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SPECIAL DISTRICTS
(70 ILCS 2405/) Sanitary District Act of 1917.

70 ILCS 2405/0.1

    (70 ILCS 2405/0.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 298.99)
    Sec. 0.1. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the "Sanitary District Act of 1917".
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 945.)

70 ILCS 2405/1

    (70 ILCS 2405/1) (from Ch. 42, par. 299)
    Sec. 1. Whenever any area of contiguous territory shall contain one or more incorporated cities, towns or villages or parts of one or more incorporated cities, towns or villages, and shall be so situated that the construction and maintenance of a plant or plants for the purification and treatment of sewage and the maintenance of one or more outlets for the drainage thereof, after having been so treated and purified by and through such plant or plants will conduce to the preservation of the public health, comfort and convenience, the same may be incorporated as a sanitary district under this Act in the manner following:
    Any 100 legal voters, resident within the limits of such proposed sanitary district, may petition the Circuit Court in the county in which the proposed district or the major portion thereof is located, to cause the question to be submitted to the legal voters of such proposed district whether such proposed territory shall be organized as a sanitary district under this Act, such petition shall be addressed to the Circuit Court and shall contain a definite description of the territory to be embraced in such district, and the name of such proposed sanitary district: However, no territory shall be included in any municipal corporation formed hereunder which is not situated within the limits of a city, incorporated town or village, or within 6 miles outside thereof, and no territory shall be included within more than one sanitary district organized under this Act or any other Act, except that territory included within a sanitary district organized under the Metro-East Sanitary District Act of 1974 may also be included within a sanitary district organized under this Act. Upon filing of such petition in the office of the circuit clerk in the county in which such territory or the major portion thereof is situated, it shall be the duty of the Circuit Court to name 3 judges of such Court who shall constitute a board of commissioners which shall have power and authority to consider the boundaries of any such proposed sanitary district, whether the same shall be as described in such petition or otherwise, and the decision of 2 of such commissioners shall be conclusive and not subject to review in any manner, directly or indirectly.
    Notice shall be given by such court of the time and place where such commissioners will meet, by a publication inserted in one or more daily or weekly papers published in such proposed district, at least 20 days prior to such meeting and if no such newspaper is published in such proposed district, then by posting at least 5 copies of such notice in such proposed district at least 20 days before such hearing.
    At such meeting all persons in such proposed district shall have an opportunity to be heard touching the location and boundary of such proposed district and to make suggestions regarding the same, and such commissioners, after hearing statements, evidence and suggestions, shall fix and determine the limits and boundaries of such proposed district, and for that purpose and to that extent may alter and amend such petition. After such determination by the commissioners or a majority of them, the same shall be incorporated in an order which shall be entered of record in the Circuit Court. Upon the entering of such order, the Circuit Court shall certify the question to the proper election officials who shall submit the question of organization and establishment of the proposed sanitary district as determined by the commissioners, at an election in accordance with the general election law.
    Each legal voter resident within such proposed sanitary district shall have the right to cast a ballot at such election. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
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    For Sanitary District
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    Against Sanitary District
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    The Circuit Court shall cause a statement of the result of such election to be entered of record in the Circuit Court. If a majority of the votes cast upon the question of incorporation of the proposed sanitary district shall be in favor of the proposed sanitary district, such proposed district shall thenceforth be deemed an organized sanitary district under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 83-1425.)

70 ILCS 2405/2

    (70 ILCS 2405/2) (from Ch. 42, par. 300)
    Sec. 2. All courts in this state shall take judicial notice of the existence of all sanitary districts organized under this act.
(Source: Laws 1917, p. 396.)

70 ILCS 2405/3

    (70 ILCS 2405/3) (from Ch. 42, par. 301)
    Sec. 3. Board of trustees; creation; term. A board of trustees shall be created, consisting of 5 members in any sanitary district which includes one or more municipalities with a population of over 90,000 but less than 500,000 according to the most recent Federal census, and consisting of 3 members in any other district. However, the board of trustees for the Fox River Water Reclamation District, the Sanitary District of Decatur, and the Northern Moraine Wastewater Reclamation District shall each consist of 5 members. Each board of trustees shall be created for the government, control and management of the affairs and business of each sanitary district organized under this Act shall be created in the following manner:
        (1) If the district's corporate boundaries are
    
located wholly within a single county, the presiding officer of the county board, with the advice and consent of the county board, shall appoint the trustees for the district;
        (2) If the district's corporate boundaries are
    
located in more than one county, the members of the General Assembly whose legislative districts encompass any portion of the district shall appoint the trustees for the district.
    In any sanitary district which shall have a 3 member board of trustees, within 60 days after the adoption of such act, the appropriate appointing authority shall appoint three trustees not more than 2 of whom shall be from one incorporated city, town or village in districts in which are included 2 or more incorporated cities, towns or villages, or parts of 2 or more incorporated cities, towns or villages, who shall hold their office respectively for 1, 2 and 3 years, from the first Monday of May next after their appointment and until their successors are appointed and have qualified, and thereafter on or before the second Monday in April of each year the appropriate appointing authority shall appoint one trustee whose term shall be for 3 years commencing the first Monday in May of the year in which he is appointed. The length of the term of the first trustees shall be determined by lot at their first meeting.
    In the case of any sanitary district created after January 1, 1978 in which a 5 member board of trustees is required, the appropriate appointing authority shall appoint 5 trustees, one of whom shall hold office for one year, two of whom shall hold office for 2 years, and 2 of whom shall hold office for 3 years from the first Monday of May next after their respective appointments and until their successors are appointed and have qualified. Thereafter, on or before the second Monday in April of each year the appropriate appointing authority shall appoint one trustee or 2 trustees, as shall be necessary to maintain a 5 member board of trustees, whose terms shall be for 3 years commencing the first Monday in May of the year in which they are respectively appointed. The length of the terms of the first trustees shall be determined by lot at their first meeting.
    In any sanitary district created prior to January 1, 1978 in which a 5 member board of trustees is required as of January 1, 1978, the two trustees already serving terms which do not expire on May 1, 1978 shall continue to hold office for the remainders of their respective terms, and 3 trustees shall be appointed by the appropriate appointing authority by April 10, 1978 and shall hold office for terms beginning May 1, 1978. Of the three new trustees, one shall hold office for 2 years and 2 shall hold office for 3 years from May 1, 1978 and until their successors are appointed and have qualified. Thereafter, on or before the second Monday in April of each year the appropriate appointing authority shall appoint one trustee or 2 trustees, as shall be necessary to maintain a 5 member board of trustees, whose terms shall be for 3 years commencing the first Monday in May of the year in which they are respectively appointed. The lengths of the terms of the trustees who are to hold office beginning May 1, 1978 shall be determined by lot at their first meeting after May 1, 1978.
    No more than 3 members of a 5 member board of trustees may be of the same political party; except that in any sanitary district which otherwise meets the requirements of this Section and which lies within 4 counties of the State of Illinois or, prior to April 30, 2008, in the Fox River Water Reclamation District; the appointments of the 5 members of the board of trustees shall be made without regard to political party. Beginning with the appointments made on April 30, 2008, all appointments to the board of trustees of the Fox River Water Reclamation District shall be made so that no more than 3 of the 5 members are from the same political party.
    Within 60 days after the release of Federal census statistics showing that a sanitary district having a 3 member board of trustees contains one or more municipalities with a population over 90,000 but less than 500,000, or, for the Northern Moraine Wastewater Reclamation District, within 60 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly, the appropriate appointing authority shall appoint 2 additional trustees to the board of trustees, one to hold office for 2 years and one to hold office for 3 years from the first Monday of May next after their appointment and until their successors are appointed and have qualified. The lengths of the terms of these two additional members shall be determined by lot at the first meeting of the board of trustees held after the additional members take office. The three trustees already holding office in the sanitary district shall continue to hold office for the remainders of their respective terms. Thereafter, on or before the second Monday in April of each year the appropriate appointing authority shall appoint one trustee or 2 trustees, as shall be necessary to maintain a 5 member board of trustees, whose terms shall be for 3 years commencing the first Monday in May of the year in which they are respectively appointed.
    If any sanitary district having a 5 member board of trustees shall cease to contain one or more municipalities with a population over 90,000 but less than 500,000 according to the most recent Federal census, then, for so long as that sanitary district does not contain one or more such municipalities, on or before the second Monday in April of each year the appropriate appointing authority shall appoint one trustee whose term shall be for 3 years commencing the first Monday in May of the year in which he is appointed. In districts which include 2 or more incorporated cities, towns, or villages, or parts of 2 or more incorporated cities, towns, or villages, all of the trustees shall not be from one incorporated city, town or village.
    If a vacancy occurs on any board of trustees, the appropriate appointing authority shall within 60 days appoint a trustee who shall hold office for the remainder of the vacated term.
    The appointing authority shall require each of the trustees to enter into bond, with security to be approved by the appointing authority, in such sum as the appointing authority may determine.
    A majority of the board of trustees shall constitute a quorum but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day. No trustee or employee of such district shall be directly or indirectly interested in any contract, work or business of the district, or the sale of any article, the expense, price or consideration of which is paid by such district; nor in the purchase of any real estate or property belonging to the district, or which shall be sold for taxes or assessments, or by virtue of legal process at the suit of the district. Provided, that nothing herein shall be construed as prohibiting the appointment or selection of any person as trustee or employee whose only interest in the district is as owner of real estate in the district or of contributing to the payment of taxes levied by the district. The trustees shall have the power to provide and adopt a corporate seal for the district.
    Notwithstanding any other provision in this Section, in any sanitary district created prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1985, in which a five member board of trustees has been appointed and which currently includes one or more municipalities with a population of over 90,000 but less than 500,000, the board of trustees shall consist of five members.
    Except as otherwise provided for vacancies, in the event that the appropriate appointing authority fails to appoint a trustee under this Section, the appropriate appointing authority shall reconvene and appoint a successor on or before July 1 of that year.
(Source: P.A. 98-407, eff. 1-1-14; 98-828, eff. 8-1-14.)

70 ILCS 2405/3a

    (70 ILCS 2405/3a) (from Ch. 42, par. 302)
    Sec. 3a.
    Whenever a vacancy in the board of trustees shall occur, either from death, resignation, refusal to qualify, or for any other reason, the appropriate appointing authority shall fill such vacancy by appointment; and such person so appointed shall qualify for office in the manner hereinbefore stated and shall thereupon assume the duties of the office for the unexpired term to which such person was appointed.
(Source: P.A. 77-694.)

70 ILCS 2405/4

    (70 ILCS 2405/4) (from Ch. 42, par. 303)
    Sec. 4. The trustees shall constitute a board of trustees for the district. The board of trustees is the corporate authority of such sanitary district, and shall exercise all the powers and manage and control all the affairs and property of the district. The board of trustees immediately after their appointment and at their first meeting in May of each year thereafter, shall elect one of their number as president, one of their number as vice-president, and from or outside of their membership a clerk and an assistant clerk. In case of the death, resignation, absence from the State, or other disability of the president, the powers, duties and emoluments of the office of the president shall devolve upon the vice-president, until such disability is removed or until a successor to the president is appointed and chosen in the manner provided in this Act. The board may select a treasurer, engineer and attorney for the district, and a board of local improvements consisting of 5 members in any sanitary district which includes one or more municipalities with a population of over 90,000 but less than 500,000 according to the most recent Federal census and consisting of 3 members in any other district, all of whom may be trustees or other citizens of the sanitary district. The board may appoint such other officers and hire such employees to manage and control the operations of the district as it deems necessary; provided, however, that the board shall not employ an individual as a wastewater operator whose Certificate of Technical Competency is suspended or revoked under rules adopted by the Pollution Control Board under item (4) of subsection (a) of Section 13 of the Environmental Protection Act. The board may appoint a chief administrative officer for a term not to exceed 4 years subject to removal by the board for cause. Appointment of the chief administrative officer may be renewed as often as the board deems necessary. All other persons selected by the board shall hold their respective offices during the pleasure of the board, and all persons selected by the board shall give such bond as may be required by the board. The board may prescribe the duties and fix the compensation of all the officers and employees of the sanitary district. However, no member of the board of trustees shall receive more than $6,000 per year.
    The board of trustees has full power to pass all necessary ordinances, rules and regulations for the proper management and conduct of the business of the board and the corporation, and for carrying into effect the objects for which the sanitary district was formed. Such ordinances may provide for a fine for each offense of not less than $100 or more than $1,000. Each day's continuance of such violation shall be a separate offense. Fines pursuant to this Section are recoverable by the sanitary district in a civil action. The sanitary district is authorized to apply to the circuit court for injunctive relief or mandamus when, in the opinion of the chief administrative officer, such relief is necessary to protect the sewerage system of the sanitary district.
(Source: P.A. 89-143, eff. 7-14-95; 89-502, eff. 6-28-96; 90-14, eff. 7-1-97.)

70 ILCS 2405/4.1

    (70 ILCS 2405/4.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 303.1)
    Sec. 4.1. Whenever a sanitary district has 2 or more municipalities or townships within its boundaries, it may pass an ordinance expressing its desire to change the name of the sanitary district, and shall proceed as follows:
    1. Proceedings. Before action is had upon such ordinance the name proposed to be given to such sanitary district shall be filed with the Secretary of State. After the proposed name has been on file for 60 days and it appears from information in his office that the proposed name has not been adopted by any sanitary district, the Secretary of State shall grant a certificate so stating. If the proposed name is the same as the name of another sanitary district in Illinois, the Secretary of State shall inform the petitioners thereof. The petitioners then may file another proposed name with the Secretary of State and they may proceed in the manner set forth in this Section. The board of trustees shall not act upon such ordinance until the Secretary of State has issued such certificate.
    2. The ordinance shall request that the name of the sanitary district be changed, and also shall request that the circuit court of the specified county submit the question of the change of name to the electors of the district by a public hearing. The judge of the circuit court shall enter an order fixing the time for the hearing upon the ordinance and the day of the hearing shall be not less than 20 nor more than 30 days after the filing of the ordinance.
    The board of trustees shall give notice of the ordinance not more than 30 nor less than 15 days before the date fixed for the hearing. This notice shall state that an ordinance has been filed and give the substance thereof, including the proposed name change and the date fixed for the hearing. This notice shall be given by publishing a notice thereof at least once in one or more newspapers published in the sanitary district territory, or if no newspaper is published therein, then in one or more newspapers with a general circulation within the sanitary district territory. A copy of this notice shall be filed with the clerk of the circuit court.
    3. Hearing Petition and Objections. The court shall hold a hearing on such ordinance and all objections thereto, at the time fixed in such notice. If the court is satisfied that a change of name is desirable, it shall make an order changing the name and adopting the name requested in the ordinance.
    4. Order Filed with Secretary of State - Judicial Notice of Change - Publishing or Posting Notice. If a change of name is made the board of trustees shall file a copy of the order making the change with the Secretary of State. The courts shall take judicial notice of the change of name. The board of trustees shall publish a notice of the change at least once in one or more newspapers published in the sanitary district territory, or if no newspaper is published therein, then in one or more newspapers with a general circulation within the sanitary district territory. In sanitary districts with less than 500 population in which no newspaper is published, publication may instead be made by posting a notice in 3 prominent places within the sanitary district.
    5. No rights, duties or privileges of such sanitary district, or those of any person, existing before the change of name, shall be affected by a change of name as provided by this Act. All proceedings pending in any court in favor of or against such sanitary district may continue to final consummation under the name in which they were commenced.
    6. If the name of any sanitary district is changed without complying with this Act; all proceedings instituted or acts done under the name as changed shall be valid if they would have been valid if done under the old name.
(Source: P.A. 86-129.)

70 ILCS 2405/4.2

    (70 ILCS 2405/4.2) (from Ch. 42, par. 303.2)
    Sec. 4.2. Within 60 days after the effective date of this Amendatory Act of 1977 every sanitary district organized under the "Sanitary District Act of 1917" shall file with the Secretary of State the official name of the district.
(Source: P.A. 80-424.)

70 ILCS 2405/5

    (70 ILCS 2405/5) (from Ch. 42, par. 304)
    Sec. 5. All ordinances imposing any penalty or making any appropriations shall, within one month after they are passed, be published at least once in a newspaper published in such district, or if no such newspaper of general circulation is published therein, by posting copies of the same in three public places in the district; and no such ordinance shall take effect until ten days after it is so published, and all other ordinances, orders and resolutions, shall take effect from and after their passage unless otherwise provided therein.
(Source: Laws 1917, p. 396.)

70 ILCS 2405/6

    (70 ILCS 2405/6) (from Ch. 42, par. 305)
    Sec. 6. All ordinances, orders and resolutions, and the date of publication thereof, may be proven by the certificate of the clerk under the seal of the corporation, and when printed in book or pamphlet form, and purporting to be published by the board of trustees, such book or pamphlet shall be received as evidence of the passage and legal publication of such ordinances, orders and resolutions, as of the dates mentioned in such book or pamphlet in all courts and places without further proof.
(Source: Laws 1917, p. 396.)

70 ILCS 2405/6.1

    (70 ILCS 2405/6.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 305.1)
    Sec. 6.1. Actions to impose a fine or imprisonment for violation of a sanitary district ordinance or resolution adopted under authority of this Act shall be brought in the corporate name of the sanitary district as plaintiff. Such actions shall commence with a complaint or a warrant. A warrant may issue upon execution of an affidavit by any person alleging that he has reasonable grounds to believe that the person to be named in the warrant has violated a sanitary district ordinance or resolution. A person arrested upon such a warrant shall be taken without unnecessary delay before the proper officer for trial.
    Fines for the violation of sanitary district ordinances or resolutions shall be established by ordinance or resolution and when collected shall be paid into the sanitary district treasury at such times and in a manner prescribed by ordinance or resolution.
    A person who is fined for violation of a sanitary district ordinance or resolution may be committed to the county jail or to any place provided by ordinance or resolution for the incarceration of offenders until the fine and costs are paid. No incarceration, however, shall exceed 6 months for any one offense.
    The committed person shall be allowed, exclusive of his board, a credit of $5 toward the fine and costs for each day of confinement. The sanitary district may make agreements with a county or municipality for holding such persons in a facility operated by them for the incarceration of violators of laws, ordinances or resolutions.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 777.)

70 ILCS 2405/7

    (70 ILCS 2405/7) (from Ch. 42, par. 306)
    Sec. 7. The board of trustees of any sanitary district organized under this Act shall have power to provide for the disposal of the sewage thereof including the sewage and drainage of any incorporated city, town or village within the boundaries of such district and to save and preserve the water supplied to the inhabitants of such district from contamination and for that purpose may construct and maintain an enclosed conduit or conduits, main pipe or pipes, wholly or partially submerged, buried or otherwise, and by means of pumps or otherwise cause such sewage to flow or to be forced through such conduit or conduits, pipe or pipes to and into any ditch or canal constructed and operated by any other sanitary district, after having first acquired the right so to do, or such board may provide for the drainage of such district by laying out, establishing, constructing and maintaining one or more channels, drains, ditches and outlets, for carrying off and disposing of the drainage (including the sewage) of such district together with such adjuncts and additions thereto as may be necessary or proper to cause such channels or outlets to accomplish the end for which they are designed, in a satisfactory manner, including pumps and pumping stations and the operation of the same. Such board may also treat and purify such sewage so that when the same shall flow into any lake or other water-course, it will not injuriously contaminate the waters thereof, and may adopt any other feasible method to accomplish the object for which such sanitary district may be created, and may also provide means whereby the sanitary district may reach and procure supplies of water for diluting and flushing purposes; provided, however, that nothing herein contained shall be construed to empower or authorize such board of trustees to operate a system of waterworks for the purposes of furnishing or delivering water to any such municipality or to the inhabitants thereof. Nothing in this Act shall require a sanitary district to extend service to any individual residence or other building within the district, and it is the intent of the Illinois General Assembly that any construction contemplated by this Section shall be restricted to construction of works and main or interceptor sewers, conduits, channels and similar facilities, but not individual service lines. Nothing in this Act contained shall authorize the trustees to flow the sewage of such district into Lake Michigan.
    Every such sanitary district shall proceed as rapidly as is reasonably possible to provide sewers and a plant or plants for the treatment and purification of its sewage, which plant or plants shall be of suitable kind and sufficient capacity to properly treat and purify such sewage so as to conduce to the preservation of the public health, comfort and convenience and to render the sewage harmless, insofar as is reasonably possible, to animal, fish and plant life. Any violation of this proviso and any failure to observe and follow same, by any sanitary district organized under this Act, shall be held, and is hereby declared, to be a business offense and fined on the part of the sanitary district not less than $1,000 nor more than $10,000, and the trustees thereof may be ousted from office as trustees of the district by an order of the court before whom the cause is heard. Upon the complaint of the Environmental Protection Agency it shall be the duty of the Pollution Control Board to cause the foregoing provisions to be enforced in accordance with Section 31 of the "Environmental Protection Act". Nothing in this Act contained shall be construed as superseding or in any manner limiting the provisions of the "Environmental Protection Act".
    The board of trustees of any sanitary district formed under this Act may also enter into an agreement to sell, convey, or disburse treated wastewater to any public or private entity located within or outside of the boundaries of the sanitary district. Any use of treated wastewater by any public or private entity shall be subject to the orders of the Pollution Control Board. The agreement may not exceed 20 years.
    In providing works for the disposal of industrial sewage, commonly called industrial wastes, in the manner above provided whether the industrial sewage is disposed of in combination with municipal sewage or independently, the Sanitary District shall have power to apportion and collect therefor, from the producer thereof, fair additional construction, maintenance and operating costs over and above those covered by normal taxes, and in case of dispute as to the fairness of such additional construction, maintenance and operating costs, then the same shall be determined by a board of three engineers, one appointed by the sanitary district, one appointed by such producer or producers or their legal representatives, and the third to be appointed by the two engineers selected as above described. In the event the two engineers so selected shall fail to agree upon a third engineer then upon the petition of either of the parties the circuit judge shall appoint such third engineer. A decision of a majority of the board shall be binding on both parties and the cost of the services of the board shall be shared by both parties equally.
    In providing works, including the main pipes referred to above, for the disposal of raw sewage, in the manner above provided, whether such sewage is disposed of in combination with municipal sewage or independently, the Sanitary District shall have power to collect a fair and reasonable charge for connection to its system in addition to those charges covered by normal taxes, for the construction, expansion and extension of the works of the system, the charge to be assessed against new or additional users of the system and to be known as a connection charge. Such construction, expansion and extension of the works of the system shall include proposed or existing collector systems and may, at the discretion of such District, include connections by individual properties. The charge for connection shall be determined by the District and may equal or exceed the actual cost to the District of the construction, expansion or extension of the works of the system required by the connection. The funds thus collected shall be used by the Sanitary District for its general corporate purposes with primary application thereof being made by the necessary expansion of the works of the system to meet the requirements of the new users thereof.
(Source: P.A. 97-1000, eff. 8-17-12.)

