Adopted January 14, 2002 Effective January 14, 2002


Published by Order of the President and Board of Trustees

CC Tallahassee, Florida 2001


of the





Donald F. Rudny



Jeanne Balmes

Thomas Chamberlain

Ray Damijonaitis

William Finn

Kristina Kovarik

Barbara Thoma

Board of Trustees


James T. Hayner

Village Administrator


Rudolph F. Magna

Village Attorney


Mary Jo Kollross

Village Clerk


This Code constitutes a recodification of the general and permanent ordinances of the Village of Gurnee, Illinois.

Source materials used in the preparation of the Code were the 1977 Code, as supplemented through Ordinance No. 93-158, and ordinances subsequently adopted by the President and Board of Trustees. The source of each section is included in the history note appearing in parentheses at the end thereof. The absence of such a note indicates that the section is new and was adopted for the first time with the adoption of the Code. By use of the comparative tables appearing in the back of this Code, the reader can locate any section of the 1977 Code, as supplemented, and any subsequent ordinance included herein.

The chapters of the Code have been conveniently arranged in alphabetical order, and the various sections within each chapter have been catchlined to facilitate usage. Notes which tie related sections of the Code together and which refer to relevant state law have been included. A table listing the state law citations and setting forth their location within the Code is included at the back of this Code.

Chapter and Section Numbering System

The chapter and section numbering system used in this Code is the same system used in many state and local government codes. Each section number consists of two parts separated by a dash. The figure before the dash refers to the chapter number, and the figure after the dash refers to the position of the section within the chapter. Thus, the second section of chapter 1 is numbered 1-2, and the first section of chapter 6 is 6-1. Under this system, each section is identified with its chapter, and at the same time new sections can be inserted in their proper place by using the decimal system for amendments. For example, if new material consisting of one section that would logically come between sections 6-1 and 6-2 is desired to be added, such new section would be numbered 6-1.5. New articles and new divisions may be included in the same way or, in the case of articles, may be placed at the end of the chapter embracing the subject, and, in the case of divisions, may be placed at the end of the article embracing the subject. The next successive number shall be assigned to the new article or division. New chapters may be included by using one of the reserved chapter numbers. Care should be taken that the alphabetical arrangement of chapters is maintained when including new chapters.

Page Numbering System

The page numbering system used in this Code is a prefix system. The letters to the left of the colon are an abbreviation which represents a certain portion of the volume. The number to the right of the colon represents the number of the page in that portion. In the case of a chapter of the Code, the number to the left of the colon indicates the number of the chapter. In the case of an appendix to the Code, the letter immediately to the left of the colon indicates the letter of the appendix. The following are typical parts of codes of ordinances, which may or may not appear in this Code at this time, and their corresponding prefixes:


The index has been prepared with the greatest of care. Each particular item has been placed under several headings, some of which are couched in lay phraseology, others in legal terminology, and still others in language generally used by local government officials and employees. There are numerous cross references within the index itself which stand as guideposts to direct the user to the particular item in which the user is interested.

Looseleaf Supplements

A special feature of this publication is the looseleaf system of binding and supplemental servicing of the publication. With this system, the publication will be kept up-to-date. Subsequent amendatory legislation will be properly edited, and the affected page or pages will be reprinted. These new pages will be distributed to holders of copies of the publication, with instructions for the manner of inserting the new pages and deleting the obsolete pages.

Keeping this publication up-to-date at all times will depend largely upon the holder of the publication. As revised pages are received, it will then become the responsibility of the holder to have the amendments inserted according to the attached instructions. It is strongly recommended by the publisher that all such amendments be inserted immediately upon receipt to avoid misplacing them and, in addition, that all deleted pages be saved and filed for historical reference purposes.


This publication was under the direct supervision of James S. Vaught, Senior Code Attorney, and Bill Eddy, Editor, of the Municipal Code Corporation, Tallahassee, Florida. Credit is gratefully given to the other members of the publisher's staff for their sincere interest and able assistance throughout the project.

The publisher is most grateful to Bradly J. Burke, Assistant Village Administrator, and Barbara J. Swanson, Village Attorney for their cooperation and assistance during the progress of the work on this publication. It is hoped that their efforts and those of the publisher have resulted in a Code of Ordinances which will make the active law of the village readily accessible to all citizens and which will be a valuable tool in the day-to-day administration of the village's affairs.


All editorial enhancements of this Code are copyrighted by Municipal Code Corporation and the Village of Gurnee, Illinois. Editorial enhancements include, but are not limited to: organization; table of contents; section catchlines; prechapter section analyses; editor's notes; cross references; state law references; numbering system; code comparative table; state law reference table; and index. Such material may not be used or reproduced for commercial purposes without the express written consent of Municipal Code Corporation and the Village of Gurnee, Illinois.

Copyrighted material. Municipal Code Corporation and the Village of Gurnee, Illinois. 2001.


