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MUNICIPALITIES
(65 ILCS 5/) Illinois Municipal Code.

65 ILCS 5/9-2-133

    (65 ILCS 5/9-2-133) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-2-133)
    Sec. 9-2-133. When any municipality provides by ordinance for the construction of a waterworks system, any portion of the cost of which is to be paid by special assessment and a direct annual tax is authorized by a vote as provided in Section 9-2-38, in order to secure the payment of the cost of that construction, the contractor and holders of the bonds that may be issued in payment of that cost, in the manner provided in this Division 2, shall have a lien upon the waterworks system, and upon the income to be derived from its operation, to secure the payment of the amounts due them respectively. This lien shall be to the fullest extent that the municipality may be authorized by law to create. Upon a request in writing of the contractor for the construction of such a waterworks system, or of the holders of a majority in amount of the specified bonds, the municipality shall convey by a deed of trust in the nature of a mortgage the waterworks system so to be constructed, and all the property, both real and personal, pertaining thereto. Such a deed of trust shall secure the payment of the assessment for public benefit or of the bonds as the contractor or holders of the bonds may elect. The trustees in such a deed of trust shall be selected by the contractor or the holders of a majority in amount of such bonds. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any city having a population of 500,000 or more.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-2-134

    (65 ILCS 5/9-2-134) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-2-134)
    Sec. 9-2-134. The entire proceeds arising from the operation of such waterworks system shall be paid into the municipal treasury and shall be kept in a separate fund to be known as the "waterworks fund." After the payment therefrom of the necessary running and operating expenses of the waterworks system, the balance from time to time shall be credited by the municipal treasurer upon the assessment levied against the municipality for public benefits and the respective installments thereof, and shall be applied toward the payment of the cost of the waterworks system in the manner provided by this Division 2. Until the bonds so issued to pay the cost of the construction of the waterworks system and the interest thereon have been fully paid, the municipal treasurer shall not pay any warrant drawn on the "waterworks fund" for any other purpose except for the payment of the necessary operating expenses of the waterworks system.
    In case such a waterworks system is used and operated to supply water for any existing distributing system, the entire proceeds derived from the operation of the waterworks system and the distributing system so supplied with water shall be apportioned and divided in proportion to the original cost of the distributing system, and the cost of the waterworks system. These costs shall be determined by the municipal clerk. The portion of such income that is so determined to arise from the operation of the waterworks system shall be paid to the municipal treasurer and placed in the "waterworks fund" and used only in the manner specified in this section. The provision of this section shall not apply to any city having a population of 500,000 or more.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-2-135

    (65 ILCS 5/9-2-135) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-2-135)
    Sec. 9-2-135. No person accepting the vouchers or bonds as provided in this Division 2 shall have any claim or lien upon the municipality in any event for the payment of his vouchers or bonds or the interest thereon, except from the collection of the assessment against which the vouchers or bonds are issued. The municipality, nevertheless, shall not be in any way liable to the holders of these vouchers or bonds in case of a failure to collect the assessment, but with all reasonable diligence, so far as it can legally do so, it shall cause a valid special assessment or a special tax, as the case may be, to be levied and collected, to pay these bonds and vouchers, until all bonds and vouchers are fully paid. Any holder of vouchers or bonds, or his assigns, shall be entitled to summary relief by way of mandamus or injunction to enforce the provisions of this section.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-2-136

    (65 ILCS 5/9-2-136) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-2-136)
    Sec. 9-2-136. From time to time, as the work under any contract for such an improvement progresses, upon certificates by the board of local improvements, or by some officer designated by the board for that purpose, payments may be made either in money, vouchers, or bonds, as provided in this Division 2, to apply upon the contract price, reserving, however, a sufficient amount upon each of the payments to properly secure, in the judgment of the board, the faithful performance of the contract. This reserve shall be paid over at such time and on such conditions as the board shall fix, after the specified work has been completed or accepted.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-2-137

    (65 ILCS 5/9-2-137) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-2-137)
    Sec. 9-2-137. The board of local improvements before the crediting of the excess as provided for in Section 9-2-114, shall estimate an amount deemed sufficient to make up any probable deficiency of interest, in the event that from any cause, collections of interest may prove insufficient to meet the interest to be paid on the bonds until they mature as hereinbefore provided. This estimated amount shall be deducted out of the installments as an item of expense before crediting rebates of excess as directed in this Division 2 and shall be used for no other purpose than to make up such a deficiency until the bonds are fully paid, both principal and interest. Any balance remaining of this estimated amount after the principal and interest of the bonds are fully paid may be used to reimburse the corporate fund for any advances made from this fund on account of costs of the special assessment or special tax or other expenses of the improvement for which the special assessment or special tax is levied.
    However, in municipalities having a population of 500,000 or more, no deduction of this estimated amount out of the installments shall be made where the ordinance providing for the assessment provided that a certain sum not to exceed 5% of the amount of that special assessment or special tax shall be applied as provided in Sections 9-2-138 and 9-2-139, or in case such a municipality, at any time before the crediting of such excess, shall annually appropriate or set aside a fund sufficient in amount to meet all estimated deficiencies in interest which may arise during the year for which the fund is provided.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-2-138

    (65 ILCS 5/9-2-138) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-2-138)
    Sec. 9-2-138. If, after final settlement with the contractor for any improvement and after full payment of all vouchers or bonds except those bonds and interest coupons not presented for payment, although called and for which funds are available and reserved, within the period of time specified in Section 9-1-5, issued on account of that improvement, there is any surplus remaining in the special assessment or special tax above the specified payments and above the amount necessary for the payment of interest on those vouchers or bonds, such surplus shall be applied to reimbursing the public benefit fund for any amounts paid from such fund on account of the improvement. If, after the public benefit fund has been reimbursed, a surplus still remains, the proper authorities of the municipality shall declare at once a rebate upon each lot, block, tract, or parcel of land assessed, of its pro rata proportion of that surplus. Such rebate shall be paid to the owner of record of each such lot, block, tract, or parcel at the time of the declaration of the rebate. Should any additional funds be collected after the original rebate is declared, the municipality shall not be required to declare a supplemental rebate for 5 years from the date the original rebate is declared. The municipality may deduct for its cost and expenses for declaring and making any rebate not more than 5% of the amount declared to be rebated. The board of local improvements shall keep and exhibit publicly in its office, an index of all warrants upon which rebates are due and payable and upon proper proof, the warrants shall be repaid to the persons entitled thereto.
    However, whenever any municipality having a population of 500,000 or more has appropriated or set aside a fund sufficient in amount to meet all estimated deficiencies in interest, cost of making, levying, and collecting a special assessment or special tax, and of letting and executing contracts, advertising, clerical hire, engineering and inspection, court costs and fees of commissioners in condemnation proceedings incurred in such a proceeding and has provided, in the ordinance providing for the assessment, that a certain sum not to exceed 5% of the amount of the assessment or special tax shall be applied toward the payment of the specified and other costs of making and collecting the assessment, the money collected in the fund created by this 5% so added as hereinbefore authorized shall be used to pay all deficiency in interest in the warrant, and the balance shall be used to reimburse the corporate funds for advances made from the corporate funds on account of costs of the special assessment or special tax or other expenses of the improvement for which the special assessment or special tax was levied.
(Source: Laws 1965, p. 2969.)

