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REVENUE
(35 ILCS 200/) Property Tax Code.

35 ILCS 200/Tit. 2

 
    (35 ILCS 200/Tit. 2 heading)
TITLE 2. ASSESSMENT OFFICIALS

35 ILCS 200/Art. 2

 
    (35 ILCS 200/Art. 2 heading)
Article 2. Township Assessment Officials

35 ILCS 200/2-5

    (35 ILCS 200/2-5)
    Sec. 2-5. Multi-township assessors. Townships with less than 1,000 inhabitants shall not elect assessors for each township but shall elect multi-township assessors.
        (1) If 2 or more townships with less than 1,000
    
inhabitants are contiguous, one multi-township assessor shall be elected to assess the property in as many of the townships as are contiguous and whose combined population is 1,000 or more inhabitants.
        (2) If any township of less than 1,000 inhabitants is
    
not contiguous to another township of less than 1,000 inhabitants, one multi-township assessor shall be elected to assess the property of that township and any other township to which it is contiguous.
(Source: P.A. 87-818; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/2-10

    (35 ILCS 200/2-10)
    Sec. 2-10. Mandatory establishment of multi-township assessment districts. Before August 1, 2002 and every 10 years thereafter, the supervisor of assessments shall prepare maps, by county, of the townships, indicating the number of inhabitants and the equalized assessed valuation of each township for the preceding year, within the counties under township organization, and shall distribute a copy of that map to the county board and to each township supervisor, board of trustees, sitting township or multi-township assessor, and to the Department. The map shall contain suggested multi-township assessment districts for purposes of assessment. Upon receipt of the maps, the boards of trustees shall determine separately, by majority vote, if the suggested multi-township districts are acceptable.
    The township boards of trustees may meet as a body to discuss the suggested districts of which they would be a part. Upon request of the township supervisor of any township, the township supervisor of the township containing the most population shall call the meeting, designating the time and place, and shall act as temporary chairperson of the meeting until a permanent chairperson is chosen from among the township officials included in the call to the meeting. The township assessors and supervisor of assessments may participate in the meeting. Notice of the meeting shall be given in the same manner as notice is required for township meetings in the Township Code. The meeting shall be open to the public and may be recessed from time to time.
    If a multi-township assessment district is not acceptable to any board of trustees, they shall so determine and further determine an alternative multi-township assessment district. The suggested or alternative multi-township assessment district shall contain at least 2 townships and 1,000 or more inhabitants, shall contain no less than the total area of any one township, shall be contiguous to at least one other township in the multi-township assessment district, and shall be located within one county. For purposes of this Section only, townships are contiguous if they share a common boundary line or meet at any point. This amendatory Act of 1996 is not a new enactment, but is declarative of existing law.
    Before September 15, 2002 and every 10 years thereafter, the respective boards of town trustees shall notify the supervisor of assessments and the Department whether they have accepted the suggested multi-township assessment district or whether they have adopted an alternative district, and, in the latter case, they shall include in the notification a description or map, by township, of the alternative district. Before October 1, 2002 and every 10 years thereafter, the supervisor of assessments shall determine whether any suggested or alternative multi-township assessment district meets the conditions of this Section and Section 2-5. If any township board of trustees fails to so notify the supervisor of assessments and the Department as provided in this Section, the township shall be part of the original suggested multi-township assessment district. In any dispute between 2 or more townships as to inclusion or exclusion of a township in any one multi-township assessment district, the county board shall hold a public hearing in the county seat and, as soon as practicable thereafter, make a final determination as to the composition of the district. It shall notify the Department of the final determination before November 15, 2002 and every 10 years thereafter. The Department shall promulgate the multi-township assessment districts, file the same with the Secretary of State as provided in the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act and so notify the township supervisors, boards of trustees and county clerks of the townships and counties subject to this Section and Section 2-5. If the Department's promulgation removes a township from a prior multi-township assessment district, that township shall, within 30 days after the effective date of the removal, receive a distribution of a portion of the assets of the prior multi-township assessment district according to the ratio of the total equalized assessed valuation of all the taxable property in the township to the total equalized assessed valuation of all the taxable property in the prior multi-township assessment district. If a township is removed from one multi-township assessment district and made a part of another multi-township assessment district, the district from which the township is removed shall, within 30 days after the effective date of the removal, cause the township's distribution under this paragraph to be paid directly to the district of which the township is made a part. A township receiving such a distribution (or a multi-township assessment district receiving such a distribution on behalf of a township that is made a part of that district) shall use the proceeds from the distribution only in connection with assessing real estate in the township for tax purposes.
(Source: P.A. 88-455; incorporates 88-221; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94; 89-502, eff. 6-28-96; 89-695, eff. 12-31-96.)

35 ILCS 200/2-15

    (35 ILCS 200/2-15)
    Sec. 2-15. Voluntary establishment of multi-township assessment districts. Any 2 or more contiguous townships in any one county, other than townships provided for in Sections 2-5 and 2-10, may by majority vote of each board of trustees of the townships, form a multi-township assessment district comprising those townships. This determination shall be made no later than October 1 of the year preceding the year in which township officials are elected. If one or more of those township assessor's offices is vacant, a determination to form a multi-township assessment district may still be made at the time of that vacancy. The assessor or assessors remaining in office in one or more of the townships comprising the multi-township assessment district shall assume the duties of multi-township assessor until a successor is elected or appointed and qualified. If there is no township assessor remaining in office at the time, the board of trustees of the multi-township assessment district, as defined in Section 2-20, shall appoint a multi-township assessor for the unexpired terms of the former elected township assessors as provided in this Code.
    The township boards of trustees shall notify the supervisor of assessments and the Department prior to December 1 of the year in which they have taken any action prescribed in this Section.
(Source: P.A. 88-455; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

35 ILCS 200/2-20

    (35 ILCS 200/2-20)
    Sec. 2-20. Township and Multi-Township Boards of Trustees; Elected Assessors. The township supervisors and clerks of townships comprising a multi-township assessment district, and the township board of trustees in townships that are not a part of a multi-township assessment jurisdiction, shall, ex officio, constitute a multi-township or township board of trustees for their respective assessment jurisdictions.
    Each multi-township board of trustees shall organize and select one of its number as chairman, another as clerk and another as treasurer. These officers shall serve a term of 2 years or until their successors are elected, except no person shall be a member of a multi-township board of trustees after the expiration of his or her term as township supervisor or township clerk.
    The powers and duties of a multi-township board of trustees or township board of trustees concerning property tax assessment administration shall be limited to the following: (1) levying taxes necessary to provide the funds required by the budget adopted for the township or multi-township assessor and certifying the levy to the county clerk, (2) determining and approving the budget of the assessor, (3) determining a salary for the assessor, and (4) setting the compensation of any assessor or temporarily appointed because the assessor is physically incapacitated, according to Section 60-5 of the Township Code. The levy shall not be included within any statutory limitation of rate or amount for other township purposes, but shall be in addition to that rate or amount. The board shall have no power to approve or disapprove personnel of the multi-township or township assessor. The treasurer of the multi-township board of trustees shall have the duties and responsibilities of the township supervisor in relation to the township assessor in the maintenance and disbursement of funds of the multi-township assessor.
    The changes made in this Section by Public Act 82-554 do not apply to any township in a county with more than 3,000,000 inhabitants.
(Source: P.A. 88-455; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

35 ILCS 200/2-25

    (35 ILCS 200/2-25)
    Sec. 2-25. Transition to multi-township organization. No later than December 1 preceding the date the multi-township assessor takes office, the assessors of townships included in the multi-township district and the supervisor of assessments shall deliver to the multi-township assessor all books, records, supplies, and other property relating to their assessing office, taking the multi-township assessor's receipt therefor. The township supervisors of the townships comprising the multi-township district shall transfer to the multi-township treasurer all funds relating to or budgeted for purposes of township assessments. Any accounts or tax moneys for township assessment purposes thereafter shall be paid to the multi-township treasurer of the multi-township district, with copies of the county treasurer's disbursement statements going directly to the multi-township assessor.
(Source: P.A. 81-838; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/2-30

    (35 ILCS 200/2-30)
    Sec. 2-30. Budget Making. At least 60 days prior to the beginning of each fiscal year, the assessor for each multi-township assessment district or township shall prepare and present on forms provided or approved by the Department an office budget for the ensuing fiscal year. The multi-township or township board of trustees shall adopt a budget and appropriation ordinance in accordance with the Illinois Municipal Budget Law.
    The multi-township board must, at least 30 days before the public hearing required by Section 3 of the Illinois Municipal Budget Law, prepare or cause to be prepared a tentative budget and appropriation ordinance and file the ordinance with the township clerks of the townships comprising the multi-township assessment district. The township clerks must make the tentative budget and appropriation ordinance available for public inspection for at least 30 days before final action on the ordinance. The required public hearing must be held on or before the last day of the first quarter of the fiscal year before the board. Notice of the hearing must be given by publication in a newspaper published in the multi-township assessment district at least 30 days before the time of the hearing. If there is no newspaper published in the multi-township assessment district, notice of the public hearing may be given by posting notices in 5 of the most public places in each township comprising the multi-township assessment district. It is the duty of the township clerks to arrange for the public hearing. The board at the public hearing may adopt all or part of the tentative budget and appropriation ordinance, as the board deems necessary.
    The multi-township or township board of trustees shall determine the amount required and permitted by law to finance the operations of the office of the multi-township or township assessor. The board of trustees shall certify that amount in a levy to the county clerk in the manner provided in Section 2-20. The county clerk shall extend the tax levies, as provided in this Code, against all taxable property within the jurisdiction.
(Source: P.A. 92-684, eff. 7-16-02.)

