(70 ILCS 1807/165)
Petition for annexation.
At least 5% of the legal voters
the limits of the proposed addition to the district shall petition the circuit
court for a
county in which a major part of the district is situated, to cause the question
the proposed additional territory shall become a part of the district to be
submitted to the
legal voters of the proposed additional territory. The petition shall be
addressed to the
court and shall contain a definite description of the boundaries of the
territory to be
embraced in the proposed addition.
Upon the filing of any petition with the clerk of the court, the court shall
time and place for a hearing upon the subject of the petition.
Notice shall be given by the court to whom the petition is addressed or by
circuit clerk or sheriff of the county in which the petition is made at the
direction of the court of the time and place of the hearing upon the subject of
at least 20 days before the hearing by at least one publication of the notice
newspaper having general circulation within the area proposed to be annexed,
mailing a copy of the notice to the mayor or president of the board of trustees
cities, villages, and incorporated towns within the district.
At the hearing, the district, all persons residing or owning property within
district, and all persons residing in or owning property situated in the area
to be annexed to the district may appear and be heard touching upon the
the petition. If the court finds that the petition does not comply with the
of the law, the court shall dismiss the petition. If the court finds that the
sufficient, the court shall certify the petition and the proposition to the
officials who shall submit the proposition to the voters at an election under
election law. In addition to the requirements
of the general election law, the notice
of the referendum shall include a description of the area proposed to be
annexed to the
The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
Shall (description of the territory proposed to be
The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
The court shall cause a statement of the result of the referendum to be
filed in the
records of the court.
If a majority of the votes cast upon the question of annexation to the
in favor of becoming a part of the district, the court shall then enter an
order stating that
the additional territory shall thenceforth be an integral part of the Heart of
Regional Port District and subject to all of the benefits of service and
responsibilities of the district. The circuit clerk shall transmit a certified
copy of the
order to the circuit clerk of any other county in which any of the territory
(Source: P.A. 93-262, eff. 7-22-03.)