Today's announcements are for 3-2-2021.

U.S. District Court
        UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
        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 proposal to amend the following local rule:
        Local Rule 54.5 Stipulation Regarding Payment of Fees and Costs Not Prepaid
The proposal may be viewed on the Court's Local Rules web page: http://www.ilnd.uscourts.gov/LocalRules.aspx. Copies of the proposal 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 Friday, March 5, 2021.
        PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE LOCAL RULES
The full Court met in executive session on Thursday, December 17, 2020, and approved a proposal to remove Local Rule 54.5 Stipulation Regarding Payment of Fees and Costs not Prepaid from 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 abrogate Local Rule 54.5 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.
Proposal dated December 30, 2020, proposal signed by Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, Chief Judge, United States District Court Northern District Illinois.
Jan 5-Mar 4
Illinois Supreme Court
        M.R.001403
        In re: Judicial Vacancy
        Order
Pursuant to the authority of section 12, subsection (c) of article VI of the Constitution of this State, the following appointment is made:
        Circuit Judge of the First Judicial Circuit, at Large
Effective March 1, 2021, and terminating December 5, 2022, Steven M. J. Bost is appointed Circuit Judge of the First Judicial Circuit, at Large, to the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Brad K. Bleyer.
Order entered by the Court February 17, 2021, order signed by Carolyn Taft Grosboll, Clerk, Supreme Court of the State of Illinois.
Feb 22-March 8
        M.R. 30370
        In re: Illinois Courts Response to COVID-19 Emergency/
        Remote Proceedings in Criminal Matters
        Order
In the exercise of the general administrative and supervisory authority over the courts of Illinois conferred on this Court pursuant to Article VI, Section 16, of the Illinois Constitution of 1970 (Ill. Const. 1970, art. VI, sec. 16) and in view of the outbreak of the novel coronarvirus (COVID-19);
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, effective immediately and until further order of the Court, the Court's order of March 17, 2020, as modified by order of May 20, 2020, is further modified to provide that any criminal case proceedings determined to be conducted remotely (i.e., where the judge, defendant, witness, or any attorney is not physically present or is otherwise participating remotely, including by telephone, video conference, or other electronic means) shall be conducted consistent with the findings and procedures set forth herein.
To view complete order, go to: http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/SupremeCourt/Announce/2021/021121-1.pdf
Order entered by the Court February 11, 2021, order signed by Carolyn Taft Grosboll, Clerk, Supreme Court of the State of Illinois.
Feb 22-March 8
        M.R. 30370
        In re: Illinois Courts Response to COVID-19 Emergency/
        Reduction of Unnecessary In-Person Court Appearances
        Corrected Amended Order
In the exercise of the general administrative and supervisory authority over the courts of Illinois conferred on this Court pursuant to article VI, section 16, of the Illinois Constitution of 1970 (Ill. Const. 1970, art. VI, sec. 16); in view of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19); and in accordance with the efforts of this Court to reduce unnecessary in-person court appearances and to promote remote court appearances,
The Court's order of August 27, 2020 (amended on September 23, 2020) regarding Illinois Courts Response to COVID-19 Emergency/Reduction of Unnecessary In-Person Appearances is further amended as shown below (new material is underscored and deleted material is struck through),
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:
1. With respect to Applications for Waiver of Court Fees pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/5-105 and Supreme Court Rule 298 and Applications for Waiver of Court Assessments pursuant to 725 ILCS 5/124A-20 and Supreme Court Rule 404 in all matters, including but not limited to civil, criminal, and quasi-criminal matters:
a. Applications for Waiver of Court Fees by persons who are exempt from e-filing under Supreme Court Rule 9(c) may be filed by United States Mail, third-party commercial carrier, in person, or utilizing an available dropbox, or other means, such as e-mail, if permitted by the local court. All other Applications for Waiver of Court Fees shall be e-filed.
b. Applications for Waiver of Court Assessments may be filed by United States Mail, third-party commercial carrier, in person, utilizing an available dropbox, or other means, such as e-mail or e-filing, if permitted by the local court.
c. Upon filing, the Clerk shall transmit an Application for Waiver of Court Fees or for Waiver of Court Assessments (hereinafter "Application") shall be transmitted to the judgeassigned to rule on it.
d. The court shall enter an order ruling on the Application on the basis of the information contained in the Application, without conducting a hearing, unless the court determines that the Application gives rise to a factual issue regarding the applicant's satisfaction of the conditions for a waiver under section 5-105(b) of the Code of Civil Procedure (735 ILCS 5/5-105(b)) or section 124A-20(b) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (725 ILCS 5/124A-20(b)).
e. If the court determines there is a factual issue regarding the applicant's entitlement to a waiver, the court shall enter an order (i) stating with specificity the nature of the issue, (ii) scheduling a hearing on the Application by telephone or video conference in accordance with Supreme Court Rule 45 and this Court's Policy on Remote Court Appearances in Civil Proceedings, where applicable, and (iii) specifying any documents to be submitted in support of the Application at or before the hearing. The hearing on the Application for Waiver of Court Fees shall be scheduled promptly, with due regard for the need to provide reasonable notice to the applicant. The hearing on the Application for Waiver of Court Assessments should be held within 5 to 10 business days unless the defense asks for or agrees to a longer delay.
The court shall cause the clerk to serve the applicant with a copy of an order entered pursuant to paragraph c. or d. by e-mail (if the applicant consented, in the Application, to receive court documents by e-mail), or else by United States Mail at the address stated on the Application.
f. In accordance with Supreme Court Rules 298(b) or 404(b), if the court determines, with or without a hearing, that the conditions for a partial assessment waiver under 735 ILCS 5/5-105(b)(2) or 725 ILCS 5/124A-20(b)(2) are satisfied and if necessary to avoid undue hardship on the applicant, the court may allow the applicant to defer payment of assessments, costs, and charges; make installment payments; or make payment upon reasonable terms and conditions stated in the order.
2. With respect to the temporary amendments to Supreme Court Rules 101, 283, and 286(a) regarding summonses requiring appearance on a specified day (issued on August 27, 2020 and amended on September 23, 2020), all provisions are hereby vacated and replaced with the following:
a. Supreme Court Rule 101(b)(1) is hereby amended as follows:
In an action for money not in excess of $50,000, exclusive of interest and costs, or in any action subject to mandatory arbitration where local rule prescribes a specific date for appearance, the summons shall require each defendant to appear, either in person or remotely, on a day specified in the summons not less than 21 40 or more than 40 61 days after the issuance of the summons (see Rule 181(b)), and shall be prepared by utilizing, or substantially adopting the appearance and content of, the form provided in the Article II Forms Appendix. The court shall make every reasonable effort to accommodate the defendant appearing via telephone or video conference.
b. Supreme Court Rule 102(b) is hereby amended as follows:
No summons in the form provided in paragraph (d) of Rule 101 may be served later than 30 days after its date. A summons in the form provided in paragraph (b)(1) of Rule 101 may not be served later than 21 days before the day of appearance. A summons in the form provided in paragraph (b)(2) or (b)(3) of Rule 101 may not be served later than three days before the day of appearance.
c. Supreme Court Rule 102(d) is hereby amended as follows:
The officer or person making service shall make a return by filing proof of service immediately after service on all defendants has been had, and, in any event, shall make a return: (1) in the case of a summons bearing a specific return day or day for appearance, not less than 3 days before that dayin the form provided in paragraph (b)(1) of Rule 101, not less than 21 days before the day of appearance; (2) in the case of a summons in the form provided in paragraph (b)(2) or (b)(3) of Rule 101, not less than three days before the day of appearance; (3) in other cases, immediately after the last day fixed for service. If there is more than one defendant, the proof of service may be filed immediately after service on each defendant. The proof of service need not state whether a copy of the complaint was served. A party who has placed a summons with an officer or other person who is authorized to serve process, but who does not have access to the court filing system, shall file the proof of service obtained from the officer. Failure to return the summons or file proof of service does not invalidate the summons or the service thereof, if had.
d. Supreme Court Rule 284(c) is hereby amended as follows:
The return receipt, when returned to the clerk, shall be filed by the clerk. If the receipt shows delivery at least 321 days before the day for appearance, the receipt shall constitute proof of service.
e. In accordance with Supreme Court Rule 101(g), the use of the wrong form of summons, either before or after the effective date of this order, shall not affect the jurisdiction of the court.
3. With respect to the provisions of Supreme Court Rule 101 regarding all summons issued in civil cases in Illinois:
a. All summonses issued in civil cases may include additional information relating to local courthouse access & procedures as provided by order of the circuit's chief judge.
b. In addition to the requirements set forth by Supreme Court Rule 101(a), language that must be contained in all summonses issued in civil cases in Illinois is hereby amended as follows:
         "You may be able to attend this court date by phone or video conference. This is called a 'Remote Appearance.'
        Call the Circuit Clerk at _______or visit their website at _________to find out how to do this.
         E-filing is now mandatory with limited exemptions. To e-file, you must first create an account with an e-filing service provider.
        Visit http://efile.illinoiscourts.gov/service-providers.htm to learn more and to select a service provider.
         If you need additional help or have trouble e-filing, visit http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/faq/gethelp.asp or talk
        with your local circuit clerk's office. If you cannot e-file, you may be able to get an exemption that allows you to file
        in-person or by mail. Ask your circuit clerk for more information or visit www.illinoislegalaid.org.
         If you are unable to pay your court fees, you can apply for a fee waiver. for information about defending yourself
        in a court case (including filing an appearance or fee waiver), or to apply for free legal help, go to
        www.illinoislegalaid.org. You can also ask your local circuit clerk's office for a fee waiver application."
c. The provisions of paragraph 2.b. of this Order shall not apply to any first appearance at which the defendant is required or given the option to appear remotely, including by telephone or video conference. In such cases, the remote appearance option must be made clear on the face of the summons.
4. Paragraphs 1 and 3 of Tthis order isare effective immediately, and paragraph 2 of this order is effective 60 days from the entry of this order. This order shall remain in effect until further order of this Court.
Order entered by the Court.
Order entered by the Court February 10, 2021, order signed by Carolyn Taft Grosboll, Clerk, Supreme Court of the State of Illinois.
Feb 22-March 8
        M.R.001403
        In re: Judicial Vacancy
        Order
Pursuant to the authority of section 12, subsection (c) of article VI of the Constitution of this State, the following appointment is made:
        Resident Circuit Judge, Union County, First Judicial Circuit
Effective March 1, 2021, and terminating December 5, 2022, Timothy D. Denny is appointed Resident Circuit Judge of Union County, First Judicial Circuit, to the vacancy created by the election of the Honorable Mark M. Boie to the Appellate Court of Illinois, Fifth District.
Order entered by the Court February 9, 2021, order signed by Carolyn Taft Grosboll, Clerk, Supreme Court of the State of Illinois.
Feb 22-March 8
News from the Circuit Court of Cook County
        Office of the Chief Judge
        NOTICE FOR COMMENT
Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans invites comments and suggestions regarding the proposed amendments to the Cook County Circuit Court Rules, Part 25, Law Division Mandatory Arbitration, Commercial Calendar Section. Please forward any comments to Hon. Timothy C. Evans, Chief Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County, 2600 Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington St., Chicago, Illinois 60602, no later than March 12, 2021.
        PROPOSED RULE 25 CHANGE
         The undersigned circuit judges of the circuit court of Cook County hereby adopt the following Rules:
PART 25 LAW DIVISION MANDATORY ARBITRATION, COMMERCIAL CALENDAR SECTION
1. Application: Mandatory Arbitration will be held in those commercial and personal injury cases assigned to the Law Division, including cases with self-represented or pro se litigants, with damages of less than $50,000 and no retained expert witness as defined in Supreme Court Rule 213(f)(3).
a. Personal injury cases not subject to mandatory arbitration are; asbestos, construction, medical malpractice, nursing home and product liability cases, unless the parties agree to arbitration.
b. The arbitration hearings will take place at the Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Center, 222 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois.
2. Commercial Case Defined: A commercial case is one which is assigned to the Commercial Calendar Section of the Law Division and is
a. one which pleads cause(s) of action for, among other things, breach of contract (including breach of loan agreements or guarantees, construction contracts, breach of warranty), employment disputes, employment discrimination, qui tam claims, civil and/or commercial fraud, conspiracy, interference with business relationships, or shareholder disputes.
b. Commercial cases do not include causes of action for purely equitable relief, personal injury, divorce, criminal, real estate foreclosure, wills, housing code violations and/or evictions.
3. Personal Injury Case Defined: A personal injury case is one which is assigned to the Motion Section or the Individual Calendar Section of the Law Division and is
a. One which pleads civil cause(s) of action seeking monetary damages for injuries pursuant to common law or statutory law, including intentional torts and negligence (i.e., motor vehicle, premises liability, Dram Shop, FELA).
b. Excused from mandatory Arbitration are asbestos, construction, medical malpractice, nursing home and product liability cases, unless the parties agree to arbitration.
