(70 ILCS 3020/15)
Board of trustees; creation; term; bond; quorum; disqualification;
elections; redistricting of wards.
(a) A board of trustees shall be created consisting of 3 members for the
government, control, and management of the affairs and business of the
sanitary district organized under this Act.
(b) The initial trustees shall be selected by the members of the General
Assembly whose legislative districts encompass any portion of the district.
Each of the trustees shall live within the sanitary district. The terms of the
initial trustees shall expire on the first Monday in May, 1995.
Within 60 days after appointment, the initial trustees shall divide the
sanitary district into 3 wards that are compact, contiguous, and substantially
equal in population for the purpose of electing trustees from those wards.
(c) At the general election immediately preceding the expiration of any
trustee's term, an election shall be held within the ward represented by
the trustee to choose a successor to serve from the first Monday in May
following the election until a successor trustee is elected and qualified. The
candidate receiving the most votes in an election shall be elected for a term
commencing immediately after the expiration of the term of the outgoing
(d) The initial board of trustees elected at the first election of trustees
shall determine by lot at their first meeting the lengths of their terms. One
trustee and his or her successors shall serve terms of 2 years, 4 years, and 2
years. The other 2 trustees and their successors shall each serve 4-year
The first board of trustees elected after each decennial federal census
shall also determine by lot at their first meeting the lengths of their
terms. One trustee and his or her successors shall serve terms of 4 years,
4 years, and 2 years; the second trustee and his or her successors shall
serve terms of 4 years, 2 years, and 4 years; the third trustee and his or her
successors shall serve terms of 2 years, 4 years, and 4 years.
(e) If a vacancy occurs on the board of trustees, the remaining trustees
shall within 60 days appoint a trustee residing within the ward for which
the vacancy exists. The appointed trustee shall hold office until the next
regular election at which trustees of the sanitary district are elected.
(f) In 2001 and every 10 years thereafter, following each decennial
federal census, the board of trustees shall proceed to divide the sanitary
district into wards of approximately equal population for the purpose of
electing trustees therefrom, and one trustee shall be elected from each of
these wards on the date of the next regular county election. However, no
ward shall contain less than 25% of the total population of the
district. The territory of each ward shall be composed of contiguous
territory in as compact form as practicable. The boundaries of the
respective wards shall be set, however, so that the boundaries do not divide
individual incorporated cities, towns, villages, or precincts
unless division is necessary to prevent a ward from violating the minimum
population requirement set forth above.
(g) A majority of the board of trustees shall constitute a quorum, but a
smaller number may adjourn from day to day. No trustee or employee of a
district shall have a direct or indirect interest in any contract, work, or
business of the district or the sale of any article, the expense, price,
or consideration of which is paid by the district; nor in the purchase of
any real estate or property belonging to the district or which shall be
sold for taxes or assessments, or by virtue of legal process at the suit of
the district. Nothing in this Section shall be construed as
prohibiting the appointment or election of any person as trustee or
employee whose only interest in the district is as owner of real estate in
the district or of contributing to the payment of taxes levied by the
district. The trustees shall have the power to provide and adopt a
corporate seal for the district.
(Source: P.A. 88-390.)