|MUNICES Office located at:||Court Hearings located at:|
|1504 Third Avenue||Rock Island City Hall|
|Room 315 - 3rd Floor||Council Chambers, Room 300 - 3rd Floor|
|Rock Island, IL 61201||1528 Third Avenue|
|Phone: (309) 793-6302 Ext. 149 OR (309) 793-6300||Rock Island, IL 61201|
|Office hours: Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.||Court held every Friday of the month, except in case of|
|OFFICE CLOSED ON FRIDAYS AND HOLIDAYS||5th Friday or holiday, and every 3rd Thursday|
Municipal Code Enforcement System (MUNICES) hears a wide range of cases involving violations of municipal ordinances that were once heard in the Rock Island County Circuit Court. Administration of MUNICES is handled by the Bi-State Regional Planning Commission. Because MUNICES hearings are held at the Rock Island City Hall, it expedites resolutions, reduces litigation expenses, and allows the Circuit Court to focus on more serious offenses. Hearings at City Hall also are more convenient for residents who wish to contest a ticket or citation.
An administrative hearing is a civil, not a criminal proceeding. Cases filed in adjudication are punishable by fines.
Under the administrative hearing system, a Hearing Officer, not the city entity that issued the ticket, complaint, or notice of violation, hears cases. MUNICES hears cases from the Cities of East Moline, Moline, Rock Island, and Silvis; the Villages of Coal Valley, Hampton, and Milan; and Rock Island County for the following types of cases:
- Police-issued city ordinance tickets
- Building violations
- Zoning violations
- Fire Code
- Weed Violations
A city inspector, civil service officer, or police officer may issue a ticket, notice of violation, or file a complaint against you. A case also may be initiated following a citizen or community complaint.
If you receive a ticket, complaint, or notice of violation ordering you to appear at a hearing before MUNICES, you or your representative must be present on the date and time specified.
Who Must Appear:
If you are contesting charges, you may represent yourself or hire an attorney to represent you at your own expense.
In Car Owner Responsibility Assignment (CORA) ordinance cases, the registered owner of the vehicle must appear.
A continuance is not allowed unless the Hearing Officer finds good cause. 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. You will still be subject to any fines.
If you are in default, you have 21 days to request a new hearing. To request a new hearing, file a “Motion to Vacate” form, which is available at the MUNICES office. The form must be filed in person between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday at the MUNICES office, 1504 Third Avenue, Third Floor, Rock Island, IL. At the time of filing your request, you will be scheduled for a hearing at which time the Hearing Officer will rule on your request. If your request is granted, you will be expected to proceed with your hearing immediately after the ruling.
Attending Your Scheduled Hearing:
Review the schedule and location information on your ticket or notice of violation. A clerk at the hearing will have the docket for that day. All hearings start promptly at the time indicated on the notice. Therefore, it is recommended that you arrive in the hearing room a few minutes early. Once you enter the hearing room, please sit down until your case is called.
Court Hearings located at:
Rock Island City Hall
Council Chambers, Room 300 - 3rd Floor
1528 Third Avenue
Rock Island, IL 61201
The Hearing Process:
When the Hearing Officer enters the room, he will make an opening statement identifying himself, his role, expectations of a hearing, and the order in which cases will be called. When your case is called, you should acknowledge and step to the podium in 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. All live testimony is given under oath and recorded.
You have the right to tell the Hearing Officer your side of the story. This includes using witnesses and physical evidence. Your presentation must deal specifically with the violation before court. All documents presented may be retained by MUNICES as evidence. There are no public defenders and no right to a jury in these administrative hearings.
Proper conduct must be maintained at all times. Disruptive people will be removed from the hearing room.
Payment of Fines:
Fine payments are accepted Monday through Thursday between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. Acceptable forms of payment are cash (please have the exact amount as we do not give change), check, or money order. Make your check or money order payable to: Municipal Code Enforcement System or MUNICES. If you mail a payment in, please write the citation number on your check or money order; or send a copy of your ticket with your payment. Mail the payment to:
Municipal Code Enforcement System
1504 Third Avenue
Rock Island, IL 61201
After both sides have been heard, the Hearing Officer will make a determination based on the evidence presented. If you are found liable, fines and costs will be imposed according to the guidelines set forth by the Code of Ordinances as established by the municipalities. The Hearing Officer’s decision will be in the form of a written document you receive at the end of the hearing.
Appealing the Decision:
If you disagree with the Hearing Officer’s decision, you have 35 days to file an appeal. Pursuant to state law, a final order of the Hearing Officer may be appealed by filing an action for administrative review in Circuit Court of Rock Island County within 35 days. Please note that the 35-day period to file an appeal is set by state law and that contacting MUNICES will not suspend the running of the 35-day appeal period. The state administrative review law is located in Section 3-101 through 3-113 of the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure.
The information on this page merely summarizes procedures. For more information about the adjudication program please contact:
Municipal Code Enforcement
1504 Third Ave, Third Floor
Rock Island, IL 61201
Phone: (309) 793-6302 Ext. 149 OR (309) 793-6300
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Thursday
OFFICE CLOSED ON FRIDAYS