4. Referral to Mandatory Arbitration, Procedure: After the defendant(s) answer(s) is/are filed in a case subject to Mandatory Arbitration and after consultation with the parties, the referring Court shall issue a Referral to Mandatory Arbitration Order:
a. willThe Order shall be forwarded to the Administrator, Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Center, 222 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois.
b. The order will list the case name, case number, the names of the attorneys of record, potential witnesses and interested parties.
c. The Order will specify whether the mandatory arbitration will be standard or expedited based on the parties' agreement.
d. The arbitration hearing shall take place 150 days after the date of referral in "standard" arbitrations and 90 days after the date of referral in "expedited" arbitrations.
e. The case will continue before the Court during the first 120 days if it is a "standard" arbitration, or the first 60 days if it is an expedited arbitraion.
f. The referring court has discretion to refer cases to Mandatory Arbitration when the damages exceed $50,000, if the Court finds, after consultation with the parties, that the complexity of the case is such that it is amenable to arbitration and if it is not otherwise excluded from Mandatory Arbitration.
5. Mandatory Arbitration Hearing Procedure: Upon receipt of the order of Referral To Mandatory Arbitration, the Administrator shall
a. randomly assign a single arbitrator qualified pursuant to Paragraph 16 infra, and
b. set a date and time for the arbitration hearing, and
c. will notify the parties of the name of the arbitrator and of the hearing date.
d. Arbitrator Conflicts Check: The arbitrator assigned to the case must conduct a conflict of interest review pursuant to the Code of Judicial Conduct and the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct, and sign a Conflicts Review Form indicating the review has been conducted and that the arbitrator has no conflict.
e. If the arbitrator discovers a conflict, the arbitrator will immediately inform the Administrator and withdraw from the case and
f. The Administrator will immediately and randomly assign a new arbitrator.
g. The parties' may not move to substitute an arbitrator without cause, but if any party files a motion to substitute an arbitrator for cause, any party shall be presented to the Supervising Judge, Mandatory Arbitration, on proper notice and motion.
7. Discovery Pending Arbitration: Cases referred to Mandatory Arbitration shall remain pending before the referring court and discovery shall be conducted according to the following schedule:
a. "standard" arbitration: 120 days following the referral Order;
b. "expedited" arbitration: 60 days following the Referral Order;
c. Discovery will be stayed for 30 days prior to the arbitration hearing;
d. unless completed, discovery may resume before the referring court after rejection of an award and prior to trial.
8. Required Documents for the Arbitration Hearing:
a. Thirty (30) days prior to the hearing, the parties shall meet, confer and exchange the documents listed herein, including documents a party seeks to have presumptively admitted as provided for in 9 infra, as well as any other documents a party intends to offer at the hearing.
b. Fourteen (14) days prior to the hearing the parties must submit the following documents to the arbitrator:
i. The most current complaint, answer, counterclaim, third party complaint and affirmative defenses and other relevant pleadings;
ii. Each party's detailed statement of the case including the legal and factual issues involved, limited to fifteen (15) pages in length; double spaced;
iii. a list of The witnesses who are expected to testify;
iv. all Documents expected or intended to be offered as evidence at the hearing, including those requested to be presumptively admissible pursuant to 9 infra;
v. stipulations as to facts or law;
vi. reports, affidavits or summaries having proper foundation; and
vii. itemization of the damages claimed in the complaint and counterclaim
e. Failure to submit these required documents or failure to timely submit these required documents may be grounds for a bad faith finding against the delinquent party.
9. The Arbitration Hearing: The hearing for a "standard" arbitration must be completed within 150 days of the order of Referral to Mandatory Arbitration and the hearing for an "expedited" arbitration must be completed within 90 days of the order of Referral To Mandatory Arbitration.
a. Thirty (30) days prior to the hearing, any party, seeking to have documents presumptively admitted at the hearing, shall serve on all other parties a copy of such documents, and a written statement that such documents will be offered into evidence as presumptively admitted. If this procedure is complied with, the following documents will be admitted into evidence without further foundation or other proof:
i. Medical records and reports of hospitals, doctors, dentists, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and physical therapists, or other health-care providers.
ii. bills, for example: medical treatments, physical therapy, drugs, medical appliances and prostheses, etc. (specified as "paid" or "unpaid");
iii. property repair bills or estimates, itemized and setting forth the charges for labor and material used or proposed for use in the repair of the property;
iv. employer's report or other records of time lost from work or lost compensation and rate of pay,
v. written statements and/or depositions of witness(es), which the witness(es) would be allowed to express if testifying in person. Witness(es) statement(s) must be supported or made by affidavit or by certification as provided in section 1-109 of the code of civil procedure;
vi. other documents not specifically covered by any of the forgoing provisions, and which are otherwise admissible under the rules of evidence.
vii. All documents referred to in this provision must be accompanied by a summary cover sheet which lists:
1. Each included item,
2. The money damages incurred in each category and
3. A notation as to whether each bill is paid or unpaid.
b. All documents in Section 8 and 9 herein shall be submitted to the arbitrator no later than fourteen (14) days prior to the hearing.
c. The hearings will be held during a four-hour period.
d. The Illinois Rules of Evidence shall apply to the hearing except that the arbitrator may in the exercise of sound discretion, relax application of the rules in the interests of fairness and efficiency, provided that due process is accorded to all parties.
e. Immediately prior to the commencement of the hearing a pre-hearing conference will be held where the arbitrator, after consultation with the parties, will decide:
i. Which exhibits will be admitted into evidence;
ii. how and whether to narrow the issues to be arbitrated;
iii. the format of the hearing, including time limits for each side's presentation.
iv. rules and procedures, as the arbitrator deems appropriate, such as: time limits for the production of each party's evidence; whether summaries of direct examination will be admitted; whether affidavits or summary exhibits may be used at the hearing and other such rules and procedures.
v. The arbitrator will structure the hearing and pre-arbitration conference so as to afford due process to the parties.
f. The witnesses who testify at the hearing shall be sworn under oath.
g. No telephonic appearance of parties or attorneys will be allowed, without good cause shown, upon notice and motion brought before the supervising Judge, Mandatory Arbitration.
h. The arbitrator may not be called as a witness for any reason relating in any way to the arbitration.
i. An interpreter will be provided if written notice is given to the Administrator 14 days prior to the scheduled hearing.
j. At the conclusion of the hearing, both parties shall submit a summary of the legal fees each incurred in connection with the arbitration to be used, if necessary, pursuant to Paragraph 1 Id infra.
i. Failure to submit a summary of legal fees will constitute a waiver of those fees for purposes of Paragraph 1 Id infra..
ii. "Legal fees incurred" means reasonable fees incurred during the period commencing with the stay of discovery in the referring court through the conclusion of the arbitration hearing and the rendering of the award.
10. The Award: The arbitrator will issue an award (the decision) based on the evidence presented at the hearing and prepare an Award Form.
a. The Award Form will consist of the name and case number, date of the hearing, attorneys who appeared at the hearing and the arbitrator's, without written opinion.
b. The arbitrator must file the Award Form with the Administrator by 5:00 p.m. on the second business day following the conclusion of the hearing.
c. The Administrator will send a copy of the Award Form to the parties of record within one business day of the Administrator's receipt thereof.
11. Rejection of the Award: Either party may reject the award if the rejecting party does so within fourteen (14) calendar days after receiving the notice of the award from the Administrator. Thereafter, and on the date specified in the trial court's order of Referral to Mandatory Arbitration, the case will be returned to the trial judge for further proceedings or for the entry of judgment on the award.
a. To reject an award, the rejecting party must fully complete a Rejection Form and file it with the. Clerk of the Circuit Court in Room 801, Richard J. Daley Center accompanied by a $750 rejection fee.
b. The Rejection Form shall contain the case name and number, the arbitrator's name, date of the arbitration hearing, date and amount of the award and must be signed the rejecting party and by the rejecting party's attorney of record.
c. Failure to timely and properly reject the Award as provided herein will constitute a waiver of the party's right of rejection.
d. If the party rejecting the award fails to obtain a better result at trial. The party rejecting the Award shall pay the other party's reasonable legal fees incurred in connection with the arbitration, which must be submitted by both parties at the arbitration hearing pursuant to Paragraph 9k supra .
e. After trial of the case, the Supervising Judge, Mandatory Arbitration will rule on whether the fees are submitted under Paragraph 9(k) supra are reasonable, pursuant to a motion properly noticed.
12. Party Acting In Bad Faith: If the arbitrator certifies that any party acted in bad faith because a party:
a. willfully refused to attend the arbitration hearing,
b. willfully refused to participate in the hearing, or
c. has otherwise acted in bad faith in connection with the arbitration, mandatarbitration, .the case will immediately be sent to the Supervising Judge, Mandatory Arbitrator for a hearing.
d. If the Supervising Judge finds the party acted in bad faith, the Supervising Judge may sanction the party up to $1,000.
e. The arbitrator may not be called as a witness in this hearing.
13. Supervising Judge Mandatory Arbitration: The Presiding Judge of the Law Division will appoint one or more Supervising Judges, Mandatory Arbitration who will hear motions relating to the arbitration process, such as motions to continue the arbitration, arbitrator disqualification, bad faith sanctions, but not including those relating to the conduct of the hearing or the admission of evidence at the hearing.
14. No Extensions of Time: No extensions or continuances of the 150 day ("standard arbitration") or 90 day ("expedited arbitration") time period within which arbitration must be conducted will be permitted, absent exigent circumstances.
15. Arbitrator Fee: Arbitrators will be paid $300 per arbitration.
16. Arbitrator Qualifications:
a. Commercial Arbitrator: To be selected as an arbitrator in Commercial Cases in the Mandatory Arbitration Program one must:
i. be a licensed attorney proficient in commercial law and/or commercial law arbitration;
ii. Have commercial litigation experience;
iii. Have been in practice for seven years;
iv. concentrates his/her practice in commercial law; and
v. successfully completed the Law Division Mandatory Arbitration training seminar approved by the Arbitrator Selection Committee.
b. Personal Injury Arbitrator: To be selected as an arbitrator in personal injury cases in the Mandatory Arbitration program one must:
i. Be a licensed attorney proficient in personal injury law and/or personal injury law arbitration;
ii. Have personal injury litigation experience;
iii. Have been in practice for seven years;
iv. Concentrate his/her practice in personal injury law; and
v. Successfully complete the Law Ficision Mandatory Arbitration traning seminar approved by the Arbitrator Selection Committee.
c. Exceptions may be made by the Arbitrator Selection Committee for attorneys without all of the above experience if they demonstrate particular qualifications to be commercial law or personal injury law arbitrators and if they have successfully completed the Law Division Mandatory Arbitration training seminar approved by the Arbitrator Selection Committee.
a. Retired judges qualify as Law Division commercial arbitrators and/or personal injury arbitrators if they heard commercial cases and/or personal injury cases while active as a judge and if they successfully completed the Law Division Mandatory Arbitration training seminar approved by the Arbitrator Selection Committee.
b. Each lawyer or retired judge seeking to be a Law Division arbitrator must complete a form listing his/her qualifications and submit it to the Arbitration Administrator who, after review, willsend it to the Arbitrator Selection Committee for approval.
c. All applicants for arbitrator must attend a training seminar approved by the Arbitrator Selection Committee.
17. Arbitrator Selection Committee: The Arbitrator Selection Committee will consist of the judges in the Commercial Calendar Section of the Law Division and the judges in the Motion Section of the Law Division as well as others appointed by the Presiding Judge of the Law Division. The Committee will select the arbitrators after recommendation and review by the Arbitration Administrator.
a. The Committee will review the qualifications of individuals applying to be arbitrators.
b. The Committee will review the performance of each arbitrator every twelve months and will decide whether each should be retained as a Law Division arbitrator.
Feb 26-March 12

        NOTICE
Listed below are the candidates seeking an associate judge position in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Anyone with relevant information regarding any associate judge candidate is invited to communicate by letter to the Circuit Court of Cook County Nominating Committee, c/o Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans, 50 West Washington Street, Room 2600, Richard J. Daley Center, Chicago, Illinois 60602.
1. AAKRE, Amrith Kaur
2. ADAMS, David Charles
3. AHMAD, Maryam
4. AHUJA, Loveleen K.
5. ALLEN, Charles Daniel
6. ALLEN, Shay Tyrone
7. AMBROSE, Garvin Gauss
8. ANTOLEC, Sonia A.
9. ARNOLD, Kina Nicole
10. AUGUSTUS, Maria
11. BADILLO, David
12. BAE, Jennifer Eun
13. BARRIDO, Jerome Celis
14. BAUMANN, Deidre
15. BHANDARI, Aileen
16. BHAVE, Sunil Shashikant
17. BISCEGLIA, Joell Claire
18. BLANCHARD, Patrick Malone
19. BLINICK, Robert Kendall
20. BRACEY, Charles Scotto
21. BRASSIL, John Hugh
22. BROOKS, Lloyd James
23. CALLAHAN, Jennifer Patricia
24. CARROLL, John P.
25. CASEY, Carol Anne
26. CAZARES, Jorge V.
27. CENAR, Richard George
28. CHICO, Joseph
29. CLEWIS, Scott Richard
30. CLOSE, Deirdre
31. COHEN, Christopher Bittel
32. COLEMAN-ROMEO, Arlene Yvette
33. CONDON, Jr., Thomas J.
34. CONWAY, John Joseph
35. CONWAY, Marcia O'Brien
36. COOPER, Christopher Chriss
37. CORBIN, Torrie Luciana
38. COSGROVE, Audrey Victoria
39. CYRUS, Rocell, Jennal
40. DADAY, Stephen Gerard
41. DANAHER, Richard G.
42. DAUPHIN, Yolaine Marie
43. DAWKINS, Barbara Lynette
44. deCASTRO, Pablo F.
