(70 ILCS 3705/4.1)
(from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 191a)
A public water district organized under this
Act with a board of trustees consisting of 7 members may have
the size of its board reduced to 5 or 3 members in accordance with
The board of trustees of any such district may adopt a
resolution stating that the size and scope of operations of the district
justifies a board of fewer than 7 members and that, in the judgment
of the board, the size of the board should be reduced to 5 or 3
members, as the case may be.
Upon the adoption of such a resolution, the board shall
petition the circuit court for the county in which the district, or
the major portion thereof, is located for a reduction in the number of
members of the board of trustees of the district to 5 or 3, as the case
may be. In conjunction with the petition, the board may submit to the
court a suggested transitional schedule designed to effectuate the
transition from a 7 member to a 5 member or 3 member board, as the
case may be, with a minimum disruption of existing terms of office.
Upon the filing of such petition in the office of the clerk
of the circuit court, the court shall set a date for hearing on the
petition and shall give notice of the time and place of the hearing
in the same manner as is provided in Section 2 for notice of a hearing
on a petition relating to the creation of a district.
If upon the hearing, the court finds that the size, number of
members, and scale of operations of the water district justifies a
board of trustees of less than 7 members, it shall enter an order
reducing the size of the board to 5 or 3 members, as the case may be.
The order shall include a transitional
schedule governing the transition to a smaller board, which shall be
so arranged that at the conclusion of the transition the term of
office of no more than one trustee shall expire in any one calendar year.
(Source: P.A. 79-528.)