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S-485

County Office Hours

County Office Hours

ADMINISTRATION
S-391

Agreements for Mutual Aid (Peace Officers)

Agreements for Mutual Aid (Peace Officers)

AGREEMENTS
S-827

Eligibility for Appointment as Supervisor of Assessments

Eligibility for Appointment as Supervisor of Assessments

ASSESSOR
S-799

Obligation of County Board to Appoint an Assessor

Obligation of County Board to Appoint an Assessor

ASSESSOR
S-784

Removal from Office

Removal from Office

ASSESSOR
S-506

Inspecting of Records

Inspecting of Records

ASSESSOR
S-562

Transfer of Functions

Transfer of Functions

AUDITOR
S-853

Powers of Assistant Supervisor of Safety

Powers of Assistant Supervisor of Safety

AUTHORITY
S-347

Authority to Contract with Taxing District to Defray Costs of Collection of Taxes

Authority to Contract with Taxing District to Defray Costs of Collection of Taxes

AUTHORITY
S-266

Regulation of Motor Vehicle Races and Stunts

Regulation of Motor Vehicle Races and Stunts

AUTHORITY
S-607

Term of Office (Chairman)

Term of Office (Chairman)

BOARD OF REVIEW
S-440

Expiration of the Chairman's Term

Expiration of the Chairman's Term

BOARD OF REVIEW
S-806

Referenda on the Issuance of General Obligation Bonds

Referenda on the Issuance of General Obligation Bonds

BONDS
S-864

Fees and Salaries (Change in Law)

Fees and Salaries (Change in Law)

CIRCUIT CLERK
S-639

Circuit Clerk - State Officer

Circuit Clerk - State Officer

CIRCUIT CLERK
S-674

City Council Member and Supervisor of Assessments

City Council Member and Supervisor of Assessments

COMPATIBILITY
S-590

School Board Member and County Board Member

School Board Member and County Board Member

COMPATIBILITY
S-518

County Board Member as Subcontractor

County Board Member as Subcontractor

COMPATIBILITY
S-500

County Board Member and Regional Planning Commission

County Board Member and Regional Planning Commission

COMPATIBILITY
S-419

County Board Member Serving as Mayor, Alderman, Zoning Board of Appeals or Planning Commission

County Board Member Serving as Mayor, Alderman, Zoning Board of Appeals or Planning Commission

COMPATIBILITY
S-333

Township Assessor and Deputy Sheriff

Township Assessor and Deputy Sheriff

COMPATIBILITY
S-316

Supervisor of Assessments and County Zoning Officer

Supervisor of Assessments and County Zoning Officer

COMPATIBILITY
S-865

Coroner Acting as Sheriff (Due to Vacancy)

Coroner Acting as Sheriff (Due to Vacancy)

CORONER
S-823

Exemption of Coroner from Prosecution (Peace Officer)

Exemption of Coroner from Prosecution (Peace Officer)

CORONER
S-508

Elimination of Coroner's Office

Elimination of Coroner's Office

CORONER
S-324

Removal of Bodies at Accident Scenes; Coroner’s Pronouncement of Death; Conduct of an Inquest

Removal of Bodies at Accident Scenes; Coroner’s Pronouncement of Death; Conduct of an Inquest

CORONER
S-276

Duty to Perform Autopsy

Duty to Perform Autopsy

CORONER
S-275

Election of Coroner under the 1970 Constitution

Election of Coroner under the 1970 Constitution

CORONER
S-863

Power to Retain Legal Counsel

Power to Retain Legal Counsel

COUNTY BOARD
S-857

Compensation of County Board (Salary Change)

Compensation of County Board (Salary Change)

COUNTY BOARD
S-850

Change in Method of Compensation

Change in Method of Compensation

COUNTY BOARD
S-849

Meaning of "Term of the County Board"

Meaning of "Term of the County Board"

