Code of Ordinances

of Union County, Illinois.

Ordinance Chapter: Chapter 25 - Nuisances [25-1]

The Coun­ty may demol­ish, repair, or enclose or cause the demo­li­tion, repair, or enclo­sure of dan­ger­ous and unsafe build­ings or uncom­plet­ed and aban­doned build­ings with­in the Coun­ty and may remove or cause the removal of garbage, debris, and oth­er haz­ardous, nox­ious, or unhealthy sub­stances or mate­ri­als from those build­ing.  There­for, the Coun­ty does here­by adopt by ref­er­ence the applic­a­ble pro­vi­sions of Chap­ter 55 of the Illi­nois Com­piled Statutes, Sec­tion 5/5–1121 gov­ern­ing dan­ger­ous and unsafe buildings.

When an inop­er­a­ble motor vehi­cle is dis­cov­ered with­in the cor­po­rate lim­its of the Coun­ty, it shall be the respon­si­bil­i­ty of the Sher­iff to deter­mine the reg­is­tered own­er and/or par­ty in law­ful pos­ses­sion there­of, and to serve on such per­son or par­ty, in per­son or by cer­ti­fied mail, a writ­ten notice stat­ing that said per­son or par­ty shall dis­pose of said inop­er­a­ble motor vehi­cle under their con­trol with­in sev­en (7) days of the date of issuance of said notice or be sub­ject to the penal­ties here­in pro­vid­ed.  If the Sher­iff can­not deter­mine the own­er or oth­er par­ty in law­ful pos­ses­sion there­of or if the own­er or oth­er par­ty in law­ful pos­ses­sion there­of fails to remove said inop­er­a­ble motor vehi­cle from pub­lic view with­in the time afore­said, then the Sher­iff is here­by autho­rized to impound and remove the inop­er­a­ble motor vehi­cle as an aban­doned motor vehi­cle in accor­dance with the pro­vi­sions of Chap­ter 625, Sec­tion 5/4–201 et seq.  (See 55 ILCS 5/5–1092) 

(In Part 03–15–93)

As used in this Arti­cle, “inop­er­a­ble motor vehi­cle” means any motor vehi­cle from which, for a peri­od of at least sev­en (7) days the engine, wheels or oth­er parts have been removed, or on which the engine, wheels or oth­er parts have been altered, dam­aged, or oth­er­wise so treat­ed that the vehi­cle is inca­pable of being dri­ven under its own motor pow­er.  “Inop­er­a­ble motor vehi­cle” shall not include:

(A) a motor vehi­cle which has been ren­dered tem­porar­i­ly inca­pable of being dri­ven under its own motor pow­er in order to per­form ordi­nary ser­vice or repair operations;

(B) any motor vehi­cle that is kept with­in a build­ing when not in use;

(C) his­toric vehi­cles over twen­­­ty-five (25) years of age; or

(D) a motor vehi­cle on the premis­es of a place of busi­ness engaged in the wreck­ing or junk­ing of motor vehicles.

Inop­er­a­ble motor vehi­cles, whether locat­ed on pub­lic or pri­vate prop­er­ty and in view of the gen­er­al pub­lic, are here­by declared to be a nui­sance for which the pro­vi­sions and penal­ties here­of shall apply.

Prop­er­ty sub­ject to a lien for unpaid charges shall be sold for non-pay­­­ment of the same, and the pro­ceeds of such sale shall be applied to pay the charges after deduct­ing costs, as is the case in the fore­clo­sure of statu­to­ry liens.  Such fore­clo­sure shall be in the name of the Coun­ty, after lien is in effect for six­ty (60) days.  Suit to fore­close this lien shall be com­menced with­in two (2) years after the date of fil­ing notice of lien.

(See 55 ILCS Sec. 5/5–1118)

Notice of such lien claim shall be mailed to the own­er of the premis­es if his address is known.  Upon pay­ment of the cost and expense after notice of lien has been filed, the lien shall be released by the Coun­ty or per­son in whose name the lien has been filed and the release shall be filed of record in the same man­ner as fil­ing notice of the lien.

