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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
Free Legal Services for Civil Matters- Prairie State Legal Services – 309-674-9831
https://www.pslegal.org/offices/ 

City Attorneys

Patrick W. Hayes, Corporation Counsel
Email: phayes@peoriagov.org

Chrissie Kapustka, Deputy Corporation Counsel
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.

Housing Court

Housing Court is a process for properties (both commercial and residential) that may have Housing Code violations, such as:

  • Interior – heating, plumbing, electrical, sanitation, fire prevention, etc.
  • Exterior – paint, accessory structures, doors, windows, etc.

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 at 9:00 a.m. at City Hall in Room 404 (4th Floor) on the following Tuesdays: January 11, January 25, February 8, February 22, March 8, March 22, April 5, April 19, May 10, May 24, June 7, June 14, July 5, July 19, August 9, August 23, September 13, September 27, October 11, October 25, November 15, November 29, December 6, December 20. The hearing calendar for 2023 is forthcoming.

  • Building Inspectors: Isaac Garcia, Craig Reid, Rich Storm (plumbing), Matt Ziller
  • Housing Code Enforcement Officers:  Spencer Dugan, Nick Ruzicka, Dawn Scally, Deborah Fulton, Alejandro “Alex” Aguilar, Antwon West (Ashley Elias – Supervisor)

Property owners should appear on the date and time their case is scheduled as indicated on their summons or order. Contact your inspector to determine when your next hearing is. Staying in contact with your inspector should be a priority. In most (but not all) cases, an appearance can be avoided if your inspector is allowing you more time to work on correcting violations.

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

Environmental Code Violations

Environmental Code Violations (“CV” cases) are citations issued for violations of the following codes (this list is not exhaustive and additional citations may be issued for violations not listed below):

  • 5-264 Criminal housing management
  • 5-521 Registration required
  • 13-37 Storage or accumulation of litter and motor vehicle parts
  • 13-41 Dumping or throwing litter
  • 13-77 Growth of weeds prohibited
  • 27-269 License required

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.

Environmental Court is held at 10:30 a.m. at City Hall in Room 404 (4th Floor) on the following Tuesdays in 2022: January 11, January 25, February 8, February 22, March 8, March 22, April 5, April 19, May 10, May 17, May 24, June 7, June 14, July 5, July 12, July 19, August 9, August 16, August 23, September 13, September 20, September 27, October 11, October 25, November 15, November 29, December 6, December 20. The hearing calendar for 2023 is forthcoming.

  • Environmental Code Enforcement Aides: Cleveland Thomas, Destiny Hayes, Brian Erwin, Robert Foster, Matthew Hayes, Jesus Romero, Terrell Walker, Debra Smith
  • Licensing Inspector: Jamie Shilevenitz

To avoid an appearance you may pay the fine by going to payquicket.com – if your fine is paid prior to 10:30 a.m. on the date of your hearing, you will not need to appear.

For further information regarding Environmental Code Violation 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.

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.

Legal Department – Frequently Asked Questions

Can I change or reschedule my court date for a code or ordinance violation?

Can someone else appear in administrative court on my behalf?

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 for a lien or abatement lien?

Why do I have to pay a fine for an ordinance violation when I already have a work order invoice regarding the same incident?

Legal Contact Information

Legal Department
Room 403
419 Fulton
Peoria, IL 61602

Phone: 309-494-8590

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