An Ordinance Adopting and Enacting a New Code for the Village of Gurnee, Illinois Providing for the Repeal of Certain Ordinances Not Included Therein; Providing a Penalty for the Violation Thereof; Providing for the Manner of Amending Such Code; and Providing When Such Code and This Ordinance Shall Become Effective.

Be It Ordained By the President and Board of Trustees of the Village of Gurnee, Lake County, Illinois, in the Exercise of Its Home Rule Powers, as Follows:

Section I. The Code entitled "Gurnee Municipal Code" published by Municipal Code Corporation, consisting of Chapters 1 through 94, each inclusive, is hereby adopted.

Section II. All ordinances of a general and permanent nature enacted on or before January 24, 2000, and not included in the Code or recognized and continued in force by reference therein, are repealed.

Section III. The repeal provided for in section II hereof shall not be construed to revive any ordinance or part thereof that has been repealed by a subsequent ordinance that is repealed by this ordinance.

Section IV. Unless another penalty is expressly provided, every person convicted of a violation of any provision of the Code or any ordinance, rule or regulation adopted or issued in pursuance thereof shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $750.00. Each day any violation of any provision of this Code or of any ordinance shall constitute a separate offense. Each act of violation and each day upon which any such violation shall occur shall constitute a separate offense. The penalty provided in this section, unless another penalty is expressly provided, shall apply to the amendment of any Code section, whether or not such penalty is reenacted in the amendatory ordinance. In addition to the penalty prescribed above, the Village may pursue other remedies such as abatement of nuisances, injunctive relief and revocation of licenses or permits.

Section V. Additions or amendments to the Code when passed in the form as to indicate the intention of the President and Board of Trustees to make the same a part of the Code shall be deemed to be incorporated in the Code, so that reference to the Code includes the additions and amendments.

Section VI. Ordinances adopted after January 24, 2000, that amend or refer to ordinances that have been codified in the Code shall be construed as if they amend or refer to like provisions of the Code.

Section VII. Nothing in this ordinance shall be construed to affect any suit or proceeding pending in any court, or any rights acquired, or liability incurred, or any cause or causes of action arising, acquired or existing under any act or ordinance or portion thereof hereby repealed or amended by this ordinance; nor shall any just or legal right, claim, penalty or remedy of any character of the corporate authority existing on the effective date hereof be lost, impaired or affected by this ordinance.

Section VIII. If any provision, clause, sentence, paragraph, section, or part of this ordinance or application thereof to any person, firm, corporation, public agency or circumstance, shall, for any reason, be adjudged by a court of competent jurisdiction to be unconstitutional or invalid, said judgment shall not affect, impair or invalidate the remainder of this ordinance and the application of such provision to other persons, firms, corporation, or circumstances, but shall be confined in its operation to the provision, clause, sentence, paragraph, section, or part thereof directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment shall have been rendered and to the person, firm, corporation, or circumstances involved. It is hereby declared to be the legislative intent of the corporate authorities that this ordinance would have been adopted had such unconstitutional or invalid provision, clause, sentence, paragraph, section, or part thereof not been included.

Section IX. This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage, approval and publication in pamphlet form as required by law.

Passed and approved this 14th day of January, 2002.
Ayes: Nays: Absent/Abstain:
Thomas A. Chamberlain
Ray Damijonaitis
Kristina Kovarik
Jeanne E. Balmes
William Finn
Barbara Thoma


By:________Date:________ DONALD F. RUDNY, President


By:________ MARY JO KOLLROSS, Village Clerk

Presented and read, or reading having been waived, at a duly convened meeting of the Corporate Authorities on ________, 2002.

I hereby certify that the above ordinance was published in pamphlet form on ________, 2002, as provided by law.

____________________ MARY JO KOLLROSS, Village Clerk


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I, Mary Jo Kollross, certify that I am the duly elected and acting municipal clerk of the Village of Gurnee, Lake County, Illinois. I certify that on ________, 2002, the Corporate Authorities of such municipality passed and approved Ordinance 2002- ________, entitled, "AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING AND ENACTING A NEW CODE FOR THE VILLAGE OF GURNEE, ILLINOIS PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF CERTAIN ORDINANCES NOT INCLUDED THEREIN; PROVIDING A PENALTY FOR THE VIOLATION THEREOF; PROVIDING FOR THE MANNER OF AMENDING SUCH [C]ODE; AND PROVIDING WHEN SUCH CODE AND THIS ORDINANCE SHALL BECOME EFFECTIVE", which provided by its terms that it should be published in pamphlet form.

The pamphlet form of Ordinance No. 2002-________, including the Ordinance and a cover sheet thereof, was prepared, and a copy of such Ordinance was posted in the municipal building, commencing on, ________, 2002, and continuing for at least ten days thereafter. Copies of such Ordinance were also available for public inspection upon request in the office of the municipal clerk.

Dated at Gurnee, Illinois, this ________ day of ________, 2002.

____________________ Village Clerk