70 ILCS 2405/7.1

    (70 ILCS 2405/7.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 306.1)
    Sec. 7.1. Any sanitary district is authorized to acquire, by purchase or contract, sanitary facilities, including but not limited to drains, ditches, sewers, outlets and sewerage treatment plants, owned by any city, village or incorporated town within the limits of the sanitary district, upon such terms and conditions as may be agreed to with the corporate authorities of the city, village or incorporated town, and to thereafter maintain, operate, enlarge, reconstruct and repair any sanitary facilities so acquired.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 517.)

70 ILCS 2405/7.2

    (70 ILCS 2405/7.2) (from Ch. 42, par. 306.2)
    Sec. 7.2. Where any sewer system under the jurisdiction of a city, village or incorporated town is tributary to a sanitary district sewer system, and the board of trustees of such sanitary district finds that it will conduce to the public health, comfort or convenience, the board shall have the power and authority to regulate, limit, extend, deny or otherwise control any connection to such sewer tributary to the sanitary district sewer system by any person or municipal corporation regardless of whether the sewer into which the connection is made is directly under the jurisdiction of the district or not.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 2894.)

70 ILCS 2405/7.3

    (70 ILCS 2405/7.3) (from Ch. 42, par. 306.3)
    Sec. 7.3. Any district formed hereunder shall have the right to require that any sewer system, sewage treatment works or sewage treatment facility constructed in or within 3 miles of the limits of such district which is tributary thereto and not within the limits of any other sanitary district be constructed in accordance with the accepted standards and specifications of such district and shall further have the authority to cause inspection of the construction of such sewer system, sewage treatment works or sewage treatment facility to be made to ascertain that it does comply with the standards and specifications of such sanitary district.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 2894.)

70 ILCS 2405/7.4

    (70 ILCS 2405/7.4) (from Ch. 42, par. 306.4)
    Sec. 7.4. The board of trustees of any sanitary district organized under this Act may require that before any person or municipal corporation connects to the sewage system of the district the district be permitted to inspect the drainage lines of the person or municipal corporation to determine whether they are adequate and suitable for connection to its sewage system. In addition to the other charges provided for in this Act, the sanitary district may collect a reasonable charge for this inspection service. Funds collected as inspection charges shall be used by the sanitary district for its general corporate purposes after payment of the costs of making the inspections.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 2985.)

70 ILCS 2405/7.5

    (70 ILCS 2405/7.5) (from Ch. 42, par. 306.5)
    Sec. 7.5. The sanitary district, in addition to other powers vested in it, is authorized to enter into agreements with any city, village or incorporated town located partly within and partly without the territorial limits of the sanitary district and which has a sewage system to receive and dispose of all sewage of such city, village or incorporated town collected by its system; and for such purpose the sanitary district may extend its drains, ditches or sewers to connect with the sewage system of such city, village or incorporated town.
(Source: P.A. 85-1136.)

70 ILCS 2405/7.6

    (70 ILCS 2405/7.6) (from Ch. 42, par. 306.6)
    Sec. 7.6. The board of trustees of a sanitary district organized under this Act may, in carrying out its responsibility under Section 7 of this Act, plan for and establish general and specific locations for all conduits, pipes, and pumping stations provided for in Section 7. A district is not obligated to accept or maintain any conduit, pipe, or pumping station not built in accordance with an established plan.
(Source: P.A. 86-129.)

70 ILCS 2405/7.7

    (70 ILCS 2405/7.7) (from Ch. 42, par. 306.7)
    Sec. 7.7. If one or more persons pay for building a sewer to be dedicated to the sanitary district as a public sewer, and if the sewer will, in the opinion of the board of trustees, be used for the benefit of property whose owners did not contribute to the cost of the sewer's construction, the board of trustees may provide for reimbursement of some or all of the expenses of the persons who paid for the sewer as provided in this Section. The board of trustees may, by contract, agree to reimburse the persons who paid for the sewer, in whole or in part, for a portion of their costs. The reimbursement shall be made from fees collected from owners of property who did not contribute to the cost of the sewer when it was built. The contract shall describe the property that, in the opinion of the board of trustees, may reasonably be expected to benefit from the sewer and shall specify the amount or proportion of the cost of the sewer that is to be incurred primarily for the benefit of that property. The contract shall provide that the sanitary district shall collect the fees charged to owners of property not contributing to the cost of the sewer at any time before the connection to the sewer by the respective properties of each owner. The contract may provide for the payment of a reasonable amount of interest or other charge on the amount expended in completing the sewer, with interest to be calculated from and after the date of completion of the sewer.
(Source: P.A. 86-1333.)

70 ILCS 2405/7.8

    (70 ILCS 2405/7.8) (from Ch. 42, par. 306.8)
    Sec. 7.8. A contract entered into under Section 7.7 between the board of trustees and persons building a sewer to be dedicated to the sanitary district as a public sewer shall be filed with the Recorder of each county in which all or a part of the property affected by the contract is located. The recording of the contract in this manner shall serve to notify persons interested in that property of the fact that there will be a charge in relation to that property for the connection to and use of the facilities constructed under the contract. Failure to record the contract does not affect the validity of the contract.
(Source: P.A. 86-1333.)

70 ILCS 2405/7.9

    (70 ILCS 2405/7.9)
    Sec. 7.9. Private agreements for wastewater treatment.
    (a) The board of trustees of the Sanitary District of Decatur may enter into an agreement to sell, convey, or disburse treated wastewater to a private entity located within 50 miles of the District's boundaries. The agreement may not exceed 30 years. The Sanitary District of Decatur may also accept wastewater for treatment from a private entity located within 50 miles of the district's boundaries.
    (b) In addition, the Sanitary District of Decatur may acquire and accept, by gift, grant, purchase, or otherwise, pursuant to its authority under this Act, fee simple interest or any lesser interest as may be desired in real property necessary to carry out its powers under this Section.
    (c) This Section does not apply to private entities located outside of the State.
(Source: P.A. 94-1109, eff. 2-23-07.)

70 ILCS 2405/8

    (70 ILCS 2405/8) (from Ch. 42, par. 307)
    Sec. 8. (a) The sanitary district may acquire by purchase, condemnation, or otherwise all real and personal property, right of way and privilege, either within or without its corporate limits that may be required for its corporate purposes. If real property is acquired by condemnation, the sanitary district may not sell or lease any portion of the property for a period of 10 years after acquisition by condemnation is completed. If, after such 10-year period, the sanitary district decides to sell or lease the property, it must first offer the property for sale or lease to the previous owner of the land from whom the sanitary district acquired the property. If the sanitary district and such previous owner do not execute a contract for purchase or lease of the property within 60 days from the initial offer, the sanitary district then may offer the property for sale or lease to any other person. If any district formed under this Act is unable to agree with any other sanitary district upon the terms whereby it shall be permitted to use the drains, channels or ditches of such other sanitary district, the right to such use may be acquired by condemnation in any circuit court by proceedings as provided in Section 4-17 of the Illinois Drainage Code. The compensation to be paid for such use may be a gross sum, or it may be in the form of an annual rental, to be paid in yearly installments as provided by the judgment of the court wherein such proceedings may be had. However, when such compensation is fixed at a gross sum all moneys for the purchase and condemnation of any property shall be paid before possession is taken or any work done on the premises damaged by the construction of such channel or outlet, and in case of an appeal from the circuit court taken by either party whereby the amount of damages is not finally determined, then possession may be taken, if the amount of judgment in such court is deposited at some bank or savings and loan association to be designated by the court, subject to the payment of such damages on orders signed by the circuit court, whenever the amount of damages is finally determined. The sanitary district may sell, convey, vacate and release the real or personal property, right of way and privileges acquired by it when no longer required for the purposes of the district.
    (b) A sanitary district may exercise its powers of eminent domain to acquire a public utility only if the Illinois Commerce Commission, following petition by the sanitary district, has granted approval for the sanitary district to proceed in accordance with the Eminent Domain Act. The following procedures must be followed when a sanitary district exercises its power of eminent domain to acquire a public utility.
        (1) The sanitary district shall petition the
    
Commission for approval of the acquisition of a public utility by the exercise of eminent domain powers. The petition filed by the sanitary district shall state the following:
            (A) the caption of the case;
            (B) the date of the filing of the application;
            (C) the name and address of the condemnee;
            (D) the name and address of the condemnor;
            (E) a specific reference to the statute under
        
which the condemnation action is authorized;
            (F) a specific reference to the action, whether
        
by ordinance, resolution, or otherwise, by which the declaration of taking was authorized, including the date when such action was taken, and the place where the record may be examined;
            (G) a description of the purpose of the
        
condemnation;
            (H) a reasonable description of the property to
        
be condemned;
            (I) a statement of how just compensation will be
        
made;
            (J) a statement that, if the condemnee wishes to
        
challenge the proceeding, the condemnee shall file objections within 45 days after its receipt of the notice.
        (2) Within 30 days after the filing of a petition by
    
the sanitary district of its intent to acquire by eminent domain all real and personal property, rights of way, and privileges of a public utility, the sanitary district shall serve a copy of the petition on the public utility and shall publish a notice of the filing of the petition in a newspaper of general circulation in the area served by the sanitary district. The sanitary district shall file a certificate of publication with the Commission as proof of publication.
        (3) Within 45 days after being served with the notice
    
required by this Section, the condemnee may file objections to the petition with the Commission. All objections shall state specifically the grounds relied upon. All objections shall be raised at one time and in one document. The condemnee shall serve a copy of the objections upon the condemnor within 72 hours after the objections are filed with the Commission.
        (4) The Commission shall make a determination
    
regarding the petition and any objections to the petition and shall make such orders and decrees as justice and law shall require. The Commission may take evidence by deposition or otherwise and shall entertain oral argument on all objections. The Commission shall make its determination within 105 days after its receipt of the objections of the condemnee, unless the Commission, in its discretion, extends the determination period for a further period not exceeding 6 months.
    (c) The Illinois Commerce Commission shall approve the taking of any property by a sanitary district under subsection (b), within or outside its boundaries, if it is in the public interest. The taking shall be considered to be in the public interest if the sanitary district establishes by a preponderance of the evidence:
        (1) that the sanitary district has been in existence
    
as the operator of a wastewater system for at least 20 years;
        (2) that it will provide wastewater treatment service
    
within the proposed area subject to condemnation at the same level of wastewater treatment service provided throughout the district;
        (3) that it will provide the wastewater collection,
    
treatment, and disposal at the same or less operational and maintenance volumetric or bulk rate as the public utility whose property is subject to condemnation; and
        (4) that it is not financially impractical for the
    
public utility to serve its remaining customers who are not in the area subject to condemnation.
(Source: P.A. 96-328, eff. 8-11-09.)

70 ILCS 2405/8.05

    (70 ILCS 2405/8.05)
    Sec. 8.05. Eminent domain. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, any power granted under this Act to acquire property by condemnation or eminent domain is subject to, and shall be exercised in accordance with, the Eminent Domain Act.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

70 ILCS 2405/8.1

    (70 ILCS 2405/8.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 307.1)
    Sec. 8.1. Every such sanitary district shall also have the power to lease to others for any period of time, not exceeding 10 years, upon such terms as its board of trustees may determine, any real estate, right-of-way, or privilege, or any interest therein, or any part thereof, acquired by it which, in the opinion of the board of trustees of such sanitary district, is no longer required for its corporate purposes or which may not be immediately needed for such purposes, and such leases may contain such conditions and retain such interests therein as may be deemed for the best interest of such sanitary district by such board of trustees; also any such sanitary district shall have the right to grant easements and permits for the use of any such real property, right-of-way, or privilege, which will not in the opinion of the board of trustees of such sanitary district, interfere with the use thereof by such sanitary district for its corporate purposes, and such easements and permits may contain such conditions and retain such interests therein as may be deemed for the best interests of such sanitary district by such board of trustees.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 552.)

70 ILCS 2405/8.2

    (70 ILCS 2405/8.2) (from Ch. 42, par. 307.2)
    Sec. 8.2. All bonds issued pursuant to this Act shall bear interest at a rate or rates not exceeding that permitted by "An Act to authorize public corporations to issue bonds, other evidences of indebtedness and tax anticipation warrants subject to interest rate limitations set forth therein", approved May 26, 1970, as amended.
(Source: P.A. 83-591.)

70 ILCS 2405/9

    (70 ILCS 2405/9) (from Ch. 42, par. 308)
    Sec. 9. Borrowing powers; debt limitation; referendum.
    (a) The corporation may borrow money for corporate purposes and may issue bonds for those purposes but shall not become indebted in any manner, or for any purpose, to an amount in the aggregate exceeding 5.75% on the valuation of taxable property in the district to be ascertained by the last assessment for State and county taxes before the indebtedness was incurred or, until January 1, 1983, if greater, the sum that is produced by multiplying the district's 1978 equalized assessed valuation by the debt limitation percentage in effect on January 1, 1979.
    The trustees shall also have the express power to borrow money from banks or other financial institutions, execute a note or notes and a security agreement to secure the payment of the note or notes, and provide security for repayment of the note or notes by pledging district revenues or encumbering district assets. The maximum amount that may be borrowed under this paragraph shall not exceed $25,000,000 for the aggregate of all those notes. The period for repayment of any note shall not exceed 20 years.
    The trustees shall also have the express power, without referendum, to execute an agreement for a loan from the Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund of the State of Illinois, under the Environmental Protection Act, and to pledge revenues of the district for the repayment of the loan.
    (b) Whenever the board of trustees of a district desires to issue bonds under this Section they shall order a referendum to be held in the district on the question. The board shall certify the question to the proper election officials, who shall submit the question at an election in accordance with the general election law. In addition to the requirements of the general election law, the notice of referendum shall state the amount of bonds to be issued. The question shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall (name of district) issue bonds in the amount of
    
$(amount)?
The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
The result of the referendum shall be entered in the records of the district. If it appears that a majority of the voters voting at the election on the question have voted in favor of the issue of the bonds, the board of trustees shall order and direct the execution of the bonds for and on behalf of the district. All bonds issued under this Section shall mature in not more than 20 annual installments.
    (c) The corporation may borrow money for corporate purposes, and may issue bonds for those purposes, without a referendum on the question if the corporation or the board of trustees of the district has been directed, by an order issued by a court of competent jurisdiction or by an administrative agency of the State of Illinois having jurisdiction to issue the order, to abate its discharge of untreated or inadequately treated sewage and if the borrowing is deemed necessary by the board of trustees of the sanitary district to make possible compliance with the order. The amount of money that the corporation may borrow to abate the sewage discharge shall be limited to that required for that purpose plus any reasonable future expansion approved by the court or an administrative agency of the State of Illinois having jurisdiction. The ordinance providing for the bonds shall set out the fact that the bonds are deemed necessary to make possible compliance with the order and shall be published or posted in the manner provided in this Act for publication or posting of ordinances making appropriations. The ordinance shall be in full force and effect after its adoption and publication or posting as provided in this subsection, notwithstanding any provision in this Act or any other law to the contrary.
(Source: P.A. 89-558, eff. 7-26-96; 90-716, eff. 8-7-98.)

70 ILCS 2405/9.1

    (70 ILCS 2405/9.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 308.1)
    Sec. 9.1.
    In addition to the powers and authority now possessed by it, the board of trustees of any sanitary district organized under this Act shall have the power by majority vote:
    (1) To lease from any public building commission created pursuant to the provisions of the Public Building Commission Act, approved July 5, 1955, and as amended from time to time, any real or personal property for the purpose of securing office or other space for its administrative corporate functions for a period of time not exceeding 40 years;
    (2) To pay for the use of this leased property in accordance with the terms of the lease and with the provisions of the Public Building Commission Act, approved July 5, 1955, as heretofore or hereafter amended;
    (3) To enter into such lease without making a previous appropriation for the expense thereby incurred; provided, however, that if the board of trustees of any sanitary district undertake to pay all or any part of the costs of operating and maintaining the property of a public building commission as authorized in sub-paragraph (4) of this section, such expense of operation and maintenance shall be included in the annual appropriation ordinance or annual budget, as the case may be, of such sanitary district annually during the term of such undertaking.
    (4) In addition, the board of trustees of any sanitary district may undertake, either in the lease with a public building commission or by separate agreement or contract with a public building commission, to pay all or any part of the costs of operating and maintaining the property of a public building commission for any period of time not exceeding 40 years.
(Source: P.A. 77-1349.)

70 ILCS 2405/9.2

    (70 ILCS 2405/9.2) (from Ch. 42, par. 308.2)
    Sec. 9.2. In addition to the powers and authority now possessed by it, the board of trustees of any sanitary district organized under this Act shall have the power by majority vote:
    (a) To use the general funds of the sanitary district to defend, indemnify and hold harmless, in whole or in part, the board of trustees, members of the board of trustees, officials and employees of the sanitary district, including former members of the board of trustees and former officials and employees, from financial loss and expenses, including court costs, investigation costs, actuarial studies, attorneys' fees and actual and punitive damages, arising out of any proceedings (including but not limited to proceedings alleging antitrust violations or the deprivation of civil or constitutional rights), claims, demands or judgments instituted, made or entered against such board, trustee, official or employee by reason of its or his statements, acts or omissions, provided that such statements, acts or omissions occur within the scope of employment of such board, trustee, official or employee; and provided, further, that no sanitary district shall elect to indemnify any member of the board of trustees, officer, or employee for any portion of a judgment representing an award of punitive or exemplary damages unless the statements, acts, or omissions giving rise to such judgment do not constitute wilful and wanton misconduct.
    (b) (i) To obtain and provide for any or all of the matters and purposes described in paragraph (a) public officials' liability, comprehensive general liability and such other forms of insurance coverage as the board of trustees shall determine necessary or advisable, any insurance so obtained and provided to be carried in a company or companies licensed to write such coverage in this State, and (ii) to establish and provide for any or all of the matters and purposes described in paragraph (a) a program of self-insurance and, in furtherance thereof, to establish and accumulate reserves for the payment of financial loss and expenses, including court costs, investigation costs, actuarial studies, attorneys' fees and actual and punitive damages associated with liabilities arising out of civil proceedings, claims, demands or judgments instituted, made or entered as set forth in paragraph (a), and (iii) in connection with providing for any or all of the matters and purposes described in paragraph (a) and when permitted by law to enter into an agreement with any special district, unit of government, person or corporation for the use of property or the performance of any function, service or act, to agree to the sharing or allocation of liabilities and damages resulting from such use of property or performance of function, service or act, in which event such agreement may provide for contribution or indemnification by any or all of the parties to the agreement upon any liability arising out of the performance of the agreement.
    If the board of trustees of any sanitary district organized under this Act undertakes to provide insurance or to establish a program of self-insurance and to establish and accumulate reserves for any or all of the matters and purposes described in paragraph (a), such reserves shall be established and accumulated for such matters and purposes subject to the following conditions:
        (1) The amount of such reserves shall not exceed the
    
amount necessary and proper, based on past experience or independent actuarial determinations;
        (2) All earnings derived from such reserves shall be
    
considered part of the reserves and may be used only for the same matters and purposes for which the reserves may be used;
        (3) Reserves may be used only: for the purposes of
    
making payments for financial loss and expenses, including actual and punitive damages, attorneys' fees, court costs, investigation costs and actuarial studies associated with liabilities arising out of civil proceedings, claims, demands or judgments instituted, made or entered as set forth in paragraph (a) in connection with the statements, acts or omissions of the board or of a trustee, official or employee of the board or the district which statements, acts or omissions occur while the board, trustee, official or employee is acting within the scope of its or his duties or employment and which statements, acts or omissions do not constitute wilful and wanton misconduct; for payment of insurance premiums; and for the purposes of making payments for losses resulting from any insured peril;
        (4) All funds collected for the matters and purposes
    
specified in subparagraph (3) above or earmarked for such matters and purposes must be placed in the reserves; and
        (5) Whenever the reserves have a balance in excess of
    
what is necessary and proper, then contributions, charges, assessments or other forms of funding for the reserves shall be appropriately decreased.
(Source: P.A. 85-782; 86-1307.)

