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(55 ILCS 5/) Counties Code.

55 ILCS 5/5-41055

    (55 ILCS 5/5-41055)
    Sec. 5-41055. Collection of unpaid fines or other sanctions.
    (a) Any fine or other sanction or costs imposed, or any part of any fine or other sanction or costs imposed, remaining unpaid after the exhaustion of or failure to exhaust procedures for judicial review under the Administrative Review Law is a debt due and owed to the county and, as such, may be collected in accordance with applicable law. Any subsequent owner or transferee of property takes subject to this debt if a notice has been filed pursuant to Section 5-41050.
    (b) After expiration of the period within which judicial review under the Administrative Review Law may be sought for a final determination of the code violation, the county may commence a proceeding in the circuit court of the county for purposes of obtaining a judgment on the hearing officer's findings, decision, and order. Nothing in this Section prevents a county from consolidating multiple findings, decisions, and orders against a person or property in such a proceeding.
    (c) Upon commencement of the action, the county shall file a certified copy of the findings, decision, and order, which shall be accompanied by a certification that recites facts sufficient to show that the findings, decision, and order were issued in accordance with this Division 5-41 and the applicable county ordinance. Service of the summons and a copy of the petition may be by any method provided by Section 2-203 of the Code of Civil Procedure or by certified mail, return receipt requested, provided that the total amount of fines or other sanctions and costs imposed by the findings, decision, and order does not exceed $5,000.
    (d) If the court is satisfied that the findings, decision, and order were entered within the requirements of this Division 5-41 and the applicable county ordinance and that the respondent had an opportunity for a hearing under this Division 5-41 and for judicial review as provided in Section 5-41045:
        (1) The court shall render judgment in favor of the
county and against the respondent for the amount indicated in the findings, decision, and order plus court costs. The judgment has the same effect and may be enforced in the same manner as other judgments for the recovery of money.
        (2) The court may issue other orders or injunctions,
or both, requested by the county to enforce the order of the hearing officer or to correct a code violation.
(Source: P.A. 90-517, eff. 8-22-97.)

55 ILCS 5/5-41060

    (55 ILCS 5/5-41060)
    Sec. 5-41060. Adoption of other necessary provisions by county. Any county establishing a code hearing unit by ordinance under this Division 5-41 may adopt other provisions necessary and proper to carry into effect the powers granted and the purposes stated in this Division.
(Source: P.A. 90-517, eff. 8-22-97.)

55 ILCS 5/Div. 5-42

    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 5-42 heading)
Division 5-42. Wind Farms
(Source: P.A. 96-328, eff. 8-11-09.)

55 ILCS 5/5-42000

    (55 ILCS 5/5-42000)
    Sec. 5-42000. Wind farms. A county may own and operate a wind generation turbine farm, either individually or jointly with another unit of local government, school district, or community college district that is authorized to own and operate a wind generation turbine farm, that directly or indirectly reduces the energy or other operating costs of the county. The county may ask for the assistance of any State agency, including without limitation the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the Illinois Power Agency, or the Environmental Protection Agency, in obtaining financing options for a wind generation turbine farm.
(Source: P.A. 95-805, eff. 8-12-08; 96-328, eff. 8-11-09.)

55 ILCS 5/Div. 5-43

    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 5-43 heading)
Division 5-43. Administrative Adjudication -
Specified Counties
(Source: P.A. 96-1386, eff. 7-29-10; 97-333, eff. 8-12-11.)

55 ILCS 5/5-43005

    (55 ILCS 5/5-43005)
    Sec. 5-43005. Applicability. This Division 5-43 applies only to the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will.
(Source: P.A. 96-1386, eff. 7-29-10.)

55 ILCS 5/5-43010

    (55 ILCS 5/5-43010)
    Sec. 5-43010. Administrative adjudication of county code violations. Any county may provide by ordinance for a system of administrative adjudication of county code violations to the extent permitted by the Illinois Constitution. A "system of administrative adjudication" means the adjudication of any violation of a county ordinance, except for (i) proceedings not within the statutory or the home rule authority of counties; and (ii) any offense under the Illinois Vehicle Code (or a similar offense that is a traffic regulation governing the movement of vehicles and except for any reportable offense under Section 6-204 of the Illinois Vehicle Code).
(Source: P.A. 96-1386, eff. 7-29-10.)

55 ILCS 5/5-43015

    (55 ILCS 5/5-43015)
    Sec. 5-43015. Administrative adjudication procedures not exclusive. The adoption by a county of a system of administrative adjudication does not preclude the county from using other methods to enforce county ordinances.
(Source: P.A. 96-1386, eff. 7-29-10.)

55 ILCS 5/5-43020

    (55 ILCS 5/5-43020)
    Sec. 5-43020. Code hearing units; powers of hearing officers.
    (a) An ordinance establishing a system of administrative adjudication, pursuant to this Division, shall provide for a code hearing unit within an existing agency or as a separate agency in the county government. The ordinance shall establish the jurisdiction of a code hearing unit that is consistent with this Division. The "jurisdiction" of a code hearing unit refers to the particular code violations that it may adjudicate.
    (b) Adjudicatory hearings shall be presided over by hearing officers. The powers and duties of a hearing officer shall include:
        (1) hearing testimony and accepting evidence that is
relevant to the existence of the code violation;
        (2) issuing subpoenas directing witnesses to appear
and give relevant testimony at the hearing, upon the request of the parties or their representatives;
        (3) preserving and authenticating the record of the
hearing and all exhibits and evidence introduced at the hearing;
        (4) issuing a determination, based on the evidence
presented at the hearing, of whether a code violation exists, which shall be in writing and shall include a written finding of fact, decision, and order including the fine, penalty, or action with which the defendant must comply; and
        (5) imposing penalties consistent with applicable
code provisions and assessing costs upon finding a party liable for the charged violation, except, however, that in no event shall the hearing officer have authority to (i) impose a penalty of incarceration or (ii) impose a fine in excess of $50,000, or at the option of the county, such other amount not to exceed the maximum amount established by the Mandatory Arbitration System as prescribed by the Rules of the Illinois Supreme Court from time to time for the judicial circuit in which the county is located. The maximum monetary fine under this item (5), shall be exclusive of costs of enforcement or costs imposed to secure compliance with the county's ordinances and shall not be applicable to cases to enforce the collection of any tax imposed and collected by the county.
    (c) Prior to conducting administrative adjudication proceedings, administrative hearing officers shall have successfully completed a formal training program that includes the following:
        (1) instruction on the rules of procedure of the
administrative hearings that they will conduct;
        (2) orientation to each subject area of the code
violations that they will adjudicate;
        (3) observation of administrative hearings; and
        (4) participation in hypothetical cases, including
ruling on evidence and issuing final orders.
    In addition, every administrative hearing officer must be an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois for at least 3 years.
    (d) A proceeding before a code hearing unit shall be instituted upon the filing of a written pleading by an authorized official of the county.
(Source: P.A. 96-1386, eff. 7-29-10.)