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Benefits and refunds payable by pension or retirement funds are exempt and not subject to deduction orders. 735 ILCS 5/12-804. See also the exemptions listed in the section below for non-wage garnishments.

735 ILCS 5/12-1006 exempts a debtor's interest in pensions, annuities, benefits, distributions, refunds of contributions or other payments under certain retirement plans. Compare to 735 ILCS 5/12-704 which exempts from garnishment benefits and refunds payable by pension or retirement funds and any assets of employees held by such funds. Cf. MacKey v. Lanier Collections Agency, 486 U.S. 825 (1988).
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