One year ago on March 16, 2020, Governor J.B. Pritzker announced that 105 cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed within 15 counties in Illinois. Unbeknownst to us, that would also be the last day we would spend together as a firm for at least the next year. Like the majority of other businesses that were able to do so, we decided to begin working from home due to the growing threat of this mysterious new virus. We spent most of that day tying up loose ends, gathering office supplies to take home, and strategizing the best way to serve our clients while working remotely for the next several weeks. Little did anyone know how long this would last!
Our story is not unique to our office, as people around the world have been forced to change their lives in countless ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, throughout this extremely trying and testing year, several things have remained constant – our perseverance, our hope, our humanity, and our dedication to our clients.
Without the relentless efforts of so many people around us, we would not be where we are today. From medical and healthcare professionals who have been constantly risking their own lives to save the lives of others, to researchers and scientists who have been able to create, manufacture, and distribute vaccines around the globe within a single calendar year. From the teachers and educational workers who have risen to the incredible task of teaching children remotely, and to all other essential workers who have been the absolute backbone of commerce, the economy, and basic survival. In all honesty, the list of people that deserve appreciation is endless. However, one aspect that is too important not to consider is each individual’s own commitment to staying informed and preventing the unnecessary spread of the virus. We’ve worn our masks, socially distanced, and worked from home. We are making significant progress. And in order to keep progressing in the right direction, we need to remain vigilant.
On that note, we want to extend our deepest appreciation to everyone for their own part in making sure we all get through this historic event together. Every single person’s efforts make a difference. We have relied on one another throughout this last year and will continue to do so. And during that time, those of us at Crick Walanka Law Group will always be available to assist in any way possible. Even remotely, we never compromise on working to exceed your expectations in representing your legal interests. We thank you for your continued confidence in our firm. We are hopeful that we will be able to see you in person soon.
It’s now been a year since the COVID-19 global pandemic began. However, there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel, and the only way we can move closer to that light is if we walk together.
Best wishes and good health to you,
Crick Walanka Law Group, Ltd.
Lillian Walanka, Sabrina Elliott, Tim Bingham, Andrew VandenBerg, and Melissa Spagnola