45. DELACRUZ, Aracelli Reyes
46. DEMATTEO, Gabriel Joseph
47. DEMITRO, Steve
48. DERICO, JR., James Thomas
49. DESAI, Debjani Dasgupta
50. DIFRANCO, Frank Rocco
51. DOLAN, Alice Elizabeth
52. DOSS, Rivanda
53. DRAKE, Gwendolyn Elizabeth
54. DUFFY, Cristin McDonald
55. DUNLAP, Charnell Denise
56. DUNNEBACK, James Francis
57. DWYER, III, Patrick Edward
58. DYER, Deidre Myra
59. EBERSOLE, Sabra Lynne
60. ELRABADI, Naderh Hana
61. ERICKSON, Jon Forrest
62. EVANS, Jr., Carl Lauras
63. FAHY, William Nicholas
64. FALEY, Michael Joseph
65. FARMAKIS, Athena Aphrodite
66. FEARON, John Robert
67. FIAONI, Karla Marie
68. FLORES, Barbara Nubia
69. FORD, Ann Kettelson
70. FORESTER, Laura Ellen
71. FOTOPOULOS, John Spyros
72. FOUKAS, Anastasios Thomas
73. FRANSENE, Sarah Lynne
74. FRENTZAS-BUBARIS, Athena
75. FRITCHEY, John Alden
76. GALHOTRA, Kulmeet Singh
77. GEORGE STEWART, Ava Monique
78. GERBER, Michael Perry
79. GLAUB, Tien Hanh
80. GLENNON, Caroline Gale
81. GOLDBERG, Mitchell Benjamin
82. GONZALEZ, Dawn Marie
83. GORDAN, Elias Martin
84. GORMAN, Colleen Candace
85. GRIFFIN, Jacqueline Marie
86. GUDINO, Ruth Isabel
87. GUMP, Joseph Michael
88. HARTIGAN, Russell William
89. HENRY, Jeffrey Thomas
90. HERNANDEZ, Jasmine Villaflor
91. HERZBERG, Steven
92. HOLLEB HOTALING, Keri Leilani
93. HOURIHANE, John Nahum
94. HOWSE, Natalie Lynn
95. HUDSON, Brandon
96. JANNUSCH, Matthew William
97. JAWGIEL, Michael Bryan
98. JEFFERSON, Sharon
99. JHA, Lakshmi Elkhanialy
100. JIMENEZ, Martha-Victoria
101. JOHN, Patrick Dankwa
102. JONES, Celeste Kathleen
103. KANTAS, Nicholas Alexander
104. KARKULA, Elizabeth Anne
105. KATUBIG, Belle Lourdes
106. KAWITT, Alan
107. KELECIUS, Linas Jones
108. KELLY, David Lewis
109. KENT, Heather
110. KNIBBS, James John
111. KOUGIAS, Thomas Peter
112. KOZICKI, Scott Michael
113. KUMMER, Scott William
114. KURTZ Michael O'Malley
115. LAMANTIA, John Sam
116. LARSON, James Andrew
117. LATZ, Michael Paul
118. LEAHY, Laura Marie
119. LEVIN, Ellis Bernard
120. LEVIN, Lawrence Wolf
121. LILLY, Lisa M.
122. LINDSAY, Camile Jessica
123. LOFTUS, Thomas Jerome
124. LOPEZ, Diana Elena
125. LUCAFO, Anthony Dominick
126. LYNCH, Stacey Elizabeth
127. LYONS, Kristin Marie
128. MAHER, John G.
129. MALLOY, Catherine M.
130. MALONEY, Edward James
131. MALONEY LAYTIN, Kerrie Elizabeth
132. MANGUM, Jameika Williams
133. MARCIN, Mary B.
134. MARKS, Alexander David
135. MARSHALL, Jenetia Marshall
136. MARTIN, Timothy Alan
137. MCGRORY, Michael Sweeney
138. MCLAUGHLIN, Ellen Wight
139. MCLAUGHLIN, William John
140. MCMAHON, William John
141. MECZYK, Ralph Eugene
142. MELCHOR, Mary Alice
143. MILAN, Robert Joseph
144. MOLTZ, Ira Alexander
145. MORRIS, Tisa Lynne
146. MORRISSEY, Thomas A.
147. MOULTON, Daniel Martin
148. MOWATT, Raoul Vertick
149. MURPHY, III., James V.
150. NEELY, Melanie Patrick
151. NIKOLIC, Jr., Daniel Peter
152. NORRIS, Scott
153. NOVY, James Bryan
154. NOWINSKI, Thomas Edwad
155. O'BRIEN, Kimberly Atz
156. OCHALLA, Kevin John
157. O'DELL, Katherine Angela
158. ODOM, Ginger Leigh
159. OLSHANSKY, David Scott
160. O'MALLEY, Michael I.
161. O'MEARA, John Andrew
162. OSTOJIC, Radusa
163. OTIS, Donna Lynn
164. PAPPAS, Nickolas George
165. PARENTE, Christopher Vincent
166. PATEL, Shilpa C.
167. PATTERSON, Monique Lenee
168. PAYNE, Litricia Pauline
169. PIEMONTE, Gina Angela
170. PILLSBURY, Amanda Moira
171. PITTS, Dartesia Ayanna
172. PLANEY, Mary Anna
173. PLOTNICK, Paul William
174. PORTER, Arlette G.
175. PORTER, Brian Randall
176. PORTER, Tracie Renee'
177. PORTMAN-BROWN, Jackie Marie
178. QUINONES, Carmen Migdalia
179. RAINES-WELCH, ShawnTe Miaundra
180. RAKOWSKI, Leo Steven
181. RICE, Ashonta Cherron
182. RICHARDS, David John
183. RICHARDS, Joseph Samuel Milder
184. RICHARDSON, Barbara Elaine
185. RICHARDSON, Travis
186. RIEBMAN, Elliott Michael
187. RILEY, Shelle' Eileen
188. RIVERA, Antara Nath
189. ROACH, Steven Robert
190. ROBINSON, Chelsey Renece
191. RODGERS, Anne McCord
192. ROE-TAYLOR, Parle M.
193. ROLECK, David Michael
194. ROPER, Lori Ann
195. ROSS, Curtis Bennett
196. RUFFIN, Anthony
197. RUSCH, Michael Paul
198. RYAN, Elizbeth Condron
199. RYAN, Richard Joseph
200. SAINDON, Pamela
201. SAMPEN, Don R.
202. SANTANA, Jaime Rafael
203. SAUCEDA, Eric Michael
204. SCANLON, Brian Patrick
205. SCHNEIDER, Margaret Elizabeth
206. SHELBY, Owens Joseph
207. SIMMONS-FORD, Jade Ginese
208. SIMMONS-STOVALL, Felicia H.
209. SMITH, Cara LeFevour
210. SMITH, Judie Lyn
211. SMITH, Trina
212. SMITH CONYERS, Theresa Marie
213. SMUDA, Joan Ellen
214. SOLOMON, Donald Scott
215. SOMERVILLE, Monica Gail
216. SPENCE, Keith Lenell
217. SRIVASTAVA, Ankur
218. STEIN, Alon
219. STEWART, Rodney Walter
220. STRATIGAKIS, Pamela J.
221. STROM, Michael Alan
222. STROMSTA, Jon Karl
223. SUMNER, Nyshana Kali
224. SUTTON, Arthur D.
225. SWANAGAN, Anthony Charles
226. SWEDLOW, Stephen Andrew
227. TAYLOR, Lisa M.
228. TOFT, Rachael Nicole
229. TOUSSAINT, Marie Lynn
230. TRAVERS, Timothy Kevin
231. TROWBRIDGE, Bradley R.
232. TURANO, Andreana Ann
233. TYNER, Randall Louis
234. TZINBERG, Scott William
235. UNDERHILL, Edward Joseph
236. WALKER, Gregory Eric
237. WALSH, Diane N.
238. WEAVER, Michael Wesley
239. WESTON, Antoinette Denise
240. WHITING, Oran Fresno
241. WILLIS, Julie Elizabeth
242. WILSON, John Wellington
243. WOLF, Steven Carl
244. WOLFMAN, Amanda Marie Hinkley
245. WRIGHT, III., Timothy W.
246. ZAYYAD, Naheda
Feb 18-March 31
        Law Division
        SURETY NOTICE
Circuit court of Cook County Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans announces that, effective February 1, 2021, 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, 2021, and May 15, 2021, 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, 2021, and May 15, 2021, will be heard before Judge Raul Vega on Friday, June 25, 2021, 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 email them at PublicNotice@LawBulletinMedia.com. However, please be aware that Monday, June 7, 2021, 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, 2021, 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 7 in order to publish the notice by the deadline detailed above. To place your notice email our Law Bulletin Media staff at PublicNotice@LawBulletinMedia.com, or call Ann Erickson, Law Bulletin's Courts Department Manager, at 312-644-8297.
Mar 1-June 6
        NOTICE
        GAO 20-9, Para. 3.7(F) CMC ORDERS
CMC orders submitted after 2-5-21 at 12:00 PM are deemed untimely, unless the submission was an amendment requested by the motion judge.
Electronic notices will be sent upon entry of the administrative DWP orders.
Motions to vacate must NOT be brought until after the administrative orders are entered and the electronic notices received.
Feb 10-May 5
        GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER 20-9
        Amends and Updates Law Division General Administrative Order 20-6, 20-7 & 20-8.
        This order amends and updates Law Division General Administrative Orders 20-6, 20-7 & 20-8 and now supersedes those orders.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:
Section 1: Provisions Applicable to all Law Division Sections (Administrative, Motion, Commercial, Tax and Miscellaneous Remedies, Individual Calendar and Trials):
1.1 Pursuant to Circuit Court General Administrative Order 2020-07
Except in extraordinary or compelling circumstances, all matters in all Districts and Divisions of the court shall be conducted remotely.
If the assigned judge determines that there are extraordinary or compelling circumstances to justify an in-person hearing, the hearing shall be conducted with the proper social distancing and safety standards applied.
1.2 Cases With Self-Represented Litigants
The court will identify all pending cases involving self-represented litigants. In each case, the self-represented litigants will be contacted and provided with the relevant remote procedures.
In person proceedings shall be conducted pursuant to Section 1.1 of this order.
1.3 Jury Cases Set For Trial:
All jury trial dates, set from March 17, 2020 through June 30, 2021, are converted to "Trial Setting" dates. The setting of jury cases for trial is suspended until such time as jury trials can safely resume, given public health directives.
When jury trial settings can safely be resumed, a minimum of 60-days' notice will be sent to all parties and counsel of record, providing the date jury trial settings will resume, and the date, time and manner of the court call setting new jury trial dates.
The court will begin the jury trial setting process with cases originally set for trial on or after March 17, 2020.
Parties should expect to receive a trial date within 30 days of the trial setting date.
If jury trials resume prior to June 30, 2021, the notice provisions set forth above will commence.
1.4 Non- Jury Cases Set for Trial:
Non-jury cases set for trial between March 17, 2020 and July 6, 2020, assigned to the Commercial Calendars, Individual Calendar, or Tax & Miscellaneous Calendars, may be reset for non-jury trial at the discretion of the assigned judges. Any non-jury trials should be conducted remotely, using Zoom or other remote video methods.
Non-jury cases set for trial after July 6, 2020, assigned to the Commercial, Individual or Tax & Miscellaneous Calendars, may be reset for non-jury trial at the discretion of the assigned judges. Any non-jury trials should be conducted remotely, using Zoom or other remote video methods.
Non-jury trials set for trial in Courtroom 2005 on or after March 17, 2020, may be re-set by presenting a motion before the Presiding Judge, pursuant to Section 2.6, below. The case will be randomly assigned to a trial judge. Any non-jury trial should be conducted remotely, using Zoom or other remote video methods.
In person proceedings shall be conducted pursuant to Section 1.1 of this order.
1.5 Court Dates (All Sections):
All case management and status court dates currently scheduled for in-person hearing at the Daley Center are stricken and shall be rescheduled for remote proceeding. All parties of record will receive electronic or postcard notice of the rescheduled remote court dates.
Remote proceedings may be conducted using video, audio or document submission methods.
The assigned judge will determine the method of remote proceeding.
