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MUNICIPALITIES
(65 ILCS 5/) Illinois Municipal Code.

65 ILCS 5/11-74.6-15

    (65 ILCS 5/11-74.6-15)
    Sec. 11-74.6-15. Municipal Powers and Duties. A municipality may:
    (a) By ordinance introduced in the governing body of the municipality within 14 to 90 days from the final adjournment of the hearing specified in Section 11-74.6-22, approve redevelopment plans and redevelopment projects, and designate redevelopment planning areas and redevelopment project areas pursuant to notice and hearing required by this Act. No redevelopment planning area or redevelopment project area shall be designated unless a plan and project are approved before the designation of the area and the area shall include only those parcels of real property and improvements on those parcels substantially benefited by the proposed redevelopment project improvements. Upon adoption of the ordinances, the municipality shall forthwith transmit to the county clerk of the county or counties within which the redevelopment project area is located a certified copy of the ordinances, a legal description of the redevelopment project area, a map of the redevelopment project area, identification of the year that the county clerk shall use for determining the total initial equalized assessed value of the redevelopment project area consistent with subsection (a) of Section 11-74.6-40, and a list of the parcel or tax identification number of each parcel of property included in the redevelopment project area.
    (b) Make and enter into all contracts necessary or incidental to the implementation and furtherance of its redevelopment plan and project.
    (c) Within a redevelopment project area, acquire by purchase, donation, lease or eminent domain; own, convey, lease, mortgage or dispose of land and other property, real or personal, or rights or interests therein, and grant or acquire licenses, easements and options with respect to that property, all in the manner and at a price that the municipality determines is reasonably necessary to achieve the objectives of the redevelopment plan and project. No conveyance, lease, mortgage, disposition of land or other property owned by a municipality, or agreement relating to the development of the municipal property shall be made or executed except pursuant to prior official action of the corporate authorities of the municipality. No conveyance, lease, mortgage, or other disposition of land owned by a municipality, and no agreement relating to the development of the municipal property, shall be made without making public disclosure of the terms and the disposition of all bids and proposals submitted to the municipality in connection therewith. The procedures for obtaining the bids and proposals shall provide reasonable opportunity for any person to submit alternative proposals or bids.
    (d) Within a redevelopment project area, clear any area by demolition or removal of any existing buildings, structures, fixtures, utilities or improvements, and to clear and grade land.
    (e) Within a redevelopment project area, renovate or rehabilitate or construct any structure or building, as permitted under this Law.
    (f) Within or without a redevelopment project area, 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) Within a redevelopment project area, fix, charge and collect fees, rents and charges for the use of all or any part of any building or property owned or leased by it.
    (h) Issue obligations as provided in this Act.
    (i) Accept grants, guarantees and donations of property, labor, or other things of value from a public or private source for use within a project redevelopment area.
    (j) Acquire and construct public facilities within a redevelopment project area, as permitted under this Law.
    (k) Incur, pay or cause to be paid redevelopment project costs; provided, however, that on and after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly, no municipality shall incur redevelopment project costs (except for planning and other eligible costs authorized by municipal ordinance or resolution that are subsequently included in the redevelopment plan for the area and are incurred after the ordinance or resolution is adopted) that are not consistent with the program for accomplishing the objectives of the redevelopment plan as included in that plan and approved by the municipality until the municipality has amended the redevelopment plan as provided elsewhere in this Law. Any payments to be made by the municipality to redevelopers or other nongovernmental persons for redevelopment project costs incurred by such redeveloper or other nongovernmental person shall be made only pursuant to the prior official action of the municipality evidencing an intent to pay or cause to be paid such redevelopment project costs. A municipality is not required to obtain any right, title or interest in any real or personal property in order to pay redevelopment project costs associated with such property. The municipality shall adopt such accounting procedures as may be necessary to determine that such redevelopment project costs are properly paid.
    (l) Create a commission of not less than 5 or more than 15 persons to be appointed by the mayor or president of the municipality with the consent of the majority of the governing board of the municipality. Members of a commission appointed after the effective date of this Law shall be appointed for initial terms of 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 years, respectively, in numbers so that the terms of not more than 1/3 of all members expire in any one year. Their successors shall be appointed for a term of 5 years. The commission, subject to approval of the corporate authorities of the municipality, may exercise the powers enumerated in this Section. The commission shall also have the power to hold the public hearings required by this Act and make recommendations to the corporate authorities concerning the adoption of redevelopment plans, redevelopment projects and designation of redevelopment project areas.
    (m) Make payment in lieu of all or a portion of real property taxes due to taxing districts. If payments in lieu of all or a portion of taxes are made to taxing districts, those payments shall be made to all districts within a redevelopment project area on a basis that is proportional to the current collection of revenue which each taxing district receives from real property in the redevelopment project area.
    (n) Exercise any and all other powers necessary to effectuate the purposes of this Act.
    (o) In conjunction with other municipalities, undertake and perform redevelopment plans and projects and utilize the provisions of the Act wherever they have contiguous redevelopment project areas or they determine to adopt tax increment allocation financing with respect to a redevelopment project area that includes contiguous real property within the boundaries of the municipalities, and, by agreement between participating municipalities, to issue obligations, separately or jointly, and expend revenues received under this Act for eligible expenses anywhere within contiguous redevelopment project areas or as otherwise permitted in the Act. Two or more municipalities may designate a joint redevelopment project area under this subsection (o) for a single Industrial Park Conservation Area comprising of property within or near the boundaries of each municipality if: (i) both municipalities are located within the same Metropolitan Statistical Area, as defined by the United States Office of Management and Budget, (ii) the 4-year average unemployment rate for that Metropolitan Statistical Area was at least 11.3%, and (iii) at least one participating municipality demonstrates that it has made commitments to acquire capital assets to commence the project and that the acquisition will occur on or before December 31, 2011. The joint redevelopment project area must encompass an interstate highway exchange for access and be located, in part, adjacent to a landfill or other solid waste disposal facility.
    (p) Create an Industrial Jobs Recovery Advisory Committee of not more than 15 members to be appointed by the mayor or president of the municipality with the consent of the majority of the governing board of the municipality. The members of that Committee shall be appointed for initial terms of 1, 2, and 3 years respectively, in numbers so that the terms of not more than 1/3 of all members expire in any one year. Their successors shall be appointed for a term of 3 years. The Committee shall have none of the powers enumerated in this Section. The Committee shall serve in an advisory capacity only. The Committee may advise the governing board of the municipality and other municipal officials regarding development issues and opportunities within the redevelopment project area. The Committee may also promote and publicize development opportunities in the redevelopment project area.
    (q) If a redevelopment project has not been initiated in a redevelopment project area within 5 years after the area was designated by ordinance under subsection (a), the municipality shall adopt an ordinance repealing the area's designation as a redevelopment project area. Initiation of a redevelopment project shall be evidenced by either a signed redevelopment agreement or expenditures on eligible redevelopment project costs associated with a redevelopment project.
    (r) Within a redevelopment planning area, transfer or loan tax increment revenues from one redevelopment project area to another redevelopment project area for expenditure on eligible costs in the receiving area.
    (s) Use tax increment revenue produced in a redevelopment project area created under this Law by transferring or loaning such revenues to a redevelopment project area created under the Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment Act that is either contiguous to, or separated only by a public right of way from, the redevelopment project area that initially produced and received those revenues.
    (t) The estimated dates of completion of the redevelopment project and retirement of obligations issued to finance redevelopment project costs (including refunding bonds under Section 11-74.6-30) may not be later than December 31 of the year in which the payment to the municipal treasurer as provided in subsection (b) of Section 11-74.6-35 of this Act is to be made with respect to ad valorem taxes levied in the 35th calendar year after the year in which the ordinance approving the redevelopment project area was adopted if the ordinance was adopted on September 23, 1997 by the City of Granite City.
(Source: P.A. 99-263, eff. 8-4-15.)

