Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on COVID-19

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.

Are Your Remote Signings Camera Ready?

September
2020
Article
, Page 14
The technology for recording estate-planning document signings has been inexpensive and readily accessible for decades.

COVID-19, Death, and Taxes

By Richard Hirschtritt
September
2020
Article
, Page 34
Exploring the unique postdeath tax-planning opportunities for Illinois taxpayers who have died within six months prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Election holiday declared

September
2020
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
Public Act 101-0642 amends the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act to include emergency provisions for the 2020 General Election in November.

Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services powers expanded to face COVID-19

September
2020
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
Public Act 101-0649 amends the Health Care Affordability Act. The Act adds to the powers and duties of the Illinois Health Information Exchange Office.

Is Your Contract Immune to COVID-19?

September
2020
Article
, Page 16
Testing the limits and technicalities of force majeure.

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.

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