(70 ILCS 1105/4)
(from Ch. 85, par. 6804)
Petition for referendum.
(a) Any 200 legal voters residing within the limits of a proposed
district may petition the circuit court of the county in which the proposed
district lies for an order to submit the question to the electors of the
proposed district whether or not it shall be organized as a museum district
under this Act.
(b) The petition must contain a definite description of the territory to
be included within the district, the proposed name of the district, the
name of each municipality within the district, and a description of each
historical site within the district.
(c) Upon filing the petition in the office of the clerk of the circuit
court of the county in which the territory lies, the circuit court shall fix a
day and hour for a hearing on the petition, which shall be at least 15 days
after the filing of the petition. The clerk of the circuit court shall
cause a notice of the time and place of hearing to be published 3
successive days in a newspaper having a general circulation in the
territory of the proposed district. The date of the last publication of
the notice must be at least 5 days before the time set for the hearing.
(d) At the hearing on the petition the court shall hear any person
owning property or residing within the proposed district who desires to be
heard. If the court finds that all of the provisions of this Act have been
complied with, the court shall enter an order fixing and defining the
boundaries and the name of the proposed district in accordance with the
prayer of the petition.
(e) If any other petition for the organization of a museum district in
the same county is filed under this Act before the time fixed for the
hearing of the first petition, the court shall postpone the hearing on the
first petition, and the hearing on all petitions shall be set for the same
day and hour. All petitions filed after the first petition shall be
assigned to the judge to whom the first petition is assigned so that all
petitions may be heard by the same judge. If 2 or more petitions are filed
under this Act and come on for hearing at the same time and the court finds
that any of the territory included within any one of the petitions is
included within or contiguous to the territory included in any other
petition, the court may include all of the territory described in the
petitions in one district and shall fix the name proposed in the petition
first filed as the name of the district.
(f) After the entry of the order fixing and defining the boundaries and
the name of a proposed district, the circuit court shall order that the
question of organization of the proposed district be submitted to the
electors of the proposed district. The clerk of the circuit court shall
certify the order and the question to the proper election officials, who
shall submit the question to the electors of the proposed district in
accordance with the general election law. Notice of the referendum shall
contain a definite description of the territory of the district and the
proposed name of the district.
(Source: P.A. 86-477.)