Today's announcements are for 2-28-2024.

US District Court
        NOTICE
        U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE — U.S. DISTRICT COURT
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois announces a vacancy for the position of United States Magistrate Judge in the Eastern Division. The Court is presently seeking applicants for this full-time position with a duty station at the Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse in Chicago, Illinois. The term of office is eight years. The present salary is $223,836. A further description of the position, minimum qualifications, and the official application information can be obtained on the U.S. District Court's Jobs application website at: www.ilnd.uscourts.gov
Applicants that applied to the recent U.S. Magistrate Judge position that closed on February 2, 2024, will be automatically considered for this vacancy. The applications submitted during the previous vacancy announcement period will be reviewed by the Merit Selection Panel to also fill this U.S. Magistrate Judge opening. The successful candidate for this Magistrate Judge position will only be appointed upon the confirmation of a current U.S. Magistrate Judge as a U.S. District Judge and the approval of the Seventh Circuit Judicial Council and by the Judicial Conference Committee on the Administrative of the Magistrate Judges System.
Applications must be received online through the U.S. District Court's application site by 5:00 p.m. on March 6, 2024.
        AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Feb 16-Mar 6
        PROPOSAL TO AMEND
        LOCAL RULE 83.26
On January 25, 2024, the full Court approved a proposal to amend Local Rule 83.26 Discipline of Attorneys Disciplined by Other Courts as attached (additions shown thus, and deletions shown thus):
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COMMENT: By direction of the full Court and pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Section 2071(e) regarding appropriate public notice and opportunity for comment, the Clerk is directed to: (a) cause notice of the proposal to amend the Local Rule 83.26 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, 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 January 29, 2024, proposal signed by Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, Chief Judge, US District Court, Northern District of Illinois.
To view complete Proposal, go to: https://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/elements/courts/us-ndil-prop-to-amd-lr-83-26-20240129
Jan 31-Apr 1
        PROPOSAL TO AMEND LOCAL RULE 26.3
On December 21, 2023, the full Court approved a proposal to amend Local Rule 26.3 Discovery Materials Offered in Evidence as Exhibit from the Civil Rules of this Court as attached (additions shown thus, and deletions shown thus):
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COMMENT: By direction of the full Court and pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Section 2071(e) regarding appropriate public notice and opportunity for comment, the Clerk is directed to: (a) cause notice of the proposal to amend Local Rule 26.3 to be published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, (b) cause notice of the proposal to amend 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 amend 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, 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 28, 2023, proposal signed by Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, Chief Judge, US District Court, Northern District of Illinois.
To view complete Proposal, go to: https://www.chicagolawbulletin.com/elements/courts/us-ndil-prop-to-amd-lr-26-3-20231228
Jan 2-Mar 1
News from Illinois Supreme Court
        M.R.002167
        In re: Supreme Court Committee on Professional Responsibility
        Order
Effective immediately, the following individual is appointed a member of the Supreme Court Committee on Professional Responsibility, to the position formerly held by Hon. Dominique C. Ross, for a term expiring December 31, 2025:
        Hon. Pamela Saindon
        Associate Judge
        Circuit Court of Cook County
        50 W. Washington St., Rm. 400
        Chicago, IL 60602
Order entered by the Court January 31, 2024, order signed by Cynthia A. Grant, Clerk, Supreme Court of the State of Illinois
Feb 26-Mar 4
News from the Circuit Court
        Law Division
        GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER 24-1
        PROCEDURE FOR ADVANCED RANDOM ASSIGNMENT
        OF COMPLEX CASES FOR TRIAL
         This order amends and supersedes Section 5 of Law Division General Administrative Order 16-4
The Court recognizes the difficulty of scheduling witnesses, especially expert witnesses, in complex cases and the importance of trials starting on a date certain, therefore, as an accommodation to the attorneys, parties, and witnesses,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:
1. The procedure for advanced random assignment of complex cases for trial is hereby established.
2. To be considered for the advanced random assignment for trial, the selected case must be of a complicated nature with extensive expert witness testimony and numerous scheduling issues.
3. All cases must be set for trial at the time the parties present the motion or letter for assignment and the trial date shall be maintained upon assignment.
4. All parties must agree to five (5) Judges assigned to the Trial Section of the Law Division.
5. Parties who wish to utilize this type of trial assignment can present a motion before the Presiding Judge of the Law Division on the 10:30 am Daily Motion Call (M1) or present a letter to the Presiding Judge asking for this type of assignment. The verification of availability of the 5 agreed judges will be processed solely through personnel in Room 2005. Attorneys will no longer contact the judges to determine availability.
6. The parties must agree to waive their statutory right, pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/2- 100 I(a)(2), for substitution of Judge as a matter of right.
7. The motion or letter must contain the following:
a. That All parties have agreed to seek this type of trial assignment.
b. That All parties have agreed to the five (5) Judges selected for this type of Assignment. (The motion or letter must list the five agreed upon Judges.)
8. Any motion or letter requesting this type of assignment must be presented to the Presiding Judge of the Law Division at least 30 days before the currently set trial date.
9. This type of assignment will be made randomly by the Court's computer and will be for trial only. All pre-trial discovery and motion practice shall remain before the assigned Motion Calendar Judge.
10. Once the Court's computer has generated a random assignment an agreed order will be entered indicating that all parties have agreed to and are in compliance with the provisions addressed in this General Administrative Order.
11. The advanced random trial assignment is different from and does not impede the authority of the Presiding Judge of the Law Division to assign pending and future filed cases to one (1) Judge when they arise out of the same incident or are deemed to be related. The current practice is to refer to the order authenticating this type of assignment as a "Sweep Order."
It is further ordered that this Order be spread upon the records of this court.
Order dated February 8, 2024, order signed by Kathy M. Flanagan, Acting Presiding Judge, Law Division, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.
Feb 9-Mar 8