35 ILCS 200/2-35

    (35 ILCS 200/2-35)
    Sec. 2-35. Disconnection petition.
    (a) A township with 1,000 or more inhabitants according to the last preceding special Federal Census may be disconnected from a multi-township district under this Section if: (1) the township had less than 1,000 inhabitants preceding the date on which the township was included within a multi-township district under Section 2-5 and 2-10; or (2) the township was included within a multi-township district created under Section 2-15.
    (b) If a petition for the disconnection from a multi-township assessment district of a township described in subsection (a) is signed by 10% of the registered voters of the township and is filed with the clerk of the township no later than August 1 of the year preceding the year in which the multi-township assessor is to be elected, the clerk shall promptly forward the petition to the township board of trustees. The township board of trustees shall adopt or reject the petition within 60 days after receiving it. If the board adopts the petition, the township shall be disconnected from the multi-township district, effective upon the expiration of the term of office of the incumbent multi-township assessor.
    (c) After the disconnection of a township under this Section, the multi-township district shall continue to exist. If only one township remains in the district after the disconnection or if the combined population of the remaining townships is less than 1,000 inhabitants, the disconnection shall not be allowed.
(Source: P.A. 84-1051; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/2-40

    (35 ILCS 200/2-40)
    Sec. 2-40. Notice of disconnection. Within 60 days of an adoption of a disconnection petition under Section 2-35, the clerk or clerks of the disconnected township or townships shall notify the Department of that fact.
    When so notified, the Department shall amend the list filed with the Secretary of State under Section 2-10.
(Source: P.A. 85-340; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/2-45

    (35 ILCS 200/2-45)
    Sec. 2-45. Selection and eligibility of township and multi-township assessors.
    (a) In all counties under township organization, township or multi-township assessors shall be qualified as required by subsections (b) through (d) of this Section and shall be elected as provided in this Code. Township or multi-township assessors shall enter upon their duties on January 1 following their election, and perform the duties of the office for 4 years.
    (b) Beginning December 1, 1996, in any township or multi-township assessment district not subject to the requirements of subsections (c) or (d) of this Section, no person is eligible to file nomination papers or participate as a candidate in any caucus or primary or general election for, or be appointed to fill vacancies in, the office of township or multi-township assessor, unless he or she (i) has successfully completed an introductory course in assessment practices that is approved by the Department; or (ii) possesses at least one of the qualifications listed in paragraphs (1) through (6) of subsection (c) of this Section. The candidate cannot file nominating papers or participate as a candidate unless a copy of the certificate of his or her qualifications is filed with the township clerk, board of election commissioners, or other appropriate authority as required by the Election Code. The candidate cannot be appointed to fill a vacancy until he or she has filed a copy of the certificate of his or her qualifications with the appointing authority.
    (c) Beginning December 1, 1996, in a township or multi-township assessment district with $25,000,000 or more of non-farm equalized assessed value or $1,000,000 or more in commercial and industrial equalized assessed value, no person is eligible to file nomination papers or participate as a candidate in any caucus or primary or general election for, or be appointed to fill vacancies in, the office of township or multi-township assessor, unless he or she possesses at least one of the qualifications listed in paragraphs (1) through (6) of this subsection (c).
        (1) a Certified Illinois Assessing Officer
    
certificate from the Illinois Property Assessment Institute with current additional 30 class hours as required for additional compensation under Section 4-10;
        (2) (A) A Certified Illinois Assessing Officer
    
certificate from the Illinois Property Assessment Institute with a minimum of 300 additional hours of successfully completed courses approved by the Department, if at least 150 of the course hours required a written examination; and
        (B) within the 4 years preceding the election,
    
successful completion of at least 15 class hours of additional training in courses that must be approved by the Department, including but not limited to, assessment, appraisal, or computer courses, and that may be offered by accredited universities, colleges, or community colleges;
        (3) a Certified Assessment Evaluator designation from
    
the International Association of Assessing Officers;
        (4) certification as a Member of the Appraisal
    
Institute, Senior Real Estate Analyst, or Senior Real Property Appraiser from the Appraisal Institute or its predecessor organization;
        (5) a professional designation by any other appraisal
    
or assessing association approved by the Department; or
        (6) if the person has served as a township or
    
multi-township assessor for 12 years or more, a Certified Illinois Assessing Official certificate from the Illinois Property Assessment Institute with a minimum of 360 additional hours of successfully completed courses approved by the Department, if at least 180 of the course hours required a written examination.
    The candidate cannot file nominating papers or participate as a candidate unless a copy of the certificate of his or her qualifications is filed with the township clerk, board of election commissioners, or other appropriate authority as required by the Election Code. The candidate cannot be appointed to fill a vacancy until he or she has filed a copy of the certificate of his or her qualifications with the appointing authority.
    (d) Beginning December 1, 2000, in a township or multi-township assessment district with more than $10,000,000 and less than $25,000,000 of non-farm equalized assessed value and less than $1,000,000 in commercial and industrial equalized assessed value, no person who has previously been elected as township or multi-township assessor in any such township or multi-township assessment district is eligible to file nomination papers or participate as a candidate in any caucus or primary or general election for the office of township or multi-township assessor, unless he or she possesses at least one of the qualifications listed in paragraphs (1) through (6) of subsection (c) of this Section. The candidate cannot file nominating papers or participate as a candidate unless a copy of the certificate of his or her qualifications is filed with the township clerk, board of election commissioners, or other appropriate authority as required by the Election Code.
    (e) If any person files nominating papers for candidacy for the office of township or multi-township assessor without also filing a copy of the certificate as required by this Section, the clerk of the township, the board of election commissioners, or other appropriate authority as required by the Election Code shall refuse to certify the name of the person as a candidate to the proper election officials.
    If no candidate for election meets the above qualifications there shall be no election and the town board of trustees or multi-township board of trustees shall appoint or contract with a person under Section 2-60.
    As used in this Section only, "non-farm equalized assessed value" means the total equalized assessed value in the township or multi-township assessment district as reported to the Department under Section 18-225 after removal of homestead exemptions, and after removal of the equalized assessed value reported as farm or minerals to the Department under Section 18-225.
    For purposes of this Section only, "file nomination papers" also includes having nomination papers filed on behalf of the candidate by another person.
(Source: P.A. 93-188, eff. 7-11-03.)

35 ILCS 200/2-50

    (35 ILCS 200/2-50)
    Sec. 2-50. Certification by Department. The Department shall, within 15 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1995 and, thereafter, by February 1 of each year before the year of election of township or multi-township assessors, certify to each township or multi-township clerk and each county clerk a list showing all township and multi-township assessment districts with the pre-election requirements for township or multi-township assessor under Section 2-45 for each township and each multi-township assessment district. If a new multi-township assessment district is established under Section 2-15 or a township is disconnected from a multi-township assessment district under Section 2-35, the Department shall, within 30 days after the required statutory notice, certify to the multi-township clerk and county clerk whether the assessor for the new multi-township assessment district is subject to the requirements of subsections (b), (c), or (d) of Section 2-45 of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 88-455; 89-441, eff. 6-1-96.)

35 ILCS 200/2-52

    (35 ILCS 200/2-52)
    Sec. 2-52. Revision of assessor qualifications by Department. The Department may revise the assessor qualifications for township and multi-township assessment districts from those qualifications specified in subsections (c) or (d) of Section 2-45 to those qualifications specified in subsection (b) of Section 2-45 if the township or multi-township board of trustees petition the Department to do so. In determining petitions from a township or multi-township board of trustees requesting a change in assessor qualifications, the Department shall consider the quantity and complexity of assessments in the township or multi-township. The Department shall promulgate reasonable rules relating to the administration of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 89-441, eff. 6-1-96.)

