This Chicago Criminal lawyer knows today is one to stay inside. The windchill levels could make today, and the rest of the week,the lowest recorded temperatures on record for the city of Chicago. How low you ask? Schools are closed in the City of Chicago. Public transportation is delayed. Non-essential, excluding court personnel, County Services are closed. Cook County Department of Corrections inmates will not have jail visits prior to Wednesday of this week. Additionally, if an inmate is slated for release but lacks transportation and/or shelter the inmate can choose to remain in custody. But the courts are open. Inmates will not be transported to any courthouse in Cook County today, except for Leighton, also known as 26th and California. And yes, that courthouse is literally a couple of doors down from the residence of Cook County Inmates.
Now what happens if you have court today and can't appear? If it is a civil matter, call the courthouse and get connected to your judge's clerk. Some judges are automatically giving status dates.
If you have a criminal matter, this includes misdemeanor courts and traffic courts where there is the possibility of jail as a sentence, you should also call the courthouse, but I've been informed that no warrants will be issued for the accused if she or he is absent today.
I will update as I get additional information.
The most important thing you can do today is stay safe.