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Does your rental agreement say anything about the landlord's right to inspect or enter the property?
The agreement says 24 hours advance notice and you can try to refuse them entry if they do not give the notice promised in the lease.
You can start to keep a diary of every time they violate the notice provision and then sue them in small claims court for ivasion of privacy and breach of the agreement.
You can get a free consultation from some of the landlord tenant attorneys listed by location here.
A written warning letter from an attorney might be enough to stop their unannounced intrusions, so I suggest that you follow up on this with a local attorney.
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You cannot physically touch them but you can legally photograph or videotape anyone who enters your home without your consent. Getting photos that are time and date stamped would be very good evidence that they are invading your privacy.
My opinion is that you have the right to videotape even if they object but you cvannot use a hidden camera and should not record audio without consent to everyone taking part in a conversation, see
If someone tries to take you recorder by force that is robbery and should be reported to the police. If they injure you, you can sue for damages.
My opinion is that you have a particularly bad rental agreement that is more one sided than usual in favor of the landlord, but Illinois has very few laws that protect tenants. I still think you should consult with a local attorney, given the ongoing and apparently unending nature of the problems. I believe the tenant also has the right to insist that visitors remove or cover their shoes. Your home should be controlled by your rules, but only a local attorney can provide legal advice. Often a letter from an attorney is enough to make landlords back off from harassing the tenant.