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REVENUE
(35 ILCS 200/) Property Tax Code.

35 ILCS 200/23-40

    (35 ILCS 200/23-40)
    Sec. 23-40. Error or informality in making levy or in certifying or filing. In all judicial proceedings concerning the levying and collection of taxes, an error or informality of any officer or officers in making any tax levy or in certifying or filing the levy not affecting the substantial justice of the levy itself, shall not vitiate or void the levy or affect the tax. When the error or informality in a levy, its certification, filing or publication can be corrected by amendment, or a levy can be sufficiently itemized, the purpose defined and made certain by amendment, made prior to the entry of any order of court affecting the levy or the collection of taxes thereon, an amendment or amendments, certification, filing or publication may be made by the taxing bodies affected. The ordinance, resolution, publication or certificate, as amended, certified, filed or published, shall, upon proof of such amendment or amendments, certification, filing or publication being made to the court, have the same force and effect as though originally adopted, published, filed and certified in the amended form. The aggregate amount or rate of the original levy shall not be increased by an action taken under this Section. A statute terminating the time within which appropriations or tax levies may be made, published, certified or filed, shall not apply to any republication, recertification or refiling, or to any amendment or revision authorized or permitted by this Section.
(Source: Laws 1939, p. 886; P.A. 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/23-45

    (35 ILCS 200/23-45)
    Sec. 23-45. Time limit after objection is filed with the Court. If, after 10 years from the date an objection is filed there has been no further action on the objection, the objection shall be dismissed as a matter of law with prejudice. The circuit clerk shall enter the dismissal of record. The Collector may then distribute the taxes. The Collector shall determine whether to use the tax rates for the year the objection was filed or the tax rates for the most recent tax year in distributing the taxes. This Section applies to tax objections filed before, on, or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1996.
(Source: P.A. 89-695, eff. 12-31-96.)

35 ILCS 200/Tit. 9

 
    (35 ILCS 200/Tit. 9 heading)
TITLE 9. OTHER PROVISIONS

35 ILCS 200/Art. 24

 
    (35 ILCS 200/Art. 24 heading)
Article 24. General Provisions

35 ILCS 200/24-5

    (35 ILCS 200/24-5)
    Sec. 24-5. Tax on personal property. Ad valorem personal property taxes shall not be levied on any personal property having tax situs in this State. However, this Section shall not prohibit the collection after January 1, 1979 of any taxes levied under this Code prior to January 1, 1979, on personal property subject to assessment and taxation under this Code prior to January 1, 1979. No property lawfully assessed and taxed as personal property prior to January 1, 1979, or property of like kind acquired or placed in use after January 1, 1979, shall be classified as real property subject to assessment and taxation. No property lawfully assessed and taxed as real property prior to January 1, 1979, or property of like kind acquired or placed in use after January 1, 1979, shall be classified as personal property.
(Source: P.A. 82-935; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/24-10

    (35 ILCS 200/24-10)
    Sec. 24-10. Statute of limitations for collection of penalties and interest on delinquent personal property taxes. Any interest or penalty on personal property tax levied pursuant to the Revenue Act of 1939 by any taxing district, as defined in that Act, located in a county of less than 400,000 inhabitants, shall not be collected more than 7 years after the date on which the tax was initially levied, notwithstanding any judgment which has been obtained in relation to collection of the tax. For purposes of this Section, "personal property tax" means a tax on personal property imposed by taxing districts pursuant to the Revenue Act of 1939 prior to abolition of authority to impose personal property tax in Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 86-179; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/24-15

    (35 ILCS 200/24-15)
    Sec. 24-15. Forms and instructions. The Department shall make out and forward to each county clerk for the use of the clerks and other officers, suitable forms and instructions. All instructions shall be strictly complied with by the officers in the performance of their duties. The Department shall give its opinion and advice on all questions of doubt as to the intent and meaning of the provisions of this Code.
(Source: Laws 1943, vol. 1, p. 1136; P.A. 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/24-20

