DIVISION IV – GENERAL PENALTY

          1‑1‑20        PENALTY.

(A)               Any person convicted of a violation of any section of this Code shall be fined not more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) unless otherwise specified for any one (1) offense(See 55 ILCS 5/5-1113)

(B)               Any minor or person designated a juvenile by this State convicted of a violation of any section of this Code     shall be fined not less than Seventy‑Five Dollars ($75.00) nor more than Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00) for any one (1) offense, but may not be confined except by provisions of the Juvenile Court Act of the State of Illinois.

(C)               Whoever commits an offense against the County or aids, abets, counsels, commands, induces or procures its commis­sion is punishable as a principal.

(D)               Whoever willfully causes an act to be done which, if directly performed by him or another would be an offense against the County, is punishable as a principal.

(E)               Guilty Plea – No Court Appearance.  All county ordinance offenses may be satisfied without a court appearance by written plea of guilty and payment of the minimum fine, plus court costs, unless a court appearance is required by the ordinance violated.

(F)               Community Service.  A penalty imposed for the violation of any section of this Code may include, or consist of, a requirement that the defendant perform some reasonable public service work such as but not limited to the picking up of litter in public parks or along public highways or the maintenance of public facilities.

           1‑1‑21        APPLICATION.

(A)               The penalty provided in this Chapter shall be ap­plicable to every section of this County Code, the same as though it were a part of each and every separate section.  Any person convicted of a violation of any section of this County Code, where any duty is prescribed or obligation imposed, or where any act which is of a continuing nature or declared to be unlawful, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor. A separate offense shall be deemed committed upon each day such duty or obligation remains unperformed or such act continues, unless otherwise specifically provided in this County Code.

(B)               In all cases where the same offense is made punish­able or is created by different clauses or sections of this County Code, the prosecuting officer may elect under which to proceed; but not more than one (1) recovery shall be had against the same person for the same offense; provided that the revocation of a license or permit shall not be considered a recovery or penalty so as to bar any other penalty being enforced.

(C)               Whenever the doing of any act or the omission to do any act constitutes a breach of any section or provision of this County Code, and there shall be no fine or penalty specifically declared for such breach, the provisions of this Chapter shall apply and a separate offense shall be deemed committed upon each day during or on which a breach or violation occurs or continues.

           1‑1‑22        LIABILITY OF OFFICERS. The failure of any officer or employee to perform any official duty imposed by this Code shall not subject such officer or employee to the penalty imposed for violation of this Code, unless a penalty is specifically provided for.

(Note: 1-1-23 added under Ordinance No. 2012-18)