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LIENS
(770 ILCS 50/) Labor and Storage Lien (Small Amount) Act.

770 ILCS 50/0.01

    (770 ILCS 50/0.01) (from Ch. 82, par. 47.9)
    Sec. 0.01. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Labor and Storage Lien (Small Amount) Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-1324.)

770 ILCS 50/1

    (770 ILCS 50/1) (from Ch. 82, par. 47a)
    Sec. 1. Every person expending labor, services, skill or material upon or furnishing storage for any chattel at the request of or with the consent of its owner, authorized agent of the owner, or lawful possessor thereof, in the amount of $2,000 or less, shall have a lien upon such chattel beginning upon the date of commencement of such expenditure of labor, services, skill, or materials or furnishing of storage, for the contract price for all such expenditure of labor, services, skill, or material, until the possession of such chattel is voluntarily relinquished to such owner or authorized agent, or to one entitled to the possession thereof.
    For the purposes of this Act, a person, other than a driver or a person otherwise in control of a fire, police, emergency or public utility vehicle on official business, consents to removal by towing of his or her vehicle when he or she without authorization parks such vehicle upon private property while having notice that unauthorized vehicles will be towed from such property by the owner of such property, or agent thereof, at the vehicle owner's expense, where such notice is provided pursuant to State law, local ordinances or regulation by any state or local agency. Such notice must include a sign of at least 24 inches in height by 36 inches in width posted in a conspicuous place in the affected area at least 4 feet from the ground but not more than 8 feet from the ground. Such sign shall be either illuminated or painted with reflective paint, or both and shall state the amount of towing charges to which the person may be subjected. However, the requirement of the sign provided for in this section shall not apply to residential property which, paying due regard to the circumstances and the surrounding area, is clearly reserved or intended exclusively for the use or occupation of residents or their vehicles.
    The lien established herein shall also apply to labor, services, skills or material upon or furnishing storage for towed vehicles performed by any relocator or any other towing service pursuant to the order of a law enforcement official or agency in accordance with Sections 4-201 through 4-214 of The Illinois Vehicle Code. The lien created herein shall be valid even though the towing and storage is performed without the vehicle owner's consent.
(Source: P.A. 85-1283.)

770 ILCS 50/1.5

    (770 ILCS 50/1.5)
    Sec. 1.5. Storage fees; notice to lienholder of record. Any person, firm, or private corporation seeking to impose fees in connection with the furnishing of storage for a vehicle in the person's, firm's, or corporation's possession must provide written notice, by certified mail, to the lienholder of record prior to the assessment and accrual of such fees. The notice shall include the rate at which fees will be incurred, and shall provide the lienholder with an opportunity to inspect the vehicle on the premises where the vehicle is stored. Payment of the storage fees by the lienholder may be made in cash or by cashier's check, certified check, or wire transfer, at the option of the lienholder.
(Source: P.A. 99-759, eff. 8-12-16.)

770 ILCS 50/2

    (770 ILCS 50/2) (from Ch. 82, par. 47b)
    Sec. 2. Unless the chattel is redeemed within 90 days of the completion of the expenditure of such labor, services, skill, or material or furnishing of storage, or within 90 days of the date agreed upon for redemption, the lien may be enforced by a commercially reasonable public or private sale conducted so as to maximize the net proceeds of said sale as hereinafter provided.
(Source: P.A. 85-1283.)

770 ILCS 50/3

    (770 ILCS 50/3) (from Ch. 82, par. 47c)
    Sec. 3. Such sale shall be held only after giving 30 days' notice of the time and place of such sale, by publication once in some newspaper of general circulation in the city, village, or incorporated town in which such lienor expended such labor, services, skill, or material or furnished such storage, or if there be none, or if the labor, service, skill or material was not expended in a city, village, or incorporated town, then in some newspaper of general circulation in the county in which such lienor expended such labor, service, skill, or material or furnished such storage, and also by certified mailing, 30 days before such sale, a copy of such notice addressed to the person requesting or consenting to such expenditure of labor, services, skill, or material or furnishing of storage, if his address is known, or if his address is unknown, to the last known address of such person. If no address is known or discoverable after reasonable inquiry, the sale may be made without mailing such notice. The published notice required by this Section shall be in substantially the following form:
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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
    That on (insert date), a sale will be held at (insert place), to sell the following articles to enforce a lien existing under the laws of the State of Illinois against such articles for labor, services, skill or material expended upon a storage furnished for such articles at the request of the following designated persons, unless such articles are redeemed within thirty days of the publication of this notice.
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Name of Person      Description of Article  Amount of lien
.................    .................     $.................
.................    .................     $.................
    A separate notice need not be published for each lien to be enforced, but several may be combined in one publication.
(Source: P.A. 87-206.)

770 ILCS 50/4

    (770 ILCS 50/4) (from Ch. 82, par. 47d)
    Sec. 4. If the chattel or chattels are not redeemed within 30 days after the publication of the notice required by Section 3 of this Act, the lienor may sell such articles at a commercially reasonable public or private sale conducted so as to maximize the net proceeds of said sale on the day and at the place specified in such notice. The proceeds of the sale in excess of the charges for the expenditure of such labor, services, skill, or material or furnishing of storage, and the necessary expenses of the procedure required by this Act, shall be held by the lienor for a period of 6 months, and if not reclaimed by the owner thereof within that time shall be deposited with the county treasurer of the county in which such labor, services, skill or materials were expended or such storage was furnished. The said treasurer shall credit such excess to the general revenue fund of the county, subject to the right of the owner or his representatives to reclaim the same at any time within 3 years of the date of such deposit with the treasurer.
(Source: P.A. 85-1283.)

770 ILCS 50/5

    (770 ILCS 50/5) (from Ch. 82, par. 47e)
    Sec. 5. Conformity to the requirements of this Act shall be a perpetual bar to any action against such lienor by any person for the recovery of such chattels or of the value thereof, or of any damages growing out of the failure of such person to receive such chattels.
(Source: Laws 1941, vol. 1, p. 849.)

770 ILCS 50/6

    (770 ILCS 50/6) (from Ch. 82, par. 47f)
    Sec. 6. The purpose and intent of this Act is to provide an inexpensive means of enforcing liens for small amounts, and to that end the provisions of this Act shall be construed to create a lien in addition to, and shall not exclude, any lien which may exist by virtue of either the common law or any other statute of the State of Illinois.
(Source: Laws 1941, vol. 1, p. 849.)