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COUNTIES
(55 ILCS 5/) Counties Code.

55 ILCS 5/Art. 1

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Art. 1 heading)
ARTICLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS

55 ILCS 5/Div. 1-1

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 1-1 heading)
Division 1-1. Short Title, Boundaries, Jurisdiction

55 ILCS 5/1-1001

    (55 ILCS 5/1-1001) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-1001)
    Sec. 1-1001. Short title. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the Counties Code.
(Source: P.A. 97-1154, eff. 1-25-13.)

55 ILCS 5/1-1002

    (55 ILCS 5/1-1002) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-1002)
    Sec. 1-1002. Boundaries. The boundaries of the several counties of this State shall remain as now established until the same be changed according to law.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-1003

    (55 ILCS 5/1-1003) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-1003)
    Sec. 1-1003. Jurisdiction over rivers. Each county bounded by either the Mississippi, Ohio or Wabash river, shall have jurisdiction over such river to the extent it is so bounded, which jurisdiction may be exercised concurrently with the contiguous states bounded by such river.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-1004

    (55 ILCS 5/1-1004) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-1004)
    Sec. 1-1004. Jurisdiction over Lake Michigan. Each of the counties bordering on Lake Michigan shall have jurisdiction over said lake eastwardly, to the east line of the State.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/Div. 1-2

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 1-2 heading)
Division 1-2. Alteration of County Lines

55 ILCS 5/1-2001

    (55 ILCS 5/1-2001) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-2001)
    Sec. 1-2001. Petition for transfer of territory. When a majority of the legal voters, residing upon any territory, not less than half of one congressional township, shall petition the county board of their own county, and also of the county to which they desire such territory to be transferred, for leave to have such territory transferred to such county, it shall be the duty of the several county boards so petitioned to certify the proposition to the proper election officials, who shall submit the question at a referendum in their respective counties in accordance with the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-2002

    (55 ILCS 5/1-2002) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-2002)
    Sec. 1-2002. Notice of election. In addition to the requirements of the general election law, notices of such election shall contain a description of the territory proposed to be transferred, and the names of the counties from and to which such transfer is intended to be made.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-2003

    (55 ILCS 5/1-2003) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-2003)
    Sec. 1-2003. Form of ballots; effect of vote. The ballots used in the said elections may be in the following form, to wit: "For transferring territory," and "Against transferring territory." If a majority of the voters voting upon said question in the county from which said territory is proposed to be taken, and a majority of the voters of the county to which the same is proposed to be transferred, shall be "For transferring territory," then the said territory shall be transferred to and become a part of the county to which it is proposed to transfer the same, on and after the first day of March succeeding such elections, and shall be subject to all the laws, rules and regulations thereof: Provided, That all assessments and collection of taxes, and judicial or other official proceedings commenced prior to said first day of March, shall be continued, prosecuted and completed, in the same manner as if no such transfer had been made: And, provided, further, That all township or precinct officers within said transferred territory shall continue to hold their respective offices within the county to which they may be transferred, until their respective terms of office expire.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-2004

    (55 ILCS 5/1-2004) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-2004)
    Sec. 1-2004. Restriction. No county shall be reduced, under the provisions of this Division, to less contents than 400 square miles; nor shall any county line be made to pass within less than ten miles of the county seat of the county from which territory is so transferred.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-2005

    (55 ILCS 5/1-2005) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-2005)
    Sec. 1-2005. Adjustment of debts. No territory transferred under the provisions of this Division shall be released from the payment of its proportion of the debts of the county from which such territory is transferred; and such proportionate indebtedness from such transferred territory shall be collected by the county to which such territory is transferred, at an equal or greater rate than is levied and collected in the county from which such territory was transferred -- such rate to be ascertained by the certificate of the county clerk of said last named county, and when so collected, to be paid over to the county entitled thereto.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-2006

    (55 ILCS 5/1-2006) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-2006)
    Sec. 1-2006. Territory released. When the county to which such territory is transferred shall also be indebted, the county board of such county shall release such transferred territory from the payment of such indebtedness to an amount equal to that which said territory is required to pay to the county from which it was transferred.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-2007

    (55 ILCS 5/1-2007) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-2007)
    Sec. 1-2007. When elections at discretion of county board. When a majority of the legal voters of any territory, less than half of one congressional township, shall petition the county boards as provided in Section 1-2001, the said county boards may, in their discretion, order referenda to be held as herein provided; and in any case where referenda have been held under this Division, and the result has been adverse to the petitioners, it shall be in the discretion of the said boards to order another referendum, on a petition to transfer the same territory, within three years from the time of holding such former referendum.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/Div. 1-3

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 1-3 heading)
Division 1-3. New Counties

55 ILCS 5/1-3001

    (55 ILCS 5/1-3001) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-3001)
    Sec. 1-3001. Petition to form new county. Whenever it is desired to form a new county out of one or more of the then existing counties, and a petition praying for the erection of such new county, stating and describing the territory proposed to be taken for such new county, together with the name of such proposed new county, signed by a majority of the legal voters residing in the territory to be stricken from such county or counties, shall be presented to the county board of each county to be affected by such division, and it appearing that such new county can be constitutionally formed, it shall be the duty of such county board or county boards to make an order providing for the submission of the question of the erection of such new county to a vote of the people of the counties to be affected. The County Board or boards shall certify the question to the proper election officials, who shall submit the question to the voters at a general election, in accordance with the general election law. The form of the proposition shall be as follows: "For new county," and "Against new county."
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-3002

    (55 ILCS 5/1-3002) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-3002)
    Sec. 1-3002. Election; effect. If it shall appear that a majority of all the votes cast at such election, in each of the counties interested, is in favor of the erection of such new county, the county clerk of each of said counties shall certify the same to the Secretary of State, stating in such certificate the name, territorial contents and boundaries of such new county; whereupon the Secretary of State shall notify the Governor of the result of such election, whose duty it shall be to order an election of county officers for such new county in accordance with the general election law for the election of county officers. At such election the qualified voters of said new county shall elect all county officers for said county, except as hereinafter excepted, who shall be commissioned and qualified in the same manner as such officers are in other counties in this State, and who shall continue in office until the next regular election for such officers, and until their successors are elected and qualified, and who shall have all the jurisdiction and perform all the duties which are or may be conferred upon such officers in other counties of this State.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-3003

    (55 ILCS 5/1-3003) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-3003)
    Sec. 1-3003. Township or precinct officers; continuance in office. All the township or precinct officers, who were previously elected and qualified in the county or counties from which such new county has been formed, whose term of office shall not have expired at the time of said election, and whose residence shall be embraced within the limits of said new county, shall continue in office until their terms of office shall expire, and until their successors shall be elected and qualified.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-3004

    (55 ILCS 5/1-3004) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-3004)
    Sec. 1-3004. Canvass and return of votes. The votes for the county officers of said new county shall be canvassed, and returns made, by the county clerk or county clerks of the county or counties from which such new county was formed, as provided by the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-3005

    (55 ILCS 5/1-3005) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-3005)
    Sec. 1-3005. County deemed organized. The oath of office may be administered to the several county officers of such new county by any person authorized by law to administer oaths; and as soon as such county officers are duly qualified, the county shall be regarded as legally organized, and for judicial purposes shall be deemed and taken as belonging to the circuit in which such new county, or the greater part thereof, is embraced, and the circuit court shall be held at such place in the new county as the county board thereof shall designate, until the county seat thereof shall be permanently located.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-3006

    (55 ILCS 5/1-3006) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-3006)
    Sec. 1-3006. Transfer of suits and judgments. The courts of any county or counties from which such new county is erected may, by proper order, transfer any suit or other legal proceeding affecting real estate in such new county, to the proper court of such new county, or may transfer any suit and all papers and records pertaining thereto to such new county, when all the parties thereto are residents of such new county; but all judgments and other liens in the county or counties from which such new county was erected, shall have the same effect as if no new county had been erected.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-3007

    (55 ILCS 5/1-3007) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-3007)
    Sec. 1-3007. Adjustment of property and debts. All the property, both real and personal, and all debts, liabilities and choses in action of every kind, belonging to the county or counties from which such new county was formed, shall be divided by the several county boards of the counties interested, between the county or counties from which such new county is formed and the new county, in proportion to the assessed value of property for the last preceding year which has been taken from such original county or counties and carried to such new county; and if such boards cannot agree upon such division, they may refer the matter of difference to arbitrators, or the rights to such property may be settled by a civil action filed by either party for that purpose. In case the property cannot be divided or removed, the county receiving the same shall pay to the other a proportionate value for the same.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-3008

    (55 ILCS 5/1-3008) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-3008)
    Sec. 1-3008. Appointment of commissioner to copy records. The presiding officer of the county board of such new county, with the advice and consent of that county board, shall, at any session of said board, by an order to be entered of record, appoint some competent person a commissioner, for the purpose hereinafter expressed, who shall take an oath of office before some person authorized by law to administer oaths. Said board shall, at the same time, provide a sufficient number of blank books, and deliver them to said commissioner, who shall receipt for the same to the county clerk of said county.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-3009

    (55 ILCS 5/1-3009) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-3009)
    Sec. 1-3009. Transcription of records. As soon as said books shall be delivered to said commissioner, he shall record in each a copy of the order of his appointment and of his oath of office, and shall thereupon proceed to transcribe, into such books, from the records of the county or several counties from which the new county is formed, all such deeds, mortgages and title papers of every description, with the certificate of acknowledgment thereto, and the date of the filing of the same for record, of lands lying in said new county which previously were recorded in the counties from which such new county was formed; and there shall be allowed said commissioner such sum as his services aforesaid are reasonably worth, to be paid out of the county treasury of the said new county.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-3010

    (55 ILCS 5/1-3010) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-3010)
    Sec. 1-3010. Index of records; evidence. The commissioner shall note, at the end of each paper he shall transcribe, the book and page from which the same was transcribed, and shall make a correct double index of the records; and on the completion of his duties, the commissioner shall return the books to the recorder of the new county, with his certificate attached thereto, showing that he has complied with the law; whereupon they shall be taken and considered, to all intents and purposes, as books of records of deeds, mortgages and title papers for the new county. And copies of the record, certified by the officer having the custody of the same, shall be evidence in all courts and places, in the same manner that copies of records are evidence in other cases, and with like effect.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-3011

    (55 ILCS 5/1-3011) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-3011)
    Sec. 1-3011. Fixing county seat. For the purpose of fixing the permanent location of the county seat of such new county, the voters of said county shall, at said election for county officers, vote for some place, to be designated upon their ballots, for a county seat; upon which ballot shall be written or printed, or partly written and partly printed, "For County Seat," after which words shall be written or printed the name of the place intended for the county seat. The place receiving a majority of all the legal votes cast upon the question shall be the county seat of said county. But if no place shall receive a majority of all the votes cast upon the question, then it shall be the duty of the county board of said county to choose from the two places having the greatest number of legal voters at the former election; and the place so chosen shall be the permanent county seat of said county.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/Div. 1-4

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 1-4 heading)
Division 1-4. Uniting Counties

55 ILCS 5/1-4001

    (55 ILCS 5/1-4001) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-4001)
    Sec. 1-4001. Petition to unite counties. Whenever any number of legal voters, not less than two hundred, one-half of such number being owners or life tenants of real estate, residing in any county in this State, shall petition the county board of their own county, for leave to have their own county united and annexed to any adjoining county, and shall also petition the county board of the adjoining county, to which they desire their county to be united and annexed, for leave to have their own county united and annexed to such adjoining county, it shall be the duty of the several county boards so petitioned, to order that the propositions provided for in this Division shall be submitted to the legal voters of their respective counties. The several county boards shall certify the propositions to the proper election officials who shall submit the question at a general election in accordance with the general election law. In addition to the requirements of the general election law, the notices of said election shall include the name of each of the two counties, and shall state that the proposition to be voted upon will be whether the county of (naming the county whose legal voters have petitioned for union and annexation) shall be united and annexed to the county of (naming the adjoining county to which the legal voters have petitioned to be united and annexed): Provided, that such proposition shall not be submitted or voted upon more often than once in 5 years.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-4002

    (55 ILCS 5/1-4002) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-4002)
    Sec. 1-4002. Designation of counties. In this Division and all proceedings thereunder, the county whose legal voters shall petition the several county boards as aforesaid, shall be called the "petitioning county," and the county to which said legal voters shall petition to be united and annexed shall be called the "adjoining county."
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-4003

    (55 ILCS 5/1-4003) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-4003)
    Sec. 1-4003. Form of proposition. The proposition shall be substantially in the following form: For uniting and annexing the county of (naming the petitioning county) to the county of (naming the adjoining county). Against uniting and annexing the county of (naming the petitioning county) to the county of (naming the adjoining county).
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-4004

    (55 ILCS 5/1-4004) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-4004)
    Sec. 1-4004. Effect of vote. If a majority of the votes polled in each of such counties at such election shall be in favor of said proposition, all that territory included within the established boundaries of the petitioning county, shall be united and annexed to the adjoining county, and such petitioning county, shall cease to have any separate existence as a county, but shall be merged into and form an integral part of such adjoining county, in fact and in name, at the time and in the manner hereinafter provided.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-4005

    (55 ILCS 5/1-4005) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-4005)
    Sec. 1-4005. Proclamation by Governor. Within ten days after such election, the county clerk of each of such counties shall send a correct and duly certified abstract of the votes polled at such election to the Secretary of State; and if a majority of votes polled at such election in each of said counties is found to be in favor of uniting and annexing the petitioning county to the adjoining county, the Secretary of State shall forthwith so notify the Governor of the state, and the Governor shall thereupon, forthwith and without delay, issue his proclamation announcing and declaring the result of such election; and on and after the date of such proclamation the petitioning county shall cease to exist as a county, and all that territory embraced in the limits of such petitioning county shall be united and annexed to, and shall form an integral part of such adjoining county.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-4006

    (55 ILCS 5/1-4006) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-4006)
    Sec. 1-4006. Officers to hold office until expiration of term. All the county officers of the petitioning county shall continue to hold their respective offices until their respective terms of office shall expire, and shall perform the duties of their respective offices arising in the territory which, before the Governor's proclamation aforesaid, had constituted the petitioning county, and shall receive the fees and compensation thereof, in the manner hereinafter provided. They shall keep their offices at the county seat of the adjoining county, in the court house of said county, in such rooms as may be selected by the county board of the adjoining county; and within ten days after the date of the proclamation as aforesaid, by the Governor, they shall remove all the files and records, books, papers, and furniture of their respective offices to the court house of the adjoining county, which shall thereafter be held and taken to be the files, records, books, papers and furniture of the adjoining county as it shall be constituted after the date of the proclamation aforesaid.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-4007

    (55 ILCS 5/1-4007) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-4007)
    Sec. 1-4007. Process. All process of every kind against any person or property within the territory, which had constituted the petitioning county before the proclamation aforesaid, during the continuance of the term of office of the clerk of the circuit court and the county clerk of the petitioning county, and after the union and annexation aforesaid, may be issued by the clerk of circuit court or the county clerk of the petitioning county, and they shall respectively, collect and account to the county board of the adjoining county for the proper fees for issuing the same, but all such process shall be signed by the proper clerk and have the proper seal of the proper court of the adjoining county attached. The sheriff of the petitioning county may serve all such process, referred to in this Section; and shall collect and account to the county board of the adjoining county for the proper fees for serving the same. The county clerk and the clerk of the circuit court of the petitioning county shall each receive the same compensation he was receiving by law at the date of the aforesaid proclamation, which compensation shall be paid by the county board of the adjoining county out of taxes collected from property in the territory that had constituted the petitioning county before the aforesaid proclamation.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-4008

    (55 ILCS 5/1-4008) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-4008)
    Sec. 1-4008. Sheriff of petitioning county. The sheriff of the petitioning county shall continue after the date of the Governor's proclamation, to perform the duties of sheriff in the territory that had constituted the petitioning county before the proclamation, until his or her term of office shall expire, at which time he or she shall deliver to the sheriff of the adjoining county, without demand therefor, all books, papers, and furniture pertaining to or connected with his or her office, and also all moneys and process held by him or her as sheriff, and all property attached or levied on by him or her as sheriff. He or she shall have a right to collect all taxes collectible by him or her during his or her term of office from all property in the territory that had constituted the petitioning county before the proclamation. He or she shall receive the same compensation he or she would have received as sheriff and ex-officio collector of the petitioning county, as if the same had not been united and annexed to the adjoining county; but after the date of the Governor's proclamation all his or her acts shall be performed in the name of the sheriff of the adjoining county. After the date of the Governor's proclamation, the sheriff of the petitioning county shall become the deputy of the sheriff of the adjoining county, and the sheriff of the petitioning county may perform all the duties of sheriff, to be performed during his or her term of office in the territory that had constituted the petitioning county before the proclamation without control of the sheriff of the adjoining county, and shall be liable upon his or her bond as sheriff, and upon his or her bond as collector, for any breach of the conditions thereof, in the same manner and to the same extent as if the petitioning county had continued to exist as a county. The compensation payable to the sheriff of the petitioning county, shall be paid by order of the county board of the adjoining county, out of taxes upon property in the territory that has constituted the petitioning county before the Governor's proclamation, and he or she shall account to the county board of the adjoining county for all fees collected by him or her: Provided, that the sheriff of the petitioning county shall forfeit all right to any compensation, if he or she is not ready and willing to perform the duties he or she may perform under this Code.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-4009

    (55 ILCS 5/1-4009) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-4009)
    Sec. 1-4009. Coroner. The coroner of the petitioning county shall perform all the duties required of him by law within the territory that had constituted the petitioning county before the proclamation aforesaid, until his term of office shall expire, and shall receive the compensation to which he may be entitled by law, and whatever fees or compensation may be payable by law out of the county treasury, shall be certified and paid by the county board of the adjoining county to such coroner, out of taxes collected from property in the territory that had constituted the petitioning county.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-4010

    (55 ILCS 5/1-4010) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-4010)
    Sec. 1-4010. County treasurer. The county treasurer of the petitioning county shall perform all the duties required of him by law, in the territory that had constituted the petitioning county, during his term of office. He shall assess the taxable property in the territory aforesaid, and shall return his assessment books to the county clerk of the adjoining county, and make all his reports to the county board of the adjoining county; but he shall be liable upon his bond for any breach or breaches of the conditions thereof, in the same manner and to the same extent as if the petitioning county had not been united and annexed to the adjoining county. The compensation to which he may be entitled by law, shall be paid by the county board of the adjoining county out of taxes collected from property in the territory that had constituted the petitioning county, before the proclamation aforesaid. So much of this Section as refers to assessing by the treasurer, shall only be applicable where the petitioning county was not under township organization at the date of the election aforesaid.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-4011

    (55 ILCS 5/1-4011) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-4011)
    Sec. 1-4011. State's attorney. The State's Attorney for the petitioning county shall, during his term of office, receive the same compensation he was receiving at the date of the proclamation of the Governor, as aforesaid. He shall commence and prosecute all actions, suits, indictments and informations of all kinds, arising in the territory which had constituted the petitioning county before said proclamation, in which the people of the State may be interested, and he shall be assistant county attorney for the adjoining county during his said term of office.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-4012

    (55 ILCS 5/1-4012) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-4012)
    Sec. 1-4012. Superintendent of schools. The county superintendent of schools of the petitioning county shall continue to act as such in the territory that constituted the petitioning county before said proclamation, until his term of office shall expire; at which time he shall deliver to the county superintendent of schools of the adjoining county, without any demand therefor, all moneys, books, papers and personal property, belonging to the office of the county superintendent of the petitioning county, whenever the term of office of the county superintendent of the petitioning county shall have expired, by death, resignation, or lapse of time, all notes and mortgages, and other contracts, payable to, or made in the name of the county superintendent of the petitioning county may be collected, and in any manner enforced, by suit, or otherwise, by and in the name of the county superintendent of the adjoining county. The county superintendent of the petitioning county shall be subject to the direction and control of the county board of the adjoining county, in the same manner and to the same extent that he would have been subject to the county board of the petitioning county, if the same had continued to have a separate existence as a county.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-4013

    (55 ILCS 5/1-4013) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-4013)
    Sec. 1-4013. County board. The members of the county board of the petitioning county and the county board of the adjoining county, after the date of the Governor's proclamation aforesaid, shall sit together at all regular and called meetings, as the county board of the adjoining county as it will be constituted after the proclamation aforesaid. Whenever the term of office of any one of the members of the county board of the petitioning county shall expire, by his death or resignation, or refusal to act, or by lapse of time, the expiration of said term, and the manner thereof shall be entered upon the records of the said county board of the adjoining county, and no successor to him shall be elected, and whenever the term of office of any member of the county board of the adjoining county, elected before the date of the Governor's proclamation aforesaid, shall expire in any of the modes hereinbefore mentioned after the date of said proclamation, a successor to him shall be elected in the adjoining county at large, as it shall be constituted after the date of the proclamation aforesaid, including the territory that had constituted the petitioning county before said proclamation.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-4014

    (55 ILCS 5/1-4014) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-4014)
    Sec. 1-4014. Death of officer of petitioning county. If any county officer of the petitioning county shall die before his term of office shall have expired, after the proclamation aforesaid, no successor to him shall be elected to fill his unexpired term.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-4015

    (55 ILCS 5/1-4015) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-4015)
    Sec. 1-4015. Town officers. If both the petitioning and adjoining counties are under township organization, the town officers shall not be in any manner affected by the union and annexation aforesaid. If the petitioning county is under township organization, and the adjoining county is not under township organization, the town officers shall continue to act as such until their respective terms of office shall expire; and the members of the county board of the petitioning county shall all sit with, and as a part of the county board of the adjoining county, as hereinbefore provided; and after the term of office of said town officers and said county board of the petitioning county shall expire the said township organization shall cease to exist. If the adjoining county is under township organization, and the petitioning county is not under township organization, immediately after the proclamation of the Governor aforesaid, the territory that had constituted the petitioning county shall be divided into towns, in the manner provided in the Township Code.
(Source: P.A. 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

55 ILCS 5/1-4016

    (55 ILCS 5/1-4016) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-4016)
    Sec. 1-4016. Legislative and judicial apportionment to remain. The territory which constituted the petitioning county shall continue and remain until the next apportionment of the state for congressional, legislative or judicial purposes part of the same congressional district, of the same senatorial district, of the same judicial grand division, of the same judicial appellate district and of the same judicial circuit that it constituted part of at the date of the proclamation aforesaid; and at any election, where the territory that had constituted the respective counties before said proclamation is in different districts, the county clerk of the adjoining county shall keep separate the votes polled in the territory constituting the respective counties before said proclamation, until the next apportionment aforesaid, and shall report and return the same separately to the Secretary of State.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-4017

    (55 ILCS 5/1-4017) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-4017)
    Sec. 1-4017. Transfer of causes. All cases of every kind that are on the docket of the circuit court of the petitioning county at the date of the Governor's proclamation aforesaid, shall be transferred by the clerk of the circuit court of the adjoining county to the docket of the circuit court of that county; and all criminal cases so transferred shall be tried by a jury drawn in the manner provided by law from the qualified jurors residing within the limits of the territory that had constituted the petitioning county before the proclamation aforesaid, unless the defendant in any such criminal case shall consent in open court to be tried by a jury of the adjoining county.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-4018

    (55 ILCS 5/1-4018) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-4018)
    Sec. 1-4018. Debts; taxes; issuing bonds. The adjoining county shall not become liable for the debts of the petitioning county. The county board of the adjoining county shall have all the powers which the county board of the petitioning county had at the date of the said proclamation of the Governor, to levy taxes upon all the property in the territory which had before the aforesaid proclamation constituted the petitioning county, to pay the debts of the petitioning county. The county board of the adjoining county shall have full power to compromise the debts of the petitioning county; and shall have full power to issue bonds in settlement or compromise of the debts of the petitioning county, which debts may be funded by the adjoining county in bonds issued by that county, setting forth upon their face that the principal and interest of said bonds shall be paid from taxes levied upon the property within the territory which had constituted the petitioning county. And the county board of the adjoining county may submit to the legal voters of the adjoining county, as it will be constituted after the said proclamation of the Governor, a proposition to consolidate the debts of the petitioning and adjoining counties; and if a majority of legal voters of said adjoining county, and a majority of the legal voters residing in the territory that had constituted the petitioning county, at any general election shall be in favor of the consolidation of said debts, the same shall be consolidated, and bonds may be issued therefor in the name of the adjoining county. All suits that might have been brought against the petitioning county, may be brought after the proclamation aforesaid against the adjoining county; and any judgment that may be rendered in said suits may be paid by taxation upon the property in the territory that had constituted the petitioning county. In any funding of the consolidated debts of the said petitioning or adjoining county, the bonds issued shall not bear a greater rate of interest than five per cent.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/Div. 1-5

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 1-5 heading)
Division 1-5. County Seats

55 ILCS 5/1-5001

    (55 ILCS 5/1-5001) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-5001)
    Sec. 1-5001. Boundaries. In counties of 300,000 inhabitants or over, where the county seat is entirely located within the corporate limits of a city or village, the boundaries of such county seat shall be the same as the boundaries of such city or village, as the same are now, or may hereafter be, constituted.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-5002

    (55 ILCS 5/1-5002) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-5002)
    Sec. 1-5002. Boundaries; Counties of 300,000 or less. In counties of 300,000 inhabitants or less, where the county seat is entirely located within the corporate limits of a city or village, the boundaries of such county seat shall be the same as the boundaries of such city or village, as the same are now or hereafter constituted. However, the county board may by resolution adopted by a majority thereof extend the boundaries of such county seat to add to the territorial area of such county seat such unincorporated land in the county contiguous to the county seat as the resolution may describe; but in no event may such extension include any land situated more than one mile from the county seat as then existing.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-5003

    (55 ILCS 5/1-5003) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-5003)
    Sec. 1-5003. Time of holding elections. All elections for the removal of county seats shall be held at general elections in accordance with the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-5004

    (55 ILCS 5/1-5004) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-5004)
    Sec. 1-5004. Notice of petition to move county seat. Public notice shall be given of the intention to circulate a petition praying for an election for the removal of the county seat of any county from its then present location to some other point within said county, and in said petition designated, at least 10 days before the same is circulated, by publication in some newspaper printed in said county, and by posting 3 printed notices in 3 public places at the county seat, one of which shall be placed on the door of the county seat building, and a like number at the place to which the county seat is proposed to be removed, in which notices the intent of such petition shall be set forth; and all signers to such petition procured before such notice is given or procured, 6 months before the first day of September next following shall be void, and stricken from such petition; and whenever such petition or petitions addressed to the circuit court of such county, and stating the time when such election shall be held, shall be signed by a number of legal voters of said county, at general elections, who are not residents of the city or township (if the county seat is not in a city) in which the county seat is located, equal in number to two-fifths of all the votes cast in said county at the last preceding presidential election therein, and shall be filed in the office of the clerk of the circuit court of said county, not less than 40 nor more than 80 days before the first day of the next September such petition shall be deemed a proposal to remove the county seat of such county, and the point designated in said petition shall be deemed and taken as fixed by said petition, in pursuance of law, whenever the court shall order an election to such point as hereinafter provided, as the point to which it is proposed to remove the county seat of such county. There shall also be filed in the office of said clerk, with said petitions, an affidavit of 3 legal voters of said county, stating whether or not the point named in the said petition or petitions, to which it is proposed to remove the county seat of such county, is nearer to or further from the center of such county than the county seat; which affidavit may be traversed by the affidavit of any other 3 legal voters of said county, within 10 days from the filing thereof; and if so traversed the court shall, at such time during the said month of September as such court shall fix upon after hearing evidence in the case, decide whether or not the point to which it is proposed to remove the county seat is nearer to or further from the center of said county than the county seat.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-5005

    (55 ILCS 5/1-5005) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-5005)
    Sec. 1-5005. Qualifications of petitioner. Each petitioner signing such petition shall write or cause to be written opposite to his name on said petition, the name of the city and ward in which he then resides, if he resides in a city, or if he does not reside in a city, then the name of the precinct or township in which he resides at the time of signing such petition; and no person shall sign such petition unless he shall be, at the time, a legal voter in said county at general elections.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-5006

    (55 ILCS 5/1-5006) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-5006)
    Sec. 1-5006. Petition open to inspection. Said petition or petitions shall, after the same are filed in the office of the clerk of the circuit court, be open to the inspection of any and all citizens of the county, but shall not be removed therefrom.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-5007

    (55 ILCS 5/1-5007) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-5007)
    Sec. 1-5007. Contesting petition. Any citizen and legal voter at general elections in said county may contest the right of any person, whose name is subscribed to said petition, to sign such petition under this Division, and shall also have the right to contest said petition as to any names subscribed thereto that he shall have good reason to believe, and does believe, as fictitious, and no other: Provided, he shall, 10 days before the first day of the said month of September file in the office of the clerk of the court of such county a list of the names of such persons whose right to sign such petition he is desirous of contesting, together with his affidavit, indorsed thereon, that he has good reason to believe, and does verily believe, that such persons named in said list are not legal voters of such county, and had no right in law to sign said petition; and shall also file in the office of said clerk, 10 days before said first day of September a list of such names as he has reason to believe are fictitious, together with his affidavit, indorsed thereon, that he has good reason to believe, and does verily believe, that such names are fictitious; and such persons shall have the right to contest such petitions only as to the names included in said lists.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-5008

    (55 ILCS 5/1-5008) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-5008)
    Sec. 1-5008. Notice of filing petition; hearing. Whenever such petition or petitions and affidavit named in Section 1-5004 shall be filed in the office of the clerk of the circuit court of such county, it shall be the duty of the clerk, within 10 days from the date of the filing of said petition or petitions and affidavit in his office, to cause to be published in one or more newspapers published in such county, and if no newspaper shall be published in said county, then in the newspaper published nearest to the county seat of said county, a notice that such petition or petitions and affidavit have been filed in his said office, stating the time when they were so filed, and setting forth therein the substance of such petition or petitions and affidavit, and giving notice that on the first day of September following said court will hear testimony for and against said petitions, as to the list or lists of names on such petition, as may be filed in his office under and in compliance with Section 1-5007, and for or against such affidavit if the same has been traversed as provided in Section 1-5004. It shall be the duty of said court, on the first day of September and at such times in said month as it may direct to hear all evidence for and against said petition or petitions, as to the list or lists of names, filed in said court under Section 1-5007, and to strike from such petition or petitions all such names proven by competent evidence to be fictitious, or the names of persons having no legal right to sign the same under this Division; and in case there shall be but one petition and no contest as to the same, or if there shall be a contest as to the same, and said petition shall after striking therefrom all fictitious and illegal names, still contain the number of names of legal voters required by Section 1-5004, the court shall order said election, according to the prayer of said petition. But in case there shall be two petitions filed in said court, praying for a vote to remove the county seat of such county to different points in said county, each, after striking therefrom all illegal and fictitious names, still being signed by two-fifths of the legal voters of the county, as required by Section 1-5004, then if a petition praying for a vote to remove the county seat nearer to the geographical center of the county than the point named in the other petition shall be signed by a number of names equal to or greater than one-half of the sum of the names signed to the two petitions, the said court shall order the election for the removal of the county seat to that point nearest to the geographical center of the county, according to the prayer of said petition; but if the other of said two petitions shall be signed by a number of legal voters of said county equal to three-fifths of the sum of the names signed to the two petitions, then the court shall order the election for the removal of the county seat of such county to said last mentioned point, and not otherwise. In case of a contest as to said petition or petitions, as provided for in this Division it shall be the duty of the clerk of said court, on the request of the person contesting any petition under the provisions of this Division, to issue subpoenas for such witnesses as said person shall name; and it shall be the duty of said clerk, on request of any legal voter of the county, for the purpose of sustaining any petition, in like manner to issue subpoenas for such witnesses as he shall name -- said subpoenas to be made returnable on the date upon which such contest will be made.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-5009

    (55 ILCS 5/1-5009) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-5009)
    Sec. 1-5009. Precedence of cases of contest. All cases of contest arising upon said petitions or affidavit shall have precedence over all other cases during September in such court, and shall be heard and determined before the expiration of said month if possible.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-5010

    (55 ILCS 5/1-5010) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-5010)
    Sec. 1-5010. Challengers. Whenever the court shall order any county seat election under the provisions of this Division, the court shall appoint three resident legal voters of the point to which it is proposed to remove the county seat, for each and every voting place in the city, precinct or township in which the county seat is situated, also to appoint three resident legal voters of the county seat for each and every voting place in the city, precinct or township to which it is proposed to remove the county seat, to sit with the regular judges to act as challengers of election at the voting places to which they are respectively assigned, and it shall be their duty to act as such challengers and to challenge any and all persons whom they have good reason to believe are not legal voters at such county seat election, and they shall sit with such judges of election until the close of said election, and during the canvass of the votes at said election. The said challengers, who are thus appointed to act with the regular judges of election, may, if they desire so to do, make an affidavit before any person authorized to administer oaths, setting forth in such affidavit that they have been appointed, as above provided, out of the city, precinct, township or ward where they would otherwise be voters, and that they desire to vote at such county seat election; which affidavit, together with the ballot, shall be sealed up in an envelope and left with one of the judges of election for the precinct, and on the day of election shall be by him presented to the board of election and opened in their presence. The affidavit shall be filed, kept and returned with the ballots for that precinct as other affidavits are, and the ballot shall be numbered and deposited in the ballot box, and the name entered on the poll books the same as other votes are.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-5011

    (55 ILCS 5/1-5011) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-5011)
    Sec. 1-5011. Form of proposition. The proposition at any county seat referendum shall be in substantially the following form: "For removal," or "Against removal."
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-5012

    (55 ILCS 5/1-5012) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-5012)
    Sec. 1-5012. No registration required. No registration of voters shall be made or required for holding any county seat election under this Division. The board of election shall, in each township, precinct or ward, keep two lists or poll books of the names of the persons whose votes are received; each name shall be numbered, and a corresponding number marked on each ballot before it is placed in the ballot box, which said poll books shall each be certified as correct by the judges of election. At the close of the polls in each precinct, township or ward, the board of election shall canvass the votes cast at such poll or voting district, and shall make two tally lists, one of which, together with one of the aforesaid poll books, and the ballots cast in such precinct, township or ward, properly strung, and the affidavits made at such election, and certificate of the result of the election made and certified by such board, shall be sealed up together and delivered by one of the board of election, to be selected by the board at that time, to the county clerk, within four days thereafter. The other poll book and tally list shall be retained by one of the judges of election for that township, precinct or ward.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-5013

    (55 ILCS 5/1-5013) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-5013)
    Sec. 1-5013. Qualifications of voters; oaths. No person shall vote at the election who does not possess the qualifications mentioned in the affidavit in this Section. Any person offering to vote at any county seat election, whose right to vote shall be challenged by any challenger, member of the board of election, or by any voter of the county, shall answer under oath such questions as may be propounded to him touching his qualifications as a voter, and shall take and subscribe the following oath: State of Illinois, .... County.
    I do solemnly swear that I am a citizen of the United States, and of this State; that I am of the age of 18 years or over; that I have resided in this State for 30 days immediately preceding this election; that I am a bona fide resident of this county, and have permanently resided herein for the last 30 days immediately preceding this election; that I am a legal voter of (here insert the name of the election precinct), and have permanently resided therein for the last 30 days immediately preceding this election, and that I have not voted at this election.
    (Signed)
A .... B ....
    He shall also procure two witnesses, who are at that time legal voters of the township or precinct, who shall take and subscribe the following oath, namely: State of Illinois, .... County.
    We the undersigned do solemnly swear that we are voters, and legally entitled to vote at this election; that we have known A .... B .... the person now offering to vote at this election, for 30 days; that he has been a permanent resident of this county for 30 days last past, and for the 30 days immediately preceding this election has permanently resided in (township or precinct.)
C .... D ....
E .... F ....
    Which oaths shall be subscribed and sworn before any officer authorized to administer oaths. The board of election shall receive and count the vote of any challenged person who shall present to them, with his vote, the oaths aforesaid. The oaths shall all be carefully preserved by the board of election, and returned and kept with the poll book, tally list and ballots, as provided by this Division. Any person swearing falsely concerning his right to vote, or concerning the right of another to vote at any such election, or any person who shall cast a fraudulent vote at any such election or who shall vote at such election, not having a right to vote at such election, or who shall cast a vote at such election in any other name than his own, or who shall vote more than once at such election, shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 86-1028.)

