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RAILROADS
(610 ILCS 5/) Railroad Incorporation Act.

610 ILCS 5/0.01

    (610 ILCS 5/0.01) (from Ch. 114, par. 0.01)
    Sec. 0.01. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Railroad Incorporation Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-1324.)

610 ILCS 5/1

    (610 ILCS 5/1) (from Ch. 114, par. 1)
    Sec. 1. Any number of persons, not less than 5, may become an incorporated company for the purpose of constructing and operating any railroad in this state, and all railroads or transportation companies authorized to be incorporated and transact business in this state by virtue of this Act, are hereby authorized and empowered to purchase, own, operate and maintain any railroad sold or transferred under order or powers of sale or judgment of, or sale under foreclosure of mortgage or deed of trust, and corporations heretofore organized under the provisions of the Act hereby amended, their successors or assigns, shall have and possess all the powers and privileges conferred by this Act.
(Source: P.A. 84-1308.)

610 ILCS 5/1.1

    (610 ILCS 5/1.1) (from Ch. 114, par. 1.1)
    Sec. 1.1. This Act does not apply to railroads incorporated after July 1, 1985, or to railroads which are reincorporated under the Business Corporation Act of 1983, as amended.
(Source: P.A. 84-796.)

610 ILCS 5/2

    (610 ILCS 5/2) (from Ch. 114, par. 2)
    Sec. 2. Such persons shall organize by adopting and signing articles of incorporation, which shall be filed and recorded in the office of the Secretary of State and a copy thereof rendered in the office of the recorder of each county through or into which such railway is proposed to be run.
(Source: P.A. 83-358.)

610 ILCS 5/3

    (610 ILCS 5/3) (from Ch. 114, par. 3)
    Sec. 3. Such articles shall contain:
    First--The name of the proposed corporation.
    Second--The places from and to which it is intended to construct the proposed railway.
    Third--The place at which shall be established and maintained the principal business office of such proposed corporation.
    Fourth--The time of the commencement and the period of the continuance of such proposed corporation.
    Fifth--The amount of the capital stock of such corporation.
    Sixth--The names and places of residence of the several persons forming the association for incorporation.
    Seventh--The names of the members of the first board of directors, and in what officers or persons the government of the proposed corporation and the management of its affairs shall be vested.
    Eighth--The number and amount of shares in the capital stock of such proposed corporation.
    Ninth--The amount of the capital stock to be issued at once and the value of the consideration received or to be received for such shares of stock.
(Source: Laws 1933, p. 858.)

610 ILCS 5/4

    (610 ILCS 5/4) (from Ch. 114, par. 4)
    Sec. 4. When the articles shall have been filed and recorded in the office of the Secretary of State, as aforesaid, the persons named as corporators therein shall thereupon become and be deemed a body corporate, and shall thereupon be authorized to proceed to carry into effect the objects set forth in such articles in accordance with the provisions of this Act. As such body corporate they shall have succession, and in their corporate name may sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded. The said corporation may have and use a common seal, which it may alter at pleasure; may declare the interests of its stockholders transferable; establish by-laws, and make all rules and regulations deemed necessary for the management of its affairs in accordance with law. A copy of any articles of incorporation filed and recorded in pursuance with this Act, or of the record thereof, and certified to be a copy by the Secretary of State, or his deputy, shall be presumptive evidence of the incorporation of such company, and of the facts therein stated.
(Source: Laws 1933, p. 858.)

610 ILCS 5/5

    (610 ILCS 5/5) (from Ch. 114, par. 5)
    Sec. 5. No such corporation shall be formed to continue more than 50 years in the first instance, but any railroad company formed under any law of the state may be renewed from time to time, for periods not longer than 50 years: Provided, that three-fourths of the votes cast at any regular election for that purpose shall be in favor of such renewal, and those desiring a renewal shall agree to purchase the stock of those opposed thereto at its current value.
    Whenever any such election is held by any railroad company, a certificate, showing the proceedings of the meeting and verified by the president or a vice president of the corporation and the secretary thereof, with the seal of the corporation, shall be filed and recorded in the office of the Secretary of State within 30 days after the meeting, and upon the filing of such certificate and the payment of the same fees as is provided for in the "Business Corporation Act of 1983", as amended, for filing articles of amendment and issuing a certificate of amendment, and the payment of recording fees as required for recording any other document in the office of the Secretary of State, the duration of such corporation shall thereby be extended, in accordance with the vote of the stockholders, for an additional period not longer than 50 years: Provided, in case where such renewal is of any railroad company previously incorporated under a special act of the Legislature, then such renewal and extension of such company shall be under and subject to all the provisions of the general laws of this state relating to railroads, and such company shall have such powers only as provided for in this act.
(Source: P.A. 83-1362.)

