Eviction | State of Illinois Office of the Illinois Courts
Approved Statewide Forms — Eviction
The Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice has approved the following forms. All Illinois Courts must accept these forms. Scroll down below the chart for important information on how to fill out these forms, including the need for Adobe and downloading forms to save them properly so that you can electronically file them.
Special Rules Regarding Eviction Cases During the Pandemic:
- Governor Pritzker ordered a new moratorium on eviction cases through October 3rd, 2021 (Read the Executive Orders here. The most recent one is 2021-23)
- Effective August 1, 2021, the Governor’s moratorium no longer prohibits the filing of new eviction actions. Landlords may file all residential eviction cases, and initial court dates and status dates may be heard.
- The Governor’s moratorium continues to prevent the enforcement of eviction orders and judgments against tenants who do not pose a direct threat and who have provided a written declaration saying that they should be protected by the Governor’s 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. The written tenant declaration can be found in multiple languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Polish, Spanish, and Tagalog.
Illinois Supreme Court
- Effective September 13, 2021, all residential eviction summons must include a notice about Court-Based Rental Assistance. A sample notice is available here in black and white and color. Check with your local court because they may have additional required information (for example, Cook and Winnebago counties).
- Effective August 1, 2021, the Supreme Court pauses (or stays) until September 18, 2021 all judgments in evictions against tenants who are not a direct threat and have completed a written declaration saying they should be protected by the Governor’s Moratorium. For the full Supreme Court order, click here.
- To be exempt from this temporary pause (also called a stay), the eviction complaint must have a certification attached indicating the landlord has provided the tenant with the written declaration and either has not received it back or the tenant poses a direct threat. For a fillable version of the certification for exemption, click here.
- Landlords who want to challenge the truthfulness of a tenant’s declaration or show that a tenant would not qualify for rental assistance must file a motion identifying the specific grounds.
- It is illegal for a landlord to lock out a tenant without a court order.
Help with rent and legal aid is available
- Rental assistance programs are now accepting applications. Tenants and landlords may apply for grants of up to $25,000 for missed rent payments and utilities and three months of future payments. IMPORTANT: None of these rental assistance programs require the filing of an eviction case.
- Contact your local rental assistance program or
- Visit illinoisrentalassistance.org to apply for statewide rental assistance.
- If you are in eviction court and outside of Cook, apply for court-based rental assistance by visiting ilrpp.ihda.org.
- Free legal aid and mediation services are also available.
- For general information about evictions during this time, visit Illinois Legal Aid Online's Housing issues during the COVID-19 pandemic article.
All forms are ADA accessible, and you can handwrite or type into the PDF form to fill it out. IMPORTANT: You will need Adobe Acrobat, or free Adobe Reader XI (or a higher version) 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 on a webpage, 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:
- If you used Adobe Acrobat or Reader to complete your downloaded form (recommended), go to the "File" menu at the top, select "print", and choose "Adobe PDF" or "Print to PDF" from the dropdown menu. You will be told to save the form. This saved form will be "flattened" and you can e-file it.
- If you did not use Adobe Acrobat or Reader, your computer will select a software that will allow you to fill out the forms. You will need to look for a "Save as PDF" option. Depending on the software you use, this option may be found in the print dialog box under your "Print" menu option.
- Before e-filing any "flattened" form, be sure to open the file to make sure that it looks is filled out.