1-4-1: GENERAL PENALTY:
   A.   General Penalty Imposed:
      1.   Fine: Imprisonment: Unless specifically provided elsewhere in this code, any person found to have been in violation of any of the terms and provisions of this code shall be fined in an amount of not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00), but not more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00).  No imprisonment for failure to pay such fine, penalty or cost shall exceed six (6) months for each offense.  Each day that a violation continues shall be deemed to be a separate offense.  A violation hereof may be established by a preponderance of the evidence.
      2.   Additional penalties:  In addition to the fine described in subsection A1 of this section, the Circuit Court may impose a period of "conditional discharge", as defined in 730 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5/5-1-4, or "court supervision", as defined in 730 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5/5-1-21, for a period of up to six (6) months, an order of restitution, an order to perform community service, an order to complete an education program and/or any other appropriate penalties or conditions authorized in any section of this code or stand-alone ordinance or any conditions for conditional discharge set forth in 730 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5/5-6-3 or for court supervision in 730 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5/5-6-3.1, as the foregoing are amended from time to time.
      3.   Costs and Fees:  Any person violating the terms or provisions of this code may be subject, in addition to the penalties set out in this subsection, to the payment of court costs and reasonable attorney fees.
      4.   Default Payment:  A default in the payment of a fine or any installment of a fine may be collected by any means authorized for the collection of monetary judgments.  The City attorney may retain attorneys and private collection agents for the purpose of collecting any default in payment of any fine or installment of that fine.  Any fees or costs incurred by the City with respect to attorneys or private collection agents retained by the City attorney under this subsection A4 shall be charged to the offender.
   B.   Acts Consistent with Criminal Laws of the State of Illinois:  If, by the terms of an ordinance, an act that would be consistent with the criminal laws of the State is declared to be a misdemeanor, the penalty therefor shall be for a period of incarceration in a penal institution other than a penitentiary not to exceed six (6) months.  The matter shall be prosecuted under the rules of criminal procedure of the state, and the City shall be required to establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. (2013 Code; amd. Ord. 3610, 4-13-2020)