70 ILCS 2405/9.5

    (70 ILCS 2405/9.5) (from Ch. 42, par. 308 1/2)
    Sec. 9.5. In addition to the powers and authority now possessed by them, the board of trustees of any sanitary district organized under this Act shall have the power, by majority vote:
    (a) To convey, grant, transfer or sell to the United States of America, or to any proper agency thereof, any real or personal property owned by the sanitary district upon such terms as may be agreed upon by the board of trustees, or in consideration of a grant or loan of money by the federal government, or any agency thereof, for the construction, extension or improvement of any public works project or building.
    (b) To enter into a lease or contract with the United States of America, or any proper agency thereof with reference to any real or personal property for use for any sanitary district purpose, for any period of time not exceeding fifty years, with or without an option to buy such property and with or without a clause to the effect that title to such leased property shall vest in the district at the expiration of such lease.
    (c) To pay for the use of any such leased property in accordance with the terms of such lease; provided that such lease may be entered into without an appropriation for the expense thereby incurred having been previously made; and provided further, that no obligation to pay incurred under such lease shall be considered to be an indebtedness of the district within the meaning of any constitutional or statutory limitation upon such indebtedness, but such obligation shall be considered a current expense of the year for which paid and not an indebtedness of the district.
    (d) To authorize any official to enter into any such lease and to sign the same on behalf of the district, and to execute any deed or other evidence of transfer of title on behalf of the district, to effect or evidence any exercise of the powers hereby granted.
(Source: P.A. 87-895.)

70 ILCS 2405/10

    (70 ILCS 2405/10) (from Ch. 42, par. 309)
    Sec. 10. At the time of or before incurring any indebtedness, the board of trustees shall provide for the collection of a direct annual tax sufficient to pay the interest on such debt as it falls due, and also to pay and discharge the principal thereof, as the same shall fall due, and at least within twenty years from the time of contracting the same.
(Source: Laws 1917, p. 396.)

70 ILCS 2405/11

    (70 ILCS 2405/11) (from Ch. 42, par. 310)
    Sec. 11. Except as otherwise hereinafter provided, all contracts for purchases or sales by a sanitary district organized under this Act, the expense of which will exceed the mandatory competitive bid threshold, shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder therefor upon not less than 14 days' public notice of the terms and conditions upon which the contract is to be let, having been given by publication in a newspaper of general circulation published in the district, and the board may reject any and all bids, and readvertise. In determining the lowest responsible bidder, the board shall take into consideration the qualities and serviceability of the articles supplied, their conformity with specifications, their suitability to the requirements of the district, the availability of support services, the uniqueness of the service, materials, equipment, or supplies as it applies to network integrated computer systems, the compatibility of the service, materials, equipment or supplies with existing equipment, and the delivery terms. Contracts for services in excess of the mandatory competitive bid threshold may, subject to the provisions of this Section, be let by competitive bidding at the discretion of the district board of trustees.
    Cash, a cashier's check, a certified check, or a bid bond with adequate surety approved by the board of trustees as a deposit of good faith, in a reasonable amount, but not in excess of 10% of the contract amount, may be required of each bidder by the district on all bids involving amounts in excess of the mandatory competitive bid threshold and, if so required, the advertisement for bids shall so specify.
    All contracts for purchases or sales that will not exceed the mandatory competitive bid threshold may be made in the open market without publication in a newspaper as above provided, but whenever practical shall be based on at least 3 competitive bids. For purposes of this Section, the "mandatory competitive bid threshold" is a dollar amount equal to 0.1% of the total general fixed assets of the district as reported in the most recent required audit report. In no event, however, shall the mandatory competitive bid threshold dollar amount be less than $10,000, nor more than $40,000.
    Contracts which by their nature are not adapted to award by competitive bidding, including, without limitation, contracts for the services of individuals, groups or firms possessing a high degree of professional skill where the ability or fitness of the individual or organization plays an important part, contracts for financial management services undertaken pursuant to "An Act relating to certain investments of public funds by public agencies", approved July 23, 1943, as now or hereafter amended, contracts for the purchase or sale of utilities, contracts for materials economically procurable only from a single source of supply, contracts for the use, purchase, delivery, movement, or installation of data processing equipment, software, or services and telecommunications and interconnect equipment, software, or services, contracts for duplicating machines and supplies, contracts for goods or services procured from another governmental agency, purchases of equipment previously owned by an entity other than the district itself, and leases of real property where the sanitary district is the lessee shall not be subject to the competitive bidding requirements of this Section.
    The competitive bidding requirements of this Section do not apply to contracts for construction of a facility or structure for the sanitary district when the facility or structure will be designed, built, and tested before being conveyed to the sanitary district.
    The competitive bidding requirements of this Section do not apply to contracts, including contracts for both materials and services incidental thereto, for the repair or replacement of a sanitary district's treatment plant, sewers, equipment, or facilities damaged or destroyed as the result of a sudden or unexpected occurrence, including, but not limited to, a flood, fire, tornado, earthquake, storm, or other natural or man-made disaster, if the board of trustees determines in writing that the awarding of those contracts without competitive bidding is reasonably necessary for the sanitary district to maintain compliance with a permit issued under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) or any successor system or with any outstanding order relating to that compliance issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, or the Illinois Pollution Control Board. The authority to issue contracts without competitive bidding pursuant to this paragraph expires 6 months after the date of the writing determining that the awarding of contracts without competitive bidding is reasonably necessary.
    Where the board of trustees declares, by a 2/3 vote of all members of the board, that there exists an emergency affecting the public health or safety, contracts totaling not more than the emergency contract cap may be let to the extent necessary to resolve such emergency without public advertisement or competitive bidding. For purposes of this Section, the "emergency contract cap" is a dollar amount equal to 0.4% of the total general fixed assets of the district as reported in the most recent required audit report. In no event, however, shall the emergency contract cap dollar amount be less than $40,000, nor more than $100,000. The ordinance or resolution embodying the emergency declaration shall contain the date upon which such emergency will terminate. The board of trustees may extend the termination date if in its judgment the circumstances so require. A full written account of the emergency, together with a requisition for the materials, supplies, labor or equipment required therefor shall be submitted immediately upon completion and shall be open to public inspection for a period of at least one year subsequent to the date of such emergency purchase. Within 30 days after the passage of the resolution or ordinance declaring an emergency affecting the public health or safety, the District shall submit to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency the full written account of any such emergency along with a copy of the resolution or ordinance declaring the emergency, in accordance with requirements as may be provided by rule.
    A contract for any work or other public improvement, to be paid for in whole or in part by special assessment or special taxation, shall be entered into and the performance thereof controlled by Division 2 of Article 9 of the "Illinois Municipal Code", approved May 29, 1961, as heretofore and hereafter amended, as near as may be. The contracts may be let for making proper and suitable connections between the mains and outlets of the respective sewers in the district with any conduit, conduits, main pipe or pipes that may be constructed by such sanitary district.
(Source: P.A. 92-195, eff. 1-1-02.)

70 ILCS 2405/11.1

    (70 ILCS 2405/11.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 310.1)
    Sec. 11.1. Purchases made pursuant to this Act shall be made in compliance with the "Local Government Prompt Payment Act", approved by the Eighty-fourth General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 84-731.)

70 ILCS 2405/11.2

    (70 ILCS 2405/11.2) (from Ch. 42, par. 310.2)
    Sec. 11.2. It is the policy of this State that all powers granted, either expressly or by necessary implication, by this Act or any other Illinois statute to the district may be exercised by the district notwithstanding effects on competition. It is the intention of the General Assembly that the "state action exemption" to the application of federal antitrust statutes be fully available to the district to the extent its activities are authorized by law as stated herein.
(Source: P.A. 85-1136.)

70 ILCS 2405/12

    (70 ILCS 2405/12) (from Ch. 42, par. 311)
    Sec. 12. After August 2, 1965, the board of trustees may levy and collect other taxes for corporate purposes upon property within the territorial limits of the sanitary district, the aggregate amount of which for each year shall be at a rate not to exceed .083% of the value, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, except that if a higher rate has been established by referendum before August 2, 1965, it shall continue. If the board desires to levy such taxes at a rate in excess of .083% but not in excess of .166% of the value of all taxable property within the district as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, they shall order the question to be submitted in a referendum held in the district. The board shall certify the question to the proper election officials who shall submit the question at an election in accordance with the general election law. The right to levy an additional tax, heretofore or hereafter authorized by the legal voters, may at any time after one or more tax levies thereunder, be terminated by a majority vote of the electors of the district at a referendum in accordance with the general election law. The trustees of any such district shall cause submission of the proposition to terminate the additional taxing power when petitioned so to do by not less than 10% of the legal voters of that district.
    In addition to the other taxes authorized by this Section, the board of trustees may levy and collect, without referendum, a tax for the purpose of paying the costs of operation of the chlorination of sewage, or other means of disinfection or additional treatment as may be required by water quality standards approved or adopted by the Pollution Control Board or by the court, which tax is not subject to the rate limitations imposed by this Section but may be extended at a rate not to exceed .03% of the value of all taxable property within the district as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue.
    Such tax may be extended at a rate in excess of .03% but not to exceed .05%, providing the question of levying such increase has first been submitted to the voters of such district at any regular election held in such district in accordance with the general election law and has been approved by a majority of such voters voting thereon.
    The board shall cause the amount required to be raised by taxation in each year to be certified to the county clerk by the second Tuesday in September, as provided in Section 157 of the General Revenue Law of Illinois. All taxes so levied and certified shall be collected and enforced in the same manner and by the same officers as State and county taxes, and shall be paid over by the officer collecting those taxes to the treasurer of the sanitary district in the manner and at the time provided by the General Revenue Law of Illinois.
    The treasurer shall, when the moneys of the district are deposited with any bank or savings and loan association, require that bank or savings and loan association to pay the same rates of interest for the moneys deposited as the bank or savings and loan association is accustomed to pay depositors under like circumstances, in the usual course of its business.
    All interest so paid shall be placed in the general fund of the district, to be used as other moneys belonging to the district raised by general taxation.
(Source: P.A. 83-541.)

70 ILCS 2405/12a

    (70 ILCS 2405/12a) (from Ch. 42, par. 311a)
    Sec. 12a. The board of trustees of any sanitary district organized under the provisions of this Act, shall designate one or more banks or savings and loan associations in which the funds and moneys of the sanitary district in the custody of the treasurer or custodian of such district may be kept. When a bank or savings and loan association has been designated as a depositary it shall continue as such until 10 days have elapsed after a new depository is designated and has qualified by furnishing the statements of resources and liabilities as is required by this Section. When a new depository is designated, the board of trustees shall notify the sureties of the treasurer or custodian of that fact, in writing, at least 5 days before the transfer of funds. The treasurer or custodian shall be discharged from responsibility for all such funds and moneys which he deposits in a depositary so designated while such funds and moneys are so deposited.
    No bank or savings and loan association shall receive public funds as permitted by this Section, unless it has complied with the requirements established pursuant to Section 6 of "An Act relating to certain investments of public funds by public agencies", approved July 23, 1943, as now or hereafter amended.
(Source: P.A. 83-541.)

70 ILCS 2405/12.1

    (70 ILCS 2405/12.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 311.1)
    Sec. 12.1. The provisions of Sections 18-120, 18-125, and 18-130 of the Property Tax Code shall not apply to Section 12 of this Act unless within 30 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1957 a petition is filed with the clerk of the board of trustees signed by not less than 5% of the registered voters of the district requesting the submission to a referendum of the following proposition:
    "Shall the provisions of Sections 18-120, 18-125, and 18-130 of the Property Tax Code continue in effect in ....(name of sanitary district)?"
    The Board of trustees shall certify the proposition to the proper election officials, who shall submit the proposition at an election in accordance with the general election law.
    If a majority of voters voting on the proposition vote in favor of the proposition, then the provisions of Sections 18-120, 18-125, and 18-130 of the Property Tax Code shall remain in effect in such district. If the majority vote is against the proposition, then the board of trustees may levy taxes for corporate purposes at the maximum rate permitted in Section 12 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

70 ILCS 2405/13

    (70 ILCS 2405/13) (from Ch. 42, par. 312)
    Sec. 13. Every such district is authorized to construct, maintain, alter and extend its sewers, channels, ditches and drains, as a proper use of highways along, upon, under and across any highway, street, alley or public ground in the state, but so as not to incommode the public use thereof, and the right and authority are hereby granted to any such district to construct, maintain and operate any conduit or conduits, main pipe or pipes, wholly or partially submerged, buried or otherwise, in, upon and along any of the lands owned by said state under any of the public waters therein; Provided, that the extent and location of the lands and waters so as to be used and appropriated by the Governor of said State of Illinois, upon application duly made to him asking for such approval: And provided further that the rights, permission and authority hereby granted shall be subject to all public rights of commerce and navigation, and to the authority of the United States in behalf of such public rights and also to the right of said State of Illinois to regulate and control fishing in said public waters.
(Source: Laws 1917, p. 396.)

70 ILCS 2405/14

    (70 ILCS 2405/14) (from Ch. 42, par. 313)
    Sec. 14. Whenever there shall be located within the bounds of any such sanitary district organized under the provisions of this act, any United States military post, reservation or station, or any naval station, the said board of trustees of such district are hereby authorized to enter into contracts or agreements with the War Department, or other proper authorities of the United States, permitting them to connect with any such conduit or conduits, main pipe or pipes, and discharge the drainage, sewage or other impure or contaminated liquids therein.
(Source: Laws 1917, p. 396.)

70 ILCS 2405/15

    (70 ILCS 2405/15) (from Ch. 42, par. 314)
    Sec. 15. Whenever the board of trustees of any sanitary district shall pass an ordinance for the making of any improvement which such district is authorized to make, the making of which will require that private property should be taken or damaged, such district may cause compensation therefor to be ascertained, and may condemn and acquire possession thereof in the same manner as nearly as may be as is provided for the exercise of the right of eminent domain under the Eminent Domain Act, as amended, except that (i) proceedings to ascertain the compensation to be paid for taking or damaging private property shall in all cases be instituted in the county where the property sought to be taken or damaged is situated, and (ii) all damages to property, whether determined by agreement or by final judgment of court, shall be paid prior to the payment of any other debt or obligation.
(Source: P.A. 96-328, eff. 8-11-09.)

70 ILCS 2405/16

    (70 ILCS 2405/16) (from Ch. 42, par. 315)
    Sec. 16. When, in making any improvements which any district is authorized by this Act to make, it shall be necessary to enter upon and take possession of any existing drains, sewers, sewer outlets, plants for the purification of sewage or water, or any other public property, or property held for public use, the board of trustees of such district shall have the power to do and may acquire the necessary right of way over any other property held for public use in the same manner as is herein provided for acquiring private property, and may enter upon, and use the same for the purposes aforesaid: Provided, the public use thereof shall not be unnecessarily interrupted or interfered with, and that the same shall be restored to its former usefulness as soon as possible.
(Source: Laws 1917, p. 396.)

70 ILCS 2405/16.1

    (70 ILCS 2405/16.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 315.1)
    Sec. 16.1. Any sanitary district created hereunder, after being authorized by an affirmative vote of the legal voters of the district at an election to be held as is hereinafter provided, may acquire, purchase or construct a waterworks, and thereafter operate, improve and extend the same, and pay the cost of such purchase, construction, improvement or extension by the issuance and sale of revenue bonds of the district, payable solely from the revenue to be derived from the operation of the waterworks.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 950.)

70 ILCS 2405/16.2

    (70 ILCS 2405/16.2) (from Ch. 42, par. 315.2)
    Sec. 16.2. The trustees of such district, when petitioned so to do by not less than 10% of the legal voters of such district, shall certify the proposition of whether the district should acquire, purchase or construct, and thereafter operate, improve and extend a waterworks, or any one or more waterworks, and to pay the cost of such acquisition, purchase, construction, improvement or extension by the issuance and sale of revenue bonds of the district, payable solely from the revenue to be derived from the operation of the waterworks to the proper election officials who shall submit the question at an election in accordance with the general election law. Such election shall be governed by the provisions of this Act which relate to elections held to decide on the proposition of issuing bonds of the district. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall the.... Sanitary District
acquire by purchase or construction,
and thereafter operate, improve or          YES
extend a waterworks and pay the cost
thereof by the issuance and sale of    -----------------------
revenue bonds of the district
payable solely from the revenues to         NO
be derived from the operation of the
waterworks?
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    If it appears that a majority of the voters, voting on the proposition, have voted in favor thereof, then the trustees of the district are authorized to acquire by purchase or construction, and thereafter operate, improve or extend a waterworks, and to pay the cost of such acquisition, purchase or construction, improvement or extension by the issuance and sale of revenue bonds of the district payable solely from the revenue to be derived from the operation of the waterworks.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

70 ILCS 2405/16.3

    (70 ILCS 2405/16.3) (from Ch. 42, par. 315.3)
    Sec. 16.3. The trustees of any district, having been authorized by an election held pursuant to the preceding Section, being desirous of exercising such authority, shall have an estimate made of the cost of the acquisition of the contemplated waterworks, and by ordinance shall provide for the issuance of revenue bonds. The ordinance shall set forth a brief description of the contemplated waterworks, the estimated cost of acquisition or construction thereof, the amount, rate of interest, time and place of payment, and other details in connection with the issuance of the bonds. The bonds shall bear interest at a rate not exceeding that permitted by "An Act to authorize public corporations to issue bonds, other evidences of indebtedness and tax anticipation warrants subject to interest rate limitations set forth therein", approved May 26, 1970, as amended, payable semi-annually, and shall be payable at such times and places not exceeding 20 years from their date as shall be prescribed in the ordinance providing for their issuance.
    This ordinance may contain such covenants and restrictions upon the issuance of additional revenue bonds thereafter as may be deemed necessary or advisable for the assurance of payment of the bonds thereby authorized and as may be thereafter issued, and shall pledge the revenues derived from the operation of the waterworks for the purpose of paying all maintenance and operation costs, principal and interest on all bonds issued under the provisions of this Act, and for providing an adequate depreciation fund, which depreciation fund is hereby defined for the purposes of this Act to be for such replacements as may be necessary from time to time for the continued effective and efficient operation of the waterworks properties of such district, and such fund shall not be allowed to accumulate beyond a reasonable amount necessary for that purpose, the terms and provisions of which shall be incorporated in the ordinance authorizing the issuance of the bonds.
(Source: P.A. 83-591.)

70 ILCS 2405/16.4

    (70 ILCS 2405/16.4) (from Ch. 42, par. 315.4)
    Sec. 16.4. Any ordinance adopted pursuant to the preceding Section shall be published in a newspaper published and having a general circulation in the district undertaking the project or, if there is no such newspaper, it shall be posted in at least 3 of the most public places in the district. The publication or posting of the ordinance shall be accompanied by a notice of (1) the specific number of voters required to sign a petition requesting that the question of acquiring, constructing, purchasing, improving or extending the waterworks, and the issuance of revenue bonds to be submitted to the electors; (2) the time in which such petition must be filed; and (3) the date of the prospective referendum. The clerk of the district shall provide a petition form to any individual requesting one.
    If no petition for an election is filed with the Clerk of the district within 30 days after such publication or posting, then, at the expiration of 30 days, the ordinance shall be in effect. If, however, within the period of 30 days a petition is filed with the clerk, signed by voters of the district numbering 10% or more of the registered voters within the district, asking that the question of acquiring, constructing, purchasing, improving or extending the waterworks, and the issuance of revenue bonds therefor, as provided in the ordinance, be submitted to the electors of the district, the trustees shall certify such question to the proper election officials, who shall submit the question at an election in accordance with the general election law to decide whether the project and issuance of bonds of the district, as set forth in the ordinance, should be approved.
    If it appears that a majority of the votes cast on the question are in favor thereof, the ordinance takes effect. But if a majority of the votes cast on the question are unfavorable, the trustees shall proceed no further and the ordinance does not take effect.
(Source: P.A. 87-767.)

70 ILCS 2405/16.5a

    (70 ILCS 2405/16.5a) (from Ch. 42, par. 315.5a)
    Sec. 16.5a. Whenever the trustees of a district have been authorized by the affirmative vote of the legal voters of the district to acquire by purchase or construction and thereafter operate, improve or extend waterworks, as provided in this Act, the cost of the purchase or construction of waterworks and the cost of making further improvements and extensions thereto may be paid from the proceeds to be received from the sale of revenue bonds which may not constitute an indebtedness of the district and shall be payable solely and only from the revenues to be derived from the operation of the waterworks of the district or from assessments to be levied against property which will be benefited, or both, determined by the board of trustees. If revenue bonds are to be issued under this Section for the purpose of paying the cost of improving or extending waterworks, the procedure for the issuance of those bonds and the rights, duties, powers and authority of the board of trustees of the district shall be the same as is provided in this Act for the issuance of revenue bonds for the purchase or construction of waterworks by a sanitary district. It shall constitute no objection to any special assessment that the improvement for which the special assessment is levied is situated partly outside the limits of such sanitary district but no special assessment may be made upon property situated outside of such sanitary district and no property may be assessed more than it will be benefited by the improvement for which the assessment is levied or more than its proportionate share of the cost of such improvement. Where the board of trustees determines to issue revenue bonds provided for such waterworks such bonds shall be issued in such amounts as may be necessary to provide sufficient funds to pay all costs of acquisition, including engineering, legal, and other expenses, together with interest to a date 6 months subsequent to the estimated date of completion. Bonds issued for such waterworks are negotiable instruments. They shall be executed by the president and by the district clerk and shall be sealed with the corporate seal of the district. In case any of the officers whose signatures appear on the bonds, or coupons attached thereto, ceases to hold his office before delivery of the bonds, his signature nevertheless shall be valid and sufficient for all purposes the same as if he had remained in office until the delivery of the bonds. The bonds shall be sold in such manner as the trustees shall determine except that, if issued to bear interest at the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, the bonds shall be sold for not less than par and accrued interest, and except that the selling price of bonds bearing less than the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, shall be such that the interest cost to the district of the money received from the bond sale shall not exceed the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, computed to maturity according to standard tables of bond values. The proceedings for making, levying, collecting and enforcing of any special assessment levied under this Section the letting of contracts, performance of the work and all other matters pertaining to the construction and making of the improvement shall be the same, as nearly as may be, as is prescribed in Division 2 of Article 9 of the Illinois Municipal Code, approved May 29, 1961, as now or hereafter amended. Whenever in that Division 2 "city council" or "board of local improvements" are used, the term applies to the board of trustees under this Act, "mayor" or "president of the board of local improvement" applies to the president of the board of trustees constituted by this Act, and any terms applying to the city or its officers in that Article apply to the sanitary district under this Act and its officers.
    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.)

