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URBAN PROBLEMS
(315 ILCS 30/) Urban Renewal Consolidation Act of 1961.

315 ILCS 30/1

    (315 ILCS 30/1) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.101)
    Sec. 1. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the "Urban Renewal Consolidation Act of 1961."
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3308.)

315 ILCS 30/2

    (315 ILCS 30/2) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.102)
    Sec. 2. It is hereby found and declared (a) that there exist in urban communities within this State with more than 500,000 inhabitants land clearance commissions, created and acting pursuant to the "Blighted Areas Redevelopment Act of 1947," approved July 2, 1947, as amended, and conservation boards, created and acting pursuant to the "Urban Community Conservation Act," approved July 13, 1953, as amended; (b) that the administration of these two closely related programs involving the eradication or prevention of slum and blight areas and the redevelopment of such areas can be accomplished more efficiently by a single instrumentality as an agency of such urban community; (c) that in order to protect the health, safety, morals and welfare of the public by the more efficient administration of programs to aid in the eradication and prevention of slum and blight areas and the redevelopment thereof it is necessary to provide for the creation of a single instrumentality to absorb the functions of land clearance commissions and conservation boards, and to exercise the powers and authority granted by the "Blighted Areas Redevelopment Act of 1947," approved July 2, 1947, as amended, and the "Urban Community Conservation Act," approved July 13, 1953, as amended; and (d) the eradication and redevelopment of slum and blighted areas, the development and redevelopment of blighted vacant areas, the conservation of urban residential areas and the prevention of slums, by a single instrumentality the creation of which is herein authorized, in the manner provided in this Act, is hereby declared to be a public use essential to the public interest.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3308.)

315 ILCS 30/3

    (315 ILCS 30/3) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.103)
    Sec. 3. The following terms, wherever used or referred to in this Act shall have the following respective meanings, unless in any case a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
    (a) "Department" means a Department of Urban Renewal created pursuant to this Act.
    (b) "Government" shall mean the United States of America or any agency or instrumentality thereof authorized to make funds available to local public agencies by way of loans or grants for or in aid of any of the purposes of this Act.
    (c) "Municipality" shall mean a city, village or incorporated town.
    (d) "Presiding officer" shall mean the mayor or president of a city, village or incorporated town, as the case may be, for which a Department of Urban Renewal is created.
    (e) "Governing body" shall mean the council or the president and board of trustees of any city, village or incorporated town, as the case may be.
    (f) "State Housing Board" shall mean the State Housing Board created pursuant to "An Act in relation to Housing," approved July 12, 1933, as amended.
    (g) "Area of operation" shall mean the area within the territorial boundaries of such municipality.
    (h) "Real Property" shall include lands, lands under water, structures, and any and all easements, franchises and incorporeal hereditaments and estates, and rights, legal and equitable, including terms for years and liens by way of judgment, mortgage or otherwise.
    (i) "Slum and Blighted Area" means any area of not less in the aggregate than two (2) acres located within the territorial limits of a municipality where buildings or improvements, by reason of dilapidation, obsolescence, overcrowding, faulty arrangement or design, lack of ventilation, light and sanitary facilities, excessive land coverage, deleterious land use or layout or any combination of these factors, are detrimental to the public safety, health, morals or welfare.
    (j) "Slum and Blighted Area Redevelopment Project" means a project involving a slum and blighted area as defined in subsection (i) of this section.
    (k) "Blighted Vacant Area Redevelopment Project" means a project involving (1) predominantly open platted urban land which because of obsolete platting, diversity of ownership, deterioration of structures or of site improvements, or taxes or special assessment delinquencies exceeding the fair value of the land, substantially impairs or arrests the sound growth of the community and which is to be developed for residential or other use, provided that such a project shall not be developed for other than residential use unless the area, at the time the Department adopts the resolution approving the plan for the development of the area, is zoned for other than residential use and unless the Department determines that residential development thereof is not feasible, and such determination is approved by the presiding officer and the governing body of the municipality in which the area is situated, or (2) open unplatted urban land to be developed for predominantly residential uses, or (3) a combination or projects defined in (1) and (2) of this sub-section (k).
    (l) "Redevelopment Project" shall mean a "Slum and Blighted Area Redevelopment Project" or a "Blighted Vacant Area Redevelopment Project," as the case may be, as designated in the determination of the Department pursuant to Section 11 of this Act, or as heretofore designated in the determination of a land clearance commission which is to be dissolved pursuant to this Act, and may include such additional area of not more in the aggregate than one hundred sixty (160) acres (exclusive of the site of any abutting Slum and Blighted Area Redevelopment Project or Blighted Vacant Area Redevelopment Project) located within the territorial limits of the municipality, abutting and adjoining in whole or in part a Slum and Blighted Area Redevelopment Project or Blighted Vacant Area Redevelopment Project, which the Department deems necessary for the protection and completion of such redevelopment project or projects and of the site improvements to be made therein and which has been approved by the governing body of the municipality in which the area is situated, but the Department as to such additional area shall have power only to make studies, surveys and plans concerning services to be performed by the municipality or others, including the extension of project streets and utilities, the provision of parks, playgrounds or schools, and the zoning of such peripheral areas.
    (m) "Conservation Area" shall mean an area of not less than 40 acres in which the structures in 50% or more of the area are residential, having an average age of 35 years or more. Such an area is not yet a slum or blighted area as defined herein, but such an area, by reason of dilapidation, obsolescence, deterioration or illegal use of individual structures, overcrowding of structures and community facilities, conversion of residential units into non-residential use, deleterious land use or layout, decline of physical maintenance, lack of community planning, or any combination of these factors, may become such a slum and blighted area.
    (n) "Conservation Plan" shall mean the comprehensive program for the physical development and replanning of a "Conservation Area" embodying the steps required to prevent such "Conservation Area" from becoming a slum and blighted area.
    (o) "Fair Use Value" shall mean the fair cash market value of real property when employed for the use contemplated by the Community Conservation Plan.
    (p) "Community facilities" shall mean those physical plants which implement, support and facilitate the activities, services and interests of education, recreation, shopping, health, welfare, religion and general culture.
    (q) "Land Clearance Commission" shall mean a land clearance commission created pursuant to the "Blighted Areas Redevelopment Act of 1947," approved July 2, 1947, as amended.
    (r) "Conservation Board" shall mean a conservation board created pursuant to the "Urban Community Conservation Act," approved July 13, 1953, as amended.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3308.)

315 ILCS 30/4

    (315 ILCS 30/4) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.104)
    Sec. 4. The governing body of any municipality having more than 500,000 inhabitants, as determined by the last preceding Federal census, and in which there exist both a land clearance commission and a conservation board, by ordinance adopted by a majority of its members, may determine that there is need to consolidate the functions of the land clearance commission and of the conservation board in a single body and provide for the creation of a Department of Urban Renewal to operate within the boundaries of such municipality pursuant to the provisions of this Act.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3308.)

315 ILCS 30/5

    (315 ILCS 30/5) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.105)
    Sec. 5. As soon as possible after the adoption of the ordinance by the governing body, the presiding officer of such municipality in which a Department of Urban Renewal is established, shall appoint, with the approval of the governing body, five members to act as a Department of Urban Renewal, hereinafter referred to as the "Department". Members of the Department shall be citizens of broad civic interest, administrative experience and ability in the fields of finance, real estate, building or related endeavors, at least three of whom shall be residents and electors of the municipality, and not more than three members shall belong to the same political party.
    One member shall be designated by the presiding officer as Chairman and shall serve at the pleasure of the presiding officer. He shall administer the functions assigned by the Department, preside over its meetings and carry out whatever other functions may be assigned to him by the Department and by the governing body. The Chairman shall devote his full-time attention to the duties of his office and shall receive no public funds by way of salary, compensation, or remuneration for services rendered, from any other governmental agency or public body during his tenure in office, other than the salary provided by the governing body.
    Four other members shall be appointed with initial terms of one, two, three and four years. At the expiration of the term of each such member, and of each succeeding member, or in the event of a vacancy, the presiding officer shall appoint a member, subject to the approval of the governing body as aforesaid, to hold office, in the case of a vacancy for the unexpired term, or in the case of expiration for a term of four years, or until his successor shall have been appointed and qualified. Members shall be eligible to succeed themselves. Members other than the Chairman shall serve without compensation in the form of salary, per diem allowances or otherwise, but each such member shall be entitled to reimbursement for any necessary expenditures in connection with the performance of his duties.
    Any public officer shall be eligible to serve as a member of the Department of Urban Renewal, and the acceptance of appointment as such shall not terminate or impair his other public office, the provision of any statute to the contrary notwithstanding; but no officer or employee of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall be eligible to serve as a member, nor shall more than two public officers be members of the Department at one time; provided, however, that any commissioner of a land clearance commission or member of a conservation board shall be eligible to serve as a member, and the acceptance of appointment as such shall not impair his right to serve on such land clearance commission or conservation board pending its dissolution, the provision of any statute to the contrary notwithstanding. Members other than the Chairman may be removed from office by the presiding officer for good cause shown. Such removal may be set aside by a two-thirds vote of the governing body.
(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)

315 ILCS 30/6

    (315 ILCS 30/6) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.106)
    Sec. 6. A Department shall be designated as the Department of Urban Renewal of the city, village or incorporated town for which it has been created.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3308.)

