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COUNTIES
(55 ILCS 5/) Counties Code.

55 ILCS 5/Div. 5-15

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 5-15 heading)
Division 5-15. Water Supply, Drainage and Flood Control

55 ILCS 5/5-15001

    (55 ILCS 5/5-15001) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-15001)
    Sec. 5-15001. Applicability. This Division shall apply to any county upon the adoption of a resolution by the county board of any such county, by at least two-thirds of the elected members, accepting the provisions hereof.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-15002

    (55 ILCS 5/5-15002) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-15002)
    Sec. 5-15002. Definitions. When used in this Division the term "waterworks system" means and includes a waterworks system in its entirety, or any integral part thereof, including mains, hydrants, meters, valves, standpipes, storage tanks, pumps, tanks, intakes, wells, impounding reservoirs, machinery, purification plants, softening apparatus, and all other elements useful in connection with a water supply or water distribution system.
    The term "sewerage system" means and includes any or all of the following: Sewerage treatment plant or plants, collecting, intercepting, and outlet sewers, lateral sewers and drains, including combined storm water and sanitary drains, force mains, conduits, pumping stations, ejector stations, and all other appurtenances, extensions and improvements necessary, useful or convenient for the collection, treatment and disposal in a sanitary manner of storm water, sanitary sewage and industrial wastes.
    The term "combined waterworks and sewerage system" means and includes a waterworks and sewerage system, as hereinabove defined, which any county shall determine to operate in combination.
    The term "waste management" means the process of storage, treatment or disposal, but not the hauling or transport, of "waste" as defined in Section 3.535 of the Environmental Protection Act, but excluding "hazardous waste" as defined in that Act.
(Source: P.A. 92-574, eff. 6-26-02.)

55 ILCS 5/5-15003

    (55 ILCS 5/5-15003) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-15003)
    Sec. 5-15003. Department of public works. The county board may establish a department of public works with authority to exercise complete supervision in such county over any of the projects authorized by this Division in either of the methods designated hereafter.
    A. The county board may employ a superintendent of public works and such other employees for the administration of the department as may be necessary. The superintendent shall be a registered professional engineer and shall have complete authority to supervise and manage the department; or
    B. Each county public works department shall be managed by a board of public works, consisting of 5 members appointed by the President and Chairman of the county board, with the approval of the county board, for a 3 year term, except that of the first appointees, 2 shall serve for one year, 2 for 2 years, and one for 3 years. The term of office of original appointees shall be regarded as beginning on July 1, following their appointment, and the term of all members shall continue until their successors are appointed. At least 2 members must be elected officials of municipalities within the county whose terms of office within the municipalities will not expire prior to the termination of appointment hereunder, one member must be a member of the county board whose term of office will not expire prior to the termination of appointment hereunder, one member must be a trustee of a Sanitary District within the county whose term of office will not expire prior to the termination of appointment hereunder, and one member must be chosen to represent the Conservation and Public Health interests. The members of the board shall receive compensation as provided by the county board. The board of public works may employ a superintendent of public works and any other employees for the administration of the department as may be necessary. The superintendent must be a registered professional engineer. Any county may advance general funds for necessary studies or engineering for a project to be financed by revenue bonds and be reimbursed by the proceeds of such bonds. Any county may purchase such bonds with funds derived solely from the County Retailers Occupation Tax.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-15004

    (55 ILCS 5/5-15004) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-15004)
    Sec. 5-15004. Review by Northeastern Illinois Metropolitan Area Planning Commission. Whenever any project contemplated under this Division involves territory within the jurisdiction of the Northeastern Illinois Metropolitan Area Planning Commission the plans for such project shall be submitted to such Commission and to the regional planning commission of the county in which located for their review and recommendations as to its compliance with the plans of the respective planning agencies.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-15005

