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2020 Presidential Election, TEXAS v. PENNSYLVANIA, et. al.

Both the media and the courts have been dismissive of numerous claims of election irregularities and even fraud. In a divided nation where millions of people question the validity of the past election, the lawsuit filed by the State of Texas gives the Supreme Court the opportunity to weigh-in and hopefully to provide clarity. The… Read more »

Barack Obama’s Sponsored Law Makes Governor Pritzker’s Stay-at-Home Orders Advisory

The Enforceability of Illinois Emergency Executive Orders Due to the threat of COVID-19, Governor Pritzker declared that a disaster existed in all 102 Illinois Counties on March 9, 2020. He followed this with a series of executive orders, including Executive Order 2020-10, commonly known as the “stay at home” order which was issued on March… Read more »

DOJ files Motion to Dismiss Michael Flynn Charges

Today the Department of Justice has filed a motion to dismiss the charges against Michael Flynn with prejudice. Michael Flynn had plead guilty to making a false statement to the FBI. The reason for the dismissal was an acknowledgement the statements were never material to any bona fide investigation. The question still to be answered… Read more »

Illinois Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan. March 2020 Most people are unaware that the State of Illinois already had a Pandemic Response Plan in place. This plan was revised this March just as the Governor began issuing business closure and stay in place orders. This plan was prepared by the Illinois Department of Public Health (“IDPH”), which is the agency that has… Read more »

Constitutionality of Illinois FOID statute still in doubt

Some times in the attempt to do good, legislatures overreach. They violate our individual rights and we are left to depend upon our courts to protect us from the tyranny of democracy. The case of People v. Brown, 2020 IL 124100 threatened to overturn the State’s firearm registration act 430 ILCS 65. This act was… Read more »

Small Business Paycheck Protection Program

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) recently passed has allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed. The Paycheck Protection Program provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses, which may be forgiven if employers maintain their payrolls. A summary of the program has been prepared by the U.S. Chamber… Read more »


On March 30, 2020, Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans entered an order that extends the postponement of many criminal and civil cases in the Circuit Court of Cook County through May 18, 2020. To my clients, please do not hesitate to call should you have any questions about your upcoming court dates. 815 439-9909. Cook… Read more »

Thirteenth Judicial Circuit COVID-19 Procedures

On March 18, 2020, the Chief Judge of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, H. Chris Ryan, Jr., published the following procedures for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Thirteenth Judicial Circuit consists of LaSalle, Bureau, and Grundy Counties. In general, beginning March 18, 2020 through April 30, 2020, unless otherwise ordered by the court, all non-emergency… Read more »

Will County Circuit Court’s COVID-19 Response

On March 17, 2019 the Chief Judge Richard Schoenstedt entered the following order in response to the recent COVID-19 pandemic. This order provides for the general continuance of non-essential cases. Effectively, most existing cases are being continued to dates after June 1, 2020. To my clients, please do not hesitate to call should you have… Read more »