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SPECIAL DISTRICTS
(70 ILCS 5/) Airport Authorities Act.

70 ILCS 5/0.01

    (70 ILCS 5/0.01) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.01)
    Sec. 0.01. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Airport Authorities Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-1324.)

70 ILCS 5/1

    (70 ILCS 5/1) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.1)
    Sec. 1. Definitions. When used in this Act:
    "Aeronautics" means the act or practice of the art and science of transportation by aircraft and instruction therein, and establishment, construction, extension, operation, improvement, repair or maintenance of airports and airport facilities and air navigation facilities, and the operation, construction, repair or maintenance of aircraft.
    "Aircraft" means any contrivance now known or hereafter invented, used or designed for navigation of, or flight in, the air.
    "Airport" means any locality, either land or water, which is used or designed for the landing and taking off of aircraft, or for the location of runways, landing fields, airdromes, hangars, buildings, structures, airport roadways and other facilities.
    "Airport hazard" means any structure, or object of natural growth, located on or in the vicinity of an airport, or any use of land near an airport, which is hazardous to the use of such airport for the landing and take-off of aircraft.
    "Approach" means any path, course or zone defined by an ordinance of an Authority, or by other lawful regulation, on the ground or in the air, or both, for the use of aircraft in landing and taking off from an airport located within an Authority.
    "Facilities" means and includes real estate and any and all forms of tangible and intangible personal property and services used or useful as an aid, or constituting an advantage or convenience to, the safe landing, taking off and navigation of aircraft, or the safe and efficient operation or maintenance of a public airport. In addition, for all airport authorities, "facilities" means and includes real estate, tangible and intangible personal property, and services used or useful for commercial and recreational purposes.
    "Board of Commissioners" and "Board" mean the board of commissioners of an established authority or an authority proposed to be established.
    "Commercial aircraft" means any aircraft other than public aircraft engaged in the business of transporting persons or property.
    "Airport Authority" means a municipal corporation created and established under Section 2 of this Act, and includes Metropolitan Airport Authorities. "Authority" and "Airport Authority" are synonymous, unless the context requires otherwise.
    "Metropolitan Airport Authority" and "Metropolitan Authority" mean an airport authority established in the manner provided in Section 2.7 of this Act.
    "Municipality" means any city, village or incorporated town of the State of Illinois.
    "Public Agency" means any political subdivision, public corporation, quasi-municipal corporation or municipal corporation of the State of Illinois, excepting public corporations or agencies owning, operating or maintaining a college or university with funds of the State of Illinois.
    "Private aircraft" means any aircraft other than public and commercial aircraft.
    "Public aircraft" means an aircraft used exclusively in the governmental service of the United States, or of any state or of any public agency, including military and naval aircraft.
    "Public airport" means an airport owned by an airport authority or other public agency which is used or is intended for use by public, commercial and private aircraft and by persons owning, managing, operating or desiring to use, inspect or repair any such aircraft or to use any such airport for aeronautical purposes.
    "Public interest" means the protection, furtherance and advancement of the general welfare and of public health and safety and public necessity and convenience in respect to aeronautics.
    "Rail Authority" means a Rail Authority established as provided in Section 22.1 of this Act.
    "Rail facility" has the meaning set forth in Section 22.2 of this Act.
    "Related facility" has the meaning set forth in Section 22.2 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 95-641, eff. 10-11-07.)

70 ILCS 5/2

    (70 ILCS 5/2) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.2)
    Sec. 2. Creation of an airport authority.
    (a) Any area of contiguous territory having a population of not less than 5,000 and containing one or more municipalities as defined by this Act, and in which there is not included any territory contained within the corporate limits of an existing Airport Authority, and in which there is not included any territory or airport facilities of a municipal corporation having a population of 500,000 or more which owns, maintains, or operates an airport or airports within or without its corporate limits, may be incorporated as an Airport Authority in the manner provided in Sections 2.1 through 2.6 of this Act; provided, however, that nothing herein contained shall prohibit any municipality whose territory lies both inside and outside a county that is incorporated as a Metropolitan Airport Authority with the majority of the territory lying outside the county from exercising the authority to own, maintain, or operate an airport under the provisions of Division 103 of Article 11 of the Illinois Municipal Code.
    (b) The entire territory within the corporate limits of a county with a population greater than 600,000 and less than 3,000,000, and contiguous to a county with a population in excess of 1,000,000 inhabitants, except the territory of any municipality whose territory lies both inside and outside the county with the majority of the territory lying outside the county, shall be incorporated as a Metropolitan Airport Authority in the manner provided in Section 2.7 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-768.)