65 ILCS 5/9-2-139

    (65 ILCS 5/9-2-139) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-2-139)
    Sec. 9-2-139. The costs and expenses of maintaining the board of local improvements, for paying salaries of the members of the board, and the expense of making and levying special assessments or special taxes and of letting and executing contracts, and also the entire cost and expense attending the making and return of the assessment rolls and the necessary estimates, examinations, advertisements, and like matters, connected with the proceedings provided for in this Division 2, including the court costs and the fees to commissioners in condemnation proceedings, which are to be taxed as provided in this Division 2, shall be paid by the municipality out of its general corporate fund.
    However, in municipalities having a population of less than 500,000, the municipality, in the ordinance providing for the prescribed assessment, may provide that a certain sum, not to exceed 6% of the amount of this assessment, shall be applied toward the payment of the specified and other costs of making and collecting this assessment. In municipalities having a population of less than 500,000, the estimate of cost of the improvement may also provide an item setting forth a reserve for deficiency in interest not to exceed 6% of the amount of the assessment.
    The limitation in the preceding paragraph shall not apply to the costs of engineering and inspection connected with any local improvement, but these costs in municipalities having a population of less than 500,000 may be included in the cost of the improvement to be defrayed by special assessment or special tax.
    In municipalities having a population of 500,000 or more, the municipality, in the ordinance providing for the prescribed assessment, may provide that a certain sum not to exceed 5% of the amount of this assessment, as finally determined after the completion of the improvement in accordance with Sections 9-2-114 through 9-2-116, shall be applied (but only by way of reimbursement of the general corporate fund as hereinafter in this Section provided) toward the payment of the cost of making, levying, and collecting the special assessment or special tax, and of letting and executing contracts, advertising, clerical hire, engineering and inspection, court costs and fees of commissioners in condemnation proceedings incurred in the proceeding and deficiency in interest in the matter of the special assessment or special tax. If the part of the assessment levied on account of the expenses specified in this paragraph, exceeds 5% of the entire assessment as finally determined in accordance with Sections 9-2-114 through 9-2-116, but does not exceed 5% of the assessment as originally levied and filed in court, that excess shall not constitute any objection to a judgment of confirmation of the assessment. But no larger sum on account of the expenses specified in this paragraph than 5% of the assessment as finally determined in accordance with Sections 9-2-114 through 9-2-116, shall be treated as a part of the cost of the improvement to be certified by the board of local improvements in accordance with Sections 9-2-114 through 9-2-116, and if the part of the assessment originally levied on account of the expenses specified in this paragraph exceeds 5% of the entire assessment as finally determined in accordance with that Section, any such excess shall be treated as a part of the excess to be abated in accordance with the provisions of Sections 9-2-114 through 9-2-116.
    Such a deficiency in interest, if any, shall be first paid out of the fund so created by this 5% so added as in this Section authorized. The application of this fund toward the payment of the expenses specified in the preceding paragraph shall be only by paying over and transferring the balance of the fund after the payment of such a deficiency in interest, to the general corporate fund of the municipality for reimbursement for expenses of the improvement for which the assessment is levied, theretofore paid out of that general corporate fund.
(Source: P.A. 76-758.)

65 ILCS 5/9-2-140

    (65 ILCS 5/9-2-140) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-2-140)
    Sec. 9-2-140. Appeals from final judgments or orders of any court made in the proceedings provided for by this Division 2, may be taken in the manner provided in other civil cases, by the municipality or by any of the owners or parties interested in land taken, damaged, or assessed therein. However, no appeal may be taken after 30 days from the entry of the final judgement or order. Such an appeal may be prosecuted jointly, and upon a joint bond, or severally, and upon several bonds, as may be specified in the order fixing the amount and terms of such bonds.
(Source: P.A. 76-1407.)

65 ILCS 5/9-2-141

    (65 ILCS 5/9-2-141) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-2-141)
    Sec. 9-2-141. After the expiration of the 30 day period allowed for filing a notice of appeal under this Division 2, an appeal from any such judgment may be filed in the manner provided in other civil cases on petition or application of owners or parties interested in the property affected thereby, as shown by the record, at any time after the disposition of the last remaining objections to the confirmation, if any, prior to the first day of June following the entry of the judgment.
    However, if the warrant for collection as to any parcel is not certified for collection so that an application for judgment of sale may be made in the year following the entry of the judgment, leave to appeal as to that parcel, on application, may be granted by the reviewing court within the period of one year after the entry of the judgment.
    In every case there shall be filed with the clerk of the reviewing court, with the application for leave to appeal, an affidavit by the appellant or his agent setting forth the time when the warrant for collection, as to the property, was so certified, and further setting forth that the person to whom the notice of the filing of assessment roll as to the property, as shown by the record, did not receive the notice, or otherwise learn of the pendency of the proceedings for the confirmation of the assessment until less than 10 days before the entry of default against his property in the court below. In all such cases the notice of appeal shall contain a statement that it is filed pursuant to leave granted by the reviewing court under authority of this Division 2 and the notice of appeal shall be filed and served on or before the dates hereinabove fixed.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3762.)

65 ILCS 5/9-2-142

    (65 ILCS 5/9-2-142) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-2-142)
    Sec. 9-2-142. Any municipality, not already controlled by this Division 2, if it so determines by ordinance, may adopt the provisions of this Division 2, and where it has so adopted this Division 2, it has the right to take all the proceedings provided for and to have the benefit of all the provisions of this Division 2.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-2-143

    (65 ILCS 5/9-2-143) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-2-143)
    Sec. 9-2-143. Whenever, immediately prior to January 1, 1942, authority of law existed in corporate authorities to levy special assessments or special taxes for local improvements, and for that purpose to use the proceedings provided by Article 9 of an act entitled "An Act to provide for the incorporation of cities and villages," approved April 10, 1872, as amended, or by "An Act concerning local improvements," approved June 14, 1897, as amended, such corporate authorities are authorized to make use of the provisions of this Division 2 for the purpose, with the same effect, and to the same extent as heretofore authorized to use the provisions of either mentioned act. Any such corporate authorities as may be on and after January 1, 1942, authorized by law to levy such special assessments or special taxes, whether otherwise expressly authorized thereto or not, may make use of the provisions of this Division 2 in like manner.
    If, in any such case, a board of local improvements, as required in this Division 2, does not exist, the corporate authorities shall take such steps for a public hearing, on the subject of the proposed improvement, to be paid for by special assessment or special taxation, as are required in this Division 2 of the board of local improvements, and they shall act as such a board in the manner provided in this Division 2, as nearly as may be, both in originating the improvement and in executing the work and making payment therefor.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-2-144