All case management and status court dates currently scheduled for remote proceedings by the assigned judges court order shall stand.
In-person proceedings shall be conducted pursuant to Section 1.1 of this order.
1.6 Discovery (All Sections):
Case management will continue for all cases pending in the Law Division. Case Management procedures for cases in each Section shall be governed by the relevant procedures, set forth in the relevant sections of this order (Administrative, Motion, Commercial, Tax and Miscellaneous Remedies, Individual and Trial).
This order does not reopen discovery for any case in which discovery was closed by court order. Any motion to reopen discovery or to address discovery issues shall be brought before the assigned judge in the manner set forth in the relevant sections of this order.
1.7 Initial Case Management Dates (All Sections):
Initial case management dates currently scheduled and those scheduled in the future shall be conducted remotely.
Remote proceedings may be conducted using video, audio or document submission methods.
The assigned judge will determine the method of remote proceeding.
In-person proceedings shall be conducted pursuant to Section 1.1 of this order.
This order does not limit the assigned judge's discretion to reschedule any case for initial cases management to a different date.
1.8 Newly Filed Motions (All Sections):
Please note that all motions presented to the court must be filed electronically with the Clerk of the Circuit Court using the "DO NOT SCHEDULE" option and emailed to the assigned judge with copies to all parties of record.
Litigants shall comply with the motion procedures of the assigned judge, as set forth in the relevant sections of this order, and in compliance with the assigned judge's standing orders.
This order does not limit the assigned judge's discretion to order the scheduling of motions electronically with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
1.9 Emergency Motions (All Sections):
Litigants shall comply with the emergency motion procedures of the assigned judge, as set forth in the relevant sections of this order, and in compliance with the assigned judge's standing orders.
1.10 Pre Trial and Mediation of Cases:
(This section updates and supercedes Law Division General Administrative Order 20-7 entered on August 26, 2020)
(Pursuant to Circuit Court General Administrative Order 2020-07, Section n(ii) and n(iii)
There shall be mandatory pre-trial of cases that were ready for trial but were not permitted to proceed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The above paragraph means that every case that had a jury trial date on or after March 17, 2020, is subject to a mandatory pre-trial conference.
Mediation of cases by an agreement of the parties is an alternative to pre-trial of cases provided in the provision above, as long as the mediation is completed prior to the discovery completion date reflected in Section 7.2 of this order.
Any case previously set for trial that had been transferred for pre-trial prior to August 26, 2020, shall remain before the agreed upon judge for the pre-trial conference only.
For pending cases that have not been set for trial, the parties may agree to the transfer of their case for pre-trial to any Law Division Judge, provided the agreed upon judge is willing to conduct the pre-trial.
The transfer order shall be submitted to the Presiding Judge pursuant to Section 2.11 of this order, and shall be for pre-trial only.
Pre-trials will be conducted remotely using whatever method the judge chooses.
In-person proceedings shall be conducted pursuant to Section 1.1 of this order.
1.11 Law Division Standing Order for Participation in Court Proceedings by Videoconference or Telephone:
http://www.cookcountycourt.org/Portals/0/Law%20Divison/General%20Administrative%20Orders/20-06/Video%20Protocols%20(GAO%2020-6%20LAW%20DIVISION).pdf?ver=2020-07-07-152102-527
Nothing in this portion of the order would limit the assigned judge's discretion to conduct remote proceedings in the manner they determine.
1.12 Public Access to Remote Proceedings:
For all remote proceedings, the assigned judge will provide the public access information to the Office of the Chief Judge for publication in the Law Divisions public access section at
www.cookcountycourt.org
The public access information shall be provided to the Office of the Chief Judge at least five (5) business days in advance of the remote proceedings, and will be published, unless the remote proceeding constitutes an emergency. In that event, the public access information will be provided and published as far in advance as possible.
The public information will include the judge conducting the hearing, the case number and caption of the case being heard, the type of hearing, the time and date of the hearing and the public access information for the hearing.
        Section 2: Administrative Section
        Courtrooms 2005 & 2006
2.1 Jury Trials and Jury Trial Setting Dates for Courtroom 2005:
As previously set forth in Section 1.3, all jury trial dates, set between March 17, 2020 and June 30, 2021, are converted to "Trial Setting" dates. The setting of cases for jury trial is suspended, until such time as
jury trials can safely resume.
The resumption of jury trials will be done in accordance with section 1.3 of this order.
2.2 Non-Jury Trials and Non-Jury Trial Setting Dates for Courtroom 2005:
Parties should present a motion pursuant to section 1.4 of this order to have a non-jury case randomly assigned to a trial judge for trial.
The assigned trial judge will contact all parties of record to develop procedures for conducting the trial, using Zoom or other video platforms. The assigned trial judge will have the discretion to incorporate in-person elements into the trial.
In-person proceedings shall be conducted pursuant to Section 1.1 of this order.
The assigned judge will schedule and complete the non-jury trial within 14 days of assignment, and will issue a verdict within 7 days of completion of the trial.
2.3 Trial Setting Call-Courtroom 2006:
The Trial Setting Call is suspended until such time as jury trials can safely resume, given public health directives.
When jury trials can safely be resumed, the Trial Setting Call will commence setting trial dates, beginning with those cases originally scheduled for jury trial March 17, 2020. All parties and counsel
of record will receive electronic or postcard notice of the date, time and manner of the Trial Setting Call.
2.4 Prove-up Assignment Call-Courtroom 2005:
Once a case is set for prove-up in Courtroom 2005, by either the assigned motion judge or the Presiding Judge of the Law Division, the Presiding Judge will randomly assign the case for prove up to a trial judge so the prove-up can be conducted on the date it was scheduled and noticed. The assigned judge will provide Zoom access information that will provide the necessary instructions for a remote proceeding. The plaintiff will provide this information to the defaulted party or parties so that they have notice of the proceedings
Cases originally set for prove up between March 17, 2020 and July 6, 2020, can be scheduled for a new date, pursuant to the procedures set for in Section 2.6, below.
In-person proceedings shall be conducted pursuant to Section 1.1 of this order.
2.5 Call of Cases Transferred To Law Division-Courtroom 2005:
Cases transferred into the Law Division from other divisions, will be reviewed by the court, commencing with cases transferred in as of March 18, 2020.
Based on that review, a random assignment will be made to the appropriate section of the Law Division. All parties of record and the assigned judge will be notified of the assignment, so an initial case management date
can be scheduled by the assigned judge with notice to all parties of record.
2.6 Administrative Motions-Courtroom 2005:
Administrative motions include, but are not limited to: (1) motions to extend the discovery completion deadline for cases assigned for Active Case Management
(2) motions to set or continue jury trials; (3) motions to set or continue prove ups; (4) motions to set or continue non-jury trials; (5) motions to consolidate or reassign cases, pursuant to Circuit Court General Orders 12
or 22; (6) motions to reassign pursuant to Law Division General Administrative Order 16-2; and (7) and motions to remove cases from any Law Division Stay Calendar.
Please note that motions to extend the discovery completion deadline shall contain the name of the assigned Active Case Management Judge when presented. The Presiding Judge will only
rule on extending the discovery completion deadline. Specific discovery deadlines will be addressed by the assigned Active Case Management Judge. The Presiding Judge will not enter a specific
discovery schedule.
All motions shall be emailed to law.cal2005cc@cookcountyil.gov with copies emailed to all parties of record. Upon receipt of the motion, the court will determine if the motion can be ruled on summarily or will require briefing.
If briefing is required, the parties can agree to a briefing schedule, or the court will enter one. The court will determine if oral argument is needed, and if needed, the court will schedule a remote hearing using video or teleconference platforms. Notice to all parties and counsel of record and public access information shall be provided by the court.
In-person proceedings shall be conducted pursuant to Section 1.1 of this order.
2.7 Emergency Motions: Courtroom 2005:
"Emergency motions" are those in which irreparable harm will be caused if not addressed immediately. No other emergency motions should be filed.
— Please note that discovery motions for cases assigned to other sections of the Law Division should not be presented in Courtroom 2005, and should be presented before the assigned judge or designated emergency judge, as detailed in the relevant sections of this order.
2.8 Scheduling Emergency Motions-Courtroom 2005:
The movant shall email a copy of the emergency motion and notice to the Presiding Judge's Law Clerk at: law.cal2005cc@cookcountyil.gov
If the court determines a valid emergency exists, a remote hearing will be scheduled within 24 hours using telephone or video platform.
If the court determines the motion is not a valid emergency, the court will inform the movant, and will instruct the movant to notify all parties that the motion will not be heard.
Based upon volume and changes in circumstances, these procedures may change. Any changes will be posted on the Law Division Section of the Chief Judge's website.
2.9 Notice of Emergency Motions-Courtroom 2005:
All emergency motions should be noticed for 11:00 A.M. For a remote hearing, a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours should be provided in advance of the hearing, except for good cause shown.
2.10 Routine Motions-Courtroom 2005:
Routine motions include, but are not limited to: (1) Petitions to Appoint a Wrongful Death Special Administrator; (2) SCR 298 Petitions for Fee Waivers; (3) Petitions to File Under a Fictitious Name; (4) Petitions to Disburse Funds to a minor who has attained the age of majority.
Routine motions shall be emailed to: the Presiding Judge's Law Clerk at law.cal2005cc@cookcountyil.gov, with notice provided to all counsel of record.
2.11 Agreed Dismissal and Pre-Trial Transfer Orders: Courtroom 2005:
Copies of the agreed order dismissing or transferring a case for pre-trial should be emailed to the Presiding Judges Law Clerk at law.cal2005cc@cookcountyil.gov, with notice provided to all counsel.
2.12 Contact Information:
Courtroom 2005: (312) 603-6343
Courtroom 2006: (312) 603-5923
Please leave a detailed voicemail message if there is no answer. All calls will be returned as promptly as possible.
        SECTION 3: Motion Section Procedures
        Motion Calendars: A, B. C, D, E, F, H, R, X and Z
3.1 Email Calendars for Motion Section:
A. All email directed to any Law Division Motion Calendar shall be submitted at the following email addresses:
Motion Call A: LAW.CALAcc@cookcountyil.gov
Motion Call B: LAW.CALBcc@cookcountyil.gov
Motion Call C: LAW.CALCcc@cookcountyil.gov
Motion Call D: LAW.CALDcc@cookcountyil.gov
Motion Call E: LAW.CALEcc@cookcountyil.gov
Motion Call F: LAW.CALFcc@cookcountyil.gov
Motion Call H: LAW.CALHcc@cookcountyil.gov
Motion Call R: LAW.CALRcc@cookcountyil.gov
Motion Call X: LAW.CALXcc@cookcountyil.gov
Motion Call Z: LAW.CALZcc@cookcountyil.gov
Backup Motion Judges:
Gerald V. Cleary: Gerald.Cleary@cookcountyil.gov
Toya T. Harvey: Toya.Harvey@cookcountyil.gov
B. Email sent to any previous motion calendar email address will not be processed.
3.2 Electronic Format Requirements:
A. All documents, other than draft orders (e.g., motions, notices, exhibits), shall be submitted in PDF format for all motion judges;
B. All orders shall be submitted in both Word and PDF format, or any other format as set forth in the respective judges' motion calendar auto-replies, and/or standing orders in the Law Division, Motion Section Home Page: www.cookcountycourt.org
3.3 Emailing Requirements:
A. All emails to any Law Division Motion Calendar must contain/comply with the following:
1. Identification of the type of motion (e.g., Emergency, Routine, Regular);
2. The case name and court number;
3. Identification of the substance of the motion (e.g., special process server, vacate defaults, leave to appear, amend a pleading [with the specifics of what is being amended: counts, adding parties, etc.]);
4. Each document submitted as a separate attachment:
a) not included as an exhibit to the motion;
b) identified (special process server order, vacate default order, amended complaint order, voluntary dismissal order, etc.);
c) abbreviations used (NOM, SPS, MTV, MTD, MSJ);
d) identification of documents by office file number, court number, or generic description (e.g., "order," or "agreed order") will be rejected;
5. Email addresses of all counsel of record, parties not yet held in default, and self-represented parties (or alternative service methods, if required);
6. PLEASE NOTE: Once an email thread/chain has been established on a case, all future emails shall be submitted to the assigned motion judge ONLY VIA THAT THREAD/CHAIN. Future "stand-alone" emails will not be accepted or acknowledged.
B. Emails which do not comply with this section will be rejected.
3.4 Notice and E-filing Requirements:
A. All motions (emergency, routine, regular) and notices of motion (if required) must be efiled prior to submission;
B. All motions must include email addresses of moving counsel of record;
C. All notices of motion must contain email addresses of all counsel of record, parties not yet held in default, and self-represented parties (or alternate service methods, if required);
D. Notices of motion must provide the following language:
On ------ at 9:00 AM, I shall electronically submit the attached: Motion for _________________________ to the Honorable _____________________, via email address:
Law.CAL __cc@cookcountyil.gov.
