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CIVIL PROCEDURE
(735 ILCS 5/) Code of Civil Procedure.

735 ILCS 5/Art. IV

 
    (735 ILCS 5/Art. IV heading)
ARTICLE IV
ATTACHMENT

735 ILCS 5/Art. IV Pt. 1

 
    (735 ILCS 5/Art. IV Pt. 1 heading)
Part 1. In General

735 ILCS 5/4-101

    (735 ILCS 5/4-101) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-101)
    Sec. 4-101. Cause. In any court having competent jurisdiction, a creditor having a money claim, whether liquidated or unliquidated, and whether sounding in contract or tort, or based upon a statutory cause of action created by law in favor of the People of the State of Illinois, or any agency of the State, may have an attachment against the property of his or her debtor, or that of any one or more of several debtors, either at the time of commencement of the action or thereafter, when the claim exceeds $20, in any one of the following cases:
        1. Where the debtor is not a resident of this State.
        2. When the debtor conceals himself or herself or
    
stands in defiance of an officer, so that process cannot be served upon him or her.
        3. Where the debtor has departed from this State with
    
the intention of having his or her effects removed from this State.
        4. Where the debtor is about to depart from this
    
State with the intention of having his or her effects removed from this State.
        5. Where the debtor is about to remove his or her
    
property from this State to the injury of such creditor.
        6. Where the debtor has within 2 years preceding the
    
filing of the affidavit required, fraudulently conveyed or assigned his or her effects, or a part thereof, so as to hinder or delay his or her creditors.
        7. Where the debtor has, within 2 years prior to the
    
filing of such affidavit, fraudulently concealed or disposed of his or her property so as to hinder or delay his or her creditors.
        8. Where the debtor is about fraudulently to conceal,
    
assign, or otherwise dispose of his or her property or effects, so as to hinder or delay his or her creditors.
        9. Where the debt sued for was fraudulently
    
contracted on the part of the debtor. The statements of the debtor, his or her agent or attorney, which constitute the fraud, shall have been reduced to writing, and his or her signature attached thereto, by himself or herself, agent or attorney.
        10. When the debtor is a person convicted of first
    
degree murder, a Class X felony, or aggravated kidnapping, or found not guilty by reason of insanity or guilty but mentally ill of first degree murder, a Class X felony, or aggravated kidnapping, against the creditor and that crime makes the creditor a "victim" under the Criminal Victims' Asset Discovery Act.
        11. When the debtor is referred by the Department of
    
Corrections to the Attorney General under Section 3-7-6 of the Unified Code of Corrections to recover the expenses incurred as a result of that debtor's cost of incarceration.
(Source: P.A. 93-508, eff. 1-1-04.)

735 ILCS 5/4-102

    (735 ILCS 5/4-102) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-102)
    Sec. 4-102. Construed for detection of fraud. This Act shall be construed in all courts in the most liberal manner for the detection of fraud.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-103

    (735 ILCS 5/4-103) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-103)
    Sec. 4-103. Venue. The venue provisions applicable to other civil cases shall apply to attachment proceedings; and in addition thereto, attachment proceedings may be brought in the county where property or credits of the debtor are found.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-104

    (735 ILCS 5/4-104) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-104)
    Sec. 4-104. Affidavit. A plaintiff seeking the entry of an order for attachment shall file with the court an affidavit based upon the personal knowledge of the affiant and showing:
    1. the amount of the claim, so far as practicable, after allowing all just credits and set-offs;
    2. facts establishing any one or more of the causes set forth in Section 4-101 of this Act;
    3. the place of residence of the defendant, if known, and if not known, that upon diligent inquiry the affiant has been unable to ascertain the place of residence; and
    4. facts establishing the cause of action against the defendant.
    The plaintiff shall file an additional statement in writing, either embodied in such affidavit or separately, to the effect that the action invoked by such affidavit does or does not sound in tort and a designation of the return day for the summons to be issued in the action; and the court, if it is satisfied that the affidavit has established a prima facie case, shall enter an order for attachment.
    In all actions sounding in tort, before an order for attachment is entered, the plaintiff, his or her agent or attorney, shall apply to the circuit court of the county in which the action is to be brought or is pending and be examined, under oath, by the court concerning the cause of action; and, thereupon, the court shall indorse upon the affidavit the amount of damages for which the order for attachment shall be entered, and no greater amount shall be claimed.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-105

    (735 ILCS 5/4-105) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-105)
    Sec. 4-105. Form of affidavit. Affidavits for attachment in courts may be substantially in the following form:
STATE OF ILLINOIS,      )
                        ) ss.
......... County        )
    A B, being duly sworn, says: That (here state if affiant is agent or attorney of the creditor; if the action is by an individual or corporation, the name of the individual or corporation, and if the action is by a firm, the name of the partners) has a just claim against (name of debtor), on account of (here state facts giving rise to the cause of action and amount of the claim), and the affiant believes (the name of the creditor) is entitled to recover of (name of debtor), after allowing all just credits and set-offs .... dollars and .... cents, which is now due, and that he, she or it has good reason to believe and does believe that (name of debtor) (here state facts which give rise to some one or more of the causes which authorize an attachment). (name of debtor) resides at (here state the residence of the debtor if known, or if not, that the affiant has made diligent inquiry and cannot ascertain his or her or its place of residence.)
    Affiant has personal knowledge that the foregoing statements are true.
.....
    Subscribed and sworn to before me on this .... day of ....,....,
.....
    My commission expires ....,....,
    (If action sounds in tort here include the endorsement of the court as to amount of damages for which order shall be entered)
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-106

    (735 ILCS 5/4-106) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-106)
    Sec. 4-106. Designation of names. It shall be sufficient, in all cases of attachment, to designate defendants by their reputed names, by surnames, and joint defendants by their separate or partnership names, or by such names, styles or titles as they are usually known; and heirs, executors and administrators of deceased defendants shall be subject to the provisions of Part 1 of Article IV of this Act, in all cases in which it may be applicable to them.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-107

    (735 ILCS 5/4-107) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-107)
    Sec. 4-107. Bond. After the entry of an order for attachment, as hereinabove stated, the court shall take bond and sufficient security, payable to the People of the State of Illinois, for the use of the person or persons interested in the property attached, in double the sum sworn to be due, conditioned for satisfying all costs which may be awarded to such defendant, or to any others interested in the proceedings, and all damages and costs which shall be recovered against the plaintiff, for wrongfully obtaining the attachment order, which bond, with affidavit of the party complaining, or his, her or its agent or attorney, shall be filed in the court entering the order for attachment. Every order for attachment entered without a bond and affidavit taken, is hereby declared illegal and void, and shall be dismissed. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to require the State of Illinois, or any Department of Government thereof, or any State officer, to file a bond as plaintiff in any proceeding instituted under Part 1 of Article IV of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 99-744, eff. 8-5-16.)

