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When allegations of abuse are made, the MDT has a mandate to look into these concerns. All sources of information are considered and reviewed to ensure the safety of your child. Team members will keep you informed about the status of the investigation. The Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) staff and MDT will be available to provide you with support and answer any questions you might have about the process.
Usually the members of the investigative team will talk with you to discuss the interview and to inform you as to how the investigation will proceed. You will receive a list of team members and their contact information. The services provided by the Children's Advocacy Center do not end when families leave the Center. Your advocate will remain in touch with you to keep you informed about the progress of the case, access needed services, and assist in any legal proceedings.
During the interview, your child will speak with a person specially trained to talk to children about their experiences. Interviews are held in a room which allows for observation by other members of the team and is recorded so that your child may only have to speak about their experiences once. The interviewer asks neutral, fact-finding questions in a way that is sensitive to your child's age and ability while gathering the information needed to successfully investigate allegations of abuse.
By focusing first on the needs of children and their families, the Children's Advocacy Center ensures that important services and information are provided for you. Utilizing a team approach and a recorded interview improves the quality of the investigation and minimizes further trauma by reducing the number of times the child has to talk about their experiences.
Your victim advocate will provide referral information for a therapist specifically trained and experienced in trauma and abuse. Counseling can help you, your child and your family through this very difficult time.
Based on the allegation or the interview, the team may decide a medical evaluation is needed. Your victim advocate will provide referral information for an assessment and consultation by a trained medical professional.
Yes, you can register for notification through VINE.
No, you do not need to be present at every court appearance for the defendant. You are welcomed to attend any and all court appearances if you wish. You will be notified by our office when you are needed. If you have any questions about what will happen at a particular court appearance, you may contact a victim or witness advocate at 309-672-6900.
An order of protection is a court order issued by a judge to a victim of domestic violence. It orders a person to stay away from the victim and stop any violence, threats of violence, or any type of harassment. To be eligible for an order of protection, the person must be a spouse, former spouse, roommate, family member or person you have dated. There is no cost for an order of protection, and there is trained staff at the Peoria County Courthouse to assist you in filing the necessary paperwork. To seek an order of protection call 309-672-6074, or you may come in person to the Peoria County Courthouse, which is located at:324 Main StreetRoom G14Peoria, IL 61602
The State's Attorneys Office represents the People of the State of Illinois in criminal matters. Our duty is to seek justice. We are not the lawyer for individual victims. Although we will seek restitution in appropriate cases, the amounts recoverable may not equal a victim's total loss. If you feel that you need additional recovery or relief than what the criminal case can provide, you should consider consulting with private counsel. Although we cannot recommend specific lawyers, our victim or witness staff will be happy to assist you in finding resources available to assist you.
The States Attorneys Office maintains an entire division to coordinate victim and witness issues. To speak with a victim/witness advocate, call 309-672-6900 and ask for a victim or witness advocate. In addition to our services, there are other agencies who have victim services. The Illinois Attorney Generals Office Crime Victims Department can be contacted by phone at 800-228-3368 for further information. The Illinois Department of Corrections offers some services for victims when the defendant is in the custody of the department. The U.S. Department of Justice typically works with victims of federal crimes.
We cannot prosecute cases without the cooperation of crime victims and witnesses. Your cooperation is necessary because we carry the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.
The Illinois Constitution and Illinois statutes have provisions for victims rights. The purpose of the Crime Victims and Witnesses Act is to implement, preserve and protect the rights guaranteed to crime victims by Article I, Section 8.1 of the Illinois Constitution. This is to ensure that crime victims are treated with fairness and respect for their dignity and privacy throughout the criminal justice process and to increase the effectiveness of the criminal justice system by affording certain basic rights and considerations to the witnesses of violent crime who are essential to prosecution.
Under this act, you are a crime victim if you are:
If you are a crime victim as defined above you shall have the following rights:
Only the States Attorneys office can make the decision to drop or pursue charges. If you have received a "victim letter" and you do not wish to pursue charges, simply disregard the letter. If the case has already been charged, you must contact the prosecutor handling the case. It is that prosecutors decision on whether or not to pursue a charge. There may be serious consequences to you for your lack of cooperation. You should not assume that by ignoring correspondence or subpoenas a case will be dropped. Victims wanting to drop charges should fill out an Affidavit at the States Attorneys Office requesting that the States Attorney discontinue prosecution.
Please note: Filling out an Affidavit does not guarantee the State will not continue charging a case.
If no arrest has been made as a result of the incident, you must first file a police report with the police agency in the jurisdiction in which the incident occurred before contacting the States Attorneys Office. Once a police report is filed, the reporting agency forwards a copy of the report to the States Attorneys Office. You may phone the States Attorneys Office Charging Division to confirm that a copy of the police report has been received. If you want to pursue charges against the suspect, you will need to come to the States Attorneys Office and complete or submit a charge form.
