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MUNICIPALITIES
(65 ILCS 5/) Illinois Municipal Code.

65 ILCS 5/Art 11 prec Div 6

 
    (65 ILCS 5/Art 11 prec Div 6 heading)
FIRE PROTECTION

65 ILCS 5/Art. 11 Div. 6

 
    (65 ILCS 5/Art. 11 Div. 6 heading)
DIVISION 6. FIRE DEPARTMENTS AND PROTECTION

65 ILCS 5/11-6-1

    (65 ILCS 5/11-6-1) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-6-1)
    Sec. 11-6-1. The corporate authorities of each municipality may provide and operate fire stations, and all material and equipment that is needed for the prevention and extinguishment of fires, and may enter into contracts or agreements with other municipalities and fire protection districts for mutual aid consisting of furnishing equipment and man power from and to such other municipalities and fire protection districts.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/11-6-1.1

    (65 ILCS 5/11-6-1.1)
    Sec. 11-6-1.1. Firefighting services outside corporate limits. A municipality may choose to provide firefighting services to property outside its corporate limits. The corporate authorities of each municipality may fix, charge, and collect firefighting service fees not exceeding the actual cost of the service for all firefighting services rendered by the municipality against persons, businesses, and other entities that are not residents of the municipality. An additional charge may be levied to reimburse the municipality for extraordinary expenses of materials used in rendering the services. Nothing in this Section shall impact any agreement entered into by a municipality and persons, businesses, and other entities that are not residents of the municipality. Nothing in this Section shall require a municipality to supply any firefighting services to property located outside the corporate limits of the municipality.
(Source: P.A. 93-304, eff. 7-23-03.)

65 ILCS 5/11-6-2

    (65 ILCS 5/11-6-2) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-6-2)
    Sec. 11-6-2. The corporate authorities of each municipality may contract with fire protection districts organized under "An Act to create Fire Protection Districts," approved July 8, 1927, as now or hereafter amended, which are adjacent to the municipality, for the furnishing of fire protection service for property located within the districts but outside the limits of the municipality, and may supply fire protection service to the owners of property which lies outside the limits of the municipality and may set up by ordinance a scale of charges therefor. The corporate authorities of any municipality shall provide fire protection service for public school buildings situated outside the municipality in accordance with Section 16-10 of "The School Code".
(Source: P.A. 90-655, eff. 7-30-98.)

65 ILCS 5/11-6-3

    (65 ILCS 5/11-6-3) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-6-3)
    Sec. 11-6-3. The corporate authorities of a municipality may contract with the Board of Governors of State Colleges and Universities or the Board of Regents of Regency Universities to provide fire protection to any university under the jurisdiction of the respective Board and located, in whole or in part, within the municipality. Such contract shall be as specified by Section 9 of "An Act to provide for the management, operation, control and maintenance of the State Colleges and Universities System", approved July 2, 1951, as heretofore or hereafter amended, or paragraph (j) of Section 8 of "An Act providing for the management, operation, control and maintenance of the Regency Universities System", approved May 11, 1967, as the case may be.
(Source: P.A. 76-825.)

65 ILCS 5/11-6-4

    (65 ILCS 5/11-6-4) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-6-4)
    Sec. 11-6-4. The corporate authorities of any municipality may contract with the board of any public community college district to reimburse the municipality for any additional costs for fire protection service, including equipment, apparatus, or firemen occasioned by the presence of any public community college building within the municipality.
(Source: P.A. 82-622.)

65 ILCS 5/11-6-5

    (65 ILCS 5/11-6-5)
    Sec. 11-6-5. Reimbursement for specialized rescue services. The corporate authorities of a municipality that operates a fire department may fix, charge, and collect reasonable fees for specialized rescue services provided by the department. The total amount collected may not exceed the reasonable cost of providing those specialized rescue services and may not, in any event, exceed $125 per hour per vehicle and $35 per hour per firefighter. The fee may be charged to any of the following parties, but only after there has been a finding of fault against that party by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or the Illinois Department of Labor:
        (a) the owner of the property on which the
    
specialized rescue services occurred;
        (b) any person involved in an activity that caused or
    
contributed to the emergency;
        (c) an individual who is rescued during the emergency
    
and his or her employer if the person was acting in furtherance of the employer's interests;
        (d) in cases involving the recovery of property, any
    
person having control or custody of the property at the time of the emergency.
    For the purposes of this Section, the term "specialized rescue services" includes, but is not limited to, structural collapse, tactical rescue, high angle rescue, underwater rescue and recovery, confined space rescue, below grade rescue, and trench rescue.
(Source: P.A. 95-497, eff. 1-1-08.)

