(105 ILCS 240/70)
School districts may contract.
(a) In order to accomplish the purposes of this Act, a school district may enter into and carry out contracts and agreements for the sale, lease, or other use of property, real or personal, cooperative provision of services, such as police services, or the purchase of power from an agency, or transmission services, development services, and other services.
(b) Any contract and agreement shall be for a period not to exceed 50 years and shall contain other terms, conditions, and provisions that are not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act as the governing body of such school district shall approve, including without limitation provisions whereby the school district is obligated to pay for the products and services of an agency without set-off or counterclaim and irrespective of whether such products or services are furnished, made available, or delivered to the school district, or whether any project contemplated by any such contract and agreement is completed, operable or operating, and notwithstanding suspension, interruption, interference, reduction, or curtailment of the products and services of the project.
(c) Any contract and agreement may be pledged by the agency to secure its obligations and may provide that if one or more school districts defaults in the payment of its obligations under such contract and agreement, the remaining school districts having such contracts and agreements shall be required to pay for and shall be entitled proportionately to use or otherwise dispose of the products and services that were to be purchased by the defaulting school district.
(d) Any contract and agreement providing for payments by a school district shall be an obligation of the school district payable from and secured by such lawfully available funds as may be made pursuant to applicable law. Notwithstanding the sources of funds pledged, any contract between the agency and its members with respect to an eligible project shall not constitute an indebtedness of such members within any statutory limitation.
(e) Nothing in this Act shall be construed to preclude a school district from appropriating and using taxes and other revenues received in any year to make payments due or to comply with covenants to be performed during that year under any contract or agreement for a term of years entered into as contemplated in this Act, subject to the provisions of applicable law.
(f) Any contract or agreement may include provisions for requirements purchases, restraints on resale or other dealings, exclusive dealing, pricing, territorial division, and other conduct or arrangements that do not have an anti-competitive effect.
Provided, however, that the production, interconnection, transmission, distribution, and sale at wholesale or retail of electric energy generated by the eligible project must be in accordance with all laws, regulations, and rules applicable to generators of electricity, alternative retail electric suppliers, municipal utilities, or electric cooperatives, as applicable, but further provided that this provision does not affect any exemption otherwise available under the Public Utilities Act.
(g) Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law, in the making of a contract or agreement between an agency and a member, the director of the agency who represents such member must recuse himself or herself from participation in discussions or voting as director, but may participate and vote in his or her capacity as an officer of the governing body of such member, and such participation and voting shall not be a conflict of interest.
(Source: P.A. 96-946, eff. 6-25-10.)