Please note when coming to the States Attorneys Office to file charges that walk-in times are Tuesday 1 to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If the police have already made an arrest, you do not need to come to the States Attorneys Office immediately. You will receive a victims letter in the mail inviting you to come to the States Attorneys Office to pursue charges. If you receive a victims letter, you do not have to submit a charge form. If you are seeking compensation for any injuries or losses, you should bring supporting documentation if you have it. Should the charging attorney conclude that enough evidence exists to prove the charge(s) beyond a reasonable doubt, criminal charges may be filed. The States Attorneys Office cannot provide you with personal legal advice.
The attorney for the defense has the right in a criminal case to interview all witnesses. However, whether or not you speak to a defense attorney is up to you. If you would feel more comfortable having the Assistant States Attorney who is handling the case present, arrange to have him or her there during the interview. Do not feel obliged to sign or say anything without first speaking to the prosecutor who is handling your case.
Driving privileges may be reinstated after a Statutory Summary Suspension when:
Visit the Secretary of States website for additional information on reinstating drivers license privileges due to Statutory Summary Suspension or Revocation, or contact the Secretary of State, Administrative Hearings Department, by phone at 217-782-7065. You can visit the office in person at:291 Howlet BuildingSpringfield, IL 62756
Driving permits allow limited driving privileges to individuals who have had their drivers licenses suspended or revoked. Permits are issued for employment purposes, education and/or medical reasons. A Judicial Driving Permit (JDP) can be requested from the court during a Statutory Summary Suspension if the driver is a first-time DUI offender and at least 18 years old. The requesting offender must prove a hardship exists and provide a current professional alcohol and drug evaluation. The permit is effective on the 31st day of suspension.
A Restricted Driving Permit (RDP) is applied for through the Secretary of States Office. Visit their website for additional information, or contact: Secretary of State, Administrative Hearings Department, by phone at 217-782-7065 or in person at:291 Howlett BuildingSpringfield, IL 62756
If an individual fails chemical testing (via breath, blood, or urine), the penalty is an automatic drivers license suspension (Statutory Summary Suspension+). The suspension begins on the 46th day from the notice date of the suspension.
If an individual refuses to take or submit to chemical testing (via breath, blood, or urine), the penalty is an automatic drivers license suspension (Statutory Summary Suspension+). The suspension begins on the 46th day from the notice date of the suspension.
All requests to inspect, copy, or certify public records maintained by the VACPC must be submitted to the VACPC in writing. We encourage you to use the convenient FOIA Request Form that we have provided, which is available online and at the VACPC office. While the VACPC will review all written requests in any form, a request must contain, at a minimum, the following:
Direct your written request to any of the listed FOIA officers using the VACPC office.
Public records such as office budgets, audits, policies and procedures, transportation data, and other administrative functions are available upon request. Our doors are open. Simply make an appointment and we’ll work with you on your request for administrative records. Some of the records that might be held in the VACPC office may be exempt from reproduction under the FOIA and/or other applicable federal and state laws. For specific information pertaining to an individual’s file, provide us with your FOIA request form along with a signed release form from that person granting permission for access to those private records. If the individual is deceased, provide a copy of the death certificate and a release form from the executor of the estate. In no case will the names and addresses of beneficiaries, if known, be provided as this information is protected by other statues.
We will assist you as much as we can, but most requests for these specific types of records are best directed to the main source of that information.
Possibly. The fees levied by this office conform to the law. We will notify you if your processing fees will exceed $150 and we’ll give you a cost estimate and offer you the opportunity to narrow you request. Payment is by check made out to the Veterans Assistance Commission of Peoria County and is due at the time of delivery. No credits cards are accepted.
The PCVAC will respond to each written request to inspect, copy, or certify public records in a manner consistent with the deadlines prescribed by law. However, you must realize that we function on a first-in, first-out basis. If your request is large or may be time consuming, we may contact you and attempt to negotiate a more realistic time schedule for delivery. Copies of public records will be provided upon payment of a copying fee, if applicable, as provided above. If requested, copies of public records will be mailed after the VACPC receives payment of the actual cost of postage and copying.
The Peoria County Highway Department is located at:
6915 W Plank Road
Peoria, IL 61604
Phone: 309-697-6400, ext. 0
Email the Highway Department
An Entance Permit must be submitted, reviewed, and approved before any new driveway entrances can be installed. Please click here to submit an online application to have a new driveway entrance installed. Costs vary on the size and type of entrance requested. Call the Highway Department at 309-697-6400, extension 0 for further questions.
Click here to request an overweight / oversized permit. Costs vary depending on the size and weight of the load. Contact the Highway Department at 309-697-6400, extension 0 for further questions.
Click here to find a Township Road Commissioner.
There are several ways to request road repairs. You may call the Highway Department Maintenance Office at 309-697-6400, ext. 142, or call the main office at 309-697-6400, ext. 0. You may also email the Highway Department at firstname.lastname@example.org
On the Road Support Service Map you can use the map to zoom to your road and click on the road. An information box for the road will appear and will have the maintenance information listed.
Go to IMRF or call 800-275-4673.
Go to Consociate or call 800-798-2422.