65 ILCS 5/11-6-6

    (65 ILCS 5/11-6-6)
    Sec. 11-6-6. Technical rescue services. The corporate authorities of a municipality that operates a fire department may fix, charge, and collect reasonable fees for technical rescue services provided by the department. The total amount collected may not exceed the reasonable cost of providing the technical rescue services and may include charges for personnel and equipment costs.
(Source: P.A. 95-867, eff. 1-1-09.)

65 ILCS 5/11-6-7

    (65 ILCS 5/11-6-7)
    Sec. 11-6-7. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 97-322, eff. 8-12-11. Repealed internally, eff. 6-30-12.)

65 ILCS 5/11-6-8

    (65 ILCS 5/11-6-8)
    Sec. 11-6-8. Notification of sale of or changes to private or semi-private water systems.
    (a) For purposes of this Section, "private water system" and "semi-private water system" shall have the meanings ascribed to them in subsection (a) of Section 9 of the Illinois Groundwater Protection Act.
    (b) A municipality that provides and operates fire stations or otherwise provides firefighting services shall receive notice of the sale of a private water system or semi-private water system from the individuals or entities selling and purchasing the water system. The notice to the municipality shall include the status and capacity of the water system and the ability of the water system to be used for fire protection.
    (c) A municipality that provides and operates fire stations or otherwise provides firefighting services shall also receive notice from the owner of a private water system or semi-private water system if there are any changes to the water system that would affect fire protection services to areas served by the water system.
(Source: P.A. 99-487, eff. 11-20-15.)

65 ILCS 5/11-6-10

    (65 ILCS 5/11-6-10)
    Sec. 11-6-10. Reimbursement of volunteer fire protection assistance.
    (a) Municipalities may fix, charge, and collect fees not exceeding the reasonable cost of the service for all services rendered by a volunteer municipal fire department or a volunteer firefighter of any municipal fire department for persons, businesses, and other entities who are not residents of the municipality.
    (b) The charge for any fees under subsection (a) shall be computed at a rate not to exceed $250 per hour and not to exceed $70 per hour per firefighter responding to a call for assistance. An additional charge may be levied to reimburse the district for extraordinary expenses of materials used in rendering such services. No charge shall be made for services for which the total amount would be less than $50.
    (c) All revenue from the fees assessed pursuant to this Section shall be deposited to the general fund of the municipality.
    (d) Nothing in this Section shall allow a fee to be fixed, charged, or collected that is not allowed under any contract that a fire department has entered into with another entity, including, but not limited to, a fire protection district.
(Source: P.A. 99-770, eff. 8-12-16.)

65 ILCS 5/Art. 11 Div. 7

 
    (65 ILCS 5/Art. 11 Div. 7 heading)
DIVISION 7. FIRE PROTECTION TAX--CITIES AND VILLAGES OF LESS THAN 500,000

65 ILCS 5/11-7-1

    (65 ILCS 5/11-7-1) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-7-1)
    Sec. 11-7-1. The corporate authorities of any city or village containing less than 500,000 inhabitants may levy, annually, a tax not to exceed .075% of the value, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, of all taxable property therein, to provide revenue for the purpose of fire protection in the municipality. However, municipalities authorized to levy this tax on July 1, 1967 shall have a rate limit of .15%, or the limit in effect on July 31, 1969, whichever is greater. This tax shall be in addition to and in excess of all taxes authorized by law to be levied and collected in that municipality and shall be in addition to and in excess of the amount authorized to be levied for general purposes as provided by Section 8-3-1.
(Source: P.A. 81-1509.)