70 ILCS 2405/16.6

    (70 ILCS 2405/16.6) (from Ch. 42, par. 315.6)
    Sec. 16.6. Revenue bonds issued hereunder shall be payable solely from the revenue derived from the operation of the waterworks properties maintained and operated by said district. These bonds shall not in any event constitute an indebtedness of the district within the meaning of any constitutional or statutory limitation. It shall be plainly stated on the face of each bond that the bond has been issued under this Act and that it does not constitute an indebtedness of the district within the meaning of any constitutional or statutory limitation.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 950.)

70 ILCS 2405/16.7

    (70 ILCS 2405/16.7) (from Ch. 42, par. 315.7)
    Sec. 16.7. Any holder of any bond or bonds issued under this Act, or of any of the coupons appertaining thereto, may by a civil action, mandamus, injunction or other proceeding, enforce and compel the performance of all duties required by Section 16.1 to 16.12, inclusive, of this Act, including the making and collection of sufficient rates for the specified purposes provided by such Sections and the proper application of the income therefrom.
(Source: P.A. 83-345.)

70 ILCS 2405/16.8

    (70 ILCS 2405/16.8) (from Ch. 42, par. 315.8)
    Sec. 16.8. Any district issuing revenue bonds as provided by this Act shall charge rates for all services performed by the waterworks properties of the district, sufficient at all times to pay the cost of operation and maintenance, to provide an adequate depreciation fund, and to pay the principal of and interest upon all revenue bonds issued for such waterworks.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 950.)

70 ILCS 2405/16.9

    (70 ILCS 2405/16.9) (from Ch. 42, par. 315.9)
    Sec. 16.9. The trustees of the sanitary district may acquire, by purchase or contract with an individual, corporation or municipality, a waterworks sufficient for the needs of the inhabitants of the district. In the event that the trustees are unable to agree with any person, corporation or municipality upon the terms under which it may acquire such a waterworks under this Act, then the right to obtain such waterworks may be acquired by condemnation in a circuit court by proceedings in the manner as near as may be as is provided for the exercise of the right of eminent domain under the Eminent Domain Act. The compensation or rates to be paid for such waterworks and the manner of payment shall be determined by the judgment of the court wherein such proceedings take place.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

70 ILCS 2405/16.10

    (70 ILCS 2405/16.10) (from Ch. 42, par. 315.10)
    Sec. 16.10. For the purpose of purchasing any waterworks under this Act or for the purpose of purchasing any property necessary therefor, the district has the right of eminent domain as provided by the Eminent Domain Act.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

70 ILCS 2405/16.11

    (70 ILCS 2405/16.11) (from Ch. 42, par. 315.11)
    Sec. 16.11. Whenever a district owns and operates a waterworks, whether purchased or constructed under this Act, and desires to construct improvements or extensions thereto, it may issue revenue bonds under this Act to pay for that construction. The procedure for that issuance, including the fixing of rates and the computation of the amount thereof, shall be the same as is provided in this Act for the issuance of bonds for the purchase or construction of a waterworks by a sanitary district.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 950.)

70 ILCS 2405/16.12

    (70 ILCS 2405/16.12) (from Ch. 42, par. 315.12)
    Sec. 16.12. Any district issuing revenue bonds under this Act of a waterworks shall install and maintain a proper system of accounts, showing the amount of revenue received and its application. At least once a year the district shall have the accounts properly audited by a competent auditor. The report of that audit shall be open for inspection at all proper times to any taxpayer, user, or any holder of bonds issued under this Act, or to anyone acting for and on behalf of the taxpayer, user, or bondholder. The treasurer of the district shall be custodian and ex-officio collector of the funds derived from income received from a waterworks purchased or constructed under the provisions of this Act. He shall give proper bond for the faithful discharge of his duties as such custodian, and this bond shall be fixed and approved by the trustees.
    All of the funds received as income from a waterworks purchased or constructed in whole or in part under the provisions of this Act, and all of the funds received from the sale of revenue bonds shall be kept separate and apart from the other funds of the district.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 950.)

70 ILCS 2405/17

    (70 ILCS 2405/17) (from Ch. 42, par. 316)
    Sec. 17. Any district formed hereunder shall have the right to permit territory lying outside its limits whether within any other sanitary district or not to drain into and use any channel or drain made by it, upon such payments, terms and conditions as may be mutually agreed upon, and any district formed hereunder is hereby given full power and authority to contract for the right to use any drain or channel which may be made by any other sanitary district, upon such terms as may be mutually agreed upon, and to raise the money called for by any such contract in the same way and to the same extent as such district is authorized to raise money for any other corporate purposes.
(Source: Laws 1917, p. 396.)

70 ILCS 2405/17.1

    (70 ILCS 2405/17.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 316.1)
    Sec. 17.1. Acquiring district or municipal treatment works.
    (a) After incorporation, any district organized under this Act may, in accordance with this Act and an intergovernmental agreement with the sanitary district being acquired or the municipality from whom the treatment works and lines are to be acquired, acquire the territory, treatment works, lines, appurtenances, and other property of (i) any sanitary district organized under this Act, the Sanitary District Act of 1907, the North Shore Water Reclamation District Act, the Sanitary District Act of 1936, or the Metro-East Sanitary District Act of 1974 or (ii) any municipality whose treatment works were established under the Illinois Municipal Code or the Municipal Wastewater Disposal Zones Act, regardless of whether that district or municipality is contiguous to the acquiring sanitary district. The distance between the sanitary district being acquired or municipality and the acquiring sanitary district, however, as measured between the points on their corporate boundaries that are nearest to each other, shall not exceed 20 miles. In the case of a municipality, only that property used by the municipality for transport, treatment, and discharge of wastewater and for disposal of sewage sludge shall be transferred to the acquiring sanitary district.
    (b) The board of trustees of the sanitary district being acquired, or the corporate authorities of a municipality whose treatment works is being acquired, shall, jointly with the board of trustees of the acquiring sanitary district, petition the circuit court of the county containing all or the larger portion of the sanitary district being acquired or the municipality to permit the acquisition. The petition shall show the following:
        (1) The reason for the acquisition.
        (2) That there are no debts of the sanitary district
    
being acquired or municipality outstanding, or that there are sufficient funds on hand or available to satisfy those debts.
        (3) That no contract or federal or State permit or
    
grant will be impaired by the acquisition.
        (4) That all assets and responsibilities of the
    
sanitary district being acquired or municipality, as they relate to wastewater treatment, have been properly assigned to the acquiring sanitary district.
        (5) That the acquiring sanitary district will pay any
    
court costs incurred in connection with the petition.
        (6) The boundaries of the acquired sanitary district
    
or municipality as of the date of the petition.
    (c) Upon adequate notice, including appropriate notice to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, the circuit court shall hold a hearing to determine whether there is good cause for the acquisition by the acquiring district and whether the allegations of the petition are true. If the court finds that there is good cause and that the allegations are true, it shall order the acquisition to proceed. If the court finds that there is not good cause for the acquisition or that the allegations of the petition are not true, the court shall dismiss the petition. In either event, the costs shall be taxed against the acquiring sanitary district. The order shall be final. Separate or joint appeals may be taken by any party affected by the order as in other civil cases.
    (d) If the court orders the acquisition contemplated in the petition, there shall be no further appointments of trustees if the acquired agency is a sanitary district. The trustees of the acquired sanitary district acting at the time of the order shall close up the business affairs of the sanitary district and make the necessary conveyances of title to the sanitary district property in accordance with the intergovernmental agreement between the acquiring and acquired sanitary districts. In the case of a municipality, the governing body of the municipality shall make the necessary conveyances of title to municipal property to the acquiring sanitary district in accordance with the intergovernmental agreement between the municipality and the acquiring sanitary district. The acquiring sanitary district's ordinances take effect in the acquired territory upon entry of the order.
    (e) The acquisition of any sanitary district by another sanitary district or the acquisition of a treatment works from a municipality by another sanitary district shall not affect the obligation of any bonds issued or contracts entered into by the acquired sanitary district or the municipality, nor invalidate the levy, extension, or collection of any taxes or special assessments upon a property in the acquired sanitary district, but all those bonds and contracts shall be discharged. The general obligation indebtedness of the acquired sanitary district shall be paid from the proceeds of continuing taxes and special assessments as provided in this Act.
    All money remaining after the business affairs of the acquired sanitary district or acquired treatment works of the municipality have been closed up and all debts and obligations of the entities paid shall be paid to the acquiring sanitary district in accordance with the intergovernmental agreement between the parties.
    (f) The board of trustees of the acquiring sanitary district required to provide sewer service under this Act may levy and collect, for that purpose, a tax on the taxable property within that district. The aggregate amount of the tax shall be as provided in this Act.
    (g) Any intergovernmental agreement entered into by the parties under this Section shall provide for the imposition or continuance of a user charge system in accordance with the acquiring district's ordinance, the Illinois Environmental Protection Act, and the federal Clean Water Act.
    (h) All courts shall take judicial notice of the acquisition of the sanitary district being acquired or municipal treatment works by the acquiring sanitary district.
(Source: P.A. 99-669, eff. 7-29-16.)

70 ILCS 2405/17.2

    (70 ILCS 2405/17.2)
    Sec. 17.2. Acquisition of privately owned treatment works.
    (a) After incorporation, any district organized under this Act may, in accordance with this Act, acquire by purchase or condemnation the territory, treatment works, lines, appurtenances, water treatment works, storage tanks, water lines, and other property of a privately owned public sewer and water utility treatment works that is not located within any other sanitary district, regardless of whether the area serviced by the treatment works is contiguous to the acquiring sanitary district. If, at the time of acquisition, the treatment works is located within a municipality, then the treatment works may not be acquired by the sanitary district without the consent of that municipality. The distance between the treatment works being acquired and the acquiring sanitary district, as measured from the point of discharge of the treatment works and the corporate boundary of the acquiring sanitary district at its nearest point, shall be within 15 miles and shall be located in the sanitary district's facility planning area (FPA).
    (b) The acquisition of the treatment works by a sanitary district shall not affect the obligation of any bonds issued in the sanitary district or in the territory serviced by the treatment works or invalidate the levy, extension, or collection of any taxes or special assessments within the sanitary district.
    (c) The acquiring sanitary district may acquire by eminent domain, within or outside its boundaries, easements necessary to connect the treatment works to the sanitary district's sewers or plants.
    (d) The sanitary district may pass all necessary ordinances to regulate the connections to and use of the sewer or water system of the treatment works, including the establishment of a user fee for the area serviced by the treatment works, and may enforce those ordinances against all users of the acquired system, within or outside its boundaries. The sanitary district may own, operate, expand, and improve the private treatment works in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
    (e) The grant of powers set forth in this Section are a restatement of existing law.
(Source: P.A. 93-839, eff. 7-30-04.)

70 ILCS 2405/18

    (70 ILCS 2405/18) (from Ch. 42, par. 317)
    Sec. 18. (a) The board of trustees of any such sanitary district may prevent the pollution of any waters from which a water supply may be obtained by any city, town or village within the district, and may appoint and support a sufficient police force, the members of which may have and exercise police powers over the territory within such drainage district, and over the territory included within a radius of 15 miles from the intake of any such water supply in any such waters, for the purpose of preventing the pollution of the waters, and any interference with any of the property of such sanitary district. Such police officers when acting within the limits of any such city, town or village, shall act in aid of the regular police force thereof, and are subject to the direction of its chief of police, city or village marshals or other head thereof. However, in so doing, they shall not be prevented or hindered from executing the orders and authority of the board of trustees of such sanitary district. Before compelling a change in any method of disposal of sewage so as to prevent the pollution of any water, the board of trustees of such district shall first have provided means to prevent the pollution of the water from sewage or refuse originating from their own sanitary districts.
    (b) Where any such sanitary district has constructed a sewage disposal plant and the board of trustees of such district finds that it will promote the public health, comfort or convenience, the board may build and maintain a dam or dams or other structures in any river or stream flowing in or through such district at any point or points within the boundaries of such district or within 3 miles outside the boundaries thereof so as to regulate or control the flow of the waters of such river or stream and the tributaries thereof, but shall not take or damage private property without making just compensation as provided for the exercise of the right of eminent domain under the Eminent Domain Act.
    (c) After the construction of such sewage disposal plant, if the board finds that it will promote the public health, comfort or convenience, such board of trustees may by whatever means necessary, remove debris, refuse and other objectionable matter from, keep clean and wholesome, and dredge, dam, deepen or otherwise improve the channel, bed or banks of any such river or stream, or any portion thereof, within the boundaries of any such sanitary district or within 3 miles outside the boundaries thereof.
    (d) After the construction of such sewage disposal plant, if the board finds that it will promote the prevention of pollution of waters of the State, such board of trustees may adopt ordinances or rules and regulations, prohibiting or regulating the discharge to sewers of inadmissible wastes or substances toxic to biological wastewater treatment processes. Inadmissible wastes include those which create a fire or explosion hazard in the sewer or treatment works; those which will impair the hydraulic capacity of sewer systems; and those which in any quantity, create a hazard to people, sewer systems, treatment processes, or receiving waters. Substances that may be toxic to wastewater treatment processes include copper, chromium, lead, zinc, arsenic and nickel and any poisonous compounds such as cyanide or radioactive wastes which pass through wastewater treatment plants in hazardous concentrations and menace users of the receiving waters. Such ordinances or rules and regulations shall be effective throughout the sanitary district, in the incorporated areas as well as the unincorporated areas and all public sewers therein.
    (e) The board of trustees of any sanitary district organized under this Act is authorized to apply to the circuit court for injunctive relief or mandamus when, in the opinion of the board of trustees, such relief is necessary to prevent the pollution of any waters from which a water supply may be obtained by any municipality within the district.
    (f) The sanitary district shall have the power and authority to prevent the pollution of any waters, as defined in Section 26 of this Act, from which a water supply may be obtained by any city, town or village. The sanitary district, acting through the chief administrative officer of such sanitary district, shall have the power to commence an action or proceeding in the circuit court in and for the county in which the district is located for the purpose of having the pollution stopped and prevented either by mandamus or injunction. The court shall specify a time, not exceeding 20 days after the service of the copy of the petition, in which the party complained of must answer the petition, and in the meantime, the party be restrained. In case of default in answer or after answer, the court shall immediately inquire into the facts and circumstances of the case and enter an appropriate order in respect to the matters complained of. An appeal may be taken in the same manner and with the same effect as appeals are taken in other actions for mandamus or injunction.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

70 ILCS 2405/19

    (70 ILCS 2405/19) (from Ch. 42, par. 317a)
    Sec. 19. Construction of drains, sewers, and laterals; assessments. The Board of Trustees shall have the power to build and construct and to defray the cost and expenses of the construction of drains, sewers, or laterals, or drains and sewers and laterals and other necessary adjuncts thereto, including pumps and pumping stations, made by it in the execution or in furtherance of the powers heretofore granted to such sanitary district by special assessment or by general taxation or partly by special assessment and partly by general taxation, as they shall by ordinance prescribe. It shall constitute no objection to any special assessment that the improvement for which the same is levied is partly outside the limits of such sanitary district, nor shall it constitute an objection to confirmation of a special assessment as to any property outside the district at the time of confirmation of the assessment roll if that property will be contiguous to the district and served upon the completion of the project, and in no case shall any property be assessed more than it will be benefited by the improvement for which the assessment is levied. The procedure in making improvements by special assessment shall be the same as nearly as may be as is prescribed in Article 9 and Division 87 of Article 11 of the "Illinois Municipal Code," as heretofore and hereafter amended. The functions and duties of the "City Council", the "Council", the "Board of Trustees" and the "Board of Local Improvements" under said Code shall be assumed and discharged by the Board of Trustees of the Sanitary district; and the duties of the officers designated in said places in the Illinois Municipal Code as mayor of the city or president of the village or incorporated town or president of the Board of Local Improvements, shall be assumed and discharged by the President of the Board of Trustees of the Sanitary district. Likewise, the duties of other municipal officers designated in said Code shall be performed by similar officers of the sanitary district.
(Source: P.A. 90-194, eff. 1-1-98.)

70 ILCS 2405/19.1

    (70 ILCS 2405/19.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 317a.1)
    Sec. 19.1. Special service areas.
    (a) A sanitary district organized under this Act may provide special services limited to the construction, maintenance, alteration, and extension of the district's drains, sewers, laterals, and other necessary adjuncts, including pumps and pumping stations, in any special service area within the district. The district may levy a tax to provide those special services or to provide for the payment of debt incurred to provide those special services in accordance with this Act.
    (b) The manner of providing special services and of levying the tax authorized by subsection (a) shall be as provided in this Section.
    (c) "Special Service Area" means a contiguous area within a district in which special governmental services are provided in addition to those services provided generally throughout the district, the cost of those special services to be paid from revenues collected from taxes levied or imposed upon property within that area. Territory is contiguous for purposes of this Section even though certain completely surrounded portions of the territory are excluded from the special service area. A district may create a special service area within a municipality or municipalities when the municipality or municipalities consent to the creation of the special service area. A district may create a special service area within the unincorporated area of a county when the county consents to the creation of the special service area.
    (d) The corporate authorities of the district shall be the governing body of the special service area.
    (e) Taxes may be levied or imposed by the district in the special service area at a rate or amount of tax sufficient to produce revenues required to provide the special services. Before the first levy of taxes in the special service area, notice shall be given and hearing shall be held under the provisions of subsections (f) and (g). For purposes of this subsection the notice shall include:
        (1) the time and place of hearing;
        (2) the boundaries of the area by legal description
    
and by street location, where possible;
        (3) a notification that all interested persons,
    
including all persons owning taxable real property located within the special service area, will be given an opportunity to be heard at the hearing regarding the tax levy and an opportunity to file objections to the amount of the tax levy if the tax is a tax upon their property; and
        (4) the maximum rate of taxes to be extended in any
    
year and may include a maximum number of years the taxes will be levied.
    After the first levy, taxes may be extended against the special service area for the services specified without additional hearings, provided the taxes shall not exceed the rate specified in the notice and, if a maximum number of years is specified in the notice, the taxes shall not be extended for a longer period. Tax rates may be increased and the period specified may be extended, provided notice is given and new public hearings are held in accordance with subsections (f) and (g).
    (f) Before or within 60 days after the adoption of the ordinance proposing the establishment of a special service area, the district shall fix a time and a place for a public hearing. Notice of the hearing shall be given by publication and mailing. Notice by publication shall be given by publication at least once not less than 15 days before the hearing in a newspaper of general circulation within the district. Notice by mailing shall be given by depositing the notice in the United States mails addressed to the person or persons in whose name the general taxes for the last preceding year were paid on each lot, block, tract or parcel of land lying within the special service area. The notice shall be mailed not less than 10 days before the time set for the public hearing. In the event taxes for the last preceding year were not paid, the notice shall be sent to the person last listed on the tax rolls before that year as the owner of the property.
    (g) At the public hearing any interested person, including all persons owning taxable real property located within the proposed special service area, may file with the district clerk written objections to and may be heard orally in respect to any issues embodied in the notice. The district shall hear and determine all protests and objections at the hearing, and the hearing may be adjourned to another date without further notice other than a motion to be entered upon the minutes fixing the time and place of its adjournment. At the public hearing or at the first regular meeting of the corporate authorities thereafter, the district may delete area from the special service area, except that the special service area must still be a contiguous area as provided in subsection (c).
    (h) Bonds secured by the full faith and credit of the area included in the special service area may be issued for providing the special services. Bonds, when so issued, shall be retired by the levy of taxes, in addition to the taxes specified in subsection (e), against all of the taxable real property included in the area as provided in the ordinance authorizing the issuance of the bonds or by the imposition of another tax within the special service area. The county clerk shall annually extend taxes against all of the taxable property situated in the county and contained in the special service area in amounts sufficient to pay maturing principal and interest of such bonds without limitation as to rate or amount and in addition to and in excess of any taxes that may now or hereafter be authorized to be levied by the district. Before the issuance of such bonds, notice shall be given and a hearing shall be held under the provisions of subsections (f) and (g). For purposes of this subsection a notice shall include:
        (1) the time and place of hearing;
        (2) the boundaries of the area by legal description
    
and by street location, where possible;
        (3) a notification that all interested persons,
    
including all persons owning taxable real property located within the special service area, will be given an opportunity to be heard at the hearing regarding the issuance of such bonds and an opportunity to file objections to the issuance of such bonds; and
        (4) the maximum amount of bonds proposed to be
    
