Code of Ordinances

of Union County, Illinois.

Ordinance Chapter: Chapter 30 - Public Safety [30-1]

This Agree­ment made and entered into the date set forth next to the sig­na­ture of the respec­tive par­ties, by and between the units of local gov­ern­ment sub­scribed here­to (here­after “Par­tic­i­pat­ing Unit(s)”) that have approved this Agree­ment and adopt­ed same in man­ner as pro­vid­ed by law and are here­after list­ed at the end of this Agreement.

WHEREAS, the Con­sti­tu­tion of the State of Illi­nois, 1970, Arti­cle VII, Sec­tion 10, autho­rizes units of local gov­ern­ment to con­tract or oth­er­wise asso­ciate among them­selves in any man­ner not pro­hib­it­ed by law or ordi­nance; and,

WHEREAS, the “Inter­gov­ern­men­tal Coop­er­a­tion Act”, 5 ILCS 220/1 et seq., pro­vides that any pow­er or pow­ers, priv­i­leges or author­i­ty exer­cised or which may be exer­cised by a unit of local gov­ern­ment may be exer­cised and enjoyed joint­ly with any oth­er unit of local gov­ern­ment; and,

WHEREAS, Sec­tion 5 of the Inter­gov­ern­men­tal Coop­er­a­tion Act, 5 ILCS 220/5, pro­vides that any one or more pub­lic agen­cies may con­tract with any one or more pub­lic agen­cies to per­form any gov­ern­men­tal ser­vice, activ­i­ty or under­tak­ing which any of the pub­lic agen­cies enter­ing into the con­tract is autho­rized by law to per­form, pro­vid­ed that such con­tract shall be autho­rized by the gov­ern­ing body of each par­ty to the con­tract; and,

WHEREAS, Sec­tion 13 of the Illi­nois Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency Act, 20 ILCS 3305/13(a), pro­vides autho­riza­tion for mutu­al aid agree­ments between polit­i­cal sub­di­vi­sions for rec­i­p­ro­cal dis­as­ter response and recov­ery assis­tance; and,

WHEREAS, the par­ties here­to have deter­mined that it is in their best inter­ests to enter into this Agree­ment to secure to each the ben­e­fits of mutu­al aid in emer­gency man­age­ment and the pro­tec­tion of life and prop­er­ty from an emer­gency or dis­as­ter and also dur­ing non-emer­­­gency sit­u­a­tions deemed to require mutu­al aid by the par­ties; and,

NOW, THEREFORE, in con­sid­er­a­tion of the fore­go­ing recitals, and the covenants con­tained here­in, THE PARTIES HERETO AGREE AS FOLLOWS:


It is rec­og­nized and acknowl­edged that in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions, such as, but not lim­it­ed to, emer­gen­cies, nat­ur­al dis­as­ters, spe­cial events and man-made cat­a­stro­phes, the use of an indi­vid­ual Par­tic­i­pat­ing Unit’s per­son­nel and resources to per­form func­tions out­side the ter­ri­to­r­i­al lim­its of the Par­tic­i­pat­ing Unit is desir­able and nec­es­sary to pre­serve and pro­tect the health, safe­ty and wel­fare of the pub­lic.  It is fur­ther express­ly acknowl­edged that in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions, such as the afore­men­tioned, the use of oth­er Par­tic­i­pat­ing Unit’s per­son­nel and resources to per­form func­tions with­in the ter­ri­to­r­i­al lim­its of a Par­tic­i­pat­ing Unit is desir­able and nec­es­sary to pre­serve and pro­tect the health, safe­ty and wel­fare of the pub­lic.  Fur­ther, it is acknowl­edged that coor­di­na­tion of mutu­al aid through this agree­ment is desir­able for the effec­tive and effi­cient pro­vi­sion of mutu­al aid.


For the pur­pose of this Agree­ment, the fol­low­ing terms as used in this agree­ment shall be defined as follows:

A. “Par­tic­i­pat­ing Unit”.  A unit of local gov­ern­ment locat­ed with­in Illi­nois Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency Region 11 being a coun­ty hav­ing an emer­gency man­age­ment agency/emergency ser­vices and dis­as­ter agency or a munic­i­pal­i­ty hav­ing an emer­gency man­age­ment agency/emergency ser­vices and dis­as­ter agency which is accred­it­ed by the State ofIllinois.

B. “Request­ing Unit”.  A Par­tic­i­pat­ing Unit which requests aid pur­suant to this mutu­al aid agreement.

C. “Aid­ing Unit”.  A Par­tic­i­pat­ing Unit fur­nish­ing per­son­nel, resources and/or ser­vices to a Request­ing Unit.

D. “Emergency/Disaster”.  An occur­rence or con­di­tion in a Par­tic­i­pat­ing Unit’s ter­ri­to­r­i­al juris­dic­tion which results in a sit­u­a­tion of such mag­ni­tude and/or con­se­quence that it can­not be ade­quate­ly han­dled by the Par­tic­i­pat­ing Unit and such that a Par­tic­i­pat­ing Unit and such that a Par­tic­i­pat­ing Unit deter­mines the neces­si­ty and advis­abil­i­ty of request­ing aid.

E. “Spe­cial Event”.  A rou­tine or non-rou­­­tine event that places a strain on a Par­tic­i­pat­ing Unit’s resources that may involve a large num­ber of peo­ple and that such event requires addi­tion­al plan­ning, prepa­ra­tion and mit­i­ga­tion for pub­lic safety.


