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Note:  Payment for "P" tickets or Administrative Tow penalties must be received by 5:00pm on the day of the scheduled hearing or the matter will be forwarded to the Administrative Hearing.  There are no grace periods for payments due, including final notices and collections due dates.

Introduction and Overview

The United City of Yorkville offers Administrative Adjudication as an alternative to court. This process addresses a wide range of cases involving violations of municipal ordinances that were previously heard in the Kendall Circuit Court. Such hearings, which take place at Yorkville City Hall, expedites resolutions, reduces litigation expenses, and allows the Circuit Court to focus on more serious offenses. These hearings are also 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, an Administrative Hearing Officer hears cases and not the municipal entity that issued the ticket, complaint, or notice of violation. Hearing Officers, all of whom are experienced attorneys, are required to undergo State mandated training to be professional, fair, and courteous. In Yorkville's Administrative Adjudication process, the following types of cases may be heard:

  • Police issued tickets
  • Parking tickets
  • Animal leash violations
  • Zoning violations
  • Compliance tickets
  • Administrative Tow penalties

Administrative Hearing:

The Procedure:
A City Inspector, Cadet, or a Police Officer may issue a ticket, notice of violation, or file a complaint against an individual. There are two types of citations, a "P" ticket or an "N" ticket. The "P" ticket will have a fine and a hearing date/time listed at the bottom. The recipient can choose to plead liable and pay the fine prior to the hearing date/time, or appear at the hearing. If issued an "N" ticket, the recipient will be required to attend the listed hearing date/time, as it is a required mandatory appearance. Anyone who cannot speak English must bring someone to assist them.

A continuance is not allowed unless the Hearing Officer finds good cause. Lack of preparation is not considered good cause. If an individual, or their representative, fail to appear for the scheduled hearing on cases other then parking and equipment violations, they may be found in default, and the Hearing Officer may conduct the hearing in their absence.

Attending a Hearing:
All hearings are held at the Yorkville City Council Chambers, 800 Game Farm Road, Yorkville, IL, 60560, and are on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.; if City Holidays fall on Wednesday, alternate dates will be set and listed on citations. *Beginning January 1, 2015, hearings will be on Monday nights at 5:30 p.m.* Individuals wishing to appear need to make note of the date and time of their hearing as listed on their notice. It is recommended that individuals arrive a few minutes early. Upon entering the hearing room, individuals must check in with the clerk and sit down until the case is called.

The Hearing Process:
When the hearing beings, the Hearing Officer makes an opening statement which identifies himself, his role, expectations, and the order in which cases are called. When a case is called, the individual should acknowledge it and step forward in front of the Hearing Officer. The hearing begins immediately and individuals are given an opportunity to present testimony and evidence. All live testimony is given under oath and recorded. The ticket, complaint, or notice of violation may be enough evidence to prove or disprove the City’s case. By law, the City representative who issued the ticket, complaint, or notice of violation is not required to appear in court. The ticket, complaint, or notice of violation must properly cite several pieces of information, including the date, time, and location of the offenses, the ordinance violated, and the identity of the person named. Anyone has the right to tell the Hearing Officer his or her side of the story. This includes using witnesses and physical evidence such as bills, receipts, or photos. That presentation must deal specifically with the violation before the court. The City may retain all documents presented as evidence. There are no public defenders and no right to a jury in administrative hearings. Audio and video equipment, newspapers, magazines, food, drink, and chewing gum are not allowed in the hearing room. Disruptive people will be removed from the hearing room and risk having their cases heard without them.

The Decision:
After both sides have been heard, the Hearing Officer makes a determination based on the evidence presented. If he finds the individual liable, fines, penalties, and costs may be imposed according to the guidelines set forth in the City’s municipal code. The Hearing Officer's decision is a written document provided to the individual at the end of the hearing. Payments can be made to the clerk at the hearing location. Acceptable forms of payment include personal check, cash, or money order.

Anyone who disagrees with the Hearing Officer's decision has 40 days to appeal the decision to the Circuit Court of Kendall County in Yorkville, Illinois via a judicial review. Questions about the adjudication process can be directed to the Administrative Offices of the Yorkville Police Department at 630-553-4340.