(a) The County Board may license, tax or franchise the business of operating a community antenna television system or systems within the County and outside of a municipality, as defined in Section 1-1-2 of the Illinois Municipal Code.
When an area is annexed to a municipality, the annexing municipality shall thereby become the franchising authority with respect to that portion of any community antenna television system that, immediately before annexation, had provided cable television services within the annexed area under a franchise granted by the county, and the owner of that community antenna television system shall thereby be authorized to provide cable television services within the annexed area under the terms and provisions of the existing franchise. In that instance, the franchise shall remain in effect until, by its terms, it expires, except that any franchise fees payable under the franchise shall be payable only to the county for a period of 5 years or until, by its terms, the franchise expires, whichever occurs first. After the 5 year period, any franchise fees payable under the franchise shall be paid to the annexing municipality.
the first sentence of section 5-1095(a) granted the County the authority to franchise and tax Comcast but limited that authority to areas ‘within the County and outside of a municipality.’ . . . In November 2007, the County’s franchise (extended by resolution) expired. The County’s attempt to pass an extension in December 2007 was after the prior extension’s expiration and was ineffective as to property within the Village. Therefore, when the Village passed its Comcast franchise ordinance, effective January 1, 2008, it was the only effective franchising authority and the only entity entitled to collect fees from that time forward.
in April 2007, a part of the County’s [franchise] area was incorporated as the Village. Thus, pursuant to “law,” section 5-1095(a) of the Counties Code, that part of the area was no longer subject to the County’s franchise agreement. However, the incorporation of the Village did not impact the County’s franchise agreement with respect to the parts of the County that remained unincorporated. Thus, the trial court did not improperly modify the County’s franchise agreement with Comcast; rather, it ruled in conformity with the contract and the law.