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(770 ILCS 60/35)
(from Ch. 82, par. 35)
Satisfaction or release; recording; neglect; penalty.
(a) Whenever a claim for lien has been filed with the recorder of deeds, either by the contractor or sub-contractor,
and is paid with cost of filing same, or where there
is a failure to institute suit to enforce the same after demand as provided
in the preceding Section within the time by this Act limited the person
filing the same or some one by him duly authorized in writing so to do,
shall acknowledge satisfaction or release thereof, in writing, on written
demand of the owner, lienor, or any person interested in the real estate, or his or her agent or attorney, and on neglect to do so for 10 days after such written
demand he or she shall be
liable to the owner for the sum of $2,500, which may be recovered in a civil action together with the costs and the reasonable attorney's fees of the owner, lienor, or other person interested in the real estate, or his or her agent or attorney incurred in bringing such action.
(b) Such a satisfaction or release of lien may be filed with the recorder
of deeds in whose office the claim for lien had been filed
and when so filed shall forever thereafter discharge and release the claim
for lien and shall bar all actions brought or to be brought thereupon.
(c) The release of lien shall have the following
imprinted thereon in bold letters at least 1/4 inch in height: "FOR THE
PROTECTION OF THE OWNER, THIS RELEASE
SHOULD BE FILED WITH THE RECORDER
IN WHOSE OFFICE THE CLAIM FOR LIEN WAS FILED." The Recorder
in whose office the claim for lien had been filed,
upon receipt of a release and the payment of the recording
fee, shall record the release.
(Source: P.A. 99-78, eff. 7-20-15.)