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  • A company or person who owes us money has filed bankruptcy. What do we do?

    The automatic stay in bankruptcy prohibits most creditors from taking any action to enforce a debt, even if the debt or the creditor is not included in the schedules. The automatic stay is complex, and creditors should consult an attorney before proceeding.

  • What does it mean if a case is dismissed?

    Dismissal ordinarily means that the court stopped all proceedings in the main bankruptcy case AND in all adversary proceedings, and a discharge order was not entered. Dismissal can occur because a debtor requested the dismissal and qualifies for voluntary dismissal. Dismissal can also occur without a debtor's consent if the court orders dismissal on its own, or a trustee or a creditor files a motion to dismiss the bankruptcy case and the court grants the motion.

  • I am getting mail from the court and don’t know why or who this person/company is. What do I do with these documents/notices?

    If you are trying to find out why you were listed as a creditor by the debtor who filed the case, you should call the debtor’s attorney.

  • Who do I notify about a possible fraudulent filing?

    The Office of the United States Trustee reviews complaints about possible fraudulent filings and, if appropriate, notifies the U.S. Attorney for further investigation. For more information visit the U.S. Trustee’s website at:

  • How do I get admitted to practice in the bankruptcy court or apply to appear in a case pro hac vice?

    To get admitted to practice in the bankruptcy court please visit the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois website at:

  • How do I add multiple email addresses in the court’s electronic case filing system?

    The option to add secondary email addresses in the court’s electronic case filing system is available under the Utilities menu. Go to Utilities>Maintain Your ECF Account and click the ‘Email information’ button. Enter any secondary email addresses in the ‘Secondary email address’ box.  If you are entering more than one secondary email address, separate the addresses by hitting the enter key after each address (do not separate the addresses with colons or semi-colons). Under ‘Send the notices specified below’ make sure both boxes are checked to send to primary and secondary addresses. Click Return to Account screen>Submit.

  • How does an attorney change his/her email address in the court’s electronic case filing system?

    CM/ECF users are required to maintain and update their personal information, including email addresses. To update an email address in the court’s electronic case filing system, click Utilities>Maintain Your ECF Account>click Email information and then edit or enter new address. Remember to click submit to make the changes effective.

  • How do I change my password in the court’s electronic case filing system?

    Passwords can be changed under the Utilities menu in CM/ECF. Go to Utilities>Change Your Password>enter new password and then select the submit button).  It is recommended that passwords are changed periodically.

  • Why can’t I see the docket events in the court’s electronic case filing system?

    If you can’t find the docket events, you may be logged into PACER instead of ECF. PACER is used specifically for viewing and printing documents. CM/ECF is handled through the court and is used for filing documents.  You cannot use your PACER password to docket pleadings.

  • How do I select multiple docket events in the court’s electronic case filing system?

    When filing a multi-part motion, it is important to select an event for each type of relief requested in the motion. By holding down the ‘Ctrl’ key, the ECF system will allow the filer to select multiple reliefs. For example, if a multi-part Motion for Relief and Abandonment is filed, the filer should select the first part of the motion ‘Relief from Stay (fee)’ from the available events, and then hold down the ‘Ctrl’ key while clicking on the second part of the motion ‘Abandon (no fee)’. Both selected events will appear in the ‘Selected Events' box on the screen.