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Eviction at gunpoint law pending in Chicago

Rep. Monique D. Davis, D-Chicago, sponsor of new eviction bill

Rep. Monique D. Davis, D-Chicago, sponsor of new eviction bill

Life is about to get rougher in the inner city of Chicago, a city whose high poverty and gun violence death are at an all time high. Rep. Monique D. Davis, D-Chicago, has put forward House Bill 5395 that will privatize the eviction process.  Through privatization, for profit companies or contractors would now be able to get into the eviction business.

Currently, evictions in Chicago are carried out by a specially trained unit in the sheriff’s department. When the unit is deployed, it includes a social worker to help the elderly, disabled and family with children. This team is also trained in landlord-tenant law. The new bill would allow any off-duty police officer hired by a private company or landlord to conduct the eviction process. An off-duty police officer still has all arrest powers and can still carry their service gun.

Currently, when a person is evicted, the police department is not involved in the eviction process; only the sheriff’s unit. The Cook County sheriff is opposed to this new law, with the sheriff’s director of communications, Benjamin Breit is quoted in part as saying “Evictions are inherently difficult and often tragic, particularly when children and other at-risk populations are involved. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is able to provide social services to families that we are ordered to evict because we care about them. Placing this authority with those that have a financial stake in the process would incur unthinkable consequences.”

The law was written in such a way by Rep. Davis, who is also a Chicago landlord, to apply only to counties whose population is at least three million or more. The only county in Illinois that meets this criterion is Cook County. That means that the new law is specifically targeting Chicago. Portions of this law restrict a tenant’s right to file a motion to delay the eviction for such reasons as a disability or illegal process to only two attempts. After that, a landlord could hire someone to evict a tenant by removing their belongings and moving another family into the unit or in extreme cases, forcing a person out at gunpoint.  Being evicted at gunpoint in Chicago was in fact a reality until tenant’s rights groups stopped the process through advocacy and legislative support.

Davis allegedly owns at least five apartment buildings in Chicago and has had landlord related problems.


  1. Anne Sullivan on June 1, 2014 at 11:59 am

    What are the addresses of the building she owns? It would be fun to organize her tenants and tell them about their current rights under the law. That is, until she changes the law to benefit herself! I searched the recorder of deeds and there are no transactions under her name. Does she operate as an LLC? I would love to communicate with someone who knows.

    • Geone on June 3, 2014 at 10:22 am

      File a Freedom of Information Act and find out.

      • Anne Sullivan on June 3, 2014 at 5:58 pm

        State Reps are exempt from Freedom of Informations requests. That’s what happens when you get to write the laws that govern you!

        • KGCan on June 21, 2014 at 5:10 pm

          If she owns a business that holds the deeds they are not protected from the Freedom of Information Act are they?

          • Anne Sullivan on June 22, 2014 at 5:11 pm

            FOIA covers public meetings and public business. The correspondence a private company sends to a city worker or a contract they sign with the city is available under a FOIA request but a private company is not.

          • KGCan on June 22, 2014 at 7:37 pm

            Nice way of them covering their asses.

  2. butter bean sugar on June 1, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    wow this is sad .. so if your an elderly handicapp person , not only does your sh..t get put out you get forced on the streets by a gun totting police off duty? wow lets see how many innocent blacks are shot who refuse to move out .. man write these ignornat laws and that is sad .. i think land lords who want to evict should pay for the person to move out … like give them back a deposit ot move on no matter what the condidion of the place is …. then go to court and sue for the deposit back and they should get it .. then .. people dont be having no money to move on .. that is the reason your behind in your rent not cause you dont want to pay you .. you might lost a job or somehting land lords could atleast give you a couple of free months hardship or somthing before evicting you….

    • Chuck Ey on June 2, 2014 at 7:46 am

      People abuse when the land lord gives the tenants some time to get back on their feet. In the end, yes you keep the security deposit but you lose 3-4 months of rent not paid.

    • Jm on June 2, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      Spoken like a person that doesn’t own any property.
      Pay someone that never paid you. And then the next landlord doesn’t know they are a problem because they didn’t receive an eviction judgement against their name.

  3. pvbella on June 1, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Davis is a felon. She got away with felony theft. She had a law passed to forgive her tax and rent debt to the Chicago Board of Education. She runs unopposed in elections. This woman is a one person crime wave.that no one has the guts to investigate- not even the feds.

    • KGCan on June 21, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      Obviously there is no accountability for her. Sad she should go unchallenged and unrestrained.

  4. steveB on June 1, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    More brutal than mass a

  5. Eboeye on June 1, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    apparently she has her eye on opening another outside business for herself and family members, how about fixing the municipal pension heifer!

  6. Chuck Ey on June 2, 2014 at 7:42 am

    This needs to ASAP!! In my area of the city, tenants are evicted quite often. This would save a lot of money (court fees often over $2000) for the land owners!

    • herc on June 2, 2014 at 9:49 am

      I hope some off duty cop shoots you for your controlled rent you tool.