    (65 ILCS 5/9-2-144) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-2-144)
    Sec. 9-2-144. The laws subsisting immediately prior to January 1, 1942, the time of the taking effect of this Division 2, shall continue to apply to all proceedings for the condemnation of land, or the confirmation of special assessment or special taxes for local improvements, which were pending in any court in this state at the time of the taking effect of this Division 2, and to all proceedings for the collection of any deficiency under past levies already made under any law existing at the time of the taking effect of this Division 2, and also to all proceedings for new assessments made in lieu of others annulled before this Division 2 took effect, by order of some court.
    Whenever any installment of an assessment confirmed under prior acts matures, proceedings to return the installment delinquent, and to collect the installment shall conform to the provisions of this Division 2.
    Whenever any bond issued under "An Act concerning local improvements," approved June 14, 1897, as amended, matures, proceedings to refund or enforce its payment shall conform to the provisions of this Division 2, so far as they are applicable.
    Nothing in this Division 2 shall be construed to repeal any of the laws relating to civil service, and nothing in this Division 2 shall be construed to repeal or modify any of the rules of the civil service commission of the city of Chicago adopted pursuant to the civil service laws, and nothing in this Division 2 shall be construed to repeal Division 84 of Article 11.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/Art. 9 Div. 3

 
    (65 ILCS 5/Art. 9 Div. 3 heading)
DIVISION 3. PROCEDURES FOR SPECIFIED
LOCAL IMPROVEMENTS

65 ILCS 5/9-3-1

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-1) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-1)
    Sec. 9-3-1. Any municipality may make a local improvement whenever the public necessity requires such improvement, subject only to the limitations prescribed in this Division 3. This Division 3 shall not be construed as repealing any other laws with respect to local improvements, but shall be considered as an additional grant of power for the purposes herein set out. Any number of streets, avenues, lanes or alleys, or any other public places, or parts thereof, to be improved may be included in one proceeding (even though they may be intersected by previously improved streets, avenues, roads or alleys which are not included in the proceeding) where they are contiguous or part of a connected system with reciprocal benefits.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-2

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-2) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-2)
    Sec. 9-3-2. In this Division 3, the following terms have the meaning ascribed to them unless the context indicates otherwise:
    "Municipality" means any city, village, or incorporated town.
    "Attorney" means the attorney employed by the municipality to furnish the necessary legal services in connection with any local improvement to be constructed under this Division 3.
    "Engineer" means the engineer employed by the municipality to prepare the necessary plans, estimates, and specifications, and supervise construction of any local improvement to be constructed under this Division 3.
    "Assessed valuation" means the value of the property as shown on the tax collectors' record for the last year in which taxes were levied.
    "Assessor" or "assessing officer" means the county or township official who performs the duties of assessor.
    "Committee on local improvements" means the committee created pursuant to Section 9-3-3 consisting of the presiding officer of the corporate authorities of the municipality and an attorney and an engineer.
    "Local improvements" means and includes the improving, widening or extending of any street, avenue, lane, alley or other public place by grading, paving, repaving, resurfacing, and constructing curbs, gutters, storm sewers, sanitary sewers, water mains, walks, gas mains, street lights and all necessary appurtenances thereto and otherwise improving the same, or repairing of curbs, gutters, storm sewers, sanitary sewers, water mains, walks, gas mains, street lights and all necessary appurtenances thereto and otherwise improving the same.
    "Prime Commercial Rate" means such prime rate as from time to time is publicly announced by the largest commercial banking institution located in this State, measured in terms of total assets.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-3

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-3) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-3)
    Sec. 9-3-3. Whenever the corporate authorities of any municipality deem it necessary to undertake any local improvement, within the corporate limits, a resolution shall be adopted describing the public property to be so improved. Such resolution shall also establish a committee on local improvements consisting of the presiding officer of the corporate authorities, an attorney and an engineer. Such resolution shall direct the committee on local improvements to proceed in the preparation of plans, specifications, estimate of cost, and an ordinance for the improvement. Proceedings to make a local improvement also may be instituted whenever the owners of more than one-half of the property abutting on any street, avenue, lane, alley or other public place, or portion thereof, petition the corporate authorities of any municipality to make any local improvement within the corporate limits. If such petition is presented the corporate authorities shall adopt a resolution describing the public property to be so improved and directing the committee on local improvements, consisting of the same membership as described above in this section, to proceed in the preparation of plans, specifications, estimate of cost and an ordinance for the improvement.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-4

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-4) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-4)
    Sec. 9-3-4. The corporate authorities of any municipality may contract for the services of an attorney and an engineer, who shall be members of the committee on local improvements, to prepare the necessary plans, plats, profiles, estimates, specifications, and all other details for any of such improvement. The engineer may be any person registered to practice engineering in the State of Illinois. Such municipality shall provide for the payment for services of the attorney and engineer either from the assessments to be levied against the property benefited to pay the cost of such improvement, or from its general funds, or from the motor fuel tax fund, or from State or Federal funds allocated to the municipality, or from any other available public or private fund, or from any combination of the foregoing sources of funds.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-5

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-5) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-5)
    Sec. 9-3-5. Upon the adoption of a resolution determining to make the improvement by the corporate authorities, the committee on local improvements shall proceed with the preparation of plans, specifications and estimate of cost of the improvement. Upon completion, the plans, specifications and estimate of cost, shall be filed in the office of the recording officer of such municipality. The plans and specifications shall be in sufficient detail to enable a competent engineer to direct construction thereof, and in sufficient detail to advise any person interested of the general nature, character and type of the improvement. The estimate of cost shall set forth in one item the estimated amount to be paid the contractor. A second item shall include the cost of making and collecting the assessment, engineering inspection, attorneys' fees and other costs, which second item shall in no event exceed 12% of the estimated contract price as set out in the first item above mentioned. The plans, specifications and estimate of cost shall be accompanied by:
    (1) A certificate executed by the members of the committee on local improvements setting forth the boundaries of the area probably benefited by such improvement. The establishment of the boundaries of the area probably benefited shall have no relation to the levy of an assessment against property benefited. Such boundaries are to be used merely for the determination of an area in which protests may be filed against the construction of the improvement. Assessments shall be levied against all property benefited regardless of whether or not such property is located within the boundaries of the area;
    (2) A certificate executed by the County Clerk setting forth the lots, tracts and parcels of real estate that have been forfeited for delinquent taxes either for general taxes or special taxes, or both, within the boundaries of the area as set forth in the certificate required by subdivision (1) of this section;
    (3) A certificate executed by the assessing officer of the county to show the assessed valuation of each lot, tract and parcel of real estate located within the boundaries of the area set forth in the certificate required under subdivision (1) of this section;
    (4) A certificate executed by any officer of the municipality setting forth the names and addresses of all persons owning lots, tracts and parcels of real estate within the boundaries of the area probably benefited by such improvement as shown on the tax collector's records for the last year in which taxes were levied.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-6

