(735 ILCS 5/12-201)
(from Ch. 110, par. 12-201)
(a) Whenever a judgment or order of attachment,
entered by any court, shall be levied by any sheriff or coroner upon any
personal property, and such property is claimed by any person other than
the judgment debtor or defendant in such attachment, or is claimed by the
judgment debtor or defendant in attachment as exempt from levy or attachment
by virtue of the exemption laws of the State, by giving to the sheriff or
coroner notice, in writing, of his or her claim, and intention to prosecute
the same, it shall be the duty of such sheriff or coroner to notify the
circuit court of such claim.
(b) The court shall thereupon cause the proceeding to be entered of record,
and the claimant shall be made plaintiff in the proceeding, and the judgment
creditor or plaintiff in attachment shall be made defendant in such proceeding.
(c) The clerk of the circuit court shall thereupon issue a notice, directed
to the judgment creditor or plaintiff in attachment, notifying him or her
of such claim, and of the time and place of trial, which time shall be not
more than 10 days nor less than 5 days from the date of such notice.
(d) Such notice shall be served in the same manner as provided for the
service of summons in other civil cases, at least 5 days before the day
of trial; and if such notice is served less than 5 days before the day of
trial, the trial shall, on demand of either party, be continued for a period
not exceeding 10 days.
(e) In case return is made on such notice that the judgment creditor or
plaintiff in attachment cannot be found, the proceeding shall be continued
for a period not exceeding 90 days, and the judgment creditor or plaintiff
in attachment shall be notified of such proceeding by publication as in
other civil cases.
(f) If the judgment creditor or plaintiff in attachment, or his or her
attorney, shall at least 5 days before the day of trial, file with the clerk
of the circuit court his or her appearance in such proceeding, then it shall
not be necessary to notify such person as above provided.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)