315 ILCS 30/7

    (315 ILCS 30/7) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.107)
    Sec. 7. No member or employee of a Department shall acquire any interest direct or indirect in any redevelopment project or conservation area or in any property included or planned to be included in any redevelopment project or conservation area, nor shall he have any interest direct or indirect in any contract or proposed contract in connection with any such redevelopment project or conservation area. If any member or employee of any Department owns or controls an interest direct or indirect in any property included in any redevelopment project or conservation area, he shall disclose the same in writing to the Department and such disclosure shall be entered upon the minutes of the Department.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3308.)

315 ILCS 30/8

    (315 ILCS 30/8) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.108)
    Sec. 8. As soon as possible after the creation of a Department, the members shall organize for the transaction of business and shall adopt by-laws and rules and regulations suitable to the purposes of this Act. Three members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of the business thereof. The concurring vote of three members shall be required for the exercise of any of the powers granted by this Act. No vacancy in the Department shall impair the right of the remaining members to exercise all the powers of the Department provided there are at all times at least three members.
    The Department may employ such professional, technical and clerical assistants as are necessary for the proper performance of its duties. In the employment of such professional, technical and clerical assistants, the Department shall give consideration to the employment of the personnel of the land clearance commission and conservation board in its area of operation which are to be dissolved following the creation of the Department.
    The municipality may contribute to the charges or premium payments for group life, annuity and retirement insurance coverage for its employees to be underwritten by any legal reserve life insurance company authorized to do business in the State of Illinois, which may be covered in one or more policies, and which may include provisions for past service credits, provided that premium payments for future service benefits shall be made by the municipality and the employees, but the part of each premium payment to be charged against the participating employees for such future service benefits shall not be less than the part of that premium to be charged against and paid by the municipality. Prior to contracting for any policy of insurance authorized in the preceding sentence hereof, the form and contents of the policy or policies of insurance, the charges or premiums to be paid therefor, and the part of the charges or premiums to be paid by the employees and the part to be paid by the municipality, shall be approved by the Department and the governing body. "Past service credits" as used in this paragraph shall include credit for past service with a land clearance commission or a conservation board in the area of operation of the Department. Upon the dissolution of a land clearance commission or a conservation board in its area of operation, the Department may accept an assignment from such land clearance commission or conservation board of its contracts for such insurance coverage for those of its employees who are employed by the Department.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3308.)

315 ILCS 30/Pt. I

 
    (315 ILCS 30/Pt. I heading)
PART I. SLUM AND BLIGHTED AREAS

315 ILCS 30/9

    (315 ILCS 30/9) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.109)
    Sec. 9. The Department of Urban Renewal, as agent of the municipality, shall have and exercise the following powers with respect to redevelopment projects:
    (a) To acquire slum and blighted areas and other areas which may constitute a redevelopment project as provided in this Act;
    (b) To clear any such areas so acquired by demolition or removal of existing buildings and structures thereon; and to install, repair, construct or reconstruct streets, utilities and site improvements essential to the preparation of sites for use in accordance with a redevelopment plan;
    (c) To convey real property so acquired for use in accordance with a redevelopment plan;
    (d) To accomplish a combination of the foregoing to carry out a redevelopment plan.
    In relation to the foregoing powers the Department may investigate into living and housing conditions in its area of operation to determine the extent and location of slum and blighted areas and other areas which may constitute a redevelopment project as defined herein and to ascertain in which of such area or areas development or redevelopment should be undertaken, and in connection with any such investigation may conduct public hearings, take testimony and proof under oath on the subject matter of such investigation, and cooperate with the planning agency of the municipality wholly or partially within its area of operation.
    The Department shall have power to make studies, surveys and plans preliminary to or concerning any projects which are permissible under this Act.
    The Department shall not be limited to one development or redevelopment project, but may have as many projects in process at one time as it may deem necessary to accomplish the purposes of this Act.
    A Department shall have no power to build or operate housing on any real property acquired under the provisions of Part I of this Act, other than to manage, operate and maintain existing housing or other buildings and improvements located thereon at the time of acquisition pending the demolition and removal of such buildings or improvements or the sale of any such buildings or improvements the demolition or removal of which is not deemed necessary to the redevelopment plan, and to use the rents and income to pay any expense in connection therewith.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3308.)

315 ILCS 30/9a

    (315 ILCS 30/9a) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.109a)
    Sec. 9a. Purchases made pursuant to this Act shall be made in compliance with the "Local Government Prompt Payment Act", approved by the Eighty-fourth General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 84-731.)

315 ILCS 30/10

    (315 ILCS 30/10) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.110)
    Sec. 10. In making investigations herein authorized the Department may hold public hearings. Any hearing may be conducted by the Department or by a committee appointed by it, consisting of one or more members of the Department, or by an employee or agent specially authorized by the Department to conduct it. The Department and any member, employee or agent thereof so designated shall have power to administer oaths, take affidavits, subpoena and require the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of books and papers pertaining to such investigation.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3308.)

315 ILCS 30/11

    (315 ILCS 30/11) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.111)
    Sec. 11. Whenever the Department determines that a particular slum or blighted area, or any other area which may constitute a redevelopment project, as herein defined, should be acquired pursuant to the provisions of this Act, such determination together with an accurate description of the area included in such determination and the date on which the determination was made shall be immediately set forth in the records of the Department. Such determinations by the Department may be made from time to time and need not all be made at one time. Each such determination shall be evidenced by a resolution adopted by the Department.
    The area of each such determination shall be specifically designated in the resolution as a "Slum and Blighted Area Redevelopment Project" or a "Blighted Vacant Area Redevelopment Project," according to the determination of the Department. A certified copy of such resolution shall be delivered to the governing body of the municipality in which the area is situated. No such determination shall be of any force or effect until such time as it has been approved by the governing body of the municipality in which the area is situated.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3308.)

315 ILCS 30/12

    (315 ILCS 30/12) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.112)
    Sec. 12. Upon approval of the determination as provided in the preceding Section, the Department, as agent for the municipality, may proceed to acquire by gift, purchase or condemnation the fee simple title to all real property lying within the area included in the redevelopment project, including easements and reversionary interests in the streets, alleys and other public places lying within such area. If any such real property is subject to an easement the Department, in its discretion, may acquire the fee simple title to such real property subject to such easement if it determines that such easement will not interfere with the consummation of a redevelopment plan. If any such real property is already devoted to a public use it may nevertheless be acquired, provided that no property belonging to the United States of America, the State of Illinois or any municipality may be acquired without the consent of such governmental unit and that no property devoted to a public use belonging to a corporation subject to the jurisdiction of the Illinois Commerce Commission may be acquired without the approval of the Illinois Commerce Commission. Each Department, as agent for the municipality, is hereby vested with the power to exercise the right of eminent domain. Condemnation proceedings instituted hereunder shall be brought by and in the name of the municipality and shall be in all respects in the manner provided for the exercise of the right of eminent domain under the Eminent Domain Act.
    Any determination to acquire a particular slum or blighted area, or any other area which may constitute a redevelopment project, as herein defined, heretofore made by a land clearance commission pursuant to the "Blighted Areas Redevelopment Act of 1947," approved July 2, 1947, as amended, and heretofore approved by the State Housing Board and the governing body of the municipality, shall be sufficient to authorize acquisition by the Department, as agent for the municipality, of all or any of the real property included in such area.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