    (55 ILCS 5/5-15005) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-15005)
    Sec. 5-15005. Tax levy. In order to effectuate the purposes of this Division, any such county may levy annually, in excess of any other limit prescribed by law, a tax of not to exceed .02% of the value, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, on all taxable property in such county, such tax to be levied and collected in like manner with the general taxes of such county, and when collected shall be paid into a special fund in the county treasury.
    This tax shall not be levied in any county until the question of its adoption is submitted to the electors thereof and approved by a majority of those voting on the question. This question may be submitted at any election held in the county after the adoption of a resolution by the county board providing for the submission of the question of the adoption hereof to the electors of the county. The county board shall certify the resolution and proposition to the proper election officials, who shall submit the proposition at an election in accordance with the general election law. If a majority of the votes cast on the question is in favor of the levy of such tax, it may thereafter be levied in such county for each succeeding year.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-15006

    (55 ILCS 5/5-15006) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-15006)
    Sec. 5-15006. Exercise of powers. The powers granted in this Division relative to waterworks systems and sewerage systems shall be exercised only in areas which do not have available similar services provided by another governmental unit, unless requested by such governmental unit pursuant to an ordinance or a resolution passed by its governing body. After such ordinance or resolution has been adopted it shall be published at least once in a newspaper having a general circulation in such governmental unit. The publication of the ordinance or resolution shall be accompanied by a notice of the (1) specific number of voters required to sign a petition requesting the question of the exercise of such powers by the county within such governmental unit to be submitted to the electors; (2) the time in which such petition must be filed; and (3) the date of the prospective referendum. The clerk of the governmental unit shall provide a petition form to any individual requesting one.
    If no petition is filed with the clerk of such governmental unit, as hereinafter provided in this section, within 15 days after the publication of the ordinance or resolution, the ordinance or resolution shall be in effect after the expiration of that 15-day period, but if within that 15-day period a petition is filed with the clerk of the governmental unit, signed by 300 legal voters or by one fifth of all the legal voters residing within the limits of the governmental unit, whichever is less, asking that the question of the exercise of such powers by the county within such governmental unit, as provided in the ordinance or resolution, be submitted to the legal voters of the governmental unit, the governing body of the governmental unit, by ordinance, shall provide for a referendum within such governmental unit on the question of the exercise of such powers therein by the county. The clerk shall certify the ordinance or resolution and the question to the proper election officials who shall submit the proposition at an election in accordance with the general election law. However, an incidental duplication of functions shall not impair or prevent the primary exercise of the powers herein conferred.
    Any county exercising the powers granted by this Division relative to waste management, shall do so only after adopting a solid waste management plan as that term is described in the Local Solid Waste Disposal Act, as now or hereafter amended. All powers, other than those relative to water works systems and sewerage systems granted by this Division, may be exercised throughout the county, without exception; provided that a municipality which is located in 2 or more counties, one of which is a home rule county, may, by ordinance, sever itself from county jurisdiction relative to waste management if the municipality is a member of a Municipal Joint Action Agency formed prior to June 15, 1988 pursuant to Section 3.2 of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-15007

    (55 ILCS 5/5-15007) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-15007)
    Sec. 5-15007. General powers of county board. In order to effect the protection, reclamation or irrigation of the land and other property in the county, and to protect the quality of the environment and the quality of life from the adverse effects caused by the improper storage, treatment or disposal of waste, and to accomplish all other purposes of the county, the county board is authorized and empowered to clean out, straighten, widen, alter, deepen or change the course or terminus of any ditch, drain, sewer, river, water course, pond, lake, creek or natural stream in the county; to fill up any abandoned or altered ditch, drain, sewer, river, water course, pond, lake, creek or natural stream, and to concentrate, divert or divide the flow of water in the county; to construct and maintain main and lateral ditches, sewers, canals, levees, dikes, dams, sluices, revetments, reservoirs, holding basins, floodways, pumping stations and siphons, and any other works and improvement deemed necessary to construct, preserve, operate or maintain the works or the waste management systems in the county; to construct or enlarge or cause to be constructed or enlarged any and all bridges that may be needed in the county, to construct or elevate roadways and streets; to construct any and all of said works and improvements across, through or over any public highway, canal, railroad right of way, track, grade, fill or cut, in the county; to remove or change the location of any fence, building, railroad, canal, or other improvements in the county; and shall have the right to hold, encumber, control, to acquire by donation, purchase or condemnation, to construct, own, lease, use and sell real and personal property, and any easement, riparian right, railroad right of way, canal, cemetery, sluice, reservoir, holding basin, mill dam, water power, wharf or franchise in the county for right of way, holding basin or for any necessary purpose, or for material to be used in constructing and maintaining said works and improvements, to replat or subdivide land, open new roads, streets and alleys, or change the course of an existing one.
    The board shall have the power to produce, pump and sell waters so collected and impounded to public or private users and may use such means as are reasonably necessary in connection with such service.
    The board shall also have the power to produce and sell any product resulting from the storage, treatment and disposal of waste including but not limited to the generation of steam, hot water, and electricity by combustion, refuse-derived fuel (RDF), and any recycled or reused materials withdrawn from a wastestream by the activities of the county.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-15008

