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COURTS
(705 ILCS 505/) Court of Claims Act.

705 ILCS 505/1

    (705 ILCS 505/1) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.1)
    Sec. 1. The Court of Claims, hereinafter called the court, is created. It shall consist of 7 judges, who are attorneys licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois, to be appointed by the Governor by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, one of whom shall be appointed chief justice. In case of vacancy in such office during the recess of the Senate, the Governor shall make a temporary appointment until the next meeting of the Senate, when he shall nominate some person to fill such office. If the Senate is not in session at the time this Act takes effect, the Governor shall make temporary appointments as in case of vacancy.
(Source: P.A. 84-1240.)

705 ILCS 505/2

    (705 ILCS 505/2) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.2)
    Sec. 2. Upon the expiration of the terms of office of the incumbent judges the Governor shall appoint their successors by and with the consent of the Senate for terms of 2, 4 and 6 years commencing on the third Monday in January of the year 1953. Of the 2 new members first appointed after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1983, one shall be appointed to an initial term ending the third Monday in January, 1986, and one shall be appointed to an initial term ending on the third Monday in January, 1988. Of the 2 members first appointed after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1986, one shall be appointed to an initial term ending the third Monday in January, 1989, and one shall be appointed to an initial term ending on the third Monday in January, 1991. After the expiration of the terms of the judges first appointed, each of their respective successors shall hold office for a term of 6 years and until their successors are appointed and qualified.
(Source: P.A. 84-1240.)

705 ILCS 505/3

    (705 ILCS 505/3) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.3)
    Sec. 3. Before entering upon the duties of his office, each judge shall take and subscribe the constitutional oath of office and shall file it with the Secretary of State.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 660.)

705 ILCS 505/4

    (705 ILCS 505/4) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.4)
    Sec. 4. Each judge shall receive an annual salary of: $20,900 from the third Monday in January, 1979 to the third Monday in January, 1980; $22,100 from the third Monday in January, 1980 to the third Monday in January, 1981; $23,400 from the third Monday in January, 1981 to the third Monday in January, 1982, and $25,000 thereafter, or as set by the Compensation Review Board, whichever is greater, payable in equal monthly installments.
(Source: P.A. 83-1177.)

705 ILCS 505/5

    (705 ILCS 505/5) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.5)
    Sec. 5. The court shall have a seal with such device as it may order.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 660.)

705 ILCS 505/6

    (705 ILCS 505/6) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.6)
    Sec. 6. The court shall hold sessions at such places as it deems necessary to expedite the business of the court.
(Source: P.A. 90-492, eff. 8-17-97.)

705 ILCS 505/6.5

    (705 ILCS 505/6.5)
    Sec. 6.5. Court of Claims Administration and Grant Fund. The Court of Claims may accept monetary gifts and grants from any source for any purpose necessary or desirable in the exercise of its powers or the administration of its duties upon such terms and conditions as may be in the grant or gift. There is created in the State treasury the Court of Claims Administration and Grant Fund. All moneys received under this Section shall be deposited into the Fund. Subject to appropriation by the General Assembly, moneys in the Fund may be used by the Court of Claims only for the purposes intended under the gift or grant and any associated administrative expenses.
(Source: P.A. 89-670, eff. 8-14-96.)

705 ILCS 505/7

    (705 ILCS 505/7) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.7)
    Sec. 7. The court shall record its acts and proceedings. The Secretary of State, ex officio, shall be clerk of the court, but may appoint a deputy, who shall be an officer of the court, to act in his stead. The deputy shall take an oath to discharge his duties faithfully and shall be subject to the direction of the court in the performance thereof.
    The Secretary of State shall provide the court with suitable court rooms, chambers, office space, and computer services as are necessary and proper for the transaction of its business.
(Source: P.A. 83-865.)

