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Legally, she (or her estate) is liable for the March rent since rent is due for the month at the beginning of the month under most lease agreements. As such, the landlord is within his legal right to take measures to see that rent is collected. However, Illinois law prohibits so-called "self help" remedies. For you, that means that the landlord cannot change the locks without going to court to get an order to do so first. If he does that, you would have to take him to court to force him to allow you back in the home.
I understand that it comes at a cost to bring suit against the landlord, but you can try various pro bono legal services, who can represent you for free or at reduced costs if you qualify. http://www.illinoisprobono.org/
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