    (55 ILCS 5/5-15008) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-15008)
    Sec. 5-15008. Flow of streams and rivers. The county board shall supervise, regulate and control the flow within the boundaries of the county of the waters of any river, stream or water course over and through any and all dams and other obstructions, if any, now or hereafter existing or constructed in, upon or along any such river, stream or water course; provided however, that nothing in this Section contained shall empower any county to abridge or in any manner curtail any vested water power rights or other rights.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-15009

    (55 ILCS 5/5-15009) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-15009)
    Sec. 5-15009. Acquisition of lands and construction of facilities. The county board shall have the power to acquire land for any and all of the purposes herein specified by this Division, and adopt and enforce ordinances for the necessary protection of sources of water supply and shall also have power to build dams and reservoirs for the storage of water, sink wells, establish intakes and water gathering stations, build water purification works, pumping stations, conduits, pipe lines, regulating works and all appurtenances required for the production, development and delivery of adequate, pure and wholesome water supplies into the distribution systems of incorporated cities and villages and corporations and individuals in unincorporated areas and is further empowered to build, operate and maintain such works when and where necessary and to sell water to said incorporated cities and villages and said corporations and individuals not in incorporated cities and villages, by meter measurements and at rates that will at least defray all fixed, maintenance and operating charges. Profits may be used for the extension and improvements of the water works system but not for any other function enumerated herein.
    For the purpose of acquiring, constructing, extending or improving any waterworks system, sewerage system or combined waterworks and sewerage system, or for waste management, under this Division, or any property necessary or appropriate therefor, any county has the right of eminent domain within such county as provided by the Eminent Domain Act.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

55 ILCS 5/5-15010

    (55 ILCS 5/5-15010) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-15010)
    Sec. 5-15010. Disposal of sewage, refuse and wastes; service contracts. The county board shall have authority to control and regulate the disposal of sewage, refuse, and any other wastes from any premises within the borders of the county, except with respect to waste management in a municipality that has severed itself from county jurisdiction under Section 5-15006, and to this end may adopt suitable ordinances.
    An owner of property (i) who is denied a permit for an individual sewerage disposal system and (ii) who on or after January 1, 1976, had been granted permission for an individual sewerage disposal system by the issuance of a permit, letter, or other written approval, whether expressed or implied, by an appropriate governmental entity with jurisdiction for individual sewerage disposal systems may reapply for a permit and be reviewed and the permit issued using the standards in effect at the time the original permission was given.
    For the purpose of controlling and regulating the disposal of wastes throughout the county, the county board may appoint a county solid waste committee to develop and implement a solid waste management plan. The committee shall be composed of members of the county board and representatives of the municipalities throughout the county. The county solid waste committee shall adopt by-laws, by a majority vote of the county and municipal members, to govern the functions of the committee and its subcommittees. Any resolution establishing a county solid waste committee or any amendment to that resolution shall be adopted by 2/3 of the county board members present and voting at the session in which the resolution is considered. This Section shall apply to any resolution establishing a solid waste committee approved any time after March 1, 1987.
    The county is authorized to prepare a solid waste management plan, as that term is described by the Local Solid Waste Disposal Act. After the preparation of the plan, the county board shall hold hearings on the plan and shall afford interested persons an opportunity to be heard. The hearing shall be held in the county seat. Notice of any hearing shall be published at least 15 days in advance of the hearing in a newspaper of general circulation published in the county. The notice shall state the time and place of the hearing and the place where copies of the proposed plan will be accessible for examination by interested parties. Within 30 days after the hearing the county board may approve the plan.
    The county board is further authorized to adopt any procedures necessary to implement the plan and provide by ordinance, license, contract, or other means that the methods of disposal of solid waste shall be the exclusive methods of disposal to be allowed anywhere within the borders of the county, notwithstanding the fact that competition may be displaced or that the ordinance, license, contract, or other measure may have an anti-competitive effect. Notwithstanding the granted authority, the county shall not have the authority to control or regulate the collection of waste within the corporate boundaries of any municipality.
    The county is authorized to construct or purchase and operate a waterworks system, a sewerage system, a combined waterworks and sewerage system, or a waste management system to improve or extend any such system so acquired from time to time, as provided in this Division. The county may furnish water, sewerage service, combined water and sewerage service, or waste management service to individuals, municipal corporations, or other corporations, and may impose and collect charges or rates for furnishing water, sewerage service, combined water and sewerage service, or waste management service, as provided in this Division. Any county that owns and operates or may hereafter own and operate a waterworks system, a sewerage system, a combined waterworks and sewerage system, or a waste management system may enter into and perform contracts, whether long-term or short-term, with any municipal, public utility, or other corporation or any person or firm for the furnishing by the county of water, sewerage service, combined water and sewerage service, or waste management service. The contracts may provide for periodic payments to the county of a share of the amounts necessary to pay or provide for the expenses of operation and maintenance of the waterworks system, sewerage system, combined waterworks and sewerage system, or waste management system (including insurance), to pay the principal of and interest on any revenue bonds issued under this Division, to provide an adequate depreciation fund as provided in this Division, and to maintain other reserves and sinking funds as may be deemed necessary or desirable by the county for the payment of the bonds or the extension or improvement of the waterworks properties, sewerage facilities, combined waterworks and sewerage system, or waste management system, as the case may be. Any county may also enter into and perform contracts, whether long-term or short-term, with any such corporation, person, or firm for the leasing, management, or operation of a waterworks system, a sewerage system, a combined waterworks and sewerage system, or a waste management system.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 86-1191; 87-1049.)

55 ILCS 5/5-15011

    (55 ILCS 5/5-15011) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-15011)
    Sec. 5-15011. Construction and maintenance of sewers. Every such county is authorized to construct, maintain, alter and extend its sewers, pipelines, channels, ditches and drains along, upon, under and across any highway, street, alley or public ground in the State as a proper use of highways, but so as not to incommode the public use thereof, and the right and authority are granted to any such county to construct, maintain and operate any conduits, mainpipe or pipes, wholly or partially submerged, buried, or otherwise, in, upon and along any of the lands owned by the State and under any of the public waters therein; provided, that the extent and location of the lands and waters so to be used and appropriated shall be approved in writing by the appropriate State agency: And provided further, that the rights, permission and authority hereby granted shall be subject to all public rights of commerce and navigation, and to the authority of the United States in behalf of such public rights and also to the right of the State to regulate and control fishing in the public waters.
(Source: P.A. 92-85, eff. 7-12-01.)

55 ILCS 5/5-15012

    (55 ILCS 5/5-15012) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-15012)
    Sec. 5-15012. Contracts with federal agencies. Whenever there shall be located within any such county, any United States military post, reservation or station, or any naval station, or other federal enclave, the county board is authorized to enter into contracts or agreements with the appropriate authorities of the United States, permitting either party to the contract to connect with and use any conduits, channels, pipes or facilities, and to use any other structures or work installed by the other party to the contract.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-15013

