Eviction law in Illinois is found in the Forcible Entry and Detainer Act (FEDA) which defines the proceedings to determine the right of (and restore) possession to land and
property. In 2013, Illinois adopted parts of the Federal Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Law (PTFA), incorporating definition of bona fide lease into FEDA and the Illinois
Mortgage Foreclosure Law (IMFL), impacting duration of leases; supplemental petitions; and notice of change in management.

The Chicago City Council passed the Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (RLTO) in 1986 to protect and promote the public health, safety and welfare of
Chicago’s renters. It established the rights and obligations of the landlord and the tenant in the rental of Chicago apartments.  

The RLTO details how landlords should maintain their buildings and apartments, and what remedies are available to the tenant if the landlord does not do so.

It also details the responsibilities of the tenant and the remedies available to the landlord if the tenant does not fulfill them. Other subjects of the RLTO include security
deposits, subleases, the landlord’s right of access and illegal lease clauses.


Chicago Landlord Tenant Ordinance - Municipal Code Title 5, Chapter 12

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Cook County has the largest unified court system in the nation, with eleven courthouses located within the city of Chicago and six in the outlying Cook County
suburbs.

The Court Services Department provides security for all court facilities. Deputy sheriffs have the responsibility of providing security for judges and other court
officials as well as jurors, handling prisoners, and screening all persons entering the courthouse to ensure that no illegal items or contraband are allowed into the
secured facility.

Deputy Sheriff’s have the responsibility for the service of summonses, warrants, orders of protection, eviction orders, and all law enforcement matters concerning
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