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MUNICIPALITIES
(65 ILCS 5/) Illinois Municipal Code.

65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-2

    (65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-2) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-74.2-2)
    Sec. 11-74.2-2. As used in this Act unless the context requires otherwise:
    (a) "Real property" means lands, lands under water, structures, and any and all easements, franchises and incorporeal hereditaments, estates and rights, legal and equitable, including terms for years and liens by way of judgment, mortgage or otherwise.
    (b) "Commercial blight area" or "blight area" means any improved or vacant area of not less in the aggregate than 2 acres located within the territorial limits of a municipality where, if improved, industrial, commercial and residential buildings or improvements, because of a combination of 5 or more of the following factors: age; dilapidation; obsolescence; deterioration; illegal use of individual structures; presence of structures below minimum code standards; excessive vacancies; overcrowding of structures and community facilities; lack of ventilation, light or sanitary facilities; inadequate utilities; or excessive land coverage; deleterious land use or layout; depreciation or lack of physical maintenance; lack of community planning, are detrimental to the public safety, health, morals or welfare, or if vacant, the sound growth of the area is impaired by, (1) a combination of 2 or more of the following factors: obsolete platting of the vacant land; diversity of ownership of such land; tax and special assessment delinquencies on such land; deterioration of structures or site improvements in neighboring areas to the vacant land, or (2) the area immediately prior to becoming vacant qualified as a blighted improved area.
    (c) "Commercial project" means any building or buildings or building addition or other structures to be newly constructed, renovated or improved and suitable for use by a commercial enterprise or an entity engaged in providing housing and ancillary services, and includes the sites and other rights in the land on which such buildings or structures are located.
    (d) "Commercial conservation area" or "conservation area" means any area located within the territorial limits of the municipality, of not less, in the aggregate, than 2 acres in which 50% or more of the structures have an age of 35 years or more. Such an area is not yet a blight area but because of a combination of 3 or more of the following factors: dilapidation; obsolescence; deterioration; illegal use of individual structures; presence of structures below minimum code standards; abandonment; excessive vacancies; overcrowding of structures and community facilities; lack of ventilation, light or sanitary facilities; inadequate utilities; excessive land coverage; deleterious land use or layout; depreciation of physical maintenance; or lack of community planning, is detrimental to the public safety, health, morals or welfare and such an area may become a blight area.
    (e) "Commercial redevelopment plan" or "redevelopment plan" means the comprehensive program for the clearing or rehabilitation and physical development of a commercial blight or conservation area, and includes an analysis and projection of the steps necessary for the elimination or rehabilitation of a commercial blight or conservation area and the protection of adjacent areas, and all administrative, funding and financial details and proposals necessary to effectuate the plan.
    (f) "Redevelopment area" means the blighted or conservation area of not less in the aggregate than 2 acres, to be developed in accordance with the redevelopment plan.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-3

    (65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-3) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-74.2-3)
    Sec. 11-74.2-3. The corporate authorities of any municipality may by resolution provide for an initial study and survey to determine if the municipality contains any commercial blight or conservation areas.
    In making the study and survey the corporate authorities shall:
    (a) Cooperate with and use any evidence gathered by any public or private organization relative to the existence, extent or likelihood of commercial blight in the municipality;
    (b) Hold public or private hearings, conduct investigations, hear testimony and gather evidence relating to commercial blight or likelihood of commercial blight and its elimination;
    (c) Create a representative Citizens Committee of not less than 9 persons, to be appointed by the chief executive officer of the municipality with the approval of a majority of the municipal council, which committee shall consist of representatives from among local merchants, owners of commercial real estate, the advertising media, residential property owners associations, human relations commissions, labor organizations and civic groups;
    (d) Formulate a proposed commercial redevelopment plan for any blight or conservation area, provided that such plan has received the approval and recommendation of a 2/3 majority vote of the members of the Citizens Committee created under paragraph (c) of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 81-3.)

65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-4

    (65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-4) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-74.2-4)
    Sec. 11-74.2-4. If as a result of their initial study and survey the corporate authorities determine that one or more commercial blight or conservation areas exist in the municipality, they may by resolution set forth the boundaries of each commercial blight or conservation area and the factors that exist in the blight or conservation areas that are detrimental to public health, safety, morals and welfare.
    In the same resolution the corporate authorities may provide for a public hearing on commercial blight or conservation and may submit proposed redevelopment plans for the blight or conservation areas. At least 20 days before the hearing the municipal clerk shall give notice of the hearing by publication at least once in a newspaper of general circulation within the municipality.
(Source: P.A. 81-3.)