To respond or object to this Motion, please email response or objection to LAW.CAL__cc@cookcountyil.gov after 10:00 AM on the date set forth above, with a cc to all attorneys of record as
listed here:
If no response or objection is emailed before 4:00 PM on the date set forth above, the Court will rule on the Motion and enter an order.
E. Proposed orders submitted with any motion must not be efiled, or attached to the motion as an exhibit;
F. Proposed pleadings must not be attached to any motion as an exhibit or efiled, until such time as leave of court is granted to do so;
G. Notices of filing must not be submitted, as the filing date is already contained on the documents;
H. Courtesy copies of routine motions shall be submitted only on the date selected. Courtesy copies of routine motions submitted prior to the date selected, or unfiled, will be disregarded;
I. Motions which do not comply with this section will be rejected.
3.5 Emergency Motions:
A. Emergency motions shall be submitted to the assigned motion judge, between 8:45 AM to 9:30 AM, Monday through Friday;
B. Emergency motions shall be emailed to the assigned motion judge/emergency judge at the email addresses listed in Paragraph 3.1, supra;
C. "Emergency motions" shall include, but not be limited to:
1. Adding parties or filing pleadings (e.g., additional party complaints), prior to the expiration of an impending statute of limitations;
2. Requests for protective order for preservation of evidence;
3. Requests for relief, which, if not granted, will cause irreparable harm.
D. Notice and e-filing of emergency motions must comply with Paragraphs 3.2 and 3.3, supra;
E. Emergency motions will be reviewed by the assigned motion judge. Any motion which does not constitute a valid emergency will be stricken;
F. Courtesy copies of emergency motions shall be submitted only on the date selected. Courtesy copies of emergency motions submitted prior to the date selected, or unfiled, will be disregarded;
G. Motions to extend discovery dates do not constitute valid emergency motions, as per Paragraph 3.6(E), infra.
3.6 Routine Motions:
A. Routine motions shall be submitted to the assigned motion judge, between 8:45 AM and 9:30 AM, Monday through Friday, only, at the email addresses listed in Paragraph 3.1, supra;
B. "Routine motions" shall include, but not be limited to:
1. Appointment of special process servers ("SPS");
2. Leave to vacate technical defaults;
3. Leave to appear, answer, plead;
4. Entry of fully executed HIPAA orders;
5. Amending a pleading (adding parties, adding counts, adding allegations, etc.). Motion and order must contain all details of the proposed amendments;
6. Filing any cross-claims, counterclaims, and/or additional party pleadings (e.g. third-party complaint);
7. Leave to intervene on behalf of a worker's compensation carrier or public body claiming a lien;
8. Voluntary dismissal of certain parties ["partial'], or the entire case;
9. Dismissal orders for settlements not involving those subject to the Joint Memorandum on Settlement Procedures;
C. Notice and efiling of routine motions must comply with Paragraphs 3.2 and 3.3, supra;
D. Courtesy copies of routine motions shall be submitted only on the date selected. Courtesy copies of routine motions submitted prior to the date selected, or unfiled, will be disregarded;
E. Routine motions submitted after 9:30 AM will not be processed until the following business day.
3.7 Regular Motions:
A. The daily motion call ("spindled" motions, first time presentation) is suspended until further order of court, in accordance with public health directives;
B. Regular motions may be efiled and submitted to the assigned motion judge at any time, with proper notice provided. No remote hearings are permitted on the submission of regular motions;
C. The date of presentation/submission of any regular motion is selected solely by moving counsel and not by the assigned motion judge;
D. All regular motions shall be emailed to the assigned motion judge at the email addresses listed in Paragraph 3.1, supra;
E. "Regular motions" are all motions, other than "Emergency Motions" or "Routine Motions," as defined in Paragraphs 3.5 and 3.6, supra;
F. "Regular motions" shall include, but not be limited to:
1. Motions addressed to jurisdiction;
2. Validity and/or diligence of service of process;
3. Sufficiency of pleadings and exhibits;
4. Discovery motions (compel, ruling on objections, sanctions, in camera inspections, modifications of CMC orders);
5. Involuntary dismissal (2-619);
6. Motions to quash subpoenas;
7. Motions for summary judgment (partial or total);
8. Adjudication of liens;
G. All regular motions will be screened by the assigned motion judge for the need for a briefing schedule. If no briefing schedule is needed, the assigned motion judge will so notify all parties and will enter an order ruling on the motion;
H. Courtesy copies of routine motions shall be submitted only on the date selected. Courtesy copies of routine motions submitted prior to the date selected, or unfiled, will be disregarded;
I. If a briefing schedule is needed, then the procedures set forth in Paragraph 3.8, infra, must be complied with.
3.8 Contested Motion Procedures:
A. If any discovery is needed, prior to briefing a contested motion, the party requesting the discovery shall confer with opposing counsel, obtain an agreement to conduct such discovery, and shall submit an agreed order, providing a description of the discovery needed, and the time required to complete it;
B. If no discovery is needed prior to briefing a motion, counsel shall confer and submit an agreed briefing schedule order;
C. The standard briefing schedule shall be 28 days for response, and 21 days for reply, or as agreed by the parties, or set by order of court;
D. Courtesy copies shall be submitted by email to the assigned motion judge at the email addresses listed in Paragraph 3.1, supra;
E. PLEASE NOTE: The assigned motion judge may request hard copies of briefs, exhibits, records, etc., by regular mail or delivery, on a case-by-case basis, or as set forth in their standing orders, at the Law Division, Motion Section Home Page at: www.cookcountycourt.org
F. Courtesy copies, briefs, exhibits, records, etc., shall be submitted in PDF format only, and not encrypted, through drop boxes and/or secure portals;
G. Legal briefs should be streamlined to eliminate unnecessary pages of legal precedent, standards applied for determination of motions;
H. All rulings on contested motions will be by written order, unless otherwise determined by the assigned motion judge;
I. Oral arguments or hearings on contested motions will be conducted by remote electronic procedures, in accordance with approved remote proceeding protocols, and only if the assigned motion judge determines it is appropriate.
3.9 Settlement and Dismissal Orders:
A. Agreed orders for dismissals by settlement (partial or total), voluntary dismissals (partial or total, with no dispositive motions pending), agreed motions for good faith finding), etc., shall be submitted by email to the assigned motion judge at the email addresses set forth in Paragraph 3.1, supra;
B. All documents, other than the draft order, must be efiled, prior to submission;
C. "Draft" (not efiled) orders of dismissal must be submitted in both electronic formats to the assigned motion judge, as per Paragraph 3.2, supra.
3.10 Petitions for Approval of Settlements:
A. All petitions for settlement under the Wrongful Death Act, Survival Act, for Minors and Disabled Persons, must comply with the provisions of "Settlement Procedures," located on the Law Division Home Page,
www.cookcountycourt.org;
B. Petitions for approval of settlements and proposed orders must NOT be efiled prior to submission, must only be submitted in draft form, in the electronic format required by each motion judge in Paragraph 3.2, supra;
C. Notice of the submission of petitions for approval of settlement shall be provided to all counsel of record, with email addresses of counsel included;
D. Petitions for approval and/or orders which do not comply with this section will be rejected.
3.11 Case Management Procedures:
A. All previous procedures regarding case management, including high-volume case management court calls, are suspended, until further order of court, in accordance with public health directives;
B. Approved form case management ("CMC") orders will be used in all cases, according to the case type (i.e., Category 1 or Category 2);
C. CMC orders shall not be altered in format, time standards, and/or sequence of activities contained therein. Any CMC order created by law firms must conform exactly to the layout, time standards and sequence of activities as in the approved CMC for;
D. The approved fillable CMC orders are located on the Circuit Court Home Page, Law Division, www.cookcountycourt.org
E. New cases (filed after July 6, 2020):
1. When all parties have appeared, counsel will meet and confer, and prepare a CMC order, setting dates for all activities contained in the CMC order, in accordance with the time standards set forth;
2. The agreed CMC order shall be submitted to the assigned motion judge, no later than 14 days after all parties have appeared, and no later than 6 months from the date of the filing of the case;
3. If approved, the CMC order will be entered, returned to counsel, and no appearance for any "initial" CMC court date is required;
4. If not approved by the assigned motion judge, or not agreed to by counsel, the assigned motion judge and counsel will conduct an email or remote CMC conference to resolve all CMC issues, at a time and date agreed upon by the assigned motion judge and counsel;
5. On all new cases, the parties must inform the assigned motion judge (in the email submitting the CMC order), of the type of case, the injuries, the total medical and lost time, and any other damages being claimed. Cases which do not satisfy the Law Division case value criteria will be transferred to the Municipal Department;
6. Remote CMC conferences will not be conducted, unless the assigned motion judge determines it is necessary;
7. Requests for remote CMC conferences shall be submitted by email to the assigned motion judge, at the email addresses listed in Paragraph 3.1, supra. No formal motion is required;
8. All extensions, modifications, and/or compliance with any dates contained in the CMC order, shall be addressed by regular motion, in accordance with Paragraphs 3.3, 3.4, and 3.7, supra;
9. PLEASE NOTE: The only future court date contemplated by the new CMC procedures is the "trial certification date," contained in the CMC order. All activities set forth in any CMC order are expected to be completed by that date;
10. Court dates set by automatic continuance, due to COVID-19 procedures, may remain as the trial certification date, or may be superseded by the trial certification date contained in the CMC order;
12. CMC schedule orders and damages information on "new" cases must be submitted to the assigned motion judge no later than 6 months from the date of the filing of the cases;
13. New cases which currently have CMC orders already in place must submit the case value information no later than 1-31-21;
14. Failure to submit the required CMC order will result in the case being administratively dismissed by the assigned motion judge;
15. Motions to vacate and reinstate such cases must be submitted with a proposed CMC order to the assigned motion judge.
F. Pending Cases (filed prior to July 6, 2020):
1. Any pending case which did not submit a CMC scheduling order by August 15, 2020, as per the July 6, 2020 GAO, must submit a CMC order to the assigned motion judge, no later than January 31, 2021;
2. The CMC order must contain deadlines for all remaining activities to be completed, in accordance with the times standards set forth;
3. If the time standard for completion of any activity has already passed, new dates will be chosen, but counsel will attempt to meet remaining time standards as much as possible;
4. The agreed CMC order will be submitted to the assigned motion judge for approval, and if approved, will be entered and returned to counsel;
5. If not approved by the assigned motion judge, or not agreed to by counsel, the assigned motion judge and counsel will conduct an email or remote CMC conference to resolve all CMC issues, at a time and date agreed upon by the assigned motion judge and counsel;
6. Remote CMC conferences will not be conducted, unless the assigned motion judge determines it is necessary;
7. Requests for remote CMC conferences shall be submitted by email to the assigned motion judge at the addresses listed in Paragraph 3.1, supra;
8. All extensions, modifications and/or compliance with any dates contained in the CMC order shall be addressed by regular motion, in accordance with Paragraph 3.3, 3.4 and 3.7, supra;
9. PLEASE NOTE: The only future court date contemplated by the new CMC procedures is the "trial certification date," contained in the CMC order. All activities set forth in any CMC order are expected to be completed by that date;
10. Court dates set by automatic continuance, due to COVID-19 procedures, may remain as the trial certification date, or may be superseded by the trial certification date contained in the CMC order
11. Failure to submit the required CMC order will result in the case being administratively dismissed by the assigned motion judge;
12. Motions to vacate and reinstate such cases must be submitted with a proposed CMC order to the assigned motion judge.
G. Any future CMC/trial certification dates reset by automatic COVID continuances will not extend any discovery deadlines already contained in the CMC order.
3.12 Discovery Issues:
A. All discovery (including, but not limited to depositions of parties, and Supreme Court Rule 213[f][1], [f][2] and [f][3] witnesses) will proceed, in telephonic, video conference and/or other electronic means, as per Cook County General Administrative Order 2020-7 (November 23, 2020), and Illinois Supreme Court Order In Re: Illinois Courts Response to COVID-19 Emergency/Impact on Discovery, M.R. 30370 (June 4, 2020);
B. If there is no agreement on the taking of, or conditions under which, discovery or evidence depositions are to be taken, including, but not limited to, remotely, the motion judges shall have the discretion pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 201 to determine these issues, upon motion.
3.13 Pre-Trial Conferences:
A. The following motion judges are available for pre-trial conferences, conducted remotely, and can be contacted at the following email addresses:
Motion Call A: Honorable James N. O'Hara LAW.CALAcc@cookcountyil.gov
Motion Call B: Honorable Daniel T. Gillespie LAW.CALBcc@cookcountyil.gov
Motion Call C: Honorable Melissa A. Durkin LAW.CALCcc@cookcountyil.gov
Motion Call D: Honorable Patricia O. Sheahan LAW.CALDcc@cookcountyil.gov
Motion Call F: Honorable Moira S. Johnson LAW.CALFcc@cookcountyil.gov
Motion Call R: Honorable Christophe E. Lawler LAW.CALRcc@cookcountyil.gov
Motion Call X: Honorable Brendan A. O'Brien LAW.CALXcc@cookcountyil.gov
Motion Call Z: Honorable Karen L. O'Malley LAW.CALZcc@cookcountyil.gov
Honorable Gerald V. Cleary Gerald.Cleary@cookcountyil.gov
Honorable Toya T. Harvey Toya.Harvey@cookcountyil.gov
3.14 Information Contact:
A. Further information and answers to questions can be obtained by contacting the assigned motion calendar, or 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.
