Today's announcements are for 3-30-2020.

News from the U.S. District Court
        AMENDED GENERAL ORDER 20-0012
        March 17, 2020
        IN RE: CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 PUBLIC EMERGENCY
In response to the COVID-19 public emergency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidance recommending against mass gatherings of 50 or more persons
for the next eight weeks (from March 15, 2020 through May 3, 2020). This impacts the ability of the Court to convene jury trials because jury-panel members initially report to a
single location in the Jury Department. Also, the State of Illinois has closed Illinois schools until at least through March 30, 2020, and the Illinois Department of Public Health has
recommended that the public implement social-distancing measures. In light of these public-health concerns, it is hereby ORDERED:
General Order 20-0012, entered on March 16, 2020, is vacated and replaced with this Amended General Order. To protect public health, reduce the size of public gatherings, and
reduce any non-essential travel, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois hereby orders, effective March 17, 2020:
Order dated March 17, 2020, order signed by Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, Chief Judge, United States District Court for Northern District of Illinois.
To view complete order, go to: https://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/elements/courts/us-ndil-general-order-20-0012-amended-20200317
Mar 18-May 2
        NOTICE
         U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE
        U.S. DISTRICT COURT
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois announces a vacancy for the position of United States Magistrate Judge in the Western Division. The Court is presently seeking applicants for this full-time position with a duty station at the Stanley J. Roszkowski United States Courthouse in Rockford, Illinois. This U.S. Magistrate Judge position is contingent upon the approval of the Seventh Circuit Judicial Council and by the Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Magistrate Judges System. The successful candidate for this Magistrate Judge position will only be appointed upon the confirmation of a current U.S. Magistrate Judge as a U.S. District Judge. The successful candidate is also subject to the pending of a completed background investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and an Internal Revenue Service filing review.
The term of office is eight years. The present salary is $199,088. A further description of the position, minimum qualifications, and the official application form may be obtained on the U.S. District Court's Jobs application website at: www.ilnd.uscourts.gov
Applications must be received online through the U.S. District Court's application site by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.
        AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Mar 10-Apr 7
        NOTICE OF PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE LOCAL RULES
Pursuant to section 2071(b) of Title 28 of the United States Code regarding appropriate public notice and opportunity for comment, public notice is hereby given that the Court has approved for publication proposals to adopt the following local rules:
Local Rule 5.2 Form of Documents Filed
Local Rule 5.5 Proof of Service
The proposals may be viewed on the Court's Local Rules web page: http://www.ilnd.uscourts.gov/LocalRules.aspx Copies of the proposals may also be obtained at the following locations:
Office of the Clerk
U.S. District Court
219 South Dearborn Street
20th Floor Assignment Desk
Chicago, IL 60604
Office of the Clerk
U.S. District Court
327 South Church Street
Rockford, IL 61101
Anyone wishing to comment on the proposal may do so via e-mail to: ilnd_localrules_comments@ilnd.uscourts.gov or by submitting written comments to Thomas G. Bruton, Clerk of Court, 219 South Dearborn Street, Room 2050A, Chicago, IL 60604. Comments must be received no later than the close of business on Monday, April 13, 2020.
        PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE LOCAL RULES
The full Court met in executive session on Thursday, January 30, 2020, and approved a proposal to amend Local Rule 5.2 of the Civil Rules of this Court as attached (additions marked thus, deletions marked thus).
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COMMENT: By direction of the full Court and pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Sections 207(b) regarding appropriate public notice and opportunity for comment, the Clerk is directed to: (a) cause notice of the proposal to amend Local Rule 5.2 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.
Order dated February 4, 2020, order signed by Rebecca Pallmeyer, Chief Judge, United States District Court.
Feb 6-Apr 13
        PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE LOCAL RULES
The full Court met in executive session on Thursday, January 30, 2020, and approved a proposal to amend Local Rule 5.5 of the Civil Rules of this Court as attached (additions marked thus, deletions marked 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 Local Rule 5.5 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.
Order dated February 4, 2020, order signed by Rebecca Pallmeyer, Chief Judge, United States District Court.
Feb 6-Apr 13
News from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court
        AMENDED GENERAL ORDER NO. 20-03
        Comt Proceedings During COVID-19 Public Emergency
Because a state of emergency has declared in response to the spread of COVID-19, and because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have urged reduced contact among people to slow the spread of the disease, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois issues this order, effective March 23, 2020, to protect public health.
 1. Court hours. The Bankruptcy Court will remain open during normal business hours, pending further order of court. Because some deadlines under the Bankruptcy Code and Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure cannot be changed, the Bankruptcy Court will remain open as long as possible.
 2. All court calls to be heard telephonically. All comt calls will be held telephonically. No personal appearances in court will be necessary or permitted, unless the judge orders otherwise. Attorneys must direct their clients not to appear in person at the courthouse.
Order entered March 19, 2020, order signed by A. Benjamin Goldgar, Chief Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois.
To view complete order, go to: https://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/elements/courts/us-bkrptcy-ndil-20-03-amended-20200319.aspx
Mar 20-31
News from the Illinois Supreme Court
March 18, 2020
        Supreme Court to Allow 14 Days for Paper Copies
Effective for anything filed on March 16 through March 31, 2020, the Illinois Supreme Court has approved relaxing the requirement in Paragraph 8a of the Supreme Court's Electronic Filing Procedures and User Manual to give parties 14 days instead of the usual five days to provide the Court the 13 copies of certain e-filing documents.
Here is current language in the manual which specifies the types of documents:
8a. Upon acceptance of the following document types: briefs, petitions for rehearing, petitions for leave to appeal and any answers to a petition for leave to appeal or petition for rehearing, the registered user shall provide thirteen (13) duplicate paper copies to the Clerk's office in Springfield. Said copies shall be received in the Clerk's office within five (5) days of the electronic review notification generated upon acceptance of the e-filed document.
Mar 23-31
News from the Circuit Court of Cook County
        Office of the Chief Judge
        GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER: 2020-01
Cook County Circuit Court General Administrative Order No. 2020-01 (dated March 13, 2020; eff. March 17, 2020) is hereby amended, nunc pro tunc, as follows:
        SUBJECT: COVID-19 EMERGENCY MEASURES
In light of global coronavirus pandemic, and in order to protect the health and safety of the general public, the court's judges and employees, and elected officials, after conferring with the offices of the Cook
County State's Attorney, Public Defender, Sheriff, Clerk, County Board President, the Circuit Court Executive Committee, and representatives of the private bar, and pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 2l(b) and the court's inherent authority,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that except as provided below, all matters in all Districts and Divisions of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, are rescheduled and continued for a period of 30 days from the originally scheduled court date, unless the 30th day falls on a weekend, in which case it will be continued until the following business day;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that except as necessary for the purposes enumerated below, all judges and employees of Circuit Court of Cook County shall be encouraged to work remotely and conduct business telephonically or via videoconference for a period of 30 days from the effective date of this order;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Sheriff of Cook County shall cease execution of eviction orders relating to residential real estate effective March I 4, 2020. The Sheriff shall resume execution of said orders in 30 days;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AS FOLLOWS:
  1.  ALL DIVISIONS: Judges will be available in person in each division and department to hear emergency matters
  2. RETRIAL DIVISION: Bail hearings, including motions to review bail, will be conducted daily at all locations;
  3. CRIMINAL DIVISION:
    a) Preliminary hearings and arraignments that have commenced as of the effective date of this order will proceed as scheduled.
    b) Court will be in session for plea agreements.
    c) Jury trials in progress as of the effective date of this order will proceed as scheduled and juror deliberations in progress as of the effective date of this order will continue until concluded.
  4. JUVENILE JUSTICE DIVISION: Juvenile detention hearings and demands for trial will be conducted daily at 1100 S. Hamilton Ave., Chicago.
