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.