(805 ILCS 105/104.15)
(from Ch. 32, par. 104.15)
Assumed corporate name.
(a) A domestic
corporation or a foreign corporation admitted to conduct
affairs or attempting to gain admission to conduct affairs
may elect to adopt an assumed corporate name that complies
with the requirements of subsection (a) of Section 104.05 of
this Act with respect to corporate names.
(b) As used in this Act, "assumed corporate name" means any
corporate name other than the true corporate name, except
that the following shall not constitute the use of an
assumed corporate name under this Act:
(1) The identification by a corporation of the
conduct of its affairs with a trademark or service mark of which it is the owner or licensed user; or
(2) The use of the name of a division, not separately
incorporated and not containing the word "corporation," "incorporated," or "limited" or an abbreviation of one of such words, provided the corporation also clearly discloses its corporate name.
(c) Before conducting any affairs in this State under an
assumed corporate name or names, the corporation shall, for
each assumed corporate name, pursuant to resolution by its
board of directors, execute and file in accordance with
Section 101.10 of this Act, an application setting forth:
(1) The true corporate name;
(2) The State or country under the laws of which it
(3) That it intends to conduct affairs under an
(4) The assumed corporate name which it proposes to
(d) The right to use an assumed corporate name shall be
effective from the date of filing by the Secretary of State
until the first day of the anniversary month of the
corporation that falls within the next calendar year evenly
divisible by 5, except that if an application is filed
within the 2 months immediately preceding the anniversary
month of a corporation that falls within a calendar year
evenly divisible by 5, the right to use the assumed
corporate name shall be effective until the first day of the
anniversary month of the corporation that falls within the
next succeeding calendar year evenly divisible by 5.
(e) A corporation shall renew the right to use its assumed
corporate name or names, if any, within the 60 days
preceding the expiration of such right, for a period of 5
years, by making an election to do so at the time of filing
its annual report form and by paying the renewal fee as
prescribed by this Act.
(g) A foreign corporation may not use an assumed or fictitious name in the
its business to intentionally misrepresent the geographic origin or location of
the corporation within Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 96-1121, eff. 1-1-11.)