On Wednesday, July 22, 2020, Governor Pritzker extended Executive Order Number 10 prohibiting local law enforcement and judicial circuits from enforcing any orders of eviction for residential properties through Saturday, August 22, 2020.

This extension does not allow landlords to circumvent the legal system. “Self-help” eviction actions are not an alternative to the legal eviction process. Examples of unlawful and prohibited self-help eviction actions include changing the locks, removing the tenant’s property, cutting off essential utilities, and removing or barricading doors. These “self-help” actions endanger our community and expose our residents to an increased risk of transmitting COVID-19.

Prairie State Legal Services continues to provide legal services to low-income residents in need of legal assistance and continues to accept referrals from community partners. Prairie State Legal Services has discontinued in-person contact until further notice.  Residents in need of legal assistance should contact their office at (309) 674-9831 or online at www.pslegal.org.

The city of Peoria Community Development Department aims to promote safe and affordable housing for tenants and homeowners by combatting 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 COVID-19 and the latest recommendations from public health 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.