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MUNICIPALITIES
(65 ILCS 97/) Neighborhood Security Patrol Act.

65 ILCS 97/1

    (65 ILCS 97/1)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Neighborhood Security Patrol Act.
(Source: P.A. 88-439.)

65 ILCS 97/5

    (65 ILCS 97/5)
    Sec. 5. Purpose. The purpose of a neighborhood security patrol program is to guarantee a greater sense of safety and security by employing private security patrols to assist and supplement the services performed by the local law enforcement agencies. The security patrols may be armed under Section 15 of this Act. The security patrols shall not have the powers of arrest, but shall act within allowable legal limits (including the power to detain for police arrest). The security patrols shall be completely liable for their actions, indemnifying the municipality and county, the sponsoring organization, and all participants. The security patrols shall be available to the entire community through a dispatch telephone number and shall be directly accountable to the community through its governing commission. The governing commission shall establish guidelines, such as the hours of service, the areas of focus, and the procedures for bidding for the patrols.
(Source: P.A. 88-439.)

65 ILCS 97/10

    (65 ILCS 97/10)
    Sec. 10. Definitions. As used in this Act:
    "Community organization" means a not-for-profit organization which has been registered with this State for at least 5 years as a not-for-profit organization, which qualifies for tax exempt status under Section 501 (c) (3) or 501 (c) (4) of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as now or hereafter amended, which continuously maintains an office or business location within the territory of a program together with a current listed telephone number, and a majority of whose members reside within the territory of a program.
    "Governing commission" means the 7 member governing body which is authorized by voter approval of the creation of a neighborhood security patrol program as provided in this Act and which is appointed by the mayor of the municipality in which the program has been approved with the approval of the city council, all of whom, except one, shall be appointed from a list or lists of nominees submitted by a community organization or community organizations as defined in this Act.
    "Security fund" means the funds collected under this Act for the purpose of providing and administering private security patrols within the territory of a program.
    "Security firm" means any private company licensed by the State of Illinois to provide security services, whose employees have all been registered and licensed by the State, and which carries sufficient insurance to cover claims against the firm, indemnifying the municipality, county, sponsoring organization, and all participants.
    "Pilot Project Area" means the territory within the boundaries of the Southwest Guaranteed Home Equity Program.
    "Program" means the neighborhood security patrol program governed by a specific neighborhood security patrol commission.
    "Program guidelines" means those policies, rules, regulations, and bylaws established from time to time by the governing commission to explain, clarify, or modify the program in order to fulfill its goals and objectives.
(Source: P.A. 88-439.)

65 ILCS 97/15

    (65 ILCS 97/15)
    Sec. 15. Creation of Commission.
    (a) Whenever, within the Pilot Project Area, the question of creating a neighborhood security patrol program within a contiguous territory consisting of at least 10 precincts included entirely within the Pilot Project Area is initiated by resolution or ordinance of the corporate authorities of the municipality or by a petition signed by not less than 10% of the total number of registered voters of each precinct in the territory, the registered voters of which are eligible to sign the petition, it shall be the duty of the election authority having jurisdiction over the municipality to submit the question of creating a neighborhood security patrol program to the electors of each precinct within the territory at the regular election specified in the resolution, ordinance or petition initiating the question. If the question is initiated by petition and if the requisite number of signatures is not obtained in one or more of the precincts included within the territory described in the petition, then the petition shall be valid as to the territory encompassed by those precincts for which the requisite number of signatures is obtained and any such precinct for which the requisite number of signatures is not obtained shall be excluded from the territory. A petition initiating a question described in this Section shall be filed with the election authority having jurisdiction over the municipality. The petition shall be filed and objections thereto shall be made in the manner provided in the general election law. A resolution, ordinance, or petition initiating a question described in this Section shall specify the election at which the question is to be submitted. The referendum on such question shall be held in accordance with general election law. The question, and the resolution, ordinance, or petition initiating the question, shall include a description of the territory, the name of the proposed neighborhood security patrol program, the maximum rate at which the neighborhood security patrol program shall be able to levy a property tax, and whether the security patrols shall be armed. All of that area within the geographic boundaries of the territory described in the question shall be included in the program, and no area outside the geographic boundaries of the territory described in such question shall be included in the program. If the election authority determines that the description cannot be included within the space limitations of the ballot, the election authority shall prepare large printed copies of a notice of the question, which shall be prominently displayed in the polling place of each precinct in which the question is to be submitted.
    (b) Whenever a majority of the voters on such public question approve the creation of a neighborhood security patrol program as certified by the proper election authorities, the mayor of the municipality shall within 60 days after certification appoint, with the consent of the corporate authorities, 7 individuals, to be known as commissioners, to serve as the governing body of the neighborhood security patrol program. The mayor shall choose one individual at his discretion to serve on the governing commission and 6 individuals from nominees submitted by a community organization or community organizations as defined in this Act. Nominations shall be submitted to the mayor within 30 days after certification. If the appointments are not made by the mayor within 60 days after certification, the Governor shall appoint the commissioners with the advice and consent of the Senate. A community organization may recommend up to 20 individuals to serve on a governing commission.
    No fewer than 5 commissioners serving at any one time shall reside within the territory of the program.
    Upon creation of a governing commission, the terms of the initial commissioners shall be as follows: 4, including the individual appointed at the mayor's discretion, shall serve for one year and 3 shall serve for 2 years and until a successor is appointed and qualified. All succeeding terms shall be for 2 years, or until a successor is appointed and qualified. No commissioner may serve more than 2 consecutive terms, except that the 4 initial commissioners who serve an initial one year term may serve 3 consecutive terms. Commissioners shall serve without compensation except for reimbursement for reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of duties as a commissioner. A vacancy in the office of a member of a commission shall be filled in like manner as an original appointment.
    All proceedings and meetings of the governing commission shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Open Meetings Act.
(Source: P.A. 88-439.)

