(315 ILCS 5/24) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 86)
    Sec. 24. Every municipality is authorized and empowered to incur indebtedness and issue bonds in such amount or amounts as the governing body of the municipality deems necessary for the purpose of raising funds to be paid to a Land Clearance Commission whose area of operation includes that municipality in aid of the eradication and elimination of slum and blighted areas and the acquisition, development or redevelopment of any other areas which may constitute a redevelopment project within that municipality. The ordinance authorizing the issuance of such bonds shall specify the total amount of bonds to be issued, the form and denomination of the bonds, the date they are to bear, the place at which they are payable, the date or dates of maturity, which shall not be later than twenty (20) years after the date the bonds bear, the rate of interest which shall not exceed the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, and the dates on which interest is payable. The bonds shall be executed by such officials as may be provided in the ordinance authorizing their issue. They may be made registerable as to principal and may be made callable on any interest payment date at par and accrued interest after notice has been given at the time and in the manner provided in the bond ordinance. The bonds shall remain valid even though one or more of the officers executing the bonds ceases to hold his or their offices before the bonds are delivered.
    The bonds shall be sold to the highest and best bidder at not less than their par value and accrued interest. The municipality shall, from time to time as bonds are to be sold, advertise for proposals to purchase the bonds. Each such advertisement may be published in such newspapers and journals as the governing body of the municipality may determine but must be published at least once in a newspaper having a general circulation in the municipality at least ten days prior to the date of the opening of the bids. The municipality may reserve the right to reject any and all bids and readvertise for bids.
    The ordinance authorizing the bonds shall prescribe all the details thereof and shall provide for the levy and collection of a direct annual tax upon all the taxable property within the municipality sufficient to pay the principal thereof and interest thereon as it matures. This tax shall be in addition to and exclusive of the maximum of all other taxes authorized to be levied by the municipality. Tax limitations provided by other statutes of this State shall not apply to taxes levied for payment of these bonds. A certified copy of the bond ordinance shall be filed with the County Clerk of the county in which the municipality or any portion thereof is situated and shall constitute the authority for the extension and collection of such taxes.
    If there is no default in payment of the principal or interest upon the bonds, and if after setting aside a sum of money equal to the amount of interest that will accrue on the bonds and a sum of money equal to the amount of principal that will become due thereon within the next six (6) months' period, the treasurer and comptroller, if there is a comptroller, of the municipality shall use the money available from the proceeds of the taxes levied for the payment of the bonds in calling them for payment, if by their terms they are subject to redemption. A municipality may provide in the bond ordinance that whenever the municipality is not in default in payment of the principal of or interest on the bonds and has set aside the sums of money provided in this paragraph for interest accruing and principal maturing within the next six (6) months' period, the money available from the proceeds of taxes levied for the payment of these bonds shall be used first in the purchase of the bonds at the lowest price obtainable, but not to exceed their par value and accrued interest, after sealed tenders for their purchase have been advertised for as may be directed by the corporate authorities thereof.
    Bonds called for payment and paid or purchased under this Section shall be marked paid and cancelled.
    Whenever any bonds are purchased or redeemed and cancelled, the taxes thereafter to be extended for payment of the principal of and interest on the remainder of the issue shall be reduced in an amount equal to the principal of and the interest that would have thereafter accrued upon the bonds so cancelled. A resolution shall be adopted by the corporate authorities of the municipality finding these facts. A certified copy of this resolution shall be filed with the County Clerk of the county in which the municipality, or any portion thereof, is situated, whereupon the County Clerk shall reduce and extend such tax levies in accordance therewith.
    The ordinance may provide for the creation of a sinking fund to consist of the proceeds of taxes levied for the payment of the principal of an interest upon these bonds. This fund shall be faithfully applied to the purchase or payment of the bonds, and interest thereon, issued pursuant to the provisions of this Act.
    Bonds issued by a municipality for the purposes herein set forth shall not be in excess of any existing statutory limitation on municipal indebtedness, nor shall any municipality by the issuance of the bonds provided for in this Act be allowed to become indebted in any manner or for any purpose to an amount including existing indebtedness in the aggregate exceeding five per centum (5%) on the value of taxable property therein to be ascertained by the last assessment for State and County taxes previous to the incurring of such indebtedness.
    No ordinance providing for the issuance of such bonds shall be effective until it has been submitted to referendum of, and approved by, the electors of that municipality in accordance with the provisions of Sections 8-4-1 and 8-4-2 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as heretofore and hereafter amended.
    In addition to the power to issue bonds as herein provided, every municipality is authorized and empowered to appropriate and pay to the Land Clearance Commission, whose area of operation includes that municipality, available funds for the eradication and elimination of slum and blighted areas in that municipality in the manner provided in this Act, including the proceeds of bonds issued pursuant to the corporate powers specified in Section 11-11-1 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as heretofore and hereafter amended.
    A municipality may make payments to a Land Clearance Commission for the purposes specified in this Act even though such payments are not to be matched by state funds.
    Every municipality is authorized to accept donations, contributions, capital grants, or gifts, from individuals, associations, corporations and the United States of America, or any agency or instrumentality thereof (including the Housing and Home Finance Agency), and to pay the same into the separate fund of the Land Clearance Commission whose area of operation includes such municipality.
    Any municipality which has issued bonds pursuant to this section may by ordinance authorize the use of the bond proceeds, or any portion thereof, by a land clearance commission for the additional objectives and powers authorized by this amendatory Act.
    With respect to instruments for the payment of money issued under this Section either before, on, or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1989, it is and always has been the intention of the General Assembly (i) that the Omnibus Bond Acts are and always have been supplementary grants of power to issue instruments in accordance with the Omnibus Bond Acts, regardless of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts, (ii) that the provisions of this Section are not a limitation on the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts, and (iii) that instruments issued under this Section within the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts are not invalid because of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts.
(Source: P.A. 86-4.)