issued, the maximum period of time over which the bonds shall be retired, and the maximum interest rate the bonds shall bear.
    The question of the creation of a special service area, the levy or imposition of a tax in the special service area, and the issuance of bonds for providing special services may all be considered together at one hearing.
    Any bonds issued shall not exceed the number of bonds, the interest rate, and the period of extension set forth in the notice, unless an additional hearing is held. No bonds issued under this Section shall be regarded as indebtedness of the district for the purpose of any limitation imposed by any law.
    (i) Boundaries of a special service area may be enlarged, but only after hearing and notice as provided in subsections (f) and (g), the notice to be served in the original area of the special service area and in any areas proposed to be added to the special service area, except where the property being added represents less than 5% of the assessed valuation of the entire original area, as determined by the clerk of the county wherein the land is located, then the notice by mailing requirement of subsection (f) shall be limited only to the area to be added and not to the original special service area. The property added to the area shall be subject to all taxes levied therein after that property becomes a part of the area and shall become additional security for bonded indebtedness outstanding at the time the property is added to the area.
    (j) If a petition signed by at least 51% of the electors residing within the special service area and by at least 51% of the owners of record of the land included within the boundaries of the special service area is filed with the district clerk within 60 days following the final adjournment of the public hearing objecting to the creation of the special service district, the enlargement thereof, the levy or imposition of a tax or the issuance of bonds for the provision of special services to the area, or to a proposed increase in the tax rate, no such district may be created or enlarged, no such tax may be levied or imposed nor the rate increased, or no such bonds may be issued. The subject matter of the petition shall not be proposed relative to any signatories of the petition within the next 2 years. Each resident of the special service area registered to vote at the time of the public hearing held with regard to the special service area shall be considered an elector. Each person in whose name legal title to land included within the boundaries of the special service area is held according to the records of the county wherein the land is located shall be considered an owner of record. Owners of record shall be determined at the time of the public hearing held with regard to a special service area. Land owned in the name of a land trust, corporation, estate, or partnership shall be considered to have a single owner of record.
    (k) Any territory located within the boundaries of any special service area organized under this Section may become disconnected from the area in the manner provided in this subsection. A majority of the resident electors and a majority of the record owners of land in the territory sought to be disconnected from the area may sign a petition. The petition shall be addressed to the circuit court and shall contain a definite description of the boundaries of such territory and recite as a fact that, as of the date the petition is filed, such territory was not, is not, and is not intended by the corporate authority which created the special service area to be either benefited or served by any work or services either then existing or then authorized by the special service area, and that such territory constitutes less than 1 1/2% of the special service area's total equalized assessed valuation.
    Upon the filing of the petition, the court shall set the petition for public hearing within 60 days after the date of the filing of the petition. The court shall give at least 45 days notice of the hearing by publishing notice of the hearing once in a newspaper having a general circulation within the special service area from which the territory is sought to be disconnected. The notice (1) shall refer to the petition filed with the court, (2) shall describe the territory proposed to be disconnected, (3) shall indicate the prayer of the petition and the date, time and place at which the public hearing will be held and (4) shall further indicate that the corporate authority which created the special service area and any persons residing in or owning property in the territory involved or in the special service area from which such territory is sought to be disconnected shall have an opportunity to be heard on the prayer of the petition. Notice of the filing of the petition, the substance of which shall be as prescribed for the published notice, shall also be mailed to the presiding officer of the corporate authority from which the territory is sought to be disconnected.
    The public hearing may be continued from time to time by the court. After the public hearing and having heard all persons desiring to be heard, including such corporate authority and all persons residing in or owning property in the territory involved or in the special service area from which such territory is sought to be disconnected, if the court finds that all the allegations of the petition are true, the court shall grant the prayer of the petition and shall enter an order disconnecting the territory from the special service area, which order shall be entered at length in the records of the court, and the clerk of the court shall file a certified copy of the order with the clerk of the district which created the special service area from which such territory has been disconnected. If the court finds that the allegations contained in the petition are not true, then the court shall enter an order dismissing the petition.
    Any disconnected territory shall cease to be subject to any taxes levied under this Section and shall not be security for any future bonded indebtedness. When the amount of any taxes levied by a special service area is cancelled due to disconnection of territory, the court may, in the same disconnection proceeding, distribute the cancelled amount upon the other property in the area assessed, in such manner as the court finds just and equitable, not exceeding, however, the amount by which such property will benefit from the special service.
    (l) If a property tax is levied, the tax shall be extended by the county clerk in the special service area in the manner provided by the Property Tax Code based on assessed values as established under that Code. In that case, the district shall file a certified copy of the ordinance creating the special service area, including an accurate map of the area, with the county clerk. The corporate authorities of the district are authorized to levy taxes in the special service area for the same year in which the ordinance and map are filed with the county clerk. In addition, the corporate authorities shall file a certified copy of each ordinance levying taxes in the special service area on or before the third Tuesday of September of each year and shall file a certified copy of any ordinance authorizing the issuance of bonds and providing for a property tax levy in that ordinance by December 31 of the year of the first levy.
    Instead of or in addition to such property tax, a special tax may be levied and extended within the special service area on any other basis that provides a rational relationship between the amount of the tax levied against each lot, block, tract and parcel of land in the special service area and the special service benefit rendered; a special tax roll shall be prepared containing:  (1) an explanation of the method of spreading the special tax,  (2) a list of lots, blocks, tracts and parcels of land in the special service area and  (3) the amount assessed against each. The special tax roll shall be included in the ordinance establishing the special service area or in an amendment thereto, and shall be filed with the county clerk for use in extending the tax.
    (m) An ordinance establishing a special service area shall not take effect until a certified copy of the ordinance, containing a description of the territory of the area, is filed for record in the office of the recorder in each county in which any part of the area is located.
(Source: P.A. 90-697, eff. 8-7-98.)

70 ILCS 2405/20

    (70 ILCS 2405/20) (from Ch. 42, par. 317b)
    Sec. 20. When any special assessment is made under this Act, the ordinance authorizing such assessment may provide that the entire assessment and each individual assessment be divided into annual installments, not more than twenty in number. In all cases such division shall be made so that all installments shall be equal in amount, except that all fractional amounts shall be added to the first installment so as to leave the remaining installments of the aggregate equal in amount and each a multiple of one hundred dollars. The said several installments shall bear interest at a rate not to exceed that permitted for public corporation bonds under "An Act to authorize public corporations to issue bonds, other evidences of indebtedness and tax anticipation warrants subject to interest rate limitations set forth therein", approved May 26, 1970, as now or hereafter amended, except that for the purposes of this Section, "the time the contract is made" shall mean the date of adoption of the original ordinance authorizing the assessment; both principal and interest shall be payable, collected and enforced as they shall become due in the manner provided for the levy, payment, collection and enforcement of such assessments and interest, as provided in Article 9 and Division 87 of Article 11 of the "Illinois Municipal Code," as heretofore and hereafter amended.
(Source: P.A. 83-1525.)

70 ILCS 2405/21

    (70 ILCS 2405/21) (from Ch. 42, par. 317c)
    Sec. 21. Whenever any ordinance providing for any improvement shall in pursuance of authority conferred in this Act provide for the payment of the same, either in whole or in part, by special assessment, said Board of Trustees may issue bonds to anticipate the collection of the second and succeeding installments of said assessments payable only out of such assessment when collected and bearing interest at the same rate as provided upon the installments of such assessments. Said bonds shall be issued and subject to call and retirement in the same manner as provided in Article 9 and Division 87 of Article 11 of the "Illinois Municipal Code," as heretofore and hereafter amended.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 872.)

70 ILCS 2405/21a

    (70 ILCS 2405/21a) (from Ch. 42, par. 317c.1)
    Sec. 21a. Any sanitary district having any undistributed or unclaimed money received from the making of any local improvement paid for wholly or in part by special assessment, after complying with all the provisions for the distribution of such rebates or refunds as prescribed in Division 2 of Article 9 of the "Illinois Municipal Code", approved May 29, 1961, as amended, may dispose of such unclaimed rebates or refunds as is prescribed by Sections 9-1-5 through 9-1-14, inclusive, of the "Illinois Municipal Code", approved May 29, 1961, as amended.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 2896.)

70 ILCS 2405/22

    (70 ILCS 2405/22) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d)
    Sec. 22. Whenever the board of trustees of any sanitary district organized under this Act shall pass an ordinance for the making of any improvement authorized by this Act and shall provide that the same shall be paid for by special assessment, as provided in Section 19 of this Act, as amended, the making of which will require the taking or damaging of property, the proceeding for the taking, or damaging of property and for making just compensation therefor shall be described in Article 9 and Division 87 of Article 11 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as heretofore and hereafter amended.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 872.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.1)
    Sec. 22a. The Board of Trustees may provide by ordinance for the levy, in addition to the taxes now authorized by law, and in addition to the amount authorized to be levied for corporate purposes, as provided by Section 12 of this Act, of a direct annual tax not exceeding .05 per cent of the value, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue of the State of Illinois, of all taxable property in such sanitary district. The fund arising therefrom shall be known as a public benefit fund and shall be used solely for the purpose of paying that portion of the several amounts assessed against the district for public benefit as well as paying any such amounts as may be assessed for public benefit under any ordinance that may be adopted by the Board of Trustees.
    The foregoing limitation upon tax rate may be increased or decreased according to the referendum provisions of the General Revenue Law of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 81-1509.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.1

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.2)
    Sec. 22a.1. Alternative special assessment procedure. As an alternative to using the procedure prescribed by Division 2 of Article 9 and Division 87 of Article 11 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended, for making local improvements by special assessment or special taxation as provided in Section 19 of this Act, any sanitary district organized under this Act shall have the power to make local improvements by special assessment or special taxation in accordance with the procedure set forth in Sections 22a.1 through 22a.55 of this Act. The use of this alternative procedure is not mandatory, but shall be at the sole discretion of the board of trustees of the district. The procedure under the Illinois Municipal Code and the procedure under this Act shall not be combined, and the provisions of the Illinois Municipal Code shall not be applicable to any such alternative proceeding under this Act, except that the procedure under this Act may be used in conjunction with the following provisions of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended: Sections 9-2-3, 9-2-4, 9-2-9, 9-2-12, 9-2-45, 9-2-47, 9-2-74 and 9-2-113 relating to federal grants, federal defense projects and governmental aid and assistance, Sections 9-2-14 through 9-2-37 and 9-2-49 through 9-2-51 relating to the taking of property, Sections 9-2-66 through 9-2-71 relating to liens, Sections 9-2-81 through 9-2-98 relating to the collection of special assessments and Sections 9-2-120 through 9-2-137 relating to bonds. When such procedures are combined the committee of local improvements created under this Act may perform all acts to be performed by the board of local improvements under the Illinois Municipal Code.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.2

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.2) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.3)
    Sec. 22a.2. Appointed committee of local improvements. The board of any district may appoint a committee of local improvements consisting of the members of the board of trustees. The board's right to raise or lower the compensation of any committee member on account of any other office or employment shall not be restricted on account of such person's committee membership. The committee shall elect one member as chairman, one member as vice chairman and from within or outside its membership a clerk and such other assistant clerks or officers as the committee may determine to be appropriate. The board shall provide by resolution for compensation not to exceed $15 per day for each member of the committee while performing his or her duties as a member of the committee.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.3

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.3) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.4)
    Sec. 22a.3. Ordinance authorizing improvements. When any district provides by ordinance for the making of any local improvement, it shall prescribe by the same ordinance whether the improvement shall be made by special assessment or special taxation of benefited property, by general taxation, by special assessment of benefited property and by general taxation or by special taxation of benefited property and by general taxation.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.4

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.4) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.5)
    Sec. 22a.4. Restriction on passage of ordinance and abandonment of proposed improvement. No ordinance for any local improvement, to be paid wholly or in part by special assessment or special taxation, shall be considered or passed by the board of any district unless the ordinance is first recommended by the committee of local improvements; provided, however, that after the ordinance for any local improvement has been adopted by the board and before the same is confirmed in court, the board may by ordinance abandon any portion of the proposed improvement without further action by or hearing before the committee.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.5

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.5) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.6)
    Sec. 22a.5. Estimate of cost and first resolution. All ordinances for local improvements to be paid for wholly or in part by special assessment or special taxation shall originate with the committee of local improvements to whom petitions for any local improvement may be addressed, but the committee may originate a scheme for any such local improvement with or without a petition, and in either case the validity of any subsequent resolution, ordinance or proceeding shall not depend upon the validity or authenticity of any such petition. The committee may request the board's engineer to prepare preliminary plans and specifications for the proposed improvement together with an estimate of the cost of the improvement (omitting land to be acquired), itemized to the satisfaction of the committee and certified by the engineer's signature to be an estimate which does not exceed the probable cost of the proposed improvement, including the lawful expenses attending the improvement. Upon presentation of such preliminary plans and specifications and the estimate of cost, the committee may adopt a resolution describing the proposed improvement and scheduling a public hearing before the committee to consider whether such scheme shall be recommended to the board. The resolution may provide that the plans and specifications for the proposed improvement be made part of the resolution by reference to plans and specifications on file in the office of the district's engineer or to plans and specifications adopted or published by the State of Illinois or any political subdivision or agency thereof. Whenever the proposed improvement requires that private or public property be taken or damaged, the resolution shall describe the property proposed to be taken or damaged for that purpose. The committee shall also fix in the resolution a place, day and time for a public hearing thereon. The hearing shall not be less than 10 days after the adoption of the resolution.
    Notice of the time and place of the public hearing shall be sent by mail directed to the person or entity shown by the County Collector's current warrant book to be the party in whose name the general real estate taxes were last assessed on each lot, block, tract or parcel of land fronting on the proposed improvement. Such notices shall be mailed not less than 5 days prior to the time set for the public hearing and shall be mailed to each such party at the address shown for such party in the County Collector's current warrant book. The notices shall contain the substance of the resolution adopted by the committee, the date when an estimate is required by this Act, the estimate of the cost of the proposed improvement, and a notification that the extent, nature, kind, character and (when an estimate is required by the Act) the estimated cost of the proposed improvement may be changed by the committee at the public hearing thereon. If upon the hearing the committee deems the proposed improvement desirable, it shall adopt a resolution and prepare and submit an ordinance therefor to the board.
    In the event that a local improvement is to be constructed with the assistance of any agency of the federal government or other governmental agency, the committee's resolutions shall set forth that fact, and the estimate of cost shall set forth and indicate the estimated amount of assistance to be so provided.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.6

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.6) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.7)
    Sec. 22a.6. Public hearing and second resolution. At the time and place fixed in the specified notice for the public hearing, the committee of local improvements shall meet and hear the representations of any person desiring to be heard on the subject of the necessity for the proposed improvement, the nature thereof or the cost as estimated. The district's engineer may revise the plans, specifications or estimate of cost at any time prior to the committee's adoption of a resolution recommending passage of an ordinance as hereinafter set forth. The committee may adopt a second or further resolution abandoning the proposed scheme or adhering thereto, or changing, altering or modifying the extent, nature, kind, character and estimated cost, provided the change does not increase the estimated cost of the improvement to exceed 20% of the estimate set forth in the mailed notice of the public hearing without a further public hearing pursuant to a new mailed notice given in like manner as the first. Thereupon, if the proposed improvement is not abandoned, the committee shall have an ordinance prepared therefor to be submitted to the board. This ordinance shall prescribe the nature, character, locality and description of the improvement and shall provide whether the improvement shall be made wholly or in part by special assessment or special taxation of benefited property and may provide that plans and specifications for the proposed improvement be made part of the ordinance by reference to plans and specifications on file in the office of the district's engineer or to plans and specifications adopted or published by the State of Illinois or any political subdivision or agency thereof. If the improvement is to be paid in part only by special assessment or special taxation, the ordinance shall so state. If the improvement requires the taking or damaging of property, the ordinance shall so state, and the proceedings for making just compensation therefor shall be as described in Sections 9-2-14 through 9-2-37 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.7

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.7) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.8)
    Sec. 22a.7. Recommendation by committee. Accompanying any ordinance for a local improvement presented by the committee of local improvements to the board shall be a recommendation of such improvement by the committee signed by a least a majority of the members thereof, together with an estimate of the cost of the improvement, including the cost of engineering services, as originally contemplated or as changed, altered or modified at the public hearing, itemized so far as the committee deems necessary and signed by the board's engineer. The recommendation by the committee shall be prima facie evidence that all the preliminary requirements of the law have been complied with. If a variance is shown on the proceedings in the court, it shall not affect the validity of the proceeding unless the court deems the variance willful and substantial.
    In the event the improvement is to be constructed with assistance from any agency of the federal government or other governmental agency, the estimate of cost shall state this fact and shall set forth the estimated amount that is to be provided by the agency of the federal government or other governmental agency.
    The person appointed to make the assessments as provided hereinafter shall make a true and impartial assessment upon the petitioning district and the property benefited by such improvement of that portion of the estimated cost that is within the benefits exclusive of the amount to be provided by the agency of the federal government or other governmental agency.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.8

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.8) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.9)
    Sec. 22a.8. Publication of ordinance. Upon the presentation to the board of the proposed ordinance, together with the required recommendation and estimate, if the estimate of costs exceeds the sum of $500,000, exclusive of the amount to be paid for land to be taken or damaged, the ordinance shall be published in the usual way, in full, with the recommendation and estimate, at least 10 days before any action is taken thereon by the board. Whenever any plat, plan, specification, profile or drawing is a part of the ordinance or attached thereto as a part thereof or is referred to by the ordinance, it is not necessary to publish that plat, plan, specification, profile or drawing in connection with the publication of the ordinance. Publication shall be in a newspaper having general circulation within the district.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.9

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.9) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.10)
    Sec. 22a.9. Special tax. When the ordinance under which a local improvement is ordered provides that the improvement shall be made wholly or in part by special taxation of benefited property, that special tax shall be levied, assessed and collected, as nearly as may be, in the manner provided in the Sections of this Act providing for the mode of making, assessing and collecting special assessments. No special tax shall be levied or assessed upon any property to pay for any local improvement in an amount in excess of the special benefit which the property will receive from the improvement. The ordinance shall not be deemed conclusive of the benefit, but the question of the benefit and of the amount of the special tax shall be subject to the review and determination of the court, and shall be tried in the same manner as in proceedings by special assessment.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.10

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.10) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.11)
    Sec. 22a.10. Special assessment. When the ordinance under which a local improvement is ordered to be made contains no provisions for the condemnation of private property therefor and provides that the improvement shall be wholly or in part paid for by special assessment, the proceedings for the making of that assessment shall be as provided in the following Sections.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.11

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.11) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.12)
    Sec. 22a.11. Petition and jurisdiction of courts. Upon the passage of any ordinance for a local improvement the district, by and through an attorney employed for that purpose, shall file a petition in the circuit court in the county where the affected territory lies, or if the district is situated in more than one county and the proposed improvement lies in more than one county, then in the circuit court in the county in which the major part of the territory to be affected thereby is situated, in the name of the district, requesting that steps be taken to levy a special assessment for the improvement in accordance with the provision of that ordinance. There shall be attached to or filed with this petition a copy of the ordinance, certified by the clerk under the corporate seal, and also a copy of the recommendation of the committee of local improvements and of the estimate of cost as approved by the board. The failure to file any of these copies shall not affect the jurisdiction of the court to proceed in the cause and to act upon the petition, but if it appears in any such cause that the copies have not been attached to or filed with the petition before the filing of the assessment roll therein, then, upon motion of any objector for that purpose on or before appearance day in the cause, such copies shall be so filed. The several circuit courts of this State have jurisdiction of any proceeding under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.12

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.12) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.13)
    Sec. 22a.12. Appointment of assessing officer. Upon or before the filing of such a petition, some resident of the district appointed by the chairman of the committee of local improvements shall make a true and impartial assessment of the cost of the specified improvement upon the petitioning district and the property benefited by the improvement. This officer need not file an oath, and his appointment need not be confirmed by the court.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.13

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.13) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.14)
    Sec. 22a.13. Apportionment of cost. The officer specified in Section 22a.12 shall estimate what portion of the total cost of such improvement will be of benefit to the public and what proportion thereof will be of benefit to the property to be benefited, and he shall apportion the total cost between the district and that property so that each will bear its relative equitable proportion. Having found these amounts, such officer shall apportion and assess the amount so found to be of benefit to the property upon the several lots, blocks, tracts and parcels of land in the proportion in which they will be severally benefited by the improvement. No lot, block, tract or parcel of land shall be assessed a greater amount than it will be actually benefited. When the proposed improvement is for the construction of a sewer, it is the duty of such officer to investigate and report the district which will be benefited by the proposed sewer, describing the district by boundaries.
    Where the improvement is to be constructed with aid from any agency of the federal government, or other governmental agency, the proportion of the total cost of the improvement to be raised by the district in addition to such aid shall be the amount allocated between public benefits and benefits of the property affected as above provided.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.14

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.14) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.15)
    Sec. 22a.14. Determination of benefit to private property owners by assessing officer. In determining the benefit to be received by private property owners as a result of a proposed improvement, the assessing officer, in his or her discretion, may take into account any one or more of the following elements and assign a weight to each: front footage, lot area, lot depth, assessed valuation, number of buildable sites, zoning, highest and best use, acreage, health benefits or a mandate from any governmental agency or a certification from the district's engineer as to the need to construct or install the proposed improvement in order to comply with any existing applicable legislation.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.15

