(5 ILCS 175/25-101)
    Sec. 25-101. State agency use of electronic records.
    (a) Each State agency shall determine if, and the extent to which, it will send and receive electronic records and electronic signatures to and from other persons and otherwise create, use, store, and rely upon electronic records and electronic signatures.
    (b) In any case where a State agency decides to send or receive electronic records, or to accept document filings by electronic records, the State agency may, by appropriate agency rule (or court rule where appropriate), giving due consideration to security, specify:
        (1) the manner and format in which such electronic
records must be created, sent, received, and stored;
        (2) if such electronic records must be signed, the
type of electronic signature required, the manner and format in which such signature must be affixed to the electronic record, and the identity of, or criteria that must be met by, any third party used by the person filing the document to facilitate the process;
        (3) control processes and procedures as appropriate
to ensure adequate integrity, security, confidentiality, and auditability of such electronic records; and
        (4) any other required attributes for such electronic
records that are currently specified for corresponding paper documents, or reasonably necessary under the circumstances.
    (c) All rules adopted by a State agency shall include the relevant minimum security requirements established by the Department of Central Management Services, if any.
    (d) Whenever any rule of law requires or authorizes the filing of any information, notice, lien, or other document or record with any State agency, a filing made by an electronic record shall have the same force and effect as a filing made on paper in all cases where the State agency has authorized or agreed to such electronic filing and the filing is made in accordance with applicable rules or agreement.
    (e) Nothing in this Act shall be construed to require any State agency to use or to permit the use of electronic records or electronic signatures.
(Source: P.A. 90-759, eff. 7-1-99.)