55 ILCS 5/1-5014

    (55 ILCS 5/1-5014) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-5014)
    Sec. 1-5014. Evidence of number of voters; contesting election. The number of legal votes cast at any county seat election held under this Division shall be deemed and taken for the purpose of such an election as prima facie evidence of the number of legal voters of that county at that time entitled to vote on the question; but in case it becomes necessary, in consequence of a contest of an election held under this Division, to ascertain the number of voters of the county entitled to vote upon the question, the court in which the contest is pending may ascertain the number of such voters by taking, or causing to be taken, legal evidence, tending to show the actual number of the legal voters of the county entitled to vote upon such question at the time of such election. Circuit courts shall have jurisdiction of all cases of contested election arising under this Division, and may investigate and determine all questions of fraud and fraudulent voting connected therewith, and purge the poll books and returns of all illegal or fraudulent votes; and may investigate and ascertain the total number of legal voters of the county at the time of such election entitled to vote on the question, whether they voted or not, and ascertain and determine whether such election was fairly carried by 3/5 or a majority of all the legal voters of the county, as required by the Constitution, and enter such judgment as the circumstances of the case may require. Any of the legal voters and taxpayers of the county who may desire to do so, as well as the town, city or village to or from which it is proposed to remove such county seat, may be made, or on their petition may become parties to such actions, either as plaintiff or defendant.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-5015

    (55 ILCS 5/1-5015) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-5015)
    Sec. 1-5015. Canvass of votes. On or before the first Tuesday after said election the county canvassing board shall open and canvass the votes and returns of the election, in the manner provided by the general election law; the result of which canvass shall be entered of record in the circuit court in counties not under township organization, and in the records of the county board in counties under township organization and a copy thereof also shall be duly certified and delivered to the Secretary of State. If a 3/5 majority of the votes cast on the question are in favor of removal, the county seat shall be removed to the point named.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-5016

    (55 ILCS 5/1-5016) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-5016)
    Sec. 1-5016. Effect of majority and three-fifths vote. When the attempt is made by such an election to remove a county seat to a point nearer to the center of such county than the county seat then is, and a majority of the legal voters of said county entitled to vote on the question of removal shall be "for removal," the county seat is thereby removed to the point named in the petition. When the attempt is made by such an election to remove a county seat to a point not nearer to the center than the county seat then is, and three-fifths of the legal voters of said county entitled to vote on the question shall be "for removal," then said county seat of said county is thereby removed to the point named in the petition.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-5017

    (55 ILCS 5/1-5017) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-5017)
    Sec. 1-5017. Neglect of duty. Any member of the board of election, judge, clerk, sheriff, or any other officers or persons who may be charged with the performance of any duty under this Division, and who shall wilfully fail therein, or shall perform such duty otherwise than is in this Division prescribed, shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/Div. 1-6

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 1-6 heading)
Division 1-6. Actions

55 ILCS 5/1-6001

    (55 ILCS 5/1-6001) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-6001)
    Sec. 1-6001. Venue of suits by or against county. All actions, local or transitory, against any county, may be commenced and prosecuted to final judgment in the circuit court in the county against which the action is brought. Any action, local or transitory, in which any county shall be plaintiff, may be commenced and prosecuted to final judgment in the county in which the defendant in such action resides.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-6002

    (55 ILCS 5/1-6002) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-6002)
    Sec. 1-6002. Jurors and witnesses. In all actions brought by or against any county, the inhabitants of the county so suing or being sued may be jurors or witnesses, if otherwise competent or qualified according to law.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-6003

    (55 ILCS 5/1-6003) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-6003)
    Sec. 1-6003. Duty of county board to prosecute and defend suit. It shall be the duty of the county boards of each of the counties of this State to take and order suitable and proper measures for the prosecuting and defending of all suits to be brought by or against their respective counties, and all suits which it may become necessary to prosecute or defend to enforce the collection of all taxes charged on the state assessment.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-6004

    (55 ILCS 5/1-6004) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-6004)
    Sec. 1-6004. Payment of judgment against county. A judgment against a county shall not, in any case, be enforced against the lands or other property of a county; but when judgment is entered against a county, the county board shall direct an order to be drawn on the county treasurer for the amount of the judgment and costs, which orders shall be paid as other county debts.
    A. Whenever the county board in any county shall in any year determine the amount of all taxes to be raised for county purposes, such board shall include among the purposes for which such taxes are to be raised the payment of any outstanding judgment or judgments against such county for the payment of which no other provisions have been made.
    B. The county board may provide for the payment of any such judgment or judgments and the interest thereon in equal annual installments, not exceeding however 10 in number, and may include one of such installments in the amount of taxes to be raised for county purposes in each year, but the aggregate amount of all taxes to be raised for county purposes shall not in any year exceed the rate of 75 cents on the $100 valuation of property unless authorized by a vote of the people of the county.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-6005

    (55 ILCS 5/1-6005) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-6005)
    Sec. 1-6005. Allowance or disallowance of claims; appeal. The county board shall determine whether any claim against the county should be allowed, disallowed or in the alternative the board may by resolution require the submission of a verified affidavit by the claimant stating that the several items therein mentioned are just and true, and the services charged therein, or articles furnished, as the case may be, were rendered or furnished as therein charged, and that the amount claimed is due and unpaid after allowing all just credits.
    The county board may make cash advances to all county officials and employees for travel and related expenses if sufficient funds have been budgeted and are available in the appropriate county fund.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-6006

    (55 ILCS 5/1-6006) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-6006)
    Sec. 1-6006. Delegation of authority to determine claims. Under the provisions of this Section, the county board may by resolution delegate its authority to allow or disallow claims made against the county to the individuals herein named.
    For the purposes of this Section, the term "county officials" is defined as members of the county board, designated elected county officers, and county officers charged with fiscal management of the county who have been duly appointed by county board resolution.
    The county board may by resolution designate members of a committee of the county board, or the County Treasurer and the County Clerk, or if there is a County Auditor or duly appointed county officer responsible for the fiscal management of the county, then the County Treasurer and the County Auditor or duly appointed county officer responsible for the fiscal management of the county, to determine whether some or all claims against the county should be allowed or disallowed, if sufficient funds have been budgeted and are available in the appropriate county fund. Or in the alternative, the designated county officials shall request the county board by resolution to require the submission of a verified affidavit by claimant stating that the several items therein mentioned are just and true, and the services charged therein, or articles furnished, as the case may be, were rendered or furnished as therein charged, and that the amount claimed is due and unpaid after allowing all just credits. When the claim is disallowed, in whole or part, by the designated officials, and the nature of the claim is not such that the allowance is discretionary, such person may appeal from the decision of the authorized county officials to the circuit court of the same county, upon filing bond with the clerk of such court within 20 days after the rendition of the decision, with such security as shall be approved by such clerk in the penal sum of $250, payable to the People of the State of Illinois, for the use of such county, conditioned that he will prosecute the appeal with effect, and pay all costs that may be assessed.
    The county board may authorize the designated county officials to make cash advances to all county officials and county employees for travel and related expenses if sufficient funds have been budgeted and are available in the appropriate county fund.
    If the authority to pay claims submitted against the county is delegated as provided in this Section, the County Clerk, or if there is a County Auditor or duly appointed county officer responsible for fiscal management of the county, then the County Auditor or duly appointed county officer responsible for the management of the county, shall file a monthly report of all claims paid in the prior month to the chairman and all other members of the county board. For each claim paid, the monthly report shall identify the creditor, the department or county official which purchased the product or service, the fund from which the payment was made, the amount of the payment and the date the check was issued.
    In addition to any other remedies provided by law, the County Board may recover any unauthorized payment from the person receiving it and may seek the assistance of the State's Attorney in that regard.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/1-6007

    (55 ILCS 5/1-6007) (from Ch. 34, par. 1-6007)
    Sec. 1-6007. Review under Administrative Review Law. The decisions of the county board are subject to judicial review under the Administrative Review Law, as now or hereafter amended.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/Art. 2

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Art. 2 heading)
ARTICLE 2. GOVERNING BODIES

55 ILCS 5/Div. 2-1

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 2-1 heading)
Division 2-1. Counties under Township Organization

55 ILCS 5/2-1001

    (55 ILCS 5/2-1001) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-1001)
    Sec. 2-1001. Regular meetings. Regular and special meetings of the county board may be held in any public building located within the county that such county board is elected to serve. Prior notice of the building selected for the meeting shall be provided by the board chairman to each member of the county board in the manner provided pursuant to the rules of the county board. Regular meetings of the board shall be held in June and September, and at such other times as may be determined by the board.
    At each regular and special meeting which is open to the public, members of the public and employees of the county shall be afforded time, subject to reasonable constraints, to comment to or ask questions of the board.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 86-1028.)

55 ILCS 5/2-1002

    (55 ILCS 5/2-1002) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-1002)
    Sec. 2-1002. Special meetings. Special meetings of the board shall be held only when requested by at least one-third of the members of the board, or when requested by the chairman of the board in counties where such chairman is elected by the voters of the county, which request shall be in writing, addressed to the clerk of the board, and specifying the time and place of such meeting, upon reception of which the clerk shall immediately transmit notice, in writing, of such meeting, to each of the members of the board. The clerk shall also cause notice of such meeting to be published in some newspaper printed in the county, if any there be. In case a vacancy arises in the office of clerk, because of death or other reason, then the request shall be addressed to the circuit clerk who shall perform the duties of the clerk pursuant to this Section.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-1003

    (55 ILCS 5/2-1003) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-1003)
    Sec. 2-1003. Chairman and vice-chairman of county board. The county board shall, unless the chairman is elected by the voters of the county, at its first meeting in the month following the month in which county board members are elected, choose one of its members as chairman for a term of 2 years and at the same meeting, choose one of its members as vice-chairman for a term of 2 years. The vice-chairman shall serve in the place of the chairman at any meeting of the county board in which the chairman is not present. In case of the absence of the chairman and the vice-chairman at any meeting, the members present shall choose one of their number as temporary chairman.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-1004

    (55 ILCS 5/2-1004) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-1004)
    Sec. 2-1004. Certificate of election. The supervisors shall severally lay before the board, at the first meeting after the election, their several certificates of election, which shall be examined by the board, and if found regular, shall be filed in the office of the county clerk.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-1005

    (55 ILCS 5/2-1005) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-1005)
    Sec. 2-1005. Quorum; approval of ordinances. A majority of the members of any county board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business; and all questions, ordinances, resolutions, or motions which shall arise at meetings shall be determined by the votes of the majority of the members present, except in such cases as is otherwise provided.
    A county board in a county where the chairman is elected at large may upon passage, adoption or enactment of a specific ordinance, resolution, or motion apply the following provisions: Any ordinance, resolution, or motion passed, adopted or otherwise enacted by the board in a county where the chairman is elected at large shall be presented to the chairman before it becomes effective. If the chairman approves such ordinance, resolution or motion, he shall sign it and it shall become law on the date prescribed; if not, he shall return it to the board within 10 business days with his objections and the board shall proceed to reconsider the matter at its next meeting, to be held within 30 business days of the board's receipt of the chairman's objections. If after such reconsideration a majority of the members of the board pass such ordinance, resolution, or motion, it shall become effective on the date prescribed but not earlier than the date of passage following reconsideration. If any ordinance, resolution, or motion is not returned by the chairman to the board within 10 business days after it has been presented to him, it shall become effective at the end of the 10th day.
    The county board at any properly noticed public meeting may by unanimous consent take a single vote by yeas and nays on the several questions of the passage of any 2 or more of the designated ordinances, orders, resolutions, or motions placed together for voting purposes in a single group. The single vote shall be entered separately in the minutes under the designation "omnibus vote", and in that event the clerk may enter the words "omnibus vote" or "consent agenda" in the minutes in each case instead of entering the names of the members of the county board voting "yea" and those voting "nay" on the passage of each of the designated ordinances, orders, resolutions, and motions included in the omnibus group or consent agenda. The taking of a single or omnibus vote and the entries of the words "omnibus vote" or "consent agenda" in the minutes shall be a sufficient compliance with the requirements of this Section to all intents and purposes and with like effect as if the vote in each case had been taken separately by yeas and nays on the question of the passage of each ordinance, order, resolution, and motion included in the omnibus group and separately recorded in the minutes. Likewise, the yeas and nays shall be taken upon the question of the passage of any other ordinance, resolution, or motion at the request of any county board member and shall be recorded in the minutes. The changes to this Section made by this amendatory Act of the 99th General Assembly are declarative of existing law and do not change the substantive operation of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 99-774, eff. 8-12-16.)

55 ILCS 5/2-1006

    (55 ILCS 5/2-1006) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-1006)
    Sec. 2-1006. Open meetings. The county board shall sit with open doors, and all persons may attend their meetings. The vote on all propositions to appropriate money from the county treasury shall be taken by "ayes" and "nays" and entered on the record of the meeting.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-1007

    (55 ILCS 5/2-1007) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-1007)
    Sec. 2-1007. Administering oaths. The chairman of the board may administer an oath to any person concerning any matters submitted to the board, or connected with its powers and duties, and any member of the board may administer the oath required by law to any claimant presenting a claim against the county to be passed by the board. A member so administering an oath to a claimant may not charge a fee therefor.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/Div. 2-2

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 2-2 heading)
Division 2-2. New Towns - Names

55 ILCS 5/2-2001

    (55 ILCS 5/2-2001) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-2001)
    Sec. 2-2001. Boundaries of towns. The county board shall also have power to change the boundaries of towns, and to create new towns in their respective counties, in manner provided by law; to designate and give names thereto, and to fix the place of holding the first town meeting therein.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-2002

    (55 ILCS 5/2-2002) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-2002)
    Sec. 2-2002. Naming of towns. Whenever the county board shall create a new town, or change the name of an existing town, the proceedings in giving a name to such town, or changing the name of an existing town, shall be as follows: The proposed name to be given to such new town, or existing town, shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State, there to be retained for at least one year; and the Secretary of State, at any time after the filing of such proposed name, shall, upon application of said board, grant his certificate stating that such proposed name, from information appearing in his office, has not been adopted by any city, town, village or municipal corporation in this State; which certificate must be obtained by said board before any action whatever shall be taken by said board toward making such change of name; and all proceedings instituted in any court or other place, under a name changed, without complying with the provisions of this section, shall be held to be void and of no effect. If such name has been adopted elsewhere in this State, the Secretary of State shall so notify the board, whereupon another name shall be filed in his office, which shall there remain in like manner as hereinbefore provided, and the certificate shall be issued by the Secretary of State immediately after such filing, stating that such name has not been elsewhere adopted; whereupon said board may proceed to make such change of name, and not before; and all proceedings pending, and all rights and privileges acquired in the name of such town, by such town, or by any person residing therein, shall be secured to such town or person, and such proceedings continued to final consummation in such name, the same as though the same had not been changed.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/Div. 2-3

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 2-3 heading)
Division 2-3. Reapportionment of County for
Election of County Board

55 ILCS 5/2-3001

    (55 ILCS 5/2-3001) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-3001)
    Sec. 2-3001. Definitions. As used in this Division, unless the context otherwise requires:
    a. "District" means a county board district established as provided in this Division.
    b. "County apportionment commission" or "commission" means the county clerk, the State's Attorney, the Attorney General or his designated representative and the chairmen of the county central committees of the first leading political party and the second leading political party as defined in Section 1-3 of The Election Code.
    c. "Population" means the number of inhabitants as determined by the last preceding federal decennial census.
    d. "Member" or "board member" means a person elected to serve on the county board.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-3002

    (55 ILCS 5/2-3002) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-3002)
    Sec. 2-3002. Counties with population of less than 3,000,000 and with township form of government.
    (a) Reapportionment required. By July 1, 1971, and each 10 years thereafter, the county board of each county having a population of less than 3,000,000 inhabitants and the township form of government shall reapportion its county so that each member of the county board represents the same number of inhabitants. In reapportioning its county, the county board shall first determine the size of the county board to be elected, which may consist of not less than 5 nor more than 29 members and may not exceed the size of the county board in that county on October 2, 1969. The county board shall also determine whether board members shall be elected at large from the county or by county board districts.
    If the chairman of the county board is to be elected by the voters in a county of less than 450,000 population as provided in Section 2-3007, such chairman shall not be counted as a member of the county board for the purpose of the limitations on the size of a county board provided in this Section.
    (b) Advisory referenda. The voters of a county may advise the county board, through an advisory referendum, on questions concerning (i) the number of members of the county board to be elected, (ii) whether the board members should be elected from single-member districts, multi-member districts, or at-large, (iii) whether voters will have cumulative voting rights in the election of county board members, or (iv) any combination of the preceding 3 questions. The advisory referendum may be initiated either by petition or by ordinance of the county board. A written petition for an advisory referendum authorized by this Section must contain the signatures of at least 8% of the votes cast for candidates for Governor in the preceding gubernatorial election by the registered voters of the county and must be filed with the appropriate election authority. An ordinance initiating an advisory referendum authorized by this Section must be approved by a majority of the members of the county board and must be filed with the appropriate election authority. An advisory referendum initiated under this Section shall be placed on the ballot at the general election designated in the petition or ordinance.
(Source: P.A. 93-308, eff. 7-23-03.)

55 ILCS 5/2-3002.5

    (55 ILCS 5/2-3002.5)
    Sec. 2-3002.5. Beginning with members elected at the general election in 2002, counties having a population between 800,000 and 3,000,000 according to 2000 decennial census shall have no more than 18 members on their county board. If the chairman of the county board is elected at-large by the voters of the county as provided in Section 2-3007, the chairman shall not be counted as a member of the county board for the purpose of the limitations on the size of the county board provided in this Section. Neither a member nor the chairman of that county board shall serve simultaneously as commissioner or president of the board of commissioners of the forest preserve district. No person shall seek election to both the county board and the forest preserve commission at the same election.
(Source: P.A. 91-933, eff. 12-30-00.)

55 ILCS 5/2-3003

    (55 ILCS 5/2-3003) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-3003)
    Sec. 2-3003. Apportionment plan.
    (1) If the county board determines that members shall be elected by districts, it shall develop an apportionment plan and specify the number of districts and the number of county board members to be elected from each district and whether voters will have cumulative voting rights in multi-member districts. Each such district:
        a. Shall be substantially equal in population to each
    
other district;
        b. Shall be comprised of contiguous territory, as
    
nearly compact as practicable; and
        c. May divide townships or municipalities only when
    
necessary to conform to the population requirement of paragraph a. of this Section.
        d. Shall be created in such a manner so that no
    
precinct shall be divided between 2 or more districts, insofar as is practicable.
    (2) The county board of each county having a population of less than 3,000,000 inhabitants may, if it should so decide, provide within that county for single member districts outside the corporate limits and multi-member districts within the corporate limits of any municipality with a population in excess of 75,000. Paragraphs a, b, c and d of subsection (1) of this Section shall apply to the apportionment of both single and multi-member districts within a county to the extent that compliance with paragraphs a, b, c and d still permit the establishment of such districts, except that the population of any multi-member district shall be equal to the population of any single member district, times the number of members found within that multi-member district.
    (3) In a county where the Chairman of the County Board is elected by the voters of the county as provided in Section 2-3007, the Chairman of the County Board may develop and present to the Board by the third Wednesday in May in the year after a federal decennial census year an apportionment plan in accordance with the provisions of subsection (1) of this Section. If the Chairman presents a plan to the Board by the third Wednesday in May, the Board shall conduct at least one public hearing to receive comments and to discuss the apportionment plan, the hearing shall be held at least 6 days but not more than 21 days after the Chairman's plan was presented to the Board, and the public shall be given notice of the hearing at least 6 days in advance. If the Chairman presents a plan by the third Wednesday in May, the Board is prohibited from enacting an apportionment plan until after a hearing on the plan presented by the Chairman. The Chairman shall have access to the federal decennial census available to the Board.
    (4) In a county where a County Executive is elected by the voters of the county as provided in Section 2-5007 of the Counties Code, the County Executive may develop and present to the Board by the third Wednesday in May in the year after a federal decennial census year an apportionment plan in accordance with the provisions of subsection (1) of this Section. If the Executive presents a plan to the Board by the third Wednesday in May, the Board shall conduct at least one public hearing to receive comments and to discuss the apportionment plan, the hearing shall be held at least 6 days but not more than 21 days after the Executive's plan was presented to the Board, and the public shall be given notice of the hearing at least 6 days in advance. If the Executive presents a plan by the third Wednesday in May, the Board is prohibited from enacting an apportionment plan until after a hearing on the plan presented by the Executive. The Executive shall have access to the federal decennial census available to the Board.
(Source: P.A. 96-1540, eff. 3-7-11; 97-986, eff. 8-17-12.)

55 ILCS 5/2-3004

    (55 ILCS 5/2-3004) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-3004)
    Sec. 2-3004. Failure to complete reapportionment. If any county board fails to complete the reapportionment of its county by July 1 in 2011 or any 10 years thereafter or by the day after the county board's regularly scheduled July meeting in 2011 or any 10 years thereafter, whichever is later, the county clerk of that county shall convene the county apportionment commission. Three members of the commission shall constitute a quorum, but a majority of all the members must vote affirmatively on any determination made by the commission. The commission shall adopt rules for its procedure.
    The commission shall develop an apportionment plan for the county in the manner provided by Section 2-3003, dividing the county into the same number of districts as determined by the county board. If the county board has failed to determine the size of the county board to be elected, then the number of districts and the number of members to be elected shall be the largest number to which the county is entitled under Section 2-3002.
    The commission shall submit its apportionment plan by October 1 in the year that it is convened, except that the circuit court, for good cause shown, may grant an extension of time, not exceeding a total of 60 days, within which such a plan may be submitted.
(Source: P.A. 96-1540, eff. 3-7-11.)

55 ILCS 5/2-3005

    (55 ILCS 5/2-3005) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-3005)
    Sec. 2-3005. Filing of apportionment plan. The apportionment plan developed by the county board or the county apportionment commission, as the case may be, must be filed in the office of the county clerk by the time required by this Division. The county clerk shall promptly forward copies of that plan to the chairman of the county board and shall keep other copies of the plan available for distribution free of charge to any registered voter of the county requesting a copy.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-3006

    (55 ILCS 5/2-3006) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-3006)
    Sec. 2-3006. Failure to file apportionment plan; election of board members at large. If no apportionment plan is filed with the county clerk as required by this Division, the members of the county board shall be elected at large in the county. If the county board has determined the number of members for the board, that number shall be elected; otherwise, the number of members to be elected shall be the largest number to which the county is entitled under Sections 2-3002 and 2-3002.5.
(Source: P.A. 91-933, eff. 12-30-00.)

55 ILCS 5/2-3007

    (55 ILCS 5/2-3007) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-3007)
    Sec. 2-3007. Chairman of county board; election and term. Any county board when providing for the reapportionment of its county under this Division may provide that the chairman of the county board shall be elected by the voters of the county rather than by the members of the board. In that event, provision shall be made for the election throughout the county of the chairman of the county board, but in counties over 3,000,000 population no person may be elected to serve as such chairman who has not been elected as a county board member to serve during the same period as the term of office as chairman of the county board to which he seeks election. In counties over 300,000 population and under 3,000,000 population, the chairman shall be elected as chairman without having been first elected to the county board. Such chairman shall not vote on any question except to break a tie vote. In all other counties the chairman may either be elected as a county board member or elected as the chairman without having been first elected to the board. Except in counties where the chairman of the county board is elected by the voters of the county and is not required to be a county board member, whether the chairman of the county board is elected by the voters of the county or by the members of the board, he shall be elected to a 2 year term. In counties where the chairman of the county board is elected by the voters of the county and is not required to be a county board member, the chairman shall be elected to a 4 year term. In all cases: (i) the term of the chairman of the county board shall commence on the first Monday of the month following the month in which members of the county board are elected, and (ii) no person may simultaneously serve as a member of a county board and the chairman of the same board if the office of chairman is elected by the voters of the county rather than by the members of the board.
(Source: P.A. 99-924, eff. 1-20-17.)

55 ILCS 5/2-3008

    (55 ILCS 5/2-3008) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-3008)
    Sec. 2-3008. Determination of method of compensation of members of county board. At the time it reapportions its county under this Division, the county board shall determine whether the salary to be paid the members to be elected shall be computed on a per diem basis, on an annual basis or on a combined per diem and annual basis, and shall fix the amount of that salary. If the county board desires before the next reapportionment to change the basis of payment or amount of compensation after fixing those items, it may do so by ordinance or by resolution. Those changes shall not however, take effect during the term for which an incumbent county board member has been elected. In addition, the county board shall determine the amount of any additional compensation for the chairman of the county board. The county board may adjust that additional compensation at any time adjustments in the salary of board members may be made. Those adjustments shall not however, take effect during the term for which the incumbent chairman of the county board has been elected.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-3009

    (55 ILCS 5/2-3009) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-3009)
    Sec. 2-3009. Terms of board members; vacancies; elections.
    (a) County board member elections by county board districts. In those counties subject to this Division which elect county board members by county board districts the members shall, no later than 45 days after December 15, 1982, and thereafter no later than September 1 of the year of the next general election following reapportionment, divide the county board districts publicly by lot as equally as possible into 2 groups. Board members or their successors from one group shall be elected for successive terms of 2 years, 4 years and 4 years; and members or their successors from the second group shall be elected for successive terms of 4 years, 4 years, and 2 years. A county under this subsection may, by ordinance, decide to divide the county board districts into 3 rather than 2 groups. If a county adopts an ordinance to this effect, the members of the county board shall divide the county board districts publicly by lot as equally as possible into 3 groups no later than September 1 of the year of the next general election following reapportionment. Board members or their successors from one group shall be elected for successive terms of 2 years, 4 years, and 4 years; members or their successors from the second group shall be elected for successive terms of 4 years, 2 years, and 4 years; and members or their successors from the third group shall be elected for successive terms of 4 years, 4 years, and 2 years. All terms shall commence on the first Monday of the month following the month of election.
    (b) County board member elections at large. In those counties which elect county board members at large, under Sections 2-3002 and 2-3006, the members elected in the general election following reapportionment shall, no later than 45 days after taking office, divide themselves publicly by lot as equally as possible into 2 groups. Board members or their successors from one group shall be elected for successive terms of 2 years, 4 years and 4 years; and members or their successors from the second group shall be elected for successive terms of 4 years, 4 years and 2 years. A county under this subsection may, by ordinance, decide to divide the county board members into 3 rather than 2 groups. If a county adopts an ordinance to this effect, the members of the county board elected in the general election following reapportionment shall, no later than 45 days after taking office, divide themselves publicly by lot as equally as possible into 3 groups. Board members or their successors from one group shall be elected for successive terms of 2 years, 4 years, and 4 years; members and their successors from the second group shall be elected for successive terms of 4 years, 2 years, and 4 years; and members or their successors from the third group shall be elected for successive terms of 4 years, 4 years, and 2 years. All terms shall commence on the first Monday of the month following the month of election.
    (c) Vacancies; time for elections. In counties under subsection (a) or (b), if a vacancy occurs in the office of chairman of the county board, the remaining members of the board shall elect one of the members of the board to serve for the balance of the unexpired term of the chairman.
    In counties under subsection (a) or (b), the time for the election of county board members shall be as provided by the general election law for the election of such members.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 87-924.)

55 ILCS 5/2-3010

    (55 ILCS 5/2-3010) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-3010)
    Sec. 2-3010. Multi-member districts. In making the determination by lot, pursuant to Section 2-3009, as to which members shall serve for 2 years and which for 4 years, the county board of a county having multi-member districts may provide for the drawing of lots in such manner as to insure that in each district the number of members drawing 2 year and 4 year terms, respectively, shall be equal, or as nearly equal as possible.
    Any such determination by lot made before October 1, 1973 is validated.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-3015

    (55 ILCS 5/2-3015)
    Sec. 2-3015. Qualifications of County Board Members and Commissioners. In counties with a population of 3,000,000 or less, no person is eligible to hold the office of county board member or commissioner unless he or she is a legal voter and has been a resident of the county for at least one year next preceding the election.
(Source: P.A. 90-173, eff. 1-1-98.)

55 ILCS 5/Div. 2-4

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 2-4 heading)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 100-107)
Division 2-4. Counties not under Township Organization


    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 100-107)
Division 2-4. Counties not under Township Organization
Organized as a Commission Form of Government
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

55 ILCS 5/2-4001

    (55 ILCS 5/2-4001) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-4001)
    Sec. 2-4001. Oath of county commissioners. Each member of the board of county commissioners shall be commissioned by the governor, and shall, before entering upon the duties of his office, take and subscribe the following oath, which shall be filed in the office of the county clerk:
    I do solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be), that I will support the constitution of the United States, and the constitution of the state of Illinois, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of county commissioner of .... county, according to the best of my ability.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-4002

    (55 ILCS 5/2-4002) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-4002)
    Sec. 2-4002. Time of meetings. The board of county commissioners shall hold regular sessions for the transaction of the business of the county on the call of the chairman, or any two members of said board, whenever the business of the county requires it.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 87-1208.)

55 ILCS 5/2-4003

    (55 ILCS 5/2-4003) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-4003)
    Sec. 2-4003. Chairman. At the session of said commissioners in December of each year, they shall elect one of their number chairman for the ensuing year, who shall preside at their sessions and perform such duties as are or may be prescribed by law or by the order of said board.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-4004

    (55 ILCS 5/2-4004) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-4004)
    Sec. 2-4004. Conduct of meetings. A majority of the members of said board shall constitute a quorum to do business, and, in the absence of the chairman, a chairman pro tem may be appointed. The board shall sit with open doors, and all persons may attend their meetings. The vote on all propositions to appropriate money from the county treasury shall be taken by "ayes" and "nays" and entered on the record of the meeting.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-4005

    (55 ILCS 5/2-4005) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-4005)
    Sec. 2-4005. Administering oaths. The chairman or any member of the board of county commissioners may administer oaths to persons, concerning any matter submitted to the board, or connected with their powers or duties.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-4006

    (55 ILCS 5/2-4006)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 100-107)
    Sec. 2-4006. Terms of commissioners.
    (a) In every county not under township organization having 3 commissioners elected at large as described in subsection (b) or (c), the commissioners shall be elected as provided in this Section.
    (b) In a county in which one commissioner was elected at the general election in 1992 to serve for a term of 4 years and in which 2 commissioners will be elected at the general election in 1994, the commissioner elected in 1994 and receiving the greatest number of votes shall serve for a term of 6 years. The other commissioner elected in 1994 shall serve for a term of 4 years. At the general election in 1996 and at each general election thereafter, one commissioner shall be elected to serve for a term of 6 years.
    (c) In a county in which 2 commissioners were elected at the general election in 1992 to serve for terms of 4 years and in which one commissioner will be elected at the general election in 1994, the commissioner elected in 1994 shall serve for a term of 4 years. The commissioner elected in 1996 and receiving the greatest number of votes shall serve for a term of 6 years. The other commissioner elected in 1996 shall serve for a term of 4 years. At the general election in 1998 and at each general election thereafter, one commissioner shall be elected to serve for a term of 6 years.
    (c-5) In Calhoun County, Edwards County, and Union County, the registered voters of the county may, upon referendum initiated by (i) the adoption of a resolution of the board of county commissioners or (ii) a petition signed by not less than 10% of the registered voters in the county, determine that the board of county commissioners shall consist of 5 commissioners elected at large. The commissioners must certify the question to the proper election authority, which must submit the question at an election in accordance with the general election law.
    The question shall be submitted in substantially the following form:
        "Shall the board of county commissioners of (county)
    
consist of 5 commissioners elected at large?"
    Votes must be recorded as "Yes" or "No". If a majority of the electors voting on the question vote in the affirmative, then a 5-member board of county commissioners shall be established beginning with the next general election. The County Clerk, in consultation with the State's Attorney for the county, shall develop and present to the board of county commissioners, to implement by the adoption of a resolution, the transition of terms for the current 3-member board of commissioners and the addition of 2 commissioners for 6-year terms. Thereafter, commissioners shall be elected at each general election to fill expired terms.
    (d) The provisions of this Section do not apply to commissioners elected under Section 2-4006.5 of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 96-175, eff. 8-10-09.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 100-107)
    Sec. 2-4006. Terms of commissioners.
    (a) In every county not under township organization that is organized as a commission form of government having 3 commissioners elected at large as described in subsection (b) or (c), the commissioners shall be elected as provided in this Section.
    (b) In a county in which one commissioner was elected at the general election in 1992 to serve for a term of 4 years and in which 2 commissioners will be elected at the general election in 1994, the commissioner elected in 1994 and receiving the greatest number of votes shall serve for a term of 6 years. The other commissioner elected in 1994 shall serve for a term of 4 years. At the general election in 1996 and at each general election thereafter, one commissioner shall be elected to serve for a term of 6 years.
    (c) In a county in which 2 commissioners were elected at the general election in 1992 to serve for terms of 4 years and in which one commissioner will be elected at the general election in 1994, the commissioner elected in 1994 shall serve for a term of 4 years. The commissioner elected in 1996 and receiving the greatest number of votes shall serve for a term of 6 years. The other commissioner elected in 1996 shall serve for a term of 4 years. At the general election in 1998 and at each general election thereafter, one commissioner shall be elected to serve for a term of 6 years.
    (c-5) In Calhoun County, Edwards County, and Union County, the registered voters of the county may, upon referendum initiated by (i) the adoption of a resolution of the board of county commissioners or (ii) a petition signed by not less than 10% of the registered voters in the county, determine that the board of county commissioners shall consist of 5 commissioners elected at large. The commissioners must certify the question to the proper election authority, which must submit the question at an election in accordance with the general election law.
    The question shall be submitted in substantially the following form:
        "Shall the board of county commissioners of (county)
    
consist of 5 commissioners elected at large?"
    Votes must be recorded as "Yes" or "No". If a majority of the electors voting on the question vote in the affirmative, then a 5-member board of county commissioners shall be established beginning with the next general election. The County Clerk, in consultation with the State's Attorney for the county, shall develop and present to the board of county commissioners, to implement by the adoption of a resolution, the transition of terms for the current 3-member board of commissioners and the addition of 2 commissioners for 6-year terms. Thereafter, commissioners shall be elected at each general election to fill expired terms.
    (d) The provisions of this Section do not apply to commissioners elected under Section 2-4006.5 of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

55 ILCS 5/2-4006.5

    (55 ILCS 5/2-4006.5)
    Sec. 2-4006.5. Commissioners in certain counties.
    (a) If a county elects 3 commissioners at large under Section 2-4006, registered voters of such county may, by a vote of a majority of those voting on such proposition, determine to change the method of electing the board of county commissioners by electing either 3 or 5 members from single member districts. In order for such question to be placed upon the ballot, such petition must contain the signatures of not fewer than 10% of the registered voters of such county.
    Commissioners may not be elected from single member districts until the question of electing either 3 or 5 commissioners from single member districts has been submitted to the electors of the county at a regular election and approved by a majority of the electors voting on the question. The commissioners must certify the question to the proper election authority, which must submit the question at an election in accordance with the Election Code.
    The question must be in substantially the following form:
        Shall the board of county commissioners of (name of
    
county) consist of (insert either 3 or 5) commissioners elected from single member districts?
The votes must be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
    If a majority of the electors voting on the question vote in the affirmative, a 3-member or 5-member board of county commissioners, as the case may be, shall be established to be elected from single member districts.
    (b) If the voters of the county decide to elect either 3 or 5 commissioners from single member districts, the board of county commissioners shall on or before August 31 of the year following the 2000 federal decennial census divide the county into either 3 or 5 compact and contiguous county commission districts that are substantially equal in population. On or before May 31 of the year following each federal decennial census thereafter, the board of county commissioners shall reapportion the county commission districts to be compact, contiguous, and substantially equal in population.
    (c) The commissioners elected at large at or before the general election in 2000 shall continue to serve until the expiration of their terms. Of those commissioners, the commissioner whose term expires in 2002 shall be assigned to district 1; the commissioner whose term expires in 2004 shall be assigned to district 2; and the commissioner whose term expires in 2006 shall be assigned to district 3.
    (d) If the voters of the county decide to elect 5 commissioners from single member districts, at the general election in 2002, one commissioner from and residing in each of districts 1, 4, and 5 shall be elected. At the general election in 2004, one commissioner from and residing in each of districts 1, 2, and 5 shall be elected. At the general election in 2006, one commissioner from and residing in each of districts 2, 3, and 4 shall be elected. At the general election in 2008, one commissioner from and residing in each of districts 1, 3, and 5 shall be elected. At the general election in 2010, one commissioner from each of districts 2 and 4 shall be elected. At the general election in 2012, commissioners from and residing in each district shall be elected. Thereafter, commissioners shall be elected at each general election to fill expired terms. Each commissioner must reside in the district that he or she represents from the time that he or she files his or her nomination papers until his or her term expires.
    In the year following the decennial census of 2010 and every 10 years thereafter, the commissioners, publicly by lot, shall divide the districts into 2 groups. One group shall serve terms of 4 years, 4 years, and 2 years and one group shall serve terms of 2 years, 4 years, and 4 years.
(Source: P.A. 91-846, eff. 6-22-00; 92-189, eff. 8-1-01.)