315 ILCS 30/12.5

    (315 ILCS 30/12.5)
    Sec. 12.5. Eminent domain. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, any power granted under this Act to acquire property by condemnation or eminent domain is subject to, and shall be exercised in accordance with, the Eminent Domain Act.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

315 ILCS 30/13

    (315 ILCS 30/13) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.113)
    Sec. 13. When a Department, as agent for the municipality, has acquired title to, and possession of, all or any part of the real property located within a redevelopment project pursuant to the provisions of this Act, it may let contracts for the demolition or removal of buildings standing thereon and for the removal of any debris resulting therefrom. The Department shall advertise for sealed bids for the doing of such work. The advertisement shall describe by street number or other means of identification the location of the buildings which are to be demolished or removed and shall state the time when and place where sealed bids for the doing of the work may be delivered to the Department. The advertisement shall be published once in a newspaper having a general circulation in the municipality in which the real property is located at least twenty (20) days prior to the date named therein when time for receiving bids will expire. A contract for the doing of the work shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder, but the Department may reject any and all bids received and re-advertise for bids. Any contract entered into by the Department pursuant to this Section shall contain provisions requiring the contractor to give bond in an amount equal to one-third of his bid price, but in no event in excess of Twenty-five Thousand Dollars ($25,000.00), conditioned for the faithful performance of the contract and requiring the contractor to furnish insurance of a character and amount to be determined by the Department protecting the Department and the municipality and their members, officers, agents and employees against any claims for personal injuries (including death) and property damage that may be asserted because of the doing of the work. The Department may include in any advertisement and in the contract to be let pursuant thereto one or more buildings, or such group of buildings, as the Department in its sole discretion may determine.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3308.)

315 ILCS 30/14

    (315 ILCS 30/14) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.114)
    Sec. 14. The Department, if its sees fit so to do, may pave and improve streets in the area included in the redevelopment project, construct sidewalks and install or re-locate sewers, water pipes, and other similar facilities. The Department shall advertise for sealed bids for the doing of the work referred to in this Section. The advertisement shall describe the nature of the work to be performed and shall state the time when and place where sealed bids for the doing of the work may be delivered to the Department. The advertisement shall be published once in a newspaper having a general circulation in the municipality in which the redevelopment project is situated at least twenty (20) days prior to the date named therein when the time for receiving bids will expire. A contract for the doing of the work shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder, but the Department may reject any and all bids received and readvertise for bids. The contractor shall be required to enter into bond in an amount equal to one-third of the amount of his bid conditioned for the faithful performance of the contract. The sureties on any such bond and on any bond to be given pursuant to the provisions of Section 13 hereof shall be approved by the Chairman of the Department.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3308.)

315 ILCS 30/15

    (315 ILCS 30/15) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.115)
    Sec. 15. When the Department, as agent for the municipality, has acquired title to, and possession of any or all real property in the area of a redevelopment project, the Department (1) may convey to any public body having jurisdiction over schools, parks or playgrounds in the area in which the project is situated such parts of such real property for use for parks, playgrounds, schools and other public purposes as the Department may determine, and at such price or prices as the Department and the proper officials of such public bodies may agree upon; and (2) may grant easements for public utilities, sewers and other similar facilities, with or without consideration therefor.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3308.)

315 ILCS 30/16

    (315 ILCS 30/16) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.116)
    Sec. 16. The Department, with the approval of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the governing body of the municipality in which the redevelopment project is located, may sell and convey not to exceed 15% of all the real property which is to be used for residential purposes in the area or areas of a redevelopment project or projects to a Housing Authority created under an Act entitled "An Act in relation to housing authorities," approved March 19, 1934, as amended, having jurisdiction within the area of the redevelopment project or projects, to provide housing projects pursuant to said last mentioned Act; provided the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity determines that it is not practicable or feasible to otherwise relocate eligible persons residing in the area of the redevelopment project or projects in decent, safe and uncongested dwelling accommodations within their financial reach, unless such a housing project is undertaken by the Housing Authority, and provided further that first preference for occupancy in any such housing project developed by the Housing Authority on such real property shall be granted to eligible persons from the area included in the redevelopment project or projects that cannot otherwise be relocated in decent, safe and uncongested dwelling accommodations within their financial reach.
    Any real property sold and conveyed to a Housing Authority pursuant to the provisions of this Section shall be sold at its use value (which may be less than its acquisition cost), which represents the value at which the Department determines such land should be made available in order that it may be redeveloped for the purposes specified in this Section.
(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)

315 ILCS 30/17

    (315 ILCS 30/17) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.117)
    Sec. 17. A Department, with the approval of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the governing body of the municipality in which the project is located, may sell and convey any part of the real property within the area of a slum and blighted area redevelopment project as defined in Subsection (j) of Section 3 hereof to a Housing Authority created under an Act entitled "An Act in relation to housing authorities," approved March 19, 1934, as amended, having jurisdiction within the area of the redevelopment project or projects. Any real property sold and conveyed to a Housing Authority pursuant to the provisions of this Section shall be for the sole purpose of resale pursuant to the terms and provisions of Section 5 of an Act entitled "An Act to facilitate the development and construction of housing, to provide governmental assistance therefor, and to repeal an Act herein named," approved July 2, 1947, to a nonprofit corporation, or nonprofit corporations, organized for the purpose of constructing, managing and operating housing projects and the improvement of housing conditions, including the sale or rental of housing units to persons in need thereof. No sale shall be consummated pursuant to this Section unless the nonprofit corporation to which the Housing Authority is to resell, obligates itself to use the land for the purposes designated in the approved plan referred to in Section 19 hereof and to commence and complete the building of the improvements within the periods of time which the Department fixes as reasonable and unless the Department is satisfied that the nonprofit corporation will have sufficient moneys to complete the redevelopment in accordance with the approved plan.
    Any real property sold and conveyed to a Housing Authority pursuant to the provisions of this Section shall be sold at its use value (which may be less than its acquisition cost), which represents the value at which the Department determines such land should be made available in order that it may be developed or redeveloped for the purposes specified in the approved plan.
(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)

315 ILCS 30/18

    (315 ILCS 30/18) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.118)
    Sec. 18. The Department may at such times as it deems expedient transfer and sell the fee simple title, or such lesser estate as the Department may have acquired, or as may theretofore have been acquired by a land clearance commission, to all or any part of the real property within the area of a redevelopment project not disposed of in accordance with Sections 15, 16, and 17 hereof to (1) Neighborhood Redevelopment Corporations operating under the "Neighborhood Redevelopment Corporation Law," approved July 9, 1941, as amended, (2) Insurance Companies operating under Section 125a of the "Illinois Insurance Code," approved June 29, 1937, as amended, (3) any individual, association, or corporation, organized under the laws of this State or of any other State or country, which may legally make such investments in this State, including foreign and alien insurance companies, as defined in Section 2 of said "Illinois Insurance Code", or (4) bodies politic and corporate, public corporations, or any private interest empowered by law to acquire, develop and use such real property for such uses, public or private, as are in accordance with an approved plan; provided, however, that any sale of real property to a housing authority shall be made only in accordance with the provisions of Sections 16 and 17 hereof. To assure that the real property so sold is used in accordance with the approved plan referred to in Section 19 hereof, the Department shall inquire into and satisfy itself concerning the financial ability of the purchaser to complete the redevelopment in accordance with the approved plan and shall require the purchaser to execute in writing such undertakings as the Department may deem necessary to obligate the purchaser: (1) to use the land for the purposes designated in the approved plan, (2) to commence and complete the building of the improvements within the periods of time which the Department fixes as reasonable, and (3) to comply with such other conditions as are necessary to carry out the purposes of this Act. Any such area may be sold either as an entirety or in such parcels as the Department shall deem expedient. It shall not be necessary that title be acquired to all real property within the area of a redevelopment project before the sale of a part thereof may be made as provided herein. Any real property sold pursuant to the foregoing provisions of this Section shall be sold at its use value (which may be less than its acquisition cost), which represents the value at which the Department determines such land should be made available in order that it may be developed or redeveloped for the purposes specified in the approved plan.
    Any real property lying within the area of the redevelopment project which has not been sold by the Department within five years after the Department has acquired title to all the real property within the area of that redevelopment project, shall be forthwith sold by the Department at public sale for cash to the highest bidder obligating himself in the manner set forth in the preceding paragraph of this Section to redevelop the property in accordance with the approved plan. Notice of such sale and of the place where the approved plan may be inspected shall be published once in a newspaper having a general circulation in the municipality in which the real property is situated at least twenty (20) days prior to the date of such public sale, and shall contain a description of the real property to be sold.
    The Department may reject the bids received if, in the opinion of the Department, the highest bid does not equal or exceed the use value (as hereinabove defined) of the land to be sold. At the expiration of six (6) months from the date of rejecting bids, the Department shall again advertise for sale any real property then remaining unsold. Each publication shall be subject to the same requirements and conditions as the original publication.
(Source: P.A. 83-333.)