735 ILCS 5/4-108

    (735 ILCS 5/4-108) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-108)
    Sec. 4-108. Fixing of bond. The court, upon ex parte motion, without notice, supported by affidavit of the plaintiff, his or her agent or attorney, substantially describing the property to be attached, and the value thereof, may, if satisfied of the bona fides of the application and sufficiency of the bond under the circumstances of the case, including proposed garnishments, fix the amount of the bond in double the value of the property to be attached, instead of double the sum sworn to be due, and in such event the order shall direct the officer to attach such specifically described property, but the value of such property to be attached shall not be in excess of an amount sufficient to satisfy the debt claimed and costs. The court may require that such affidavit be supplemented by additional showing, by appraisal or otherwise, as to the value of such property, and may, upon motion of any party to the action claiming an interest in such property, either before or after actual attachment, require additional security, or order release of the attachment to the extent not covered by adequate double security.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-109

    (735 ILCS 5/4-109) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-109)
    Sec. 4-109. Condition of bond. The condition of the bond shall be applicable to additional certified copies of the order for attachment as well as to the first certified copy of the order for attachment and shall be substantially in the following form:
    The condition of this obligation is such, that whereas the plaintiff has on (insert date) applied for an order for attachment in the above entitled action of .... against the estate of the above named ..... Now, if the .... shall prosecute the action with effect, or in the case of failure therein shall satisfy all costs which may be awarded to .... or to any person or persons interested in the property attached, and all damages and costs which shall be recovered against the plaintiff for wrongfully obtaining the order for attachment, then the above obligation to be void; otherwise to remain in full force and effect.
    Additional bonds shall not be required for obtaining additional certified copies, except as provided in Section 4-115 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

735 ILCS 5/4-110

    (735 ILCS 5/4-110) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-110)
    Sec. 4-110. Order for attachment. The order for attachment required in the preceding section shall be directed to the sheriff (and, for purpose only of service of summons, to any person authorized to serve summons), or in case the sheriff is interested, or otherwise disqualified or prevented from acting, to the coroner of the county in which the action is commenced, and shall be made returnable on a return day designated by the plaintiff, which day shall not be less than 10 days or more than 60 days after its date. Such order shall order the officer to attach so much of the estate, real or personal, of the defendant, to be found in the county, as shall be of value sufficient to satisfy the debt and costs, according to the affidavit, but in case any specific property of the defendant, found in the county, shall be described in the order, then the officer shall attach the described property only, and no other property. Such estate or property shall be so attached in the possession of the officer to secure, or so to provide, that the same may be liable to further proceedings thereupon, according to law. The order shall also direct that the officer summon the defendant to appear and answer the complaint of the plaintiff in court at a specified time or, at defendant's option, to appear at any time prior thereto and move the court to set a hearing on the order for the attachment or affidavit; and that the officer also summon any specified garnishees, to be and appear in court at a specified time to answer to what may be held by them for the defendant.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-111

    (735 ILCS 5/4-111) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-111)
    Sec. 4-111. Attachment against joint debtors. In all cases where two or more persons are jointly indebted, either as partners or otherwise, and an affidavit is filed as provided in Part 1 of Article IV of this Act, so as to bring one or more of such joint debtors within its provisions, and amenable to an action for attachment, then the order for attachment shall be entered against the property and the effects of such as are so brought within the provisions of Part 1 of Article IV of this Act; and the officer shall be also directed to summon, all defendants to the action, whether the action for attachment is against them or not, to answer the action, as in other cases of joint defendants.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-112

    (735 ILCS 5/4-112) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-112)
    Sec. 4-112. Serving of order. Such officer shall without delay serve the order for attachment upon the property described in the order, or in the absence of such description, upon the lands, tenements, goods, chattels, rights, credits, moneys and effects of the debtor, or upon any lands and tenements in and to which such debtor has or may claim any equitable interest or title, of sufficient value to satisfy the claim sworn to, with costs of the action.
    Except as provided in Section 4-116 of this Act, the order for attachment may be levied only in the county in which the order is entered, and by a proper officer of that county.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-113

    (735 ILCS 5/4-113) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-113)
    Sec. 4-113. Certificate of levy. When an order for attachment is levied upon any real estate, in any case, it shall be the duty of the officer making the levy to file a certificate of such fact with the recorder of the county where such land is situated; and from and after the filing of the same, such levy shall take effect, as to creditors and bona fide purchasers, without notice, and not before.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-114

    (735 ILCS 5/4-114) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-114)
    Sec. 4-114. Serving defendant. The officer shall also serve a certified copy of the order upon the defendant therein, if he or she can be found, in like manner as provided for service of summons in other civil cases. Such service upon the defendant shall be made as soon as possible after the entry of the order for attachment upon the property described in the order, but in no event later than 5 days thereafter. Failure to make such service upon the defendant within the time provided shall in the absence of good cause shown for such delay, be ground for vacating of the attachment order upon motion of the defendant made at any time. The return of the order shall state the particular manner in which the order was served. If the certified copy of the order is served upon the defendant less than 10 days before the return day thereof, the defendant shall not be compelled to appear or plead until 15 days after the return day designated in the order. The certified copy of the order for attachment may be served as a summons upon defendants wherever they may be found in the State, by any person authorized to serve process in like manner as summons in other civil cases.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-115

