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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 »

LATEST COOK COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT COVID-19 PROCEDURES

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 »

Illegal Police Searches in Joliet: Cellphones and Your Rights

  Under the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution, law enforcement is not allowed to conduct unreasonable searches and seizures with respect to suspected criminals. If law enforcement DOES conduct an illegal search, then the evidence obtained is inadmissible – it cannot be used by the prosecution. To make the search legal, the police must… Read more »

Collateral Consequences of Criminal Charges: Ezekiel Elliott

Effective January 1, 2017, Illinois requires judges to provide expanded admonishments with respect to guilty pleas. Admonishments are warnings of certain consequences read by the judge to a defendant prior to the judge accepting a plea bargain. The new admonishments includes a warning that in addition to any penalties imposed by the court, there may… Read more »

Where it All Begins: The Start of a Criminal Case

It is a common scene. A distraught person calls an attorney because his or her loved one is in trouble and needs a lawyer. The conversation may start with getting some preliminary information like names, addresses, and phone numbers. Next, the attorney may begin asking questions about the charges. Was there an arrest? When was… Read more »

Is Revenge Porn Illegal in Illinois?

Is Revenge Porn Illegal in Illinois?  Yes, revenge porn is illegal in Illinois. It is always nice when a lawyer can provide a straight answer. Most legal questions have complex answers that cannot be summed up in a single word.  However, so-called “revenge porn” is illegal in Illinois. In fact, 38 states have now created… Read more »

Fighting for Justice for Every Client Every Day

  Mankind’s Eternal Search for Justice: Hunefer’s Judgment in the Presence of Osiris Among the earliest records of human history, we find evidence of mankind’s desperate search for balance and justice, both in life and in death. For the ancient Egyptians, social order was paramount, and one’s eternal existence in the afterlife depended on living… Read more »