315 ILCS 30/19

    (315 ILCS 30/19) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.119)
    Sec. 19. Prior to making a sale or conveyance of any part of the real property within the area of a redevelopment project pursuant to any of the foregoing sections of this Act, the Department shall prepare and approve a plan for the development or redevelopment of the project area and shall submit the same to the governing body of the municipality in which the real property is situated for their approval. The Department shall not make a sale or conveyance of any part of the real property in the project area until such time as the plan has been approved by the governing body of the municipality in which the real property is situated; provided, however, that any plan for the development or redevelopment of a project area heretofore prepared and approved by a land clearance commission pursuant to the "Blighted Areas Redevelopment Act of 1947," approved July 2, 1947, as amended, and heretofore approved by the State Housing Board and the governing body of the municipality shall be sufficient to authorize a sale pursuant to this Section. At the time of making any such sale or conveyance the purchaser shall agree to reimburse any public utility as defined in "An Act concerning public utilities", approved June 29, 1921, as amended, for the costs of relocation of the facilities of such public utility made necessary by the plan for the development or redevelopment of the project area, except and excluding, however, any such costs to the extent incurred for the relocation of such facilities located, prior to the development or redevelopment, in a public way or public property which retains its character as such thereafter.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3308.)

315 ILCS 30/Pt. II

 
    (315 ILCS 30/Pt. II heading)
PART II. CONSERVATION AREAS

315 ILCS 30/20

    (315 ILCS 30/20) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.120)
    Sec. 20. The Department of Urban Renewal as agent of the municipality, shall have and exercise the following powers with respect to the development, redevelopment and replanning of conservation areas:
    (a) Designate Conservation Areas and approve all conservation plans developed for conservation areas in the manner prescribed herein.
    (b) Approve each use of eminent domain for the acquisition of real property for the purposes of this Act, provided that every property owner affected by condemnation proceedings shall have the opportunity to be heard by the Department before such proceedings may be approved.
    (c) Act as the agent of the municipality in the acquisition, management, and disposition of property acquired pursuant to this Act as hereinafter provided.
    (d) Act as agent of the governing body, at the discretion of the governing body, in the enforcement and the administration of any ordinances relating to the conservation of urban residential areas and the prevention of slums enacted by the governing body pursuant to the laws of this State.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3308.)

315 ILCS 30/21

    (315 ILCS 30/21) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.121)
    Sec. 21. Whenever the Department determines that an area within the municipality may be eligible for designation as a conservation area within the meaning of this Act, it shall make such investigation and hold such hearings as may be required, including at least one public hearing held within the area. Any hearing may be conducted by the Department or by a committee appointed by it, consisting of one or more members of the Department. The Department and any member, employee or agent thereof so designated shall have power to administer oaths, take affidavits, subpoena and require the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of books and papers pertaining to such investigation. The Department may after such hearing designate such areas as conservation areas for the purposes of this Act. Such designation together with an accurate description of the area included in such designation shall be made by resolution of the majority of the Department and be part of the records of the Department.
    Following such designation the Department shall draw up or have submitted for its approval a conservation plan for the area, which plan may include but is not limited to (1) land uses, residential and non-residential; (2) improvement, alteration, or vacation of major and minor streets and alleys, provision for restricted service access, and off-street parking; (3) locations and easements for public utilities; (4) community facilities; (5) landscaping and site engineering; (6) building restrictions; (7) recommended construction including new buildings, rehabilitation and conversions, demolition of designated structures, and elimination of non-conforming uses; (8) population density, ground coverage, and number of dwelling units recommended; (9) recommended standards of maintenance, and requirements of applicable health and safety ordinances; (10) zoning and/or rezoning required; (11) costs and financing arrangements of public portions of the plan; (12) recommended time table of various stages of the program; (13) any and all other steps needed to carry out the plan. Such plan shall conform to the comprehensive plan, if any, of the municipality. In any municipality which has provided for the creation of a Department, to operate within the boundaries of such municipality, pursuant to the provisions of this Act, the Department shall nominate and the presiding officer shall appoint no less than nine nor more than fifteen residents of each conservation area designated by the Department to serve as a "Conservation Community Council" for their respective areas. One member of each such council shall be designated as Chairman by the presiding officer. Members of such councils shall be appointed to serve three year terms except that one-third of the initial membership of each council shall serve terms of one year and one-third of the initial membership of each council shall serve terms of two years. Members shall serve without pay and shall be eligible to succeed themselves. A member shall hold office until his successor shall have been appointed and qualified. No member of a council may hold public or political party office during his period of membership. A majority of the members of each council shall constitute a quorum to transact business and no vacancy shall impair the right of the remaining members to exercise all the powers of each council, and every action of a conservation community council approved by a majority of the members present shall be deemed to be the action of the conservation community council; provided that not less than five members shall constitute a quorum.
    The councils shall:
    (a) Consult with, assist and advise the Department in the preparation of the conservation plan for their respective areas;
    (b) Assist the Department in the administration of the conservation plan within their respective areas;
    (c) Approve by majority vote as hereinbefore provided the conservation plan for their respective areas before it is submitted to the governing body, as hereinafter provided;
    (d) Take vigorous appropriate steps to reconstitute community pride and encourage self-help through planned individual and block rehabilitation efforts within their respective areas.
    Any Conservation Community Council heretofore created pursuant to the "Urban Community Conservation Act," approved July 13, 1953, as amended, shall be deemed lawfully and validly created under the terms of this Act, and shall have all the authority and exercise the same powers, and be subject to the same duties as herein prescribed for Conservation Community Councils; and nothing herein contained shall affect or impair the validity of any act or proceeding done or performed by such Conservation Community Councils under the aforesaid Urban Community Conservation Act.
    The Department shall cooperate and consult with public and private agencies and individuals interested in the area, in preparing the plan. Upon its completion the plan shall be submitted to the governing body, together with a request for such implementing legislation as may be required and within the authority of the governing body and the opinion of the plan commission of the municipality, if any, on the merits of the plan.
    The governing body of the municipality shall by resolution adopt or reject such plan. Following favorable action by the governing body, the Department shall certify such plan as adopted and may thereafter exercise in such areas the powers granted under this Act; provided that nothing in this Section shall restrict the Department from the exercise within the municipality of any other powers which have been delegated to it by the governing body, notwithstanding the failure to certify any conservation plan as adopted.
(Source: P.A. 77-124.)

