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CIVIL PROCEDURE
(735 ILCS 5/) Code of Civil Procedure.

735 ILCS 5/18-101

    (735 ILCS 5/18-101) (from Ch. 110, par. 18-101)
    Sec. 18-101. Grounds. A proceeding in quo warranto may be brought in case:
    (1) Any person usurps, intrudes into, or unlawfully holds or executes any office, or franchise, or any office in any corporation created by authority of this State;
    (2) Any person holds or claims to hold or exercise any privilege, exemption or license which has been improperly or without warrant of law issued or granted by any officer, board, commissioner, court, or other person or persons authorized or empowered by law to grant or issue such privilege, exemption or license;
    (3) Any public officer has done, or allowed any act which by the provisions of law, works a forfeiture of his or her office;
    (4) Any association or number of persons act within this State as a corporation without being legally incorporated;
    (5) Any corporation does or omits to do any act which amounts to a surrender or forfeiture of its rights and privileges as a corporation, or exercises powers not conferred by law;
    (6) Any railroad company doing business in this State charges an extortionate rate for the transportation of any freight or passenger, or makes any unjust discrimination in the rate of freight or passenger tariff over or upon its railroad.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/18-102

    (735 ILCS 5/18-102) (from Ch. 110, par. 18-102)
    Sec. 18-102. Parties. The proceeding shall be brought in the name of the People of the State of Illinois by the Attorney General or State's Attorney of the proper county, either of his or her own accord or at the instance of any individual relator; or by any citizen having an interest in the question on his or her own relation, when he or she has requested the Attorney General and State's Attorney to bring the same, and the Attorney General and State's Attorney have refused or failed to do so, and when, after notice to the Attorney General and State's Attorney, and to the adverse party, of the intended application, leave has been granted by the circuit court.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/18-103

    (735 ILCS 5/18-103) (from Ch. 110, par. 18-103)
    Sec. 18-103. Pleadings. The People of the State of Illinois shall be deemed the plaintiff and the adverse parties shall be defendants, and the first pleading by the plaintiff shall be designated a complaint. The complaint need not set forth the basis of the challenge, but may in general terms allege that the defendant is exercising the claimed right without lawful authority and call upon the defendant to show by what warrant he, she or it exercises it, and if more than one ground exists they may all be joined in one count.
    When the complaint is filed by a citizen on his or her own relation, it shall be alleged therein that his or her requests of the Attorney General and the State's Attorney, respectively, to bring the action, have been refused, or that they have failed to act, as the case may be, and that leave of court to file the complaint has been granted as provided in Article XVIII of this Act.
    The several rights of diverse parties to the same office or franchise, privilege, exemption or license, may properly be determined in one action, and all such persons may be joined in the same complaint, in order to try their respective rights to such office, franchise, privilege, exemption or license; but the court, in its discretion, may order separate trials when convenience in the determination of any of such rights so requires. No matters not germane to the distinctive purpose of the proceeding shall be introduced by joinder, counterclaim or otherwise.
    If the plaintiff elects to set forth expressly in the complaint the grounds for an attack on the defendant's claimed right, the defendant may answer the complaint or present a motion directed thereto as in other civil actions, but if the complaint is in general terms, as provided in Article XVIII of this Act, the defendant shall by answer disclaim or justify, and, if the defendant justifies, shall set out the facts which show the lawful authority to exercise the right claimed. The plaintiff may reply to the answer or present a motion directed thereto as in other civil cases.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/18-104

    (735 ILCS 5/18-104) (from Ch. 110, par. 18-104)
    Sec. 18-104. Limitation. No action shall be brought by quo warranto, or otherwise, questioning the legality of the organization of any county, city, village, incorporated town, township, school district, park district, road district, drainage district, sanitary district, authority or any other municipal corporation or political subdivision in the State of Illinois after such municipal corporation or political subdivision has been in de facto existence for a period of 3 years.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/18-105

    (735 ILCS 5/18-105) (from Ch. 110, par. 18-105)
    Sec. 18-105. Security for costs. When the action is brought by any citizen on his or her own relation, as above provided, he or she shall file security for costs to be approved by the clerk, at the time the complaint is filed.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/18-106

    (735 ILCS 5/18-106) (from Ch. 110, par. 18-106)
    Sec. 18-106. Summons - Appearance. Upon the filing of the complaint, the clerk of court shall issue a summons, in like form, as near as may be, as summons in other civil cases. The summons shall be made returnable within a time designated by the plaintiff not less than 5 nor more than 30 days after the service of the summons. Every defendant who is served with summons shall answer or otherwise appear on or before the return day of the summons, unless the time for doing so is extended by the court. If the defendant fails to do so, judgment may be entered against the defendant. Reply to or motion directed against the answer may be filed by the plaintiff within 5 days after the last day allowed for the filing of the answer, unless the time for doing so is extended by the court.
(Source: P.A. 83-357.)

