(710 ILCS 35/6)
Exceptions to privilege.
(a) There is no privilege under Section 4 for a mediation communication
(1) in an agreement evidenced by a record signed by
all parties to the agreement;
(2) available to the public under the Freedom of
Information Act or made during a session or a mediation which is open, or is required by law to be open, to the public;
(3) a threat or statement of a plan to inflict bodily
injury or commit a crime of violence;
(4) intentionally used to plan a crime, attempt to
commit a crime, or to conceal an ongoing crime or ongoing criminal activity;
(5) sought or offered to prove or disprove a claim or
complaint of professional misconduct or malpractice filed against a mediator;
(6) except as otherwise provided in subsection (c),
sought or offered to prove or disprove a claim or complaint of professional misconduct or malpractice filed against a mediation party, nonparty participant, or representative of a party based on conduct occurring during a mediation; or
(7) sought or offered to prove or disprove abuse,
neglect, abandonment, or exploitation in a proceeding in which a child or adult protective services agency is a party, unless the case is referred by a court to mediation and a public agency participates.
(b) There is no privilege under Section 4 if a court, administrative agency,
or arbitrator finds, after a hearing in camera, that the party seeking
discovery or the proponent of the evidence has shown that the evidence is not
otherwise available, that there is a need for the evidence that substantially
outweighs the interest in protecting confidentiality, and that the mediation
communication is sought or offered in:
(1) a court proceeding involving a felony; or
(2) except as otherwise provided in subsection (c), a
proceeding to prove a claim to rescind or reform or a defense to avoid liability on a contract arising out of the mediation.
(c) A mediator may not be compelled to provide evidence of a mediation
communication referred to in subsection (a)(6) or (b)(2).
(d) If a mediation communication is not privileged under subsection (a) or
(b), only the portion of the communication necessary for the application of the
exception from nondisclosure may be admitted. Admission of evidence under
subsection (a) or (b) does not render the evidence, or any other mediation
communication, discoverable or admissible for any other purpose.
(Source: P.A. 93-399, eff. 1-1-04.)