315 ILCS 30/22

    (315 ILCS 30/22) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.122)
    Sec. 22. The Department of a municipality shall have the power to acquire by purchase, condemnation or otherwise any improved or unimproved real property the acquisition of which is necessary or appropriate for the implementation of a conservation plan for a conservation area as defined herein; to remove or demolish substandard or other buildings and structures from the property so acquired; to hold, improve, mortgage and manage such properties; and to sell, lease, or exchange such properties, provided that contracts for repair, improvement or rehabilitation of existing improvements as may be required by the conservation plan to be done by the Department involving in excess of $1,000.00 shall be let by free and competitive bidding to the lowest responsible bidder upon such bond and subject to such regulations as may be set by the Department, and provided further that all new construction for occupancy and use other than by any municipal corporation or subdivision thereof shall be on land privately owned. The acquisition, use or disposition of any real property in pursuance of this section must conform to a conservation plan developed in the manner hereinafter set forth. In case of the sale or lease of any real property acquired under the provisions of this Act such buyer or lessee must as a condition of sale or lease, agree to improve and use such property according to the conservation plan, and such agreement may be made a covenant running with the land and on order of the governing body such agreement shall be made a covenant running with the land. The Department shall by public notice by publication once each week for 2 consecutive weeks in a newspaper having general circulation in the municipality prior to the execution of any contract to sell, lease or otherwise transfer real property and prior to the delivery of any instrument of conveyance with respect thereto, invite proposals from and make available all pertinent information to redevelopers or any person interested in undertaking to redevelop or rehabilitate a conservation area, or any part thereof, provided that, in municipalities in which no newspaper is published, publication may be made by posting a notice in 3 prominent places within the municipality. Such notice shall contain a description of the conservation area, the details of the conservation plan relating to the property which the purchaser shall undertake in writing to carry out and such undertakings as the Department may deem necessary to obligate the purchaser, his successors and assigns (1) to use the property for the purposes designated in the conservation plan, (2) to commence and complete the improvement, repair, rehabilitation, or construction of the improvements within the periods of time which the Department fixes as reasonable and (3) to comply with such other conditions as are necessary to carry out the purposes of the Act. The Department may negotiate with any persons for proposals for the purchase, lease or other transfer of any real property acquired pursuant to this Act and shall consider all redevelopment and rehabilitation proposals submitted to it and the financial and legal ability of the persons making such proposals to carry them out. The Department, as agent for the municipality, at a public meeting, notice of which shall have been published in a newspaper of general circulation within the municipality at least 15 but not more than 30 days prior to such meeting, may accept such proposals as it deems to be in the public interest and in furtherance of the purposes of this Act; provided that, all sales or leases of real property shall be made at not less than fair use value.
    Condemnation proceedings instituted hereunder shall be brought by and in the name of the municipality and shall be in all respects in the manner provided for the exercise of the right of eminent domain under the Eminent Domain Act.
    No property shall be held for more than 5 years, after which period such property shall be sold to the highest bidder at public sale. The Department may employ competent private real estate management firms to manage such properties as may be acquired, or the Department may manage such properties.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

315 ILCS 30/23

    (315 ILCS 30/23) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.123)
    Sec. 23. If any owner or agent of improved private property within a conservation area as designated under this Act, shall after notice to owner or agent and to mortgagee to comply and opportunity to be heard, fail to make such property conform to minimum standards as set forth in the governing ordinances of the municipality, the corporate authorities of a municipality upon the request of the Department, shall apply to the Circuit Court of the county in which the property is located for an order of court permitting the corporate authorities to make such improved property conform to such minimum standards and to charge and collect from the owners of and persons interested in such property the reasonable cost and expense of making such repairs or improvements as are necessary to bring the property up to the minimum standards of such ordinances. This cost and expense is a lien upon the real estate affected, subordinate to all prior existing liens and encumbrances, provided that within 60 days after the cost and expense is incurred the municipality or person performing the service by authority of the municipality, in his or its own name, shall file notice of lien in the office of the recorder in the county in which said real estate is located or in the office of the Registrar of Titles of such county if the real estate affected is registered under "An Act concerning land titles", approved May 1, 1897, as amended. The notice shall consist of a sworn statement setting out (1) a description of the real estate sufficient for identification thereof; (2) the amount of money representing the cost and expense incurred or payable for the services; (3) the date or dates when said cost and expense was incurred by the municipality. However, the lien of such municipality shall not be valid as to any purchaser, mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor whose rights in and to said real estate have arisen subsequent to such repair or improvements and prior to the filing of the notice of such lien, in the office of the recorder, or in the office of the Registrar of Titles, as aforesaid. Upon payment of said cost and expense by the owner of or a person interested in said property, after notice of lien has been filed, the lien shall be released by the municipality or person in whose name the lien has been filed and said release may be filed of record as in the case of filing notice of lien. The lien may be enforced by proceedings to foreclose as in case of mortgages or mechanics liens. Suit to foreclose this lien shall be commenced within 3 years after the date of filing notice of lien.
(Source: P.A. 83-358.)

315 ILCS 30/Pt. III

 
    (315 ILCS 30/Pt. III heading)
PART III. GENERAL PROVISIONS

315 ILCS 30/24

    (315 ILCS 30/24) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.124)
    Sec. 24. In addition to the powers and authorities granted in this Act to municipalities, acting through a Department of Urban Renewal, municipalities creating a Department of Urban Renewal pursuant to the provisions of this Act shall have the following powers and authority:
    (a) To acquire by gift, purchase or exercise of the right of eminent domain the fee simple title to real property, or such lesser estate as may serve the purposes of this Act, and to hold, improve, mortgage, manage, sell, lease or exchange the same, in accordance with the provisions of this Act and for any of the purposes of this Act.
    (b) To issue bonds from time to time in its discretion to procure funds for any of the purposes of this Act; to issue refunding bonds for the purpose of paying or retiring or in exchange for bonds previously issued by it or by a land clearance commission which is to be dissolved by reason of the creation of a Department. "Bonds" shall mean any bonds (including refunding bonds), notes, interim certificates, debentures, or other obligations issued by a municipality pursuant to this Act, and the words "Bondholder" or "Bondholders" shall mean the holder or holders of any such bonds.
    (c) To borrow money, to apply for and accept advances, loans, grants, contributions, gifts, services, or other financial assistance, from the United States of America or any agency or instrumentality thereof, the State, County, Municipality or other public body or from any sources, public or private, for or in aid of any of the purposes of this Act, including advances for surveys and plans for redevelopment projects or conservation areas, and to secure the payment of any loans or advances by the issuance of bonds or notes, and by the pledge of any loan, grant or contribution, or parts thereof, or the contracts therefor, to be received from the United States of America or any agency or instrumentality thereof, and to enter into and carry out contracts in connection therewith; to redeem its bonds or notes at the redemption price established therein or to purchase them at less than the redemption price, all bonds or notes so redeemed or purchased to be cancelled. Any ordinance providing for the issuance of such bonds shall be effective without submitting the proposition to the electors of the municipality in accordance with the requirements of Sections 8-4-1 and 8-4-2 of the "Illinois Municipal Code", approved May 29, 1961, as heretofore and hereafter amended. A municipality, notwithstanding the provisions of any other law, may include in any contract for financial assistance with the United States of America or any agency or instrumentality thereof for a redevelopment project or a conservation area, such conditions imposed pursuant to Federal law as the municipality may deem reasonable and appropriate and which are not inconsistent with the purposes of this Act or with the foregoing proviso.
    (d) To incur indebtedness and issue general obligation bonds, as provided in Section 28 hereof, in such amount or amounts as the governing body of the municipality deems necessary for the purpose of raising funds to be used by a Department of Urban Renewal whose area of operation includes that municipality, in aid of the eradication and elimination of slum and blighted areas and the acquisition, development or redevelopment of any other areas which may constitute a redevelopment project within that municipality or in aid of a conservation area.
    (e) To appropriate and pay for the use of the Department whose area of operation includes that municipality, available funds for and in aid of redevelopment projects and conservation areas in that municipality in the manner provided in this Act.
    (f) To appropriate and pay for the use of the Department of Urban Renewal under Part I of this Act, the proceeds of bonds issued in exercise of the powers specified in Section 11-11-1 of the "Illinois Municipal Code", approved May 29, 1961, as heretofore and hereafter amended.
    (g) To use for any of the purposes of this Act any of the funds arising from the use or sale of any property acquired under the provisions of this Act and not pledged for the payment of revenue bonds.
    (h) The Department, subject to the approval of the Budget Director of the municipality, shall prescribe methods and forms for keeping its accounts, records and books; prescribe accounts to which particular outlays and receipts shall be entered, charged, or credited; file periodical reports covering its operations and activities in a form prescribed by such Budget Director. Copies of all such reports shall be submitted to the presiding officer of the municipality.
    (i) To succeed, by assignment, novation, conveyance, substitution or other appropriate mode of transfer, to the assets, liabilities, rights, privileges, powers and duties of a land clearance commission which exists in the area of operation of its Department of Urban Renewal, including but not limited to rights of such land clearance commission in real property, rights and obligations under contracts, options or agreements of any kind or nature, including rights and obligations under contracts with the government for loans and grants, and rights and obligations as party to any pending action.
    (j) To assign or loan any of its employees to a Department in aid of the performance of the work of the Department, and provide necessary office space, equipment or other facilities for the Department.
    (k) In case of contumacy or refusal to obey a subpoena issued to any person, the Circuit Court of the county in which such person resides or has his principal place of business upon application by the Department, shall have jurisdiction to issue to such person an order requiring such person to appear before the Department or before any member, employee or agent thereof designated to conduct such hearing there to produce evidence, if so desired, or there to give testimony touching the matter under investigation and any failure to obey such order of the Court may be punished by the Court as a contempt thereof.
    The officials of any city, village or town and the members of any zoning commission shall, when requested so to do by any member of the Department, make available for inspection by the Department or by any committee, employee or agent of the Department, any and all records and data which they may have pertaining to an area which is then being investigated.
    (l) For the purpose of aiding in the planning, undertaking or carrying out of a redevelopment project or a conservation plan for a conservation area, the governing body of the municipality, after public hearing, may direct the Department to enter into cooperation and conveyance agreements with any hospital or educational institution of higher learning, both public and private, or any private corporation acting on behalf of such institutions, respecting the redevelopment or renewal or conservation of slum or blighted or conservation areas embracing, adjacent to, or in the immediate vicinity of such hospital, educational institution or a major branch thereof and may, in addition to its other powers and upon such terms, with or without consideration, as it may determine, perform such cooperation and conveyance agreements and do and perform any or all of the actions or things necessary or desirable to assure that the municipality obtains credit as a local grant-in-aid for the aggregate amount of expenditures made by any such hospital, educational institution, or private corporation acting on behalf of such institutions, which would be eligible as such under Title I of the Federal Housing Act of 1949, as amended.
    (m) Have and exercise all of the powers and functions vested in the municipality by virtue of any statute as shall be necessary to effectuate the purposes of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 81-282.)