65 ILCS 5/11-74.6-18

    (65 ILCS 5/11-74.6-18)
    Sec. 11-74.6-18. If any member of the corporate authority, a member of a commission established under subsection (l) of Section 11-74.6-15, or an employee or consultant of the municipality involved in the planning, analysis, preparation or administration of a redevelopment plan, or project for a redevelopment project area or proposed redevelopment project area, as defined in Section 11-74.6-10, owns or controls any interest, direct or indirect, in any property included in any redevelopment area, or proposed redevelopment area, he or she shall disclose that interest in writing to the clerk of the municipality, and shall also so disclose the dates, terms and conditions of any disposition of that interest. These disclosures shall be acknowledged by the corporate authorities and entered upon the official records and files of the corporate authorities. If an individual holds such an interest, then that individual shall refrain from any further official involvement, in regard to the redevelopment plan, project or area, from voting on any matter pertaining to that redevelopment plan, project or area, or communicating with other members, corporate authorities, commissions, employees or consultants of the municipality concerning any matter pertaining to that redevelopment plan, project or area. No member or employee shall acquire any interest, direct or indirect, in any property in a redevelopment area or proposed redevelopment area after either the individual obtains knowledge of that plan, project or area, or, after the first public notice of that plan, project or area under Section 11-74.6-25, whichever occurs first.
    For the purposes of this Section, a month-to-month leasehold interest shall not be deemed to constitute an interest in any property included in any redevelopment area or proposed redevelopment area.
(Source: P.A. 91-474, eff. 11-1-99.)

