(70 ILCS 1832/165)
Petition for annexation.
At least 5% of the legal voters
resident within 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
of whether the proposed additional territory shall become a part of the
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
Upon the filing of any petition with the clerk of the court, the court shall
fix a 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
the circuit clerk or sheriff of the county in which the petition is made at the
order and direction of the court of the time and place of the hearing upon the
subject of the petition at least 20 days before the hearing by at least one
publication of the notice in any newspaper having general circulation within
proposed to be annexed, and by mailing a copy of the notice to the mayor or
president of the board of trustees of all cities, villages, and incorporated
towns within the district.
At the hearing the district, all persons residing or owning property within
the district, and all persons residing in or owning property situated in the
area proposed to be annexed to the district may appear and be heard touching
upon the sufficiency of the petition. If the court finds that the petition
not comply with the requirements of the law, the court shall dismiss the
petition. If the court finds that the petition is sufficient, the court
certify the petition and the proposition to the proper election officials who
shall submit the proposition to the voters at an election under the general
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
annexed to the district.
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
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
district are 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 Mid-America Intermodal Authority 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 affected is situated.
(Source: P.A. 90-636, eff. 7-24-98.)