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765 ILCS 33/5
(765 ILCS 33/5)
Administration and standards.
(a) To adopt standards to implement this Act, there is established, within the Office of the Secretary of State, the Illinois Electronic Recording Commission consisting of 17 commissioners as follows:
(1) The Secretary of State or the Secretary's
designee shall be a permanent commissioner.
(2) The Secretary of State shall appoint the
following additional 16 commissioners:
(A) Three who are from the land title profession.
(B) Three who are from lending institutions.
(C) One who is an attorney.
(D) Seven who are county recorders, no more than
4 of whom are from one political party, representative of counties of varying size, geography, population, and resources.
(E) Two who are licensed real estate brokers or
managing brokers under the Real Estate License Act of 2000.
(3) On August 27, 2007 (the effective date of this
Act), the Secretary of State or the Secretary's designee shall become the Acting Chairperson of the Commission. The Secretary shall appoint the initial commissioners within 60 days and hold the first meeting of the Commission within 120 days, notifying commissioners of the time and place of the first meeting with at least 14 days' notice. At its first meeting the Commission shall adopt, by a majority vote, such rules and structure that it deems necessary to govern its operations, including the title, responsibilities, and election of officers. Once adopted, the rules and structure may be altered or amended by the Commission by majority vote. Upon the election of officers and adoption of rules or bylaws, the duties of the Acting Chairperson shall cease.
(4) The Commission shall meet at least once every
year within the State of Illinois. The time and place of meetings to be determined by the Chairperson and approved by a majority of the Commission.
(5) Nine commissioners shall constitute a quorum.
(6) Commissioners shall receive no compensation for
their services but may be reimbursed for reasonable expenses at current rates in effect at the Office of the Secretary of State, directly related to their duties as commissioners and participation at Commission meetings or while on business or at meetings which have been authorized by the Commission.
(7) Appointed commissioners shall serve terms of 3
years, which shall expire on December 1st. Five of the initially appointed commissioners, including at least 2 county recorders, shall serve terms of one year, 5 of the initially appointed commissioners, including at least 2 county recorders, shall serve terms of 2 years, and 4 of the initially appointed commissioners shall serve terms of 3 years, to be determined by lot. Of the commissioners appointed under subparagraph (E) of paragraph (2) of this subsection, one of the initially appointed commissioners shall serve a term of 2 years and one of the initially appointed commissioners shall serve a term of 3 years, to be determined by lot. The calculation of the terms in office of the initially appointed commissioners shall begin on the first December 1st after the commissioners have served at least 6 months in office.
(8) The Chairperson shall declare a commissioner's
office vacant immediately after receipt of a written resignation, death, a recorder commissioner no longer holding the public office, or under other circumstances specified within the rules adopted by the Commission, which shall also by rule specify how and by what deadlines a replacement is to be appointed.
(c) The Commission shall adopt and transmit to the Secretary of State standards to implement this Act and shall be the exclusive entity to set standards for counties to engage in electronic recording in the State of Illinois.
(d) To keep the standards and practices of county recorders in this State in harmony with the standards and practices of recording offices in other jurisdictions that enact substantially this Act and to keep the technology used by county recorders in this State compatible with technology used by recording offices in other jurisdictions that enact substantially this Act, the Commission, so far as is consistent with the purposes, policies, and provisions of this Act, in adopting, amending, and repealing standards shall consider:
(1) standards and practices of other jurisdictions;
(2) the most recent standards promulgated by national
standard-setting bodies, such as the Property Records Industry Association;
(3) the views of interested persons and governmental
(4) the needs of counties of varying size,
population, and resources; and
(5) standards requiring adequate information security
protection to ensure that electronic documents are accurate, authentic, adequately preserved, and resistant to tampering.
(e) The Commission shall review the statutes related to real property and the statutes related to recording real property documents and shall recommend to the General Assembly any changes in the statutes that the Commission deems necessary or advisable.
(f) Funding. The Secretary of State may accept for the Commission, for any of its purposes and functions, donations, gifts, grants, and appropriations of money, equipment, supplies, materials, and services from the federal government, the State or any of its departments or agencies, a county or municipality, or from any institution, person, firm, or corporation. The Commission may authorize a fee payable by counties engaged in electronic recording to fund its expenses. Any fee shall be proportional based on county population or number of documents recorded annually. On approval by a county recorder of the form and amount, a county board may authorize payment of any fee out of the special fund it has created to fund document storage and electronic retrieval, as authorized in Section 3-5018 of the Counties Code. Any funds received by the Office of the Secretary of State for the Commission shall be used entirely for expenses approved by and for the use of the Commission.
(g) The Secretary of State shall provide administrative support to the Commission, including the preparation of the agenda and minutes for Commission meetings, distribution of notices and proposed rules to commissioners, payment of bills and reimbursement for expenses of commissioners.
(h) Standards and rules adopted by the Commission shall be delivered to the Secretary of State. Within 60 days, the Secretary shall either promulgate by rule the standards adopted, amended, or repealed or return them to the Commission, with findings, for changes. The Commission may override the Secretary by a three-fifths vote, in which case the Secretary shall publish the Commission's standards.
(Source: P.A. 99-662, eff. 1-1-17; 100-201, eff. 8-18-17.)