(50 ILCS 345/15)
    Sec. 15. Local government credit card acceptance program.
    (a) Any unit of local government and any community college district that has the authority to accept the payment of funds for any purpose is authorized, but not required, to accept payment by credit card.
    (b) This Act shall be broadly construed to authorize, but not require, acceptance of credit card payments by all units of local government and community college districts.
    (c) This Act authorizes the acceptance of credit card payments for all types of authorized obligations.
    (d) This Act does not limit the authority of clerks of court to accept payment by credit card pursuant to the Clerks of Court Act or the Unified Code of Corrections.
    (e) A local governmental entity may not receive and retain, directly or indirectly, any convenience fee, surcharge, or other fee in excess of the amount paid in connection with the credit card transaction. In addition, a financial institution or service provider may not pay, refund, rebate, or return, directly or indirectly, to a local governmental entity for final retention any portion of a surcharge, convenience fee, or other fee paid in connection with a credit card transaction.
(Source: P.A. 90-518, eff. 8-22-97.)