Illinois Bar Journal

Subject Index COVID-19

Expiration date for firearm owners identification and firearms concealed carry license cards conditionally valid due to pandemic

December
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
The Illinois State Police amended the Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) Card Act and Firearm Concealed Carry Act. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the amendment allows holders of expired FOID cards during the pandemic to have conditional renewal up to six months after a proclamation expires or a new card is issued.

Federal regulations adopted for patient abuse, neglect, and privacy

December
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
The Department of Public Health (DPH) amended the Skilled Nursing and Intermediate Care Facilities Code to incorporate various federal requirements. Any person who establishes, constructs, or modifies a healthcare facility without obtaining a Health Facilities and Service Board permit or violates terms of the permit is not eligible for operating licenses and payment services from the state

New pandemic relief available for day care homes and centers

December
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
The Department of Human Services adopted amendments to replace emergency rules that were in place April 2021. The amendments provide for a new round of Child Care Restoration Grants for child care providers.

Coronavirus & Disability Insurance: Trends to Follow

By David A. Bryant
November
2021
Article
, Page 30
2020 and 2021 have been defined by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how the novel coronavirus will continue to affect disability insurance claims for the foreseeable future.

Local governments can claim reimbursement for eligible expenses related to COVID-19 until Dec. 31, 2021

October
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity adopted amendments to the Local Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (or Local CURE) Support Program effective July 9, 2021, replacing emergency amendments that were effective Feb. 17, 2021.

We Need to Talk About Karen *

By Karen Erger
October
2021
Column
, Page 52
In which Karen Erger finally talks about life as a “Karen.”

Federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation extended for unemployment insurance claimants whose benefit year ended after Dec. 27, 2020

September
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
The Department of Employment Security adopted a new section to Claims, Adjudication, Appeals, and Hearings to replace the emergency rules adopted in February 2021.

Filing deadlines for business documents extended until 90 days after the final Disaster Proclamation expires

September
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
The secretary of state amended portions of the Business Corporation Act, General Not For Profit Corporations Act, Uniform Limited Partnership Act (2001), and Limited Liability Company Act. These amendments replace emergency amendments implemented in January and February of 2021.

Governor’s moratorium on eviction orders upheld

August
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
On May 21, 2021, the Third District of the Illinois Appellate Court affirmed in part a trial court’s dismissal of a lawsuit challenging Gov. Pritzker’s executive orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Landlords and tenants eligible for rental assistance to help with unpaid rent and fees during pandemic

August
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
The Illinois General Assembly enacted Public Act 102-0005 to administer receipt of federal financial aid relief to eligible residential landlords and tenants amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some Mistakes Aren’t Set in Stone

By Karen Erger
August
2021
Column
, Page 44
Wiping the slate clean and making things right with those to whom we’ve done wrong.

Finding a “New Normal” With COVID-19 Vaccines

By Craig Colbrook
June
2021
Article
, Page 22
Employers should consider whether to require, incentivize, or simply encourage employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Just Like Starting Over *

By Karen Erger
June
2021
Column
, Page 44
The pandemic gives us an opportunity to leave behind tired customs and habits.

Remote Jury Selection & Keeping the Doors of Justice Open

By Terry A. Mueller
June
2021
Article
, Page 28
Lessons learned from an attorney who participated in Illinois’ first remote civil jury trial.

Business Interruption Grant Program implemented

April
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) adopted a new Part titled Business Interruption Grant Program. The program offers financial support for businesses that have experienced exceptional losses or expenditures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Zoom We Trust

By Rhys Saunders
April
2021
LawPulse
, Page 14
Illinois holds its first remote jury trial.

New program directs distribution of CARES Act funds to local governments

April
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) adopted a new Part titled Local Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (Local CURE) Support Program. The Part implements the Local CURE Support Program, which distributes federal relief funds from the CARES Act to units of local government.

The COVID-19-Era Firm

By Ed Finkel
March
2021
Cover Story
, Page 22
The challenges of starting and running a firm during a pandemic.

New standards adopted for the control of cases and contacts for coronavirus diseases

March
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
The Department of Public Health (IDPH) adopted amendments to the Control of Communicable Diseases Code, setting new standards for the control of cases and contacts for coronavirus diseases like COVID-19, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

Governor is entitled to make consecutive disaster proclamations in response to pandemic

February
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
On Nov. 13, 2020, the Second District of the Illinois Appellate Court dissolved a trial court’s temporary restraining order blocking the enforcement of an executive order by Gov. Pritzker restricting indoor dining in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Liberties and Lockdowns

By Deanna Shahnami
February
2021
Article
, Page 28
Illinois COVID-19 restrictions and First Amendment rights.

New streamlined process allows educational institutions to protest COVID-19-related unemployment insurance claims

February
2021
Illinois Law Update
, Page 14
The Department of Employment Security (IDES) adopted amendments to the Unemployment Insurance Act in response to the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Aimed at expediting the benefits disqualification process, these amendments authorize educational institutions to provide the IDES with a list of employees who do not qualify for unemployment insurance benefits.

Looking Past COVID-19

By Pete Sherman
January
2021
Cover Story
, Page 18
ISBA members contemplate the COVID-19 pandemic and the “new normal” it may leave behind.

Insurance policy cancellations restricted during public health emergencies

December
2020
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
The Department of Insurance adopted a new Part titled Temporary Health Coverage Requirements During an Epidemic or Public Health Emergency. The rulemaking aims to protect insured individuals’ access to timely, affordable healthcare during public health emergencies.

Employer penalty waived for failing to timely submit February 2020 wage reports due to COVID-19 

November
2020
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
The Department of Employment Security adopted an amendment to the Part titled Payment of Unemployment Contributions, Interest and Penalties.

New Disability Act provision adds extension exception for COVID-19 relief

November
2020
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
The Illinois General Assembly amended the Public Employee Disability Act, adding a new provision under the “disability benefit” section.

Temporary restraining order requiring disclosure of positive COVID-19 results is dissolved

November
2020
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
On July 22, 2020, the Second District of the Illinois Appellate Court dissolved a temporary restraining order (TRO) requiring the disclosure of information about persons who have tested positive for COVID-19, since the parties requesting the information had no right to it.

Budget Implementation Act amended to stimulate tourism and economic opportunity in Illinois

October
2020
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
The Illinois General Assembly amended the FY2021 Budget Implementation Act. The Act outlines alterations to the state budget for fiscal year 2021 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

State may issue and sell bond certificates on a negotiated basis in 2020 and 2021

October
2020
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
The Illinois General Assembly amended the Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency Borrowing (CURE Borrowing) Act.

Unemployment benefits criteria expanded for people out of work due to COVID-19 

October
2020
Illinois Law Update
, Page 16
The Department of Employment Security adopted amendments to the Part titled Claimant’s Availability for Work, Ability to Work and Active Search for Work.

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