        Section 4: Procedures Applicable to the Commercial Section Calendars I, N, Q, ST, U, W, &Y
        Section 4 of General Administrative Order 20-6 is deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:
4.1 Procedures regarding newly filed motions:
1. The attorneys upon electronically filing the motion will email a file stamped copy of the motion (contested, routine, etc.) to the Calendar's contact individual, either the Court's coordinator or law clerk, at the Calendar's email listed below. The movant should advise the Court if there is any objection to the motion.
2. Upon review of the motion the Court will determine if the motion can be addressed summarily (e.g. routine motions and special process server motions) or will require briefing.
3. If the parties wish a briefing schedule, the parties should include an agreed order consisting of the standard briefing schedule of 28 and 14 days or an agreed modified schedule. An un-filed agreed briefing schedule order should be sent with the initial motion to the coordinator or law clerk.
4. If the court determines it is a matter that does not require briefing, then the court will advise the parties of that determination.
5. The briefing schedule order shall contain a courtesy copy delivery date of 3 court days following the filing of the last brief (usually the reply brief).
6. The movant will provide all the briefs and exhibits to the court via email on the courtesy copy delivery date.
7. The court will provide a ruling or hearing date upon receipt of the full courtesy copy packet.
4.2 Previously Presented Motions:
For motions as to which the court has already entered a briefing schedule and clerk status, the parties should abide by the set schedule. Respondents on motions must email movant a copy of their briefs and exhibits on the date they file it. On the clerk status date, Movant must email copies of all briefs and exhibits to the court's coordinator or law clerk. Please include the following:
1. Subject line of the email should contain the case name, case number, and caption of the motion.
2. Movant must carbon copy (cc) all parties to the case on the email.
3. Attachments:
a. Briefs should be in Microsoft Word format.
b. Exhibits to the Briefs may be in Word format or pdf.
4.3 Agreed Orders:
The Court will enter agreed orders provided the following conditions are met:
If all the parties to a case agree that a particular order by the court will be of assistance in moving the proceedings forward (e.g. an agreed protective order), the parties may email a copy of the proposed order to the email address for the particular Calendar. All parties to the case must be cc'd.
4.4 Emergency Motions:
Any such motion shall be presented in like manner to other newly filed motions with the following additions:
a) The Court's coordinator or law clerk will notify the moving party the dates and times when the Court is available to hear the motion remotely.
b) The moving party shall inform counsel for the non-moving party of the Court's available dates and times. The parties shall coordinate a date and time to present the motion to the Court remotely. Once the parties agree on a date and time to present the emergency motion, the moving party shall immediately communicate to the Court through the coordinator or law clerk the date and time selected by the parties. In no event shall the date and time selected be less than 24 hours from when this information is communicated to the Court.
Any emergency motion must be presented to the Court remotely via telephonic conference call, video conference, Skype, Zoom or similar technology or service.
4.5 Discovery:
Parties must be flexible with regard to discovery. Gamesmanship, sharp practice and hardball tactics will not be tolerated. Parties should recognize that responses to interrogatories will likely be delayed and that social distancing may create difficulties in obtaining documents. The court will not entertain any discovery related motions that do not document full compliance with both the letter and spirit of Supreme Court Rule 201(k). The Court strongly encourages depositions be taken by telephonic or remote video means.
4.6 Remote Video Conferencing and Trials:
The Commercial Calendar Section has established a Uniform Video Conferencing Protocol to be used for bench trials and evidentiary hearings.
http://www.cookcountycourt.org/Portals/0/Law%20Divison/General%20Administrative%20Orders/20-06/Video%20Protocols%20(GAO%2020-6%20LAW%20DIVISION).pdf?ver=2020-07-07-152102-527
Parties are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the protocol.
The Commercial Calendar Section has revised its Uniform Standing Order to reflect the changes in Court operations due to the COVID -19 pandemic. Parties and counsel are encouraged to review the revised order.
http://www.cookcountycourt.org/Portals/0/Law%20Divison/Standing%20Orders/7-6-20%20Commercial_Calendar_Uniform_Order%20-%20Pandemic%20Revision%20-%203_0.pdf?ver=7yRli-NLXzMaGyyuNRik7w%3d%3d
4.7 Communications Directed to the Court:
Email is strongly preferred. Emails should be directed to the respective Commercial Calendar contact at the address listed. The email must cc all attorneys and self-represented litigants. If for some reason email is not an option, attorneys should phone the Commercial Calendar contact individual at the number listed below. Court staff is monitoring the Calendar voice mails.
4.8 Contact Individuals by Calendar:
Judge Margaret Brennan Calendar N
Wanda Fleming at LAW.CALncc@cookcountyil.gov or 312-603-4804. Zoom ID: 972-4167-2936
Zoom Password: 909053 Zoom Conference Call 1-312-626-6799
Judge Thomas Mulroy, Jr. Calendar I
Brianna Kwasek at LAW.CALicc@cookcountyil.gov or 312-603-4266.
Zoom meeting ID is 840 1630 6411 No password needed
Judge Michael Otto Calendar U
Mark Miller at LAW.CALucc@cookcountyil.gov or 312-603-5941.
Zoom ID: 973 8107 5278 Zoom Password: 386710
Judge Daniel Kubasiak Calendar T
Annette Aponte at LAW.CALtcc@cookcountyil.gov or 312-603-5930.
Zoom ID: 913 6588 1682 Zoom Password: 894316 Zoom Conference Call 1-312-626-6799
Judge James Snyder Calendar Y
Patricia Wisniewski at LAW.CALycc@cookcountyil.gov or 312-603-5818.
Zoom ID: 999 8063 6139 Zoom Password: 645477 Zoom Conference Call 1-312-626-6799
Judge Jerry Esrig Calendar S
Marianne Meister at LAW.CALscc@cookcountyil.gov or 312-603-5915.
Zoom ID: 950 5322 1634 Zoom Password: 335113
Judge Patrick Sherlock Calendar Q
Melissa Robbins at LAW.CALqcc@cookcountyil.gov or 312-603-5902.
Contact Melissa Robbins at Melissa.Robbins@cookcountyil.gov for zoom information.
Judge Diane Shelley Calendar W
Christine Marinakis at LAW.CALwcc@cookcountyil.gov or 312-603-5940.
Zoom Meeting ID: 921 0771 779 Zoom Password: 881878
        Section 5: Procedure Applicable to the Tax & Miscellaneous Remedies Section
        Calendars 1, 3, and 5
Section 5 of General Administrative Order 20-6 is deleted in its entirety and replaced with the following:
5.1 Handling Routine Matters Remotely for all Calendars
a) The following matters are considered to be "Routine Matters."
Agreed extension order
Agreed briefing schedule order
Agreed dismissal order
Agreed turnover order
Agreed orders on other matters, if appropriate
Plaintiff's motion to voluntarily dismiss or non-suit
Motion for leave to appear as attorney of record
Motion for substitution of counsel by stipulation
Motion to vacate a technical default
Motion for leave to add a new party
Motion for leave to amend a pleading
Motion for leave to file an answer or a responsive proceeding (with proposed pleading attached)
Plaintiff's motion to dismiss a wage garnishment, a non-wage garnishment, a citation to discover assets, a third-party citation to discover assets
Plaintiff's motion to dismiss a rule to show cause
Plaintiff's motion to dismiss a body attachment order
Motion to grant defendant/debtor's exemption claim
Plaintiff's motion for entry of a memorandum of judgment
Plaintiff's motion to vacate or dismiss a memorandum of judgment
Satisfaction of judgment filed by the plaintiff/creditor
Plaintiff's petition to revive a judgment
Plaintiff's motion for the appointment of a special process server
Plaintiff's motion for service by special order of the court under 735 ILCS 5/2-203.1
Plaintiff's motion for the issuance of an alias rule to show cause
Plaintiff's motion for the issuance of an alias citation to discover assets
Plaintiff's motion for entry of a judgment by confession
Motion to set a hearing on the immediate vesting of title
Any other routine motion allowed under the April 1995 Law Division Motion Judge Rules
b) All Routine Matters will be considered by the Court remotely, without requiring the parties to appear before the Court. The protocol for the presentation of a Routine Matter is as follows:
i The moving party shall e-file, notice, and serve the motion relating to the Routine Matter in the usual and customary manner and timetable prescribed by statute and court rules. However, in no event shall the Routine Matter be noticed for a date earlier than fourteen (14) days after the date on which the notice of motion and motion are filed.
ii The notice of filing and motion shall include in the case caption the specific calendar to which the motion is directed (i.e. Calendar 1, Calendar 3, or Calendar 5).
iii The motion shall be noticed on Monday through Thursday at the following times for the following Tax & Miscellaneous Remedies Court calls: Calendar 1-1:15PM; Calendar 3-9:15AM; Calendar 5-9:15AM. No party shall appear in person for the presentation of the motion. The motion will be handled remotely.
iv Within two days of filing, the moving party shall email a copy of the motion and proposed order to (a) all parties that have appeared and (b) the Court. If a party has not yet appeared, the moving party shall send by U.S. First Class Mail a copy of the notice of filing, the motion, and the proposed order to all parties.
v The moving party shall include in its notice of filing and motion (1) the appropriate Calendar Number for the case (i.e., Calendar 1, 3, or 5), (2) the name, email address, U.S. MAIL mailing address, and contact phone numbers (including cell phone numbers) for its counsel, (3) the names, email addresses, U.S. MAIL mailing addresses, and contact phone numbers (including cell phone numbers, if known) for all parties that have appeared in the case, and (4) the names and mailing addresses for all parties that have not appeared in the case. The notice of filing shall further state that (1) no party shall appear in person in court for the presentation of the motion, (2) the motion will be handled by the Court without oral argument by either party, and (3) if the non-moving party objects to the motion or to the relief requested, that party must do so in writing under the procedure stated in Section 5(1)(d), below.
vi All proposed agreed orders must contain on the face of the proposed agreed order the signature of each party or its counsel to reflect that party's agreement to the entry of the order. A typed name only, without an actual accompanying signature, does not satisfy this requirement.
vii The moving party shall email its notice of filing, motion, and proposed order to the Court Personnel for the appropriate Calendar at the email addresses listed below. In the event any party desires to have a follow-up communication with Court Personnel for a particular Calendar, the party should use the contact names, telephone numbers, and email addresses for that particular Calendar listed below.
Calendar 1 Court Personnel:
General email address: LAW.CAL1cc@cookcountyil.gov
Clerk: Lucy Ociepka (email: lzociepka@cookcountycourt.com; phone: 312-603-4467)
Law Clerk: Erik-Jan Hassell (email: erikjan.hassell@cookcountyil.gov)
Calendar 3 Court Personnel:
General email address: LAW.CAL3cc@cookcountyil.gov
Clerk: Kim Stovall (email: kdstovall@cookcountycourt.com; phone: 312-603-4347)
Court Coordinator: Ann Ostrowski (phone: 312-603-5533)
Law Clerk: Conrad Foreman (email: conradc.foreman@cookcountyil.gov)
Calendar 5 Court Personnel:
General email address: LAWCAL5cc@cookcountyil.gov
Clerk: Anohki Patel (email: ajpatel@cookcountycourt.com) phone 312-603-4466)
Court Coordinator: Ann Ostrowski (email: ann.ostrowski@cookcountyil.gov; phone: 312-603-5533)
Law Clerk: Isabella Janusz (email: isabella.janusz@cookcountyil.gov)
c If the Court concludes that the relief requested for the Routine Matter is adequately supported and appropriate, (a) the Court will sign the Order, (b) the Clerk will enter the Order, and (c) the appropriate Court Personnel will transmit a copy of the signed and entered Order to all counsel and parties at the email or street addresses provided by the moving party.
d In the event a non-moving party objects to the motion or to the relief requested, that party shall file and serve via email on the movant and the Court an objection to the motion. The objection must be filed and served no later than two business days before the scheduled court date. In the event an objection to the motion is made, the Court will defer ruling on the motion and will set the matter on the Court's Contested Matter call on another date (see Sections 5.3 and 5.4, below).
e In all email communications to Court Personnel, the party initiating the email communication shall include as email recipients all other parties to the case.
5.2 Briefing Schedule and Brief Requirements on all Contested and Fully-Briefed Motions for all Calendars
The following constitutes the briefing requirements for all contested motions:
a Absent other court order, the briefing schedule on any contested motion is as follows: (i) the Respondent's brief is due 28 days after the motion filing date and (ii) the Movant's Reply is due 14 days thereafter.
b Absent other court order, (i) the Movant's opening brief shall not exceed 15 pages in length, (ii) the Respondent's response brief shall not exceed 15 pages in length, and (iii) the Movant's reply brief shall not exceed 15 pages in length.
c There is no limit to the number of pages of exhibits that the parties may append to their briefs.
d Within three business days after the last brief is filed, the movant shall supply the Court with courtesy copies of all briefs, exhibits, and other materials filed by the parties. The briefs shall be supplied to the Court in accordance with Section 5.4, below.