Go to MedtrakRx or call 800-771-4648.
Contact our HR department at 309-672-6056 to cancel your retiree medical insurance.
Complete the Change of Address form online or call 309-672-6056.
Visit our Juror eResponse System, you may want to save this address in your favorites. Enter the candidate ID number on the questionnaire and your zip code and click on the log in button. If you have any problems, call 309-672-6076.
After completing jury service, you should not be called to service again for a period of 1 year from the date you last served. If you are summoned again within this time period, simply call the jury commission office at 309-672-6076 to be excused.
Because jury service is a random selection, it is not possible to volunteer.
After a jury panel is selected and is taken to the courtroom, a process known as voir dire begins. During voir dire, the judge and attorneys will ask jurors questions to see if you can keep and open mind and be fair. After the juror has been questioned, the juror will either be selected or excused from that particular case. If a juror is selected, you will then receive instructions from the judge as to what is expected of you. Those jurors, who were not selected, will return to the jury assembly room and wait for another jury trial to start.
Every year the Jury Commission office receives a list of names that have been randomly selected from drivers license, voter s registration, and Illinois ID card. This list is obtained from the AOIC (Administrative Office of Illinois Courts) in Springfield, Illinois. These names are then combined into one master list and names are randomly selected to receive a juror questionnaire. When the questionnaire is returned, the jury commissioners then qualify potential jurors. Once qualified the jurors are randomly selected to receive a jury summons.
Avoid reading, listening, or watching media accounts of trials that may be scheduled during your term of service.
No, according to Illinois law, "An employer may not deny an employee time off for jury duty. No employer shall discharge, threaten to discharge, intimidate or coerce and employee by reason of the employees jury service, or the attendance or scheduled attendance in connection with such service..." 705 ILCS 304/4.1(a) Remember to provide your employer with a copy of your summons immediately upon receiving the summons.
Your duty as a juror is to weigh all the evidence and testimony presented to you and decide the outcome of the case based upon the law and the evidence. Your decision must be fair, impartial, and free of any bias or prejudice. Jury service is the basis of our judicial system and is essential to the administration of justice.
There are two basic types of cases: criminal cases and civil cases. The differences between the two are as follows: In a criminal case, the jury decides the guilt or innocence of the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt. In a civil case, the jury listens to both the plaintiff and defendant side and decides on the issue in question. The jury may also decide whether or not money damages should be given and if given how much those damages will be.
To qualify as a juror you must be:
The jury commission consists of three jury commissioners who provide qualified jurors to the Circuit Court of Peoria County. The offices duties include:
There are a variety of vending machines for soft drinks and food available on the ground floor of the courthouse. There are also several restaurants close by. In the jury assembly room, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate is available to the jurors. There is also a refrigerator and microwave if you wish to bring your lunch. There are telephones located in the jury assembly room that are available for juror use.
Events in a trial usually happen in a particular order, although the judge may change the order. Here is the usual order of events:
As of September 22, 2016, petit and grand jurors are paid $15 day and $0.10 per mile. The Coroners jurors are paid $15 a day and $0.10 a mile. Juror checks are mailed out within 14 days of your last day of service.
Jurors should dress appropriately in keeping with courtroom decorum.
Any person charged with a criminal offense or any party in a civil case has the right to a trial by jury. All parties are equal before the law and each is given the same fair and impartial treatment.
The United States Constitution and the Illinois Constitution guarantee all people regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, or economic status the right to trial a trial by an impartial jury of one's peers. In order to uphold this guarantee, we need those summoned to participate in the jury process to ensure every citizens right to have their case decided by an impartial jury selected from a representative pool of prospective jurors.
You will receive a proof of service for your employer once you have completed your jury service.
As in the past, impounded cases are kept confidential and not available on the portal, even if you are the attorney of record.
Yes. You can submit multiple documents in one filing. Once the first document is uploaded and you save changes there is a button that says 'add another filing'. When you click this button it allows you to select the appropriate Filing code and other details for your next document. Also, please make sure the naming convention of the document accurately depicts what you are filing: Parenting plan, Financial Affidavit, Rule to Show Cause, etc. These names are what will appear on the case when the Judge reviews.
For exhibits that are part of a pleading, you will eFile the exhibit as an attachment to the document you are filing.
Each law firm will eFile over their summons. An email will come back to you with a link that will allow you to bring up the document, print it out and give to process server. We will no longer be utilizing the folders in the Clerks office.
When a document has been eFiled, you will receive an email stating that your filing was submitted. Once the filing has been accepted in the Clerks office it will be admitted to the case. There are two ways to see your filing:
Just as in the past, the original will needs to be filed for safe keeping with the Circuit Clerks office. When eFiling a new Probate Case. You will simply eFile a copy of the will (with stamp and will number on it) as an attachment to your petition.
