No. 2--05--1041 filed: 10/30/06
APPELLATE COURT OF ILLINOIS
TRAVELERS CASUALTY AND SURETY ) Appeal from the Circuit Court
COMPANY, as Successor to Reliance ) of Kane County.
Insurance Company and United Pacific )
Insurance Company, )
v. ) No. 04--L--494
A.G. CARLSON, INC., ))
(James A. Bowman and Barbara B. ) F. Keith Brown,
Bowman, Defendants-Appellees). ) Judge, Presiding.
JUSTICE BOWMAN delivered the opinion of the court:
This case raises the issue of which of three limitations periods applies in an action for the
breach of a written indemnity agreement following a surety's payout on a construction bond: the
two-year limitations period of section 13--204 of the Code of Civil Procedure (Code) (735 ILCS
5/13--204 (West 2004)) for contribution and indemnity actions; the four-year limitations period of
section 13--214(a) of the Code (735 ILCS 5/13--214(a) (West 2004)) for the construction of
improvements to real property; or the 10-year limitations period of section 13--206 of the Code (735
ILCS 5/13--206 (West 2004)) for the breach of written contracts. We conclude that, under the facts
of this case, section 13--206's 10-year limitations period for written contracts applies.