(65 ILCS 5/11-20-12)
(from Ch. 24, par. 11-20-12)
Removal of infected trees.
(a) The corporate authorities of each municipality may provide for the treatment or
removal of elm trees infected with Dutch elm disease or ash trees infected with the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire) from any parcel of private property within the municipality if the owners of that parcel, after reasonable notice, refuse or neglect to treat or remove the infected trees. The municipality may collect, from the owners of the parcel, the reasonable removal cost.
(b) The municipality's removal cost under this Section is a lien upon the underlying parcel in accordance with Section 11-20-15.
(c) For the purpose of this Section, "removal cost" means the total cost of the removal of the infected trees. "Treatment" means the administration, by environmentally sensitive processes and methods, of products and materials proven by academic research to protect elm and ash trees from an invasive disease in order to prevent or reverse the damage and preserve the trees.
(d) In the case of an abandoned residential property as defined in Section 11-20-15.1, the municipality may elect to obtain a lien for the removal cost pursuant to Section 11-20-15.1, in which case the provisions of Section 11-20-15.1 shall be the exclusive remedy for the removal cost.
The provisions of this subsection (d), other than this sentence, are inoperative upon certification by the Secretary of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, after consultation with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, that the Mortgage Electronic Registration System program is effectively registering substantially all mortgaged residential properties located in the State of Illinois, is available for access by all municipalities located in the State of Illinois without charge to them, and such registration includes the telephone number for the mortgage servicer.
(Source: P.A. 98-90, eff. 7-15-13.)