65 ILCS 5/11-7-3

    (65 ILCS 5/11-7-3) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-7-3)
    Sec. 11-7-3. In any municipality which is authorized to levy a tax under Section 11-7-1 of this Division 7, the tax rate limit so authorized may be increased to not to exceed .40%, or beginning in taxable year 2000, .60%, of the value of all the taxable property in such municipality, provided the proposition for such tax rate increase has been submitted to the electors of that municipality and approved by a majority of those voting on the question. The referendum authorized by the terms of this section may be ordered by the corporate authorities, the question to be certified by the clerk and submitted at an election in accordance with the general election law.
    However, any municipality whose rate limitation for fire protection purposes is .30% on July 1, 1967 may by ordinance increase its rate limit in the future for such purposes to .40% and any municipality which levied a tax for fire protection purposes in 1960 and whose rate limitation for such purposes is less than .30% on July 29, 1969 may by ordinance increase its rate limit to .30%. A notice of the passage of the ordinance establishing such rate limit at not to exceed .40% or .30%, as the case may be, shall be published once in a newspaper having a general circulation in the municipality. The publication of the notice of the ordinance shall include a notice of (1) the specific number of voters required to sign a petition requesting that the question of the increased rate limit be submitted to the voters of the municipality; (2) the time within which the petition must be filed; and (3) the date of the prospective referendum. The municipal clerk shall provide a petition form to any individual requesting one.
    The ordinance shall take effect 30 days after publication of that notice unless within that time a petition, signed by not less than a number of voters in the municipality equal to 10% or more of the registered voters of the municipality is filed with the municipal clerk requesting the submission to a referendum of the question of whether the municipality shall have the authority to levy a tax for fire protection purposes at not to exceed the rate limit specified in the ordinance. Any such election shall be conducted in accordance with the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 91-299, eff. 7-29-99.)

65 ILCS 5/Art. 11 Div. 8

 
    (65 ILCS 5/Art. 11 Div. 8 heading)
DIVISION 8. FIRE SAFETY REGULATIONS

65 ILCS 5/11-8-1

    (65 ILCS 5/11-8-1) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-8-1)
    Sec. 11-8-1. The corporate authorities of each municipality may establish and maintain for reasonable charges electrical appliances in public or private buildings for fire and police protection upon application of the custodian of public buildings, or of the owner of private buildings.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/11-8-2

    (65 ILCS 5/11-8-2) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-8-2)
    Sec. 11-8-2. The corporate authorities of each municipality may prevent the dangerous construction, installation and condition of chimneys, fireplaces, hearths, stoves, furnaces, pipes, ovens, boilers, fuel conduits, electric wiring and any other fire or heating apparatus used in and about any building, structure or camp accommodating persons in house trailers, house cars, and, if such enumerated are in a dangerous condition may cause them to be removed or placed in a safe condition. The corporate authorities also may cause all buildings and enclosures which are in a dangerous fire condition to be put in a safe fire condition, may regulate and prevent the carrying on of factories that are dangerous in causing or promoting fires, and may prevent the deposit of ashes in places that create a fire hazard.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/11-8-3

    (65 ILCS 5/11-8-3) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-8-3)
    Sec. 11-8-3. For the purpose of guarding against the calamities of fire, the corporate authorities of each municipality may prescribe the limits within which wooden buildings shall not be erected, placed, or repaired, without permission, and, whenever buildings within the fire limits have deteriorated or have been damaged by any means to the extent of 50% of their value, may direct that such buildings shall be torn down or removed, and to prescribe the manner of ascertaining whether the specified damage has occurred.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/11-8-4

    (65 ILCS 5/11-8-4) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-8-4)
    Sec. 11-8-4. The corporate authorities of each municipality may regulate and prevent the storage of turpentine, tar, pitch, resin, hemp, cotton, gunpowder, nitroglycerine, petroleum, or any of their products, and other similar combustible or explosive materials; may regulate and prevent the use of lights and combustible liquids in buildings, and the building of bonfires; and may regulate and prevent the use of firecrackers, torpedoes, and all sorts of fireworks provided that such regulation or prohibition is consistent with the provisions of the following acts as such acts are heretofore and hereafter amended: "The Fireworks Regulation Act of Illinois" and "An Act to prohibit the sale, offering or exposing for sale of fireworks; defining fireworks and to regulate the manner of using fireworks, and to provide penalties for the violation of the provisions of the Act," approved July 1, 1941.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/11-8-5