65 ILCS 97/20

    (65 ILCS 97/20)
    Sec. 20. Additional precinct.
    (a) If the creation of an existing program was initiated by petition and if a precinct was excluded from the territory because the requisite number of signatures was not obtained as provided in subsection (a) of Section 15, the excluded precinct may be added to the territory of the program as provided in this Section.
    (b) If a petition signed by not less than 10% of the total number of registered voters of the precinct is filed with the proper election authority, and if the governing commission consents, by ordinance or resolution, to adding the excluded precinct to the territory of the program, the election authority shall submit the question of adding the excluded precinct to the territory of the program to the electors of the excluded precinct at the regular election specified in the petition. The petition shall be filed and objections made, and the referendum shall be conducted, as provided in the general election law. The petition and the question submitted to referendum shall describe the precinct, identify the program to which the precinct is proposed to be added, and state the maximum rate at which the program shall be authorized to levy a property tax, which rate shall be the same as the existing maximum rate for the program.
    (c) If a majority of the electors of the precinct voting on the question are in favor of adding the precinct to the program, the precinct shall be part of the territory of the program.
(Source: P.A. 88-439.)

65 ILCS 97/25

    (65 ILCS 97/25)
    Sec. 25. Duties and Functions of Commission. The duties and functions of the governing commission of a program shall include the following:
    (a) To establish policies, rules, regulations, bylaws, and procedures for both the governing commission and the program. No policies, rules, regulations, or bylaws shall be adopted by the governing commission without prior notice to the residents of the territory of a program and an opportunity for such residents to be heard.
    (b) To provide annual status reports on the program to the mayor and corporate authorities of the municipality, to provide an assessment to the General Assembly on the feasibility of expanding this Act beyond the Pilot Project Area, and to hold a minimum of one public meeting per year within the territory to provide a status report and to receive community input.
    (c) To manage, administer, and invest the security fund.
    (d) To employ necessary personnel, acquire necessary office space, enter into contractual relationships and disburse funds in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
    (e) To establish criteria and standards necessary for an open bidding process for hiring a security firm to perform patrol services and to oversee the contract with the security firm.
    (f) To purchase and maintain sufficient insurance against liabilities and losses.
    (g) To perform such other functions in connection with the program and the security fund as required under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 88-439.)

65 ILCS 97/30

    (65 ILCS 97/30)
    Sec. 30. Security Fund.
    (a) Each governing commission and program created by referendum under this Act shall maintain a security fund for the purposes of paying the costs of administering the program and carrying out its duties under this Act, subject to the limitations and procedures set forth in this Act.
    (b) The security fund shall be raised by means of an annual tax levied on all property within the territory of the program. The rate of this tax may be changed from year to year by majority vote of the governing commission but in no case shall it exceed a rate of 0.41% of the equalized assessed valuation of all property in the territory of the program, or the maximum tax rate approved by the voters of the territory. The commissioners shall cause the amount to be raised by taxation in each year to be certified to the county clerk in the manner provided by law, and any tax so levied and certified shall be collected and enforced in the same manner and by the same officers as those taxes for the purposes of the county and city within which the territory of the commission is located. Any such tax, when collected, shall be paid over to the proper officer of the commission who is authorized to receive and receipt for such tax. The governing commission may issue tax anticipation warrants against the taxes to be assessed for the calendar year in which the program is created and for the first full calendar year after the creation of the program.
    (c) Wherever the question of increasing the annual tax levy on all property within the territory is initiated by a petition signed by not less than 10% of the total number of registered voters of each precinct in the territory, the registered voters of which are eligible to sign the petition, it shall be the duty of the election authority having jurisdiction over the municipality to submit the question of increasing the annual tax on all property within the territory to the electors of each precinct within the territory at the regular election specified in the petition initiating the question. A petition initiating a question described in this Section shall be filed with the election authority having jurisdiction over the municipality. The petition shall be filed and objections thereto shall be made in the manner provided in the general election law. A petition initiating a question described in this Section shall specify the election at which the question is to be submitted. The referendum or such question shall be held in accordance with general election law. The question, and the petition initiating the question, shall include the maximum rate at which the neighborhood security patrol program shall be able to levy a property tax.
    (d) The moneys deposited in the security fund shall, as nearly as practicable, be fully and continuously invested or reinvested by the governing commission in investment obligations which shall be in such amounts, and shall mature at such times, that the maturity or date of redemption at the option of the holder of such investment obligations shall coincide, as nearly as practicable, with the times at which moneys will be required for the purposes of the program. As used in this Section, "investment obligation" means direct general municipal, State, or federal obligations which at the time are legal investments under the laws of this State and the payment of principal of and interest on which are unconditionally guaranteed by the governing body issuing them.
    (e) The security fund shall be used solely and exclusively for the purposes of the program and for reasonable salaries, expenses, bills, and fees incurred in administering the program, and shall be used for no other purpose.
    (f) The security fund shall be maintained, invested, and expended exclusively by the governing commission of the program for whose purposes it was created. Under no circumstance shall the security fund be used by any person or persons, governmental body, or public or private agency or concern other than the governing commission of the program for whose purposes it was created. Under no circumstances shall the security fund be commingled with other funds or investments.
    (g) No commissioner or family member of a commissioner may receive any financial benefit, either directly or indirectly, from the security fund. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to prohibit payment of expenses to a commissioner in accordance with Section 15.
    As used in this subsection, "family member" means a spouse, child, stepchild, parent, brother, or sister of a commissioner or a child, stepchild, parent, brother, or sister of a commissioner's spouse.
    (h) An independent audit of the security fund and the management of the program shall be conducted annually and made available to the public through any office of the governing commission or a public facility such as a local public library located within the territory of the program.
(Source: P.A. 88-439.)

