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225 ILCS 425/8b

    (225 ILCS 425/8b) (from Ch. 111, par. 2011b)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2026)
    Sec. 8b. Assignment for collection. An account may be assigned to a collection agency for collection with title passing to the collection agency to enable collection of the account in the agency's name as assignee for the creditor provided:
    (a) The assignment is manifested by a written agreement, separate from and in addition to any document intended for the purpose of listing a debt with a collection agency. The document manifesting the assignment shall specifically state and include:
        (i) the effective date of the assignment; and
        (ii) the consideration for the assignment.
    (b) The consideration for the assignment may be paid or given either before or after the effective date of the assignment. The consideration may be contingent upon the settlement or outcome of litigation and if the debt being assigned has been listed with the collection agency as an account for collection, the consideration for assignment may be the same as the fee for collection.
    (c) All assignments shall be voluntary and properly executed and acknowledged by the corporate authority or individual transferring title to the collection agency before any action can be taken in the name of the collection agency.
    (d) No assignment shall be required by any agreement to list a debt with a collection agency as an account for collection.
    (e) No litigation shall commence in the name of the licensee as plaintiff unless: (i) there is an assignment of the account that satisfies the requirements of this Section and (ii) the licensee is represented by a licensed attorney at law.
    (f) If a collection agency takes assignments of accounts from 2 or more creditors against the same debtor and commences litigation against that debtor in a single action, in the name of the collection agency, then (i) the complaint must be stated in separate counts for each assignment and (ii) the debtor has an absolute right to have any count severed from the rest of the action.
(Source: P.A. 99-227, eff. 8-3-15.)