35 ILCS 200/2-55

    (35 ILCS 200/2-55)
    Sec. 2-55. Role as ex-officio deputy assessors. In all townships in counties of 3,000,000 or more, in which township assessors are elected, the township assessors shall be ex-officio deputy assessors to make the assessments in the townships wherein they are elected but those ex-officio deputy assessors shall be under the direction and control of the county assessor in the same manner as other deputy assessors, subject to the rules and regulations prescribed by the county assessor and the board of appeals. The compensation and expenses of the township assessors shall be determined and paid as provided in Sections 2-70, 2-75, 2-80, 4-10, 4-15 and 4-20. If in any township the ex-officio deputy assessor is not able, within the time allowed by law or set by rules and regulations prescribed by the county assessor and the board of appeals, to make the assessment in the township, any additional deputy assessor or deputy assessors required to make the assessment shall be residents and legal voters of the township and may be appointed by the county assessor. For failure to complete the assessment and return the assessment books within the time prescribed by law or set by the rules and regulations of the county assessor and board of appeals, any township assessor may be removed from office by the order of the county assessor. All clerks and deputies shall take and subscribe an oath of office to honestly and faithfully perform all the duties of their respective offices under the direction of the county assessor. The county assessor, the clerks and deputy assessors, may administer oaths authorized by law to be administered by assessors. The number and compensation of the clerks and the deputies (other than the ex-officio deputies) shall be determined annually by the county board and shall be paid from the county treasury.
(Source: P.A. 83-121; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/2-60

    (35 ILCS 200/2-60)
    Sec. 2-60. Vacancies.
    (a) When any township or multi-township assessment district fails to elect an assessor or when an assessor's office becomes vacant for any reason specified in Section 25-2 of the Election Code, the township or multi-township board of trustees shall fill the vacancy in townships or multi-township assessment districts by appointing a person qualified as required under Section 2-45 or as revised by the Department under Section 2-52. A person appointed to fill a vacancy under this Section must be a member of the same political party as the person vacating the office if the person vacating the office was a member of an established political party, as defined in Section 10-2 of the Election Code, that is still in existence at the time the appointment is made. The appointee shall establish his or her political party affiliation by his or her record of voting in party primary elections or by holding or having held an office in a political party organization before the appointment. If the appointee has not voted in a party primary election or is not holding or has not held an office in a political party organization before the appointment, then the appointee shall establish his or her political party affiliation by his or her record of participating in a political party's nomination or election caucus.
    (b) In the alternative, a township or multi-township assessment district shall contract with a person qualified as required under Section 2-45 or as revised by the Department under Section 2-52 to do the assessing at a cost no greater than the maximum salary authorized for that township or multi-township assessment district under Section 2-70.
(Source: P.A. 89-342, eff. 1-1-96; 89-441, eff. 6-1-96; 90-748, eff. 8-14-98.)

35 ILCS 200/2-65

    (35 ILCS 200/2-65)
    Sec. 2-65. Deputies and employees.
    (a) In all counties under township organization where a township or multi-township assessor is unable alone to perform all duties of the office, he or she may appoint one or more suitable persons as deputies to assist in making the assessment, and may appoint other employees required for operation of the office. The deputies and other employees may be employed on an annual, monthly or daily basis.
    (b) Every township or multi-township assessor with 5 or more deputies and other employees shall adopt rules concerning all benefits available to employees. The rules shall include, without limitation, the following benefits to the extent they are applicable: insurance coverage, compensation, overtime pay, compensatory time off, holidays, vacations, sick leave, and maternity leave. The rules shall be adopted and filed with the township clerk within 4 months after the assessor takes office. A multi-township assessor shall file the rules with the clerk of each township in the district. Amendments to the rules shall be filed with the appropriate township clerk or clerks by their effective date.
(Source: P.A. 87-818; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/2-70

    (35 ILCS 200/2-70)
    Sec. 2-70. Salary. Each multi-township board of trustees shall set the salary of its multi-township assessor at least 150 days before his or her election. Each township board of trustees shall set the salary of its township assessor at the same time it sets the compensation of its township supervisor.
(Source: P.A. 90-210, eff. 7-25-97.)

35 ILCS 200/2-75

    (35 ILCS 200/2-75)
    Sec. 2-75. Affidavit for time employed. When compensation of a township or multi-township assessor or his or her deputy is based upon the time actually employed in the making of assessments, the assessors and deputies shall make an affidavit of the time so employed. Payments of the compensation and expenses under Sections 2-65, 2-70 and 2-80 shall be paid out of the township or multi-township treasury.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 388; P.A. 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/2-80

    (35 ILCS 200/2-80)
    Sec. 2-80. Expenses and office needs. Township and multi-township assessors shall receive travel and transportation expenses in the amount determined by the board of town trustees, and shall be reimbursed for their reasonable travel, meal, lodging and registration expenses incurred in attendance at a school of instruction prescribed by the Department. The board of town trustees shall provide the office and storage space, equipment, office supplies, deputies and clerical and stenographic personnel and other items as are necessary for the efficient operation of the office.
(Source: P.A. 83-1277; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/Art. 3

 
    (35 ILCS 200/Art. 3 heading)
Article 3. County Assessment Officials

35 ILCS 200/3-5

    (35 ILCS 200/3-5)
    Sec. 3-5. Supervisor of assessments. In counties with less than 3,000,000 inhabitants and in which no county assessor has been elected under Section 3-45, there shall be a county supervisor of assessments, either appointed as provided in this Section, or elected.
    In counties with less than 3,000,000 inhabitants and not having an elected county assessor or an elected supervisor of assessments, the office of supervisor of assessments shall be filled by appointment by the presiding officer of the county board with the advice and consent of the county board.
    To be eligible for appointment or to be eligible to file nomination papers or participate as a candidate in any primary or general election for, or be elected to, the office of supervisor of assessments, or to enter upon the duties of the office, a person must possess one of the following qualifications as certified by the individual to the county clerk:
        (1) A Certified Illinois Assessing Official
    
certificate from the Illinois Property Assessment Institute, plus the additional training required for additional compensation under Section 4-10.
        (2) A Certified Assessment Evaluator certificate from
    
the International Association of Assessing Officers.
        (3) A Member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI),
    
Residential Member (RM), Senior Real Estate Analyst (SREA), Senior Real Property Analyst (SRPA) or Senior Residential Analyst (SRA) certificate from the Appraisal Institute or its predecessor organizations.
        (4) If the person has served as a supervisor of
    
assessments for 12 years or more, a Certified Illinois Assessing Official certificate from the Illinois Property Assessment Institute with a minimum of 360 additional hours of successfully completed courses approved by the Department if at least 180 of the course hours required a written examination.
    In addition, a person must have had at least 2 years' experience in the field of property sales, assessments, finance or appraisals and must have passed an examination conducted by the Department to determine his or her competence to hold the office. The examination may be conducted by the Department at a convenient location in the county or region. Notice of the time and place shall be given by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the counties, at least one week prior to the exam. The Department shall certify to the county board a list of the names and scores of persons who pass the examination. The Department may provide by rule the maximum time that the name of a person who has passed the examination will be included on a list of persons eligible for appointment or election. The term of office shall be 4 years from the date of appointment and until a successor is appointed and qualified.
(Source: P.A. 92-667, eff. 7-16-02.)

35 ILCS 200/3-10

    (35 ILCS 200/3-10)
    Sec. 3-10. Dismissal of supervisor of assessments; Vacancies. The county board, by a vote of 2/3 of its members, may dismiss a supervisor of assessments before the expiration of his or her term for misfeasance, malfeasance or nonfeasance in the performance of the duties of the office. Whenever the county board dismisses a supervisor of assessments, it shall specify its reasons in writing. The dismissed supervisor may, within 21 days after receipt of the statement of reasons for dismissal, request a hearing before the county board. The county board shall conduct a hearing within 30 days of a timely request, and may reverse the dismissal by a vote of a majority of the members present.
    Vacancies shall be filed by appointment for a full term. In the event of a vacancy, the county board may appoint an acting supervisor of assessments, but an acting supervisor may serve for no more than 60 days until a qualified person is appointed to fill the remainder of the term.
(Source: P.A. 86-905; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/3-15

    (35 ILCS 200/3-15)
    Sec. 3-15. Service in more than one county. Any 2 or more counties may, with Department approval, appoint or elect the same person as county supervisor of assessments for each of such counties and may by agreement provide for the appropriate share of the salary and expenses of the official. In any case where a supervisor of assessments is shared, the aggregate population of the 2 or more counties shall be considered as the population when determining the compensation of the official under Section 3-40. If a county board desires to appoint as county supervisor of assessments of that county a person who is the appointed or elected supervisor of assessments of another county, the person shall not be required to take the examination given by the Department and shall not be required to accept the appointment.
(Source: P.A. 86-905; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/3-20

    (35 ILCS 200/3-20)
    Sec. 3-20. Reimbursement when serving more than 1 county. When 2 or more counties have, with Department approval, elected or appointed the same person as county supervisor of assessments, subject to appropriation, the Department shall pay out of the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund to the counties a total of $5,000 per year to be applied toward the person's salary. The Department shall apportion the $5,000 among such counties in proportion to each county's share of the salary.
    The amount payable under this Section is in addition to the 50% reimbursement provided for in Section 3-40, but in no event shall the total paid under this Section and the reimbursement under Section 3-40 exceed the compensation of the supervisor of assessments.
(Source: P.A. 97-72, eff. 7-1-11.)

