During Governor J.B. Pritzker’s May 5, 2020 COVID-19 update, he announced his five-step plan to re-open the State of Illinois following the pandemic related stay-at-home orders. While significant improvement has been made to stem the curve of infections, our state may not return to pre-pandemic conditions for quite some time. The earliest predictions see us beginning to re-open the state around May 31, 2020, in staggered steps, beginning with the opening of barbershops, offices, retail, and manufacturing businesses, and gatherings limited to 10 people. Upon continued downtrend in COVID-19 cases, gatherings up to 50 people will be allowed, followed by the opening of all businesses, festivals, and other large gatherings once a vaccine, successful treatment regimen, or elimination of new cases over an extended period of time.
Accordingly, courts will remain in their current limited state until at least May 31, 2020. During this time of crisis, Hoffenberg & Block remains open and ready to serve our clients in any way possible. We are still able to file motions and pleadings, enter Temporary Agreed Orders, and are conducting hearings, trials, conferences, and prove-ups via videoconferencing. Additionally, we are making great progress in cases by utilizing mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution online. Please do not hesitate to contact your individual attorney, call us at (312) 853-8000, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding your case.