610 ILCS 5/6

    (610 ILCS 5/6) (from Ch. 114, par. 6)
    Sec. 6. A copy of the by-laws of the corporation, duly certified, shall be recorded as provided for the recording of the articles of association in Section 2 of this act; and all amendments and additions thereto, duly certified, shall also be recorded as herein provided, within ninety days after the adoption thereof.
(Source: Laws 1871, p. 625.)

610 ILCS 5/7

    (610 ILCS 5/7) (from Ch. 114, par. 7)
    Sec. 7. Every such corporation organized under the provisions of this act shall have and maintain a public office or place in this state for the transaction of its business, where transfers of all its stock shall be made, and in which shall be kept for public inspection, books, wherein shall be recorded the amount of capital stock subscribed and by whom, the names of the owners of its stock, the number of shares held by each person, and the number by which each of said shares is respectively designated, and the amounts owned by them respectively, the amount of stock paid in, and by whom, the transfers of said stock, the amount of its assets and liabilities, and the names and places of residence of all its officers.
(Source: Laws 1871, p. 625.)

610 ILCS 5/8

    (610 ILCS 5/8) (from Ch. 114, par. 8)
    Sec. 8. All the corporate powers of every such corporation shall be vested in and be exercised by a board of directors, who shall be stockholders of the corporation, and shall be elected at the annual meetings of stockholders at the public office of such corporation within this state. The number of such directors, the manner of their election, and the mode of filling vacancies, shall be specified in the by-laws, and shall not be changed except at the annual meetings of the stockholders. The first board of directors shall classify themselves by lot in such manner that there shall be, as nearly as practicable, three directors in each class. Those belonging to the first class shall go out of office at the end of one year, those of the second class at the end of two years, and in like manner those of each class shall go out of office at the expiration of a number of years corresponding to the number of his class; and all vacancies occurring by reason of expiration of term shall be filled by election for a term of years equal to the number of classes.
(Source: Laws 1871, p. 625.)

610 ILCS 5/9

    (610 ILCS 5/9) (from Ch. 114, par. 9)
    Sec. 9. A meeting may be called at any time during the interval between such annual meetings, by the directors, or by the stockholders owning not less than one-fourth of the stock, by giving thirty days' public notice of the time and place of such meeting in some newspaper published in each county through or into which the said railway shall run, or be intended to run, provided there be a newspaper published in each of the counties aforesaid; and if, at any such special meeting so called, a majority in value of the stockholders equal to two-thirds of the stock of such corporation, shall not be represented in person or by proxy, such meeting shall be adjourned from day to day, not exceeding three days, without transacting any business; and if, within said three days, two-thirds in value of such stock shall not be represented at such meeting, then the meeting shall be adjourned, and a new call may be given and notified as hereinbefore provided.
(Source: Laws 1871, p. 625.)

610 ILCS 5/10

    (610 ILCS 5/10) (from Ch. 114, par. 10)
    Sec. 10. Meetings; access to records. At the regular annual meeting of the stockholders of any corporation organized under the provisions of this act, it shall be the duty of the president and directors to exhibit a full, distinct and accurate statement of the affairs of the corporation; and at any meeting of the stockholders, a majority of those present (in person or by proxy) may require similar statements from the president and directors, whose duty it shall be to furnish such statements when required.
    At all general meetings of the stockholders, a majority in value of the stockholders of any such corporation may fix the rates of interest which shall be paid by the corporation for loans for the construction of such railway and its appendages, and the amount of such loans.
    At any special meeting, by a two-thirds vote in value of all the stock, such stockholders may remove any president, director or other officer of such corporation, and elect others instead of those so removed.
    All stockholders shall, at all reasonable hours, have access to and may examine all the books, records and papers of such corporation.
(Source: P.A. 88-45.)

