(45 ILCS 100/1)
(from Ch. 127, par. 63r-1)
Within sixty days after this act becomes effective, the governor by
and with the advice and consent of the Senate shall appoint three
commissioners to enter into a compact on behalf of the State of Illinois
with the State of Missouri. One commissioner shall be designated as
chairman of the Illinois delegation. If the Senate is not in session at the
time for making any appointment, the governor shall make a temporary
appointment as in case of a vacancy. Any two of the commissioners so
appointed together with the attorney general of the State of Illinois may
act to enter into the following compact:
Compact between Missouri and Illinois Creating
the Bi-State Development Agency and the
Bi-State Metropolitan District
The States of Missouri and Illinois enter into the following agreement:
They agree to and pledge each to the other faithful cooperation in the
future planning and development of the Bi-State Metropolitan District,
holding in high trust for the benefit of its people and of the nation the
special blessings and natural advantages thereof.
To that end the two states create a district to be known as the
"Bi-State Metropolitan Development District" (hereinafter referred to as
"The District") which shall embrace the following territory: The City of
St. Louis and the counties of St. Louis and St. Charles and Jefferson in
Missouri, and the counties of Madison, St. Clair, and Monroe in Illinois.
There is created the Bi-State Development Agency of the
Missouri-Illinois Metropolitan District (hereinafter referred to as the
Bi-State Agency) which shall be a body corporate and politic. The Bi-State
Agency shall have the following powers:
1. To plan, construct, maintain, own and operate bridges, tunnels,
airports and terminal facilities and to plan and establish policies for
sewage and drainage facilities;
2. To make plans for submission to the communities involved for
co-ordination of streets, highways, parkways, parking areas, terminals,
water supply and sewage and disposal works, recreational and conservation
facilities and projects, land use pattern and other matters in which joint
or coordinated action of the communities within the areas will be generally
3. To charge and collect fees for use of the facilities owned and
operated by it;
4. To issue bonds upon the security of the revenues to be derived from
such facilities; and, or upon any property held or to be held by it;
5. To receive for its lawful activities any contributions or moneys
appropriated by municipalities, counties, state or other political
subdivisions or agencies; or by the Federal Government or any agency or
6. To disburse funds for its lawful activities, and fix salaries and
wages of its officers and employees;
7. To perform all other necessary and incidental functions; and
8. To exercise such additional powers as shall be conferred on it by the
legislature of either state concurred in by the legislature of the other or
by act of Congress.
No property now or hereafter vested in or held by either state, or by
any county, city, borough, village, township or other political
subdivision, shall be taken by the Bi-State Agency without the authority or
consent of such state, county, city, borough, village, township or other
political subdivision, nor shall anything herein impair or invalidate in
any way any bonded indebtedness of such state, county, city, borough,
village, township or other political subdivision, nor impair the provisions
of law regulating the payment into sinking funds of revenues derived from
municipal property, or dedicating the revenues derived from any municipal
property to a specific purpose.
Unless and until otherwise provided, it shall make an annual report to
the governor of each state, setting forth in detail the operations and
transactions conducted by it pursuant to this agreement and any legislation
Nothing contained in this compact shall impair the powers of any
municipality to develop or improve terminal or other facilities.
The Bi-State Agency shall from time to time make plans for the
development of the district; and when such plans are duly approved by the
legislatures of the two states, they shall be binding upon both states with
the same force and effect as if incorporated in this compact.
The Bi-State Agency may from time to time make recommendations to the
legislatures of the two states or to the Congress of the United States,
based upon study and analysis, for the improvement of transportation,
terminal, and other facilities in the district.
The Bi-State Agency may petition any interstate commerce commission (or
like body), public service commission, public utilities commission (or like
body), or any other federal, municipal, state or local authority,
administrative, judicial or legislative, having jurisdiction in the
premises, for the adoption and execution of any physical improvements,
change in method, rate of transportation, system of handling freight,
warehousing, docking, lightering or transfer of freight, which, in the
opinion of the Bi-State Agency, may be designed to improve or better the
handling of commerce in and through the district, or improve terminal and
transportation facilities therein. It may intervene in any proceeding
affecting the commerce of the district.
The Bi-State Agency shall consist of ten commissioners, five of whom
shall be resident voters of the State of Missouri and five of whom shall be
resident voters of the State of Illinois. All commissioners shall reside
within the Bi-State District, the Missouri members to be chosen by the
State of Missouri and the Illinois members by the State of Illinois in the
manner and for the terms fixed by the legislature of each state except as
The Bi-State Agency shall elect from its number a chairman, a
vice-chairman, and may appoint such officers and employees as it may
require for the performance of its duties, and shall fix and determine
their qualifications and duties.
Until otherwise determined by the legislatures of the two states no
action of the Bi-State Agency shall be binding unless taken at a meeting at
which at least three members from each state are present, and unless a
majority of the members from each state present at such meeting shall vote
in favor thereof. Each state reserves the right hereafter to provide by law
for the exercise of the veto power by the governor thereof over any action
of any commissioner appointed therefrom.
Until otherwise determined by the action of the legislatures of the two
states, the Bi-State Agency shall not incur any obligations for salaries,
office or other administrative expenses, prior to the making of
appropriations adequate to meet the same.
The Bi-State Agency is hereby authorized to make suitable rules and
regulations not inconsistent with the constitution or laws of the United
States or of either state, or of any political subdivision thereof, and
subject to the exercise of the power of Congress, for the improvement of
the District, which when concurred in or authorized by the legislatures of
both states, shall be binding and effective upon all persons and
corporations affected thereby.
The two states shall provide penalties for violations of any order, rule
or regulation of the Bi-State Agency, and for the manner of enforcing same.
The Bi-State Agency is authorized and directed to proceed with the
development of the District in accordance with the Articles of this compact
as rapidly as may be economically practicable and is vested with all
necessary and appropriate powers not inconsistent with the constitution or
the laws of the United States or of either state, to effectuate the same,
except the power to levy taxes or assessments.
It shall render such advice, suggestion and assistance to all municipal
officials as will permit all local and municipal improvements, so far as
practicable, to fit in with the plan.
In Witness Thereof, We have hereunto set our hands and seals under
authority vested in us by law.
In the Presence of:
(Source: Laws 1949, p. 449.)