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-6) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-6)
    Sec. 9-3-6. After the filing of the plans, specifications and estimate of cost, as provided in Section 9-3-5, the corporate authorities shall, by resolution, set a day and hour for a public hearing upon the proposed improvement which shall not be less than 10 days after the filing of the plans, specifications and estimate of cost. Notice of the time and place of the public hearing shall be sent by mail directed to the person who paid the general taxes for the last preceding year on each lot, tract and parcel of real estate within the boundaries of the area probably benefited, not less than 5 days prior to the date set for the public hearing. The notice in addition to the time, date and place of the public hearing shall contain a general description of the proposed improvement including the estimated cost and a statement that the plans and specifications are on file with the recording officer of the municipality for public inspection.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-7

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-7) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-7)
    Sec. 9-3-7. At the time and place fixed for the public hearing, the corporate authorities shall meet and hear anyone desiring to be heard upon the subject of the proposed improvement. In case any person objects to the proposed improvement or any of the elements thereof, the corporate authorities shall adopt a new resolution abandoning the proposed scheme or adhering thereto, or changing, altering, or modifying the extent, nature, kind or character, without a further public hearing thereon, as it considers most desirable. Thereupon, if the proposed improvement is not abandoned, the committee on local improvements shall change or amend the plans, specifications and estimate of cost if it deems it necessary and prepare an ordinance authorizing and directing the improvement to be made.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-8

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-8) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-8)
    Sec. 9-3-8. After the public hearing has been held as provided in Section 9-3-7, and after the plans, specifications and estimate of cost have been filed in the office of the recording officer of the municipality, the corporate authorities shall by resolution, set a date for consideration and passage of the ordinance, and direct that notice be given by posting or publication of the date set for consideration of said ordinance. Such notice, if posted, shall be posted in not less than 3 public places in such municipality not less than 10 days prior to the date set for such consideration. If published such notice shall be published at least once in a newspaper published and of general circulation in the municipality, if there be such a newspaper, not less than 10 days prior to the date set for the consideration of the ordinance. If no newspaper of general circulation is published within the municipality then no publication shall be necessary and notice given by posting will be sufficient. Such notice by posting or by publication shall describe generally the improvement proposed to be made, set the boundaries of the area probably benefited, and provide that the owners of record of real estate within the area may at any time, prior to the date set for consideration of the ordinance authorizing the improvement, protest in writing against the construction of such improvement. If the owners of record of 70% or more of the area of the real estate located within the area described as probably benefited, file a written protest in the office of the recording officer (to be designated in the posting or publication) prior to the date set for consideration of the ordinance authorizing the improvement, then the corporate authorities of such municipality shall not pass the ordinance, and the improvement shall not again be initiated for a period of 6 months.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-9

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-9) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-9)
    Sec. 9-3-9. On the date set for consideration and passage of the ordinance, the corporate authorities shall convene, consider the ordinance, examine the certificates submitted with the ordinance in relation to the area benefited and consider all protests that have been filed against the construction of the improvement. The corporate authorities before adoption of the ordinance shall consider the forfeitures and the valuations shown in the certificates of the respective lots, tracts and parcels of real estate within the boundaries of the area probably benefited. If lots, tracts and parcels of real estate representing 25% or more of such value as shown in the certificate in sub-section (3) of Section 9-3-5 of the lots, tracts and parcels of real estate within the boundaries of the area probably benefited have been forfeited to the State for the non-payment of taxes, either general taxes or special assessments, or both, then the corporate authorities shall not adopt the ordinance and shall proceed no further with the improvement and the same improvement shall not again be initiated for a period of one year. Further, if 50% or more in number of the lots, tracts and parcels of real estate within the above described boundaries represent vacant property and the owners of 50% or more in number of the lots, tracts and parcels, of real estate file written objections, the corporate authorities shall proceed no further with the improvement and the same improvement shall not again be initiated for a period of one year, or if the estimated cost of the improvement exceeds the assessed full, fair cash value of the real estate located within the boundaries of the district probably benefited, as shown by the county assessor's certificate, then the corporate authorities shall proceed no further with the improvement and the same improvement shall not be again initiated for a period of one year. If, however, there is less than 25% of the real estate within the area forfeited for non-payment of general taxes or special assessments, or both, and there are less than 50% in number of the lots, tracts and parcels of real estate within the area vacant, or if 50% or more in number of the lots, tracts and parcels of real estate within said area are vacant but the owners of less than 50% of the lots, tracts and parcels of real estate file objections, and the total estimated cost of the improvement does not exceed the assessed full, fair cash value of the real estate located within the area designated as probably benefited, then the corporate authorities shall be authorized to proceed with the improvement and adopt the ordinance authorizing and directing the construction thereof.
    The corporate authorities shall adjourn from time to time for consideration of the passage of the ordinance, but not for longer than a period of 90 days from the date set for hearing thereon. If within 90 days after the date set for the hearing and consideration of the ordinance such ordinance is not passed, then such ordinance shall not be passed unless the improvement is again initiated and a new date set for hearing and consideration of the ordinance and notice of the date published and posted as provided in this Division 3.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-10

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-10) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-10)
    Sec. 9-3-10. The ordinance authorizing and directing the construction of any local improvement shall describe generally the nature and character of the improvement and refer to plans, specifications and estimate of cost thereof on file in the office of the recording officer of the municipality. It shall not be necessary that the ordinance set forth in detail the proposed improvement to be made.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-11

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-11) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-11)
    Sec. 9-3-11. Any local improvement ordinance passed by the corporate authorities shall be published one time in a newspaper published and of general circulation in such municipality, if there be one, and if there be no such newspaper, then such ordinance shall be posted in not less than 3 public places in such municipality. Such ordinance shall not become effective until 10 days after publication or posting, as the case may be.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-12

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-12) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-12)
    Sec. 9-3-12. After such ordinance becomes effective the corporate authorities shall direct some office of such municipality to file a petition in the circuit court in the county in which such municipality is situated, or if such municipality is situated in more than one county, and the proposed improvement lies in more than one county, then in the circuit court in the county in which the major part of the territory to be affected thereby is situated. The petition shall be filed in the name of such municipality, praying that steps be taken to levy a special assessment for such improvement, in accordance with the provisions of this Division 3. The circuit court shall have jurisdiction of any proceedings under this Division 3. Accompanying the petition shall be the following:
    (1) A certified copy of the ordinance providing for the construction of the improvement;
    (2) A certificate executed by the assessor to show the assessed value of each lot, tract, or parcel of real estate listed in the assessment roll provided for in this Division 3;
    (3) An assessment roll prepared by an officer of the municipality designated by the corporate authorities of the municipality.
    Such officer shall prepare an assessment roll, and determine in the first instance what proportion of the estimated cost of such improvement will be of benefit to the public and what proportion thereof will be of benefit to the property, and to apportion the same between the municipality and property benefited, so that each shall bear its relative equitable proportion. After having determined such amounts, such officer shall apportion and assess the amount so found to be of benefit to the property upon the several lots, tracts and parcels of land in the proportion in which they will be severally benefited by such improvement. No lot, tract or parcel of land shall be assessed in a greater amount than it will actually be benefited. Each lot, tract or parcel of land shall be assessed separately, in the same manner, as an assessment for general taxation. However, this requirement shall not apply to property of railroad companies, or the right of way and franchise of street railway companies, but the same may be described in any manner sufficient to reasonably identify the property intended to be assessed. The assessment roll shall contain a list of all lots, tracts and parcels of land assessed for the proposed improvement, the amount assessed against each, the name of the person who paid the taxes on each such parcel during the last preceding calendar year during which taxes were paid, as ascertained upon investigation made under the direction of the official making the assessment roll, and the residence of the person so paying the taxes on each such parcel, if the same can, on diligent inquiry, be found.
    In case of an assessment divided into yearly installments, the amount of each installment shall also be stated, and the officer making such roll shall certify under oath that he believes that the amounts assessed against the public and each parcel of property are just and equitable, and do not exceed the benefit which will, in each case, be derived from such improvement, and that no lot, tract or parcel of land has been assessed more than its proportionate share of the cost of such improvement. Such assessment roll shall be prima facie evidence of the benefit to each such lot, tract or parcel of land and to the public as therein set out.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3762.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-13

