also will be canceled for the remainder of March and some into April. With guidance from the University and state authorities, we will continue to reevaluate moving forward and keep our communities updated.”

A list of local closures, cancellations and postponements will be available on our website at and will be updated regularly, as needed, added Roby-Vorgias. Staff will be working from home during this time. If you have any questions about events, please email the local event contact or email

University of Illinois Extension has created a collection of resources to assist families and community leaders preparing for and coping with COVID-19. It is available online at Locally, we also will continue to share at-home learning activities for youth, as well as nutrition and wellness tips on our Facebook page at

“We are working to support all Illinois families at this time,” said Roby-Vorgias. “We appreciate your support and understanding as we navigate this situation.”