Log in

  • May 25, 2020 6:00 PM | Anonymous member

    From: U.S. District Court-Northern District of Illinois

    Chief Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer releases May 25, 2020 Video Message to the Bar, advising she has appointed a task force to plan for the safe resumption of operations at the courthouse.

  • May 22, 2020 1:00 PM | Anonymous member

    From: William Pokorny of Franczek

    City Council approved an amendment to the Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance to temporarily protect employers from lawsuits.  Although the substantive requirements of the Ordinance will still go into effect on July 1, 2020 as scheduled and may still be enforced by the City, individual employees will not be allowed to file lawsuits for violations of the ordinance occurring before January 1, 2021.  For safety-net hospitals, the ordinance will still go into effect on January 1, 2021 as originally scheduled.

    Separately, the City’s Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (“BACP”) issued a final rule clarifying certain requirements under the Ordinance to assist businesses in moving forward with updating their scheduling practices. As we previously reported, the Ordinance applies only to certain “Covered Employers,” that employ the requisite number of employees and those primarily engaged in one of the following industries: business services, healthcare, hotel, manufacturing, restaurant, retail, and warehouse services. Key provisions of the final rule are summarized below. 

  • May 20, 2020 9:00 PM | Anonymous member

    From: One Legal Blog

    Paralegals should be many things: organized, efficient, ethical, hard-working, meticulous, and methodical. Being methodical means forming a routine and sticking to it, even as deadlines loom and stress ensures. Here are some of the qualities that define a methodical paralegal and why methodical should be your new MO.

  • May 20, 2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous member

    From: Illinois Supreme Court

    The Illinois Supreme Court today issued an order and operational guidelines to help courts statewide resume in-person operations and establish procedures for remote hearings. Since midMarch, the state’s courts have been operating under precautionary measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to conduct emergency and essential matters.

    This order is effective June 1 and modifies the Court’s March 17, 2020 order so that each circuit may return to hearing all court matters either in-person or remotely according to a schedule adopted for each county by the chief circuit judge. Remote hearings, which have proven to be successful nationwide, will play a large role in reducing the numbers of people appearing at courthouses and ensuring the safety of court users, staff and judicial officers. 

  • May 06, 2020 6:00 PM | Anonymous member

    From: Udemy

    Paralegal Power Breaks are ideal for entry level to seasoned paralegals. These short information packed sessions provide a convenient and useful method for paralegals to learn new concepts, improve on various legal processes, and interact with other paralegals in different locations. They are provided in order to assist with paralegal career development. The sessions are short, concise, and packed with useful information and resources that can be immediately put to use.

  • May 06, 2020 1:00 PM | Anonymous member

    From: Cook County Record

    Pritzker has asked the Illinois Supreme Court to issue an order effectively ending legal challenges to his authority to order Illinois residents to limit gatherings, close businesses, and stay home.

  • May 06, 2020 11:00 AM | Anonymous member

    Administrative Orders were entered on May 5, 2020 for Will County and Lake County and copies are available in our member Resource Center in the COVID-19 Resources folder.

    Will County has extended its protocols and procedures set forth in prior Administrative Orders until May 29th.

    Lake County is rescheduling dates to after May 29th, which notices will be generated by the clerk. Branch courts (Mundelin, Park City, and Round Lake Beach) will remain closed until July 6th.

    Please view the court orders for more information.

  • May 05, 2020 6:00 PM | Anonymous member

    From: Chicago Tribune

    Ida B. Wells, the investigative journalist, civil rights crusader and legendary Chicagoan, received a Pulitzer Prize citation as part of this year’s annual awards.

    The honor, announced Monday by the board of the Pulitzer Prizes, is a testament to Wells’ long-standing work and contributions to the country, said Michelle Duster, the great-granddaughter of Wells.

    “The only thing she really had was the truth,” Duster said Monday, noting that Wells’ life was not easy and admirers should not minimize what she overcame. “And she used journalism as a tool to not just report what was going on, but she used her skill as a journalist, to the best of her ability, to impact social change.”


  • May 05, 2020 4:00 PM | Anonymous member

    From: Cook County Chancery Division

    Chancery Division entered GAO 2020-6 today replacing prior order GAO 2020-04, continuing all general and mortgage foreclosure/mechanics lien matters to May 31st.

    Pending dates will be automatically rescheduled by the Clerk of the Circuit Court and the clerk’s office will send out notice of the new dates to all parties of record. The Order also encourages attorneys to re-notice the new date as a courtesy to all parties in the case.

    All mortgage foreclosure cases, evictions, orders for possession, and judicial sales are stayed.

    Only emergency matters will be heard. The Court’s order defines what an “emergency” means and outlines the procedures for scheduling.

    GAO 2020-6 can be found in our member Resource Center.

  • May 05, 2020 1:00 PM | Anonymous member

    From: Judge Michael B. Barrett-Circuit Court of Cook County

    On behalf of the Markham judges, we hope you and yours are all healthy and well and continue to be so.

    As you may be aware, on May 1, 2020, Chief Judge Evans extended the Covid-19 Order requiring the court to operate on a limited basis though May 31, 2020.  It is our expectation that the courts will "reopen" on June 1, 2020.  A copy of Chief Judge Evans' Order may be found here (  Of course, if the June 1, 2020, date changes Judge Evans will issue a subsequent order.

    With the support of Presiding Judge Brewer, the judges who hear civil cases in Markham established an Order which reschedules dates for cases which fell within the time period court operations were significantly scaled back (March 17, 2020 through May 29, 2020).  Additionally, the Order discusses the opportunities and procedures for conducting hearings, pretrials and other similar matters while the courts remain under limited operations.

    During the ongoing period of limited court operations, we will continue to accept dismissal orders, special process server orders and other "routine" orders via email.  Please be aware that you will only receive a stamped copy of the approved order rather than a signed copy.  You should also be aware that since the clerk's office is operating in a limited capacity as well, any orders which are approved, stamped and returned to you will not be entered in the clerk's docket until the clerk's office is able to return.

    Judge Bates prepared an order which applies to cases in Markham Room 102 and may be found here (

    As we move toward a reopening of the courts, Chief Judge Evans will issue a statement or an order providing the operating protocols for the courts, litigants, attorneys, clerks, security personnel, etc.  We strongly encourage you to review the protocols which will be in place once court operations resume.  All orders affecting the Cook County courts may be found here (

    Because I do not have email addresses for all attorneys and litigants who appear in Markham, please pass this message and attachment to all attorneys and litigants who you feel should be aware of the Markham Civil Orders, including your opponents.

    We are mindful of the challenges we all face when the courts reopen.  We are also mindful that we do not yet know all of the challenges we all will face when the courts reopen. However, we are determined to return to court prepared to move forward - together.

Not a member yet? Join CPA and give

us the opportunity to welcome you


Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software