    • KGCan on June 21, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      Evicting someone/a family is not the cure to the problem. Creating jobs so that people can pay their damn rent is! Social programs to help people out of unemployment and poverty is another way. Someone needs to get off the pot and move their ass to do the right thing. Forced eviction is not it!

    • Tw on June 8, 2015 at 12:11 am

      I completely agree with you and I will sign any petitions to help her. These people who are getting evicted are not the elderly or disabled it’s the people who spend more time trying to get over on the law rather than paying their rent. I own property and have gone through the process with people who intentionally move in and then not pay their rent because they know the process.

  7. Jay Vega Jackson on June 2, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    while i have my concerns over this new law, my family has owned property and dealing with tenants can be very stressful. I’m talking tenants who abuse sqautter rights laws, have missed several months rent, and have torn up your property and cause hundreds-thousands worth of damages. you’d want to pull a gun out on them too lol

  8. Red on June 2, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I don’t own a gun, but if I lived in Chicago, you bet I’d be going out to buy one RIGHT NOW

  9. Charlotte E Coats on June 5, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Another example of Black on Black love, Her NEW law would affect the African American community. I see she is showing her member love.

    • Anne Sullivan on June 22, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      Love for her money. That’s all.

  10. Lorenzo Clemons on June 2, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    It has long been time for her to go! She had an office rent free from the Board of Ed. She had an art piece that belong to Chicago State and the university had to fight to get it back. She lives in Morgan Park not the other part of the community where others are working hard and she will get a pension for life. So, she wants to have some Jack Leg operation evict people. Hmm! I am guessing maybe she may have a relative who owns a truck!! This should be defeated as cruel and unusual punishment for people who may have struggled. I am not saying people who do not pay their rent should get a pass, but when we take the humanity out of it, than it is cause for concern. It is always the people who have made money on the backs of others that come up with a draconian way to treat others. Defeat this bill!!!

    • Peachy on June 3, 2015 at 7:25 am

      This is one Crooked So Called State Rep she has Constantly Misuse and Abuse State Grants For People in her District especially for people in the 21st Ward where Her Office is Located. Visit Her Office NOW 1244 W. 95th Street and U will find Her Legislative Aide A.J. Arnold Jackson Playing Music and Chess and getting Paid for Nothing… She should have been JAILED! a long time ago for theft, fraud, and Mis use of Government Funds!!!! And she’s Hard Core Alcoholic and a Bytch with a Funky As Attitude…

      • Pat on June 3, 2015 at 7:36 am

        Not 2 Mention that her Legislative Aide AJ aka Arnold Jackson is Her Man and Has Been on Her Payroll For Many,Many, Years among other People that gets paid for doing nothing…She has a lot of Ghost Payroll Employees and She Needs To Be Under Investigation Real Quick!!!

        • Michael Washington on June 3, 2015 at 2:01 pm

          you all keep voting for this dizzy bitch you get what you deserve

          • Michael Washington on June 3, 2015 at 2:09 pm

            don’t forget this Negro, love to smoke marijuana

  11. Jenice on June 3, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    I believe one of her units is near the Metra tracks over on 99th street, west of Ashland; if this is the same Alderman. She should be a shame of herself because the unit I viewed was not a suitable condition considering the price and location. The apartment was very shabby and as an alderman, there is no why my name would be attached to something like that.

  12. Jenice on June 3, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Considering there is an article about 48% of tenants cant afford their rent; you would think as an alderman, she would try to remedy that situation instead of using CPD to evict people.

    • Fed Up Taxpayer on June 5, 2015 at 7:06 am


  13. Theresa Brown on June 3, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Yeah Anne Sullivan, I see personal s*&t written all over this, she has had problems so she thinks she can change the law for her and her cronies to benefit and hurt the people of Chicago this is not right,

  14. Theresa Brown on June 3, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    So far we have not had one person killed while being evicted, I have even seen the sheriffs officers come back on another day to give people time to get out with their kids, or seniors ect…. all acts of kindness would be thrown out the window because it will be all about money. This is not right, and this is coming from a person who has been on both sides of the spectrum… No it is not right for people to not pay their rent however I think the current eviction process is good enough, remember if it is not broken don’t fix it

  15. Fed Up Taxpayer on June 4, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    I have no problem with this….as a landlord, these deadbeats need to go….how are the bills, mortgage, heat, water, taxes, etc. going to be paid if people are allowed to stay and not pay rent ?

  16. Justice no Peace on June 9, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Of course this come from people taking advantage of the system and their landlord. Until you are a landlord and paying for your property I don’t think you would know. People are ignorant, disrespectful, and uncaring to their landlord when it’s there personal property. Folks want to get there hair and nails done before they pay there rent. Folks want to hide from their landlord when they know they owe. Folks want to call the inspector to buy them time so they don’t have to pay rent. I don’t agree with the guns in the face but something has to be done to properly the Landlords also. Everyone getting evicted isn’t elderly! People sacrifice their living situation and family for a party, night out, to purchase other things that they won’t with no priority of where they are living. I support stronger Landlord rights but not sure this is it either!