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.15) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.16)
    Sec. 22a.15. Description of property assessed. In levying any special assessment or special tax, each lot, block, tract or parcel of land shall be assessed separately in the same manner as upon assessment for general taxation, except that several lots or parts of land, owned and improved or listed in the warrant book as one parcel may be assessed as one parcel. However, this requirement shall not apply to the property of railroad companies or the right of way and franchise of street railway companies. Such property and right of way and franchise may be described in any manner sufficient to reasonably identify the property intended to be assessed.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.16

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.16) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.17)
    Sec. 22a.16. Assessment roll, notice and affidavit of compliance. The assessment roll shall contain (1) a list of all the lots, blocks, tracts and parcels of land assessed for the proposed improvement, (2) the amount assessed against each, (3) the name of the person or entity shown by the county collector's current warrant book to be the party in whose name general real estate taxes were last assessed on each such lot, block, tract or parcel and (4) the address, if any, for such person or entity as shown on such current warrant book. In case of an assessment in installments the amount of each installment shall also be stated. The officer making the roll shall certify under oath that he believes that the amounts assessed against the public and each parcel of property are just and equitable and do not exceed the benefit which in each case will be derived from the improvements and that no lot, block, tract or parcel of land has been assessed more than its proportionate share of the cost of the improvement.
    Notice shall be given of the nature of the improvement, of the pendency of the proceeding, of the time and place of filing the petition therefor, of the time and place of filing the assessment roll therein, and of the time and place at which application will be made for confirmation of the assessment, the same to be not less than 15 days after the mailing of such notices. The notices shall be sent by mail postpaid to each of the specified persons or entities in whose names general real estate taxes were last assessed at the addresses as shown in the assessment roll, but no such notice need be mailed to any such person or entity whose address is not so shown.
    The notice shall state the amount assessed against the specific property on account of which the notice is sent, the total amount of the cost of the improvement and the total amount assessed as benefits upon the public.
    Where the improvement is to be constructed with aid furnished by any agency of the federal government or other governmental agency, the notice shall set forth the estimated amount of aid to be so furnished.
    An affidavit shall be filed before the final hearing showing a compliance with the requirements of this Section and also showing that either the officer making the specified return or some one acting under his direction made a careful examination of the collector's current warrant book and that the report correctly states the persons and addresses as thereby ascertained. This report and affidavit shall be conclusive evidence, for the purpose of this proceeding, of the correctness of the assessment roll in these particulars. In case the affidavit is found in any respect wilfully false, the person making it is guilty of perjury and upon conviction thereof shall be punished according to the laws of this State.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.17

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.17) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.18)
    Sec. 22a.17. Installments and interest. The ordinance provided for in this Act may provide that the aggregate amounts assessed in each individual assessment shall be divided into annual installments not more than 10 in number. Such division shall be made so that all installments shall be equal in amount except that any fractional amount shall be added to the first installment. The first installment together with interest thereon and on the unpaid balance of the assessment shall be due and payable on first January 2nd after the date of the first voucher issued on account of the work, and successive installments and interest shall be due on each January 2nd thereafter until the assessment is paid. The district shall file with the clerk of the circuit court in which such assessment was confirmed a certificate signed by its clerk or assistant clerk of the date of the issuance of the first voucher within 30 days after the issuance thereof. All installments shall bear interest until paid at a rate specified in the ordinance, which shall not exceed the greater of 9% per annum or 125% of the rate for the most recent date shown in the 20 G.O. Bonds Index or average municipal bond yields as published in the most recent edition of The Bond Buyer, published in New York, New York, at the time the ordinance is passed. Interest on assessments shall begin to run from 30 days after the date of the first voucher issued on account of construction work done, and all accrued interest shall be payable with each successive annual installment. In all cases the district's collector, whenever payment is made on any installment, shall collect interest on the entire unpaid balance of the assessment up to the date of such payment whether the payment be made at or after maturity. Any person may at any time pay the whole assessment against any lot, piece or parcel of land or any installment thereof with interest up to the date of the payment.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.18

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.18) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.19)
    Sec. 22a.18. Notice by publication. Petitioner, in addition to other required notices, shall publish a notice at least twice, not more than 30 nor less than 15 days in advance of the time at which confirmation of the specified assessment is to be sought, in a newspaper having a general circulation within the district. The notice may be substantially as follows:
"SPECIAL ASSESSMENT NOTICE
    Notice is hereby given to all persons interested that the board of trustees of the ........ sanitary district having ordered that (here insert a brief description of the nature of the improvement), the ordinance for the improvement being on file in the office of the district clerk, having applied to the circuit court of ....... County for an assessment of the costs of the improvement, according to benefits, and an assessment therefor having been made and returned to that court, the final hearing thereon will be had on (insert date), at ....... o'clock, or as soon thereafter as the business of the court will permit. All persons desiring may file objections in that court before that day and may appear on the hearing and make their defense."
    Where the assessment is payable in installments, the number of installments and the rate of interest also may be stated.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.19

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.19) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.20)
    Sec. 22a.19. Objections. Any person interested in any real estate to be affected by an assessment may appear and file objections to the report by the time mentioned in the notice or within such further time as the court may allow.
    As to all lots, blocks, tracts and parcels of land to the assessment of which objections are not filed within the specified time or such other time as may be ordered by the court, default may be entered, and the assessment may be confirmed by the court notwithstanding the fact that objections may be pending and undisposed of as to other property. Such order of partial confirmation shall be final and appealable with respect to the property as to which the assessment is confirmed.
    It shall be no objection to confirmation of the assessment roll that some or all of the lots, blocks, tracts, and parcels of land of the assessment lie outside the then existing corporate boundaries of the district at the time confirmation is sought, provided that at the commencement of the project a portion of the project area is included in or contiguous to existing district boundaries, and at the completion of the project, all of the lots, blocks, tracts, and parcels of land not within the corporate boundaries of the district at the commencement of the project are served within the meaning of Section 23.5 of this Act, and provided further that persons interested in such real estate may assert any other objection they may have in connection with the special assessment project, including without limitation that the property is assessed more than it is benefitted by the improvement or that there is no benefit at all to their property. Where any of the properties contained in a special assessment project lie outside of, but contiguous to, the corporate boundaries of the sanitary district, the Committee of Local Improvements may not commence the project without receiving a written petition requesting the project signed by at least a majority of the affected landowners, their agents, or assigns.
(Source: P.A. 90-194, eff. 1-1-98.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.20

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.20) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.21)
    Sec. 22a.20. Review of assessment roll by the court. Upon written objections or motions for that purpose the court in which the specified proceeding is pending may inquire in a summary way whether the officer making the report has omitted any property benefited and whether or not the assessment as made and returned is an equitable and just distribution of the cost of the improvement, first, between the public and the property, and second, among the parcels of property assessed. The court has the power on such application being made to revise and correct the assessments levied, to change or modify the distribution of the total cost between the public and property benefited, to change the manner of distribution among the parcels of private property and to strike out of the roll of awards by the commissioners filed in the case the amount or amounts shown as compensation for property which property has been theretofore donated by any person or persons for the making of the proposed improvement so as to produce a just and equitable assessment, considering the nature of the property assessed and its capacity for immediate use of the improvement when completed.
    The court may either make such corrections or changes, or determine in general the manner in which the corrections or changes shall be made and refer the assessment roll to the officer making the assessment or the district's attorney for revision, correction or alteration in such manner as the court may determine. The determination of the court as to the correctness of the distribution of the cost of the improvement between the public and the property to be assessed is appealable as in other civil cases.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.21

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.21) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.22)
    Sec. 22a.21. Hearing of legal objections. On the application of the petitioner at any time after the return day the court may set down all objections, except the objection that the property of the objector will not be benefited to the amount assessed against it, and that it is assessed more than its proportionate share of the cost of the improvement, for a hearing at a time to be fixed by the court. Upon this hearing the court shall determine all questions relating to the sufficiency of the proceedings, the distribution of the cost of the improvement between the public and the property, and of the benefits between the different parcels of property assessed, together with all other questions arising in that proceeding, with the exception specified, and shall thereupon enter an order in accordance with the conclusions it reaches. But this order shall not be a final disposition of any of those questions for the purpose of appeal unless the objectors waive further controversy as to the remaining question upon the record.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.22

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.22) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.23)
    Sec. 22a.22. Trial by jury. If it is objected on the part of any property assessed for such an improvement that it will not be benefited thereby to the amount assessed thereon and that it is assessed more than its proportionate share of the cost of the improvement, and a jury is expressly demanded in the written objection filed with respect to such property, the court shall impanel a jury to try that issue as to that property. As to any property as to which the written objection fails to demand a jury, the court shall try that issue as to such property without a jury. Unless otherwise ordered by the court, all such objections in which a jury is demanded shall be tried and disposed of before a single jury. The assessment roll, as returned by the officer who made it or as revised and corrected by the court on the hearing of the legal objections, shall be prima facie evidence of the correctness of the amount assessed against each objecting owner but shall not be counted as the testimony of any witness or witnesses in the cause. That assessment roll may be submitted to the jury and may be taken into the jury room by the jury when it retires to deliberate on its verdict. Either party may introduce such other evidence as may bear upon that issue or issues. The hearing shall be conducted as in other civil cases. If it appears that the property of any objector is assessed more than it will be benefited by the specified improvement or more than its proportionate share of the cost of the improvement, the jury or court shall so find, and it shall also find the amount for which that property ought to be assessed, and judgment shall be rendered accordingly.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.23

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.23) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.24)
    Sec. 22a.23. Distribution of deficiency and new notice. Wherever on a hearing by the court or before a jury the amount of any assessment is reduced or canceled so that there is a deficiency in the total amount remaining assessed in the proceeding, the court may in the same proceeding distribute this deficiency upon the other property assessed or upon the district on account of public benefit in such manner as the court finds just and equitable. In case any portion of this deficiency is charged against such property not represented in court, a new notice of the same nature as the original notice shall be given in like manner as the original notice to show the cause why the assessment as thus increased should not be confirmed. The owners of or parties interested in such property have the right to object in the same form and with the same effect as in case of the original assessment, and the court has the same power to dispose thereof.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.24

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.24) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.25)
    Sec. 22a.24. Precedence for trial. The hearing in all cases arising under this Act shall have precedence over all other cases in any court where they are brought except criminal cases or other cases in which the public is a moving party.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.25

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.25) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.26)
    Sec. 22a.25. Modification by court or abandonment of proposed improvements. The court before which any such proceedings may be pending may modify, alter, change, annul or confirm any assessment returned as specified in addition to the authority already conferred upon it and may take all such proceedings and make all such orders as may be necessary to the improvement according to the principles of this Act and may from time to time continue the application for that purpose as to the whole or any part of the premises.
    After an ordinance for any local improvement has been filed in court and before or after the court has entered its final judgment thereupon, but before any contract for the work has been entered into, the board may abandon all or any portion of the proposed improvement by filing with the court a petition supported by an ordinance adopted by the board, which need not be preceded by any action or resolution of the committee. Upon the filing of such petition the court shall order the adjustment of the assessment roll according to the changes requested in the petition.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.26

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.26) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.27)
    Sec. 22a.26. Acquisition of lands as prerequisite to special assessment. No special assessment or special tax shall be levied for any local improvement until the land necessary therefor has been acquired and is in possession of the district except in cases where proceedings to acquire such land have begun and have proceeded to judgment.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.27

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.27) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.28)
    Sec. 22a.27. Prior improvement of same kind as objection. It is no objection to the legality of any local improvement that a similar improvement has been previously made in the same locality if the ordinance therefor is recommended by the committee of local improvements as provided in this Act. But nothing contained in this Act shall interfere with any defense in this proceeding relating to the benefits received therefrom.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.28

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.28) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.29)
    Sec. 22a.28. Judgment on installment assessments. In case of a special assessment or a special tax levied to be paid by installments under the provisions of this Act the order of confirmation that is entered upon the return of the assessment roll shall apply to all of the installments thereof and may be entered in one order.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.29

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.29) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.30)
    Sec. 22a.29. Effect of judgment. The judgments of the court shall be final as to all the issues involved, and the proceedings in the specified cause shall be subject to review by appeal as hereinafter provided and not otherwise. However, by mutual consent of the district and the affected property owner or owners such a judgment may be vacated or modified notwithstanding the expiration of 30 days from the rendition of the judgment except as hereinafter provided.
    Such judgment shall have the effect of several judgments as to each tract or parcel of land assessed, and no appeal from any such judgment shall invalidate or delay the judgments except as to the property concerning which the appeal is taken.
    Such judgment shall be a lien on behalf of the district making an improvement, for the payment of which the special tax or special assessment is levied, on the property assessed from the date upon which a certified copy of said judgment and assessment roll is recorded in the office of the recorder of deeds of each county in which any part of the property is located, to the same extent and of equal force and validity as a lien for the general taxes until the judgment is paid or the property against which any such judgment is entered is sold to pay the judgment.
    Nothing in this Section shall interfere with the right of the petitioner to dismiss its proceedings and for that purpose to vacate such a judgment at its election at any time before commencing the actual collection of the assessment. The court in which the judgment is rendered shall enter an order vacating or annulling the judgment of confirmation on motion of petitioner entered at any time after the expiration of 30 days from the rendition of that judgment or confirmation upon a showing by petitioner that no contract was let or entered into for the making of the specified improvement within the time fixed by law for the letting of the contract, that the making of the improvement under the original proceeding was never commenced or that the making of the improvement under the prior proceedings was abandoned by petitioner. No judgment entered in such a proceeding so dismissed and vacated shall be a bar to another like or different improvement. However, after the contract for the work has been entered into or the improvement bonds have been issued, no judgment shall be vacated or modified or any petition dismissed after the expiration of 30 days from the rendition of the judgment, nor the collection of the assessment be in any way stayed or delayed by the board or any officer of the district without the written consent of the contractor and any and all bondholders.
    Subject to the provisions of Sections 9-2-66 through 9-2-71 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended, the district or its assignee may file a complaint to foreclose the lien in the same manner that foreclosures are permitted by law in case of delinquent general taxes. However, no forfeiture of the property shall be required as a prerequisite to such foreclosure.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.30

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.30) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.31)
    Sec. 22a.30. Validity of special tax for accepted work and new ordinance. No special assessment or special tax shall be held invalid because levied for work already done if it appears that the work was done under a contract which has been duly let and entered into pursuant to an ordinance providing that such an improvement should be constructed and paid for by special assessment or special tax and that the work was done under the direction of the committee of local improvements and has been accepted by that committee. It shall not be a valid objection to the confirmation of this new assessment that the original ordinance has been declared invalid or that the improvement as actually constructed does not conform to the description thereof as set forth in the original special assessment ordinance if the improvement so constructed is accepted by the committee. The provisions of this Section shall apply whenever the prior ordinance is held insufficient or otherwise defective, invalid or void so that the collection of the special assessment or special tax therein provided for becomes impossible. In every such case when such an improvement has been so constructed and accepted and the proceedings for the confirmation and collection of the special assessment or special tax are thus rendered unavailing, the board shall pass a new ordinance for the making and collection of a new special assessment or special tax, and this new ordinance need not be initiated by the committee.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.31

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.31) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.32)
    Sec. 22a.31. Supplemental assessments, rebates and new hearing in case of deficiency. At any time after the bids have been received pursuant to the provisions of this Act, if it appears to the satisfaction of the committee of local improvements that the first assessment is insufficient to pay the contract price or the bonds or vouchers issued or to be issued in payment of the contract price, together with the amount required to pay the accruing interest thereon, the committee shall make and file an estimate of the amount of the deficiency. Thereupon a second or supplemental assessment for the estimated deficiency of the cost of the work and interest may be made in the same manner as nearly as may be as in the first assessment and so on until sufficient money has been realized to pay for the improvement and the interest. Alternatively, the district's board may, pursuant to a new ordinance which need not be initiated by the committee, file a petition with the court to assess all or any part of the deficiency against the district on account of public benefit whereupon the court shall enter judgment in accordance with the petition. It shall be no objection to the supplemental assessment that the prior assessment has been levied, adjudicated and collected.
    If too large a sum is raised at any time, the excess shall be abated in accordance with Section 22a.48 of this Act. If the estimated deficiency exceeds 20% of the original estimate, no contract shall be awarded until a public hearing has been held on the supplemental proceeding in like manner as in the original proceedings unless the board files a petition to assess the entire deficiency against the district on account of the public benefit as above provided. More than one supplemental assessment may be levied to meet a deficiency.
    The petitioner, in case it so elects, may dismiss the petition and vacate the judgment of confirmation at any time after the judgment of confirmation is rendered and begin new proceedings for the same or a different improvement as provided in Section 22a.29.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.32

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.32) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.33)
    Sec. 22a.32. New assessment against delinquents. If from any cause any district fails to collect the whole or any portion of any special assessment or special tax which may be levied, which is not canceled or set aside by the order of any court, for any public improvement authorized to be made and paid for by special assessment or a special tax, the board, at any time within 5 years after the confirmation of the original assessment, may direct a new assessment to be made upon the delinquent property for the amount of the deficiency and interest thereon from the date of the original assessment, which assessment shall be made as nearly as may be in the same manner as is prescribed in this Act for the first assessment. In all cases where partial payments have been made on such former assessments, they shall be credited or allowed on the new assessment to the property for which they were made so that the assessment shall be equal and impartial in its results. If this new assessment proves insufficient, either in whole or in part, the board, at any time within the specified period of 5 years, may order a third new assessment to be levied in the same manner and for the same purpose. It shall constitute no legal objection to any new assessment that the property may have changed hands or been encumbered subsequent to the date of the original assessment.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.33

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.33) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.34)
    Sec. 22a.33. Certification of roll. Within 10 working days after the filing of the report of the amount and date of the first voucher issued on account of work done, as provided in Section 22a.17 of this Act, the clerk of the court in which such judgment is rendered shall certify the assessment roll and judgment to the district's collector, who may be any person designated by the board from time to time to serve as such collector, or, if there has been an appeal taken on any part of the judgment, he shall certify such part of the judgment as is not included in that appeal. This certification shall be filed by the collector in his office. With the assessment roll and judgment the clerk of the designated court shall also issue a warrant for the collection of the assessment. The court has the power to recall such warrants as to all or any of the property affected at any time before payment or sale in case the proceedings are abandoned by the petitioner or the judgment is vacated or modified in a material respect as hereinbefore provided, but not otherwise. In case the assessment roll has been abated and the judgment reduced in accordance with the provisions of Section 22a.48, the clerk of the designated court, within 10 working days thereafter, shall certify the order of reduction or the roll as so reduced or recast, under the directions of the court, to the district's collector and shall issue a warrant for the collection of the assessment as so reduced or recast.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.34

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.34) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.35)
    Sec. 22a.34. Payment in advance for land taken and credit. Whenever any warrant is issued by the clerk of the court in which the judgment of confirmation is rendered, for the collection of any special assessment specified in Section 22a.33, that warrant shall not authorize the collection of any assessment levied against the district for and on account of public benefits, but the clerk shall likewise certify the assessment roll and judgment to the collector of the district upon being requested so to do by that officer. The several and respective installments of the amounts that may be assessed against the district for and on account of public benefits and confirmed by the court, shall be paid out by the district treasurer out of any money arising from the collection of the direct annual tax provided for in Section 22a of this Act and out of any other money in his hands that may be used for that purpose whenever he is authorized and directed so to do by the board. Any such district may pay for any land to be taken or damaged in the making of any local improvement specified in Section 9-2-19 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended, before any such assessment or any installment thereof becomes due, and when the same becomes due, the amount so paid shall be credited upon the assessment against the district so paying in advance.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.35

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.35) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.36)
    Sec. 22a.35. Warrant to collector. If an appeal is taken on any part of such judgment and if the board elects to proceed with the improvement notwithstanding such an appeal, as provided for in Section 22a.41 of this Act, the clerk shall certify the appealed portion from time to time in the manner provided in Sections 22a.33 and 22a.34 as the judgment is rendered thereon, and the warrant accompanying this certificate in each case shall be authority for the collection of so much of the assessment as is included in the portion of the roll thereto attached.
    The warrant in all cases of assessment under this Act shall contain a copy of the certificate of the judgment describing the lots, blocks, tracts and parcels of land assessed so far as they are contained in the portion of the roll so certified and shall state the respective amounts assessed on each lot, block, tract or parcel of land and shall be delivered to the district's collector. The collector having a warrant for any assessment levied to be paid by installments may receive any or all of the installments of that assessment, but if he receives only a part of the installments, then he shall receive them in their numerical order.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.36

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.36) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.37)
    Sec. 22a.36. Collector's notice. The collector receiving such a warrant shall give notice thereof within 30 days by publishing a notice at least twice in a newspaper having a general circulation within the district. This notice may be substantially in the following form:
"SPECIAL ASSESSMENT NOTICE
    Notice is hereby given that the (here insert title of court) has rendered judgment for a special assessment (or special tax) upon property benefited by the following improvement: (here briefly describe the character and location of the improvement in general terms) as will more fully appear from the certified copy of the judgment on file in my office; that the warrant for the collection of this assessment (or special tax) is in my possession. All persons interested are hereby notified to call and pay the amount assessed at the collector's office (here insert location of office) within 30 days from the date hereof.
Dated (insert date).
...............................
Collector."
                    