65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-5

    (65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-5) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-74.2-5)
    Sec. 11-74.2-5. At the hearing on commercial blight or conservation areas the corporate authorities shall introduce the testimony and evidence that entered into their decision to declare an area a commercial blight or conservation area, and shall enter into the record of the proceedings all proposed commercial redevelopment plans received at or prior to the hearing. All interested persons may appear and testify for or against any proposed commercial redevelopment plan. The hearing may be continued from time to time at the discretion of the corporate authorities to allow necessary changes in any proposed plan or to hear or receive additional testimony from interested persons.
(Source: P.A. 81-3.)

65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-6

    (65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-6) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-74.2-6)
    Sec. 11-74.2-6. At the conclusion of the hearing on commercial blight and conservation areas the corporate authorities shall formulate and publish a final commercial redevelopment plan for the municipality after approval by a 2/3 majority vote of the members of the Citizens Committee, which plan may incorporate any exhibit, plan, proposal, feature, model or testimony resulting from the hearing. The final redevelopment plan shall be made available for inspection by all interested parties.
(Source: P.A. 81-3.)

65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-7

    (65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-7) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-74.2-7)
    Sec. 11-74.2-7. Within 30 days after the publication of a final commercial redevelopment plan, any person aggrieved by the action of the corporate authorities may seek a review of their decision and the redevelopment plan under the Administrative Review Law. The provisions of that Act and all amendments and modifications thereof and the rules adopted pursuant thereto shall apply to and govern all proceedings for the judicial review of the actions of the corporate authorities and the final commercial redevelopment plan.
    If no action is initiated under the Administrative Review Law, or if the court sustains the corporate authorities and the final redevelopment plan as is, or as amended by the court, the corporate authorities may proceed to carry out the final commercial redevelopment plan.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-8

    (65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-8) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-74.2-8)
    Sec. 11-74.2-8. In carrying out a final commercial redevelopment plan the corporate authorities have the power to:
    (a) Acquire by purchase, gift, condemnation or otherwise as provided in this Division the fee simple title to all or any part of the real property in any redevelopment area; if the property is to be obtained by condemnation, such power of condemnation may be exercised only when at least 85% of the land located within the boundaries of each plan has been acquired previously by the corporate authorities or private organizations pursuant to the implementation of the plan through good faith negotiations and such negotiations are unsuccessful in acquiring the remaining land;
    (b) Clear any area acquired, by demolition or removal of existing buildings and structures;
    (c) Renovate or rehabilitate any structure or building acquired, or if any structure or building or the land supporting it has not been acquired, to permit the owner to renovate or rebuild the structure or building in accordance with the redevelopment plan;
    (d) Construct or acquire by gift or purchase any commercial project and rent or lease such commercial projects to commercial or housing concerns or entities engaged in providing housing and ancillary services at rentals at least sufficient to provide for prompt payment of interest and principal of all revenue bonds issued for such commercial projects under Section 11-74.2-16 or as an alternative lend the proceeds of any such revenue bonds to any such concerns or entities to finance the cost of such commercial projects on terms that will provide for the prompt payment at maturity of principal, interest and redemption premium, if any, upon all bonds issued to finance the cost of such commercial projects;
    (e) To sell and convey commercial projects, including without limitation the sale and conveyance subject to a mortgage, for such price and at such time as the governing body of the municipality may determine. However, no sale or conveyance of a commercial project shall ever be made in such manner as to impair the rights or interests of the holders of any bonds issued for the construction, purchase, improvement or extension of any such commercial project;
    (f) Install, repair, construct, reconstruct or relocate streets, utilities and site improvements essential to the preparation of the redevelopment area for use in accordance with a redevelopment plan;
    (g) Mortgage or convey real or personal property acquired for use in accordance with the redevelopment plan;
    (h) Borrow money, apply for and accept advances, loans, grants, contributions, gifts, services, or other financial assistance, from the United States of America or any agency or instrumentality thereof, the State, county, municipality or other public body or from any source, public or private, for or in aid of any of the purposes of the final redevelopment plan, and to secure the payment of any loans or advances by the issuance of revenue bonds and by the pledge of any loan, grant or contribution, or parts thereof, or the contracts therefor, to be received from the United States of America or any agency or instrumentality thereof, and to enter into and carry out contracts in connection therewith;
    (i) Exercise any one or more of the foregoing powers in any combination to carry out the final redevelopment plan.
    Nothing in this Section shall be construed to exclude property in a final redevelopment plan from taxation.
(Source: P.A. 81-1376.)

