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COVID-19 Information for Illinois

The purpose of this page is to provide apartment industry professionals with an overview of the issues affecting our industry with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This resource is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry.

State and Local Affiliates

Please remember to use your state or local apartment association as the primary resource for the most up-to-date information on your responsibilities. Find your local affiliate.

State Legal and Regulatory Information

We highly suggest you contact a local attorney before you decide to initiate an eviction action against a resident in the current environment as overlaying federal, state and county laws or restrictions on the judicial process may apply. This includes: issuing a notice to vacate, initiating any eviction-related action, or assessing fees or penalties on residents for nonpayment of rent or other lease violations. In addition to the below, you can access NAA's statutory information on late fees, eviction laws, and other policy issues.

Shelter in Place

Effective Friday, May 1, 2020, Governor JB Pritzker has issued updated “Shelter-in-Place” orders while extending the requirements until Saturday, May 30, 2020. Currently, some non-essential businesses such as retailers are open for curbside pickup and delivery and require people to wear masks in public.

Illinois is set to move into Phase 3 of Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Plan this Friday, May 29, 2020. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has released a Phase 3 Business Toolkit

State of Emergency

Governor JB Pritzker declared a state of emergency on March 9, 2020.

Eviction

COVID-19 Executive Order No. 8

  • Action: Governor Pritzker issued an executive order on March 21, 2020 pausing enforcement of residential evictions by law enforcement and prohibiting for the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation.  

  • COVID-19 Related Impact Requirement: No.

  • Exceptions: Health and Safety.

  • Residents Responsible for Rent: Yes.

  • Additional Commentary: The State Supreme Court has directed lower courts to keep fulfilling essential functions, but to delay or schedule remote hearings for non-essential matters. Local courts may also suspend deadlines.

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

No statewide emergency rental assistance for Illinois.

Rent Freeze

No rent freeze is in effect at the state or local level. Local rent regulation is preempted by Illinois Code § 50 ILCS 825 / 5.

Price-Gouging Law

Under Illinois Code §465.10, statutory law governs price gouging of petroleum and gas products during times of state or national shortage. There is no statutory language governing the restriction or control of rental housing pricing during times of emergency.

Local Legal and Regulatory Information

Chicago

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Housing (DOH) announced the creation of a COVID-19 Housing Assistance Grant program to assist Chicagoans who have lost their jobs or otherwise been impacted by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Made possible by a partnership with the Family Independence Initiative (FII), DOH will deploy $2 million from the Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund (AHOF) to fund one-time grants to help impacted Chicagoans with rent and mortgage payments. 

The fund will award 2,000 individual grants in the amount of $1,000. Half of these grants will be awarded through a lottery system, while the other half will be distributed by non-profit community organizations across the city. Chicago residents experiencing temporary financial hardships due to COVID-19 will be able to apply online via the DOH Online Intake Portal at www.chicago.gov/coronavirus and over the phone through community-based organizations.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate their economic impact by showing documentation such as a recent unemployment insurance claim, a notification of employment status change, as well as proof of household income at or below 60 percent of the area median income—ranging from $37,000 for one person to $53,000 for a family of four--prior to job loss or other economic impacts.

Cook County

Eviction

Sheriff Suspension of Enforcement

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office has suspended the execution of all writs of possession and jail visits.