  5. CHILD PROTECTION DIVISION: All temporary custody hearings and emergency motions will be heard as scheduled.
  6. CHANCERY DIVISION: There shall be a moratorium on final judgments and executions of judgments in mortgage foreclosure proceedings.
  7. MUNICIPAL DIVISION, ALL DISTRICTS
All traffic and misdemeanor cases are continued to the next key date at least 30 days following the originally scheduled court date. The Clerk of the Circuit Court shall provide postcard notice to the defendant.
  8. ADULT PROBATION DEPARTMENT, SOCIAL SERVICE DEPARTMENT, AND JUVENILE JUSTICE AND COURT SERVICES DEPARTMENT: In-person meetings between probation officers and social service caseworkers and the persons under their supervision will be reserved for high-risk clients. For low- and moderate-risk clients, probation officers and social service caseworkers will contact clients to schedule essential meetings to be held via either video or telephone conference.
  9. CIVIL MATTERS IN ALL DIVISIONS: Matters agreed by all parties to be emergencies will be heard and may be conducted either in-person or via video or telephone conference. Discovery in civil matters will continue as scheduled.
  10. EMERGENCY CIVIL ORDERS OF PROTECTION will be heard at 555 W. Harrison St., Chicago, and in Municipal Districts 2,3,5, and 6, and when sought in connection with a Domestic Relations matter, at the Richard J. Daley Center.
  11. MENTAL HEALTH HEARINGS will continue as scheduled.
  12. GRAND JURY: No new grand jury shall be empaneled before May I, 2020. Grand juries whose terms expire on or before March 31, 2020, shall be extended until April 30, 2020.
  13. FILINGS OF INITIAL PLEADINGS OR RESPONSIVE MOTIONS: Initial pleadings or responsive motions may be filed in person or via electronic filing through the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
  14. MANDATORY ARBITRATION: All hearings shall be rescheduled and continued for a period of 30 days from the date originally scheduled.
  15. FORENSIC EXAMINATIONS: All forensic examinations of criminal defendants, both adult and juvenile, shall be rescheduled for a period of 30 days from the originally scheduled date or the date of the order requiring such examination, whichever is later.
  16. OTHER: Non-essential gatherings, meetings, and travel are canceled, and programs including Traffic Safety School and SWAP are entered and continued until rescheduled. No marriages will be performed in Marriage Court during the 30-day period following the effective date of this order.
The Court may issue further Orders regarding this matter as necessary to address the circumstances arising from this pandemic. Further information will be published on the court's website.
Order dated March 13, 2020, order signed by Timothy C. Evans, Chief Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.
Mar 18-Apr 7
        GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER: 2020-01
        SUBJECT: COVID-10 EMERGENCY MEASURES
 In light of global coronavirus pandemic, and in order to protect the health and safety of the general public, the court's judges and employees, and elected officials, after conferring with the offices of the Cook County State's Attorney, Public Defender, Sheriff, Clerk, County Board President, the Circuit Court Executive Committee, and representatives of the private bar, and pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 2l(b) and the court's inherent authority,
 IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that except as provided below, all matters in all Districts and Divisions of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, are rescheduled and continued for a period of 30 days from the originally scheduled court date, unless the 30th day falls on a weekend, in which case it will be continued until the following business day;
 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that except as necessary for the purposes enumerated below, all judges and employees of Circuit Court of Cook County shall be encouraged to work remotely and conduct business telephonically or via videoconference for a period of 30 days from the effective date of this order;
 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Sheriff of Cook County shall cease execution of eviction orders relating to residential real estate effective March 14, 2020. The Sheriff shall resume execution of said orders in 30 days;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AS FOLLOWS:
 1. ALL DIVISIONS: Judges will be available in person in each division and department to hear emergency matters
 2. PRETRIAL DIVISION: Bail hearings, including motions to review bail, will be conducted daily at all locations;
 3. CRIMINAL DIVISION:
   a) Preliminary hearings and arraignments that have commenced as of the effective date of this order will proceed as scheduled.
   b) Court will be in session for plea agreements.
   c) Jury trials in progress as of the effective date of this order will proceed as scheduled and juror deliberations in progress as of the effective date of this order will continue until concluded.
 4. JUVENILE JUSTICE DIVISION: Juvenile detention hearings and demands for trial will be conducted daily at 1100 S. Hamilton Ave., Chicago.
 5. CHILD PROTECTION DIVISION: All temporary custody hearings and emergency motions will be heard as scheduled.
 6. CHANCERY DIVISION: There shall be a moratorium on final judgments and executions of judgments in mortgage foreclosure proceedings.
 7. MUNICIPAL DIVISION, ALL DISTRICTS
All traffic and misdemeanor cases are continued to the next key date at least 30 days following the originally scheduled court date. The Clerk of the Circuit Court shall provide postcard notice to the defendant.
 8. ADULT PROBATION DEPARTMENT, SOCIAL SERVICE DEPARTMENT, AND JUVENILE JUSTICE AND COURT SERVICES DEPARTMENT: In-person meetings between probation officers and social service caseworkers and the persons under their supervision will be reserved for high-risk clients. For low- and moderate-risk clients, probation officers and social service caseworkers will contact clients to schedule essential meetings to be held via either video or telephone conference.
 9. CIVIL MATTERS IN ALL DIVISIONS: Matters agreed by all parties to be emergencies will be heard and may be conducted either in-person or via video or telephone conference. Discovery in civil matters will continue as scheduled.
 10. EMERGENCY CIVIL ORDERS OF PROTECTION will be heard at 555 W. Harrison St., Chicago, and in Municipal Districts 2,3,5, and 6, and when sought in connection with a Domestic Relations matter, at the Richard J. Daley Center.
 11. MENTAL HEALTH HEARINGS will continue as scheduled.
 12. GRAND JURY: No new grand jury shall be empaneled before May I, 2020. Grand juries whose terms expire on or before March 31, 2020, shall be extended until April 30, 2020.
 13. FILINGS OF INITIAL PLEADINGS OR RESPONSIVE MOTIONS: Initial pleadings or responsive motions may be filed in person or via electronic filing through the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
 14. MANDATORY ARBITRATION: All hearings shall be rescheduled and continued for a period of 30 days from the date originally scheduled.
 15. FORENSIC EXAMINATIONS: All forensic examinations of criminal defendants, both adult and juvenile, shall be rescheduled for a period of 30 days from the originally scheduled date or the date of the order requiring such examination, whichever is later.
 16. OTHER: Non-essential gatherings, meetings, and travel are canceled, and programs including Traffic Safety School and SWAP are entered and continued until rescheduled.
 No marriages will be performed in Marriage Court during the 30-day period following the effective date of this order.
 The Court may issue further Orders regarding this matter as necessary to address the circumstances arising from this pandemic. Further information will be published on the court's website.
Order dated March 13, 2020, order signed by Timothy C. Evans, Chief Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.
Mar 17-Apr 7
        Law Division
        SURETY SECTION NOTICE
Circuit court of Cook County Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans announces that, effective February 10, 2020, any surety company requesting authority to
act as surety on bonds in civil matters in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, must comply with the following procedures:
 1. Petitions requesting authorization to act as surety on bonds in the Circuit Court of Cook County must be filed between April 15, 2020, and May 15, 2020, in
the Office of the Clerk of the circuit court of Cook County, Room 1005, Surety Desk, Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois which is
open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 2. Three original verified petitions with original supporting documentation in the manner and form detailed in Rule 9.3(a), Contents of Petition, Rules of the
Circuit Court of Cook County are required
    a. Two original verified petitions with original supporting documentation must be filed in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Surety
Desk, 50 W. Washington Street, Suite 1005, Richard J. Daley Center, Chicago, Illinois.
    b. One original verified petition with original supporting documentation must be served on the State's Attorney of Cook County, Assistant State's Attorney Alvin
Portis, 50 W. Washington Street, Suite 500, Richard J. Daley Center, Chicago, Illinois.