COUNTY BOARD
S-808

Auditing of Claims

Auditing of Claims

COUNTY BOARD
S-797

Leases Beyond the Term of the County Board

Leases Beyond the Term of the County Board

COUNTY BOARD
S-759

Power to Abolish Office of Public Defender

Power to Abolish Office of Public Defender

COUNTY BOARD
S-680

Change in Composition

Change in Composition

COUNTY BOARD
S-647

Attendance at Closed Committee Meeting by a Board Member Who is Not a Member of…

Attendance at Closed Committee Meeting by a Board Member Who is Not a Member of the Committee

COUNTY BOARD
S-621

County Board Member - Distribution of Liquor

County Board Member - Distribution of Liquor

COUNTY BOARD
S-575

Illegality of County Board Member Having an Interest in a Depository of County Funds

Illegality of County Board Member Having an Interest in a Depository of County Funds

COUNTY BOARD
S-565

Power to Retain Legal Counsel

Power to Retain Legal Counsel

COUNTY BOARD
S-530

County Board Member Vacancy

County Board Member Vacancy

COUNTY BOARD
S-502

Authority of County Chairman as Liquor Commissioner

Authority of County Chairman as Liquor Commissioner

COUNTY BOARD
S-474

“County Board of Supervisors” Read as “County Board”

“County Board of Supervisors” Read as “County Board”

