Initiating a wage deduction proceeding is an effective supplementary proceeding that is statutory by nature. It is required that the creditor have a valid and final judgment. A wage deduction proceeding is a tool for judgment creditors to obtain a court order for nonexempt wages to be paid to the creditor. In Illinois, wages are defined as any hourly pay, salary, commissions, bonuses, or other compensation that an employer may owe to a judgment debtor. The process of initiating a wage garnishment requires the creditor to serve an employer with a wage deduction proceeding. The employer is required to answer the wage deduction proceeding and withhold wages from its employee who is subject to the proceeding. If an employer fails to answer the proceeding after proper service, a conditional judgment will be entered against the employer for the judgment balance.