 3. The registration fee is $100.00. The petitioning company shall pay the fee to the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County at the time the two original verified
petitions are filed. Cash or check will be accepted. Credit cards will be accepted for an additional fee. Checks shall be made out to: Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Rule 9.4(a).
 4. Hearings on petitions filed between April 15, 2020, and May 15, 2020, will be heard before Judge Raul Vega on Friday, June 26, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. in Room
403, Domestic Violence Courthouse, 555 W. Harrison Street, Chicago, Illinois. Notice shall be published not less than 15 days before the date set for hearing. If you choose to publish the notice in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, you may do so at the newspaper's desk in Room 802 of the Richard J. Daley Center. However,
please be aware that Thursday, June 11, 2020, is the deadline the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin has set to accept notice for publication for petitions for authorization to write bonds. Petitions filed after May 15, 2020, will not be heard. Rule 9.3(d).
 5. Any additional surety matters must be brought by motion, filed and spindled in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court, Room 1005, Surety Desk. The notice of motion, along with a copy of any pleadings must be served upon the State's Attorney of Cook County, Assistant State's Attorney Alvin Portis, 50 W. Washington Street, Suite 500, Richard J. Daley Center, Chicago, Illinois. A courtesy copy of said motion and pleadings must be delivered to the chambers of Judge Raul Vega, Room 4400, 555 W. Harrison Street, Domestic Violence Courthouse, Chicago, Illinois. The statutory motion fee will be assessed by the Office
of the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Inquiries may be directed to 312-325-9014.
EDITOR'S NOTE TO ALL SURETY COMPANIES: The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin must receive all surety notice requests for publication no later than 4PM on June 9 in order to publish the notice by the deadline detailed above. To place your notice see our staff at the Law Bulletin
desk in Room 802, Richard J. Daley Center, or call Naureen Choudhury, Law Bulletin's Courts Department Manager, at 312-644-1672.
Mar 2-June 1
        LAW DIVISION MOTION SECTION
        NOTICE ON TEMPORARY PROCEDURES
        FOR SERVICE OF PROCESS
Based upon the current situation where service of process in "non-essential" civil cases cannot be obtained through the Office of the Sheriff of Cook County, due to limitations
placed upon court services as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak,
All attorneys shall continue to present motions for appointment of Special Process Servers, or motions for service by special order of court, as "routine" motions. Any such motion shall set forth the limitations present in each case (e.g., inability to obtain service through the Sheriff and/or Special Process Servers, litigant avoiding service, litigant residing in gated community or building with a locked lobby, etc.) and identify the person or entity (with proper identification number) to be appointed, and/or means of service requested. The order shall contain the same information.
These motions shall be presented to the Emergency Motion Judges as designated in Law Division General Administrative Order 20-2 and 20-3.
This temporary procedure shall remain in full force and effect, until such time as court resumes normal operations.
Dated March 25, 2020.
Mar 27-Apr 17
        GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER 20-03
        Pursuant to the Recent "Shelter in Place" Orders and Circuit Court General Administrative Order 2020-1 COVID 19 Emergency Procedures
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:
This order amends and supersedes certain sections of Law Division General Administrative Orders 20-1 and 20-2. Only those sections identified below are amended, all other aspects of General Administrative Orders 20-1 and 20-2 remain in full force and effect.
GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER 20-1 IS AMENDED AS FOLLOWS:
Cases Set For Trial: Shall be amended by this order to read: Cases set for trial that have been reset by this order shall be self or Trial Setting (Not for trial as previously ordered), on the day to which they have been rescheduled.
It is further ordered that cases set for trial beginning April 16,2020 through May 15,2020 shall have the trial dates converted by this order to Trial Setting Dates.
All cases affected by this order should expect to have a trial date set within 60 days of the Trial Setting date, assuming normal court operations have resumed.
— Please note that on any case where all parties agree to maintain the currently scheduled trial, the court will accommodate that agreement
GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER 20-2 IS AMENDED AS FOLLOWS:
Emergency Motions: An Emergency Judge will be available electronically from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, for presentation of "Valid" emergency motions only, such as emergencies adding parties or filing pleadings prior to the expiration of a statute of limitations, and/or orders of protection for preservation of evidence. Motions which do not constitute "Valid" emergencies will be stricken. Routine motions are not valid emergency motions but will be included in our settlement and dismissal procedures of 20-2.
PARTIES SHOULD E-MAIL:
Judge Kathy M. Flanagan at {kathy.flanagan@cookcountyil.gov) for cases pending in rooms 2202 Cal. B, 2204 Cal. Z, 2206 Cal. A, 2208 Cal. R and 2210 Cal. E
Or
Judge Allen P. Walker at (ccc.lawcalendarz@cookcountyil.gov) for cases pending in rooms 2201 Cal. F, 2203 Cal. C, 2205 Cal. X, 2207 Cal. D and 2209 Cal. H
Upon receipt of the E-Mail the Emergency Judge will review the motion to determine if it is a "Valid" emergency. If the motion is not a "Valid" emergency, the Emergency Judge will
respond as such via E-Mail.
If the motion is a "Valid" emergency, the Emergency Judge will rule on the motion as presented or schedule a hearing using some other means (i.e. conference call, Skype or Zoom). if
necessary, and enter the appropriate order thereafter.
Based upon volume and changes in circumstances, these procedures may change and any such changes will be posted on the Law Division, Motion Section website.
— Please note that any party who does not have the ability to present an emergency motion electronically may call Motion Section Coordinator, Brian Robbin at
312-813-1457 for further instruction.
Nothing in this order will limit the inherent power and discretion of any judge to enter an order the judge feels is appropriate.
Order dated March 23, 2020, order signed by James P Flannery, Presiding Judge, Law Division, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.
Mar 24-Apr 15
        AMENDED GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER 20-01
Pursuant to Circuit Court General Administrative Order 2020-1 COVID 19 Emergency Procedures for the Assignment (Courtroom 2005 & 2006), Commercial Calendar Section, Tax Section and Individual
General Calendar
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:
Excluding emergency motions, all court dates set by order are continued and reset for approximately 30 days. A court date continuance chart is available in the Law Division/Assignment, Commercial, Tax and Individual Calendar Sections on the Chief Judges Website at: http://www.cookcountycourt.org/ABOUTTHECOURT/CountyDepartment/LawDivision.aspx
Deadlines: All discovery deadlines, completion dates and/or filing dates currently contained in existing case management orders, will be automatically extended to the future 30-day date. New dates for those activities will be set in new case management orders, this excludes orders setting briefing schedules for contested motions. Motions to compel or extend discovery dates are not valid emergency motions, should not be filed.
Cases Set For Trial: Shall be amended by this order to read: Cases set for trial that have been reset by this order shall be self or Trial Setting (Not for trial as previously ordered), on the day to which they have been rescheduled.
It is further ordered that cases set for trial beginning April 16, 2020 through May 15, 2020 shall have the trial dates converted by this order to Trial Setting Dates.
All cases affected by this order should expect to have a trial date set within 60 days of the Trial Setting date, assuming normal court operations have resumed.
— Please note that on any case where all parties agree to maintain the currently scheduled trial, the court will accommodate that agreement
Scheduled Motions: All motions not set by order are stricken and will need to be re-noticed and scheduled when normal court resumes. Contested motions set by order will be automatically continued approximately 30 days but the current briefing schedule shall remain in full force and effect.
Emergency Motions: An emergency judge will be available in room 2005 from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon, Monday through Friday, for presentation of valid emergency motions only. Please note that the only issues that are considered emergencies are those in which irreparable harm will be caused if not addressed immediately.
No other emergency motions should be filed.
Routine motions are not valid emergency motions.