Yes! It is very important to carefully choose the appropriate code prior to submitting your filing. Filing codes have been configured to have specific behaviors depending on what code you select. Petitions and other document that do not require the Judges signature, will be date stamped and put on the case as well as our public portal immediately. Proposed orders will be carefully reviewed by the clerk and once accepted will be routed to the Judge for signature. Selecting the wrong filing code may result in a rejection by the Circuit Clerks office, which would delay your filing.
There are three components to our e-Initiatives: eFileIL: Allows attorneys to file documents electronically 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. eCourt: Is a process we are using to move those electronic documents through the courts for appropriate action without the creation of case files, or the printing of documents. Portal: We have always had the ability for the public/attorneys to search Peoria County cases and hearings. The new portal that was just rolled out will now allow Attorneys the ability to view and print document. To do that they must be registered as an attorney and be the attorney of record on the case they wish to see. Links to register for eFile and Portal are on the Peoria County Website.
Today, many of the attorney offices email the court clerks to get dates and other information. We see that being the best way to communicate and request dates outside the courtroom.
Yes, upon completion of the filing you will be given the opportunity to print out a receipt. However, your card will not be charged until the filing is accepted.
Here is the language from the AOIC on timing of of eFiling: Upon Submission of an efiled document, the filer will receive an email with a confirmation of their transaction. This will serve as proof of submission. A document will be considered timely submitted if efiled before midnight on or before the date on which the document is due. A document submitted electronically after midnight or on a day when the Clerks office is not open for business will, unless rejected, be file stamped as filed on the next day the clerks office is open for business. In the event the Clerk rejects a submitted document, the document will not be filed and the registered user will receive an electronic notification of the reason(s) for the rejection.
Any filing that would have normally been submitted over the counter in the Circuit Clerks office is a candidate for eFiling. All orders and/or court documents that would have previously been created by grabbing a form off the table in the courtroom is when the eCourt process would be used. Then go back to your office and log into the Portal and view or print the signed orders from the convenience of your office. If you eFile something that you intend to be reviewed and signed during court you should file no later than 48 hours ahead AND make a note on the filing when your court date/time is. OR there will be a chance it will not be available.
No, but we can assist by giving you Blacks Law Dictionary.
Yes, it is. Roughly 50% of our patrons are pro se, meaning "ones own behalf; appearing for oneself".
The law library is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. only. No weekend or evening hours.
To locate additional information, you can research the Illinois Compiled Statutes, which contains all Illinois law.
The law library contains Illinois law, Federal law, legal encyclopedias, practice handbooks, form books, case law reporters, treatises, legal periodicals, and dictionaries.
The public uses the law library for various problems such as landlord tenant issues, dissolution of marriage, child custody and visitation, foreclosure information, employment issues, zoning, small claims, expungement, and traffic & motor vehicle issues.
The law library is located on the second floor of the Peoria County courthouse in Room 211.
If you cannot find metered street parking, there are parking garages located on Hamilton Street, in the Commerce Bank building and in the Associated Bank building.
The librarian is an attorney, but she is limited in the assistance that she can provide to patrons. The librarian can direct you to the Legal Self-Help Center or the form books so that you can determine the forms you may need.
No, however, most public libraries carry some legal publications such as state statutes. You can access the Legal Self-Help Legal Center at public libraries in Peoria County.
To report a property maintenance violation, please call the office with a valid address or Parcel ID/Tax ID number for a property located in unincorporated Peoria County. Violations cannot be entered into the system for enforcement until this information is provided to the office.
Please see our Code Enforcement page to learn more about what violations the department can and cannot enforce.
If you are unsure if a property is located in unincorporated Peoria County, please call the office with an address or Parcel ID/Tax ID and we will be happy to assist you. If your property is located within City of Peoria limits, please contact the City of Peoria's Planning and Zoning Department. Additionally, you can use the Peoria County GIS to determine your property's zoning.
A floodplain is an area with water and ground surface elevations at or below the base flood or the 100-year frequency flood elevation. Floodplains may also include detached special flood hazard areas, ponding areas, etc. The floodplain is also known as the special flood hazard area (SFHA).
Yes and No. A person may not make any new constructions or improvements to land that is located in a designated regulatory floodway. However the person may construct and repair structures located in the flood fringe, if the proper permits have been issued by the Peoria County Planning and Zoning Department.
Call the office to speak to a planner to determine if a property is located in a floodplain. Please have a valid address or Parcel ID/Tax ID so that staff can find the correct property quickly and assist you.
Call your inspector to set up an inspection. Inspectors require a minimum of at least 24 hours advance notice to schedule an inspection. Please have the permit number and address for the project for reference. If you do not remember who your inspector is, call the office main line to determine who you need to speak to.
To find a list of currently enforced codes, go to our Building Inspections page.
The Peoria County Planning and Zoning Department is located on the 3rd floor of the Peoria County Courthouse (Main Street side). The mailing address is:
324 Main StreetRoom 301Peoria, IL 61602
Planning and Zoning office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
The Peoria County Clerk is located in Room 101 of the Peoria County Courthouse and assigns all addresses within unincorporated areas. Planning and Zoning requires an address assignment prior to the issuance of a building permit for a new home. Please visit or call the County Clerk's office for more information.