      When such an assessment or special tax is levied to be paid in installments, the notice shall also contain the aggregate amount of each installment, the rate of interest deferred installments bear and the date when payable.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.37

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.37) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.38)
    Sec. 22a.37. Collector's demand. The collector into whose possession the warrant comes as far as practicable shall mail a notice to all persons whose names appear on the assessment roll at the addresses shown thereon, informing them of the special assessment and requesting payment thereof. A collector's omission to mail such notice shall not affect the validity of the special assessment or the right of the district to apply for and obtain a judgment thereon. The collector shall maintain accurate records of payments received on assessments.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.38

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.38) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.39)
    Sec. 22a.38. Contracts payable from assessments and claims limited to funds collected. Except as otherwise provided in Section 9-2-113 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended, no person obtaining contracts from the district and agreeing to be paid out of special assessments or special taxes has any claim or lien upon the district in any event except from the collection of special assessments or special taxes made or to be made for the work contracted for. However, the district shall cause collections and payments to be made with all reasonable diligence. If it appears that such an assessment or tax cannot be levied or collected, the district nevertheless is not in any way liable to a contractor in case of failure to collect the assessment or tax, but, so far as it can legally do so, with all reasonable diligence, it shall cause a valid assessment or assessments, or special taxes, to be levied and collected to defray the cost of the work until all contractors or bond holders are fully paid. Any contractor is entitled to the summary relief of mandamus or injunction to enforce the provisions of this Section.
    The district treasurer shall keep a separate account of each special assessment and of the money received thereunder.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.39

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.39) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.40)
    Sec. 22a.39. Letting contracts and performance of work by municipality. Except as otherwise provided in Section 9-2-113 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended, any work or other public improvement, to be paid for in whole or in part by special assessment or special taxation, when the expense thereof will exceed $10,000, shall be constructed by contract let to the lowest responsible bidder in the manner prescribed in this Act.
    In case of any work which it is estimated will not cost more than $10,000, if, before or after receiving bids, it appears to the committee of local improvements that the work can be performed better and cheaper by the district, the committee may perform that work and employ or contract for the necessary help or contractor without the necessity of obtaining bids therefor.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.40

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.40) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.41)
    Sec. 22a.40. Assessment roll in case of alternate specification. Except as otherwise provided in Section 9-2-113 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended, if the ordinance provides for alternate specifications for the kind, nature, character and description of a proposed improvement or the materials to be used in its construction and more than one estimate has been prepared, the engineer shall make his estimate based upon the highest estimate of the cost of the proposed improvement.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.41

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.41) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.42)
    Sec. 22a.41. Manner and time of letting of contracts. Except as otherwise provided in Section 9-2-113 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended, within 6 months after judgment of confirmation of any special assessment or special tax levied in pursuant of this Act has been entered, if there is no appeal perfected, or other stay of proceedings by a court having jurisdiction, or in case the judgment for the condemnation of any property for any such improvement, or the judgment of confirmation as to any property is appealed from, then, if the petitioner files in the cause a written election to proceed with the work, notwithstanding the appeal, or other stay, steps shall be taken to let the contract for the work in the manner provided in this Act. If the judgment of condemnation or of confirmation of the special tax or special assessment levied for the work is appealed from, or stayed by a supersedeas or other order of a court having jurisdiction, and the petitioner files no such election, then the steps provided in this Act for the letting of the contract for the work shall be taken within 6 months after the final determination of the appeal or the determination of the stay unless the proceeding is abandoned as provided in this Act.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.42

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.42) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.43)
    Sec. 22a.42. Notice for letting contracts and bids. Except as otherwise provided in Section 9-2-113 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended, notice shall be given by the committee of local improvements that bids will be received for the construction of such an improvement, either as a whole or in such sections as the committee shall specify in its notice, in accordance with the ordinance therefor. This notice shall state the time of opening of the bids, and shall further state where the specifications for the improvement are to be found, and whether the contracts are to be paid in cash, vouchers or bonds, and if in vouchers or bonds, then the rate of interest the vouchers or bonds shall draw. The notice shall be published at least twice, not more than 30 nor less than 15 days in advance of the opening of the bids, in one or more newspapers designated by the committee with a general circulation within the district.
    Proposals or bids may be made either for the work as a whole or for specified sections thereof if permitted by the specifications which are part of the ordinance. All proposals or bids offered shall be accompanied by a bid bond satisfactory to the committee. These proposals or bids shall be delivered to the committee, and at the time and place fixed in the specified notice the committee's engineer or his delegate shall examine and publicly declare the proposals or bids.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.43

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.43) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.44)
    Sec. 22a.43. Bond of contractor and suit on bond. Except as otherwise provided in Section 9-2-113 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended, the successful bidder for the construction of such an improvement shall be required to enter into a performance and labor and materials bond in a sum equal to 100% of the amount of his bid with sureties to be approved by the committee. This bond shall be filed with the district's clerk and shall be deemed to contain the provisions set forth in Section 1 of "An Act in relation to bonds of contractors entering into contracts for public construction", approved June 20, 1931, as now or hereafter amended. When entering into the contract for the construction of an improvement the bond shall provide that the contractor shall well and faithfully perform and execute the work in all respects according to the complete and detailed specifications, and full and complete drawings, profiles, and models therefor, and according to the time and terms and conditions of the contract, and also that the contractor shall promptly pay all debts incurred by him in the prosecution of the work, including those for labor and materials furnished.
    Suit may be brought on the bond in case of default or failure to pay these debts promptly by and in the name of the district for all damages sustained either by the district or by any person interested, or for the damages sustained by the district and all parties in interest or by any beneficiary or party interested in the name of the district for the use of the party interested as beneficial plaintiff to recover for the labor and materials furnished. However, in no case shall costs be adjudged against the district in any suit brought by any party in interest wherein the district is the nominal, but not the beneficial, plaintiff.
    In advertising for bids or proposals for the construction of such an improvement, the committee shall give notice that such a bond will be required, and all bids or proposals shall be deemed to contain an offer to furnish such a bond upon the acceptance of such a bid or proposal.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.44

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.44) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.45)
    Sec. 22a.44. Acceptance of bid, contract and forfeiture. Except as otherwise provided in Section 9-2-113 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended, the committee of local improvements may reject any and all proposals or bids should they deem it best for the public good. If the committee is of the opinion that a combination exists between contractors, either to limit the number of bidders, or to increase the contract price, and that the lowest bid is made in pursuance thereof, the committee shall reject all proposals or bids. The committee may reject the bid of any party who does not have sufficient financial responsibility, equipment or manpower to perform the contract, or who has performed unsatisfactorily in completing other projects for the district. It shall reject all proposals or bids other than the lowest regular proposals or bids of any responsible bidder and may award the contract for the specified work or improvement to the lowest responsible bidder at the prices named in his bid. Such an award shall be recorded in the record of its proceedings. Such an award, if any, shall be made within 90 days after the time fixed for receiving bids or such longer or shorter period of time as may be specified in the district's bid documents.
    If no award is made within that time, another advertisement for proposals or bids for the performance of the work, as in the first instance, may be made, and thereafter the committee shall proceed in the manner above provided in this Act. Such a readvertisement shall be deemed a rejection of all former bids, and thereupon the bonds corresponding to the bids so rejected shall be returned to the proper parties. However, the check or bid bond accompanying any accepted proposal or bid may be retained in the possession of the district until the contract for doing the work, as hereinafter provided, has been entered into by the lowest responsible bidder. But if that bidder fails, neglects or refuses to enter into a contract to perform the work or improvement, as provided in this Act, the bond accompanying his bid and the amount therein mentioned, shall be declared to be forfeited to the district and shall be collected by it and paid into its fund for the repairing and maintenance of like improvements. Any bond forfeited may be prosecuted and the amount due thereon collected and paid into the same fund.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.45

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.45) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.46)
    Sec. 22a.45. Rejection of bids in case of default. Except as otherwise provided in Section 9-2-113 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended, if such original bidder fails or refuses to enter into a contract, which shall be simultaneously executed by the district and signed by the chairman of the committee of local improvements and attested by the district's clerk under the district's seal, then the committee without further proceedings may again advertise for proposals or bids as in the first instance and award the contract for the work to the then regular lowest bidder. The bids of all persons who have failed to enter into the contract as provided in this Act shall be rejected in any bidding subsequent to the first for the same work and in no event treated as the regular lowest bidder.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.46

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.46) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.47)
    Sec. 22a.46. Completing unfinished work and contractor's bond. Except as otherwise provided in Section 9-2-113 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended, if the contractors who may have taken any contract do not complete the work within the time mentioned in the contract or within such further time as the committee may give them, the committee may relet the unfinished portions of that work after pursuing the bidding formalities prescribed in this Act for the letting of the whole in the first instance.
    All contractors at the time of executing any contract for such unfinished work shall execute a bond as provided for in Section 22a.43 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.47

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.47) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.48)
    Sec. 22a.47. Appointment of engineers, clerks and inspectors, execution and acceptance of work and recourse on District. The committee of local improvements may appoint an engineer for the committee and such assistant engineers, clerks and inspectors as may be necessary to carry into effect the purposes of this Act.
    The committee is hereby authorized to make or cause to be made the written contracts and receive all bonds authorized by this Act and to do any other act, expressed or implied, that pertains to the execution of the work provided for by the ordinance authorizing such work. The committee shall fix the time for the commencement of the work under such ordinance and for the completion of the work under all contracts entered into by it. This work shall be prosecuted with diligence thereafter to completion, and the committee may extend the time so fixed from time to time as they may think best for the public good. The work to be done pursuant to such contracts in all cases must be done under the direction and to the satisfaction of the committee, and all contracts made therefor must contain a provision to that effect, and also express notice that in no case, except as otherwise provided in the ordinance, or the judgment of the court, shall the committee, or district, except as otherwise provided in this Act, or any officer thereof, be liable for any portion of the expenses nor for any delinquency of persons or property assessed.
    The acceptance by the committee of any improvement shall be conclusive in the proceeding to make the assessment and in all proceedings to collect the assessment or installments thereof on all persons and property assessed therefor that the work has been performed substantially according to the requirements of the ordinance therefor. However, if any property owner is injured by any failure so to construct the improvement or suffers any pecuniary loss thereby, he may recover the amount of the injury in a civil action against the district making the improvement if the action is commenced within one year from the date of the acceptance of the work by the committee.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.48

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.48) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.49)
    Sec. 22a.48. Excess of assessments over improvements and abatement. Except as otherwise provided in Section 9-2-117 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended, within 30 days after the final completion and acceptance of the work by the committee as provided in Section 22a.47, the committee of local improvements shall have the cost thereof, including the cost of engineering services, certified in writing to the court in which the assessment was confirmed, together with an amount estimated by the committee to be required to pay the accruing interest on bonds or vouchers issued to anticipate collection. Thereupon, if the total amount assessed for the improvement upon the public and private property exceeds the cost of the improvement, all of that excess, except the amount required to pay such interest as is provided for in this Act, shall be abated and the judgment reduced by applying all of the excess first to the abatement and reduction of the amount assessed against the district for public benefit and the remaining excess, if any, to the abatement and reduction of the amount assessed against the private property to be benefited by the improvement, which abatement of the assessment against benefited property shall be credited pro rata upon the respective assessments for the improvement under the direction of the court. In case the assessment is collectible in installments, this reduction shall be made by reducing the amount of the last installment or installments.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.49

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.49) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.50)
    Sec. 22a.49. Report to court, notice of hearing, certificate of board as prima facie evidence and order. In every assessment proceeding in which the assessment is divided into installments, the committee of local improvements shall state in the certificate whether or not the improvement conforms substantially to the requirements of the original ordinance for the construction of the improvements and shall make an application to the court to consider and determine whether or not the facts stated in the certificate are true. Thereupon the court, upon such an application, shall fix a time and place for a hearing upon the application, and shall record the application. The time of this hearing shall be not less than 15 days after the filing of the certificate and application. Public notice shall be given at least twice of the time and place fixed for that hearing by publishing in a newspaper, in the same manner and for the same period as provided in this Act for publishing notice of application for the confirmation of the original assessment, the publication of this notice to be not more than 30 more less than 15 days before the day fixed by the order for that hearing.
    At the time and place fixed by the notice or at any time thereafter, the court shall proceed to hear the application and any objection which may be filed thereto within the time fixed in the order. Upon the hearing the specified certificate of the committee shall be prima facie evidence that the matters and things stated are true, but if any part thereof is controverted by objections duly filed thereto, the court shall hear and determine the objections in a summary manner and shall enter an order according to the fact.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.50

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.50) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.51)
    Sec. 22a.50. Finding against certificate, completion of improvement, supplemental applications and bonds. If upon the hearing the court finds against the allegations of the certificate, it shall enter an order accordingly. The committee of local improvements shall then procure the completion of the improvement in substantial accordance with the ordinance. The committee from time to time may file additional or supplemental applications or petitions in respect thereto until the court eventually is satisfied that the allegations of the certificate or applications are true and that the improvement is constructed in substantial accordance with the ordinance.
    If before the entry of such an order upon such a certificate there has been issued to the contractor in the progress of any such work bonds to apply upon the contract price thereof, that contractor or the then owner or holder of those bonds shall be entitled to receive in lieu thereof new bonds of equivalent amount, dated and issued after the entry of that order. Nothing contained in Sections 22a.48 through 22a.50 shall apply to any proceedings under Section 22a.30 for the confirmation of new assessments levied to pay for the cost of work already done.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.51

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.51) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.52)
    Sec. 22a.51. Inspection of work. The committee of local improvements shall designate someone to carefully inspect the entire work done pursuant to any such proceeding and contract and the materials therefor during the progress of the work to the end that the contractor shall comply fully and adequately with all the provisions of the ordinance and of the contract under which the work is to be done and the specifications therefor.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.52

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.52) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.53)
    Sec. 22a.52. Rebates. If, after final settlement with the contractor for any improvement and after full payment of all vouchers or bonds except those bonds and interest coupons not presented for payment, although called and for which funds are available and reserved, within the period of time specified in Section 9-1-5 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended, issued on account of that improvement, there is any surplus remaining in the special assessment or special tax above the specified payments and above the amount necessary for the payment of interest on those vouchers or bonds, such surplus shall be applied to reimbursing the public benefit fund for any amounts paid from such fund on account of the improvement. If, after the public benefit fund has been reimbursed, a surplus still remains, the trustees of the district shall declare at once a rebate upon each lot, block, tract or parcel of land assessed of its pro rata proportion of that surplus, provided that no property shall be entitled to a rebate unless the amount thereof exceeds $25, and on any property as to which the amount is less than $25 the amount shall be credited to the district's general fund. Such rebate shall be paid to the owner of record of each such lot, block, tract or parcel at the time of the declaration of the rebate. Should any additional funds be collected after the original rebate is declared, the district shall not be required to declare a supplemental rebate for 5 years from the date the original rebate is declared. The district may deduct for its cost and expenses for declaring and making any rebate not more than 5% of the amount declared to be rebated. The committee shall keep and exhibit publicly in its office an index of all warrants upon which rebates are due and payable and upon proper proof, the warrants shall be repaid to the persons entitled thereto.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.53

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.53) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.54)
    Sec. 22a.53. Manner of payment of expenses and costs. The costs and expenses of maintaining the committee of local improvements, for paying salaries of the members of the committee, and the expense of making and levying special assessments or special taxes and of letting and executing contracts and also the entire cost and expense attending the making and return of the assessment rolls and the necessary estimates, examinations, advertisements and like matters connected with the proceedings provided for in this Act, including the court costs and the fees to commissioners in condemnation proceedings, which are to be taxed as provided in this Act, shall be paid by the district out of its general corporate fund, provided that any district may, in the ordinance providing for the prescribed assessment, provide that a certain sum, not to exceed 6% of the amount of this assessment, shall be applied toward the payment of the specified and other costs of making and collecting this assessment. The estimate of cost of the improvement may also provide an item setting forth a reserve for deficiency in interest not to exceed 6% of the amount of the assessment.
    The limitation in the preceding paragraph shall not apply to the costs of engineering and inspection connected with any local improvement, but these costs may be included in the cost of the improvement to be defrayed by special assessment or special tax.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.54

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.54) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.55)
    Sec. 22a.54. Appeals. Appeals from final judgments or orders of any court made in the proceedings provided for by this Act may be taken in the manner provided in other civil cases by the district or by any of the owners or parties interested in land taken, damaged, or assessed therein. However, no appeal may be taken after 30 days from the entry of the final judgment or order. Such an appeal may be prosecuted jointly, and upon a joint bond, or severally, and upon several bonds, as may be specified in the order fixing the amount and terms of such bonds.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/22a.55

    (70 ILCS 2405/22a.55) (from Ch. 42, par. 317d.56)
    Sec. 22a.55. Validation of assessments. No special assessment shall be considered illegal or invalid on account of any informality in making the assessment, on account of any step in the procedure specified in this Act not being made or completed within the time required by law or on account of any notice or listing, including the assessment roll, having been sent or referred to a person other than the rightful owner of any property assessed.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2405/23

    (70 ILCS 2405/23) (from Ch. 42, par. 317e)
    Sec. 23. Additional contiguous territory may be added to any sanitary district organized under this Act in the manner following:
    Ten per cent or more of the legal voters resident within the limits of such proposed addition to such sanitary district may petition the circuit court for the county in which the original petition for the formation of said sanitary district was filed, to cause the question to be submitted to the legal voters of such proposed additional territory whether such proposed additional territory shall become a part of any contiguous sanitary district organized under this Act and whether such additional territory and the taxpayers thereof shall assume a proportionate share of the bonded indebtedness, if any, of such sanitary district. Such petition shall be addressed to the court and shall contain a definite description of the boundaries of the territory sought to be added. Provided that no territory disqualified in Section 1 of this Act shall be included.
    Upon filing such petition in the office of the circuit clerk of the county in which the original petition for the organization of such sanitary district was filed it shall be the duty of the court to consider the boundaries of such proposed additional territory. The decision of the court is appealable as in other civil cases.
    Notice shall be given by the court of the time and place when and where all persons interested will be heard substantially as provided in and by Section 1 of this Act. The court shall certify the proposition to the proper election officials, who shall submit the proposition to the voters at an election in accordance with the general election law. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
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    For joining sanitary district
and assuming a proportionate
share of bonded indebtedness, if
any.
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    Against joining sanitary district
and assuming a proportionate
share of bonded indebtedness, if
any.
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If a majority of the votes on the proposition shall be in favor of becoming a part of such sanitary district and if the trustees of such sanitary district accept the proposed additional territory by ordinance annexing the same, the court shall enter an appropriate order of record in the court, and such additional territory shall thenceforth be deemed an integral part of such sanitary district. Any such additional contiguous territory may be annexed to such sanitary district upon petition addressed to such court, signed by a majority of the owners of lands constituting such territory who, in the case of natural persons, shall have arrived at lawful age and who represent a majority in area of such territory, which said petition shall contain a definite description of the boundaries of such territory and shall set forth the willingness of the petitioners that such territory and the taxpayers thereof assume a proportionate share of the bonded indebtedness, if any, of such sanitary district. Upon the filing of such petition and notice of and hearing and decision upon the same by the court, all as hereinbefore provided, the court shall enter an order containing his or their findings and decision as to the boundaries of the territory to be annexed; and thereupon, if the trustees of such sanitary district shall pass an ordinance annexing the territory described in such order to said sanitary district, said court shall enter an appropriate order as hereinabove provided, and such additional territory shall thenceforth be deemed an integral part of such sanitary district.
(Source: P.A. 83-343.)

70 ILCS 2405/23.1

    (70 ILCS 2405/23.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 317e.1)
    Sec. 23.1. Whenever any contiguous, uninhabited, unincorporated territory is owned by any sanitary district organized under this Act, that territory may be annexed by that sanitary district by the passage of an ordinance to that effect by the board of trustees of the sanitary district, describing the territory to be annexed. After the passage of such ordinance of annexation a copy of such ordinance, with an accurate map of the territory annexed, certified as correct by the Clerk of the District, shall be filed with the County Clerk of the County in which the annexed territory is situated.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 552.)

70 ILCS 2405/23.2

    (70 ILCS 2405/23.2) (from Ch. 42, par. 317e.2)
    Sec. 23.2. Any sanitary district may annex any territory contiguous to it even though the annexed territory is dedicated or used for street or highway purposes if no part of the annexed territory is within any other sanitary district. After passage of the ordinance of annexation a copy of the ordinance with an accurate map of the territory annexed certified as correct by the Clerk of the District shall be filed with the County Clerk of the County in which the annexed territory is situated.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 552.)

70 ILCS 2405/23.3

    (70 ILCS 2405/23.3) (from Ch. 42, par. 317e.3)
    Sec. 23.3. Whenever any unincorporated territory, containing 60 acres or less, is wholly bounded by any sanitary district organized under this Act, that territory may be annexed by that sanitary district by the passage of an ordinance to that effect by the board of trustees of the sanitary district, describing the territory to be annexed. After the passage of such ordinance of annexation a copy of such ordinance, with an accurate map of the territory annexed, certified as correct by the clerk of the board of trustees, shall be filed with the County Clerk of the County in which the annexed territory is situated.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 552.)

70 ILCS 2405/23.4

    (70 ILCS 2405/23.4) (from Ch. 42, par. 317e.4)
    Sec. 23.4. Any territory which is not within the corporate limits of any sanitary district but which is contiguous to a sanitary district and which territory has no electors residing therein; or any such territory with electors residing thereon; may be annexed to the sanitary district in the following manner: a written petition signed by the owners of record of all land within such territory, or if such territory is occupied, by the owners of record and by all electors residing thereon, shall be filed with the clerk of the sanitary district, which petition shall request annexation and shall state that no electors reside thereon (or that all such electors residing thereon join in the petition, whichever shall be the case) and shall be under oath. The board of trustees of the sanitary district to which annexation is sought shall then consider the question of the annexation of the described territory. A two-thirds vote of the board of trustees is required to annex. A copy of the ordinance annexing the territory together with an accurate map of the annexed territory, certified as correct by the Clerk of the District, shall be filed with the County Clerk of the county in which the annexed territory is located.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 552.)

