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2. This act shall be a public act, and shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.
APPROVED March 30, 1869.
AN ACT for the relief of William D. Lewis.
In force March
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That William D. Lewis, of the county of Fulton, be and he is hereby reinstated and fully restored to all his original rights, privi. leges, immunities and franchises, notwithstanding any conviction or proceeding in any court or place of judicature against or concerning him.
§ 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.
APPROVED March 2, 1869.
In force March
AN AOT for the relief of Jack (John L.) Foren.
WHEREAS, at the July term, 1867, of the Macon county, Illinois, circuit court, Jack (John L.) Foren was convicted of the crime of larceny, (which has deprived him of the right of citizenship), and was pardoned by the governor, therefore,
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That the said Jack (John L.) Foren be and he is hereby restored to all the rights of citizenship, as fully as if said conviction had never taken place.
$ 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after the date of its
passage. APPROVED March 10, 1869.
In force March AN AOT restoring to citizenship J. R. Steele, of Ohicago, Cook county, 27, 1869.
SEOTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Ninois, represented in the General Assembly, That, where as, J. R. Steele, of the city of Chicago, county of Cook,
state of Illinois, was, at the October term, 1866, of the recorder's court of said city, tried and convicted of the crime of forgery, and sentenced to thirteen years imprisonment, and on the 20th day of January, 1869, was pardoned by his excellency, John M. Palmer, governor of the state of Illinois; that he, the said J. R. Steele, be and hereby is restored to all rights which, as' a citizen of the state or United States, he may have forfeited by reason of such conviction and sentence.
$ 2. This act shall be deemed a public act, and take effect from and immediately after its passage.
APPROVED March 27, 1869.
AN ACT to amend [an] act entitled "An act for the government and discip. In force April line of the Illinois state penitentiary.
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That any convict receiving pardon shall be entitled to a certificate of restoration to all his rights of citizenship as if he or she had served out his fall iime as provided in said act.
8 2. This act shall be in force from and after its passage.
APPROVED April 16, 1869.
AN ACT to change the time for holding the Alton city court. In force Febru.
ary 10, 1869, SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That the time for holding the Alton city court be changed from the second Monday in April to the first Monday in March, and from the second Monday in September to the first Monday in September of each and every year, and that all writs, bonds or recognizances returnable to and for appearance at the April term of said court, A. D. 1869, be and the
same are hereby made returnable and answerable to the March term of said court, 1869.
$ 2. This act to be in force from and after its passage. APPROVED February 10, 1869.
AN ACT to establish a court of common pleas in the city of Amboy.
In torce March
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of
Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That there "Common pleas shall be established in the city of Amboy an inferior court, court of Ambog of civil and criminal jurisdiction, which shall be a court of
record, by the name of “The Court of Common Pleas of the City of Amboy," and shall have concurrent jurisdiction in the city of Amboy with the circuit court of Lee county in all cases, civil and criminal, except murder and
treason. Judge, elec- § 2. The judge of said court shall be elected by the tion, etc.
qualified voters of said city, and shall be commissioned by the governor, and shall hold his office for the term of four years and until his successor is elected and qualified, and shall possess the same powers as are vested in the judges
of the circuit court, except as limited by this act. Election notice. $ 3. The judge of said court shall be elected on the
second Monday in April, A. D. 1869, and every four years thereafter. It shall be the duty of the city clerk of said city of Amboy to give notice of said election in the same manner as is required of the election of mayor of said
city. Manner of § 4. The judge of said court shall be elected by the
qualified voters of said city of Amboy in the same manner as the mayor of said city is elected. And the city clerk of the city of Amboy, under the seal of the city, shall certify to the governor the number of votes received by each person for said office; and the person receiving the highest number of votes, as shown by the certificate of said clerk, shall be commissioned by the governor as judge of said court: Provided, the validity of any such election or the right of any person declared duly elected may be contested in the manner prescribed by the statute in other cases.
§ 5. The judge shall be called the judge of the court
of of common pleas of the city of Amboy, and shall receive Judge. the same salary from the state treasury as is now or may
hereafter be paid the respective judges of the circuit courts, to be paid in the same manner.