A building permit is required for new construction, additions, alterations, renovations, and repairs of a building or structure. Decks and sheds over 25 square feet in size require a building permit. Pools, fences and demolitions also require a permit. Additional permits for erosion control, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC improvements may apply. Please contact the Planning and Zoning Office if you are unsure whether or not your particular project requires a permit.
Please see the Submittal Requirements Checklist (PDF) for a complete list of requirements for your particular project type or visit our permits page for more detailed information.
Once the office receives complete, code compliant information needed for the permit, residential permits usually take between 2-3 business days to complete the review process, while Commercial permits take an average of 14 business days to complete. Additionally, certain permits can be issued the same day you come to the office. Please see the Permits page for a list of projects that can be issued without plan review.
Please see our fee schedule page for a complete list of fees.
You can call the office main line to find out what a property is zoned, provided that you have either an address or Parcel ID/Tax ID number. Or, you can use Peoria County's GIS map to find the zoning of a property.
Call the office to schedule an appointment with one of our planners. They will be happy to assist you with the process from start to finish. You can also find petitions for zoning cases by going to the Document Center and looking for the application that corresponds to your case type.
Please call the office to schedule a consultation with one of our planners. They will be happy to assist you in determining whether you need a variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals. They will also assist you with filing the variance petition.
Each case is unique when it comes to splitting and combining property. Please call the office to discuss your intentions with one of our planners to determine what you will need to do.
You can mail consent or objection letters to the office of Planning and Zoning at:
324 Main St.
Peoria, IL 61602
You can also attend the scheduled hearing and speak about your objections or consents. Comments received by phone will not be counted as consents or objections.
The virus lies dormant in the nerves for a period of time that varies from a few days to months. This is called the incubation period. If treatment is sought immediately and received during the incubation period, recovery is likely. The incubation period in humans averages 60 days.
After the incubation period, the virus travels through the nerves to the brain. This is when symptoms first appear. Death occurs within a few days of the onset of symptoms.
Rabies affects the nervous system. Easily identifiable symptoms in animals include unusual behavior. Wild animals may act aggressively towards inanimate objects or lose their fear of humans and act friendly.
"Foaming at the mouth" may be present during the later stages of the disease, or not at all. "Foaming at the mouth" is caused by excessive drooling, throat muscle spasms or paralysis, and involuntary jaw movements that turn excessive drool into foam.
Early symptoms in humans include:
Symptoms rapidly progress to include:
People who have been bitten by a rabid animal are given a series of five rabies vaccinations and a single injection of rabies immune globulin (rabies antibodies). This treatment is considered to be 100% effective when administered within 14 days of rabies exposure.In the event of a rabies exposure, immediately flushing a bite wound with soap and water for five minutes will greatly reduce the chance of infection.
The incidence of rabies in Peoria County is very low. No human has ever contracted the disease in our county.There are different strains of the virus that tend to infect different species. The carriers of rabies in the midwest are skunks and bats.
The spread of rabies is most effectively controlled by vaccinating domestic animals against the disease. All dogs and cats in Peoria County are required by law to be currently vaccinated against rabies. All animal bites to humans that occur in Peoria County must be reported to our office. By law, any time a domestic animal bites a human in Peoria, it must be observed by a licensed veterinarian for rabies. The owners of biting animals are notified of this responsibility by Peoria County Animal Control. Veterinarians notify us when owners bring their animals in for the observation. Owners who do not comply are cited and must appear before a judge to answer the charge. Fines start at $75.Any time a wild animal bites a human in Peoria, it must be euthanized. A sample of brain tissue is transported to the Animal Disease Laboratory to be tested for the presence of the virus.
Cats and dogs over 4 months of age must be vaccinated against rabies once a year. Three-year vaccinations are also available. You will receive a rabies vaccination certificate and a rabies tag from your veterinarian. This is your rabies registration. Keep your certificate in a safe place. It is your proof of rabies vaccination status. Attach the tag to your pet's collar for identification and proof of vaccination. Your pet must wear the tag.
Citations for failure to vaccinate your pet, register your pet, or display your pet's rabies tag require a court appearance. Fines start at $75.
There are also rabies vaccines approved for ferrets, horses, swine, sheep, and cattle. While not required by law, they could save your pet's life.
The jury process can require a juror to wait a considerable amount of time. For this reason, jurors are encouraged to bring a book or other forms of reading materials with them to the jury assembly room. Cellular phones, pagers, and computers are allowed in the jury assembly room but are not permitted in the courtroom.
Petit jurors serve one week or until an assigned trial is completed. Grand jurors serve 90 days and meet every Tuesday for three months.
You will need to call the pre-recorded message at 309-366-1247 the evening before the date you have been summoned to appear. This message will tell you which panel numbers have to report and what time you should report. You may not be required to report each day but you must call the recorded message each evening after 5 p.m. during your week of jury service for reporting instructions regarding the next day of service. If an illness or emergency prevents your attendance, you are required to call the jury commission office at 309-672-6076 between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m.
