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720 ILCS 5/47-5
(720 ILCS 5/47-5)
It is a public nuisance:
(1) To cause or allow the carcass of an animal or offal, filth, or a
noisome substance to be collected,
deposited, or to remain in any place to the prejudice of others.
(2) To throw or deposit offal or other offensive
matter or the carcass of a dead animal in a water
course, lake, pond, spring, well, or common sewer, street, or public
(3) To corrupt or render unwholesome or impure the water of
a spring, river, stream, pond, or lake to the injury or
prejudice of others.
(4) To obstruct or impede, without legal authority, the passage
of a navigable river or waters.
(5) To obstruct or encroach upon public highways, private ways,
streets, alleys, commons, landing places, and ways to burying places.
(6) To carry on the business of manufacturing gunpowder,
nitroglycerine, or other highly explosive substances, or mixing or grinding the
materials for those substances, in a building
within 20 rods of a valuable building erected
at the time the business is commenced.
(7) To establish powder magazines near incorporated towns, at a
point different from that appointed according to law by the corporate
authorities of the town, or within 50 rods of an occupied dwelling
(8) To erect, continue, or use a building or
other place for the exercise of a trade, employment, or
manufacture that, by occasioning noxious exhalations, offensive
smells, or otherwise, is offensive or dangerous to the health of
individuals or of the public.
(9) To advertise wares or occupation by painting notices of the
wares or occupation on
or affixing them to fences or other private property, or on rocks or other
natural objects, without the consent of the owner, or if in the highway or
other public place, without permission of the proper authorities.
(10) To permit a well drilled for oil, gas, salt
water disposal, or any other purpose in connection with the production of
oil and gas to remain unplugged after the well is no
longer used for the purpose for which it was drilled.
(11) To construct or operate a salt water pit or
field refuse pit, commonly called a "burn out pit", so that salt water,
brine, or oil field refuse or other waste liquids may escape from the
pit in a manner except by the evaporation of
the salt water or brine or by the burning of the oil
field waste or refuse.
(12) To permit concrete bases, discarded machinery, and
materials to remain around an oil or gas well, or to fail to fill holes,
cellars, slush pits, and other excavations made in
connection with the well or to restore the surface of the
lands surrounding the well to its condition before the
drilling of the well, upon abandonment of the
oil or gas well.
(13) To permit salt water, oil, gas, or other
from a well drilled for oil, gas, or exploratory purposes to escape
to the surface, or into a mine or coal seam, or into an underground
fresh water supply, or from one underground stratum to another.
(14) To harass, intimidate, or threaten a
who is about to sell or lease or has sold or leased a residence or other real
property or is about
to buy or lease or has bought or leased a residence or other real property,
when the harassment, intimidation, or threat relates to a person's attempt
to sell, buy, or lease a residence, or other real property, or refers to a
person's sale, purchase, or lease of a residence or other real property.
(15) To store, dump, or permit the accumulation of debris,
refuse, garbage, trash, tires, buckets, cans, wheelbarrows, garbage cans,
or other containers in a manner that may harbor mosquitoes, flies, insects,
nuisance birds, or other animal pests that are offensive, injurious, or
dangerous to the health of individuals or the public.
(16) To create a condition, through the improper
maintenance of a swimming pool or wading pool, or by causing an
action that alters the condition of a natural body of water, so
that it harbors mosquitoes, flies, or other animal pests that are
offensive, injurious, or dangerous to the health of individuals or the
(17) To operate a tanning facility without a valid permit under
the Tanning Facility Permit Act.
Nothing in this Section shall be construed to prevent the corporate
authorities of a city, village, or incorporated town, or the
county board of a county, from declaring what are
nuisances and abating them within their limits. Counties have that authority
only outside the corporate limits of a city,
village, or incorporated town.
(Source: P.A. 89-234, eff. 1-1-96.)