"The Second District Appellate Court recently considered the fines that a municipality may impose for violations of a zoning ordinance in the case of City of Kankakee v. Ellington-Snipes.
The controversy began on April 20, 2016, when the city issued a notice of violation to the property owner for various code violations relating to property maintenance issues. After the property owner failed to remedy the code violations, the city issued a citation. However, the city subsequently dismissed the citation without prejudice.
Approximately 10 months later, on July 20, 2017, the city served the property owner with a lawsuit alleging that a tent that had been erected on the property violated the city’s zoning ordinance. The city asked the court for an injunction and for payment of fines not exceeding $500 per day. The property owner failed to answer the lawsuit or otherwise appear in court, and the city obtained a default judgment...." READ THE FULL ARTICLE > >
Post Authored by Kurt Asprooth, Ancel Glink. Please read the full Municipal Minute, blog post here: http://municipalminute.ancelglink.com/2018/10/court-addresses-fees-for-zoning.html
Municipal Minute is authored by attorney Julie Tappendorf at Ancel Glink.
This information is not intended to convey or constitute legal advice and is not a substitute for consulting a qualified attorney. View expressed do not reflect the views or opinions of the American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter.