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Illinois Code of Civil Procedure
Section 8-2001. Examination of health care records.
Amended to make technical changes.

Section 8-2005. Attorney's records.
Amended to make technical changes.

Section 11-106. Injunctive relief on Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday.
Amended to make technical changes.

Section 13-110. Vacant land - Payment of taxes with color of title.
Amended to make technical changes.

Section 15-1213. Real Estate.
Amended to provide that the term "real estate" includes a manufactured home as defined in subdivision (53) of Section 9-102 of the Uniform Commercial Code that is real property as defined in the Conveyance and Encumbrance of Manufactured Homes as Real Property and Severance Act.

Section 15-1603.5. Strict foreclosure of an omitted subordinate interest.
Added to define "omitted subordinate interest". Provides that certain persons holding real estate by an omitted subordinate interest may file a strict foreclosure complaint naming that person as the defendant. Provides that, subject to the objection of the defendant, the Court shall enter a judgment extinguishing the omitted subordinate interest. Also, provides that a person whose omitted subordinate interest was not terminated by a prior foreclosure action does not have a right to file a strict foreclosure action.

Illinois Code of Criminal Procedure
Section 104-15. Report.
Amended to provide that a person retained or appointed by the State or the defense to conduct a fitness examination shall, upon written request, make his or her notes, other evaluations reviewed or relied upon by the testifying witness, and any videotaped interviews available to another examiner of the defendant. Also requires a forensic interview to be videotaped, unless impractical. If the interview is not videotaped, the examiner may still testify and the court may only consider the lack of compliance in according the weight and not the admissibility of the expert testimony. Also allows the examiner to use these materials as part of a diagnosis or explanation and prohibits disclosure of the examination's contents except as otherwise provided in the Code.

Section 104-17. Commitment for Treatment; Treatment Plan.
Amended to remove the ability of the court to order placement in a non-secure setting within the Department of Human Services if compelling reasons exist, if a defendant found unfit to stand trial or acquitted by reason of insanity is placed in the custody of the Department. For an unfit defendant charged with a felony, establishes the period of time in which the defendant, with treatment, may be expected to attain fitness for purposes of fitness determinations to be one year. For an unfit defendant charged with a misdemeanor, changes the period of time in which the defendant, with treatment, may be expected to attain fitness for purposes of fitness determinations from one year to no longer than the length of sentence if convicted of the most serious offense.

Section 104-18. Progress Reports.
Amended to make minor technical changes and to remove the provision making subsection (c) inoperative on and after January 1, 2014. Also provides coordination with the time period set in subsection (e) of Section 104-17, from the date of the original finding of unfitness, for the belief of the treatment supervisor that there is not a substantial probability that the defendant will attain fitness, with treatment, or for the opinion of the treatment supervisor as to whether the defendant as attained fitness or as to whether the defendant is making progress, under treatment, toward attaining fitness.

Section 104-20. Ninety-Day Hearings; Continuing Treatment.
Amended to provide coordination with the time period set in subsection (e) of Section 104-17, from the date of the original finding of unfitness, for the belief of the court that there is not a substantial probability that the defendant will attain fitness, with treatment, or for the opinion of the court as to whether the defendant has attained fitness or as to whether the defendant is making progress, under treatment, toward attaining fitness.

Section 104-21. Medication.
Amended to allow the medication to be administered over the defendant's objections as provided in the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code, if an unfit defendant refuses psychotropic medication. Also provides that, if court-authorized medications are sought, the petition, prepared in accord with Section 2-107.1 of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code, may be filed in the county where the defendant is located or with the court having jurisdiction over the defendant.

Section 104-23. Unfit defendants.
Amended to provide coordination with the time period set in subsection (e) of Section 104-17, from the date of the original finding of unfitness, for: 1) the belief of the court that there is not a substantial probability that the defendant will attain fitness, with treatment, or; 2) the opinion of the court as to whether the defendant has attained fitness or as to whether the defendant is making progress, under treatment, toward attaining fitness, or; 3) the finding by the court that the defendant is still unfit and for whom no special provisions or assistance can compensate for his/her disabilities and render him/her fit.

Section 104-31. [Securing Defendant].
Amended to allow any unfit defendant in the Department of Human Services custody (rather than only those ordered into a secure setting by the court) to be transported to court hearings or other necessary appointments off facility grounds by personnel of the Department, placed in security devices or otherwise secured during the period of transportation to assure secure transport of the defendant and the safety of Department of Human Services personnel and others.

