My question involves court procedures for the state of: Illinois
I have a contract dispute with a contractor that has done work in my home. He has provided me with custom doors (through a sub contractor) which have never fit the door frame and are leaking, hard to open and close, have spaces where light/bugs/rain/snow comes in and have frost on the inside of them in the winter. He has been trying to correct the problem for 3 years. He is owed an installation fee when the doors have been properly installed. He was given a down payment for the doors (which should have been paid to the subcontractor) but has not received the remaining balance because the people who made the doors walked away from the project and they have never fit the frame. He came to my home stating that he was going to remove one of the doors to put a better seal on it. Instead he took the door and will not return it until we pay him in full for the balance of the doors and installation. The lock that is on the door is rather expensive and was purchased outright by us. The police will not get involved as they say it is a civil matter. Is this not theft? How can I get my door back in a timely manner. I currently have the door boarded up (at my expense).