610 ILCS 5/11

    (610 ILCS 5/11) (from Ch. 114, par. 11)
    Sec. 11. In case it shall happen, at any time, that an election of directors shall not be made on the day designated by the by-laws of such corporation for that purpose, the corporation for such cause, shall not be dissolved, if within ninety days thereafter the stockholders shall meet and hold an election for directors in such manner as shall be provided by the by-laws of such corporation: Provided, that it shall require a majority in value of the stock of such corporation to elect any member of such board of directors, and a majority of such board of directors shall be citizens and residents of this state.
(Source: Laws 1871, p. 625.)

610 ILCS 5/12

    (610 ILCS 5/12) (from Ch. 114, par. 12)
    Sec. 12. There shall be a president of such corporation, who shall be chosen by and from the board of directors, and such other subordinate officers as such corporation, by its by-laws, may designate, who may be elected or appointed, and shall perform such duties and be required to give such security for the faithful performance thereof as such corporation, by its by-laws, shall require, provided that it shall require a majority of the directors to elect or appoint any officer.
(Source: Laws 1871, p. 625.)

610 ILCS 5/13

    (610 ILCS 5/13) (from Ch. 114, par. 13)
    Sec. 13. The directors of such corporation may require the subscribers to the capital stock of such corporation to pay the amount by them respectively subscribed, in such manner and in such installments as they may deem proper. If any stockholder shall neglect to pay any installment as required by a resolution or order of such board of directors, the said board shall be authorized to declare such stock and all previous payments thereon forfeited for the use of the corporation; but the said board of directors shall not declare such stock so forfeited until they shall have caused a notice in writing to be served on such stockholder personally, or by depositing the same in a post office, properly directed to the post office address of such stockholder, or if he be dead, to his legal representatives, with necessary postage for its transmittal properly prepaid, stating therein that in accordance with such resolution, or order, he is requested to make such payment, at a time and place and in the manner to be specified in such notice, and that if he fails to make the same in the manner requested, his stock and all previous payments thereon will be forfeited for the use of such corporation; and thereafter such corporation, should default in payment be made, may sell the same and issue new certificates of stock therefor: Provided, that the notice aforesaid shall be personally served or duly deposited, as above required, at least sixty days previous to the day on which such payment is required to be made.
(Source: Laws 1871, p. 625.)

610 ILCS 5/13a

    (610 ILCS 5/13a) (from Ch. 114, par. 13a)
    Sec. 13a. Any railroad corporation may, with the consent of the stockholders hereinafter stated, issue and sell, subject, however, to the provisions of the Illinois Securities Law and amendments thereto, under such restrictions and terms and for such consideration as the stockholders shall authorize, any part or all of its unissued stock, or additional stock authorized pursuant to the provisions of this Act, to employes of the corporation or of any subsidiary corporation, without first offering such stock for subscription to its stockholders. Such consent and authorization may be given at any annual or special meeting of the stockholders by the affirmative vote of two-thirds in amount of all the shares of stock outstanding and entitled to vote. If any stockholder not voting in favor of said issue and sale of stock to employes, so desires, he may, at such meeting, or within twenty days thereafter, object thereto in writing, to be filed with the secretary of the corporation and demand payment for the stock then held by him, in which case such stockholder or the corporation may at any time within sixty days after such meeting file a petition in the Circuit Court of the county in which the principal office of the corporation is located, asking for a finding and determination of the fair value of his shares of stock at the date of such stockholders' meeting.
    The same procedure shall be followed upon the filing of such a petition, as near as may be, as is provided for other cases where a stockholder, who objects to a certain action of a corporation, is permitted to have the value of his stock fixed by the Circuit Court and is given the power to compel the corporation to buy the stock at that price. The value of such shares of stock at such date shall be their market value in case the stock of such corporation is listed upon any exchange. Upon payment by the corporation of the value of such shares of stock so determined such stockholder shall cease to have any interest in such shares or in the property of the corporation and his shares of stock shall be transferred to and may be held and disposed of by the corporation as it shall see fit. The corporation shall be liable for and shall pay to any such objecting stockholder the value of his shares of stock so determined.
(Source: Laws 1925, p. 513.)