315 ILCS 30/25

    (315 ILCS 30/25) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.125)
    Sec. 25. (a) For the purpose of aiding and cooperating with Departments in accomplishing the objectives of this Act, any state public body (city, village, incorporated town, county, municipal corporation, commission, district, authority, or other subdivision or public body of the State) may, upon such terms, with or without consideration, as it may determine: (1) dedicate, sell, convey or lease any of its interest in any property or grant easements, licenses or other rights or privileges therein to a Department as agent for a municipality; (2) incur the entire expense of any public improvements made by such public body in exercising the powers granted in this section; (3) do any and all things necessary to aid or cooperate in the planning or carrying out of a redevelopment project or conservation plan; (4) lend, grant or contribute funds to a Department as agent for a municipality; (5) enter into agreements (which may extend over any period, notwithstanding any provision or rule of law to the contrary) with a municipality or other public body respecting action to be taken pursuant to any of the powers granted by this Act, including the furnishing of funds or other assistance in connection with a redevelopment project or a conservation area; (6) cause parks, playgrounds, water, sewer or drainage facilities to be furnished adjacent to or in connection with a redevelopment project or conservation area, and (7) cause public buildings and public facilities, including recreational, community, or educational facilities, or any other works which it is otherwise empowered to undertake to be furnished; and cause administrative and other services to be furnished to a Department as agent for the municipality.
    (b) Any sale, conveyance, lease or agreement provided for in this section may be made by a public body without appraisal, public notice, advertisement or public bidding.
    (c) For the purpose of aiding in the planning, undertaking or carrying out of a redevelopment project or a conservation area, a municipality may (in addition to its other powers and upon such terms with or without consideration, as it may determine) do and perform any or all of the actions or things which, by the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, a public body is authorized to do or perform, including the furnishing of financial and other assistance.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3308.)

315 ILCS 30/26

    (315 ILCS 30/26) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.126)
    Sec. 26. The sale of any real property by a Department where required to be made for a monetary consideration except public sales of real property not sold within the 5-year period as provided in Section 18, shall be subject to the approval of the governing body of the municipality in which the real property is located; provided, however, that no new or additional approval of a sale by the governing body shall be required in any case where a sale by a land clearance commission has heretofore been approved by the State Housing Board and the governing body pursuant to the "Blighted Areas Redevelopment Act of 1947," approved July 2, 1947, as amended.
    The disposition of real property acquired pursuant to the provisions of this Act shall be exempt from the requirements of Sections 11-76-1 and 11-76-2 of the "Illinois Municipal Code", approved May 29, 1961, as heretofore and hereafter amended. All deeds of conveyances of real property shall be executed as provided in Section 11-76-3 of said Illinois Municipal Code. Any deed of conveyance may provide such restrictions as are required by the plan for development or conservation plan and the building and zoning ordinances, but no deed of conveyance or lease either by the municipality or any subsequent owner shall contain a covenant running with the land or other provisions prohibiting occupancy of the premises by any person because of race, creed, color, religion, physical or mental disability, national origin or sex.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)

315 ILCS 30/27

    (315 ILCS 30/27) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.127)
    Sec. 27. Revenue bonds may be issued by a municipality and such bonds shall contain a provision that the principal thereof and interest thereon shall be payable exclusively from the proceeds and revenues of any redevelopment project or conservation area which is financed in whole or in part with the proceeds of such bonds, together with that amount of the funds of the municipality from whatever source derived as is necessary to constitute the local cash grant-in-aid for the redevelopment project or conservation area within the meaning of applicable federal law; provided, however that any such bonds may be additionally secured by a pledge of any loan, grant or contribution, or parts thereof, thereafter to be received from the United States of America or any agency or instrumentality thereof, or by the contracts therefor.
    (a) Neither the members of a Department of Urban Renewal, nor any officers, agents or employees of the municipality, nor any other persons executing such bonds shall be liable personally thereof by reason of the issuance thereof. Such bonds (and the same shall so state on their face) shall not be a debt of any city, village, incorporated town, county, the State or any political subdivision thereof and neither the city, village, incorporated town or the county, nor the State or any political subdivision thereof, shall be liable thereon, nor in any event shall such bonds be payable out of any funds or properties of a municipality other than those enumerated in this Section. Such bonds shall not constitute an indebtedness within the meaning of any constitutional or statutory debt limitation or restriction and such bonds are declared to be issued for an essential public and governmental purpose.
    (b) Bonds issued hereunder may be issued in one or more series and shall bear such date or dates, shall mature at such time or times, bear interest at such rate or rates, not exceeding the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, for bonds issued before January 1, 1972 and not exceeding the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, for bonds issued after January 1, 1972, be in such denomination or denominations, be in such form either coupon or registered, carry registration privileges, have such priority, be executed in such manner, be payable in such medium of payment, at such place or places and be subject to such terms of redemption (with or without premium) as the ordinance, any trust indenture relating thereto, and the bonds issued may provide. Any ordinance providing for the issuance of such bonds shall be effective without submitting the proposition to the electors of the municipality in accordance with the requirements of Sections 8-4-1 and 8-4-2 of the "Illinois Municipal Code", approved May 29, 1961, as heretofore and hereafter amended.
    (c) The bonds shall be sold at not less than par and accrued interest.
    (d) In case any of the members of the Department of Urban Renewal or officers of the municipality whose signatures appear on any bonds or coupons shall cease to be such members or officers before the delivery of such bonds, such signatures shall, nevertheless, be valid and sufficient for all purposes, the same as if such members or officers had remained in office until such delivery. Any provision of any law to the contrary notwithstanding, any bonds issued pursuant to this Act shall be fully negotiable.
    (e) In any action or proceedings involving the validity or enforceability of any such bond or the security therefor, any such bond reciting in substance that it has been issued by the municipality, to aid in financing any redevelopment project or conservation area pursuant to this Act and for any purposes authorized by this Act shall be conclusively deemed to have been issued for such redevelopment project or conservation area and other purposes and such redevelopment project or conservation area shall be conclusively deemed to have been planned, located and carried out in accordance with the purposes and provisions of this Act.
    (f) In connection with the issuance of bonds and in order to secure the payment of such bonds, a municipality, in addition to its other powers, shall have power in the bond ordinance, subject to the limitations, terms and provisions in this Act contained:
    (1) To pledge all or any part of its revenues (as hereinafter defined) to which its right then exists or may thereafter come into existence.
    (2) To covenant against pledging all or any part of its revenues (as hereinafter defined) or against permitting or allowing any lien on its revenues (as hereinafter defined) or property; and to covenant as to what other, or additional debts or obligations may be incurred by it.
    (3) To covenant as to the bonds to be issued and as to the issuance of such bonds in escrow or otherwise, and as to the use and disposition of the proceeds thereof; to provide for the replacement of lost, destroyed or mutilated bonds; and to covenant for their redemption and to provide the terms and conditions thereof.
    (4) To covenant as to the use and disposition to be made of all or any part of its revenues (as hereinafter defined); and to create or to authorize the creation of special funds for moneys held for operating costs, debt service, reserves, or other purposes, and to covenant as to the use and disposition of the moneys held in such funds.
    (5) To prescribe the procedure, if any, by which the terms of any contract with bondholders may be amended or abrogated, the amount of bonds the holders of which must consent thereto and the manner in which such consent may be given.
    (6) To covenant as to the rights, liabilities, powers and duties arising upon the breach by it of any covenant, condition, or obligations; and to covenant and prescribe as to the events of default and terms and conditions upon which any or all of its bonds shall become or may be declared due before maturity, and as to the terms and conditions upon which such declaration and its consequences may be waived.
    (7) To vest in a trustee or trustees or the holders of bonds or any specified proportion of them the right to enforce the payment of the bonds or any covenants securing or relating to the bonds; and to enforce collection of the proceeds and revenues (as hereinafter defined) arising from any redevelopment project or conservation area which have been pledged to secure such bonds and to dispose of such moneys in accordance with the agreement of the municipality with such trustee or trustees, or obligee or obligees; to provide for the powers and duties of such trustee or trustees and obligee or obligees and to limit the liabilities thereof; and to provide the terms and conditions upon which such trustee or trustees, or obligee or obligees may enforce any covenant or rights securing or relating to the bonds.
    (8) To exercise all or any part or combination of the powers herein granted; to make covenants other than in addition to the covenants herein expressly authorized, of like or different character; to make such covenants and to do any and all such acts and things as may be necessary or convenient or desirable in order to secure its bonds, or, in the absolute discretion of said municipality, as will tend to make the bonds more marketable notwithstanding that such covenants, acts or things may not be enumerated herein.
    (9) "Revenue" or "Revenues" shall mean the proceeds and revenues (including, but not in limitation thereof, the proceeds from the sale of real property, moneys received from the operation and management, or demolition, of existing housing or other buildings or improvements located on any real property in a redevelopment project or conservation area) from any redevelopment project or conservation area which is financed in whole or in part with the proceeds of bonds issued hereunder, together with that amount of the funds, from whatever source derived, as is necessary to constitute the local cash grant-in-aid for the project within the meaning of applicable Federal law and any loan, grant or contribution, or parts thereof, thereafter to be received from the United States of America or any agency or instrumentality thereof, or by the contracts therefor.
    (g) A bondholder or trustee for a bondholder shall have the right in addition to all other rights which may be conferred on such bondholder or trustee, subject to any contractual restrictions binding upon such bondholder or trustee, and to the limitations, terms and provisions in this Act contained:
    (1) By mandamus, injunction, civil action or proceeding to compel the municipality and the officers, agents, or employees thereof to perform each and every term, provision and covenant contained in the bond resolution and in any contract of said municipality with or for the benefit of such bondholder or trustee, and to require the carrying out of any or all such covenants and agreements of said municipality and the fulfillment of all duties imposed upon said municipality by this Act.
    (2) By action or proceeding to enjoin any acts or things which may be unlawful, or the violation of any of the rights of such bondholders.
    With respect to instruments for the payment of money issued under this Section either before, on, or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1989, it is and always has been the intention of the General Assembly (i) that the Omnibus Bond Acts are and always have been supplementary grants of power to issue instruments in accordance with the Omnibus Bond Acts, regardless of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts, (ii) that the provisions of this Section are not a limitation on the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts, and (iii) that instruments issued under this Section within the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts are not invalid because of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts.
(Source: P.A. 86-4.)