A. The Par­tic­i­pat­ing Units here­by autho­rize and direct their respec­tive Emer­gency Manager/Coordinator or his designee to take nec­es­sary and prop­er action to ren­der and/or request mutu­al aid from the oth­er Par­tic­i­pat­ing Units.  The aid ren­dered shall be to the extent of avail­able per­son­nel and resources not required for ade­quate pro­tec­tion of the ter­ri­to­r­i­al lim­its of the Aid­ing Unit.  The judg­ment of the Emer­gency Manager/Coordinator, or his designee, of the Aid­ing Unit shall be final as to the per­son­nel and resources avail­able to ren­der aid.

B. When­ev­er an emergency/disaster, spe­cial event or oth­er sit­u­a­tion occurs and con­di­tions are such that the Emer­gency Manager/Coordinator, or his designee, of the Request­ing Unit deter­mines it advis­able to request aid pur­suant to this Agree­ment he or she shall noti­fy the Aid­ing Unit(s) of the nature and loca­tion of the emergency/disaster and the type and amount of equip­ment and per­son­nel and/or ser­vices request­ed from the Aid­ing Unit(s).

C. The Emer­gency Manager/Coordinator, or his designee, of the Aid­ing Unit shall take the fol­low­ing action imme­di­ate­ly upon being request­ed for aid:

  1. Coor­di­nate with the Request­ing Unit on the response by the Aid­ing Unit and deter­mine what resources, per­son­nel and/or ser­vices are needed;
  2. Deter­mine if the request­ed resources, per­son­nel, and/or ser­vices can be com­mit­ted in response to the request from the Request­ing Unit;
  3. Dis­patch imme­di­ate­ly the request­ed resources, per­son­nel and/or ser­vices, to the extent avail­able, to the loca­tion of the emer­gency, spe­cial event or sit­u­a­tion by the Request­ing Unit;
  4. Noti­fy the Request­ing Unit if any or all of the request­ed resources, per­son­nel and/or ser­vices can­not be provided.
  5. In the event that a spe­cial event is planned, an Aid­ing Unit may request such resources and per­son­nel from oth­er Par­tic­i­pat­ing Units as far in advance as the Aid­ing Unit can for prop­er plan­ning and preparation.
  6. Noti­fy the Illi­nois Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency of the response by the Aid­ing Unit.


The Nation­al Inci­dent Man­age­ment Sys­tem shall be the stan­dard under which this Agree­ment shall func­tion.  The pur­pose of the inci­dent man­age­ment sys­tem shall be to pro­vide struc­ture and coor­di­na­tion to the man­age­ment of emer­gency inci­dent oper­a­tions in order to pro­vide for the safe­ty and health of emer­gency ser­vice orga­ni­za­tion per­son­nel and oth­er per­sons involved in those activ­i­ties.  Per­son­nel dis­patched to aid a par­ty pur­suant to this Agree­ment shall remain employ­ees of the Aid­ing Unit.  Per­son­nel rend­ing aid shall report for direc­tion and assign­ment at the scene of the emer­gency to the Inci­dent Com­man­der or as oth­er­wise direct­ed by the Aid­ing Unit.  The par­ty ren­der­ing aid shall at all times have the right to with­draw any and all aid upon the order of its Emer­gency Manager/Coordinator or his designee; pro­vid­ed, how­ev­er, that the par­ty with­draw­ing such aid shall noti­fy the Request­ing Unit of the with­draw­al of such aid and the extent of such withdrawal.

All resources and per­son­nel uti­lized under this mutu­al aid agree­ment shall oper­ate under and con­form to the Inci­dent Com­mand Sys­tem (ICS)/Unified Com­mand Sys­tem (UCS) pro­to­cols and procedures.


Resources, per­son­nel, and/or ser­vices pro­vid­ed pur­suant to this Agree­ment shall be at no charge to the par­ty request­ing aid; how­ev­er, any expens­es recov­er­able from third par­ties shall be equi­tably dis­trib­uted among respond­ing par­ties.  Noth­ing here­in shall oper­ate to bar any recov­ery of funds from any state or fed­er­al agency under any exist­ing statutes.


Each par­ty here­to shall pro­cure and main­tain, at its sole and exclu­sive expense, insur­ance cov­er­age, includ­ing: per­son­al injury, prop­er­ty dam­age.  No par­ty here­to shall have any oblig­a­tion to pro­vide or extend insur­ance cov­er­age for any of the items enu­mer­at­ed here­in to any oth­er par­ty here­to or its per­son­nel.  Upon prop­er noti­fi­ca­tion of the Illi­nois Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency, the State of Illi­nois may pro­vide work­man com­pen­sa­tion cov­er­age to those per­son­nel of the Aid­ing Unit.


Each par­ty here­to agrees to waive all claims against all oth­er par­ties here­to for any loss, dam­age, per­son­al injury or death occur­ring in con­se­quence of the per­for­mance of this Mutu­al Aid Agree­ment; pro­vid­ed, how­ev­er, that such claim is not a result of gross neg­li­gence or will­ful mis­con­duct by a par­ty here­to or its personnel.

Each par­ty request­ing or pro­vid­ing aid pur­suant to this Agree­ment here­by express­ly agrees to hold harm­less, indem­ni­fy and defend the par­ty ren­der­ing aid and its per­son­nel from any and all claims, demands, lia­bil­i­ty, loss­es, suits in law or in equi­ty which are made by a third par­ty.  This indem­ni­ty shall include attor­ney fees and costs that may arise from pro­vid­ing aid pur­suant to this Agree­ment.  Pro­vid­ed, how­ev­er, that all employ­ee ben­e­fits, wage and dis­abil­i­ty pay­ments, pen­sions, worker’s com­pen­sa­tion claims, dam­age to or destruc­tion of equip­ment and cloth­ing, and med­ical expens­es of the par­ty ren­der­ing aid shall be the sole and exclu­sive respon­si­bil­i­ty of the respec­tive par­ty for its employ­ees, pro­vid­ed, how­ev­er, that such claims made by a third par­ty are not the result of gross neg­li­gence or will­ful mis­con­duct on the part of the par­ty ren­der­ing aid.