70 ILCS 5/2.1

    (70 ILCS 5/2.1) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.2a)
    Sec. 2.1. Petition - Setting for public hearing and notice thereof. Any 500 or more electors residing within the area may file with the clerk of the circuit court of the county in which the area is situated, a petition in the circuit court. The petition shall set forth (1) a description of the territory intended to be embraced in the proposed Authority, (2) the names of the municipalities located within the area, (3) the name of the proposed Authority, and (4) a prayer that the question be submitted to the electors residing within the limits of the proposed Authority, whether they will incorporate as an Authority under this Act. The petitioners in and by such petition shall authorize and designate one or more persons to appear for and represent them on the petition, and in the proceedings thereon in the circuit court, with an authority to amend, to move to dismiss or to withdraw the petition. Five days prior to the filing of the petition the petitioners, by the designated representatives, shall cause a copy of the petition to be served upon the Secretary of the Department of Transportation, together with a map or plat showing the boundaries of the territory described in the petition. Such service may be made by delivery of a copy of the petition and such map or plat to the office of the Secretary or by personal service thereof upon the Secretary. Evidence of such service, consisting of a return or an acknowledgment or an affidavit of the service thereof shall be filed with the petition. Upon the filing of the petition and such evidence of service upon the Secretary with the clerk of the circuit court he or she shall present same to a judge of the circuit court, who shall set the petition for hearing within not less than 15 nor more than 30 days after the filing thereof.
    The clerk of the circuit court shall cause notice to be given of the time and place where such hearing will be held by publication on 3 separate days in one or more daily or weekly newspapers having a general circulation within the territory proposed to be incorporated as an Airport Authority, the first of which publications shall be not less than 15 days prior to the date set for such hearing, and if there is no such newspaper, then such notice shall be posted in not less than 10 of the most public places in such territory, not less than 15 days prior to the date set for such hearing. The filing fee on the petition and costs of printing and publication or posting of notices of public hearing thereon shall be paid in advance by petitioners.
(Source: P.A. 83-334.)

70 ILCS 5/2a.1

    (70 ILCS 5/2a.1) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.2a1)
    Sec. 2a.1. Petition-Setting forth tax rate. The petition may, in addition to the matters required to be set forth in Section 2.1, also set forth a tax rate, not to exceed the rate specified in Section 13, as the maximum tax rate for the proposed Authority. In such case, such proposed maximum tax rate shall be included in the proposition submitted as provided in Section 2.3, and, in the event the Authority is established, the aggregate amount of its taxes for any one year, exclusive of the amount levied for bonded indebtedness or interest thereon, shall not exceed such maximum tax rate, unless an increase in such maximum rate is authorized by vote of the electors within the Authority as provided in Section 13.1.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 1837.)

70 ILCS 5/2.2

    (70 ILCS 5/2.2) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.2b)
    Sec. 2.2. Procedure on petition. The circuit court may continue the hearing on the petition from time to time. Should it appear on such public hearing that a part only of any municipality is included within the territory described in the petition, then such petition shall be amended upon motion of the petitioners, by their representatives, to either include or exclude all of such municipality, and such motion shall be allowed. Upon such public hearing the petitioners, by their representatives, may also move to otherwise amend their petition or to dismiss or to withdraw the petition, and any such motion shall be allowed. If such petition is not so dismissed or withdrawn, the circuit court shall find and determine whether such territory meets the requirements of this Act, and the sufficiency of the petition as filed or amended, and of the proceedings thereon and the population of each municipality included within such territory. A petition shall not be sufficient, if 500 or more petitioners do not legally reside within the territory proposed to be incorporated by the petition as originally filed and as thereafter considered by the court, or if a whole municipality is not included within the territory. If such territory, petition and proceedings meet the requirements of this Act, the court shall order the proposition to be submitted to the electors at a referendum. The clerk of the court shall certify the order and the proposition to the proper election officials, who shall submit the proposition to the voters at an election in accordance with the general election law.
    Should two or more petitions covering in part the same territory be filed prior to the public hearing upon the petition which is first filed, such petitions shall be consolidated for public hearing, and hearing thereon may be continued to permit the giving of notice upon any such petition or petitions.
    At the public hearing upon such petitions, the petitioners in the petition first filed, by their representatives, may move to amend such petition to include any part of the territory described in any such other petition which is contiguous with the territory described in the first petition, either as originally filed or as amended. Any such motion shall be allowed. The public hearing shall proceed upon the first petition as originally filed, or as so amended, and further proceedings upon any such other petition or petitions subsequently filed shall be stayed and held in abeyance until the termination of all proceedings upon the first petition, or any such other petition may be dismissed or withdrawn upon motion of the petitioners therein, by their representatives.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

