Upon the adoption by the County Board of Commissioners, this County Code is hereby declared to be and shall hereafter constitute the official “Revised Code of Ordinances of Union County”. The Revised Code of Ordinances shall be known and cited as the “County Code”, and it is hereby published by authority of the County Board and shall be kept up‑to‑date as provided in Section 1‑1‑3 under the direction of the State’s Attorney, acting for the County Board. Any reference to the number of any section contained herein shall be understood to refer to the position of the same number, its appropriate chapter and article heading and to the general penalty clause relating thereto as well as to the section itself when reference is made to this County Code by title in any legal document.
ACCEPTANCE. The County Code as hereby presented in printed form shall hereafter be received without further proof in all courts and in all administrative tribunals of this State as the ordinances of the County of general and permanent effect, except the excluded ordinances enumerated in Section 1‑1‑8.
Any ordinance amending this County Code shall set forth the article, chapter, and section number of the section or sections to be amended, and this shall constitute a sufficient compliance with any statutory requirement pertaining to the amendment or revision by ordinance of any part of this County Code. All such amendments or revisions by ordinance shall be immediately forwarded to the codifiers and the ordinance material shall be prepared for insertion in its proper place in each copy of this County Code. Each such replacement page shall be properly identified and shall be inserted in each individual copy of the County Code on an annual basis.
It shall be deemed unlawful for any person to alter, change, replace or deface in any way, any section or any page of this Code in such a manner that the meaning of any phrase or order may be changed or omitted.
Replacement pages may be inserted according to the official instructions when so authorized by the County Board. The Clerk shall see that the replacement pages are properly inserted in the official copies maintained in the office of the Clerk.
Any person having in his custody an official copy of this Code shall make every effort to maintain said Code in an up-to-date and efficient manner. He shall see to the immediate insertion of new or replacement pages when such are delivered to him or made available to him through the office of theCountyClerk. The Code books, while in actual possession of officials and other interested persons shall be and remain the property of the County of Union and shall be returned to the office of the Clerk upon termination of office or separation of duties.
Unless otherwise provided herein, this Code applies to acts performed within the corporate limits of the County. Provisions of this Code shall apply to acts performed outside the corporate limits of the municipalities and up to the limits prescribed by law, where the law confers power on the County to regulate such particular acts inside the corporate limits of the municipality.
All general ordinances of the County passed prior to the adoption of this Code are hereby repealed, except such as are referred to herein as being still in force or are, by necessary implication, herein reserved from repeal [subject to the saving clauses contained in the following sections], from which are excluded the following ordinances, which are not hereby repealed:
Tax Levy Ordinances; Appropriation Ordinances; Franchise Ordinance and other Ordinances Granting Special Rights to Persons or Corporations; Contract Ordinances and Ordinances Authorizing the Execution of a Contract or the Issuance of Warrants; Ordinances Establishing, Naming, or Vacating Streets, Alleys, or Other Public Places; Improvement Ordinances; Bond Ordinances: Ordinances Relating to Elections; Ordinances Relating to the Transfer or Acceptance of Real Estate by or from the County; and all Special Ordinances.
No ordinance relating to railroads or railroad crossings with streets and other public ways or relating to the conduct, duties, service or rates of public utilities shall be repealed by virtue of the adoption of this Code or by virtue of the preceding section, excepting as this Code shall be considered as amending such ordinance or ordinances in respect to such provisions only.
No new ordinance shall be construed or held to repeal a former ordinance, whether such former ordinance is expressly repealed or not, as to any offense committed against such former ordinance or as to any act done, any penalty, forfeiture or punishment so incurred, or any right accrued or claim arising under the former ordinance, or in any way whatever to affect any claim arising under the former ordinance or in any way whatever to affect any such offense or act so committed or so done, or any penalty, forfeiture or punishment so incurred or any right accrued or claim arising before the new ordinance takes effect, save only that the proceedings thereafter shall conform to the ordinance in force at the time of such proceeding, so far as practicable. If any penalty, forfeiture or punishment be mitigated by any provision of a new ordinance, such provision may be, by the consent of the party affected, applied to any judgment announced after the new ordinance takes effect.
This Section shall extend to all repeals, either by express words or implication, whether the repeal is in the ordinance making any new provisions upon the same subject or in any other ordinance.
Nothing contained in this Chapter shall be construed as abating any action now pending under or by virtue of any general ordinance of the County herein repealed and the provisions of all general ordinances contained in this Code shall be deemed to be continuing provisions and not a new enactment of the same provision; nor shall this Chapter be deemed as discontinuing, abating, modifying or altering any penalty accrued or to accrue, or as affecting the liability of any person, firm or corporation, or as waiving any right of the County under any ordinance or provision thereof in force at the time of the adoption of this Code.
Each section, paragraph, sentence, clause and provision of this Code is severable, and if any provision is held unconstitutional or invalid for any reason, such decision shall not affect the remainder of this Code, nor any part thereof, other than that part affected by such decision.
TheCountyClerk’s Certificate shall be substantially in the following form:
COUNTYCLERK‘S CERTIFICATE STATEOFILLINOIS )
) ss. COUNTYCLERK’S OFFICE COUNTYOFUNION )
I, Bobby Toler, County Clerk of the County of Union, do hereby certify that the following Revised Ordinances of the County of Union, State of Illinois of 2011, published by authority of the County Board of Commissioners were published by the County Board of Commissioners of the County of Union, approved by the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, and published in book form according to law on this date, and that these ordinances are true and perfect copies of the ordinances, as passed, approved and now of record and on file in my office as provided by law.
In witness whereof, I have set my hand and affixed the corporate seal of the County of Union, this 21st day of October, 2011.