    (55 ILCS 5/5-15013) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-15013)
    Sec. 5-15013. Approval of plans as prerequisite to commencement of works. Before any work is commenced under the provisions of this Division the plans therefor shall be submitted to, and approved by the Department of Natural Resources and by the Environmental Protection Agency of the State of Illinois, or by any other designated reviewing State agency.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

55 ILCS 5/5-15014

    (55 ILCS 5/5-15014) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-15014)
    Sec. 5-15014. Flood control. The county board may cooperate and enter into agreements with the proper agencies of the United States Government, municipal corporations of this State, political subdivisions and persons and associations, for the formulation of plans, and for the construction of any and all improvements for the control of destructive floods, and for the conservation, regulation, development and utilization of water, waterways and water resources, or other purposes of this Division. Such agreements may assign to the several cooperating agencies particular projects or portions of projects for the purposes herein stated and may provide for joint understandings for said purposes and for contribution to execute any works agreed upon with any other of the above mentioned agencies in the State of Illinois to carry out the provisions of this Division.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-15015

    (55 ILCS 5/5-15015) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-15015)
    Sec. 5-15015. Pollution of streams. The county board shall have authority to prevent pollution of any stream or any other body of water within the county and to cause any and all parties, persons, firms and corporations to cease any and all pollution of any such streams or body of water within such county; provided that the authority of the Pollution Control Board of the State of Illinois shall not be superseded.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-15016

    (55 ILCS 5/5-15016) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-15016)
    Sec. 5-15016. Groundwater protection. The county board of any county which is served by a community water supply well may perform a groundwater protection needs assessment, and may by ordinance adopt a minimum or maximum setback zone around a wellhead pursuant to Sections 14.2, 14.3, 14.4 and 17.1 of the Environmental Protection Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-15017

    (55 ILCS 5/5-15017) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-15017)
    Sec. 5-15017. Revenue bonds. In order to pay the cost of the construction, acquisition by condemnation, purchase or otherwise of any waterworks properties, or sewage facilities, or a combination thereof, or waste management facilities, as the case may be, and the improvement or extension from time to time thereof, including engineering, inspection, legal and financial fees and costs, working capital, interest on such bonds during construction and for a reasonable period thereafter, establishment of reserves to secure such bonds and all other expenditures of such county incidental and necessary or convenient thereto, the county board may issue and sell revenue bonds payable solely from the income and revenue derived from the operation of the waterworks properties, or sewage facilities, or a combination thereof, or waste management facilities, as the case may be, and may also from time to time issue revenue bonds for the purpose of paying, refunding or redeeming revenue bonds before, after or at their maturity, including paying redemption premiums or interest accruing or to accrue on the bonds being paid or redeemed or for paying any other costs in connection with any such payment or redemption. All such bonds shall be authorized by ordinance to be adopted by the board, which shall be separate and distinct as applies to waterworks properties and as applied to sewage facilities except where the system is combined. Such bonds shall bear such date or dates, mature at such time or serially at such times not exceeding 40 years from their respective dates, may bear interest at such rate or rates not exceeding the maximum rate established in "An Act to authorize public corporations to issue bonds, other evidences of indebtedness and tax anticipation warrants subject to interest rate limitations set forth therein", approved May 26, 1970, as from time to time in effect, may be in such form, may carry such registration privileges, may be executed in such manner, may be payable at such place or places, may be subject to redemption in such manner, and upon such terms with or without premium as is stated on the face thereof, and may be executed in such manner by such officers, and may contain such terms and covenants, all as provided by the ordinance authorizing the issue.
    Such bonds shall be sold in such manner as the board shall determine, and if issued to bear interest at the maximum rate specified in this Section shall be sold for not less than par and accrued interest; however, the selling price of any bonds bearing less than such maximum rate, shall be such that the interest cost of the money received from the sale of the bonds shall not exceed such maximum rate, computed to absolute maturity, according to standard tables of bond values.
    Notwithstanding the form or tenor thereof, and in the absence of expressed recitals on the face thereof that the bonds are non-negotiable, all such bonds shall be negotiable instruments.
    To secure payment of any and all such bonds such ordinance shall set forth the covenants and undertakings of the county in connection with the issuance thereof, and the issuance of additional bonds payable from the revenues or income to be derived from the operation of the waterworks properties or sewage facilities, or waste management facilities, as the case may be, as well as the use and operation thereof, and for the use and disposition for waterworks, and sewerage, and waste management purposes of investment earnings on funds and accounts created with respect to the revenue bonds.
    In case any officer whose signature appears on the bond or coupons attached thereto shall cease to be such officer before the delivery of the bonds to the purchaser, such signature shall nevertheless be valid and sufficient for all purposes to the same effect as if he had remained in office until the delivery of the bonds.
    Under no circumstances shall any bonds issued or any other obligation, except as set forth in Section 5-15003, incurred pursuant to the provisions of this Division be or become an indebtedness or an obligation of the county payable from taxes and shall not in any event constitute an indebtedness of such county within the meaning of the constitutional provisions or limitations, and such fact shall be plainly stated on the face of each bond.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-15018