70 ILCS 5/2.3

    (70 ILCS 5/2.3) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.2c)
    Sec. 2.3. Election - procedure. The clerk of the circuit court shall certify the order for submission of the proposition, to the proper election authorities, who shall submit the proposition to the voters at an election in accordance with the general election law.
    In addition to the requirements of the general election law notice shall include a description of the territory. The notice shall further state that any such authority upon its establishment shall have the powers, objects and purposes provided by this Act, including the power to levy the tax authorized by this Act for airport operation and maintenance and other corporate purposes, and power to issue tax secured bonds. Each legal voter residing within the territory shall have a right to cast a ballot at such election. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
--------------------------------------------------------------
    Shall an "Act in relation to
 Airport Authorities" effective
 (insert date) be adopted,             YES
 and the ...... Airport
 Authority be established?
 (If established, said Airport
 Authority will have the powers,   ---------------------------
 objects and purposes, provided
 by the Act, including the power
 to levy the tax authorized by
 the Act for airport operation         NO
 and maintenance and other
 corporate purposes and the power
 to issue tax secured bonds.)
--------------------------------------------------------------
    The circuit court shall by written order determine and declare the result of the referendum and shall cause the result to be filed of record in the proceedings of the circuit court.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

70 ILCS 5/2.4

    (70 ILCS 5/2.4) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.2d)
    Sec. 2.4. How population to be determined.
    In determining the population of the territory, or of any included municipality, the last federal, State or municipal census for the territory or municipality shall be used, and the population of that part of the territory for which no separate census previously had been taken may be determined by a census taken under the direction and supervision of the circuit court at any time prior to the entry of the order determining and declaring the result of the election, or may be established by other competent evidence.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3415.)

70 ILCS 5/2.5

    (70 ILCS 5/2.5) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.2e)
    Sec. 2.5. Where territory in more than one county. In case the territory is situated in 2 or more counties, then the petition shall be filed in the office of the clerk of the circuit court of the county in which the greater portion of the territory is situated and it shall be the duty of the circuit court of the county to set the petition for hearing, and to do the other acts above required to be performed and to cause the order determining and declaring results of the election to be filed in the records of the circuit court and a certified copy thereof shall be filed with the clerk of the circuit court of such other county or counties, who shall cause the same to be filed in the records of the circuit court of such county or counties.
(Source: P.A. 83-343.)

70 ILCS 5/2.6

    (70 ILCS 5/2.6) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.2f)
    Sec. 2.6. Establishment of authority and completion of corporate record. If a majority of the votes cast upon the question of the adoption of this Act and the establishment of an Airport Authority shall be in favor of the same, the inhabitants thereof shall be deemed to have accepted the provisions of this Act, and the same shall thence forth be deemed an organized Airport Authority under this Act, having the name stated in said petition or such name as may be provided by ordinance in accordance with Section 12 of this Act. Within 90 days after the results of such election have been so determined, the said Board of Commissioners of the authority shall cause a certified copy of such order to be recorded in the office of the recorder of each county within which the Authority is situated and in the office of the Secretary of State, and the Secretary of State shall thereupon issue a certificate of incorporation to such Authority. Such requirement of filing is directory and failure to file within apt time shall not vitiate such organization.
(Source: P.A. 83-358.)

70 ILCS 5/2.7

    (70 ILCS 5/2.7) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.2g)
    Sec. 2.7. Metropolitan Airport Authority.
    (a) Upon the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1986, in any county with a population between 600,000 and 3,000,000 and contiguous to a county with a population in excess of 1,000,000 inhabitants, a Metropolitan Airport Authority is hereby established, the territory of which shall include all of the territory within the corporate limits of the county and the territory of any pre-existing authority located partly within and partly outside the county, except the territory of any municipality whose territory lies both inside and outside the county with the majority of the territory lying outside the county. Upon that date, the Metropolitan Airport Authority shall be deemed an organized Airport Authority under this Act. Within 30 days after the initial appointments have been made under Section 3.4, the Authority board shall notify the office of the Secretary of State of the establishment of the Metropolitan Airport Authority by this amendatory Act of 1986, who shall thereupon issue a certificate of incorporation to the Authority.
    (b) If all of the airport facilities of an existing Airport Authority are situated within the corporate limits of a county in which a Metropolitan Airport Authority is established, the existing Airport Authority shall be dissolved upon the establishment of the Metropolitan Airport Authority. In such event the rights to all property and all assets and liabilities, including bonded indebtedness, of the existing Airport Authority shall be assumed by the Metropolitan Airport Authority.
    (c) (Blank).
(Source: P.A. 91-618, eff. 1-1-00.)

70 ILCS 5/2.7.1

    (70 ILCS 5/2.7.1)
    Sec. 2.7.1. Greater Metropolitan Airport Authority.
    (a) The Greater Metropolitan Airport Authority is hereby established, the territory of which shall include all of the territory within the corporate limits of Peoria County. Within 30 days after the initial appointments have been made under subsection (c) of this Section, the Authority board shall notify the office of the Secretary of State of the establishment of the Greater Metropolitan Airport Authority, and the Secretary of State shall issue a certificate of incorporation to the Authority. Upon the issuance of a certificate of incorporation, the Greater Metropolitan Airport Authority shall be deemed an organized airport authority under this Act.
    (b) If all of the airport facilities of an existing Airport Authority are situated within Peoria County on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly, that existing Airport Authority shall be dissolved upon the establishment of the Greater Metropolitan Airport Authority. In such event, the rights to all property, assets, and liabilities, including bonded indebtedness, of the existing Airport Authority shall be assumed by the Greater Metropolitan Airport Authority.
    (c) The Board of Commissioners of the Greater Metropolitan Airport Authority shall consist of 9 commissioners who shall reside within its corporate limits, and who shall be appointed as follows:
        (1) The Board of Commissioners of an existing Airport
    
