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(A) Any fine, other sanction, or costs imposed, or part of any fine, other sanction, or costs imposed, remaining unpaid after the exhaustion of, or the failure to exhaust, judicial review procedures under the Illinois Administrative Review Law are a debt due and owing the village and may be collected in accordance with applicable law.
(B) After expiration of the period in which judicial review under the Illinois Administrative Review Law may be sought for a final determination of a code violation, the village may commence a proceeding in the circuit court of the county for the purpose of obtaining a judgment on the findings, decision, and order.
(C) In any case in which a hearing officer finds that an individual has failed to comply with a judgment ordering an individual to correct a code violation or imposing any fine or other sanction as a result of a code violation, any expenses incurred by a municipality to enforce the judgment including, but not limited to, attorney fees, court costs, and costs related to property demolition or foreclosure after they are fixed by the hearing officer, shall be a debt due and owing the village and may be collected in accordance with applicable law.
(D) A lien shall be imposed on the real estate or personal estate, or both, of the individual in the amount of any debt due and owing the municipality under this chapter. The lien may be recorded and enforced in the same manner as a judgment lien pursuant to a judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction. No lien may be enforced under this chapter until it has been recorded in the manner provided by Article XII of the Code of Civil Procedure or by the Uniform Commercial Code.
(E) A hearing officer may set aside any judgment entered by default and set a new hearing date upon a petition filed within 21 days after the issuance of the order of default if the hearing officer determines that the petitioner’s failure to appear at the hearing was for good cause or at any time if the petitioner establishes that the village did not provide proper service of process.
(Ord. 11-10, passed 11-21-2011)