It is not required by Illinois law for homeowners to shovel their sidewalks, and the law even grants a special civil immunity to homeowners from sidewalk slip-and-fall lawsuits. (Businesses, on the other hand, are not immune from liability.)
To recap: (1) as a homeowner, you aren't required by Illinois law to shovel your sidewalks, and (2) you're generally immune from liability if a pedestrian slips and injures him or herself on your sidewalk. Keep in mind, however, that individual municipalities (i.e. the City of Chicago) can choose to issue fines for uncleared sidewalks. Make sure to check local ordinances regarding sidewalk snow removal responsibilities for homeowners.
As a pedestrian, exercise caution when traversing through ice or snow. If you experience serious physical injury after a slip and fall caused by what you believe to willful negligence on behalf of the homeowner or business owner, an experienced slip-and-fall attorney can help assess your potential case.
Posted by DMM at the Law Offices of Hugo A. Ortiz.
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