Today's announcements are for 9-20-2021.

News from the US District Court
        UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
        Central District of Illinois
        PUBLIC NOTICE FOR APPOINTMENT OF
        UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
        SPRINGFIELD DIVISION
The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a full-time United States magistrate judge for the Central District of Illinois at Springfield. The annual salary is $201,112. The eight-year term begins on March 23, 2022. A court's essential function is to dispense justice. A community's belief that a court dispenses justice is heightened when the court reflects the community's racial, ethnic, and gender diversity.
The duties of the position are demanding and wide-ranging and include: (1) conducting most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; (2) trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; (3) conducting various pretrial matters, including settlement and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from a district judge; (4) resolving civil cases, sometimes by trial, upon consent of the litigants; (5) preparing report and recommendations on dispositive motions when
referred by a district judge; and (6) additional duties not inconsistent with the Constitution and laws of the United States. 28 U.S.C. Section 636.
To be qualified an applicant must: (a) be, and have been for at least five years, a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Territory of
Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or the U.S. Virgin Islands, and have been engaged in the active practice of law for at least five years (with some substitutes authorized); (b) be competent to perform the duties of the office; be of good moral character; be emotionally stable and mature; be committed to equal justice under the law; be in good health; be patient and courteous; and be capable of deliberation and decisiveness; (c) be less than 70 years old; and (d) not be related to a judge of this Court. 28 U.S.C. Section 631.
A merit selection panel of attorneys and other community members will review all applications and recommend to the district judges in confidence the five persons it considers best qualified. The Court will make the appointment following an FBI full-field investigation and an IRS tax check of the proposed appointee. The individual selected must comply with the financial disclosure requirements pursuant to the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, Pub. L.
No. 95-521, 92 Stat. 1824 (1978) (codified at 5 U.S.C. app. Sections101-111). Applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, age, gender, religion, national origin, or disability.
Questions may be directed to Court Attorney Heather Rouleau at heather_rouleau@ilcd.uscourts.gov or at 309-671-7292. Application forms are available from the Clerk or at http://www.ilcd.uscourts.gov/magistrate-judge-vacancy. An applicant must upload the application at https://www.ilcd.uscourts.gov/content/magistrate-judge-application-submission by Friday, October 8, 2021. Unless the applicant consents to additional disclosure, only merit selection panel members, the district judges, and necessary court staff will view the applications. All deliberations will remain confidential.
Dated August 26, 2021
Aug 30-Oct 8
News from the Illinois Supreme Court
        M.R. 30370
        In re: Illinois Courts Response to
        COVID-19 Emergency
        Order
In the exercise of the general administrative and supervisory authority over the courts of Illinois conferred on this Court pursuant to article VI, section 16, of the Illinois Constitution of 1970 (Ill. Const. 1970, art. VI, sec. 16); in view of the state of emergency that has been declared by the Governor of the State of Illinois to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus; and in the interests of the health and safety of all court users, staff, and judicial officers during these extraordinary circumstances,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED effective immediately and until further order of the Court that paragraph F of the Court's March 17, 2020 order as amended on August 27, 2020 and May 27, 2021 is further amended as follows (new material is underscored and deleted material is struck through):
F. Individuals, including judges, court staff, parties, attorneys, jurors and witnesses, should not enter any courthouse if they
1. are not wearing a mask or face covering;
2. have new flu-like symptoms including fever, cough, or shortness of breath (excluding such symptoms caused by chronic conditions);
3. currently have been directed to quarantine or isolate at home by any medical provider or public health official; or
4. reside or have regular close contact with a person currently subject to a quarantine or isolation direction issued by a medical provider or public health official and are not themselves fully vaccinated.
Masks or face coverings should be worn at all times while in the courthouse unless the person is (1) otherwise instructed by court personnel; (2) under the age of 2; or (3) incapacitated, having trouble breathing, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. If available, masks should be provided to individuals who do not have them.
All courts should implement procedures for when an individual is denied entry based on the above.
Pursuant to current CDC guidance, courts may choose not to apply the provisions of this paragraph F concerning masking to persons who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and are two weeks past their final vaccine injection.
Order dated September 2, 2021, order signed by Carolyn Taft Grosboll, Clerk, Supreme Court of the State of Illinois.
Sept 17-30
        M.R. 30370
        In re: Illinois Courts Response to
        COVID-19 Emergency/
        Court-Based Rental Assistance Program
        Order
On March 9, 2020, Governor Pritzker declared a State of Emergency in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared the COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency. In response, Governor Pritzker has prohibited the commencement of certain residential evictions and the enforcement of certain residential eviction orders by Executive Order.
Further, Congress passed, and the President of the United States signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) (P.L. 116-136) and American Rescue Plan Act (P.L. 117-2), deploying over $1 billion to Illinois renters and landlords in rental assistance, housing counseling, legal aid, and mediation services in an effort to prevent evictions.
As the Governor's eviction moratorium begins to sunset, courts are expecting a surge in eviction filings that will require significant resources to properly process and litigate. Accordingly, in the exercise of the general administrative and supervisory authority over the courts of Illinois conferred on this Court pursuant to Article VI, Section 16 of the Illinois Constitution of 1970 (Ill. Const. 1970, art. VI, sec. 16); and in view of the substantial resources available to Illinois renters and landlords to prevent evictions, including the launch of a statewide Court-Based Rental Assistance Program, and the need to ensure appropriate referral of new eviction filings to State and local resources that may be of assistance to both landlords and tenants, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. All summons issued in residential eviction cases shall include the attached, or substantially similar, notice regarding the Court-Based Rental Assistance Program. The notice shall be attached to a copy of the summons filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Local Circuit Courts may modify this notice with more relevant local information, if applicable.
2. This order shall remain in effect until further order of the Court.
Order dated September 13, 2021, order signed by Carolyn Taft Grosboll, Clerk, Supreme Court of the State of Illinois.