5.3 Contested Motions and Return Dates for All Calendars
a The following details the manner in which (i) contested motions will be handled by all Calendars and (ii) returns of citations to discover assets (735 ILCS 5/2-1402) and garnishment proceedings (735 ILCS 5/12-701 et seq.) will be handled by Calendar 5 (collectively "Contested Matters"):
b All of the Contested Matters that historically have been presented to the Court in-person will be presented to the Court remotely via video conference under this Order. No party shall appear in person for the presentation of a Contested Matter.
c The moving party shall e-file, notice, and serve the Contested Matter in the usual and customary manner and timetable prescribed by statute and court rules. However, in no event shall the Contested Matter be noticed for a date earlier than fourteen (14) days after the date on which the Contested Matter was filed.
d A party may notice any Calendar 1 Contested Matter for initial presentation to the Court on Monday through Thursday afternoons. A party may notice a Calendar 3 or Calendar 5 Contested Matter for initial presentation to the Court on Monday through Thursday mornings.
i Calendar 1 Contested Matters will be heard at 1:30PM on Monday through Thursday.
ii Calendar 3 Contested Matters will be heard at 9:30AM on Monday through Thursday.
iii Calendar 5 Contested Matters will be heard at 9:30AM, 10:00AM, and 10:30AM on Monday through Thursday. The Court will hear up to six (6) Contested Matters every half-hour for three (3) half-hour time slots each day (for a total of 18 Contested Matters that may be heard each day). When a party files its Calendar 5 Contested Matter, the Clerk of the Court will assign the appropriate time slot for the date selected, filling the first six time slots available that day, then the next six time slots available that day, and then the final six time slots available.
e The party presenting the Contested Matter shall use the following Zoom information to access the Court hearing on the date when the Contested Matter will be presented to the Court:
Calendar 1: Zoom ID No. 910 7017 4846; Password: 917553
Calendar 3: Zoom ID No. 980 2962 2696; Password: 138444
Calendar 5: Zoom ID No. 967 3454 1119; Password: 268697
f The party presenting the Contested Matter shall serve a "Notice of Remotely Conducted Proceedings" on (1) the non-moving party, (2) any other party of record, and (3) any other respondent or potential adverse claimant to a citation or garnishment summons.
g The Notice of Remotely Conducted Proceedings shall communicate the following information to the non-moving party, other party of record, or other respondent or potential adverse claimant:
i The case name, case number, and Calendar number.
ii The date and time when the Contested Matter will be heard by the Court.
iii The moving party's or its counsel's name, firm name, email address, office phone number, and cell phone number.
iv The Zoom conference log-in information.
v The statement that the initial hearing on the motion, citation, or garnishment proceeding will not be conducted in person in the Daley Center on the date and time stated. Instead, the matter will be handled remotely, through zoom.com, a video conference service.
vi) The statement that the non-moving party or other respondent shall not physically appear in the Daley Center on the date and time stated.
vii) The email address for the appropriate Calendar Court Personnel (Calendar 1, 3 or 5) detailed in Section 5.1(b)(vii).
viii) The statement that in the event the non-moving party or other respondent fails to appear during the remotely conducted hearing, the Court may enter an order that adversely affects the interests of the non-moving party or other respondent.
5.4 The Moving Party's Obligation to Supply Courtesy Copies to the Court of Any Contested Matter in Advance of the First Presentment Date
a A moving party presenting a Contested Matter to the Court shall supply the following courtesy copies to the Court at least five (5) business days before the scheduled presentation date for the Contested Matter:
b For Calendar 1 and Calendar 3, courtesy copies of the following documents are needed:
A copy of the movant's filing;
The proof of service or the certificate of service (whichever is applicable); and
The notice of remotely conducted proceedings
c The courtesy copies for Calendar 1 shall be supplied to the Court in the following manner: (i) if fewer than 20 pages total, via email to LAW.CAL1cc@cookcountyil.gov and (ii) if more than 20 pages total, via email to LAW.CAL1cc@cookcountyil.gov and by delivery to the courtesy copy basket located outside Courtroom 2505 in the Daley Center.
d The courtesy copies for Calendar 3 shall be supplied to the Court in the following manner: regardless of the number of pages, via email to conradc.foreman@cookcountyil.gov and to
LAW.CAL3cc@cookcountyil.gov.
e For Calendar 5 courtesy copies, the following documents are needed:
For a citation to discover assets to the defendant/debtor: the citation; the notice of citation to the defendant/debtor; the proof of service on the defendant/debtor; and the notice of the remotely conducted proceedings.
For a citation to discover assets (or garnishment summons) to a third party: the citation; the notice of citation/garnishment to the defendant/debtor (including the signed certificate by the plaintiff/creditor that the third-party citation was mailed to the defendant/debtor within three business days after service on the third party); the proof of service on the third party; the answer, if any, by the third party; and the notice of remotely conducted proceedings.
For a rule to show cause: the citation; the proof of service of the citation; the notice of the citation; the proof of service on the party against whom the plaintiff is seeking a rule to show cause; and the notice of remotely conducted proceedings.
For a turnover order for property held by a third party: the citation; the notice of the citation to the third party, the defendant/debtor, and any potential adverse claimant; the third party's answer; and the notice of remotely conducted proceedings to the third party, the debtor/defendant, and any potential adverse claimant.
For a motion for a body attachment order: the rule to show cause; the proof of service of the rule to show cause; and the notice of remotely conducted proceedings.
For all other motions up for presentation on the first date: the motion; the proof of service or certificate of service (whichever is applicable); and the notice of remotely conducted proceedings.
f The courtesy copies for Calendar 5 shall be supplied to the Court in the following manner:
i if fewer than 20 pages total, via email to ann.ostrowski@cookcountyil.gov;
ii if more than 20 pages total, either via delivery to the courtesy copy basket located outside of Courtroom 2503 of the Daley Center or to the following address: Judge Patrick Heneghan; c/o UPS Store; Box 390; 2516 Waukegan Road; Glenview, IL 60025.
5.5 Zoom Credentials for All Calendars for Matters Other Than Contested Matters
Zoom credentials for matters other than Contested Matters will be set by special order of the Court for each Calendar. For those Zoom credentials, please contact the Court Personnel identified in section 5.1(b)(vii), above.
5.7 Parties Are Encouraged to Complete and File Status Reports
a All cases that had been scheduled for a case status conference between March 17, 2020 and December 31, 2020 automatically received a new case status date commencing sometime after January 4, 2021. The parties are advised to check the electronic docket of the Clerk of the Circuit Court for each such case to determine the new continued status date.
b Before the date when the case will next be heard by the Court, the Parties are encouraged to jointly file with the Clerk and email to the appropriate Calendar Court Personnel a copy of the completed T&MRS Joint Status Report at least five (5) business days before the case will next be heard by the Court. The form Joint Status Report may be found on the Law Division page of the website for the Circuit Court of Cook County.
5.8 Emergency Motions
Emergency motions for each Calendar in the T&MRS Section shall be handled in the following manner:
a All such motions will be handled remotely, via Zoom hearing. No party or person shall appear in person for the presentation of the motion.
b The movant shall file the Emergency Motion and immediately send a courtesy copy to the appropriate Calendar Court Personnel identified in section 5.1(b)(vii), above. The Emergency Motion must contain the following information: the Calendar number to which the case is assigned; the names of the the counsel for each party or interested person, if known; and the email addresses and cell phone numbers for each counsel, if known.
c Immediately after filing the Emergency Motion, the moving party shall contact the non-moving party and any other party/person that has an interest in the outcome of the Emergency Motion and (a) electronically send a copy of all material filed with the Court; (b) advise the non-moving party and other party/person of the filing of the Emergency Motion, and (c) solicit their availability to appear before the Court for the presentation of the Emergency Motion.
d In the event the non-moving party and other party/person agree on a date when the Emergency Motion may be presented to the Court, the moving party shall contact the Court Personnel identified in Section 5.1(b)(vii), above, via email (cc'ing the non-moving party and all other interested parties and persons) and advise the Court Personnel about the parties' and other persons' availability to appear before the Court for the presentation of the Emergency Motion. The Court Personnel will endeavor to select a date and time for the Court to hear the Emergency Motion that can accommodate all interested parties and persons.
e In the event the non-moving party and other party/person do not agree on a date when the Emergency Motion may be presented before the Court, the moving party may contact the Court Personnel via email (cc'ing the defendant and all other interested parties and persons) and seek a date when the Emergency Motion may be heard. The Court Personnel will then endeavor to select a date and time for the Court to hear the Emergency Motion that can accommodate all interested parties and persons.
f Absent unusual circumstances, the Court will not set the hearing date and time on any such Emergency Motion earlier than two (2) business days after the moving party has (a) filed the Emergency Motion, (b) contacted the Court and requested a date to present its Emergency Motion, and (c) contacted the non-moving party and any other party/person who may have an interest in the outcome of the Emergency Motion.
g The moving party shall supply via email the Court, the non-moving party, and any other interested party/person with its Emergency Motion and other supporting papers as soon as practicable coincident with the filing of the Emergency Motion. The non-moving party and any other interested party/person may file responsive pleadings with the Court via email to the Court Personnel identified in section 5.1(b)(vii), above.
h In the event the Court entertains the Emergency Motion, the Court Personnel will provide the moving party and, if known, the non-moving party and any other interested person/party, with the Zoom credentials for the remote hearing for the date on which the Emergency Motion will be presented to the Court. The moving party also shall make its best efforts to supply said Zoom information to the non-moving party and all interested persons.
5.9 Motions and Petitions for Replevin and Attachment Orders
a Plaintiffs seeking replevin and attachment orders may do so by presenting their motions as Routine Matters pursuant to Section 5.1. In the event the movant requires a shorter time for presentation than the fourteen (14) days specified in Section 5.1, the movant may make an ex parte request for an Emergency Motion pursuant to Section 5.6.
b If the movant is bringing an ex parte motion or petition pursuant to statute, the movant may dispense with the notice provisions set forth in Sections 5.1 and 5.6, but the movant must comply with statutory notice (and other) requirements.
c Nothing in this section shall be construed as granting leave to any plaintiff to avoid compliance with any statutory requirement for obtaining replevin or attachment orders.
        Section 6: Individual Calendar "J" Judge Ronald Bartkowicz
6.1 Jury Cases set for Trial:
Pursuant to Section 1.3 of this order all jury cases set for trial from March 17, 2020 through June 30, 2021 are converted to "Trial Setting" dates and the setting of jury cases for trial is suspended until further order of court.
6.2 Non-Jury Cases set for Trial:
Pursuant to Section 1.4 of this order non-jury cases set for trial between March 17, 2020 and June 30, 2021 will be reset. All parties of record will receive electronic or postcard notice providing the date, time and manner of court call setting new non-jury trial dates.
Non-jury cases set for trial after July 6, 2020 may proceed and will be conducted remotely using Zoom or other remote video method.
If the only way to conduct a non-jury trial is by having an in-person or combination in-person/remote proceeding, In-person proceedings shall be conducted pursuant to Section 1.1 of this order.
Please note that any case currently set for jury trial where the parties agree to waive the jury, an agreed motion may be presented pursuant to Section 6.4 of this order and the case will be scheduled for non-jury trial.
6.3 Court Dates and Case Management:
The court will begin contacting all parties of record on all cases, beginning with the oldest pending cases to conduct a remote proceeding that will allow for the entry of a case management order on each case.
6.4 Regular Motions:
Shall include, but not be limited to motions addressed to jurisdiction, validity and/or diligence of service of process, sufficiency of pleadings and exhibits, discovery, involuntary dismissal, objections, privileges, in camera inspections, etc.
All motions shall be emailed to LAW.CALJcc@cookcountyil.gov with copies emailed to all parties of record. Upon receipt of the motion the court will determine if the motion can be ruled on summarily or will require briefing.
If briefing is required, the parties can agree to a briefing schedule, or the court will enter one. The court will determine if oral argument is needed, and if needed, the court will
schedule a remote hearing using video or teleconference platforms. Notice to all parties and counsel of record and public access information shall be provided by the court
In-person proceedings shall be conducted pursuant to Section 1.1 of this order.
6.5 Emergency Motions:
Emergency motions shall include, but not be limited to: adding parties or filing pleadings (e.g., additional party complaints) prior to the expiration of a statute of limitations, orders for preservation of evidence. Motions which do not constitute valid emergencies will be stricken. Motions to extend discovery dates already reset pursuant to Section I, supra, do not constitute emergency motions and must not be presented. Notice shall be provided to all counsel of record.
