Pritzker Extends Ban on Coronavirus-Related Evictions

A residential street in Wicker Park in Chicago. (WTTW News)A residential street in Wicker Park in Chicago. (WTTW News)

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Friday that Illinois’ ban on evictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic would be extended until Jan. 11 amid a sustained second surge of COVID-19 cases.

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Pritzker ordered a total ban on evictions starting in March when he issued a stay-at-home order, and extended it as state officials worked to get $5,000 grants to Illinois residents who won a lottery for rental assistance grants and help with mortgage payments.

Illinois’ $300 million housing assistance program was the largest in the nation, officials said.

Only renters who earn less than $99,000 annually — or $198,000 if a couple files jointly — are covered by the eviction ban, in line with the federal ban on evictions, officials said.

Those who cannot pay their rent must submit a form to their landlords declaring that the pandemic has made it impossible for them to pay all or a portion of their rent. That form is available at ihda.org.

Evictions filed and approved before the pandemic can move forward if there are “serious health and safety concerns,” officials said.

Illinois’ ban on most evictions is in its 10th month.

Contact Heather Cherone: @HeatherCherone | (773) 569-1863 | [email protected]


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