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-13) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-13)
    Sec. 9-3-13. After filing of the petition as provided in Section 9-3-12, the court shall enter an order setting a date for hearing on the question of benefits, and direct that notice be given by the committee on local improvements of the pendency of the proceeding. The notice shall state generally the nature of the improvement, the pendency of the proceeding, the time and place of filing the petition therefor, that an assessment roll has been filed, and the time and place at which an application will be made for confirmation of the assessment, the same to be not less than 15 days after the mailing of such notice. Such notice shall be sent by mail, postpaid, to each person paying the taxes on the respective parcels during the last preceding year during which taxes were paid, at his residence as shown in the assessment roll, or if not shown, then to each person so paying the taxes directed generally to the municipality in which the improvement is proposed to be made. Such notice shall also state the amount assessed, the person to whom the same is directed for the improvement proposed, and the total cost of such improvement, and the total amount assessed as benefit upon the public, and if the assessment is to be payable in installments, the number of installments thereof and the rate of interest it shall bear. An affidavit shall be filed before the final hearing thereon by the committee on local improvements showing a compliance with the requirements of this section and also showing that the committee on local improvements caused to be made under its direction, or that it made a careful examination of the county collector's books showing the payments of general taxes during the last preceding year, in which the taxes were paid thereon, to ascertain the person who last paid the taxes on the respective parcels, and a diligent search for such person's residence, and that the assessment roll filed in court correctly states the same as ascertained by the committee on local improvements, or as ascertained under its direction. If the report and affidavit shall be found in any respect wilfully false, the persons making the same shall be guilty of perjury, and subject to the pains and penalties provided for such offense by the laws of this State.
    In addition to the mailing of the notice, notice shall also be given by the committee on local improvements at least 15 days prior to the date set for the hearing by posting notice in at least 4 public places in such municipality, all of which shall be in the neighborhood of such proposed improvement, and within the boundaries of the area described as probably benefited, and as in this Division 3 provided, and by publishing the same once each week for 2 successive weeks in a daily or weekly newspaper published in the municipality, the first publication thereof to be at least 15 days prior to the date set for the hearing on benefits, or if there be no newspaper published and of general circulation in such municipality, then by publication in a newspaper published in the county and of general circulation therein. Such notice shall state the pendency of the proceedings, set forth a brief general description of the nature of the improvement, refer to the fact that the ordinance for the same is on file in the office of the municipal clerk for public inspection, together with plans, specifications and an estimate of cost of the improvements, and that such municipality has applied to the court, designating the court, for the levying of a special assessment, that the assessment roll has been filed in court and stating the date when the hearing thereon will be had, and that all persons desiring may file objections to the assessment on any particular lot, parcel or tract before the date set for said hearing, and may appear at the hearing and make their defense as to the question of benefits. If the assessment is to be payable in installments, then such notice shall state the number of installments and the rate of interest the installment shall bear.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-14

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-14) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-14)
    Sec. 9-3-14. Any person interested in any real estate to be affected by such assessment may appear and file objections to the amount assessed against any such real estate. However, such objection must be filed in writing in the court in which the petition has been filed within the time named in the notice, or within such further time as the court may continue the case, or within such further time as the court may allow.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-15

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-15) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-15)
    Sec. 9-3-15. The assessment roll as returned by the officers making the same shall be prima facie evidence of the correctness of the amount assessed against each lot, tract or parcel of real estate, but shall not be counted as testimony of any witness or witnesses in the cause. If it is objected on the part of any property assessed for improvement that it will not be benefited thereby to the amount assessed thereon, and that it is assessed more than its proportionate share of the cost of such improvement, and a jury is not waived by agreement of parties, the court shall impanel a jury to try the issue, and in such case, except as otherwise ordered by the court, all such objections shall be tried and disposed of before a jury. Such assessment roll may be submitted to the jury and may be taken into a jury room by the jury when it retires to deliberate on its verdict. Either party may introduce such other evidence that may bear on the issues. The hearing shall be conducted as in other cases at law and if it shall appear that the premises of any objector are assessed more than such premises will be benefited by such improvement, or more than its proportionate share of the cost of such improvement, the jury shall so find, and shall also find the amount for which the premises ought to be assessed, and the judgment shall be rendered accordingly.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-16

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-16) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-16)
    Sec. 9-3-16. The hearing on benefits in all cases arising under this Division 3 may be had at such time as the court may designate. Such proceedings shall have precedence over all other cases in any court where the same shall be brought, except criminal cases or other cases in which the public is a moving party.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-17

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-17) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-17)
    Sec. 9-3-17. The court before which any such proceedings may be pending shall have authority to modify, alter, change, annul or confirm any assessment returned as aforesaid and make all such orders as may be necessary to such improvement according to the principles of this Division 3 and may from time to time, as may be necessary, continue the application for that purpose.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-18

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-18) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-18)
    Sec. 9-3-18. No special assessment shall be levied under the provisions of this Division 3 until the land necessary therefor or rights in land, are acquired and in possession of any such municipality, except in cases where proceedings to acquire such land have been begun and have proceeded to judgment.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-19

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-19) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-19)
    Sec. 9-3-19. In case any special assessment levied under this Division 3 is divided into installments under the provisions of this Division 3, the judgment of confirmation that shall be entered by the court, shall apply to all of the installments thereof and may be entered in one order.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-20

