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(65 ILCS 5/) Illinois Municipal Code.

65 ILCS 5/Art. 11 Div. 126

    (65 ILCS 5/Art. 11 Div. 126 heading)

65 ILCS 5/11-126-1

    (65 ILCS 5/11-126-1) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-126-1)
    Sec. 11-126-1. Each municipality may provide for a supply of water for fire protection and for the use of the inhabitants of the municipality (1) by constructing and maintaining a system of waterworks, or (2) by uniting with any adjacent municipality in constructing and maintaining a system of waterworks for the joint use of those municipalities, or (3) by procuring such a supply of water from any adjacent municipality already having waterworks.
    All contracts for the construction of such a system of waterworks or any part thereof shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder therefor, upon not less than 3 weeks' public notice of the terms and conditions upon which the contract is to be let having been given by publication in a newspaper published in the municipality, or if no newspaper is published therein, then in some newspaper published in the county. No member of the corporate authorities shall be directly or indirectly interested in such a contract. In all cases the corporate authorities have the right to reject any and all bids that may not be satisfactory to them.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/11-126-2

    (65 ILCS 5/11-126-2) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-126-2)
    Sec. 11-126-2. Each municipality may borrow money and levy and collect a general tax, in the same manner as other municipal taxes may be levied and collected, for the construction and maintenance of such a system of waterworks, and may appropriate money for that construction and maintenance.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/11-126-3

    (65 ILCS 5/11-126-3) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-126-3)
    Sec. 11-126-3. For the purpose of locating, constructing, maintaining, or supplying such a system of waterworks, each municipality may go beyond its corporate limits, and acquire and hold property purchased or otherwise, and also may take, condemn, and hold all necessary property in the manner provided for the taking or damaging of private property for public use. Also each municipality may acquire and hold property and rights necessary for the location, construction and maintenance of such a system of waterworks, by purchase or otherwise. The jurisdiction of the municipality to prevent or punish any pollution or injury to the stream or source of water for the supply of the waterworks extends 10 miles beyond its corporate limits.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/11-126-4

    (65 ILCS 5/11-126-4) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-126-4)
    Sec. 11-126-4. The corporate authorities of each municipality may make and enforce all needful rules and regulations in the construction and management of such a system of waterworks, and for the use of the water supplied thereby.
    The corporate authorities of each municipality also may make and enforce all needful rules, regulations, and enact ordinances for the improvement, care, and protection from pollution or other injury of any impounding reservoir or artificial lake constructed or maintained by the municipality for water supply purposes and any adjacent zone of land which the municipality may acquire or control. If the leasing of portions of such adjacent zone of land will, in the discretion of the corporate authorities, aid in the protection from pollution or other injury of the impounding reservoir or artificial lake by promoting forestation, development or care of other suitable vegetation, and the improvement, care and maintenance of the premises, the corporate authorities may lease those portions of that land jointly or severally to custodians of good reputation and character for periods not to exceed 60 years, and permit those custodians to construct, maintain, use, and occupy dwelling houses and other structures thereon for such rental and on such other terms and conditions and subject to such rules and regulations and with such powers and duties as may be determined by the corporate authorities.
    The corporate authorities of each municipality have the power to fix and collect from the inhabitants thereof the rent or rates for the use and benefit of water used or supplied to them by such a system of waterworks, as the corporate authorities shall deem just and expedient. These rents or rates shall be paid and collected in such manner as the corporate authorities by ordinance shall provide. Such charges, rents, or rates are liens upon the real estate upon or for which water service is supplied whenever the charges, rents, or rates become delinquent as provided by the ordinance of the municipality fixing a delinquency date. However, the municipality has no preference over the rights of any purchaser, mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lien holder arising prior to the filing of the notice of such a lien in the office of the recorder of the county in which such real estate is located, or in the office of the registrar of titles of such county if the property affected is registered under "An Act concerning land titles", approved May 1, 1897, as amended. This notice shall consist of a sworn statement setting out (1) a description of such real estate sufficient for the identification thereof, (2) the amount of money due for such water service, and (3) the date when such amount became delinquent. The municipality may foreclose this lien in the same manner and with the same effect as in the foreclosure of mortgages on real estate.
(Source: P.A. 97-813, eff. 7-13-12.)

65 ILCS 5/11-126-5

    (65 ILCS 5/11-126-5) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-126-5)
    Sec. 11-126-5. The expense of locating, and constructing reservoirs and hydrants for the purpose of fire protection, and the expense of constructing and laying water main pipes, or such part thereof as may be just and lawful, whenever it is for a local improvement, may be assessed upon and collected from the property specially benefited thereby, if any, in such manner as may be provided for the making of special assessments for other local improvements in the municipality, as provided in Article 9.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/11-126-6

    (65 ILCS 5/11-126-6) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-126-6)
    Sec. 11-126-6. All the income received by a municipality from such a system of waterworks, from the payment and collection of water rents or rates, shall be kept in a separate fund and shall be applied first in the payment and discharge of the principal of and the interest on bonds or money borrowed and used in the construction of the waterworks and of the operating expenses thereof. Any surplus may be applied in such manner as the corporate authorities may direct.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/11-126-7

    (65 ILCS 5/11-126-7) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-126-7)
    Sec. 11-126-7. For the purpose of constructing a system of waterworks, storm or sanitary sewer system, each municipality has the power to levy special assessments for said local improvements on property beyond its corporate limits, but within one mile therefrom, that is specially benefited by the improvement.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 2637.)