Madison County court allowed eviction cases to proceed despite Illinois ban

September 22, 2020

Madison County Circuit Court has allowed landlords to file hundreds of eviction cases despite an order from the governor banning filings during the coronavirus pandemic.

In late April, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker barred individuals and organizations from filing residential eviction actions in court to help keep people who may have fallen behind on rent for their homes during the state’s stay-at-home orders.

“The ongoing public health emergency requires further action to prevent the initiation of residential eviction proceedings,” Pritzker wrote in his April 23 executive order. 

But Madison County’s 3rd Circuit Court has continued to accept eviction filings. Some landlords filed new eviction suits with the court as early as April 27, according to court records.

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