    (735 ILCS 5/4-115) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-115)
    Sec. 4-115. Additional certified copies. (a) When it appears by the return of the officer that the defendant or property of the defendant is not found, or that a garnishee designated by the order for attachment has not been served, additional certified copies of the order for attachment may be issued by the clerk of court on the application of the plaintiff.
    (b) Additional certified copies of the order for attachment may also issue on the application of the plaintiff where the property attached, or the property found to be in the possession of the garnishee or garnishees, is not of a value sufficient to satisfy the claim sworn to, with costs of the action. The provisions of this subsection shall not be applicable to cases in which the court order describes specific property to be attached.
    (c) When the order for attachment is directed against specific property of the defendant and only a portion of the property described is attached, or the property found to be in the possession of the garnishee or garnishees, is not of a value sufficient to satisfy the claim sworn to, with costs of action, a certified copy of the order for attachment against the remainder of the property described, may be issued by the clerk of court upon the application of the plaintiff. A certified copy of the order for attachment may also issue where additional specific property is desired to be attached, but before such certified copy shall issue the plaintiff shall furnish an additional bond in accordance with Section 4-108 of this Act, in double the value of the additional specific property. Where an order for attachment covering specific property has been entered, a certified copy of the order for attachment may be issued by the clerk of court on the application of the plaintiff directing the sheriff to attach sufficient property of the defendant, which, together with the specific property already attached, if any, will equal the amount of the plaintiff's claim, and before such certified copy shall issue the plaintiff shall furnish in accordance with Section 4-107 of this Act an additional bond in amount double the value of the additional property to be attached.
    (d) When an additional certified copy is issued, the defendant shall be served, if he or she can be found, and return shall be made, and the same proceedings shall be had, as though such additional certified copy was the original certified copy.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-116

    (735 ILCS 5/4-116) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-116)
    Sec. 4-116. Pursuit of property. If the defendant, or any person for him or her, shall be in the act of removing any personal property, the officer may pursue and take the same in any county in this State, and return the same to the county from which such order for attachment issued.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-117

    (735 ILCS 5/4-117) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-117)
    Sec. 4-117. Serving on Sunday. If it shall appear, by the affidavit, that a debtor is actually absconding, or concealed, or stands in defiance of an officer duly authorized to arrest him or her on civil process, or has departed this State with the intention of having his or her effects and personal estate removed out of the State, or intends to depart with such intention, it shall be lawful for the clerk to issue, and sheriff or other officer to serve a certified copy of the order for attachment against such debtor, on a Sunday as on any other day.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-118

    (735 ILCS 5/4-118) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-118)
    Sec. 4-118. Certified copies of order to other county. The creditor may, at the same time, or at any time before judgment, cause a certified copy of an order for attachment to be issued to any other county in the State where the debtor may have property liable to be attached, which shall be levied as other certified copies of orders for attachment.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-119

    (735 ILCS 5/4-119) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-119)
    Sec. 4-119. Forthcoming bond. The officer serving the order for attachment shall take and retain the custody and possession of the property attached, to answer and abide by the judgment of the court, unless the person in whose possession the same is found shall enter into bond and security to the officer, to be approved by the officer, in double the value of the property so attached with condition that the estate and property shall be forthcoming to answer the judgment of the court in the action. The sheriff, or other officer shall return such bond to the court in which the action was brought, on the day to which such order for attachment is returnable.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-120

    (735 ILCS 5/4-120) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-120)
    Sec. 4-120. Bond or recognizance to pay judgment. Any defendant in attachment, desiring the return of property attached, may, at his or her option, instead of or in substitution for the bond required in the preceding section, give like bond and security, in a sum sufficient to cover the amount due sworn to in behalf of the plaintiff, with all interest, damages and costs of the action, conditioned that the defendant will pay the plaintiff the amount of the judgment and costs which may be entered against him or her in that action, on a final trial, within 90 days after such judgment shall be entered or a recognizance, in substance hereinabove stated, may be taken by the court, and filed of record, in which case the court shall approve of the security and the recognizance made to the plaintiff, and upon a forfeiture of such recognizance judgment may be entered and enforced as in other cases of recognizance. In either case, the attachment shall be dissolved, and the property taken restored, and all previous proceedings, either against the sheriff or against the garnishees, set aside, and the cause shall proceed as if the defendant had been seasonably served with a summons.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-121

    (735 ILCS 5/4-121) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-121)
    Sec. 4-121. Neglect of officer to take bond. If the sheriff fails to return a bond taken by virtue of the provisions of Part 1 of Article IV of this Act, or has neglected to take one when he or she ought to have done so, in any attachment entered under any of the provisions of Part 1 of Article IV of this Act, the plaintiff in the attachment may cause a rule to be entered at any time during the first 10 days after the day on which the order is returnable requiring the sheriff to return the bond; or in case no bond has been taken, to show cause why such bond was not taken. If the sheriff does not return the bond within one day thereafter, or show legal and sufficient cause why the bond has not been taken, judgment shall be entered against the sheriff for the amount of the plaintiff's claim, with costs of the action. Enforcement may thereupon be had after judgment is entered against the defendant in the attachment action.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-122

    (735 ILCS 5/4-122) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-122)
    Sec. 4-122. Neglect to return sufficient bond. The plaintiff may, within 30 days after the return of such bond, except to the sufficiency thereof, reasonable notice of such exception having been given to the sheriff or other officer who took the same, and if, upon hearing, the court shall adjudge such security insufficient, such sheriff shall be subject to the same judgment and recovery and have the same liberty of defense as if the sheriff had been made defendant in the attachment, unless good and sufficient security shall be given within such time as may be directed by the court, and enforcement may be had thereupon as in other cases of judgment for the payment of money. Whenever the judgment of the plaintiff, or any part thereof shall be paid or satisfied by any such sheriff, he or she shall have the same remedy against the defendant for the amount so paid by him or her as is now provided by law for bail against their principal where a judgment is paid or satisfied by them.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-123