Sept 17-30
News from the Circuit Court of Cook County
        Office of the Chief Judge
Cook County Cir. Ct. G.A.O. 2020-07 (dated August 20, 2021) is hereby amended as follows:
        GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER No. 2020-07
        SUBJECT: COVID-19 EMERGENCY MEASURES, MODIFICATION OF OPERATIONS
As a response to the measures necessitated by the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, including, but not limited to, executive orders of the State of Illinois, Cook County, the City of Chicago, and other local municipalities, guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, including Interim Guidance on Management of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Correctional and Detention Facilities (Jan. 21, 2021), Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People (May 28, 2021), and guidance on Ventilation in Buildings (March 23, 2021), and with the continued decline of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in Illinois and the ready availability of COVID-19 vaccines; in consideration of the successes the court, the bar, and the general public have recently achieved in conducting certain kinds of court proceedings by videoconference; and
In consideration of the Illinois Supreme Court's ongoing support of remote court appearances as a critical part of meeting the current and changing needs of our society and as a means of improving access to justice through the courts of this State and reducing its cost in time and money to litigants, the bar, and other participants;
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that, pursuant to Ill. S. Ct., Illinois Courts Response to COVID-19 Emergency/Social Distancing, M.R. 30370 (eff. June 30, 2021) and guidance received June 14, 2021, from the Cook County Dept. of Public Health, the requirement of six feet of distance between persons in the courtroom is modified to require three feet of distance between persons in the courtroom; the following jury assembly rooms shall continue to maintain six feet of distance between persons:
Daley Center 17th Floor, Room 1700
Leighton Criminal Courthouse 3rd Floor, Room 3AOO
2nd Municipal District (Skokie) 1st Floor, Room 111
3rd Municipal District (Rolling Meadows) 2nd Floor, Room 220
4th Municipal District (Maywood) Lower Level, Room 59A
5th Municipal District (Bridgeview) 2nd Floor, Room 220
6th Municipal District (Markham) 2nd Floor, Room 219

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, effective September 20, 2021, and until said physical distancing requirements end, the jury assembly areas at the Daley Center shall be expanded to include designated courtrooms on the 22nd floor and shall accommodate a sufficient number of prospective jurors to meet the usual needs for jurors in all divisions and districts of the court in that courthouse;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, effective September 7, 2021, and until said physical distancing requirements end, the jury assembly area at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse shall be expanded to include courtroom 315A;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, in pursuit of the best practices for conducting court proceedings in person, remotely, or in a hybrid of the two in all Districts and Divisions of the court, conducting proceedings with all persons physically present in court shall be preferred, with the understanding that each impending court proceeding may be evaluated to determine whether it is appropriate for some or all participants to appear remotely;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, except as otherwise provided in this order, court proceedings shall be conducted with the judge, parties, and all other participants physically present in court; except as required by constitutional requirements, operational need, or as otherwise directed by the chief judge, all types of proceedings except jury trials may be conducted telephonically or by videoconference; in appropriate proceedings, judges conducting proceedings telephonically or by videoconference may work remotely or from the courthouse; appropriate proceedings include, but are not limited to, those in which a request for a continuance is the primary issue, a report of case status is made to the court, an agreed order is submitted to the court, prosecution of an alleged violation of a local ordinance, initial bail hearings;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, except as otherwise directed by the chief judge, all employees shall work remotely or in-person, as directed by their department heads or through their chain of command, in support of continuity of service provided by the court;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, in accordance with Illinois Supreme Court Rule 45 (eff. May 22, 2020), unless otherwise ordered by the judge presiding for good cause, all
attorneys and self-represented litigants participating by teleconference or videoconference shall be permitted to do so from a location of their choosing; the sheriff shall provide self-represented litigants in the sheriff's custody with access to court proceedings by videoconference or in person, as ordered by the judge presiding;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, when participating in proceedings conducted by videoconference, self-represented litigants, and other participants without access to the internet or a telephone shall be encouraged by the court and the circuit clerk to make use of the spaces and equipment provided by the court in each courthouse for participation in court proceedings by videoconference;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, pursuant to Ill. S. Ct., M.R. 30370 (eff. Aug. 27, 2020), Cook County Dept. of Public Health Order No. 2021-10 (eff. Aug. 23, 2021), Chicago Dept of Public Health Order No. 2021-1 (eff. Aug. 20, 2021), and to guidance from the National Center for State Courts, all persons, including, but not limited to, judges, court staff, parties, attorneys, jurors, and witnesses shall continue to wear masks or other face coverings in the courthouse at all times other people are present, including while in the courtrooms and when seated behind plexiglass shields, unless the person is otherwise instructed by the judge or court personnel; notwithstanding the foregoing provision, judges may remove their mask or other face covering when speaking on the record behind a plexiglass shield, and language interpreters may instead wear plastic face shields while interpreting;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that official court reporters and interpreters shall be available for remote proceedings as they would be for in-person proceedings; digital reporters shall operate the electronic recording system for in-person proceedings in courtrooms using an electronic recording system; when an electronic recording system is not available, at the discretion of the judge presiding, official court reporters and interpreters shall be present in the courtroom for in-person proceedings; broadcasting, transmitting or publishing audio or video recordings of teleconference and videoconference court proceedings is prohibited, except as authorized by
Ill. S. Ct. Rs. 46 and 63;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that residential real estate eviction actions and enforcement of eviction orders entered in proceedings pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/9-10l, et seq., mortgage foreclosure proceedings, or tax deed proceedings shall be addressed in a separate order;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED:
1. ALL DIVISIONS AND DISTRICTS:
a. Judges shall be available, either on-site or remotely, in each division and district to hear emergency matters;
b. The Presiding Judge of a District or Division may establish guidelines for determining whether all proceedings except jury trials shall be held remotely and may establish procedures for rescheduling cases by administrative order, as long as such guidelines and procedures are consistent with this order;
c. Trials. Consistent with guidance from the CCDPH and courtroom modifications effected by the Cook County Dept. of Facilities Management, eighty-six (86) courtrooms may be used for trials , seventy-six (76) of which may be used for jury trials; resources and public health guidelines permitting, at the discretion of the judge presiding, bench and jury trials may be held, consistent with Ill. S. Ct., Illinois Courts Response to COVID-19 Emergency/Remote Proceedings in Criminal Matters, M.R. 30370 (Feb. 11, 2021) and the provisions of this order, as follows:
i. Criminal Division, Traffic Division, and Municipal Department criminal cases.
(1) Bench trials shall be held, and may be conducted by videoconference with all participants physically present in court, or by a combination of those means;
(2) Jury trials shall be held only with all participants physically present in court;
ii. Juvenile Justice Division.
