§ 10.01  TITLE OF CODE.

This codification by and for the Village of South Jacksonville shall be designated as the “Code of South Jacksonville” and may be so cited.


For the purpose of this code, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.

   ANOTHER. When used to designate the owner of property which is the subject of an offense, includes not only natural persons but also every other owner of property.

   BOARD OF TRUSTEES or VILLAGE BOARD. The Board of Trustees of the village.

   COUNTY. Morgan County, Illinois.

   COUNTY BOARD. The County Board of Morgan County, Illinois.

(5 ILCS 70/1.07)

   COURT. Construed to mean any court of competent jurisdiction.

   DECREE. Synonymous with JUDGMENT.

(5 ILCS 70/1.24)

   ELECTORS. Persons qualified to vote for elective officers at municipal elections.

(65 ILCS 5/1-1-2)

   EXECUTIVE OFFICER. Words used for an executive or ministerial officer may include any deputy or other person performing the duties of that officer, either generally or in special cases.

(5 ILCS 70/1.08)

   HERETOFORE or HEREAFTER.HERETOFORE means any time previous to the day on which the ordinance, resolution, or statute takes effect; HEREAFTER means at any time after that date.

(5 ILCS 70/1.17)

   HIGHWAY,ROAD, or STREET. May include any road laid out by authority of the United States, or of this state, or of any town or county of this state, and all bridges thereupon.

(5 ILCS 70/1.16)

   ILCS. Illinois Compiled Statutes, 1992, as heretofore and hereafter amended.

   KEEPER or PROPRIETOR. Includes all persons, whether acting by themselves, or as a servant, agent, or employee.

   LAND or REAL ESTATE. Includes rights and easements of an incorporeal nature.

   MAY. The act referred to is permissive.

   MONTH. A calendar month.

(5 ILCS 70/1.10)

   MUNICIPAL CODE. The Illinois Municipal Code, 65 ILCS 5.

   OATH. Includes affirmation, and SWEAR includes affirm.

(5 ILCS 70/1.12)

   OWNER. When applied to property, includes any part owner, joint owner, purchaser, and seller under a contract and/or deed, or tenant in common of the whole or part of the property, and includes any beneficiary of a land trust which owns property.

   PERSON. Any legal person; includes associations, partnerships, corporations, joint ventures, and bodies politic and corporate as well as individuals.

(5 ILCS 70/1.05)

   PERSONAL PROPERTY. Includes all property except real.

   POLICE OFFICERS. Police officers employed and in the service of the Village of South Jacksonville. POLICE FORCE shall be construed to include those persons in the employ of a village as members of the Department of Police, who are or shall hereafter be appointed and sworn as POLICE OFFICERS.

(5 ILCS 70/1.20)

   PREMISES. As applied to property, includes land and buildings.

   PRESIDENT or VILLAGE PRESIDENT. The President of the Village of South Jacksonville.

   PROPERTY. Includes real, personal, mixed estates, and other interests.

   PUBLIC AUTHORITY. Includes: school districts; units of legal government; the village, county, state, or federal governments, officers and agencies thereof, or any commissions or committees thereof; or any duly authorized public official.

   PUBLIC PLACE. Includes any street, sidewalk, park, cemetery, school yard, body of water or watercourse, public conveyance, or any other place for the sale of merchandise, public accommodation, or amusement.

   REAL PROPERTY. Includes lands, tenements, and hereditaments.

   REGISTERED MAIL. Includes certified mail and CERTIFIED MAIL includes registered mail.

   SHALL. The act referred to is mandatory.

   SIDEWALK. The portion of the street between the curb lines, or the lateral lines of a roadway, and the adjacent property lines, intended for use of pedestrians.

(625 ILCS 5/1-188)

   SPECIAL DISTRICTS. The meaning ascribed in Article VII of the Constitution of the State of Illinois of 1970.

(5 ILCS 70/1.29)

   STATE. The State of Illinois.

   STREET. Where the context admits, includes alleys, lanes, courts, boulevards, squares, and other public thoroughfares.

   TENANT or OCCUPANT. As applied to premises, includes any person holding a written or oral lease, or who actually occupies the whole or any part of the premises, alone or with others.

   THIS CODE or THIS CODE OF ORDINANCES. The village code hereby adopted, and as hereinafter modified by amendment, revision, and by the adoption of new titles, chapters, or sections.

   UNITS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT. The meaning established in § 1 of Article VII of the Constitution of the State of Illinois of 1970.

