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(735 ILCS 5/) Code of Civil Procedure.

735 ILCS 5/12-813

    (735 ILCS 5/12-813) (from Ch. 110, par. 12-813)
    Sec. 12-813. Judgment by confession. A judgment by confession without service of process on the defendant shall not be the basis for seeking a deduction order, unless such judgment is confirmed after service of process by a trial de novo, as if such confession of judgment had not been obtained, except that if it appears by the return of the officer on the first summons that the employee is not found, alias summonses subsequently issued may be served upon the employee by leaving a copy thereof with the employee's employer, or leaving a copy thereof at the usual place of business of the employer with his or her superintendent, manager, cashier, general agent or clerk, pursuant to an affidavit filed by the creditor with the clerk of the court stating the identity of the employee's employer, and that the employee is actively employed at the time such alias is sought, and except that if a notice of defense has been filed to a wage assignment as provided in Section 4.1 of "An Act to promote the welfare of wage earners by regulating the assignment of wages, and prescribing a penalty for the violation thereof", approved July 1, 1935, as amended, the debtor may be served by registered or certified mail within 6 months after the filing of such defense on a wage assignment in the action to confirm the judgment by confession and such mailing by the creditor to the address shown on the notice of defense shall constitute service of the summons.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/12-814

    (735 ILCS 5/12-814) (from Ch. 110, par. 12-814)
    Sec. 12-814. Costs and fees.
    (a) The costs of obtaining a deduction order shall be charged to the judgment debtor, unless the court determines, in its discretion, that costs incurred by the judgment creditor were improperly incurred, in which case those costs shall be paid by the judgment creditor.
    (b) No fee shall be paid by an employer for filing his or her appearance, answer or satisfaction of judgment against him or her.
    (c) A fee consisting of 2% of the amount required to be deducted by any deduction order shall be allowed and paid to the employer, and the amount so paid shall be charged to the judgment debtor.
    (d) No other fee shall be paid to an employer at the time of service of the summons or at any other time thereafter unless he or she is subpoenaed to appear as a witness, in which case he or she is entitled to witness fees as in other civil cases.
(Source: P.A. 95-661, eff. 1-1-08.)

735 ILCS 5/12-815

    (735 ILCS 5/12-815) (from Ch. 110, par. 12-815)
    Sec. 12-815. Death of employer. Upon the death of an employer the procedure shall be the same as in the case of the death of a defendant in other civil cases.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/12-816

    (735 ILCS 5/12-816) (from Ch. 110, par. 12-816)
    Sec. 12-816. Assignment, transfer or other disposition. No assignment, transfer or other disposition by an heir or distributee of his or her interest in the possession of an administrator or executor shall defeat the deduction order, unless (1) prior to the service of summons upon the administrator or executor, the transfer or other disposition is reduced to writing and (2) the writing is filed in the office of the clerk of the court appointing the executor or administrator.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/12-817

    (735 ILCS 5/12-817) (from Ch. 110, par. 12-817)
    Sec. 12-817. Wrongful issuance of summons. If any person wrongfully causes summons to issue for a deduction order, he or she shall be liable to the employee and the employer for all damages occasioned by such action including reasonable attorney's fees, which damages or attorney's fees may be proved in the same action in which the summons was wrongfully issued.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/12-818

    (735 ILCS 5/12-818) (from Ch. 110, par. 12-818)
    Sec. 12-818. Discharge or suspension of employee prohibited. No employer may discharge or suspend any employee by reason of the fact that his or her earnings have been subjected to a deduction order for any one indebtedness. Any person violating this Section shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/12-819

    (735 ILCS 5/12-819) (from Ch. 110, par. 12-819)
    Sec. 12-819. Limitations on Part 8 of Article XII. The provisions of this Part 8 of Article XII of this Act do not apply to orders for withholding of income entered by the court under provisions of The Illinois Public Aid Code, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, the Non-Support of Spouse and Children Act, the Non-Support Punishment Act, the Revised Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act, the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984, and the Illinois Parentage Act of 2015 for support of a child or maintenance of a spouse.
(Source: P.A. 99-85, eff. 1-1-16.)

