(70 ILCS 705/3.1)
(from Ch. 127 1/2, par. 23.1)
Annexation under a comprehensive county fire protection plan.
(a) Additional contiguous territory having the qualifications set forth
in Section 1 and in this Section may be added to a fire protection district
as provided in this Section, but only if the ISO rating of the district
will not be adversely affected by adding the contiguous territory.
(b) If the territory is unincorporated, is not part of a fire protection
district, and does not have available a source of fire protection on a
voluntary or contractual basis, then the territory may be added to a fire
protection district by action of the county board of the county in which
the territory is located as part of a comprehensive county fire protection
plan adopted under subsection (c).
(c) If the county board proposes to adopt a comprehensive county fire
protection plan for the purpose of ensuring that fire protection is
available throughout the unincorporated areas of the county, it shall fix a
time and a place for a hearing on the question. The county board shall give
notice of the time and place of the hearing, the question to be heard, and
a description of the unincorporated territory without fire protection as
follows: (i) to the president of each fire protection district located
within the county by certified U. S. mail deposited for
mailing at least 20 days before the hearing; and (ii) by one publication
at least 14 days before the hearing in one or more newspapers having general
circulation within the county. The plan shall propose that all the
unincorporated territory without fire protection be added to one or more
fire protection districts. At the hearing all persons having an interest
in the matter shall have an opportunity to be heard.
(d) If, after the hearing, the county board proposes to proceed with
adoption of the comprehensive county fire protection plan, it shall notify
the appropriate election officials, who shall submit the question of
approval of the plan to the electors of the entire county
in accordance with the general election law. If a
majority of those voting on the question are in favor of adopting the plan,
it shall be adopted.
(e) If, after the adoption of a comprehensive county fire protection
plan, the county board determines to add any territory to a fire protection
district, it shall do so by ordinance. The ordinance shall describe the
territory and shall specify a date, not more than one year after the
adoption of the ordinance, at which time the territory shall be considered
added to and a part of the fire protection district. A certified copy of
the ordinance shall be transmitted to each of the following: the county
clerk, the secretary of the fire protection district, and the State Fire
Marshal. On the date specified in the ordinance, the territory shall
become an integral part of the fire protection district and subject to all
of the benefits of service and responsibilities of the district.
(Source: P.A. 86-568.)