Many people are working reduced hours, if at all. As part of the governor's orders to "stay-at-home" he banned evictions. On March 31, Mayor Jim Langfelder said city police won't help remove people who fail to pay. But that doesn't mean some landlords won't stop trying to vacate those who can't cough up cash. That's the concern of David Amerson, a labor attorney in Springfield. "From what we've heard, landlords have not only given eviction notices to tenants, they are also trying to file in court," he said. Amerson reckons some landlords are seeing dollar signs in those $1,200 checks coming from the feds. If landlords can get tenants behind on payments to leave, perhaps they can lure in replacements while those checks roll in. Amerson co-created a Facebook page to help renters better understand their rights: Central Illinois Worker and Tenant Resource Association. He wants them to know they "should not be vacating their homes or becoming homeless based on just the word of their landlord." Mixed messaging is to be expected. While the governor's order bans evictions, it also says renters should pay up.

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