$ 6. Said court shall be holden at such places in said Holding court. city of Amboy as shall be provided by the city council. Any qualified elector of the city of Amboy, or township of Amboy, shall be eligible for the office of judge or clerk of said court of said city, and shall have a seal, to be provided by said city.
$ 7. There shall be a clerk of said court, who shall be clerk, terms elected in the same manner as herein provided for the election of the judge of said court, and shall hold the office for the term of four years, and shall be commissioned in the same manner and upon the same terms as now provided for the commissioning of clerks of the circuit court; and, before entering upon the duties of his office, he shall také the same oath that is required to be taken by clerks of the circuit court, and shall" also enter into bond in the like sum required of them; and he shall have the same power and authority and perform like duties, be subject to the same liabilities and be entitled to the same fees, as are or may be provided by law in relation to clerks of the circuit court of Lee county, and shall be removable from office in like manner as clerks of the circuit court; he shall also have power to issue marriage licenses, and all the marriage licenses issued by him shall have the same force and effect as though issued by the clerk of the county court of Lee county, and all laws applicable to the clerk of the county court, in regard to marriage licenses, shall apply to the clerk of the court of common pleas of the city of Amboy.
$ 8. The process of said court shall be tested in the Process. name of the clerk thereof, and shall be issued and executed in the same manner as process from the circuit court of Lee county; and process out of said court may issue against a defendant or defendants to the sheriff of the county where said defendant or defendants may reside, through the state. In cases where the plaintiff or plaintiffs, or any one of them, reside in the city of Amboy, or where the debt, contract or cause of action accrued in the city of Amboy, or where the contract may have been specifically made payable in the city of Amboy, and in all cases where there are more than one defendant, and one defendant resides or may be found in the city of Amboy, or when the suit is to affect real estate, a major part or all of which is situate in the city of Amboy, the plaintiff commencing his action in said court, may have a writ or writs issued,
directed to the sheriff of any county or counties where the other defendant or defendants, or any or either of them, may be found; and all criminal process shall run through the state as criminal process issued out of the circuit court, and all civil process
issued out of said court shall have the same force and effect
as similar process issued out of the circuit court. Judgments.
§ 9. All orders, judgments and decrees of said court shall be a lien upon real estate in the county of Lee from the rendition thereof, and shall be enforced and collected in the same manner as orders, judgments and decrees rendered in the circuit courts, and appeals and writs of error from the orders, judgments and decrees of said court may be taken to the supreme court, and shall be had in the same cases and taken and conducted in the same manner as is provided by the laws of this state for the taking of appeals and writs of error from the circuit court: Provided, that the judge of said court shall have full power to establish all such rules of practice at law and in equity as he may think necessary to expedite the business of said court; which rules of practice shall be binding and obligatory upon the parties to suits in said court from the time
they shall be entered of record. Defaults.
§ 10. That in all cases, in said court, of judgment by default in actions ex contractu, the court may, without the intervention of a jury, assess the damages ; and in all cases execution may issue forthwith upon the rendition of judgment: Provided, the plaintiff in execution shall first file an affidavit of himself, or some credible person, that the benefit of his judgment will be in danger of being lost unless execution issue forthwith. And all executions issued out of said court shall have the same lien, within the county of Lee, upon personal property of the defendant or defendants, from the time they shall be delivered to the
marshal, as though issued out of the circuit court. Confessions.
$ 11.' That judgments by confession may be entered in said court at any time in vacation, before the clerk, by filing the proper papers with the clerk; and such judgments shall have the same force and effect from the time of entry
as if entered in term time. Chancery ja- $ 12. The said court shall always be open for the dis
posal of matters in chancery, whether interlocutory or final, and shall possess all the power in vacation which it could exercise in term time, subject to such rules and regulations with respect to the practice as said court may from time to time adopt: And, provided, further, that no final decree shall be entered up unless when specially authorized by statute, except at a vacation or regular term of said court.
§ 13. The judge of said court shall hold two terms of said court, commencing on the first Monday of March and the fourth (4th) Monday of September, in each year, and shall continue each term until all of the business before the same is disposed of. The said judge shall have the power to appoint special terms of said court at such times as he may think proper, apon giving twenty days' notice