(75 ILCS 16/1-35)
Election and referendum procedures.
(a) Elections and referenda provided for in this Act shall be conducted
at the time and in the manner provided by the Election Code.
(b) The Election Code shall govern elections under this Act, except that
provisions relating to political parties shall not be applicable to elections
under this Act, which shall be nonpartisan.
(c) The canvass of votes cast at an election under this Act shall be as
provided in Section 22-17 of the Election Code. The board of trustees
shall act as the canvassing board.
(d) If a candidate for the office of trustee dies before election day and is
nevertheless deemed elected, then the candidate on the ballot who receives the
next highest vote as compared with those votes cast for the deceased candidate
shall be deemed elected. If there is no such other candidate, there shall be a
(e) In the event of a tie vote in an election on a proposition, the
proposition shall fail.
(f) Any qualified voter in the district may contest the election
of any person to the office of trustee or the announced results of a referendum
within 30 days after the date of the election or referendum by commencing an
appropriate action in the circuit court of the
county that contains all or the larger portion of the district.
(g) The court costs and legal costs
incurred by the district involving an election contest shall be borne
by the district unless otherwise specified in this Act, but the expenses
incurred by any voter contesting any election shall not be an expense of the
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)