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Were you ever sued for a judgment for the debt?
Or is that what is happening now?
Ok then with an 06 case number, it sounds like they might have sued you and gotten a default judgment if you never heard about this prior to now.
If it was a 16 case number, then they would just be suing you now.
So assuming this is an old judgment, they have 20 years in IL to try and collect on it.
However, if you never were summoned to court on the original case, you could fight it and file a motion to vacate any default judgment due to lack of service. You have a legal right to notice of any lawsuit and if you were never notified, you never had an opportunity to appear and defend, so that is a violation of your procedural due process rights.
But this would require you to hire an attorney to file the motion and argue that the judgment should be thrown out and it might not be financially practical to pay an attorney several thousand if the judgment is not very big.