    (735 ILCS 5/4-123) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-123)
    Sec. 4-123. Action on bond. If the plaintiff does not object to the bond taken by the sheriff, or the objections are not sustained, and such bond is forfeited, the plaintiff in the attachment may bring an action thereon in his or her own name, the same as if such bond had been assigned to him or her, and judgment shall be entered for the plaintiff against the obligors in the bond for the value of the property, or if the property is greater than the amount due upon the judgment, then for the amount due and costs of the action.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-124

    (735 ILCS 5/4-124) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-124)
    Sec. 4-124. Live stock. When any sheriff or other officer enforces an order for attachment by taking possession of horses, cattle or live stock, and the same are not immediately replevied or restored to the debtor, such officer shall provide sufficient sustenance for the support of such live stock until the live stock is sold or discharged from such attachment. The sheriff or other officer shall receive therefor a reasonable compensation, to be ascertained and determined by the court in which the attachment order was entered, and charged in the fee bill of such officer, and shall be collectible as part of the costs.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-125

    (735 ILCS 5/4-125) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-125)
    Sec. 4-125. Perishable property. When any goods and chattels are levied on by virtue for any order of attachment, and the sheriff or other officer having custody of such goods and chattels is of the opinion that they are of a perishable nature and in danger of immediate waste or decay, such sheriff or other officer shall demand that the plaintiff in such attachment obtain from the court which entered the order for attachment an order permitting such property to be sold not later than 24 hours after the levy has been made, upon due notice of sale to the defendant and to the public as the court in its order shall require. The money derived from such sale shall be applied to satisfy the judgment entered in the attachment action, and deposited with the clerk of the court to which the certified copy of the order for attachment is returnable.
    If the plaintiff in the attachment fails or refuses to obtain such an order for sale of perishable property, the sheriff or other officer making the levy shall be absolved of all responsibility to any person for loss occasioned by the failure to sell or care for such perishable property. The demand of the sheriff or other officer shall be in writing and shall be delivered to the plaintiff or his or her attorney or agent, and to the defendant if found. If defendant is not found, a copy of the demand shall be posted on the premises where the perishable items are located. Plaintiff's motion for an order of sale of perishable property shall be treated as an emergency motion.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-126

    (735 ILCS 5/4-126) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-126)
    Sec. 4-126. Summoning garnishees. The sheriff or any other person authorized to serve summons shall, in like manner as summons are served in ordinary civil cases, summon, wherever they may be found in the State, the persons mentioned in such order for attachment as garnishees and all other persons whom the creditor shall designate as having any property, effects, choses in action or credits in their possession or power, belonging to the defendant, or who are in anyway indebted to such defendant, the same as if their names had been inserted in such order for attachment. The persons so summoned shall be considered as garnishees. The return shall state the names of all persons so summoned, and the date of such service on each.
    Persons summoned as garnishees shall thereafter hold any property, effects, choses in action or credits in their possession or power belonging to the defendant which are not exempt, subject to the court's order in such proceeding, and shall not pay to the defendant any indebtedness owed to him or her subject to such order, and such property, effects, choses in action, credits and debts shall be considered to have been attached and the plaintiff's claim to have become a lien thereon pending such action.
(Source: P.A. 89-364, eff. 1-1-96.)

735 ILCS 5/4-127

    (735 ILCS 5/4-127) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-127)
    Sec. 4-127. Notice by publication and mail. When it shall appear by the affidavit filed or by the return of the officer, that a defendant in any attachment action is not a resident of this State, or the defendant has departed from this State, or on due inquiry cannot be found, or is concealed within this State, so that the order for attachment cannot be served upon him or her, and that property of the defendant has been attached, or that persons having such property or effects, choses in action or credits belonging to defendant, or owing debts to him or her, have been summoned as garnishees, it shall be the duty of the clerk of the court in which the action is pending to give notice, by publication at least once in each week for 3 weeks successively, in some newspaper published in this State, most convenient to the place where the court is held, of such attachment or garnishment, and at whose action, against whose estate, for what sum, and before what court the same is pending, and that unless the defendant shall appear, give bail, and plead within the time limited for his or her appearance in such case, judgment will be entered, and the estate so attached or garnisheed sold or otherwise disposed of as provided by law. Such clerk shall, within 10 days after the first publication of such notice, send a copy thereof by mail, addressed to such defendant, if the place of residence is stated in such affidavit; and the certificate of the clerk that he or she has sent such notice in pursuance of this section, shall be evidence of that fact.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-128

    (735 ILCS 5/4-128) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-128)
    Sec. 4-128. Default. No default or proceeding shall be taken against any defendant not served with summons within the State and not appearing, unless the first publication or personal service outside of the State be at least 30 days prior to the day at which such default or proceeding is proposed to be taken.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-129

    (735 ILCS 5/4-129) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-129)
    Sec. 4-129. Continuance for want of publication. If for want of due publication or service the cause is continued, the same proceedings shall be had at a subsequent return day to be fixed by the court, as might have been had at the return day at which the certified copy of the order for attachment was returnable.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-130

    (735 ILCS 5/4-130) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-130)
    Sec. 4-130. Filing complaint. The complaint shall be filed 10 days before the return day of the certified copy of the order for attachment, and if so filed the defendant, subject to the provisions of Section 4-114 of this Act, shall file his or her answer or otherwise plead on or before that day. If the complaint is not so filed the defendant shall not be compelled to appear or answer until 15 days after the return day designated in the order for attachment and if the complaint is not filed within 5 days after the return day designated in the order for attachment the defendant may, in the discretion of the court have the action dismissed.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-131

    (735 ILCS 5/4-131) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-131)
    Sec. 4-131. Pleadings. The defendant may answer, denying the facts stated in the affidavit upon which the order for attachment was entered which answer shall be verified by affidavit; and if, upon the trial thereon, the issue is found for the plaintiff, the defendant may answer the complaint or file a motion directed thereto as in other civil cases, but if found for the defendant, the order for attachment shall be set aside, and the costs of the attachment shall be adjudged against the plaintiff, but the action shall proceed to final judgment as in other civil cases.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-132

