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1    AN ACT concerning courts.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Local Records Act is amended by changing
5Section 3a as follows:
6    (50 ILCS 205/3a)  (from Ch. 116, par. 43.103a)
7    Sec. 3a. Reports and records of the obligation, receipt,
8and use of public funds of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of
9Cook County, units of local government, and school districts,
10including certified audits, management letters and other audit
11reports made by the Auditor General, County Auditors, other
12officers or by licensed Certified Public Accountants permitted
13to perform audits under the Illinois Public Accounting Act and
14presented to the corporate authorities or boards of the units
15of local government, are public records available for
16inspection by the public. These records shall be kept at the
17official place of business of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of
18Cook County and each unit of local government and school
19district or at a designated place of business of the unit or
20district. These records shall be available for public
21inspection during regular office hours except when in
22immediate use by persons exercising official duties which
23require the use of those records. The person in charge of such



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1records may require a notice in writing to be submitted 24
2hours prior to inspection and may require that such notice
3specify which records are to be inspected. Nothing in this
4Section shall require units of local government and school
5districts to invade or assist in the invasion of any person's
6right to privacy.
7(Source: P.A. 94-465, eff. 8-4-05.)
8    Section 10. The Clerks of Courts Act is amended by
9changing Section 27.3b as follows:
10    (705 ILCS 105/27.3b)  (from Ch. 25, par. 27.3b)
11    Sec. 27.3b. The clerk of court may accept payment of
12fines, penalties, or costs by credit card or debit card
13approved by the clerk from an offender who has been convicted
14of or placed on court supervision for a traffic offense, petty
15offense, ordinance offense, or misdemeanor or who has been
16convicted of a felony offense. The clerk of the circuit court
17shall may accept credit card payments over the Internet for
18fines, penalties, court costs, or costs from offenders on
19voluntary electronic pleas of guilty in minor traffic and
20conservation offenses to satisfy the requirement of written
21pleas of guilty as provided in Illinois Supreme Court Rule
22529. The clerk of the court may also accept payment of
23statutory fees by a credit card or debit card. The clerk of the
24court may also accept the credit card or debit card for the



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1cash deposit of bail bond fees.
2    The Clerk of the circuit court is authorized to enter into
3contracts with credit card or debit card companies approved by
4the clerk and to negotiate the payment of convenience and
5administrative fees normally charged by those companies for
6allowing the clerk of the circuit court to accept their credit
7cards or debit cards in payment as authorized herein. The
8clerk of the circuit court is authorized to enter into
9contracts with third party fund guarantors, facilitators, and
10service providers under which those entities may contract
11directly with customers of the clerk of the circuit court and
12guarantee and remit the payments to the clerk of the circuit
13court. Where the offender pays fines, penalties, or costs by
14credit card or debit card or through a third party fund
15guarantor, facilitator, or service provider, or anyone paying
16statutory fees of the circuit court clerk or the posting of
17cash bail, the clerk shall collect a service fee of up to $5 or
18the amount charged to the clerk for use of its services by the
19credit card or debit card issuer, third party fund guarantor,
20facilitator, or service provider. This service fee shall be in
21addition to any other fines, penalties, or costs. The clerk of
22the circuit court is authorized to negotiate the assessment of
23convenience and administrative fees by the third party fund
24guarantors, facilitators, and service providers with the
25revenue earned by the clerk of the circuit court to be remitted
26to the county general revenue fund.



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1(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)
2    Section 15. The Criminal and Traffic Assessment Act is
3amended by changing Section 5-20 as follows:
4    (705 ILCS 135/5-20)
5    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2022)
6    Sec. 5-20. Credit; time served; community service.
7    (a) Any credit for time served prior to sentencing that
8reduces the amount a defendant is required to pay shall be
9deducted from the fine, if any, ordered by the court.
10    (b) Excluding any ordered conditional assessment, a
11defendant who has been ordered to pay an assessment may
12petition the court to convert all or part of the assessment
13into court-approved public or community service. One hour of
14public or community service shall be equivalent to $10 $4 of
15assessment. The performance of this public or community
16service shall be a condition of probation, conditional
17discharge, or supervision and shall be in addition to the
18performance of any other period of public or community service
19ordered by the court or required by law.
20(Source: P.A. 100-987, eff. 7-1-19; 101-408, eff. 1-1-20.)