Authority referenced in subsection (b) of this Section shall, upon the establishment of the Greater Metropolitan Airport Authority, be reappointed by their respective appointing authorities to serve their remaining terms of office. Successor appointments to the existing board members shall be made by the original appointing authority.
        (2) Within 20 days after the effective date of this
    
amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly, one additional commissioner shall be appointed by each mayor, with the advice and consent of the governing body, of a municipality located wholly within the territory of the Greater Metropolitan Airport Authority that has a population of more than 5,000. No appointment shall be made under this subpart by an appointing authority who is entitled to make an appointment under subpart (1) of this subsection.
        (3) The members of the General Assembly whose
    
legislative districts encompass any part of the Greater Metropolitan Airport Authority shall appoint any additional commissioners necessary to create a Board of Commissioners consisting of 9 commissioners.
        (4) Of the commissioners appointed under subparts (2)
    
and (3) of this subsection, one commissioner shall be appointed for a 3-year term, one commissioner shall be appointed for a 4-year term, and one commissioner shall be appointed for a 5-year term. Initial terms shall be determined by lot. Any successor to a commissioner appointed under subpart (2) or (3) of this subsection shall be appointed for a 5-year term.
(Source: P.A. 95-365, eff. 1-1-08.)

70 ILCS 5/2.7.2

    (70 ILCS 5/2.7.2)
    Sec. 2.7.2. Crawford County Airport Authority.
    (a) The Crawford County Airport Authority is hereby established, the territory of which shall include all of the territory within the corporate limits of Crawford County. Within 30 days after the initial appointments have been made under subsection (c) of this Section, the Authority board shall notify the office of the Secretary of State of the establishment of the Crawford County Airport Authority, and the Secretary of State shall issue a certificate of incorporation to the Authority. Upon the issuance of a certificate of incorporation, the Crawford County Airport Authority shall be deemed an organized airport authority under this Act.
    (b) If all of the airport facilities of an existing airport authority are situated within Crawford County on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly, that existing airport authority shall be dissolved upon the establishment of the Crawford County Airport Authority. In such event, the rights to all property, assets, and liabilities, including bonded indebtedness, of the existing airport authority shall be assumed by the Crawford County Airport Authority.
    (c) The Board of Commissioners of the Crawford County Airport Authority shall consist of 7 commissioners who shall reside within its corporate limits, and who shall be appointed as follows:
        (1) Four commissioners shall be appointed by the
    
county chairman of Crawford County. Of the commissioners appointed under this item, one commissioner shall be appointed for a 3-year term, one commissioner shall be appointed for a 4-year term, and 2 commissioners shall be appointed for 5-year terms, as determined by lot. Their successors shall be appointed for 5-year terms.
        (2) Three commissioners shall be appointed by the
    
mayor of the City of Robinson. Of the commissioners appointed under this item, one commissioner shall be appointed for a 3-year term, one commissioner shall be appointed for a 4-year term, and one commissioner shall be appointed for a 5-year term, as determined by lot. Their successors shall be appointed for 5-year terms.
(Source: P.A. 95-365, eff. 1-1-08.)

70 ILCS 5/3

    (70 ILCS 5/3) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.3)
    Sec. 3. Boards of commissioners. Every authority established under this Act shall be governed by a board of commissioners. For authorities other than Metropolitan Airport Authorities, the Greater Metropolitan Airport Authority, and the Crawford County Airport Authority, in the order finding the results of the election to be favorable to the establishment of the authority, the circuit court shall determine the population of the authority and the population of each municipality within the authority having 5,000 or more inhabitants according to the last census.
(Source: P.A. 95-365, eff. 1-1-08.)

70 ILCS 5/3.1

    (70 ILCS 5/3.1) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.3a)
    Sec. 3.1. Boards of commissioners - Appointment. The Boards of Commissioners of Authorities shall be appointed as follows:
    (1) In case there are one or more municipalities having a population of 5,000 or more within the Authority, the commissioners shall be appointed as follows:
        (a) Where there is only one such municipality, 3
    
commissioners shall be appointed from such municipality, and 2 commissioners shall be appointed at large.
        (a-5) Within 30 days after the effective date of this
    
amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly, one additional commissioner shall be appointed to the board of the Springfield Airport Authority from each municipality having a population of 5,000 or more within the Authority, and one additional commissioner shall be appointed at large. The additional commissioners shall serve for a term of 4 or 5 years, as determined by lot. Their successors shall serve for terms of 5 years.
        (b) Where there are 2 or more such municipalities,
    
one commissioner shall be appointed from each municipality with a population between 5,000 and 45,000, 2 commissioners shall be appointed from each municipality with a population of more than 45,000, and 3 commissioners shall be appointed at large; except that when the physical facilities of the airport of the Authority are located wholly within a single county with a population between 600,000 and 3,000,000 there shall be one commissioner appointed from each municipality within the corporate limits of the Authority having 5,000 or more population and 5 commissioners appointed at large. If the Authority is located wholly within the corporate limits of such municipalities, 2 commissioners shall be appointed from the one of such municipalities having the largest population, and one commissioner shall be appointed from each of the other such municipalities, and 2 commissioners shall be appointed at large.
        (c) Commissioners representing the area within an
    
