(65 ILCS 5/3.1-15-30)
(from Ch. 24, par. 3.1-15-30)
(a) Whenever the question of
incorporation as a city under
this Code is submitted for adoption to the electors of any territory,
village, incorporated town, or city under special charter, there may be
submitted at the same time for adoption or rejection the question of
minority representation in the city council. The proposition shall be
in the following form:
Shall minority representation in the city council be
(b) If a majority of the votes cast on the question at any election are
for minority representation in the city council, the members of the city
council, except as otherwise provided, thereafter shall be elected as
provided in Section 3.1-15-35.
(c) The city council, at least 30 days before the first day fixed
by law for the filing of candidate petitions for the next general municipal
election, shall apportion the city by dividing its population,
as ascertained by an official publication of any national,
state, school, or city census, by any number not less than 2 nor more
than 6. The quotient shall be the ratio of representation in the city
council. Districts shall be formed of contiguous and compact territory
and contain, as near as practicable, an equal number of inhabitants.
(d) If a majority of the votes cast on the question at any election are
against minority representation in the city council, the members of the
city council shall be elected as otherwise provided in this Code.
(e) At any time after the incorporation of a city under this
Code, on petition of electors equal in number to one-eighth the number
of legal votes cast at the next preceding general municipal election,
the city clerk shall certify
the question of the adoption or
retention of minority representation to the proper election authority
for submission to the electors of that city. The proposition
shall be in the same form as provided in this Section, except
that the word "retained" shall be substituted for the word "adopted"
when appropriate. A question of minority representation, however, shall not be
submitted more than once within 32 months.
(f) If the city council of any city adopting minority representation
as provided in this Section has not fixed a ratio of representation and
formed the districts by the time specified in this Section, those acts
may be done by any later city council. All official acts
done and ordinances passed by a city council
elected at large by the electors of a city that has adopted a
minority representation plan shall be as valid and binding as if the
aldermen had been elected from districts.
(Source: P.A. 87-1119.)