    (35 ILCS 200/24-20)
    Sec. 24-20. Subpoenas. Any person may serve any subpoena issued under this Code.
(Source: Laws 1965, p. 354; P.A. 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/24-25

    (35 ILCS 200/24-25)
    Sec. 24-25. Notices. All notices required by this Code shall be written or printed notices and shall be served personally upon the persons entitled to notice, or their agents, or by sending the notice by mail to the person so entitled to notice, or to his or her agent, if the residence or business address of the person is known, or by reasonable effort can be ascertained. If the address of a person can not be ascertained, then the notice shall be sent to the address of the person who last paid the taxes upon the property in question. A failure to give any notice required by this Code shall not impair or affect the validity of any assessment as finally made.
(Source: Laws 1939, p. 886; P.A. 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/24-30

    (35 ILCS 200/24-30)
    Sec. 24-30. Oaths. Any oath, authorized to be administered under this Code, may be administered by an assessor or deputy assessor, or by any other officer having authority to administer oaths.
(Source: Laws 1939, p. 886; P.A. 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/24-35

    (35 ILCS 200/24-35)
    Sec. 24-35. Property Tax Reform and Relief Task Force.
    (a) There is created the Property Tax Reform and Relief Task Force consisting of 9 members appointed as follows: 3 members appointed by the President of the Senate, one of whom shall be designated as the chair of the Task Force upon appointment; 2 members appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate; 2 members appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives; and 2 members appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.
    (b) The Task Force shall conduct a study of the property tax system in Illinois and investigate methods of reducing the reliance on property taxes and alternative methods of funding.
    (c) The members of the Task Force shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for their reasonable and necessary expenses from funds appropriated for that purpose.
    (d) The Task Force shall submit its findings to the General Assembly no later than January 1, 2010, at which time the Task Force is dissolved.
    (e) The Department of Revenue shall provide administrative support to the Task Force.
(Source: P.A. 95-644, eff. 10-12-07.)

35 ILCS 200/24-36

    (35 ILCS 200/24-36)
    Sec. 24-36. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 101-181, eff. 8-2-19. Repealed internally, eff. 12-31-20.)

35 ILCS 200/Art. 25

 
    (35 ILCS 200/Art. 25 heading)
Article 25. Penalties

35 ILCS 200/25-5

    (35 ILCS 200/25-5)
    Sec. 25-5. Delivery and receipt of collector's book before bond approved. If any county clerk delivers the tax books into the hands of the county collector, or if any collector receives the books or collects any taxes before the collector's bond has been approved and filed, as required by this Code, the clerk and collector, and each of them, shall be liable to a penalty of not less than $500, and all damages and costs, to be recovered in a civil action. The State's Attorney shall bring suit, in the name of the People of the State of Illinois. Nothing in this Section shall be construed as relieving the sureties of a collector from liabilities incurred under a bond not approved and filed as required by this Code.
(Source: P.A. 76-2254; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/25-10

    (35 ILCS 200/25-10)
    Sec. 25-10. Failure of collector to obtain timely judgment or present list of errors. If any collector, by his own neglect, fails to obtain judgment within the time prescribed by this Code, or fails to present his list of errors in assessment of property at the time required by this Code, he shall lose the benefit of any abatement to which he might have been entitled, and shall pay to the county the full amount charged against him, except that in the 10 years next following the completion of a general reassessment of property in any county with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants, the collector is under no duty to obtain judgment earlier than 30 days after taxes upon property have become delinquent and have begun to bear interest.
(Source: P.A. 83-121; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/25-15

    (35 ILCS 200/25-15)
    Sec. 25-15. Knowing failure of local assessment officer to perform duties. Any local assessment officer or other person whose duty it is to assess property for taxation or equalize any assessment, who refuses or knowingly or wilfully neglects any duty required of him by law, or who consents to or connives at any evasion of this Code whereby any property required to be assessed is unlawfully exempted in whole or in part, or the valuation thereof is set down at more or less than is required by law, is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. He or she shall also be liable upon his bond to the party injured for all damages sustained by that party. He or she shall also be removed from office by the judge of the court before whom he or she is tried and convicted.
(Source: P.A. 77-2236; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/25-20