    (735 ILCS 5/4-132) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-132)
    Sec. 4-132. Amendments. Subject to the requirements of Section 4-137 of this Act, no order for attachment shall be vacated, nor the property taken thereon restored, nor any garnishee discharged, nor any bond by him or her given canceled, nor any rule entered against the sheriff discharged, on account of any insufficiency of the original affidavit, order for attachment or attachment bond, if the plaintiff, or some credible person for him, her or it shall cause a legal and sufficient affidavit or attachment bond to be filed, or the order to be amended, in such time and manner as the court shall direct; and in that event the cause shall proceed as if such proceedings had originally been sufficient.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-133

    (735 ILCS 5/4-133) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-133)
    Sec. 4-133. Seeking wrong remedy not fatal. Where relief is sought under Part 1 of Article IV of this Act and the court determines, on motion directed to the pleadings, or on motion for summary judgment or upon trial, that the plaintiff has pleaded or established facts which entitle the plaintiff to relief but that the plaintiff has sought the wrong remedy, the court shall permit the pleadings to be amended, on just and reasonable terms, and the court shall grant the relief to which plaintiff is entitled on the amended pleadings or upon the evidence. In considering whether a proposed amendment is just and reasonable, the court shall consider the right of the defendant to assert additional defenses, to demand a trial by jury, to plead a counterclaim or third party complaint, and to order the plaintiff to take additional steps which were not required under the pleadings as previously filed.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-134

    (735 ILCS 5/4-134) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-134)
    Sec. 4-134. Intervention. In all cases of attachment, any person, other than the defendant, claiming the property attached, or garnisheed may intervene, verifying his or her petition by affidavit, without giving bond, but such property shall not thereby be replevied; and the court shall immediately (unless good cause be shown by either party for a continuance) direct a jury to be impaneled to inquire into the right of the property. In all cases where the jury finds for the claimant, and that such claimant is also entitled to the possession of all or any part of such property, the court shall enter judgment for such claimant accordingly and order the property attached or garnisheed to which such claimant is entitled to be delivered to such claimant, and the payment of his or her costs in such action. In cases where the jury finds for a claimant but further finds that such claimant is not then entitled to the possession of any such property, such claimant shall be entitled to his or her costs; and where the jury find for the plaintiff in the attachment, such plaintiff shall recover his or her costs against such claimant. If such claimant is a non-resident of the State he or she shall file security for costs as in cases of non-resident plaintiffs.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-135

    (735 ILCS 5/4-135) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-135)
    Sec. 4-135. Counterclaim. Any defendant against whom an order for attachment is entered under Part 1 of Article IV of this Act, may avail himself or herself of any counterclaim as provided in Section 2-608 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-136

    (735 ILCS 5/4-136) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-136)
    Sec. 4-136. Substitution of parties. The provisions in regard to joinder, nonjoinder or misjoinder of parties applicable to other civil cases, shall be applicable to attachment proceedings; and when any action has been commenced in the name of the wrong party as plaintiff, the court, if satisfied that it has been so commenced through mistake, and that it is necessary for the determination of the real matter in dispute so to do, may allow any other party or parties to be substituted.
    No change of parties made, or any other amendment made by order of court, shall impair any previous attachment of the estate of any defendant remaining in the action, nor impair any recognizance or bond given by any party remaining either as against the defendant, defendants, his, hers, its, or their sureties. No sureties shall be released by reason of any amendment made by order of court.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-137

    (735 ILCS 5/4-137) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-137)
    Sec. 4-137. Prompt hearing. At any time after the entry of an order for attachment, upon motion of the defendant, the court shall set a hearing on the order or affidavit. The hearing shall be held as soon as possible after the motion by the defendant, but shall not be more than 5 days after service of notice on the plaintiff.
    At the hearing, either party may introduce affidavits or oral testimony. The order for attachment shall be vacated unless the plaintiff shows by a preponderance of evidence that a cause for the entry of the order exists, and unless the plaintiff demonstrates to the court the probability that he, she or it will ultimately prevail in the action.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-138

    (735 ILCS 5/4-138) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-138)
    Sec. 4-138. Proceedings in aid. Upon the return of certified copies of orders for attachment issued in aid of actions pending, unless it shall appear that the defendant or defendants have been served with process in the original action, notice of the pendency of the action, and of the issue and levy of the order for attachment, shall be given as is required in cases of original attachment; and such notification shall be sufficient to entitle the plaintiff to judgment, and the right to proceed thereon against the property and estate attached, and against garnishees, in the same manner and with like effect as if the action had been commenced as an original action for attachment.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-139

    (735 ILCS 5/4-139) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-139)
    Sec. 4-139. Effect of judgment. When the defendant has been served with the order for attachment, or appears in the action, the judgment shall have the same force and effect as in other civil cases; and enforcement may be had thereon, not only against the property attached, but the other property of the defendant.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-140

    (735 ILCS 5/4-140) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-140)
    Sec. 4-140. Judgment by default. When the defendant is notified as hereinabove stated, but not served with an order for attachment within the State, and does not appear and answer the action, judgment by default may be entered, which may be proceeded upon to final judgment as in other cases of default, but in no case shall judgment be entered against the defendant for a greater sum than appears, by the affidavit of the plaintiff, to have been due at the time of obtaining the order for attachment, with interest, damages and costs; and such judgment shall bind, and enforcement had against the property, credits and effects attached, and such judgment shall not be enforced from any other property of the defendant; nor shall such judgment be any evidence of debt against the defendant in any subsequent cases.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-141

    (735 ILCS 5/4-141) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-141)
    Sec. 4-141. Property levied upon. The property attached may be levied upon by judgment entered in the attachment action, whether in the possession of the officer or secured by bond as provided in Part 1 of Article IV of this Act, and shall be sold as other property levied upon for the enforcement of a judgment for the payment of money.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