Peoria County Jury Commission Peoria County Courthouse
324 Main Street
Peoria, IL 61602
Phone for Reporting Instructions: 309-366-1247
Off street parking is recommended. Effective September 6, 2005, parking is on your own but reduced parking rates are available at the CHASE Bank parking deck, which is corner of Madison Street and Hamilton Boulevard-entrance is labeled Park and the physical address is:126 NE Madison Street
At the Peoria County parking deck (Hamilton Square) located on Hamilton Boulevard Both parking decks are within one block of the Courthouse. You will receive a parking ticket upon entering the decks and you must bring parking ticket with you for validation. The reduced parking rates are $3 all day or $1.50 for half day. Parking decks accept cash only.
Peoria County Property Tax Information
Please contact Homestead Exemption Questions for further questions.
Forms and Documents
No. The homestead exemptions applied for through the Supervisor of Assessments office are free.
No, you will need to claim homestead exemption on your primary residence.
All homestead exemptions require that the residential property that is occupied by its owner or owners as his or their principal dwelling place, or that is a leasehold interest on which a single family residence is situated, which is occupied as a residence by a person who has an ownership interest therein, legal or equitable or as a lessee, and on which the person is liable for the payment of property taxes.
Unfortunately, no. The General Homestead Exemption is provided for principal residences occupied by their owners; the current amount of the exemption is $6,000. However, the General Assembly has also required that "Where married persons maintain and reside in separate residences qualifying as homestead property, each residence shall receive 50% of the total reduction in equalized assessed valuation provided by this Section."
Therefore, regardless of whether you have any recorded interest in your husband’s property or whether your husband has any recorded interest in your property, this statute specifically limits the homestead exemption to $3,000 for each property.
If you are a senior, the senior homestead can be applied for both properties if the general homestead is split between the two properties. Only one property could possibly qualify for the senior freeze homestead exemption if all requirements are met.
The Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze exemption does not freeze the tax bill amount. It will freeze the assessed value of the property to the value prior to the year that you initially signed up for the exemption. A tax bill with the Senior Citizens Assessment Freeze exemption applied will not stay the same from year to year due to the tax rate. The Supervisor of Assessments Office can freeze the assessed value of your property but we cannot freeze the tax rate applied.
Yes. Under the state property tax code, the assessment of farmland is based on its agricultural economic value, not its fair cash value. Major factors in farmland valuation include soil productivity, crop prices, and farm loan interest rates.
The PTAX-228 Notice of Property Assessment is sent out to all property owners in the Quadrennial Assessment year only. Property owners that have changes to their assessed valued, for reasons other than the township factor being applied, will receive a notice of assessment in the non-quad years. Peoria County's last Quadrennial Assessment year was 2015.
Address Change questions
Or fill out the address change form: Address Change Form
Model Homes and Fraternal Freeze contact
County Clerk Office
Tax Deferral program through the Treasurer's Office
No. You must appear in person and sign a payment agreement. Individuals living more than 50 miles out of jurisdiction, please contact the Compliance officer to make arrangements.
Payments can be made by:
Make Checks payable to Peoria County Circuit Clerk. Mail Payments to:Peoria County Circuit Clerk324 Main StreetRoom G22Peoria, IL 61602Phone: 309-677-6223
Located at the Peoria County Courthouse, 324 Main Street, Peoria, by the doors exiting on the Adams/Hamilton Street side of the building by the fountain. Or pay online at: www.illinoisepay.com (follow the instructions)
Anyone owing a traffic fine.
You do not need to hire an attorney to contest a traffic charge. You may do so if you wish. However, if you cannot afford an attorney, you are only entitled to a court-appointed attorney only if you are charged with a misdemeanor (or jailable) offense. Speeding and most accident charges are not misdemeanors; therefore, you are not legally entitled to a court-appointed attorney for those types of charges. The Assistant States Attorney cannot give legal advice to defendants. If you want legal advice you may consult with your own lawyer. Legal advice should not be provided to you by a Deputy Circuit Clerk. If you need legal advice, secure it only from your own attorney.
Bond is returned at the completion of the case. As long as the case continues or you still owe fines your drivers license will be held. Money bond is usually applied to fines and costs owed.
A large number of traffic cases are set each week, and the time it would take to accommodate individual schedules usually makes rescheduling of court appearances impractical. If you cannot be at Court and you have no attorney, you should send someone in your place. There is no guarantee that you will be excused, but the court will consider your reasons for absence and determine if another setting is permitted.
Short extensions may be granted in certain circumstances. To request an extension, you must come to Traffic Court on the date you are to have paid your fine. If you have been making progress on paying your fine, you are more likely to get an extension.