(5 ILCS 70/1.28)

   VILLAGE. The Village of South Jacksonville.

   WEEK. Seven consecutive days.

   WHOEVER. Includes all persons, natural and artificial; partners; principals, agents, and employees; and all officials, public or private.

   WRITTEN or IN WRITING. Includes printing, electronic, and any other mode of representing words and letters; but when the written signature of any person is required by law on any official or public writing or bond, required by law, except as otherwise provided by law it shall be: in the proper handwriting of that person, or in case he or she is unable to write, his or her proper mark; or an electronic signature as defined in the Electronic Commerce Security Act, 5 ILCS 175/1-101 et seq., except as otherwise provided by law.

(5 ILCS 70/1.15)

   YEAR. A calendar year unless otherwise expressed; and the word YEAR alone is equivalent to the expression “Year of Our Lord”.

(5 ILCS 70/1.10)


Headings and captions used in this code are employed for reference purposes only and shall not be deemed a part of the text of any section.


(A)   Words and phrases shall be read in context and construed according to the rules of grammar and common usage. Words and phrases that have acquired a technical or particular meaning, whether by legislative or judicial definition or otherwise, shall be construed accordingly.

(B)   As used in this code, unless the context otherwise requires, the following rules will be followed.

(1)   The singular shall include the plural, and the plural shall include the singular.

(5 ILCS 70/1.03)

(2)   Words of one gender shall include the other genders.

(5 ILCS 70/1.04)

(3)   Words in the present tense shall include the future.

(5 ILCS 70/1.02)

(4)   AND may be read OR, and OR may be read AND, if the context admits.

(C)   The time within which any act provided by law is to be done shall be computed by excluding the first day and including the last, unless the last day is Saturday or Sunday or is a holiday as defined or fixed in any statute now or hereafter in force in this state, and then it shall also be excluded. If the day succeeding Saturday, Sunday, or a holiday is also a holiday or a Saturday or Sunday, then the succeeding day shall also be excluded.

(5 ILCS 70/1.11)

(D)   When the law requires an act to be done which may by law as well be done by an agent as by the principal, the requirement shall be construed to include all such acts when done by an authorized agent.

(E)   Words purporting to give joint authority to three or more municipal officers or other persons shall be construed as giving authority to a majority of the officers or persons.

(5 ILCS 70/1.09)

(F)   These rules of construction shall not apply to any provision of this code which shall contain any express provision excluding that construction, or when the subject matter or context of this code may be repugnant thereto.

(G)   All general provisions, terms, phrases, and expressions shall be liberally construed in order that the true intent and meaning of the President and Board of Trustees may be fully carried out.

(5 ILCS 70/1.01)

(H)   The provisions of any ordinance, insofar as they are the same as those of any prior ordinance, shall be construed as a continuation of the prior provisions, and not as a new enactment.

(5 ILCS 70/2)


The official time for the village shall be as set by federal law.


   (A)   The repeal of a repealing ordinance does not revive the ordinance originally repealed, nor impair the effect of any saving clause therein.

   (B)   The reenactment, amendment, or repeal of an ordinance does not do any of the following, except as provided in division (C) below:

      (1)   Affect the prior operation of the ordinance or any prior action taken thereunder;

      (2)   Affect any validation, cure, right, privilege, obligation, or liability previously acquired, accrued, accorded, or incurred thereunder;

      (3)   Affect any violation thereof or penalty, forfeiture, or punishment incurred in respect thereto, prior to the amendment or repeal; or

      (4)   (a)   Affect any investigation, proceeding, or remedy in respect of any privilege, obligation, liability, penalty, forfeiture, or punishment.

         (b)   The investigation, proceeding, or remedy may be instituted, continued, or enforced, and the penalty, forfeiture, or punishment imposed, as if the ordinance had not been repealed or amended.

   (C)   If the penalty, forfeiture, or punishment for any offense is reduced by a reenactment or amendment of an ordinance, the penalty, forfeiture, or punishment, if not already imposed, shall be imposed according to the ordinance as amended.


(A)   Wherever in a penalty section reference is made to a violation of a section or an inclusive group of sections, the reference shall be construed to mean a violation of any provision of the section or sections included in the reference.

(B)   References in this code to action taken or authorized under designated sections of this code include, in every case, action taken or authorized under the applicable legislative provision which is superseded by this code.

(C)   Whenever in one section reference is made to another section hereof, the reference shall extend and apply to the section referred to as subsequently amended, revised, recodified, or renumbered unless the subject matter is changed or materially altered by the amendment or revision and the context clearly indicates that the reference to the section as amended or revised was not intended.