65 ILCS 5/11-74.6-20

    (65 ILCS 5/11-74.6-20)
    Sec. 11-74.6-20. If a municipality or a commission designated pursuant to subsection (l) of Section 11-74.6-15 adopts an ordinance or resolution providing for a feasibility study on the designation of an area as a redevelopment project area, a copy of the ordinance or resolution shall be sent by certified mail within a reasonable time to all taxing districts that would be affected by the designation.
    On and after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly, the ordinance or resolution shall include:
        (1) The boundaries of the area to be studied for
    
possible designation as a redevelopment project area.
        (2) The purpose or purposes of the proposed
    
redevelopment plan and project.
        (3) A general description of tax increment allocation
    
financing under this Law.
        (4) The name, phone number, and address of the
    
municipal officer who can be contacted for additional information about the proposed redevelopment project area and who should receive all comments and suggestions regarding the redevelopment of the area to be studied.
(Source: P.A. 91-474, eff. 11-1-99.)

65 ILCS 5/11-74.6-22

    (65 ILCS 5/11-74.6-22)
    Sec. 11-74.6-22. Adoption of ordinance; requirements; changes.
    (a) Before adoption of an ordinance proposing the designation of a redevelopment planning area or a redevelopment project area, or both, or approving a redevelopment plan or redevelopment project, the municipality or commission designated pursuant to subsection (l) of Section 11-74.6-15 shall fix by ordinance or resolution a time and place for public hearing. Prior to the adoption of the ordinance or resolution establishing the time and place for the public hearing, the municipality shall make available for public inspection a redevelopment plan or a report that provides in sufficient detail, the basis for the eligibility of the redevelopment project area. The report along with the name of a person to contact for further information shall be sent to the affected taxing district by certified mail within a reasonable time following the adoption of the ordinance or resolution establishing the time and place for the public hearing.
    At the public hearing any interested person or affected taxing district may file with the municipal clerk written objections to the ordinance and may be heard orally on any issues that are the subject of the hearing. The municipality shall hear and determine all alternate proposals or bids for any proposed conveyance, lease, mortgage or other disposition of land and all protests and objections at the hearing and the hearing may be adjourned to another date without further notice other than a motion to be entered upon the minutes fixing the time and place of the later hearing. At the public hearing or at any time prior to the adoption by the municipality of an ordinance approving a redevelopment plan, the municipality may make changes in the redevelopment plan. Changes which (1) add additional parcels of property to the proposed redevelopment project area, (2) substantially affect the general land uses proposed in the redevelopment plan, or (3) substantially change the nature of or extend the life of the redevelopment project shall be made only after the municipality gives notice, convenes a joint review board, and conducts a public hearing pursuant to the procedures set forth in this Section and in Section 11-74.6-25. Changes which do not (1) add additional parcels of property to the proposed redevelopment project area, (2) substantially affect the general land uses proposed in the redevelopment plan, or (3) substantially change the nature of or extend the life of the redevelopment project may be made without further hearing, provided that the municipality shall give notice of any such changes by mail to each affected taxing district and by publication once in a newspaper of general circulation within the affected taxing district. Such notice by mail and by publication shall each occur not later than 10 days following the adoption by ordinance of such changes.
    (b) Before adoption of an ordinance proposing the designation of a redevelopment planning area or a redevelopment project area, or both, or amending the boundaries of an existing redevelopment project area or redevelopment planning area, or both, the municipality shall convene a joint review board to consider the proposal. The board shall consist of a representative selected by each taxing district that has authority to levy real property taxes on the property within the proposed redevelopment project area and that has at least 5% of its total equalized assessed value located within the proposed redevelopment project area, a representative selected by the municipality and a public member. The public member and the board's chairperson shall be selected by a majority of other board members.
    All board members shall be appointed and the first board meeting held within 14 days following the notice by the municipality to all the taxing districts as required by subsection (c) of Section 11-74.6-25. The notice shall also advise the taxing bodies represented on the joint review board of the time and place of the first meeting of the board. Additional meetings of the board shall be held upon the call of any 2 members. The municipality seeking designation of the redevelopment project area may provide administrative support to the board.
