(65 ILCS 5/8-12-6) (from Ch. 24, par. 8-12-6)
    Sec. 8-12-6. Purposes and powers.
    (a) The purposes of the Authority shall be to provide a secure financial basis for and to furnish assistance to a financially distressed city to which this Division is applicable as provided in Section 8-12-4, and to request the Illinois Finance Authority to issue its Obligations on behalf of and thereby provide financial aid to the city in accordance with applicable provisions of the Illinois Finance Authority Act, so that the city can provide basic municipal services within its jurisdictional limits, while permitting the distressed city to meet its obligations to its creditors and the holders of its notes and bonds.
    (b) Except as expressly limited by this Division, the Authority shall have all powers necessary to meet its responsibilities and to carry out its purposes and the purposes of this Division, including, but not limited to, the following powers:
        (1) To provide for its organization and internal
management, and to make rules and regulations governing the use of its property and facilities.
        (2) To make and execute contracts, leases, subleases
and all other instruments or agreements necessary or convenient for the exercise of the powers and functions granted by this Division.
        (3) To approve all loans, grants, or other financial
aid from any State agency.
        (4) To appoint officers, agents, and employees of the
Authority, define their duties and qualifications and fix their compensation and employee benefits.
        (5) To engage the services of consultants for
rendering professional and technical assistance and advice on matters within the Authority's power.
        (6) To pay the expenses of its operations.
        (7) To determine, in its discretion but consistent
with the requirements of this Division, the terms and conditions of any loans it may make to the financially distressed city.
    (c) Any loan repayments received by the Authority from the distressed city may be deposited by the Authority into a revolving fund under the control of the Authority. Money in the revolving fund may be used by the Authority to support activities leading to a restructuring of the distressed city's debt and may be pledged by the Authority as security for any new debt incurred by the distressed city with the approval of the Authority.
    (d) From any funds appropriated to the Authority for the purpose of making a loan to a distressed city, the Authority may expend not more than $250,000 for the expenses of its operations in the fiscal year in which the appropriation is made.
(Source: P.A. 93-205, eff. 1-1-04.)