PEORIA — In the wake of the "shelter in place" order by Gov. JB Pritzker, the Peoria County Courthouse is now closed to the public.
Chief Peoria County Judge Paul Gilfillan said that until March 30, the public will not be allowed into the building. A reduced number of employees that includes judges, clerks, prosecutors public defenders and others will remain at work. In addition, routine or complex (absent jury trials) matters may still be heard remotely by phone or video conference, the judge said a news release.
If a person had an in-person hearing or matter scheduled during this time they are instructed to contact their attorney, court advocate or the circuit clerk's office by phone or online or by mail or a drop box at the courthouse.
Another closure that came in the wake of the the governor's order was a "no visitor" policy at OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center and Children's Hospital of Central Illinois. That will be effective at 5 p.m. Saturday and will apply to all with a few exceptions.
In a separate news release, the City of East Peoria announced that its facilities are temporarily closing to the public through April 7. During this time the East Peoria Police and Fire departments will continue providing essential services and Public Works will continue picking up garbage and recycling.