(110 ILCS 805/2-12.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 102-12.1)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 100-884)
    Sec. 2-12.1. Experimental district; abolition of experimental district and establishment of new community college district.
    (a) The State Board shall establish an experimental community college district, referred to in this Act as the "experimental district", to be comprised of territory which includes the City of East St. Louis, Illinois. The State Board shall determine the area and fix the boundaries of the territory of the experimental district. Within 30 days of the establishment of the experimental district, the State Board shall file with the county clerk of the county, or counties, concerned a map showing the territory of the experimental district.
    Within the experimental district, the State Board shall establish, maintain and operate, until the experimental district is abolished and a new community college district is established under subsection (c), an experimental community college to be known as the State Community College of East St. Louis.
    (b) (Blank).
    (c) The experimental district shall be abolished and replaced by a new community college district as follows:
        (1) The establishment of the new community college
    
district shall become effective for all purposes on July 1, 1996, notwithstanding any minimum population, equalized assessed valuation or other requirements provided by Section 3-1 or any other provision of this Act for the establishment of a community college district.
        (2) The experimental district established pursuant to
    
subsection (a) shall be abolished on July 1, 1996 when the establishment of the new community college district becomes effective for all purposes.
        (3) The territory of the new community college
    
district shall be comprised of the territory of, and its boundaries shall be coterminous with the boundaries of the experimental district which it will replace, as those boundaries existed on November 7, 1995.
        (4) Notwithstanding the fact that the establishment
    
of the new community college district does not become effective for all purposes until July 1, 1996, the election for the members of the initial board of the new community college district, to consist of 7 members, shall be held at the nonpartisan election in November of 1995 in the manner provided by the general election law, nominating petitions for members of the initial board shall be filed with the regional superintendent in the manner provided by Section 3-7.10 with respect to newly organized districts, and the persons entitled to nominate and to vote at the election for the members of the board of the new community college district shall be the electors in the territory referred to in paragraph (3) of this subsection. In addition, for purposes of the levy, extension, and collection of taxes as provided in paragraph (5.5) of this subsection and for the purposes of establishing the territory and boundaries of the new community college district within and for which those taxes are to be levied, the new community college district shall be deemed established and effective when the 7 members of the initial board of the new community college district are elected and take office as provided in this subsection (c).
        (5) Each member elected to the initial board of the
    
new community college district must, on the date of his election, be a citizen of the United States, of the age of 18 years or over, and a resident of the State and the territory referred to in paragraph (3) of this subsection for at least one year preceding his election. Election to the initial board of the new community college district of a person who on July 1, 1996 is a member of a common school board constitutes his resignation from, and creates a vacancy on that common school board effective July 1, 1996.
        (5.5) The members first elected to the board of
    
trustees shall take office on the first Monday of December, 1995, for the sole and limited purpose of levying, at the rates specified in the proposition submitted to the electors under subsection (b), taxes for the educational purposes and for the operations and maintenance of facilities purposes of the new community college district. The taxes shall be levied in calendar year 1995 for extension and collection in calendar year 1996, notwithstanding the fact that the new community college district does not become effective for the purposes of administration of the community college until July 1, 1996. The regional superintendent shall convene the meeting under this paragraph and the members shall organize for the purpose of that meeting by electing, pro tempore, a chairperson and a secretary. At that meeting the board is authorized to levy taxes for educational purposes and for operations and maintenance of facilities purposes as authorized in this paragraph without adopting any budget for the new community college district and shall certify the levy to the appropriate county clerk or county clerks in accordance with law. The county clerks shall extend the levy notwithstanding any law that otherwise requires adoption of a budget before extension of the levy. The funds produced by the levy made under this paragraph to the extent received by a county collector before July 1, 1996 shall immediately be invested in lawful investments and held by the county collector for payment and transfer to the new community college district, along with all accrued interest or other earnings accrued on the investment, as provided by law on July 1, 1996. All funds produced by the levy and received by a county collector on or after July 1, 1996 shall be transferred to the new community college district as provided by law at such time as they are received by the county collector.
        (5.75) Notwithstanding any other provision of this
    
Section or the fact that establishment of the new community college district as provided in this subsection does not take effect until July 1, 1996, the members first elected to the board of trustees of the new community college district are authorized to meet, beginning on June 1, 1996 and thereafter for purposes of: (i) arranging for and approving educational programs, ancillary services, staffing, and associated expenditures that relate to the offering by the new community college district of educational programs beginning on or after July 1, 1996 and before the fall term of the 1996-97 academic year, and (ii) otherwise facilitating the orderly transition of operations from the experimental district known as State Community College of East St. Louis to the new community college district established under this subsection. The persons elected to serve, pro tempore, as chairperson and secretary of the board for purposes of paragraph (5.5) shall continue to serve in that capacity for purposes of this paragraph (5.75).
        (6) Except as otherwise provided in paragraphs (5.5)
    
