Friday, May 8, 2020

City of Chicago Covid-19 Policies

The City of Chicago has ordered the following policies due to Covid-19:

  • Delay referral of parking, red light, speed camera tickets to collection firms until June 1, 2020.
  • No defaults of payment plans for until after June 1, 2020 and no new interest accumulated on current compliance plans including city tickets, utility bills, parking and red-light citations, booting and other non-public safety related violations.
  • Delay driver’s license suspensions until after April 30, 2020.
  • Through at least June 1, the city will suspend booting, late fees and defaults on payment plans for all city debts, and is suspending city debt checks for ride-share and taxi drivers. 
  • Through at least June 1, the city will be limiting ticketing, towing and impounding solely to what are public safety-related issues.
  • Extend utility bill due dates and referral to collection firms until June 1, 2020. #covid-19, #coronavirus, 

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Covid-19 Evictions

On April 23, 2020, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Executive Order 2020-30 (“Order”), which, among other things, extended relief previously provided by Executive Order 2020-10 prohibiting law enforcement from enforcing eviction orders for residential properties, and broadened this relief to non-residential evictions. Specifically, the Order provides that all law enforcement officers must cease enforcing any eviction orders for non-residential premises, unless the non-residential tenant has been found to “pose a direct threat to the health and safety of other tenants, an immediate and sever risk to property, or a violation of any applicable building code, health ordinance, or similar regulation.”[1] However, tenants of non-residential premises still are required to pay rent pursuant to any lease agreement. The Order further provides relief to residential tenants by barring any landlord or property manager from filing an eviction action pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/9-101, et seq., “unless a tenant poses a direct threat to the health and safety of other tenants, an immediate and severe risk to property, or a violation of any applicable building code, health ordinance, or similar regulation”.[2] Like non-residential tenants, residential tenants still are required to pay rent. #evictions, #covid-19,

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Decline in Car Crashes

Total car crashes have dropped as more people are staying off the roads during the coronavirus pandemic, but state and local officials say some drivers are using the wide-open spaces as an excuse to speed.
In Illinois, crash rates dropped by more than half statewide April 1 through April 26 compared with the same period last year — to 1,608 statewide and to 688 on Cook County non-Tollway roads, according to the Illinois State Police.
This can be explained by fewer cars on the road, with schools and businesses closed. A national study conducted by INRIX, a provider of travel time information for travelers and shipping companies, found that vehicle miles traveled in Illinois dropped as much as 52% because of the pandemic, with lower travel times on ordinarily jammed expressways like the Eisenhower and Kennedy.

But Chicago has also seen a 14% increase in speeding tickets generated by automated cameras, while Illinois State Police figures show a modest increase in the rate of personal injury crashes in Cook County, which could indicate more reckless driving. #covid-19, #carcrashes, #coronavirus,

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Coronavirus and Divorce

It seems the ripple effect of coronavirus has infected everything, and divorcing individuals are not immune. The most apparent impact is that most, if not all, courthouses are closed except for emergencies. This may delay your divorce, along with applications for temporary support and custody. There are other less obvious issues as well. .
Your divorce is a lawsuit, and that means it’s dependent on proper and timely functioning of the court system to become final. Court systems across the country are responding in multiple ways to balance handling the pandemic with ensuring the health and safety of all the people they touch – employees, litigants and attorneys. #divorcecoronavirus, #covid-19divorce,

Friday, April 24, 2020

Open during COVID-19

Our office is open during the COVID-19 crisis by appointment only.  We encourage telephone consultations rather than in person appointments. #covid-19, #coronavisus,

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Unanimous Jury Verdicts

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that state juries must be unanimous to convict defendants in criminal trials, overturning the Louisiana second-degree murder conviction of Evangelisto Ramos that resulted in a life sentence when a jury found him guilty with a 10-2 vote.
The court noted that 48 states -- and more importantly federal courts -- already required unanimous jury verdicts in criminal cases, with only Lousiana and Oregon holding out by accepting 10-2 decisions. #supreme court, #unanimousjuryverdict,

Monday, April 13, 2020

Decrease in crime due to coronavirus

Would-be criminals may be heeding stay-at-home orders, as major cities across the United States report significant dip in major crimes like burglary, assault, murder, robbery and grand larceny, a drop likely influenced by a lack of opportunity as businesses close and streets empty. 

  • In Chicago, drug arrests have dropped by 42% in the weeks since the city shut down, the Associated Press reports, while in Los Angeles, the rate of key crimes plummeted 30% after March 15.
  • New York City—the nation’s hard-hit epicenter, where nearly 20% of the city’s police force reported sick this week—is also experiencing a double-digit decrease in crime. 
  • “In some sense, it’s like a giant blizzard has hit and there’s 10 feet of snow on the ground,” a former police officer and criminal justice professor told the Washington Post
  • In a study by USA Today19 out of 20 police agencies recorded a lower number of criminal incidents since March 15, and the agencies studied also reported a significant decrease in traffic stops, down as much as 92% in some areas. 
  • But it’s not all good news: While drug crimes and homicides are plummeting, the rate of domestic violence, which may be exacerbated by shelter-in-place orders, shows signs of surging
  • Nuisance complaints—and especially residential noise complaints—are also up, and in some areas, police are cracking down on scofflaws ignoring social distancing rules. #coronaviruscrime, #decreaseincrimecoronavirus,