Authority located outside of any municipality having 5,000 or more population and commissioners appointed at large when the authority is wholly contained within a single county shall be appointed by the presiding officer of the county board with the advice and consent of the county board, and when the physical facilities of the airport of the Authority are located wholly within a single county with a population between 600,000 and 3,000,000 the commissioners appointed at large shall be appointed by the chairman of the county board of such county, and any commissioner representing the area within any such municipality shall be appointed by its mayor or the presiding officer of its governing body. If however the district is located in more than one county other than a county with a population between 600,000 and 3,000,000, the members of the General Assembly whose legislative districts encompass any portion of the Authority shall appoint the commissioners representing the area within an Authority located outside of any municipality having 5,000 or more population and commissioners at large but any commissioner representing the area within any such municipality shall be appointed by its mayor or the presiding officer of its governing body.
        (d) A commissioner representing the area within any
    
such municipality shall reside within its corporate limits. A commissioner appointed at large may reside either within or without any such municipality but must reside within the territory of the authority. Should any commissioner cease to reside within that part of the territory he represents, or should the territory in which he resides cease to be a part of the authority, then his office shall be deemed vacated, and shall be filled by appointment for the remainder of the term as hereinafter provided.
    (2) In case there are no municipalities having a population of 5,000 or more within such authority located wholly within a single county, such order shall so find, and in such case the Board shall consist of 5 commissioners who shall be appointed at large by the presiding officer of the county board with the advice and consent of the county board. If however the district is located in more than one county, the members of the General Assembly whose legislative districts encompass any portion of the Authority shall appoint the commissioners at large.
    (3) Should a municipality which is wholly within an authority attain, or should such a municipality be established, having a population of 5,000 or more after the entry of said order by the circuit court, the presiding officer of such municipality may petition the circuit court for an order finding and determining the population of such municipality and, if it is found and determined upon the hearing of said petition that the population of such municipality is 5,000 or more, the board of commissioners of such authority as previously established shall be increased by one commissioner who shall reside within the corporate limits of such municipality and shall be appointed by its presiding officer. The initial commissioner so appointed shall serve for a term of 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 years, as may be determined by lot, and his successors shall be similarly appointed and shall serve for terms of 5 years. All provisions of this section applicable to commissioners representing municipal areas shall apply to any such commissioner. Each such commissioner shall reside within the authority and shall continue to reside therein.
    (4) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section, the Board of Commissioners of a Metropolitan Airport Authority shall consist of 9 commissioners.
    Seven commissioners shall be residents of the county with a population between 600,000 and 3,000,000 within which the Metropolitan Airport Authority was established. These commissioners shall be appointed by the county board chairman of the county with a population between 600,000 and 3,000,000 within which the Metropolitan Airport Authority was established, with the advice and consent of the county board of that county.
    Two commissioners shall be residents of the territory of the Authority located outside the county with a population between 600,000 and 3,000,000. These commissioners shall be appointed jointly by the mayors of the municipalities having a population over 5,000 that are located outside the county with a population between 600,000 and 3,000,000, with the advice and consent of the governing bodies of those municipalities.
    The transition from the pre-existing composition of the Metropolitan Airport Authority Board of Commissioners to the composition specified in this amendatory Act of 1991 shall be accomplished as follows:
        (A) The appointee who was required to be a resident
    
of the area outside of the county with a population between 600,000 and 3,000,000 may serve until his or her term expires. The replacement shall be one of the 2 appointees who shall be residents of the territory of the Authority located outside the county with a population between 600,000 and 3,000,000.
        (B) The other 8 commissioners may serve until their
    
terms expire. Upon the occurrence of the second vacancy among these 8 commissioners after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1991, the replacement shall be the second of the 2 appointees who shall be residents of the territory of the Authority located outside of the county with a population between 600,000 and 3,000,000. Upon the expiration of the terms of the other 7 commissioners, the replacements shall be residents of the county with a population between 600,000 and 3,000,000.
        (C) All commissioners appointed after the effective
    
date of this amendatory Act of 1991, and their successors, shall be appointed in the manner set forth in this amendatory Act of 1991.
(Source: P.A. 94-466, eff. 1-1-06; 95-641, eff. 10-11-07.)