(1) Bench trials shall be held, and may be conducted by videoconference, with all participants physically present in court, or by a combination of those means;
(2) Jury trials shall be held only with all participants physically present in court;
iii. Civil cases. Bench trials and jury trials may be held in all Departments and Divisions by videoconference, with all participants physically present in court, or by a combination of those means;
d. Initial and responsive pleadings and responsive motions may be filed, in person or by electronic filing with the circuit clerk, as provided in Ill. S. Ct. R. 9
(eff. Aug. 14, 2020);
e. Mandatory arbitration hearings, including those previously scheduled, may be held by videoconference, with all participants physically present in court, or by a combination of those means;
f. Except as ordered herein, procedures for the administration of court operations shall be determined by the Presiding Judge for the Division or District under his or her supervision;
g. The sheriff, shall take necessary and appropriate measures to ensure the following:
i. At no time shall there be more persons in the courtroom or jury assembly area than the number established under guidance by the appropriate public health authorities;
ii. At all times, all persons in the courtroom shall maintain a minimum distance of 3 (three) feet from all other persons in the courtroom;
2. PRETRIAL DIVISION: Bail hearings, including motions to review bail, shall be conducted daily;
3. CRIMINAL MATTERS, ALL DIVISIONS AND DISTRICTS:
a. Priority shall be given to the following matters, with additional priority given cases in which the defendant is incarcerated:
i. arraignment;
ii. preliminary hearing or preliminary examination;
iii. motion to dismiss on speedy trial grounds;
iv. hearing on discovery status;
v. evidentiary hearing on motion;
vi. conference pursuant to Ill. S. Ct. R. 402;
vii. entry of guilty plea;
viii. hearing on violation or termination of probation;
ix. hearing on violation of bail bond;
x. hearing on fitness;
xi. trial
b. Except as otherwise ordered by the judge presiding, all matters shall be conducted with all parties and other participants physically present in court;
c. Waivers of physical presence in court by persons who have been placed on electronic monitoring and are charged with violent felonies, such as murder or Class X violent offenses, must be approved by the judge presiding;
d .For any hearing where the physical presence in court of the defendant(s) has been waived, the physical presence in court of victims and witnesses is excused;
e. Except as provided in Section 3(c) herein, the defendant may waive his or her physical presence in court and appear by videoconference, unless ordered to be physically present in court by the judge presiding;
f. Bail review. All prosecution and defense counsel shall review their cases upon entry of this order, and at appropriate intervals thereafter, to determine whether a change in circumstances may support a change in bail conditions that would enable a defendant to secure his or her release from the jail; priority shall be given to motions to reduce bail in the following order:
i. Agreed orders; factors to be considered, include, but are not limited to:
(1 )persons at elevated risk of contracting COVID-19, either because of age or underlying health conditions
(2) pregnant women
(3) persons confined only on misdemeanor charges
(4) persons confined on the following felony charges
(a) non-violent Class 3 and 4 felony charges
(b) eligible for probation
(5) persons confined because they cannot afford the monetary bond set in their cases
(6) persons released on electronic monitoring who have been compliant with the conditions of their bail
(7) persons confined on a warrant or alleged violation of parole or probation and who are not charged with or suspected of a crime of violence
(8) persons sentenced to imprisonment in the Cook County Jail
(9) persons eligible for release on electronic monitoring who have no place to stay
(10) agreed orders in other circumstances
ii. Contested orders; factors to be considered include those set forth in sections 3(f)(i) of this order;
g. Any delays resulting from this order on or before Sept. 30, 2021, or from Cook County Cir. Ct. G.A.O.s 2020-01 and 2020-02 shall not be attributable to either the State or the defendant for purposes of section 103-5 (speedy trial) of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 (725 ILCS 5/103-5);
h. Restorative Justice Community Courts. Except as otherwise ordered by the judge presiding, all matters shall be conducted with all persons physically present in court;
4. JUVENILE JUSTICE DIVISION:
a. Juvenile detention hearings, including all motions to review detention, and other emergency matters shall be conducted daily at 1100 S. Hamilton Ave., Chicago;
b. Priority shall be given to the following matters, with additional priority given cases in which the respondent is incarcerated:
i. arraignment;
ii. probable cause hearing;
iii. motion to dismiss on speedy trial grounds;
iv. hearing on discovery status;
v. evidentiary hearing on motion;
vi. conference pursuant to 111. S. Ct. R. 402;
vii. entry of guilty plea;
viii. hearing on violation or termination of probation;
ix. hearing on violation of pretrial release;
x. hearing on fitness;
xi. trial
c. Except as otherwise ordered by the judge presiding, all matters shall be conducted with all persons physically present in court;
d. Any delays resulting from this order on or before Sept. 30, 2021, or from Cook County Cir. Ct. G.A.O. 2020-01 (eff. Mar. 17, 2020, and as subsequently amended) shall not be attributable to either the State or the juvenile for purposes of section 5-601 of the Juvenile Court Act (705 ILCS 405/5-60l);
5.CHANCERY DIVISION:
a. The Presiding Judge shall establish procedures for hearing all matters, including, but not limited to, scheduling by administrative order, as long as such procedures are consistent with this order,
b. All mortgage foreclosure actions may proceed to judgment of foreclosure. Consistent with Ill. Exec. Order 2021-01 (Jan. 8, 2021), residential and commercial foreclosure actions shall be immediately stayed upon entry of a judgment of foreclosure until further order of the court; notwithstanding the foregoing provision, vacant or abandoned properties may proceed to sale based upon sufficient proof as determined by the court;
