(65 ILCS 5/9-3-12) (from Ch. 24, par. 9-3-12)
    Sec. 9-3-12. After such ordinance becomes effective the corporate authorities shall direct some office of such municipality to file a petition in the circuit court in the county in which such municipality is situated, or if such municipality is situated in more than one county, and the proposed improvement lies in more than one county, then in the circuit court in the county in which the major part of the territory to be affected thereby is situated. The petition shall be filed in the name of such municipality, praying that steps be taken to levy a special assessment for such improvement, in accordance with the provisions of this Division 3. The circuit court shall have jurisdiction of any proceedings under this Division 3. Accompanying the petition shall be the following:
    (1) A certified copy of the ordinance providing for the construction of the improvement;
    (2) A certificate executed by the assessor to show the assessed value of each lot, tract, or parcel of real estate listed in the assessment roll provided for in this Division 3;
    (3) An assessment roll prepared by an officer of the municipality designated by the corporate authorities of the municipality.
    Such officer shall prepare an assessment roll, and determine in the first instance what proportion of the estimated cost of such improvement will be of benefit to the public and what proportion thereof will be of benefit to the property, and to apportion the same between the municipality and property benefited, so that each shall bear its relative equitable proportion. After having determined such amounts, such officer shall apportion and assess the amount so found to be of benefit to the property upon the several lots, tracts and parcels of land in the proportion in which they will be severally benefited by such improvement. No lot, tract or parcel of land shall be assessed in a greater amount than it will actually be benefited. Each lot, tract or parcel of land shall be assessed separately, in the same manner, as an assessment for general taxation. However, this requirement shall not apply to property of railroad companies, or the right of way and franchise of street railway companies, but the same may be described in any manner sufficient to reasonably identify the property intended to be assessed. The assessment roll shall contain a list of all lots, tracts and parcels of land assessed for the proposed improvement, the amount assessed against each, the name of the person who paid the taxes on each such parcel during the last preceding calendar year during which taxes were paid, as ascertained upon investigation made under the direction of the official making the assessment roll, and the residence of the person so paying the taxes on each such parcel, if the same can, on diligent inquiry, be found.
    In case of an assessment divided into yearly installments, the amount of each installment shall also be stated, and the officer making such roll shall certify under oath that he believes that the amounts assessed against the public and each parcel of property are just and equitable, and do not exceed the benefit which will, in each case, be derived from such improvement, and that no lot, tract or parcel of land has been assessed more than its proportionate share of the cost of such improvement. Such assessment roll shall be prima facie evidence of the benefit to each such lot, tract or parcel of land and to the public as therein set out.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3762.)