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.

Please note: The City of Peoria Legal Department can not provide legal advice to citizens.

For assistance with legal representation contact one of these organizations.

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.