    (35 ILCS 200/25-20)
    Sec. 25-20. Knowing failure of public officer to perform duties. Every public officer who refuses to perform or knowingly neglects any duty enjoined upon him by this Code, or who consents or connives to evade its provisions, whereby any proceeding required by this Code shall be prevented or hindered, or whereby any property required to be listed for taxation is unlawfully exempted or the same be entered upon the assessment or collector's books at less than the value required by this Code, or the percentage as may be provided by a county ordinance adopted under Section 4 of Article IX of the Constitution of Illinois, shall, for every such offense, neglect or refusal, be liable, on the complaint of any person, for double the amount of the loss or damage caused thereby, to be recovered in a civil action in the name of the People of the State of Illinois in any court having jurisdiction, and may be removed from office at the discretion of the court.
(Source: P.A. 80-247; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/25-25

    (35 ILCS 200/25-25)
    Sec. 25-25. Failure of officer to perform duties if no other penalty provided. If any officer fails or neglects to perform any of the duties required of him by this Code, upon being required so to do by any person interested in the matter, and for the failure or neglect to perform that duty there is no other or specific penalty provided in this Code, he shall be liable to a fine of not less than $10 nor more than $500, to be recovered in a civil action in the circuit court of the proper county, and may be removed from office at the discretion of the court. Any officer who knowingly violates any of the provisions of this Code, for the violation of which there is no other specific penalty provided in this Code, shall be liable to a fine not less than $10 nor more than $1,000 to be recovered in a civil action in the name of the People of the State of Illinois, in any court having jurisdiction and may be removed from office at the discretion of the court. Fines when recovered shall be paid into the county treasury.
(Source: Laws 1939, p. 886; P.A. 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/25-30

    (35 ILCS 200/25-30)
    Sec. 25-30. Failure of collector to attend tax sale. If any county collector or designated deputy fails to attend any sale advertised under this Code, and offer property for sale as required by law, he or she shall be liable to pay the amount of taxes, special assessments and costs due on the advertised property. The county collector may afterwards advertise and sell the delinquent property to reimburse himself or herself for the amount advanced by him or her, but at the sale no property shall be forfeited to the State.
(Source: Laws 1939, p. 886; P.A. 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/25-35

    (35 ILCS 200/25-35)
    Sec. 25-35. Failure of county clerk to attend tax sale or keep required records. If any county clerk or designated deputy fails to attend any tax sale, or to make and keep the record, as required by this Code, he or she shall forfeit and pay the sum of $500, and shall be liable to indictment for that failure. Upon conviction he or she shall be removed from office. The sum shall be sued for in civil action, in the name of the People of the State of Illinois, and when recovered shall be paid into the county treasury.
(Source: Laws 1939, p. 886; P.A. 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/25-40

    (35 ILCS 200/25-40)
    Sec. 25-40. Fraudulent return or schedule. Any person who, with intent to defeat or evade the law in relation to the assessment of property, delivers or discloses to any assessor or deputy assessor a false or fraudulent list, return or schedule of his or her property not exempted by law from taxation, is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 77-2236; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/25-45

    (35 ILCS 200/25-45)
    Sec. 25-45. Duty of state's attorney to prosecute. The State's Attorney of each county shall prosecute all violators of this Code. They shall receive as fees the sum of $20 in counties with less than 3,000,000 inhabitants and $40 in counties with 3,000,000 or more inhabitants for each conviction, to be taxed as costs, and 10% of all fines collected. The residue of all fines collected under this Code shall be paid into the county treasury for use of the county.
(Source: P.A. 87-669; 88-455.)

35 ILCS 200/Art. 26

 
    (35 ILCS 200/Art. 26 heading)
Article 26. Savings Provisions

35 ILCS 200/26-5

    (35 ILCS 200/26-5)
    Sec. 26-5. Failure to complete assessment in time. An assessment completed beyond the time limits required by this Code shall be as legal and valid as if completed in the time required by law.
(Source: Laws 1939, p. 886; P.A. 88-455.)