(70 ILCS 210/14.5)
Trustee of the Authority.
(a) Beginning on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, the Authority shall be governed by a Trustee for a term of 18 months or until the Board created in this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly appoints a chief executive officer, whichever is longer. The Trustee of the Authority shall immediately assume all duties and powers of the Board and the chief executive officer. The Trustee shall take all actions necessary to carry into effect the provisions of this Act and this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly. The Trustee shall receive an annual salary equal to the current salary of the chief executive officer, minus 5%.
As provided in Senate Bill 28 of the 96th General Assembly, the Trustee of the Authority is James Reilly, who served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Authority from 1989 to 1999, served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau from 1999 to 2004, and served as Chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority Board. James Reilly may be removed as Trustee only by a joint resolution of the General Assembly approved by a majority of members elected to each chamber; and the General Assembly shall thereupon notify the Governor, Trustee, and interim board upon the adoption of a joint resolution creating a vacancy in the position of Trustee of the Authority.
(a-5) In the case of a vacancy in the office of Trustee of the Authority, the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint a Trustee within 5 calendar days. If the vacancy occurs during a recess of the Senate, the Governor shall make a temporary appointment within 5 calendar days and the person shall serve until the next meeting of the Senate, when the Governor shall nominate some person to fill the office of Trustee. Any person so nominated who is confirmed by the Senate shall hold the office of Trustee during the remainder of the term as provided for in this Section.
Any Trustee of the Authority appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall be subject to the Governor's removal power provided for under Section 10 of Article V of the Illinois Constitution.
(a-10) If the Trustee of the Authority, or the guardian of his or her estate and person, notifies the Governor that he or she is unable to perform the duties vested by law in the Trustee, then the Governor may designate some person as acting Trustee to execute and discharge those duties. When the Trustee of the Authority is prepared to resume his or her duties, he or she, or the guardian of his or her estate and person, shall do so by notifying the Governor.
(b) It shall be the duty of the Trustee:
(1) to ensure the proper administration of the
(2) to submit to the interim board monthly reports
detailing actions taken and the general status of the Authority;
(3) to report to the General Assembly and Governor
no later than January 1, 2011, whether Navy Pier should remain within the control of the Authority or serve as an entity independent from the Authority;
(4) to enter into an agreement with a contractor or
private manager to operate the buildings and facilities of the Authority, provided that the agreement is procured using a request for proposal process in accordance with the Illinois Procurement Code;
(5) to enter into any agreements to license naming
rights of any building or facility of the Authority, provided the Trustee determines such an agreement is in the best interest of the Authority;
(6) to ensure the proper implementation,
administration, and enforcement of Section 5.4 of this Act; and
(7) to ensure that any contract of the Authority to
provide food or beverage in the buildings and facilities of the Authority, except Navy Pier, shall be provided at a rate not to exceed the cost established in the contract.
(c) The Trustee shall notify the interim board prior to entering into an agreement for a term of more than 24 months or with a total value in excess of $100,000. Notification shall include the purpose of the agreement, a description of the agreement, disclosure of parties to the agreement, and the total value of the agreement. Within 10 days after receiving notice, the interim board may prohibit the Trustee from entering into the agreement by a resolution approved by at least 5 members of the interim board. The interim board may veto any other action of the Trustee by a resolution approved by at least 5 members of the interim board, provided that the resolution is adopted within 30 days after the action.
(d) Any provision of this Act that requires approval by the Chair of the Board or at least the approval of a majority of the Board shall be deemed approved if the Trustee approves the action, subject to the restrictions in subsection (c).
(Source: P.A. 96-898, eff. 5-27-10; 96-899, eff. 5-28-10.)