The oblig­a­tions and duties set forth in this Sec­tion shall sur­vive the end or ter­mi­na­tion of this Mutu­al Aid Agreement.


The ren­der­ing of assis­tance under the terms of this Agree­ment shall not be manda­to­ry if local con­di­tions of the Aid­ing Unit pro­hib­it response.  It is the respon­si­bil­i­ty of the Aid­ing Unit to imme­di­ate­ly noti­fy the Request­ing Unit of the Aid­ing Unit’s inabil­i­ty to respond; how­ev­er, fail­ure to imme­di­ate­ly noti­fy the affected/stricken unit of such inabil­i­ty to respond shall not con­sti­tute evi­dence of non­com­pli­ance with the terms of this Sec­tion and no lia­bil­i­ty may be assigned.

No lia­bil­i­ty of any kind or nature shall be attrib­uted to or be assumed, whether express­ly or implied, by a par­ty here­to, its duly autho­rized agents and per­son­nel, for fail­ure or refusal to ren­der aid.  Nor shall there by any lia­bil­i­ty of a par­ty for with­draw­al of aid once pro­vid­ed pur­suant to the terms of this Agreement.


This Agree­ment shall be in effect for a term of one year from the date of the approval here­of and shall auto­mat­i­cal­ly renew for suc­ces­sive one year terms unless ter­mi­nat­ed in accor­dance with this Section.

Any par­ty here­to may ter­mi­nate its par­tic­i­pa­tion in this Agree­ment at any time, pro­vid­ed that the par­ty wish­ing to ter­mi­nate its par­tic­i­pa­tion in this Agree­ment shall give writ­ten notice to all Par­tic­i­pat­ing Units spec­i­fy­ing the date of ter­mi­na­tion, such notice to be giv­en at least nine­ty (90) cal­en­dar days pri­or to the spec­i­fied date of ter­mi­na­tion of par­tic­i­pa­tion.  The writ­ten notice pro­vid­ed here­in shall be giv­en by per­son­al deliv­ery, reg­is­tered mail or cer­ti­fied mail.


This Agree­ment shall be in full force and effec­tive upon approval by the par­ties here­to in the man­ner pro­vid­ed by law and upon prop­er exe­cu­tion hereof.


This Agree­ment shall be bind­ing upon and inure to the ben­e­fit of any suc­ces­sor of enti­ty which may assume the oblig­a­tions of any par­ty here­to.  Pro­vid­ed, how­ev­er, that this Agree­ment may not be assigned by a Par­tic­i­pat­ing Unit with­out pri­or writ­ten con­sent of the par­ties hereto.


The inva­lid­i­ty of any pro­vi­sion of this Agree­ment shall not ren­der invalid any oth­er pro­vi­sion.  If, for any rea­son, any pro­vi­sion of this Agree­ment is deter­mined by a court of com­pe­tent juris­dic­tion to be invalid or unen­force­able, that pro­vi­sion shall be deemed sev­er­able and this Agree­ment may be enforced with that pro­vi­sion sev­ered or mod­i­fied by court order.


All notices here­un­der shall be in writ­ing and shall be served per­son­al­ly, by reg­is­tered mail or cer­ti­fied mail to the par­ties at the address on file and as list­ed by the Illi­nois Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency.


This Agree­ment shall be gov­erned, inter­pret­ed and con­strued in accor­dance with the laws of the State of Illinois.


This Agree­ment may be exe­cut­ed in mul­ti­ple coun­ter­parts or dupli­cate orig­i­nals, each of which shall con­sti­tute and be deemed as one and the same document.


This Agree­ment may only be amend­ed by writ­ten con­sent of all the par­ties here­to.  The under­signed unit of local gov­ern­ment or pub­lic agency here­by has adopt­ed, and sub­scribes to, and approves this mutu­al aid agree­ment, and agrees to be a par­ty there­to and be bound by the terms thereof.

The under­signed cer­ti­fy that this mutu­al aid agree­ment has been adopt­ed and approved by ordi­nance, res­o­lu­tion, or oth­er man­ner approved by law, a copy of which doc­u­ment is attached hereto.

Pro­tec­tion of Union Coun­ty Gov­ern­ment requires mem­bers of the Union Coun­ty Res­cue Ser­vice, or Union Coun­ty ESDA, to be prop­er­ly cov­ered in man­ners of liability.

Only mem­bers appoint­ed by the Union Coun­ty ESDA Coor­di­na­tor of this spe­cial­ized ser­vice will pro­vide pri­ma­ry Res­cue Ser­vices unless prop­er pro­ce­dure for devi­a­tion is followed.

Devi­a­tion pro­ce­dure for addi­tion­al assis­tance is sum­ma­rized in Arti­cle III.

All arti­cles, rules, reg­u­la­tions and per­son­nel are set forth by the Union Coun­ty Coor­di­na­tor or his appointees and can be sub­ject to change or vari­ance at any time.

(Res­o­lu­tion No. 1994-09; 06–01–94)

The dis­patch of the Union Coun­ty Res­cue Squad will be done by the Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office in Jones­boro, Illi­nois. ONLY!