55 ILCS 5/2-4010

    (55 ILCS 5/2-4010)
    Sec. 2-4010. Qualifications of County Board Members and Commissioners. In counties with a population of 3,000,000 or less, no person is eligible to hold the office of county board member or commissioner unless he or she is a legal voter and has been a resident of the county for at least one year next preceding the election.
(Source: P.A. 90-173, eff. 1-1-98.)

55 ILCS 5/Div. 2-5

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 2-5 heading)
Division 2-5. County Executive Form of Government

55 ILCS 5/2-5001

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5001) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5001)
    Sec. 2-5001. Subtitle. This Division shall be subtitled the "County Executive Law".
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-5002

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5002) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5002)
    Sec. 2-5002. Legislative determination. It is declared as a matter of legislative determination that in order to promote the health, safety, morals and welfare of the public it is necessary in the public interest to provide for an elected county executive form of county government in accordance with Sections 4(a) and 6(a) of Article VII of the 1970 Illinois Constitution, and to permit counties which become home rule units by adopting an elected form of county executive government to simultaneously, pursuant to Section 6(b) of Article VII of the 1970 Illinois Constitution, elect not to be home rule units by referendum.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-5003

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5003) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5003)
    Sec. 2-5003. Definitions. As used in this Division, unless the context requires otherwise:
    (a) "County board" or "board" means the governing body of any county other than Cook County which has adopted the county executive form of government under this Division.
    (b) "County executive" means the county official elected by the voters of any county other than Cook County to be the chief executive officer to administer the county executive form of government under this Division.
    (c) "County executive form of government" means that form of government in which the departments of county government are administered by a single county official called the county executive elected at large by the qualified voters of the county. The board shall act as the legislative body of the county under this form of county government.
(Source: P.A. 86-926.)

55 ILCS 5/2-5004

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5004) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5004)
    Sec. 2-5004. Establishment of county executive form of government. Any county other than Cook County may establish the county executive form of government for that county by submission to and approval by the electors of the county of the proposition at a referendum as provided in Section 2-5005. A referendum to adopt the county executive form of government may be called by a resolution adopted by the county board of the county or by the filing of a petition as provided in Section 2-5005.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-5005

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5005) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5005)
    Sec. 2-5005. Referendum on resolution of county board. (a) If the county board adopts a resolution calling for a referendum on the proposal to adopt the county executive form of government and home rule for the county, within the time provided in the general election law, the county clerk and the county board shall provide for the submission of such proposition to the electors of the county in accordance with this Section at the next general election held in an even-numbered year.
    Upon filing of a petition with the clerk of the circuit court of the county within the time provided in the general election law signed by at least 2% of the registered voters in the county or 500 individuals, whichever is less, requesting that the county executive form of government be established in the county, the clerk of the circuit court shall transmit the petition to the chief judge of the circuit court who shall determine the sufficiency of the petition or shall assign the determination of the sufficiency of the petition to a circuit judge who shall make the determination. If the judge determines that the petition is sufficient, he shall certify the sufficiency of the petition and shall issue an order directing the county clerk and the county board to provide for the submission of such proposition to the electors of the county at the next general election held in an even-numbered year.
    The referendum shall be conducted in such a manner as is prescribed in the general election law.
    The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall the County of
.......... become a Home             YES
Rule County and establish the   ------------------------------
county executive form of             NO
government?
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    (b) If the county board adopts a resolution calling for a referendum on the proposal to adopt the county executive form of government and elect not to be a home rule unit within the time provided in the general election law, the county clerk and the county board shall provide for the submission of such proposition to the electors of the county in accordance with this Section at the next general election held in an even-numbered year.
    Upon filing of a petition with the clerk of the circuit court of the county within the time provided in the general election law signed by at least 2% of the registered voters in the county or 500 individuals, whichever is less, requesting that the county executive form of government be established in the county and that the county elect not to be a home rule unit, the clerk of the circuit court shall transmit the petition to the chief judge of the circuit court who shall determine the sufficiency of the petition or shall assign the determination of the sufficiency of the petition to a circuit judge who shall make the determination. If the judge determines that the petition is sufficient, he shall certify the sufficiency of the petition and shall issue an order directing the county clerk and the county board to provide for the submission of such proposition to the electors of the county at the next general election held in an even-numbered year.
    The referendum shall be conducted in such a manner as is prescribed in the general election law.
    The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall the County of .......                 YES
adopt the county executive          --------------------------
form of government and elect                    NO
not to become a home rule unit?
--------------------------------------------------------------
    (c) If a majority of the voters voting on the proposition described in subsection (a) or (b) vote in favor of it, the board shall proceed to establish the county executive form of government in accordance with this Division. A referendum under this Section may be held in a county only once within any 23-month period.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 86-1028.)

55 ILCS 5/2-5006

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5006) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5006)
    Sec. 2-5006. Election of chief executive officer. The electors of a county which has adopted the county executive form of government under this Division shall, at the next general election, and at the general election every 4 years subsequent, elect a chief executive officer. Nominations for the office of chief executive officer shall be made in the manner provided for other county officers in the general election law. The election of the chief executive officer shall be governed by the provisions of the general election law applicable to the election of county officers.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-5007

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5007) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5007)
    Sec. 2-5007. Term of county executive. The county executive shall serve a term of 4 years, commencing on the first Monday in the month following the month of his election and until his successor is elected and qualified.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-5008

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5008) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5008)
    Sec. 2-5008. Qualifications of county executive. The qualifications for the office of county executive are the same as those for membership on the board. However, the county executive shall not be an elected member of the county board.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-5009

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5009) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5009)
    Sec. 2-5009. Duties and powers of county executive. Any county executive elected under this Division shall:
    (a) see that all of the orders, resolutions and regulations of the board are faithfully executed;
    (b) coordinate and direct by executive order or otherwise all administrative and management functions of the county government except the offices of elected county officers;
    (c) prepare and submit to the board for its approval the annual budget for the county required by Division 6-1 of this Code;
    (d) appoint, with the advice and consent of the board, persons to serve on the various boards and commissions to which appointments are provided by law to be made by the board;
    (e) appoint, with the advice and consent of the board, persons to serve on various special districts within the county except where appointment to serve on such districts is otherwise provided by law;
    (f) make an annual report to the board on the affairs of the county, on such date and at such time as the board shall designate, and keep the board fully advised as to the financial condition of the county and its future financial needs;
    (f-5) for a county executive of a county that has adopted the executive form of government on or before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, appoint, with the advice and consent of the board, all department heads for any county departments;
    (g) appoint, with the advice and consent of the board, such subordinate deputies, employees and appointees for the general administration of county affairs as considered necessary, except those deputies, employees and appointees in the office of an elected county officer; however, the advice and consent requirement set forth in this paragraph shall not apply to persons employed as a member of the immediate personal staff of a county executive of a county that has adopted the executive form of government on or before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly;
    (h) remove or suspend in his discretion, after due notice and hearing, anyone whom he has the power to appoint;
    (i) require reports and examine accounts, records and operations of all county administrative units;
    (j) supervise the care and custody of all county property including institutions and agencies;
    (k) approve or veto ordinances or resolutions pursuant to Section 2-5010;
    (l) preside over board meetings; however, the county executive is not entitled to vote except to break a tie vote;
    (l-5) for a county executive of a county that has adopted the executive form of government on or before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, if the County Executive is temporarily not available to preside over a board meeting, the County Executive shall designate a board member to preside over the board meeting;
    (m) call a special meeting of the county board, by a written executive order signed by him and upon 24 hours notice by delivery of a copy of such order to the residence of each board member;
    (n) with the advice and consent of the county board, enter into intergovernmental agreements with other governmental units;
    (o) with the advice and consent of the county board, negotiate on behalf of the county with governmental units and the private sector for the purpose of promoting economic growth and development;
    (p) at his discretion, appoint a person to serve as legal counsel at an annual salary established by the county board at an amount no greater than the annual salary of the state's attorney of the county;
    (q) perform such other duties as shall be required of him by the board.
(Source: P.A. 96-1540, eff. 3-7-11.)

55 ILCS 5/2-5010

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5010) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5010)
    Sec. 2-5010. Approval of ordinances. Any ordinance passed, adopted or otherwise enacted by the board shall before it becomes effective be presented to the county executive. If the county executive approves such ordinance, resolution or motion, he shall sign it; if not, he shall return it to the board with his objections, which shall be entered and spread upon the journal, and the board shall proceed to reconsider the matter. If after such reconsideration 3/5 of the members of the board pass such ordinance, it shall become effective on the date prescribed but not earlier than the date of passage following reconsideration. In all such cases the votes of the members of the board shall be determined by ayes and nays and the names of the members voting for or against such ordinance objected to by the county executive shall be entered and spread upon the journal. If any ordinance is not returned by the county executive to the board at its first meeting occurring not less than 6 days, Sundays excepted, after it has been presented to him, it shall become effective unless the board has recessed or adjourned for a period in excess of 60 days, in which case it shall not become effective without his approval. Items of appropriation may be approved or vetoed by the county executive. Any item approved by the county executive and all items not vetoed shall become law, and any item vetoed shall be returned to and reconsidered by the board in the same manner as provided in this Section for other ordinances returned to the board without approval.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-5011

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5011) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5011)
    Sec. 2-5011. Death, resignation or inability of county executive. In case of the death, resignation or other inability of the county executive to act, the board shall select a person qualified under Section 2-5008 and Section 25-11 of the Election Code to serve as the interim county executive until the next general election.
(Source: P.A. 96-1540, eff. 3-7-11.)

55 ILCS 5/2-5012

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5012) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5012)
    Sec. 2-5012. Salary of county executive. The salary of the county executive shall be fixed by the board and shall be not less than 1 1/2 times the amount of the compensation to which a member of the board is entitled.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-5013

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5013) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5013)
    Sec. 2-5013. Discontinuance of county executive form of government. Any county which has adopted the county executive form of government may discontinue that form of government only as provided in this Section. The board upon receipt of a petition, not less than 78 days before a general election, calling for discontinuance of the county executive form of government and signed by a number of registered voters of the county equal to or greater than 5% of the number who voted in the last regular election held in the county at which county officers were elected shall provide by resolution for submission of the proposition for discontinuance to the electors of the county at the next general election. The board shall certify the resolution and the proposition to the proper election officials who shall submit the proposition at the next general election in accordance with the general election law. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall the County of ..........
discontinue the county executive             YES
form of government and (if a home    -------------------------
rule county) become a nonhome rule           NO
county?
--------------------------------------------------------------
    If a majority of the voters voting on the proposition vote in favor of discontinuance of the county executive form of government, the office of county executive shall be abolished as of the first Monday in December following the holding of the election and the board elected in the county shall meet, organize and resume the conduct of the affairs of the county wholly as the county board. A referendum under this Section may be held in any county only once within any 47-month period.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-5014

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5014) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5014)
    Sec. 2-5014. Certified statements by county clerk. At least 20 days prior to any referendum under Section 2-5005 or Section 2-5013, the county clerk shall file with the Secretary of State a certified statement indicating when such a referendum will be held. Within 30 days after any such referendum the county clerk shall file with the Secretary of State a certified statement showing the results of the referendum and the resulting status of the county as a home rule county or a non-home rule county. The Secretary of State shall maintain such certified statements in his office as a public record.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-5015

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5015) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5015)
    Sec. 2-5015. Superseding plan for election of county board chairman. The adoption of the county executive form of government by any county pursuant to this Division shall supersede any plan adopted by the county board of that county pursuant to Section 2-3007, as now or hereafter amended, for the election of the chairman of the county board by the voters of the county.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-5016

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5016) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5016)
    Sec. 2-5016. Policy concerning exercise of powers by counties. It is the policy of this State that any county with a chief executive officer elected by the electors of the county may (1) exercise any power and perform any function pertaining to its government and affairs, or (2) exercise those powers within traditional areas of county activity, except as limited by the Illinois Constitution or a proper limiting statute, notwithstanding effects on competition.
    It is the intention of the General Assembly that the "State action exemption" to the application of federal antitrust statutes be fully available to counties to the extent their activities are authorized by law as stated herein.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/Div. 2-6

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 2-6 heading)
Division 2-6. Commissioners in Cook County

55 ILCS 5/2-6001

    (55 ILCS 5/2-6001) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-6001)
    Sec. 2-6001. Election of Cook County commissioners. There shall be elected every 4 years by the legal voters of Cook County 17 county commissioners who shall hold their office respectively for the term of 4 years and until their successors are elected and qualified. Elections shall be held at the time provided by the general election law. Their term of office shall commence on the first Monday of the month following the month of their election. Ten of the commissioners shall be elected from the city of Chicago by the legal voters of that city, and 7 of the commissioners shall be elected from the towns outside of the city by the legal voters of those towns. If a vacancy occurs in the office of a commissioner from the city of Chicago, the remaining commissioners from the city of Chicago shall appoint a suitable person from the city of Chicago to fill the vacancy. If a vacancy occurs in the office of a commissioner from the towns outside the city of Chicago, the remaining commissioners from those towns shall appoint a suitable person from those towns to fill the vacancy.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 87-570.)

55 ILCS 5/2-6002

    (55 ILCS 5/2-6002) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-6002)
    Sec. 2-6002. Election of president of board. Every legal voter in said county may vote for and designate (upon his ballot cast for county commissioners) one of the candidates for commissioner to be president of the county board, and the person who shall receive the highest number of such votes shall be declared elected president of said board.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-6003

    (55 ILCS 5/2-6003) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-6003)
    Sec. 2-6003. Vacancy in office of president. In case of the death, resignation, removal from office or other inability to act of the president so elected, if more than 28 months of the unexpired term remain, the vacancy shall be filled at the next general election, at which election one of the regularly elected or appointed members of the board of commissioners shall be elected to serve the unexpired term of the president. If less than two years and sixty days of the unexpired term remain, the board of commissioners shall elect one of their number to serve the unexpired term of the president.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-6004

    (55 ILCS 5/2-6004) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-6004)
    Sec. 2-6004. Terms of office of commissioners. The terms of office of such commissioners shall begin on the first Monday of the month following the month of their election, and they shall hold their office respectively until their successors are elected and qualified.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-6005

    (55 ILCS 5/2-6005) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-6005)
    Sec. 2-6005. Oath of commissioners. The said commissioners shall severally, before they enter upon the discharge of their duties, take the oath of office prescribed by the Constitution, and they shall be known as the board of commissioners of Cook County, and as such board shall possess the powers, perform the duties and be subject to the rules, regulations and restrictions hereinafter specified.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-6006

    (55 ILCS 5/2-6006) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-6006)
    Sec. 2-6006. Meetings of board of commissioners. The board of commissioners shall hold regular meetings on the first Monday of December, January, February, March, June and September in each year, except that when such a regularly scheduled meeting would fall on a legal holiday under Section 17 of "An Act to revise the law in relation to promissory notes, bonds, due bills and other instruments in writing", approved March 18, 1874, as amended, the board shall hold the meeting on the day immediately following such a holiday. It shall be the duty of the president of the board of commissioners to call special meetings of the board whenever, in his opinion, the same may be necessary; and he shall preside at all the meetings of the board, and generally perform the duties usually performed by a presiding officer; provided, that in the absence of the president, or of his inability to act, a president pro tempore may be elected, who shall, during such absence or inability possess all the powers and perform all the duties by law vested in and required of the president.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-6007

    (55 ILCS 5/2-6007) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-6007)
    Sec. 2-6007. Voting by president. The president of the board of commissioners shall have the same privilege of voting as any other commissioner; but he shall not have a casting vote upon any question upon which he has voted as commissioner.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-6008

    (55 ILCS 5/2-6008) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-6008)
    Sec. 2-6008. Approval of ordinances. All ordinances, resolutions or motions shall be submitted to said board of commissioners in writing, or reduced to writing before any vote shall be taken thereon; and if adopted by the board, the same shall not take effect until after the same shall have been approved in writing by the president of said board, except as hereinafter provided. It shall be the duty of the clerk of said board to deliver to the president thereof, upon his request, the original (or a copy) of each ordinance, resolution or motion, so passed or adopted by said board as aforesaid, within one day after its passage or adoption; and in case the president approves thereof, he shall sign the same, and it shall thereupon be in full force and effect. In case the president shall not approve any such ordinance, resolution or motion, he shall, within five days after the receipt of the same as aforesaid, return it to the clerk of said board, with his objections thereto in writing. Such veto by the president may extend to any one or more items or appropriations contained in any resolution making an appropriation, or to the entire resolution; and in case the veto only extends to a part of such resolution making an appropriation, the residue thereof not embraced within the veto shall take effect and be in force from the time of the receipt by said clerk of such veto of such part. Upon the return of any such ordinance, resolution or motion by the president, with his objections thereto as aforesaid, the vote by which the same was passed shall be reconsidered by the board of commissioners as to so much thereof as may have been vetoed; and if, after such reconsideration, three-fifths of all the members elected to the board shall agree to pass the same by yeas and nays, to be entered on the journal, the same shall take effect, notwithstanding the president may have refused to approve thereof. In case the president shall fail or omit to either sign and approve or return, with his objections as aforesaid, any such ordinance, motion or resolution which shall have been passed or adopted by the board within six days after it shall have been so passed or adopted, the same shall take effect without the approval of the president.
(Source: P.A. 96-816, eff. 11-9-09.)

55 ILCS 5/2-6009

    (55 ILCS 5/2-6009) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-6009)
    Sec. 2-6009. Powers and duties of commissioners. Said board of commissioners shall have the management of the affairs of said Cook County, in the manner provided by law, and may exercise the same powers, perform the same duties, and shall be subject to the same rules, regulations and penalties prescribed by law for the county board in other counties, except as herein otherwise provided; and shall also be subject to the rules, regulations and restrictions herein provided.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-6010

    (55 ILCS 5/2-6010) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-6010)
    Sec. 2-6010. Delegation of powers; appropriations; indebtedness. The said board of commissioners shall have no power or authority to delegate to any committee or other person or persons the "power to act", when such "power to act" shall involve the letting of any contract or the expenditure of public money exceeding the sum of $2,500; and any action of said board, or of any committee thereof, or of any other person or persons in violation of this Section shall be null and void. No money shall be appropriated or ordered paid by said county commissioners beyond the sum of $2,500, unless such appropriation shall have been authorized by a vote of at least two-thirds of the members elected to the said county board. And no officer of Cook County, or other person, shall incur any indebtedness on behalf of the county, unless first authorized by said board of commissioners.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/Art. 3

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Art. 3 heading)
ARTICLE 3. OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES

55 ILCS 5/Div. 3-1

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 3-1 heading)
Division 3-1. Auditor

55 ILCS 5/3-1001

    (55 ILCS 5/3-1001) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-1001)
    Sec. 3-1001. Auditors in counties of 75,000 to 3,000,000. In all counties containing less than 3,000,000 and over 75,000 inhabitants by the last federal census, there is created the office of county auditor, whose term of office shall be 4 years and until his successor is elected and qualified. The nomination and election shall be subject to the general election laws of the State. Each county auditor shall take office the first day of the month following the month of his election on which the office of the county auditor is required, by statute or by action of the county board, to be open. The qualifications and oath of office shall be the same as apply to other county officers. Each county auditor shall, before entering upon the duties of the office, give bond (or, if the county is self-insured, the county through its self-insurance program may provide bonding) in such penalty and with such security as the county board deems sufficient, which bond shall be substantially in the form required by law to be given by the county clerk. Such bond shall be filed with the county clerk on or before the day the county auditor takes office. In case of a vacancy in the office of county auditor caused by death, resignation, or removal from office, the vacancy shall be filled as provided for filling vacancies of other county offices. If the auditor is temporarily unable to perform his or her duties for any reason, the deputy auditor, if there is one, shall assume the duties of the auditor until the auditor is able to resume his or her duties or until a replacement for the auditor is chosen.
(Source: P.A. 87-401; 88-387.)

55 ILCS 5/3-1002

    (55 ILCS 5/3-1002) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-1002)
    Sec. 3-1002. Auditors in counties of 75,000 population or less. In counties of 75,000 population or less, as determined by the last federal census preceding the date of appointment, the presiding officer of the county board with the advice and consent of the county board may appoint and employ a county auditor whose term of office shall be 4 years and until a successor is appointed and qualified. Every county auditor appointed pursuant to the provisions of this Section shall hold office until the first Tuesday of May, 1961, and until a successor is appointed and qualified. A successor shall be appointed and take office on the first Tuesday of May, 1961, and every 4 years thereafter, for a term of 4 years and until another successor is appointed and qualified. The qualifications and oath of office of such county auditor shall be the same as apply to other county officers. Each county auditor shall, before entering upon the duties of the office, give bond in such penalty and with such security as the county board shall deem sufficient, which bond shall be substantially in the form required by law to be given by the county clerk. Said bond shall be filed with the county clerk on or before the date the county auditor enters into the duties of the office. In case of a vacancy in the office of county auditor caused by death, resignation, or removal from office, the vacancy shall be filled by appointment by the presiding officer of the county board with the advice and consent of the county board. If the auditor is temporarily unable to perform his or her duties for any reason, the deputy auditor, if there is one, shall assume the duties of the auditor until the auditor is able to resume his or her duties or until a replacement for the auditor is chosen.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 87-401.)

55 ILCS 5/3-1003

    (55 ILCS 5/3-1003) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-1003)
    Sec. 3-1003. Commissions. Every county auditor whose office is established under Section 3-1001 shall be commissioned by the Governor. No commission shall issue except upon the certification by the county clerk of the appropriate county that the county auditor was duly elected or appointed, and that such county auditor has filed the bond and taken the oath of office as heretofore provided.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-1004

    (55 ILCS 5/3-1004) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-1004)
    Sec. 3-1004. Internal operations of office. The county auditor shall control the internal operations of the office and procure equipment, materials and services necessary to perform the duties of the office, subject to the budgetary limitations established by the county board.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-1005

    (55 ILCS 5/3-1005) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-1005)
    Sec. 3-1005. Duties of auditor. The duties of the county auditor shall be to:
    (a) Audit all claims against the county, and recommend to the county board the payment or rejection of all claims presented.
    (b) Collect, analyze and preserve statistical and financial information with respect to the cost of operation of the various institutions and facilities maintained, operated or owned by the county.
    (c) Approve all orders for supplies issued by the various county officers, before the orders are to be placed with the parties to whom the same are to be given.
    (d) Maintain a file of all contracts entered into by the county board and all authorized county officers, for or on behalf of the county.
    (e) Report quarterly to the county board the entire financial operations of the county including revenues anticipated and received, expenditures estimated and paid, obligations unpaid, the condition of all funds and appropriations and other pertinent information. The county auditor shall cause to be published in at least one newspaper of general circulation in the county, a notice of the availability of the quarterly report for public inspection in the office of the county auditor. Such notice shall be published within 30 days of the date of the scheduled release of the report.
    (f) Audit the receipts of all county officers and departments presented for deposit with the county treasurer.
    (g) Maintain a continuous internal audit of the operations and financial records of the officers, agents or divisions of the county. The county auditor shall have access to all records, documents, and resources necessary for the discharge of this responsibility.
    (h) Audit the inventory of all real and personal property owned by the county under the control and management of the various officers and departments of the county.
    (i) Audit the documentation, records, and bases for the amounts billed to the county, as maintained by county vendors, under agreements between the county and its vendors, when those agreements provide that the amounts billed to the county are based upon actual costs incurred by the vendor, or when those agreements include the requirement that the county provide a reimbursement for out-of-pocket costs incurred by the vendors. The county auditor shall audit the documentation, records, and bases for the amounts required to be paid to the county under agreements with outside parties, when those amounts are based upon records and documentation generated, compiled, and maintained by the outside party. The vendors and outside parties affected by this Section shall provide to the county auditor, on a timely basis, all records and documents required by the county auditor relative to the county auditor's duties under this subsection.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 86-1358.)

55 ILCS 5/3-1006

    (55 ILCS 5/3-1006) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-1006)
    Sec. 3-1006. Additional duties in counties of 275,000 or less. In counties of 275,000 population or less, as determined by the last federal decennial census, the county auditor, in addition to the duties prescribed in Section 3-1005, shall:
    (a) Be the general accountant of the county and keep its general accounts.
    (b) Devise and install a system of financial records in the offices and divisions of the county, to be followed in such offices and divisions. Such a system shall be suitable to the needs of the office and in accordance with generally accepted principles of accounting for governmental bodies.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-1007

    (55 ILCS 5/3-1007) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-1007)
    Sec. 3-1007. Deputies and employees. The county auditor shall appoint deputies and employees. The deputies shall take and subscribe the same oath of office as is required of other county officers. Any such oath shall be filed with the county clerk and entered of record by such clerk. Compensation of deputies and employees not otherwise provided for by law shall be fixed by the county auditor subject to budgetary limitations established by the county board.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-1008

    (55 ILCS 5/3-1008) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-1008)
    Sec. 3-1008. Continuing education. Each county auditor shall obtain at least 20 hours of continuing professional education related to the operation of the auditor's office each year. Reasonable expenses incurred by the auditor in obtaining that education shall be reimbursed by the county.
(Source: P.A. 86-1358.)

55 ILCS 5/Div. 3-2

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 3-2 heading)
Division 3-2. Clerk

55 ILCS 5/3-2001

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2001) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2001)
    Sec. 3-2001. Election of county clerk. In all counties there shall be an elected county clerk who shall hold office until his successor is qualified. The functions and powers of the county clerks shall be uniform in the various counties of this State. He shall enter upon the duties of his office on the first day in the month of December following his election on which the office of the county clerk is required, by statute or by action of the county board, to be open.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2002

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2002) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2002)
    Sec. 3-2002. Oath. Each county clerk, before entering upon the duties of his office, shall take and subscribe to the oath or affirmation prescribed by Section 3, Article XIII of the Constitution which shall be entered at large upon the records of his office.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2003

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2003) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2003)
    Sec. 3-2003. Functions, powers and duties of clerk. The county clerk shall have those functions, powers and duties as provided in the Sections following this Section and preceding Section 3-2004.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2003.1

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2003.1) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2003.1)
    Sec. 3-2003.1. Appointment of deputies, assistants and personnel. The county clerk shall appoint his deputies, assistants and personnel to assist him in the performance of his duties.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2003.2

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2003.2) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2003.2)
    Sec. 3-2003.2. Internal operations of office. The county clerk shall have the right to control the internal operations of his office; to procure necessary equipment, materials and services to perform the duties of his office.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2003.3

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2003.3) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2003.3)
    Sec. 3-2003.3. Monthly report of financial status. The county clerk shall file a monthly report summarizing the financial status of his office in such form as shall be determined by the county board.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2003.4

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2003.4) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2003.4)
    Sec. 3-2003.4. Deposit of fee income; special funds. The county clerk shall deposit in the office of the county treasurer monthly by the 10th day of the month following, all fee income. The county clerk may maintain the following special funds from which the county board shall authorize payments by voucher between board meetings:
    (a) Overpayments.
    (b) Reasonable amount needed during the succeeding accounting period to pay office expenses, postage, freight, express or similar charges.
    (c) Excess earnings from the sale of revenue stamps to be maintained in a fund to be used for the purchase of additional stamps from the Illinois Department of Revenue.
    (d) Fund to pay necessary travel, dues and other expenses incurred in attending workshops, educational seminars and organizational meetings established for the purpose of providing in-service training.
    (e) Trust funds, for tax redemptions, or for such other purposes as may be provided for by law.
    (f) Such other funds as may be authorized by the county board.
    The county clerk shall make accounting monthly to the county board of all special funds maintained by him in the discharge of his duties.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2003.5

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2003.5) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2003.5)
    Sec. 3-2003.5. Compensation of deputies and employees. Compensation of deputies and employees shall be fixed by the county clerk subject to budgetary limitations established by the county board.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2004

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2004) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2004)
    Sec. 3-2004. Prompt payment. Purchases made pursuant to this Division shall be made in compliance with the "Local Government Prompt Payment Act".
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2005

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2005) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2005)
    Sec. 3-2005. Bond. Each county clerk shall, before entering upon the duties of his or her office, give bond (or, if the county is self-insured, the county through its self-insurance program may provide bonding) in such penalty and with such security as the county board shall deem sufficient, which bond shall be substantially in the following form, and shall be recorded in full in the records of his or her office, and when so recorded shall be deposited with the clerk of the circuit court for safe keeping:
    We, (A B) principal, and (C D) and (E F), sureties, all of the county of .... and State of Illinois, are obligated to the People of the State of Illinois, in the penal sum of $...., for the payment of which, we obligate ourselves, each of us, our heirs, executors and administrators.
    The condition of the above bond is such, that if the above obligated (A B) shall perform all the duties which are or may be required by law to be performed by him as county clerk of the county of .... in the time and manner prescribed or to be prescribed by law, and when he is succeeded in office, shall surrender and deliver over to his or her successor in office all books, papers, moneys, and other things belonging to the county, and appertaining to his or her office, then the above bond to be void; otherwise to remain in full force.
    Dated (insert date).
    Signed and delivered in the presence of (G H).
Signature A B,
Signature C D,
Signature E F.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2006

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2006) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2006)
    Sec. 3-2006. Commission. County clerks shall be commissioned by the governor.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2007

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2007) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2007)
    Sec. 3-2007. Office quarters and hours; violation. The county clerk shall keep his office at the court house of his county, or at such other place as may be provided for him by the authorities of such county seat and shall keep his office open and attend to the duties thereof:
    (a) In counties of 500,000 or more population from 9 a. m. to 5 p. m. of each working day except Saturday afternoons and legal holidays, but the clerk may open the office at 8 a. m. on each working day:
    (b) In counties of less than 500,000 population from 8 a. m. to 5 p. m. of each working day except Saturdays and legal holidays, but in such counties the office shall remain open until noon the Saturday before general, primary or special election days.
    Provided, that the days on which such office shall be open and the hours of opening and closing of the office of the county clerk may be changed and otherwise fixed and determined by the county board of any county. Any such action taken by the county board shall be by an appropriate resolution passed at a regular meeting.
    Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section, when any election is held and the results of such election are required by law to be returned to the county clerk, the office of the county clerk shall remain open for the purpose of receiving such results from the time of opening of the polls until the returns from each precinct have been received.
    Any county clerk who fails to keep his office open for the purpose of receiving election returns as required by this Section commits a business offense, and shall be fined not less than $500 nor more than $5,000.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2008

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2008) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2008)
    Sec. 3-2008. Seal. He shall be keeper of the seal of the county, which shall be used by him in all cases where he is required to use an official seal.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2009

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2009) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2009)
    Sec. 3-2009. Deputies. He shall appoint a chief deputy and may appoint additional deputies, who shall take and subscribe the same oath for the discharge of their duties as is required of the county clerk, which shall be entered of record in his office.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2010

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2010) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2010)
    Sec. 3-2010. Responsibility. The principal clerk shall in all cases be responsible for the acts of his deputies. Whenever a vacancy occurs in the office of the county clerk in any county, including counties with a population of less than 60,000 inhabitants, the chief deputy clerk shall perform all the duties appertaining to the office of county clerk until the successor of such clerk is elected or appointed and qualified as provided in Section 3-2011.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2011

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2011) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2011)
    Sec. 3-2011. Vacancies; military service. Whenever a vacancy occurs in the office of any county clerk and the unexpired term exceeds one year, the vacancy shall be filled as provided by The Election Code by appointment of a clerk pro tempore, who shall qualify by giving bond and taking the oath as required of the county clerk, and shall thereupon perform all the duties and be entitled to all the emoluments and be subject to all the penalties appertaining to the office of county clerk until the successor of such clerk is elected or appointed and qualified; Provided, that in case the county clerk is called into the active military service of the United States, the appointee shall perform and discharge all the duties of the county clerk during the time such county clerk is in the active military service of the United States, and such county clerk so appointed shall possess all the powers and discharge all the duties of a regularly elected county clerk under the laws of this State, and shall be paid the same compensation as provided by law for the county clerk of that county, apportioned as to the time of service, and such appointment and all authority thereunder shall cease upon the discharge of the said county clerk from such active military service of the United States; and provided further, that the office of county clerk shall not be deemed to be vacant during the time the said county clerk is in the active military service of the United States.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2012

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2012) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2012)
    Sec. 3-2012. Custody of records; public inspection. The county clerk shall have the care and custody of all the records, books and papers appertaining to and filed or deposited in their respective offices, and the same, except as otherwise provided in the Vital Records Act, shall be open to the inspection of all persons without reward.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 87-895.)

