(735 ILCS 5/5-117)
(from Ch. 110, par. 5-117)
Action by State.
In all actions commenced or to be commenced for
and on behalf of the people of this state, or the governor thereof, or
for or on behalf of any county of this state, or in the name of any
person for the use of the people of this state, or any county, then and
in every such case, if the plaintiff recovers
in such action, the plaintiff shall recover costs as any other
person in like cases; but if the action is voluntarily dismissed by the
plaintiff or is dismissed for want of prosecution or judgment is
entered against the plaintiff, the defendant shall not recover any
costs whatever. Nothing in this section contained shall extend to any
popular action, nor to any action to be prosecuted by any person in
behalf of himself or herself and the people or a county, upon any penal statute.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)