735 ILCS 5/Art. XII Pt. 9

    (735 ILCS 5/Art. XII Pt. 9 heading)
Part 9. Exemption of Homestead

735 ILCS 5/12-901

    (735 ILCS 5/12-901) (from Ch. 110, par. 12-901)
    Sec. 12-901. Amount. Every individual is entitled to an estate of homestead to the extent in value of $15,000 of his or her interest in a farm or lot of land and buildings thereon, a condominium, or personal property, owned or rightly possessed by lease or otherwise and occupied by him or her as a residence, or in a cooperative that owns property that the individual uses as a residence. That homestead and all right in and title to that homestead is exempt from attachment, judgment, levy, or judgment sale for the payment of his or her debts or other purposes and from the laws of conveyance, descent, and legacy, except as provided in this Code or in Section 20-6 of the Probate Act of 1975. This Section is not applicable between joint tenants or tenants in common but it is applicable as to any creditors of those persons. If 2 or more individuals own property that is exempt as a homestead, the value of the exemption of each individual may not exceed his or her proportionate share of $30,000 based upon percentage of ownership.
(Source: P.A. 94-293, eff. 1-1-06.)

735 ILCS 5/12-902

    (735 ILCS 5/12-902) (from Ch. 110, par. 12-902)
    Sec. 12-902. Exemption after death or desertion. Such exemption shall continue after the death of such individual, for the benefit of the spouse surviving, so long as he or she continues to occupy such homestead, and of the children until the youngest child becomes 18 years of age; and in case the spouse deserts his or her family, the exemption shall continue in favor of the one occupying the premises as a residence.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

735 ILCS 5/12-903

    (735 ILCS 5/12-903) (from Ch. 110, par. 12-903)
    Sec. 12-903. Extent of exemption. No property shall, by virtue of Part 9 of this Article, be exempt from sale for nonpayment of taxes or assessments, or for a debt or liability incurred for the purchase or improvement thereof, or for enforcement of a lien thereon pursuant to paragraph (g)(1) of Section 9 of the "Condominium Property Act", approved June 20, 1963, as amended, or be exempt from enforcement of an eviction order pursuant to paragraph (a)(7) or (a)(8) of Section 9-102 of this Code.
    This amendatory Act of the 92nd General Assembly is intended as a clarification of existing law and not as a new enactment.
(Source: P.A. 100-173, eff. 1-1-18.)

735 ILCS 5/12-903.5

    (735 ILCS 5/12-903.5)
    Sec. 12-903.5. Drug asset forfeitures.
    (a) The homestead exemption under this Part 9 of Article XII does not apply to property subject to forfeiture under Section 505 of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, Section 12 of the Cannabis Control Act, Section 85 of the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act, or Section 5 of the Narcotics Profit Forfeiture Act.
    (b) This Section applies to actions pending on or commenced on or after the effective date of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 94-556, eff. 9-11-05.)

735 ILCS 5/12-904

    (735 ILCS 5/12-904) (from Ch. 110, par. 12-904)
    Sec. 12-904. Release, waiver or conveyance. No release, waiver or conveyance of the estate so exempted shall be valid, unless the same is in writing, signed by the individual and his or her spouse, if he or she have one, or possession is abandoned or given pursuant to the conveyance; or if the exception is continued to a child or children without the order of a court directing a release thereof; but if a conveyance is made by an individual as grantor to his or her spouse, such conveyance shall be effectual to pass the title expressed therein to be conveyed thereby, whether or not the grantor in such conveyance is joined therein by his or her spouse. In any case where such release, waiver or conveyance is taken by way of mortgage or security, the same shall only be operative as to such specific release, waiver or conveyance; and when the same includes different pieces of land, or the homestead is of greater value than $15,000, the other lands shall first be sold before resorting to the homestead, and in case of the sale of such homestead, if any balance remains after the payment of the debt and costs, such balance shall, to the extent of $15,000 be exempt, and be applied upon such homestead exemption in the manner provided by law.
(Source: P.A. 94-293, eff. 1-1-06.)

735 ILCS 5/12-905

    (735 ILCS 5/12-905) (from Ch. 110, par. 12-905)
    Sec. 12-905. Dissolution of marriage. In case of a dissolution of marriage, the court granting the dissolution of marriage may dispose of the homestead estate according to the equities of the case.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)