It depends on the charge. If you were charged with a petty or business offense (such as Speeding, Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle or an Accident charge, for example), a judgment will likely have been entered against you and a fine assessed as prescribed by law. If you were charged with a misdemeanor offense (Driving on a Suspended License, Driving Under the Influence or Leaving the Scene of an Accident, for example) a warrant may have been issued for your arrest. On occasion, the court will refrain from issuing a warrant and instruct that you be otherwise contacted. Call the Peoria County Circuit Clerks Office at 309-672-6001 for information regarding the status of your case. If a warrant was issued, you may turn yourself in to the Peoria County Jail and post your bond. If you are unable to post bond, you will usually appear before the Court within 48 hours.
All Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle charges are must appear tickets, meaning you must appear in Traffic Court on the date listed at the bottom of your ticket. If the vehicle you were driving was insured at the time you were ticketed, bring the proof of insurance card issued by your insurance company to court. The prosecutor may conclude that this ticket should be dismissed. If the vehicle was not insured when you were cited but is insured on your court date, bring the proof of insurance to court. If you do not have an insurance card, bring a copy of your policy. Your insurance agent will be able to provide you with the documentation you need. Do not present the Judge or Prosecutor an insurance card that has been forged or altered. Such actions will subject you to further prosecution. A conviction for driving without insurance carries a mandatory minimum fine and costs of $680.
Under Illinois law, a fine can be assessed in a person's absence, by what is known as an Ex Parte Judgment. An Ex Parte Judgment is a fine assessed by law to an offender who failed to appear in court on their assigned court date. You have a couple options if you have been fined in your absence. First, you may simply pay the fine within the time given in the notice you receive from the Circuit Clerk. If you seek to contest the ticket at this late stage, you must file with the Circuit Clerks Office a Motion to Vacate Conviction. Depending on how long it has been since the judgment was entered, there are different procedures and a nonrefundable filing fee which must be paid to have the case reconsidered. Upon filing the motion and paying the filing fee, you will be given a new court date. At your next court appearance, you will have to explain to the Traffic Court Judge why you failed to appear in court on your court date. If the judge accepts your reason, the fine may be vacated (or withdrawn) and you will be given another court date for a trial on your ticket.
You should promptly advise the prosecutor that you incurred this loss. Provide the amount of the damage so that restitution may be sought. Under certain circumstances, a person who operates a motor vehicle without liability insurance can be held criminally liable for the damages caused. Call the Peoria County States Attorney Office Traffic Division to inform them of your situation at 309-672-6900.
Yes. Under certain circumstances a traffic ticket can be kept off a drivers driving record through Court Supervision. Court Supervision means the court will withhold entering a judgment of conviction on the traffic charge and impose certain conditions the driver must meet to satisfy the Court Supervision. Terms usually include paying a fine, attending a driver improvement course and receiving no new traffic charges in a specified period of time. If the driver meets the conditions, the court will then dismiss the charge at the end of the supervision period and the charge will not go on the drivers permanent driving record. Not all charges can be settled though court supervision, either by law or by our office policy. Court supervision is not a right or entitlement but is a sentence which may be imposed on a driver. If you want the court to consider court supervision on your case, inform the Assistant States Attorney at your first court appearance or inform the Circuit Clerks Office if your case does not require a court appearance.
The $75 figure is the amount of bond you would have had to post if you could not have posted your drivers license, or if the officer did not release you on a promise to comply. When you come to court, if you want to just pay a fine, the fine may be higher than $75 based upon court costs and the severity of the charge.
A bench trial is a trial where the judge is the sole fact-finder; that is, the judge alone makes a decision on the merits of your case after both sides have presented evidence. A jury trial is a trial where 12 jurors (randomly selected citizens from Peoria County) listen to the evidence and make the decision on your case. Jury trials are held on specific days in Traffic Court and the oldest cases and most serious cases are heard first. On the jury trial day only one case can be heard. This means that people on the jury call often come back for several jury calls before their case works its way to the top of the docket. Bench trials are held each day of the week and all cases set on the bench trial docket may be heard the day they are set. The States Attorney Office cannot advise persons on which type of trial they should choose. Clearly, however, a bench trial can be set and heard more quickly than a jury trial.
A must appear ticket is one which the officer has marked as a requiring a mandatory court appearance. You must appear at the date and time marked on the bottom of the ticket. If you fail to appear either a warrant may be issued for your arrest, or you may be found guilty of the offense and fined in your absence, or if you have posted a drivers license your license may be suspended until you appear. A may appear ticket is one, which may be resolved by mail or over the counter. You need not appear on the date and time of the ticket. In fact, because traffic court is so busy, people with may appear tickets may not be able to speak with the Assistant States Attorney on the date on the bottom of the ticket. If you want to pay the ticket, simply follow the instructions on the back and send it in along with payment. If you wish to seek court supervision, a deputy circuit clerk at the Courthouse can sign you up if you are for the driver improvement program if you are eligible. This is a form of court supervision. If you wish to contest your ticket you should request a trial by following the instructions on the back of your ticket. If you wish to plead guilty but wish to speak with an Assistant States Attorney, you must request a trial and appear on your trial date.
If you do not want to plead guilty to a traffic ticket, and you wish to contest it, you must request a trial. Trials will not be held at your first court appearance. For a must appear charge (a ticket which requires you to come to court), simply inform the Assistant States Attorney that you wish to plead not guilty and you will be given a trial date. For all other tickets (tickets which do not require a court appearance), the back of your ticket explains the process for setting your case for a trial.