705 ILCS 505/8

    (705 ILCS 505/8) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.8)
    Sec. 8. Court of Claims jurisdiction; deliberation periods. The court shall have exclusive jurisdiction to hear and determine the following matters:
    (a) All claims against the State founded upon any law of the State of Illinois or upon any regulation adopted thereunder by an executive or administrative officer or agency; provided, however, the court shall not have jurisdiction (i) to hear or determine claims arising under the Workers' Compensation Act or the Workers' Occupational Diseases Act, or claims for expenses in civil litigation, or (ii) to review administrative decisions for which a statute provides that review shall be in the circuit or appellate court.
    (b) All claims against the State founded upon any contract entered into with the State of Illinois.
    (c) All claims against the State for time unjustly served in prisons of this State when the person imprisoned received a pardon from the governor stating that such pardon is issued on the ground of innocence of the crime for which he or she was imprisoned or he or she received a certificate of innocence from the Circuit Court as provided in Section 2-702 of the Code of Civil Procedure; provided, the amount of the award is at the discretion of the court; and provided, the court shall make no award in excess of the following amounts: for imprisonment of 5 years or less, not more than $85,350; for imprisonment of 14 years or less but over 5 years, not more than $170,000; for imprisonment of over 14 years, not more than $199,150; and provided further, the court shall fix attorney's fees not to exceed 25% of the award granted. On or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly, the court shall annually adjust the maximum awards authorized by this subsection (c) to reflect the increase, if any, in the Consumer Price Index For All Urban Consumers for the previous calendar year, as determined by the United States Department of Labor, except that no annual increment may exceed 5%. For the annual adjustments, if the Consumer Price Index decreases during a calendar year, there shall be no adjustment for that calendar year. The transmission by the Prisoner Review Board or the clerk of the circuit court of the information described in Section 11(b) to the clerk of the Court of Claims is conclusive evidence of the validity of the claim. The changes made by this amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly apply to all claims pending on or filed on or after the effective date.
    (d) All claims against the State for damages in cases sounding in tort, if a like cause of action would lie against a private person or corporation in a civil suit, and all like claims sounding in tort against the Medical Center Commission, the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of Chicago State University, the Board of Trustees of Eastern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of Governors State University, the Board of Trustees of Illinois State University, the Board of Trustees of Northeastern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of Northern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of Western Illinois University, or the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy; provided, that an award for damages in a case sounding in tort, other than certain cases involving the operation of a State vehicle described in this paragraph, shall not exceed the sum of $100,000 to or for the benefit of any claimant. The $100,000 limit prescribed by this Section does not apply to an award of damages in any case sounding in tort arising out of the operation by a State employee of a vehicle owned, leased or controlled by the State. The defense that the State or the Medical Center Commission or the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of Chicago State University, the Board of Trustees of Eastern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of Governors State University, the Board of Trustees of Illinois State University, the Board of Trustees of Northeastern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of Northern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of Western Illinois University, or the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is not liable for the negligence of its officers, agents, and employees in the course of their employment is not applicable to the hearing and determination of such claims.
    (e) All claims for recoupment made by the State of Illinois against any claimant.
    (f) All claims pursuant to the Line of Duty Compensation Act. A claim under that Act must be heard and determined within one year after the application for that claim is filed with the Court as provided in that Act.
    (g) All claims filed pursuant to the Crime Victims Compensation Act.
    (h) All claims pursuant to the Illinois National Guardsman's Compensation Act. A claim under that Act must be heard and determined within one year after the application for that claim is filed with the Court as provided in that Act.
    (i) All claims authorized by subsection (a) of Section 10-55 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act for the expenses incurred by a party in a contested case on the administrative level.
(Source: P.A. 95-970, eff. 9-22-08; 96-80, eff. 7-27-09.)

705 ILCS 505/8.5

    (705 ILCS 505/8.5)
    Sec. 8.5. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 95-18, eff. 7-30-07. Repealed by P.A. 97-618, eff. 10-26-11.)

