Today's announcements are for 1-18-2022.

News from the US District Court
        UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
        NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
        PROPOSAL TO AMEND
        LOCAL RULES 86.26-83.28
On December 21, 2021, the full Court approved a proposal to amend Local Rules 83.26-83.28 as attached (additions shown thus, and deletions shown thus):
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COMMENT: By direction of the full Court and pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Section 2071(e) regarding appropriate public notice and opportunity for comment, the Clerk is directed to: (a) cause notice of the proposal to amend the Local Rules 83.26-83.28 to be published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, (b) cause notice of the proposal and requests for comment to be posted on the web site for the United States District Court Northern District of Illinois, (c) cause notice of the proposal to be posted in the Courthouses at Chicago and Rockford, (d) indicate in such notice a final date for receipt of comments, which date shall be sixty days from the first date of publication in the Law Bulletin, (e) collect and distribute among the members of the Advisory Committee for Local Rules all comments received, and (f) following receipt of a copy of the report and recommendation of the Advisory Committee, distribute copies of the comments together with copies of the report and recommendation among the members of the Court for consideration at a regular meeting of the full Court.
Proposal dated December 28, 2021, proposal signed by Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, Chief Judge, US District Court, Northern District of Illinois.
To view complete Proposal, go to: https://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/elements/courts/us-ndil-lr-83-20211229
Dec 30-Mar 14
        UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
        NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
        NOTIFICATION OF AMENDMENT TO LOCAL RULE 3.2
On December 21, 2021, the full Court approved an amendment to Local Rule 3.2 as attached and now seek public comment (additions shown thus, and deletions shown thus):
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COMMENT: By direction of the full Court and pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Section 2071(e), the Court determined that there is an immediate need for this rule amendment. While the amendment to LR 3.2 will be implemented on January 3, 2022, public notice and opportunity for comment will be afforded promptly. The Clerk is directed to: (a) cause notice of the amendment to Local Rule 3.2 to be published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, (b) cause notice of the amendment and requests for comment to be posted on the web site for the United States District Court Northern District of Illinois, (c) cause notice of the amendment to be posted in the Courthouses at Chicago and Rockford, (d) indicate in such notice a final date for receipt of comments, which date shall be sixty days from the first date of publication in the Law Bulletin, (e) collect and distribute among the members of the Advisory Committee for Local Rules all comments received, and (f) following receipt of a copy of the report and recommendation of the advisory committee to distribute copies of the comments together with copies of the report and recommendation among the members of the Court for consideration at a regular meeting of the full Court.
Amended April 20, 2007 and December 21, 2021
Proposal dated December 21, 2021, proposal signed by Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, Chief Judge, US District Court, Northern District of Illinois.
To view complete Proposal, go to: https://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/elements/courts/us-ndil-proposal-amend-lr-3-2-20211222
Dec 23-Mar 1
        UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
        NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
        PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE LOCAL CRIMINAL RULE 10.1
On November 19, 2021, the full Court approved a proposal to amend the Local Criminal Rule 10.1 as attached (additions shown thus, and deletions shown thus):
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COMMENT: By direction of the full Court and pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Section 207(b) regarding appropriate public notice and opportunity for comment, the Clerk is directed to: (a) cause notice of the proposal to amend the Local Criminal Rule 10.1 to be published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, (b) cause notice of the proposal and requests for comment to be posted on the web site for the United States District Court Northern District of Illinois, (c) cause notice of the proposal to be posted in the Courthouses at Chicago and Rockford, (d) indicate in such notice a final date for receipt of comments, which date shall be sixty days from the first date of publication in the Law Bulletin, (e) collect and distribute among the members of the Advisory Committee for Local Rules all comments received, and (f) following receipt of a copy of the report and recommendation of the advisory committee to distribute copies of the comments together with copies of the report and recommendation among the members of the Court for consideration at a regular meeting of the full Court.
Proposal dated November 29, 2021, proposal signed by Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, Chief Judge, US District Court, Northern District of Illinois.