Charges for such removal of garbage and/or debris shall be a lien upon the premis­es.  A bill rep­re­sent­ing the cost and expense incurred or payable for the removal ser­vice shall be pre­sent­ed to the own­er.  If this bill is not paid with­in six­ty (60) days of sub­mis­sion of the bill, a notice of lien of the cost and expens­es there­of incurred by the Coun­ty shall be record­ed and shall include:

(A) A descrip­tion of the real estate suf­fi­cient for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion thereof;

(B) The amount of mon­ey rep­re­sent­ing the cost and expense incurred or payable for the ser­vice; and

(C) The date or dates when said cost and expense was incurred by the Coun­ty and shall be filed with­in six­ty (60) days after the cost and expense is incurred.

f the per­son so served does not abate the nui­sance with­in five (5) days after ser­vice of or post­ing of notice, the­Coun­ty­Board may pro­ceed to abate such nui­sance, keep­ing an account of the expense of the abate­ment and such expense shall be charged and paid by such own­er or occupant.

Ser­vice of notice pro­vid­ed for here­in may be effect­ed by hand­ing the same to the own­er, occu­pant or lessee of the premis­es, or to any mem­ber of his house­hold of the age of fif­teen (15) years or old­er found on the premis­es or by mail­ing such notice to the last known res­i­dence address of the own­er; pro­vid­ed that if the premis­es are unoc­cu­pied and the owner’s address can­not be obtained, then the notice may be served by post­ing the same upon the premises.

The Sher­iff or his deputy may issue a writ­ten notice for removal of garbage or debris.  Such garbage or debris shall be removed by the own­er or occu­pant with­in five (5) days after such notice has been duly served.

No per­son shall per­mit any garbage or trash to accu­mu­late on their premis­es or pri­vate prop­er­ty.  It is here­by declared to be a nui­sance and it shall be unlaw­ful for the own­er or occu­pant of real estate to refuse or neglect to remove the garbage or debris.

(A) Penal­ties.  Any per­son who vio­lates any pro­vi­sion of this Chap­ter shall be guilty of a pet­ty offense and fined not more than One Thou­sand Dol­lars ($1,000.00).

(B) Sep­a­rate Offens­es.  Each day a vio­la­tion of this Chap­ter is con­tin­ued con­sti­tutes a sep­a­rate offense.

(C) Notice.  Any notices required by this Chap­ter shall be in writ­ing and shall pro­vide for a min­i­mum of five (5) busi­ness days to abate, cor­rect or rem­e­dy the sub­ject of such notice.

(D) Abate­ment.  Each vio­la­tion of this Chap­ter, when a con­vic­tion is had, may, by order of the court before which the con­vic­tion is had, to be abat­ed by the Sher­iff or oth­er prop­er offi­cer, at the expense of the defendant.

(E) Defens­es.  It is not a defense to a pro­ceed­ing under this Chap­ter that the pub­lic nui­sance is erect­ed or con­tin­ued by virtue or per­mis­sion of a law of this State.

(Ord. No. 2010-10; 05–03–10) 

(720 ILCS 5/47–5 and 55 ILCS 5/5–12002)

It is unlaw­ful for a per­son to main­tain, store, keep or per­mit an inop­er­a­ble motor vehi­cle on any pub­lic or pri­vate prop­er­ty after said per­son has received writ­ten notice from the Coun­ty which states that said per­son is to dis­pose of such inop­er­a­ble motor vehicle.

It is unlaw­ful for a per­son to per­mit a water well, locat­ed on prop­er­ty owned by him, to be in an unplugged con­di­tion at any time after the aban­don­ment of the well for obtain­ing water.  No well is in an unplugged con­di­tion, how­ev­er, that is plugged in con­for­mi­ty with the rules and reg­u­la­tions of the State Depart­ment of Nat­ur­al Resources.

It is unlaw­ful for a per­son to dump, deposit, or place garbage, rub­bish, trash, waste, or refuse upon real prop­er­ty not owned by that per­son with­out the con­sent of the own­er or per­son in pos­ses­sion of the real property.

(A) No per­son own­ing, leas­ing, occu­py­ing or hav­ing charges of any premis­es or real prop­er­ty shall erect, con­trive, cause, con­tin­ue, main­tain or per­mit to exist any pub­lic nui­sance as defined in this Article.