After the need for any type of pri­ma­ry Res­cue Ser­vice is deter­mined, autho­rized per­son­nel on the scene will con­tact the Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office and request assis­tance from the Union Coun­ty Res­cue Squad; estab­lished and main­tained by the Union Coun­ty Emer­gency Ser­vices and Dis­as­ter Agency.

Autho­rized per­son­nel shall con­sist of any police, ambu­lance, and fire per­son­nel cur­rent­ly on the scene.

After the Union Coun­ty Res­cue Squad is en route, they are to con­tact the Union Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office, who in turn will retone the Res­cue Call.  This will inform all Res­cue per­son­nel that the equip­ment van is on the way to the acci­dent scene, or area of dis­as­ter that is request­ing assis­tance.  All oth­er Union Coun­ty Res­cue Squad mem­bers will report to the scene.

Only des­ig­nat­ed per­son­nel appoint­ed by the Union Coun­ty ESDA Coor­di­na­tor will be able to request addi­tion­al Res­cue ser­vices for Mutu­al Aid from any oth­er agency.  These appointees will be respon­si­ble for this deci­sion, and will be respon­si­ble for report­ing all find­ings to the Union Coun­ty ESDA Coor­di­na­tor in person.

(A) The pri­ma­ry func­tion of ESDA Res­cue Ser­vices is to pro­vide any, and all types of spe­cial­ized needs in time of nat­ur­al and/or man made disasters.

(B) ESDA Res­cue Squad is main­tained and con­trolled by the Union Coun­ty Coor­di­na­tor of the local ESDA or any oth­er per­son­nel appoint­ed to a posi­tion of respon­si­bil­i­ty with­in this Coun­ty agency by said ESDA Coordinator.

(C) This squad is respon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing safe and prompt pri­ma­ry Res­cue ser­vices to all Union Coun­ty cit­i­zens, or vis­i­tors, through­out any incor­po­rat­ed or unin­cor­po­rat­ed areas of Union County,Illinois.

(D) Union Coun­ty Res­cue Ser­vices shall be respon­si­ble for ini­tial response with­in Union Coun­ty bound­aries and pro­vide pri­ma­ry Res­cue ser­vices in all instances.

(E) Any devi­a­tion from this pro­ce­dure rests with the Coor­di­na­tor of the Union Coun­ty ESDA or prop­er­ly appoint­ed personnel.

(F) Requests for Mutu­al Aid assis­tance is sum­ma­rized in Arti­cle II.

The Coun­ty of Union, a body politic, may par­tic­i­pate in a Mutu­al Aid Agree­ment which is attached to this Res­o­lu­tion here­to and incor­po­rat­ed here­in and iden­ti­fied as Exhib­it A pur­suant to state statutes.  (#12–12–07)

The EMA estab­lished by this Code shall not be employed direct­ly or indi­rect­ly by any per­son for polit­i­cal purposes.

(Ord. No. 06–12; 08‑25‑06)

(A) Any per­son own­ing or con­trol­ling real estate or oth­er premis­es who vol­un­tar­i­ly and with­out com­pen­sa­tion grants a license or priv­i­lege, or oth­er­wise per­mits the des­ig­na­tion or use of the whole or any part or parts of such real estate or premis­es for the pur­pose of shel­ter­ing per­sons dur­ing an actu­al or impen­ding dis­as­ter, or a dis­as­ter train­ing exer­cise togeth­er with his suc­ces­sors in inter­est, if any, shall not be civil­ly liable for neg­li­gent­ly caus­ing the death of, or injury to, any per­son on or about such real estate or premis­es under such license, priv­i­lege or oth­er per­mis­sion, or for neg­li­gent­ly caus­ing loss of, or dam­age to, the prop­er­ty of such person.

(B) Any pri­vate per­son, firm or cor­po­ra­tion and employ­ees and agents of such per­son, firm or cor­po­ra­tion in the perfor­mance of a con­tract with, and under the direc­tion of the Coun­ty under the pro­vi­sions of the Act shall not be civil­ly liable for caus­ing the death of, or injury to, any per­son or dam­age to any prop­er­ty except in the event of will­ful misconduct.

(C) Any pri­vate per­son, firm or cor­po­ra­tion, and any employ­ee or agent of such per­son, firm or cor­po­ra­tion, who ren­ders assis­tance or advice at the request of the Coun­ty under the Act dur­ing an actu­al or impend­ing dis­as­ter, shall not be civil­ly liable for caus­ing the death of, or injury to, any per­son or dam­age to any prop­er­ty except in the event of will­ful mis­con­duct. 

Every per­son appoint­ed to serve in any capa­city in the­Coun­tyE­MA orga­ni­za­tion shall, before enter­ing upon his duties, sub­scribe to the fol­low­ing oath, which shall be filed with the EMA Coordinator:

I,_________, do solemn­ly swear (or affirm) that I will sup­port and defend and bear true faith and alle­giance to the Con­sti­tu­tion of the Unit­ed States and the Con­sti­tu­tion of the State of Illi­nois, and the ter­ri­to­ry, insti­tu­tions and facil­i­ties there­of, both pub­lic and pri­vate, against all ene­mies, for­eign and domes­tic; that I take this oblig­a­tion freely, with­out any men­tal reser­va­tion or pur­pose of eva­sion; and that I will well and faith­ful­ly dis­charge the duties upon which I am about to enter. And I do fur­ther swear (or affirm) that I do not advo­cate, nor am I, nor have I been a mem­ber of any polit­i­cal par­ty or orga­ni­za­tion that advo­cates the over­throw of the gov­ern­ment of the Unit­ed States or of this State by force or vio­lence; and that dur­ing such time I am affil­i­at­ed with the (name of polit­i­cal subdivi­sion), I will not advo­cate nor become a mem­ber of any polit­i­cal par­ty or orga­ni­za­tion that advo­cates the over­ throw of the gov­ern­ment of the Unit­ed States or of this State by force or vio­lence.” 