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-20) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-20)
    Sec. 9-3-20. The judgment of the court shall be final as to all issues involved and the proceedings in such case shall be subject to review by appeal, as hereinafter provided, and not otherwise. However, by mutual consent the judgment may be vacated or modified notwithstanding the expiration of 30 days of the rendition of such judgment, except as hereinafter provided.
    Such judgments shall have the effect of several judgments as to each tract or parcel of land assessed. No appeal from any such judgment shall invalidate or delay the judgments except as to the property concerning which the appeal is taken. Each installment of each judgment, shall have the effect of several judgments. Foreclosure or sale of the property, to enforce the collection of any one installment, shall not affect the lien for any subsequent installment.
    Such judgments shall be liens on behalf of the municipality making the improvements and for the payment of which the special assessment is levied on the property assessed from the date thereof until paid, to the same extent and of equal force and validity as a lien for general taxes, or until the property against which any such judgments or installment thereof has been entered is sold to pay the same, as provided in this Division 3.
    Nothing in this section shall interfere with the right of the petitioner to abandon the proceedings, and for that purpose to vacate such judgments at any time before commencing the actual collection of such assessment. The court in which the judgment is rendered may enter an order vacating or modifying such order of confirmation on motion of the petitioner entered at any time after the expiration of 30 days from the rendition of such judgment of confirmation upon a showing by the petitioner that no contract was let or entered into for the making of such improvement within the time fixed by law for the letting of the contract, or that the making of such improvement under the original proceeding was never commenced, or that the making of such improvement under the proceedings was abandoned. No judgment entered in such proceedings so dismissed and vacated, shall be a bar to another like or different improvement. However, after the contract for the work is entered into, or bonds herein provided for in this Division 3 are issued, no judgment shall be vacated or modified or any petition dismissed, nor the collection of the assessment, in any way stayed or delayed, without the consent of the contractor and bondholders.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-21

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-21) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-21)
    Sec. 9-3-21. For any special assessment levied under the provisions of this Division 3 that are annulled by the corporate authorities, or set aside by any court, or declared to be invalid or void for any reason whatever, a new assessment may be made and returned, and like notice shall be given and proceedings had, as herein required in relation to the first. If any improvement is constructed in accordance with the provisions of this Division 3, and is accepted by the corporate authorities, and the special assessment attempted to be levied to pay the cost of such improvement is annulled, set aside, or declared invalid or void, then a new special assessment may be made and returned to pay the cost of the improvement so constructed, or to pay the cost of such part thereof as the governing body might lawfully authorize to be constructed, and paid for by special assessment under the provisions of this Division 3. All parties in interest shall have like rights, and the corporate authorities and the court shall perform like duties, and have like power in relation to each such new special assessment, as hereby given in this Division 3 in relation to the first regular assessment.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-22

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-22) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-22)
    Sec. 9-3-22. The ordinance for any improvement to be constructed under this Division 3 may provide that the special assessment to be levied to defray the cost thereof be divided into installments, not more than 20 in number. The first installment of the assessment shall be due and payable on January 2 next after the awarding of the contract for the construction of such improvement. The second installment shall be due one year thereafter, and so on annually, until all installments are paid. It is hereby made the duty of the clerk of the corporate authorities, to file in the office of the clerk of the court in which the assessment was confirmed, a certificate setting forth the date of the awarding of the contract for the construction of the improvement. All installments shall bear interest until paid at a rate set forth in such ordinance and not to exceed the greater of 9% per annum or 70% of the Prime Commercial Rate in effect at the time of the passage of said ordinance. Interest on assessments shall begin to run from the date of filing of the certificate evidencing the award of the contract for the construction of the improvement, and the interest on each installment shall be payable as follows:
    On January 2 next succeeding the filing of the certificate evidencing award of the contract, the interest accrued to that time on all unpaid installments, shall be due and payable and shall be collected with the first installment. Thereafter interest on all unpaid installments, then payable, shall be payable annually, and be due and payable at the same time as the installment maturing in such year, and be collected therewith. In all cases, it shall be the duty of the municipal collector, whenever payment is made on any installment, to collect interest thereon up to the date of such payment, whether the payment be made at or after maturity. Any person may at any time pay the whole assessment against any lot, piece or parcel of land, or any installment thereof, without interest, as hereinafter provided within 20 days after awarding contract or thereafter, with interest to the next interest payment date.
(Source: P.A. 82-642.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-23

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-23) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-23)
    Sec. 9-3-23. All contracts awarded by any municipality for the construction of any improvement authorized and provided for under this Division 3 shall be payable solely and only out of the assessment levied to pay the cost of the construction thereof. No person taking any contracts for the construction of any improvement provided for under this Division 3 shall have any claim or lien upon such municipality in any event except from the collection of the special assessments levied for the payment of the cost of the work. If it appears that such assessment cannot be levied or collected, such municipality shall not be in any way liable to any such contractor in case of failure to collect the same, but shall so far as it can legally do so with all reasonable diligence cause a valid assessment to be made to defray the cost of the work until any such contractor has been fully paid. Any contractor shall be entitled to summary relief or mandamus or injunction to enforce the provisions hereof.
    The treasurer of any such municipality shall keep a separate account for each special assessment.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-24

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-24) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-24)
    Sec. 9-3-24. All contracts for the construction of any improvement to be paid by special assessment when the expense thereof exceeds $500 shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder after advertisement for bids, as hereinafter provided. However, if aid is received from an agency of the Federal Government, and the application for such aid is approved by an agency of the Federal Government, no such letting of bids is required. If such municipality determines to construct the improvement with the aid from an agency of the Federal Government, then the corporate authorities of any municipality shall make such determination by resolution and file a certified copy of the resolution setting out such determination in the court in which the judgment on confirmation on the assessment has been entered. Thereafter such municipality shall be authorized to proceed with the construction of the improvement without letting a contract therefor, in the manner hereinafter provided.
    Within 90 days after the judgment of confirmation of any special assessment has been entered and if there is no appeal perfected from the judgment of confirmation, or the judgment of confirmation as to any property is appealed from, then if the petitioner files in such cause a written election to proceed with the work, notwithstanding such appeal, steps shall be taken to let the contract for such work in the manner hereinafter provided. If the judgment of confirmation is stayed by order of a court, or if the petitioner filed no election to proceed as herein provided, then the steps herein provided for the letting of the contract for such work shall be taken within 15 days after final determination of any stay of the proceedings or of any such appeal, unless the proceedings be abandoned as in this Division 3.
(Source: P.A. 84-551.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-25

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-25) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-25)
    Sec. 9-3-25. Notice for bids for the construction of the improvement shall be published in at least one issue of a newspaper published and of general circulation in such municipality, if there is one, and if there is no such newspaper then by publishing such notice in some newspaper published in and of general circulation in the county in which such municipality is located. Such publication shall be made at least 10 days prior to the date fixed for the opening of bids for such work, and an additional notice may be published in trade journals or other newspapers as the governing body may determine. The notice for bids shall state (1) the general nature and character of the work to be done; (2) the engineer's estimate of the amount to be paid the contractor, and that no contract will be awarded in excess thereof; (3) when and where bids will be opened; (4) that plans, profiles and specifications for such work and form of contract and bond for completion and maintenance of work are on file in the office of the clerk of such municipality for public inspection; and (5) that each bidder must file with his bid cash or a certified check satisfactory to the governing body in an amount equal to 10% of the estimated amount to be paid the contractor, such cash or certified check to be held by the municipality as damages for failure to execute the contract and bond for performance of such work. Right shall be reserved to reject any or all bids. Such notice shall also state the number of installments the assessment has been divided into and the rate of interest the bonds to be issued in anticipation of the assessment shall bear. Such notice shall be signed by the municipal clerk. If bonds are to be issued in anticipation of the collection of the assessments, the corporate authorities shall, prior to the date set for receiving the bids, fix the rate of interest the bonds are to bear. Such interest rate shall be one per cent less than the interest rate the installments of the assessments are to bear. It shall be stated in the notice whether payment will be made in bonds or cash.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-26

