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Illinois Marriage laws used by a Universal Ministries Wedding Officiant in Illinois serving couples in faith.
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Marriage

(750 ILCS 5/201) (from Ch. 40, par. 201)
Sec. 201. Formalities.) A marriage between 2 persons licensed, solemnized and registered as provided in this Act is valid in this State.(750 ILCS 5/207)
Effective Date of License.) A license to marry becomes effective in the county where it was issued one day after the date of issuance, unless the court orders that the license is effective when issued, and expires 60 days after it becomes effective.

(750 ILCS 5/209) (from Ch. 40, par. 209)
Sec. 209. Solemnization and Registration.)
(a) A marriage may be solemnized by a judge of a court of record, by a retired judge of a court of record, unless the retired judge was removed from office by the Judicial Inquiry Board, except that a retired judge shall not receive any compensation from the State, a county or any unit of local government in return for the solemnization of a marriage and there shall be no effect upon any pension benefits conferred by the Judges Retirement System of Illinois, by a judge of the Court of Claims, by a county clerk in counties having 2,000,000 or more inhabitants, by a public official whose powers include solemnization of marriages, or in accordance with the prescriptions of any religious denomination, Indian Nation or Tribe or Native Group, provided that when such prescriptions require an officiant, the officiant be in good standing with his religious denomination, Indian Nation or Tribe or Native Group. Either the person solemnizing the marriage, or, if no individual acting alone solemnized the marriage, both parties to the marriage, shall complete the marriage certificate form and forward it to the county clerk within 10 days after such marriage is solemnized.
(b) The solemnization of the marriage is not invalidated by the fact that the person solemnizing the marriage was not legally qualified to solemnize it, if either party to the marriage believed him to be so qualified.

Sec. 214. Invalidity of Common Law Marriages.) Common law marriages contracted in this State after June 30, 1905 are invalid.

Sec. 216. Prohibited Marriages Void if Contracted in Another State.) That if any person residing and intending to continue to reside in this state and who is disabled or prohibited from contracting marriage under the laws of this state, shall go into another state or country and there contract a marriage prohibited and declared void by the laws of this state, such marriage shall be null and void for all purposes in this state with the same effect as though such prohibited marriage had been entered into in this state.

Sec. 219. Offenses.) Any official issuing a license with knowledge that the parties are thus prohibited from intermarrying and any person authorized to celebrate marriage who shall knowingly celebrate such a marriage shall be guilty of a petty offense.

Counseling/healing
(225 ILCS 60/4) (from Ch. 111, par. 4400-4)
(3) persons treating human ailments by prayer or spiritual means as an exercise or enjoyment of religious freedom.

(225 ILCS 55/1) (from Ch. 111, par. 8351-1) Marriage and Family Therapy Licensing Act.
Sec. 15. Exemptions.
(d) Nothing in this Act shall be construed to prevent any person from the bona fide practice of the doctrines of an established church or religious denomination if the person does not hold himself or herself out to be a licensed marriage and family therapist or an associate licensed marriage and family therapist.

(225 ILCS 57/) Massage Licensing Act.
Sec. 25. Exemptions.
(e) Nothing in this Act prohibits practitioners that do not involve intentional soft tissue manipulation, including but not limited to Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Reike, and Therapeutic Touch, from practicing.
(f) Practitioners of certain service marked bodywork approaches that do involve intentional soft tissue manipulation, including but not limited to Rolfing, Trager Approach, Polarity Therapy, and Orthobionomy, are exempt from this Act if they are approved by their governing body based on a minimum level of training, demonstration of competency, and adherence to ethical standards.
(h) Practitioners of other forms of bodywork who restrict manipulation of soft tissue to the feet, hands, and ears, and who do not have the client disrobe, such as reflexology, are exempt from this Act.
(j) Nothing in this Act prohibits a person from treating ailments by spiritual means through prayer alone in accordance with the tenets and practices of a recognized church or religious denomination.

(225 ILCS 107/) Professional Counselor and Clinical Professional Counselor Licensing Act.
f) Duly recognized members of any religious organization shall not be restricted from functioning in their ministerial capacity provided they do not represent themselves as being professional counselors or clinical professional counselors, or as providing "professional counseling" or "clinical professional counseling". This Act shall not apply or be construed so as to apply to the employees or agents of a church or religious organization or an organization owned, controlled, or affiliated with a church or religious organization, unless the church, religious organization, or owned, controlled, or affiliated organization designates or holds these employees or agents out to the public as professional counselors or clinical professional counselors or holds out their services as being "professional counseling" or "clinical professional counseling".

Sec. 21. Unlicensed practice; violation; civil penalty.
(a) Any person who practices, offers to practice, attempts to practice, or holds himself or herself out to practice as a clinical professional counselor or professional counselor without being licensed or exempt under this Act shall, in addition to any other penalty provided by law, pay a civil penalty to the Department in an amount not to exceed $5,000 for each offense, as determined by the Department. The civil penalty shall be assessed by the Department after a hearing is held in accordance with the provisions set forth in this Act regarding the provision of a hearing for the discipline of a licensee.

(225 ILCS 15/) Clinical Psychologist Licensing Act.
(f) Duly recognized members of any bonafide religious denomination shall not be restricted from functioning in their ministerial capacity provided they do not represent themselves as being clinical psychologists or providing clinical psychological services.

(225 ILCS 20/) Clinical Social Work and Social Work Practice Act.
Sec. 4. Exemptions.
2. Nothing in this Act shall be construed to apply to any person engaged in the bona fide practice of religious ministry provided the person does not hold himself out to be engaged in the independent practice of clinical social work or the practice of social work.


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