35 ILCS 200/3-25

    (35 ILCS 200/3-25)
    Sec. 3-25. Reappointment or reelection. Reappointment or reelection of an incumbent supervisor of assessments may be made without examination. If the presiding officer of the county board does not intend to reappoint an incumbent, he or she shall notify the incumbent not more than 120 nor less than 90 days before the expiration of his or her term. Upon request of the incumbent, the county board shall grant a public hearing as to why the incumbent will not be reappointed.
(Source: P.A. 86-905; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/3-30

    (35 ILCS 200/3-30)
    Sec. 3-30. Supervisor of assessments as clerk of the board of review. Each supervisor of assessments shall serve as clerk of the county board of review and shall be present at all hearings held by the board. He or she shall not receive additional compensation for that service.
(Source: P.A. 86-482; 86-1475; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/3-35

    (35 ILCS 200/3-35)
    Sec. 3-35. Outside employment. Except as provided below, any person appointed under Section 3-5 shall hold no other lucrative public office or public employment. In counties with less than 100,000 inhabitants, he or she may hold public employment if the duties are not incompatible with his or her duties as supervisor of assessments as assigned by the county board. The duties of a person administering a county zoning ordinance shall not be considered incompatible with the duties of a supervisor of assessments.
(Source: P.A. 86-482; 86-1475; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/3-40

    (35 ILCS 200/3-40)
    Sec. 3-40. Compensation of supervisors of assessments.
    (a) A supervisor of assessments shall receive annual compensation in an amount fixed by the county board subject to the following minimum amounts:
        In counties with less than 14,000 inhabitants, not
    
less than $7,500;
        In counties with 14,000 or more but less than 30,000
    
inhabitants, not less than $8,000;
        In counties with 30,000 or more but less than 60,000
    
inhabitants, not less than $9,000;
        In counties with 60,000 or more but less than 100,000
    
inhabitants, not less than $10,000;
        In counties with 100,000 or more but less than
    
200,000 inhabitants, not less than $11,500;
        In counties with 200,000 or more but less than
    
300,000 inhabitants, not less than $13,000;
        In counties with 300,000 or more but less than
    
1,000,000 inhabitants, not less than $15,000.
For purposes of this subsection, the number of inhabitants shall be determined by the latest Federal decennial or special census of the county.
    (b) Elected supervisors of assessments who began a term of office before December 1, 1990 shall be compensated at the rate of their base salary. "Base salary" is the compensation paid for their position before July 1, 1989.
    (c) Elected supervisors of assessments beginning a term of office on or after December 1, 1990 shall, beginning December 1, 1993, receive their base salary plus at least 12% of base salary.
    Any supervisor of assessments who has been presented a Certified Assessing Evaluator Certificate by the International Association of Assessing Officers shall receive an additional compensation of $500 per year to be paid out of funds appropriated to the Department from the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund.
    The salary set by the county board shall be paid in equal monthly installments out of the treasury of the county in which he or she is appointed or elected. If the Department has determined that the total assessed value of property in a county, as equalized by the supervisor of assessments under Section 9-210, is between 31 1/3% and 35 1/3% of the total fair cash value of property in the county, subject to appropriation, the Department shall reimburse the county monthly from the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund 50% of the amount of salary the county paid to the officer for the preceding month.
    The county board shall provide necessary office space for the officer and pay all necessary expenses of the office out of the county treasury.
    Each supervisor of assessments may, with the advice and consent of the county board, appoint necessary deputies and clerks, their compensation to be fixed by the county board and paid by the county.
(Source: P.A. 97-72, eff. 7-1-11.)

35 ILCS 200/3-45

    (35 ILCS 200/3-45)
    Sec. 3-45. Election of county assessor; counties of less than 3,000,000. In counties having an elected board of review under Section 6-35, a county assessor shall be elected. To be eligible to file nomination papers or participate as a candidate in any primary or general election for, or be elected to, the office of county assessor, or to enter upon the duties of the office, a person must possess one of the following qualifications as certified by the individual to the county clerk:
        (1) a Certified Illinois Assessing Officer
    
certificate from the Illinois Property Assessment Institute; or
        (2) a Certified Assessment Evaluator designation from
    
the International Association of Assessing Officers.
In addition, a person must have at least 2 years experience in the field of property sales, assessments, finance, or appraisals.
    The county clerk must determine if candidates for assessor have qualified under this Code prior to certification of their nominating petitions. The election of the county assessor shall be at the same time and in the same manner as other county officials are elected under the general election law. The county assessor shall hold office for a 4 year term and until a successor is elected and qualified. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as are vacancies in other county elective offices.
(Source: P.A. 92-235, eff. 8-2-01.)

35 ILCS 200/3-50

    (35 ILCS 200/3-50)
    Sec. 3-50. Election of county assessors - Counties of 3,000,000 or more. In all counties with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants, the office of county assessor, heretofore created and established, is hereby continued.
    The county assessor shall be elected as provided in the general election law, at the general election in 1994 and every fourth year thereafter to hold office for a term of 4 years from the first Monday of December, and until a successor is elected and qualified. Any vacancy in office shall be filled by appointment as provided in the general election law, until the next regular election of county officers when a successor shall be elected for the unexpired term or for the full term as the case may require. The county assessor shall take the oath and give the bond herein required of other assessors and of supervisors of assessments and shall receive such compensation payable from the county treasury in an amount set by the county board. The amount so set shall not be changed during the term for which he or she is elected or appointed. The county assessor shall also have a suitable office to be provided by the county board.
(Source: P.A. 83-121; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/3-55

    (35 ILCS 200/3-55)
    Sec. 3-55. Staffing of county assessor's office - Counties of 3,000,000 or more. The county assessor in counties with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants shall appoint one chief deputy assessor, one deputy assessor in charge of administrative service division and one deputy assessor in charge of real estate division. The county assessor may also employ other clerical help and deputies as may be necessary, each one of whom (except the chief deputy assessor, deputy assessor in charge of administrative service division, and deputy assessor in charge of real estate division) shall be appointed by the county assessor under the civil service law applicable in such counties.
(Source: P.A. 83-121; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/3-60

    (35 ILCS 200/3-60)
    Sec. 3-60. Chief deputy - Counties of less than 3,000,000 with elected assessor. The county assessor in counties with less than 3,000,000 inhabitants which elect a county assessor under Section 3-45 may employ a chief deputy and other clerical help as may be necessary. The chief deputy shall hold office at the will of the county assessor, and shall take and subscribe an oath of office that he or she will honestly and faithfully perform all duties of the office under the direction of the county assessor. The chief deputy shall have power to administer all oaths authorized by law to be administered by assessors. The compensation of the chief deputy shall be fixed by the county assessor, subject to the approval of the board of review.
(Source: P.A. 86-1475; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/3-65

    (35 ILCS 200/3-65)
    Sec. 3-65. Deputy county assessors - Counties of less than 3,000,000 with elected assessor. The county assessor in counties with less than 3,000,000 inhabitants which elect a county assessor under Section 3-45 may appoint as many suitable persons as in his or her judgment are necessary to act as deputies, who shall perform the duties assigned to them by the county assessor. They shall hold their office at the will of the county assessor, and shall receive compensation determined by the assessor to be paid out of the county treasury. Such deputy assessors shall, before entering upon their duties, take the oath or affirmation prescribed for the assessors.
    In counties with less than 3,000,000 inhabitants which elect a county assessor under Section 3-45, in all townships not lying completely within the limits of one city, the township assessor shall be ex-officio the deputy assessor to make the assessments in the township where he or she is elected. If, in any township, the township assessor shall not be able, by himself or herself within the time allowed by law, to make the assessment of the township, any additional deputy assessors required to make the assessment shall be residents and legal voters of that township, and shall be nominated by the township's board of trustees and appointed by the county assessor only upon that nomination. Deputy assessors so appointed shall act under the supervision of the ex-officio deputy town assessors.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/3-70

    (35 ILCS 200/3-70)
    Sec. 3-70. Cessation of Township Assessor. If the office of Township Assessor in a coterminous township ceases as provided in Articles 27 and 28 of the Township Code, then the coterminous municipality shall assume the duties of the Township Assessor under this Code.
(Source: P.A. 98-127, eff. 8-2-13; 99-474, eff. 8-27-15.)

