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LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Legal Department

The Legal Department provides legal services to City of Peoria staff, elected officials, and boards and commissions to enable them to accomplish the goals and objectives established by the Peoria City Council. The Legal Department prosecutes ordinance violations in ordinance court. In addition, the Legal Department prosecutes other ordinance violations such as housing codes, liquor codes, and some environmental violations through administrative processes. The Legal Department drafts and/or reviews all proposed ordinances and resolutions, researches questions of law, procedure and policy, and represents the City in all forms of litigation in court or before administrative agencies, including appeals. The Legal Department also prepares or reviews real estate matters and contracts involving the City of Peoria.  The Legal Department responds to questions from citizens or other governmental agencies and provides personnel and labor related legal services to City of Peoria staff.

To contact any member of the Legal Department, please call 309-494-8590.

THE CITY OF PEORIA LEGAL DEPARTMENT CAN NOT PROVIDE LEGAL ADVICE TO CITIZENS

For assistance with legal representation contact one of the following organizations:
Lawyers Assistance Program – 1-800-527-1233
Lawyer Referral Service Peoria – 309-674-1224
Lawyer Referral Statewide – 1-800-922-8757
Prairie State Legal Services – 309-674-9831
· English: http://pslegal.org/psls-pdf/PSLS-Fair-Housing-Brochure.pdf
· Spanish: http://pslegal.org/psls-pdf/PSLS-Fair-Housing-Brochure-%28Spanish%29.pdf
Pro Bono Legal Services – 309-677-5975

City Attorneys

Chrissie Kapustka, Senior Attorney
Email: ckapustka@peoriagov.org

Masum Perkins, Assistant City Attorney
Email: mperkins@peoriagov.org

Michael Toren, Assistant City Attorney
Email: mtoren@peoriagov.org

 

 

Administrative Hearings

Parking Tickets

For further information, contact Accounts Receivable at (309)494-8588.

Environmental Code Violations

Code Violations (CV cases) are heard weekly on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers, Room 400 (4th Floor), 419 Fulton Street, in City Hall.  If the Code Violation is paid prior to the hearing, no attendance is necessary.  Otherwise the legal owner of the property, property manager, or licensed attorney employed by the property owner  must appear for the hearing.

A Hearing Officer presides over this process. The Hearing Officer is an attorney appointed by the City Council to determine whether or not a code violation exists.

  • 10:30 a.m. Hearings – Environmental Code Enforcement Officers
    • Environmental Violations:  Leon Abner, Spencer Dugan, Lisa Eads, Gayland Ford, Andrew Fuller, Luis Quinones, Nick Ruzicka, Dawn Scally (Ashley Elias – Supervisor)
    • Non-Owner Occupied Violations:  Rachel Barnes and Abby Youngblood.  Please see more information regarding Non-Owner Occupied Violations at City Non-Owner Occupied Information.

For further information regarding Code Violation Court Cases, contact the Legal Department at (309)494-8590

Housing Court

Housing Court is a process for properties that are owner occupied or non-owner occupied that may have Housing Code violations, such as:

  • Interior – heating, plumbing, electrical, sanitation, fire prevention, etc.
  • Exterior – paint, accessory structures, doors, windows, etc.
  • Rental Registration – all non-owner occupied properties within the City must be registered with Code Enforcement

A Hearing Officer presides over this process. The Hearing Officer is an attorney appointed by the City Council to determine whether or not a code violation exists.

Housing Court is held each Tuesday morning at City Hall in the Council Chambers, Room 400 (4th Floor).

  • 9:00 a.m. Hearings – Building Inspector and Housing Code Enforcement Officers
    • Building Inspectors:  Roberto Medina, Craig Reid, Wes Stickelmaier, Matt Ziller
    • Housing Code Enforcement Officers:  Leon Abner, Lisa Eads, Nick Ruzicka, Spencer Dugan, (Ashley Elias – Supervisor)

Property owners should appear on the date and time their case is set, as indicated on their summons or order. To see if your case is scheduled during a particular week check the Housing Court docket, located in the “Weekly Dockets Section.”
For further information regarding Housing Court Cases, contact the Legal Department at (309)494-8590.