To view complete Proposal, go to: https://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/elements/courts/us-ndil-lcr10-1-20201201
Dec 2-Jan 31
News from Illinois Supreme Court
        M.R. 31114
        In re:
        Judicial Vacancies Re-Certified For Election in 2022
        Pursuant to Public Act 102-0693
In accordance with Sections 2f-2 and 2f-13 of the Circuit Courts Act, as enacted by Public Act 102-0693, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED the following judicial vacancies previously certified for election in 2022 are re-certified for election in 2022 as follows:
The resident circuit judgeship vacancy of the Honorable David W. Dugan is allotted to the 1st subcircuit of the 3rd Judicial Circuit created by Public Act 102-0693.
The resident circuit judgeship vacancy of the Honorable Richard L. Tognarelli is allotted to the 1st subcircuit of the 3rd Judicial Circuit created by Public Act 102-0693.
The resident circuit judgeship vacancy of the Honorable Jay W. Ukena is re-allotted to the 12th subcircuit of the 19th Judicial Circuit created by Public Act 102-0693.
The resident circuit judgeship vacancy of the Honorable Valerie B. Ceckowski is reallotted to the 3rd subcircuit of the 19th Judicial Circuit created by Public Act 102-0693.
The resident circuit judgeship vacancy of the Honorable Diane E. Winter is re-allotted to the 4th subcircuit of the 19th Judicial Circuit created by Public Act 102-0693.
This Order applies only to the specific judicial vacancies re-certified herein. The certifications of all other judicial vacancies for election in 2022 issued prior to the effective date of Public Act 102-0693 remain unchanged.
Order entered by the Court January 11, 2022, order signed by Cynthia A. Grant, Clerk, Supreme Court of the State of Illinois.
Jan 14-21
News from the Circuit Court
        Office of the Chief Judge
        NOTICE FOR COMMENT
Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans invites comments and suggestions regarding the proposed/ amendments to Circuit Court of Cook County Rules 10.6 and 10.8. Please forward any comments to Hon. Timothy C. Evans, Chief Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County, at timothy.evans@cookcountyil.gov, no later than January 19, 2022.
10.6 Small Claims Proceedings for Real Estate Tax Objections
In order to facilitate the dispositions of Tax Specific Objections Valuation cases, the following small claims procedures are established:
To view complete amendment, go to: https://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/elements/courts/cook-county-circuit-rule-10-6-20220107
10.8 Tax Objection Proceedings in the County Division
General Provisions
Sections 1-10. Objectives
To view complete amendment, go to: https://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/elements/courts/cook-county-circuit-rule-10-8-20220107
Jan 11-18
        Chancery Division
        Case No. 2021 CH 3713
        Hon. Michael T. Mullen
        Calendar 8
STEFAN MANAGEMENT COMPANY, half of
THE PATHS AT PRAIRIE LAKES LLC,
Plaintiffs,
v.
BRIAN G. CUNAT, BRIAN G. CUNAT FAMILY LLC,
JOHN C. CUNAT, JOHN C. CUNAT FAMILY LLC,
Defendants,
and -
THE PATHS AT PRAIRIE LAKES, LLC,
Nominal Defendant.
        ORDER
This matter comes before the Court on the Defendants motions to transfer, pursuant to the forum non conveniens doctrine, this matter from Cook County to McHenry County (22nd Judicial Circuit). For the following reasons, Defendants' motion to transfer pursuant to the forum non conveniens doctrine is denied.
I. Background
This case springs from a significant financial investment that the Plaintiff entrusted with the Defendants. Due to the nature of the present motion, it is essential to not only identify the principals, but also their identified County of residence. Plaintiff Stefan Management Company ("Stefan Management") is a Florida corporation that has its principal place of business in Sarasota, Florida. William Stefan, who is a nonparty to this suit, is the president of Stefan Management and a resident of DuPage County. The individual Defendants are Brian G. Cunat and John C. Cunat, both of whom are residents of McHenry County. The corporate Defendants are Brian G. Cunat Family LLC and the John C. Cunat Family LLC. Both of the "Cunat" corporate Defendants are incorporated in Delaware and have their principal place of business in McHenry County.
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V. Conclusion
After carefully weighing all relevant factors and after much consideration, the Court finds and concludes that this case has a legitimate and substantial relation to Cook County. Therefore, the Court denies the
Defendants' motion to transfer this case pursuant to the forum non conveniens doctrine.