The EMA act­ing through its Prin­ci­pal Exec­u­tive offi­cer may uti­lize the ser­vices, equip­ment, sup­plies and facil­i­ties of exist­ing depart­ments, offices and agen­cies with­in its jurisdic­tion, to max­i­mum extent prac­ti­ca­ble, and the offi­cers and per­son­nel of all such depart­ments, offices and agen­cies are direc­ted, upon request, to coop­er­ate with and extend such ser­vices and facil­i­ties as need­ed.  

(A) The­Coun­ty­Board shall have the author­i­ty to promul­gate orders, rules and reg­u­la­tions upon the advise of the EMA Coor­di­na­tor for the pur­pose of emer­gency man­age­ment and in times of disaster.

(B) The EMA shall exe­cute and enforce such orders, rules and reg­u­la­tions as may be made by the Gov­er­nor under the author­i­ty of the Illi­nois Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency Act (P.A. 87‑168).       The EMA shall have avail­able for inspec­tion at its office all orders, rules and reg­u­la­tions made by the Gov­er­nor, or under the Governor’s author­i­ty and which have been pro­vid­ed by the Illi­nois Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency. 

(A) When­ev­er the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment or any agency or offi­cer there­of or when­ev­er any per­son,         firm or cor­po­ra­tion shall offer to the Coun­ty, ser­vices, equip­ment, sup­plies, mate­ri­als, or funds by way of gift or grant, for pur­pos­es of 
emer­gency manage­ments, the Coun­ty, act­ing through the Prin­ci­pal Exec­u­tive Offi­cer, may accept such offer and upon such accep­tance, may autho­rize an offi­cer of the Coun­ty to receive such ser­vices, equip­ment, sup­plies, mate­ri­als or funds on behalf of the County.

(B) The Coun­ty, act­ing through the Prin­ci­pal Exec­u­tive Offi­cer, shall have the author­i­ty to estab­lish a spe­cial fund if need­ed to accept such gifts, grants or loans.  The estab­lish­ment of such a spe­cial fund shall be in accor­dance with all Coun­ty ordi­nances relat­ing to this sub­ject mat­ter and the laws of the State ofIll­i­nois.  All ser­vices, gifts, grants or loans accept­ed pur­suant to the Sec­tion shall be sub­ject to Coun­ty audit­ing proce­dures. 

(A) Nei­ther the State, any polit­i­cal sub­di­vi­sion of the State, nor, except in cas­es of neg­li­gence or will­ful mis­con­duct, the Gov­er­nor, the Direc­tor, the Prin­ci­pal Exec­u­tive Offi­cer of a polit­i­cal sub­di­vi­sion, or the agents, employ­ees, or representa­tives of any of them, engaged in any emer­gency man­age­ment response or recov­ery activ­i­ties of any of them, while com­ply­ing with or attempt­ing to com­ply with the Act or any rule or reg­u­la­tions pro­mul­gat­ed pur­suant to the Act is liable for the death of or any injury to per­sons, or dam­age to prop­er­ty, as a result of such activ­i­ty.  This Sec­tion does not, how­ev­er, apply to polit­i­cal subdivi­sions and prin­ci­pal exec­u­tive offi­cers required to main­tain emer­gency man­age­ment agen­cies that are not in com­pli­ance with Sec­tion 10 of the Act, notwith­stand­ing pro­vi­sions of any oth­er laws. This Sec­tion does not, how­ev­er, affect the right of any per­son to receive ben­e­fits to which he would oth­er­wise be enti­tled under this Act under the Work­ers’ Com­pen­sa­tion Act or the Work­ers’ Occu­pa­tion­al Dis­eased Act, or under any pen­sion law, and this Sec­tion does not affect the right of any such per­son to receive any ben­e­fits or com­pen­sa­tion under any Act of Con­gress. 

(A)  The EMA Coor­di­na­tor may, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with oth­er pub­lic agen­cies with­in his imme­di­ate vicin­i­ty, devel­op or cause to be devel­oped mutu­al aid arrange­ments with oth­er polit­i­cal sub­di­vi­sions with­in this State for rec­i­p­ro­cal dis­as­ter response and recov­ery assis­tance in case a dis­as­ter is too great to be dealt with unas­sist­ed. Such mutu­al aid shall not, how­ev­er, be effec­tive unless and until approved by each of such polit­i­cal sub­di­vi­sions.  Such arrange­ments shall be con­sis­tent with the State Emer­gency Oper­a­tions Plan and State emer­gency man­age­ment pro­gram, and in the event of such a dis­as­ter as described in Sec­tion 4 of the Illi­nois Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency Act, it shall be the duty of the EMA to ren­der assis­tance in accor­dance with the pro­vi­sions of such mutu­al aid arrangements.

(B) The EMA Coor­di­na­tor may, sub­ject to the approval of the Direc­tor of the Illi­nois Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency, assist in the nego­ti­a­tion of mutu­al aid agree­ments between this and oth­er states. 

(A) The EMA shall be allowed to test dis­as­ter warn­ing devices includ­ing out­door warn­ing sirens on the first (1st) Tues­day of each month at 10 o’clock in the morning.

(B) The EMA may also test dis­as­ter warn­ing devices in­cluding out­door warn­ing sirens dur­ing dis­as­ter train­ing exer­cis­es that are specif­i­cal­ly and express­ly approved in advance by the Illi­nois Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency. 