610 ILCS 5/14

    (610 ILCS 5/14) (from Ch. 114, par. 14)
    Sec. 14. The stock of such corporation shall be deemed personal estate and shall be transferable in the manner prescribed by the by-laws of such corporation. Where any such certificate of stock is signed by a transfer agent or a transfer clerk and by a registrar, the signature of any officer or officers of such corporation and the seal of the corporation upon such certificate may be facsimiles, engraved or printed; and if and when such certificate is issued and delivered the officer or officers whose signature or signatures, either actual or facsimile, appearing on such certificate have ceased to be such officer or officers, that fact shall not invalidate such stock certificate nor the signature or signatures thereon, provided the same is otherwise lawfully issued. No shares shall be transferable until all previous calls thereon shall have been paid; and it shall not be lawful for such corporation to loan any of its funds to any director or other officer thereof, or to permit them or any of them to use the same for other than the legitimate purposes of such corporation: Provided, however, that any railroad company incorporated and organized under any general or special law of this State, and operating a railroad which now connects or hereafter may connect at any point with any railroad of any other State, shall have power, acting by itself, or jointly with another company or companies, to own and hold stock and securities of the corporation owning said connecting road, or any part thereof; such ownership or holding to comprise at least two-thirds in amount of the stock of such corporation; but in case of the purchase of stock the company or companies so purchasing shall take and pay for all the shares of the company whose stock is so purchased that may be offered, and the terms of purchase of all shares shall be the same to all stockholders.
    Provided further that such corporation shall have power to purchase, take, receive, subscribe for, or otherwise acquire, own, hold, vote, use, employ, sell, mortgage, loan, pledge, or otherwise dispose of, and otherwise use and deal in and with, shares or other interests in, or obligations of, other domestic or foreign corporations, associations, partnerships, or individuals, provided, however, that no corporation organized under the laws of this state or licensed to transact business in this state shall directly or indirectly own or control 15% or more of the voting shares of each of two or more banks or of a company which is a bank holding company as defined in "The Bank Holding Company Act of 1957", except to the extent permitted by the provisions of that Act and except that any such corporation may continue to own or control those voting shares it owns or controls on the effective date of this amendatory Act.
    And provided further that such corporation shall have power to purchase, take, receive, or otherwise acquire, hold, own, pledge, transfer, or otherwise dispose of its own shares, provided that it shall not purchase, either directly or indirectly, its own shares when its net assets are less than the sum of its stated capital, its paid-in surplus, any surplus arising from unrealized appreciation in value or revaluation of its assets and any surplus arising from surrender to the corporation of any of its shares, or when by so doing its net assets would be reduced below such sum. Notwithstanding the foregoing limitations, a corporation may purchase or otherwise acquire its own shares for the purpose of:
    (a) Eliminating fractional shares.
    (b) Collecting or compromising claims of the corporation, or securing any indebtedness to the corporation previously incurred.
    (c) Paying dissenting shareholders entitled to payment for their shares under the provisions of this Act.
    (d) Effecting, subject to the other provisions of this Act, the retirement of its redeemable shares by redemption or by purchase at not to exceed the redemption price. No purchase of its own shares shall be made at a time when the corporation is insolvent or when such purchase would render the corporation insolvent.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 479.)

610 ILCS 5/15

    (610 ILCS 5/15) (from Ch. 114, par. 15)
    Sec. 15. In case the capital stock of any such corporation shall be found insufficient for constructing and operating its road, such corporation may, with the concurrence of two-thirds in value of all its stock, increase its capital stock, from time to time, to any amount required for the purpose aforesaid. Such increase shall be sanctioned by a vote, in person or by proxy, of two-thirds in amount of all the stock of such corporation, at a meeting of such stockholders called by the directors of the corporation for such purpose, by giving notice in writing to each stockholder, to be served personally or by depositing the same in a post office, directed to the post office address of each of said stockholders severally, with necessary postage for the transmittal of the same, prepaid, at least sixty days prior to the day appointed for such meeting, and by advertising the same in some newspaper published in each county through or into which the said road shall run or be intended to run (if any newspaper shall be published therein), at least sixty days prior to the day appointed for such meeting. Such notice shall state the time and place of the meeting, the object thereof, and the amount to which it is proposed to increase such capital stock; and at such meeting the corporate stock of such corporation may be so increased, by a vote of two-thirds in amount of the corporate stock of such corporation, to an amount not exceeding the amount mentioned in the notices so given. Should the directors of any corporation desire at any time to call a special meeting of the stockholders, for any other necessary purpose, the same may be done in the manner in this section provided, and if such meeting be attended by the owners of two-thirds in amount of the stock, in person or by proxy, any other necessary business of such corporation may be then transacted, except the altering, amending or adding to the by-laws of such corporation: Provided, such business shall have been specified in the notices given. And the proceedings of any such meeting shall be entered on the journal of the proceedings of such corporation. Every order or resolution increasing the capital stock of any such corporation shall be duly recorded as required in Section 2 of this act.
(Source: Laws 1871, p. 625.)