70 ILCS 5/3.2

    (70 ILCS 5/3.2) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.3b)
    Sec. 3.2. Manner of exercising appointments.
    All appointments of Commissioners to Boards of Commissioners of Airport Authorities shall be in writing and shall indicate the legal residence of the person appointed and whether or not he resides within or without a municipality having a population of 5,000 or more.
(Source: P.A. 77-685.)

70 ILCS 5/3.3

    (70 ILCS 5/3.3) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.3c)
    Sec. 3.3. Effect of invalidity of appointment provision. Should the foregoing provisions respecting the appointment of commissioners representing the area within any municipality of five thousand or more population be invalid when applied to any situation, then as to such situation any such provision shall be deemed to be excised from this act, and the commissioner whose appointment is thus affected shall be appointed at large by the county board, or in the case of a home rule county as defined by Article VII, Section 6 of the Constitution of 1970 by the chief executive officer of the county with the advice and consent of the county governing board, except if the Authority embraces more than one county in which case the commissioners shall be appointed at large by the members of the General Assembly whose legislative districts encompass any portion of the Authority.
(Source: P.A. 80-1495.)

70 ILCS 5/3.4

    (70 ILCS 5/3.4) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.3d)
    Sec. 3.4. Commissioners' terms and qualification. All initial appointments of commissioners shall be made within twenty days after the determination of the result of said election, or the creation of the Metropolitan Airport Authority, as the case may be. Each appointment shall be in writing and a certificate thereof signed by the appointing officer shall be filed and made a matter of record in the office of the county clerk wherein said organization proceedings are filed. A commissioner shall qualify within ten days after appointment by acceptance and the taking of the constitutional oath of office, both to be in writing and similarly filed for record in the office of the said county clerk. Members initially appointed to the board of commissioners of such Authority shall serve from date of appointment for one, two, three, four and five years and shall draw lots to determine the periods for which they each shall serve. In case there are more than five commissioners, lots shall be drawn so that five commissioners shall serve initial terms of one, two, three, four and five years and the other commissioners shall serve terms of one, two, three, four or five years as the number of commissioners shall require and the drawing of lots shall determine. Within 30 days after September 27, 1985, the chairman of a county board who is to appoint 5 commissioners at large pursuant to this amendatory Act of 1985 shall appoint 2 such commissioners to serve terms of 3 years and 5 years, respectively, as determined by lot. The other 3 commissioners to be appointed at large shall be appointed by such chairman to succeed the terms of the commissioners holding office on such date who were appointed at large or from the areas within the Authority located outside of municipalities having a population of 5,000 or more; provided that such commissioners then holding office shall continue to serve the terms for which they were appointed. The successors of all such initial members of the board of commissioners of an Authority shall serve for terms of five years, all such appointments and appointments to fill vacancies shall be made in like manner as in the case of the initial commissioners except as otherwise provided in this Section. A commissioner having been duly appointed shall continue to serve after the expiration of his term until his successor has been appointed. Each commissioner shall reside within the Authority and shall continue to reside therein during his term of office.
(Source: P.A. 84-1473.)

70 ILCS 5/4

    (70 ILCS 5/4) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.4)
    Sec. 4. Judicial notice of existence of authorities.
    All courts shall take judicial notice of the existence and dissolution of an Airport Authority and of the area of jurisdiction of an existing Authority.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 290.)

70 ILCS 5/5

    (70 ILCS 5/5) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.5)
    Sec. 5. Qualifications of commissioners and removal from office. No person shall be appointed to the Board of Commissioners of any Airport Authority who has any financial interest in the establishment or continued existence thereof or who is a member of the governing body or an officer or employee of a municipality, a county, or any other unit of local government, or an elected official of State or federal government, except when the authority is wholly located within a single county with a population of less than 40,000, an individual employed by a local school district may serve as a commissioner.
    Should it appear to the Department of Transportation that any member of the Board of Commissioners of an airport authority may be disqualified, or guilty of misconduct or malfeasance in office or unwilling or unable to act, it shall notify the Board of Commissioners of that fact in writing and it shall then be the duty of the Board of Commissioners to require such board member to show cause why he should not be removed from office. Any such person shall be given a hearing by the Board of Commissioners and, after such hearing, if the Board of Commissioners finds such a charge should be sustained, it shall remove the person so charged from office, and a vacancy shall thereupon exist for the unexpired term of such office.
(Source: P.A. 88-109; 89-174, eff. 7-19-95.)