6. MUNICIPAL DEPARTMENT, CRIMINAL CASES.
a. In Districts 2-6, the sheriff shall provide the equipment and location for defendants to participate in bail hearings by videoconference;
b. Except as otherwise ordered by the Presiding Judge or the judge presiding, criminal proceedings in all districts shall be conducted by teleconference or videoconference; proceedings shall be conducted by teleconference or video conference only when the defendant has furnished a waiver of his or her physical presence in court that has been approved by the court;
c. Effective September 27, 2021, a pilot project shall be established to maximize the number of proceedings in each courthouse that can be held with all persons physically present in court;
7. ADULT PROBATION DEPARTMENT, SOCIAL SERVICE DEPARTMENT, AND JUVENILE JUSTICE AND COURT SERVICES DEPARTMENT. Probation officers and social service caseworkers shall contact clients to schedule meetings, which may be held by videoconference, teleconference, or in person; clients may be required to report in person to probation officers or social service caseworkers for the purpose of undergoing substance use testing or providing DNA samples;
8. CIVIL MATTERS, ALL DIVISIONS AND DISTRICTS:
a. Discovery shall continue as scheduled; oral depositions may be taken by videoconference pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 206(h)
(eff. Oct. 1, 2019);
b. Where it is not reasonably possible to conduct an oral deposition for reasons related to the COVID-19 emergency, the parties shall use their best efforts to postpone the deposition by agreement and stipulation for a period not to exceed 60 days; absent such agreement, the proceedings shall be deferred until such later date as the court can review the matter and issue appropriate directives; nothing in this order shall be construed to limit the discretion of the judge presiding to determine the merits of an attorney's alleged inability to comply with a notice of an oral deposition;
c. Except for good cause shown, participants in litigation shall not be penalized if discovery compliance is delayed for reasons relating to the COVID-19 emergency; this provision is to be liberally construed;
d. The Presiding Judge of a District or Division shall establish procedures for hearing all matters, including, but not limited to, scheduling by administrative order, as long as such procedures are consistent with this order;
9. CIVIL NO CONTACT ORDERS, CIVIL ORDERS OF PROTECTION, FIREARMS RESTRAINING ORDERS, STALKING NO CONTACT ORDERS:
a. Notwithstanding a related case pending elsewhere in the court, all petitions for emergency protective orders filed at 555 W. Harrison St., Chicago, or in Municipal Districts 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 shall be heard where they are filed; all completed petitions for emergency protective orders may be emailed by litigants, advocates, or attorneys to the courthouse where they shall be heard; completed petitions for emergency protective orders filed by
3:00 p.m. shall be heard that day;
b. Notwithstanding the provisions of 9(a) herein, completed petitions for emergency orders filed in person in any district after 3:00 p.m. shall be heard on the day they are filed, if the petition is filed during the circuit clerk's regular business hours;
c. On weekends and holidays petitions for emergency protective orders shall be heard in the Pretrial Division at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse;
d. Effective October 12, 2021, outside of the court's regular business hours on weekdays, weekends, and holidays, petitions for emergency protective orders shall be heard by the on-call judges assigned to hear said petitions;
e. A petition shall be considered complete only if it is accompanied by the following documents and information:
i. Domestic Violence Coversheet (Form CCDV 0601)
(1) Petitioner's and Respondent's names
(2) dates of birth of both parties (if known to Petitioner), placed in caption by the name
(3) Attorney/Pro Se information section completed
ii. Summons/Alias Summons (Form SU-502.2)
(1) Petitioner's and Respondent's names
(2) dates of birth of both parties, placed in caption by the name
(3) Respondent's USPS address
iii. Protective Order Information Sheet (Form CCCR O100)
iv. Petition for Protective Order (Form CCG 0807, CCG 0812, or OP-P 403.1)
(1) Petitioner's and Respondent's names
(2) dates of birth of both parties (if known to Petitioner), placed in caption by the name
(3) additional affidavit attached, if necessary
(4) Attorney/Pro Se information section completed
v. Emergency Protective Order (Form CCG 0806, CCG 0813, or OP-E 404.2)
(1) Petitioner's and Respondent's names
(2) dates of birth of both parties (if known to Petitioner), placed in caption by the name
(3) Attorney/Pro Se information section completed
vi. Certification of Exemption from E-filing for Pro Se Litigants (Form EW-C 3401.3). Petitioner information section completed
f. The Presiding Judge of the Domestic Relations Division and Municipal Districts 2-6 shall establish procedures for the filing of petitions for emergency protective orders by email at their respective courthouses in a manner consistent with this order;
g. Each judge hearing petitions on emergency protective orders shall have a standing order setting forth procedures to be followed in such proceedings; said orders shall make provisions for conducting proceedings in person, remotely, and by a combination of those means; said orders shall be published on the court' s website;
h. Advocate agencies assisting with the remote filing of petitions, in accordance with 750 ILCS 60/227.1 and 740 ILCS 22/204(b), may provide the court with the following additional information with the petition to facilitate communication with the court:
i. Advocate's Google phone number;
ii. Petitioner's email address;
iii. Whether the petitioner needs an interpreter; and
iv. Language to be interpreted for Petitioner, if any
i. Advocate agencies assisting with the remote filing of petitions shall provide the petitioners they assist with the (Zoom) videoconference and teleconference contact numbers and information and instructions on how to connect to the hearing;
j. Notwithstanding the 3:00 p.m. deadline in section 9(a) above, petitions prepared by advocates staff on-site at their courthouse offices shall be promptly printed in the courthouse office of the advocate agency and filed with the circuit clerk;
k. Petitioners appearing for initial petitions for emergency protective orders or other emergency motions may appear either in person or remotely;
l. Unless otherwise required by the interests of justice, as determined by the judge presiding, remote proceedings shall be held for the following:
i.status hearings;
ii.hearings on motions;
iii. default and uncontested matters;
iv. for good cause shown, upon waiver of physical appearance by both parties, and at the discretion of the judge presiding, contested evidentiary hearings;
v. meetings with the Child Relief Expediter;
m. Proceedings subsequent to hearings on petitions for any of the following sought in connection with a related Domestic Relations Division or Probate Division case shall be heard at the Richard J. Daley Center, or the relevant suburban Domestic Relations Division or Probate Division courtrooms hearing such matters, or at a location as determined by the Presiding Judge of the Division in which the related case is pending:
i. emergency civil no contact orders;
ii. emergency civil orders of protection;
iii. emergency stalking no contact orders;
iv. firearms restraining orders;
n. Petitioners and respondents for civil no contact orders, civil orders of protection, and stalking no contact orders shall be permitted to participate in hearings by videoconference from places of their choosing;
o. At the discretion of the Presiding Judge, completed petitions for emergency orders filed in any district after 3:00 p.m. may be heard on the day they are filed;
p. Proceedings subsequent to hearings on petitions for any of the following sought in connection with a related Domestic Relations Division or Probate Division case shall be heard at the Richard J. Daley Center, or the relevant suburban Domestic Relations Division or Probate Division courtrooms hearing such matters, or at a location as determined by the Presiding Judge of the Division in which the related case is pending:
i. emergency civil no contact orders;
ii. emergency civil orders of protection;
iii. emergency stalking no contact orders;