610 ILCS 5/15.5

    (610 ILCS 5/15.5) (from Ch. 114, par. 16)
    Sec. 15.5. No person holding stock in any such corporation as executor, administrator, guardian or trustee, and no person holding such stock as collateral security, shall be personally subject to any liability as stockholders of such corporation; but the person pledging the stock shall be considered as holding the same, and shall be liable as a stockholder accordingly.
(Source: P.A. 87-895.)

610 ILCS 5/16

    (610 ILCS 5/16) (from Ch. 114, par. 17)
    Sec. 16. Each stockholder of any corporation formed under the provisions of this act, shall be held individually liable to the creditors of such corporation to an amount not exceeding the amount unpaid on the stock held by him, for any and all debts and liabilities of such corporation, until the whole amount of the capital stock of such corporation so held by him shall have been paid.
(Source: Laws 1871, p. 625.)

610 ILCS 5/17

    (610 ILCS 5/17) (from Ch. 114, par. 18)
    Sec. 17. If any such corporation shall be unable to agree with the owner for the purchase of any real estate required for the purposes of its incorporation, or the transaction of its business, or for its depots, station buildings, machine and repair shops, or for right of way or any other lawful purpose connected with or necessary to the building, operating or running of said road, such corporation may acquire such title in the manner that may be now or hereafter provided for by any law of eminent domain.
(Source: Laws 1871, p. 625.)

610 ILCS 5/17.5

    (610 ILCS 5/17.5)
    Sec. 17.5. Eminent domain. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, any power granted under this Act to acquire property by condemnation or eminent domain is subject to, and shall be exercised in accordance with, the Eminent Domain Act.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

610 ILCS 5/18

    (610 ILCS 5/18) (from Ch. 114, par. 19)
    Sec. 18. Any such corporation may, by their agents and employees, enter upon and take from any land adjacent to its road, earth, gravel, stone, or other materials, except fuel and wood, necessary for the construction of such railway, paying, if the owner of such land and the said corporation can agree thereto, the value of such material taken and the amount of damage occasioned thereby to any such land or its appurtenances; and if such owner and corporation can not agree, then the value of such material, and the damage occasioned to such real estate, may be ascertained, determined and paid in the manner that may now or hereafter be provided by any law of eminent domain, but the value of such materials, and the damages to such real estate, shall be ascertained, determined and paid for before such corporation can enter upon or take the same.
(Source: Laws 1871, p. 625.)