705 ILCS 505/9

    (705 ILCS 505/9) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.9)
    Sec. 9. The court may: A. Establish rules for its government and for the regulation of practice therein; appoint commissioners to assist the court in such manner as it directs and discharge them at will; and exercise such powers as are necessary to carry into effect the powers granted in this Section. Any Commissioner appointed shall be an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois. The rules established hereunder shall not be waived, and any extension of time authorized by such rules shall only be allowed on motion duly filed within the time limitation for which the extension is requested.
    B. Issue subpoenas through the Chief Justice or one of its judges or commissioners to require the attendance of witnesses for the purpose of testifying before it, or before any judge of the court, or before any notary public, or any of its commissioners, and to require the production of any books, records, papers or documents that may be material or relevant as evidence in any matter pending before it. In case any person refuses to comply with any subpoena issued in the name of the chief justice, or one of the judges or commissioners, attested by the clerk, with the seal of the court attached, and served upon the person named therein as a summons in a civil action is served, the circuit court of the proper county, on application of the party at whose instance the subpoena was issued, shall compel obedience by attachment proceedings, as for contempt, as in a case of a disobedience of the requirements of a subpoena from such court on a refusal to testify therein.
(Source: P.A. 83-865.)

705 ILCS 505/9.5

    (705 ILCS 505/9.5)
    Sec. 9.5. Gold Star and Fallen Heroes Families Assistance Program.
    (a) Within the Court of Claims, there is established a Gold Star and Fallen Heroes Families Assistance Program, which is charged with the responsibility of assessing the needs of and providing information to Illinois Gold Star and Fallen Heroes Families with regard to claims filed pursuant to the Line of Duty Compensation Act.
    (b) As used in this Section, "Gold Star and Fallen Heroes Family" means the family members of an individual who was killed in the line of duty and who was employed or serving in a capacity defined in Section 2 of the Illinois Line of Duty Compensation Act.
    (c) Toll-free helpline. The Gold Star and Fallen Heroes Families Assistance Program shall include a toll-free helpline dedicated to families seeking information about the Line of Duty Compensation Act, including, but not limited to, the status of claims filed pursuant to that Act. The helpline phone number and information about the Gold Star and Fallen Heroes Families Assistance Program shall be provided to each person filing a claim under the Line of Duty Compensation Act.
    (d) On or before January 1 of each year, the Court of Claims shall report to the Governor, both houses of the General Assembly, and the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs the following information:
        (1) the number of claims filed with the Court of
    
Claims pursuant to the Line of Duty Compensation Act;
        (2) the number of Line of Duty Compensation Act
    
claims approved for payment by the Court of Claims during the preceding calendar year;
        (3) the number and status of Line of Duty
    
Compensation Act claims pending in the Court of Claims; and
        (4) other information as may be requested by the
    
Governor.
(Source: P.A. 96-539, eff. 1-1-10; 96-541, eff. 1-1-10; 96-1000, eff. 7-2-10.)

705 ILCS 505/10

    (705 ILCS 505/10) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.10)
    Sec. 10. The judges, commissioners and the clerk of the court may administer oaths and affirmations, take acknowledgments of instruments in writing, and give certificates of them.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 660.)

705 ILCS 505/11

    (705 ILCS 505/11) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.11)
    Sec. 11. Filing claims.
    (a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b) of this Section and subsection (4) of Section 24, the claimant shall in all cases set forth fully in his petition the claim, the action thereon, if any, on behalf of the State, what persons are owners thereof or interested therein, when and upon what consideration such persons became so interested; that no assignment or transfer of the claim or any part thereof or interest therein has been made, except as stated in the petition; that the claimant is justly entitled to the amount therein claimed from the State of Illinois, after allowing all just credits; and that claimant believes the facts stated in the petition to be true. The petition shall be verified, as to statements of facts, by the affidavit of the claimant, his agent, or attorney.
    (b) Whenever a person has served a term of imprisonment and has received a pardon by the Governor stating that such pardon was issued on the ground of innocence of the crime for which he or she was imprisoned, the Prisoner Review Board shall transmit this information to the clerk of the Court of Claims, together with the claimant's current address. Whenever a person has served a term of imprisonment and has received a certificate of innocence from the Circuit Court as provided in Section 2-702 of the Code of Civil Procedure, the clerk of the issuing Circuit Court shall transmit this information to the clerk of the Court of Claims, together with the claimant's current address. The clerk of the Court of Claims shall immediately docket the case for consideration by the Court of Claims, and shall provide notice to the claimant of such docketing together with all hearing dates and applicable deadlines. The Court of Claims shall hear the case and render a decision within 90 days after its docketing.
(Source: P.A. 95-970, eff. 9-22-08; 96-328, eff. 8-11-09.)