65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-9

    (65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-9) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-74.2-9)
    Sec. 11-74.2-9. In exercising the power to acquire real estate as provided in this Division, the corporate authorities may proceed by gift, purchase or condemnation to acquire the fee simple title to all real property lying within a redevelopment area, including easements and reversionary interests in the streets, alleys and other public places lying within such area; if the property is to be obtained by condemnation, such power of condemnation may be exercised only when at least 85% of the land located within the boundaries of each plan has been acquired previously by the corporate authorities or private organization pursuant to the implementation of the plan through good faith negotiations and such negotiations are unsuccessful in acquiring the remaining land. If any such real property is subject to an easement the corporate authorities in their discretion, may acquire the fee simple title to such real property subject to such easement if they determine that such easement will not interfere with carrying out the redevelopment plan. If any such real property is already devoted to a public use it may nevertheless be acquired, provided that no property belonging to the United States of America, the State of Illinois or any municipality may be acquired without the consent of such governmental unit and that no property devoted to a public use belonging to a corporation subject to the jurisdiction of the Illinois Commerce Commission may be acquired without the approval of the Illinois Commerce Commission. In carrying out the provisions of this Division, the corporate authorities are vested with the power to exercise the right of eminent domain. Condemnation proceedings instituted by the corporate authorities shall be in the manner provided for the exercise of the right of eminent domain under the Eminent Domain Act. No power of condemnation shall be used to acquire a site for a commercial project as defined in paragraph (c) of Section 11-74.2-2.
    Nothing in this Section shall be construed to exclude property in a final redevelopment plan from taxation.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-10

    (65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-10) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-74.2-10)
    Sec. 11-74.2-10. When the corporate authorities have acquired title to, and possession of all or any part of the real property located within a redevelopment area, they may let contracts for the demolition or removal of buildings and for the removal of any debris. The corporate authorities shall advertise for sealed bids for doing such work. The advertisement shall describe by street number or other means of identification the location of the buildings to be demolished or removed and the time and place where sealed bids for the work may be delivered to the corporate authorities. The advertisement shall be published once in a newspaper having a general circulation in the municipality 20 days prior to the date for receiving bids.
    The contract for doing the work shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder, but the corporate authorities may reject any and all bids received and readvertise for bids. Any contract entered into by the corporate authorities under this Section shall contain provisions requiring the contractor to give bond in an amount equal to 1/3 of his bid price, but in no event in excess of $25,000, conditioned for the faithful performance of the contract and requiring the contractor to furnish insurance of a character and amount to be determined by the corporate authorities protecting the corporate authorities and the municipality, its officers, agents and employees against any claims for personal injuries, including death and property damage which may be asserted because of the contract. The corporate authorities may include in any advertisement and in the contract one or more buildings, or groups of buildings, as they in their sole discretion may determine.
    Notwithstanding the foregoing, if prior authorization is granted by ordinance of the corporate authority, contracts for work on commercial projects to be financed with revenue bonds payable solely from rentals, loan repayments and other receipts to be derived from such commercial projects, whether or not secured by a mortgage, may be let by the prospective lessee without advertisement or bidding.
(Source: P.A. 81-1376.)

65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-11

    (65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-11) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-74.2-11)
    Sec. 11-74.2-11. In carrying out the provisions of a final redevelopment plan the corporate authorities may pave and improve streets in the redevelopment area, construct sidewalks and install or relocate sewers, water pipes and other similar facilities. The corporate authorities shall advertise for sealed bids for doing such work. The advertisement shall describe the nature of the work to be performed and the time when and place where sealed bids for the work may be delivered to the corporate authorities. The advertisement shall be published once in a newspaper having a general circulation in the municipality at least 20 days prior to the date for receiving bids. A contract for doing the work shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder, but the corporate authorities may reject any and all bids received and readvertise for bids. The contractor shall enter into bond in an amount equal to 1/3 of the amount of his bid conditioned for the faithful performance of the contract. The sureties on such bond and on the bond given pursuant to Section 11-74.2-10 shall be approved by the corporate authorities.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3213.)