610 ILCS 5/19

    (610 ILCS 5/19) (from Ch. 114, par. 20)
    Sec. 19. Every corporation formed under this act shall, in addition to the powers hereinbefore conferred, have power:
    1. To cause such examination and survey for its proposed railway to be made as may be necessary to the selection of the most advantageous route; and for such purpose, by its officers, agents or servants, may enter upon the lands or waters of any person or corporation, but subject to responsibility for all damages which shall be occasioned thereby.
    2. To take and hold such voluntary grants of real estate and other property as shall be made to it, in aid of the construction and use of its railway, and to convey the same when no longer required for the uses of such railway, not incompatible with the terms of the original grant.
    3. To purchase, hold and use all such real estate and other property as may be necessary for the construction and use of its railway, and the stations and other accommodations necessary to accomplish the object of its incorporation, and to convey the same when no longer required for the use of such railway.
    4. To lay out its road, not exceeding one hundred feet in width, and to construct the same; and for the purpose of cuttings and embankments, to take as much more land as may be necessary for the proper construction and security of the railway; and to cut down any standing trees that may be in danger of falling upon or obstructing the railway, making compensation therefor in manner provided by law.
    5. To construct its railway across, along or upon any stream of water, watercourse, street, highway, plank road, turnpike or canal, which the route of such railway shall intersect or touch; but such corporation shall restore the stream, watercourse, street, highway, plank road and turnpike thus intersected or touched, to its former state, or to such state as not unnecessarily to have impaired its usefulness, and keep such crossing in repair: Provided, that in no case shall any railroad company construct a roadbed without first constructing the necessary culverts or sluices, as the natural lay of the land requires for the necessary drainage thereof. Nothing in this act contained shall be construed to authorize the erection of any bridge, or any other obstruction, across or over any stream navigated by steamboats, at the place where any bridge or other obstructions may be proposed to be placed, so as to prevent the navigation of such stream; nor to authorize the construction of any railroad upon or across any street in any city, or incorporated town or village, without the assent of the corporation of such city, town or village, but in case of the constructing of the railway along highways, plank roads, turnpikes or canals, such railway shall either first obtain the consent of the lawful authorities having control or jurisdiction of the same, or condemn the same under the provisions of any eminent domain law now or hereafter in force in this state.
    6. To cross, intersect, join and unite its railways with any other railway before constructed, at any point in its route, and upon the grounds of such other railway company, with the necessary turnouts, sidings and switches, and other conveniences, in furtherance of the objects of its connections; and every corporation whose railway is or shall be hereafter intersected by any new railway, shall unite with the corporation owning such new railway in forming such intersections and connections, and grant the facilities aforesaid; and if the two corporations cannot agree upon the amount of compensation to be made therefor, or the points and manner of such crossings and connections, the same shall be ascertained and determined in manner prescribed by law.
    7. To receive and convey persons and property on its railway, by the power and force of steam or animals, or by any mechanical power.
    8. To erect and maintain all necessary and convenient buildings and stations, fixtures and machinery, for the construction, accommodation and use of passengers, freights and business interests, or which may be necessary for the construction or operation of said railway.
    9. To regulate the time and manner in which passengers and property shall be transported, and the compensation to be paid therefor, subject, nevertheless, to the provisions of any law that may now or hereafter be enacted.
    10. From time to time, to borrow such sums of money as may be necessary for completing, finishing, improving or operating any such railway, and to issue and dispose of its bonds for any amount so borrowed, and to mortgage its corporate property and franchises to secure the payment of any debt contracted by such corporation for the purposes aforesaid; but the concurrence of the holders of two-thirds in amount of the stock of such corporation, to be expressed in the manner and under all the conditions provided in the fifteenth section of this act, shall be necessary to the validity of any such mortgage; and the order or resolution for such mortgage shall be recorded as provided in the second section of this act; and the directors of such corporation shall be empowered, in pursuance to any such order or resolution, to confer on any holder of any bond for money so borrowed, as above stated, the right to convert the principal due or owing thereon into stock of such corporation, at any time not exceeding 10 years after the date of such bond, under such regulations as may be provided in the by-laws of such corporation.
(Source: P.A. 84-551.)

610 ILCS 5/20

    (610 ILCS 5/20) (from Ch. 114, par. 21)
    Sec. 20. The rolling stock and all other movable property belonging to any such corporation, shall be considered personal property, and shall be liable to execution and sale, in the same manner as the personal property of individuals.
(Source: Laws 1871, p. 625.)

610 ILCS 5/21

    (610 ILCS 5/21) (from Ch. 114, par. 22)
    Sec. 21. No such corporation shall issue any stock or bonds, except for money, labor or property actually received and applied to the purposes for which such corporation was organized. All stock dividends, and other fictitious increase of the capital stock or indebtedness of any such corporation, shall be void.
(Source: Laws 1871, p. 625.)

610 ILCS 5/22

    (610 ILCS 5/22) (from Ch. 114, par. 23)
    Sec. 22. No such corporation shall consolidate its capital stock with any other railway owning a parallel or competing line. And in no case shall any consolidation take place, except upon sixty days' notice thereof given, which notice shall be given in manner and form as prescribed in the fifteenth section of this act.
(Source: Laws 1871, p. 625.)