    (65 ILCS 5/11-8-5) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-8-5)
    Sec. 11-8-5. The corporate authorities of each municipality may regulate and prohibit the keeping of any lumber or coal yard, or the placing, piling, or selling of any lumber, timber, wood, coal, or other combustible material within the fire limits of the municipality.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/11-8-6

    (65 ILCS 5/11-8-6) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-8-6)
    Sec. 11-8-6. The corporate authorities of each municipality may regulate persons engaged in the business of servicing, repairing or refilling fire extinguishers.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/Art. 11 Div. 9

 
    (65 ILCS 5/Art. 11 Div. 9 heading)
DIVISION 9. FIRE INSPECTION IN MUNICIPALITIES
OF 500,000 OR MORE

65 ILCS 5/11-9-1

    (65 ILCS 5/11-9-1) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-9-1)
    Sec. 11-9-1. The fire inspector of every municipality with a population of 500,000 or more shall investigate the cause, origin, and circumstances of every fire occurring in the municipality and shall especially investigate whether it was the result of carelessness or design. Such an investigation shall be begun within 2 days, not including Sunday, of the occurrence of a fire. The fire inspector shall keep in his office a record of all fires occurring in the municipality, together with a record of all the facts, statistics, and circumstances, including the origin of the fire and the value and ownership of the property destroyed, which may be determined by the investigations provided for by this Division 9. This record shall be open to public inspection at all times.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/11-9-2

    (65 ILCS 5/11-9-2) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-9-2)
    Sec. 11-9-2. If he deems it necessary, the specified fire inspector shall take, or cause to be taken, the sworn testimony of all persons supposed to be cognizant of any facts or to have means of knowledge in relation to the matters as to which an examination is required by Section 11-9-1 to be made, and cause the testimony to be reduced to writing. If the fire inspector is of the opinion that there is evidence sufficient to charge a person with the crime of arson, the fire inspector shall cause that person to be arrested and charged with that offense. He shall furnish to the state's attorney the names of the witnesses and all information obtained by him, including a copy of all pertinent and material testimony taken in the case. The fire inspector shall report to the Director of Insurance, for the Department of Insurance, as that Director requires, his proceedings and the progress made in all prosecutions of arson and the result of all cases which are finally disposed of.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/11-9-3

    (65 ILCS 5/11-9-3) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-9-3)
    Sec. 11-9-3. The specified fire inspector has the powers of a trial judge for the purpose of summoning and compelling the attendance of witnesses before him to testify in relation to any matter which is, by the provisions of Section 11-9-1, a subject of investigation. The fire inspector may also administer oaths and affirmations to persons appearing as witnesses before him. False swearing in any matter or proceeding provided for in Sections 11-9-1 and 11-9-2 is perjury and shall be punished as such. The fire inspector and his subordinates have authority at all times of the day or night, in the performance of the duties imposed by the provisions of Sections 11-9-1 and 11-9-2, to examine any building or premises where a fire has occurred and adjoining and nearby buildings and premises. All investigations held by or under the direction of the fire inspector may be private, in his discretion. Persons other than those required to be present by the provisions of Sections 11-9-1 and 11-9-2 may be excluded from the place where the investigation is held, and the witnesses may be kept apart from each other and not allowed to communicate with each other until they have been examined.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/11-9-4

    (65 ILCS 5/11-9-4) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-9-4)
    Sec. 11-9-4. Any owner or occupant of a building or premises who fails to comply with the orders of the fire inspector, as specified in Section 11-9-3, shall be guilty of a petty offense and shall be fined not less than $10 nor more than $50 for each day's neglect. If the fire inspector neglects or refuses to comply with any of the requirements of this Division 9, he shall be guilty of a petty offense.
(Source: P.A. 77-2500.)

