(310 ILCS 50/4)
(from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 854)
The proceeding shall be commenced by filing a verified petition
in the circuit court in
the county in which the property is located. The petition shall
allege the conditions specified in Section 3.
All parties in interest
of the property shall be named as defendants in the petition and summons
shall be issued and service had as in other civil cases pursuant to Section
2-206 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
Any defendant may file as part of his answer, as an affirmative defense,
a plan for the rehabilitation of the property.
The court shall grant that defendant 90
days to bring the property into compliance with applicable fire, housing
and building codes.
The court may, for good cause shown, extend
the 90-day compliance period. If the property is brought into such compliance
within the 90-day period or extension of time thereof, the petition shall
be dismissed. If the defendant fails to bring the property into such compliance
within the 90-day period or extension of time thereof, or if the defendant's
plan is otherwise insufficient, the defendant's affirmative defense shall
At the hearing on the organization's petition, the organization shall submit
to the court a plan for the rehabilitation of the property and present evidence
that the organization has adequate resources to rehabilitate and thereafter
manage the property. For the purpose of developing such a plan, representatives
of the organization may be permitted entry onto the property by the court
at such times and on such terms as the court may deem appropriate.
(Source: P.A. 85-862.)