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Public Act 095-0813




Public Act 095-0813
HB4766 Enrolled LRB095 16885 HLH 42928 b

    AN ACT concerning local government.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Counties Code is amended by changing Section
5-1005 as follows:
    (55 ILCS 5/5-1005)  (from Ch. 34, par. 5-1005)
    Sec. 5-1005. Powers. Each county shall have power:
        1. To purchase and hold the real and personal estate
    necessary for the uses of the county, and to purchase and
    hold, for the benefit of the county, real estate sold by
    virtue of judicial proceedings in which the county is
        2. To sell and convey or lease any real or personal
    estate owned by the county.
        3. To make all contracts and do all other acts in
    relation to the property and concerns of the county
    necessary to the exercise of its corporate powers.
        4. To take all necessary measures and institute
    proceedings to enforce all laws for the prevention of
    cruelty to animals.
        5. To purchase and hold or lease real estate upon which
    may be erected and maintained buildings to be utilized for
    purposes of agricultural experiments and to purchase, hold
    and use personal property for the care and maintenance of
    such real estate in connection with such experimental
        6. To cause to be erected, or otherwise provided,
    suitable buildings for, and maintain a county hospital and
    necessary branch hospitals and/or a county sheltered care
    home or county nursing home for the care of such sick,
    chronically ill or infirm persons as may by law be proper
    charges upon the county, or upon other governmental units,
    and to provide for the management of the same. The county
    board may establish rates to be paid by persons seeking
    care and treatment in such hospital or home in accordance
    with their financial ability to meet such charges, either
    personally or through a hospital plan or hospital
    insurance, and the rates to be paid by governmental units,
    including the State, for the care of sick, chronically ill
    or infirm persons admitted therein upon the request of such
    governmental units. Any hospital maintained by a county
    under this Section is authorized to provide any service and
    enter into any contract or other arrangement not prohibited
    for a hospital that is licensed under the Hospital
    Licensing Act, incorporated under the General
    Not-For-Profit Corporation Act, and exempt from taxation
    under paragraph (3) of subsection (c) of Section 501 of the
    Internal Revenue Code.
        7. To contribute such sums of money toward erecting,
    building, maintaining, and supporting any non-sectarian
    public hospital located within its limits as the county
    board of the county shall deem proper.
        8. To purchase and hold real estate for the
    preservation of forests, prairies and other natural areas
    and to maintain and regulate the use thereof.
        9. To purchase and hold real estate for the purpose of
    preserving historical spots in the county, to restore,
    maintain and regulate the use thereof and to donate any
    historical spot to the State.
        10. To appropriate funds from the county treasury to be
    used in any manner to be determined by the board for the
    suppression, eradication and control of tuberculosis among
    domestic cattle in such county.
        11. To take all necessary measures to prevent forest
    fires and encourage the maintenance and planting of trees
    and the preservation of forests.
        12. To authorize the closing on Saturday mornings of
    all offices of all county officers at the county seat of
    each county, and to otherwise regulate and fix the days and
    the hours of opening and closing of such offices, except
    when the days and the hours of opening and closing of the
    office of any county officer are otherwise fixed by law;
    but the power herein conferred shall not apply to the
    office of State's Attorney and the offices of judges and
    clerks of courts and, in counties of 500,000 or more
    population, the offices of county clerk.
        13. To provide for the conservation, preservation and
    propagation of insectivorous birds through the expenditure
    of funds provided for such purpose.
        14. To appropriate funds from the county treasury and
    expend the same for care and treatment of tuberculosis
        15. In counties having less than 1,000,000
    inhabitants, to take all necessary or proper steps for the
    extermination of mosquitoes, flies or other insects within
    the county.
        16. To install an adequate system of accounts and
    financial records in the offices and divisions of the
    county, suitable to the needs of the office and in
    accordance with generally accepted principles of
    accounting for governmental bodies, which system may
    include such reports as the county board may determine.
        17. To purchase and hold real estate for the
    construction and maintenance of motor vehicle parking
    facilities for persons using county buildings, but the
    purchase and use of such real estate shall not be for
    revenue producing purposes.
        18. To acquire and hold title to real property located
    within the county, or partly within and partly outside the
    county by dedication, purchase, gift, legacy or lease, for
    park and recreational purposes and to charge reasonable
    fees for the use of or admission to any such park or
    recreational area and to provide police protection for such
    park or recreational area. Personnel employed to provide
    such police protection shall be conservators of the peace
    within such park or recreational area and shall have power
    to make arrests on view of the offense or upon warrants for
    violation of any of the ordinances governing such park or
    recreational area or for any breach of the peace in the
    same manner as the police in municipalities organized and
    existing under the general laws of the State. All such real
    property outside the county shall be contiguous to the
    county and within the boundaries of the State of Illinois.
        19. To appropriate funds from the county treasury to be
    used to provide supportive social services designed to
    prevent the unnecessary institutionalization of elderly
    residents, or, for operation of, and equipment for, senior
    citizen centers providing social services to elderly
        20. To appropriate funds from the county treasury and
    loan such funds to a county water commission created under
    the "Water Commission Act", approved June 30, 1984, as now
    or hereafter amended, in such amounts and upon such terms
    as the county may determine or the county and the
    commission may agree. The county shall not under any
    circumstances be obligated to make such loans. The county
    shall not be required to charge interest on any such loans.
        21. To appropriate and expend funds from the county
    treasury for economic development purposes, including the
    making of grants to any other governmental entity or
    commercial enterprise deemed necessary or desirable for
    the promotion of economic development in the county.
        22. To lease space on a telecommunications tower to a
    public or private entity.
    All contracts for the purchase of coal under this Section
shall be subject to the provisions of "An Act concerning the
use of Illinois mined coal in certain plants and institutions",
filed July 13, 1937, as amended.
(Source: P.A. 95-197, eff. 8-16-07.)

Effective Date: 1/1/2009