(70 ILCS 1605/20)
Board of directors.
(a) If the Metro-East District is created by only one county, the District
managed by a board of directors consisting of 3 members.
Two members shall be appointed by the chief executive officer, with the advice
and consent of the county board, of the county in which the District is
and one member shall be appointed by the minority members of the county board
the advice and consent of the county board.
The first appointment shall be
made within 90
days and not sooner than 60 days after the District has been organized. Each
the board so appointed shall be a legal voter in the District. The first
directors shall be
appointed to hold office for terms of one, 2, and 3 years, and until June 30
respectively, as determined by lot. Thereafter, successors shall be appointed
in the same
manner no later than the first day of the month in which the term of a director
expires. All terms expire if another county joins the District.
A vacancy occurring otherwise than by expiration of term shall be filled
in the same manner as the original appointment.
(b) If the Metro-East District is created by more than one county, each
county that elects to join the District shall
be represented by a certain number of board members. The board members shall
distributed from the counties electing to join the District as follows:
(1) The chief executive officer, with the advice and
The board members shall serve 3-year terms, except that board members first
appointed shall be appointed to serve terms of one, 2, or 3 years as determined
provided that board members from counties eligible to appoint more than one
may not serve identical initial terms. On the expiration of the initial terms
appointment and on the expiration of any subsequent term, the resulting vacancy
filled in the same manner as the original appointment.
Board members shall serve until
successors are appointed. Board members are eligible for reappointment.
(c) No board member may hold a public office in any county within the
Metro-East District, other than the office of notary public. Board members must
citizens of the
United States and they must reside within the county from which they are
board member may receive compensation for performance of duties as a board
No board member may be financially interested directly or indirectly in any
entered into under this Act.
(d) Promptly after their appointment, the initial board members shall hold an
organizational meeting at which they shall elect a president and any other
they deem necessary from among their number. The members shall make and adopt
bylaws, rules, and regulations for their guidance and for the government of the
neighborhood trails, and recreational grounds and facilities that may be
expedient and not
inconsistent with this Act.
(e) Board members shall have the exclusive control of the expenditures of all
money collected to the credit of the Metro-East Park and Recreation Fund
to Section 35, and of the supervision, improvement, care, and custody of public
neighborhood trails, recreational facilities, and grounds owned, maintained, or
by the Metro-East District. All moneys received for those purposes shall be
Metro-East Park and Recreation Fund. The board shall have power to purchase or
otherwise secure ground to be used for parks, neighborhood trails, recreational
and grounds; shall have power to appoint suitable persons to maintain the
neighborhood trails, recreational grounds, and facilities and to administer
programs and to fix their compensation; and shall have power to remove those
The board shall keep accurate records of all its proceedings and actions and
shall comply with the provisions of the
Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act.
(Source: P.A. 95-364, eff. 8-23-07.)