70 ILCS 5/6

    (70 ILCS 5/6) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.6)
    Sec. 6. Powers of the board, first meeting, by-laws, etc. The Board of Commissioners of an Authority shall possess and exercise all of its legislative and executive powers. Within thirty days after the appointment of the initial commissioners, the board shall meet and elect a chairman. It shall then also select a secretary, treasurer and such officers or employees as it deems expedient or necessary for the accomplishment of its corporate objects, none of whom need be a member of the board. The board at said meeting by ordinance shall define the first and subsequent fiscal years of the Authority, and shall adopt a corporate seal and by-laws, which shall determine the times for the annual election of officers and of other regular and special meetings of the board, and shall contain the rules for the transaction of other business of the Authority and for amending such by-laws.
    Each commissioner of any such Authority shall devote such time to the duties of such office as the faithful discharge thereof may require, and shall be compensated for such services upon such basis as the board of commissioners of such Authority shall provide by ordinance, and each commissioner shall also be reimbursed actual expenses incurred in the performance of such official duties, provided, however, in airport authorities having a population of not more than 500,000 the compensation for services of any commissioner shall not exceed $150.00 in any one month for services within the corporate limits of such Authority or within a distance of 50 miles from such corporate limits, and provided, further, that in airport authorities having a population of more than 500,000, the compensation for services of any commissioner shall not exceed the sum of $10,000.00 per annum.
(Source: P.A. 79-574.)

70 ILCS 5/7

    (70 ILCS 5/7) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.7)
    Sec. 7. Purposes of act.
    The establishment and continued maintenance and operation of safe, adequate and necessary public airports and public airport facilities within the State of Illinois and the creation of airport authorities having powers necessary or desirable for the establishment and continued maintenance and operation of such airports and facilities are declared and determined to be in the public interest, and such powers and the corporate purposes and functions of such authorities, as herein stated, are declared to be public and governmental in nature and essential to the public interest.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 290.)

70 ILCS 5/8

    (70 ILCS 5/8) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.8)
    Sec. 8. Nature and powers.
    An Airport Authority constitutes a municipal corporation and body politic separate and apart from any other municipality, the State of Illinois or any other public or governmental agency and has the powers enumerated in Sections 8.01 through 8.14, and all other powers incidental, necessary, convenient, or desirable to carry out and effectuate such express powers.
(Source: P.A. 76-968.)

70 ILCS 5/8.01

    (70 ILCS 5/8.01) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.8-01)
    Sec. 8.01.
    To locate, establish and maintain a public airport, public airports and public airport facilities within its corporate limits or within or upon any land or body of water adjacent thereto, and to construct, develop, expand, extend and improve any such airport or airport facility.
(Source: P.A. 76-968.)

70 ILCS 5/8.02

    (70 ILCS 5/8.02) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.8-02)
    Sec. 8.02.
    To acquire, within or without the corporate limits of the Authority, land in fee simple, including township roadways, rights in and over land or water, and easements upon, over or across land or water, and leasehold interests in land or water, and tangible and intangible personal property, used or useful for the location, establishment, maintenance, development, expansion, extension or improvement of any such public airport or public airport facility. Such acquisition may be by dedication, purchase, gift, agreement, lease, use or adverse possession or by condemnation. The authority may acquire for such purposes land in fee simple subject to a mortgage and as part of the purchase price may assume the payment of the indebtedness secured by the mortgage. Land may be acquired, possessed and used for such purposes by an authority under a written contract for a deed thereto conveying merchantable title and providing that the deed shall be placed in escrow and be delivered upon payment of the purchase price and containing such other terms as are reasonably incident to such a contract. Personal property may be purchased on an installment contract basis.
(Source: P.A. 76-968.)

70 ILCS 5/8.03

    (70 ILCS 5/8.03) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.8-03)
    Sec. 8.03.
    To operate, maintain, manage, lease, sublease, and to make and enter into contracts for the use, operation or management of, and to provide rules and regulations for the operation, management or use of any public airport or public airport facility.
(Source: P.A. 76-968.)

70 ILCS 5/8.04

    (70 ILCS 5/8.04) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.8-04)
    Sec. 8.04.
    To fix, charge and collect reasonable rentals, tolls, fees, and charges for the use of any public airport, or any part thereof, or any public airport facility.
(Source: P.A. 76-968.)

70 ILCS 5/8.05

    (70 ILCS 5/8.05) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.8-05)
    Sec. 8.05.
    To establish, maintain, extend and improve roadways and approaches by land, water or air to any such airport and to contract or otherwise provide, by condemnation if necessary, for the removal of any airport hazard or the removal or relocation of all private structures, railways, mains, pipes, conduits, wires, poles, and all other facilities and equipment which may interfere with the location, expansion, development, or improvement of airports or with the safe approach thereto or take off therefrom by aircraft, and to pay the cost of removal or relocation; and, subject to the "Airport Zoning Act", approved July 17, 1945, as amended, to adopt, administer and enforce airport zoning regulations for territory which is within its corporate limits or which extends not more than 2 miles beyond its corporate limits.
(Source: P.A. 76-968.)

70 ILCS 5/8.06

    (70 ILCS 5/8.06) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.8-06)
    Sec. 8.06.
    To restrict the height of any object of natural growth or structure or structures within the vicinity of any airport or within the lines of an approach to any airport and, when necessary for the reduction in the height of any such existing object or structure, to enter into an agreement for such reduction or to accomplish same by condemnation. Zoning regulations needed for the support of any such restrictions shall be adopted in a manner which conforms with the Airport Zoning Act.
(Source: P.A. 76-968.)

