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Illinois Courts response to COVID-19

Eviction

The following forms have been approved for use by the Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice and are required to be accepted in all Illinois courts. The forms are ADA accessible, and you can handwrite or type into the PDF form.

 IMPORTANT: You will need Adobe Acrobat or free Adobe Reader XI or higher in order to save completed forms. 

 You MUST first SAVE/DOWNLOAD each form as a PDF to your computer before you begin. If you fill out a form within your browser not using the downloaded copy, you will lose your progress.

E-filing: If you are e-filing any of these forms, you will need to "flatten" the form so it cannot be changed after you complete it. You flatten the form in one of two ways:

  1. If you used Adobe Acrobat or Reader to complete your downloaded form, go to the "File" menu at the top, select "print", and choose "Adobe PDF" from the printer dropdown menu. You will be told to save the form. Use this "flattened" form to e-file.
  2. If you did not use Adobe Acrobat or Reader (recommended), Your computer should designate file associated software that will allow you to fill in fillable fields within the forms. You will need to ensure that your files are flattened before e-filing. You will need to look for “Save as PDF” option. Depending on the software you use, this may be found in the print dialog box under your “Print” menu option.
  3. Before e-filing any "flattened" form, be sure to open the file making sure it is not blank, missing any filled in content, and looks correct overall.
 


Special Rules Regarding Starting Eviction Cases:

Illinois Supreme Court

  • Any eviction complaint filed in Illinois must have a certification attached indicating the landlord has followed the Governor's moratorium. For the full Supreme Court order and the certification form, click hereFor a fillable version of the Plaintiff's certification form, click here.

Note: Governor's Executive Orders affect evictions in Illinois through June 26, 2021

  • Governor Pritzker ordered a new moratorium on eviction cases through June 26, 2021 (Read the Executive Orders here. The most recent one is 2021-11)
  • A landlord may not file or continue eviction cases, unless the landlord serves the tenants with a written declaration that the tenant may fill out and return saying that they should be protected by the COVID Moratorium because they (1) fell behind in rent because of COVID, (2) expect to earn no more than $99,000 ($198,000 if joint return), (3) are using best efforts to make timely partial payments, and (4) would become homeless or have to double-up if evicted.
  • A landlord still may file an eviction case against a tenant who provides a written declaration or who isn't being evicted for owing rent if that person poses a direct threat.
  • It is illegal for a landlord to lock out a tenant without a court order.

Rental assistance programs are now accepting applications. IMPORTANT: None of these rental assistance programs require the filing of an eviction case.

  • How to apply for rental assistance
    • Statewide: Accepting applications May 17 through June 7 for one-time grants of up to $25,000 for missed rent payments as far back as June 2020 and future payments through August 2021. Interested landlords can apply directly at: https://ilrpp.ihda.org/.
      • A tenant-initiated application process will be available from Jun 9 through June 28.
    • Statewide: Accepting referrals on a rolling basis for one-time grants of up to $25,000 for missed rent payments and utilities as far back as April 2020 and three months of future payments. Interested landlords and tenants may connect with referring agencies listed by county at: dhs.illinois.gov/housinghelp.
    • State, Suburban Cook County, Chicago: General information.
    • Veterans: Resource navigation for veterans, including rental assistance or call 833-INFO-IJF (Veterans may also apply for the general rental assistance programs linked above.)

Suggest Changes to a Form

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice welcomes suggestions for changes which would improve existing forms. If you have suggestions for the Approved Statewide Forms, please fill in and submit below.