COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court of Illinois issued guidelines for the closing of courthouses for all cases except essential legal matters. Civil cases in Kane County and the surrounding jurisdictions that were supposed to have court dates in March through May were continued to a future date.  

 

On June 1, 2020, the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit reopened for business. The procedures for attending a court hearing are updated often and will require patience. If you currently have a court matter with Donat & Donat, P.C. and have questions about your next court date, please contact us at kate@donatlaw.com or office@donatlaw.com.  If you are not yet represented by Donat & Donat, P.C. but have questions about a court matter, please contact us to discuss.

 

Evictions: The Governor's order prohibiting evictions has been extended to August 22, 2020. Eviction proceedings cannot be started or enforced unless the tenant poses a direct threat to the health and safety of other tenants or an immediate and severe risk to the property.

 

If the property is federally subsidized housing, landlords may not start evictions until July 25, 2020. Landlords must give tenants a 30 day notice of termination of tenancy which means that the eviction may not be filed until August 24, 2020. 

 

Foreclosures: Foreclosure matters may resume June 1, 2020. Existing cases will get a future court status date. However, lenders may file motions ahead of the status date and may also seek to have motions heard before the status date.

 

Bench Trials: Bench trials scheduled on or after June 1, 2020 will be conducted remotely pursuant to the procedures set forth in the May 29, 2020 Administrative Order. The remote appearance procedures will apply to all persons participating in bench trials including attorneys and witnesses.

 

COVID-19 Related Hardship: If you experienced a financial hardship due to the pandemic and have questions about your rights and responsibilities, please contact Donat & Donat, P.C. to discuss your options.