55 ILCS 5/3-2013

    (55 ILCS 5/3-2013) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-2013)
    Sec. 3-2013. General duties of clerk. Subject to the provisions of "The Local Records Act", the duties of the county clerk shall be-
    1st. To act as clerk of the county board of his county and to keep an accurate record of the proceedings of said board, file and preserve all bills of account acted upon by the board, and when any account is allowed or disallowed, he shall note that fact thereon, and when a part of any account is allowed he shall note particularly the items allowed.
    2nd. To keep a book in which he shall enter the number, date and amount of each order upon the county treasurer, and the name of the person in whose favor the same is drawn, and when such order is canceled, he shall note the date of cancellation opposite such entry.
    3rd. Before any such order is delivered to the person for whose benefit it is drawn, the county clerk shall present the same to the county treasurer, who shall personally countersign the same.
    4th. To keep a book, in which shall be entered in alphabetical order, by name of the principal, a minute of all official bonds filed in his office, giving the name of the office, amount and date of bond, names of sureties and date of filing, with such reference to the number or other designation of the bond, that the same may be easily found.
    5th. To keep proper alphabetical indexes of all records and papers in his office.
    6th. To give any person requiring the same, and paying the lawful fees therefor, a copy of any record, paper or account in his office.
    7th. Such other duties as are or may be required by law.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/Div. 3-3

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 3-3 heading)
Division 3-3. Coroner

55 ILCS 5/3-3001

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3001) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3001)
    Sec. 3-3001. Commission; training; duties performed by other county officer.
    (a) Every coroner shall be commissioned by the Governor, but no commission shall issue except upon the certificate of the county clerk of the proper county of the due election or appointment of the coroner and that the coroner has filed his or her bond and taken the oath of office as provided in this Division.
    (b)(1) Within 30 days of assuming office, a coroner elected to that office for the first time shall apply for admission to the Coroner Training Board coroners training program. Completion of the training program shall be within 6 months of application. Any coroner may direct the chief deputy coroner or a deputy coroner, or both, to attend the training program, provided the coroner has completed the training program. Satisfactory completion of the program shall be evidenced by a certificate issued to the coroner by the Coroner Training Board. All coroners shall complete the training program at least once while serving as coroner.
    (2) In developing the coroner training program, the Coroner Training Board shall consult with the Illinois Coroners and Medical Examiners Association or other organization as approved by the Coroner Training Board.
    (3) The Coroner Training Board shall notify the proper county board of the failure by a coroner to successfully complete this training program.
    (c) Every coroner shall attend at least 24 hours of accredited continuing education for coroners in each calendar year.
    (d) In all counties that provide by resolution for the elimination of the office of coroner pursuant to a referendum, the resolution may also provide, as part of the same proposition, that the duties of the coroner be taken over by another county officer specified by the resolution and proposition.
(Source: P.A. 99-408, eff. 1-1-16.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3002

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3002) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3002)
    Sec. 3-3002. Commencement of duties. The coroner shall enter upon the duties of his office on the first day of the month of December following his election on which the coroner's office is required, by statute or by action of the county board, to be open.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3003

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3003) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3003)
    Sec. 3-3003. Duties of coroner. The county coroner shall control the internal operations of his office. Subject to the applicable county appropriation ordinance, the coroner shall procure necessary equipment, materials, supplies and services to perform the duties of the office. Compensation of deputies and employees shall be fixed by the coroner, subject to budgetary limitations established by the county board. Purchases of equipment shall be made in accordance with any ordinance requirements for centralized purchasing through another county office or through the State which are applicable to all county offices.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3004

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3004) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3004)
    Sec. 3-3004. Bond. Before entering upon the duties of his or her office, he or she shall give bond, with 2 or more sufficient sureties (or, if the county is self-insured, the county through its self-insurance program may provide bonding), to be approved by the circuit court for his or her county, in the penal sum of $5,000, which shall cover both the coroner and any deputies, payable to the People of the State of Illinois, conditioned that each will faithfully discharge all the duties required or to be required of him by law as such coroner, deputy coroner or as sheriff of the county, in case he or she shall act as such. The bond shall be entered of record in the court and filed in the office of the county clerk of his or her county. The costs of the bond shall be paid by the county.
(Source: P.A. 88-387.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3005

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3005) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3005)
    Sec. 3-3005. Oath. He shall also, before entering upon the duties of his office, take and subscribe the oath or affirmation prescribed by Section 3, Article XIII of the Constitution which shall be filed in the office of the county clerk of his county.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3006

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3006) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3006)
    Sec. 3-3006. Copies of bond as evidence. Copies of such bond, certified by the county clerk, or of the record thereof certified by the clerk of the circuit court, shall be received as evidence.
(Source: P.A. 86-961.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3007

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3007) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3007)
    Sec. 3-3007. Conservator of the peace. Each coroner shall be conservator of the peace in his county, and, in the performance of his duties as such, shall have the same powers as the sheriff.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3008

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3008) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3008)
    Sec. 3-3008. Coroner to act when sheriff prejudiced. When it appears from the papers in a case that the sheriff or his deputy is a party thereto, or from affidavit filed that he is interested therein, or is of kin, or partial to or prejudiced against either party, the summons, execution or other process may be directed to the coroner, who shall perform all the duties in relation thereto, and attend to the suit in like manner as if he were sheriff; and the interests, consanguinity, partiality or prejudice of the sheriff shall not be cause for a change of venue.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3009

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3009) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3009)
    Sec. 3-3009. Deputy coroner's, sheriff's or police officer's performance of coroner's duties. If there is no coroner, or it shall appear in like manner that he or she is also a party to or interested in the suit, or of kin, or partial to or prejudiced against either party, or the coroner has an economic or personal interest that conflicts with his or her official duties as coroner, the coroner shall disqualify himself or herself from acting at an investigation or inquest and process shall in like manner issue to the deputy coroner if designated by the coroner to fill the vacancy, or, if no designation is made, to any sheriff, sheriff's deputy or police officer, in the county, who shall perform like duties as required of the coroner. The designation shall be in writing and filed with the county clerk.
(Source: P.A. 98-812, eff. 8-1-14.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3010

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3010) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3010)
    Sec. 3-3010. Deputy sheriff, undersheriff, or coroner to act when sheriff's office vacant. Where the office of the sheriff is vacant, the chief deputy sheriff or undersheriff if designated by the sheriff to fill the vacancy, or, if no designation is made, the coroner of the county shall perform all the duties required by law to be performed by the sheriff, and have the same powers, and be liable to the same penalties and proceedings as if he were sheriff, until another sheriff is elected or appointed and qualified. The designation shall be in writing and filed with the county clerk.
(Source: P.A. 91-633, eff. 12-1-99.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3011

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3011) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3011)
    Sec. 3-3011. Classification of counties. For the purposes of this Division, counties of more than 1,000,000 population shall be designated as Class I counties, and counties of not more than 1,000,000 population as Class II counties.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3012

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3012) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3012)
    Sec. 3-3012. In-service training expenses. The county coroner may maintain a special fund, from which the county board shall authorize payments by voucher between board meetings, to pay necessary travel dues and other expenses incurred in attending workshops, educational seminars and organizational meetings for the purpose of providing in-service training.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3013

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3013) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3013)
    Sec. 3-3013. Preliminary investigations; blood and urine analysis; summoning jury; reports. Every coroner, whenever, as soon as he knows or is informed that the dead body of any person is found, or lying within his county, whose death is suspected of being:
        (a) A sudden or violent death, whether apparently
    
suicidal, homicidal or accidental, including but not limited to deaths apparently caused or contributed to by thermal, traumatic, chemical, electrical or radiational injury, or a complication of any of them, or by drowning or suffocation, or as a result of domestic violence as defined in the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986;
        (b) A maternal or fetal death due to abortion, or any
    
death due to a sex crime or a crime against nature;
        (c) A death where the circumstances are suspicious,
    
obscure, mysterious or otherwise unexplained or where, in the written opinion of the attending physician, the cause of death is not determined;
        (d) A death where addiction to alcohol or to any drug
    
may have been a contributory cause; or
        (e) A death where the decedent was not attended by a
    
licensed physician;
shall go to the place where the dead body is, and take charge of the same and shall make a preliminary investigation into the circumstances of the death. In the case of death without attendance by a licensed physician the body may be moved with the coroner's consent from the place of death to a mortuary in the same county. Coroners in their discretion shall notify such physician as is designated in accordance with Section 3-3014 to attempt to ascertain the cause of death, either by autopsy or otherwise.
    In cases of accidental death involving a motor vehicle in which the decedent was (1) the operator or a suspected operator of a motor vehicle, or (2) a pedestrian 16 years of age or older, the coroner shall require that a blood specimen of at least 30 cc., and if medically possible a urine specimen of at least 30 cc. or as much as possible up to 30 cc., be withdrawn from the body of the decedent in a timely fashion after the accident causing his death, by such physician as has been designated in accordance with Section 3-3014, or by the coroner or deputy coroner or a qualified person designated by such physician, coroner, or deputy coroner. If the county does not maintain laboratory facilities for making such analysis, the blood and urine so drawn shall be sent to the Department of State Police or any other accredited or State-certified laboratory for analysis of the alcohol, carbon monoxide, and dangerous or narcotic drug content of such blood and urine specimens. Each specimen submitted shall be accompanied by pertinent information concerning the decedent upon a form prescribed by such laboratory. Any person drawing blood and urine and any person making any examination of the blood and urine under the terms of this Division shall be immune from all liability, civil or criminal, that might otherwise be incurred or imposed.
    In all other cases coming within the jurisdiction of the coroner and referred to in subparagraphs (a) through (e) above, blood, and whenever possible, urine samples shall be analyzed for the presence of alcohol and other drugs. When the coroner suspects that drugs may have been involved in the death, either directly or indirectly, a toxicological examination shall be performed which may include analyses of blood, urine, bile, gastric contents and other tissues. When the coroner suspects a death is due to toxic substances, other than drugs, the coroner shall consult with the toxicologist prior to collection of samples. Information submitted to the toxicologist shall include information as to height, weight, age, sex and race of the decedent as well as medical history, medications used by and the manner of death of decedent.
    When the coroner or medical examiner finds that the cause of death is due to homicidal means, the coroner or medical examiner shall cause blood and buccal specimens (tissue may be submitted if no uncontaminated blood or buccal specimen can be obtained), whenever possible, to be withdrawn from the body of the decedent in a timely fashion. For proper preservation of the specimens, collected blood and buccal specimens shall be dried and tissue specimens shall be frozen if available equipment exists. As soon as possible, but no later than 30 days after the collection of the specimens, the coroner or medical examiner shall release those specimens to the police agency responsible for investigating the death. As soon as possible, but no later than 30 days after the receipt from the coroner or medical examiner, the police agency shall submit the specimens using the agency case number to a National DNA Index System (NDIS) participating laboratory within this State, such as the Illinois Department of State Police, Division of Forensic Services, for analysis and categorizing into genetic marker groupings. The results of the analysis and categorizing into genetic marker groupings shall be provided to the Illinois Department of State Police and shall be maintained by the Illinois Department of State Police in the State central repository in the same manner, and subject to the same conditions, as provided in Section 5-4-3 of the Unified Code of Corrections. The requirements of this paragraph are in addition to any other findings, specimens, or information that the coroner or medical examiner is required to provide during the conduct of a criminal investigation.
    In all counties, in cases of apparent suicide, homicide, or accidental death or in other cases, within the discretion of the coroner, the coroner may summon 8 persons of lawful age from those persons drawn for petit jurors in the county. The summons shall command these persons to present themselves personally at such a place and time as the coroner shall determine, and may be in any form which the coroner shall determine and may incorporate any reasonable form of request for acknowledgement which the coroner deems practical and provides a reliable proof of service. The summons may be served by first class mail. From the 8 persons so summoned, the coroner shall select 6 to serve as the jury for the inquest. Inquests may be continued from time to time, as the coroner may deem necessary. The 6 jurors selected in a given case may view the body of the deceased. If at any continuation of an inquest one or more of the original jurors shall be unable to continue to serve, the coroner shall fill the vacancy or vacancies. A juror serving pursuant to this paragraph shall receive compensation from the county at the same rate as the rate of compensation that is paid to petit or grand jurors in the county. The coroner shall furnish to each juror without fee at the time of his discharge a certificate of the number of days in attendance at an inquest, and, upon being presented with such certificate, the county treasurer shall pay to the juror the sum provided for his services.
    In counties which have a jury commission, in cases of apparent suicide or homicide or of accidental death, the coroner may conduct an inquest. The jury commission shall provide at least 8 jurors to the coroner, from whom the coroner shall select any 6 to serve as the jury for the inquest. Inquests may be continued from time to time as the coroner may deem necessary. The 6 jurors originally chosen in a given case may view the body of the deceased. If at any continuation of an inquest one or more of the 6 jurors originally chosen shall be unable to continue to serve, the coroner shall fill the vacancy or vacancies. At the coroner's discretion, additional jurors to fill such vacancies shall be supplied by the jury commission. A juror serving pursuant to this paragraph in such county shall receive compensation from the county at the same rate as the rate of compensation that is paid to petit or grand jurors in the county.
    In every case in which a fire is determined to be a contributing factor in a death, the coroner shall report the death to the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The coroner shall provide a copy of the death certificate (i) within 30 days after filing the permanent death certificate and (ii) in a manner that is agreed upon by the coroner and the State Fire Marshal.
    In every case in which a drug overdose is determined to be the cause or a contributing factor in the death, the coroner or medical examiner shall report the death to the Department of Public Health. The Department of Public Health shall adopt rules regarding specific information that must be reported in the event of such a death. If possible, the coroner shall report the cause of the overdose. As used in this Section, "overdose" has the same meaning as it does in Section 414 of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act. The Department of Public Health shall issue a semiannual report to the General Assembly summarizing the reports received. The Department shall also provide on its website a monthly report of overdose death figures organized by location, age, and any other factors, the Department deems appropriate.
    In addition, in every case in which domestic violence is determined to be a contributing factor in a death, the coroner shall report the death to the Department of State Police.
    All deaths in State institutions and all deaths of wards of the State or youth in care as defined in Section 4d of the Children and Family Services Act in private care facilities or in programs funded by the Department of Human Services under its powers relating to mental health and developmental disabilities or alcoholism and substance abuse or funded by the Department of Children and Family Services shall be reported to the coroner of the county in which the facility is located. If the coroner has reason to believe that an investigation is needed to determine whether the death was caused by maltreatment or negligent care of the ward of the State or youth in care as defined in Section 4d of the Children and Family Services Act, the coroner may conduct a preliminary investigation of the circumstances of such death as in cases of death under circumstances set forth in paragraphs (a) through (e) of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 99-354, eff. 1-1-16; 99-480, eff. 9-9-15; 99-642, eff. 7-28-16; 100-159, eff. 8-18-17.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3014

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3014) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3014)
    Sec. 3-3014. Autopsy to be performed by licensed physician; costs; reports. Any medical examination or autopsy conducted pursuant to this Division shall be performed by a physician duly licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches, and wherever possible by one having special training in pathology. In Class I counties, medical examinations or autopsies (including those performed on exhumed bodies) shall be performed by physicians appointed or designated by the coroner, and in Class II counties by physicians appointed or designated by the Director of Public Health upon the recommendation of the advisory board on necropsy service to coroners after the board has consulted with the elected coroner. Any autopsy performed by a physician so appointed or designated shall be deemed lawful. The cost of all autopsies, medical examinations, laboratory fees, if any, and travel expenses of the examining physician and the costs of exhuming a body under the authority of subsection (c) of Section 3-3015 shall be payable from the general fund of the county where the body is found. The examining physician shall file copies of the reports or results of his or her autopsies and medical examinations with the coroner and also with the Department of Public Health.
    No coroner may perform any autopsy required or authorized by law unless the coroner is a pathologist whose services are requested by the coroner of another county.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 87-317.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3015

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3015) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3015)
    Sec. 3-3015. Circumstances under which autopsy to be performed.
    (a) Where a death has occurred and the circumstances concerning the death are suspicious, obscure, mysterious, or otherwise unexplained and in the opinion of the examining physician or the coroner the cause of death cannot be established definitely except by autopsy, and where a death has occurred while being pursued, apprehended, or taken into custody by or while in the custody of any law enforcement agency, it is declared that the public interest requires that an autopsy be performed, and it shall be the duty and responsibility of the coroner to cause an autopsy to be performed, including the taking of x-rays and the performance of other medical tests as the coroner deems appropriate.
    (b) The coroner shall instruct involved parties that embalming of the body is not to be conducted until the toxicology samples are drawn. If a child dies from suspicious or unexplained circumstances, the coroner shall secure the services of a pathologist. The Department of Public Health shall provide coroners and pathologists with a child death autopsy protocol.
    (c) If the coroner determines it advisable to exhume a body for the purpose of investigation or autopsy or both, and the coroner would have been authorized under this Section to perform an investigation or autopsy on the body before it was interred, the coroner may exhume the body after consulting on the matter with the state's attorney and upon the order of the circuit court directing the exhumation upon the petition of the state's attorney.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 87-317; 87-419; 87-895.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3016

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3016) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3016)
    Sec. 3-3016. Sudden infant death syndrome. Where an infant under 2 years of age has died suddenly and unexpectedly and the circumstances concerning the death are unexplained, an autopsy shall be performed by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches who has special training in pathology. When an autopsy is conducted under this Section, the parents or guardian of the child shall receive a preliminary report of the autopsy within 5 days of the infant's death. All suspected Sudden Infant Death Syndrome cases shall be reported to the Statewide Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Program within 72 hours.
    Death certificates shall list the cause of death as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome where this finding is medically justified pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Department of Public Health. Copies of death certificates which list the cause of death of infants under 2 years of age as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome shall be forwarded to the Department of Public Health within 30 days of the death with a report which shall include an autopsy report, epidemiological data required by the Department and other pertinent data.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3016.5

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3016.5)
    Sec. 3-3016.5. Sudden, unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP).
    (a) All autopsies conducted in this State shall include an inquiry to determine whether the death was a direct result of a seizure or epilepsy. If the findings in an autopsy of a medical examiner, examining physician, or coroner are consistent with known or suspected sudden, unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), then the medical examiner, examining physician, or coroner shall:
        (1) cause to be indicated on the death certificate
    
that SUDEP is the cause or suspected cause of death; and
        (2) forward a copy of the death certificate to the
    
North American SUDEP Registry at the Langone Medical Center at New York University within 30 days.
     (b) For the purposes of this Section, "sudden, unexpected death in epilepsy" refers to a death in a patient previously diagnosed with epilepsy that is not due to trauma, drowning, status epilepticus, or other known causes, but for which there is often evidence of an associated seizure. A finding of sudden, unexpected death in epilepsy is definite when clinical criteria are met and autopsy reveals no alternative cause of death, such as stroke, myocardial infarction, or drug intoxication, although there may be evidence of a seizure.
(Source: P.A. 98-340, eff. 1-1-14; 98-756, eff. 7-16-14.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3017

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3017) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3017)
    Sec. 3-3017. Cremation. In any death where the remains are to be cremated, it shall be the duty of the funeral director or person having custody of the dead body to obtain from the coroner a permit to cremate the body. The coroner's permit to cremate shall be presented to the local registrar in applying for the Permit for Disposition of Dead Human Body provided for in Section 21 of the Vital Records Act, and the local registrar shall attach the coroner's permit to cremate to the Permit for Disposition of Dead Human Body which is issued. No crematory shall cremate a dead human body unless a Permit for Disposition of Dead Human Body with an attached coroner's permit to cremate has been furnished to authorize the cremation.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 86-1028; 87-895.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3018

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3018) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3018)
    Sec. 3-3018. Death certificates. Every coroner, as soon as he shall have completed his investigation of the cause and circumstances of any death coming within his jurisdiction hereunder, shall issue a death certificate on the form prescribed by law.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3019

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3019) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3019)
    Sec. 3-3019. Removal of bodies; violation. No dead body which may be subject to the terms of this Division, or the personal property of such a deceased person, shall be handled, moved, disturbed, embalmed or removed from the place of death by any person, except with the permission of the coroner, unless the same shall be necessary to protect such body or property from damage or destruction, or unless necessary to protect life, safety, or health. Any person knowingly violating the provisions of this Section is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3020

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3020) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3020)
    Sec. 3-3020. Coroner to be notified; violation. Every law enforcement official, funeral director, ambulance attendant, hospital director or administrator or person having custody of the body of a deceased person, where the death is one subject to investigation under Section 3-3013, and any physician in attendance upon such a decedent at the time of his death, shall notify the coroner promptly. Any such person failing to so notify the coroner promptly shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor, unless such person has reasonable cause to believe that the coroner had already been so notified.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3021

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3021) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3021)
    Sec. 3-3021. Public policy; release of body to next of kin. As a guide to the interpretation and application of this Division it is declared that the public policy of the State is as follows:
    That as soon as may be consistent with the performance of his duties under this Division the coroner shall release the body of the decedent to the decedent's next of kin, personal representative, friends, or to the person designated in writing by the decedent or to the funeral director selected by such persons, as the case may be, for burial, and none of the duties or powers of coroners enumerated in this Division shall be construed to interfere with or control the right of such persons to the custody and burial of the decedent upon completion of the coroner's investigation.
    Nothing herein shall be construed to preclude the coroner from consulting with the decedent's next of kin, personal representative, friends or the person designated in writing by the decedent where the decedent was under treatment by prayer or spiritual means alone in accordance with the tenets and practice of a well recognized church or religious denomination in making his preliminary investigation under subsection (E) of Section 3-3013, nor shall anything herein contained be construed to require an autopsy by reason of the sole fact that the decedent was under treatment by prayer or spiritual means alone.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3022

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3022) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3022)
    Sec. 3-3022. Bystanders. If a sufficient number of jurors so summoned do not attend, the coroner may summon others from among the bystanders to make up the jury.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3023

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3023) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3023)
    Sec. 3-3023. Penalties against jurors. Whoever, being so summoned as a juror, fails or refuses, without good cause, to attend at the time and place required, or appearing, refuses to act as such juror or misbehaves while acting as such juror, shall be guilty of a petty offense and be fined not less than $3 nor more than $20.
    Any fine collected under this Section shall be paid over to the county treasurer and deposited into the general fund of the county.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 86-1028.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3024

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3024) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3024)
    Sec. 3-3024. Oath of jurors. When the jury are assembled, the coroner shall appoint one of the number as foreman, and administer to him an oath or affirmation, in the following form, to-wit:
    You, as foreman to this inquest, do solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may require), that you will diligently inquire, and true presentment make, how, and in what manner, and by whom or what, the body which lies dead, came to its death; and that you will deliver to me, the coroner of this county, a true inquest thereof, according to such evidence as shall be given you, and according to the best of your knowledge and belief; so help you God.
    And to the other jurors, one as follows, to-wit:
    The same oath which A B, your foreman has just now taken on his part, you and each of you do solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may require), to keep on your respective parts; so help you God.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3025

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3025) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3025)
    Sec. 3-3025. Verdict of jury. It shall be the duty of the jurors, as sworn aforesaid, to inquire how, in what manner, and by whom or what, the said dead body came to its death, and of all other facts of and concerning the same, together with all material circumstances in anywise related to or connected with the said death, and make up and sign a verdict, and deliver the same to the coroner. As part of its verdict, the jury may make recommendations other than for criminal prosecutions.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3026

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3026) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3026)
    Sec. 3-3026. Summoning witnesses; subpoenas. The coroner shall have power to summon, or cause to be summoned, and compel the attendance of all such witnesses whose testimony may probably be requisite to the proving of any fact or circumstance relating to the object of such his inquest, and to administer to such witnesses the proper oath.
    If the coroner is unable to secure records or documents he deems necessary to complete the investigation required by Section 3-3013, or for the establishing or proving of any fact or circumstance relating to the object of his inquest, he shall appear before the circuit judge of the county for which he is coroner and, upon good cause shown, said judge shall issue a subpoena for the delivery to the coroner of the documents or records requested.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3027

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3027) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3027)
    Sec. 3-3027. Notice of inquest. The coroner shall make a reasonable attempt to notify the family of the deceased, and all known eyewitnesses to the death, of the date an inquest is to be held. Such notice shall be given at least 7 days before the date of the inquest. Such family members or eyewitnesses shall, if they request it, be given an opportunity to testify at the inquest. For purposes of this Section, "family" includes the parents, children, brothers and sisters of the deceased.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3028

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3028) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3028)
    Sec. 3-3028. Recognizance of witness. If the evidence of any witness implicates any person as the unlawful slayer of the person over whom the inquest is held, the coroner shall recognize such witness in such sum as he may think proper, to be and appear at the Circuit Court for the county on a designated day, within 30 days from the date of the recognizance, or as soon after such designated day as the court is in session, there to give evidence of the matter in question, and not depart without leave.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3029

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3029) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3029)
    Sec. 3-3029. Commitment of witness; returns. If any witness shall refuse to enter into such recognizance, it shall be the duty of the coroner to commit the witness so refusing to the common jail of the county, there to remain until discharged according to law; and the coroner shall carefully seal up and return to the clerk of the court the verdict of the jury, and the recognizances, and it shall be the duty of the clerk to carefully file and preserve the same.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3030

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3030) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3030)
    Sec. 3-3030. Representation of witnesses by counsel. Any witness appearing at the inquest shall have the right to be represented by counsel.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3031

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3031) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3031)
    Sec. 3-3031. Testimony reduced to writing; coroner's verdict not admissible in civil suit. The coroner shall cause the testimony of each witness who may be sworn and examined at any inquest to be written out and signed by said witness, together with his occupation and place of residence, which testimony shall be filed with said coroner in his office and carefully preserved: Provided, the coroner may cause the testimony of such witnesses to be recorded or taken in shorthand minutes and transcribed by a competent person, who shall certify that the transcript of the evidence so taken and transcribed by him from notes or a recording is a true and correct copy of the original minutes taken at said inquest and is a true and correct statement of the testimony of each of the several witnesses who have testified at said inquest. Which said transcript shall be filed and carefully preserved in the office of the coroner: And, provided, further, that whenever the testimony of the several witnesses at such inquest shall have been recorded or taken in shorthand minutes and transcribed as above provided for, the several witnesses shall not be required to sign such transcript or other statement of his testimony. Provided, further, that in any suit or proceeding hereafter commenced for the recovery of damages arising from or growing out of injuries caused by the negligence of any person, firm or corporation resulting in the death of any person or for the collection of a policy of insurance, neither the coroner's verdict returned upon the inquisition as provided herein, nor a copy thereof, shall be admissible as evidence to prove or establish any of the facts in controversy in said civil suit or proceeding.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3032

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3032) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3032)
    Sec. 3-3032. Inquest record. Every coroner shall, at the expense of the county, be supplied with proper record books wherein he shall enter the name, if known, of each person upon whose body an inquest shall be held, together with the names of the jurors comprising the jury, the names, residences and occupations of the witnesses who are sworn and examined, and the verdict of the jury; in case the name of the person deceased is not known, the coroner shall make out a description of said person, and enter the same upon the record book to be so kept by him, together with all such facts and circumstances attending the death which may be known, and which may lead to the identification of the person; and shall carefully take an inventory of said person's personal effects and property of every kind and nature whatever, and state on his records what has been done with the same, and where the proceeds of any such property and the money and papers, if any, are deposited.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3033

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3033) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3033)
    Sec. 3-3033. Disposition of property. When any valuable personal property, money or papers, are found upon or near the body which is the subject of a coroner's investigation, inquiry or inquest, the coroner shall take charge of the same and deliver the same to those entitled to its care or possession; but if not claimed, or if the same shall be necessary to defray the expenses of the burial, the coroner shall, after giving 10 days' notice of the time and place of sale, sell such property, and after deducting coroner's fees and funeral expenses, deposit the proceeds thereof, and the money and papers so found, with the county treasurer, taking his receipt therefor, there to remain subject to the order of the legal representatives of the deceased, if claimed within 5 years thereafter, or if not claimed within that time, to vest in the county.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3034

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3034) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3034)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 100-22)
    Sec. 3-3034. Disposition of body. After the inquest the coroner may deliver the body or human remains of the deceased to the family of the deceased or, if there are no family members to accept the body or the remains, then to friends of the deceased, if there be any, but if not, the coroner shall cause the body or the remains to be decently buried, cremated, or donated for medical science purposes, the expenses to be paid from the property of the deceased, if there is sufficient, if not, by the county. The coroner may not approve the cremation or donation of the body if it is necessary to preserve the body for law enforcement purposes. If the State Treasurer, pursuant to the Uniform Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act, delivers human remains to the coroner, the coroner shall cause the human remains to be disposed of as provided in this Section. If the police department of any municipality or county investigates abandoned cremated remains, determines that they are human remains, and cannot locate the owner of the remains, then the police shall deliver the remains to the coroner, and the coroner shall cause the remains to be disposed of as provided in this Section.
(Source: P.A. 96-1339, eff. 7-27-10; 97-679, eff. 2-6-12.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 100-22)
    Sec. 3-3034. Disposition of body. After the inquest the coroner may deliver the body or human remains of the deceased to the family of the deceased or, if there are no family members to accept the body or the remains, then to friends of the deceased, if there be any, but if not, the coroner shall cause the body or the remains to be decently buried, cremated, or donated for medical science purposes, the expenses to be paid from the property of the deceased, if there is sufficient, if not, by the county. The coroner may not approve the cremation or donation of the body if it is necessary to preserve the body for law enforcement purposes. If the State Treasurer, pursuant to the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act, delivers human remains to the coroner, the coroner shall cause the human remains to be disposed of as provided in this Section. If the police department of any municipality or county investigates abandoned cremated remains, determines that they are human remains, and cannot locate the owner of the remains, then the police shall deliver the remains to the coroner, and the coroner shall cause the remains to be disposed of as provided in this Section.
(Source: P.A. 100-22, eff. 1-1-18.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3035

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3035) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3035)
    Sec. 3-3035. Liability of common carrier for burial expenses. When any railroad, common carrier, airline or any steamboat, barge, propeller or other vessel engaged in whole or in part in carrying passengers for hire, brings the dead body of any person into this State; or, wherever any person dies upon any railroad car, airplane or any such steamboat, barge, propeller or other vessel in this State, or any person is killed by cars or machinery of any railroad company, or by accident thereto, or by accident to or upon any such airplane, steamboat, barge, propeller or other vessel, or by accident thereto, or when the death occurs in or about any mine, mill or manufactory, and such death shall have been caused by the wrongful act, neglect or default of any such railroad company, common carrier, airline, steamboat, barge, propeller or other vessel owner, or of the owner of any mine, mill or manufactory, the company or person owning or operating such railroad cars, common carrier, airline, machinery, barge, steamboat, propeller or other vessel, mine, mill or manufactory, shall be liable to pay the expenses of the coroner's inquest upon and for the burial of the deceased, and the same may be recovered in the name of the county, in any circuit court.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3036

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3036) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3036)
    Sec. 3-3036. Arrest of slayer based on verdict. If a person implicated by the inquest as the unlawful slayer of the deceased or an accessory thereto is not in custody therefor, the coroner acting upon the signed verdict of his jury shall, in his capacity as conservator of the peace, apprehend such person and immediately bring him before a judge of the circuit court of his county to be dealt with according to law on a criminal charge preferred on the basis of such verdict.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3037

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3037) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3037)
    Sec. 3-3037. Embalming dead body. No licensed embalmer or person shall embalm the dead body of any person with, or inject therein, or place thereon any fluid or preparation of any kind before obtaining permission from the coroner where such body is the subject of a coroner's inquest. Any person who shall violate the provision of this Section commits a business offense and shall be fined not exceeding $5,000.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3038

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3038) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3038)
    Sec. 3-3038. Coroner in military service. In case any coroner is called into the active military service of the United States, the office of coroner shall not be deemed to be vacant during the time such coroner is in the active military service of the United States, but the presiding officer of the county board of the county, with the advice and consent of the county board, shall appoint some competent and qualified person to perform and discharge the duties of coroner in such county during the time such coroner is in the active military service of the United States, and such person shall receive the same compensation as provided by law for the coroner, apportioned as to the time of service, and such appointment and all authority thereunder shall cease upon the discharge of such coroner from the active military service of the United States. Such appointee shall give a bond as required of regularly elected coroners.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3039

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3039) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3039)
    Sec. 3-3039. Vacancy. Whenever a vacancy occurs in the office of coroner, that vacancy shall be filled as provided in The Election Code.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3040

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3040) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3040)
    Sec. 3-3040. Appointment of deputies. Each coroner may appoint one or more deputies as the coroner, in his or her sole discretion, determines necessary and appropriate, subject to county board appropriations. The appointment shall be in writing and signed by the coroner. A deputy's compensation shall be determined by the county board.
(Source: P.A. 88-281.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3041

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3041) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3041)
    Sec. 3-3041. Oath of deputies. Each deputy shall, before entering upon the duties of his office take and subscribe an oath or affirmation, in like form as required of coroners, which shall be filed in the office of the county clerk.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3042

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3042) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3042)
    Sec. 3-3042. Duties of deputies. Deputy coroners, duly appointed and qualified, may perform any and all of the duties of the coroner in the name of the coroner, and the acts of such deputies shall be held to be acts of the coroner.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3043

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3043) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3043)
    Sec. 3-3043. Vacancy; appointed coroner. When a permanent vacancy in the office of coroner occurs and the position is an appointed one, the county board shall fill the vacancy within 60 days from the time the vacancy occurs. If the sheriff of the county is selected to perform the duties of the coroner and the sheriff agrees to serve in that capacity, the sheriff may be compensated for those duties. This compensation shall be in addition to all other compensation received as sheriff. Any sheriff who is serving as coroner before the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1991 must be reappointed in order to continue to serve as coroner and to receive additional compensation under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 87-738.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3044

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3044) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-3044)
    Sec. 3-3044. Abolition of office; performance of duties by another. If the office of coroner has been abolished in a county by referendum and the referendum did not provide for the performance, by another person, of the duties previously performed by the coroner, the county board shall select a person to perform the duties previously performed by the coroner. The selection shall be made within 60 days after the referendum or within 60 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1992, whichever is later. If the sheriff of the county is selected to perform the duties previously performed by the coroner and the sheriff agrees to perform those duties, the sheriff may be compensated for performing those duties. This compensation shall be in addition to all other compensation received in his or her capacity as sheriff. If, before the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1992, a county has abolished the office of coroner by a referendum that did not provide for someone to perform the duties previously performed by the coroner, and the sheriff of the county is performing those duties, the sheriff must be reappointed by the county board under this Section in order to continue to perform those duties and to receive the additional compensation authorized under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 87-1141.)

55 ILCS 5/3-3045

    (55 ILCS 5/3-3045)
    Sec. 3-3045. Disposal of medications. A coroner or medical examiner may dispose of any unused medications found at the scene of a death the coroner or medical examiner is investigating under Section 18 of the Safe Pharmaceutical Disposal Act.
(Source: P.A. 99-648, eff. 1-1-17.)

55 ILCS 5/Div. 3-4

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 3-4 heading)
Division 3-4. Public Defender and Appointed Counsel

55 ILCS 5/3-4000

    (55 ILCS 5/3-4000) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-4000)
    Sec. 3-4000. Legislative declaration. The General Assembly recognizes that quality legal representation in criminal and related proceedings is a fundamental right of the people of the State of Illinois and that there should be no distinction in the availability of quality legal representation based upon a person's inability to pay. Therefore, it is the intent of the General Assembly to provide for effective county public defender systems throughout the State and encourage the active and substantial participation of the private bar in the representation of indigent defendants.
(Source: P.A. 87-111.)

55 ILCS 5/3-4000.1

    (55 ILCS 5/3-4000.1) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-4000.1)
    Sec. 3-4000.1. Definitions. In this Division, except when a particular context clearly requires a different meaning, the following definitions apply:
    "Board" means the county board of commissioners.
    "President" means the president of the county board.
(Source: P.A. 87-111.)

