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Business Resources related to COVID-19  If you have questions about an event, procedures for your business, or questions relating to any of the Governor's Executive Orders, please contact the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity

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Fifth Street Road Project

The City of Lincoln, State of Illinois, and County of Logan have partnered to redevelop Fifth Street Road west of Lincoln Parkway (Old Route 66) to the Interstate overpass. Not only will this improve the roadway itself, but was to correct water drainage along the roadway itself from neighboring developments.

 

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Information

Building and Safety related information for the public.

Below are the monthly reports submitted by the Building and Zoning Department.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Building and Zoning Department.

 

Below is the City of Lincoln Zoning Map.

 

City Zoning Map (PDF)

Introduction

In 2014, The City of Lincoln adopted an ordinance creating a Code Hearing Department and an administrative adjudication process. The Code Hearing Department will hear a wide variety of cases involving violations of the City Code. These cases used to be heard in the Logan County Circuit Court. Conducting the hearings at City Hall will expedite resolutions, reduce litigation expenses, provide a local forum for hearing civil court violations and allow the Circuit Court to focus on more serious offenses.

The Code Hearing Department, a City Department, will issue a citation, complaint or ordinance violation notice citing a violation of the Lincoln City Code and a Hearing Officer will hear the case. An administrative adjudication hearing before the Hearing Officer is a civil, not a criminal proceeding. Cases filed in adjudication are punishable by fines and penalties that are consistent with applicable provisions of the City Code.

Under the administrative hearing system, a Hearing Officer hears cases, not the City entity that issued the ticket, complaint or ordinance violation notice. Hearing Officers, all of whom are experienced, licensed attorneys, are required to undergo State-mandated training to be professional, fair and courteous.

The Code Hearing Department hears, or may hear in the future, the following types of cases:

•              Vehicle Impound hearings

•              Nuisance violations, such as accumulation of trash & debris, tall grass/weeds and inoperable vehicles, etc.

•              Building Code Violations

•              Zoning Code Violations

•              Fire Code Violations

•              Police Issued tickets

 

The Procedure

A City inspector or Police Officer may issue a ticket, complaint or ordinance violation notice. The ticket, complaint or ordinance violation notice must properly cite several pieces of information. This includes date, time, and location of offense, ordinance violation and identity of the person named. It also must give specific details to support the allegation. If you receive a ticket, complaint or ordinance violation notice ordering your appearance at a hearing before the Hearing Officer, you will subsequently receive a notice of hearing via U.S. Mail specifying the date and time of the hearing. You or your representative must appear at the hearing. If English is not your first language, you must bring someone to assist you.

 

Who Must Appear

As the individual that has been charged, you may represent yourself, hire an attorney to represent you at your own expense, or in some instances, have an authorized representative attend the hearing on your behalf. Your representative may be an employee or agent.

The Hearing Officer may grant continuances only in cases where a continuance is absolutely necessary to protect the rights of the defendant. Lack of preparation by either party will not be grounds for a continuance. Any continuance authorized by a Hearing Officer under this chapter shall not exceed twenty-five (25) days. If you or your representative fail to appear for the scheduled hearing, you are in default, and the hearing officer will conduct the hearing in your absence.

 

In the Hearing Room

Review the schedule and location information on your notice of hearing. All hearings start promptly at 10:00 A.M., so arrive a few minutes early.

Please check in with the Assistant Code Hearing Director prior to entering the hearing room. Once you enter the hearing room and check in with the Assistant Code Hearing Director, sit down until your case is called. Audio and video equipment, newspapers, magazines, food, drink, and chewing gum are not allowed in the hearing room. Cell phones must be silenced prior to entrance into the hearing room. Please conduct yourself in a dignified, orderly and appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior will result in a failure to hear your case or the Hearing Officer will conduct the hearing in your absence and you will still be subject to any fines or penalties that may be levied.

 

The Hearing Process

When the Hearing Office enters the hearing room, he or she will make an opening statement identifying their role, expectations of a hearing and the order in which cases will be heard. When your case is called, you should acknowledge and step to the front of the Hearing Officer’s bench. The hearing will begin immediately and both sides will be given an opportunity to present testimony and evidence. The City is responsible for presenting its case and must proceed first. The case will be presented by the City Attorney and Sworn representative. The respondent may cross-examine any witness testifying the City. The City may cross-examine any witness representing the respondent or contest any evidence submitted to the Hearing Office. Evidence may include live sworn testimony, a sworn affidavit, documents, exhibits or other evidence deemed admissible by the Hearing Officer. The ticket, complaint or notice of violation written against you may be enough evidence to prove or disprove the City’s case.

 

The Ruling

After the Conclusion of the testimony from each side, the Hearing Officer will make a final written determination on the basis of evidence, whether a violation of the City Code has occurred. The standard of proof as a set before the State of Illinois and City Code is known as a preponderance of evidence. In other words, whether it was more likely than not that a violation occurred. If the Hearing Officer finds that the City has proven its case, the respondent will be found liable and the case will go forward on matters of compliance, fines and other costs that may be imposed as set forth in the City Code. All judgements are final and enforceable by law and all fines are made payable to the City of Lincoln. Payment is due in full at the time of ruling. Cash, cashier’s check, money order or credit card are acceptable forms of payment. If for any reason payment is not made in a timely manner, an Ordinance Violation Complaint will be filed with the Logan County Circuit Court to the resolve the matter. Upon becoming final, an order of the Hearing Officer may be appealed in the Circuit Court of Logan County under the Illinois Administrative Review Act [735ILCS 5/3-101, et. Sq.], which allows either party thirty-five (35) days to appeal the decision.

 

Pre-Payment in Lieu of Appearance

Pre-Payment in Lieu of an appearance for some offenses, the City provides an option to pay fines in lieu of an appearance at an administrative adjudication hearing.

If you chose the pre-payment in lieu of an appearance option, you would be responsible to pay the minimum applicable fine(s), but would not have to pay a court cost fee of $75.00 that would be apply if you had an administrative adjudication hearing before the Hearing Officer.

Prepayment of any fine shall constitute an admission of liability to the code violation(s) alleged. Pre-payment in lieu of appearance would only be permitted if the violation you have been cited for has been corrected. In order to qualify for pre-payment in lieu of appearance you must contact the Building and Safety Office on or before the Thursday before your Monday hearing date so that an inspection of the property can be performed to verify that the violation(s) have been corrected and the property is in compliance with the requirements of the City Code.

Screen Shot 2015 02 12 at 12.06.28 PMLogan County offers a detailed GIS mapping website available through the link below.

 

Logan County GIS Mapping

 

2012 edition of the International Building Code

 

2012 edition of the International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings

 

2012 edition of the International Fire Code

 

2014 edition of the National Electrical Code

 

2012 edition of the International Mechanical Code

 

2012 edition of the International Maintenance Code

 

2012 edition of the International Fuel Gas Code

 

2012 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code

 

2012 edition of the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code

 

Most current edition to the Illinois Plumbing Code

 

 

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Information is available on the following sites:
Logan County Current Statistics

Memorial Health System  - Includes daily statistics for MHS and a COVID-19 Risk Screening

Local Business Resources
Logan County Department of Public Health
Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

 

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Contact Information

 

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City Hall
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Lincoln, Illinois 62656

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Mayor
(217)735-1612
 
City Administrator
(217)732-2122
 
City Clerk
(217)735-2815
 
Building and Safety
(217)732-6318
 
Street and Alley
(217)732-4655
 
Waste Water Treatment
(217)732-4030
 
Fire Department
(217)735-4020
 
Police Department
(217)732-2151