Government officials in Cook county have given taxpayers a penalty-free extension to pay 2019 property taxes.

Taxpayers will have until October 1 to pay their 2019 2nd installment tax bills. This is extension from the original due date of August 3.

The bills will be mailed in late June. They should also be posted on the Treasurer’s website ( two weeks before arriving by mail.

Quorum must be met and maintained during board meetings, whether virtual or in-person. 

As such, if a board member loses their audio connection during a meeting, they will not be counted toward quorum for the duration of the “outage.” If that member’s attendance is necessary to establish quorum, quorum would be lost during that time.

Learn more, here.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cook County courts have been closed since March 23, 2020. As a result, the timeline for action by condo boards related to collection lawsuits and for owners facing foreclosure action by lenders has been extended considerably. Here is a current update on the status of such legal action: 

  • The Cook County Court announced on May 27th that Chief Judge Evans will be extending the closure of the Cook County Courts until at least July 6th to allow for personnel to put a plan in place for the safe reopening of the courts. The court will hear civil emergency matters only. This date is subject to change.
  • The Cook County Sheriff was ordered to cease enforcement of residential eviction orders until further order of the court. Orders expiring before July 6, 2020 are extended 60 days from the current expiration date but not later than August 17, 2020.
  • Currently there is a moratorium on final judgments and executions of judgments in mortgage foreclosure proceedings. All mortgage foreclosure judgments, evictions and foreclosure sales are stayed until July 19, 2020.

New lawsuits for delinquencies can be filed, however. Boards should continue to monitor and address owner delinquencies appropriately.

Check out these recordings of two, recent legal updates for condos that address operations during the COVID-19 crisis.

  1. CAI Illinois Live Legal Update
  2. Don't Panic Because of the Pandemic

Chicago Condo Law Firm, Kovitz Shifrin Nesbit (KSN), has launched a podcast. 

The podcast examines various aspects of condo law, including association law, landlord/tenant law, property tax appeals, and more.

In each episode, KSN attorneys will discuss legal updates, best practices, and industry trends. Most recently, they have added a podcast discussing how boards should handle assessment collection during COVID-19.

Check it out, here


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