(755 ILCS 5/13-4)
(from Ch. 110 1/2, par. 13-4)
Powers and duties of public administrator.)
(a) When a person dies owning any real or personal
estate in this State and there is no person in this State
having a prior right to administer his estate, the public
administrator of the county of which the decedent was a
resident, or of the county in which his estate is situated, if
the decedent was a nonresident of this State, may take such
measures as he deems proper to protect and secure the estate
from waste, loss or embezzlement until letters of office
on the estate are issued to the person entitled thereto or
until a demand for the removal of the personal estate from
this State is made by a nonresident representative pursuant
to the authority granted by this Act. When letters of office
are issued to the public administrator, he has the same
powers and duties as other representatives of decedents'
estates appointed under this Act until he is discharged or
his authority is sooner terminated by order of court.
(b) In counties having a population in excess of 1,000,000 inhabitants,
a public administrator shall retain his or her records in accordance with the Local Records Act.
(Source: P.A. 97-882, eff. 1-1-13.)