(105 ILCS 5/1H-15)
Establishment of Financial Oversight Panels; duties of district.
(a) A school district may petition the State Board for the establishment of a Financial Oversight Panel for the district or the State Board may establish a Panel without a petition from the district. The petition shall cite the reasons why the creation of a Financial Oversight Panel for the district is necessary. In determining whether or not to place a district under a Panel, the State Board shall consider all of the following:
(1) If a Panel is in the best educational and
financial interests of the district.
(2) If a Panel is in the best interest of other
schools in the area and the educational welfare of all the pupils therein.
(3) Whether the board of education has complied with
the requirements of Section 1A-8 of this Code.
(b) Upon establishment of a Financial Oversight Panel, all of the following shall occur:
(1) There is established a body both corporate and
politic to be known as the "(Name of School District) Financial Oversight Panel", which in this name shall exercise all authority vested in a Panel by this Article.
(2) The powers and duties of a Financial Oversight
Panel established pursuant to this Article shall include the duties and obligations of financial oversight panels established under Article 1B of this Code, in addition to any duties and obligations established under this Article. However, if there is any conflict between the provisions of this Article and the provisions of Article 1B of this Code, the provisions of this Article control.
(3) The Financial Oversight Panel, the school board,
and the district superintendent or chief executive officer shall develop goals and objectives to assist the district in obtaining financial stability. The goals and objectives must be developed as part of the financial plan that the school board is required to develop, adopt, and submit to the Panel in accordance with Section 1B-12 of this Code. The goals and objectives must be formally reviewed at agreed to intervals, but at least one time per year. Review shall include progress made and recommendations and modifications needed to achieve abolition of financial oversight provided for under Section 1H-115 of this Code.
(c) Any school district having a Financial Oversight Panel established under Article 1B of this Code or any Financial Oversight Panel established under Article 1B may petition the State Board for the establishment of a Financial Oversight Panel under this Article and concurrent dissolution of the Article 1B Panel. All records, papers, books, funds, or other assets or liabilities belonging to the dissolving Financial Oversight Panel shall be transferred to the newly established Financial Oversight Panel.
(Source: P.A. 97-429, eff. 8-16-11.)