Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. is available in Courtroom 203 on Tuesdays during the morning and afternoon eviction hearings to provide free legal services to qualified, low income tenants facing eviction. Prairie State is a nonprofit legal aid organization and its services are free.
If you are interested in receiving free legal services:
Bring your lease, your notice(s) of eviction, and proof of income.
Check-in with Prairie State Legal Services in Courtroom 203 no later than 15 minutes prior to your Court hearing on the Tuesday of your first eviction hearing.
To pre-screen for eligibility, call Prairie State's office at 309-674-9831. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except over the noon hour. Please inform the secretary that you have an eviction hearing and that you plan to participate in the Eviction Courthouse Project.
These free legal services are available on a first come, first served basis. These services are available if you meet low income and other eligibility requirements. There is no guarantee that free legal services will be provided to all eligible persons.
The Peoria County Eviction Courthouse Project was created in collaboration with the Tenth Judicial Circuit, the Peoria County Bar Association Pro Bono Committee, and Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.