If the provisions of different codes, chapters, or sections of these codified ordinances conflict with or contravene each other, the provisions bearing the latest passage date shall prevail. If the conflicting provisions bear the same passage date, the conflict shall be construed so as to be consistent with the meaning or legal effect of the questions of the subject matter taken as a whole.


All ordinances passed subsequent to this code which amend, repeal, or in any way affect this code may be numbered in accordance with the numbering system of this code and printed for inclusion herein, or in the case of repealed chapters, sections, and divisions, or any part thereof, by subsequent ordinances, the repealed portions may be excluded from the code by the omission from reprinted pages affected thereby, and the subsequent ordinances as numbered and printed or omitted, in the case of repeal, shall be prima facie evidence of subsequent ordinances until this code of ordinances and subsequent ordinances numbered or omitted are readopted as a new code of ordinances by the Board of Trustees.


If any provisions of a section of these codified ordinances or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of the section or related sections which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions are severable.


Reference to a public office or officer shall be deemed to apply to any office, officer, or employee of the village exercising the powers, duties, or functions contemplated in the provision, irrespective of any transfer of functions or change in the official title of the functionary. These references shall also include the designee or agent of the officer or office, unless the law or the context clearly requires otherwise.


If a manifest error is discovered consisting of the misspelling of any word or words, the omission of any word or words necessary to express the intention of the provisions affected, the use of a word or words to which no meaning can be attached, or the use of a word or words when another word or words was clearly intended to express the intent, the spelling shall be corrected, and the word or words supplied, omitted, or substituted as will conform with the manifest intention, and the provision shall have the same effect as though the correct words were contained in the text as originally published. No alteration shall be made or permitted if any question exists regarding the nature or extent of the error.


   (A)   This code, from and after its effective date, shall contain all of the provisions of a general nature pertaining to the subjects herein enumerated and embraced.

   (B)   All prior ordinances pertaining to the subjects treated by this code shall be deemed repealed from and after the effective date of this code of ordinances.


All ordinances of a temporary or special nature (including, but not limited to: tax levy ordinances; appropriation ordinances; ordinances relating to boundaries and annexations; franchise ordinances and other ordinances granting special rights to persons or corporations; contract ordinances and ordinances authorizing the execution of a contract or the issuance of warrants; salary ordinances; ordinances establishing, naming, or vacating streets, alleys, or other public places; improvement ordinances; bond ordinances; ordinances relating to elections; ordinances relating to the transfer or acceptance of real estate by or from the village; and all special ordinances) as well as any other ordinances pertaining to subjects not enumerated and embraced in this code of ordinances, shall remain in full force and effect unless herein repealed expressly or by necessary implication.


Whenever an ordinance by its nature either authorizes or enables the Board of Trustees or a certain village officer or employee to make additional regulations for the purpose of carrying out the intent of the ordinance, all regulations of a similar nature serving that purpose effected prior to the codification and not inconsistent thereto, shall remain in effect and are saved.


   (A)   Whenever any technical codes are incorporated herein by reference, any subsequent amendments or revisions to the technical codes shall automatically become a part of this code and shall be made available for public inspection by the village.

   (B)   Further, to the extent of any conflict between the technical provisions of this code and any technical codes adopted by reference, the most restrictive provision shall prevail.


   (A)   As histories for the code sections, the specific number and passage date of the original ordinance, and amending ordinances, if any, are listed following the text of the code section. Example: (Ord. 10, passed 5-13-1960; Ord. 15, passed 1-1-1970; Ord. 20, passed 1-1-1980; Ord. 25, passed 1-1-1985)

   (B)   An “ILCS” cite included in the history indicates that the text of the section reads either verbatim or substantially the same as the statute. Example:

(65 ILCS 5/3.1-2-1)

   (C)   An “ILCS” cite set forth as a “statutory reference” following the text of the section indicates that the reader should refer to that statute for further information. Example:


   The village shall make available to any person for inspection or copying all public records, as provided in the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.

Statutory reference:

   Freedom of Information Act, see 5 ILCS 140/1 et seq.


Whoever violates any provision of this code or other ordinance of this village for which another penalty is not specifically provided, shall be fined not more than $750 for each and every violation thereof, and every day the violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.

Statutory reference:

   Authority to imprison for certain ordinance violations, see 65 ILCS 5/1-2-1.1

   Limitations on penalties and collection upon default in payment, see 65 ILCS 6/1-2-1