Scheduling Emergency Motions: Movant will call Chambers telephone for room 2005 at 312-603-6343 and relay the substance of the emergency motion to be presented. The Emergency Judge will review the request to determine if it is a valid emergency. If the motion is not a valid emergency, it will not be heard and the clerk will inform the movant of that decision. If the motion is a valid emergency, the clerk will inform the movant that the Emergency Judge will hear the motion and direct parties to Courtroom 2005 for hearing. Based upon volume and changes in circumstances, these procedures may change and any changes will be posted on the Law Division section of the Chief Judges website.
Information contact: listed below is contact information for all sections covered by this order and should be used as the first point of contact for procedural information regarding a case pending on a specific calendar. These numbers will be monitored several times a day and court employees will be promptly responding to voicemails, after consulting with the judge to whom the case is assigned.
Assignment Section/Room 2005 and 2006
312-603-6343
Commercial Calendar Section
Judge Mulroy     Cal. I    Room 1906   312-603-4266
Judge Brennan   Cal. N    Room 2010   312-603-4804
Judge Sherlock   Cal. Q   Room 2007   312-603-5902
Judge Esrig      Cal. S    Room 2001   312-603-5915
Judge Kubasiak   Cal. T   Room 1904   312-603-5930
Judge Otto      Cal. U    Room 1907   312-603-5941
Judge Shelley    Cal. W    Room 1912   312-603-5940
Judge Snyder Cal. V Room 2004 312-603-5918
Tax and Misc. Remedies Section
Judge Duffy      Cal. 1     Room 2505   312-603-5533
Judge Curry      Cal. 3     Room 2505   312-603-5533
Judge Heneghan  Cal. 5 Room 2503 312-603-5533
Individual Calendar
Judge Bartkowicz  Cal. J     Room 2609   312-603-6343
Please note that cases assigned to the Law Division Motion Section will be addressed by Law Division General Administrative Order 20-0 (Covering Calendars A, B, C, D, E, F, H, R, X and Z) with a contact number of 312-813-1457 for that section.
— If messages have been left at any of the primary contact numbers and the court has not responded or if information is needed for a judge not covered by this order please contact the Presiding Judge's Office at 312-603-6343.
Nothing in this order will limit the inherent power and discretion of any judge to enter an order the judge feels is appropriate.
Order dated March 17, 2020, order signed by James P Flannery, Presiding Judge, Law Division, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.
Mar 23-Apr 15
        AMENDED GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 20-2
        EMERGENCY PROCEDURES FOR MOTION SECTION
In light of Circuit Court General Administrative Order 2020-1, and due to the very high volume of cases heard by the Motion Judges in the Law Division Motion Section, and due to the scheduling difficulties and multiple court calls which would result from rescheduling the cases for a short period of time,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:
CASE MANAGEMENT DATES: All cases set by order on the Motion Calls will be automatically reset for approximately eight (8) weeks (56 days) from the current date in the same rooms. This is to ensure that cases remain on their currently set business days of the week. There will be a calendar of future reset dates and times posted on the Law Division, Motion Section website. All motions scheduled on the Motion Calls will be stricken and will need to be rescheduled when court operations resume.
DEADLINES: All discovery deadlines, completion dates, and/or filing dates, currently contained in the existing case management orders, will be automatically extended to the future 8-week dates. New dates for those activities will be set in new case management orders. Motions to compel or extend discovery dates are not valid emergency motions, and must not be filed.
EMERGENCY MOTIONS: (As amended March 23, 2020, pursuant to General Administrative Order 20-3) An Emergency Judge will be available electronically from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M., Monday through Friday, for presentation of "Valid" emergency motions only, such as emergencies adding parties or filing pleadings prior to the expiration of a statute of limitations, and/or orders of protection for preservation of evidence. Motions which do not constitute "Valid" emergencies will be stricken. Routine motions are not valid emergency motions but will be included in our settlement and dismissal procedures of 20-2.
PARTIES SHOULD E-MAIL:
Judge Kathy M. Flangan at (kathy.flanagan@cookcountyil.gov) for cases pending in rooms 2202 Cal. B, 2204 Cal. Z, 2206 Cal. A, 2208 Cal. R and 2210 Cal. E
Or
Judge Allen P. Walker at (ccc.lawcalendarz@cookcountyil.gov ) for cases pending in rooms 2201 Cal. F, 2203 Cal. C, 2205 Cal. X, 2207 Cal. D and 2209 Cal. H
Upon receipt of the E-Mail the Emergency Judge will review the motion to determine if it is a "Valid" emergency. If the motion is not a "Valid" emergency, the Emergency Judge will respond as such via E-Mail.
If the motion is a "Valid" emergency, the Emergency Judge will rule on the motion as presented or schedule a hearing using some other means (i.e. conference call, Skype or Zoom) if necessary, and enter the appropriate order thereafter.
Based upon volume and changes in circumstances, these procedures may change and any such changes will be posted on the Law Division, Motion Section website.
— Please note that any party who does not have the ability to present an emergency motion electronically may call Motion Section Coordinator, Brian Robbin at 312-813-1457 for further instruction
FILING OF DOCUMENTS: If the filing of a document or pleading requires a court order, and is a valid emergency (i.e., statute of limitations expiring), please present an emergency motion to the emergency judge.
If a court order cannot be obtained, efile the document or pleading, without the order. The court order granting leave to do so can be obtained when court operations resume. Any such order will be entered retroactive to the date of the filing of the pleading or document. All other orders granting leave to file documents or pleadings, which are not valid emergencies, will be entered when court operations resume. Please note: When in doubt, just file the document or pleading.
If the filing of a document requires the signature of a party, and the signature is unable to be obtained, efile the document or pleading, and the signed document or pleading can be filed when court operations resume.
DEPOSITION OBJECTIONS: If any depositions are conducted by agreement, and objections arise, the objections will be noted on the record, and the testimony will be taken over the objection, in accordance with Supreme Court Rule 206(f). A witness will not be instructed not to answer a question, unless the answer would violate a statutory or common law privilege. Judges will not be available to rule on deposition objections.
SETTLEMENT AND DISMISSAL ORDERS: Agreed orders for dismissals by settlement, voluntary dismissals (with no dispositive motions pending), petitions for approval of settlements, agreed motions for good faith findings and dismissals of some (not all) defendants, can be emailed to either of the following:
Judge Kathy M. Flanagan   Kathy.flanagan@cookcountyil.gov (Even #s)
Judge Allen P. Walker      ccc.lawcalendarz@cookcountyil.gov (Odd #s)
All petitions for approval of Wrongful Death, Survival, Minors' and Disabled Persons' Settlements must comply with the Joint Memorandum on Settlements. Non-compliant petitions will be rejected, but may be resubmitted when and if required, corrections are made.
Return email addresses must be included on all submissions. If no emailaddresses are provided, the submissions will not be ruled upon.
INFORMATION CONTACT: Further information and questions on these procedures can be obtained by contacting Motion Section Coordinator Brian Robin at (312) 813-1457. Voice mail messages will be checked regularly, and returned with the requested information at the earliest possible time.
Nothing in this order shall affect the authority of this Court or the authority of the Motion Judges to modify this order as developments warrant or to exercise its discretion when necessary.
Order dated March 23, 2020, order signed by James P Flannery, Presiding Judge, Law Division, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.
Mar 18-Apr 15
        Chancery Division
        GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 2020-02
        SUBJECT: COVID-19 EMERGENCY MEASURES
        In light of General Administrative Order 2020-01 entered by Chief Judge Timothy Evans,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:
1. Excluding emergency matters, all General Chancery and Mortgage Foreclosure/ Mechanics Lien matters are continued and reset for thirty (30) days pending further other of Court. Emergency matters in Mortgage Foreclosure/Mechanic Liens cases are governed by General Administrative Order 2018-05. Emergency matters in General Chancery cases are motions based on fact and circumstances the judge considers to be an emergency, where "emergency" is defined as a sudden and unforeseen circumstance that may cause injury, loss of life, or damage to property and that requires an urgent response and remedial action.