    The board shall review the public record, planning documents and proposed ordinances approving the redevelopment plan and project to be adopted by the municipality. As part of its deliberations, the board may hold additional hearings on the proposal. A board's recommendation, if any, shall be a written recommendation adopted by a majority vote of the board and submitted to the municipality within 30 days after the board convenes. A board's recommendation shall be binding upon the municipality. Failure of the board to submit its recommendation on a timely basis shall not be cause to delay the public hearing or the process of establishing or amending the redevelopment project area. The board's recommendation on the proposal shall be based upon the area satisfying the applicable eligibility criteria defined in Section 11-74.6-10 and whether there is a basis for the municipal findings set forth in the redevelopment plan as required by this Act. If the board does not file a recommendation it shall be presumed that the board has found that the redevelopment project area satisfies the eligibility criteria.
    (c) After a municipality has by ordinance approved a redevelopment plan and designated a redevelopment planning area or a redevelopment project area, or both, the plan may be amended and additional properties may be added to the redevelopment project area only as herein provided. Amendments which (1) add additional parcels of property to the proposed redevelopment project area, (2) substantially affect the general land uses proposed in the redevelopment plan, (3) substantially change the nature of the redevelopment project, (4) increase the total estimated redevelopment project costs set out in the redevelopment plan by more than 5% after adjustment for inflation from the date the plan was adopted, or (5) add additional redevelopment project costs to the itemized list of redevelopment project costs set out in the redevelopment plan shall be made only after the municipality gives notice, convenes a joint review board, and conducts a public hearing pursuant to the procedures set forth in this Section and in Section 11-74.6-25. Changes which do not (1) add additional parcels of property to the proposed redevelopment project area, (2) substantially affect the general land uses proposed in the redevelopment plan, (3) substantially change the nature of the redevelopment project, (4) increase the total estimated redevelopment project cost set out in the redevelopment plan by more than 5% after adjustment for inflation from the date the plan was adopted, or (5) add additional redevelopment project costs to the itemized list of redevelopment project costs set out in the redevelopment plan may be made without further hearing, provided that the municipality shall give notice of any such changes by mail to each affected taxing district and by publication once in a newspaper of general circulation within the affected taxing district. Such notice by mail and by publication shall each occur not later than 10 days following the adoption by ordinance of such changes.
    Notwithstanding Section 11-74.6-50, the redevelopment project area established by an ordinance adopted in its final form on December 19, 2011 by the City of Loves Park may be expanded by the adoption of an ordinance to that effect without further hearing or notice to include land that (i) is at least in part contiguous to the existing redevelopment project area, (ii) does not exceed approximately 16.56 acres, (iii) at the time of the establishment of the redevelopment project area would have been otherwise eligible for inclusion in the redevelopment project area, and (iv) is zoned so as to comply with this Act prior to its inclusion in the redevelopment project area.
    (d) After the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly, a municipality shall submit the following information for each redevelopment project area (i) to the State Comptroller under Section 8-8-3.5 of the Illinois Municipal Code, subject to any extensions or exemptions provided at the Comptroller's discretion under that Section, and (ii) to all taxing districts overlapping the redevelopment project area no later than 180 days after the close of each municipal fiscal year or as soon thereafter as the audited financial statements become available and, in any case, shall be submitted before the annual meeting of the joint review board to each of the taxing districts that overlap the redevelopment project area:
        (1) Any amendments to the redevelopment plan, or the
    
redevelopment project area.
        (1.5) A list of the redevelopment project areas
    
administered by the municipality and, if applicable, the date each redevelopment project area was designated or terminated by the municipality.
        (2) Audited financial statements of the special tax
    
allocation fund once a cumulative total of $100,000 of tax increment revenues has been deposited in the fund.
        (3) Certification of the Chief Executive Officer of
    
the municipality that the municipality has complied with all of the requirements of this Act during the preceding fiscal year.
        (4) An opinion of legal counsel that the municipality
    
is in compliance with this Act.
        (5) An analysis of the special tax allocation fund
    
which sets forth:
            (A) the balance in the special tax allocation
        
fund at the beginning of the fiscal year;
            (B) all amounts deposited in the special tax
        
allocation fund by source;
            (C) an itemized list of all expenditures from the
        
special tax allocation fund by category of permissible redevelopment project cost; and
            (D) the balance in the special tax allocation
        
fund at the end of the fiscal year including a breakdown of that balance by source and a breakdown of that balance identifying any portion of the balance that is required, pledged, earmarked, or otherwise designated for payment of or securing of obligations and anticipated redevelopment project costs. Any portion of such ending balance that has not been identified or is not identified as being required, pledged, earmarked, or otherwise designated for payment of or securing of obligations or anticipated redevelopment project costs shall be designated as surplus as set forth in Section 11-74.6-30 hereof.
        (6) A description of all property purchased by the
    
