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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 13, 2020
The public’s right of access to our courts and the uninterrupted administration of justice are of great importance to our local judiciary and law enforcement. During this extraordinary moment in our nation’s history, these important considerations must be balanced with the health and well-being of the public and court personnel. With guidance from the Illinois Supreme Court, the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit and the Lee County Courts are actively monitoring COVID-19 information and continuously assessing the resultant impact on the Judicial Branch. This is a dynamic situation, and our judiciary’s response to it is subject to change as the situation evolves.
Although there have been no reported cases of the Novel Coronavirus in our area, the Lee County Court System is resolved to be proactive in preventing the potential community spread of the virus.Therefore, the Lee County Courts request the public’s assistance in that regard. Effective immediately, we encourage all persons who have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or runny nose to refrain from entering the Lee County Courts Building for the next sixty (60) days. Persons who are experiencing these symptoms, but who are otherwise required to personally appear in court, should first contact your attorney to reschedule your court appearance or if you are not represented by an attorney, contact our telephonic courthouse liaison, Ms. Bonnie Rodriguez, at 815.284.5258. Ms. Rodriguez will assist you in securing a new court date without the necessity of personally appearing within the Courthouse.
Also, we encourage all persons having non-essential business in the Courthouse refrain from entering the Lee County Courthouse building for the next sixty (60) days. Currently, we are not prohibiting persons with non-essential business from entering the Lee County Courthouse. We are, however, confident that our many fine citizens will understand the importance of working together to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. To that end, we are hopeful that traffic into and out of our Courts Building will be reduced and limited to only essential court business for the next sixty (60) days.
Working together, as a community, we can effectively respond to the challenges we now face.
Jacquelyn Ackert - Circuit JudgeDouglas Lee - Circuit JudgeTheresa Friel-Draper - Associate Circuit JudgeMatthew Klahn - Associate Circuit Judge
John Simonton - Lee County SheriffSteve Howell - Dixon Police ChiefCharles Boonstra - Lee County State’s AttorneyBob Thompson - Lee County Public Defender