65 ILCS 5/Art. 11 Div. 10

 
    (65 ILCS 5/Art. 11 Div. 10 heading)
DIVISION 10. FOREIGN FIRE INSURANCE
COMPANY FEES

65 ILCS 5/11-10-1

    (65 ILCS 5/11-10-1) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-10-1)
    Sec. 11-10-1. In each municipality or fire protection district, whether incorporated under a general or special law, which has a fire department established and maintained by municipal or fire protection district ordinances, every corporation, company, and association which is not incorporated under the laws of this state and which is engaged in effecting fire insurance in the municipality or fire protection district, shall pay to the foreign fire insurance board or to the secretary of the fire protection district for the maintenance, use, and benefit of the fire department thereof, a sum not exceeding 2% of the gross receipts received from fire insurance upon property situated within the municipality or district.
    Each municipality and fire protection district may prescribe by ordinance the rate of the tax or license fee to be paid, but this rate shall not exceed the rate specified in this section. Each designated corporation, company, and association shall pay at the rate so prescribed, upon the amount of all premiums which have been received during the year ending on every first day of July for all fire insurance effected or agreed to be effected on property situated within the municipality or fire protection district, by that corporation, company, or association respectively.
    Every person who acts in any specified municipality or fire protection district as agent, or otherwise, on behalf of a designated corporation, company, or association, shall render to the treasurer of the foreign fire insurance board or secretary of the fire protection district, on or before the fifteenth day of July of each year, a full and true account, verified by his oath, of all of the premiums which, during the year ending on the first day of July preceding the report, were received by him, or by any other person for him on behalf of that corporation, company, or association. He shall specify in this report the amounts received for fire insurance, and he shall pay to the treasurer of the foreign fire insurance board, or to the secretary of the fire protection district, at the time of rendering this report, the amount as determined by the rate fixed by the ordinance of the municipality or fire protection district for which his corporation, company, or association is accountable under this section and the ordinance.
    If this account is not rendered on or before the fifteenth day of July of each year, or if the sum due remains unpaid after that day, it shall be unlawful for any corporation, company, or association, so in default, to transact any business in the municipality or fire protection district until the sum due has been fully paid. But this provision shall not relieve any corporation, company, or association from the payment of any loss upon any risk that may be taken in violation of this requirement.
    The amount of this tax or license fee may be recovered from the corporation, company, or association which owes it, or from its agent, by an action in the name and for the use of the municipality or fire protection district as for money had and received.
    The municipal comptroller, if any, and if not, then the municipal clerk or the secretary of the fire protection district, may examine the books, records, and other papers and documents of a designated agent, corporation, company, or association for the purpose of verifying the correctness of the report of the amounts received for fire insurance.
    This section shall not be applicable to receipts from contracts of marine insurance, even though they include insurance against fire, where the premium for the fire insurance is not separately specified.
(Source: P.A. 95-807, eff. 8-12-08.)

65 ILCS 5/11-10-2

    (65 ILCS 5/11-10-2) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-10-2)
    Sec. 11-10-2. A department foreign fire insurance board shall be created within the fire department of each municipality with fewer than 500,000 inhabitants that has an organized fire department. The board shall consist of 7 trustees; the fire chief, who shall hold office by virtue of rank, and 6 members, who shall be elected at large by the sworn members of the department. If there is an insufficient number of candidates to fill all these positions, the number of board members may be reduced, but not to fewer than 3 trustees. All members of the department shall be eligible to be elected as officers of the department foreign fire insurance board. The members of this board shall annually elect officers. These officers shall be a chairman and a treasurer. The trustees of the department foreign fire insurance board shall make all needful rules and regulations with respect to the department foreign fire insurance board and the management of the money to be appropriated to the board. The officers of the department foreign fire insurance board shall develop and maintain a listing of those items that the board feels are appropriate expenditures under this Act. The treasurer of the department foreign fire insurance board shall give a sufficient bond to the municipality in which the fire department is organized. This bond shall be approved by the mayor or president, as the case may be, conditioned upon the faithful performance by the treasurer of his or her duties under the ordinance and the rules and regulations provided for in this section. The treasurer of the department foreign fire insurance board shall receive the appropriated money and shall pay out the money upon the order of the department foreign fire insurance board for the maintenance, use, and benefit of the department. As part of the annual municipal audit, these funds shall be audited to verify that the funds have been expended by that board only for the maintenance, use, and benefit of the department.
    The provisions of this Section shall be the exclusive power of the State, pursuant to subsection (h) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Constitution.
(Source: P.A. 95-807, eff. 8-12-08; 96-505, eff. 8-14-09.)

65 ILCS 5/11-10-3

    (65 ILCS 5/11-10-3) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-10-3)
    Sec. 11-10-3. Any person, corporation, company, or association which violates any of the provisions of this Division 10 is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 77-2500.)