65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-12

    (65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-12) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-74.2-12)
    Sec. 11-74.2-12. When the corporate authorities have acquired title to, and possession of any or all real property in the redevelopment area, they may convey any part of the redevelopment area to any public body having jurisdiction over schools, parks or playgrounds in the area. The property so conveyed shall be used for parks, playgrounds, schools and other public purposes as the corporate authorities may determine. The corporate authorities may charge for such conveyances whatever price they and the officials of the public bodies receiving the land may agree upon. The corporate authorities may also grant with or without charge, easements for public utilities, sewerage and other similar facilities.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3213.)

65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-13

    (65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-13) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-74.2-13)
    Sec. 11-74.2-13. No member of the corporate authority or employee of a municipality subject to this Division shall acquire any interest direct or indirect in any redevelopment area or in any property included or planned to be included in any redevelopment area. Nor shall they have any interest direct or indirect in any contract or proposed contract in connection with any such redevelopment area. If any such member or employee owns or controls an interest direct or indirect in any property included in any redevelopment area he shall disclose the same in writing to the municipality and such disclosure shall be entered upon the minute books of the municipality.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3213.)

65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-14

    (65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-14) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-74.2-14)
    Sec. 11-74.2-14. The corporate authorities may at any time transfer and sell the fee simple title, or any lesser estate that they acquired to all or any part of the real property within the redevelopment area. No such sale shall be inconsistent with the provisions of paragraph (e) of Section 11-74.2-8.
    Such sales and transfers may be made to:
    (1) Any individual, association or corporation, organized under the laws of this State or of any other State or country, which may legally make such investments in this State, including foreign and alien insurance companies, as defined in Section 2 of the "Illinois Insurance Code"; or
    (2) Any body politic and corporate, public corporation or private individual, corporation, association or interest empowered by law to acquire, develop and use such real property for such uses, public or private, as are in accordance with the final redevelopment plan.
    To provide that the real property sold by the corporate authorities is used in accordance with the final redevelopment plan, the corporate authorities shall inquire into and satisfy themselves concerning the financial ability of the purchaser to complete the redevelopment in accordance with the redevelopment plan and shall require the purchaser to execute in writing such undertakings as the corporate authorities may deem necessary to obligate the purchaser to:
    (1) Use the land for the purposes designated in the approved plan;
    (2) Commence and complete the building of the improvements or the renovation of the property within the periods of time which the corporate authorities fix as reasonable; and
    (3) Comply with such other conditions as are necessary to carry out the purposes of the final redevelopment plan.
    Any redevelopment area may be sold either as an entirety or in such parcels as the corporate authorities may select. It is not necessary that title be acquired to all real property within the redevelopment area before the sale of a part thereof may be made as provided in this Section. All real property sold shall be sold at its use value which may be less than its acquisition cost. For purposes of this Division, use value represents the value at which the corporate authorities determine that such land should be made available in order that it may be developed or redeveloped for the purposes specified in the final redevelopment plan.
(Source: P.A. 81-3.)

65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-15

    (65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-15) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-74.2-15)
    Sec. 11-74.2-15. Any real property in the redevelopment area that has not been sold, or in the case of commercial projects sold or leased, by the corporate authorities within 5 years after they have acquired title to all the real property in the area shall be sold by the corporate authorities at public sale for cash to the highest bidder who obligates himself to redevelop the property in accordance with the final redevelopment plan. Notice of the sale and of the place where the final redevelopment plan may be inspected shall be published once in a newspaper having a general circulation in the municipality in which the real property is situated at least 20 days prior to the date of the public sale. The notice shall contain a description of the real property to be sold and a general statement of the use for which such property may be developed under the redevelopment plan.
    The corporate authorities may reject the bids received if in their opinion the highest bid does not equal or exceed the use value of the land to be sold. Within 6 months after the bids have been rejected, the corporate authorities shall again advertise for sale any real property then remaining unsold. Each additional publication and offer for bids shall be subject to the same requirements and conditions as the original publication.
    Any deed executed by the corporate authorities under this Division may contain such restrictions as are required by the final redevelopment plan and necessary building and zoning ordinances. All such deeds of conveyance shall be executed in the name of the municipality by its chief executive officer, and the seal of the municipality shall be attached to the deeds.
(Source: P.A. 78-1155.)