2. All Mortgage Foreclosures, Evictions, Orders for Possession, and Judicial Sales, including those previously ordered and scheduled, are stayed for thirty (30) days.
3. There will be one General Chancery judge and one Mortgage Foreclosure/ Mechanics Lien judge on site daily. These judges will handle emergency matters in person, via teleconference, or via remote video proceedings.
4. For Scheduling General Chancery Emergency Motions:
 a. Walk-In: Litigants or lawyers may enter the Daley Center to schedule an emergency motion. Litigants or lawyers should use the phone on the wall on the 24th Floor to call (312) 603-4181 to speak to chambers' staff. The Movant should bring courtesy copies of the emergency motion, the notice of emergency motion, and any relevant filings.
 b .Email: Litigants or lawyers may email rvp.chancery@cookcountyil.gov to schedule an emergency motion with chambers' staff. The Movant should attach courtesy copies of the emergency motion and notice of emergency motion, and any relevant filings to the email.
 c.Telephone: Litigants or lawyers may contact (312) 603-4181 to schedule an emergency motion with chambers' staff. If the emergency motion is scheduled over the telephone, courtesy copies should be delivered in hard copy or by email at rvp.chancery@cookcountyil.gov according to the directions of chambers' staff.
5. For Scheduling Mortgage Foreclosure/Mechanics Lien Emergency Motions:
 a. Walk-In: Litigants or lawyers may enter the Daley Center to schedule an emergency motion. Litigants or lawyers should use the phone on the wall on the 28th Floor to call (312) 603-3900 to speak to chambers' staff. The Movant should bring courtesy copies of the emergency motion, the notice of emergency motion, and any relevant filings.
 b. Email: Litigants or lawyers may email rvp.chancery@cookcountyil.gov to schedule an emergency motion with chambers' staff. The Movant should attach courtesy copies of the emergency motion and notice of emergency motion, and any relevant filings to the email.
 c.Telephone: Litigants or lawyers may contact (312) 603-3900 to schedule an emergency motion with chambers' staff. Courtesy copies should be delivered in hard copy or by email at rvpchancery@cookcountyil.gov according to the directions of chambers' staff.
6. Any participants in emergency proceedings to be conducted by teleconference or by remote video proceedings will receive instructions to participate prior to the time of the hearing.
7. All emergency motions shall be heard at 10:00 a.m. in both General Chancery and Mortgage Foreclosure/Mechanics Lien unless otherwise directed by chambers' staff.
8. All emergency motions should be noticed a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours in advance of presentation except for good cause shown. For General Chancery questions, please contact (312) 603-4181 and for Mortgage Foreclosure/Mechanics Lien questions, please contact (312) 603-3900.
9. This General Order shall be posted outside each Chancery judges' courtroom to inform litigants and attorneys of this emergency motion procedure.
Order dated March 16, 2020, order signed by Moshe Jacobius, Presiding Judge, Chancery Division, Circuit Court of Cook County.
Mar 23-Apr 15
        Probate Division
        MINOR GUARDIANSHIP ROOM 1806
        SUBJECT: Standing Order regarding visitation time in Response to General Administrative Order No. 2020-01
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:
1. This order applies to and clarifies all prior visitation orders during the current reduction of Court operations from March 17, 2020 to April 16, 2020 pursuant to General Administrative Order No. 2020-01. A visitation order is defined to include any temporary orders allocating visitation time between a relative and minor;
2. All visitation, until further order of Court, shall remain as ordered but shall NOT take place in public locations unless the location is outside and away from others as recommended by the Center for Disease Control;
3. Nothing herein prevents a party from altering a visitation schedule to comply with the health, safety and wellbeing of a minor. Specifically, a guardian or temporary custodian may suspend any and all visits if the guardian or temporary custodian believes the location or visit itself would put the minor a risk;
4. The Court will not hear emergency motions regarding visitation until after General Administrative Order 2020-1 is no longer in effect.
If the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County chooses to amend the terms of General Administrative 2020-1, including but not limited to the period of time of reduction of court operations, this Standing Order is subject to change.
This order shall be spread upon the records of this Court and published.
Order dated March 19, 2020, order signed by Stephanie K. Miller, Associate Judge, Probate Division, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois
Mar 23-Apr 16
12th Judicial Circuit
        ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 2020-08
        THIS ORDER IS EFFECTIVE FROM MARCH 18, 2020 through APRIL 30, 2020.
WHEREAS, the COVID19 pandemic has resulted in deaths and illness to thousands of individuals around the world prompting Federal and State Declarations of Emergency;
WHEREAS, the health and safety of the public, Court employees and all others doingbusiness in the judicial facilities in the Twelfth Judicial Circuit is of paramount importance to the Court;
WHEREAS, all health and safety requirements must be carefully tailored to respect the Constitutional rights and responsibilities of litigants and those impacted by litigation;
WHEREAS, the Court must employ allreasonable measures to reduce the need for large gatherings in order to protect the public, Court employees and those doing business in the Court facilities in the Twelfth Judicial Circuit;
WHEREAS, the Chief Judge has administrative authority to enter Orders setting forth the docket and schedules of cases pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 21;
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that all cases within the Twelfth Judicial Circuit are hereby subject to the terms of this Order as provided herein:
Order dated March 17, 2020, order signed by Richard C. Schoenstedt, Chief Judge, 12th Judicial Circuit, Will County, Illinois
To view complete order, go to: https://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/elements/courts/will-county-covid-19-announcement-20200317
Mar 18-Apr 29
16th Judicial Circuit
        GENERAL ORDER 20-07
        effective March 17, 2020
        IN THE MATTER OF COVID-19 EMERGENCY MEASURES IMPACTING COURT OPERATIONS
WHEREAS in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, and in order to protect the health and safety of the general public, circuit court judges and circuit court employees, and after consultation with the offices of the Kane County State's Attorney, Public Defender, Sheriff, Circuit Clerk, County Board, and representatives of the private bar, and pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 21(b) and the Court's inherent authority,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that except as provided below, all matters in the 16th Judicial Circuit, Kane County, Illinois, are rescheduled and continued through April 17, 2020. All matters are continued for a period of at least 35 days from the originally scheduled court date, unless the rescheduled date falls on a weekend, in which case it will be continued until the following business day.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AS FOLLOWS: that except as necessary for the purposes enumerated below, all judges and judicial employees of the Circuit Court of Kane County shall be encouraged to work remotely and conduct business telephonically or via videoconference until Monday, April 20, 2020, from the effective date of this order;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Sheriff of Kane County shall cease the execution of eviction orders relating to residential real estate effective March 15, 2020. The Sheriff shall resume execution of said orders beginning April 20, 2020.
Order dated March 16, 2020, order signed by Clint Hull, Chief Judge, 16th Judicial Circuit, Kane County, Illinois.
To view complete order, go to: https://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/elements/courts/16th-judicial-circuit-20-07-20200318
Mar 20-Apr 17
17th Judicial Circuit
        ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER 2020-9
        TEMPORARY ORDER-COVID-19 Procedures Criminal Division and Juvenile Division
Effective immediately until April 20, 2020, the following procedures are being implemented in connection with all Winnebago and Boone County criminal cases and juvenile cases:
  A. In light of the COVID-19 virus concerns, and in conformity with recommendations of public health professionals, Criminal and Juvenile Courts will be restricting their activity to
only essential and time-sensitive matters. This order is in effect until April 20, 2020, unless otherwise extended.
  B. The draw-down of criminal and juvenile court dates will be managed individually by the judge in each courtroom. Defendants' presence will be readily excused in proceedings until April 20, 2020. Attorneys and litigants are encouraged to work with each other and the judge presiding in the applicable courtroom to continue all non-essential matters to a date falling after May 17, 2020, the latter date being chosen to give the court maximum flexibility in the event this order must be extended.