    (55 ILCS 5/5-15018) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-15018)
    Sec. 5-15018. Ordinances relative to issuance of revenue bonds. Any ordinance authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds as provided for in this Division shall describe in a general way the contemplated project, refer to general plans and specification prepared for any construction work, which shall be placed on file in the office of the county clerk available for inspection by the public.
    Such ordinance shall also set out the total estimated cost of the project, fix the amount of bonds proposed to be issued, the maturity or maturities, the interest rate and all details in respect thereof, and the covenants and undertakings of the county in connection with the application of the income and revenue and the issuance of additional revenue bonds thereafter as may be deemed necessary or advisable for assurance of the payment of the bonds thereby authorized, and as may thereafter be issued.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-15019

    (55 ILCS 5/5-15019) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-15019)
    Sec. 5-15019. Use of revenues. Whenever revenue bonds are issued under this Division the income and revenue derived from the operation of the waterworks properties or sewage facilities, or waste management facilities, as the case may be, shall be used only to pay the cost of operation and maintenance (including insurance) of the waterworks properties or sewage facilities, or waste management facilities, or a combination thereof, as the case may be, to pay principal of and interest on any revenue bonds issued hereunder, to provide an adequate depreciation fund, which fund is hereby defined to be for such replacements as may be necessary from time to time for the continued, effective and efficient operation of the waterworks properties, or sewage facilities, or a combination thereof, or waste management facilities, as the case may be, which such fund shall not be allowed to accumulate beyond a reasonable amount necessary for that purpose, the terms and provisions of which shall be incorporated in the ordinance authorizing the issuance of the bonds, and to maintain such other reserves and sinking funds as may be deemed necessary or desirable by the county for the payment of the bonds or the extension or improvement of the waterworks properties, or sewage facilities, or a combination thereof, or waste management facilities, as the case may be.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-15020

    (55 ILCS 5/5-15020) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-15020)
    Sec. 5-15020. Rates and charges; rights of bondholders. Rates and charges for the use and service of the waterworks properties, or sewage facilities, or waste management facilities, as the case may be, acquired by any county shall be sufficient at all times to pay the cost of maintenance and operation, to pay the principal of and interest upon all revenue bonds issued under the provisions of this Division, to provide a reasonable depreciation fund as established pursuant to the provisions of the ordinance authorizing the issuance of any revenue bonds, and to maintain such other reserves and sinking funds as may be deemed necessary or desirable by the county for the payment of the bonds or the extension or improvement of the waterworks properties or, sewage facilities, or a combination thereof, or waste management facilities, as the case may be, and the holder of any bond or bonds or any of the interest coupon or coupons of any revenue bonds of any such county may in any civil action, mandamus, injunction or other proceeding enforce and compel the performance of all duties required by this Division and the covenants and undertakings set forth in any bond ordinance, including the making and collecting of sufficient rates and charges for the use or service of the waterworks properties, or sewage facilities, or a combination thereof, or waste management facilities, as the case may be, and the proper application of the income and revenue therefrom.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-15021