315 ILCS 30/28

    (315 ILCS 30/28) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.128)
    Sec. 28. Every municipality is authorized and empowered to incur indebtedness and issue bonds in such amount or amounts as the governing body of the municipality deems necessary for the purpose of raising funds for the use of a Department of Urban Renewal whose area of operation includes that municipality in aid of a redevelopment project or conservation area within that municipality. The ordinance authorizing the issuance of such bonds shall specify the total amount of bonds to be issued, the form and denomination of the bonds, the date they are to bear, the place at which they are payable, the date or dates of maturity, which shall not be later than twenty (20) years after the date the bonds bear, the rate of interest which shall not exceed the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, and the dates on which interest is payable. The bonds shall be executed by such officials as may be provided in the ordinance authorizing their issue. They may be made registerable as to principal and may be made callable on any interest payment date at par and accrued interest after notice has been given at the time and in the manner provided in the bond ordinance. The bonds shall remain valid even though one or more of the officers executing the bonds ceases to hold his or their offices before the bonds are delivered.
    The bonds shall be sold to the highest and best bidder at not less than their par value and accrued interest. The municipality shall, from time to time as bonds are to be sold, advertise for proposals to purchase the bonds. Each such advertisement may be published in such newspapers and journals as the governing body of the municipality may determine but must be published at least once in a newspaper having a general circulation in the municipality at least ten days prior to the date of the opening of the bids. The municipality may reserve the right to reject any and all bids and re-advertise for bids.
    The ordinance authorizing the bonds shall prescribe all the details thereof and shall provide for the levy and collection of a direct annual tax upon all the taxable property within the municipality sufficient to pay the principal thereof and interest thereon as it matures. This tax shall be in addition to and exclusive of the maximum of all other taxes authorized to be levied by the municipality. Tax limitations provided by other statutes of this State shall not apply to taxes levied for payment of these bonds. A certified copy of the bond ordinance shall be filed with the County Clerk of the county in which the municipality or any portion thereof is situated and shall constitute the authority for the extension and collection of such taxes.
    If there is no default in payment of the principal or interest upon the bonds, and if after setting aside a sum of money equal to the amount of interest that will accrue on the bonds and a sum of money equal to the amount of principal that will become due thereon within the next six (6) months' period, the treasurer and comptroller, if there is a comptroller, or the municipality shall use the money available from the proceeds of the taxes levied for the payment of the bonds in calling them for payment, if by their terms they are subject to redemption. A municipality may provide in the bond ordinance that whenever the municipality is not in default in payment of the principal of or interest on the bonds and has set aside the sums of money provided in this paragraph for interest accruing and principal maturing within the next six (6) months' period, the money available from the proceeds of taxes levied for the payment of these bonds shall be used first in the purchase of the bonds at the lowest price obtainable, but not to exceed their par value and accrued interest, after sealed tenders for their purchase have been advertised for as may be directed by the corporate authorities thereof.
    Bonds called for payment and paid or purchased under this Section shall be marked paid and cancelled.
    Whenever any bonds are purchased or redeemed and cancelled, the taxes thereafter to be extended for payment of the principal of and interest on the remainder of the issue shall be reduced in an amount equal to the principal of and the interest that would have thereafter accrued upon the bonds so cancelled. A resolution shall be adopted by the corporate authorities of the municipality finding these facts. A certified copy of this resolution shall be filed with the County Clerk of the county in which the municipality, or any portion thereof, is situated, whereupon the County Clerk shall reduce and extend such tax levies in accordance therewith.
    The ordinance may provide for the creation of a sinking fund to consist of the proceeds of taxes levied for the payment of the principal of and interest upon these bonds. This fund shall be faithfully applied to the purchase or payment of the bonds, and interest thereon, issued pursuant to the provisions of this Act.
    Bonds issued by a municipality for the purposes herein set forth shall not be in excess of any existing statutory limitation on municipal indebtedness, nor shall any municipality by the issuance of the bonds provided for in this Act be allowed to become indebted in any manner or for any purpose to an amount including existing indebtedness in the aggregate exceeding five per centum (5%) on the value of taxable property therein to be ascertained by the last assessment for State and County taxes previous to the incurring of such indebtedness.
    No ordinance providing for the issuance of such bonds shall be effective until it has been submitted to referendum of, and approved by, the electors of that municipality in accordance with the provisions of Section 8-4-1 and 8-4-2 of the "Illinois Municipal Code", approved May 29, 1961, as heretofore and hereafter amended.
    With respect to instruments for the payment of money issued under this Section either before, on, or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1989, it is and always has been the intention of the General Assembly (i) that the Omnibus Bond Acts are and always have been supplementary grants of power to issue instruments in accordance with the Omnibus Bond Acts, regardless of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts, (ii) that the provisions of this Section are not a limitation on the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts, and (iii) that instruments issued under this Section within the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts are not invalid because of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts.
(Source: P.A. 86-4.)

