IL Secretary of State to Extend Expiration Dates on Drivers Licenses, IDs and Registrations by 90 days


Secretary of State Jesse White announced today that emergency rules have been filed to extend expiration dates on driver’s licenses, IDs, and vehicle registrations for at least 90 days after facilities reopen. The previous extension had been for 30 days. White said in a press release that he was hoping to alleviate the rush of customers visiting facilities once they reopen.

Following Governor Pritzker’s Stay-at-Home order, White closed Driver Services facilities to the public through April 30. White is encouraging residents to use services at while the stay-at-home order is still currently in place. White says by using online service it will further help any further congestion at facilities when they reopen.

DuPage County extends COVID-19 related court closure through May 15th

DuPage County has followed the leads of Cook and Lake Counties and has extended its court closure through May 15.  There are certain exceptions, so contact your attorney if you have any questions.

From Patch:

DUPAGE COUNTY, IL — In the wake of the new coronavirus shutdown, DuPage County Chief Judge Daniel P. Guerin signed an administrative order to push back criminal and civil court dates after May 15. Court dates will be rescheduled 30 to 60 days out from the original court date, according to an update from county officials.

Residents can click the link to find their new court dates.

Residents will also get notices by mail [for certain court cases].

Read the entire story on the Patch:

Former Rockies Star Todd Helton gets 2 day jail sentence for DUI

I blogged about Todd Helton’s 2019 DUI here.  Now the case has been resolved, with Helton pleading guilty and being sentenced to a year of probation, two days in jail, a one year driver’s license suspension and fines.

From Fox:

Colorado Rockies great Todd Helton was reportedly sentenced to two days in jail over a 2019 DUI arrested in Tennessee.

Helton received a misdemeanor citation for driving under the influence after getting into a one-car crash in Knoxville on March 18, 2019, when police said his car struck a pole.

The former first baseman indicated he had taken an Ambien in the afternoon of that day, but an officer on the scene said they saw a cup in Helton’s car and it appeared to have “the odor of an alcoholic beverage.”

Helton entered a treatment program after the crash but the case lasted nearly a year before he agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors on March 10, TMZ Sports reported Monday.

A Knox County district attorney’s office spokesperson told TMZ Sports that Helton received two days in jail in exchange for his guilty plea.

He also received nearly 12 months of probation, a $350 fine and had his license suspended for a year.


Lake County (IL) extends COVID-19 court closure through May 15th

Chief Judge Diane Winter of the 19th Judicial Circuit (Lake County, IL) has extended the closure of the court system (with certain limited exceptions) through May 15th.

Chief Judge Winter’s order can be read here.

DuPage County to close Downers Grove Field Court and move cases to Wheaton Court Complex

The DuPage County Board has decided to close the Downers Grove Field Court and move its cases to a new courtroom in the DuPage County Court Complex in Wheaton.  This follows a similar decision with the Glendale Heights Field Court a few years ago.

From the Daily Herald:

DuPage County is expected to close its field court in Downers Grove and move the cases to its main courthouse in Wheaton by year’s end.

The county board recently agreed to transfer roughly $555,000 in reserve funds to allow for construction of a new traffic courtroom at the Wheaton courthouse. On Tuesday, county board member Jim Healy said the plan is to close the Downers Grove field court — located in an American Legion post — in the next six to eight months.

“We believe it will be done by the end of this year,” said Healy, a Naperville Republican. “The chief judge does not want us to stay in Downers Grove. He wants us out.”

Healy said the Downers Grove location is no longer viable because of security concerns. There’s a clause in the lease that would allow the county to move out early.

“The most safe and secure location is back at the Wheaton courthouse,” he said.