Section 108-4. Issuance of search warrant.
Amended to allow a search warrant upon written complaint to be issued by use of electronic mail in addition to by facsimile transmission machine.

Section 116-3. Motion for fingerprint, Integrated Ballistic Identification System, or forensic testing not available at trial or guilty plea regarding actual innocence.
Amended to provide that such motion may be made if the defendant pleads guilty. Also provides that the trial court shall allow testing under reasonable conditions designed to protect the State's interests in the integrity of the evidence and the testing process upon a determination that the result of the testing has the scientific potential to produce new, noncumulative evidence that would raise a reasonable probability that the defendant would have been acquitted if the result of the evidence to be tested had been available prior to the defendant's guilty plea and the petitioner had proceeded to trial instead of pleading guilty, even though the results may not completely exonerate the defendant. Provides that in the court's order to allow testing, the court shall order the investigating authority to prepare an inventory of the evidence related to the case and issue a copy of the inventory to the prosecution, the petitioner, and the court. Also provides that when a motion is filed to vacate based on favorable post-conviction testing results, the State may, upon request, reactivate victim services for the victim of the crime during the pendency of the proceedings, and, as determined by the court after consultation with the victim or victim advocate, or both, following final adjudication of the case.

Illinois Supreme Court
Rule 12. Proof of Service in the Trial and Reviewing Courts; Effective Date of Service.
Amends proof of service to include cases of service by mail by a pro se petitioner from a correctional institution, by affidavit, or by certification as provided in Section 1-109 of the Code of Civil Procedure (735 ILCS 5/1-109 (West 2012)) of the person who deposited the document in the institutional mail, stating the time and place of deposit and the complete address to which the document was to be delivered.

Rule 201(m). Filing Materials with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
Amended to add the nunc pro tunc provision.

Rule 298. Application for Waiver of Court Fees.
Amended to provide that the contents of the Application must be sufficient to allow a court to determine whether an applicant qualifies for waiver of fees pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/5-105, and shall include information regarding the applicant's household composition; receipt of need-based public benefits; income; expenses; and nonexempt assets. It also provides that the court shall provide, and applications shall be required to use, a standardized form expressly titled "Application for Waiver of Court Fees" adopted by the Illinois Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission. Provides that the court shall either enter a ruling on the Application or shall set the Application for a hearing requiring the applicant to personally appear in a timely manner. Finally, adds that in any case where a party is represented by a civil legal services provider or attorney in a court-sponsored pro bono program, the attorney representing that party shall file a certification with the Court in the form attached to this rule and that party shall be allowed to sue or defend without payment of fees, costs or without necessity of an Application under this rule.

Rule 373. Date of Filing Papers in Reviewing Court; Certificate or Affidavit of Mailing.
Amended to provide that this rule also applies to a motion directed against the judgment as well as the notice of appeal filed in the trial court.

Illinois Appellate Court, 2nd District
Rule 104. Records on appeal not to include physical evidence or photostatic copies.
Amended to provide an exception to the circuit clerks whereby they are allowed to submit electronic records pursuant to Local Rule 111.

Rule 106. Certain cases accelerated.
Amended to add the provision, "unless the Court orders otherwise," to the requirement that all accelerated cases shall adhere to the specified schedule.

Rule 111. Electronic Records on Appeal.
Amended to acknowledge Kane County's e-record participation as of October 1, 2014. Also, reorganizing and restructuring the Rule's paragraphs provides more clarity and detail to the court's use of electronic records on appeal.

Circuit Court of Cook County
Rule 13.2. General Organization of the Domestic Relations Division.
Amended to change reference to "Family Mediation Services", instead of "Marriage and Family Counseling Services".

Rule 13.10. Parenting Coordinator.
Amended to change reference to "Family Mediation Services", instead of "Marriage and Family Counseling Services".

Part 24. Probate Division Court-Annexed Mediation.
Added to provide rules for the court's new probate division court-annexed mediation.

General Orders of the Circuit Court of Cook County
General Order 1.2, 2.1.
Amended to change reference to "Adult Protective Services Act", instead of "Elder Abuse and Neglect Act".

Miscellaneous
Appellate Court, First District, Schedule of Fees amended to reflect current docketing and appearance fees and the amount charged for additional copies of mandate to attorneys of record.

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