735 ILCS 5/4-142

    (735 ILCS 5/4-142) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-142)
    Sec. 4-142. Division of proceeds. All judgments for the payment of money in actions for attachment against the same defendant, returnable on the same day, and all judgments in other civil cases or orders for attachment against such defendant, recovered within 30 days from the day when the judgment in the first attachment upon which judgment is recovered is entered, shall share pro rata, according to the amount of the several judgments, in the proceeds of the property attached, either in the possession of a garnishee or otherwise. If the property is attached while the defendant is removing the same or after the same has been removed from the county, and the same is overtaken and returned, or while the same is secreted by the defendant, or placed out of his or her possession for the purpose of defrauding his or her creditors, the court may allow the creditor or creditors through whose diligence the same has been secured a priority over other attachment or judgment creditors.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-143

    (735 ILCS 5/4-143) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-143)
    Sec. 4-143. Officer to divide proceeds. Upon issuing a certified copy of a judgment for the enforcement thereof against any property attached, the proceeds of which shall be required to be divided, the clerk shall, at the same time, prepare and deliver to the sheriff or other officer to whom the certified copy of the judgment is delivered, a statement of all judgments, with the costs thereon, which shall be entitled to share in such proceeds, and when any judgment creditor shall have been allowed a priority over the other judgment creditors, the same shall be stated. Upon the receipt of such proceeds by the sheriff or other officer, he or she shall divide and pay over the same to the several judgment creditors entitled to share in the same in the proportion they shall be entitled thereto.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-144

    (735 ILCS 5/4-144) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-144)
    Sec. 4-144. Payment into court. The court may, at any time before the proceeds of any attached property have been paid over to the judgment creditors, order the whole or any part thereof to be deposited with the clerk of the court, and the court may enter any and all orders concerning the same as it deems just.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-145

    (735 ILCS 5/4-145) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-145)
    Sec. 4-145. Sale of live stock. When any live stock is levied upon in any attachment proceeding, the plaintiff may apply to the court in which the action is pending for an order of sale thereof, and if it shall appear that the stock is fit for market, or that if not sold will depreciate in value, then the court shall order a sale of the property on such terms as shall seem proper, and the proceeds shall be deposited with the clerk of the court in which the action is pending until determined by the court, and then be paid to the successful party in the action.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/Art. IV Pt. 2

 
    (735 ILCS 5/Art. IV Pt. 2 heading)
Part 2. Watercraft

735 ILCS 5/4-201

    (735 ILCS 5/4-201) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-201)
    Sec. 4-201. Liens in general. Every sail vessel, steamboat, steam dredge, tug boat, scow, canal boat, barge, lighter, and other water craft of above five tons burthen, used or intended to be used in navigating the waters or canals of this State, or used in trade and commerce between ports and places within this State, or having their home port in this State, shall be subject to a lien thereon, which lien shall extend to the tackle, apparel and furniture of such craft, as follows:
        1. For all debts contracted by the owner or part
    
owner, master, clerk, steward, agent or ship's husband of such craft, on account of supplies and provisions furnished for the use of such water craft, on account of work done or services rendered on board of such craft by any seaman, master or other employee thereof, or on account of work done or materials furnished by mechanics, tradesmen or others, in or about the building, repairing, fitting, furnishing or equipping such craft.
        2. For all sums due for wharfage, anchorage or dock
    
hire, including the use of dry docks.
        3. For sums due for towage, labor at pumping out or
    
raising, when sunk or disabled, and to shipshusband or agent of such water craft, for disbursement due by the owner on account of such water craft.
        4. For all damages arising for the nonperformance of
    
any contract of affreightment, or of any contract touching the transportation of property entered into by the master, owner, agent or consignee of such water craft, where any such contract is made in this state.
        5. For all damages arising from injuries done to
    
persons or property by such water craft, whether the same are aboard said vessel or not, where the same shall have occurred through the negligence or misconduct of the owner, agent, master or employee thereon; but the craft shall not be liable for any injury or damage received by one of the crew from another member of the crew.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

735 ILCS 5/4-202

    (735 ILCS 5/4-202) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-202)
    Sec. 4-202. Lien on goods for freight. There shall also be a lien upon the goods, wares and merchandise shipped, taken in and put aboard any such water craft for sums due for freight, advanced charges and demurrage, which shall be collected against the goods, wares and merchandise in the same manner as hereinafter provided in Part 2 of Article IV of this Act, in cases of sums due against such water craft.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-203

    (735 ILCS 5/4-203) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-203)
    Sec. 4-203. Limitation. Any such lien may be enforced in the manner herein provided at any time within 5 years. However, no creditor shall be allowed to enforce such lien as against, or to the prejudice of any other creditor or subsequent incumbrancer, or bona fide purchaser, unless proceedings are instituted to enforce such lien within 9 months after the indebtedness accrues or becomes due.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-204

    (735 ILCS 5/4-204) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-204)
    Sec. 4-204. Complaint. The person claiming to have a lien under the provisions of Part 2 of Article IV of this Act may file in the circuit court, in the county where any such water craft may be found, a complaint, setting forth the nature of his or her claim, the amount due after allowing all payments and just offsets, the name of the water craft, and the name and residence of each owner known to the plaintiff; and when any owner or his or her place of residence is not known to the plaintiff, he or she shall so state, and that he or she has made inquiry and is unable to ascertain the same, which complaint shall be verified by the affidavit of the plaintiff or his or her agent or attorney. If the claim is upon an account or instrument in writing, a copy of the same shall be attached to the complaint.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-205

    (735 ILCS 5/4-205) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-205)
    Sec. 4-205. Bond. The plaintiff, or his or her agent or attorney, shall also file with such complaint a bond, payable to the owner of the craft to be attached, or, if unknown, to the unknown owners thereof, in at least double the amount of the claim, with security to be approved by the court, conditioned that the plaintiff shall prosecute his or her action with effect, or, in case of failure therein, will pay all costs and damages which the owner or other person interested in such water craft may sustain, in consequence of the wrongful suing out of such attachment, which bond may be sued by any owner or person interested, in the same manner as if it had been given to such person by his or her proper name. Only such persons shall be required to join in such suit as have a joint interest. Others may allege breaches and have assessment of damages, as in other actions on penal bonds.
(Source: P.A. 84-631.)