COUNTY BOARD
S-466

County Board Members' Term of Office

County Board Members' Term of Office

COUNTY BOARD
S-448

County Board Membership

County Board Membership

COUNTY BOARD
S-370

Authority of County Board to Issue Interest-bearing Orders not Payable on Demand

Authority of County Board to Issue Interest-bearing Orders not Payable on Demand

COUNTY BOARD
S-283

Election of Board Members

Election of Board Members

COUNTY BOARD
S-645

Juvenile Proceedings - Restrict News Publications

Juvenile Proceedings - Restrict News Publications

COURTS
S-634

Execution for Judgment

Execution for Judgment

COURTS
S-287

Petit Juror Selection

Petit Juror Selection

COURTS
S-754

Special Election for County Board Vacancy

Special Election for County Board Vacancy

ELECTIONS
S-735

Special Election for State's Attorney Vacancy

Special Election for State's Attorney Vacancy

ELECTIONS
S-707

Nomination of Independents for County Board

Nomination of Independents for County Board

ELECTIONS
S-677

Rental Expense for Polling Places

Rental Expense for Polling Places

ELECTIONS
S-668

Board Districts Reapportionment

Board Districts Reapportionment

ELECTIONS
S-660

Division of Precincts

Division of Precincts

ELECTIONS
S-659

Propositional Issues

Propositional Issues

ELECTIONS
S-593

County Power to Purchase Voting Machines

County Power to Purchase Voting Machines

ELECTIONS
S-558

Compensation of Election Judges

Compensation of Election Judges

ELECTIONS
S-511

Filling of Vacancies in Nomination

Filling of Vacancies in Nomination

ELECTIONS
S-429

Primaries - Change of Party Affiliation

Primaries - Change of Party Affiliation

ELECTIONS
S-428

Acceptance of Certificate of Nomination After Hours

Acceptance of Certificate of Nomination After Hours

ELECTIONS
S-359

Authority of County Board to Provide for Caucus Selection of Board Candidates

Authority of County Board to Provide for Caucus Selection of Board Candidates

ELECTIONS
S-401

Primary Election - No Candidate for One Political Party

Primary Election - No Candidate for One Political Party

ELECTIONS
S-395

Primary Elections in County Board Districts

Primary Elections in County Board Districts

ELECTIONS
S-369

Appointment of Judges for General Election

Appointment of Judges for General Election

ELECTIONS
S-627

Ethics Act – Special Districts

Ethics Act – Special Districts

ETHICS
S-825

Lease of Real Estate

Lease of Real Estate

FACILITY
S-664

Location of County Jail

Location of County Jail

FACILITY
S-414

Hours of Jail Inspection and Visitation

Hours of Jail Inspection and Visitation

FACILITY
S-564

Tax Objection Fee

Tax Objection Fee

FEES
S-555

County Clerk's Fee for Extension of Taxes

County Clerk's Fee for Extension of Taxes

FEES
S-377

State's Attorney’s Entitlement to Fees

State's Attorney’s Entitlement to Fees

FEES
S-839

Gift of County Funds to Not-for-Profit Corporation

Gift of County Funds to Not-for-Profit Corporation

FUNDS
S-654

Expenditure of Revenue Sharing Funds

Expenditure of Revenue Sharing Funds

FUNDS
S-576

Expenditure of Revenue Sharing Funds

Expenditure of Revenue Sharing Funds

FUNDS
S-569

County Board - Special Funds Authorize Payments

County Board - Special Funds Authorize Payments

FUNDS
S-717

Health Department Merit Systems

Health Department Merit Systems

HEALTH
S-625

County Public Health Department Authority

County Public Health Department Authority

HEALTH
S-615

County and Multiple County Health Departments

County and Multiple County Health Departments

HEALTH
S-517

Community Mental Health Board Budget and Expenses

Community Mental Health Board Budget and Expenses

HEALTH
S-442

Funding of the Mental Health Board

Funding of the Mental Health Board

HEALTH
S-730

Obligation to Provide Office for Judges of Circuit Courts

Obligation to Provide Office for Judges of Circuit Courts

JUDICIAL
S-583

County Law Library

County Law Library

JUDICIAL
S-381

Eighteen Year Olds as Jurors

Eighteen Year Olds as Jurors

JUDICIAL
S-332

Preliminary Hearings - Transcripts

Preliminary Hearings - Transcripts

JUDICIAL
S-330

State's Collection of Filing Fees and Sheriff’s Fees

State's Collection of Filing Fees and Sheriff’s Fees

JUDICIAL
S-805

Deputy Sheriffs – Right to Unionize

Deputy Sheriffs – Right to Unionize

LABOR
S-804

County Highway Employees - Right to Strike

County Highway Employees - Right to Strike

LABOR
S-487

County Board Power - Collective Bargaining Agreement

County Board Power - Collective Bargaining Agreement

LABOR
S-768

Subdivision Plats

Subdivision Plats

LAND USE
S-691

Disposition of Excess Land

Disposition of Excess Land

LAND USE
S-493

Power to Develop Real Property Into Park Site

Power to Develop Real Property Into Park Site

LAND USE
S-867

Individuals Right to Record Proceedings

Individuals Right to Record Proceedings

  PUBLIC MEETING
