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(55 ILCS 5/) Counties Code.

55 ILCS 5/3-1008

    (55 ILCS 5/3-1008) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-1008)
    Sec. 3-1008. Continuing education. Each county auditor shall obtain at least 20 hours of continuing professional education related to the operation of the auditor's office each year. Reasonable expenses incurred by the auditor in obtaining that education shall be reimbursed by the county.
(Source: P.A. 86-1358.)

55 ILCS 5/Div. 3-2

    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 3-2 heading)
Division 3-2. Clerk

55 ILCS 5/3-2001

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2001) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2001)
    Sec. 3-2001. Election of county clerk. In all counties there shall be an elected county clerk who shall hold office until his successor is qualified. The functions and powers of the county clerks shall be uniform in the various counties of this State. He shall enter upon the duties of his office on the first day in the month of December following his election on which the office of the county clerk is required, by statute or by action of the county board, to be open.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2002

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2002) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2002)
    Sec. 3-2002. Oath. Each county clerk, before entering upon the duties of his office, shall take and subscribe to the oath or affirmation prescribed by Section 3, Article XIII of the Constitution which shall be entered at large upon the records of his office.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2003

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2003) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2003)
    Sec. 3-2003. Functions, powers and duties of clerk. The county clerk shall have those functions, powers and duties as provided in the Sections following this Section and preceding Section 3-2004.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2003.1

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2003.1) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2003.1)
    Sec. 3-2003.1. Appointment of deputies, assistants and personnel. The county clerk shall appoint his deputies, assistants and personnel to assist him in the performance of his duties.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2003.2

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2003.2) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2003.2)
    Sec. 3-2003.2. Internal operations of office. The county clerk shall have the right to control the internal operations of his office; to procure necessary equipment, materials and services to perform the duties of his office.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2003.3

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2003.3) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2003.3)
    Sec. 3-2003.3. Monthly report of financial status. The county clerk shall file a monthly report summarizing the financial status of his office in such form as shall be determined by the county board.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2003.4

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2003.4) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2003.4)
    Sec. 3-2003.4. Deposit of fee income; special funds. The county clerk shall deposit in the office of the county treasurer monthly by the 10th day of the month following, all fee income. The county clerk may maintain the following special funds from which the county board shall authorize payments by voucher between board meetings:
    (a) Overpayments.
    (b) Reasonable amount needed during the succeeding accounting period to pay office expenses, postage, freight, express or similar charges.
    (c) Excess earnings from the sale of revenue stamps to be maintained in a fund to be used for the purchase of additional stamps from the Illinois Department of Revenue.
    (d) Fund to pay necessary travel, dues and other expenses incurred in attending workshops, educational seminars and organizational meetings established for the purpose of providing in-service training.
    (e) Trust funds, for tax redemptions, or for such other purposes as may be provided for by law.
    (f) Such other funds as may be authorized by the county board.
    The county clerk shall make accounting monthly to the county board of all special funds maintained by him in the discharge of his duties.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2003.5

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2003.5) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2003.5)
    Sec. 3-2003.5. Compensation of deputies and employees. Compensation of deputies and employees shall be fixed by the county clerk subject to budgetary limitations established by the county board.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2004

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2004) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2004)
    Sec. 3-2004. Prompt payment. Purchases made pursuant to this Division shall be made in compliance with the "Local Government Prompt Payment Act".
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2005

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2005) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2005)
    Sec. 3-2005. Bond. Each county clerk shall, before entering upon the duties of his or her office, give bond (or, if the county is self-insured, the county through its self-insurance program may provide bonding) in such penalty and with such security as the county board shall deem sufficient, which bond shall be substantially in the following form, and shall be recorded in full in the records of his or her office, and when so recorded shall be deposited with the clerk of the circuit court for safe keeping:
    We, (A B) principal, and (C D) and (E F), sureties, all of the county of .... and State of Illinois, are obligated to the People of the State of Illinois, in the penal sum of $...., for the payment of which, we obligate ourselves, each of us, our heirs, executors and administrators.
    The condition of the above bond is such, that if the above obligated (A B) shall perform all the duties which are or may be required by law to be performed by him as county clerk of the county of .... in the time and manner prescribed or to be prescribed by law, and when he is succeeded in office, shall surrender and deliver over to his or her successor in office all books, papers, moneys, and other things belonging to the county, and appertaining to his or her office, then the above bond to be void; otherwise to remain in full force.
    Dated (insert date).
    Signed and delivered in the presence of (G H).
Signature A B,
Signature C D,
Signature E F.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2006

