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Divorce and Family Law During the Pandemic

In a recent article in the Aurora Beacon News, the Kane County Sheriff’s Department reported that a California woman is facing multiple felony charges in connection with a home invasion and domestic dispute in Aurora on Memorial Day. https://www.kcchronicle.com/2020/05/26/california-woman-charged-with-attempted-kidnapping-after-aurora-home-invasion/ai5thzs/ According to the article, the woman was attempting to take her 11-year old son away from […]

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May 27, 2020

EXPUNGEMENTS

The expression “there is no better time than the present” was first recorded in 1562. The theologian John Trusler amplified the expression by adding that “…a thousand unforeseen circumstances may interrupt you at a future time. (Proverbs Exemplified, 1790)                 A little over 450 years later this expression holds even greater weight. With record high […]

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May 8, 2020

Divorce and Family Law During the Pandemic

The coronavirus has changed almost everything we do. Sadly, an unintended consequence of Governor Pritzker’s executive order has been to require some unhappy families to “shelter-in-place” together. At a minimum, this can add stress to already stressful relationships. At worst, this can lead to domestic violence. In a recent article in the Aurora Beacon News, […]

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May 8, 2020

Divorce and Family Law During the Pandemic

Perhaps by now you have heard the story of Dr. Lorna M. Breen. Dr. Breen was a top emergency room doctor at a Manhattan hospital that treated many coronavirus patients. She herself contracted the virus, but had gone back to work after recuperating for about a week and a half. Because of what she described […]

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May 1, 2020

Kane County Court Extends Scaled Back Operations To After June 1

SOURCE: Kane County Recycles 2:30PM THURSDAY, APRIL 23 Clint Hull, chief judge of the 16th Judicial Circuit in Kane County, has ordered that most criminal and civil cases be continued to after June 1, 2020. “This decision is to protect the health and safety of the general public and courthouse employees and made after consultation […]

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April 27, 2020

Divorce and Family Law During the Pandemic

Governor Pritzker’s executive order in response to Covid-19 has effectively shut down court houses, with certain important exceptions. On March 20, 2020 the governor ordered that all individuals currently living withing the State of Illinois are ordered to stay at home; however, certain individuals are allowed to leave their residences for essential activities. Among those […]

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April 24, 2020

DRIVING AND DUI IN THE TIME OF COVID

Although a recent review of media sources revealed that the number of actual DUI cases are down, those reports did not account for and consider the actual reduction of motorist traffic. It seems likely that when you consider the reduction of traffic nationwide, the reduction in DUI arrests may be simply a function of a […]

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April 24, 2020

Illinois governor commutes sentence of jailed cancer patient

Apr 5, 2020 Updated Apr 5, 2020 CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker commuted the sentence of a suburban Chicago man with cancer who was serving four years in prison for ordering 42 pounds of chocolate infused with the main psychoactive component in marijuana. Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman Lindsey Hess said Thomas Franzen […]

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April 10, 2020

Cancer patient serving 4 years for THC chocolates out of prison thanks to governor

Thomas J. Franzen Harry Hitzeman     Updated 4/1/2020 5:48 AM Gov. J.B. Pritzker has commuted the four-year prison sentence of a cancer patient who had nearly 43 pounds of THC-infused chocolates delivered to his house in Montgomery. Thomas J. Franzen, 37, was discharged from the minimum-security wing at the Stateville Correctional Center Monday afternoon […]

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April 10, 2020

Domestic violence charges against South Elgin cop dismissed

Elena Ferrarin Harry Hitzeman Updated 1/31/2020 5:57 PM Domestic violence charges against a South Elgin police officer were dismissed by Kane County prosecutors. Kane County state’s attorney spokesman Chris Nelson said there was insufficient evidence to continue prosecuting Shane A. Christenson, who had been charged with two counts of misdemeanor domestic battery. Christenson was charged […]

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February 6, 2020

Was South Elgin cop let off easy after domestic violence charges, violating order on drinking?

South Elgin police officer Shane Christenson has been working under a “last chance” disciplinary agreement stemming from violating an order to abstain from alcohol after a felony domestic violence charge. He eventually plead guilty to disorderly conduct. Elena Ferrarin Follow @ElenaFerrarin Updated 12/9/2019 9:29 PM A South Elgin police officer who for a year was […]

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January 25, 2020

South Elgin cop charged with domestic violence again

Shane A. Christenson, a South Elgin police officer, is on administrative leave after he was charged with domestic violence, his second such arrest in three years, authorities said. Elena Ferrarin Updated 1/10/2020 5:05 PM A South Elgin police officer is on administrative leave after he was charged with domestic violence, his second such arrest in […]

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January 13, 2020