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35 ILCS 5/1103

    (35 ILCS 5/1103) (from Ch. 120, par. 11-1103)
    Sec. 1103. Filing and Priority of Liens.
    (a) Filing with Recorder. Nothing in this Article shall be construed to give the Department a preference over the rights of any bona fide purchaser, holder of a security interest, mechanics lienor, mortgagee, or judgment lien creditor arising prior to the filing of a regular notice of lien or a notice of jeopardy assessment lien in the office of the recorder in the county in which the property subject to the lien is located. For purposes of this section, the term "bona fide," shall not include any mortgage of real or personal property or any other credit transaction that results in the mortgagee or the holder of the security acting as trustee for unsecured creditors of the taxpayer mentioned in the notice of lien who executed such chattel or real property mortgage or the document evidencing such credit transaction. Such lien shall be inferior to the lien of general taxes, special assessments and special taxes heretofore or hereafter levied by any political subdivision of this State.
    (b) Filing with Registrar. In case title to land to be affected by the notice of lien or notice of jeopardy assessment lien is registered under the provisions of "An Act concerning land titles," approved May 1, 1897, as amended, such notice shall be filed in the office of the Registrar of Titles of the county within which the property subject to the lien is situated and shall be entered upon the register of titles as a memorial of charge upon each folium of the register of titles affected by such notice, and the Department shall not have a preference over the rights of any bona fide purchaser, mortgagee, judgment creditor or other lien holder arising prior to the registration of such notice.
    (c) Index. The recorder of each county shall procure a file labeled "State Tax Lien Notices" and an index book labeled "State Tax Lien Index." When notice of any lien or jeopardy assessment lien is presented to him for filing, he shall file it in numerical order in the file and shall enter it alphabetically in the index. The entry shall show the name and last known address of the person named in the notice, the serial number of the notice, the date and hour of filing, whether it is a regular lien or a jeopardy assessment lien, and the amount of tax and penalty due and unpaid, plus the amount of interest due at the time when the notice of lien or jeopardy assessment is filed.
    (d) No recorder or registrar of titles of any county shall require that the Department pay any costs or fees in connection with recordation of any notice or other document filed by the Department under this Act at the time such notice or other document is presented for recordation. The recorder or registrar of each county, in order to receive payment for fees or costs incurred by the Department, shall present the Department with monthly statements indicating the amount of fees and costs incurred by the Department and for which no payment has been received. This amendatory Act of 1987 applies to all liens heretofore or hereafter filed.
    (e) The taxpayer is liable for the filing fee incurred by the Department for filing the lien and the filing fee incurred by the Department to file the release of that lien. The filing fees shall be paid to the Department in addition to payment of the tax, penalty, and interest included in the amount of the lien.
(Source: P.A. 92-826, eff. 1-1-03.)