municipality within the redevelopment project area including:
            (A) Street address.
            (B) Approximate size or description of property.
            (C) Purchase price.
            (D) Seller of property.
        (7) A statement setting forth all activities
    
undertaken in furtherance of the objectives of the redevelopment plan, including:
            (A) Any project implemented in the preceding
        
fiscal year.
            (B) A description of the redevelopment activities
        
undertaken.
            (C) A description of any agreements entered into
        
by the municipality with regard to the disposition or redevelopment of any property within the redevelopment project area.
            (D) Additional information on the use of all
        
funds received under this Division and steps taken by the municipality to achieve the objectives of the redevelopment plan.
            (E) Information regarding contracts that the
        
municipality's tax increment advisors or consultants have entered into with entities or persons that have received, or are receiving, payments financed by tax increment revenues produced by the same redevelopment project area.
            (F) Any reports submitted to the municipality by
        
the joint review board.
            (G) A review of public and, to the extent
        
possible, private investment actually undertaken to date after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly and estimated to be undertaken during the following year. This review shall, on a project-by-project basis, set forth the estimated amounts of public and private investment incurred after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly and provide the ratio of private investment to public investment to the date of the report and as estimated to the completion of the redevelopment project.
        (8) With regard to any obligations issued by the
    
municipality:
            (A) copies of any official statements; and
            (B) an analysis prepared by financial advisor or
        
underwriter setting forth: (i) nature and term of obligation; and (ii) projected debt service including required reserves and debt coverage.
        (9) For special tax allocation funds that have
    
received cumulative deposits of incremental tax revenues of $100,000 or more, a certified audit report reviewing compliance with this Act performed by an independent public accountant certified and licensed by the authority of the State of Illinois. The financial portion of the audit must be conducted in accordance with Standards for Audits of Governmental Organizations, Programs, Activities, and Functions adopted by the Comptroller General of the United States (1981), as amended, or the standards specified by Section 8-8-5 of the Illinois Municipal Auditing Law of the Illinois Municipal Code. The audit report shall contain a letter from the independent certified public accountant indicating compliance or noncompliance with the requirements of subsection (o) of Section 11-74.6-10.
    (e) The joint review board shall meet annually 180 days after the close of the municipal fiscal year or as soon as the redevelopment project audit for that fiscal year becomes available to review the effectiveness and status of the redevelopment project area up to that date.
(Source: P.A. 98-922, eff. 8-15-14; 99-792, eff. 8-12-16.)

65 ILCS 5/11-74.6-25

    (65 ILCS 5/11-74.6-25)
    Sec. 11-74.6-25. Notice of public hearing.
    (a) Except as provided in this Section, notice of the public hearing shall be given by publication and mailing. Notice by publication shall be given by publication at least twice, the first publication to be not more than 30 or less than 10 days prior to the hearing, in a newspaper of general circulation within the taxing districts levying taxes on real property in the proposed redevelopment project area. Notice by mailing shall be given by certified mail in the United States Postal Service to each person or persons in whose name the general taxes for the last preceding year were paid on each lot, block, tract, or parcel of land lying within the project redevelopment area. The notice shall be mailed not less than 10 days before the date set for the public hearing. If taxes were not paid in the last preceding year, the notice shall also be sent to the person or persons most recently listed as the owner of the real property in the office of the assessing official in whose jurisdiction the property is situated.
    (b) The notices issued under this Section shall include the following:
        (1) the time and place of public hearing;
        (2) the boundaries of the proposed redevelopment
    
project area by legal description and by street location when possible;
        (3) a notification that all interested persons will
    
be given an opportunity to be heard at the public hearing;
        (4) an invitation for any person to submit
    
alternative proposals or bids for any proposed conveyance, lease, mortgage or other disposition of land within the proposed redevelopment project area;
        (5) a description of the redevelopment plan or
    
redevelopment project for the proposed redevelopment project area if a plan or project is the subject matter of the hearing; and
        (6) other matters the municipality may deem
    
appropriate.
    (c) Not less than 45 days before the date set for hearing, the municipality shall give notice by mail as provided in subsection (a) to all taxing districts that levy taxes on real property included in the redevelopment project area, and to the Department, and in addition to the other requirements provided in subsection (b), the notice shall also include a request that the Department and each affected taxing district submit comments to the municipality concerning the subject matter of the hearing before the date of hearing.
(Source: P.A. 88-537.)