55 ILCS 5/3-4001

    (55 ILCS 5/3-4001) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-4001)
    Sec. 3-4001. Public defender in counties over 35,000. In each county of this State containing 35,000 or more inhabitants there is created the office of Public Defender and the person to be appointed to such office shall be known as the Public Defender. No person shall be eligible to or hold such office unless he is duly licensed as an attorney and counsellor-at-law in this State.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-4002

    (55 ILCS 5/3-4002) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-4002)
    Sec. 3-4002. Public defender in counties of less than 35,000. In each county of this State containing less than 35,000 inhabitants, the county board may, by resolution, create the office of Public Defender and the person appointed to such office shall be known as the Public Defender. No person shall be eligible to or hold such office unless he or she is duly licensed as an attorney at law in this State.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-4003

    (55 ILCS 5/3-4003) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-4003)
    Sec. 3-4003. Public defender in adjoining counties. Any 2 or more adjoining counties of this State that are within the same judicial circuit, may by joint resolution of the several county boards involved, create a common office of Public Defender for the counties so joined. The person appointed to such office shall be known as the Public Defender. No person shall be eligible to or hold such office unless he or she is duly licensed as an attorney at law in this State.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-4004

    (55 ILCS 5/3-4004) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-4004)
    Sec. 3-4004. Appointment of Public Defender in counties under 1,000,000. As soon as may be after this Division becomes applicable to a county with a population under 1,000,000, the judges of the Circuit Court of the circuit in which the county is located shall, by a majority vote of the entire number of those judges, appoint to the office of Public Defender a properly qualified person, who shall hold office, his death or resignation not intervening, at the pleasure of the judges competent to appoint. Whenever a vacancy occurs in the office it shall be filled in the same manner, and the person appointed to fill the vacancy shall have the same tenure of office.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 87-111.)

55 ILCS 5/3-4004.1

    (55 ILCS 5/3-4004.1) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-4004.1)
    Sec. 3-4004.1. Appointment of Public Defender in counties over 1,000,000. Whenever a vacancy shall occur in the position of Public Defender in counties over 1,000,000, a properly qualified person shall be appointed to the position by the President with the advice and consent of the Board.
(Source: P.A. 87-111.)

55 ILCS 5/3-4004.2

    (55 ILCS 5/3-4004.2) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-4004.2)
    Sec. 3-4004.2. Qualifications of Public Defender and terms of employment in counties over 1,000,000. In counties with a population over 1,000,000, the following qualifications and terms of employment shall apply:
    (a) The president shall select as Public Defender only a person with the following qualifications: an attorney whose practice of law has clearly demonstrated experience in the representation of persons accused of crime; who has been licensed to practice law in this State or in another state for at least 5 years; who has had administrative experience; and who is dedicated to the goals of providing high quality representation for eligible persons and to improving the quality of defense services generally.
    (b) The Public Defender shall devote full time to the duties of the public defender system and shall not otherwise engage in the practice of law.
    (c) The Public Defender once approved by the Board shall serve for 6 years and may be removed by the President only for good cause or dereliction of duty after notice and a hearing before the Board. The effective date of this amendatory Act of 1991 shall be deemed the commencement of the term of the current public defender.
    (d) The Public Defender's compensation shall be set at a level that is commensurate with his qualifications and experience and professionally appropriate with the responsibility of the position. The Public Defender's compensation shall be comparable with that paid to circuit court judges, but in no event shall be more than that of the State's Attorney of the county.
(Source: P.A. 87-111.)

55 ILCS 5/3-4005

    (55 ILCS 5/3-4005) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-4005)
    Sec. 3-4005. Oath of office. The person appointed as Public Defender, before entering on the duties of his office, shall take and subscribe an oath of office in writing before one of the judges competent to appoint, which oath shall be filed in the office of the County Clerk.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-4006

    (55 ILCS 5/3-4006) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-4006)
    Sec. 3-4006. Duties of public defender. The Public Defender, as directed by the court, shall act as attorney, without fee, before any court within any county for all persons who are held in custody or who are charged with the commission of any criminal offense, and who the court finds are unable to employ counsel.
    The Public Defender shall be the attorney, without fee, when so appointed by the court under Section 1-20 of the Juvenile Court Act or Section 1-5 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 or by any court under Section 5(b) of the Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1983 for any party who the court finds is financially unable to employ counsel.
    In cases subject to Section 5-170 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 involving a minor who was under 15 years of age at the time of the commission of the offense, that occurs in a county with a full-time public defender office, a public defender, without fee or appointment, may represent and have access to a minor during a custodial interrogation. In cases subject to Section 5-170 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 involving a minor who was under 15 years of age at the time of the commission of the offense, that occurs in a county without a full-time public defender, the law enforcement agency conducting the custodial interrogation shall ensure that the minor is able to consult with an attorney who is under contract with the county to provide public defender services. Representation by the public defender shall terminate at the first court appearance if the court determines that the minor is not indigent.
    Every court shall, with the consent of the defendant and where the court finds that the rights of the defendant would be prejudiced by the appointment of the public defender, appoint counsel other than the public defender, except as otherwise provided in Section 113-3 of the "Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963". That counsel shall be compensated as is provided by law. He shall also, in the case of the conviction of any such person, prosecute any proceeding in review which in his judgment the interests of justice require.
(Source: P.A. 99-882, eff. 1-1-17.)

55 ILCS 5/3-4006.1

    (55 ILCS 5/3-4006.1)
    Sec. 3-4006.1. Powers and Duties of the Cook County Public Defender. For each State fiscal year, the Cook County Public Defender shall appear before the General Assembly and request appropriations to be made from the Capital Litigation Trust Fund to the State Treasurer for the purpose of providing trial defense assistance in capital cases. The Public Defender may appear before the General Assembly at other times during the State's fiscal year to request supplemental appropriations be made from the Trust Fund to the State Treasurer.
(Source: P.A. 91-589, eff. 1-1-00.)

55 ILCS 5/3-4007

    (55 ILCS 5/3-4007) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-4007)
    Sec. 3-4007. Compensation.
    (a) The public defender shall be paid out of the county treasury, and, subject to appropriation, shall be paid by the Department of Revenue out of the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund or the General Revenue Fund as provided in subsection (b), as the sole compensation for his or her services a salary in an amount fixed by the County Board. When a Public Defender in a county of 30,000 or more population is receiving not less than 90% of the compensation of the State's Attorney of such county, that Public Defender shall not engage in the private practice of law.
    (b) The State must pay 66 2/3% of the public defender's annual salary. If the public defender is employed full-time in that capacity, his or her salary must be at least 90% of that county's State's attorney's annual compensation. Subject to appropriation, these amounts furnished by the State shall be payable monthly by the Department of Revenue out of the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund or the General Revenue Fund to the county in which each Public Defender is employed.
    (c) In cases where 2 or more adjoining counties have joined to form a common office of Public Defender, the salary of the Public Defender shall be set and paid as provided by a joint resolution of the various county boards involved.
(Source: P.A. 97-72, eff. 7-1-11.)

55 ILCS 5/3-4008

    (55 ILCS 5/3-4008) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-4008)
    Sec. 3-4008. Assistants in counties under 1,000,000. The Public Defender in counties with a population under 1,000,000 shall have power to appoint, in the manner directed by the judges mentioned in Section 3-4004 the number of assistants, all duly licensed practitioners, that those judges deem necessary for the proper discharge of the duties of the office, who shall serve at the pleasure of the Public Defender. He shall also, in like manner, appoint the number of clerks and other employees necessary for the due transaction of the business of the office. The compensation of the assistants, clerks and employees shall be fixed by the County Board and paid out of the county treasury.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 87-111.)

55 ILCS 5/3-4008.1

    (55 ILCS 5/3-4008.1) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-4008.1)
    Sec. 3-4008.1. Assistants in counties over 1,000,000. The Public Defender in counties with a population over 1,000,000 shall appoint assistants, all duly licensed practitioners, as that Public Defender shall deem necessary for the proper discharge of the duties of the office, who shall serve at the pleasure of the Public Defender. The Public Defender shall also, in like manner, appoint clerks and other employees necessary for the transaction of the business of the office. The compensation of and the appropriate number of assistants, clerks, and employees shall be fixed by the County Board and paid out of the county treasury.
(Source: P.A. 87-111.)

55 ILCS 5/3-4009

    (55 ILCS 5/3-4009) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-4009)
    Sec. 3-4009. Office quarters; expenses. The County Board shall provide suitable office quarters for the use of the Public Defender, and shall pay out of the county treasury for necessary office, travel and other expenses incurred in the defense of cases. In counties of less than 500,000 population, such payment shall be made after the circuit court of the county approves such expenses as being necessary and proper. In cases where 2 or more adjoining counties have joined to form a common office of Public Defender, the expenses incurred under this Section shall be paid as provided for in a joint resolution of the various county boards involved.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-4010

    (55 ILCS 5/3-4010) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-4010)
    Sec. 3-4010. Records; reports in counties under 1,000,000. The Public Defender in counties with a population under 1,000,000 shall keep a record of the services rendered by him or her and prepare and file quarterly or monthly, as determined by the County Board, with the County Board a written report of such services transmitting a copy of such report to the clerk of the Circuit Court for the judges thereof. In cases where 2 or more adjoining counties have joined to form a common office of Public Defender, the Public Defender so appointed shall file his or her quarterly or monthly report with each of the several county boards involved.
(Source: P.A. 99-774, eff. 8-12-16.)

55 ILCS 5/3-4010.1

    (55 ILCS 5/3-4010.1) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-4010.1)
    Sec. 3-4010.1. Records; reports in counties over 1,000,000. The public defender in counties with a population over 1,000,000 shall keep a record of the services rendered by him and prepare and file quarterly with the president a written report of those services.
(Source: P.A. 87-111.)

55 ILCS 5/3-4011

    (55 ILCS 5/3-4011) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-4011)
    Sec. 3-4011. Expenses and legal services for indigent defendants in felony cases. It shall be the duty of the county board in counties containing fewer than 500,000 inhabitants to appropriate a sufficient sum for the purpose of paying for the legal services necessarily rendered for the defense of indigent persons in felony cases, and for costs, expenses and legal services necessary in the prosecution of an appeal when the sentence is death, which is to be paid upon the orders of a court of competent jurisdiction. It shall likewise be the duty of the county board in counties containing fewer than 500,000 inhabitants to appropriate a sufficient sum for the payment of out of pocket expenses necessarily incurred by appointed counsel in the prosecution of an appeal on behalf of an indigent incarcerated defendant in felony cases. In such cases payment shall be made upon the order of the reviewing court.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-4012

    (55 ILCS 5/3-4012)
    Sec. 3-4012. Public defender's fees in counties of 3,000,000 or more population. The Cook County Public Defender shall be entitled to a $2 fee to be paid by the defendant on a judgment of guilty or a grant of supervision for a violation of any provision of the Illinois Vehicle Code or any felony, misdemeanor, or petty offense to discharge the expenses of the Cook County Public Defender's office for establishing and maintaining automated record keeping systems. The fee shall be remitted monthly to the county treasurer, to be deposited by him or her into a special fund designated as the Public Defender Records Automation Fund. Expenditures from this fund may be made by the Public Defender for hardware, software, research, and development costs and personnel related thereto.
(Source: P.A. 97-673, eff. 6-1-12.)

55 ILCS 5/Div. 3-5

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 3-5 heading)
Division 3-5. Recorder

55 ILCS 5/3-5001

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5001) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5001)
    Sec. 3-5001. County clerk as recorder; election of recorder. The county clerk in counties having a population of less than 60,000 inhabitants shall be the recorder in his county.
    In counties having a population of 60,000 or more inhabitants, there shall be elected a recorder, as provided by law, who shall hold his office until his successor is qualified.
    If the population of any county in which a recorder has been elected decreases to less than 60,000, the voters of that county shall continue to elect a recorder if the county board adopts a resolution to continue the office of an elected recorder.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 86-1028.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5002

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5002) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5002)
    Sec. 3-5002. Bond. Every recorder, whether elected as such or holding the office of recorder in addition to the office of county clerk as hereinbefore provided, shall, before entering upon the duties of his or her office, give bonds (or, if the county is self-insured, the county through its self-insurance program may provide bonding), with sufficient security to be approved by the circuit court, payable to the People of the State of Illinois, in the penal sum of $10,000 (except that in counties having a population of 60,000 or more inhabitants the penalty of the bond shall be $20,000), conditioned for the faithful discharge of his or her duties, and to deliver up all papers, books, records and other things appertaining to his or her office, whole, safe and undefaced, when lawfully required so to do - which bond shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State, and a copy thereof filed of record in the court.
(Source: P.A. 88-387.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5003

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5003) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5003)
    Sec. 3-5003. Oath. Each recorder, before entering upon the duties of his office, shall take and subscribe to the oath or affirmation prescribed by Section 3, Article XIII of the Constitution, which shall be filed with the county clerk.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5004

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5004) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5004)
    Sec. 3-5004. Commencement of duties. The recorder shall enter upon the duties of his office on the first day in the month of December following his election on which the office of the recorder is required, by statute or by action of the county board, to be open. He shall be commissioned by the Governor.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5005

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5005) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5005)
    Sec. 3-5005. Functions, powers and duties of recorder. The functions and powers of the recorders shall be uniform in the various counties of this State. The recorder has those functions, powers and duties as provided in the Sections following this Section and preceding Section 3-5006.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5005.1

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5005.1) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5005.1)
    Sec. 3-5005.1. Appointment of deputies, assistants and personnel. The recorder shall appoint his deputies, assistants and personnel to assist him in the performance of his duties.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5005.2

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5005.2) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5005.2)
    Sec. 3-5005.2. Internal operations of office. The recorder shall have the right to control the internal operations of his office; to procure necessary equipment, materials and services to perform the duties of his office. The Recorder shall have the right to select the computer or micrographic system to be used for document storage and retrieval. The Recorder may retain the services of management or consulting firms to establish or maintain such a system.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5005.3

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5005.3) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5005.3)
    Sec. 3-5005.3. Monthly report of financial status. The recorder shall file a monthly report with the county clerk summarizing the financial status of his office in such form as shall be determined by the county board.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5005.4

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5005.4) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5005.4)
    Sec. 3-5005.4. Deposit of fee income; special funds. The recorder shall deposit in the office of the county treasurer monthly by the 10th day of the month following, all fee income. The recorder may maintain the following special funds from which the county board shall authorize payment by voucher between board meetings:
    (a) Overpayments.
    (b) Reasonable amount needed during the succeeding accounting period to pay office expenses, postage, freight, express or similar charges.
    (c) Excess earnings from the sale of revenue stamps to be maintained in a fund to be used for the purchase of additional stamps from the Illinois Department of Revenue.
    (d) Fund to pay necessary travel, dues and other expenses incurred in attending workshops, educational seminars and organizational meetings established for the purpose of providing in-service training.
    (e) Trust funds and for such other purposes as may be provided for by law.
    (f) Such other funds as may be authorized by the county board. The recorder shall make accounting monthly to the county board through the county clerk of all special funds maintained by him in the discharge of his duties.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5005.5

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5005.5) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5005.5)
    Sec. 3-5005.5. Compensation of deputies and employees. Compensation of deputies and employees shall be fixed by the recorder subject to budgetary limitations established by the county board.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5006

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5006) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5006)
    Sec. 3-5006. Appointment of deputies in writing. Appointments of deputies shall be in writing, and entered upon the records of his office.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5007

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5007) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5007)
    Sec. 3-5007. Oath of deputies. Each deputy shall, before entering upon the duties of his office, take and subscribe an oath or affirmation, in like form as is required of the recorder, which shall be filed in the office of the recorder.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5008

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5008) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5008)
    Sec. 3-5008. Powers of deputies. Deputy recorders duly appointed and qualified may perform any and all duties of the recorder in the name of the recorder, and the acts of such deputies shall be held to be the acts of the recorder, and in case of the death of the recorder or his deposition from office, the chief deputy shall thereupon become the acting recorder until such vacancy shall be filled according to The Election Code, and he shall file a like bond and be vested with the same powers and subject to the same responsibilities and entitled to the same compensation as in case of recorder. Provided, that if the recorder is called into the active military service of the United States, his office shall not be deemed to be vacant during the time he is in the active military service of the United States, but during the time he is in such active military service of the United States the deputy recorder shall be the recorder, and shall perform and discharge all of the duties of the recorder in such county, and shall be paid the same compensation as provided by law for the recorder of the county, apportioned as to the time of service, and such deputy recorder shall cease to be the recorder upon the discharge of said recorder from the active military service of the United States; and provided further, that the deputy recorder, upon becoming the temporary recorder during the absence of the recorder in the active military service of the United States, shall give bond as required of a regularly elected recorder.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5009

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5009) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5009)
    Sec. 3-5009. Recorder liable for deputies. The recorder shall be liable for any neglect or omission of the duties of his office, when occasioned by a deputy, in the same manner as for his own personal neglect or omission.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5010

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5010) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5010)
    Sec. 3-5010. Duties of recorder. Every recorder shall, as soon as practicable after the receipt of any instrument in writing in his office, entitled to be recorded, record the same at length in the order of time of its reception, in well bound books to be provided for that purpose. In counties of 500,000 or more inhabitants, the recorder may microphotograph or otherwise reproduce on film any of such instruments in the manner provided by law. In counties of less than 500,000 inhabitants, the recorder may cause to be microphotographed or otherwise reproduced on film any of such instruments or electronic method of storage. When any such instrument is reproduced on film or electronic method of storage, the film or electronic method of storage shall comply with the minimum standards of quality approved for records of the State Records Commission and the device used to reproduce the records on the film or electronic method of storage shall be one which accurately reproduces the contents of the original.
(Source: P.A. 97-757, eff. 7-6-12.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5010.5

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5010.5)
    Sec. 3-5010.5. Fraud referral and review.
    (a) Legislative findings. The General Assembly finds that property fraud, including fraudulent filings intended to cloud or fraudulently transfer title to property by recording false or altered documents and deeds, is a rapidly growing problem throughout the State. In order to combat the increase in the number of these filings, a recorder may establish a process to review and refer documents suspected to be fraudulent.
    (b) Definitions. The terms "recording" and "filing" are used interchangeably in this Section.
    (c) Establishment and use of a fraud referral and review process. A recorder who establishes a fraud referral and review process under the provisions of this Section may use it to review deeds and instruments and refer any of them to an administrative law judge for review pursuant to subsection (g) of this Section that cause the recorder to reasonably believe that the filing may be fraudulent, unlawfully altered, or intended to unlawfully cloud or transfer the title of any real property. The recorder may enter into an intergovernmental agreement with local law enforcement officials for the purposes of this referral and review. A recorder may request that the Secretary of the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation assist in reviewing possible fraudulent filings. Upon request, the Secretary, or his or her designee, shall assist in identifying the validity of filings. The recorder shall notify the Secretary when a document suspected to be fraudulent is discovered.
    In counties with a population of less than 3 million, a recorder shall provide public notice 90 days before the establishment of the fraud referral and review process. The notice shall include a statement of the recorder's intent to create a fraud referral and review process and shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the county and, if feasible, posted on the recorder's website and at the recorder's office or offices.
    In determining whether to refer a document to an administrative law judge for review, a recorder may take into consideration any of the following factors:
        (1) whether the owner of the property or his or her
    
designated representative has reported to the recorder that another individual is attempting or has attempted to record a fraudulent deed or other instrument upon the property;
        (2) whether a law enforcement official has contacted
    
the recorder indicating that he or she has probable cause to suspect title or recording fraud;
        (3) whether the filer's name has a copyright
    
attached to it or the property owner's name has nonstandard punctuation attached to it;
        (4) whether the documents assert fines that do not
    
exist or have no basis under current law or that require payment in gold or silver;
        (5) whether the documents are maritime liens, or
    
liens under the Federal Maritime Lien Act or the Preferred Ship Mortgage Act, or not authorized by the United States Coast Guard;
        (6) whether the documents are land patents not
    
authorized and certified by the United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management;
        (7) whether the documents are representing that the
    
subject of the lien is releasing itself from a lien held by another entity, with no apparent cooperation or authorization provided by the lienholder;
        (8) whether the documents are protesting or
    
disputing a foreclosure proceeding that are not filed within the foreclosure suit and with the court presiding over the matter;
        (9) whether the documents are Uniform Commercial Code
    
filings referencing birth certificates or other private records that are not in compliance with Section 9-501 of the Uniform Commercial Code;
        (10) whether the documents are re-recording deeds to
    
re-notarize or attach notary certification if prior notarization already appears unaltered on the document of record;
        (11) whether the documents are asserting diplomatic
    
credentials or immunity, non-United States citizenship, or independence from the laws of the United States;
        (12) whether the documents are claims that a bank
    
cannot hold title after a foreclosure;
        (13) whether the documents are deeds not properly
    
signed by the last legal owner of record or his or her court appointed representative or attorney-in-fact under a power of attorney;
        (14) whether the documents are manipulated or
    
altered federal or State legal or court forms that release a lien;
        (15) whether a document is not related to a valid
    
existing or potential adverse transaction, existing lien, or judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction;
        (16) a document that is not related to a valid
    
existing or potential commercial or financial transaction, existing agricultural or other lien, or judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction;
        (17) whether the document is filed with the intent to
    
harass or defraud the person identified in the record or any other person;
        (18) whether the document is filed with the intent to
    
harass or defraud any member of a governmental office, including, but not limited to, the recorder's office, local government offices, the State of Illinois, or the Federal government; and
        (19) whether the documents are previous court
    
determinations, including a previous determination by a court of competent jurisdiction that a particular document is fraudulent, invalid, or forged.
    (d) Determinations. If a recorder determines, after review by legal staff and counsel, that a deed or instrument that is recorded in the grantor's index or the grantee's index may be fraudulent, unlawfully altered, or intended to unlawfully cloud or transfer the title of any real property, he or she shall refer the deed or instrument to an administrative law judge for review pursuant to subsection (g) of this Section. The recorder shall record a Notice of Referral in the grantor's index or the grantee's index identifying the document, corresponding document number in question, and the date of referral. The recorder shall also notify the parties set forth in subsection (e) of this Section. The recorder may, at his or her discretion, notify law enforcement officials regarding a filing determined to be fraudulent, unlawfully altered, or intended to unlawfully cloud or transfer the title of any real property.
    (e) Notice. The recorder shall use county property tax records to identify and provide notice to the last owner of record by telephone, if available, and certified mail both when: (1) a deed or instrument has been referred for review and determination; and (2) a final determination has been made regarding the deed or instrument. Notice, by mail, shall also be sent to the physical address of the property associated with the deed or instrument.
    (f) Administrative decision. The recorder's decision to add a Notice of Referral and refer a document for review is a final administrative decision that is subject to review by the circuit court of the county where the real property is located under the Administrative Review Law. The standard of review by the circuit court shall be de novo.
    (g) Referral and review process. Prior to referral, the recorder shall notify the last owner of record of the document or documents suspected to be fraudulent. The person, entity, or legal representative thereof shall confirm in writing his or her belief that a document or documents are suspected to be fraudulent and may request that the recorder refer the case for review. Upon request, the recorder shall bring a case to its county department of administrative hearings and, within 10 business days after receipt, an administrative law judge shall schedule a hearing to occur no later than 30 days after receiving the referral. The referral and case shall clearly identify the person, persons, or entity believed to be the last true owner of record as the petitioner. Notice of the hearing shall be provided by the administrative law judge to the filer, or the party represented by the filer, of the suspected fraudulent document, the legal representative of the recorder of deeds who referred the case, and the last owner of record, as identified in the referral.
    If clear and convincing evidence shows the document in question to be fraudulent, the administrative law judge shall rule the document to be fraudulent and forward the judgment to all the parties identified in this subsection. Upon receiving notice of the judgment of fraud, the recorder shall, within 5 business days, record a new document that includes a copy of the judgment in front of the Notice of Referral that shall clearly state that the document in question has been found to be fraudulent and shall not be considered to affect the chain of title of the property in any way.
    If the administrative law judge finds the document to be legitimate, the recorder shall, within 5 business days after receiving notice, record a copy of the judgment.
    A decision by an administrative law judge shall not preclude a State's attorney or sheriff from proceeding with a criminal investigation or criminal charges. If a county does not have an administrative law judge that specializes in public records, one shall be appointed within 3 months after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly, or the original case shall be forwarded to the proper circuit court with jurisdiction.
    Nothing in this Section precludes a private right of action by any party with an interest in the property affected by the review and referral, or the filer of the document or documents suspected to be fraudulent. Nothing in this Section requires a person or entity who may have had a fraudulent document or encumbrance filed against his or her property to use the fraud review and referral process or administrative review created by this Section.
    (h) Fees. The recorder shall retain any filing fees associated with filing a deed or instrument that is determined to be fraudulent, unlawfully altered, or intended to unlawfully cloud or transfer the title of any real property under this Section.
    (i) Liability. Neither a recorder nor any of his or her employees or agents shall be subject to personal liability by reason of any error or omission in the performance of any duty under this Section, except in case of willful or wanton conduct. Neither the recorder nor any of his or her employees shall incur liability for the referral or review, or failure to refer or review, a document or instrument under this Section.
    (j) Applicability. This Section applies only to filings provided to the recorder on and after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly.
    (k) (Blank).
(Source: P.A. 100-276, eff. 8-22-17.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5010.7

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5010.7)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2019)
    Sec. 3-5010.7. Foreclosure property pilot program.
    (a) The recorder in a county with a population of more than 3,000,000 shall establish a pilot program that permits documents to be recorded against a property in foreclosure by judicial order only.
    (b) Beginning January 1, 2016, upon motion by the plaintiff in a foreclosure action, the judge shall issue an order barring any nonrecord claimants from recording, without approval of the court, an interest on the property that is the subject of the foreclosure action. The order shall also prohibit the owner of the property from recording any document without judicial approval except for court orders related to the foreclosure case or court orders related to the property that were entered after the effective date of the order prohibiting recordation. The term "nonrecord claimant", for purposes of this Act, has the meaning ascribed to that term in Section 15-1210 of the Code of Civil Procedure. The order shall expire on the date of the court order confirming the judicial sale of the property pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure unless renewed by order of the judge.
    (c) Upon inspecting the order and making a determination that the order is valid and prevents any nonrecord claimants from recording an interest on the property without court approval, the recorder shall record the court's order as a separate document in the chain of title, after the notice of foreclosure. It is the responsibility of the plaintiff to attach any necessary exhibits to fulfill statutory recording requirements. The recorder may charge the standard and applicable recording fees at the time the order is presented for recording.
    (d) If a court order has been recorded under this Section, a nonrecord claimant shall not record a document regarding the property that is the subject of the foreclosure action without a certified court order. A nonrecord claimant shall obtain a certified court order by filing a motion in the office of the clerk of the court in which the action is pending. The court shall then issue a dated certified order indicating the type of document to be recorded, the person or entity authorized to record, the property index number of the property, and the case number of the foreclosure. The order must be presented in person to designated staff in the recorder's office along with the document to be recorded. The recorder shall not accept recordings subject to this Section by mail or electronic submission. A mechanics lien claimant, unit of government, or any duly appointed persons or entities acting as agents for a unit of government or judicial body shall not be required to obtain a certified court order in accordance with this subsection in order to record a document on the property that is the subject of a foreclosure action.
    (e) The recorder is authorized to inspect the photo identification of any person attempting to record a document on a title that is subject to a court order under this Section and may deny recordation to any person who refuses to provide proper photo identification.
    (f) Once the foreclosure is finalized and a new deed is issued, an official court order confirming the sale must be presented for inspection at the time of recordation of the deed as evidence of the expiration of the order prohibiting recordation.
    (g) This Section does not apply to a mortgagee or its agent that recorded the lis pendens notice of foreclosure.
    (h) If a document is recorded contrary to a court's order and the recorder determines that the recorder's office is responsible for the error, the recorder shall notify in writing the person recording the document, if possible, and if after 30 days' notice or 30 days after the recording when the recorder is unable to notify the filer and that person fails to obtain the certified order required under subsection (d), the recorder shall then record a new document clearly referencing the document number of the erroneous recording and indicating that it has been voided. If feasible, the recorder shall watermark the erroneous recording as voided using the word "voided".
    (i) Except in cases of willful or wanton misconduct, the recorder, or any agent or employee of the recorder, is immune from any liability under this Section.
    (j) The program implemented under this amendatory Act of the 99th General Assembly shall be considered a pilot program from January 1, 2016 to January 1, 2019. The recorder may end the pilot program earlier than January 1, 2019 by sending a certified letter to the Chief Judge of the county if the recorder determines that either workforce challenges or computer hardware or software limitations have prevented the effective implementation and operation of the program. The recorder shall enforce in good faith any frozen title requests initiated prior to cancelling the pilot program.
    (k) This Section is repealed on January 1, 2019.
(Source: P.A. 99-439, eff. 1-1-16.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5010.10

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5010.10)
    Sec. 3-5010.10. Property fraud alert system; registration by property owners and real estate professionals.
    (a) As used in this Section:
    "Property fraud alert system" means any electronic or automated alert system run by a county or by a third-party vendor, by whatever name, that informs a property owner by e-mail, telephone, or mail when a document is recorded with the county recorder that relates to a registered property.
    "Real estate professional" means a licensed real estate agent, attorney, closing agent, or agent of a title insurance company.
    (b) In a county that has a property fraud alert system, a recorder may create a registration form for a real estate professional to file with the recorder on behalf of a property owner to register the property owner in the county's property fraud alert system. The registration form must contain the following minimum information:
        (1) A notice on the top of the form that property
    
owners are not required to register with the county's property fraud alert system.
        (2) A description of the county's property fraud
    
alert system; the name of the third-party vendor, if any, who operates the property fraud alert system; and the cost, if any, to the property owner of the property fraud alert system;
        (3) A portion to be completed by a property owner and
    
real estate professional containing:
            (i) the property owner's name and mailing address;
            (ii) the Property Index Number (PIN) or unique
        
parcel identification code of the property for which an alert will be created;
            (iii) the e-mail, telephone number, or mailing
        
address the property owner would like to receive the alert;
            (iv) any information a third-party vendor who
        
operates a county's property fraud alert system requires to register a property owner;
            (v) if required, payment method and billing
        
information;
            (vi) a clear and conspicuous notice, immediately
        
before the signatures, stating that the property owner understands that neither the recorder, nor a third-party vendor operating a county's property fraud alert system, nor a real estate professional, nor any employees thereof shall be liable to the property owner should the property fraud alert system fail to alert the property owner of any document being recorded and that it is the property owner's responsibility to verify the information he or she has provided is correct and that he or she is registered with the property fraud alert system;
            (vii) a place for the property owner's signature;
            (viii) a place for the real estate professional's
        
signature, if applicable, along with a statement indicating that the real estate professional is registered with the recorder and is allowed to file the registration form with the recorder; and
            (ix) a place to list up to 3 other persons to
        
receive a property fraud alert, including each person's e-mail, telephone number, or address where he or she will receive the alert.
    (c) A property owner or real estate professional may file a completed and signed registration form with the recorder. When a recorder receives such a completed and signed registration form, the recorder shall complete the registration process for the property owner listed on the registration form by entering the information from the registration form into the property fraud alert system.
    (d) A real estate professional that wishes to file registration forms with the recorder on behalf of property owners must first register with the recorder by verifying they are a licensed real estate agent, attorney, closing agent, or agent of a title insurance company. The recorder shall keep a list of all registered real estate professionals.
    (e) No county, recorder, third-party vendor operating a county's property fraud alert system, real estate professional, or any employees thereof shall be subject to liability, except for willful and wanton misconduct, for any error or omission in registering a property owner pursuant to this Section or for any damages caused by the failure of the property owner to be alerted of any document that was recorded that relates to a property registered under the owner's name.
    (f) A home rule unit shall not use or create a registration form for use by a real estate professional to register a property owner on the county's property fraud alert system that conflicts with this Section. This Section is a limitation under subsection (i) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution on the concurrent exercise by home rule units of powers and functions exercised by the State. However, nothing in this Section shall prevent any person from signing up for a property fraud alert system by other means than those provided for in this Section, including, but not limited to, on a county's website or a third-party vendor's website that hosts a property fraud alert system.
(Source: P.A. 99-75, eff. 1-1-16.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5011

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5011) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5011)
    Sec. 3-5011. Office to remain open during bank holiday. Whenever an emergency exists which involves the banking or credit structure within the State of Illinois, and which is recognized by a proclamation by the Governor or by an act or resolution of the General Assembly, and by such proclamation of the Governor a public holiday has been or shall be declared, the proclamation of such public holiday shall not require the recorder or registrar of titles in any county in this State to close his office, but every such recorder or registrar of titles shall continue to keep his office open and to operate in the same manner as though no such public holiday had been declared, unless in and by such proclamation the Governor of this State shall make specific reference to the closing of recorders' or registrars' offices in this State. The actions of any recorder or registrar of titles performed prior to May 26, 1933 and during the continuance of any such holiday, are validated.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5012

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5012) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5012)
    Sec. 3-5012. Recording and indexing books. Separate books may be kept for the recording and indexing of different classes of instruments. Three distinct series of document numbers may be used for recording documents received for recordation, one series of numbers to be preceded by the letter "b" in each case, which series shall be used only for bills of sale of personal property, chattel mortgages and releases, extensions and assignments, thereof, one series of numbers to be preceded by the letter "c" in each case, which series shall be used only for certificates of discharge of discharged members of the military, aviation and naval forces of the United States, and the other series of document numbers shall be used for all other instruments received for recordation. When three series of document numbers are thus used, a separate place may be provided in the Recorder's office for the receipt of each kind of documents to which such serial numbers apply.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5013

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5013) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5013)
    Sec. 3-5013. Transcription or reproduction of written instruments. The recorder, when recording at length instruments in writing in his or her office, may transcribe the instruments in handwriting or typewriting, make photographic or photostatic reproductions of the instruments, or transcribe the instruments partly in handwriting or typewriting and make photographic or photostatic reproductions of the remaining portions of the instruments. Every document, however, shall be filed in a complete and intelligible manner. The recorder may not accept facsimile or other photographic or photostatic copies of the signatures of parties executing documents without labeling those signatures as copies. When photographic or photostatic reproductions are used, the recorder shall first be satisfied that the reproductions are as lasting and durable as handwritten or typewritten copies. The reproductions shall be upon sheets bound together in well bound books or placed in books that are permanently locked so that the sheets cannot be tampered with or removed. When instruments are reproduced by microphotography or otherwise reproduced on film as provided in this Section the reproduction thus made shall be deemed the record for all purposes.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 87-376.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5014

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5014) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5014)
    Sec. 3-5014. Mortgages or liens filed but not recorded. Upon receipt of any mortgage, trust deed or conveyance of personal property having the effect of a mortgage or lien upon such property, upon which is indorsed the words, "this instrument to be filed, but not recorded" or words of a similar import, signed by the mortgagee, his agent or attorney, the recorder shall mark the instrument "filed", endorse the time (including the hour of the day) of the receipt thereof and file the same in his office.
    Each instrument filed as above shall be numbered and indexed by the Recorder in the book wherein he alphabetically indexes chattel mortgages and shall refer to the number appearing on the filed instrument.
    The recorder may destroy any instrument filed but not recorded in the manner hereinabove provided, one year after the maturity thereof as stated therein; except, no such instrument may be destroyed until one year after the maturity of the last extension thereof filed in the recorder's office.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5015

