The first step towards obtaining an eviction is to have a “Landlord’s Notice”. There are various types of landlord notices depending on the particular situation. The Winnebago County Law Library has self-help manuals available that can explain the different types of notices and what steps must be taken in the eviction process.
Once the Sheriff’s Office receives the signed sealed Order from the Judge, a date and time can be set for Sheriff’s personnel to meet the plaintiff at the eviction address. The Sheriff’s Office will set the eviction date within three (3) business days after your possession date. This date can be set further out if requested since the eviction order is valid for one hundred-twenty (120) days from the date it is signed by the Judge. The Sheriff’s role at the eviction address is to enforce the Order and keep the peace.
The plaintiff is responsible for the manpower along with things like garbage bags and boxes that may be necessary to move the possessions to the nearest public property (normally the curb).
Fees for Service of Civil Papers
$18.50 per service plus $1.00 per mile
Fees for Enforcement of an Eviction Order
EFFECTIVE AUGUST 1, 2011
Sheriff's fee for serving or attempting to serve an order of judgment for the possession of real estate in an action of ejectment or in any other action, or for restitution in an action of forcible entry and detainer without aid in the County are as follows:
$74.00 Fee for restoring possession
$ 5.00 Return
Fee payable in advance, prior to scheduling.
**Mileage will be charged and added to the total, from the place of holding court to the place of residence of the defendant or witness, $.50 per mile each way. Additional Civil Process Fee Information
If an eviction is cancelled by notifying the Sheriff's Civil Process no less than one hour prior to the date and time set, a $5.00 non-refundable fee will be charged and the remaining eviction order fees will be refunded.
All requests for service shall be paid in advance.
Make checks payable to the Winnebago County Sheriff.
If you have any questions regarding the eviction process or fee schedule; or to cancel an eviction please call 815-319-6150.