35 ILCS 200/Art. 4

 
    (35 ILCS 200/Art. 4 heading)
Article 4. Assessment Officials - Other Provisions

35 ILCS 200/4-5

    (35 ILCS 200/4-5)
    Sec. 4-5. State compensation not to affect county compensation. Any additional compensation payable from State funds to any county officer under this Code shall not affect any other compensation provided by law to be paid to the county officer. No county board may reduce or otherwise impair the compensation payable to a county officer because the person receives additional compensation payable from State funds under this Code. However, a county board may include State funds payable under this Code as reimbursements of or contributions to county officer salaries in determining the compensation of a county officer. As used in this Section, "county officer" includes any local assessment officer whose compensation is determined in whole or in part by a county board.
(Source: P.A. 86-348; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/4-10

    (35 ILCS 200/4-10)
    Sec. 4-10. Compensation for Certified Illinois Assessing Officers. Subject to the requirements for continued training, any supervisor of assessments, assessor, deputy assessor or member of a board of review in any county who has earned a Certified Illinois Assessing Officers Certificate from the Illinois Property Assessment Institute shall receive from the State, out of funds appropriated to the Department from the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund, additional compensation of $500 per year.
    To receive a Certified Illinois Assessing Officer certificate, a person shall complete successfully and pass examinations on a basic course in assessment practice approved by the Department and conducted by the Institute and additional courses totaling not less than 60 class hours that are designated and approved by the Department, on the cost, market and income approaches to value, mass appraisal techniques, and property tax administration.
    To continue to be eligible for the additional compensation, a Certified Illinois Assessing Officer must complete successfully a minimum of 15 class hours requiring a written examination, and the equivalent of one seminar course of 15 class hours which does not require a written examination, in each year for which additional compensation is sought after receipt of the certificate. The Department shall designate and approve courses acceptable for additional training, including courses in business and computer techniques, and class hours applicable to each course. The Department shall specify procedures for certifying the completion of the additional training.
    The courses and training shall be conducted annually at various convenient locations throughout the State. At least one course shall be conducted annually in each county with more than 400,000 inhabitants.
(Source: P.A. 97-72, eff. 7-1-11.)

35 ILCS 200/4-15

    (35 ILCS 200/4-15)
    Sec. 4-15. Compensation of local assessment officers holding other designations. Any assessor, deputy assessor or member of a board of review who has been awarded a Certified Assessment Evaluator certificate by the International Association of Assessing Officers shall receive an additional compensation of $500 per year from funds appropriated to the Department from the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund.
    Any assessor, deputy assessor or member of a board of review who has been awarded a Residential Evaluation Specialist, Assessment Administration Specialist, or Cadastral Mapping Specialist certificate by the International Association of Assessing Officers, but who has not been awarded a Certified Assessment Evaluator certificate, shall receive additional compensation of $250 per year from funds appropriated to the Department from the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund. If any assessor, deputy assessor, or member of a board of review has been awarded more than one certificate, but has not been awarded a Certified Assessment Evaluator certificate, the maximum additional compensation shall be $250.
    To continue to qualify for the additional compensation after receipt of a certificate, any assessor, deputy assessor or member of a board of review must, each year that additional compensation is sought, complete successfully a minimum of 15 class hours requiring a written examination, and the equivalent of one seminar course of 15 class hours which does not require a written examination.
(Source: P.A. 97-72, eff. 7-1-11.)

35 ILCS 200/4-20

    (35 ILCS 200/4-20)
    Sec. 4-20. Additional compensation based on performance. Any assessor in counties with less than 3,000,000 but more than 50,000 inhabitants each year may petition the Department to receive additional compensation based on performance. To receive additional compensation, the official's assessment jurisdiction must meet the following criteria:
        (1) the median level of assessment must be no more
    
than 35 1/3% and no less than 31 1/3% of fair cash value of property in his or her assessment jurisdiction; and
        (2) the coefficient of dispersion must not be greater
    
than 15%.
For purposes of this Section, "coefficient of dispersion" means the average deviation of all assessments from the median level. For purposes of this Section, the number of inhabitants shall be determined by the latest federal decennial census. When the most recent census shows an increase in inhabitants to over 50,000 or a decrease to 50,000 or fewer, then the assessment year used to compute the coefficient of dispersion and the most recent year of the 3-year average level of assessments is the year that determines qualification for additional compensation. The Department will promulgate rules and regulations to determine whether an assessor meets these criteria.
    Any assessor in a county of 50,000 or fewer inhabitants may petition the Department for consideration to receive additional compensation each year based on performance. In order to receive the additional compensation, the assessments in the official's assessment jurisdiction must meet the following criteria: (i) the median level of assessments must be no more than 35 1/3% and no less than 31 1/3% of fair cash value of property in his or her assessment jurisdiction; and (ii) the coefficient of dispersion must not be greater than 40% in 1994, 38% in 1995, 36% in 1996, 34% in 1997, 32% in 1998, and 30% in 1999 and every year thereafter.
    Real estate transfer declarations used by the Department in annual sales-assessment ratio studies will be used to evaluate applications for additional compensation. The Department will audit other property to determine if the sales-assessment ratio study data is representative of the assessment jurisdiction. If the ratio study is found not representative, appraisals and other information may be utilized. If the ratio study is representative, upon certification by the Department, the assessor shall receive additional compensation of $3,000 for that year, to be paid out of funds appropriated to the Department from the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund.
    As used in this Section, "assessor" means any township or multi-township assessor, or supervisor of assessments.
(Source: P.A. 97-72, eff. 7-1-11.)

35 ILCS 200/4-25

    (35 ILCS 200/4-25)
    Sec. 4-25. Bond of assessors. Before entering office, every assessor and supervisor of assessments, other than township or multi-township assessors, shall enter into a bond, payable to the People of the State of Illinois in the sum of two thousand dollars, or such larger sum as the county board shall determine, with two or more sufficient sureties.
    The bond of the supervisor of assessments shall be approved by the county board, and bonds of other assessors by the president or chairman of the county board. The condition of the bond shall be that the assessor or supervisor of assessments will diligently, faithfully and impartially perform the duties of the office during the term or portion thereof for which he or she was elected or appointed. The bond shall be filed in the office of the county clerk and recorded in a book to be provided for those bonds. Any taxing district, or person suffering any loss resulting from an assessor's failure to perform any of the conditions of the bond may sue to recover the loss in the name of the People of the State of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 87-1021; 87-1189; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/4-30

    (35 ILCS 200/4-30)
    Sec. 4-30. Oath of assessors. Before entering office, every assessor or supervisor of assessments shall take and subscribe to the following oath, which shall be filed in the office of the county clerk, except the oath of township or multi-township assessors and their deputies shall be filed with their respective town clerks. The oath shall be as follows:
State of Illinois)
                 )ss.
County of .......)
    I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Illinois; and that I will faithfully discharge all the duties of the office of assessor, or supervisor of assessments to the best of my ability.
    Dated..........
(Source: P.A. 87-1021; 87-1189; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/Art. 5

 
    (35 ILCS 200/Art. 5 heading)
Article 5. Boards of Appeals

35 ILCS 200/5-5

    (35 ILCS 200/5-5)
    Sec. 5-5. Election of commissioners of board of review; counties of 3,000,000 or more.
    (a) In counties with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants, on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November 1994, 2 commissioners of the board of appeals shall be elected to hold office from the first Monday in December following their election and until the first Monday in December 1998. In case of any vacancy, the chief judge of the circuit court or any judge of that circuit designated by the chief judge shall fill the vacancy by appointment. The commissioners shall be electors in the particular county at the time of their election or appointment and shall hold no other lucrative public office or public employment. Each commissioner shall receive compensation fixed by the county board, which shall be paid out of the county treasury and which shall not be changed during the term for which any commissioner is elected or appointed. Effective the first Monday in December 1998, the board of appeals is abolished.
    The board of appeals shall maintain sufficient evidentiary records to support all decisions made by the board of appeals. All records, data, sales/ratio studies, and other information necessary for the board of review elected under subsection (c) to perform its functions and duties shall be transferred by the board of appeals to the board of review on the first Monday in December 1998.
    (b) (Blank).
    (c) In each county with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants, there is created a board of review. The board of review shall consist of 3 commissioners, one elected from each election district in the county at the general election in 1998 to hold office for a term beginning on the first Monday in December following their election and until their respective successors are elected and qualified.
    No later than June 1, 1996, the General Assembly shall establish the boundaries for the 3 election districts in each county with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants. The election districts shall be compact, contiguous, and have substantially the same population based on the 1990 federal decennial census. One district shall be designated as the first election district, one as the second election district, and one as the third election district. The commissioner from each district shall be elected to a term of 4 years.
    In the year following each federal decennial census, the General Assembly shall reapportion the election districts to reflect the results of the census. The reapportioned districts shall be compact, contiguous, and contain substantially the same population. The commissioner from the first district shall be elected to terms of 4 years, 4 years, and 2 years. The commissioner from the second district shall be elected to terms of 4 years, 2 years, and 4 years. The commissioner from the third district shall be elected to terms of 2 years, 4 years, and 4 years.
    In case of vacancy, the chief judge of the circuit court or any judge of the circuit court designated by the chief judge shall fill the vacancy by appointment of a person from the same political party. If the vacancy is filled with more than 28 months remaining in the term, the appointed commissioner shall serve until the next general election, at which time a commissioner shall be elected to serve for the remainder of the term. If a vacancy is filled with 28 months or less remaining in the term, the appointment shall be for the remainder of the term. No commissioner may be elected or appointed to the board of review unless he or she has resided in the election district he or she seeks to represent for at least 2 years before the date of the election or appointment. In the election following each federal decennial census and board of review redistricting, a candidate for commissioner may be elected from any election district that contains a part of the election district in which he or she resided at the time of the redistricting and re-elected if a resident of the new district he or she represents for 18 months prior to re-election. The commissioners shall hold no other lucrative public office or public employment.
    Each commissioner shall receive compensation fixed by the county board, which shall be paid from the county treasury. Compensation for each commissioner shall be equitable and shall not be changed during the term for which that commissioner is elected or appointed. The county shall provide suitable office space for the board of review.
    For the year beginning on the first Monday in December 1998 and ending the first Monday in December 1999, and every fourth year thereafter, the chair of the board shall be the commissioner elected from the first district. For the year beginning the first Monday in December 1999 and ending the first Monday in December 2000, and every fourth year thereafter, the chair of the board shall be the commissioner elected from the second district. For the year beginning the first Monday in December 2000 and ending the first Monday in December 2001, and every fourth year thereafter, the chair shall be the commissioner elected from the third district. For the year beginning the first Monday in December 2001 and ending the first Monday in December 2002, and every fourth year thereafter, the chair of the board shall be determined by lot.
    On and after the first Monday in December, 1998, any reference in this Code to a board of appeals shall mean the board of review created under this subsection, and any reference to a member of a board of review shall mean a commissioner of a board of review. Whenever it may be necessary for purposes of determining its jurisdiction, the board of review shall be deemed to succeed to the powers and duties of the former board of appeals; provided that the board of review shall also have all of the powers and duties granted to it under this Code. All action of the board of review shall be by a majority vote of its commissioners.
(Source: P.A. 93-574, eff. 8-21-03.)

