Governor Rauner recently signed a new bill that relieves non-home rule units of local government from complying with arduous administrative law requirements. Specifically, this new law relieves non-home rule units from satisfying the laborious task of registering administrative judgments with the Circuit Court.
In short, a copy of the order entered by the hearing officer and a preprinted form from the Circuit Court is all it takes. Non-home rule units of government can now record the judgments, lien troublesome properties, apply various other collections tactics, and, ultimately, obtain higher rates of compliance.
The original bill as introduced attempted to do more, but unfortunately the legislative process cut out many of the other perks. Nonetheless, this is a step forward and affords new and more efficient opportunities for non-home rule municipalities.
Author: William C. Westfall