News & Announcements

Check this page, or the News and Announcements box on the homepage, for the latest official news and announcements released by the court. You can also access archived news and announcements from this page.

In response to customer feedback, we have created an event titled, "Joinder". The event is listed in the Other category of the Bankruptcy and Adversary menus. The event requires you to relate to a previously -filed event. We also modified the...

August 11, 2014

United States Bankruptcy Judge Bruce W. Black of the Northern District of Illinois has applied to be reappointed by the United States Court of Appeals to a new 14-year term when his current term expires on August 12, 2015. A United States...

August 12, 2014

The Court has developed a new self help service "SmartHelp.”  SmartHelp will replace the Court's Frequently Asked Questions, FAQs.  SmartHelp is designed to deliver an answer to a question with fewer clicks and without reading through many...

August 4, 2014

Some PACER functions will be down for critical maintenance beginning 6:00 P.M. Central Time on Thursday, August 7, 2014.
During maintenance, some functions will be intermittently unavailable.

All PACER services will be down...

August 7, 2014

The scheduled CMECF and website outage has ended. You may resume
filing new case documents or view website information at this time.

Use the following link to access the E-File server:

July 27, 2014

Due to a total building power outage of the Dirksen Federal Courthouse most electronic services will be unavailable from Friday evening, July 25, 2014, 4:00 PM through, Sunday, July 27, 2014, approximately, 6:00 PM.

During this period...

July 18, 2014

For Chicago Calendar:
As of September 1, 2014, Judge Black will not be sitting on Thursdays.


July 10, 2014



TUESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2014. 5:30 P.M.

cost: $59 per ticket (includes patio party)
For tickets, call:
Steve Chaiken or Robin Maatman @ 312-435-1050


June 2, 2014

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois has a panel of volunteer attorneys to represent indigent parties on a pro bono basis in discrete adversary proceedings and contested matters. We are in need of volunteer attorneys to...

July 1, 2014

The number of case management teams in the Eastern Division (Chicago) will change from 5 to 4. This will cause a change in the way cases are assigned to each team. Currently the cases are assigned according to the last digit of the bankruptcy...

June 30, 2014