For the foregoing reasons,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:
1) Defendants' motion to transfer this matter from Cook County to the 22nd Judicial District (McHenry County) pursuant to the forum non conveniens doctrine is denied; and
2) The previously set hearing date of January 24, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. stands.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Order dated January 6, 2022, order signed by Michael T. Mullen, Judge, Chancery Division, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois
To view complete order, go to: https://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/elements/courts/cook-county-stefan-mgmt-v-cunat-20220107
Jan 10-21
        GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 2021-09
        SUBJECT: MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE CASES WITH SERVICE
        OVER 2 YEARS PRIOR TO JUDGMENT OF FORECLOSURE
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:
1. This order applies to all mortgage foreclosure cases that:
a. Seek default, judgment of foreclosure, and/or orders approving sale more than two (2) years after service of process was had on the mortgagor(s); and
b. The mortgagor(s) have not filed an appearance.
2. In all mortgage foreclosure cases that meet the criteria of Paragraph 1, plaintiff must present to the court a search using commercially recognized databases1 to confirm that the address of service of process on the mortgagor is still the mortgagor's current address in which to serve notices of motion and to confirm that the mortgagor(s) is not deceased. If the address for the mortgagor(s) has changed, then the plaintiff must serve the notice of motion at the mortgagor's current address before entry of either a default order, judgment of foreclosure, or order approving sale. If the mortgagor became deceased, then plaintiff must have a special representative appointed in accordance with GAO No. 2015-02.
Order dated December 10, 2021, order signed by Moshe Jacobius, Presiding Judge, Chancery Division, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.
Dec 23-Jan 31
        GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 2021-10
        SUBJECT: REOPENING OF CALENDAR 1 OF
        THE GENERAL CHANCERY SECTION
THIS COURT HEREBY FINDS AND ORDERS AS FOLLOWS:
On or about May 5, 2006, the Honorable Dorothy Kinnaird, Presiding Judge of the Chancery Division, closed Calendar 1 of the General Chancery Section of the Chancery Division. This was done to permit the opening of 11 new foreclosure Calendars at a time when there was a foreclosure crisis in the entire country and the number of foreclosure cases were rising exponentially. The cases on Calendar 1 were redistributed to the other 15 calendars of the General Chancery Section of the Chancery Division.
General Chancery Section cases are some of the most complex and labor intensive cases in the entire Circuit Court of Cook County. The judges of the General Chancery Section are constantly engaged in researching complicated, compound and novel issues of law; writing and delivering lengthy opinions; and presiding over protracted and difficult trials.
At the current time the number of Foreclosure Cases filed in the Foreclosure/Mechanics Lien Section have decreased substantially due to a large extent to the moratorium established during the Covid 19 crisis. Accordingly the Chancery Division has closed two of the Foreclosure calendars previously existing. The Court is cognizant that the number of foreclosure cases could increase exponentially once again once the Covid 19 crisis has ended and appropriate administrative steps may have to be taken. Nonetheless, at the current time it is essential to focus on the crush of cases in the General Chancery Section.
In order to alleviate the pressure of the General Chancery Section workload and improve the delivery of justice, it would be salutary, beneficial and imperative to reopen Calendar 1 of the General Chancery Section and to randomly redistribute a proportionate share of the 14 other General Chancery Section calendars to Calendar 1. A judge shall be assigned to Calendar l who will review the cases assigned to the Calendar and commence to hear the cases as quickly as feasible. The Calendar of the Presiding Judge, Calendar 12, shall be excluded from the redistribution because it has a lower number of cases assigned to it.
The Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County is directed to reopen Calendar 1 of the General Chancery Section of the Chancery Division. The Clerk is further directed to randomly populate the Calendar with 7.14% of cases from the 14 of the remaining General Chancery calendars (excluding Calendar 12). The General Chancery Division judges will be advised which of their cases have been reassigned. The Clerk of the Circuit Court is further directed to send out post cards to the attorneys or pro se litigants notifying them of the reassignment of the case. Once the necessary preliminary administrative actions have been completed, a status hearing will be held of the cases reassigned commencing January 18, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. at the rate of 10 cases per day from Monday through Thursday each day at Zoom No. 876 8729 8501, Passcode 926987.
Order dated December 20, 2021, order signed by Moshe Jacobius, Presiding Judge, Chancery Division, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.
Dec 23-Jan 31