and (5.75), each of the members first elected to the board of the new community college district shall take office on July 1, 1996, and the Illinois Community College Board, publicly by lot and not later than July 1, 1996, shall determine the length of term to be served by each member of the initial board as follows: 2 shall serve until their successors are elected at the nonpartisan election in 1997 and have qualified, 2 shall serve until their successors are elected at the consolidated election in 1999 and have qualified, and 3 shall serve until their successors are elected at the consolidated election in 2001 and have qualified. Their successors shall serve 6 year terms. Terms of members are subject to Section 2A-54 of the Election Code.
        (7) The regional superintendent shall convene the
    
initial board of the new community college district on July 1, 1996, and the non-voting student member initially selected to that board as provided in Section 3-7.24 shall serve a term beginning on the date of selection and expiring on the next succeeding April 15. Upon being convened on July 1, 1996, the board shall proceed to organize in accordance with Section 3-8, and shall thereafter continue to exercise the powers and duties of a board in the manner provided by law for all boards of community college districts except where obviously inapplicable or otherwise provided by this Act. Vacancies shall be filled, and members shall serve without compensation subject to reimbursement for reasonable expenses incurred in connection with their service as members, as provided in Section 3-7. The duly elected and organized board of the new community college district shall levy taxes at a rate not to exceed .175 percent for educational purposes and at a rate not to exceed .05 percent for operations and maintenance of facilities purposes; provided that the board may act to increase such rates at a regular election in accordance with Section 3-14 and the general election law.
    (d) Upon abolition of the experimental district and establishment of the new community college district as provided in this Section, all tangible personal property, including inventory, equipment, supplies, and library books, materials, and collections, belonging to the experimental district and State Community College of East St. Louis at the time of their abolition under this Section shall be deemed transferred, by operation of law, to the board of trustees of the new community college district. In addition, all real property, and the improvements situated thereon, held by State Community College of East St. Louis or on its behalf by its board of trustees shall, upon abolition of the experimental district and college as provided in this Section, be conveyed by the Illinois Community College Board, in the manner prescribed by law, to the board of trustees of the new community college district established under this Section for so long as that real property is used for the conduct and operation of a public community college and the related purposes of a public community college district of this State. Neither the new community college district nor its board of trustees shall have any responsibility to any vendor or other person making a claim relating to the property, inventory, or equipment so transferred. On August 22, 1997, the endowment funds, gifts, trust funds, and funds from student activity fees and the operation of student and staff medical and health programs, union buildings, bookstores, campus centers, and other auxiliary enterprises and activities that were received by the board of trustees of State Community College of East St. Louis and held and retained by that board of trustees at the time of the abolition of the experimental district and its replacement by the new community college district as provided in this Section shall be deemed transferred by operation of law to the board of trustees of that new community college district, to be retained in its own treasury and used in the conduct and operation of the affairs and related purposes of the new community college district. On August 22, 1997, all funds held locally in the State Community College of East St. Louis Contracts and Grants Clearing Account, the State Community College of East St. Louis Income Fund Clearing Account and the Imprest Fund shall be transferred by the Board to the General Revenue Fund.
    (e) The outstanding obligations incurred for fiscal years prior to fiscal year 1997 by the board of trustees of State Community College of East St. Louis before the abolition of that college and the experimental district as provided in this Section shall be paid by the State Board from appropriations made to the State Board from the General Revenue Fund for purposes of this subsection. To facilitate the appropriations to be made for that purpose, the State Comptroller and State Treasurer, without delay, shall transfer to the General Revenue Fund from the State Community College of East St. Louis Income Fund and the State Community College of East St. Louis Contracts and Grants Fund, special funds previously created in the State Treasury, any balances remaining in those special funds on August 22, 1997.
(Source: P.A. 89-141, eff. 7-14-95; 89-473, eff. 6-18-96; 90-358, eff. 1-1-98; 90-509, eff. 8-22-97; 90-655, eff. 7-30-98.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 100-884)
    Sec. 2-12.1. Experimental district.
    (a) The State Board shall establish an experimental community college district, referred to in this Act as the "experimental district", to be comprised of territory which includes the City of East St. Louis, Illinois. The State Board shall determine the area and fix the boundaries of the territory of the experimental district. Within 30 days of the establishment of the experimental district, the State Board shall file with the county clerk of the county, or counties, concerned a map showing the territory of the experimental district.
    Within the experimental district, the State Board shall establish, maintain and operate, until the experimental district is abolished and a new community college district is established under subsection (c), an experimental community college to be known as the State Community College of East St. Louis.
    (b) (Blank).
    (c) The experimental district established under subsection (a) of this Section is abolished on July 1, 1996.
    (d) (Blank).
    (e) (Blank).
(Source: P.A. 100-884, eff. 1-1-19.)