We received this fax a few days ago from our Attorney whom we use for evictions:
After a week or two of rampant rumors, the Sheriff of Cook County, Thomas Dart, has published new rules concerning enforcement of entered Orders for Possession, On July 30. 2007 the Sheriff announced by publication that commencing August 6, 2007, the Sheriff 's office will no longer provide moving crews.
While the procedure is somewhat confused and convoluted In the Sheriffs documentation, it appears that the new procedure will parallel that which has been in effect for commercial evictions in Cook County and both commercial and residential evictions in all counties outside of Cook County.
The Deputy Sheriff will appear at the subject premises and provided the plaintiff or plaintiff's agent is present, the Deputy should see to it that the door is opened and all individuals in the premises are removed. The Deputy will then post papers on the premises advising that the premises have been turned over by law to the plaintiff. It will be the plaintiffs responsibility to have their own personnel or movers remove the tenant's belongings from the subject apartment.
In the event movers are unavailable, plaintiff should at least change the locks on the apartment entrance doors to prevent unauthorized, access. The landlord should then make preparations as quickly as reasonably possible either with the tenant to remove its property or for the landlords' own movers to remove the tenant's property and place it upon the city sidewalk or parkway, off the landlord's property.
Once the Sheriff has removed the occupants and delivered possession to the landlord, the tenant has no legal right to re-enter the premises. Even though the Sheriff has delivered possession and removed the occupants, the landlord has no legal right to retain and exercise dominion over the tenant's property. The landlord is obligated to allow the tenant, even after possession is delivered, to remove the tenant's property either from the parkway or outside of the apartment. Since the Sheriff will not be providing moving crews, it will not be necessary for deputies to remain present while the property move-out is accomplished and, therefore, common sense should dictate that evictions will move along faster than they have in recent months however, we will, await further results.