This order remains in effect until further order of the court. The court will continue to review and adjust this order as is necessary.
Order dated March 17, 2020, order signed by Eugene G. Doherty, Chief Judge, 17th Judicial Circuit, Winnebago County, Illinois.
Mar 25-Apr 19
        ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER 2020-8
        TEMPORARY ORDER-COVID-19 Procedures Civil Division and Family Division
The following procedures are being implemented in connection with all Winnebago and Boone County civil cases and family cases (but excluding orders of protection and stalking/no contact orders):
  A. All court dates currently set between March 17 and April 20, 2020, are canceled and will be continued to a date falling after May 17, 2020 (not including orders of protection and stalking/no contact orders).
This includes all dates currently scheduled for status, first return, argument, hearing, decision, bench trial or jury trial. All cases will eventually be given a new date for status, and parties will be notified by mail.
  B. Emergency Matters: Matters involving exigent circumstances may be set on a date less than 60 days out with court approval. To request an emergency hearing, an attorney shall email the assigned judge, including all counsel in the email chain. The assigned judge will determine if the matter qualifies as an emergency and set the matter accordingly via the email chain.
  C. Agreed settings for argument, motion, etc.: For matters which are already positioned for argument or decision at a non-evidentiary hearing, the parties may mutually request such a hearing from the judge presiding in that matter. The presiding judge will decide whether granting a hearing is appropriate.
  D. Mode of hearing: It is the Court's preference that parties appear via Court Call or other telephonic means for any such hearing (and will likely require it for any non-emergency matter). Those personally appearing for any hearing as discussed above are required to remain seated at counsel table or behind available lecterns with safe distances (6-10 feet) between themselves and any other persons in the courtroom. While parties have a right to be present whenever a case is called, during the COVID-19 crisis counsel should strongly discourage clients from attending hearings unless their presence is essential to
the hearing.
  E. Self-represented litigants shall continue to file motions with the Circuit Clerk's office. All requests for an emergency hearing shall be in writing and clearly labeled as "emergency", and will be forwarded by the Circuit Clerk to the presiding judge for ruling or scheduling.
  F. Individual civil division and family division judges may issue orders that direct attorneys and litigants how to submit agreed orders, etc.
This order remains in effect until further order of the court. To give flexibility for extension of this order if necessary, matters will be rescheduled to dates falling after May 17, 2020.
The court will continue to review and adjust this order as is necessary.
Order dated March 17, 2020, order signed by Eugene G. Doherty, Chief Judge, 17th Judicial Circuit, Winnebago County, Illinois.
Mar 25-Apr 19
18th Judicial Circuit
        Administrative Order 20-14
        IN THE MATTER OF LIMITED HOURS AND ENTRY INTO THE COURTHOUSE
        UNDER THE EXIGENT CIRCUMSTANCES CREATED BY THE
        CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19)
WHEREAS, measures must continue to be implemented to both protect the health and safety of all Courthouse employees and the public while also ensuring fair and efficient access to justice; and,
WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health, DuPage County Health Department and the Office of Illinois Governor JB Pritzker have issued guidelines and directives advising how to address the
issues involving COVID-19, including most recently the Executive "Stay at Home Order" dated March 20, 2020; and,
WHEREAS, the above entities have advised, among other steps, that persons and organizations should implement measures of social distancing which include limiting large numbers of persons and groups gathering together; and,
WHEREAS, the provisions in Administrative Order 20-8 (as amended) and subsequent Administrative Orders have established practices and procedures for conducting essential court business remotely via telephone, video conferencing and otherwise
electronically whenever practicable, thus reducing the number of persons required inside the Courthouse; and,
WHEREAS, there is an overriding public health and safety interest in reasonably restricting entry into the Courthouse at 505 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, Illinois (Courthouse), to only those persons required to appear in person to conduct essential
governmental functions and business.
NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 21(b), Illinois Supreme Court Order M.R. 30370, Administrative Order 20-8 (as amended), subsequent Administrative Orders and the Court's inherent authority:
Effective Monday, March 30, 2020 entry into the Courthouse is limited to only those persons conducting essential governmental functions or court business as outlined in the above-referenced Orders and who are not otherwise subject to restricted
entry (see below).
Except for Courthouse employees, there shall be no entry into the Courthouse after 3:00 p.m. The Circuit Court Clerk will provide a drop box at the Courthouse entrance for any time-sensitive, essential court filings. Any such filings will be collected
and processed each day by the Clerk's Office.
If an emergency requires immediate assistance, persons may call the following phone numbers and explain the nature of the emergency:
   Circuit Court Clerk's Office (Civil) (630) 407-8700
   Circuit Court Clerk's Office (Criminal and Traffic) (630) 407-8600
   Circuit Court Administration (630) 407-8901
   Probation (630) 407-8500
   Family Shelter (630) 469-5650
This Administrative Order may or may not affect the current work schedules for Courthouse employees. Employees should follow any work schedules already established or subsequently adopted by their division or department as a result of this Order.
The following individuals should not enter the Courthouse. Their appearances will be waived and new court dates issued if they:
  Have been in New York City or any of the following countries within the last 21 days: China, Italy, Japan, Iran or countries currently identified by the U.S. Department of State as Warning Level 3, including the countries of Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
   Reside or have close contact with anyone who has been in one of the above listed locations within the last 21days; or
   Have been directed to quarantine, isolate or self-monitor at home for the coronavirus by any medical provider; or
   Have been diagnosed, or have had close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19; or
   Have flu-like symptoms including fever, cough or shortness of breath.
   Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes should exercise caution and discretion in determining whether to enter the Courthouse.
If you are an attorney or litigant and have a scheduled case, appointment are otherwise required to appear at the Courthouse in connection with a court case, but are unable to appear because of the above restrictions, please contact the appropriate division as detailed below:
   1. Criminal (Felony): 630-407-8938
   2. Criminal (Misdemeanor & Traffic) 630-407-8933
   3. Juvenile: 630-407-8856
   4. Law: 630-407-8805
   5. Chancery: 630-407-8979
   6 .Domestic Relations: 630-407-8860
   7. Probation (Adult): 630-407-8500
   8. Probation (Juvenile): 630-407-8400
   9. Court Administration: 630-407-8901
This order remains in effect until further order of the court. The court will continue to review and adjust the Order as necessary.
Order dated March 26, 2020, order signed by Daniel P. Guerin, Chief Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit, DuPage County, Illinois.
Mar 30-Apr 7
        Administrative Order 20-15
        IN THE MATTER OF ADDITIONAL PROCEDURES FOR CONTESTED HEARINGS IN DOMESTIC RELATIONS
        UNDER THE EXIGENT CIRCUMSTANCES CREATED BY THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT the following additional procedures shall apply for contested hearings
1. In contested hearings requested by the parties that are not found to be emergencies, the Court may allow, upon agreement of both parties, to proceed to a hearing on the disputed matter but limited to the pleadings only.
2. If the parties agree and the Court agrees, disputed pre-decree and post-decree matters may be resolved by the Court without the parties or their attorneys appearing in court for the hearing.
3. To proceed to hearing without a court appearance the parties must first submit to the Court via e-mail a stipulation containing the following provisions:
   A. All parties and attorneys shall sign the stipulation.
   B. The parties acknowledge and waive their right to be present in court, to engage in oral questioning and argument, to cross examine and provide oral rebuttal evidence, to have a record and a transcript, to have an attorney
present in court, and to have an evidentiary hearing.
   C. An acknowledgement and agreement to the Court resolving the dispute based upon review of verified pleadings ONLY.
4. All pleadings shall be submitted in advance to the Court via e-mail ONLY.
5. Only mutually agreed-upon exhibits shall be considered by the Court in rendering its decision.
6. In the event of an economic dispute, each party's Verified Financial Statement as defined by Local Court Rule 15.05 (without attachments) will be accepted and reviewed by the Court.