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5015) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5015)
    Sec. 3-5015. Certificates of discharge or release from active duty. Certificates of discharge or MEMBER-4 copy of certificate of release or discharge from active duty of honorably discharged or separated members of the military, aviation and naval forces of the United States shall be recorded by each recorder, free of charge, in a separate book which shall be kept for the purpose. The recorder in counties of over 500,000 population shall as soon as practicable after the recording of the original discharge certificate or MEMBER-4 copy of certificate of release or discharge from active duty, deliver to each of the persons named in the discharge certificate or MEMBER-4 copy of certificate of release or discharge from active duty, or his agent, one certified copy of his discharge certificate or MEMBER-4 copy of certificate of release or discharge from active duty without charge. Additional certified copies shall be furnished by the recorder upon the payment to the recorder of a fee of $1.25, payable in advance, for each such additional certified copy.
    Upon the delivery of the certificate of discharge or MEMBER-4 copy of certificate of release or discharge from active duty after the recordation thereof is completed, and the delivery of one certified copy thereof to the person named in the discharge certificate or MEMBER-4 copy of certificate of release or discharge from active duty or his agent, the receipt theretofore issued by the recorder, or a copy thereof shall be surrendered to the recorder, with a signed statement acknowledging the receipt of the discharge certificate or MEMBER-4 copy of certificate of release or discharge from active duty and the certified copy thereof.
    Certified copies of the certificates of discharge or MEMBER-4 copy of certificate of release or discharge from active duty furnished by the recorder may vary from the size of the original, if in the judgment of the recorder, such certified copies are complete and legible.
    A military discharge form (DD-214) or any other certificate of discharge or release from active duty document that was issued by the United States government or any state government in reference to those who served with an active or inactive military reserve unit or National Guard force and that was recorded by a County Clerk or Recorder of Deeds is not subject to public inspection, enjoying all the protection covered by the federal Privacy Act of 1974 or any other privacy law. These documents shall be accessible only to the person named in the document, the named person's dependents, the county veterans' service officer, representatives of the Department of Veterans' Affairs, or any person with written authorization from the named person or the named person's dependents.
(Source: P.A. 93-468, eff. 1-1-04.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5016

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5016) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5016)
    Sec. 3-5016. Quarters; office hours. Every Recorder shall keep his office at the courthouse of the county for which he is recorder, or in counties of the second or third class in some other suitable building provided at the county seat by the county for which he is recorder and shall keep his office open except as hereinafter provided and attend to the duties thereof in counties of the first and second classes from 8 o'clock A.M. to 5 o'clock P.M. of each working day, except Saturday, and in counties of the third class from 9 o'clock A.M. to 5 o'clock P.M. of each working day, except Saturday, and except in each county of all classes such days as under any law are or may be legal holidays in any part of the county, as regards the presenting for payment, acceptance, maturity, protesting, or giving notice of the dishonor of bills of exchange, bank checks, promissory notes, or other negotiable or commercial paper or instruments: Provided, however, that the hours of opening and closing of the office of the Recorder may be changed and otherwise fixed and determined by the county board of any county. Any such action taken by the county board shall be by an appropriate resolution passed at a regular meeting. The office of the recorder shall accept instruments for recordation at all times during which the office is open.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5017

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5017) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5017)
    Sec. 3-5017. Time for opening and closing of office. When "An Act to provide for the standardization of time and providing penalties for violations thereof", approved April 29, 1959 is in effect at the county seat in which the recorder's office is situated, the time for opening and closing of the office, and the receiving instruments for recordation, shall conform with that Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5018

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5018) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5018)
    Sec. 3-5018. Traditional fee schedule. Except as provided for in Section 3-5018.1, the recorder elected as provided for in this Division shall receive such fees as are or may be provided for him or her by law, in case of provision therefor: otherwise he or she shall receive the same fees as are or may be provided in this Section, except when increased by county ordinance or resolution pursuant to the provisions of this Section, to be paid to the county clerk for his or her services in the office of recorder for like services.
    For recording deeds or other instruments, $12 for the first 4 pages thereof, plus $1 for each additional page thereof, plus $1 for each additional document number therein noted. The aggregate minimum fee for recording any one instrument shall not be less than $12.
    For recording deeds or other instruments wherein the premises affected thereby are referred to by document number and not by legal description, a fee of $1 in addition to that hereinabove referred to for each document number therein noted.
    For recording assignments of mortgages, leases or liens, $12 for the first 4 pages thereof, plus $1 for each additional page thereof. However, except for leases and liens pertaining to oil, gas and other minerals, whenever a mortgage, lease or lien assignment assigns more than one mortgage, lease or lien document, a $7 fee shall be charged for the recording of each such mortgage, lease or lien document after the first one.
    For recording any document that affects an interest in real property other than documents which solely affect or relate to an easement for water, sewer, electricity, gas, telephone or other public service, the recorder shall charge a fee of $1 per document to all filers of documents not filed by any State agency, any unit of local government, or any school district. Fifty cents of the $1 fee hereby established shall be deposited into the County General Revenue Fund. The remaining $0.50 shall be deposited into the Recorder's Automation Fund and may not be appropriated or expended for any other purpose. The additional amounts available to the recorder for expenditure from the Recorder's Automation Fund shall not offset or reduce any other county appropriations or funding for the office of the recorder.
    For recording maps or plats of additions or subdivisions approved by the county or municipality (including the spreading of the same of record in map case or other proper books) or plats of condominiums, $50 for the first page, plus $1 for each additional page thereof except that in the case of recording a single page, legal size 8 1/2 x 14, plat of survey in which there are no more than two lots or parcels of land, the fee shall be $12. In each county where such maps or plats are to be recorded, the recorder may require the same to be accompanied by such number of exact, true and legible copies thereof as the recorder deems necessary for the efficient conduct and operation of his or her office.
    For non-certified copies of records, an amount not to exceed one-half of the amount provided in this Section for certified copies, according to a standard scale of fees, established by county ordinance or resolution and made public. The provisions of this paragraph shall not be applicable to any person or entity who obtains non-certified copies of records in the following manner: (i) in bulk for all documents recorded on any given day in an electronic or paper format for a negotiated amount less than the amount provided for in this paragraph for non-certified copies, (ii) under a contractual relationship with the recorder for a negotiated amount less than the amount provided for in this paragraph for non-certified copies, or (iii) by means of Internet access pursuant to Section 5-1106.1.
    For certified copies of records, the same fees as for recording, but in no case shall the fee for a certified copy of a map or plat of an addition, subdivision or otherwise exceed $10.
    Each certificate of such recorder of the recording of the deed or other writing and of the date of recording the same signed by such recorder, shall be sufficient evidence of the recording thereof, and such certificate including the indexing of record, shall be furnished upon the payment of the fee for recording the instrument, and no additional fee shall be allowed for the certificate or indexing.
    The recorder shall charge an additional fee, in an amount equal to the fee otherwise provided by law, for recording a document (other than a document filed under the Plat Act or the Uniform Commercial Code) that does not conform to the following standards:
        (1) The document shall consist of one or more
    
individual sheets measuring 8.5 inches by 11 inches, not permanently bound and not a continuous form. Graphic displays accompanying a document to be recorded that measure up to 11 inches by 17 inches shall be recorded without charging an additional fee.
        (2) The document shall be legibly printed in black
    
ink, by hand, type, or computer. Signatures and dates may be in contrasting colors if they will reproduce clearly.
        (3) The document shall be on white paper of not less
    
than 20-pound weight and shall have a clean margin of at least one-half inch on the top, the bottom, and each side. Margins may be used for non-essential notations that will not affect the validity of the document, including but not limited to form numbers, page numbers, and customer notations.
        (4) The first page of the document shall contain a
    
blank space, measuring at least 3 inches by 5 inches, from the upper right corner.
        (5) The document shall not have any attachment
    
stapled or otherwise affixed to any page.
A document that does not conform to these standards shall not be recorded except upon payment of the additional fee required under this paragraph. This paragraph, as amended by this amendatory Act of 1995, applies only to documents dated after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1995.
    The county board of any county may provide for an additional charge of $3 for filing every instrument, paper, or notice for record, (1) in order to defray the cost of converting the county recorder's document storage system to computers or micrographics and (2) in order to defray the cost of providing access to records through the global information system known as the Internet.
    A special fund shall be set up by the treasurer of the county and such funds collected pursuant to Public Act 83-1321 shall be used (1) for a document storage system to provide the equipment, materials and necessary expenses incurred to help defray the costs of implementing and maintaining such a document records system and (2) for a system to provide electronic access to those records.
    The county board of any county that provides and maintains a countywide map through a Geographic Information System (GIS) may provide for an additional charge of $3 for filing every instrument, paper, or notice for record (1) in order to defray the cost of implementing or maintaining the county's Geographic Information System and (2) in order to defray the cost of providing electronic or automated access to the county's Geographic Information System or property records. Of that amount, $2 must be deposited into a special fund set up by the treasurer of the county, and any moneys collected pursuant to this amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly and deposited into that fund must be used solely for the equipment, materials, and necessary expenses incurred in implementing and maintaining a Geographic Information System and in order to defray the cost of providing electronic access to the county's Geographic Information System records. The remaining $1 must be deposited into the recorder's special funds created under Section 3-5005.4. The recorder may, in his or her discretion, use moneys in the funds created under Section 3-5005.4 to defray the cost of implementing or maintaining the county's Geographic Information System and to defray the cost of providing electronic access to the county's Geographic Information System records.
    The recorder shall collect a $9 Rental Housing Support Program State surcharge for the recordation of any real estate-related document. Payment of the Rental Housing Support Program State surcharge shall be evidenced by a receipt that shall be marked upon or otherwise affixed to the real estate-related document by the recorder. The form of this receipt shall be prescribed by the Department of Revenue and the receipts shall be issued by the Department of Revenue to each county recorder.
    The recorder shall not collect the Rental Housing Support Program State surcharge from any State agency, any unit of local government or any school district.
    On the 15th day of each month, each county recorder shall report to the Department of Revenue, on a form prescribed by the Department, the number of real estate-related documents recorded for which the Rental Housing Support Program State surcharge was collected. Each recorder shall submit $9 of each surcharge collected in the preceding month to the Department of Revenue and the Department shall deposit these amounts in the Rental Housing Support Program Fund. Subject to appropriation, amounts in the Fund may be expended only for the purpose of funding and administering the Rental Housing Support Program.
    For purposes of this Section, "real estate-related document" means that term as it is defined in Section 7 of the Rental Housing Support Program Act.
    The foregoing fees allowed by this Section are the maximum fees that may be collected from any officer, agency, department or other instrumentality of the State. The county board may, however, by ordinance or resolution, increase the fees allowed by this Section and collect such increased fees from all persons and entities other than officers, agencies, departments and other instrumentalities of the State if the increase is justified by an acceptable cost study showing that the fees allowed by this Section are not sufficient to cover the cost of providing the service. Regardless of any other provision in this Section, the maximum fee that may be collected from the Department of Revenue for filing or indexing a lien, certificate of lien release or subordination, or any other type of notice or other documentation affecting or concerning a lien is $5. Regardless of any other provision in this Section, the maximum fee that may be collected from the Department of Revenue for indexing each additional name in excess of one for any lien, certificate of lien release or subordination, or any other type of notice or other documentation affecting or concerning a lien is $1.
    A statement of the costs of providing each service, program and activity shall be prepared by the county board. All supporting documents shall be public record and subject to public examination and audit. All direct and indirect costs, as defined in the United States Office of Management and Budget Circular A-87, may be included in the determination of the costs of each service, program and activity.
(Source: P.A. 100-271, eff. 8-22-17.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5018.1

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5018.1)
    Sec. 3-5018.1. Predictable fee schedule.
    (a) As used in this Section:
    "Nonstandard document" means:
        (1) a document that creates a division of a then
    
active existing tax parcel identification number;
        (2) a document recorded pursuant to the Uniform
    
Commercial Code;
        (3) a document which is non-conforming, as described
    
in paragraphs (1) through (5) of Section 3-5018;
        (4) a State lien or a federal lien;
        (5) a document making specific reference to more than
    
5 tax parcel identification numbers in the county in which it is presented for recording; or
        (6) a document making specific reference to more than
    
5 other document numbers recorded in the county in which it is presented for recording.
    "Standard document" means any document other than a nonstandard document.
    (b) On or before January 1, 2019, a county shall adopt and implement, by ordinance or resolution, a predictable fee schedule that eliminates surcharges or fees based on the individual attributes of a standard document to be recorded. The initial predictable fee schedule approved by a county board shall be set only as allowed under subsections (c) and (d) and any subsequent predictable fee schedule approved by a county board shall be set only as allowed under subsection (e). Except as to the recording of standard documents, the fees imposed by Section 3-5018 shall remain in effect. Under a predictable fee schedule, no charge shall be based on: page count; number, length, or type of legal descriptions; number of tax identification or other parcel identifying code numbers; number of common addresses; number of references contained as to other recorded documents or document numbers; or any other individual attribute of the document except as expressly provided in this Section. The fee charged under this Section shall be inclusive of all county and State fees that the county may elect or is required to impose or adjust, including, but not limited to, GIS fees, automation fees, document storage fees, and the Rental Housing Support Program State surcharge.
    A predictable fee schedule ordinance or resolution adopted under this Section shall list standard document fees, including document class flat fees as required by subsection (c), and non-standard document fees.
    Before approval of an ordinance or resolution under this Section, the recorder or county clerk shall post a notice in their office at least 2 weeks prior, but not more than 4 weeks prior, to the public meeting at which the ordinance or resolution may be adopted. The notice shall contain the proposed ordinance or resolution number, if any, the proposed document class flat fees for each classification, and a reference to this Section or this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly.
    A predictable fee schedule takes effect 60 days after an ordinance or resolution is adopted.
    (c) Pursuant to an ordinance or resolution adopted under subsection (b), the recorder elected as provided for in this Division shall receive such fees as are or may be provided for him or her by law, in case of provision thereof: otherwise he or she shall receive the same fees as are or may be provided in this Section except when increased by county ordinance or resolution pursuant to the provisions of this Section, to be paid to the county clerk for his or her services in the office of recorder for like services. For the purposes of the fee charged, the ordinance or resolution shall divide standard documents into the following classifications and shall establish a single, all inclusive, county and State-imposed aggregate fee charged for each such classification of document at the time of recording for that document, which is called the document class flat fee. A standard document is not subject to more than one classification at the time of recording for the purposes of imposing any fee. Each standard document shall fall within one of the following document class flat fee classifications and fees for each document class shall be charged only as allowed by this subsection (c) and subsection (d):
        (1) Deeds. The aggregate fee for recording deeds
    
shall not be less than $21 (being a minimum $12 county fee plus $9 for the Rental Housing Support Program State surcharge). Inclusion of language in the deed as to any restriction; covenant; lien; oil, gas, or other mineral interest; easement; lease; or a mortgage shall not alter the classification of a document as a deed.
        (2) Leases, lease amendments, and similar transfer of
    
interest documents. The aggregate fee for recording leases, lease amendments, and similar transfers of interest documents shall not be less than $21 (being a minimum $12 county fee plus $9 for the Rental Housing Support Program State surcharge).
        (3) Mortgages. The aggregate fee for recording
    
mortgages, including assignments, extensions, amendments, subordinations, and mortgage releases shall not be less than $21 (being a minimum $12 county fee plus $9 for the Rental Housing Support Program State surcharge).
        (4) Easements not otherwise part of another
    
classification. The aggregate fee for recording easements not otherwise part of another classification, including assignments, extensions, amendments, and easement releases not filed by a State agency, unit of local government, or school district shall not be less than $21 (being a minimum $12 county fee plus $9 for the Rental Housing Support Program State surcharge).
        (5) Miscellaneous. The aggregate fee for recording
    
documents not otherwise falling within classifications set forth in paragraphs (1) through (4) and are not nonstandard documents shall not be less than $21 (being a minimum $12 county fee plus $9 for the Rental Housing Support Program State surcharge). Nothing in this subsection shall preclude an alternate predictable fee schedule for electronic recording within each of the classifications set forth in this subsection (c). If the Rental Housing Support Program State surcharge is amended and the surcharge is increased or lowered, the aggregate amount of the document flat fee attributable to the surcharge in the document may be changed accordingly.
    (d) If an ordinance or resolution establishing a predictable fee schedule is adopted pursuant to subsection (b) and any document class flat fee exceeds $21, the county board shall:
        (1) obtain from the clerk or recorder an analysis of
    
the average fees collected for the recording of each of the classifications under subsection (c) based on the 3 previous years of recording data, and, if a cost study has not been performed, set respective document class flat fees for each of the 5 document classifications at the average for that class rounded upward to the next whole dollar amount; or
        (2) if a cost study has been completed within the
    
last 3 years that shows $21 is not sufficient to cover the costs of providing the services related to each document class, obtain from the clerk or recorder an analysis of the average fees collected for the recording of each of the document classifications under subsection (c) from the date of the cost study and set respective document class flat fees for each of the 5 document classifications at the average for that document class rounded upward to the next whole dollar amount.
    (e) After a document class flat fee is approved by a county board under subsection (b), the county board may, by ordinance or resolution, increase the document class flat fee and collect the increased fees only if the increase is justified by a cost study that shows that the fees allowed by subsections (c) and (d) are not sufficient to cover the cost of providing the service related to the document class for which the fee is to be increased. A statement of the costs of providing each service, program, and activity shall be prepared by the county board. All supporting documents shall be public record and subject to public examination and audit. All direct and indirect costs, as defined in the United States Office of Management and Budget Circular A-87, may be included in the determination of the costs of each service, program, and activity.
    Nothing in this Section precludes a county board from adjusting amounts or allocations within a given document class flat fee as long as the document class flat fee is not increased.
(Source: P.A. 100-271, eff. 8-22-17.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5019

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5019) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5019)
    Sec. 3-5019. Monthly list of conveyances. Immediately following each calendar month, the recorder, in counties with less than 1,000,000 inhabitants shall, upon their request, transmit copies of all documents, plats and deeds conveying real property to the county clerk, the county treasurer, the tax map department, the supervisor of assessments and the township assessor for which he shall be paid by the county the usual and customary fee charged by the recorder for furnishing such documents.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5020

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5020) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5020)
    Sec. 3-5020. Information to accompany conveyance documents.
    (a) In counties of the first and second class no recorder shall record any conveyance of real estate unless the conveyance contains the name and address of the grantee for tax billing purposes.
    (b) In counties with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants, the county recorder shall not accept for filing any deed or assignment of beneficial interest in a land trust in a transaction which is exempt from filing a real estate transfer declaration under the provisions of Section 4 of the Real Estate Transfer Tax Act, unless the deed or assignment of a beneficial interest is accompanied by,
        (1) a sworn or affirmed statement executed by the
    
grantor or his agent stating that, to the best of his knowledge, the name of the grantee shown on the deed or assignment of beneficial interest in a land trust is either a natural person, an Illinois Corporation or foreign corporation authorized to do business or acquire and hold title to real estate in Illinois, a partnership authorized to do business or acquire and hold title to real estate in Illinois, or other entity recognized as a person and authorized to do business or acquire and hold title to real estate under the laws of the State of Illinois, and
        (2) a sworn or affirmed statement executed by the
    
grantee or his agent verifying that the name of the grantee shown on the deed or assignment of beneficial interest in a land trust is either a natural person, an Illinois corporation or foreign corporation authorized to do business or acquire and hold title to real estate in Illinois, a partnership authorized to do business or acquire and hold title to real estate in Illinois, or other entity recognized as a person and authorized to do business or acquire and hold title to real estate under the laws of the State of Illinois. Any person who knowingly submits a false statement required under this Section concerning the identity of a grantee is guilty of a Class C misdemeanor. A second or subsequent conviction of such offense is a Class A misdemeanor.
    (c) In the event that the document of conveyance is a trustee's deed issued under resignation by a land trustee, the statements pursuant to paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection (b) shall not be required, but the trustee's deed shall instead be accompanied by a sworn or affirmed statement executed by the grantor land trustee stating that the trustee's deed has been issued pursuant to resignation by the trustee, and that the name of the grantee shown on the trustee's deed is the name of the beneficiary of the trust as his name appears in the trust files as of the date of resignation.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 87-543; 87-1236.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5020.5

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5020.5)
    Sec. 3-5020.5. Information concerning recorded or filed instruments. Each instrument recorded or filed with the county recorder must contain the following:
    (1) The name and address of the person to whom the instrument is to be returned.
    (2) The recorder's document number of any instrument (i) referred to in the instrument being recorded or filed or (ii) relating to the instrument being recorded or filed, such as, without limitation, the recorder's document number of a mortgage when the instrument being recorded or filed is a release of that mortgage.
    (3) The book and page number, if applicable, of any instrument (i) referred to in the instrument being recorded or filed or (ii) relating to the instrument being recorded or filed.
(Source: P.A. 88-691, eff. 1-24-95.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5021

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5021) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5021)
    Sec. 3-5021. Recording or registering instruments transferring title to real estate or a beneficial interest in real estate subject to a land trust. If any home rule municipality has levied a real estate transfer tax and a certified copy of the ordinance or resolution levying the tax, specifying the rates and the design and denomination of stamps evidencing payment thereof, has been on file with the county recorder for at least 30 days, the recorder of that county may not accept for recording or for registration under "An Act concerning land titles", approved May 1, 1897, as amended, any instrument transferring title to real estate in that municipality, or the beneficial interest in real estate in that municipality which is the subject of a land trust, for which revenue stamps are required to be purchased under the "Real Estate Transfer Tax Act", approved July 17, 1967, as amended, without proof of payment of the municipal real estate transfer tax.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5022

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5022) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5022)
    Sec. 3-5022. Identification of person preparing instrument affecting title to real estate. No recorder shall record any instrument affecting title to real estate unless the name and address of the person who prepared and drafted such instruments is printed, typewritten or stamped on the face thereof in a legible manner, but the validity and effect of the record of any such instrument shall not be lessened or impaired by the fact that it does not comply with the provisions of this Section. An instrument complies with this Section if it contains a statement in substantially the following form:
    "This instrument was prepared by
(Name) .................., (Address) ......................."
This Section does not apply to any instrument executed before the effective date of this Section, nor to the following: (a) an order or judgment or process of any court; (b) a will; (c) a death certificate; or (d) an instrument executed or acknowledged outside of this State.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5023

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5023) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5023)
    Sec. 3-5023. Receipt. On the receipt of any instrument in writing for recording or filing in a recorder's office, the recorder shall, when requested, give to the person leaving the same to be recorded or filed, a receipt therefor.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5024

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5024) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5024)
    Sec. 3-5024. Certificate of time of filing. When any instrument in writing is recorded in the recorder's office, the recorder shall indorse upon such instrument a certificate of the time (including the hour of the day) when the same was received for recordation (which shall be considered the time of recording the same), and the book and page in which the same is recorded. The recorder shall sign the certificate or shall affix his facsimile signature thereto.
    The certificate, when signed by the recorder, or to which he has affixed his facsimile signature, shall be evidence of the facts therein stated.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5025

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5025) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5025)
    Sec. 3-5025. Books. Every recorder shall keep the following books:
    1. An entry book, in which he or she shall, immediately on the receipt of any instrument to be recorded or filed, enter, in the order of its reception, the names of the parties thereto, its date, the day of the month, hour and year of receiving the same, and a brief description of the premises, indorsing upon each instrument a number corresponding with the number of such entry.
    2. A grantor's index, in which shall be entered the name of each grantor, in alphabetical order, the name of the grantee, date of the instrument, time of receipt, kind of instrument, consideration, the book and page in which it is recorded, or the number under which it is filed, and a brief description of the premises.
    3. A grantee's index, in which shall be entered the name of each grantee, in alphabetical order, the name of the grantor, date of the instrument, time of receipt, kind of instrument, consideration, the book and page in which it is recorded, or the number under which it is filed, and a brief description of the premises.
    4. An index to each book of record, in which shall be entered, in alphabetical order, the name of each grantor and grantee, and the page in which the instrument is recorded.
    5. When required by the county board, an abstract book, which shall show by tracts every conveyance or incumbrance recorded, the date of the instrument, time of filing the same, the book and page where the same is recorded; which book shall be so kept as to show a true chain of title to each tract and the incumbrances thereon, as shown by the records of his office.
    6. An index to recorded maps, plats and subdivisions, such index to be made by description of land mapped, or subdivided by range, township, Section, quarter-section, etc.
    7. An index showing in alphabetical order the names of the parties against whom judgments have been rendered or made and transcripts or memoranda of such judgments have been recorded, and the parties named in notices recorded pursuant to Section 1 of "An Act concerning constructive notice of condemnation proceedings, proceedings to sell real property of decedents to pay debts, or other suits seeking equitable relief involving real property, and proceedings in bankruptcy" approved June 11, 1917, as amended.
    8. An index of all ordinances, petitions, assessment rolls, orders, judgments or other documents filed or recorded in respect of any drainage or special assessment matter sufficient to enable the public to identify all tracts involved therein and to locate all the documents which have been filed or recorded. The recorder may solicit the assistance of the State Records Commission in organizing and indexing these documents.
    Any recorder may install or contract for the use of a computerized system that will permit automated entry and indexing, alphabetically by document, of instruments filed in his or her office and that will provide both quick search and retrieval of such entries and hard copy print output, whether on paper, optical disk media, or microfilm, of such entries as indexed. If such a computerized system has been in use in his or her office for at least 6 months and the recorder determines that it provides accurate and reliable indices that may be stored as permanent records, more quickly and efficiently than the system previously used, the recorder may thereafter discontinue the use of the manual system and use only the computerized system for such indices. In that event, references in this Division to books, records or forms as relate to such indices are intended to encompass and refer to the computer system and all materials and forms directly related to that system and its proper use.
    This Section is subject to the Local Records Act.
(Source: P.A. 88-661, eff. 9-16-94.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5026

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5026) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5026)
    Sec. 3-5026. Name and address of grantee or grantees. No deed or other instrument which transfers the title to real property may be recorded unless and until the name and address of the grantee or grantees appear on its face.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5027

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5027) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5027)
    Sec. 3-5027. Real estate index number system; counties of less than 1,000,000. In counties with a population of less than 1,000,000, the recorder, pursuant to ordinance or resolution of the county board, may establish a permanent real estate index number system which shall describe all real estate in the county by township, Section, block, and parcel or lot, the street or post office address, if any, and street code number, if any, of such real estate. The recorder having established such index number system shall be the sole authority in the county to designate and assign index numbers and may establish and maintain cross indexes of numbers assigned with the complete legal description of the real estate to which such numbers relate. Such index number system may be used by the supervisor of assessments or board of assessors, as the case may be, in counties of less than 1,000,000 population for the purposes of assessment and collection of taxes. If a real estate index number system is being maintained by an authority other than the recorder on September 8, 1980, the county board may approve the adoption, modification or expansion of such system by the recorder and the recorder shall thereafter designate and assign all index numbers under said system. All indexes established hereunder shall be open to public inspection and shall be made available to the public during regular business hours.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5028

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5028) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5028)
    Sec. 3-5028. Map making department; counties of less than 1,000,000. In counties with a population of less than 1,000,000, the recorder, pursuant to ordinance or resolution of the county board, may establish a map making department which shall have sole authority over the preparation, maintenance and designation of maps and up-to-date lists of property owners names and addresses required for use by the county, including but not limited to, those maps and lists used for assessment purposes.
    If the recorder establishes a map making department pursuant to such ordinance or resolution, then such department shall supersede the authority of any other person or agency previously charged with the responsibility for map making.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5029

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5029) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5029)
    Sec. 3-5029. Map, plat or subdivision of land; penalty. No person shall offer or present for recording or record any map, plat or subdivision of land situated in any incorporated city, town or village, nor within 1 1/2 miles of the corporate limits of any incorporated city, town or village which has adopted a city plan and is exercising the special powers authorized by Division 12 of Article 11 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended, and not included in any municipality unless the map, plat or subdivision is under the seal of a registered Illinois land surveyor and unless it is entitled to record as provided in Sections 11-15-1 and 11-12-3 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended. Any map, plat or subdivision of land presented for recording shall have attached thereto or endorsed thereon the Certificate of an Illinois Registered Land Surveyor that the land is or is not within any incorporated city, town or village, nor within 1 1/2 miles of the corporate limits of any incorporated city, town or village which has adopted a city plan and is exercising the special powers authorized by Division 12 of Article 11 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended, and not included in any municipality. No person shall offer or present for recording or record any subdivision plat of any lands bordering on or including any public waters of the State in which the State of Illinois has any property rights or property interests, unless such subdivision plat is under the seal of a registered Illinois Land Surveyor and is approved by the Department of Natural Resources, nor shall any person offer or present for recording or record any map, plat or subdivision of lands, without indicating whether any part of which as shown on the map, plat or subdivision is located within a special flood hazard area as identified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency nor shall any person offer or present for recording or record any map, plat or subdivision of land situated outside any incorporated city, town or village unless the map, plat or subdivision is under the seal of a registered Illinois land surveyor, and unless it is entitled to record as provided in Section 5-1045, however, the provisions of this Section shall not apply to any street or highway survey map or plat. Any person who records, or who offers or presents for recording, which offer or presentation results in a recording of, any map, plat or subdivision of land which he knows to be in violation of this Section shall pay to the county the sum of $200, to be recovered in the circuit court, in the name of the state, for the use of the county, with costs of suit.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5030

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5030) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5030)
    Sec. 3-5030. Deeds of sheriffs. Deeds and other instruments affecting real estate, made by a sheriff, executor, administrator, guardian, trustee or other person acting on behalf of another, shall be indexed in the name of the person whose land is sold or affected as grantor, and a note shall be made in the index indicating in what capacity the deed was made.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5031

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5031) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5031)
    Sec. 3-5031. Penalty. If any recorder shall willfully fail to perform any duty imposed upon him by this Division, he shall be guilty of malfeasance in office, and shall be punished accordingly, and shall be liable to the party injured for all damages occasioned thereby.
(Source: P.A. 95-877, eff. 1-1-09.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5032

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5032) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5032)
    Sec. 3-5032. Ancient records. All copies and transcripts of the ancient books, records and papers, bearing date prior to the 13th of July in the year of our Lord 1787, now in the office of the recorder of the county of Randolph, which may be made by said recorder, from the said papers or records, and attested by him, shall be as authentic in any court in this State as if given by the Secretary of State; and the said recorder shall be entitled to the same fees for such copies, transcripts and attestations, as he is now entitled to by law for the performance of similar services.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5033

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5033) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5033)
    Sec. 3-5033. County to furnish books, equipment and supplies. The county board of each county shall from time to time, as may be necessary, provide the recorder of such county with well-bound and properly ruled books, and where photostating, optical disk storage, or microfilming is used, the recorder shall likewise be furnished all such equipment and supplies necessary to the execution of the duties of his office. They may procure books of printed forms to be filled up in the recording of any instrument, when the same may be done without interlineation or erasure, and shall in all cases, when practicable, procure the necessary index and abstract books with printed headings. The cost of such books, equipment and supplies shall be chargeable against the surplus fees of the office, or paid by the county.
(Source: P.A. 88-661, eff. 9-16-94.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5034

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5034) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5034)
    Sec. 3-5034. Transcription of records. When it shall appear to the county board that any books of record, entry books, indexes or abstract books, are likely to become useless from age or much use, or are illegibly written, defaced, or imperfectly kept, they shall cause the same to be transcribed at the cost of the county. This Section is subject to the provisions of "The Local Records Act".
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5035

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5035) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5035)
    Sec. 3-5035. Failure to comply. The receiving for record, or filing, of any instrument by a recorder of deeds or a registrar of titles which does not comply with the provisions of this Division shall not affect the validity and effect of any such instrument or the constructive notice afforded by its recordation.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5036

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5036) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5036)
    Sec. 3-5036. Records open to inspection. All records, indices, abstract and other books kept in the office of any recorder, and all instruments filed therein and all instruments deposited or left for recordation therein shall, during the office hours, be open for public inspection and examination; and all persons shall have free access for inspection and examination to such records, indices, books and instruments, which the recorders shall be bound to exhibit to those who wish to inspect or examine the same; and all persons shall have the right to take memoranda and abstracts thereof without fee or reward. This Section is subject to the provisions of "The Local Records Act".
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5036.5

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5036.5)
    Sec. 3-5036.5. Exchange of information for child support enforcement.
    (a) The Recorder shall exchange with the Department of Healthcare and Family Services information that may be necessary for the enforcement of child support orders entered pursuant to the Illinois Public Aid Code, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, the Non-Support of Spouse and Children Act, the Non-Support Punishment Act, the Revised Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act, the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984, or the Illinois Parentage Act of 2015.
    (b) Notwithstanding any provisions in this Code to the contrary, the Recorder shall not be liable to any person for any disclosure of information to the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (formerly Illinois Department of Public Aid) under subsection (a) or for any other action taken in good faith to comply with the requirements of subsection (a).
(Source: P.A. 99-85, eff. 1-1-16.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5037

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5037) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5037)
    Sec. 3-5037. Instruments to be re-recorded; fee; penalty. In all cases where the records of any county have been or shall hereafter be destroyed by fire or other casualty, it shall be the duty of the recorder of such county to re-record all deeds, mortgages or other instruments in writing which may have been recorded or filed for record prior to the destruction of such records, together with the certificates of such original recording, that may be filed in his office for re-recording; and the recorder may charge and receive, as a fee for re-recording such deeds, mortgages and other instruments aforesaid, and the certificate of such recording, 5 for each 100 words or fractions thereof, and no more; and any recorder who shall charge a greater fee than the foregoing, or who shall refuse to re-record such instruments in writing, for the fee aforesaid, shall be deemed guilty of malfeasance in office, and subject to all the penalties prescribed by law for such offense.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5038

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5038) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5038)
    Sec. 3-5038. Judgment dockets. In all counties where a recorder is elected in which the recorder has heretofore been, or shall hereafter be required by the county board to keep abstract books showing by tract every conveyance or incumbrance recorded, the date of the instrument, the time of filing same, the book and page where the same is recorded, and showing a true chain of title to each tract and the incumbrances thereon, as shown by the records of his office, such recorder shall and he is hereby authorized to keep judgment dockets and indexes thereto, showing all judicial proceedings affecting title to real estate in such county, tax sale books with indexes thereto, showing sales or forfeitures of all lands in the county for unpaid taxes and assessments, and such other books as are usual or necessary to be kept for the purpose of making complete abstracts of title to real estate; and the county board shall furnish such recorder with the necessary rooms, books, stationery, fuel and lights for the purposes herein set forth: Provided, that nothing in this Division shall be construed to empower the recorder to prevent the public from examining and taking memoranda from all records and instruments filed for record, indexes and other books in his official custody, but it shall be his duty at all times, when his office is or is required by law to be open, to allow all persons without fee or reward to examine and take memoranda from the same. This Section is subject to the provisions of "The Local Records Act".
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5039

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5039)
    Sec. 3-5039. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 86-962. Repealed by P.A. 95-215, eff. 8-16-07.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5040

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5040)
    Sec. 3-5040. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 86-962. Repealed by P.A. 95-215, eff. 8-16-07.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5041

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5041)
    Sec. 3-5041. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 86-962. Repealed by P.A. 95-215, eff. 8-16-07.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5042

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5042)
    Sec. 3-5042. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 86-962. Repealed by P.A. 95-215, eff. 8-16-07.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5043

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5043)
    Sec. 3-5043. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 86-962. Repealed by P.A. 95-215, eff. 8-16-07.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5044

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5044)
    Sec. 3-5044. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 87-895. Repealed by P.A. 95-215, eff. 8-16-07.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5045

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5045) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-5045)
    Sec. 3-5045. Scope of liability in connection with Uniform Commercial Code. No recorder nor any of his employees or agents shall be subject to personal liability by reason of any error or omission in the performance of any duty under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code except in case of wilful negligence.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5046

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5046)
    Sec. 3-5046. Quitclaim deed notification. Upon the recording or filing of a quitclaim deed on any property within a county with a population of 3,000,000 or more, the recorder of deeds must mail a notification postcard to the previous owner of record at the address listed on the property record in the recorder's office.
    The postcard must state that a newly recorded quitclaim deed has been filed on the property, and must state the date of the new recording, the address of the recorder's office, and any other information deemed necessary by the recorder.
    No county, including a home rule county, may act in a manner inconsistent with this Section. This Section is a denial and limitation of home rule powers under subsection (i) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution.
(Source: P.A. 94-823, eff. 1-1-07.)

