(70 ILCS 10/2)
(from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 252)
(a) Governmental units in each of the party states are hereby
authorized to combine in the creation of an airport authority for the
purpose of jointly supporting and operating an airport terminal and all
properties attached thereto. The number of such governmental units are
not limited as to character or size except that membership shall be
composed of an equal number of members from each party state, designated
or appointed by the legislative body of the participating governmental
unit: Provided, That the federal government may be represented by a
non-voting agent or representative if authorized by federal law.
(b) The authorized airport authority shall come into being upon the
passage of resolutions or ordinances containing identical agreement duly
and legally enacted by the legislative bodies of the governmental units
to be combined into the airport authority. If passage is by resolution,
it may be joint or several, however, the resolution, ordinance or
enabling legislation of the combining governmental units shall provide
for the number of members, the residence requirements of the members,
the length of term of the members and shall authorize the appointment of
an additional member to be made by the governor of each party state. If
the member appointed by the governor shall be selected from the
membership or staff of the Department of Aeronautics or its successor agency
commission of his state, there shall be no limitation as to place of
residence, and the length of tenure of office shall be at the pleasure
of the governor.
(c) The respective members of the airport authority, except any
member representing the federal government, shall each be entitled to
one vote. Any action of the membership of the airport authority shall
not be official unless taken at a meeting in which a majority of the
voting members from each party state are present and unless a majority
of those from each state concur: Provided, That any action not binding
for such reason may be ratified within thirty days by the concurrence of
a majority of the members of each party state. In the absence of any
member, his vote may be cast by another representative or member of his
state if the representative casting such vote shall have a written
proxy in proper form as may be required by the airport authority.
(d) The airport authority may sue and be sued, and shall adopt an
(e) The airport authority shall have the power to appoint and remove
or discharge personnel as may be necessary for the performance of the
airport's functions irrespective of the civil service, personnel or
other merit system laws of either of the party states.
(f) The airport authority shall elect annually, from its membership,
a chairman, a vice-chairman and a treasurer.
(g) The airport authority may establish and maintain or participate
in programs of employee benefits as may be appropriate to afford
employees of the airport authority terms and conditions of employment
similar to those enjoyed by the employees of each of the party states.
(h) The airport authority may borrow, accept, or contract for the
services of personnel from any state or the United States or any
subdivision or agency thereof, from any interstate agency, or from any
institution, person, firm or corporation.
(i) The airport authority may accept for any of its purposes and
functions any and all donations and grants of money, equipment,
supplies, materials and services, conditional or otherwise, from any
state, from the United States, from any subdivision or agency thereof,
from any interstate agency, or from any institution, person, firm or
corporation; and may receive, utilize and dispose of the same.
(j) The airport authority may establish and maintain such facilities
as may be necessary for the transaction of its business. The airport
authority may acquire, hold and convey real and personal property and
any interest therein, and may enter into such contracts for the
improvements upon real estate appurtenant to the airport, including
farming, extracting minerals, subleasing, subdividing, promoting and
developing of such real estate as shall aid and encourage the
development and service of the airport. The airport authority may engage
contractors to provide airport services, and shall carefully observe all
appropriate federal or state regulations in the operation of the air
(k) The airport authority may adopt official rules and regulations
for the conduct of its business, and may amend or rescind the same when
(l) The airport authority shall annually make a report to the
governor of each party state concerning the activities of the airport
authority for the preceding year; and shall embody in such report
recommendations as may have been adopted by the airport authority. The
copies of such report shall be submitted to the legislature or general
assembly of each of the party states at any regular session of such
legislative body. The airport authority may issue such additional
reports as may be deemed necessary.
The requirement for reporting to the General Assembly shall be satisfied
by filing copies of the report as required
by Section 3.1 of the General Assembly Organization Act, and filing such additional copies
with the State Government Report Distribution Center for the General Assembly
as is required under paragraph (t) of Section 7 of the State Library Act.
(Source: P.A. 100-1148, eff. 12-10-18.)