Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on COVID-19

New COVID-19-related tax exemptions available

August
2020
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
The Illinois General Assembly adopted an amendment to the Property Tax Code, adding to several sections of the Code and creating a new one.

Remote Reality

By Ed Finkel
August
2020
Cover Story
Page 20
COVID-19 has altered the basic building blocks of our justice system.

Remote witnessing and notarization now available 

August
2020
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
The General Assembly amended the Electronic Commerce Security Act to allow notarial and witnessing acts to be performed through “two-way audio-video communication technology that allows for direct contemporaneous interaction by sight and sound between the individual signing the document, the witness and the notary public.”

Restore Illinois Commission established to revive economy after COVID-19 crisis

August
2020
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
The General Assembly established the Restore Illinois Collaborative Commission to address “the heightened need for collaboration between the legislative and executive branches” due to the economic impact from COVID-19.

Secretary of State authorized to extend licenses during pandemic

August
2020
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
The General Assembly amended the Secretary of State Act to allow the Illinois secretary of state to extend the expiration date of various state licenses and registrations, including driver’s and professional licenses.

State Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (CURE) Fund created 

August
2020
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
The General Assembly amended the State Finance Act to create the State Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (State CURE) Fund as a federal trust fund within the Office of the Illinois State Treasurer.

State funds available for select healthcare providers’ pandemic-related expenses

August
2020
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
In a new provision of the Illinois Public Aid Code, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services is directed to develop a process for distributing pandemic-related “stability payments” to healthcare entities providing care to Medical Assistance Program recipients.

Task force on business interruption insurance policies established

August
2020
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
The General Assembly passed an amendment directing the Illinois Department of Insurance to appoint a task force on business interruption insurance policies.

COVID-19 prompts changes to health insurance coverage requirements

July
2020
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
The Department of Insurance adopted a Part titled Temporary Health Coverage Requirements During an Epidemic or Public Health Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reaching Every Corner of Illinois

By Deane B. Brown
July
2020
Column
Page 56
The Illinois Bar Foundation expands its relief program for attorneys affected by COVID-19.

Silver Linings in Cloudy Times

By Pete Sherman
July
2020
LawPulse
Page 10
Pandemic-related data from legal technology usage and consumer surveys point to shifting expectations in the legal market.

The Taxing Effects of COVID-19

July
2020
Article
Page 18
Stay on top of the pandemic’s impact on tax-payment deadlines, some of which may vary from county to county during the next few months.

COVID-19 and the Commercial Frustration Doctrine

June
2020
Article
Page 18
The doctrine of commercial frustration offers a pathway to challenge pandemic-stymied contracts lacking clear force majeure clauses.

Hoping While Hurting

By Joe Scally
June
2020
Column
Page 40
Simple self-reflection strategies can help to regain one’s footing during these unmoored times.

How Little We Know

By Karen Erger
June
2020
Column
Page 44
COVID-19 related reflections on what we’ve come to know.

Pandemic Provisions

By Pete Sherman
June
2020
LawPulse
Page 10
The ISBA and Illinois law school deans want to give law school grads who haven’t taken the bar exam more options in the private sector.

Law in the Time of COVID-19: Looking Backward While Moving Forward

By Brad Taylor
May
2020
Article
Page 26
What happens when our deadlines, motions, discovery requests, rulings, and myriad other responsibilities are stopped in their tracks by a pandemic?

Sign Anywhere but Here

May
2020
Article
Page 14
Notaries, signatures, and witnesses during a time of sheltering in place and social distancing.

Stories From the Front Lines

May
2020
LawPulse
Page 10
ISBA members share their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You and the ISBA in These Times

By David B. Sosin
May
2020
Column
Page 8
The ISBA is responding quickly to support its members with additional services, benefits, and information.

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