Coronavirus

ISBE and IDPH recently released their guidance related to Starting the 2020-21 School Year. The guidance addresses a broad range of topics, including some suggestions related to special education. The following week ISBE issued an FAQ targeting special education issues.  While many details remain to be worked out at the local level, here are our key takeaways related to placing a high priority on returning students with disabilities to in-person instruction, addressing the needs of medically fragile students, continued remote learning versus homebound instruction, face coverings, and the many demands and challenges facing IEP teams. First, ISBE states that…
On June 30, 2020, ISBE issued an FAQ document with the purpose of assisting school districts in the transition to in-person instruction. This document, which supplements ISBE’s general guidance on return to in-person instruction during Phase 4, does not include waivers or offer flexibility on existing rules. Rather, it summarizes past and current recommendations in a potpourri of categories including (1) ESY, (2) compensatory services, (3) evaluations, (4) class sizes, (5) homebound services, (6) health and safety factors, (7) IEP meetings/mediations/hearings, (8) delivery of special education instruction and related service, and (9) rules related to private special education schools. An…
The federal CARES Act established a $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund for states and eligible local governments with more than 500,000 in population. In Illinois, those direct recipients include the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago, and Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, and Will counties. While announcements from other counties are expected soon, last week Cook County announced applications are now available to pass through Coronavirus Relief Funds to its suburban municipalities, townships, and fire protection districts. Additionally, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced initial details for its Local Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (or Local CURE)
The federal CARES Act established a $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund for states and eligible local governments with more than 500,000 in population. In Illinois, those direct recipients include the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago, and Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, and Will counties. While announcements from other counties are expected soon, last week Cook County announced applications are now available to pass through Coronavirus Relief Funds to its suburban municipalities, townships, and fire protection districts. Additionally, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced initial details for its Local Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (or Local CURE)
Coronavirus has affected millions of people all over the world. The global pandemic caused many non-essential businesses to temporarily shut down in states’ efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Here in Illinois, Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a stay-at-home order that has been in effect for the past several months. As a result, the typically congested Chicagoland area roads have been much emptier. However, despite fewer people commuting to work or for extracurricular activities, there has been an increase in the number of traffic accidents. Studies show there may be various reasons for these statistics, namely traffic violations.   Illinois…
Symphony of Morgan Park releases COVID-19 statistics showing 194 COVID infections and 22 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19. On June 5, 2020, Symphony of Morgan Park, located in Chicago, IL, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 194 infections and 22 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak. Quarterly Reports: Continue reading ›
The answer is yes. Given the right circumstances, you can petition the governor to reduce a life sentence, and such petitions have been granted. The governor of Illinois has full power to commute any sentence or issue a pardon for any petitioner he or she deems is worthy. Current governor J.B. Pritzker has already commuted sentences of convicted felons in a number of cases, including some that were very serious. During the COVID-19 crisis, some requests have even been expedited. After filing a petition with the Prisoner Review Board, you will have an opportunity to present witnesses at a hearing,…
Cass County Reports Increased COVID-19 Risk Sparked by Outbreak at Unnamed Nursing Home COVID-19 continues to plague Illinois long-term care facilities, including nursing homes. And as Illinois approaches Phase 4 of its reopening measures, Cass County, located in central Illinois, is the only county reporting a significant increase in COVID-19 risks to residents. The Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) has been monitoring several indicators that measure the health burden of COVID-19 in each county. For the reporting period of June 14 through June 20, Cass County’s case rate was 191 per 100,000, well above the 50 per 100,000 preferred target.…
Uptown Health Center releases COVID-19 statistics showing 122 COVID infections and 17 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19 On June 12, 2020, Uptown Health Center, located in Chicago, IL, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 122 infections and 17 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak. Quarterly Violations Continue reading ›
Earlier this week, on July 1st, 2020, Chicago enacted the Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance. Coming at the same time as an increase in the minimum wage, the Ordinance supports and enforces workers’ rights to a fair and predictable schedule. The Ordinance requires certain employers to post schedules 10 days in advance and pay employees extra for sudden schedule changes, plus a couple of other requirements. Do the new scheduling requirements apply to your business? What even are they? Well, that’s what we’re here to find out. What Employees Are Covered by the Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance? We’ll get to…
Synopsis: Black Lives Matter   Editor’s comment: I/We at KCB&A understand and agree with this concept. We join with lots of others across our country and the world to fight systemic racism. I want to confirm for my readers racism can’t be ignored but it isn’t a science and is one of the dopiest and most pointless things the human race has ever engaged in. I recoil to be asked my “race” in applications and anywhere. I assure all of you the goofy term “Caucasian” has nothing to do with the even goofier term “white.” If you want that analysis,…
Contributed by Suzannah Wilson Overholt, July 2, 2020 After schools and day cares closed in the spring due to the pandemic, employers and parents alike were hopeful that summer would bring a return to normalcy – especially in the form of camp for kids. Alas, that hope has not become a reality as many states have either delayed or prohibited the opening of camps. What are employers and working parents to do? On June 26, the federal Department of Labor issued guidance stating that, under certain circumstances, an employee whose child’s day camp is closed as a result of…
Edwardsville Care Center releases COVID-19 statistics showing 94 COVID infections and 22 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19 On June 15, 2020, Edwardsville Care Center, located in Edwardsville, Illinois, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 94 infections and 22 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak. Quarterly Violations Continue reading ›
Last Monday, June 22nd, President Donald Trump issued an executive order restricting several employment-based visas until at least the end of the year. Citing those that “present a risk to the U.S. labor market following the coronavirus outbreak,” this order applies to would-be H-1B, H-2B, L-1, certain J-1 categories visa holders, and their dependents. Per the text of the executive order, it unequivocally applies only to those outside the U.S. on the effective date (June 24th) AND those without a valid visa stamp or travel document on that date. Given the crystal clear language in the order, our previous posts…
Contributed by Suzannah Wilson Overholt, July 1, 2020 As has come to be expected, the guidance regarding COVID-19 has changed again. This time the CDC narrowed the definition of who constitutes a “close contact” for purposes of tracing people with potential exposure to someone who has COVID-19. While a “close contact” is still defined as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes, what has changed is when the exposure occurred during the ill person’s sickness. The relevant time is now from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two…
Symphony at Midway releases COVID-19 statistics showing 213 COVID infections and 21 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19 On June 5, 2020, Symphony at Midway, located in Chicago, IL, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 213 infections and 21 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak. News Articles Continue reading ›