CHICAGO (CBS) — The Illinois Rental Property Owners Association is joining the legal fight against Governor JB Pritzker and his moratorium on evictions.
As of now, evictions are on hold across the state until July due to COVID-19.READ MORE: Shuttered By Pandemic Last Summer, Guthrie's Tavern In Wrigleyville Has New Owner And Will Be Reopening
But a number of landlords are suing to regain access to the courts.
They argue some people who are not impacted by the coronavirus outbreak are taking advantage of Pritzker’s order as a way to avoid paying their rent.READ MORE: Morgan Park Neighbors Say Woman Put Poison-Laced Hot Dogs On Lawn For Dogs To Eat; Alderman Says It's Not Legal, Even On Private Property
Thursday afternoon, Pritzker defended his eviction ban during his latest briefing on COVID-19.
“It’s important for us to stand up for people who are working class, people who cannot otherwise afford to maintain their home. We do not want people to become homeless in this difficult crisis,” he said.MORE NEWS: Chicago Heights Couple's SUV Was Stolen In Less Than A Minute With No Key Needed; Worry Mounts About Ease Of Theft For Dodge SRT Vehicles
However, the governor said he’d be open to conversations about more specific restrictions on evictions, such as banning only evictions of tenants who lost income due to the pandemic.