55 ILCS 5/3-5047

    (55 ILCS 5/3-5047)
    Sec. 3-5047. Removal of personal information. Upon request by any person, the recorder shall redact or remove that person's social security number, employer taxpayer identification number, driver's license number, State identification number, passport number, checking account number, savings account number, credit card number, debit card number, or personal identification (PIN) code from any internet website maintained by the recorder or used by the recorder to display public records. The request must be made in writing and delivered by mail, facsimile, electronic transmission, or in person to the office of the recorder. The request must specify the personal information to be redacted and identify the document that contains the personal information.
    Within 12 months after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly all county recorders that publicly display records on an Internet website must submit a written policy, including a timeline, to their respective county boards providing for the redaction of social security numbers from all records publicly displayed on the website. Any county recorder that launches a website on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly shall develop and implement a policy providing for the removal of all social security numbers from all records prior to the public display of those records on the website, and must file a copy of the policy with the county board of that county. Policies pertaining to the removal of social security numbers from records to be posted on the internet shall be made available to all employees of a county recorder.
    No person or entity shall include an individual's social security number in a document that is prepared and presented for recording with a county recorder. This Section shall not apply to (i) State or federal tax liens, certified copies of death certificates, or other documents required by law to contain personal identifying information or (ii) documents that were executed by an individual prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly.
    County recorders shall not be liable for any claims arising from unintentional or inadvertent violations of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 95-875, eff. 1-1-09.)

55 ILCS 5/Div. 3-6

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 3-6 heading)
Division 3-6. Sheriff

55 ILCS 5/3-6001

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6001) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6001)
    Sec. 3-6001. Commission. Every sheriff shall be commissioned by the Governor; but no commission shall issue except upon the certificate of the county clerk of the proper county, of the due election or appointment of such sheriff, and that he or she has filed his or her bond and taken the oath of office, as hereinafter provided.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6001.5

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6001.5)
    Sec. 3-6001.5. Sheriff qualifications. On or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly, except as otherwise provided in this Section, a person is not eligible to be elected or appointed to the office of sheriff, unless that person meets all of the following requirements:
        (1) Is a United States citizen.
        (2) Has been a resident of the county for at least
    
one year.
        (3) Is not a convicted felon.
(Source: P.A. 98-115, eff. 7-29-13.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6002

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6002) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6002)
    Sec. 3-6002. Commencement of duties. The sheriff shall enter upon the duties of his or her office on the first day in the month of December following his or her election on which the office of the sheriff is required, by statute or by action of the county board, to be open.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6003

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6003) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6003)
    Sec. 3-6003. Bond. Before entering upon the duties of his or her office, he or she shall give bond, with 2 or more sufficient sureties (or, if the county is self-insured, the county through its self-insurance program may provide bonding), to be approved by the circuit court for his or her county, in the penal sum of $10,000 (except that the bond of the sheriff of Cook County shall be in the penal sum of $100,000), payable to the people of the State of Illinois, conditioned that he or she will faithfully discharge all the duties required, or to be required of him or her by law, as such sheriff; which bond shall be filed in the circuit court, and a copy thereof also filed in the office of the county clerk of his or her county.
(Source: P.A. 88-387.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6004

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6004) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6004)
    Sec. 3-6004. Oath. He or she shall also, before entering upon the duties of his or her office, take and subscribe the oath or affirmation prescribed by Section 3 of Article XIII of the Constitution, which shall be filed in the office of the county clerk of his or her county.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6005

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6005) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6005)
    Sec. 3-6005. Failure to give bond or take oath; vacancy. If any person elected or appointed to the office of sheriff, of any county, shall fail to give bond or take the oath required of him or her, within 30 days after he or she is appointed or declared elected, the office shall be deemed vacant.
(Source: P.A. 91-76, eff. 1-1-00.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6006

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6006) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6006)
    Sec. 3-6006. Copy of bond as evidence. Copies of such bonds, certified by the county clerk, or of the record thereof, certified by the clerk of the circuit court, shall be received as evidence.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6007

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6007) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6007)
    Sec. 3-6007. Training. Each sheriff shall obtain at least 20 hours of training, approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board, relating to law enforcement and the operation of a sheriff's office each year. Reasonable expenses incurred by the sheriff in obtaining such training shall be reimbursed by the county upon presentation by the sheriff to the county board of a certificate of completion from the person or entity conducting such training.
(Source: P.A. 88-586, eff. 8-12-94.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6008

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6008) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6008)
    Sec. 3-6008. Deputies. Each sheriff may appoint one or more deputies, not exceeding the number allowed by the county board of his or her county. No person who has ever been classified as a conscientious objector by a local selective service draft board may be appointed as a deputy sheriff.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 87-738.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6009

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6009) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6009)
    Sec. 3-6009. Appointment in writing. Such appointment shall be in writing, signed by the sheriff.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6010

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6010) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6010)
    Sec. 3-6010. Oath of deputy. Each deputy shall, before entering upon the duties of his or her office, take and subscribe an oath or affirmation, in like form as is required of sheriffs, which shall be filed in the office of the county clerk. A sheriff, in addition to any other person authorized by law, may administer the oath of office required of a deputy sheriff.
(Source: P.A. 89-391, eff. 1-1-96.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6011

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6011) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6011)
    Sec. 3-6011. Special deputies. A sheriff may appoint a special deputy to serve any summons issued out of a court, by indorsement thereon, substantially as follows: "I hereby appoint .... my special deputy, to serve the within process," which shall be dated and signed by the sheriff.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6012

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6012) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6012)
    Sec. 3-6012. Auxiliary deputies. The sheriff of any county in Illinois may, with the advice and consent of the county board appoint auxiliary deputies in such number as the county board shall from time to time deem necessary. However, such number of appointed auxiliary deputies shall not increase after January 1, 1982 if vacancies exist within the certified ranks of the department. Such auxiliary deputies shall not be regular appointed deputies pursuant to Section 3-6008, nor shall they be members of a county police department established pursuant to Divisions 3-7 and 3-8.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6012.1

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6012.1)
    Sec. 3-6012.1. Court security officers. The sheriff of any county in Illinois with less than 3,000,000 inhabitants may hire court security officers in such number as the county board shall from time to time deem necessary. Court security officers may be designated by the Sheriff to attend courts and perform the functions set forth in Section 3-6023. Court security officers shall have the authority to arrest; however, such arrest powers shall be limited to performance of their official duties as court security officers. Court security officers may carry weapons, upon which they have been trained and qualified as permitted by law, at their place of employment and to and from their place of employment with the consent of the Sheriff. The court security officers shall be sworn officers of the Sheriff and shall be primarily responsible for the security of the courthouse and its courtrooms. The court security officers shall be under the sole control of the sheriff of the county in which they are hired. No court security officer shall be subject to the jurisdiction of a Sheriff's Merit Commission unless the officer was hired through the Sheriff's Merit Commission's certified applicant process under Section 3-8010 of the Counties Code. They are not regular appointed deputies under Section 3-6008. The position of court security officer shall not be considered a rank when seeking initial appointment as deputy sheriff under Section 3-8011.
    Every court security officer hired on or after June 1, 1997 (the effective date of Public Act 89-685) shall serve a probationary period of 12 months during which time they may be discharged at the will of the Sheriff.
(Source: P.A. 99-10, eff. 1-1-16; 100-201, eff. 8-18-17.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6013

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6013) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6013)
    Sec. 3-6013. Duties, training and compensation of auxiliary deputies. Auxiliary deputies shall not supplement members of the regular county police department or regular deputies in the performance of their assigned and normal duties, except as provided herein. Auxiliary deputies may be assigned and directed by the sheriff to perform the following duties in the county:
    To aid or direct traffic within the county, to aid in control of natural or human made disasters, to aid in case of civil disorder as assigned and directed by the sheriff, provided, that in emergency cases which render it impractical for members of the regular county police department or regular deputies to perform their assigned and normal duties, the sheriff is hereby authorized to assign and direct auxiliary deputies to perform such regular and normal duties. Identification symbols worn by such auxiliary deputies shall be different and distinct from those used by members of the regular county police department or regular deputies. Such auxiliary deputies shall at all times during the performance of their duties be subject to the direction and control of the sheriff of the county. Such auxiliary deputies shall not carry firearms, except with the permission of the sheriff, and only while in uniform and in the performance of their assigned duties.
    Auxiliary deputies, prior to entering upon any of their duties, shall receive a course of training in the use of weapons and other police procedures as shall be appropriate in the exercise of the powers conferred upon them under this Division, which training and course of study shall be determined and provided by the sheriff of each county utilizing auxiliary deputies, provided that, before being permitted to carry a firearm an auxiliary deputy must have the same course of training as required of peace officers in Section 2 of the Peace Officer and Probation Officer Firearm Training Act. The county authorities shall require that all auxiliary deputies be residents of the county served by them. Prior to the appointment of any auxiliary deputy his or her fingerprints shall be taken and no person shall be appointed as such auxiliary deputy if he or she has been convicted of a felony or other crime involving moral turpitude.
    Auxiliary deputies may receive such compensation as is set by the County Board, with the advice and consent of the Sheriff, not to exceed the lowest hourly pay of a full-time sworn member of the regular county police or sheriff's department and not be paid a salary, except as provided in Section 3-6036, but may be reimbursed for actual expenses incurred in performing their assigned duty. The County Board must approve such actual expenses and arrange for payment.
    Nothing in this Division shall preclude an auxiliary deputy from holding a simultaneous appointment as an auxiliary police officer pursuant to Section 3-6-5 of the Illinois Municipal Code.
(Source: P.A. 97-379, eff. 8-15-11; 98-725, eff. 1-1-15.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6014

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6014) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6014)
    Sec. 3-6014. Return by special deputy. Such special deputy shall make return in the time and manner of serving such process, under his or her oath, and for making a false return he or she shall be guilty of perjury, and punished accordingly.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6015

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6015) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6015)
    Sec. 3-6015. Powers of deputies. Deputy sheriffs, duly appointed and qualified, may perform any and all the duties of the sheriff, in the name of the sheriff, and the acts of such deputies shall be held to be acts of the sheriff.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6016

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6016) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6016)
    Sec. 3-6016. Sheriff liable for acts of deputy and auxiliary deputy. The sheriff shall be liable for any neglect or omission of the duties of his or her office, when occasioned by a deputy or auxiliary deputy, in the same manner as for his or her own personal neglect or omission.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6017

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6017) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6017)
    Sec. 3-6017. Sheriff custodian of courthouse and jail. He or she shall have the custody and care of the courthouse and jail of his or her county, except as is otherwise provided.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6018

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6018) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6018)
    Sec. 3-6018. Counties under 1,000,000; control of internal operations. In counties of less than 1 million population, the sheriff shall control the internal operations of his office. Subject to the applicable county appropriation ordinance, the sheriff shall direct the county treasurer to pay, and the treasurer shall pay, the expenditures for the sheriff's office, including payments for personal services, equipment, materials and contractual services. Purchases of equipment by the sheriff shall be made in accordance with any ordinance requirements for centralized purchasing through another county office or through the state which are applicable to all county offices.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6019

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6019) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6019)
    Sec. 3-6019. Duties of sheriff; office quarters and hours. Sheriffs shall serve and execute, within their respective counties, and return all warrants, process, orders and judgments of every description that may be legally directed or delivered to them. A sheriff of a county with a population of less than 1,000,000 may employ civilian personnel to serve process in civil matters. If an arrest warrant upon complaint under Section 107-9 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963, or a warrant of arrest due to failure to appear under Section 107-12 of the Code, originated from a law enforcement agency other than the county sheriff's office, then the county sheriff of a county with a population of more than 600,000 may require that law enforcement agency to store and maintain the warrant. That law enforcement agency is responsible for entering the warrant into the Illinois Law Enforcement Agencies Data System (LEADS) and the National Crime Information Center Database (NCIC). The county sheriff may require the originating law enforcement agency to arrange for transportation of the wanted person to the county jail. Originating agencies may contract with the county sheriff or another law enforcement agency to store, maintain, and provide transportation of the wanted person to the county jail. Any law enforcement agency or regional dispatch center may act as holder of the warrant for an originating agency that has no telecommunications equipment.
    Each sheriff shall keep and maintain his or her office at the county seat of the county for which he or she is the sheriff, and shall in counties having a population of less than 500,000 keep his or her office open and attend to the duties thereof from 8 o'clock in the forenoon to 5 o'clock in the afternoon of each working day, excepting such days and half days as, under any law, are or may be legal holidays, or half holidays. The hours of opening and closing of the office of the sheriff may be changed and otherwise fixed and determined by the county board of such county. Such action taken by the county board shall be by an appropriate resolution passed at a regular meeting.
(Source: P.A. 98-250, eff. 8-9-13.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6020

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6020) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6020)
    Sec. 3-6020. Contempt of court; damages. The disobedience of any sheriff to perform the command of any warrant, process, order or judgment legally issued to him or her, shall be deemed a contempt of the court that issued the same, and may be punished accordingly; and he or she shall be liable to the party aggrieved for all damages occasioned thereby. No sheriff shall be civilly liable for serving, as directed by the court, any warrant, order, process, or judgment that has been issued or affirmed by a court of the State of Illinois and that is valid on its face, unless the service involved willful or wanton misconduct by the sheriff.
(Source: P.A. 93-386, eff. 1-1-04.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6021

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6021) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6021)
    Sec. 3-6021. Conservator of the peace. Each sheriff shall be conservator of the peace in his or her county, and shall prevent crime and maintain the safety and order of the citizens of that county; and may arrest offenders on view, and cause them to be brought before the proper court for trial or examination.
(Source: P.A. 89-404, eff. 8-20-95; 90-593, eff. 6-19-98.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6022

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6022) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6022)
    Sec. 3-6022. Posse comitatus. To keep the peace, prevent crime, or to execute any warrant, process, order or judgment he or she may call to his or her aid, when necessary, any person or the power of the county.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6023

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6023) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6023)
    Sec. 3-6023. Attendance at courts. Each sheriff shall, in person or by deputy, county corrections officer, or court security officer, attend upon all courts held in his or her county when in session, and obey the lawful orders and directions of the court, and shall maintain the security of the courthouse. Court services customarily performed by sheriffs shall be provided by the sheriff or his or her deputies, county corrections officers, or court security officers, rather than by employees of the court, unless there are no deputies, county corrections officers, or court security officers available to perform such services. The expenses of the sheriff in carrying out his or her duties under this Section, including the compensation of deputies, county corrections officers, or court security officers assigned to such services, shall be paid to the county from fees collected pursuant to court order for services of the sheriff and from any court services fees collected by the county pursuant to Section 5-1103, as now or hereafter amended.
(Source: P.A. 89-685, eff. 6-1-97; 89-707, eff. 6-1-97.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6024

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6024) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6024)
    Sec. 3-6024. Disability to hold other offices. No sheriff or deputy sheriff shall be eligible to the office of county treasurer, nor shall any county treasurer be permitted to act as deputy sheriff.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6025

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6025) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6025)
    Sec. 3-6025. No practice as attorney or security for another. No sheriff or deputy sheriff shall appear in any court as attorney at law for any party, or become security for any person in any civil or criminal action or proceeding.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6026

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6026) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6026)
    Sec. 3-6026. No purchase of property at own sale. No sheriff or deputy sheriff shall become the purchaser, nor procure any other person to become the purchaser for him or her, of any property, real or personal, by him or her exposed to sale, by virtue of any judgment or process; and all such purchases made by any sheriff or deputy sheriff, or by any other person in his or her behalf, shall be absolutely null and void.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6027

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6027) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6027)
    Sec. 3-6027. Penalty for neglect to pay over money collected. If any sheriff unreasonably neglects to pay any money collected by him on execution, fee bill or process, when demanded by the person entitled to receive the same, he may be proceeded against in the court from which the execution, fee bill or process issued, as for a contempt; and he shall also forfeit to the person injured five times the lawful interest of the money, from the time of the demand until paid, which may be recovered by action upon his bond, or against the sheriff alone, in any court of competent jurisdiction.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6028

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6028) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6028)
    Sec. 3-6028. Delivery of papers and property to successor. When a sheriff leaves his or her office he or she shall deliver to his or her successor all process, paper and property attached or levied upon except such as he or she is authorized by law to retain, and also the possession of the court house and jail of his or her county, and shall take from his or her successor a receipt, specifying the papers and property so delivered over, and the prisoners in custody, if any--which receipt shall be sufficient indemnity to the person taking the same.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6029

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6029) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6029)
    Sec. 3-6029. Completion of collections. Every sheriff leaving his or her office at the expiration of his or her term, and having any judgment or fee bill which he or she may have levied but not collected, or any tax list uncollected, and which he or she is authorized to collect, may proceed and collect the same in the same manner as if his or her term of office had not expired.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6030

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6030) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6030)
    Sec. 3-6030. Vacancy; power of deputies. In case of a vacancy in the office of sheriff, every deputy in office under him or her having a process in his or her possession at the time such vacancy happens, shall have the same authority and be under the same obligation to serve, execute and return the same as if the sheriff had continued in office.
    Any vacancy occurring in the office of sheriff shall be filled as provided in The Election Code.
    In counties of over 2,000,000 inhabitants, until a vacancy in the office of sheriff is filled as provided in The Election Code, the undersheriff shall be the acting sheriff with all the powers and duties of a sheriff.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 86-1028.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6031

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6031) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6031)
    Sec. 3-6031. Sheriff in military service. If any sheriff enters into the active military service of the United States, the office of sheriff shall not be deemed to be vacant during the time the sheriff is in such service, and the sheriff shall designate a deputy sheriff as acting sheriff who shall perform and discharge all the duties of sheriff of such county during the time such sheriff is in the active military service of the United States, but all powers and duties of such acting sheriff as sheriff shall cease upon the discharge of the sheriff from such service or upon the termination of the term of office for which the sheriff was elected. A certificate of such designation containing the name of the designated deputy and the date of the appointment, signed and acknowledged by the sheriff, shall be filed in the office of the circuit clerk of the county on the date of the designation.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6032

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6032) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6032)
    Sec. 3-6032. Minor identification and protection. The sheriff of each county shall comply with the requirements of Section 3 of the Minor Identification and Protection Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6033

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6033) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6033)
    Sec. 3-6033. Citizenship and residence. It is unlawful for the sheriff of any county of fewer than 1,000,000 inhabitants, or the corporate authorities of any city, town or village to authorize, empower, employ or permit any person to act as deputy sheriff or special policeman for the purpose of preserving the peace, who is not a citizen of the United States.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 87-357.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6034

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6034) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6034)
    Sec. 3-6034. Violations. Any sheriff or public officer violating the provision of Section 3-6033 shall be deemed guilty of a petty offense.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6035

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6035) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6035)
    Sec. 3-6035. Supervisor of Safety. The office of Supervisor of Safety is hereby created for each county to be held by the Sheriff of the county.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6036

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6036) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6036)
    Sec. 3-6036. Powers and duties of Supervisor of Safety. The Supervisor of Safety shall enforce all the laws of this State and, within the municipalities in his county, the ordinances of such municipalities relating to the regulation of motor vehicle traffic and the promotion of safety on public highways. The Supervisor of Safety shall advise the county board as to contracts negotiated regulating traffic of parking areas of schools, hospitals, commercial and industrial facilities, shopping centers and apartment complexes outside any municipality of said county, and shall act as its representative and agent in connection with the execution of such contracts. In those instances where contracts are being negotiated between municipalities and schools, hospitals, commercial and industrial facilities, shopping centers and apartment complexes outside the corporate limits, the Supervisor of Safety shall advise the county board. All such contracts shall be negotiated in the manner of section 11-209 of The Illinois Vehicle Code. Subject to the approval of the county board, the Supervisor of Safety may appoint assistants to aid him in carrying out his duties. The Supervisor of Safety shall cooperate with the State and Federal governments and agencies thereof in programs designed to promote safety on highways.
    The Supervisor of Safety in counties of less than 1,000,000 inhabitants may enter into cooperative contractual agreements with school districts in his county, under which the school district hires, compensates and is liable for one or more school crossing guards, and the Supervisor of Safety, as sheriff of the county, appoints any such guard as an auxiliary deputy, in the manner and under the terms of Sections 3-6001 through 3-6032.
    This Section is not a prohibition upon the contractual and associational powers granted by Article VII, Section 10 of the Illinois Constitution.
(Source: P.A. 90-145, eff. 1-1-98; 90-481, eff. 8-17-97.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6037

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6037) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-6037)
    Sec. 3-6037. Salary of Supervisor of Safety. The county board may allow the Supervisor of Safety an annual salary in an amount determined by the board.
    The salary determined under this Section shall be without regard to and separate from the salary that may be fixed by the county board for the Sheriff, and it shall be payable out of the County Treasury.
(Source: P.A. 92-616, eff. 7-8-02.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6038

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6038)
    Sec. 3-6038. County impact incarceration program.
    (a) With the approval of the county board, the sheriff in any county with 3,000,000 or fewer inhabitants may operate an impact incarceration program for persons who would otherwise be sentenced to serve a term of imprisonment. In order to be eligible to participate in the impact incarceration program, a person convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor must meet the requirements set forth in subsection (b) of Section 5-8-1.1 of the Unified Code of Corrections.
    (b) The impact incarceration program shall include, among other matters, mandatory physical training and labor, military formation and drills, regimented activities, uniformity of dress and appearance, and drug or other counseling where appropriate.
    (c) Participation in the impact incarceration program by a committed person serving a sentence for a misdemeanor shall be for a period of at least 7 days for each 30 days of his or her term of imprisonment as set forth by the court in its sentencing order. If the sentence of imprisonment is less than 30 days, participation in the impact incarceration program shall be for a period as determined by the court.
    Participation in the impact incarceration program by a committed person serving a sentence for a felony, including a person transferred from the Illinois Department of Corrections under subsection (f), shall be for a period of 120 to 180 days.
    The period of time a committed person shall serve in the impact incarceration program shall not be reduced by the accumulation of good time.
    (d) The committed person shall serve a term of mandatory supervised release as set forth in subsection (d) of Section 5-8-1 of the Unified Code of Corrections, if otherwise applicable.
    (e) If the sheriff accepts the offender in the program and determines that the offender has successfully completed the impact incarceration program, the sentence shall be reduced to time considered served upon certification to the court by the sheriff that the offender has successfully completed the program. In the event the offender is not accepted for placement in the impact incarceration program or the offender does not successfully complete the program, his or her term of imprisonment shall be as set forth by the court in its sentencing order.
    (f) The sheriff, with the approval of the county board, shall have the power to enter into intergovernmental cooperation agreements with the Illinois Department of Corrections under which persons in the custody of the Illinois Department may participate in the county impact incarceration program. No person shall be eligible for participation who does not meet the criteria set forth in subsection (b) of Section 5-8-1.1 of the Unified Code of Corrections. An offender who successfully completes the county impact incarceration program shall have his or her sentence reduced to time considered served upon certification to the court by the Illinois Department of Corrections that the offender has successfully completed the program.
    (g) The sheriff, with the approval of the county board, shall have the power to enter into intergovernmental agreements with the Illinois Department of Corrections to receive funding, land, services, equipment, or any other form of economic contribution for construction, operation, and maintenance of a regional impact incarceration program that serves 2 or more counties.
(Source: P.A. 96-328, eff. 8-11-09.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6039

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6039)
    Sec. 3-6039. County juvenile impact incarceration program.
    (a) With the approval of the county board, the Department of Probation and Court Services in any county shall have the power to operate a county juvenile impact incarceration program for eligible delinquent minors. If the court finds that a minor adjudicated a delinquent meets the eligibility requirements of this Section, the court may in its dispositional order approve the delinquent minor for placement in the county juvenile impact incarceration program conditioned upon his or her acceptance in the program by the Department of Probation and Court Services. The dispositional order also shall provide that if the Department of Probation and Court Services accepts the delinquent minor in the program and determines that the delinquent minor has successfully completed the county juvenile impact incarceration program, the delinquent minor's detention shall be reduced to time considered served upon certification to the court by the Department of Probation and Court Services that the delinquent minor has successfully completed the program. If the delinquent minor is not accepted for placement in the county juvenile impact incarceration program or the delinquent minor does not successfully complete the program, his or her term of commitment shall be as set forth by the court in its dispositional order. If the delinquent minor does not successfully complete the program, time spent in the program does not count as time served against the time limits as set forth in subsection (f) of this Section.
    (b) In order to be eligible to participate in the county juvenile impact incarceration program, the delinquent minor must meet all of the following requirements:
        (1) The delinquent minor is at least 13 years of age.
        (2) The act for which the minor is adjudicated
    
delinquent does not constitute a Class X felony, criminal sexual assault, first degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, second degree murder, armed violence, arson, forcible detention, aggravated criminal sexual abuse or a subsequent conviction for criminal sexual abuse.
        (3) The delinquent minor has not previously
    
participated in a county juvenile impact incarceration program and has not previously served a prior commitment for an act constituting a felony in a Department of Juvenile Justice juvenile correctional facility. This provision shall not exclude a delinquent minor who is committed to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice and is participating in the county juvenile impact incarceration program under an intergovernmental cooperation agreement with the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice.
        (4) The delinquent minor is physically able to
    
participate in strenuous physical activities or labor.
        (5) The delinquent minor does not have a mental
    
disorder or disability that would prevent participation in the county juvenile impact incarceration program.
        (6) The delinquent minor is recommended and approved
    
for placement in the county juvenile impact incarceration program in the court's dispositional order.
    The court and the Department of Probation and Court Services may also consider, among other matters, whether the delinquent minor has a history of escaping or absconding, whether participation in the county juvenile impact incarceration program may pose a risk to the safety or security of any person, and whether space is available.
    (c) The county juvenile impact incarceration program shall include, among other matters, mandatory physical training and labor, military formation and drills, regimented activities, uniformity of dress and appearance, education and counseling, including drug counseling if appropriate, and must impart to the delinquent minor principles of honor, integrity, self-sufficiency, self-discipline, self-respect, and respect for others.
    (d) Privileges of delinquent minors participating in the county juvenile impact incarceration program, including visitation, commissary, receipt and retention of property and publications, and access to television, radio, and a library, may be suspended or restricted, at the discretion of the Department of Probation and Court Services.
    (e) Delinquent minors participating in the county juvenile impact incarceration program shall adhere to all rules promulgated by the Department of Probation and Court Services and all requirements of the program. Delinquent minors shall be informed of rules of behavior and conduct. Disciplinary procedures required by any other law or county ordinance are not applicable.
    (f) Participation in the county juvenile impact incarceration program by a minor adjudicated delinquent for an act constituting a misdemeanor shall be for a period of at least 7 days but less than 120 days as determined by the Department of Probation and Court Services. Participation in the county juvenile impact incarceration program by a minor adjudicated delinquent for an act constituting a felony shall be for a period of 120 to 180 days as determined by the Department of Probation and Court Services.
    (g) A delinquent minor may be removed from the program for a violation of the terms or conditions of the program or if he or she is for any reason unable to participate. The Department of Probation and Court Services shall promulgate rules governing conduct that could result in removal from the program or in a determination that the delinquent minor has not successfully completed the program. Delinquent minors shall have access to these rules. The rules shall provide that the delinquent minor shall receive notice and have the opportunity to appear before and address the Department of Probation and Court Services or a person appointed by the Department of Probation and Court Services for this purpose. A delinquent minor may be transferred to any juvenile facilities prior to the hearing.
    (h) If the Department of Probation and Court Services accepts the delinquent minor in the program and determines that the delinquent minor has successfully completed the county juvenile impact incarceration program, the court shall discharge the minor from custody upon certification to the court by the Department of Probation and Court Services that the delinquent minor has successfully completed the program. In the event the delinquent minor is not accepted for placement in the county juvenile impact incarceration program or the delinquent minor does not successfully complete the program, his or her commitment to the Department of Juvenile Justice or juvenile detention shall be as set forth by the court in its dispositional order.
    (i) The Department of Probation and Court Services, with the approval of the county board, shall have the power to enter into intergovernmental cooperation agreements with the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice under which delinquent minors committed to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice may participate in the county juvenile impact incarceration program. A delinquent minor who successfully completes the county juvenile impact incarceration program shall be discharged from custody upon certification to the court by the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice that the delinquent minor has successfully completed the program.
(Source: P.A. 94-696, eff. 6-1-06.)

55 ILCS 5/3-6040

    (55 ILCS 5/3-6040)
    Sec. 3-6040. Automated external defibrillators. The sheriff of each county shall, in accordance with the requirements of the Automated External Defibrillator Act, ensure that:
        (1) his or her office is equipped with an operational
    
and accessible automated external defibrillator that meets the requirements of the Automated External Defibrillator Act; and
        (2) an adequate number of personnel in his or her
    
office is trained to administer the automated external defibrillator in accordance with the Automated External Defibrillator Act.
(Source: P.A. 99-246, eff. 1-1-16.)

55 ILCS 5/Div. 3-7

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 3-7 heading)
Division 3-7. Cook County Sheriff's Merit Board

55 ILCS 5/3-7001

    (55 ILCS 5/3-7001) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-7001)
    Sec. 3-7001. Maintenance of county police department. The Sheriff in each county having more than 1,000,000 inhabitants shall maintain a division to be known as the County Police Department and to consist of such deputy sheriffs charged with the duty of law enforcement in such county as may be selected as hereinafter provided.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-7002

    (55 ILCS 5/3-7002) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-7002)
    Sec. 3-7002. Cook County Sheriff's Merit Board. There is created the Cook County Sheriff's Merit Board, hereinafter called the Board, consisting of 7 members appointed by the Sheriff with the advice and consent of the county board, except that on and after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1997, the Sheriff may appoint 2 additional members, with the advice and consent of the county board, at his or her discretion. Of the members first appointed, one shall serve until the third Monday in March, 1965 one until the third Monday in March, 1967, and one until the third Monday in March, 1969. Of the 2 additional members first appointed under authority of this amendatory Act of 1991, one shall serve until the third Monday in March, 1995, and one until the third Monday in March, 1997. Of the 2 additional members first appointed under the authority of this amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly, one shall serve until the third Monday in March, 2005 and one shall serve until the third Monday in March, 2006.
    Upon the expiration of the terms of office of those first appointed (including the 2 additional members first appointed under authority of this amendatory Act of 1991 and under the authority of this amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly), their respective successors shall be appointed to hold office from the third Monday in March of the year of their respective appointments for a term of 6 years and until their successors are appointed and qualified for a like term. As additional members are appointed under authority of this amendatory Act of 1997, their terms shall be set to be staggered consistently with the terms of the existing Board members. No more than 3 members of the Board shall be affiliated with the same political party, except that as additional members are appointed by the Sheriff under authority of this amendatory Act of 1997 and under the authority of this amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly, the political affiliation of the Board shall be such that no more than one-half of the members plus one additional member may be affiliated with the same political party. No member shall have held or have been a candidate for an elective public office within one year preceding his or her appointment.
    The Sheriff may deputize members of the Board.
(Source: P.A. 90-447, eff. 8-16-97; 90-511, eff. 8-22-97; 90-655, eff. 7-30-98; 91-722, eff. 6-2-00.)

55 ILCS 5/3-7003

    (55 ILCS 5/3-7003) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-7003)
    Sec. 3-7003. Compensation and expenses of board members. Each member of the Board shall receive compensation for each day during which he is engaged in transacting the business of the Board and, in addition thereto, his actual traveling and other expenses necessarily incurred in discharging the duties of his office. No member of the Board shall receive compensation of more than $25,000 in any fiscal year, except that the Chairman shall receive compensation of no more than $30,000 in any fiscal year. Such compensation expenses shall be paid by the county.
(Source: P.A. 91-722, eff. 6-2-00.)

55 ILCS 5/3-7004

    (55 ILCS 5/3-7004) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-7004)
    Sec. 3-7004. Clerical and technical staff assistants. The Board is authorized to employ such clerical and technical staff assistants as may be necessary to enable the Board to transact its business and to fix their compensation.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-7005

    (55 ILCS 5/3-7005) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-7005)
    Sec. 3-7005. Meetings. As soon as practicable after the members of the Board have been appointed, they shall meet, upon the call of the Sheriff, and shall organize by selecting a chairman and a secretary. The initial chairman and secretary, and their successors, shall be selected by the Board from among its members for a term of 2 years or for the remainder of their term of office as a member of the Board, whichever is the shorter. Two members of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, except that as additional members are appointed under authority of this amendatory Act of 1997, the number of members that must be present to constitute a quorum shall be the number of members that constitute at least 40% of the Board. The Board shall hold regular quarterly meetings and such other meetings as may be called by the chairman.
(Source: P.A. 90-447, eff. 8-16-97; 90-511, eff. 8-22-97; 90-655, eff. 7-30-98.)