S-729

Public Meeting - Gathering on Private Property

Public Meeting - Gathering on Private Property

PUBLIC MEETING
S-726

Definition of Public Meetings

Definition of Public Meetings

PUBLIC MEETING
S-697

Recorder of Deeds – Subdivision Plats

Recorder of Deeds – Subdivision Plats

RECORDER
S-688

Recorder of Deeds – Exempt Fees

Recorder of Deeds – Exempt Fees

RECORDER
S-682

Recorder of Deeds - Federal Tax Lien Notices

Recorder of Deeds - Federal Tax Lien Notices

RECORDER
S-513

Authority to Challenge Sufficiency of Documents

Authority to Challenge Sufficiency of Documents

RECORDER
S-314

Inclusion of Nursing Home Levy in County’s Rate Limitation

Inclusion of Nursing Home Levy in County’s Rate Limitation

REVENUE
S-861

Change in Salaries of Elected County Officials

Change in Salaries of Elected County Officials

SALARIES
S-777

Elected Officers – Changes in Salaries

Elected Officers – Changes in Salaries

SALARIES
S-678

Clerk of the Circuit Court Salary Change

Clerk of the Circuit Court Salary Change

SALARIES
S-658

Salaries - Recorder, Auditor and Circuit Clerk

Salaries - Recorder, Auditor and Circuit Clerk

SALARIES
S-567

Salaries of Assistant States Attorneys

Salaries of Assistant States Attorneys

SALARIES
S-554

Salary of County Board Member

Salary of County Board Member

SALARIES
S-535

Compensation of County Board Members

Compensation of County Board Members

SALARIES
S-486

County Board Change in Compensation During Term

County Board Change in Compensation During Term

SALARIES
S-477

Compensation of County Board

Compensation of County Board

SALARIES
S-467

Proper Official to Withhold Income Taxes on Portion of State's Attorney's Salary

Proper Official to Withhold Income Taxes on Portion of State's Attorney's Salary

SALARIES
S-426

County Board Authority to Itemize Salaries of Employees

County Board Authority to Itemize Salaries of Employees

SALARIES
S-399

Increase in Salary of Assessor During Term of Office

Increase in Salary of Assessor During Term of Office

SALARIES
S-311

Salary of Assessor Dependent Upon Census

Salary of Assessor Dependent Upon Census

SALARIES
S-667

Power to Provide Ambulance Service

Power to Provide Ambulance Service

SERVICE
S-272

Ambulance Service

Ambulance Service

SERVICE
S-858

Duty of Sheriff to Patrol Private Roads

Duty of Sheriff to Patrol Private Roads

SHERIFF
S-825

Fee for Committing Prisoners to Jail

Fee for Committing Prisoners to Jail

SHERIFF
S-617

Deputy Sheriff Disciplinary Suspension

Deputy Sheriff Disciplinary Suspension

SHERIFF
S-557

Sheriffs Succeeding Themselves

Sheriffs Succeeding Themselves

SHERIFF
S-422

Sheriff's Office - Merit Commission

Sheriff's Office - Merit Commission

SHERIFF
S-393

Sheriff’s Appointment of Administrative Assistant

Sheriff’s Appointment of Administrative Assistant

SHERIFF
S-328

County Merit Commission for Deputy Sheriffs

County Merit Commission for Deputy Sheriffs

SHERIFF
S-327

Sheriff's Office - Merit Commission

Sheriff's Office - Merit Commission

SHERIFF
S-814

Duty to Defend County Officers

Duty to Defend County Officers

STATES ATTORNEY
S-745

Compensation for Special State's Attorney

Compensation for Special State's Attorney

STATES ATTORNEY
S-478

State's Attorney Authority to Settle Lawsuits

State's Attorney Authority to Settle Lawsuits

STATES ATTORNEY
S-723

State Revenue Sharing Used by County Government

State Revenue Sharing Used by County Government

TAXATION
S-672

Cemetery Property Exempt from Taxation

Cemetery Property Exempt from Taxation

TAXATION
S-635

Corporation Subject to Personal Property Tax

Corporation Subject to Personal Property Tax

TAXATION
S-632

Reduction of Tax Rate

Reduction of Tax Rate

TAXATION
S-494

Delinquent Taxes

Delinquent Taxes

TAXATION
S-488

County Collector

County Collector

TAXATION
S-367

Imposition of a County Service Tax

Imposition of a County Service Tax

TAXATION
S-317

Payment Priority

Payment Priority

TAXATION
S-292

Tax Deeds

Tax Deeds

TAXATION
S-763

Bond Forfeiture

Bond Forfeiture

TREASURER
S-794

Statutory Limitations on Depost of County Funds

Statutory Limitations on Depost of County Funds

TREASURER
S-624

County Treasurer - Successive Terms

County Treasurer - Successive Terms

TREASURER
S-573

County Treasurer as Ex-officio County Collector

County Treasurer as Ex-officio County Collector

TREASURER
S-845

County Superintendent of Highways

County Superintendent of Highways

VACANCY
S-801

Zoning within 1½ Miles of a City

Zoning within 1½ Miles of a City

ZONING
S-722

Zoning Ordinance – EPA Regulations

Zoning Ordinance – EPA Regulations

ZONING
S-694

Agricultural Uses (Livestock Concentration)

Agricultural Uses (Livestock Concentration)

ZONING
S-505

Zoning Commission

Zoning Commission

ZONING
S-294

Rezoning Applications

Rezoning Applications

ZONING