(60 ILCS 1/205-75)
Liens; recovery of money due.
(a) Charges or rates established under this Article are liens upon the real
estate upon or for which a system is supplied. Liens do not attach to the real
estate until the charges or rates have become delinquent as provided by an
ordinance fixing a delinquency date.
(b) Nothing in this Section shall be construed to give the township board or
the township utility board a preference over the rights of any purchaser,
mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lien holder arising before the filing of
notice of the lien in the office of the recorder of the county in which the
real estate is located or in the office of the registrar of titles of the
county if the property is registered under the Registered Titles (Torrens) Act.
The notice shall consist of a sworn statement setting forth (i) a description
of the real estate, sufficient for its identification, upon or for which the
system was supplied, (ii) the amount or amounts of money due for services of
the system, and (iii) the date or dates when the amount or amounts became
(c) The township board or the township utility board may foreclose the lien
in the same manner and with the same effect as the foreclosure of mortgages on
(d) The township board or the township utility board may file an action in
the circuit court to recover money due for services of a system, plus a
reasonable attorney's fee to be fixed by the court. Whenever a judgment is
entered in a civil action, the provisions of this Section with respect to
filing sworn statements of delinquencies in the office of the recorder and
creating a lien against the real estate are not effective as to the charges
sued upon, and no lien exists thereafter against the real estate for the
delinquency. A judgment in a civil action operates as a release
and waiver of the lien upon the real estate for the amount of judgement.
(e) The payment of delinquent charges for sewerage service to any premises may be enforced by discontinuing the water service, the sewerage service, or both to the premises. A rate or charge is delinquent if it is more than 30 days overdue. Any public or municipal corporation or political subdivision of the State furnishing water service to the premises (i) shall discontinue that service upon receiving written notice from the township board or the township utility board in which the premises lies that payment of the rate or charge for sewerage service to the premises has become delinquent and (ii) shall not resume water service until it receives a similar notice that the delinquency has been removed. The provider of sewerage service shall not request discontinuation of water service pursuant to this subsection before sending a notice of the delinquency to the sewer user and affording the owner an opportunity to be heard. During any such hearing, the provider of sewerage service shall consider the financial ability of the user to make immediate full payment and consider the establishment of a deferred payment plan to recoup any delinquent charges. The township board or the township utility board shall reimburse the public or municipal corporation or political subdivision of the State for the reasonable cost of discontinuing and reestablishing water service to the premises. The township board or the township utility board may contract with any privately owned public utility for the discontinuance of water service to a premises with respect to which the payment for a rate or charge for sewerage service has become delinquent. The township board or township utility board shall reimburse the water service provider for any lost water service revenues due to discontinuing water service under this subsection, and shall indemnify the water service provider for any judgment and related attorney's fees resulting from an action based on any provision of this subsection.
(Source: P.A. 96-842, eff. 12-23-09.)