735 ILCS 5/18-107

    (735 ILCS 5/18-107) (from Ch. 110, par. 18-107)
    Sec. 18-107. Seeking wrong remedy not fatal. Where relief is sought under Article XVIII of this Act and the court determines, on motion directed to the pleadings, or on motion for summary judgment or upon trial, that the plaintiff has pleaded or established facts which entitle the plaintiff to relief but that the plaintiff has sought the wrong remedy, the court shall permit the pleadings to be amended, on just and reasonable terms, and the court shall grant the relief to which plaintiff is entitled on the amended pleadings or upon the evidence. In considering whether a proposed amendment is just and reasonable, the court shall consider the right of the defendant to assert additional defenses, to demand a trial by jury, to plead a counterclaim or third party complaint, and to order the plaintiff to take additional steps which were not required under the pleadings as previously filed.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/18-108

    (735 ILCS 5/18-108) (from Ch. 110, par. 18-108)
    Sec. 18-108. Judgment. The court shall determine and adjudge the rights of all parties to the proceeding. In case any person or corporation against whom such complaint is filed is adjudged guilty as charged in the complaint, the court may enter judgment of ouster against such person or corporation from the office or franchise, and fine such person or corporation, and also enter judgment in favor of the relator for the cost of the prosecution. Instead of entering judgment of ouster from a franchise for an abuse thereof, the court may fine the person or corporation found guilty in any sum not exceeding $25,000.00 for each offense. When judgment is entered in favor of any defendant, such defendant shall recover costs against the relator.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/Art. XIX

 
    (735 ILCS 5/Art. XIX heading)
ARTICLE XIX
REPLEVIN

735 ILCS 5/19-101

    (735 ILCS 5/19-101) (from Ch. 110, par. 19-101)
    Sec. 19-101. When brought. Whenever any goods or chattels have been wrongfully distrained, or otherwise wrongfully taken or are wrongfully detained, an action of replevin may be brought for the recovery of such goods or chattels, by the owner or person entitled to their possession.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/19-102

    (735 ILCS 5/19-102) (from Ch. 110, par. 19-102)
    Sec. 19-102. When not available. No action of replevin shall lie on behalf of a defendant against whom a judgment or attachment is in the process of enforcement, to recover goods or chattels seized by virtue thereof, unless such goods and chattels are exempted, by law, from such enforcement of the judgment or attachment; nor shall an action of replevin lie for such goods and chattels at the action of any other person, unless such other person has, at the time, a right to reduce the goods taken to his or her possession.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/19-103

    (735 ILCS 5/19-103) (from Ch. 110, par. 19-103)
    Sec. 19-103. Venue. The venue provisions applicable to other civil cases shall apply to actions of replevin; and in addition an action of replevin may be brought in any county in which the goods or chattels or any part of them are located.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/19-104

    (735 ILCS 5/19-104) (from Ch. 110, par. 19-104)
    Sec. 19-104. Complaint. An action of replevin shall be commenced by the filing of a verified complaint which describes the property to be replevied and states that the plaintiff in such action is the owner of the property so described, or that he or she is then lawfully entitled to the possession thereof, and that the property is wrongfully detained by the defendant, and that the same has not been taken for any tax, assessment, or fine levied by virtue of any law of this State, against the property of such plaintiff, or against him or her individually, nor seized under any lawful process against the goods and chattels of such plaintiff subject to such lawful process, nor held by virtue of any order for replevin against such plaintiff.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/19-105

    (735 ILCS 5/19-105) (from Ch. 110, par. 19-105)
    Sec. 19-105. Notice. The defendant shall be given 5 days written notice in the manner required by rule of the Supreme Court, of a hearing before the court to contest the entry of an order for replevin. No order for replevin may be entered nor may property be seized pursuant to an order for replevin prior to such notice and hearing except as provided in Section 19-106 of this Act.
    As to any particular property, the right to notice and hearing established in this Section may not be waived by any consumer. As used in this Section, a consumer is an individual who obtained possession of the property for personal, family, household, or agricultural purposes.
    Any waiver of the right to notice and hearing established in this Section must be in writing and must be given voluntarily, intelligently, and knowingly.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/19-106

