(815 ILCS 602/5-20)
Burden of proof and evidentiary matters.
(a) In any administrative, civil,
or criminal proceeding related to this Law, the burden of
proving an exemption, an exception from a definition or an
exclusion from this Law is upon the person claiming it.
(b) In any action, administrative, civil, or criminal, a certificate under
the seal of the State of Illinois, signed by the Secretary of State, attesting
to the filing of or the absence of any filing of any document or record with
the Secretary of State under this Act, shall constitute prima facie evidence of
such filing or of the absence of the filing, and shall be admissible in
evidence in any administrative, criminal, or civil action.
(c) In any administrative, civil, or criminal action, the Secretary of State
may issue a certificate under the seal of the State of Illinois, signed by the
Secretary of State, showing that any document or record is a true and exact
copy, photocopy or otherwise, of the record or document on file with the
Secretary of State under this Act; and such certified document or record shall
be admissible in evidence with the same effect as the original document or
have if actually produced.
(d) Any certificate pursuant to subsection (b) or (c) of this Section shall
be furnished by the Secretary of State upon an application therefor in the form
and manner prescribed by the Secretary of State by rule, and shall be
accompanied by payment of a non-refundable certification
fee in the amount specified by rule or by order of the Secretary of State.
(Source: P.A. 92-308, eff. 1-1-02.)