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55 ILCS 5/5-30004

    (55 ILCS 5/5-30004) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-30004)
    Sec. 5-30004. Authority to protect and preserve landmarks and preservation districts. The county board of each county shall have the following authority:
        (1) to establish and appoint by ordinance a
preservation study committee and to take any reasonable temporary actions to protect potential landmarks and preservation districts during the term of an appointed preservation study committee;
        (2) to establish and appoint by ordinance a
preservation commission upon recommendation of a preservation study committee;
        (3) to conduct an ongoing survey of the county to
identify buildings, structures, areas, sites and landscapes that are of historic, archaeological, architectural, or scenic significance, and therefore potential landmarks or preservation districts;
        (4) to designate by ordinance landmarks and
preservation districts upon the recommendation of a preservation commission and to establish a system of markers, plaques or certificates for designated landmarks and preservation districts;
        (5) to prepare maps showing the location of landmarks
and preservation districts, publish educational information, and prepare educational programs concerning landmarks and preservation districts and their designation and protection;
        (6) to exercise any of the powers and authority in
relation to regional planning and zoning granted counties by Divisions 5-12 and 5-14, for the purpose of protecting, preserving, and continuing the use of landmarks and preservation districts;
        (7) to nominate landmarks and historic districts to
any state or federal registers of historic places;
        (8) to appropriate and expend funds to carry out the
purposes of this Division;
        (9) to review applications for construction,
alteration, removal or demolition affecting landmarks or property within preservation districts;
        (10) to acquire by negotiated purchase any interest
including conservation rights in landmarks or in property within preservation districts, or property immediately adjacent to or surrounding landmarks or preservation districts;
        (11) to apply for and accept any gift, grant or
bequest from any private or public source, including agencies of the federal or State government, for any purpose authorized by this Division;
        (12) to establish a system for the transfer of
development rights including, as appropriate, a mechanism for the deposit of development rights in a development rights bank, and for the transfer of development rights from that development rights bank in the same manner as authorized for municipalities by Section 11-48.2-2 of the Illinois Municipal Code. All receipts arising from the transfer shall be deposited in a special county account to be applied against expenditures necessitated by the county program for the designation and protection of landmarks and preservation districts. Any development rights acquired, sold or transferred from a development rights bank, shall not be a "security" as that term is defined in Section 2.1 of the Illinois Securities Law of 1953, and shall be exempt from all requirements for the registration of securities.
        (13) to establish a loan or grant program from any
source of funds for designated landmarks and preservation districts and to issue interest bearing revenue bonds or general obligation bonds pursuant to ordinance enacted by the county board, after compliance with requirements for referendum, payable from the revenues to be derived from the operation of any landmark or of any property within a preservation district;
        (14) to abate real property taxes on any landmark or
property within a preservation district to encourage its preservation and continued use or to provide relief for owners unduly burdened by designation;
        (15) to advise and assist owners of landmarks and
property within preservation districts on physical and financial aspects of preservation, renovation, rehabilitation, and reuse;
        (16) to advise cities, villages, or incorporated
towns, upon request of the appropriate official of the municipality, concerning enactment of ordinances to protect landmarks or preservation districts;
        (17) to exercise within the boundaries of any city,
village, or incorporated town any of the powers and authority granted counties by this Division so long as the corporate authorities by ordinance or by intergovernmental agreement pursuant to the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act, or pursuant to Article VII, Section 10 of the Constitution of the State of Illinois have authorized the county preservation commission established by authority of this Division to designate landmarks or preservation districts within its corporate boundaries, and such county preservation commission shall have only those powers, duties, and legal authority provided in this Division;
        (18) to exercise any of the above powers to preserve
and protect property owned by any unit of local government including counties, or to review alteration, construction, demolition, or removal undertaken by any unit of local government including counties that affect landmarks and preservation districts.
        (19) to exercise any other power or authority
necessary or appropriate to carrying out the purposes of this Division, including those powers and authorities listed in Sections 5-30010 and 5-30011.
(Source: P.A. 101-81, eff. 7-12-19.)