Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces the extension of a statewide moratorium on residential evictions during a news conference Friday in Elgin. – Capitol News Illinois Blueroomstream.com

Pritzker extends eviction moratorium an additional 30 days

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued an executive order Friday extending the statewide moratorium on residential evictions for another 30 days.

Deno named Judicial Inquiry Board exec

The Judicial Inquiry Board named Michael Deno, a career Cook County prosecutor, as its new executive director this month.

Engineering firm must face suit over condo property report

A Schaumburg condo association can continue with its negligent-misrepresentation lawsuit against an engineering firm, a state appeals panel ruled last month.

Lawyer Legislators

Serving country, constituents and clients

In the Illinois General Assembly, a 38-member class of state legislators also practice as attorneys. Sens. Paul M. Schimpf, Michael E. Hastings and Jason A. Barickman hold rank as the only lawmakers with both a J.D. and a military I.D.

Suit over traffic stop dismissed

A driver mistakenly arrested for DUI following a behind-the-wheel seizure does not have a civil rights case against Palatine Police Department, a federal judge held.

Former top cop faces harassment lawsuit

A Chicago police officer filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against former Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and the city of Chicago Thursday, alleging the top cop sexually abused her for three years while she served as his personal driver and a member of his personal detail.  

Indiana absentee ballot deadline moved back to Nov. 3

Indiana officials may not count any absentee ballots they receive after noon on Election Day, a federal appeals court held Tuesday.

‘Earth movement exclusion’ doesn’t sink insurance claim

An “earth movement exclusion” in a policy should not have sunk an insurance claim for structural damage to a warehouse caused by a frosted-over freezer.

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Trial Notebook


Fishy transfer wasn’t fraudulent

The Illinois Appellate Court provided two reasons for reversing a judgment for Oakridge Healthcare Center in a successor liability case where a Cook County judge invoked the general rule of nonliability for companies that acquire another firm’s assets: (1) a line of federal opinions that developed a special exception for discrimination cases and (2) the Illinois Fraudulent Transfer Act.

Cotter’s Corner


Barrett hearings conclude; court allows Trump to end census count

Last week was a busy week on the Supreme Court front, with the confirmation hearings on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett and also continued utilization by the Supreme Court of its shadow docket.

Letter to the Editor

Letter: We must not let politics determine retention of judges

Judicial independence may be under attack from both sides of the political spectrum as this year’s election approaches.

Modern Family


Criminal orders of protection and how it can be a tool in civil cases

Family Law practitioners are well versed in the world of civil orders of protection. Unfortunately, civil orders of protection may become necessary when violence, harassment, or abuse is perpetrated by a family or household member, such as a spouse. When abuse occurs, the victim’s attorneys may petition the court for a civil order of protection, barring the other party from perpetuating the abuse and contacting the victim.

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Court Theatre readies in-depth look of Stoppard’s ‘Leopodstadt’

Stumped by Stoppard again.

Lex Sportiva


Title IX continues to have strong influence over college sports

Prior to the enactment and enforcement of Title IX, there was a significant imbalance between the amount of men and women student-athletes.

Opening Statement


More local theater shows sprout up

While COVID-19 continues to shut down national touring companies from performing in Chicago, I am happy to report all of our major local theater companies are not just wringing their hands or, much worse, sitting on them.

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‘Lonesome’ Rhodes paved the way for rise of Trump

I recently rediscovered yet another gem of a motion picture while surfing the internet during the pandemic blackout.

Sports Marketing Playbook


COVID-19 may compel leagues to address gambling integrity issues

As the sports world grapples with the realities of starting or restarting seasons during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, gambling on sports has also returned — and the virus that brought sports to a standstill and continues to hamper efforts to return to some sense of normalcy is having an impact on sports betting as well.

Social Scene


CLG hosts Red Mass — virtually

The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago held its Votive Red Mass of the Holy Spirit on Oct. 6 at Old St. Patrick’s Church in the West Loop. Because of the pandemic, the annual event, which is in its 86th year honoring judges, lawyers and other public officials, hosted 180 guests online and another 50 in person. The CLG honored sole practitioner Tanya Woods (left) as the Catholic Lawyer of the Year, Deacon Dan Welter with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Judge Patricia Mendoza with the Special Service Award. CLG President Kevin Murphy is also pictured. Photo courtesy of the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago.

DSF honors judges

The Diversity Scholarship Foundation held a virtual judicial recognition reception on Zoom Sept. 9 to honor three of its committee members, Cook County Associate Judges Amee E. Alonso, Michael J. Hogan Jr. and John A. Simon. Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans served as the event’s keynote speaker. DSF presented the chief judge with the its Spirit Award for his work to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and in the community. Screenshot provided by the Diversity Scholarship Foundation; photo modified to remove computer cursor

Damage downtown after a night of unrest

Signs of unrest dot the Loop on Monday after looters damaged property across downtown overnight. The county and federal courts closed as a result of the unrest and security closures. Photo provided by Aaron Sidrow

Judges with shovels

The Lawyers Lending a Hand Committee of the DuPage County Bar Association assembled volunteers to do landscaping work at the Ray Graham Association’s Hanson Center in Burr Ridge on July 22. The nonprofit serves people with disabilities. Pictured are three DuPage County judges, from left to right: Associate Judge Brian J. Diamond, Circuit Judge Monique N. O’Toole and Associate Judge Paul A. Marchese.

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