Meeting Minutes

The Blog was Posted on Nov 15 2021 by admin
Over the past year, we have said many times, that community association living has become very tense. It is unfortunately a time when community associations which never experienced any issues are now dealing with many personality challenges. People are less respectful to one another and quick to “fight” with one another. Perhaps it is a […]

Lessons From the Past Year and a Half: How to Better Prepare Your Association for the Unexpected

The Blog was Posted on Oct 07 2021 by admin
From COVID-19 to the Surfside tragedy, a number of things have occurred over the past year and a half, which have taught us new lessons to be applied to community living. In this seminar, Dawn and Gabby will discuss those lessons and how to apply them to your communities (either as a community association manager […]

COVID-19 Update: Announcement by the City of Chicago

The Blog was Posted on Aug 17 2021 by admin
The city of Chicago announced today an indoor mask mandate for all individuals two (2) years and older, regardless of vaccination status. This mandate will become effective on Friday, August 20, 2021. To learn more, click here.

Time to Update your Community Association’s Signs Regarding Masks!

The Blog was Posted on Jul 22 2021 by admin
On July 21, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) updated its public health regulations, due to the increase in transmission of the COVID-19 Delta variant throughout the United States. To learn more, click here.

State of Illinois Prepares to Move into Phase 5

The Blog was Posted on Jun 09 2021 by admin
The State of Illinois is prepared to move into phase 5. What Does this mean for community associations? To learn more, click here.

Illinois and Chicago Lift Mask Mandates – What Does it Mean for Associations?

The Blog was Posted on May 31 2021 by admin
In our last email newsletter, we discussed recent changes to masking guidelines announced by the Centers for Disease Control. At that time, Illinois had not officially taken a position on masks, other than to vaguely indicate that new orders consistent with the CDC guidelines would be forthcoming. On May 17, 2021, Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2021-10. Shortly […]


The Blog was Posted on Oct 29 2020 by admin
New COVID-19 Mitigation Measures Affect Associations in Cook and Collar Counties Due to a spike in COVID-19 cases in Illinois, new mitigation measures have been implemented in many areas of the state, including all of Cook County, DuPage, Kane, Kankakee, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties. The new restrictions affect community associations as they limit gatherings to 25 […]

New Guidelines for Associations Located in the City of Chicago

The Blog was Posted on Jul 23 2020 by admin
In light of an increased number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, and an increase in the COVID-19 testing positivity rate in the City of Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has announced new guidelines for Chicago.  These new guidelines are designed to reduce transmission of COVID-19 from sources that contact-tracing has identified as contributing to these increased metrics, […]

What Are Condominium Governing Documents?

The Blog was Posted on Jun 25 2020 by admin
A condo’s governing documents control much of the relationship between the association and the individual members. In referring to condo documents, one may be referring to one of four different sets of legal documents.  Here, our Chicago condo lawyers highlight four key types of documents, which govern condos in Illinois. Condo Governing Documents: Explained The […]

Contracts: Bidding, Negotiating and Executing

The Blog was Posted on Jun 18 2020 by admin
A homeowners’ association (HOA) is a private association with common interest rules.  The board of the HOA is responsible for keeping running the affairs of the community.  Among other things, this duty often involves hiring vendors, suppliers, and other contractors.  This raises an important question:  How do you make sure you have reliable and effective […]

What Type of Authority Do HOA’s Have?

The Blog was Posted on May 06 2020 by admin
A homeowners’ association is a type of private association community. Along with several other tasks, it is the HOA’s job to enforce its own recorded and unrecorded governing documents.  This occasionally involves determining what individual property owners (members) can and cannot do. This raises an important question: How much power does an HOA have? The […]

What to Know About Closed Session Board Meetings

The Blog was Posted on Apr 29 2020 by admin
A community association board has a duty to act in the best interest of the community. Many of the issues boards/managers need to handle are complex. In certain circumstances, there are sensitive issues that need to be addressed — and a closed-door meeting may be appropriate. In Illinois, HOA boards and condo boards both have […]

Illinois Stay-at-Home Order Extended Through May

The Blog was Posted on Apr 23 2020 by admin
At the April 23, 2020 daily briefing, Governor J.B. Pritzker indicated that, on May 1, 2020, he will sign an executive order extending Illinois’ stay-at-home mandate for another month, through Saturday, May 30, 2020. Changes to the Order: When the new order is signed next week, it will include the following changes to existing restrictions: […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Homeowner and Condominium Associations

The Blog was Posted on Mar 31 2020 by admin
COVID-19 is everywhere around us. It has changed our daily lives in so many unimaginable ways. Therefore, we should not be surprised that it affects the general day to day operations of an association. Here is how our lives within community associations are changing. Stay at Home Order This afternoon Governor Pritzker announced he will […]

The Risks of Low Assessments

The Blog was Posted on Mar 30 2020 by admin
Low HOA/Condo fees are great — at least until something goes wrong. It is the duty of an association to bring in enough funds in assessment to cover the members’ collective costs. If your HOA is charging assessments that are too low, it is setting itself up for huge financial headaches in the future. Here, […]

COVID-19 Update

The Blog was Posted on Mar 20 2020 by admin
This afternoon, to stop the spread of COVID-19, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a shelter-in-place order for Illinois. Under this order, Illinois residents are to self-isolate in their residences from 5 p.m., Saturday, March 21, 2020 to the end of the day on April 7, 2020. Individuals should only leave their residences for essential purposes, […]

What is the Difference Between a Condo and an Apartment?

The Blog was Posted on Mar 19 2020 by admin
Although the buildings are often virtually identical from the outside, there are legal and organizational differences between condominiums and apartments. Here, our Chicago condo law attorneys provide a brief explanation of the most important difference. The Key Difference Between Condos and Apartments: Scope of Ownership The apartments within a building are typically owned and rented […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update Information for Homeowner and Condominium Associations

The Blog was Posted on Mar 17 2020 by admin
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to issue guidance regarding actions necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19. Recently, the CDC has discouraged gatherings of more than ten (10) people. Therefore, Keough and Moody is recommending against any in-person board or member meetings until further notice. As a result, boards and management should […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Homeowner and Condominium Associations

The Blog was Posted on Mar 16 2020 by admin
The number of Coronavirus cases, officially called COVID-19, is increasing within the United States. As of March 11, 2020, Illinois has twenty-five (25) confirmed cases and the number appears to be increasing daily. At this point, we must be prepared for increasing transmissions of Coronavirus in Illinois. While there is no need to panic, associations […]

Can a Condo Owner Be Forced to Sell?

The Blog was Posted on Mar 12 2020 by admin
In Illinois, condo owners may be forced to sell as part of a deconversion sale, even if they strongly object to the deal. Here, our Illinois condo law attorneys explain Illinois law regarding forced condo sales. Illinois Condo Deconversion: 75 Percent Approval from Individual Owners   According to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional […]