(705 ILCS 105/27.7)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on July 1, 2019)
Children's waiting room.
The expense of establishing and maintaining a children's waiting room
for children whose parents or guardians are attending a court hearing as a
litigant, witness, or for other court purposes as determined by
the court may be borne by the county. To defray that expense in
any county having established a children's waiting room or that elects to
establish such a system, the county board may require the clerk of the circuit
court in the county to charge and collect a children's waiting room fee of not
more than $10 through December 31, 2021 and not more than $8 on and after January 1, 2022.
The fee shall be paid at the time of filing the first pleading, paper,
or other appearance filed by each party in all civil cases.
No additional fee shall be required if more than one party is presented in
a single pleading, paper, or other appearance. The fee shall be collected in
the manner in which all other fees or costs are collected.
Each clerk shall commence the charges and collection upon receipt of written
notice from the chairman of the county board together with a certified copy of
the board's resolution. The clerk shall file the resolution of record in his
The fees shall be in addition to all other fees and charges of the clerks,
shall be assessable as costs, and may be waived only if the judge specifically
for the waiver of the children's waiting room fee. The fees shall be remitted
monthly by the clerk to the county treasurer, to be retained by the treasurer
in a special fund designated as the children's waiting room fund. The fund
shall be audited by the county auditor, and the county board shall make
from the fund in payment of any cost related to the establishment and
maintenance of the children's waiting room, including personnel, heat, light,
telephone, security, rental of space, or any other item in connection with the
operation of a children's waiting room.
The fees shall not be charged in any matter coming to the clerk on a
change of venue, nor in any proceeding to review the decision of any
administrative officer, agency, or body.
(Source: P.A. 99-859, eff. 8-19-16. Repealed by P.A. 100-987, eff. 7-1-19.)