(20 ILCS 2635/15) (from Ch. 38, par. 1615)
    Sec. 15. Civil Damages. (A) In any action brought pursuant to this Act, an individual aggrieved by any violation of this Act shall be entitled to recover actual and general compensatory damages for each violation, together with costs and attorney's fees reasonably incurred, consistent with Section 16 of this Act. In addition, an individual aggrieved by a willful violation of this Act shall be entitled to recover $1,000. In addition, an individual aggrieved by a non-willful violation of this Act for which there has been dissemination of inaccurate or incomplete conviction information shall be entitled to recover $200; provided, however, if conviction information is determined to be incomplete or inaccurate, by audit, by individual review and challenge procedures, or by other verifiable means, then the individual aggrieved shall only be entitled to recover such amount if the Department fails to correct the information within 30 days.
    (B) For the purposes of this Act, the State of Illinois shall be liable for damages as provided in this Section and for attorney's fees and litigation costs as provided in Section 16 of this Act. All damage claims against the State of Illinois or any of its agencies for violations of this Act shall be determined by the Court of Claims.
    (C) For purposes of limiting the amount of civil damages that may be assessed against the State of Illinois or a unit of local government pursuant to this Section, a State agency, a unit of local government, and the officials or employees of a State agency or a unit of local government may in good faith rely upon the assurance of another State agency or unit of local government that conviction information is maintained or disseminated in compliance with the provisions of this Act. However, such reliance shall not constitute a defense with respect to equitable or declaratory relief.
    (D) For purposes of limiting the amount of damages that may be assessed against the State of Illinois pursuant to this Section, the Department may in good faith presume that the conviction information reported to it by a clerk of the circuit court or a criminal justice agency is accurate. However, such presumption shall not constitute a defense with respect to equitable or declaratory relief.
(Source: P.A. 85-922.)