Jun 28, 2022

Commercial Debt Collection in Springfield

As the capital city of Illinois, Springfield makes up as the state’s 6th most populated city. As of 2019, Springfield’s metropolitan population included more than 211,700 residents.


Springfield History

Springfield was originally settled in the early 1800s, around the time when Illinois became part of the United States. By the time of Springfield’s establishment, the main economical driver was of trapping and fur trading.

For the first couple decades of its establishment, settlers from Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina came to Springfield to help develop the city. Over the past couple of centuries, Springfield has evolved into a large city with many top industries that include: trade, transportation and utilities, health care, government support, education, health insurance, and agriculture.

The growth in different job industries has led to creation of more than 30,000 jobs, with almost 3,500 people working for Memorial Health System alone. As of 2015, the largest Springfield employers include:


  • State of Illinois (17,500 employees)
  • Memorial Medical Center (5,800 employees)
  • John’s Hospital (3,000 employees)
  • Springfield Public Schools (2,000 employees)
  • Springfield Clinic LLP (2,000 employees)
  • Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (1,500 employees)
  • City of Springfield (1,400 employees)
  • BlueCross BlueShield (1,300 employees)
  • Horace Mann Educators Corporation (1,000 employees)
  • University of Illinois Springfield (900 employees)


Arts & Culture

Apart from being the temporary residence of Abraham Lincoln in the 1800s, Springfield has been the home for several other prominent individuals. These individuals include John L. Lewis (labor activist), Vachel Lindsay (poet and writer), and Seth Barnes Nicholson (astronomer).

Over the years, Springfield has come to be known for its prevalence in the literary community, performing arts, festivals, and tourism. Springfield is also home to several minor league baseball franchises, indoor football teams, and assorted other sports franchises.


Commercial Debt Collection Laws

The Springfield city government is structured under a mayor/city council form of government. It is under this system where the mayor holds executive authority and serves in 4-year terms.

For businesses, there are a variety of collection laws valid in Springfield and the state of Illinois that rule how commercial debt collectors can collect debt from businesses. The legal interest rates are set at 5%, with judgments set at a 9% interest rate.


Statute of Limitations

  • Sales (UCC): 4 years
  • Open accounts: 5 years
  • Written contracts: 10 years
  • Domestic judgments: 20 years


For more information on business-to-business debt collection laws, visit our Illinois law’s summary page.

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