Yesterday, the Illinois Supreme Court amended Rule 305 to "clearly give discretion to a trial judge in setting an appeal bond if the judge determines a bond in the amount of the judgement plus costs and interest is beyond the means of the judgement debtor."
The quote is from a Supreme Court press release (PDF). Other details can be found in "Illinois Supreme Court changes posting requirement for appeal cases," by Ginny Skalski of the Associated Press (link from the St. Louis Post Dispatch). The full text of the new, amended rule is here.
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