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  • May 28, 2020 9:58 PM | Anonymous member

    From: CNBC

    It turns out that ditching the commute and working from home in your sweats is not all it’s cracked up to be.  Juggling your work and home life, Zoom calls instead of in-person meetings and possibly parenting and home schooling kids, it’s no wonder Americans are exhausted. In fact, in a recent Monster survey, 51% of respondents admitted to experiencing burnout while working from home during the coronavirus pandemic. 

  • May 28, 2020 9:53 PM | Anonymous member

    From: Personnel Today

    Going about your day-to-day life, you’re more than likely to stick on your favourite playlist in the background. Whether you’re in the car, at the gym or sitting at your desk, your favourite artist is no doubt keeping you company through your speakers. But have you ever stopped to consider how the music you listen to is affecting your brain?

    The idea that music can aid productivity in the workplace is not as new as many might imagine.

  • May 28, 2020 4:30 PM | Anonymous member

    From: Cook County Circuit Clerk

    Judge Evans' May 28th Order has been entered, extending matters to July 6.  We have posted a copy in the members' Resource Center for your convenience.

  • May 28, 2020 1:00 PM | Anonymous member

    From: IL Supreme Court

    Court reestablishment plans for each circuit as well as other #COVID19 resources for courts are listed on the Illinois Supreme Court's website. Check back often! 

  • May 27, 2020 10:30 PM | Anonymous member

    From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

    Beginning June 4, 2020, certain USCIS field offices and asylum offices will resume non-emergency face-to-face services to the public. USCIS has enacted precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in reopened facilities:

    • Visitors may not enter a USCIS facility if they:
      • Have any symptoms of COVID-19, including cough, fever or difficulty breathing;
      • Have been in close contact with anyone known or suspected to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days; or
      • Have been individually directed to self-quarantine or self-isolate by a health care provider or public health official within the last 14 days.
    • Visitors may not enter the facility more than 15 minutes prior to their appointment (30 minutes for naturalization ceremonies).
    • Hand sanitizer will be provided for visitors at entry points. 
    • Members of the public must wear facial coverings that cover both the mouth and nose when entering facilities. If they do not have one, USCIS may provide one or the visitor will be asked to reschedule their appointment.
    • There will be markings and physical barriers in the facility; visitors should pay close attention to these signs to ensure they follow social distancing guidelines.
    • Individuals may also have to answer health screening questions before entering a facility. 
    • Individuals are encouraged to bring their own black or blue ink pens.

  • May 27, 2020 10:00 PM | Anonymous member

    From: Circuit Court of Will County

    All court facilities in Will County will be open during normal business hours, including Branch Courts effective June 1, 2020.

    On May 27, 2020, Chief Judge Richard C. Schoenstedt issued Administrative Order 2020-23. This Order sets forth the parameters of Court operations as the State moves into Stage .'3 of Governor Pritzker's "Restore Illinois" plan. Administrative Order 2020-2.'3 delineates many of the current practices including the safety requirements of social distancing and face-covering as well as the expanded use of remote hearings in Civil and Family cases. In addition, specific protocols in felony, juvenile, misdemeanor and traffic cases have also been adopted. 

  • May 27, 2020 5:00 PM | Anonymous member

    From U.S. District Court - Northern District

    Effective May 29th:

    -The Third Amended General Order 20-0012 extended certain deadlines by 28 days. This Fourth Amended General Order does not extend any deadlines in civil cases

    -Civil jury trials will not be conducted before August 3, 2020, and trials set to begin before August 3, 2020, will be reset by the presiding judge.

    -The Court suspends Local Rule 5.2(f), which requires in many instances that paper courtesy copies of filings be delivered to the judge, through July 15, 2020. No courtesy copies may be submitted for filings made through July 15, 2020.

    -Although parties may continue to file non-emergency motions, the Court suspends Local Rule 5.3(b), which otherwise requires that all motions be noticed for presentment. For non-emergency motions, no motion may be noticed for presentment on a date earlier than July 15, 2020. For notices of presentment on and after July 15, 2020,parties must consult each judges’ presentment schedule because judges may continue to suspend the presentment requirement and may schedule motions at limited times.

  • May 27, 2020 4:37 PM | Anonymous member

    From: DuPage County Chief Judge Daniel P. Guerin

    DuPage County Chief Judge Daniel P. Guerin today issued an Administrative Order which extends limited court operations by rescheduling most criminal, juvenile, and all traffic matters through June 5, 2020. Beginning May 18, 2020, civil matters will remain as currently scheduled and proceedings will be conducted remotely using telephonic and video conferencing technology, including the Zoom platform.

  • May 27, 2020 4:30 PM | Anonymous member

    From: BCRNews

    The 13th Judicial Circuit Courts, which consist of LaSalle, Bureau and Grundy counties, will resume resume operations (whether in person or remotely) beginning on June 1, subject to the mandatory and recommended provisions of Illinois Supreme Court Order M.R. 30370 entered on May 20, 2020, and the Supreme Court Guidelines for Resuming Illinois Judicial Branch Operations during the COVID-19 pandemic and subject to the individual judge’s management discretion within the parameters of the order and guidelines in individual cases and calls.

  • May 27, 2020 4:00 PM | Anonymous member

    From: Cook County Chief Judge Evans

    Discussions continue on the upcoming phases of operation in the Circuit Court of Cook County. The court is currently operating on its modified schedule through May 31. The court continues to monitor the pandemic and is mindful that the pandemic is not expected to peak until mid-June.

    On Thursday, Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans will enter an order that essentially extends his current order to July 6 or until further order of court, meaning the date could be earlier than July 6. On June 1, emergency matters will continue to be heard in civil and criminal cases. Since the modified court operations began on March 17, judges have heard more than 111,000 criminal matters either in person or via videoconference. The number of hearings in civil cases is still being compiled.

    Chief Judge Evans considered entering an order to resume more court proceedings on June 15. But he decided to extend the date to July 6 to allow enough time for all justice system stakeholders to ensure that more proceedings will be conducted in a way that protects everybody. These conditions have not been finalized, but they will be consistent with best practices involving face coverings, physical distancing, room capacity limits and flexibility for those who cannot attend court due to illness or exposure to illness.

    Chief Judge Evans is asking judges to review pending cases with attorneys via telephone or videoconference to determine when cases can be scheduled on or after July 6.

    In addition, the court is seeking additional Zoom licenses, so that more proceedings may be conducted via videoconference and livestreamed via the court’s YouTube channel. The court currently has 50 Zoom licenses and is awaiting the result of contractual negotiations between the county and Zoom to secure 350 more Zoom licenses.

    The court will continue to monitor the pandemic and make additional announcements as needed.

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