Illinois Bankruptcy Exemptions


735-5/12-901 - Real or personal property, including farms, lots, builidings, condos, co-ops or mobile homes up to $15,000. Spouse or child of deceased owner can claim homestead (735-5/12-902). Sale proceeds up to 1 year (735-5/12-906). With some limitations, Illinois recognizes tenancy by the entirety (750-65/22).

Personal Property

110-979/45(g) - Prepaid tuition trust funds.

235-5/6-1 - Pre-need cemetery sales funds, care funds, and trust funds.

735-5/12-1001 - Motor vehicle up to $2,400; clothing needed; health aids; school books; family pictures; bible; personal injury recoveries up to $15,000; wrongful death recoveries; proceeds from sale of exempt property; Illinois College Savings Pool accounts that were invested more than 1 year before filing if below federal gift tax limit, or 2 years before filing if above the federal gift tax limit; any other personal property up to $4,000 (not including wages).


740-170/4 - Either a minimum 85% of earned but unpaid wages or 45 timest the higher of the state and federal minimum hourly wage, whichever is greater. Judge may approve more for low income debtor.


11 U.S.C. § 522 - Tax exempt retirement accounts. Traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs up to $1,095,000 per person.

40-5/2-154 - General assembly members.

40-5/3-144.1 & 40-5/5-218 - Police officers.

40-5/4-135 & 40-5/6-213 - Firefighters.

40-5/7-217 & 40-5/8-244 - Municipal employees.

40-5/9-228 - County employees.

40-5/11-223 - Civil service employees.

40-5/12-190 - Park employees.

40-5/13-805 - Sanitation district employees.

40-5/14-147 - State employees.

50-5/15-185 - State university employees.

50-5/16-190 & 40-5/17-151 Teachers.

40-5/18-161 - Judges.

40-5/19-117 - House of correction employees.

40-5/19-218 - Public library employees.

40-5/22-230 - Disabled firefighters, and widows and children of firefighters.

735-5/12-1006 - ERISA-qualified benefits and IRAs. As well as public employees.

Public Benefits

305-5/11-3 - Aid to blind, aged, and disabled; public assistance.

735-5/12-1001 - Veterans' benefits; Social Security; unemployment compensation; crime victims' compensation; restitution payments for World War II relocation of Japanese Americans and Aleuts.

820-305-21 - Workers' compensation.

820-310/21 - Workers' occupational disease compensation.

Tools of Trade

735-5/12-1001 - Tools, books, and implements of trade up to $1,500.

Alimony and Child Support

735-5/12-1001 - Alimony and child support needed for support.


215-5/238 - Life insurance, annuity, or cash value if beneficiary is spouse, child, parent, or other dependent of the beneficiary.

215-5/299.1a - Fraternal benefit society benefits.

735-5/12-907 - Homeowners' insurance proceeds for destroyed home, up to $15,000.

735-5/12-1001 - Health and disability benefits; life insurance proceeds needed for support if beneficiary is spouse or child.


805-205/25 - Business partnership property.

Other - Add any applicable Federal Nonbankruptcy Exemptions

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