Pending Demolitions

For non-emergency properties the city seeks court authority to demolish, “dangerous” or “unsafe” buildings within the City of Peoria, as defined in Chapter 5 of the Code of the City of Peoria. In order to obtain court authority to demolish a building or structure, all owners as well as persons or entities with a legal interest in the subject property must be notified of the demolition proceeding. Only after all interested parties have been notified of the demolition lawsuit may the City obtain an order of demolition.

Any questions concerning your property in demolition court contact your inspector at Code Enforcement.

Please see current updated (Pending)

Notice of Foreclosure

SENATE BILL 1894:

SECTION 25, Subsection 15-1503

Notice of Foreclosure. (b) With respect to residential real estate, a copy of the notice of foreclosure described in subsection (a) of Section 15-1503 shall be sent by first class mail, postage prepaid, to the municipality within the boundary of which the mortgaged real estate is located, or to the county within the boundary of which the mortgaged real estate is located if the mortgaged real estate is located in an unincorporated territory. A municipality or county must clearly publish on its website a single address to which such notice shall be sent. If a municipality or county does not maintain a website, then the municipality or county must publicly post in its main office a single address to which such notice shall be sent. In the event that a municipality or county has not complied with the publication requirement in this subsection (b), then such notice to the municipality or county shall be provided pursuant to Section 2-211 of the Code of Civil Procedure.

For the City of Peoria this address is as follows:

CITY CLERK
CITY OF PEORIA
419 FULTON STREET, SUITE 401
PEORIA, IL 61602

For a complete review of Senate Bill 1894, a copy is on file in the office of the City Clerk.

Weekly Dockets – HEARINGS WILL BE HELD IN CITY HALL, 419 FULTON STREET, ROOM 400

Please always pay attention to the date and time indicated on your Summons/ Notice of Violation and Hearing.  Per Code, Sec. 5-521 Only a licensed attorney may appear on your behalf, if you are a property management company you may contact the Legal Department at (309) 494-8590 to see if your company is eligible to appear. 

Please note the following regarding environmental cases only:

  • All cases set for March 24, 2020 are continued to April 21, 2020.
  • All cases set for April 7, 2020 are continued to April 21, 2020.

All individuals will receive an amended notice by mail for notification.

Please note the following regarding housing cases only:

  • All cases set for March 24, 2020 are continued to May 12, 2020.
  • All cases set for April 7, 2020 are continued to May 26, 2020.

All individuals will receive an amended notice by mail with their new hearing date.

  • Housing Court Docket – Pending
  • Environmental Code Violation Docket – Pending

Legal Department – Frequently Asked Questions

Can I change or reschedule my court date for an Ordinance violation?

Can someone else appear in court on my behalf?

If I get a ticket for possession and/or consumption of alcohol by a minor, will I lose my driving privileges?

If I get a ticket for possession of a fake I.D. or use of I.D. of another, will I lose my driving privileges?

What is the difference between a bench trial and a jury trial?

How do I find out the status of my criminal court case?

I have been served with a summons for a demolition case, what can I do to defend or resist the demolition of my property?

Does the City assume ownership of the property once it has been demolished?

Where do I get a permit to fix-up a property before, during, or after the demolition process?

How do I get a scope of work to repair a property?

Who is my Inspector?

How do I register my property?

Why do I need to register my property?

If I receive a violation, what kind of effect will it have on my liquor license?

I need legal advice.

Where can I pay my fines?

What can I do if my car has been impounded?

Where, and what amount do I pay on a weed lien?

Where and what amount do I pay on a sidewalk lien?

Why do I have a weed lien when I already have an additional case in court regarding the same incident?

Legal Contact Information

Legal Department
Rm: 200
419 Fulton
Peoria, IL 61602

Phone: 309-494-8590

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