65 ILCS 97/35

    (65 ILCS 97/35)
    Sec. 35. Termination of a program. A program may be terminated only by the submission of and approval of the issue in the form of a public question before the voters of the territory of the program at a regularly scheduled election in the same manner as the question of the creation of the program, as set forth in Section 15 of this Act. If a majority of the voters voting upon the question approve the termination of the program, as certified by the proper election authorities, the program shall conclude its business and cease operations within one year of the date on which the election containing the public question was held.
    In terminating the program, the governing commission shall refund the remaining balance of the security fund, if any, after all potential liabilities have been satisfied, to the then current property taxpayers of all property within the territory of the commission in an equitable manner proportionate to the manner in which the security fund was raised.
(Source: P.A. 88-439.)

65 ILCS 97/40

    (65 ILCS 97/40)
    Sec. 40. Indemnification. A program shall indemnify each commissioner, officer, and employee, whether on salary, wage, or voluntary basis, and also the State of Illinois and the county and municipality in which the program is located and their employees, officers, and agents, against any and all losses, damages, judgments, interest, settlements, fines, court costs and other reasonable costs and expenses of legal proceedings including attorney fees, and any other liabilities incurred by, imposed upon, or suffered by such individual or governmental entity in connection with or resulting from any claim, action, suit, or proceeding, actual or threatened, arising out of or in connection with the performance of program duties. Any settlement of any claim must be made with prior approval of the governing commission in order for indemnification, as provided in this Section, to be available.
    The indemnification provided by a program under this Section shall not cover any acts or omissions which involve willful or wanton conduct, breach of good faith, intentional misconduct, knowing violation of the law, or for any transaction from which such individual derives an improper personal benefit.
(Source: P.A. 88-439.)

65 ILCS 97/45

    (65 ILCS 97/45)
    Sec. 45. Penalty. Any person violating any provision of this Act or any procedure, regulation, or bylaw of a governing commission and program created under this Act shall, in addition to all other remedies provided by law, be guilty of a business offense and shall be fined an amount not to exceed $1,000 for each offense.
(Source: P.A. 88-439.)

65 ILCS 97/47

    (65 ILCS 97/47)
    Sec. 47. Existing programs. Nothing in this Act shall be construed to affect or alter the validity or operation of a neighborhood security patrol program created by a municipal ordinance adopted before the effective date of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 88-439.)

65 ILCS 97/50

    (65 ILCS 97/50)
    Sec. 50. Home Rule. It is declared to be the law of this State, pursuant to paragraph (h) of Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution, that the authority or duty to establish or prohibit the establishment of neighborhood security patrol programs in any municipality with more than 1,000,000 inhabitants, including home rule units, and the determination of the terms of such programs are declared to be exclusive powers and functions of the State which may not be exercised concurrently by any such municipality, except as otherwise provided in this Section. No municipality with more than 1,000,000 inhabitants, including home rule units, shall establish or maintain a neighborhood security patrol program other than as provided in this Act, and any such municipality shall affirmatively establish and maintain a neighborhood security patrol program when required to do so pursuant to this Act, except that this Section shall not be construed to prohibit the operation of a neighborhood security patrol program created by a municipal ordinance adopted before the effective date of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 88-439.)

65 ILCS 97/900

    (65 ILCS 97/900)
    Sec. 900. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 88-439; text omitted.)