(735 ILCS 5/14-103)
(from Ch. 110, par. 14-103)
Defendant to plead.
Every defendant who is served with summons
shall answer or otherwise plead on or before the return day of the
summons, unless the time for doing so is extended by the court. If the
defendant defaults, judgment by default may be entered by the court. No
matters not germane to the distinctive purpose of the proceeding shall be
introduced by joinder, counterclaim or otherwise.
(Source: P.A. 90-655, eff. 7-30-98.)