(B) Pub­lic Nui­sance shall include the following:

  1. Any thing, act, fail­ure to act, occu­pa­tion, con­di­tion or use of a prop­er­ty which shall con­tin­ue for such length of time as to: 
    • sub­stan­tial­ly annoy, injure or endan­ger the com­fort, health, repose or safe­ty of the pub­lic; or
    • in any way ren­der the pub­lic inse­cure in life or in the use of prop­er­ty; or
    • caus­es sub­stan­tial pub­lic annoy­ance, incon­ve­nience or injury; or
    • great­ly offend the pub­lic morals or decency.
  2. To cause or allow the car­cass of an ani­mal or offal, filth, or a noi­some sub­stance to be col­lect­ed, deposit­ed, or to remain in any place.
  3. To throw or deposit offal or oth­er offen­sive mat­ter or the car­cass of a dead ani­mal in a water course, lake, pond, spring, well, or com­mon sew­er, street, or pub­lic highway.
  4. To cor­rupt or ren­der unwhole­some or impure the water of a spring, riv­er, stream, pond, or lake.
  5. To obstruct or impede, with­out legal author­i­ty, the pas­sage of a nav­i­ga­ble riv­er or waters.
  6. To obstruct or encroach upon pub­lic high­ways, pri­vate ways, streets, alleys, com­mons, land­ing places, and ways to bury­ing places.
  7. To car­ry on the busi­ness of man­u­fac­tur­ing gun­pow­der, nitro­glyc­er­ine, or oth­er high­ly explo­sive sub­stances, or mix­ing or grind­ing the mate­ri­als for those sub­stances, in a build­ing with­in twen­ty (20) rods of a valu­able build­ing erect­ed at the time the busi­ness is commenced.
  8. To estab­lish pow­der mag­a­zines, at a point dif­fer­ent from that appoint­ed accord­ing to law, or with­in fifty (50) rods of an occu­pied dwelling house.
  9. To erect, con­tin­ue, or use a build­ing or oth­er place for the exer­cise of a trade, employ­ment, or man­u­fac­ture that, by occa­sion­ing nox­ious exha­la­tions, offen­sive smells, or oth­er­wise, is offense or dan­ger­ous to the health of indi­vid­u­als or of the public.
  10. To adver­tise wares or occu­pa­tion by paint­ing notices of the wares or occu­pa­tion on, or affix­ing them to, util­i­ty poles, fences or oth­er pri­vate prop­er­ty, or on rocks or oth­er nat­ur­al objects, with­out the con­sent of the own­er, or if in the high­way or oth­er pub­lic place, with­out per­mis­sion of the prop­er authorities.
  11. To per­mit a well drilled for oil, gas, salt water dis­pos­al, or any oth­er pur­pose in con­nec­tion with the pro­duc­tion of oil and gas to remain unplugged after the well is no longer used for the pur­pose for which it was drilled.
  12. To con­struct or oper­ate a salt water pit or oil field refuse pit, com­mon­ly called a “burn out pit”, so that salt water, brine, or oil field refuse or oth­er waste liq­uids may escape from the pit in a man­ner except by the evap­o­ra­tion of the sale water or brine or by the burn­ing of the oil field waste or refuse.
  13. To per­mit con­crete bases, dis­card­ed machin­ery, and mate­ri­als to remain around an oil or gas well, or to fail to fill holes, cel­lars, slush pits, and oth­er exca­va­tions made in con­nec­tion with the well or to restore the sur­face of the lands sur­round­ing the well to its con­di­tion before the drilling of the well, upon aban­don­ment of the oil or gas well.
  14. To per­mit salt water, oil, gas, or oth­er wastes from a well drilled for oil, gas, or explorato­ry pur­pos­es to escape to the sur­face, or into a mine or coal seam, or into an under­ground fresh water sup­ply, or from one under­ground stra­tum to another.
  15. To harass, intim­i­date, or threat­en a per­son who is about to sell or lease or has sold or leased a res­i­dence or oth­er real prop­er­ty or is about to buy or lease or has bought or leased a res­i­dence or oth­er real prop­er­ty, when the harass­ment, intim­i­da­tion, or threat relates to a person’s attempt to sell, buy, or lease a res­i­dence, or oth­er real prop­er­ty, or refers to a person’s sale, pur­chase, or lease of a res­i­dence or oth­er real property.
  16. To store, dump, or per­mit the accu­mu­la­tion of debris, refuse, garbage, trash, tires, buck­ets, cans, wheel­bar­rows, garbage cans, or oth­er con­tain­ers in a man­ner that may har­bor mos­qui­toes, flies, insects, rodents, nui­sance birds, or oth­er ani­mal pests that are offen­sive, inju­ri­ous, or dan­ger­ous to the health of indi­vid­u­als or the public.
  17. To cre­ate a con­di­tion, through the improp­er main­te­nance of a swim­ming pool or wad­ing pool, or by caus­ing an action that alters the con­di­tion of a nat­ur­al body of water, so that it har­bors mos­qui­toes, flies, or oth­er ani­mal pests that are offen­sive, inju­ri­ous, or dan­ger­ous to the health of indi­vid­u­als or the public.
  18. To oper­ate a tan­ning facil­i­ty with­out a valid per­mit under the Tan­ning Facil­i­ty Per­mit Act.
  19. To per­mit the accu­mu­la­tion of aban­doned, dis­card­ed or unused items of per­son­al prop­er­ty includ­ing, but not lim­it­ed to fur­ni­ture, appli­ances, house­hold goods, or lawn mowers.
  20. To main­tain or per­mit the pres­ence of an unoc­cu­pied mobile home for six­ty (60) con­sec­u­tive days where such unoc­cu­pied mobile home does not have all nec­es­sary util­i­ty hook-ups in place and oper­a­tional, includ­ing, but not lim­it­ed to, elec­tric­i­ty, water and sewage disposal.
  21. To per­mit, cause or allow the open burn­ing of debris, refuse, garbage, trash, tires or any oth­er mate­r­i­al in such a man­ner as to be offen­sive, inju­ri­ous, or dan­ger­ous to the health of indi­vid­u­als or the public.
  22. To per­mit weeds or grass to grow to a height of eight (8) inch­es or more upon any sub­di­vid­ed lot or any por­tion of a sub­di­vid­ed lot.