35 ILCS 200/5-10

    (35 ILCS 200/5-10)
    Sec. 5-10. Oath of office. Each member of the board of review or commissioner of the board of appeals created by this Code shall, before entering upon the duties of his or her office, take and subscribe to the following oath:
State of Illinois County of ....
    I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will as (a member of the board of review) (a commissioner of the board of appeals) faithfully perform all the duties of that office as required by law; that I will fairly and impartially review the assessments of all property to the extent authorized by this Code; that I will correct all assessments which should be corrected; that I will raise or lower (or in the case of commissioners of the board of appeals, will direct the county assessor to change, correct, alter or modify) assessments as justice may require; and that I will do all acts necessary and within my authority to procure a full, fair and impartial assessment of all property.
    Dated ....
(Source: P.A. 88-455; 89-126, eff. 7-11-95; 89-671, eff. 8-14-96.)

35 ILCS 200/5-15

    (35 ILCS 200/5-15)
    Sec. 5-15. Board employees. In counties with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants, the board of appeals (until the first Monday in December 1998 and the board of review beginning on the first Monday in December 1998 and thereafter) shall appoint a Chief Clerk, a Secretary, and a deputy in charge of complaints. The Board may also employ deputies and other staff as may be necessary to assist the Board in the proper discharge of its duties. The Chief Clerk, the Secretary and the deputies shall have authority to administer oaths and examine under oath those persons who appear for a hearing. The Board may assign any matter to a deputy for preliminary hearing. With respect to applications for exemption reviewed under Section 16-130, the Secretary shall prepare and forward to the Department a full and complete statement of all the facts together with documents in each case and shall also forward a statement of the facts to the county assessor. Except as provided in Section 9-85, in all other instances the board shall certify its action and orders to the county assessor and the county assessor shall carry out the orders under the direction of the board. Employees of the board of appeals (until the first Monday in December 1998 and the board of review beginning on the first Monday in December 1998 and thereafter) shall receive compensation fixed by the county board upon the recommendation of the board, payable from the county treasury.
(Source: P.A. 88-455; 89-126, eff. 7-11-95; 89-671, eff. 8-14-96.)

35 ILCS 200/Art. 6

 
    (35 ILCS 200/Art. 6 heading)
Article 6. Boards of Review

35 ILCS 200/6-5

    (35 ILCS 200/6-5)
    Sec. 6-5. Appointed boards of review. In counties under township organization with less than 3,000,000 inhabitants in which no board of review is elected under Section 6-35, there shall be an appointed board of review to review the assessments made by the supervisor of assessments. When there is no existing appointed board of review, the chairman of the county board shall appoint, with approval of the county board, 3 citizens of the county to comprise the board of review for that county, 2 to serve for a one year term commencing on the following June 1, and one to serve for a 2 year term commencing on the same date. When an appointed board of review already exists, successors shall be appointed and qualified to serve for terms of 2 years commencing on June 1 of the year of appointment and until their successors are appointed and qualified. Vacancies shall be filled in like manner as original appointments, for the balance of the unexpired term. Members of the county board may be appointed to the board of review. A member of the board of review may be reappointed. No person may serve on the board of review who is not qualified by experience and training in property appraisal and property tax administration.
(Source: P.A. 86-905; 87-1189; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/6-10

    (35 ILCS 200/6-10)
    Sec. 6-10. Examination requirement - Counties of 100,000 or more. In any county to which Section 6-5 applies and which has 100,000 or more inhabitants, no person may serve on the board of review who has not passed an examination prepared and administered by the Department to determine his or her competence to hold the office. The examination shall be conducted by the Department at some convenient location in the county. The Department may provide by rule the maximum time that the name of a person who has passed the examination will be included on a list of persons eligible for appointment or election. The county board of any other county may, by resolution, impose a like requirement in its county. In counties with less than 100,000 inhabitants, the members of the board of review shall within one year of taking office successfully complete a basic course in assessment practice approved by the Department. In counties with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants, the members of the board of review shall successfully complete a basic course in assessment practice, approved by the Department, within one year after taking office.
(Source: P.A. 88-455; incorporates 88-221; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94; 89-126, eff. 7-11-95; 89-671, eff. 8-14-96.)

35 ILCS 200/6-15

    (35 ILCS 200/6-15)
    Sec. 6-15. Political makeup and compensation. The board of review appointed under Section 6-5 shall consist of 3 members, 2 of whom are affiliated with the political party polling the highest vote for any county office in the county at the last general election prior to any appointment made under this Section. The third member shall not be affiliated with that same party. Each member of the board of review shall receive an annual salary to be fixed by the county board and paid out of the county treasury.
(Source: P.A. 98-322, eff. 8-12-13.)

35 ILCS 200/6-20

    (35 ILCS 200/6-20)
    Sec. 6-20. Clerk of the board of review.
    (a) In counties with a board of review appointed under Section 6-5, the clerk of the board of review shall collect and analyze property transfers and property appraisals, and pursue other activities the board considers proper and necessary to aid the board in the determination of the percentage relationship, for each assessment district, between the valuations at which locally assessed property is listed and 33 1/3% of the estimated fair cash value of such property, or the values determined in accordance with Sections 10-110 through 10-140, or the percentages provided by a county ordinance adopted under Section 4 of Article IX of the Constitution of Illinois.
    (b) In counties with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants, the county assessor shall annually make available to the board of appeals (until the first Monday in December 1998 and the board of review beginning on the first Monday in December 1998 and thereafter) information utilized in the assessment of property, including, but not limited to, reports generated from the multiple regression equation and sales/ratio studies, if any. The county assessor shall make available to the board of appeals (until the first Monday in December 1998 and the board of review beginning on the first Monday in December 1998 and thereafter), upon request by any member of the board, data used in compilation of the reports and studies. The Department shall make available to the board of appeals (until the first Monday in December 1998 and the board of review beginning on the first Monday in December 1998 and thereafter) sales/ratio studies conducted by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 88-455; 89-126, eff. 7-11-95; 89-671, eff. 8-14-96.)

35 ILCS 200/6-25

    (35 ILCS 200/6-25)
    Sec. 6-25. Additional members. In counties with a board of review appointed under Section 6-5, when the county board declares by resolution that the number of complaints filed with the board of review has created an emergency situation and caused a need for an expanded board of review, the chairman of the county board may appoint additional qualified members to the board of review for the sole purpose of holding separate hearings on complaints. The additional members shall not take part in the intracounty equalization process of the board of review under Section 16-60 or Section 16-65. If a board of review is expanded under this Section in Lake, DuPage, McHenry, or Kane County, then the chairman of that county board may appoint qualified residents of counties that are directly adjacent to that chairman's county to serve as additional members of the expanded board of review.
(Source: P.A. 96-825, eff. 11-25-09.)