735 ILCS 5/4-206

    (735 ILCS 5/4-206) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-206)
    Sec. 4-206. Designation of defendants. Upon the filing of such complaint and bond, the court shall enter an order for attachment against the owners of such water craft, directed to the sheriff of the county, or other officer if the sheriff is disqualified or unavailable to attach such water craft. Such owners may be designated by their reputed names, by surnames, and joint defendants by their separate or partnership names, or by such names, styles or titles as they are usually known. If the name of any owner is unknown, he or she may be designated as unknown owner.
(Source: P.A. 84-631.)

735 ILCS 5/4-207

    (735 ILCS 5/4-207) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-207)
    Sec. 4-207. Order. The order shall command the sheriff or other officer to attach the vessel, its tackle, apparel and furniture, to satisfy such claim and costs, and all such claims as shall be exhibited against such vessel according to law, and having attached the same, to summon the owners of such vessel, to be and appear before the court on a specified date to answer what may be claimed against them and the vessel.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-208

    (735 ILCS 5/4-208) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-208)
    Sec. 4-208. Serving of order. The sheriff or other officer to whom such order for attachment is directed shall forthwith serve a certified copy of the order upon such defendant as summons is served in other civil cases, and attaching the vessel, her tackle, apparel and furniture, and shall keep the same until disposed of as hereinafter provided. The sheriff or other officer shall also, on or before the return day in such order, or at any time after the service thereof, make a return to the court, stating therein particularly his or her doings in the premises, and shall make, subscribe and annex thereto a just and true inventory of all the property so attached.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-209

    (735 ILCS 5/4-209) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-209)
    Sec. 4-209. Only one attachment. Whenever such order for attachment is entered and served, no other order for attachment shall be entered against the same water craft, unless the first attachment is discharged, or the vessel is bonded.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-210

    (735 ILCS 5/4-210) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-210)
    Sec. 4-210. Notice by publication and mail. Upon return being made to such order, unless the vessel has been bonded, as hereinafter provided, the clerk shall immediately cause notice to be given in the same manner as required in other cases of attachment. The notice shall contain, in addition to that required in other cases of attachment, a notice to all persons to intervene for their interests on a day certain, or that the claim will be heard ex parte.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-211

    (735 ILCS 5/4-211) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-211)
    Sec. 4-211. Seeking wrong remedy not fatal. Where relief is sought under Part 2 of Article IV of this Act and the court determines, on motion directed to the pleadings, or on motion for summary judgment or upon trial, that the plaintiff has pleaded or established facts which entitle the plaintiff to relief but that the plaintiff has sought the wrong remedy, the court shall permit the pleadings to be amended, on just and reasonable terms, and the court shall grant the relief to which the plaintiff is entitled on the amended pleadings or upon the evidence. In considering whether a proposed amendment is just and reasonable, the court shall consider the right of the defendant to assert additional defenses, to demand a trial by jury, to plead a counterclaim or third party complaint, and to order the plaintiff to take additional steps which were not required under the pleadings as previously filed.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-212

    (735 ILCS 5/4-212) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-212)
    Sec. 4-212. Intervention. Any person having a lien upon or any interest in the water craft attached, may intervene to protect such interest, by filing a petition, entitled an intervening petition; and any person interested may be made a defendant at his or her request, or that of any party to the action, and may defend any petition by filing an answer as hereinafter provided, and giving security, satisfactory to the court, to pay any costs arising from such defense; and upon the filing of any intervening petition, a summons, as hereinbefore provided, shall issue; and if the same shall be returned not served, notice by publication may be given as hereinabove stated and several intervening petitioners may be united with each other, or the original, in one notice.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-213

    (735 ILCS 5/4-213) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-213)
    Sec. 4-213. Bond by intervenor. Any person intervening to enforce any lien or claims adverse to the owners of the craft attached shall, at the time of filing the petition, file with the clerk a bond as in the case of original attachment.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-214

    (735 ILCS 5/4-214) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-214)
    Sec. 4-214. Intervening petition. Intervening petitions may be filed at any time before the vessel is bonded, as provided in Section 4-216 of this Act, or, if the same is not so bonded, before order for distribution of the proceeds of the sale of the craft, and the same proceeding shall thereupon be had as in the case of claims filed before sale.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-215

    (735 ILCS 5/4-215) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-215)
    Sec. 4-215. Liens not filed cease. All liens upon any water craft which are not filed hereunder before sale under judgment, as hereinafter provided, shall cease.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-216

    (735 ILCS 5/4-216) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-216)
    Sec. 4-216. Bonding vessel. The owner, his or her agent or attorney, or any other person interested in such water craft, desiring the return of the property attached, having first given notice to the plaintiff, his or her agent or attorney, of his or her intention to bond the same, may, at any time before judgment, file with the court in which the action is pending, a bond to the parties, having previously filed a complaint or intervening petition against such craft, in a penalty at least double the aggregate of all sums alleged to be due the several plaintiffs or intervening petitioners, with security to be approved by the court, conditioned that the obligors will pay all moneys adjudged to be due such claimants, with costs of the action.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-217

    (735 ILCS 5/4-217) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-217)
    Sec. 4-217. Appraisement - Restitution - Sale. If the owner, his or her agent or attorney, or other party in interest, so elect, in place of bonding, as heretofore provided, such person may apply to the court upon like notice, for an order of appraisement of such water-craft so seized, by three competent persons to be appointed by the court and named in the order, and upon such party depositing with the clerk the amount of such appraisement in money, or executing or filing with the clerk a bond for such amount, executed as provided in the preceding section, the court shall enter an order of restitution, as provided in the next section, and if the claimant of such water-craft shall decline any such application, or neglect within 20 days to accept such appraisement and make the deposit, or give bond as hereinabove stated, or the property seized shall be liable to decay, depreciation or injury from delay, the court, in its discretion, may order the same or part thereof to be sold, and the proceeds thereof to be brought into court to abide the results of the action.
(Source: P.A. 84-631.)