705 ILCS 505/12

    (705 ILCS 505/12) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.12)
    Sec. 12. The court or a commissioner may direct any claimant to appear, upon reasonable notice, before the court or one of its judges or commissioners or before a notary and be examined on oath or affirmation concerning any matter pertaining to his claim. The examination shall be reduced to writing and be filed with the clerk of the court and remain as a part of the evidence in the case. If any claimant, after being so directed and notified, fails to appear or refuses to testify or answer fully as to any material matter within his knowledge, the court or commissioner may order that the case be not heard or determined until he has complied fully with the direction of the court.
(Source: P.A. 83-865.)

705 ILCS 505/13

    (705 ILCS 505/13) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.13)
    Sec. 13. Any judge or commissioner of the court may sit at any place within the State to take evidence in any case in the court.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 660.)

705 ILCS 505/14

    (705 ILCS 505/14) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.14)
    Sec. 14. Whenever any fraud against the State of Illinois is practiced or attempted by any claimant in the proof, statement, establishment, or allowance of any claim or of any part of any claim, the claim or part thereof shall be forever barred from prosecution in the court.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 660.)

705 ILCS 505/15

    (705 ILCS 505/15) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.15)
    Sec. 15. When a decision is rendered against a claimant, the court may grant a new trial for any reason which, by the law applicable to civil actions between individuals, would furnish sufficient ground for granting a new trial. The court by rule may provide a procedure for review of a decision.
(Source: P.A. 83-865.)

705 ILCS 505/16

    (705 ILCS 505/16) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.16)
    Sec. 16. Concurrence of judges. Concurrence of 4 judges is necessary to the decision of any case; provided, however, the court in its discretion may assign any case to a commissioner for hearing and final decision, subject to whatever right of review the court by rule may choose to exercise. In matters involving the award of emergency funds under the Crime Victims Compensation Act, the decision of one judge is necessary to award emergency funds.
(Source: P.A. 92-286, eff. 1-1-02.)

705 ILCS 505/17

    (705 ILCS 505/17) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.17)
    Sec. 17. Any final determination against the claimant on any claim prosecuted as provided in this Act shall forever bar any further claim in the court arising out of the rejected claim.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 660.)

705 ILCS 505/18

    (705 ILCS 505/18) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.18)
    Sec. 18. The court shall provide, by rule, for the maintenance of separate records of claims which arise solely due to lapsed appropriations and for claims for which amount of recovery sought is less than $5,000. In all other cases, the court or Commissioner as the case may be, shall file with its clerk a written opinion in each case upon final disposition thereof. All opinions shall be compiled and published annually by the clerk of the court.
(Source: P.A. 90-492, eff. 8-17-97.)

705 ILCS 505/19

    (705 ILCS 505/19) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.19)
    Sec. 19. The Attorney General, or his assistants under his direction, shall appear for the defense and protection of the interests of the State of Illinois in all cases filed in the court, and may make claim for recoupment by the State.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 660.)

705 ILCS 505/20

    (705 ILCS 505/20) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.20)
    Sec. 20. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 88-567, eff. 1-1-95. Repealed by P.A. 90-492, eff. 8-17-97.)