(A) A local dis­as­ter may be declared only by the Princi­pal Exec­u­tive Offi­cer of the Coun­ty, or his inter­im emer­gency suc­ces­sor, as pro­vid­ed in Sec­tion 7 of the Emer­gency Inter­im Exec­u­tive Suc­ces­sion Act (5 ILCS 275/1 et seq.).  It shall not be con­tin­ued or renewed for a peri­od in excess of sev­en (7) days except by or with the con­sent of the gov­ern­ing board of the Coun­ty.  Any order or procla­ma­tion declar­ing, con­tin­u­ing, or ter­mi­nat­ing a local dis­as­ter shall be giv­en prompt and gen­er­al pub­licity and shall be filed prompt­ly with the Coun­ty Clerk.

(B) The effect of a dec­la­ra­tion of a local dis­as­ter is to acti­vate the emer­gency oper­a­tions plan of the Coun­ty and to autho­rize the fur­nish­ing of aid and assis­tance there­un­der. 

(A) EMA mem­bers who are paid employ­ees or offi­cers of the Coun­ty, if called for train­ing by the State Direc­tor, shall receive for the time spent in such train­ing the same rate of pay as is attached to the posi­tion held; mem­ber who are not such Coun­ty employ­ees or offi­cers shall receive for such train­ing such com­pen­sa­tion as may be estab­lished by the Coun­ty Board.

(B) The State Trea­sur­er may receive and allo­cate to the appro­pri­ate fund,  any reim­burse­ment by the State to the Coun­ty for expens­es inci­dent to train­ing mem­bers of the EMA pre­scribed by the State Direc­tor, com­pen­sa­tion for ser­vices and expens­es of mem­bers of a Mobile Sup­port Team while serv­ing out­side the Coun­ty in a response to a call by the Gov­er­nor or State Direc­tor, as pro­vid­ed by law, and any oth­er reim­burse­ment made by the State inci­dent to EMA activ­i­ties as pro­vid­ed by law. 

(A) The EMA shall have a Coor­di­na­tor who shall be appoint­ed by the Prin­ci­pal Exec­u­tive Offi­cer of the Coun­ty in the same man­ner as are the heads of reg­u­lar gov­ern­men­tal departments.

(B) The EMA Coor­di­na­tor shall have direct responsibil­ity for the orga­ni­za­tion, admin­is­tra­tion, train­ing and oper­a­tion of the EMA, sub­ject to the direc­tion and con­trol of that Princi­pal Exec­u­tive Officer.

(C) The EMA shall have an office and the Coun­ty is autho­rized to des­ig­nate space in a Coun­ty build­ing, or else­where, as may be pro­vid­ed for the EMA. 

(A) Each coun­ty shall main­tain an EMA which has juris­dic­tion over and serves the entire coun­ty, except as oth­er­wise pro­vid­ed in this Act.

(B) The Coun­ty EMA shall not have juris­dic­tion with­in a polit­i­cal sub­di­vi­sion that has its own emer­gency man­age­ment agency, but shall coop­er­ate with the emer­gency man­age­ment of a city, vil­lage or incor­po­rat­ed town with­in their borders.

(C) The Coun­ty EMA shall work with the liai­son appoin­ted by each munic­i­pal­i­ty with­in its juris­dic­tion which is not required to and does not have an emer­gency man­age­ment agency in order to facil­i­tate the coop­er­a­tion and pro­tec­tion of that munic­i­pal­i­ty with the Coun­ty EMA in which it is locat­ed in the work of dis­as­ter mit­i­ga­tion, pre­pared­ness, response and recovery.

(D) The Prin­ci­pal Exec­u­tive Offi­cer of the Coun­ty shall noti­fy the Illi­nois Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency of the man­ner in which the polit­i­cal sub­di­vi­sion is pro­vid­ing or secur­ing emer­gency man­age­ment, iden­ti­fy the exec­u­tive head of the EMA and fur­nish addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion relat­ing there­to as the Illi­nois Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency requires.

(E) The EMA shall pre­pare and keep cur­rent as emer­gency oper­a­tions plan for its geo­graph­ic bound­aries.  It shall be sub­mitted to the IEMA for review and approval, in accor­dance with P.A. 87‑168.

(F) The EMA shall pre­pare and dis­trib­ute to all appro­priate offi­cials in writ­ten form a clear and com­plete state­ment of the emer­gency respon­si­bil­i­ties of all local depart­ments and offi­cials and of the dis­as­ter chain of command.

(G) The EMA shall coor­di­nate emer­gency man­age­ment func­tions with­in the ter­ri­to­r­i­al lim­its of the sub­di­vi­sion with­in which it is orga­nized as are pre­scribed in and by the State Emer­gency Oper­a­tions Plan, and pro­grams, orders, rules and reg­u­la­tions as may be pro­mul­gat­ed by the Illi­nois Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency and in addi­tion, shall con­duct such func­tions out­side of those ter­ri­to­r­i­al lim­its as may be required pur­suant to such mutu­al aid agree­ments and com­pacts as are entered into under sub­para­graph (5) of para­graph (C) of Sec­tion 6 of the Illi­nois Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency Act. (P.A. 87‑168, eff. Jan­u­ary 1, 1992).

