||9:00 a.m.- 4:30
||12:30 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Thursday @ 9:00 a.m.
||Tuesday through Thursday @ 9:30 a.m.
Change of Plea, Arraignments
Thursday @ 9:45 a.m.
Thursday @ 4:30 p.m.
|Trial Call - Daily
||10:00 - 12:30; 1:30 - 4:30
|Courtroom Activity Concludes
The court will set cases for status within 60 days of the filing of
the complaint. At the initial status conference the parties will: 1)
inform the court of the nature and scope of the case, 2) identify
settlement opportunities, 3) set the initial discovery parameters, and
4) schedule future conferences and, when necessary, motions.
Exchange of Discovery
This court asks parties to exchange informally any relevant discovery
materials which may facilitate the settlement process prior to the
initial conference with the court. Formal discovery parameters will be
fashioned as the case develops.
and Settlement Conferences
After the initial status and scheduling conference, the court may hold
scheduling and settlement conferences. Some of these may be held by
The court hears motions on Tuesday through Thursday at 9:30 a.m.
The Judge only grants motions in advance if the parties do not object to said motion. Otherwise, the parties need to appear .
If there is no objection to the scheduled motion, the parties may call chambers the morning the motion is scheduled between 8:15 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. to see if the motion has been granted.
Motions must be filed with the central clerk's office at least two
working days prior to the date of the hearing of the motion pursuant
to Local Rule 78.1
The court encourages the parties to work out discovery disputes and
discourages the filing of discovery motions. Discovery disputes are
normally resolved at a status call or a pretrial conference without
briefing. If the matter is not resolved, then the court will set a
With regard to the filing of motions for discovery and production of
documents under Fed. R. Civ.
P. 26-37, the court will not hear or consider any discovery
motions unless the parties have complied with Local
In any motion for discovery or production of documents, the movant
shall state when and how the movant complied with Local
Rule 12(K). Failure to comply with these rules will result in the
imposition of sanctions. Most often the court will rule on these
motions after oral argument at the motion call and without briefing.
The court will also consider these motions at a status call or a
Judge Leinenweber's final pretrial order
materially differs from that required by the local rules. His pretrial
order requires a statement of the case, a statement of damages,
witness lists, stipulations, trial exhibits, depositions and other
discovery material to be used at trial, expert witness information and
proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law or jury instructions.
Copies of the pretrial order form are available upon request from
Judge Leinenweber's chambers.
ALL matters relating to scheduled trials, except for transcript arrangements, should be made with Judge Leinenweber’s Courtroom Deputy, Wanda Parker. She can be reached at 312-435-7613.
to Proceed Before a Magistrate Judge
Too often litigants are unaware of the efficiencies to be gained by
having their cases tried before United States Magistrate Judges. The
court strongly encourages counsel to inform their
clients of this option, and to discuss it with opposing
Judge Consent Form
Briefs on appeal from the United States Bankruptcy Court must be filed
within 15 days of the entry of judgment by the Bankruptcy Court. Any
motions to extend time must be filed during the 15-day period. Briefs
are limited to 15 pages each.
To order a transcript of proceedings held before Judge Harry D. Leinenweber, please
e-mail his Official Court Reporter, Krista Burgeson, at Krista_Burgeson@ilnd.uscourts.gov,
with the date of proceedings, the case name, and the case number. She will reply
to your e-mail request as soon as possible via e-mail with the ordering instructions
and the available delivery times and deposit amounts. All deposit checks must be
accompanied by an executed Transcript Order Form A0435, which can be downloaded from this link.
Persons requesting transcription of a trial or other evidentiary hearing that is reasonably expected to last a full day or more should contact her at least five
5 ) days prior to the first day of such proceeding to set up the ordering and
payment arrangements and provide her with needed information regarding the case.
Judge Leinenweber's Official Court Reporter is Krista Burgeson, and she can be reached at Krista_Burgeson@ilnd.uscourts.gov or by calling her direct at
office is Room 1944.
|Submitting a Proposed Order, Agreed or Otherwise, for Electronic Entry by the Judge
Proposed Orders may be submitted to Judge Leinenweber attached to an e-mail sent to Proposed_Order_Leinenweber@ilnd.uscourts.gov The subject of the e-mail must include the case number and name, the document number of the corresponding motion, if any, and the title of the Proposed Order. All such documents must be submitted to the Court in a format compatible with WordPerfect. In addition, Judge Leinenweber also requires that a courtesy copy of any such Proposed Order be delivered to either his Courtroom Deputy, Wanda Parker, or chambers. Such Proposed Orders should also be served on all parties.