The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $10,000.
Small claims cases in Illinois are heard in the Small Claims Court.
For information on Illinois's statute of limitation periods for claims related to written contracts, oral contracts, injuries, and property damage, see Nolo's 50-state Statutes of Limitations chart.
In Illinois, the defendant is not required to file a formal response, but the defendant must appear by the date on the court summons.
You are allowed to have an attorney represent you in small claims court in Illinois. Corporations are required to have an attorney.
Eviction cases are allowed in small claims court in Illinois.
In Illinois, either party may demand a jury trial.
For more information about Illinois small claims court, see www.ag.state.il.us/consumers/smlclaims.html.
Nolo's Small Claims Court area has many helpful related articles. For more detailed help with filing a case, using the best strategy in court, and collecting your money if you win, see Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court, by Attorney Ralph Warner (Nolo).
Updated: October 1, 2015