q. Petitioners and respondents for civil no contact orders, civil orders of protection, and stalking no contact orders shall be permitted to participate in hearings by videoconference from places of their choosing;
10. DOMESTIC RELATIONS DIVISION:
a. The Presiding Judge shall establish procedures for hearing all matters, including, but not limited to, scheduling by administrative order, as long as such procedures are consistent with this order;
b. In child-support cases in which the state's attorney has filed an appearance, the circuit clerk shall notify the parties of new court dates scheduled pursuant to this order;
c. Court ordered participation for litigants in programs such as mediation, evaluations, counseling, parenting classes, and classes for children shall continue, but are to be done by remote audio-visual means until further order of the court;
d. The administrative orders entered by the Presiding Judge of the Domestic Relations Division addressing access to programs and proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic shall remain in full force and effect until further order of the court;
e. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DIVISION: When a defendant in a criminal case at 555 W. Harrison St., Chicago, Ill., is denied bail or is unable to post required monetary bail at the conclusion of the bail hearing, the arresting agency shall transport the defendant to the Cook County Department of Corrections, 2700 S. California Ave, Chicago, Ill.;
11. CHILD PROTECTION DIVISION:
a. The Presiding Judge shall establish procedures for hearing all matters, including, but not limited to, scheduling by administrative order, as long as such procedures are consistent with this order;
b. Priority shall be given to the following matters:
i. temporary custody hearings;
ii. motions to modify or vacate an order granting temporary custody;
iii. motions regarding visitation;
iv. motions for the minor to be returned home;
v. motions to close the case;
12. COUNTY DIVISION: The Presiding Judge shall establish procedures for hearing all matters, including, but not limited to, scheduling by administrative order, as long as such procedures are consistent with this order;
13. LAW DIVISION:
a. The Presiding Judge shall establish procedures for hearing all matters, including, but not limited to, scheduling by administrative order, as long as such procedures are consistent with this order;
b. The Presiding Judge shall establish procedures for pretrial proceedings in cases that are ready for trial but are not permitted to proceed due to the COVID-19 pandemic;
c. The Presiding Judge shall establish procedures for mediation of cases by agreement of the parties as an alternative to pretrial proceedings;
d. The Presiding Judge shall establish procedures for cases to be heard by bench trial or jury trial, whether remotely or in person;
14. PROBATE DIVISION: The Presiding Judge shall establish procedures for hearing all matters, including, but not limited to, scheduling by administrative order, as long as such procedures are consistent with this order;
15. TRAFFIC DIVISION: The Presiding Judge shall establish procedures for hearing all matters pending in the city of Chicago, including, but not limited to, scheduling by administrative order, as long as such procedures are consistent with this order;
16. GRAND JURY: Grand juries shall continue to meet a maximum of three times per week, and be impaneled from time to time as ordered by the Chief Judge;
17. FORENSIC EXAMINATIONS: In criminal cases, forensic examinations of defendants, both adult and juvenile, may be conducted by videoconference;
18. BAIL, FEES, COURT COSTS, AND PENALTIES, CRIMINAL CASES:
a. Charitable Bond Funds
i. Pursuant to Cook County Code Sections 18-49;
(1) The circuit clerk shall not deduct any fees, court costs, or penalties from bail bond funds posted by a Charitable Bond Fund without the surety's voluntary, written consent;
(2) The circuit clerk shall not use bail bond funds posted by a Charitable Bond Fund to pay attorney fees, including reimbursement for representation by the public defender, without the suret's voluntary, written consent;
ii. At the conclusion of the case, the circuit clerk shall return all available fund posted by a Charitable Bond fund to the surety;
b. Pursuant to 705ILCS 105/27.3b, where a charitable bond fund or other third-party surety posts case bail for a defendant, the clerk shall accept payment by credit card, debit card, or other electronic funds transfer and shall not collect the service fee authorized by said statute;
19. MARRIAGES: Marriages shall be performed only by appointment;
20. HELP DESKS. At the discretion of the Presiding Judge of the Division or District, all help desks, including, but not limited to, the Guardianship Assistance Desk for Minors, 69 W. Washington St., Chicago, may operate by videoconference;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this order supersedes Cook County Cir. Ct. G.A.O. 2020-02 (eff. Oct. 17, 2020); and
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, except as otherwise ordered herein, this order is effective immediately.
Order dated September 8, 2021, order signed by Timothy C. Evans, Chief Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.
Sept 13-Oct 15
        OFFICE OF THE CHIEF JUDGE, CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY
        August 19, 2021
The Circuit Court of Cook County is required by state law to fill a vacancy in the office of commissioner of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners to serve the balance of a term ending November 30, 2023. The court is accepting applications for appointment to the position, which is for one of three commissioners constituting the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. The board's two other commissioners were selected from the two leading political parties of the state of Illinois. Pursuant to 10 ILCS 5/6-22, any person of well-known political convictions may apply for the current vacancy.
The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners makes all necessary rules and regulations not inconsistent with the Illinois Election Code, 10 ILCS 5/1-1, et seq., with reference to the registration of voters and the conduct of elections in the City of Chicago. The Board of Election Commissioners is in charge of and makes provisions for all general, special, local, municipal, state and county elections, and all other elections of every description except local school council to be held in the city of Chicago or any part thereof, at any time.
Pursuant to the Illinois Election Code:
Each person appointed as an election commissioner shall, at the time of such appointment, have been a resident of the State of Illinois for the 2 (two) years immediately prior to the appointment, a legal voter residing in the city of Chicago, and a person of well-known political convictions and of approved integrity and capacity. No commissioner can hold any other political office. The Circuit Court may waive the 2-year residence requirement for good cause. At least 2 (two) of such commissioners shall always be selected from the 2 (two) leading political parties of the state, one from each of such parties. When appointed, each commissioner shall be an officer of the circuit court of Cook County.
10 ILCS 5/6-21, 5/6-22.
Salary: Set by the Cook County Board of Commissioners, the current annual salary is $77,798.
Applications will be accepted beginning at 9:00 a.m. on August 19, 2021.
The application must include the following:
1. A cover letter to Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans expressing interest in and showing eligibility for the appointment.
2. A resume detailing the applicant's work experience and history.
3. Three letters of reference.
4. A completed application form. The application can be downloaded at www.cookcountycourt.org; select "Election Commissioner Vacancy." A printed copy can be obtained from the Office of the Chief Judge, 50 West Washington Street, Room 2600, Richard J. Daley Center, Chicago, Illinois 60602.
Submissions containing all of the above items must be received by the Office of the Chief Judge no later than 4:30 p.m. on September 20, 2021. Submissions may be mailed or hand-delivered to:
Laura Kelly
Human Resources Administrator
Office of the Chief Judge
Circuit Court of Cook County
69 West Washington Street, Room 3300
Chicago, Illinois 60602
or submitted by email to: ocj.hr@cookcountyil.gov
or faxed to (312) 603-9932.
Only complete application packages will be considered.