65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-16

    (65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-16) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-74.2-16)
    Sec. 11-74.2-16. The corporate authorities are authorized and empowered to incur indebtedness and issue revenue bonds in such amounts as they deem necessary for the purpose of raising funds for carrying out the provisions of a final redevelopment plan providing for the eradication and elimination of commercial blight and conditions likely to create blight and the acquisition, development or redevelopment of commercial blight or conservation areas and any other area which may constitute a redevelopment area within the municipality or for the purpose of financing in whole or in part the cost of acquisition, construction and financing of any commercial projects. The ordinance authorizing the issuance of such revenue bonds shall specify the total amount of bonds to be issued, the form and denomination, the date they are to bear, the place at which they are payable, the date or dates of maturity which shall not be later than 40 years after date, the rate of interest which shall not exceed that permitted 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 now or hereafter amended. The ordinance shall also specify the dates on which interest is payable. Such bonds shall be sold at private or public sale at a price of not less than 97% of par. The bonds shall be executed by such officials as may be provided in the bond ordinance. The bonds may be made registerable to principal and may be made callable on any interest payment date, with or without premium, plus accrued interest after notice has been given in the manner provided in the bond ordinance. The bonds shall remain valid even though one or more of the officers executing the bonds cease to hold office before the bonds are delivered.
    The amendatory Acts of 1971, 1972 and 1973 are not a limit upon any municipality which is a home rule unit.
(Source: P.A. 82-902.)

65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-17

    (65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-17) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-74.2-17)
    Sec. 11-74.2-17. The bonds shall contain a provision that the principal and interest thereon shall be payable exclusively from the proceeds and revenues of any commercial redevelopment plan or commercial project which is financed in whole or in part with the proceeds of such bonds, together with whatever funds of the municipality from whatever source derived as are necessary to constitute a local matching cash grant-in-aid or contribution for the redevelopment plan within the meaning of any applicable federal or State law. Such bonds may be additionally secured by a pledge of any loan, grant or contribution, or parts thereof, received from the United States of America or any agency or instrumentality thereof, or any loan, grant or contribution from any other public or private body, instrumentality, corporation or individual, or any duly executed contract for such pledge, loan, grant or contribution or by the assignment of any lease obligation of any commercial concern.
    The corporate authorities executing the revenue bonds shall not be personally liable on the bonds because of their issuance. The bonds shall not be the debt of any municipality or the State, or any subdivision thereof. The bonds shall not be payable out of any funds of the municipality except those indicated in this Section.
    The bonds shall not constitute an indebtedness within the meaning of any constitutional or statutory debt limitation or restriction.
(Source: P.A. 78-1155.)

65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-18

    (65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-18) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-74.2-18)
    Sec. 11-74.2-18. The revenue bonds issued pursuant to this Division shall be sold to the highest and best bidder at not less than their par value and accrued interest. The municipality shall, from time to time as bonds are to be sold, advertise for proposals to purchase the bonds. Each such advertisement may be published in such newspapers and journals as the corporate authorities may determine but must be published at least once in a newspaper having a general circulation in the municipality at least 10 days prior to the date of the opening of the bids. The municipality may reserve the right to reject any and all bids and readvertise for bids. Revenue bonds issued solely for the purpose of financing a commercial project may, notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this Section, be sold at private sale without advertisement at not less than par and accrued interest.
    The bonds may be issued without submitting any proposition to the electorate by referendum or otherwise. Any bonds issued under this Section as limited bonds as defined in Section 3 of the Local Government Debt Reform Act shall comply with the requirements of the Bond Issue Notification Act.
(Source: P.A. 89-655, eff. 1-1-97.)

65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-19

    (65 ILCS 5/11-74.2-19) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-74.2-19)
    Sec. 11-74.2-19. In connection with the issuance of the revenue bonds authorized by this Division, and in order to secure the payment of such bonds, the corporate authorities may, subject to the powers and limitations contained in this Division, covenant and agree in the bonds, bond ordinance or resolution, or any trust agreement executed pursuant thereto, to any necessary condition, power, duty, liability or procedure for the issuance, payment, redemption, security, marketing, replacement or refinancing of such bonds, and the use, disposition or control of all or any part of the revenues realized from a commercial redevelopment plan.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3213.)

65 ILCS 5/Art. 11 Div. 74.3

 
    (65 ILCS 5/Art. 11 Div. 74.3 heading)
DIVISION 74.3. BUSINESS DISTRICT
DEVELOPMENT AND REDEVELOPMENT