7. Scheduling of hearings shall be done via e-mail only and through each judge's administrative staff and attorneys.
8. After hearing, the court shall rule in writing within a timely manner. Rulings will be forwarded to the attorneys via email ONLY.
9. The parties may submit demonstrative exhibits for the Court to consider, including but not limited to child support calculations and maintenance calculations.
10. The Court's ruling shall address future court dates.
11. It is within the Court's discretion whether to proceed to hearing as outlined above. It is within the Court's discretion whether to enter a ruling after all pleadings have been submitted. The Court may request any additional evidence it deems necessary to make a ruling. Failure to provide additional requested evidence may result in the Court terminating proceedings.
This order remains in effect until further order of the court. The court will continue to review and adjust the order as necessary.
Order dated March 25, 2020, order signed by Daniel P. Guerin, Chief Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit, DuPage County, Illinois.
Mar 27-Apr 7
        Administrative Order 20-13
        IN THE MATTER OF BOND COURT PROCEDURES
        UNDER THE EXIGENT CIRCUMSTANCES CREATED BY THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
This order supersedes Administrative Order 20-8 (as amended) entered on March 18, 2020 regarding Bond Court.
In the continuing effort to implement measures to mitigate the introduction and spread of the COVID-19 virus while ensuring access to justice;
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT effective March 30, 2020 all initial bail hearings conducted Monday through Friday, except those in which an order of no bail is sought pursuant to 725 ILCS 5/109-1(a), shall be heard in morning bond court in courtroom 4016 at 8:00 a.m. or in afternoon bond court in courtroom 1000 at 4 p.m.
This order remains in effect until further order of the court. The court will continue to review and adjust the order a necessary.
Order dated March 25, 2020, order signed by Daniel P. Guerin, Chief Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit, DuPage County, Illinois.
Mar 27-Apr 7
        Administrative Order 20-12
        IN THE MATTER OF MISDEMEANOR AND TRAFFIC WARRANTS
        UNDER THE EXIGENT CIRCUMSTANCES CREATED BY THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT with respect to any warrants issued for a misdemeanor or traffic offense, except for offenses of domestic battery or violation of an order of protection, law enforcement may satisfy the obligation of the warrant by issuing the defendant a personal recognizance bond in the amount consistent with the bond amount set on the warrant.
This order remains in effect until further order of the court. The court will continue to review and adjust the order a necessary.
Order dated March 25, 2020, order signed by Daniel P. Guerin, Chief Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit, DuPage County, Illinois.
Mar 27-Apr 7
        Administrative Order 20-11
        IN THE MATTER OF PROCEDURE IN DOMESTIC RELATIOINS FOR PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCES
        UNDER THE EXIGENT CIRCUMSTANCES CREATED BY THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT, the Domestic Relations Division will participate in pre-trial conferences subject to the following conditions:
 1. Both parties must be represented by an attorney.
 2. If the parties seek a pre-trial conference with the assigned judge, both attorneys must first submit a joint stipulation, electronically only, to the judge indicating the following:
   a.Three dates must be suggested in this stipulation for the pre-trial. The Judge will respond electronically and select the date and time for the pre-trial.
   b.Each party and each attorney shall sign and date the stipulation.
   c.The parties agree to either a conference call with the Judge and both attorneys, or a video conference with the same participants (video platform costs and arrangements to be dealt with by both attorneys).
   d.Stipulation shall indicate the parties have been advised as to how this activity is to be conducted, and that the procedure will be without record and without the parties' attendance.
   e.The stipulation shall indicate the parties agree to this process being conducted in this way.
 3. After the stipulation is received by the Judge and after the date and time is selected by the Judge, the parties may submit memoranda in compliance with local rule electronically.
 4. At the pre-trial, future dates for the case shall be addressed.
 5. The attorneys shall advise the Judge of the nature of the virtual conference (audio/visual) along with telephone contact numbers and conference procedures arranged for by the
attorneys in a timely manner.
Order entered March 23, 2020, order signed by Daniel P. Guerin, Chief Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit, DuPage County, Illinois.
Mar 25-Apr 7
        Administrative Order 20-10
        IN THE MATTER OF PROCEDURE IN DOMESTIC RELATIOINS FOR PROVE-UPS
        UNDER THE EXIGENT CIRCUMSTANCES CREATED BY THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT, the following shall apply for prove-ups:
Temporary accommodations will be afforded to attorneys and litigants regarding agreed to prove-up procedures. The Domestic Relations Judges will review and consider entering final judgments and parental allocation judgments presented to them electronically only subject to the following conditions:
 1. These procedures will be in effect until resumption of normal courthouse access and activities.
 2. Parties and their attorneys can email their fully executed proposed settlement documents to include the Judgment, Marital Settlement Agreement, Allocation Judgment and Parenting Plan (if applicable) and copy of the Certificate of Dissolution (half/sheet) to the Court for the assigned Judge's review and possible entry.
 3. The Allocation Judgment/Parenting Plan may enter as an Agreed Order following review as presumed to be in the best interest of the minor children if signed by both parties. Please make sure all mandatory clauses are included within the Plan (e.g. mediation provision).
 4. With respect to the Marital Settlement Agreement, setting of child support and maintenance should reference calculation pursuant to statute (i.e. income and duration, income sharing) and/or specify the basis for deviation and/or waiver or reservation of the same. Disproportionate distribution of marital property (assets and liabilities), if any, should also be explained.
 5. The parties shall both sign and submit a notarized affidavit containing the following:
    a. Agreement that the court has both personal and subject matter jurisdiction.
    b. Stipulation as to grounds and description of grounds.
    c. Review of the Agreement in its entirety by the parties.
    d. Number of children born or adopted to the parties, emancipation of those children or lack of same, and the parties present conditions as to pregnancy.
    e. An understanding of the terms of the Agreement and intent to be bound by them by the parties and that no one was coerced to sign same.
    f. Entry into the Agreement freely and voluntarily by the parties.
    g. A belief that the Agreement is a fair and equitable division of the marital estate.
    h. Waiver of appearance at a prove up by the parties.
    i. Waiver of a transcript from a prove up by the parties.
    j. If either side is a self-represented litigant, it should indicate their acknowledgment that they are not represented by opposing counsel and that they have had/waived the opportunity to confer with outside counsel prior to signing the Agreement.
    k. The parties desire that the Court approve their Agreement(s), incorporate it/them into the Judgment and enter the Final Judgment of Dissolution.
    l. The Agreement must comment as to resumption of the other names by the parties.
    m. The parties waive cross examination of the other party.
    n. The parties waive physical presence in Court for these proceeding as well as notice.
    o. Proof of completion of parenting class where applicable by both parties.
 6. Entry of said Final Judgment shall be at the Court's discretion.
 7. The Circuit Court Clerk has already assigned future dates to all affected cases. The attorneys or parties shall also submit an agreed order striking all such future dates.
 8. Withholding Order and other similar post judgment orders such as Q.D.R.O.'s shall be presented separately as Agreed Orders after Judgment is entered.
Order entered March 23, 2020, order signed by Daniel P. Guerin, Chief Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit, DuPage County, Illinois.
Mar 25-Apr 7
        Administrative Order 20-9
        IN THE MATTER OF TRIAL CONTINUANCES CREATED BY THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT, pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Order M.R. 30370 (see attached), trials are continued for the next sixty days and until further order of the Illinois Supreme Court. In the case of criminal proceedings, any delay resulting from this emergency continuance order shall not be attributable to either the State or the defendant for purposes of section 103-5 of the Code of Criminal Procedures of 1963 (725 ILCS 5/103-5 (West 2018)).
Order entered March 23, 2020, order signed by Daniel P. Guerin, Chief Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit, DuPage County, Illinois.