Aug 20-Sept 20
        Law Division
        NO: 17 L 3541
        Calendar 25
        
JENNIFER HYLAND, Individually and as Mother and Next Friend of CHARLOTTE HYLAND, a minor;
and JENNIFER HYLAND, Representative of the Estate of JACKSON HYLAND, Deceased,
Plaintiff
-v-
ADVOCATE HEALTH AND HOSPITALS CORPORATION, d/b/a ADVOCATE MEDICAL GROUP and
d/b/a ADVOCATE GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL; BARBARA PARILLA, M.D.;
WEST SUBURBAN OBSTETRICS GYNECOLOGY, LTD; CHRISTOPHER BARBOUR, M.D.;
KATHERINE NOLAN-WATSON, M.D.; and LI FAN, M.D.,
Defendants
This matter coming on to be heard on the Court's own motion, and the Court having been fully advised in the premises, the Court hereby states:
Law Division Judges are being presented with various motions and pleadings challenging the constitutionality of the Judgment Interest Act Amendment, 735 ILCS 5/2- I303(c) (Senate Bill 0072), effective July 1, 202Iand requesting tolling of its provisions.
In the case of Hyland, etc. v. Advocate Health and Hospitals Corporation, et. al., 17 L 3541, Judge Marcia Maras has issued a briefing schedule and has set a hearing date on a motion challenging the constitutionality of the amendment to the statute. Therefore, in the interests of justice and judicial economy, one judge is hereby designated to hear these motions on a consolidated basis.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:
1. All pending and subsequently filed motions and pleadings challenging the constitutionality of the Amendment to the Judgement Interest Act as well as requests for tolling of its provisions are consolidated;
2. This order applies to all such motions filed after July 1, 2021, whether currently pending or previously denied without prejudice;
3. Judge Marcia Maras is designated to hear the consolidated motions in conjunction with the hearing on the motion challenging the constitutionality of the amendment to the statute on October 21, 2021 at 2:00 PM via Zoom;
4. All cases shall remain pending before their assigned Law Division Judge for all other issues.
Order dated September 13, 2021, order signed by James P. Flannery, Jr., Presiding Judge, Law Division, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.
Sept 15-Oct 20
        GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER 21-2
        Resumption of Trial Setting and Trial Calls and the expansion of Jury Trials.
        This order amends and supersedes Sections 1 and 2 of Law Division General Administrative Order 20-9:
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:
1.1 Pursuant to Circuit Court General Administrative Order 2020-07:
Court proceedings may be conducted in person, remotely or in a hybrid of the two. Conducting proceedings with all persons physically present shall be preferred, with the understanding that each impending court proceeding may be evaluated to determine whether it is appropriate for some or all participants to appear remotely.
1.2 Cases With Self-Represented Litigants:
The court will identify all pending cases involving self-represented litigants. In each case, the self-represented litigants will be contacted and provided with the relevant procedure pursuant to Section 1.1 of this order.
1.3 Jury Cases Set For Trial:
All Jury Trial dates originally set from March 17, 2020 through March 31, 2022 are converted to "Trial Setting" dates.
1.4 Resumption of Setting Jury Trial Dates:
On or before September 20, 2021, the Jury Trial Setting Call shall resume. The court will begin the Jury Trial Setting process with pending cases originally set for trial on or after March 17, 2020. Cases will be set on the Jury Trial Setting Call in chronological order based on the original trial date. Example (March 2020 cases shall appear on the Jury Trial Setting Call before the April 2020 cases etc.)
The expectation is that cases will be set for trial as expeditiously as possible.
All parties and counsel of record will receive electronic or postcard notice of the date, time and manner of the Jury Trial Setting Call.
1.5 Motions to Advance Cases for Trial Pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/2 -1007.1 "Preference in Trial Setting":
The court will entertain motions to advance for trial based on the age of a party, financial hardship, extending and improving quality of life and medical care for the seriously ill.
1.6 Expanded Resumption of Jury Trials:
On or after September 20, 2021, Jury Trials may proceed in all sections of the Law Division.
The manner in which the Jury Trial will be conducted will be at the discretion of the Trial Judge pursuant to Section 1.1 of this order.
1.7 Non-Jury Cases Set for Trial:
Non-Jury cases may proceed to trial as the discretion of the assigned judge pursuant to Section 1.1 of this order and shall be in chronological order based on the original trial date, if applicable.
1.8 Other Court Dates (All Sections):
All case management and status court dates shall be scheduled pursuant to Section 1.1 of this order.
The assigned judge will determine the method of court proceeding.
All case management and status dates currently scheduled by the assigned judge shall stand.
1.9 Discovery (All Sections):
Case management will continue for all cases pending in the Law Division. Case Management procedures for cases in each Section shall be governed by the relevant procedures, set forth in the relevant sections of this order (Administrative, Motion, Commercial, Tax and Miscellaneous Remedies, Individual and Trial).
This order does not reopen discovery for any case in which discovery was closed by court order. Any motion to reopen discovery or to address discovery issues shall be brought before the assigned judge in the manner set forth in the relevant sections of this order.
1.10 Initial Case Management Dates (All Sections):
Initial case management dates currently scheduled and those scheduled in the future shall be conducted pursuant to Section 1.1 of this order.
The assigned judge will determine the method of proceeding.
This order does not limit the assigned judge's discretion to reschedule Initial Case Management for any case to a different date.
1.11 Newly Filed Motions (All Sections}:
Please note that all motions presented to the court must be filed electronically with the Clerk of the Circuit Court using the "DO NOT SCHEDULE" option and
emailed to the assigned judge, and copies must be provided to all parties of record.
Litigants shall comply with the motion procedures of the assigned judge, as set forth in the relevant sections of this order, and in compliance with the assigned judge's standing orders.
This order does not limit the assigned judge's discretion to order the scheduling of motions electronically with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
1.12 Emergency Motions {All Sections):
Litigants shall comply with the emergency motion procedures of the assigned judge, as set forth in the relevant sections of this order, and in compliance with the assigned judge's standing orders.
1.13 Pre Trial and Mediation of Cases:
(This section updates and supersedes Law Division General Administrative Order 20-7 entered on August 26, 2020)
Pursuant to Circuit Court General Administrative Order 2020-07, Section n(ii) and n(iii)
There shall be mandatory pre-trial conference for all cases that were ready for trial but were not permitted to proceed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including every case that had a jury trial date on or a'fter March 17, 2020.
The above paragraph means that every case that had a jury trial date on or a'fter March 17, 2020, is subject to a mandatory pre-trial conference.
Mediation of cases by an agreement of the parties is an alternative to pre-trial of cases provided in the provision above, if the mediation is completed prior to the discovery completion date reflected in Section 7.2 of this order.
