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Eviction Filings Off To Slow Start In Tri-County Area

California Eviction Protections
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In this Jan. 27, 2021, file photo, a For Rent sign is posted in Sacramento, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom and state legislative leaders are negotiating about whether to extend the state's ban on evictions for unpaid rent. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Illinois landlords are once again able to file eviction notices, but new filings are off to a slow start in the Tri-County area.

As of Tuesday morning, the Peoria County Clerk's office had received one new filing, while Tazewell County's clerk received two, according to data provided to WCBU. No new evictions were filed in Woodford County.

Enacted amid the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. JB Pritzker's eviction moratorium protected tenants from eviction for a year and a half.

Based on the number of people enrolled in Ameren's utility disconnect avoidance program, local experts estimate as many as 3,000 local residents could face eviction.

The Illinois Supreme Court announced a so-called triage period that will limit the number of eviction cases which can be immediately acted upon.

While the first eviction notices against people now covered by the moratorium can be filed, the earliest an eviction can take place is Sept. 1.

WCBU will continue monitoring local filing data.

Resources:

Heart of Illinois United Way Continuum of Care
Peoria Salvation Army
Prairie State Legal Services
Phoenix Community Development Services
Illinois Rental Payment Program

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Hannah Alani is a reporter at WCBU. She joined the newsroom in 2021. She can be reached at hmalani@ilstu.edu.