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You want a lawyer in Illinois. Lawyers must be licensed in any state where they practice, and you're not likely to find a lawyer licensed in both Tennessee and Illinois. Once a divorce is filed in one state, the courts will not transfer it to another. If you wife hadn't filed for divorce yet, you potentially could file in Tennessee, but there's a 6 month residency requirement before you could file AND you have to be living separate and apart for two years, so you'd have to wait.
An Illinois lawyer can travel to most of the hearings for you, although you may have to travel if the case goes to trial. Your lawyer can request that you be allowed to appear and testify by telephone if you cannot make it back.
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