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20 ILCS 620/9

    (20 ILCS 620/9) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 1009)
    Sec. 9. Powers of municipalities. In addition to powers which it may now have, any municipality has the power under this Act:
    (a) To make and enter into all contracts necessary or incidental to the implementation and furtherance of an economic development plan.
    (b) Within an economic development project area, to acquire by purchase, donation, lease or eminent domain, and to own, convey, lease, mortgage or dispose of land and other real or personal property or rights or interests therein; and to grant or acquire licenses, easements and options with respect thereto, all in the manner and at such price the municipality determines is reasonably necessary to achieve the objectives of the economic development project. No conveyance, lease, mortgage, disposition of land or other property acquired by the municipality, or agreement relating to the development of property, shall be made or executed except pursuant to prior official action of the municipality. No conveyance, lease, mortgage or other disposition of land, and no agreement relating to the development of property, shall be made without making public disclosure of the terms and disposition of all bids and proposals submitted to the municipality in connection therewith.
    (c) To clear any area within an economic development project area by demolition or removal of any existing buildings, structures, fixtures, utilities or improvements, and to clear and grade land.
    (d) To install, repair, construct, reconstruct or relocate public streets, public utilities, and other public site improvements within or without an economic development project area which are essential to the preparation of an economic development project area for use in accordance with an economic development plan.
    (e) To renovate, rehabilitate, reconstruct, relocate, repair or remodel any existing buildings, improvements, and fixtures within an economic development project area.
    (f) To construct, acquire, and operate public improvements, including but not limited to, publicly owned buildings, structures, works, utilities or fixtures within any economic development project area, subject to the restrictions of item (5) of subsection (e) of Section 3 of this Act.
    (g) To issue obligations as provided in this Act.
    (h) To fix, charge and collect fees, rents and charges for the use of any building, facility or property or any portion thereof owned or leased by the municipality within an economic development project area.
    (i) To accept grants, guarantees, donations of property or labor, or any other thing of value for use in connection with an economic development project.
    (j) To pay or cause to be paid economic development project costs. Any payments to be made by the municipality to developers or other nongovernmental persons for economic development project costs incurred by such developer or other nongovernmental person shall be made only pursuant to the prior official action of the municipality evidencing an intent to pay or cause to be paid such economic development project costs. A municipality is not required to obtain any right, title or interest in any real or personal property in order to pay economic development project costs associated with such property. The municipality shall adopt such accounting procedures as may be necessary to determine that such economic development project costs are properly paid.
    (k) To exercise any and all other powers necessary to effectuate the purposes of this Act.
    (l) To create a commission of not less than 5 or more than 15 persons to be appointed by the mayor or president of the municipality with the consent of the majority of the corporate authorities of the municipality. Members of a commission shall be appointed for initial terms of 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 years, respectively, in such numbers as to provide that the terms of not more than 1/3 of all such members shall expire in any one year. Their successors shall be appointed for a term of 5 years. The commission, subject to approval of the corporate authorities, may exercise the powers enumerated in this Section. The commission shall also have the power to hold the public hearings required by this Act and make recommendations to the corporate authorities concerning the approval of economic development plans, the establishment of economic development project areas, and the adoption of tax increment allocation financing for economic development project areas.
(Source: P.A. 97-636, eff. 6-1-12.)