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2006) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2006)
    Sec. 3-2006. Commission. County clerks shall be commissioned by the governor.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2007

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2007) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2007)
    Sec. 3-2007. Office quarters and hours; violation. The county clerk shall keep his office at the court house of his county, or at such other place as may be provided for him by the authorities of such county seat and shall keep his office open and attend to the duties thereof:
    (a) In counties of 500,000 or more population from 9 a. m. to 5 p. m. of each working day except Saturday afternoons and legal holidays, but the clerk may open the office at 8 a. m. on each working day:
    (b) In counties of less than 500,000 population from 8 a. m. to 5 p. m. of each working day except Saturdays and legal holidays, but in such counties the office shall remain open until noon the Saturday before general, primary or special election days.
    Provided, that the days on which such office shall be open and the hours of opening and closing of the office of the county clerk may be changed and otherwise fixed and determined by the county board of any county. Any such action taken by the county board shall be by an appropriate resolution passed at a regular meeting.
    Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section, when any election is held and the results of such election are required by law to be returned to the county clerk, the office of the county clerk shall remain open for the purpose of receiving such results from the time of opening of the polls until the returns from each precinct have been received.
    Any county clerk who fails to keep his office open for the purpose of receiving election returns as required by this Section commits a business offense, and shall be fined not less than $500 nor more than $5,000.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2008

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2008) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2008)
    Sec. 3-2008. Seal. He shall be keeper of the seal of the county, which shall be used by him in all cases where he is required to use an official seal.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2009

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2009) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2009)
    Sec. 3-2009. Deputies. He shall appoint a chief deputy and may appoint additional deputies, who shall take and subscribe the same oath for the discharge of their duties as is required of the county clerk, which shall be entered of record in his office.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2010

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2010) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2010)
    Sec. 3-2010. Responsibility. The principal clerk shall in all cases be responsible for the acts of his deputies. Whenever a vacancy occurs in the office of the county clerk in any county, including counties with a population of less than 60,000 inhabitants, the chief deputy clerk shall perform all the duties appertaining to the office of county clerk until the successor of such clerk is elected or appointed and qualified as provided in Section 3-2011.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2011

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2011) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2011)
    Sec. 3-2011. Vacancies; military service. Whenever a vacancy occurs in the office of any county clerk and the unexpired term exceeds one year, the vacancy shall be filled as provided by The Election Code by appointment of a clerk pro tempore, who shall qualify by giving bond and taking the oath as required of the county clerk, and shall thereupon perform all the duties and be entitled to all the emoluments and be subject to all the penalties appertaining to the office of county clerk until the successor of such clerk is elected or appointed and qualified; Provided, that in case the county clerk is called into the active military service of the United States, the appointee shall perform and discharge all the duties of the county clerk during the time such county clerk is in the active military service of the United States, and such county clerk so appointed shall possess all the powers and discharge all the duties of a regularly elected county clerk under the laws of this State, and shall be paid the same compensation as provided by law for the county clerk of that county, apportioned as to the time of service, and such appointment and all authority thereunder shall cease upon the discharge of the said county clerk from such active military service of the United States; and provided further, that the office of county clerk shall not be deemed to be vacant during the time the said county clerk is in the active military service of the United States.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2012

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2012) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2012)
    Sec. 3-2012. Custody of records; public inspection. The county clerk shall have the care and custody of all the records, books and papers appertaining to and filed or deposited in their respective offices, and the same, except as otherwise provided in the Vital Records Act, shall be open to the inspection of all persons without reward.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 87-895.)