Public Act 095-0858
SB2428 Enrolled LRB095 18300 AJO 44384 b

    AN ACT concerning civil law.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Code of Civil Procedure is amended by
changing Section 2-203 as follows:
    (735 ILCS 5/2-203)  (from Ch. 110, par. 2-203)
    Sec. 2-203. Service on individuals.
    (a) Except as otherwise expressly provided, service of
summons upon an individual defendant shall be made (1) by
leaving a copy of the summons with the defendant personally,
(2) by leaving a copy at the defendant's usual place of abode,
with some person of the family or a person residing there, of
the age of 13 years or upwards, and informing that person of
the contents of the summons, provided the officer or other
person making service shall also send a copy of the summons in
a sealed envelope with postage fully prepaid, addressed to the
defendant at his or her usual place of abode, or (3) as
provided in Section 1-2-9.2 of the Illinois Municipal Code with
respect to violation of an ordinance governing parking or
standing of vehicles in cities with a population over 500,000.
The certificate of the officer or affidavit of the person that
he or she has sent the copy in pursuance of this Section is
evidence that he or she has done so. No employee of a facility
licensed under the Nursing Home Care Act shall obstruct an
officer or other person making service in compliance with this
    (b) The officer, in his or her certificate or in a record
filed and maintained in the Sheriff's office, or other person
making service, in his or her affidavit or in a record filed
and maintained in his or her employer's office, shall (1)
identify as to sex, race, and approximate age the defendant or
other person with whom the summons was left and (2) state the
place where (whenever possible in terms of an exact street
address) and the date and time of the day when the summons was
left with the defendant or other person.
    (c) Any person who knowingly sets forth in the certificate
or affidavit any false statement, shall be liable in civil
contempt. When the court holds a person in civil contempt under
this Section, it shall award such damages as it determines to
be just and, when the contempt is prosecuted by a private
attorney, may award reasonable attorney's fees.
(Source: P.A. 88-340.)
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 8/18/2008