    (55 ILCS 5/5-15021) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-15021)
    Sec. 5-15021. Rules and regulations; liens; discontinuance of service. Rules and regulations governing the maintenance and operation of the waterworks properties, or sewage facilities, or waste management facilities, as the case may be, shall be established from time to time by ordinance, and rates and charges for use and service for all purposes, including charges to connect to such properties or facilities, and which may include the imposition of interest and penalties for failure to make payments when due, except for charges or rates established by contract for a wholesale supply of water as herein authorized shall be established, revised, maintained, be due and payable, and be in force as the county board may determine by separate ordinances, and rates or charges established by the board shall not be subject to any statutory regulations covering rates and charges for similar service by privately owned waterworks, sewage facilities or waste management facilities.
    Any ordinance establishing rules and regulations or rates or charges for the use and service shall be published within 30 days after its adoption in a newspaper published and of general circulation in the county, and if there be no such newspaper then such ordinance shall be posted in not less than 10 of the most public places in the county, and shall become effective 10 days after such publication or posting as the case may be.
    Rates and charges for the use and service of the county's waterworks properties and sewage facilities (except for rates or charges for a wholesale supply of water or wholesale sewerage service as herein authorized) shall be liens upon the real estate to which water or sewerage service is supplied whenever the rates or charges become delinquent as provided by an ordinance of the county fixing a delinquency date. A lien is created under the preceding sentence only if the county sends to the owner or owners of record of the real estate, as referenced by the taxpayer's identification number, (i) a copy of each delinquency notice sent to the person who is delinquent in paying the charges or rates or other notice sufficient to inform the owner or owners of record, as referenced by the taxpayer's identification number, that the charges or rates have become delinquent and (ii) a notice that unpaid charges or rates may create a lien on the real estate under this Section. The county shall have no preference in any such lien over the rights of any purchaser, mortgagee, judgment creditor or any lien holder arising prior to the notice of filing of such lien in the office of the recorder of the county in which the real estate is located. This notice shall consist of a statement sworn to by an authorized officer or employee of the county setting out (1) a description of such real estate sufficient for the identification thereof, (2) the amount of money due for such water or sewerage service and (3) the date when such amount became delinquent. The county shall send a copy of the notice of the lien to the owner or owners of record of the real estate, as referenced by the taxpayer's identification number. The county shall have the power to foreclose this lien in the same manner and with the same effect as in the foreclosure of mortgages on real estate.
    The payment of rates and charges for water services to any premises may be enforced by discontinuing the water service to such premises, and the payment of charges for sewerage service to any premises may be enforced by discontinuing either the water service or the sewerage service to such premises, or both. Any public or municipal corporation or political subdivision of the State furnishing water service to a premises shall discontinue such service upon receiving written notice from the county that a rate or charge for sewerage service has become delinquent, and shall not resume water service until receiving a like notice that such delinquency has been removed. The county shall reimburse any such public or municipal corporation or political subdivision of the State for the reasonable cost of any such discontinuance and resumption of water service. The county may contract with any privately owned public utility for the discontinuance of water service to a premises on account of which a rate or charge for sewerage service has become delinquent.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 87-1197.)

55 ILCS 5/5-15022

    (55 ILCS 5/5-15022) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-15022)
    Sec. 5-15022. General obligation bonds. Any such county may issue general obligation bonds for the purposes of either planning for, acquiring, or operating and maintaining waterworks properties, or sewage facilities, or a combination thereof, or waste management facilities, as the case may be, in the manner prescribed in Section 5-1008, as heretofore or hereafter amended.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-15025

    (55 ILCS 5/5-15025)
    Sec. 5-15025. Boil order; notification of certified local public health department required. If a county, or any department or agency of the county, issues a boil order, then the county must notify any certified local public health department that serves an area subject to the boil order as soon as is practical, but no later than 2 hours after issuing the order. In addition to the initial notice, the county must provide, to any affected certified local public health department, a written notification within 24 hours after issuing the boil order. The written notification must include the estimated duration of the order or warning and the geographic area covered by the order or warning.
(Source: P.A. 93-1020, eff. 8-24-04.)