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70 ILCS 2405/8

    (70 ILCS 2405/8) (from Ch. 42, par. 307)
    Sec. 8. (a) The sanitary district may acquire by purchase, condemnation, or otherwise all real and personal property, right of way and privilege, either within or without its corporate limits that may be required for its corporate purposes. If real property is acquired by condemnation, the sanitary district may not sell or lease any portion of the property for a period of 10 years after acquisition by condemnation is completed. If, after such 10-year period, the sanitary district decides to sell or lease the property, it must first offer the property for sale or lease to the previous owner of the land from whom the sanitary district acquired the property. If the sanitary district and such previous owner do not execute a contract for purchase or lease of the property within 60 days from the initial offer, the sanitary district then may offer the property for sale or lease to any other person. If any district formed under this Act is unable to agree with any other sanitary district upon the terms whereby it shall be permitted to use the drains, channels or ditches of such other sanitary district, the right to such use may be acquired by condemnation in any circuit court by proceedings as provided in Section 4-17 of the Illinois Drainage Code. The compensation to be paid for such use may be a gross sum, or it may be in the form of an annual rental, to be paid in yearly installments as provided by the judgment of the court wherein such proceedings may be had. However, when such compensation is fixed at a gross sum all moneys for the purchase and condemnation of any property shall be paid before possession is taken or any work done on the premises damaged by the construction of such channel or outlet, and in case of an appeal from the circuit court taken by either party whereby the amount of damages is not finally determined, then possession may be taken, if the amount of judgment in such court is deposited at some bank or savings and loan association to be designated by the court, subject to the payment of such damages on orders signed by the circuit court, whenever the amount of damages is finally determined. The sanitary district may sell, convey, vacate and release the real or personal property, right of way and privileges acquired by it when no longer required for the purposes of the district.
    (b) A sanitary district may exercise its powers of eminent domain to acquire a public utility only if the Illinois Commerce Commission, following petition by the sanitary district, has granted approval for the sanitary district to proceed in accordance with the Eminent Domain Act. The following procedures must be followed when a sanitary district exercises its power of eminent domain to acquire a public utility.
        (1) The sanitary district shall petition the
Commission for approval of the acquisition of a public utility by the exercise of eminent domain powers. The petition filed by the sanitary district shall state the following:
            (A) the caption of the case;
            (B) the date of the filing of the application;
            (C) the name and address of the condemnee;
            (D) the name and address of the condemnor;
            (E) a specific reference to the statute under
which the condemnation action is authorized;
            (F) a specific reference to the action, whether
by ordinance, resolution, or otherwise, by which the declaration of taking was authorized, including the date when such action was taken, and the place where the record may be examined;
            (G) a description of the purpose of the
            (H) a reasonable description of the property to
be condemned;
            (I) a statement of how just compensation will be
            (J) a statement that, if the condemnee wishes to
challenge the proceeding, the condemnee shall file objections within 45 days after its receipt of the notice.
        (2) Within 30 days after the filing of a petition by
the sanitary district of its intent to acquire by eminent domain all real and personal property, rights of way, and privileges of a public utility, the sanitary district shall serve a copy of the petition on the public utility and shall publish a notice of the filing of the petition in a newspaper of general circulation in the area served by the sanitary district. The sanitary district shall file a certificate of publication with the Commission as proof of publication.
        (3) Within 45 days after being served with the notice
required by this Section, the condemnee may file objections to the petition with the Commission. All objections shall state specifically the grounds relied upon. All objections shall be raised at one time and in one document. The condemnee shall serve a copy of the objections upon the condemnor within 72 hours after the objections are filed with the Commission.
        (4) The Commission shall make a determination
regarding the petition and any objections to the petition and shall make such orders and decrees as justice and law shall require. The Commission may take evidence by deposition or otherwise and shall entertain oral argument on all objections. The Commission shall make its determination within 105 days after its receipt of the objections of the condemnee, unless the Commission, in its discretion, extends the determination period for a further period not exceeding 6 months.
    (c) The Illinois Commerce Commission shall approve the taking of any property by a sanitary district under subsection (b), within or outside its boundaries, if it is in the public interest. The taking shall be considered to be in the public interest if the sanitary district establishes by a preponderance of the evidence:
        (1) that the sanitary district has been in existence
as the operator of a wastewater system for at least 20 years;
        (2) that it will provide wastewater treatment service
within the proposed area subject to condemnation at the same level of wastewater treatment service provided throughout the district;
        (3) that it will provide the wastewater collection,
treatment, and disposal at the same or less operational and maintenance volumetric or bulk rate as the public utility whose property is subject to condemnation; and
        (4) that it is not financially impractical for the
public utility to serve its remaining customers who are not in the area subject to condemnation.
(Source: P.A. 96-328, eff. 8-11-09.)