Although the eviction moratorium is set to end today, I have my doubts that the Sheriff will be working tomorrow. The weather forecast for tomorrow (1/6/15) predicts a high of 14 degrees and a low of -4 degrees. This feels eerily like 2014. As most Chicago landlords know, the Cook County Sheriff is prohibited by the Clerk of the Circuit Court general order from enforcing evictions (1) whenever the outside temperature is 15 degrees Fahrenheit or colder on the actual day of the eviction or (2) whenever regardless of outside temperature, extreme weather conditions endanger the health and welfare of those to be evicted. As of 10:45am today (1/5/15), the Sheriff’s eviction schedule website looks like this:
That is not a hopeful sign for getting evictions back on for tomorrow. Landlords may remember that last year on January 6, 2014, the high temperature was -1 degrees and the low was -8 degrees. Because of the extreme cold, there were very few evictions processed in January of 2014. I fear that landlords can expect more of the same for 2015.