705 ILCS 505/21

    (705 ILCS 505/21) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.21)
    Sec. 21. The court is authorized to impose, by uniform rules, a fee of $15 for the filing of a petition in any case in which the award sought is more than $50 and less than $1,000 and $35 in any case in which the award sought is $1,000 or more; and to charge and collect for copies of opinions or other documents filed in the Court of Claims such fees as may be prescribed by the rules of the Court. All fees and charges so collected shall be forthwith paid into the State Treasury.
    A petitioner who is a prisoner in an Illinois Department of Corrections facility who files a pleading, motion, or other filing that purports to be a legal document against the State, the Illinois Department of Corrections, the Prisoner Review Board, or any of their officers or employees in which the court makes a specific finding that it is frivolous shall pay all filing fees and court costs in the manner provided in Article XXII of the Code of Civil Procedure.
    In claims based upon lapsed appropriations or lost warrant or in claims filed under the Line of Duty Compensation Act, the Illinois National Guardsman's Compensation Act, or the Crime Victims Compensation Act or in claims filed by medical vendors for medical services rendered by the claimant to persons eligible for Medical Assistance under programs administered by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, no filing fee shall be required.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

705 ILCS 505/22

    (705 ILCS 505/22) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.22)
    Sec. 22. Every claim cognizable by the Court and not otherwise sooner barred by law shall be forever barred from prosecution therein unless it is filed with the Clerk of the Court within the time set forth as follows:
    (a) All claims arising out of a contract must be filed within 5 years after it first accrues, saving to minors, and persons under legal disability at the time the claim accrues, in which cases the claim must be filed within 5 years from the time the disability ceases.
    (b) All claims cognizable against the State by vendors of goods or services under "The Illinois Public Aid Code", approved April 11, 1967, as amended, must file within one year after the accrual of the cause of action, as provided in Section 11-13 of that Code.
    (c) All claims arising under paragraph (c) of Section 8 of this Act must be automatically heard by the court within 120 days after the person asserting such claim is either issued a certificate of innocence from the Circuit Court as provided in Section 2-702 of the Code of Civil Procedure, or is granted a pardon by the Governor, whichever occurs later, without the person asserting the claim being required to file a petition under Section 11 of this Act, except as otherwise provided by the Crime Victims Compensation Act. Any claims filed by the claimant under paragraph (c) of Section 8 of this Act must be filed within 2 years after the person asserting such claim is either issued a certificate of innocence as provided in Section 2-702 of the Code of Civil Procedure, or is granted a pardon by the Governor, whichever occurs later.
    (d) All claims arising under paragraph (f) of Section 8 of this Act must be filed within the time set forth in Section 3 of the Line of Duty Compensation Act.
    (e) All claims arising under paragraph (h) of Section 8 of this Act must be filed within one year of the date of the death of the guardsman or militiaman as provided in Section 3 of the "Illinois National Guardsman's and Naval Militiaman's Compensation Act", approved August 12, 1971, as amended.
    (f) All claims arising under paragraph (g) of Section 8 of this Act must be filed within one year of the crime on which a claim is based as provided in Section 6.1 of the "Crime Victims Compensation Act", approved August 23, 1973, as amended.
    (g) All claims arising from the Comptroller's refusal to issue a replacement warrant pursuant to Section 10.10 of the State Comptroller Act must be filed within 5 years after the issue date of such warrant.
    (h) All other claims must be filed within 2 years after it first accrues, saving to minors, and persons under legal disability at the time the claim accrues, in which case the claim must be filed within 2 years from the time the disability ceases.
    (i) The changes made by this amendatory Act of 1989 shall apply to all warrants issued within the 5 year period preceding the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1989.
    (j) All time limitations established under this Act and the rules promulgated under this Act shall be binding and jurisdictional, except upon extension authorized by law or rule and granted pursuant to a motion timely filed.
(Source: P.A. 95-928, eff. 8-26-08; 95-970, eff. 9-22-08; 96-328, eff. 8-11-09.)

