Sen. Dave Syverson

Filed: 4/10/2008





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2     AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 2139, AS AMENDED,
3 by replacing everything after the enacting clause with the
4 following:
5     "Section 5. The Circuit Courts Act is amended by adding
6 Section 28.1 as follows:
7     (705 ILCS 35/28.1 new)
8     Sec. 28.1. Residential landlord-tenant court. The chief
9 judge of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit may establish a
10 residential landlord-tenant court in Winnebago County. The
11 chief judge may appoint to the residential landlord-tenant
12 court one or more licensed attorneys as hearing officers to
13 preside over the initial case proceedings in non-contested
14 cases. The hearing officer may take evidence and reduce his or
15 her findings of fact to a written report, and said report shall
16 constitute part of the proceedings upon which the judge's



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1 determination and order shall be made. If any party to an
2 action under this Section requests a full hearing before a
3 judge rather than a hearing officer, the case shall be
4 scheduled for hearing before the presiding judge.".