    (735 ILCS 5/19-106) (from Ch. 110, par. 19-106)
    Sec. 19-106. Exception to requirement of notice. Notice to the defendant is not required if the plaintiff establishes and the court finds as a matter of record and supported by evidence that summary seizure of the property is justified by reason of necessity to:
    (1) protect the plaintiff from an immediately impending harm which will result from the imminent destruction or concealment of the disputed property in derogation of the plaintiff's rights in the property;
    (2) protect the plaintiff from an immediately impending harm which will result from the imminent removal of the disputed property from the State, taking into consideration the availability of judicial remedies in the event of such removal;
    (3) protect the plaintiff from an immediately impending harm which will result from the perishable nature of the disputed property under the particular circumstances at the time of the action;
    (4) protect the plaintiff from an immediately impending harm which will result from the imminent sale, transfer or assignment of the disputed property to the extent such sale, transfer or assignment is fraudulent or in derogation of the plaintiff's rights in the property;
    (5) recover the property from a defendant who has obtained possession by theft.
    At an ex parte hearing to determine if notice is not required, the court shall examine the evidence on each element required by this Section or any written waiver of rights presented by the plaintiff. If the court finds that notice is not required, or that the waiver is in accordance with law, it shall order a hearing as soon as practicable on the entry of an order for replevin.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/19-107

    (735 ILCS 5/19-107) (from Ch. 110, par. 19-107)
    Sec. 19-107. Hearing for entry of order. At the hearing on the entry of an order for replevin, which may be a hearing to contest pursuant to notice under Section 19-105 of this Act or an ex parte hearing pursuant to a finding under Section 19-106 of this Act, the court shall review the basis of the plaintiff's claim to possession. If the plaintiff establishes a prima facie case to a superior right to possession of the disputed property, and if the plaintiff also demonstrates to the court the probability that the plaintiff will ultimately prevail on the underlying claim to possession, the court shall so find as a matter of record and an order for replevin shall be entered by the court.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/19-108

    (735 ILCS 5/19-108) (from Ch. 110, par. 19-108)
    Sec. 19-108. Direction of order. The order shall be directed to the sheriff or other proper officer of the proper county, to serve; and for the purpose only of service as summons shall be directed also to any person authorized to serve summons.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/19-109

    (735 ILCS 5/19-109) (from Ch. 110, par. 19-109)
    Sec. 19-109. Order. The order for replevin shall require the sheriff, or other officer to whom it is directed to take the property, describing it as in the complaint, from the possession of the defendant, and deliver the same to the plaintiff unless such defendant executes a bond and security as hereinafter provided, and to summon the defendant to answer the complaint or otherwise appear in the action, or in case the property or any part thereof is not found and delivered to the sheriff or other officer, to answer to the plaintiff for the value of the same. The order for replevin may be served as a summons for a trial on the merits of the case by any person authorized to serve summons.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/19-110

    (735 ILCS 5/19-110) (from Ch. 110, par. 19-110)
    Sec. 19-110. Several counties involved. Additional certified copies of the order for replevin may be issued by the clerk of court, upon the request of the plaintiff, to be used in several counties.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/19-111

    (735 ILCS 5/19-111) (from Ch. 110, par. 19-111)
    Sec. 19-111. Additional copies of order. When it appears by the return of the officer that any defendant or the property described in the order or any part thereof, is not found, additional certified copies directing the officer to summon such defendant and to take the property from the possession of the defendant and deliver the same to the plaintiff, may be issued by the clerk of court on the request of the plaintiff until such defendant is served or until such property is taken.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/19-112

    (735 ILCS 5/19-112) (from Ch. 110, par. 19-112)
    Sec. 19-112. Replevin bond. Before the service of the order for replevin the plaintiff or some one else on his or her behalf shall give to the sheriff or other officer a bond with sufficient security in double the value of the property about to be replevied, conditioned that he or she will prosecute such action to effect and without delay and make return of the property to the defendant if return of the property shall be awarded or will deliver the same to the intervening petitioner should it be found that the property belongs to him or her, and save and keep harmless such sheriff or other officer as the case may be, in replevying such property and further conditioned for the payment of all costs and damages occasioned by wrongfully obtaining out the order for replevin, and if the sureties on such bond at any time before trial becomes insolvent, an order shall be entered requiring good and sufficient replevin bond to be filed, and if the same is not so filed within the time fixed by the court, the action shall be dismissed.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/19-113