735 ILCS 5/4-218

    (735 ILCS 5/4-218) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-218)
    Sec. 4-218. Order of restitution. Upon receiving a bond or deposit, as provided in either of the foregoing sections, the court shall enter an order of restitution, directing the officer who attached the water-craft to deliver the same to the person from whose possession it was taken, and the water-craft shall be discharged from all the liens secured by such bond or deposit, unless the court, upon motion, orders it again into custody on account of the insufficiency or insolvency of the surety.
(Source: P.A. 84-631.)

735 ILCS 5/4-219

    (735 ILCS 5/4-219) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-219)
    Sec. 4-219. Additional security. If any plaintiff or intervening petitioner, at any time, deems his or her security insufficient, or has become imperiled, he or she may, by motion supported by affidavit filed, and upon notice served with copy of such affidavit and motion, move the court to direct the giving of additional security, which motion shall be promptly heard and determined, and such order made therein as justice shall require; and the court may enforce all orders so made by attachment for contempt against persons, or by orders against such water-craft, or otherwise.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-220

    (735 ILCS 5/4-220) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-220)
    Sec. 4-220. Answer - Default. Within 3 days after the return day of summons - if personally served 10 days before the day on which it is returnable, or within 13 days after such return day, if personally served less than 10 days prior thereto, or if not personally served, then within the time prescribed in the published notice - the owner or any person interested adversely to the claims mentioned in the notice, unless on cause shown, further time shall be allowed by the court, shall plead to the complaint as in other civil cases. If an answer is filed, the answer shall respond completely and distinctly to each allegation of the complaint, and shall be supported by affidavit. If no such answer or motion, together with an affidavit is filed within the time above specified, the plaintiff is entitled to an order of default, and the claim may be proved and judgment entered as in other civil cases.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-221

    (735 ILCS 5/4-221) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-221)
    Sec. 4-221. Judgment when vessel discharged. If, after trial, judgment is entered in favor of the plaintiff, and the water craft has been discharged from custody as herein provided, the judgment shall be entered against the principal and sureties in the bond. In no case shall the judgment exceed the penalty of the bond, and the subsequent proceedings shall be the same as now provided by law in actions in personam. If the release has been upon deposit, the judgment shall be paid out of the deposit.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-222

    (735 ILCS 5/4-222) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-222)
    Sec. 4-222. Judgment when vessel in custody. In case the water craft has not been discharged from custody, the judgment shall be that the same, with the appurtenances, be sold at public sale by the sheriff, after notice of the time and place of the sale, published as herein required in cases of seizure, at least 10 days before such sale. In case of petition filed prior to distribution, the judgment shall be for payment out of the proceeds of sale, and in case of claims filed against surplus proceeds, the judgment, if in favor of the petitioner, shall, in substance, affirm the claim to be sustained, and direct payment thereof from the surplus proceeds.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-223

    (735 ILCS 5/4-223) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-223)
    Sec. 4-223. Order of sale. The court shall thereupon enter an order of sale, commanding the sheriff to sell such water craft as directed in the judgment, and to return the certified copy of the order of sale within 24 hours after the sale, with his or her doings in the premises, and with proof by affidavit of the requisite notice, with a copy of such notice.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-224

    (735 ILCS 5/4-224) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-224)
    Sec. 4-224. Proceedings on sale. It shall be the duty of the sheriff, upon receiving the amount of the bid at any sale, either before or after judgment, from the purchaser, or in case the purchaser is the plaintiff or an intervenor, upon receiving so much of the bid as the court directs by order, reference being had to the relative amount of the buyer's claim, to deliver such water craft and appurtenances to the purchaser, with a bill of sale thereof, and to return and to deliver to the clerk of court the amount received on such sale.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-225

    (735 ILCS 5/4-225) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-225)
    Sec. 4-225. Bill of sale. A copy of the last enrollment, if any, of such water craft shall be recited in the bill of sale if such copy can be obtained, and a copy of the judgment, with the order of sale, or if such craft is sold pursuant to an order before judgment, a copy of such order shall also be recited in such bill of sale, certified by the clerk, under the seal of the court; and such bill of sale shall be full and complete evidence of the regularity of the judgment or order and sale, in all courts and places, and shall supersede the necessity of any other proof thereof to validate the bill of sale; and all bills of sale containing such recital, and supported by such proof, are effectual to pass the title of such water craft.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/4-226

    (735 ILCS 5/4-226) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-226)
    Sec. 4-226. Distribution. The sum delivered by the sheriff to the clerk of court as above set out, shall be distributed by the court upon motion of any party in interest of record, and due notice to the other parties, and after the following manner:
    First - The costs accruing upon all complaints filed before distribution, and on which judgment is or may be thereafter entered in favor of plaintiff.
    Second - Seamen's (which term shall include the master) wages due upon the last two voyages, or if shipped by the month the last two months.
    Third - All other claims filed prior to order of distribution on which judgment may be entered in favor of plaintiff, together with whatever balance may be due seamen.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/4-227

    (735 ILCS 5/4-227) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-227)
    Sec. 4-227. Remnants. Any portion of the sum so paid by the sheriff to the clerk, or of a deposit remaining after such distribution as hereinabove provided, shall be denominated remnants and surplus proceeds, and where any claim or complaint is filed against the same as provided in Part 2 of Article IV of this Act, distribution shall be directed by the court after judgment upon motion and notice, as provided in Section 4-226 of this Act, and after the following order:
    First - All costs upon claims passing into judgment which were filed after distribution.
    Second - All other liens enforceable under Part 2 of Article IV of this Act against the water craft prior to distribution.
    Third - All claims upon mortgages of such water craft or other incumbrances by the owner, in proportion to the interest they cover and priority.
    Fourth - Upon petition of the creditor, all judgments against the owner, and which ought equitably to be paid out of the proceeds in preference to the owner.
    Fifth - The owner.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

735 ILCS 5/4-228

    (735 ILCS 5/4-228) (from Ch. 110, par. 4-228)
    Sec. 4-228. Power of court in distribution. In case the sum for which the water craft is sold is sufficient to pay all the claims filed before distribution, with costs thereon, and an appeal is taken as provided by law, the court may order distribution of such portion of the sum brought on sale upon judgments unappealed from as may seem just and proper.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)