(H)  The Coun­ty upon advise from the EMA may enter into con­tracts and incur oblig­a­tions nec­es­sary to place it in a posi­tion effec­tive­ly to com­bat such dis­as­ters in order to pro­tect the health and safe­ty of per­sons and to pro­tect prop­er­ty, and to pro­vide emer­gency assis­tance to vic­tims of those dis­as­ters.  If such a dis­as­ter occurs, the Coun­ty may exer­cise the pow­ers vest­ed under this Sec­tion in the light of the exi­gen­cies of the dis­as­ter and, except­ing manda­to­ry con­sti­tu­tion­al require­ments, with­out regard to the pro­ce­dures and for­mal­i­ties nor­mal­ly pre­scribed by con­tracts, the incur­ring of oblig­a­tions, the employ­ment of tempor­ary work­ers, the rental of equip­ment, the pur­chase of sup­plies and mate­ri­als, and the appro­pri­a­tion, expen­di­ture and dis­po­si­tion of pub­lic funds and property.

(I)  The EMA per­son­nel who, while engaged in a dis­as­ter or dis­as­ter  train­ing exer­cise, suf­fer dis­ease, injury or death, shall, for the pur­pose of ben­e­fits under the Work­ers’ Compensa­tion Act or Work­ers’ Occu­pa­tion­al Dis­eased Act only, be deemed to be employ­ees of the State, if:

  1. the claimant is duly qual­i­fied and enrolled (sworn in) as a vol­un­teer for the Illi­nois Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency or an emer­gency man­age­ment agency accred­it­ed by the Illi­nois Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency, and;
  2. if the claimant was par­tic­i­pat­ing in an actu­al dis­as­ter as defined in para­graph (E) of Sec­tion 4 of the Act or the exer­cise par­tic­i­pat­ed in was specif­i­cal­ly and express­ly approved by the Illi­nois Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency.

Illi­nois Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency shall use the same cri­te­ria for approv­ing an exer­cise and uti­liz­ing State vol­un­teers as required for any polit­i­cal sub­di­vi­sion. The com­pu­ta­tion of ben­e­fits payable under either of those Acts shall be based on the income com­men­su­rate with com­pa­ra­ble State employ­ees doing the same type work or income from the person’s reg­u­lar employ­ment, whichev­er is greater.

(J) Pri­or to con­duct­ing a dis­as­ter train­ing exer­cise, the Prin­ci­pal Exec­u­tive Offi­cer of the Coun­ty or his designee shall pro­vide area media with writ­ten noti­fi­ca­tion of the dis­as­ter train­ing exer­cise. Such noti­fi­ca­tion shall indi­cate that informa­tion relat­ing to the dis­as­ter train­ing exer­cise shall not be released to the pub­lic until com­mence­ment of the exer­cise.  The noti­fi­ca­tion shall also con­tain a request that the notice be so post­ed to ensure that all rel­e­vant media per­son­nel are advised of the dis­as­ter train­ing exer­cise, all mes­sages, two‑way radio com­mu­ni­ca­tions, brief­in­gs, sta­tus reports, news released, and oth­er oral or writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tions shall begin and end with the fol­low­ing state­ment; “This is an exer­cise message”.

Emer­gency Man­age­ment” means the efforts of the State and the polit­i­cal sub­di­vi­sions to devel­op, plan, ana­lyze, con­duct, imple­ment and main­tain pro­grams for dis­as­ter mit­i­ga­tion, pre­pared­ness, response and recovery.

Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency” means the agency estab­lished by ordi­nance with­in a polit­i­cal sub­di­vi­sion to coor­di­nate the emer­gency man­age­ment pro­gram with­in the polit­i­cal sub­di­vi­sion and with pri­vate orga­ni­za­tions, oth­er polit­i­cal sub­di­vi­sions, the State and fed­er­al governments.

Emer­gency Oper­a­tions Plan” means the writ­ten plan of the State and polit­i­cal sub­di­vi­sions describ­ing the orga­ni­za­tion, mis­sion, and func­tions of the gov­ern­ment and sup­port­ing ser­vices for respond­ing to and recov­er­ing from disasters.

Emer­gency Ser­vices” means the coor­di­na­tion of such func­tions by the State and its polit­i­cal sub­di­vi­sion, oth­er than func­tions for which mil­i­tary forces are pri­mar­i­ly respon­si­ble, as may be nec­es­sary for prop­er to pre­vent, min­i­mize, repair and alle­vi­ate injury and dam­age result­ing from any nat­ur­al or tech­no­log­i­cal caus­es. These func­tions include, with­out lim­i­ta­tion, fire fight­ing ser­vices, police ser­vices, med­ical and health ser­vices, res­cue, engi­neer­ing, warn­ing ser­vices, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, radi­o­log­i­cal, chem­i­cal and oth­er spe­cial weapons defense, evac­u­a­tion of per­sons from strick­en or threat­ened areas, emer­gency assigned func­tions of plant pro­tec­tion, tem­po­rary restora­tion of pub­lic util­i­ty ser­vices and oth­er func­tions relat­ed to civil­ian pro­tec­tion, togeth­er with all oth­er activ­i­ties nec­es­sary or inci­den­tal to pro­tect­ing life or property.

Dis­as­ter” means an occur­rence or threat of wide­spread or severe dam­age, injury or loss of life or prop­er­ty result­ing from any nat­ur­al or tech­no­log­i­cal cause, includ­ing but not lim­it­ed to fire, flood, earth­quake, wind, storm, haz­ardous mate­ri­als spill or oth­er water con­t­a­m­i­na­tion requir­ing emer­gency action to avert dan­ger or dam­age, epi­dem­ic, air con­t­a­m­i­na­tion, blight, extend­ed peri­ods of severe and inclement weath­er, drought, infes­ta­tion, crit­i­cal short­ages of essen­tial fuels and ener­gy, explo­sion, riot, or hos­tile mil­i­tary or para­mil­i­tary action.