    (735 ILCS 5/19-113) (from Ch. 110, par. 19-113)
    Sec. 19-113. Return. Such officer shall return the bond so taken by the officer, together with the certified copy of the order to the clerk of court who issued such certified copy of the order.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/19-114

    (735 ILCS 5/19-114) (from Ch. 110, par. 19-114)
    Sec. 19-114. Failure to take and return bond. If the sheriff or other officer fails to take and return the bond, as required by Article XIX of this Act, or returns an insufficient bond, he or she shall be liable to the party injured for all damages such party may sustain by reason of such neglect, which may be recovered in an action against the sheriff or other officer, or by an action upon the sheriff's or other officer's official bond.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/19-115

    (735 ILCS 5/19-115) (from Ch. 110, par. 19-115)
    Sec. 19-115. Limitation. No sheriff or other officer shall be liable, under the preceding section, unless the bond was insufficient when taken, nor unless action is commenced against him or her or upon his or her bond, within 3 years after the cause of action accrues.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/19-116

    (735 ILCS 5/19-116) (from Ch. 110, par. 19-116)
    Sec. 19-116. Service of order. Upon the bond being given the sheriff or other proper officer shall forthwith serve the certified copy of the order by seizing the property therein mentioned and by serving such order upon the defendant as summons is served in other civil cases.
    The order for replevin issued as provided in Section 19-108 of this Act, may be served as a summons upon defendants wherever they may be found in the State by any person authorized to serve summons in other civil cases; but property may be taken from the possession of a defendant under a replevin order only in the county in which the order is entered and by a proper officer of the county.
    The officer serving such certified order having taken the property or any part thereof shall forthwith deliver such property to the plaintiff unless the defendant executes a bond and security approved by such officer, before such property is actually delivered to the plaintiff. Such bond shall be given in an amount double the value of such property and conditioned that the defendant will appear in and defend the action, and will deliver such property in accordance with the order of the court, in as good condition as it was when the action was commenced, and that the defendant will pay only those costs and damages that may be incurred during the time the property is out of the possession of the officer and back in his or her possession and adjudged against the defendant in such action.
    Such bond shall be returned to the court by the officer serving the order on the day such order is returnable.
(Source: P.A. 83-707.)

735 ILCS 5/19-117

    (735 ILCS 5/19-117) (from Ch. 110, par. 19-117)
    Sec. 19-117. Service upon defendant. It shall be the duty of the officer having an order for replevin, to serve the same upon the defendant, whether the property is found or delivered to him or her, or not, unless, when none of the property is found, the officer is otherwise directed by the plaintiff or his or her attorney or agent.
    If the defendant fails to deliver up to the sheriff the chattel which is the subject of the order for replevin and the plaintiff has a reasonable belief as to where the chattel is sequestered, the court may authorize the sheriff to use reasonable force to enter into the property to recover same upon such terms and conditions as the court may direct.
(Source: P.A. 95-661, eff. 1-1-08.)

735 ILCS 5/19-118

    (735 ILCS 5/19-118) (from Ch. 110, par. 19-118)
    Sec. 19-118. Notice by publication. If it appears by affidavit of the plaintiff, his or her attorney or agent, or by the return of the officer, that any defendant in such action is not a resident of this State, or has departed from this State, or on due inquiry cannot be found, or is concealed within this State, so that process cannot be served on him or her, notice may be given as provided by law in cases of attachment, and with like effect.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/19-119

    (735 ILCS 5/19-119) (from Ch. 110, par. 19-119)
    Sec. 19-119. Answer or otherwise appear. The defendant shall answer or otherwise appear as in other civil cases.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/19-120

    (735 ILCS 5/19-120) (from Ch. 110, par. 19-120)
    Sec. 19-120. When property not found. When the property or any part thereof is not found or delivered as above stated, and the defendant is summoned or enters his or her appearance, the plaintiff may proceed, under the original or amended complaint, as in an action for the wrongful taking and detention of such property or so much thereof as is not found and delivered to the sheriff or other officer, and as to the property not found and delivered, the plaintiff, if he or she recovers, shall be entitled to judgment for the value thereof or his or her interest therein, and such damages as he or she has sustained by reason of the wrongful taking and detention.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)

735 ILCS 5/19-121

    (735 ILCS 5/19-121) (from Ch. 110, par. 19-121)
    Sec. 19-121. Distress for rent. It shall be sufficient for the defendant, in all cases of replevin for distress taken for rent, to allege generally without particularly setting forth the tenure or title to the lands whereon such distress was taken.
(Source: P.A. 82-280.)