(710 ILCS 35/3)
    Sec. 3. Scope.
    (a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b) or (c), this Act applies to a mediation in which:
        (1) the mediation parties are required to mediate by
statute or court or administrative agency rule or referred to mediation by a court, administrative agency, or arbitrator;
        (2) the mediation parties and the mediator agree to
mediate in a record that demonstrates an expectation that mediation communications will be privileged against disclosure; or
        (3) the mediation parties use as a mediator an
individual who holds himself or herself out as a mediator, or the mediation is provided by a person that holds itself out as providing mediation.
    (b) The Act does not apply to a mediation:
        (1) relating to the establishment, negotiation,
administration, or termination of a collective bargaining relationship;
        (2) relating to a dispute that is pending under or is
part of the processes established by a collective bargaining agreement, except that the Act applies to a mediation arising out of a dispute that has been filed with an administrative agency or court;
        (3) conducted by a judge who might make a ruling on
the case; or
        (4) conducted under the auspices of:
            (A) a primary or secondary school if all the
parties are students; or
            (B) a correctional institution for youths if all
the parties are residents of that institution.
    (c) If the parties agree in advance in a signed record, or a record of proceeding reflects agreement by the parties, that all or part of a mediation is not privileged, the privileges under Sections 4 through 6 do not apply to the mediation or part agreed upon. However, Sections 4 through 6 apply to a mediation communication made by a person that has not received actual notice of the agreement before the communication is made.
(Source: P.A. 93-399, eff. 1-1-04.)