For pur­pos­es of this Chap­ter, the fol­low­ing terms shall be giv­en these definitions:

(A) Code means the Union Coun­ty Code.

(B) Coun­ty means the Coun­ty of Union, Illi­nois, includ­ing, but not lim­it­ed to, the­Coun­ty­Board, Sher­iff and State’s Attorney.

(C) Coun­ty Board means the Board of Coun­ty Com­mis­sion­ers of the Coun­ty of Union, Illinois.

(D) Debris means the remains of any arti­cle bro­ken, destroyed or that is in a state of dis­re­pair; rub­ble or wreck­age or care­less­ly dis­card­ed refuse or litter.

(E) Garbage means any waste derived from house­holds, includ­ing sin­gle and mul­ti­ple res­i­dence households.

(F) Inop­er­a­ble Motor Vehi­cle means any motor vehi­cle from which, for a peri­od of at least thir­ty (30) days, the engine, wheels or oth­er parts have been removed, or on which the engine, wheels or oth­er parts have been altered, dam­aged or oth­er­wise so treat­ed that the vehi­cle is inca­pable of being dri­ven under its own pow­er; pro­vid­ed, how­ev­er, an Inop­er­a­ble Motor Vehi­cle shall not include a motor vehi­cle which has been ren­dered tem­porar­i­ly inca­pable of being dri­ven under its own motor pow­er in order to per­form ordi­nary ser­vice or repair oper­a­tions, or a motor vehi­cle that is kept with­in a build­ing when not in use, or a motor vehi­cle that is an oper­a­ble his­toric motor vehi­cle over twen­­­ty-five (25) years of age, or a motor vehi­cle that locat­ed on the premis­es of a place of busi­ness engaged in the wreck­ing or junk­ing of motor vehicles.

(G) Per­son means any nat­ur­al per­son, firm, part­ner­ship, asso­ci­a­tion or corporation.

(H) Refuse or Waste means any garbage, debris or oth­er dis­card­ed mate­ri­als includ­ing glass, plas­tic, paper, wood, met­al, rub­ber, fab­rics, fur­ni­ture, tires or any oth­er mate­ri­als that have been discarded.

(I) Sher­iff means the Sher­iff of the Coun­ty of Union, Illinois.

(J) State means the State of Illinois.

(K) State’s Attor­ney means the State’s Attor­ney of the Coun­ty of Union, Illinois.

This Chap­ter shall be lib­er­al­ly con­strued, to the end that the health, safe­ty and wel­fare of the Peo­ple of the Coun­ty of Union Coun­ty, Illi­nois shall be protected.