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(735 ILCS 5/2-101)
(from Ch. 110, par. 2-101)
Except as otherwise provided in this Act, every action must be
commenced (1) in the county of residence of any defendant who is joined
in good faith and with probable cause for the purpose of obtaining a
judgment against him or her and not solely for the purpose of fixing venue in
that county, or (2) in the county in which the transaction or some part
thereof occurred out of which the cause of action arose.
If a check, draft, money order, or other instrument for the payment of
child support payable to or delivered to the State Disbursement Unit
established under Section 10-26 of the Illinois Public Aid Code is returned by
the bank or depository for any reason, venue for the enforcement of any
criminal proceedings or civil cause of action for recovery and attorney fees
shall be in the county where the principal office of the State Disbursement
Unit is located.
If all defendants are nonresidents of the State, an action may be
commenced in any county.
If the corporate limits of a city, village or town extend into more
than one county, then the venue of an action or proceeding
instituted by that
municipality to enforce any fine, imprisonment, penalty or forfeiture
for violation of any ordinance of that municipality,
regardless of the county in which the violation was committed or occurred, may
be in the appropriate court (i) in the county
wherein the office of the clerk of the municipality is located
or (ii) in any county
in which at least 35% of the territory within the municipality's corporate
limits is located.
(Source: P.A. 91-212, eff. 7-20-99.)