As Illinois landlords are well-aware, each year Cook County issues an eviction moratorium over the holidays and winter months. This year is no different.

On November 20, 2023, the Presiding Judge of the Cook County Municipal Department issued his annual Order requiring a moratorium on evictions during the winter season. Per the Order, the Cook County Sheriff may not perform any evictions:

  • From December 18, 2023 through January 2, 2024, with evictions resuming on January 3; and
  • Any day when the outside temperature is 15 degrees Fahrenheit or colder; and
  • Regardless of temperature, any day when extreme weather conditions could endanger the health and welfare of the people being evicted.

If you are a landlord waiting for the Cook County Sheriff to execute an eviction, be prepared for longer delays.

With the annual moratorium in place, expect further delays in the enforcement of your eviction orders over the winter and a significant backlog with the Sheriff’s office in the spring of 2024.


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