Mobile Sup­port Team” means the uti­liza­tion of per­son­nel to be dis­patched by the Gov­er­nor, or, if he so autho­rized the Direc­tor, by the Direc­tor, to sup­ple­ment local polit­i­cal sub­di­vi­sions for emer­gency man­age­ment pro­grams in response to a disaster.

Coor­di­na­tor” means the staff assis­tant to the prin­ci­pal exec­u­tive offi­cer of a polit­i­cal sub­di­vi­sion with the duty of coor­di­nat­ing the emer­gency man­age­ment pro­grams of that polit­i­cal subdivision.

Polit­i­cal Sub­di­vi­sion” means any coun­ty, city, vil­lage, incor­po­rat­ed town or town­ship is in a coun­ty hav­ing a pop­u­la­tion of more than two mil­lion (2,000,000).

Prin­ci­pal Exec­u­tive Offi­cer” means chair­man of the coun­ty board, super­vi­sor of a town­ship if the town­ship is in a coun­ty hav­ing a pop­u­la­tion of more than two mil­lion (2,000,000), may­or of a city or incor­po­rat­ed town, pres­i­dent of a vil­lage, or in their absence or dis­abil­i­ty, the inter­im suc­ces­sor as estab­lished pur­suant to Sec­tion 7 of the Emer­gency Inter­im Exec­u­tive Suc­ces­sion Act.

Dis­as­ter Train­ing Exer­cise” means a planned event designed specif­i­cal­ly to sim­u­late an actu­al dis­as­ter which will pro­vide emer­gency oper­a­tions train­ing for emer­gency response per­son­nel. Actu­al response by EMA vol­un­teers to local emer­gency sit­u­a­tions not qual­i­fy­ing as dis­as­ters, as defined in this Sec­tion, is con­sid­ered a dis­as­ter train­ing exer­cise. Pro­vid­ed, how­ev­er, that per­for­mance of the usu­al and cus­tom­ary emer­gency func­tions of a polit­i­cal sub­di­vi­sion (e.g., police, fire or emer­gency med­ical ser­vices) is not includ­ed with­in this def­i­n­i­tion of a dis­as­ter train­ing exercise.

Illi­nois Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency” ORIEMA means the agency estab­lished by this Act with­in the exec­u­tive branch of State Gov­ern­ment respon­si­ble for coor­di­na­tion of the over­all emer­gency man­age­ment pro­gram of the State and with pri­vate orga­ni­za­tions, polit­i­cal sub­di­vi­sions and the fed­er­al government.

Munic­i­pal­i­ty” means any city, vil­lage or incor­po­rat­ed town. 

(A) Noth­ing in this Code shall be con­strued to inter­fere with the course or con­duct of a labor dis­pute, except that actions oth­er­wise autho­rized by this Code or oth­er laws  may be tak­en when nec­es­sary to mit­i­gate immi­nent or exist­ing dan­ger to pub­lic health or safety.

(B) Inter­fere with dis­sem­i­na­tion of news or com­ment of pub­lic affairs; but any com­mu­ni­ca­tions facil­i­ty or orga­ni­za­tion (includ­ing but not lim­it­ed to radio and tele­vi­sion sta­tions, wire ser­vices, and news­pa­pers) may be request­ed to trans­mit or print pub­lic ser­vice mes­sages fur­nish­ing infor­ma­tion or instruc­tions in con­nec­tion with a disaster.

(C) Affect the juris­dic­tion or respon­si­bil­i­ties of po­lice forces, fire fight­ing forces, units of the armed forces of the Unit­ed States, or of any per­son­nel there­of, when on active duty; but State and polit­i­cal sub­di­vi­sion emer­gency oper­a­tions plans shall place reliance upon the forces avail­able for          perfor­mance of func­tions relat­ed to emer­gency management.

(D) Lim­it, mod­i­fy, or abridge the author­i­ty of the Go­vernor to pro­claim mar­tial law or exer­cise any oth­er pow­ers vest­ed in him under the con­sti­tu­tion, statutes, or com­mon law of this State, inde­pen­dent of or in con­junc­tion with any pro­vi­sions of this Act; lim­it any home rule unit; or pro­hib­it any con­tract or asso­ci­a­tion pur­suant to Arti­cle VII, Sec­tion 10 of the Illi­nois Con­sti­tu­tion. 

(A) There is here­by cre­at­ed with­in the Coun­ty govern­mental orga­ni­za­tion an enti­ty to be known as the Emer­gency Manage­ment Agency, here­inafter referred to as the EMA. This enti­ty shall be respon­si­ble for the coor­di­na­tion of all emer­gency manage­ment pro­grams with­in its juris­dic­tion and with pri­vate organiza­tions, oth­er polit­i­cal sub­di­vi­sions, the State and fed­er­al govern­ment in accor­dance with the pro­vi­sions of the Illi­nois Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency Act (See 20 ILCS 3305/1 et seq.), hereinaf­ter “the Act”.

(B) The pur­pose of the EMA shall be the coor­di­na­tion of emer­gency ser­vices func­tions which may be nec­es­sary for or prop­er to pre­vent, min­i­mize, repair and alle­vi­ate injury and dam­age result­ing from any nat­ur­al or tech­no­log­i­cal causes.

(C) The EMA shall con­sist of the Coor­di­na­tor and such addi­tion­al mem­bers as may be select­ed by the Coor­di­na­tor and approved by theCountyBoard.

(D) All emer­gency ser­vices func­tions of the EMA shall at all times be in accor­dance with the pro­vi­sions of the Act and all rules and reg­u­la­tions pro­mul­gat­ed there­un­der.