(70 ILCS 2005/6.5)
    Sec. 6.5. Change to elected board of trustees; petition; election; ballot; nomination and election of trustees. Any rescue squad district organized under this Act may have an elected, rather than an appointed, board of trustees if approved by referendum. Upon presentation to the board of trustees of a petition, signed by not less than 10% of the electors of the district, requesting that a proposition for the election of trustees be submitted to the electors of the district, the secretary of the board of trustees shall certify the proposition to the appropriate election authorities who shall submit the proposition at a regular election in accordance with the general election law. The general election law shall apply to and govern such election. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall the trustees of ......           YES
    Rescue Squad District be        --------------------------
    elected, rather than appointed?        NO
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        If a majority of the votes cast on such proposition
    
are in the affirmative, the trustees of the district shall thereafter be elected as provided by this Section.
    At the next regular election for trustees as provided by the general election law, a district that has approved by referendum to have its trustees elected rather than appointed shall elect 5 initial trustees. The initial elected trustees shall be elected as follows: 2 shall be elected for terms of 2 years, 2 for terms of 4 years, and one for a term of 6 years. Except as otherwise provided in Section 2A-54 of the Election Code, the term of each elected trustee shall commence on the third Monday of the month following the month of his or her election and until his or her successor is elected and qualified. The length of the terms of the trustees first elected shall be determined by lot at their first meeting. Thereafter, except as otherwise provided in Section 2A-54 of the Election Code, each trustee shall be elected to serve for a term of 4 years commencing on the third Monday of the month following the month of his or her election and until his or her successor is elected and qualified.
    No party designation shall appear on the ballot for election of trustees. The provisions of the general election law shall apply to and govern the nomination and election of trustees.
    Nominations for members of the board of trustees shall be made by a petition signed by at least 25 voters or 5% of the voters, whichever is less, residing within the district and shall be filed with the secretary of the board. In addition to the requirements of general election law, the form of the petition shall be as follows:
NOMINATING PETITIONS
    To the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of (name of rescue squad district):
    We, the undersigned, being (number of signatories or 5% or more) of the voters residing within the district, hereby petition that (name of candidate) who resides at (address of candidate) in this district shall be a candidate for the office of (office) of the Board of Trustees (full-term or vacancy) to be voted for at the election to be held (date of election).
    The secretary of the board shall notify each candidate for whom a petition for nomination has been filed of their obligations under the Campaign Financing Act, as required by the general election law. The notice shall be given on a form prescribed by the State Board of Elections and in accordance with the requirements of the general election law.
    The secretary shall, within 7 days of filing or on the last day for filing, whichever is earlier, acknowledge to the petitioner in writing his acceptance of the petition.
    The provisions of Section 6 relating to eligibility and compensation of trustees shall apply equally to elected trustees.
    Whenever a rescue squad district determines to elect trustees as provided in this Section, the trustees appointed pursuant to Section 6 shall continue to constitute the board of trustees until the third Monday of the month following the month of the first election of trustees. If the term of office of any appointed trustees expires before the first election of trustees, the authority which appointed that trustee under Section 6 of this Act shall appoint a successor to serve until a successor is elected and has qualified. The terms of all appointed trustees in such district shall expire on the third Monday of the month following the month of the first election of trustees under this Section or when successors have been elected and have qualified, whichever occurs later.
(Source: P.A. 99-295, eff. 8-6-15.)