35 ILCS 200/6-30

    (35 ILCS 200/6-30)
    Sec. 6-30. Board of review in commission counties. In counties not under township organization with less than 3,000,000 inhabitants in which no board of review is elected under Section 6-35, the board of county commissioners shall constitute the board of review. They shall have all the powers and perform all the duties conferred on or required by boards of review. County commissioners shall receive no additional compensation for serving on the board of review. County commissioners serving as the board of review must meet the examination requirements of Section 6-32. If any member of the board of county commissioners fails to meet the examination requirements, the board of county commissioners shall appoint a board of review. Members of the county commissioners who meet the requirements of Section 6-32 may serve on the appointed board of review, but shall not receive additional compensation.
    The board of county commissioners shall appoint a 3-member board of review if (i) the board of county commissioners so chooses or (ii) any member of the board of county commissioners fails to meet the examination requirements of Section 6-32. No person may serve on an appointed board of review under this Section unless he or she meets the examination requirements of Section 6-32. Members of a board of review appointed by the board of county commissioners shall receive a per diem for their services as established by the board of county commissioners.
    A board of review appointed by the board of county commissioners shall serve at the pleasure of the board of the county commissioners. If the board of review is appointed because any member of the board of county commissioners fails to meet the examination requirements of Section 6-32 and all members subsequently fulfill the requirements, the board of county commissioners may terminate the authority of the sitting board of review, as soon as it completes its work for a tax year, and serve as the board of review.
(Source: P.A. 90-552, eff. 1-1-99; 91-732, eff. 1-1-01.)

35 ILCS 200/6-32

    (35 ILCS 200/6-32)
    Sec. 6-32. Examination requirement. In any county to which Section 6-30 applies, no person may serve on a board of review who has not passed an examination prepared and administered by the Department to determine his or her competence to hold the office. The Department shall conduct examinations for various counties in a convenient location in the region. A candidate appearing at the examination shall indicate to the Department the name of the county the results shall be certified to if he or she successfully passes the examination. The Department shall certify the list to each county from which candidates have appeared at the examination location. Within one year after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1997, the Department shall conduct an examination at least once in each commission county for which the chairman of the County Board of Commissioners requests an examination. The Department may provide by rule the maximum time that the name of a person who has passed the examination shall be included on a list of persons eligible to serve on the board of review.
(Source: P.A. 90-552, eff. 1-1-99.)

35 ILCS 200/6-34

    (35 ILCS 200/6-34)
    Sec. 6-34. Political makeup. If the board of county commissioners appoints a board of review as prescribed in Section 6-30, the board of review shall consist of 2 members affiliated with the political party polling the highest vote for any county office in the county and one member of the party polling the second highest vote for the same county office at the last general election.
(Source: P.A. 90-552, eff. 1-1-99.)

35 ILCS 200/6-35

    (35 ILCS 200/6-35)
    Sec. 6-35. Elected boards of review. In counties with 150,000 or more and less than 3,000,000 inhabitants which had an elected board of review on January 1, 1993, the board of three persons shall continue in office. Every two years, at the regular election of county officers in such counties, one member of the board of review shall be elected to succeed the member whose term expires in that year. Each member shall hold office for a term of 6 years and until a successor is elected and qualified. The persons so elected shall qualify within 10 days after the canvass of the vote is completed. They shall hold no other lucrative public office or public employment. Each member shall receive an annual salary to be fixed by the county board and paid out of the county treasury. In case of any vacancy in the board of review or the failure of any person elected to that office to qualify, the vacancy shall be filled by appointment as provided in the general election law until a successor is elected and has qualified. The member having the shortest term to serve shall be the chairman of the board.
(Source: P.A. 86-181; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/6-40

    (35 ILCS 200/6-40)
    Sec. 6-40. Election from districts. In all counties which elect a board of review, except counties with a county assessor elected under Section 3-45 and except counties with a board of review elected under Section 5-5, members shall be elected from 3 districts which are substantially equal in number of inhabitants and, to the extent practicable, equal in geographic area. On or before January 1 of the first year following a decennial census in which board members will be elected, the supervisor of assessments shall prepare and submit to the county board a map of the districts, designating each district as 1, 2 or 3. The county board shall adopt the map or make changes as it deems necessary and adopt the revised map on or before January 31. If no map is adopted by January 31, the map initially submitted by the supervisor of assessments shall constitute the districts from which members of the board of review shall be elected. As each term of a member of the board of review expires, a new member shall be elected from a district, beginning with district 1 and proceeding through district 3.
(Source: P.A. 88-455; 89-126, eff. 7-11-95.)

35 ILCS 200/6-45

    (35 ILCS 200/6-45)
    Sec. 6-45. Abolition of elected board of review. If any county contains within its limits 3,000,000 or more inhabitants, as determined by the last Federal decennial or special census, that county shall at once come under the provisions of this Code relating to counties of that population, and at the next ensuing regular election of county officers, a county assessor shall be elected, and all provisions of this Code relating to counties with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants shall then immediately apply to that county.
    In counties having an elected board of review as provided by law for counties with 150,000 or more but less than 3,000,000 inhabitants, the county board may by resolution have submitted to the legal voters of the county at any regular election, the question of abolishing the elected board of review. The county board shall certify the question to the proper election officials, who shall submit the question to the voters. Such referendum shall be held and returns made all in the manner now provided by the general election law and the question shall be in substantially the following form:
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Shall the elected board of            YES
review be abolished and be        ----------------------------
replaced by an appointed board?       NO
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    If a majority of the voters voting on the question vote in favor of the proposition, the elected board of review shall be abolished to take effect on June 1 following the election. On that date, all records, books and papers pertaining to the elected board shall be transferred and delivered by the board to its successor in office. Thereafter all the powers and duties conferred upon appointed boards of review in counties with less than 3,000,000 inhabitants, shall be exercised and performed in such counties so voting, by appointed boards of review as provided by law for counties with less than 3,000,000 inhabitants.
(Source: P.A. 88-455; 89-126, eff. 7-11-95.)

35 ILCS 200/6-50

    (35 ILCS 200/6-50)
    Sec. 6-50. Majority vote. Board of review action may be taken by a majority vote of the board.
(Source: P.A. 76-1322; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/6-55

    (35 ILCS 200/6-55)
    Sec. 6-55. Oath of office. Each member of the board of review shall, before entering upon the duties of office, take and subscribe to the oath required under Section 5-10.
(Source: P.A. 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/6-60

    (35 ILCS 200/6-60)
    Sec. 6-60. Rules and procedures. The board of review in every county with less than 3,000,000 inhabitants must make available to the public a detailed description of the rules and procedures for hearings before the board. This description must include an explanation of any applicable burdens of proof, rules of evidence, timelines, and any other procedures that will allow the taxpayer to effectively present his or her case before the board. If a county Internet website exists, the rules and procedures must also be published on that website.
(Source: P.A. 96-122, eff. 1-1-10.)

35 ILCS 200/Art. 7

 
    (35 ILCS 200/Art. 7 heading)
Article 7. Property Tax Appeal Board

35 ILCS 200/7-5

    (35 ILCS 200/7-5)
    Sec. 7-5. Creation of Property Tax Appeal Board. The Property Tax Appeal Board shall consist of 5 members appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall designate one of the members as Chairman. The Property Tax Appeal Board shall be totally independent of the Department. A vacancy on the Board shall be filled in the same manner as original appointments are made.
(Source: P.A. 87-1189; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/7-10

    (35 ILCS 200/7-10)
    Sec. 7-10. Selection of members. The members of the Property Tax Appeal Board shall be qualified by virtue of 5 years experience and training in the field of public finance administration, at least 2 years of which shall be in the field of property appraisal and property tax administration. No more than 3 members of the Board may be members of the same political party. The Chairman of the Property Tax Appeal Board shall receive $28,000 per year, or an amount set by the Compensation Review Board, whichever is greater; and each other member of the Board shall receive $22,500 per year, or an amount set by the Compensation Review Board, whichever is greater.
    Of the 5 members of the Board the terms of 2 members shall expire on the third Monday in January, 1995; the term of 2 members shall expire on the third Monday in January, 1997; and the term of one member shall expire on the third Monday in January, 1999. Members shall be appointed in each odd-numbered year for a 6 year term commencing on the third Monday in January of such year. Each member shall serve until a successor is appointed and qualified.
(Source: P.A. 84-1240; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/7-15

    (35 ILCS 200/7-15)
    Sec. 7-15. Employees. The Property Tax Appeal Board may appoint necessary hearing officers, appraisers, technicians and necessary clerical help to aid it in performing its duties.
    The Property Tax Appeal Board shall choose a person to serve as clerk of the Board.
(Source: P.A. 80-601; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/Art. 8

 
    (35 ILCS 200/Art. 8 heading)
Article 8. Department of Revenue

35 ILCS 200/8-5

    (35 ILCS 200/8-5)
    Sec. 8-5. General duties. The Department shall:
    (1) Direct and supervise the assessment of all property so that all assessments are made relatively just and equal.
    (2) Confer with, advise and assist local assessment officers relative to the performance of their duties.
    (3) Prescribe for assessment officers general rules, relative to the assessment of property, which rules shall be binding upon all assessment officers until reversed, annulled or modified by a court of competent jurisdiction.
    (4) Prescribe or approve forms for returns, reports, complaints, notices and other documents, and the contents of required files and records authorized or required by law or by rule and regulation of the Department. All assessing officers shall use true copies of such forms or reasonable electronic facsimiles of them.
    (5) Assess all property owned by or used by railroad companies operating within this State, except non-carrier real estate.
    (6) Equalize the assessment of property among the different counties of the State and fix the aggregate amount of the assessment for each county upon which taxes shall be extended in each year; and publish a statement of the methods and procedures used in making such equalization.
    (7) Keep a correct record of its acts relative to the assessment of property and the equalization of assessments. The record shall be available for public inspection and copies shall be distributed to any person upon request and payment of the cost of reproduction.
    (8) Grant or deny non-homestead exemptions under Sections 16-70 and 16-130.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