Mar 25-Apr 7
        1st Amendment to Administrative Order 20-8
        IN THE MATTER OF COURT OPERATIONS UNDER THE
        EXIGENT CIRCUMSTANCES CREATED BY THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
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, the World Health Organization (W.H.O.), on March 11, 2020 declared COVID-19 a pandemic and on March 13, 2020, a national emergency was declared; and,
WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health, DuPage County Health Department and the Office of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker have issued guidelines and directives advising ways to address the issues involving COVID-19; and,
WHEREAS, the above entities have advised, among other steps, that persons and organizations should implement mitigation measures including, but not limited to, social distancing practices to limit large numbers of persons or groups gathering together; and,
WHEREAS, the Court, on March 10, 2020, after consultation and review with the Executive Committee of the 18th Judicial Circuit, and consistent with CDC and public health organization recommendations, issued a Directive enumerating several actions designed to reduce the number of persons or groups entering the courthouse and using courthouse facilities, and subsequently updated and amended that Directive on
March 16, 2020; and,
WHEREAS, the Court, on March 13, 2020, after consultation and review with numerous courthouse stakeholders, including representatives of the judiciary and the offices of the State's Attorney, Public Defender, Sheriff, Circuit Court Clerk, and the Department of Probation, determined that the need to reduce the number of persons or groups entering the courthouse and using courthouse facilities still exists and needs to be expanded and extended; and
WHEREAS, measures must be implemented to both protect the health and safety of all courthouse employees and the public while also ensuring the fair and efficient access to justice.
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:
 Except as provided below, all matters in all divisions of the 18th Judicial Circuit, DuPage County, Illinois, are rescheduled through April 17, 2020. All matters are continued for a period of 30-60 days from the originally scheduled court date. The Circuit Court Clerk shall notify all interested parties of a future court date for these matters, consistent with the regular practice of the Clerk for such notifications. Any matters originally scheduled for trial or hearing, except those subject to the exceptions listed herein, shall be rescheduled for status and setting. As a result of this Administrative Order, traffic courts in Addison, Downers Grove and traffic courtrooms 1001 and 1003 inside the DuPage County courthouse are closed through April 17, 2020.
        The DuPage County courthouse remains open to conduct court business on a limited scale consistent with this Administrative Order.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, except as necessary for the purposes enumerated below, judges and employees working for, and subject to the authority of, the 18th Judicial Circuit shall be encouraged to work remotely and conduct business telephonically or via videoconference whenever practicable. Any judge or employee who cannot work remotely shall follow the work schedules established by the Chief Judge, Presiding Judges, and supervisors of each division and department.
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Order dated March 16, 2020, order Effective March 17, 2020, order signed by Daniel P. Guerin, Chief Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit, DuPage County, Illinois.
To view Press Release, go to: https://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/elements/courts/dupage-county-20-8-20200317
To view complete order, go to: https://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/elements/courts/dupage-county-20-8-amend1-20200319
Mar 18-Apr 7
19th Judicial Circuit
        NEWS RELEASE
        COVID-19 EMERGENCY MEASURES
        Date of Release: March 16, 2020
        Point of Contact: Kasey D. Morgan 847-377-3818
        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Waukegan, Illinois
Effective Tuesday, March, 17, 2020, and in light of the Coronavirus Pandemic, and in order to protect the health and safety of the general public, judges and court employees, and after consultation with the offices of the Lake County State's Attorney, Public Defender, Sheriff, Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Board, and pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 21(b) and the Court's inherent authority;
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that except as provided below, all matters in the 19th Judicial Circuit, Lake County, Illinois, are rescheduled and continued for 28 days from the originally scheduled court date unless the 28th day falls on a weekend, in which case, it shall be continued until the following business day, unless otherwise determined by the assigned judge. Notices will be generated by the Clerk of the Circuit Court, who will send notice of rescheduled dates upon receipt from the judge. If you do not receive notice of the continued date, you should contact the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AS FOLLOWS that except as necessary for the purposes enumerated below, all judges and judicial employees of the 19th Judicial Circuit Court shall be encouraged to work remotely and conduct business telephonically or via videoconference until further notice from the effective date of this order.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Sheriff of Lake County shall cease foreclosure sales and the execution of eviction orders relating to residential real estate effective March 17, 2020 until further Order of court.
To view complete order, go to: https://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/elements/courts/lake-county-covid-19-announcement-20200317
Mar 18-Apr 7
22nd Judicial Circuit
        McHenry County Government Center
        2200 North Seminary Avenue, Woodstock IL 60098
        Office: 815/334-4385 Fax: 815/338-0248
        March 17, 2020
        For Immediate Release Contact: James Wallis
        FROM: The Chambers of Chief Judge James S. Cowlin Trial Court Administrator
        Phone (815) 334-4385
        Email: courtadmin@co.mchenry.il.us
The 22nd Judicial Circuit of McHenry County to Hear Only Essential Mandated Services (Woodstock, IL) Effective immediately, pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Order, MR 30370, only essential court matters shall continue to be heard by the 22nd Judicial Circuit of McHenry County. All non-essential court matters shall be continued until further order of the court. If you have a matter before the court for any other type hearing or case, please do not come to the courthouse as you will not be admitted. All scheduled weddings at the courthouse are cancelled until further notice.
The Court will only provide the following essential services at this time:
- Bond Hearings and arraignments for individuals who are arrested
- Criminal trials with speedy trial demands
- Summary Suspension hearings
- Emergency Petitions for Orders of Protection, Stalking, No Contact
- Emergency Petitions for Civil No Contact, and Petitions for Firearm Surrender Order
- Detention hearings for juveniles who are detained
- Shelter care hearings for juveniles who may have been abused or neglected
- Mental health hearings for involuntary commitment or treatment
- Bond rehearings for individuals who remain in custody at the jail
If you have a pending case before the 22nd Judicial Circuit, please go to the Circuit Clerk of the Court's Website, at https://caseinfo.mchenrycountyil.gov on or after, March 23rd
to see when your next court date has been scheduled. If you are represented by an attorney, please contact your attorney.
The Court has had a Pandemic Continuity of Operations Plan for a number of years and has planned for this contingency. Communications from the Court will be sent from the
Office of the Trial Court Administrator via press releases, the 22nd Judicial Circuit Facebook Page, Twitter (@22ndJudCircuit), website at http://22ndCircuitIllinois.org and other
social media platforms.
This unprecedented situation presents unique challenges to the 22nd Judicial Circuit's normal operating procedures. Court leadership will continue to work with state and local
officials to monitor the situation and make changes as necessary and communicate those changes to members of the public, other branches of government, and judicial partners.
We ask for your cooperation and patience as we work to minimize the risk to those utilizing the services of the Court, while we continue to perform our essential and mandated
functions.
Mar 19-Apr 7
Illinois Commerce Commision
        MEMORANDUM
        TO: MEMBERS OF THE BAR
        FROM: MICHAEL J. BRENNAN, CHAIRMAN
        SUBJECT: IWCC SUSPENDS ARBITRATION AND COMMISSION
        PROCEEDINGS FOR TWO WEEKS BEGINNING TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020
        DATE: MARCH 17, 2020
On Monday, March 16, 2020 the Workers' Compensation Commission suspended all normal in-person Arbitration and Commission Review Proceedings for a two-week period. This period will run from Tuesday
March 17, 2020, through Tuesday March 31, 2020.
Requests for emergency hearings should be made to the Chairman's Office. The Chairman's Office may make space available as needed for emergency hearings or other extremely time-sensitive matters on a
case-by-case basis, to be scheduled or conducted at the IWCC's Chicago, Collinsville, Rockford, Peoria, and Springfield hearing sites. After discussion with the parties, the Chairman may assign a case to one of these sites after a pretrial hearing by an assigned arbitrator.
All other Commission operations will continue as usual. Parties are advised that any statutory filing deadlines and statutes of limitation will not be affected by these measures, and the Commission will continue to process all usual documents and filings, made in person or by mail.
The Chairman's Office will reassess the need to extend or expand these measures on an ongoing basis.