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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Annexation Bill Would Limit Lawsuits Challenging Contiguity

There hasn't been much activity in the Illinois General Assembly, but one bill that may be of interest to Illinois municipalities is HB 4203 which proposes changes to the law regarding when a lawsuit can be filed to challenge an annexation. 

Currently, state statute requires that any lawsuit challenging the annexation of property to a municipality has to be filed within one year of the date the date the annexation  becomes final. There is one exception to the one year statute of limitations - challenges involving whether an annexed property is "contiguous" to the municipality at the time of annexation have no time limit on when a lawsuit can be brought. HB 4203 would change that and require that any lawsuit challenging the contiguity of an annexed property be brought within 10 years of the adoption of the ordinance annexing the property to the municipality.

The bill was introduced on December 20th. We will keep you posted on this proposed legislation.

Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf


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