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Public Act 095-0980




Public Act 095-0980
HB4956 Enrolled LRB095 16009 AJO 42026 b

    AN ACT concerning courts.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Clerks of Courts Act is amended by changing
Section 27.7 as follows:
    (705 ILCS 105/27.7)
    Sec. 27.7. Children's waiting room. The expense of
establishing and maintaining a children's waiting room for
children whose parents or guardians are attending a court
hearing as a litigant, witness, or for other court purposes as
determined by the court may be borne by the county. To defray
that expense in any county having established a children's
waiting room or that elects to establish such a system, the
county board may require the clerk of the circuit court in the
county to charge and collect a children's waiting room fee of
not more than $10 $5. The fee shall be paid at the time of
filing the first pleading, paper, or other appearance filed by
each party in all civil cases. No additional fee shall be
required if more than one party is presented in a single
pleading, paper, or other appearance. The fee shall be
collected in the manner in which all other fees or costs are
    Each clerk shall commence the charges and collection upon
receipt of written notice from the chairman of the county board
together with a certified copy of the board's resolution. The
clerk shall file the resolution of record in his or her office.
    The fees shall be in addition to all other fees and charges
of the clerks, shall be assessable as costs, and may be waived
only if the judge specifically provides for the waiver of the
children's waiting room fee. The fees shall be remitted monthly
by the clerk to the county treasurer, to be retained by the
treasurer in a special fund designated as the children's
waiting room fund. The fund shall be audited by the county
auditor, and the county board shall make expenditure from the
fund in payment of any cost related to the establishment and
maintenance of the children's waiting room, including
personnel, heat, light, telephone, security, rental of space,
or any other item in connection with the operation of a
children's waiting room.
    The fees shall not be charged in any matter coming to the
clerk on a change of venue, nor in any proceeding to review the
decision of any administrative officer, agency, or body.
(Source: P.A. 89-717, eff. 1-1-98; 90-117, eff. 1-1-98; 90-655,
eff. 7-30-98.)
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 9/22/2008