315 ILCS 30/28.1

    (315 ILCS 30/28.1) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.128.1)
    Sec. 28.1. Any municipality which as of January 1, 1970, has authorized the issuance and sale of bonds by referendum pursuant to Section 28, but has not sold bonds so authorized, may, until January 1, 1972, issue such bonds at a rate of interest not to exceed the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, without a further referendum, upon the adoption of an ordinance authorizing a rate not to exceed the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, provided by this Section. Such bonds shall be otherwise subject to the provisions of Section 28. Bonds may be so issued only up to the amount authorized by the referendum and not previously sold. This Section does not affect any bonds previously issued and sold under Section 28. If the provisions of this Section are held invalid, such invalidity does not affect the provisions of Section 28 which shall remain in full force and effect as if this Section had not become law, and to this end the provisions of this Section are severable from the provisions of Section 28.
    With respect to instruments for the payment of money issued under this Section either before, on, or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1989, it is and always has been the intention of the General Assembly (i) that the Omnibus Bond Acts are and always have been supplementary grants of power to issue instruments in accordance with the Omnibus Bond Acts, regardless of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts, (ii) that the provisions of this Section are not a limitation on the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts, and (iii) that instruments issued under this Section within the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts are not invalid because of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts.
(Source: P.A. 86-4.)

315 ILCS 30/29

    (315 ILCS 30/29) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.129)
    Sec. 29. The State and all counties, cities, villages, incorporated towns and other municipal corporations, political subdivisions and public bodies and public officers of any thereof, all banks, bankers, trust companies, savings banks and institutions, building and loan associations, investment companies and other persons carrying on a banking business, all insurance companies, insurance associations and other persons carrying on an insurance business, and all executors, administrators, guardians, trustees and other fiduciaries may legally invest any sinking funds, moneys or other funds belonging to them or within their control in any bonds of a municipality issued in connection with a redevelopment project or conservation area for which the United States of America or any agency or instrumentality thereof, the State, or any political subdivision of the State has extended or provided for or has agreed to extend or provide for financial assistance which prior to the maturity of such bonds will be in an amount which (together with any other monies irrevocably committed to the payment of the principal and interest on such bonds) will suffice to pay the principal of such bonds with interest to maturity thereon and which monies are required to be used for the purpose of paying the principal of and the interest on such bonds at their maturity, it being the purpose of this Section to authorize the investment in such bonds of all sinking, insurance, retirement, compensation, pension and trust funds, whether owned or controlled by private or public persons or officers; provided, however, that nothing contained in this Section may be construed as relieving any person, firm or corporation from any duty of exercising reasonable care in selecting securities.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3308.)

315 ILCS 30/30

    (315 ILCS 30/30) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.130)
    Sec. 30. The provisions of any other statute to the contrary notwithstanding, funds of a land clearance commission dissolved or in the process of dissolution pursuant to this Act which have been derived from grants made by the State of Illinois shall be transferred and paid over to the municipality for use by a Department of Urban Renewal for any of the purposes of Part I of this Act.
    Any municipality which has issued and sold bonds pursuant to Section 24 of the "Blighted Areas Redevelopment Act of 1947," approved July 2, 1947, as amended, for the purpose of raising funds to be paid to a land clearance commission may apply, use and pay the proceeds of such bonds for and in aid of its Department of Urban Renewal and may use such funds for any of the purposes of Part I of this Act.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3308.)

315 ILCS 30/31

    (315 ILCS 30/31) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.131)
    Sec. 31. When a Department of Urban Renewal has been established hereunder the presiding officer of the municipality shall so notify the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the land clearance commission in its area of operation by transmitting to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and such land clearance commission a certified copy of the ordinance of the governing body providing for the creation of such Department.
    From and after the receipt of such notice such land clearance commission shall undertake no new development or redevelopment projects; however, such land clearance commission shall, pending its dissolution as hereinafter provided, have and continue to exercise all powers vested in land clearance commissions by the "Blighted Areas Redevelopment Act of 1947," approved July 2, 1947, as amended, with respect to: (1) projects then in progress pending determination, as hereinafter provided, by the governing body of the municipality as to which, if any, of the redevelopment projects then in progress are to be completed by such land clearance commission, and (2) projects which the governing body of the municipality determines shall be completed by such land clearance commission.
    Such land clearance commission shall promptly prepare a detailed report covering its operations and activities and the status of all of its pending development or redevelopment projects, together with all other pertinent data and information as may be requested by the Department. The Department shall cause an audit to be made of the financial affairs and obligations of such land clearance commission. Copies of such report and audit shall be furnished the presiding officer of the municipality, the department, the governing body of the municipality, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and such land clearance commission.
    Upon receipt of such audit and report the Department of Urban Renewal, with the approval of the governing body of the municipality, shall determine with respect to any redevelopment project then in progress whether such project shall be completed by such land clearance commission or by the Department of Urban Renewal, and shall so notify such land clearance commission and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
    Such land clearance commission shall, upon receipt of the determinations of the Department of Urban Renewal with respect to redevelopment projects then in progress, proceed with the orderly dissolution of such land clearance commission. When provision has been made for the refunding or payment of outstanding bonds of such land clearance commission the Commissioners of such land clearance commission shall promptly take appropriate action to convey, transfer, assign, deliver and pay over to the municipality for the purposes under Part I of this Act, all cash, real property, securities, contracts, records, and assets of any kind or nature which will not be needed for the completion by the land clearance commission of any redevelopment project which the department may have determined should be completed by such land clearance commission and which will not be required for the orderly dissolution of such land clearance commission. All assets so conveyed, assigned, transferred and paid over to the municipality shall be subject to the same rights, liabilities and obligations as existed prior to the transfer to the municipality.
    When all of the cash, real property, securities, contracts, assets, records and functions of a land clearance commission have been so conveyed, transferred, assigned, delivered and paid over to the municipality and provisions have been made for the refunding or payment of outstanding bonds of such land clearance commission, and when such land clearance commission has completed all projects which the Department, as aforesaid, may have determined should be completed by such land clearance commission, it shall so notify the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. When the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is satisfied that a proper accounting has been made and that no contingent liabilities exist, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall issue a certificate of dissolution which it shall file in the office in which deeds of property in the area of operation are recorded, and upon such filing, such land clearance commission shall be dissolved and cease to exist.
(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)

315 ILCS 30/32

    (315 ILCS 30/32) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.132)
    Sec. 32. When a Department of Urban Renewal has been established hereunder, the presiding officer of the municipality shall so notify the Chairman of the conservation board in its area of operation by transmitting to such Chairman a certified copy of the ordinance of the governing board providing for the creation of such Department. Upon receipt of such notice, the conservation board shall promptly prepare a detailed report covering its operations and activities and the status of all of its pending programs, together with all of the pertinent data and information as may be requested by the Department, and copies of such report shall be submitted to the presiding officer and the Department.
    Upon approval of such report by the presiding officer, all functions and records of the conservation board shall be transferred to the Department and the governing body shall, by ordinance, dissolve such conservation board.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3308.)

315 ILCS 30/33

    (315 ILCS 30/33) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.133)
    Sec. 33. Nothing contained in this Act shall affect or impair the validity of any act or proceeding done or performed by a land clearance commission under the Blighted Areas Redevelopment Act of 1947, as amended, or by a Community Conservation Board under the Urban Community Conservation Act, as amended.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3308.)

315 ILCS 30/34

    (315 ILCS 30/34) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.134)
    Sec. 34. This Act shall be deemed to create an additional and alternative method for the eradication and redevelopment of slum and blighted areas and the development and redevelopment of blighted vacant areas, the conservation of urban residential areas and the prevention of slums. This Act shall not be deemed to alter, amend or repeal any other statute having to do with such matters; and no proceedings, actions or notices shall be required for the doing, or as a condition precedent for the doing, of any of the things herein authorized, except such as are prescribed by this Act. The proceedings herein authorized shall not be subject to the Administrative Review Law, as amended.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

315 ILCS 30/35

    (315 ILCS 30/35) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.135)
    Sec. 35. This Act being necessary for and intended to secure the public health, safety and welfare, the provisions of this Act shall be liberally construed to effectuate the provisions hereof.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3308.)

315 ILCS 30/36

    (315 ILCS 30/36) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 91.136)
    Sec. 36. If any section, clause, sentence, paragraph, part or provision of this Act shall be held to be invalid by any Court, it shall be conclusively presumed that the remaining portions of this Act would have been passed by the Legislature without such invalid section, clause, sentence, paragraph, part or provision.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3308.)