DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick suspends eviction due to COVID-19
Last updated 3/17/2020 at 11:19am
DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick announced Tuesday that all court-ordered evictions will
be delayed for 30 days, effective immediately.
The move came after Sheriff Mendrick learned of a resident who was being evicted from her
apartment Monday. The woman said was prepared to go to a shelter for the evening but was
turned away by several who told her they are not taking any new clients to limit exposure to the
“Halting all evictions for 30 days is the most humane thing to do as we continue to navigate this
rapidly spreading disease,” Sheriff Mendrick said. “While we don’t want people to panic, I also
want people to have a safe place to go and not be forced to sleep or live in their cars while
everything gets sorted out.”
Mendrick will re-evaluate the order on April 17 after consultation from the DuPage Health
Department and Centers for Disease Control and assessing the status of local shelters.
The Sheriff’s Office has also suspended all personal visits to inmates housed in the correctional
facility. During this time, only clergy and attorneys will be allowed to visit inmates but they will
be screened by staff for symptoms of COVID-19 before being allowed in. During this time, each
inmate has been allotted 30 extra minutes of telephone time, at no charge, so they can keep in
contact with loved ones.
The health and safety of the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office staff, inmates and the public
continue to be our primary concern.