705 ILCS 505/22-1

    (705 ILCS 505/22-1) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.22-1)
    Sec. 22-1. Within 1 year from the date that such an injury was received or such a cause of action accrued, any person who is about to commence any action in the Court of Claims against the State of Illinois, the Medical Center Commission, the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of Chicago State University, the Board of Trustees of Eastern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of Governors State University, the Board of Trustees of Illinois State University, the Board of Trustees of Northeastern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of Northern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of Western Illinois University, or the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, for damages on account of any injury to his person shall file in the office of the Attorney General and also in the office of the Clerk of the Court of Claims, either by himself, his agent, or attorney, giving the name of the person to whom the cause of action has accrued, the name and residence of the person injured, the date and about the hour of the accident, the place or location where the accident occurred, a brief description of how the accident occurred, and the name and address of the attending physician, if any, except as otherwise provided by the Crime Victims Compensation Act.
    In actions for death by wrongful act, neglect or default, the executor of the estate, or in the event there is no will, the administrator or other personal representative of the decedent, shall file within 1 year of the date of death or the date that the executor or administrator is qualified, whichever occurs later, in the office of the Attorney General and also in the office of the Clerk of the Court of Claims, giving the name of the person to whom the cause of action has accrued, the name and last residence of the decedent, the date of the accident causing death, the date of the decedent's demise, the place or location where the accident causing the death occurred, the date and about the hour of the accident, a brief description of how the accident occurred, and the names and addresses of the attending physician and treating hospital if any, except as otherwise provided by the Crime Victims Compensation Act.
    A claimant is not required to file the notice required by this Section if he or she files his or her claim within one year of its accrual.
(Source: P.A. 89-4, eff. 1-1-96; 90-492, eff. 8-17-97.)

705 ILCS 505/22-2

    (705 ILCS 505/22-2) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.22-2)
    Sec. 22-2. If the notice provided for by Section 22-1 is not filed as provided in that Section, any such action commenced against the State of Illinois, the Medical Center Commission, the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of Chicago State University, the Board of Trustees of Eastern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of Governors State University, the Board of Trustees of Illinois State University, the Board of Trustees of Northeastern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of Northern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of Western Illinois University, or the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, shall be dismissed and the person to whom any such cause of action accrued for any personal injury shall be forever barred from further action in the Court of Claims for such personal injury, except as otherwise provided by the Crime Victims Compensation Act.
(Source: P.A. 89-4, eff. 1-1-96.)

705 ILCS 505/23

    (705 ILCS 505/23) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.23)
    Sec. 23. It is the policy of the General Assembly to make no appropriation to pay any claim against the State, cognizable by the court, unless an award therefor has been made by the court.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 660.)

705 ILCS 505/24

    (705 ILCS 505/24) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.24)
    Sec. 24. Payment of awards.
    (1) From funds appropriated by the General Assembly for the purposes of this Section the Court may direct immediate payment of:
        (a) All claims arising solely as a result of the
    
lapsing of an appropriation out of which the obligation could have been paid.
        (b) All claims pursuant to the Line of Duty
    
Compensation Act.
        (c) All claims pursuant to the "Illinois National
    
Guardsman's and Naval Militiaman's Compensation Act", approved August 12, 1971, as amended.
        (d) All claims pursuant to the "Crime Victims
    
Compensation Act", approved August 23, 1973, as amended.
        (e) All other claims wherein the amount of the award
    