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-26) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-26)
    Sec. 9-3-26. The committee on local improvements shall meet at the time and place specified by the corporate authorities for receipt of bids and publicly open and declare all bids. Any or all bids may be rejected by such committee on local improvements. If all bids are rejected, new bids may be requested as in the first instance. Whenever a bid is rejected, the deposit required to be made shall be returned to the depositor. Contracts when awarded shall be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder subject to ratification and approval by the corporate authorities. Contracts may be awarded by the committee on local improvements at the meeting at which bids are received, or any adjournment thereof. The committee on local improvements shall report in writing to the corporate authorities at the next regular meeting the action that has been taken relative to bids received. The corporate authorities shall ratify and approve or reject the action taken and direct the committee on local improvements to execute the contract on behalf of the municipality, if an award is made, or in case the award is rejected, to again direct advertisement for bids. No contract shall be awarded for the construction of any improvement under this Division 3 after the expiration of one year from the date of confirmation of the assessment. The municipality shall dismiss and vacate the confirmation of any such assessment. No contract shall be awarded in excess of the estimated amount to be paid the contractor.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-27

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-27) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-27)
    Sec. 9-3-27. Within 20 days after the contract is awarded, the contractor shall enter into a contract with such municipality for the construction of the improvement and shall give bond in the full amount of the contract for the faithful performance of the contract. The contract and bond shall be submitted to and approved by the committee on local improvements and filed in the office of the clerk.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-28

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-28) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-28)
    Sec. 9-3-28. The contract shall be executed by the contractor and the presiding officer of the corporate authorities and attested by the clerk of such municipality under the official seal of the municipality. Such contractor shall supply a surety bond in the full amount of the contract for the faithful performance thereof. Failure of the contractor to enter into such contract and give such bond within the 20 days hereinabove provided for shall constitute a default and the certified check deposited with his bid shall be deemed forfeited, and the municipality shall again re-advertise for bids. Any contractor who enters into a contract for the construction of the improvement and who fails to complete the same within the time mentioned in the contract, or within such further time as the corporate authorities grant shall be in default and a contract may then be relet for the unfinished portions of such work, in the same manner as provided for advertising for bids in the first instance.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-29

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-29) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-29)
    Sec. 9-3-29. Immediately upon awarding the contract for the construction of the improvement, the clerk of any such municipality shall file a certificate in the court in which the judgment of confirmation was entered certifying to the fact that the contract has been awarded. The clerk of the court in which such judgment is rendered shall certify the assessment roll and judgment to the officers of such municipality authorized to collect such special assessment, or if there has been an appeal taken then such clerk of court shall certify such part of the judgments as is not included in such appeal. Such certificate shall be filed by the officer receiving the same in his office. With such assessment roll and judgment, the clerk of the court shall also issue a warrant for the collection of such assessment. The court may recall such warrants as to all or any part of the property affected at any time before payment of the assessment or sale of the property for payment thereof in case the proceedings be abandoned by the petitioner, or the judgment be vacated or modified, as herein provided, but not otherwise. Should an appeal be taken on any part of such judgments and the corporate authorities elect to proceed with the improvement notwithstanding such an appeal, as provided in this Division 3, the clerk shall certify such portions of such judgments appealed from time to time, in the manner above mentioned, as the final judgment is rendered thereon, and the warrant accompanying such certificate in each case shall be authority for the collection of so much of the assessment as shall be included in the portion of the roll thereto attached. The warrant in all cases of assessment under this Division 3 shall contain a copy of such certificate of the judgment describing the lots, tracts and parcels of real estate assessed so far as they shall be contained in the portion of the roll so certified and the respective amount assessed on each lot, tract or parcel of real estate, and delivered to the officer authorized to collect such special assessment.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-30

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-30) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-30)
    Sec. 9-3-30. Upon receipt of the warrant for the collection of the assessment it shall be the duty of the collector to immediately give notice thereof by publishing notice at least once in a daily or weekly newspaper published and of general circulation in such municipality, if there is one. If there is no such newspaper, then notice shall be given by posting the same in 4 places within the area being improved. The published or posted notice shall indicate that the judgment of confirmation has been entered by the court and shall describe the improvement for which the assessment has been levied, that the collector has received the warrant for the collection of the assessment, that any property owner whose property has been assessed may pay the assessment in full without interest if it is paid within 20 days from the date of the award. The notice shall also state the number of installments the assessment has been divided into and the rate of interest each installment bears, and also shall indicate where payment may be made.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-31

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-31) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-31)
    Sec. 9-3-31. The construction of such improvement in accordance with the provisions of the contract shall be under the supervision of the committee on local improvements, and from time to time, as the work under any contract for the improvement progresses, certificates may be issued by the committee on local improvements to the contractor for work completed and payments may be made to the contractor in amounts not to exceed 85% of the work constructed and completed by vouchers payable either in cash or bonds that may be issued, as in this Division 3 provided, upon completion of the work. All such vouchers shall be signed by the presiding officer of the municipality, attested by the clerk and registered, numbered and countersigned by the treasurer. The treasurer shall keep an accurate register of all such vouchers issued.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-32

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-32) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-32)
    Sec. 9-3-32. Within 30 days after the completion of the work, the committee on local improvements shall certify the fact that the work has been completed and accepted by the corporate authorities of such municipality, setting forth the total amount due the contractor for the construction of the work, the amount of the vouchers payable either in cash or bonds that have been delivered to the contractor from time to time as the work progressed, and the amount still due the contractor. The corporate authorities upon receipt of the certificate shall set a date for consideration and hearing upon the question of whether or not the work has been completed in substantial compliance with the plans, specifications and contract for the construction thereof, and shall direct the clerk to give notice of the date set for the hearing. Such notice shall be published at least once each week for 2 successive weeks in a daily or weekly newspaper published and of general circulation in such municipality, if there is such a newspaper. If there is no such newspaper, then notice shall be given by posting in not less than 4 public places in such municipality, and in at least 4 places within the boundaries of the area designated by the committee on local improvements as probably benefited by the improvement. The first publication or the first posting of such notice shall be at least 15 days prior to the date fixed for such hearing. Any person interested may, prior to the date fixed for such hearing, file written objections to the acceptance of such work, stating specifically the reasons therefor, and shall have the right to be heard at the time and place fixed by the governing body to hear and consider the same. At the time and place fixed, the corporate authorities shall hear any and all objections that have been filed in writing to the acceptance of the completed work and the corporate authorities shall have authority to continue the hearing from time to time, but for a period of not more than 30 days from the date set for such hearing, to consider written objections filed to the acceptance of the work and to give all persons an opportunity to be heard thereon. At such hearing the certificate of the committee on local improvements shall be prima facie evidence that the matter and things stated therein are true, but if any parts thereof are controverted by written objections duly filed, the corporate authorities shall hear and determine the same in a summary manner and shall enter an order according to the facts. Such order shall be conclusive upon all parties and no party shall be allowed to review or reverse the order of the corporate authorities. If upon such hearing the corporate authorities shall find the allegations of the certificate to be incorrect, it shall enter an order accordingly and it shall then be the duty of the committee on local improvements to procure the completion of such improvement in substantial compliance with the ordinance and the plans and specifications therefor. The committee on local improvements shall from time to time file additional or supplemental applications to the corporate authorities for final acceptance of the work until the corporate authorities shall eventually be satisfied that the allegations in such certificates are true and that the improvement has been constructed in substantial compliance with the plans, specification and ordinance.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-33