6.6 Scheduling Emergency Motions:
To schedule an emergency motion for Individual Calendar "J" the movant should email Nicolas Ospina, Law Clerk at : LAW.CALJcc@cookcountyil.gov and attach a courtesy copy of the emergency motion and a copy of the emergency notice of motion.
The court will review the motion to determine if a valid emergency exists.
If it is determined that a valid emergency exists the court will schedule a remote hearing by telephone or video within 24 hours of presentment of the motion.
If the court determines the motion is not a valid emergency, the court will inform the movant and will instruct the movant to notify all parties that it will not be heard.
6.7 Notice of Emergency Motions:
All emergency motions should be noticed for 10:00 A.M. for remote hearing and should be noticed a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours in advance of presentation, except for good cause shown.
6.8 Routine Motions:
Routine motions shall include, but not be limited to: motions for special process servers, substitutions of attorneys, leave to vacate technical defaults, leave to appear, answer, plead, leave to intervene on behalf of a worker's compensation carrier or public body claiming a lien, and fully executed HIPAA orders. Notice shall be provided to all counsel of record.
6.9 Presenting a Routine Motion:
Routine motions shall be emailed to: Nicolas Ospina, Law Clerk at LAW.CALJcc@cookcountyil.gov with notice provided to all counsel of record.
6.10 Agreed Orders:
Copies of the agreed order should be emailed to: Nicolas Ospina, Law Clerk at LAW.CALJcc@cookcountyil.gov
6.11 Contact Information:
Individual Calendar "J": (312) 603-2357
Please leave a detailed voicemail message if there is no answer, all calls will be returned as promptly as possible.
        Section 7: Trial Section:
7.1 Cases Assigned pursuant to General Administrative Order 16-4 (Random Assignment of Complex Cases):
All cases that had been assigned for trial pursuant to Law Division General Administrative order 16-4 (Random Assignment of Complex Cases for Trial) that had trial dates between March 17, 2020 and June 30, 2021 will have those trial dates converted to trial setting date pursuant to Section 1.3 of this order (Jury Cases Set For Trial).
Any case in which a mistrial was granted and the case was retained by the originally assigned trial judge and reset for trial between March 17, 2020 and December 31, 2020 will have those trial dates converted to trial setting dates pursuant to Section 1.3 of this order (Jury Cases Set for Trial).
By virtue of this order, all cases impacted by the above provisions shall have the original assignment converted to an assignment for all purposes including trial to the trial judge originally assigned the case for trial. That assignment for all purposes shall include all discovery matters and the hearing of all motions and the setting of a new trial date.
Please note that all cases impacted by this order should expect to have a trial date set within 30 days of the trial setting date, assuming normal court operations have resumed as provided in Section 1.3 of this order (Jury Cases Set For Trial).
The trial judges impacted by this order will be contacting all parties of record on all applicable cases and establishing protocols for remotely addressing all outstanding issues related to each case.
For any additional information relating to the cases impacted by this order, email James Maher at james.maher@cookcountyil.gov and make sure that all parties of record are copied on any correspondences submitted.
7.2 Assignment of Cases for Mandatory Pre-Trials and Active Case Management:
(This section updates and supersedes Law Division General Administrative Order 20-8)
All cases set for jury trial in Courtroom 2005 from March 17, 2020 through March 31, 2021, shall have mandatory pre-trials conducted by the assigned Active Case Management judge. The parties may not agree to conduct the pre-trial before any other judge.
Cases previously set for trial, and transferred for pre-trial prior to the entry of Law Division General Administrative Order 20-7 on August 26, 2020, shall remain before the agreed upon judge for pre-trial only.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED:
All additional pending cases, set for jury trial in Courtroom 2005 between March 17, 2020 and March 31, 2021, and not previously assigned for Active Case Management pursuant to Law Division General Administrative Order 20-6, Section 7.2, shall be randomly assigned for Active Case Management and mandatory pre-trial conferences, per Law Division General Administrative Order 10-3, and Law Division General Administrative Order 20-7.
Judges identified in Section 7.6 of this order shall be randomly assigned cases currently pending in the Motion Section of the Law Division.
All parties of record will receive electronic or postcard notice of the reassignment and the reassignment will be reflected on the Clerk of the Circuit Court's electronic docket, on or before January 15, 2021.
Upon receipt of the notice of reassignment, the plaintiff's attorney (or the plaintiff, if self-represented), shall email the assigned judge a service list, copied to all parties of record, that contains the email addresses of all parties and attorneys of record. If a party does not have an email address, a telephone contact number shall be provided.
Service lists shall be emailed to the assigned judge at the email address listed in Section 7.6 of this order, within five (5) business days of receipt of notice of reassignment.
The assigned judge will schedule a remote status conference, by video or teleconference, within fifteen (15) business days of receiving the service list.
In person proceedings shall be conducted pursuant to Section 1.1 of this order.
Any CMC scheduling order, previously entered by the Motion Judge, per Section 3.11 of this order, shall remain in full force and effect.
Cases which do NOT have a CMC scheduling order previously entered per Section 3.11 of this order, shall have discovery schedules and deadlines set. Discovery shall be completed and the case shall be certified for trial on or before June 30, 2021, per Law Division General Administrative Order 10-3, Section A (6).
The discovery completion deadline of December 31, 2020, shall remain in full force and effect, in cases previously assigned for Active Case Management, pursuant to Law Division General Administrative Order 20-6.
The discovery completion deadline of March 31, 2021, shall remain in full force and effect, in cases previously assigned for Active Case Management, pursuant to Law Division General Administrative Order 20-8.
Any motion to modify or extend the discovery completion deadline must be presented to the Presiding Judge of the Law Division in the method described in Section 2.6 of this order.
The Presiding Judge of the Law Division has the sole discretion to extend the discovery completion deadline beyond December 31, 2020, in cases previously reassigned per Law Division General Administrative Order 20-6, Section 7.2 as well as the March 31, 2021 the discovery completion deadline for those cases reassigned by General Administrative Order 20-8 and the June 30, 2021 discovery completion deadline for those cases reassigned by this order.
Motions to extend the discovery completion deadline shall contain the name of the assigned Active Case Management Judge when presented. The Presiding Judge will only rule on extending the final discovery completion deadline. Specific discovery deadlines will be addressed by the assigned Active Case Management Judge. The Presiding Judge will not enter a specific discovery schedule.
Once the discovery completion deadline has been extended, the assigned Active Case Management Judge should complete discovery within the time allotted by the extension.
For cases in which all discovery has been completed: the assigned Active Case Management Judge will enter an order indicating that all discovery is completed and closed and the case is certified for trial.
The assigned Active Case Management Judge will then set a status date approximately 90 days from date of trial certification and retain jurisdiction for that period to address any issues that may arise.
The provisions in Sections 7.3 and 7.4 of this order shall apply to those cases reassigned pursuant to this order.
Please note: The mandatory pre-trial of cases shall involve a good faith effort by all parties to resolve cases, which would have already been resolved, had their trials been conducted.
The resolution of cases will ease the backlog of jury trials when they resume, and will provide closure to those litigants who were denied the jury trial process by the pandemic.
In cases where a pre-trial will likely resolve the case, the parties shall so inform the assigned judge, so the pre-trial can be conducted as expeditiously as possible.
Each judge identified in Section 7.6 of this order shall be randomly assigned cases currently pending in the Motion Section of the Law Division.
7.3 Conversion of an Assigned Non-Jury Case in Section 7.2 into an All Purpose Assignment, including Trial:
If all parties agree, including the assigned judge, to have a non-jury trial proceed before the assigned judge the parties may submit an agreed order to the Presiding Judge in the method described in Section 2.11 of this order.
This would include any case in which the parties agree to waive their right to a Jury Trial to effectuate the assignment for trial.
The only stipulation is that the trial must be completed prior to June 30, 2021 using the methods described in Section 1.4 of this order.
7.4 Conversion of an Assigned Jury Case in Section 7.2 to an All Purpose Assignment, Including Trial
For extremely complex cases as defined in Law Division General Administrative Order 91-4 Section 1.4(a): The parties, by agreement, may present a motion before the Presiding Judge of the Law Division in the method described in Section 2.6 of this order to have a Jury case assigned in advance for trial.
This type of assignment would be used on a very limited basis and would be done in such a way that would provide priority to those cases set for trial beginning on March 17, 2020.
The Presiding Judge would weigh the parties request against providing access to justice to those Jury Cases waiting the longest for trial to resolve the litigation.
7.5 Pre Trials:
For those cases transferred for pre-trial to be conducted remotely by agreed technological process please use the contact information in Section 7.6 of this order to schedule the pre-trial.
7.6 Judges Contact Information:
For those cases assigned pursuant to Section 7.2 of this order or transferred pursuant to Section 7.5 of this order, the judges contact information is listed below.
JUDGE JANET BROSNAHAN janet.brosnahan@cookcountyil.gov
JUDGE ELIZABETH BUDZINSKI embudzinski@gmail.com
JUDGE JOHN CALLAHAN jackcal5@yahoo.com
JUDGE GERALD CLEARY Gerald.cleary@cookcountyil.gov
JUDGE ISRAEL DESIERTO Israel.desierto@cookcountyil.gov
JUDGE ANN COLLINS-DOLE anncollinsdole@gmail.com
JUDGE THOMAS DONNELLY thomas.donnelly@cookcountyil.gov
JUDGE EDWARD HARMENING edwardharmening@gmail.com
JUDGE TOYA HARVEY toya.harvey@cookcountyil.gov
JUDGE ARNETTE HUBBARD arnette.hubbard@cookcountyil.gov
JUDGE BRIDGET HUGHES bridget.hughes@cookcountyil.gov
JUDGE CASANDRA LEWIS casandra.lewis@cookcountyil.gov
JUDGE DANIEL LYNCH daniel.lynch@cookcountyil.gov
JUDGE THOMAS LYONS tomvlyons@gmail.com
JUDGE MARCIA MARAS marciamaras78@gmail.com
JUDGE MARY MINELLA mary.minella@cookcountyil.gov
JUDGE BRIDGET MITCHELL jbridgetmitchell@gmail.com
JUDGE JOAN POWELL joanepowell22@gmail.com
JUDGE LORNA PROPES judgepropes@gmail.com
JUDGE MARGUERITE QUINN judgequinn1610@gmail.com
JUDGE SANDRA RAMOS judgesgramos @gmail.com
JUDGE MARY ROBERTS mary.roberts@cookcountyil.gov
JUDGE ROBERT SENECHALLE robert.senechalle@cookcountyil.gov
JUDGE MAURA SLATTERY-BOYLE maura.slatteryboyle@cookcountyil.gov
JUDGE IRWIN SOLGANICK judgeirv@yahoo.com
JUDGE RENA VAN TINE rena.vantine@cookcountyil.gov
JUDGE JAMES VARGA james.varga@cookcountyil.gov
JUDGE GREGORY WOJKOWSKI gjwojko713@gmail.com
         Section 8: Asbestos Calendar J1
Asbestos Calendar J1 is excluded from this order and has its own controlling Administrative Order.
        Section 9: Law Division Cases Pending in Municipal Districts 2,3,4,5 and 6
All Law Division cases pending in the Municipal Districts shall be excluded from this order and shall be controlled by the procedures established by the Presiding Judge of the relevant district.
        Section 10: Law Division Commercial Arbitration
All Mandatory Arbitration hearings, including those previously scheduled, shall be held only by videoconference.
Order dated December 17, 2020, order signed by James P. Flannery, Jr., Presiding Judge, Law Division, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.
Dec 21-March 31
18th Judicial Circuit
        1st Amendment to Administrative Order No. 20-51
        IN THE MATTER OF CIRCUIT COURT STANDING COMMITTEES
Pursuant to the authority of the Illinois Constitution, Article 6, Section 7(c) and 18th Judicial Circuit Court Rule 1.21(a); and
WHEREAS, it has been the practice of the Circuit to establish standing committees by administrative order; and
WHEREAS, a standing committee is helpful to deal with ongoing or recurring problems which effect the Circuit as a whole, for which there is insufficient non-judicial staff; and
WHEREAS, other specific problems affecting only one division or of a non-recurring nature may best be handled by the creation of an ad hoc committee.
NOW, THEREFORE, it is hereby ordered that the following are designated standing committees of the 18th Judicial Circuit:
Court Security
— Executive
— Training and Development
— E-Policy and Procedures
— Rules
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Fees and Costs Committee is discontinued.
IT IS FUTHER ORDERED that appointments to each committee, with one judge designated as chair, are set forth on Addendum A; and
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED the responsibilities of each committee are set forth on Addendum B; and
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED each committee shall meet as set forth in Addendum C (but at least once a year) and shall report to the Circuit Judges at their regular meeting following the meeting of the committee.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Adminishative Order 20-2 is vacated.
Order dated February 9, 2021, order signed by Kenneth L. Popejoy, Chief Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit, DuPage County, Illinois.
To view complete order, go to: https://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/elements/courts/dupage-county-administrative-order-20-51-20210222
Feb 23-March 9