of the Court is less than $5,000.
    (2) The court may, from funds specifically appropriated from the General Revenue Fund for this purpose, direct the payment of awards less than $50,000 solely as a result of the lapsing of an appropriation originally made from any fund held by the State Treasurer. For any such award paid from the General Revenue Fund, the court shall thereafter seek an appropriation from the fund from which the liability originally accrued in reimbursement of the General Revenue Fund.
    (3) In directing payment of a claim pursuant to the Line of Duty Compensation Act, the Court must direct the Comptroller to add an interest penalty if payment of a claim is not made within 6 months after a claim is filed in accordance with Section 3 of the Line of Duty Compensation Act and all information has been submitted as required under Section 4 of the Line of Duty Compensation Act. If payment is not issued within the 6-month period, an interest penalty of 1% of the amount of the award shall be added for each month or fraction thereof after the end of the 6-month period, until final payment is made. This interest penalty shall be added regardless of whether the payment is not issued within the 6-month period because of the appropriation process, the consideration of the matter by the Court, or any other reason.
    (3.5) The interest penalty payment provided for in subsection (3) shall be added to all claims for which benefits were not paid as of the effective date of P.A. 95-928. The interest penalty shall be calculated starting from the effective date of P.A. 95-928, provided that the effective date of P.A. 95-928 is at least 6 months after the date on which the claim was filed in accordance with Section 3 of the Line of Duty Compensation Act. In the event that the date 6 months after the date on which the claim was filed is later than the effective date of P.A. 95-928, the Court shall calculate the interest payment penalty starting from the date 6 months after the date on which the claim was filed in accordance with Section 3 of the Line of Duty Compensation Act. This subsection (3.5) of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly is declarative of existing law.
    (3.6) In addition to the interest payments provided for in subsections (3) and (3.5), the Court shall direct the Comptroller to add a "catch-up" payment to the claims of eligible claimants. For the purposes of this subsection (3.6), an "eligible claimant" is a claimant whose claim is not paid in the year in which it was filed. For purposes of this subsection (3.6), "'catch-up' payment" is defined as the difference between the amount paid to claimants whose claims were filed in the year in which the eligible claimant's claim is paid and the amount paid to claimants whose claims were filed in the year in which the eligible claimant filed his or her claim. The "catch-up" payment is payable simultaneously with the claim award.
    (4) From funds appropriated by the General Assembly for the purposes of paying claims under paragraph (c) of Section 8, the court must direct payment of each claim and the payment must be received by the claimant within 60 days after the date that the funds are appropriated for that purpose.
(Source: P.A. 95-928, eff. 8-26-08; 95-970, eff. 9-22-08; 96-328, eff. 8-11-09; 96-539, eff. 1-1-10.)

705 ILCS 505/24.5

    (705 ILCS 505/24.5)
    Sec. 24.5. Applicability. This amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly shall apply to causes of action filed on or after its effective date.
(Source: P.A. 95-970, eff. 9-22-08.)

705 ILCS 505/25

    (705 ILCS 505/25) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.24-5)
    Sec. 25. Any person who files a claim in the court shall, before seeking final determination of his or her claim exhaust all other remedies and sources of recovery whether administrative or judicial; except that failure to file or pursue actions against State employees, acting within the scope of their employment, shall not be a defense.
(Source: P.A. 83-345.)

705 ILCS 505/26

    (705 ILCS 505/26) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.24-6)
    Sec. 26.
    The granting of an award under this Act shall constitute full accord and satisfaction. There shall be but one satisfaction of any claim or cause of action and any recovery awarded by the court shall be subject to the right of set-off.
(Source: P.A. 78-255.)

705 ILCS 505/26-1

    (705 ILCS 505/26-1) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.24-6.1)
    Sec. 26-1. Except as otherwise provided herein, the maximum contingent fee to be charged by an attorney practicing before the Court shall not exceed 20 percent of the amount awarded, which is in excess of the undisputed amount of the claim, unless further fees shall be allowed by the Court. In cases involving lapsed appropriations or lost warrants where there is no dispute as to the liability of the respondent, the fee, if any, for services rendered is to be fixed by the Court at a nominal amount.
    Nothing herein applies to awards made under the Line of Duty Compensation Act or the Illinois National Guardsman's Compensation Act or the Illinois Uniform Conviction Information Act.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

705 ILCS 505/27

    (705 ILCS 505/27) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.24-7)
    Sec. 27.
    The provisions of this Act shall be severable, and if any provision of this Act is declared unconstitutional or the applicability thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the constitutionality of the remainder of this Act and the applicability thereof to other persons and circumstances shall not be affected thereby.
(Source: P.A. 78-255.)

705 ILCS 505/28

    (705 ILCS 505/28) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.24-8)
    Sec. 28.
    This Amendatory Act of 1971 shall apply only to causes of action accruing on or after January 1, 1972.
(Source: P.A. 77-1777.)

705 ILCS 505/29

    (705 ILCS 505/29) (from Ch. 37, par. 439.24-9)
    Sec. 29.
    This Act shall be known and may be cited as the "Court of Claims Act".
(Source: P.A. 77-1777.)