Any case previously set for trial that had been transferred for pre-trial prior to August 26, 2020, shall remain before the agreed upon judge for the pre-trial conference only.
For pending cases that have not been set for trial, the parties may agree to the transfer of their case for pre-trial to any Law Division Judge, provided the agreed upon judge is willing to conduct the pre-trial.
The transfer order shall be submitted to the Presiding Judge pursuant to Section 2.11 of this order, and shall be for pre-trial only.
Proceedings shall be conducted pursuant to Section 1.1 of this order.
1.14 Law Division Standing Order for Participation in Court Proceedings by Videoconference or Telephone:
http://www.cookcountycourt.org/Portals/0/Law%20Divison/General%20Administrative%20Orders/20-06Video%20Protocols%20(GAO%2020- 6%20LAW%20DIVISION).pdf?ver=2020-07-07-152102-527
Nothing in this portion of the order would limit the assigned judge's discretion to conduct remote proceedings in the manner they determine.
        Section 2: Administrative Section
        Courtrooms 2005 & 2006
2.1 Jury Trials and Jury Trial Setting Dates for Courtroom 2005:
All jury trial dates, set between March 17, 2020 and March 31, 2022, are converted to "Trial Setting" dates.
On or before September 20, 2021, the Courtroom 2005 Jury Trial Setting Call shall resume, and Jury Cases shall be set for trial pursuant to Section 1.4 of this order.
All parties and counsel of record will receive electronic or postcard notice of the date, time and manner of the Jury Trial Setting Call.
On or after September 20, 2021 the Courtroom 2005 Trial Assignment Call shall resume and, all Jury Cases answering ready for trial shall be randomly assigned to a judge for immediate trial.
2.2 Non-Jury Trials and Non-Jury Trial Setting Dates for Courtroom 2005:
On or before September 20, 2021, the Courtroom 2005 Non-Jury Trial Setting Call shall resume, and Non-Jury Cases shall be set for trial pursuant to Section 1.4 of this order.
All parties and counsel of record will receive electronic or postcard notice of the date, time and manner of the Non-Jury Trial Setting Call.
On or after September 20, 2021, the Courtroom 2005 Trial Assignment Call shall resume and all Non-Jury Cases answering ready for trial shall be randomly assigned to a judge
for immediate trial.
2.3 Trial Setting Call-Courtroom 2006:
The Trial Setting Call in Courtroom 2006 shall remain suspended until all cases originally set for trial from March 17, 2020 through March 31, 2022 are reset for trial and all cases certified ready for trial that did not originally have a trial date receive one.
2.4 Prove-up Assignment Call-Courtroom 2005:
On or after September 20, 2021, cases set for Prove-Up in Courtroom 2005 shall appear on the Prove-Up call and will be randomly assigned to an available judge for Prove-Up.
Parties should appear in Courtroom 2005 at 10:00 a.m. on the day the Prove-Up is scheduled and be prepared to Prove-Up the case
2.5 Call of Cases Transferred To Law Division-Courtroom 2005:
Cases transferred into the Law Division from other divisions, will be reviewed by the court, commencing with cases transferred in as of March 18, 2020.
Based on that review, a random assignment will be made to the appropriate section of the Law Division. All parties of record and the assigned judge will be notified of the assignment, so an initial case management date can be scheduled by the assigned judge with notice to all parties of record.
2.6 Administrative Motions-Courtroom 2005:
Administrative motions include, but are not limited to: (1) motions to extend the discovery completion deadline for cases assigned for Active Case Management *
(2) motions to set or continue jury trials; (3) motions to set or continue prove ups; (4) motions to set or continue non-jury trials; (5) motions to consolidate or reassign cases, pursuant to Circuit Court General Orders 12 or 22; (6) motions to reassign pursuant to Law Division General Administrative Order 16-2; (7) motions to remove cases from any Law Division Stay Calendar and (8) motions to advance for trial.
* Please note that motions to extend the discovery completion deadline shall contain the name of the assigned Active Case Management Judge when presented. The Presiding Judge will only rule on extending the discovery completion deadline. Specific discovery deadlines will be addressed by the assigned Active Case Management Judge. The Presiding Judge will not enter a specific discovery schedule.
All motions shall be emailed to law.cal2005cc@cookcountyil.gov with copies emailed to all parties of record. Upon receipt of the motion, the court will determine if the motion can be ruled on summarily or will require briefing.
If briefing is required, the parties can agree to a briefing schedule, or the court will enter one. The court will determine if oral argument is needed, and if needed, the court will schedule a remote hearing using video or teleconference platforms. Notice to all parties and counsel of record and public access information shall be provided by the court.
Proceedings shall be conducted pursuant to Section 1.1 of this order.
2.7 Emergency Motions: Courtroom 2005:
"Emergency motions" are those in which irreparable harm will be caused if not addressed immediately. No other emergency motions should be filed.
Please note that discovery motions for cases assigned to other sections of the Law Division should not be presented in Courtroom 2005, and should be presented before
the assigned judge or designated emergency judge, as detailed in the relevant sections of this order.
2.8 Scheduling Emergency Motions-Courtroom 2005:
The movant shall email a copy of the emergency motion and notice to the Presiding Judge's Law Clerk at: law.cal2005cc@cookcountyil.gov
Proceedings shall be conducted pursuant to Section 1.1 of this order.
If the court determines the motion is not a valid emergency, the court will inform the movant, and will instruct the movant to notify all parties that the motion will not be heard.
Based upon volume and changes in circumstances, these procedures may change. Any changes will be posted on the Law Division Section of the Chief Judge's website.
2.9 Notice of Emergency Motions- Courtroom 2005:
All emergency motions should be noticed for 11:00 AM. For a remote hearing, a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours should be provided in advance of the hearing, except for good cause shown.
2.10 Routine Motions-Courtroom 2005:
Routine motions include, but are not limited to: (1) Petitions to Appoint a Wrongful Death Special Administrator; (2) Supreme Court Rule 298 Petitions for Fee Waivers; (3) Petitions to File Under a Fictitious Name; (4) Petitions to Disburse Funds to a minor who has attained the age of majority.
Routine motions shall be emailed to: the Presiding Judge's Law Clerk at law.cal2005cc@cookcountyil.gov, with notice provided to all counsel of record
2.11 Agreed Dismissal and Pre-Trial Transfer Orders: Courtroom 2005:
Copies of the agreed order dismissing or transferring a case for pre-trial should be emailed to the Presiding Judges Law Clerk at law.cal2005cc@cookcountyil.gov, with notice provided to all counsel.
