The city of Peoria Community Development Department has received numerous calls and inquiries from citizens regarding the enforcement of eviction orders by local law enforcement.

At the state level, Governor Pritzker issued an Executive Order directing all state, county, and local law enforcement in Illinois to cease enforcement of all orders of eviction for residential premises until April 8, 2020.

On March 17, 2020, the Tenth Judicial Circuit issued an Administrative Order postponing all eviction court cases until April 17, 2020 in accordance with CDC guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This Administrative Order impacts all eviction cases in Peoria, Tazewell, Marshall, Putnam, and Stark counties.

Prairie State Legal Services is continuing to provide legal services to low-income residents in need of legal assistance and is continuing to accept referrals from community partners. Prairie State Legal Services has discontinued all unnecessary in-person contact until further notice, but they encourage residents in need of legal assistance to contact their office via phone at (309) 674-9831 or online at www.pslegal.org.

The city of Peoria’s Community Development Department aims to promote safe and affordable housing for tenants and homeowners by fighting blight in our neighborhoods. Residents encountering health, life, and safety issues in their rental units are encouraged to report issues to Peoria Cares at (309) 494-2273 or online at www.peoriagov.org/peoria-cares.

For more information on rental assistance, utility payment assistance, and other services offered in our community, please contact 211 by dialing 2-1-1 on any phone or visiting www.211hoi.org

For more information on COVID-19 and the latest recommendations from public officials, please visit the Peoria City/County Health Department’s website at https://www.pcchd.org/289/COVID-19-Coronavirus or call 2-1-1.