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-33) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-33)
    Sec. 9-3-33. If upon final settlement with the contractor for the construction of any improvement and after paying all costs of levying, collecting and making the assessment, which amount shall not under any circumstances exceed 12% of the estimated contract price, and all bonds and interest thereon issued, as in this Division 3 provided, except those bonds and interest coupons not presented for payment, although called and for which funds are available and reserved, within the period of time specified in Section 9-1-5, there shall be any surpluses remaining in the special assessment fund, the corporate authorities of such municipality shall at once cause a rebate to be declared upon each lot, tract or parcel of real estate assessed of its pro rata proportion of such surplus. Such rebate shall be paid to the owner of record of each such lot, block, tract or parcel at the time of the declaration of the rebate. Should any additional funds be collected after the original rebate is declared, the municipality shall not be required to declare a supplemental rebate for 5 years from the date the original rebate is declared. The municipality may deduct for its costs and expenses for declaring and making any rebate not more than 5% of the amount declared to be rebated. All surpluses shall remain in the special assessment fund until after full payment of all bonds and vouchers issued in anticipation of the collection of the assessment, and there shall be no rebate until all such bonds and vouchers have been paid in full, both as to principal and interest, except those bonds and interest coupons not presented for payment, although called and for which funds are available and reserved, within the period of time specified in Section 9-1-5. The corporate authorities shall cause to be kept and exhibited publicly in the office of the clerk of such municipality, an index of all special assessment accounts or warrants upon which a rebate is due and payable and upon proper proofs the same shall be repaid to the persons entitled thereto.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-34

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-34) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-34)
    Sec. 9-3-34. No litigation, suit or proceeding of any kind or character shall be instituted touching the sufficiency of the plans, specifications, estimate of the cost, or ordinance authorizing the improvement, unless such litigation, suit or proceeding is instituted within 15 days after the adoption of the ordinance by the corporate authorities of such municipality authorizing and directing the improvement to be made. No litigation, suit or proceeding of any kind or character shall be instituted to collaterally attack the final acceptance of the work by the corporate authorities unless such litigation, suit or proceeding is instituted within 15 days after the final acceptance of the work by the corporate authorities.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-35

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-35) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-35)
    Sec. 9-3-35. At any time after 15 days from date of acceptance of the work by the corporate authorities bonds may be issued to anticipate the collection of the unpaid portions of the assessment then remaining unpaid for the purpose of paying the cost of the improvement, including cost of making and collecting the assessment, engineering, inspection, attorney's fees and other costs. The bonds may be sold by the corporate authorities for not less than par and accrued interest to date of delivery, or such bonds may be issued and delivered to the contractor in payment of the work at not less than par. The bonds shall be authorized pursuant to a resolution adopted by the corporate authorities and shall bear a date not earlier than 20 days after the date of the awarding of the contract for the construction of the improvement and coupons shall be attached thereto representing interest due thereon as it matures, interest to be paid annually. The bonds shall be executed by the presiding officer of the municipality and attested by the clerk of such municipality, with the corporate seal attached thereto. The bonds shall recite specifically that they are payable solely and only from the assessment levied for the payment of the cost of the improvement, designating the improvement for which the assessment has been levied, and shall mature on or before the first day of December next succeeding the first day of January on which the last installment shall mature, and shall bear interest at a rate of one per cent less than the installments of the assessment against which they are issued bears. Interest coupons attached to the bond shall bear the official or facsimile signatures of the presiding officer and clerk. The bonds shall be made payable at such place or places either within or without the State of Illinois, as shall be declared by resolution of the corporate authorities. The bonds shall be numbered consecutively beginning with number one upwards and shall be payable in their numerical order, and redeemable prior to maturity in numerical order as hereinafter provided. Such bonds shall be registered by the treasurer of such municipality in a book provided for that purpose and each bond shall bear the certificate of such registration and upon the books of such treasurer shall be noted the name of the holder thereof and his address. Any subsequent holder may cause the same to be registered in the name of such subsequent holder upon submission of proper proof of ownership. Such municipality shall have the right to call and pay the bonds, or any number thereof, in the manner set out in Section 9-3-36.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-36

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-36) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-36)
    Sec. 9-3-36. Whenever there are sufficient funds in the hands of the treasurer after the payment of all interest due and to become due within 6 months, the treasurer shall on the first day of October of any year, or at any other time there are sufficient funds for that purpose on hand during the year, give notice by registered mail, addressed to the last registered holder of the bonds called at the address appearing upon his registry, that there are funds sufficient to pay the designated bonds and interest thereon to date 30 days hence from the date of such notice and directing presentation of such bonds for payment and cancellation, and the bonds shall cease to bear interest after the expiration of the 30 days and upon payment and cancellation of the bonds proper entry thereof shall be made upon the books of the treasurer. The treasurer, upon accumulation of sufficient funds, as herein provided, shall pay one or more bonds and shall call and pay such bonds, and any bondholder or holder of any interest coupon appertaining to any bond shall be entitled to summary relief by mandamus or injunction to enforce the provisions hereof. In addition to giving notice by registered mail to the last registered holder of such bonds, the treasurer shall cause to be published in a newspaper published and of general circulation in such municipality, if there is such a newspaper. If there is no such newspaper, the notice shall be given by posting in at least 3 places within the area designated as probably benefited by the improvement. Such notice shall be a notice of call and redemption addressed to all unknown bondholders specifying the number of the bonds called and designating the assessment against which the bonds have been issued, and indicating that interest will cease on the bonds 30 days from and after the date of publication of such notice, and thereafter the bonds shall cease to bear interest. Provisions as to redemption and call of the bonds shall be inserted in each of the bonds issued in accordance with the provisions of this Division 3.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-37

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-37) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-37)
    Sec. 9-3-37. Any deduction in assessments made pursuant to the order of the court may be added to and become part of the municipality's portion of the cost of the improvement. The corporate authorities by the adoption of the resolution may direct the attorney member of the committee on local improvements to file a motion to authorize the court to add the deduction to the municipality's portion of the assessment.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/9-3-38

    (65 ILCS 5/9-3-38) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-38)
    Sec. 9-3-38. No collateral attack or litigation shall be instituted which in any way questions the enforceability of the validity of the bonds issued under the provisions of this Division 3 unless such litigation is instituted within 15 days after the issue and delivery of the bonds to the contractor on payment of work, or within 15 days after the issue and delivery thereof to a purchaser, as in this Division 3 provided.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)