70 ILCS 2405/23.5

    (70 ILCS 2405/23.5) (from Ch. 42, par. 317e.5)
    Sec. 23.5. Any sanitary district may annex any territory which is not within the corporate limits of the sanitary district but which is contiguous to it and is served by the sanitary district or by a municipality with sanitary sewers that are connected and served by the sanitary district by the passage of an ordinance to that effect by the board of trustees, describing the territory to be annexed. A copy of the ordinance with an accurate map of the annexed territory, certified as correct by the clerk of the district shall be filed with the county clerk of the county in which the annexed territory is located. For purposes of this Act, a property is served by a sanitary district if a sewer that is part of the sanitary district's sewer system, part of the sewer system of a municipality that is connected to the sanitary district, or part of any other sewer system that connects to and is served by the sanitary district has been extended to, across, or along the property, whether or not the buildings on the property are physically connected to the sewer.
(Source: P.A. 94-1106, eff. 2-9-07.)

70 ILCS 2405/23.6

    (70 ILCS 2405/23.6) (from Ch. 42, par. 317e.6)
    Sec. 23.6. The corporate authorities of any sanitary district may enter into an agreement with one or more of the owners of record of land in any territory which may be annexed to such sanitary district as provided in this Act. Such agreement may provide for the annexation of such territory to the sanitary district, subject to the provisions of this Act, and any other matter not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, nor forbidden by law. Such agreement shall be valid and binding for a period not to exceed 10 years from the date of execution thereof.
    Any action taken by the corporate authorities during the period such agreement is in effect, which, if it applied to the land which is the subject of the agreement, would be a breach of such agreement, shall not apply to such land without an amendment of such agreement.
    Any such agreement executed after the effective date of this Amendatory Act of 1983 and all amendments of annexation agreements, shall be entered into in the following manner. The corporate authorities shall fix a time for and hold a public hearing upon the proposed annexation agreement or amendment, and shall give notice of the proposed agreement or amendment not more than 30 nor less than 15 days before the date fixed for the hearing. This notice shall be published at least once in one or more newspapers published within the sanitary district. After such hearing the agreement or amendment may be modified before execution thereof. The annexation agreement or amendment shall be executed by the president of the board of trustees only after such hearing and upon the adoption of a resolution directing such execution, which resolution must be passed by a vote of two-thirds of the corporate authorities then holding office.
    Any annexation agreement executed pursuant to this Section shall be binding upon the successor owners of record of the land which is the subject of the agreement and upon successor corporate authorities of the sanitary district and successor sanitary districts. Any party to such agreement may by civil action, mandamus or other proceeding, enforce and compel performance of the agreement.
    Any annexation agreement executed prior to the effective date of this Amendatory Act of 1983 which was executed pursuant to a two-thirds vote of the corporate authorities and which contains provisions not inconsistent with this Section is hereby declared valid and enforceable as to such provisions for the effective period of such agreement, or for 10 years from the date of execution thereof, whichever is shorter.
    The effective term of any Annexation Agreement executed prior to the effective date of this Amendatory Act of 1983 may be extended at any time prior to the original expiration date to a date which is not later than ten years from the date of execution of the original Annexation Agreement.
(Source: P.A. 83-745.)

70 ILCS 2405/23.7

    (70 ILCS 2405/23.7) (from Ch. 42, par. 317e.7)
    Sec. 23.7. For purposes of this Act, territory to be organized as a sanitary district shall be considered to be contiguous territory, and territory to be annexed to a sanitary district shall be considered to be contiguous to the sanitary district notwithstanding that the territory to be so organized is divided by, or that the territory to be so annexed is separated from the sanitary district by, one or more railroad rights-of-ways, public easements, property owned by a public utility, or property owned by a forest preserve district or any public agency or not-for-profit corporation, provided that the property does not require sanitary sewer service. However, upon such organization or annexation, the area included within any such right-of-way, public easement, property owned by a public utility, or property owned by a forest preserve district or any public agency or not-for-profit corporation shall not be considered a part of or annexed to the sanitary district and shall not be subject to rights-of-way for access or services without the approval of the legal owner of the property.
(Source: P.A. 94-1106, eff. 2-9-07.)

70 ILCS 2405/24

    (70 ILCS 2405/24) (from Ch. 42, par. 317f)
    Sec. 24. Any contiguous territory located within the boundaries of any sanitary district organized under this Act, and upon the border of such district, may become disconnected from such district in the manner following, to-wit: 10% or more of the legal voters resident in the territory sought to be disconnected from such district, may petition the circuit court for the county in which the original petition for the organization of said district was filed, to cause the question of such disconnection to be submitted to the legal voters of such territory whether said territory shall be disconnected. Said petition shall be addressed to the court and shall contain a definite description of the boundaries of such territory and recite as a fact, that there is no bonded indebtedness of such sanitary district incurred while such territory was a part of such sanitary district and that no special assessments for local improvements were levied upon or assessed against any of the lands within such territory or if so levied or assessed, that all of such assessments have been fully paid and discharged and that such territory is not, at the time of the filing of such petition, and will not be, either benefited or served, as defined in Section 23.5 of this Act, by any work or improvements either then existing or then authorized by said sanitary district. Upon filing such petition in the office of the circuit clerk of the county in which the original petition for the formation of such sanitary district has been filed it shall be the duty of the court to consider the boundaries of such territory and the facts upon which the petition is founded. The court may alter the boundaries of such territory and shall deny the prayer of the petition, if the material allegations therein contained are not founded in fact. The decision of the court is appealable as in other civil cases.
    Notice shall be given by the court of the time and place when and where all persons interested will be heard substantially as provided in and by Section 1 of this Act. The court shall certify the question to the proper election officials who shall submit the question at an election in accordance with the general election law. The question shall be in substantially the following form:
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    For disconnection from
Sanitary District.
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    Against disconnection from
Sanitary District.
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If a majority of the votes on the question shall be in favor of disconnection, and if the trustees of such sanitary district shall, by ordinance, disconnect such territory, thereupon the court shall enter an appropriate order of record in the court and thereafter such territory shall henceforth be deemed disconnected from such sanitary district.
(Source: P.A. 86-296.)

70 ILCS 2405/25

    (70 ILCS 2405/25) (from Ch. 42, par. 317g)
    Sec. 25. The board of trustees of any sanitary district may arrange to provide for the benefit of employees and trustees of the sanitary district group life, health, accident, hospital and medical insurance, or any one or any combination of such types of insurance. The Board of trustees may also elect to self insure the district's employees. In the event the board arranges to provide insurance, such insurance may include provision for employees and trustees who rely on treatment by prayer or spiritual means alone for healing in accordance with the tenets and practice of a well recognized religious denomination. The board of trustees may provide for payment by the sanitary district of the premium or charge for such insurance.
    If the board of trustees elects to provide the insurance, but does not provide for a plan pursuant to which the sanitary district pays the premium or charge for any group insurance plan, the board of trustees may provide for the withholding and deducting from the compensation of such of the employees and trustees as consent thereto the premium or charge for any group life, health, accident, hospital and medical insurance.
    If the board of trustees elects to provide insurance under the provisions of this Section, it may exercise the powers granted in this Section only if the kinds of such group insurance are obtained from any insurance company authorized to do business in the State of Illinois or any other for-profit or not-for-profit organization or service offering similar coverage including without limitation, hospitals, clinics, health maintenance organizations, and physicians' groups. The board of trustees may enact an ordinance prescribing the method of operation of the insurance or self-insurance program and for entering into contracts with for-profit and not-for-profit organizations or services providing health care services.
(Source: P.A. 90-655, eff. 7-30-98; 90-697, eff. 8-7-98; 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

70 ILCS 2405/26

    (70 ILCS 2405/26) (from Ch. 42, par. 317h)
    Sec. 26. (1) The terms used in this Section are defined as follows:
    The term "Board of Trustees" means the Board of Trustees of a sanitary district organized under this Act.
    The term "District Director" means the chief administrative officer of such sanitary district.
    The term "Waters" means all accumulations of water, surface and underground, natural and artificial, public and private, or parts thereof, which are wholly or partially within, or flow through, the territorial boundaries of such sanitary district.
    The term "Wastewater" means the combination of liquid and water-carried wastes from residences, commercial buildings, industrial plants and institutions, including polluted cooling water.
    The term "Sanitary Wastewater" means the combination of liquid and water-carried wastes discharged from toilet and other sanitary plumbing facilities.
    The term "Industrial Wastewater" means a combination of liquid and water-carried waste, discharged from any industrial establishment and resulting from any trade or process carried on in that establishment including the wastewater from pretreatment facilities and polluted cooling water.
    The term "Combined Wastewater" means wastewater including sanitary wastewater, industrial wastewater, storm water, infiltration and inflow carried to the sewage treatment plant by a sewer.
    The term "Pollutant" means any dredged spoil, solid waste, incinerator residue, sewage, garbage, sewage sludge, munitions, chemical wastes, biological materials, radioactive materials, heat, wrecked or discharged equipment, rock, sand, cellar dirt and industrial, municipal, and agricultural waste discharged into any waters as will or is likely to create a nuisance or render such waters harmful or detrimental or injurious to public health, safety or welfare, or to domestic, commercial, industrial, agricultural, recreational, or other legitimate uses, or to livestock, wild animals, birds, fish, or other aquatic life, or causes or may cause interference with the operation of the sanitary district sewage treatment plant.
    The term "Interference" means an inhibition or disruption of the sanitary district's sewage treatment plant, its treatment processes or operations, or its sludge processes, use or disposal which is a cause of or significantly contributes to either a violation of any requirement of the sewage treatment work's ability to discharge to the waters of the State of Illinois or to the prevention of sewage sludge use or disposal by the sewage treatment work in accordance with the applicable statutory and regulatory provisions.
    The term "Person" means any and all persons, natural or artificial, including any individual, firm or association, and any unit of local government or private corporation organized or existing under the laws of this or any other state or country.
    (2) The sanitary district, acting through the District Director, may study, investigate and from time to time determine ways and means of removing from the water within such sanitary district so far as is practicable, all pollutants in accordance with Federal and State statutes and applicable regulations, and to determine methods of abating such pollutants that are detrimental to public health or to animals, fish or aquatic life, or detrimental to the practicable use of the waters for purposes of recreation, industry or agriculture, or which interfere or might interfere with the operation of such sanitary district's sewage treatment plant.
    (3) The sanitary district may by ordinance provide that no user who is planning to discharge into any waters, pollutants or wastewater which may cause the pollution of such waters within such sanitary district, may make such discharge unless a written permit or permits for such discharge have been granted by the sanitary district acting through its Board of Trustees. The sanitary district may by ordinance provide that no changes in or additions to a user's discharge into any waters, including changes in or additions to the method of treating of wastewater or pollutants, may be made within such sanitary district unless and until the proposed changes have been submitted to and approved by the sanitary district and a permit or permits have been issued therefor by the Board of Trustees.
    (4) Plans and specifications describing any discharges set forth in this Act shall be submitted to the sanitary district before a written permit or permits may be issued. Construction of any facilities required by such plans and specifications must be in accordance with such plans and specifications. In case it is necessary or desirable to make material changes in said plans or specifications, the revised plans or specifications, together with the reasons for the proposed changes must be submitted to the sanitary district for a revised or supplemental written permit.
    (5) The sanitary district, acting through the District Director, may require any user, other than a user discharging only domestic strength waste, which is discharging to the sanitary district, to file with it complete plans of the whole or of any part of its wastewater discharge system and any other information and records concerning the installation and operation of such system.
    (6) The sanitary district, acting through the District Director, may establish procedures for the review of any plans, specifications or other data relative to any user's wastewater discharge system, for which this Act requires a written permit or permits.
    (7) The sanitary district, acting through the District Director, may adopt and enforce rules and regulations governing the issuance of permits and the method and manner under which plans, specifications, or other data relative thereto must be submitted for such wastewater discharge systems or for additions to, changes in or extensions of such wastewater discharge systems.
    (8) Whenever the sanitary district, acting through the District Director, determines that wastewater or pollutants are being discharged into any waters and when, in the opinion of the District Director, such discharge pollutes the same or renders such waters incapable of use for the purposes stated herein, the District Director may by conference, conciliation and persuasion, endeavor to the fullest extent possible to eliminate such discharge or cause such discharger to cease such pollution. The District Director shall not hold more than one such conference for any single user in any consecutive 12 month period before calling for a Show Cause Hearing as set forth herein. In addition, nothing in this Section shall prohibit the Director, upon discovery of an ongoing or potential discharge of pollutants to the sewage treatment works which reasonably appears to present an imminent danger to the health or welfare of persons, from seeking and obtaining from the Circuit Court of the county in which the sanitary district is located a Temporary Restraining Order to halt or prohibit such discharge or from proceeding under any other provision of this Act; and provided further, that where the Director discovers an ongoing or potential discharge to its sewage treatment works which presents or may present a danger to the environment or which threatens to interfere or interferes with the operation of its treatment works, he may call a Show Cause Hearing as set forth herein without the requirement for such process of conference, conciliation and persuasion.
    In the case of the failure by conference, conciliation and persuasion to correct or remedy any claimed violation, the District Director may order whoever causes such discharge to show cause before the Board of Trustees of such sanitary district why such discharge should not be discontinued. A notice may be served on the offending party directing him or it to show cause before such Board of Trustees why an Order should not be entered directing the discontinuance of such discharge. Such notice shall specify the time and place where a hearing will be held and shall be served personally or by registered or certified mail at least 5 days before the hearing; and in the case of a unit of local government or a corporation, such service shall be upon an officer or agent thereof. After reviewing the evidence, the Board of Trustees may issue an order to the party responsible for such discharge, directing that the user responsible shall cease such discharge immediately or that following a specified time such discharge shall cease or the discharge permit or permits previously issued to such discharger shall be revoked immediately or after a time certain, or shall issue such other order as may serve to abate said discharge. If the party fails to cease such discharge in accordance with the Board's Order, the sanitary district may disconnect such discharge on Order of the Board of Trustees.
    (9) Any permit authorized and issued under the provisions of this Act may, when necessary, in the opinion of the District Director, to prevent pollution of such waters, be revoked or modified by the Board of Trustees after investigation, notice and hearing as provided in paragraph (8) of this Section.
    (10) A violation of an order of the Board of Trustees shall be considered a nuisance. If any person discharges sewage or industrial wastes or other wastes into any waters contrary to the orders of the Board of Trustees, the sanitary district, acting through the District Director, has the power to commence an action or proceeding in the Circuit Court in and for the county in which such sanitary district is located for the purpose of having the discharge stopped either by mandamus or injunction.
    The Court shall specify a time, not exceeding 20 days after the service of the copy of the Petition, in which the party complained of must answer the Petition, and in the meantime, the party may be restrained. In case of default in answer or after answer, the Court shall immediately inquire into the facts and circumstances of the case and enter any appropriate judgment order in respect to the matters complained of. An appeal may be taken from the final judgment in the same manner and with the same effect as appeals are taken from judgments of the Circuit Court in other actions for mandamus or injunction.
    (11) The Board of Trustees or any member thereof, or any officer or employee designated by such Board, may conduct the hearing and take the evidence provided for in paragraph (8) of this Section, and transmit a report of the evidence and hearing, together with recommendations, to the Board of Trustees for action thereon.
    At any public hearing, testimony must be taken under oath and recorded stenographically. The transcript so recorded must be made available to any member of the public or any party to the hearing upon payment of the usual charges therefor.
    In any such hearing, the Board, or the designated member or members, or any officer or employee of the District designated by the Board, may subpoena and compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of evidence reasonably necessary to the resolution of the matter under consideration. The Board, or the designated member or members, or any officer or employee of the District designated by the Board, shall issue such subpoenas upon the request of any party to a Show Cause Hearing under paragraph (8) of this Section or upon its own Motion, and may examine witnesses.
    (12) The provisions of the Administrative Review Law, and the rules adopted pursuant thereto, apply to and govern all proceedings for the judicial review of final administrative decisions of the Board of Trustees hereunder. The term "administrative decision" is defined as in Section 3-101 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
    (13) Whoever violates any provisions of this Act or fails to comply with an order of the Board of Trustees in accordance with the provisions of this Act shall be fined not less than $100 nor more than $1,000. Each day's continuance of such violation or failure is a separate offense. The penalties provided in this Section plus reasonable attorney's fees, court costs and other expenses of litigation are recoverable by the sanitary district upon its suit, as debts are recoverable at law.
(Source: P.A. 90-655, eff. 7-30-98.)

70 ILCS 2405/27

    (70 ILCS 2405/27) (from Ch. 42, par. 317i)
    Sec. 27. (a) Any sanitary district created under this Act which does not have any outstanding and unpaid revenue bonds issued under the provisions of this Act and which has a population not in excess of 5000 persons and where that sanitary district has entered into an intergovernmental agreement with a municipality for the mutual expenditure of funds in joint work and for the transfer of assets under the Municipality and Sanitary District Mutual Expenditure Act may be dissolved as follows:
    The board of trustees of a sanitary district may petition the circuit court to dissolve the district. Such petition must show: (1) the reasons for dissolving the district; (2) that there are no debts of the district outstanding or that there are sufficient funds on hand or available to satisfy such debts; (3) that no contract or federal or state permit or grant will be impaired by the dissolution of the sanitary district; (4) that all assets and responsibilities of the sanitary district have been properly assigned to the successor municipality; and (5) that the sanitary district will pay any court costs incurred in connection with the petition.
    Upon adequate notice, including appropriate notice to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, the circuit court shall hold a hearing to determine whether there is good reason for dissolving the district and whether the allegations of the petition are true. If the court finds for the petitioners it shall order the district dissolved but if the court finds against the petitioners the petition shall be dismissed. In either event, the costs shall be taxed against the sanitary district. The order shall be final. Separate or joint appeals may be taken by any of the parties affected thereby or by the trustees of the sanitary district, as in other civil cases.
    (b) The Village of Rockton has the power to dissolve and acquire all of the assets and responsibilities of a sanitary district (i) that is located wholly within Winnebago County and (ii) that has 90% of its service area within the corporate limits of the Village of Rockton. The corporate authorities of the Village of Rockton, after providing at least 60 days' prior written notice to the sanitary district, may vote to dissolve and acquire the existing sanitary district formed pursuant to this Act upon showing: (1) the reasons for dissolving the district; (2) that there are no outstanding debts of the district or that the Village of Rockton has sufficient funds on hand or available to satisfy any such debts; (3) that no federal or state permit or grant will be impaired by dissolution of the existing sanitary district; (4) that the Village of Rockton agrees to assume all assets and responsibilities of the sanitary district; and (5) that adequate notice has been given to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency regarding the dissolution of the sanitary district. Any costs associated with the dissolution of the existing sanitary district may be taxed against the sanitary district once the Village of Rockton has acquired all the assets and responsibilities of the district. The sanitary district may file an appeal with the circuit court, which shall hold a hearing, to determine whether the requirements of this section has been met. If the court finds that the requirements of this section have been met, it shall uphold the action of the Village of Rockton to dissolve the district. If the court finds that said requirements have not been met, it shall order that the sanitary district not be dissolved.
    (c) The Round Lake Sanitary District may dissolve itself upon entering into an agreement with the County of Lake for the County to acquire all of the assets and responsibilities of the Round Lake Sanitary District. Upon dissolution of the District, the statutory powers of the former District shall be exercised by the county board of Lake County. Within 60 days after the effective date of such dissolution and agreement, the County of Lake shall notify the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency regarding the dissolution of the Round Lake Sanitary District and the dissolution agreement.
(Source: P.A. 99-783, eff. 8-12-16.)

70 ILCS 2405/28

    (70 ILCS 2405/28) (from Ch. 42, par. 317j)
    Sec. 28. If the court orders the dissolution of the sanitary district, there shall be no further appointments for trustees. The officers acting at the time of this order shall close up the business affairs of the sanitary district, and make the necessary conveyances of the title to the sanitary district property in accordance with the intergovernmental agreement between the sanitary district and the successor municipality.
(Source: P.A. 85-986.)

70 ILCS 2405/29

    (70 ILCS 2405/29) (from Ch. 42, par. 317k)
    Sec. 29. The dissolution of any sanitary district shall not affect the obligation of any bonds issued or contracts entered into by such district, nor invalidate the levy, extension or collection of any taxes or special assessments upon the property in the debtor district, but all such bonds and contracts shall be discharged. The general obligation indebtedness of the dissolved district shall be paid from the proceeds of continuing taxes and special assessments as provided in this Act.
    All money remaining after the business affairs of the sanitary district have been closed up and all the debts and obligations of the sanitary district have been paid, shall be paid to the successor municipality in accordance with the intergovernmental agreement between the sanitary district and the municipality.
(Source: P.A. 85-986.)

70 ILCS 2405/30

    (70 ILCS 2405/30) (from Ch. 42, par. 317l)
    Sec. 30. The corporate authorities of any successor municipality required to provide sewer or water service under this Act may levy and collect for that purpose a tax upon the taxable property within that successor municipality, the aggregate amount of which for each year may not exceed .25% of the value of such property as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue and that tax shall be in addition to taxes authorized to be levied for the general corporate purposes of the municipality.
(Source: P.A. 85-986.)

70 ILCS 2405/31

    (70 ILCS 2405/31) (from Ch. 42, par. 317m)
    Sec. 31. All courts shall take judicial notice of the dissolution of such sanitary districts.
(Source: P.A. 85-986.)