55 ILCS 5/3-7006

    (55 ILCS 5/3-7006) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-7006)
    Sec. 3-7006. Rules, regulations and procedures; ranks. Pursuant to recognized merit principles of public employment, the Board shall formulate, adopt, and put into effect rules, regulations and procedures for its operation and the transaction of its business. The Board shall establish a classification of ranks including those positions which shall be exempt from merit classification. The Board shall establish a classification of ranks of the deputy sheriffs in the County Police Department, a classification of all correctional officer employees in the County Department of Corrections, and a classification of all full-time deputy sheriffs not employed as county police officers or county corrections officers and shall set standards and qualifications for each such rank and employee.
    For the purposes of this Division, "full-time" means an average work week of 40 hours throughout the calendar year.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-7007

    (55 ILCS 5/3-7007) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-7007)
    Sec. 3-7007. Compensation for ranks. The Board shall propose to the County Board the range of compensation for each of the designated ranks or propose a single rate of compensation for each deputy sheriff in a particular rank. Such range or rate shall provide for a fair and reasonable compensation for services rendered.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-7008

    (55 ILCS 5/3-7008) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-7008)
    Sec. 3-7008. Appointments. The appointment of deputy sheriffs in the Police Department, full-time deputy sheriffs not employed as county police officers or county corrections officers and of employees in the Department of Corrections shall be made from those applicants who have been certified by the Board as being qualified for appointment. Certification for appointment in one department shall not constitute certification for appointment in another department. All persons so appointed shall, at the time of their appointment, be not less than 21 years of age, or 20 years of age and have successfully completed 2 years of law enforcement studies at an accredited college or university. Any person appointed subsequent to successful completion of 2 years of such law enforcement studies shall not have power of arrest, nor shall he or she be permitted to carry firearms, until he or she reaches 21 years of age. In addition, all persons so appointed shall be not more than the maximum age limit fixed by the Board from time to time, be of sound mind and body, be of good moral character, be citizens of the United States, have not been convicted of a crime which the Board considers to be detrimental to the applicant's ability to carry out his or her duties, possess such prerequisites of training, education and experience as the Board may from time to time prescribe, and shall be required to pass successfully mental, physical, psychiatric and other tests and examinations as may be prescribed by the Board. Preference shall be given in such appointments to persons who have honorably served in the military or naval services of the United States. Before entering upon his or her duties, each deputy sheriff in the County Police Department shall execute a good and sufficient bond, payable to the People of the State of Illinois, in the penal sum of $1,000 and to the Sheriff of the County where he or she is employed in the sum of $10,000, conditioned on the faithful performance of his or her duties. All appointees shall serve a probationary period of 12 months and during that period may be discharged at the will of the Sheriff. However, civil service employees of the house of correction who have certified status at the time of the transfer of the house of correction to the County Department of Corrections are not subject to this probationary period, and they shall retain their job titles, such tenure privileges as are now enjoyed and any subsequent title changes shall not cause reduction in rank or elimination of positions.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-7009

    (55 ILCS 5/3-7009) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-7009)
    Sec. 3-7009. Promotions. Promotion of deputy sheriffs in the County Police Department, full-time deputy sheriffs not employed as county police officers or county corrections officers, and of employees in the County Department of Corrections shall be made by the sheriff from those candidates who have been certified to him as being qualified for promotion. Certification for promotion in one department shall not constitute certification for promotion in another department. The Board shall make certifications for promotions on the basis of ascertained merit, experience and physical, mental and other tests and examinations. Those promoted shall serve a probationary period of 12 months and during that period may be reduced to their former rank at the will of the Board. Employees of the house of correction whose names, at the time of the transfer of the house of correction to the County Department of Corrections, appear on a civil service promotional register, shall retain the same status insofar as their eligibility to comparable positions in the employ of the County Department of Corrections is concerned.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-7010

    (55 ILCS 5/3-7010) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-7010)
    Sec. 3-7010. Rules governing appointments and promotions. All appointments and promotions shall be made in accordance with the provisions of this Division and the rules and regulations of the Board without considering the political affiliation of any applicant.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-7011

    (55 ILCS 5/3-7011) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-7011)
    Sec. 3-7011. Disciplinary measures. Disciplinary measures prescribed by the Board may be taken by the sheriff for the punishment of infractions of the rules and regulations promulgated by the Board. Such disciplinary measures may include suspension of any deputy sheriff in the County Police Department, any full-time deputy sheriff not employed as a county police officer or county corrections officer and any employee in the County Department of Corrections for a reasonable period, not exceeding 30 days, without complying with the provisions of Section 3-7012 hereof.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-7012

    (55 ILCS 5/3-7012) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-7012)
    Sec. 3-7012. Removal, demotion or suspension. Except as is otherwise provided in this Division, no deputy sheriff in the County Police Department, no full-time deputy sheriff not employed as a county police officer or county corrections officer and no employee in the County Department of Corrections shall be removed, demoted or suspended except for cause, upon written charges filed with the Board by the Sheriff and a hearing before the Board thereon upon not less than 10 days' notice at a place to be designated by the chairman thereof. At such hearing, the accused deputy sheriff shall be afforded full opportunity to be heard in his or her own defense and to produce proof in his or her defense. The Board shall have the power to secure by its subpoena both the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of books and papers in support of the charges and for the defense. The fees of witnesses for attendance and travel shall be the same as the fees of witnesses before the circuit courts of this State, and shall be paid in the same manner as other expenses of the Board. Each member of the Board shall have the power to administer oaths or affirmations. If the charges against an accused deputy sheriff are established by a preponderance of evidence, the Board shall make a finding of guilty and order either removal, demotion, suspension for a period of not more than 180 days, or such other disciplinary punishment as may be prescribed by the rules and regulations of the Board which, in the opinion of the members thereof, the offense merits. Thereupon the sheriff shall direct such removal or other punishment as ordered by the Board and if the accused deputy sheriff refuses to abide by any such disciplinary order, the sheriff shall remove him or her forthwith.
    In case of the neglect or refusal of any person to obey a subpoena issued by the Board, any circuit court or a judge thereof, upon application of any member of the Board, may order such person to appear before the Board and give testimony or produce evidence, and any failure to obey such order is punishable by the court as a contempt thereof.
    The provisions of the Administrative Review Law, and all amendments and modifications thereof, and the rules adopted pursuant thereto, shall apply to and govern all proceedings for the judicial review of any order of the Board rendered pursuant to the provisions of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-7013

    (55 ILCS 5/3-7013) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-7013)
    Sec. 3-7013. Political activities. No deputy sheriff in the County Police Department and no employee in the County Department of Corrections shall participate in any manner in the activities or interests of any political party or of any candidate for public office or for the nomination therefor, nor participate in any manner in any political campaign for the nomination or election of candidates for public office. Violation of any provision hereof shall be cause for removal of any deputy sheriff or employee so offending. Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to interfere with the right of any person to vote for any candidate and upon any issue as his reason and conscience may dictate.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-7014

    (55 ILCS 5/3-7014) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-7014)
    Sec. 3-7014. Appropriations. A sufficient sum of money shall be appropriated each year by the county board to carry out the provisions of this Division in the county.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-7015

    (55 ILCS 5/3-7015) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-7015)
    Sec. 3-7015. Investigations by Board. The Board shall investigate the enforcement of this Division and its rules, and the conduct and action of the appointees herein provided for. In the course of such investigation each member of the Board is empowered to administer oaths, and the Board has the power to secure by subpoena both the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of books and papers relevant to such investigations.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-7016

    (55 ILCS 5/3-7016) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-7016)
    Sec. 3-7016. Certification of appointments, vacancies and findings. The Board shall certify to the county clerk or other auditing officers, all appointments to offices and places as may be classified, and all vacancies occurring therein, whether by dismissal, resignation, or death, and all findings made or approved by the Board under the provisions of Section 3-7012, that a person may be discharged from the classified service.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-7017

    (55 ILCS 5/3-7017) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-7017)
    Sec. 3-7017. Payments of salaries or wages. No county clerk, comptroller or other auditing officer of the county shall approve the payment of, or be in any manner concerned in paying salary or wages to any person for services as an officer or employee of the county unless such person is occupying an office or place of employment according to the provisions of law and is entitled to payment.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/Div. 3-8

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 3-8 heading)
Division 3-8. Sheriff's Merit System

55 ILCS 5/3-8001

    (55 ILCS 5/3-8001) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-8001)
    Sec. 3-8001. Subtitle. This Division shall be subtitled the "Sheriff's Merit System Law".
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-8002

    (55 ILCS 5/3-8002) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-8002)
    Sec. 3-8002. Applicability and adoption. The county board of every county having a county police department merit board established under "The County Police Department Act", approved August 7, 1967, as amended (repealed), or a merit commission for sheriff's personnel established under Section 58.1 of "An Act to revise the law in relation to counties", approved March 31, 1874, as amended (repealed), shall adopt and implement the merit system provided by this Division and shall modify the merit system now in effect in that county as may be necessary to comply with this Division.
    The county board of any county having a population of less than 1,000,000 which does not have a merit board or merit commission for sheriff's personnel may adopt and implement by ordinance the merit system provided by this Division. If the county board does not adopt such a merit system by an ordinance and if a petition signed by not fewer than 5% or 1000, whichever is less, of the registered electors of any such county is filed with the county clerk requesting a referendum on the adoption of a merit system for deputies in the office of the Sheriff, the county board shall, by appropriate ordinance, cause the question to be submitted to the electors of the county, at a special or general election specified in such ordinance, in accordance with the provisions of Section 28-3 of "The Election Code", approved May 11, 1943, as now or hereafter amended. Notice of the election shall be given as provided in Article 12 of such code. If a majority of those voting on the proposition at such election vote in favor thereof, the county board shall adopt and implement a merit system provided in this Division. When a merit board or merit commission for sheriff's personnel has been established in a county, it may be abolished by the same procedure in which it was established.
    This Division does not apply to any county having a population of more than 1,000,000 nor to any county which has not elected to adopt the merit system provided by this Division and which is not required to do so under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-8003

    (55 ILCS 5/3-8003) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-8003)
    Sec. 3-8003. Appointment of Merit Commission. Any ordinance providing for the adoption and implementation of a merit system under this Division shall provide for the appointment of a Sheriff's Office Merit Commission consisting of 3 or 5 members appointed by the sheriff with the approval of a majority of the members of the county board. If the sheriff fails to make the appointments within 60 days after the adoption of the ordinance, the members of the commission shall be appointed by the chairman of the county board with the approval of a majority of the members of the county board. No member of the commission shall hold a statutory partisan political office.
    Of the initial appointments to a 3-member Commission, one shall be for a term of 2 years, one for a term of 4 years and one for a term of 6 years. Of the initial appointments to a 5-member Commission, one shall serve for a term of 2 years, one for a term of 3 years, one for a term of 4 years, one for a term of 5 years, and one for a term of 6 years. If a 3-member Commission is increased to a 5-member Commission, the additional members shall be appointed to serve for terms of 3 and 5 years, respectively. The respective successors of the initial members shall be appointed in the same manner as the original appointments for 6 year terms.
    If a vacancy occurs in the office of a commissioner, the sheriff, with the approval of a majority of the members of the county board, shall appoint a suitable person to serve the unexpired portion of that commissioner's term. If the sheriff fails to appoint a person to fill the vacancy within 30 days, the chairman of the county board shall appoint a person to fill the unexpired portion of the term, with the approval of a majority of the members of the county board.
    In a 3-member Commission, no more than 2 of the members appointed may be affiliated with the same political party. In a 5-member Commission, no more than 3 members may be affiliated with the same political party.
    However, in any county which has created a merit board or merit commission for sheriff's employees under prior law, the members of that board or commission shall serve out the unexpired portions of their respective terms and shall carry out their duties in accordance with this Division.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-8004

    (55 ILCS 5/3-8004) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-8004)
    Sec. 3-8004. Removal of Merit Commission. No member of a Merit Commission shall be removed except for palpable incompetence or malfeasance in office upon written charges filed by or at the direction of the sheriff or the county board and heard before the Board of Hearings provided for in this Section. The chief judge for the judicial circuit in which the county is situated and the 2 circuit judges who have longest held judicial office shall constitute the Board of Hearing. If 2 or more circuit judges have held judicial office for the same longest or next longest length of time, choice among those circuit judges shall be made by lot. If there are only 2 circuit judges in the circuit embracing the county, then those 2 judges shall select the third member of the Board of Hearing from among the circuit judges in contiguous circuits.
    The Board of Hearings shall hear and determine the charges and its findings shall be final. If the charges are sustained, the member of the Commission so charged shall be forthwith removed from office by the Board of Hearings and the sheriff with the approval of a majority of the members of the county board shall thereupon proceed to fill the vacancy created by such removal. In any proceeding provided for in this Section, the Board of Hearings and each member thereof, shall have power to administer oaths and to compel by subpoena the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of books and papers.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-8005

    (55 ILCS 5/3-8005) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-8005)
    Sec. 3-8005. Meetings; officers. As soon as practicable after the members of the Merit Commission have been appointed, the sheriff shall call the first meeting and they shall meet and organize by selecting a chairman, a vice chairman and a secretary. The initial officers and their successor shall be selected by the Commission from among its members for a term of 2 years or for the remainder of their term of office as a member of the Commission, whichever is shorter. Two members of a three-member Commission, or 3 members of a five-member Commission, shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The Commission shall hold regular quarterly meetings and such other meetings as may be called by the Commission.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-8006

    (55 ILCS 5/3-8006) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-8006)
    Sec. 3-8006. Appropriations. A sufficient sum of money shall be provided each year by the county board to carry out the provisions of this Division. The county board may establish per diem compensation for members of the Commission and shall allow reimbursement for reasonable and necessary expenses.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-8007

    (55 ILCS 5/3-8007) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-8007)
    Sec. 3-8007. Duties and jurisdiction of commission. The Merit Commission shall have the duties, pursuant to recognized merit principles of public employment, of certification for employment and promotion, and, upon complaint of the sheriff or State's Attorney as limited in this Division, to discipline or discharge as the circumstances may warrant. All full time deputy sheriffs shall be under the jurisdiction of this Act and the county board may provide that other positions, including jail officers, as defined in "An Act to revise the law in relation to jails and jailers", approved March 3, 1874, as now or hereafter amended (repealed), shall be under the jurisdiction of the Commission. There may be exempted from coverage by resolution of the county board a "chief deputy" or "chief deputies" who shall be vested with all authorities granted to deputy sheriffs pursuant to Section 3-6015. "Chief Deputy" or "Chief Deputies" as used in this Section include the personal assistant or assistants of the sheriff whether titled "chief deputy", "undersheriff", or "administrative assistant".
(Source: P.A. 99-642, eff. 7-28-16.)

55 ILCS 5/3-8008

    (55 ILCS 5/3-8008) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-8008)
    Sec. 3-8008. Prior appointments. Notwithstanding anything in this Division to the contrary, any person certified pursuant to a merit system in effect before January 1, 1981 shall remain under the jurisdiction of the Commission. Any certified person appointed and serving before January 1, 1981 shall not be subject to the provisions of Section 3-8010.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-8009

    (55 ILCS 5/3-8009) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-8009)
    Sec. 3-8009. Rules and regulations. Pursuant to recognized merit principles of public employment, the Commission shall formulate, adopt and put into effect, rules, regulations and procedures for its operation and the transaction of its business.
    The Commission shall set standards and qualifications for each class.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-8010

    (55 ILCS 5/3-8010) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-8010)
    Sec. 3-8010. Certification of applicants. The appointment of all personnel subject to the jurisdiction of the Merit Commission shall be made by the sheriff from those applicants who have been certified by the Commission as being qualified for appointment. A Commission may, by its rules and regulations, set forth the minimum requirements for appointment to any position. In addition, the Commission's review of any application may include examinations, investigations or any other method consistent with recognized merit principles, which in the judgment of the Commission is reasonable and practical for any particular classification. Different examining procedures may be set for the examinations in different classifications but all examinations in the same classification shall be uniform. However, the Merit Commission may by regulation provide that applicants who have served with another sheriff's office, a police department, or any other law enforcement agency, or who are graduate law enforcement interns as defined in the Law Enforcement Intern Training Act, may be exempt from one or more of the minimum requirements for appointment. Preference may be given in such appointments to persons who have honorably served in the military or naval services of the United States.
    The sheriff shall make appointments from those persons certified by the Commission as qualified for appointment. If the sheriff rejects any person so certified, the sheriff shall notify the Commission in writing of such rejection.
    The rules and regulations of a Commission shall provide that all initial appointees shall serve a probationary period of 12 months during which time they may be discharged at the will of the sheriff.
(Source: P.A. 92-83, eff. 7-12-01.)

55 ILCS 5/3-8011

    (55 ILCS 5/3-8011) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-8011)
    Sec. 3-8011. Certification for promotion. Whenever a position in a higher rank is to be filled, the Merit Commission shall certify to the sheriff the names of eligible persons who stand highest upon the promotional register for the rank to which the position belongs. The Commission shall make certifications for promotion on the basis of ascertained merit, seniority of service, and physical and other qualifying examinations.
    The sheriff shall appoint from those whose names were certified. If the sheriff rejects all persons so certified, he shall state his reasons for such refusal in writing to the Commission.
    All vacancies in all ranks of deputy sheriff above the lowest shall be filled by promotion, except that the Merit Commission may by regulation provide that a former sheriff may be appointed by a successor sheriff of the same county to any rank after he has been certified by the Commission or that applicants who have served with another sheriff's office, a police department, or any other law enforcement agency, may be given credit for time so served and may receive an initial appointment to a rank above the lowest.
    Persons appointed to a higher rank shall be on probation in such higher rank for a period of 12 months. Such appointees may be demoted by the sheriff to their former rank at any time during the period of probation, if, in the opinion of the sheriff, they have failed to demonstrate the ability and the qualifications necessary to furnish satisfactory service.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-8012

    (55 ILCS 5/3-8012) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-8012)
    Sec. 3-8012. Political affiliation. All appointments and promotions shall be made in accordance with the provisions of this Division and the rules and regulations of the Commission, without consideration of the political affiliation of any applicant.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-8013

    (55 ILCS 5/3-8013) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-8013)
    Sec. 3-8013. Disciplinary measures. Disciplinary measures for actions violating either the rules and regulations of the Commission or the internal procedures of the sheriff's office may be taken by the sheriff. Such disciplinary measures may include suspension of any certified person for reasonable periods, not exceeding a cumulative 30 days in any 12-month period. However, on and after June 1, 2007, in any sheriff's office with a collective bargaining agreement covering the employment of department personnel, such disciplinary measures and the method of review of those measures shall be subject to mandatory bargaining, including, but not limited to, the use of impartial arbitration as an alternative or supplemental form of due process.
(Source: P.A. 95-136, eff. 1-1-08.)

55 ILCS 5/3-8014

    (55 ILCS 5/3-8014) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-8014)
    Sec. 3-8014. Removal, demotion or suspension. Except as is otherwise provided in this Division, no certified person shall be removed, demoted or suspended except for cause, upon written charges filed with the Merit Commission by the sheriff. Upon the filing of such a petition, the sheriff may suspend the certified person pending the decision of the Commission on the charges. After the charges have been heard, the Commission may direct that the person receive his pay for any part or all of this suspension period, if any.
    The charges shall be heard by the Commission upon not less than 14 days' certified notice. At such hearing, the accused certified person shall be afforded full opportunity to be represented by counsel, to be heard in his own defense and to produce proof in his defense. Both the Commission and the sheriff may be represented by counsel. The State's Attorney of the applicable county may advise either the Commission or the sheriff. The other party may engage private counsel to advise it.
    The Commission shall have the power to secure by its subpoena both the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of books and papers in support of the charges and for the defense. Each member of the Commission shall have the power to administer oaths.
    If the charges against an accused person are established by the preponderance of evidence, the Commission shall make a finding of guilty and order either removal, demotion, loss of seniority, suspension for a period of not more than 180 days, or such other disciplinary punishment as may be prescribed by the rules and regulations of the Commission which, in the opinion of the members thereof, the offense justifies. If the charges against an accused person are not established by the preponderance of evidence, the Commission shall make a finding of not guilty and shall order that the person be reinstated and be paid his compensation for the suspension period, if any, while awaiting the hearing. The sheriff shall take such action as may be ordered by the Commission. However, on and after June 1, 2007, in any sheriff's office with a collective bargaining agreement covering the employment of department personnel, such disciplinary measures and the method of review of those measures shall be subject to mandatory bargaining, including, but not limited to, the use of impartial arbitration as an alternative or supplemental form of due process and any of the procedures laid out in this Section.
    The provisions of the Administrative Review Law, and all amendments and modifications thereof, and the rules adopted pursuant thereto, shall apply to and govern all proceedings for the judicial review of any order of the Commission rendered pursuant to this Section. The plaintiff shall pay the reasonable cost of preparing and certifying the record for judicial review. However, if the plaintiff prevails in the judicial review proceeding, the court shall award to the plaintiff a sum equal to the costs paid by the plaintiff to have the record for judicial review prepared and certified.
(Source: P.A. 95-136, eff. 1-1-08.)

55 ILCS 5/3-8015

    (55 ILCS 5/3-8015) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-8015)
    Sec. 3-8015. Subpoenas; witnesses' fees; perjury. Any person who shall be served with a subpoena to appear and testify, or to produce books and papers, issued by the Merit Commission, or by any member thereof, and who shall refuse or neglect to appear, or to testify, or to produce books and papers relevant to such investigation, as commanded in the subpoena, shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
    The fees of witnesses for attendance and travel shall be the same as the fees of witnesses before the circuit court of this State.
    Any circuit court of this State, or any judge thereon, upon application of any member of the Commission, or any person acting under the orders of the Commission, may, in his discretion, compel the attendance of witnesses, the production of books and papers, and giving of testimony before the Commission by an Attachment for Contempt or otherwise in the same manner as production of evidence may be compelled before the court. Every person who, having taken oath or made affirmation before a member of the Commission, shall willfully swear or affirm falsehoods, shall be guilty of perjury and upon conviction shall be punished accordingly.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-8016

    (55 ILCS 5/3-8016) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-8016)
    Sec. 3-8016. Reports to Merit Commission. The sheriff shall promptly notify the Merit Commission of all appointments, permanent or temporary, all promotions, suspensions, resignations or vacancies from any cause, and a record of the same shall be kept by the Commission. The sheriff shall prepare and furnish to the Commission annual efficiency reports for each person covered by merit system. The sheriff shall also furnish the Commission copies of all letters of commendation, academic achievements and reprimand and such other reports as the Commission may reasonably request.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-8017

    (55 ILCS 5/3-8017) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-8017)
    Sec. 3-8017. Enforcement of orders. If any provision of this Division or any order of the Merit Commission is violated by any person, regardless of whether that person's employment is under the jurisdiction of the Division, the Commission may apply to the circuit court for relief by injunction, mandamus or any other proper relief. The State's Attorney of the county where the violation occurred shall prosecute such action. Whenever the State's Attorney for the county where a violation is alleged to have occurred refuses to prosecute the action, or fails to begin to prosecute such action within 30 days after the date the Commission brings the matter to his attention, the Commission may retain special counsel of its own choice to prosecute such action.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-8018

    (55 ILCS 5/3-8018) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-8018)
    Sec. 3-8018. Multi-county operation. The county boards of 2 or more counties may, by enactment of uniform reciprocal ordinances consistent with this Division create a multi-county Merit Commission which shall be subject to this Division.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/Div. 3-9

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 3-9 heading)
Division 3-9. State's Attorney

55 ILCS 5/3-9001

    (55 ILCS 5/3-9001) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-9001)
    Sec. 3-9001. Oath; bond. Before entering upon the respective duties of their office, the state's attorneys shall each be commissioned by the governor, and shall take the following oath or affirmation:
    I do solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be), that I will support the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the state of Illinois, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of state's attorney according to the best of my ability.
    Each State's attorney shall also execute a bond, to the People of the State of Illinois, (or, if the county is self-insured, the county through its self-insurance program may provide bonding) with good and sufficient securities in the penal sum of $5,000, to be approved by the circuit court for his respective county, which approval shall be indorsed upon the bond. The bond, with the approval thereof indorsed, shall be entered of record in the circuit court, and then forwarded by the county clerk to the secretary of state, to be filed in his office. Each of the bonds shall be conditioned upon the faithful discharge of the duties of the office, and the paying over all moneys as provided by law, which bond shall run to and be for the benefit of the state, county, corporation or person injured by a breach of any of the conditions thereof.
(Source: P.A. 88-387.)

55 ILCS 5/3-9002

    (55 ILCS 5/3-9002) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-9002)
    Sec. 3-9002. Commencement of duties. The State's attorney shall enter upon the duties of his office on the first day in the month of December following his election on which the State's attorney's office is required, by statute or by action of the county board, to be open.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-9003

    (55 ILCS 5/3-9003) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-9003)
    Sec. 3-9003. Additional bond. Whenever the circuit court shall deem the bond filed by any State's attorney insufficient, the circuit court may require additional bond, in any penalty not exceeding that specified in Section 3-9001.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-9004

    (55 ILCS 5/3-9004) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-9004)
    Sec. 3-9004. Failure to give bond or take oath. If any person elected to the office of State's attorney shall fail to give bond, or take the oath required of him, within twenty days after he is declared elected, the office shall be deemed vacant, and if, being required to give additional bond, as provided in Section 3-9003 hereof, he fails to do so within twenty days after notice of such requirements, his office may, in the discretion of the governor, be declared vacant and filled as provided by law.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-9005

    (55 ILCS 5/3-9005) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-9005)
    Sec. 3-9005. Powers and duties of State's attorney.
    (a) The duty of each State's attorney shall be:
        (1) To commence and prosecute all actions, suits,
    
indictments and prosecutions, civil and criminal, in the circuit court for his county, in which the people of the State or county may be concerned.
        (2) To prosecute all forfeited bonds and
    
recognizances, and all actions and proceedings for the recovery of debts, revenues, moneys, fines, penalties and forfeitures accruing to the State or his county, or to any school district or road district in his county; also, to prosecute all suits in his county against railroad or transportation companies, which may be prosecuted in the name of the People of the State of Illinois.
        (3) To commence and prosecute all actions and
    
proceedings brought by any county officer in his official capacity.
        (4) To defend all actions and proceedings brought
    
against his county, or against any county or State officer, in his official capacity, within his county.
        (5) To attend the examination of all persons brought
    
before any judge on habeas corpus, when the prosecution is in his county.
        (6) To attend before judges and prosecute charges of
    
felony or misdemeanor, for which the offender is required to be recognized to appear before the circuit court, when in his power so to do.
        (7) To give his opinion, without fee or reward, to
    
any county officer in his county, upon any question or law relating to any criminal or other matter, in which the people or the county may be concerned.
        (8) To assist the attorney general whenever it may be
    
necessary, and in cases of appeal from his county to the Supreme Court, to which it is the duty of the attorney general to attend, he shall furnish the attorney general at least 10 days before such is due to be filed, a manuscript of a proposed statement, brief and argument to be printed and filed on behalf of the people, prepared in accordance with the rules of the Supreme Court. However, if such brief, argument or other document is due to be filed by law or order of court within this 10-day period, then the State's attorney shall furnish such as soon as may be reasonable.
        (9) To pay all moneys received by him in trust,
    
without delay, to the officer who by law is entitled to the custody thereof.
        (10) To notify, by first class mail, complaining
    
witnesses of the ultimate disposition of the cases arising from an indictment or an information.
        (11) To perform such other and further duties as may,
    
from time to time, be enjoined on him by law.
        (12) To appear in all proceedings by collectors of
    
taxes against delinquent taxpayers for judgments to sell real estate, and see that all the necessary preliminary steps have been legally taken to make the judgment legal and binding.
        (13) To notify, by first-class mail, the State
    
Superintendent of Education, the applicable regional superintendent of schools, and the superintendent of the employing school district or the chief school administrator of the employing nonpublic school, if any, upon the conviction of any individual known to possess a certificate or license issued pursuant to Article 21 or 21B, respectively, of the School Code of any offense set forth in Section 21B-80 of the School Code or any other felony conviction, providing the name of the certificate holder, the fact of the conviction, and the name and location of the court where the conviction occurred. The certificate holder must also be contemporaneously sent a copy of the notice.
    (b) The State's Attorney of each county shall have authority to appoint one or more special investigators to serve subpoenas and summonses, make return of process, and conduct investigations which assist the State's Attorney in the performance of his duties. In counties of the first and second class, the fees for service of subpoenas and summonses are allowed by this Section and shall be consistent with those set forth in Section 4-5001 of this Act, except when increased by county ordinance as provided for in Section 4-5001. In counties of the third class, the fees for service of subpoenas and summonses are allowed by this Section and shall be consistent with those set forth in Section 4-12001 of this Act. A special investigator shall not carry firearms except with permission of the State's Attorney and only while carrying appropriate identification indicating his employment and in the performance of his assigned duties.
    Subject to the qualifications set forth in this subsection, special investigators shall be peace officers and shall have all the powers possessed by investigators under the State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor's Act.
    No special investigator employed by the State's Attorney shall have peace officer status or exercise police powers unless he or she successfully completes the basic police training course mandated and approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board or such board waives the training requirement by reason of the special investigator's prior law enforcement experience or training or both. Any State's Attorney appointing a special investigator shall consult with all affected local police agencies, to the extent consistent with the public interest, if the special investigator is assigned to areas within that agency's jurisdiction.
    Before a person is appointed as a special investigator, his fingerprints shall be taken and transmitted to the Department of State Police. The Department shall examine its records and submit to the State's Attorney of the county in which the investigator seeks appointment any conviction information concerning the person on file with the Department. No person shall be appointed as a special investigator if he has been convicted of a felony or other offense involving moral turpitude. A special investigator shall be paid a salary and be reimbursed for actual expenses incurred in performing his assigned duties. The county board shall approve the salary and actual expenses and appropriate the salary and expenses in the manner prescribed by law or ordinance.
    (c) The State's Attorney may request and receive from employers, labor unions, telephone companies, and utility companies location information concerning putative fathers and noncustodial parents for the purpose of establishing a child's paternity or establishing, enforcing, or modifying a child support obligation. In this subsection, "location information" means information about (i) the physical whereabouts of a putative father or noncustodial parent, (ii) the putative father or noncustodial parent's employer, or (iii) the salary, wages, and other compensation paid and the health insurance coverage provided to the putative father or noncustodial parent by the employer of the putative father or noncustodial parent or by a labor union of which the putative father or noncustodial parent is a member.
    (d) For each State fiscal year, the State's Attorney of Cook County shall appear before the General Assembly and request appropriations to be made from the Capital Litigation Trust Fund to the State Treasurer for the purpose of providing assistance in the prosecution of capital cases in Cook County and for the purpose of providing assistance to the State in post-conviction proceedings in capital cases under Article 122 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963 and in relation to petitions filed under Section 2-1401 of the Code of Civil Procedure in relation to capital cases. The State's Attorney may appear before the General Assembly at other times during the State's fiscal year to request supplemental appropriations from the Trust Fund to the State Treasurer.
    (e) The State's Attorney shall have the authority to enter into a written agreement with the Department of Revenue for pursuit of civil liability under subsection (E) of Section 17-1 of the Criminal Code of 2012 against persons who have issued to the Department checks or other orders in violation of the provisions of paragraph (1) of subsection (B) of Section 17-1 of the Criminal Code of 2012, with the Department to retain the amount owing upon the dishonored check or order along with the dishonored check fee imposed under the Uniform Penalty and Interest Act, with the balance of damages, fees, and costs collected under subsection (E) of Section 17-1 of the Criminal Code of 2012 or under Section 17-1a of that Code to be retained by the State's Attorney. The agreement shall not affect the allocation of fines and costs imposed in any criminal prosecution.
(Source: P.A. 99-169, eff. 7-28-15; 99-642, eff. 7-28-16.)

55 ILCS 5/3-9006

    (55 ILCS 5/3-9006) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-9006)
    Sec. 3-9006. Internal operations of office; simultaneous county board tenure.
    (a) Internal operations of the office. The State's Attorney shall control the internal operations of his or her office and procure the necessary equipment, materials, and services to perform the duties of that office.
    (b) Simultaneous county board tenure. A duly appointed Assistant State's Attorney may serve as an Assistant State's Attorney and, simultaneously, serve as a county board member for a county located outside of the jurisdiction of the State's Attorney Office that he or she serves. An Assistant State's Attorney serving as a county board member is subject to any internal mechanisms established by the State's Attorney to avoid conflicts of interest in the performance of his or her duties as an Assistant State's Attorney.
(Source: P.A. 95-1014, eff. 12-15-08.)

55 ILCS 5/3-9007

    (55 ILCS 5/3-9007) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-9007)
    Sec. 3-9007. Home rule unit liquor tax ordinance; prosecutions. Where any county, municipality or other unit of local government has adopted any ordinance or other regulation imposing a tax upon the privilege of engaging in business as a manufacturer, importing distributor, retailer or distributor of beer, alcohol or other spirits, pursuant to its home rule powers under Article VII, Section 6 of the Constitution of the State of Illinois, nothing shall prohibit a State's attorney from prosecuting any offense under the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012 which may also constitute a violation of the applicable ordinance or regulation.
(Source: P.A. 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13.)

55 ILCS 5/3-9008

    (55 ILCS 5/3-9008) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-9008)
    Sec. 3-9008. Appointment of attorney to perform duties.
    (a) (Blank).
    (a-5) The court on its own motion, or an interested person in a cause or proceeding, civil or criminal, may file a petition alleging that the State's Attorney is sick, absent, or unable to fulfill his or her duties. The court shall consider the petition, any documents filed in response, and if necessary, grant a hearing to determine whether the State's Attorney is sick, absent, or otherwise unable to fulfill his or her duties. If the court finds that the State's Attorney is sick, absent, or otherwise unable to fulfill his or her duties, the court may appoint some competent attorney to prosecute or defend the cause or proceeding.
    (a-10) The court on its own motion, or an interested person in a cause or proceeding, civil or criminal, may file a petition alleging that the State's Attorney has an actual conflict of interest in the cause or proceeding. The court shall consider the petition, any documents filed in response, and if necessary, grant a hearing to determine whether the State's Attorney has an actual conflict of interest in the cause or proceeding. If the court finds that the petitioner has proven by sufficient facts and evidence that the State's Attorney has an actual conflict of interest in a specific case, the court may appoint some competent attorney to prosecute or defend the cause or proceeding.
    (a-15) Notwithstanding subsections (a-5) and (a-10) of this Section, the State's Attorney may file a petition to recuse himself or herself from a cause or proceeding for any other reason he or she deems appropriate and the court shall appoint a special prosecutor as provided in this Section.
    (a-20) Prior to appointing a private attorney under this Section, the court shall contact public agencies, including, but not limited to, the Office of Attorney General, Office of the State's Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor, or local State's Attorney's Offices throughout the State, to determine a public prosecutor's availability to serve as a special prosecutor at no cost to the county and shall appoint a public agency if they are able and willing to accept the appointment. An attorney so appointed shall have the same power and authority in relation to the cause or proceeding as the State's Attorney would have if present and attending to the cause or proceedings.
    (b) In case of a vacancy of more than one year occurring in any county in the office of State's attorney, by death, resignation or otherwise, and it becomes necessary for the transaction of the public business, that some competent attorney act as State's attorney in and for such county during the period between the time of the occurrence of such vacancy and the election and qualification of a State's attorney, as provided by law, the vacancy shall be filled upon the written request of a majority of the circuit judges of the circuit in which is located the county where such vacancy exists, by appointment as provided in The Election Code of some competent attorney to perform and discharge all the duties of a State's attorney in the said county, such appointment and all authority thereunder to cease upon the election and qualification of a State's attorney, as provided by law. Any attorney appointed for any reason under this Section shall possess all the powers and discharge all the duties of a regularly elected State's attorney under the laws of the State to the extent necessary to fulfill the purpose of such appointment, and shall be paid by the county he serves not to exceed in any one period of 12 months, for the reasonable amount of time actually expended in carrying out the purpose of such appointment, the same compensation as provided by law for the State's attorney of the county, apportioned, in the case of lesser amounts of compensation, as to the time of service reasonably and actually expended. The county shall participate in all agreements on the rate of compensation of a special prosecutor.
    (c) An order granting authority to a special prosecutor must be construed strictly and narrowly by the court. The power and authority of a special prosecutor shall not be expanded without prior notice to the county. In the case of the proposed expansion of a special prosecutor's power and authority, a county may provide the court with information on the financial impact of an expansion on the county. Prior to the signing of an order requiring a county to pay for attorney's fees or litigation expenses, the county shall be provided with a detailed copy of the invoice describing the fees, and the invoice shall include all activities performed in relation to the case and the amount of time spent on each activity.
(Source: P.A. 99-352, eff. 1-1-16.)

55 ILCS 5/3-9009

    (55 ILCS 5/3-9009) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-9009)
    Sec. 3-9009. Private fee and employment prohibited. The State's attorney shall not receive any fee or reward from or in behalf of any private person for any services within his official duties and shall not be retained or employed, except for the public, in a civil case depending upon the same state of facts on which a criminal prosecution shall depend.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-9010

    (55 ILCS 5/3-9010) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-9010)
    Sec. 3-9010. State's Attorney serving 2 or more counties. Whenever the county boards of 2 or more counties desire that one State's attorney be elected to serve such counties, as authorized in Section 19 of Article VI of the Constitution, each such county board shall adopt a resolution to the effect that the question of electing one State's attorney for such counties be submitted to the electors of the respective counties at the next general election in November of an even-numbered year other than a year in which State's attorneys are regularly elected. Notice of the adoption of such resolution shall be certified to the county clerk of each of the counties and to any board of election commissioners in any of such counties, who shall submit the question to the voters in accordance with the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/3-9011

    (55 ILCS 5/3-9011) (from Ch. 34, par. 3-9011)
    Sec. 3-9011. Form of proposition; election. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
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