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Partial payments are not accepted. You may pay one full installment by each due date or you may pay the entire amount by the first due date. If a payment is made after its respective due date, a penalty of 1.5% per month is added.
Yes but there are terms and conditions. Click here to go to the Prepayment Program Peoria County offers.
No, this office does not report late tax payments to any credit bureau.
Notify the Supervisor of Assessments office in writing of the change. Use this downloadable change of address form. Mail the form to: Supervisor of Assessments 324 Main St. Room 301 Peoria, IL 61602.
The tax remains with the property regardless of ownership. To determine your liability for paying the tax, check your closing statement to see if the seller gave you credit, or contact your attorney.
Call the Peoria County Clerk at 309-672-6059, and ask for a redemption amount. Make sure to have your parcel number handy.
A taxpayer has a right to appeal their property tax assessment for any reason. The burden of proof, however, will be on the taxpayer to prove why they should have their assessment changed. Just saying: "My taxes are too high" is not sufficient. Note also that three things may happen on appeal. 1) the tax may be raised; 2) it may be lowered; 3) it may remain the same. Contact the Board of Review at 309-672-6022 for further details.
Your Township Assessor can look up a parcel number by property address, or you can contact the Treasurers Office.
Yes you can. Please make sure your math is correct and list the parcel numbers of the properties you are paying on your check. Include the correct coupon(s) for each payment you are making.
Your cancelled check is your receipt. In addition, if you include a self addressed stamped envelope we will send a receipt back.
Many mortgage companies pay electronically, and do not require a bill. We suggest that you contact your mortgage company to confirm this. A bill is mailed to you for your records.
We suggest that you call the Supervisor of Assessments office at 672-6910 to verify that you are receiving the exemptions for which you qualify. They can also answer any questions pertaining to your assessed valuation.
Failure to pay your taxes will allow them to be sold at the annual tax sale in November. After the sale takes place, additional penalties, interest (as much as 36% per year) and costs are added to the amount necessary to redeem your taxes through the County Clerks office. The state statutes control the legal responsibilities of the taxpayer and tax buyer. It is important to understand that at the tax sale your property is not being sold, only your delinquent taxes. In the event your taxes are sold, you will receive certified notice under the statute as to what actions you need to take. If you do not redeem your taxes in full at the end of the redemption period (usually 2-1/2 years), the tax buyer can actually acquire legal title to your property at that time.
Failure to receive a bill does not excuse you from your real estate obligation. You should immediately contact our office and we will furnish you a copy of the original bill. This needs to be done before the due dates to avoid penalties.
The Owner Occupied Exemption reduces the assessment up to a maximum of $6,000 above the base year assessment. The Owner must live in the dwelling. No application is required. There is no age or income requirement.
Pleasure Driveway PKD is another name for the Peoria Park District.
Cash, checks, money orders and cashier checks are all accepted methods of payment. Please do not send cash when mailing your payment. Credit cards will also be accepted over the phone at 1-800-2PAYTAX (1-800-272-9829 and at the prompt enter jurisdiction code 2305) or via the website and click on Pay Real Estate Taxes Here. A convenience fee based on the amount of your taxes will be charged for the use of this service and will be disclosed prior to the completion of your transaction.
Tax bills are sent to you by the County Treasurer. They can be paid directly to the Treasurers office (by mail or in person), to your township collector, by credit card or to local banks that accept tax payments. Tax payments are due June 6th and September 6th.
The 2016 tax sale will be held November 6, 2017. Delinquent notices will be sent out around October 1st by certified mail.
These exemptions are filed with the County Assessor by September 1st and will be applied to the following years taxes. The Senior Exemption needs to be filed only once while the Senior Freeze Exemption needs to be filed annually. If you purchase a new property, exemptions need to be filed.
The "official" copy of the plat is filed with the County Recorder.
Make your check payable to the Peoria County Collector.
State statutes require the pension portion of the tax levy to be broken out from the rest of the levy. A few years ago, only a single line for each tax body was displayed for the entire levy.
The Animal Protection Services receives more then 4,500 dogs and cats annually who need the special attention volunteers can give. As an animal lover, you can make a difference for the homeless, unwanted and mistreated animals in our community.
You can volunteer both directly and indirectly to help animals. Volunteers provide the ‘luxuries’ that the small shelter staff cannot - individual attention, walking outdoors, feeding treats, and generally making the animals more comfortable during their stay. Or, you can advance animal welfare by assisting with pet therapy or kids programs. Animal Protection Services and the Peoria Humane Society also seek volunteers and groups interested in short-term projects. Your special skills can help improve the lives of hundreds of animals by volunteering your time just a few hours a month.
Talents and interests will be carefully matched. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and be willing to attend a 2-part orientation and training session. A minimum of a three month commitment must be made to the program. Depending upon the volunteer’s position, hours will vary.