610 ILCS 5/25

    (610 ILCS 5/25) (from Ch. 114, par. 26)
    Sec. 25. In all elections for directors or managers of such railway corporations every stockholder shall have the right to vote, in person or by proxy, for the number of shares of stock owned by him, for as many persons as there are directors or managers to be elected, or to cumulate said shares, and give one candidate as many votes as the number of directors, multiplied by the number of his shares of stock, shall equal; or to distribute them, on the same principle, among as many candidates as he shall think fit; and such directors or managers shall not be elected in any other manner.
(Source: Laws 1871, p. 625.)

610 ILCS 5/25.5

    (610 ILCS 5/25.5) (from Ch. 114, par. 27)
    Sec. 25.5. In all cases when any corporation organized under this act to induce aid in its construction, either by donation or subscription to its capital stock, shall desire to fix the rates for any period of time for the transportation of passengers or freight, such corporation may adopt a resolution fixing such rates, and the time for which the same is to be fixed, and have the same recorded in the office of the recorder in the several counties through which the road is proposed to be run; and during the time for which they are fixed, said rates shall in no case be amended by said corporation or its successors: Provided, that said rates shall not exceed the rates allowed by law.
(Source: P.A. 87-895.)

610 ILCS 5/26

    (610 ILCS 5/26) (from Ch. 114, par. 28)
    Sec. 26. If any railway corporation organized under this act, shall not, within two years after its articles of association shall be filed and recorded as provided in the second section of this act, begin the construction of its road, and expend thereon twenty-five per cent. on the amount of its capital, within five years after the date of its organization, or shall not finish the road and put it in operation within ten years from the time of filing its articles of association, as aforesaid, its corporate existence and powers shall cease.
(Source: Laws 1871, p. 625.)

610 ILCS 5/27

    (610 ILCS 5/27) (from Ch. 114, par. 29)
    Sec. 27. An act entitled "An Act to amend 'an Act to provide for a general system of railroad incorporations,' approved November 5, 1849," approved February 13, 1857, and also all of an act entitled "An Act to provide for a general system of railroad incorporations," approved November 5, 1849, except the sections of the last named act numbered 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42 and 45, and all laws in conflict with the provisions of this act, be and the same are hereby repealed: Provided, however, that all general laws of this state in relation to railroad corporations, and the powers and duties thereof, so far as the same are not inconsistent with the provisions of this act, shall remain in force and be applicable to railroad incorporations organized under this act. The repeal of the acts and parts of acts mentioned in this section shall not be construed so as to affect any rights acquired thereunder; but all corporations formed or attempted to be formed under such acts or parts of acts, notwithstanding any defects or omissions in their articles of association, may, if they will adopt or have adopted this act, be entitled to proceed thereunder, and have all the benefits of this act; and all such corporations that have adopted or that will adopt this act, are hereby declared legal and valid corporations, within the provisions of this act, from the date of the filing of their respective articles of association. The fixing of the termini by any such corporation shall have the same effect as if fixed by the General Assembly. All corporations to which this act shall apply shall be held liable for, and shall carry out and fulfill all contracts made by them, or for, or on their behalf, or of which they have received the benefit, whether such corporation, at the time of the making of such contract or contracts, was organized, or had attempted to organize, under the general laws of the State of Illinois, or not; whether said contract was for right of way work and labor done, or materials furnished, or for the running of trains or carrying passengers or freight upon such road, or upon any other road in connection therewith. If such corporation has or does take possession of or use such right of way, labor or material so furnished by other persons or corporations, it shall be evidence of its acceptance of such contract so entered into by such person or corporation with said persons or corporations for its benefit. The corporation upon failing to pay the sum as it ought equitably to pay for such right of way, labor or materials, or failing to carry out such contracts so made with persons or corporations, it shall be held liable in a civil action for the recovery of the value of said right of way, labor or materials, and for damages for non-fulfillment of such contract, in any court of competent jurisdiction in any county through which the road of such corporation may be located. This act shall not in any manner legalize the subscription of any township, county or city to the capital stock of any railroad company, nor authorize the issuing of any bonds by any township, city or county in payment of any subscription or donation.
(Source: P.A. 83-345.)