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You are aware that to sue this individual in small claims
court and obtain personal jurisdiction over him, you would have to sue in CA where he is located as the small claims courts have no type of long arm jurisdiction and have very limited jurisdiction.
The IL small claims court could not take jurisdiction even if it had long arm jurisdiction power and even if he did business one time in IL (he really did not intend to do business in IL, he happened to buy online from someone who was in IL) and that would not meet the sufficient contacts with the forum state that the court's require to establish personal jurisdiction over the individual (unlike a corporation or business who intentionally routinely conducts business in a state, this is a buyer who made a one time purchase from you who happened to be in IL). See: International Shoe v. Washington, 326 U.S. 310
Here is the CA Small Claims Court
page, which provides a variety of self-help information. Here are the CA Small Claims forms you will need to file with the court: Form SC 100, SC 104 (or 104A, depending on how you serve the person), SC 112A (again depending on if you serve by mail)
You can file the forms in CA by mail (and fax in some courts), but at some point you will have to go to CA for trial (and the reasonable cost of travel to pursue your suit is something you could seek to recover in small claims as long as it does not put you over the limit in CA of $10,000).
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