(50 ILCS 345/15)
Local government credit card acceptance program.
(a) Any unit of local government and any community college district
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
(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
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.)