2.12 Contact Information:
Courtroom 2005: (312) 603-6343
Courtroom 2006: (312) 603-5923
Please leave a detailed voicemail message if there is no answer. All calls will be returned as promptly as possible.
This order shall take effect immediately.
Order dated September 9, 2021, order signed by James P. Flannery, Jr., Presiding Judge, Law Division, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.
Sept 10-30
News from the 18th Judicial Circuit
        6th Amendment to Administrative Order 21-5
        IN THE MATTER OF ASSIGNING JUDGES,
        COURTROOMS AND CASES
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that page 19 and page 28 of Administrative Order 2l-5 effective February 25, 202l,are amended.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the attached copies of pages 19 and 28 shall replace the above pages to be effective September 27, 2021.
Order dated September 8, 2021, order signed by Kenneth L. Popejoy, Chief Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit, DuPage County, Illinois.
Sept 9-23
        Administrative Order No. 21-20
        IN THE MATTER OF HOSTING
        THE DUPAGE COUNTY EXPUNGEMENT CLINIC
WHEREAS, on Saturday, October 2, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187, the Clerk of the Circuit Court for the 18th Judicial Circuit will be hosting an Expungement Clinic to assist individuals looking to address matters related to criminal records,
THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Clerk of the Circuit Court for the 18th Judicial Circuit is authorized to accept filings on that date for petitions asking the 18th Judicial Circuit Court for any of the following forms of relief,
Expungement of criminal records
Sealing of criminal records
Motions to vacate cannabis convictions
Expungement of juvenile court records
Expungement of juvenile law enforcement records
Certificate of good conduct
Certificate of innocence
Certificate of relief from disabilities
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the filing fees for the filings of the above referenced matters are waived for those individuals who attend the Expungement Clinic for a period of thirty (30) days after the event as some filings will need additional supporting documents and review before filing;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the waiver of the hling fee only applies to the initial fee charged at filing and does not waive any subsequent fees including but not limited to fees for appeals, copy fees, and costs for transcripts;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of the Circuit Court is authorized to review and accept electronic filings of the above referenced documents on october 2, 2021;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of the Circuit Court is authorized to schedule a hearing date for expungement and/or sealing cases filed as a result of the Expungement Clinic on Saturday, October 2, 2021 on any one of the following dates:
January 6, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. in courhoom 4003
January 13, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. in courhoom 4003
January 20, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. in courtroom 4003
For juvenile cases only:
January 13th at 1:30 pm in courtroom 3000
Order dated September 8, 2021, order signed by Kenneth L. Popejoy, Chief Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit, DuPage County, Illinois.
Sept 9-23
        IN THE MATTER OF MODIFICATIONS AND
        ADDITTONS TO THE CIRCUIT COURT RULES
        Administrative Order No. 21-19
WHEREAS, the Circuit Judges of the 18th Judicial Circuit adopted local Circuit Court Rules on November 16,2004; and
WHEREAS, from time to time the Circuit Judges find it necessary to ratify and codify certain revisions, amendments and additions to said local Circuit Court Rules; and
WHEREAS, on August 11,2021, Circuit Court Rule Article 14 (part 2) 14.21 through 14.32, Court-Ordered Mediation for Residential Eviction Cases was added.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that these changes, shown as adopted in Exhibit A attached hereto, were adopted into the local Circuit Court Rules to be effective August 31, 2021.
Order dated August 31, 2021, order signed by Kenneth L. Popejoy, Chief Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit, DuPage County, Illinois.
To view complete order, go to: https://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/elements/courts/dupage-county-administrative-order-21-19-20210902
Sept 7-30
        5th Amendment to Administrative Order 20-37
        IN THE MATTER OF COURT OPERATIONS UNDER THE EXIGENT CIRCUMSTANCES CREATED
        BY THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INVOLVING TRAFFIC COURT MATTERS
WHEREAS, the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States has necessitated the justice system to take prudent, proactive measures to reduce the risk of exposure and prevent the spread of the virus; and,
WHEREAS, due to the frequently changing circumstances involved with the COVID-19 pandemic, measures must continue to be implemented and updated to both protect the health and
safety of all those working inside the courthouse and the public, and to ensure the fair and efficient
access to justice; and,
WHEREAS, recent data from the CDC, IDPH, and DuPage County Health Department reflects an ongoing and significant increase in COVID-19 positive cases throughout the State of Illinois and DuPage County; and,
WHEREAS, matters scheduled into the traffic courts are held in-person pursuant to the schedule outlined below; and,
WHEREAS, to best protect the health and safety of court employees, attorneys, witnesses, law enforcement and the general public, it is necessary to reschedule matters assigned into the traffic courts.
NOW THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 21(b),Illinois Supreme Court Order M.R. 30370 and the Court's inherent authority:
This 4th 5th Amendment to Administrative Order 20-37 is effective immediately September 27, 2021 and remains in effect until further order of the Court.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Circuit Court Clerk is authorized to set matters assigned to each traffic courtroom at three separate time frames for morning and afternoon sessions according to the following schedule:
Morning Session Afternoon Session
1001 8:30 AM 9:30 AM 10:30 AM 1:00 PM 2:00 PM 2:30 PM
1003 8:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 1:00 PM 2:00 PM 2:30 PM
DG 8:30 AM 9:30 AM 10:30 AM 1:00 PM 2:00 PM 2:30 PM
GL 8:30 AM 9:30 AM 10:30 AM 1:00 PM 2:00 PM 2:30 PM
To ensure proper social distancing inside the courtroom, the Clerk shall limit the number of cases assigned in each time frame to approximately 60 cases. The Clerk shall notify litigants and witnesses by mail of the designated court time for their case. Attorneys can view the court dates and
times at eaccess.18thjudicial.org (eaccess) and the general public can do so at epay.18thjudicial.org (epay).
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, that the first two time frames in each court session indicated in the
above chart are designated by the Clerk for cases which require an officer's appearance in accord with Illinois Supreme Court Rule 504.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, that when continuing a case to a future court date, a judge may schedule the case into any available time frame in the above chart. If a time frame exceeds the acceptable number of cases, it shall be the responsibility of the Clerk to then determine the appropriate designated time frame for the case as indicated in the above chart and so notifY the witnesses and litigants.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, that court may issue orders, as necessary,to address the changing circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Entered the 9th day of April 2021 31st day of August 2021.
Order dated August 31, 2021, order signed by Kenneth L. Popejoy, Chief Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit, DuPage County, Illinois.
Sept 2-Sept 30