35 ILCS 200/8-10

    (35 ILCS 200/8-10)
    Sec. 8-10. General powers. The Department may:
    (1) Require local assessment officers to meet with it from time to time to consider matters relative to taxation;
    (2) Formulate and recommend legislation for the improvement of the property tax system;
    (3) Investigate the tax systems of other states and countries;
    (4) Request the institution of proceedings, actions and prosecutions to enforce the laws relating to the penalties, liabilities and punishment of public officers, persons, or officers or agents of corporations for failure or neglect to comply with this Code;
    (5) Order reassessments as provided in Section 13-10;
    (6) Take evidence and testimony under oath and to require the production of books, papers and documents pertinent to any assessment, investigation or inquiry, and for that purpose to subpoena and compel the attendance of witnesses;
    (7) Require from all State and local officers information necessary for the proper discharge of its duties;
    (8) Examine and make memoranda from any records, books, papers, documents, and statements of account on record or on file in any public office or taxing district and all public officers having charge or custody of those records shall furnish to the Department any information on file or of record in their respective offices;
    (9) Adopt rules determining 33 1/3% of the fair cash value of railroad property assessed by it.
(Source: P.A. 83-121; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/8-15

    (35 ILCS 200/8-15)
    Sec. 8-15. Department records for use in courts. Certified copies of the records of the Department pertaining to assessment and equalization shall be received in all courts with like effect as certified copies of other public records.
(Source: Laws 1943, vol. 1, p. 1136; P.A. 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/8-20

    (35 ILCS 200/8-20)
    Sec. 8-20. Oaths. All officers and employees of the Department and other persons specially delegated in writing for that purpose, may administer oaths authorized or required under this Code.
(Source: Laws 1943, vol. 1, p. 1136; P.A. 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/8-25

    (35 ILCS 200/8-25)
    Sec. 8-25. Noncompliance with Department subpoena. If any person refuses to comply with any subpoena issued by the Department, or to produce or to permit the examination or inspection of any books, papers or documents pertinent to any assessment, investigation or inquiry, or to testify to any matter regarding which he or she may be lawfully interrogated by the Department, the circuit court for the county in which the matter or hearing is pending, on application of the Department, shall compel compliance by attachment proceedings as for contempt, as in a case of noncompliance with the requirements of a subpoena from the court on a refusal to testify.
(Source: Laws 1965, p. 631; P.A. 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/8-30

    (35 ILCS 200/8-30)
    Sec. 8-30. Witness fees. The fees and mileage reimbursements of witnesses attending any hearing held by the Department under this Code, pursuant to subpoena, shall be the same as those of witnesses in civil cases in the circuit court. The fees and mileage reimbursements shall be paid by the State.
(Source: Laws 1943, vol. 1, p. 1136; P.A. 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/8-35

    (35 ILCS 200/8-35)
    Sec. 8-35. Notification requirements; procedure on protest.
    (a) Assessments made by the Department. Upon completion of its original assessments, the Department shall publish a complete list of the assessments in the State "official newspaper." Any person feeling aggrieved by any such assessment may, within 10 days of the date of publication of the list, apply to the Department for a review and correction of that assessment. Upon review of the assessment, the Department shall make any correction as it considers just.
    If review of an assessment has been made and notice has been given of the Department's decision, any party to the proceeding who feels aggrieved by the decision, may file an application for hearing. The application shall be in writing and shall be filed with the Department within 20 days after notice of the decision has been given by certified mail. Petitions for hearing shall state concisely the mistakes alleged to have been made or the new evidence to be presented.
    No action for the judicial review of any assessment decision of the Department shall be allowed unless the party commencing such action has filed an application for a hearing and the Department has acted upon the application.
    The extension of taxes on an assessment shall not be delayed by any proceeding under this Section. In cases where the assessment is revised, the taxes extended upon the assessment, or that part of the taxes as may be appropriate, shall be abated or, if already paid, refunded.
    (b) Exemption decisions made by the Department. Notice of each exemption decision made by the Department under Section 15-25, 16-70, or 16-130 shall be given by certified mail to the applicant for exemption.
    If an exemption decision has been made by the Department and notice has been given of the Department's decision, any party to the proceeding who feels aggrieved by the decision may file an application for hearing. The application shall be in writing and shall be filed with the Department within 60 days after notice of the decision has been given by certified mail. Petitions for hearing shall state concisely the mistakes alleged to have been made or the new evidence to be presented.
    If a petition for hearing is filed, the Department shall reconsider the exemption decision and shall grant any party to the proceeding a hearing. As soon as practical after the reconsideration and hearing, the Department shall issue a notice of decision by mailing the notice by certified mail. The notice shall set forth the Department's findings of fact and the basis of the decision.
    Within 30 days after the mailing of a notice of decision, any party to the proceeding may file with the Director a written request for rehearing in such form as the Department may by rule prescribe, setting forth the grounds on which rehearing is requested. If rehearing or Departmental review is granted, as soon as practical after the rehearing or Departmental review has been held, the Department shall issue a revised decision to the party or the party's legal representative as a result of the rehearing. The action of the Department on a petition for hearing shall become final the later of (i) 30 days after issuance of a notice of decision, if no request for rehearing is made, or (ii) if a timely request for rehearing is made, upon the issuance of the denial of the request or the issuance of a notice of final decision.
    No action for the judicial review of any exemption decision of the Department shall be allowed unless the party commencing the action has filed an application for a hearing and the Department has acted upon the application.
    The extension of taxes on an assessment shall not be delayed by any proceeding under this Section. In cases when the exemption is granted, in whole or in part, the taxes extended upon the assessment, or that part of the taxes as may be appropriate, shall be abated or, if already paid, refunded.
(Source: P.A. 92-658, eff. 7-16-02.)

35 ILCS 200/8-40

    (35 ILCS 200/8-40)
    Sec. 8-40. Applicability of Administrative Review Law. The circuit court for the county in which a property assessed, or some part of such property, is situated may review all final administrative decisions of the Department in administering this Code. The Administrative Review Law and the rules adopted under it apply to and govern all proceedings for the judicial review of final administrative decisions of the Department under Section 8-35. The term "administrative decision" is defined as in Section 3-101 of the Code of Civil Procedure, and includes assessment ratios and percentages for equalization of assessments determined by the Department under Sections 17-5 through 17-30. Any review of assessment ratios and percentages for equalization of assessments under the Administrative Review Law shall not delay the computation, mailing or payment of tax bills. If a final court decision holding the Department's ratios or percentages in error comes after the mailing of the tax bills, an adjustment shall be made on all bills in the assessment district in the first tax billing following the decision to credit taxpayers with any payments which may have exceeded the maximum tax rate in rate-limited levies of non-home rule taxing units. Service upon the Director or the Assistant Director of the Department of summons issued in an action to review a final administrative decision of the Department shall be service upon the Department.
    Appeals from all final orders and judgments entered by the circuit court upon review of the Department's determination in any case shall be taken as in other civil cases.
(Source: P.A. 82-1057; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/8-45

    (35 ILCS 200/8-45)
    Sec. 8-45. Effect of judicial review. No action for the judicial review of an assessment made by the Department shall stay or suspend any assessment or the extension of any taxes thereon. If the court, by its final judgment, sets aside or reduces an assessment, and the taxes so erroneously assessed have been paid, the person erroneously paying the taxes shall be entitled to a refund as provided by Section 20-175.
(Source: Laws 1947, p. 1433; P.A. 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/8-50

    (35 ILCS 200/8-50)
    Sec. 8-50. Forms and instructions. Assessors shall use the forms and follow the instructions which are, from time to time, transmitted to them by the Department, or that are furnished to them by the county clerk or other officer, under the law.
(Source: Laws 1943, vol. 1, p. 1136; P.A. 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/8-55

    (35 ILCS 200/8-55)
    Sec. 8-55. Office of appraisals. Within the Department, an Office of Appraisals shall assist local government assessment officials, in counties of less than 3,000,000 inhabitants, with appraisal of commercial and industrial properties having an assessment, prior to equalization by the Department, of $350,000 or more.
    The Office shall provide assistance to assessors and Supervisors of Assessments having a complaint or appeal relating to the property to be appraised pending before the Board of Review or the State Property Tax Appeal Board. Such assistance shall be provided upon request, pursuant to a written agreement between the Department and the assessing official making the request, specifying the project involved, the time frame for making the appraisal, the purpose of the appraisal and the responsibilities of the parties, including agreement by the local assessing official that the appraisal will be accepted and utilized in the pending complaint or appeal.
(Source: P.A. 92-301, eff. 1-1-02.)