70 ILCS 5/8.07

    (70 ILCS 5/8.07) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.8-07)
    Sec. 8.07.
    To agree with the state or federal government or with any public agency in respect to the removal and relocation of any object of natural growth, airport hazard or any structure or building within the vicinity of any airport or within an approach and which is owned or within the control of such government or agency and to pay all or an agreed portion of the cost of such removal or relocation.
(Source: P.A. 76-968.)

70 ILCS 5/8.08

    (70 ILCS 5/8.08) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.8-08)
    Sec. 8.08. To borrow money and to issue bonds, notes, certificates, or other evidences of indebtedness for the purpose of accomplishing any of said corporate purposes, which obligations may be payable from taxes or other sources as provided in this Act; and to refund or advance refund any of the foregoing with bonds, notes, certificates or other evidences of indebtedness, which refunding or advanced refunding obligations may be payable from taxes or from any other source; subject, however, to a compliance with any condition or limitation set forth in this Act or otherwise provided by the constitution of the State of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 83-1403.)

70 ILCS 5/8.09

    (70 ILCS 5/8.09) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.8-09)
    Sec. 8.09.
    To employ or enter into contracts for the employment of any person, firm, or corporation, and for professional services, necessary or desirable for the accomplishment of the corporate objects of the Authority or the proper administration, management, protection or control of its property.
(Source: P.A. 76-968.)

70 ILCS 5/8.10

    (70 ILCS 5/8.10) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.8-10)
    Sec. 8.10. Regulation of aircraft.
    (a) For the prevention of accidents, for the furtherance and protection of public health, safety and convenience in respect to aeronautics, for the protection of property and persons within the authority from any hazard or nuisance resulting from the flight of aircraft, for the prevention of interference between, or collision of, aircraft while in flight or upon the ground, for the prevention or abatement of nuisances in the air or upon the ground or for the extension or increase in the usefulness or safety of any public airport or public airport facility owned by the airport authority, an authority may regulate the movement of aircraft upon the surface of any public airport or in the air above the incorporated territory of the authority.
    (b) Aircraft with a maximum gross take-off weight in excess of 91,000 pounds may not use any airport facilities under the jurisdiction of a Metropolitan Airport Authority located in any county with a population of more than 700,000 and less than 1,100,000 except in an emergency or in connection with an air show or exhibition or as required by the Federal Aviation Administration or to otherwise comply with federal law.
(Source: P.A. 89-678, eff. 8-14-96.)

70 ILCS 5/8.11

    (70 ILCS 5/8.11) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.8-11)
    Sec. 8.11.
    To regulate traffic, speed, movement and parking of motor vehicles upon a public airport and to employ parking meters, signs and other devices in the regulation of the same.
(Source: P.A. 76-968.)

70 ILCS 5/8.12

    (70 ILCS 5/8.12) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.8-12)
    Sec. 8.12. To police its property and to exercise police powers in respect thereto or in respect to the enforcement of any rule or regulation provided by the ordinances of the Authority and to employ and establish, maintain, and equip a security force for fire and police protection of a public airport and to provide that the personnel of the security force shall perform other tasks relating to the maintenance and operation of that airport. Such a security force shall not be deemed to be a regularly constituted police or fire department within the meaning of Sections 10-3-1 and 10-3-2 of the Illinois Municipal Code. However, members of such security force are conservators of the peace and as such have all powers possessed by policemen in cities, and sheriffs, including the power to make arrests on view or warrants of violations of federal and state statutes, city or county ordinances and rules and regulations of the Authority and governing federal agencies; provided, that they may exercise such powers only within the area of jurisdiction of the Authority when such exercise is required for the protection of Authority properties and interests, its personnel and persons utilizing its facilities, and otherwise, within such jurisdiction, when specifically requested by appropriate federal, State or local law enforcement officials. With respect to any security force established for police protection, the members of such security force shall be persons who have successfully completed an approved training course or approved training program offered at a police training school established under the "Illinois Police Training Act", as such Act may be now or hereafter amended. The members of such security force may not serve and execute civil processes.
(Source: P.A. 79-819.)

70 ILCS 5/8.13

    (70 ILCS 5/8.13) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.8-13)
    Sec. 8.13.
    To establish by ordinance of its Board of Commissioners all needful rules and regulations for the execution of the foregoing powers, for the government of the authority and for the protection of any public airport and airport facility within the jurisdiction of the authority, or deemed necessary or desirable to effect its corporate objectives. Any such ordinance may provide for the revocation, cancellation or suspension of any existing privilege or franchise as a penalty for a second or subsequent violation by the holder thereof of a rule or regulation pertaining to the enjoyment, use or exercise of such privilege or franchise.
    The use of any such public airport or public airport facility of an Authority shall be subject to the reasonable regulation and control of the Authority and upon such reasonable terms and conditions as shall be established by its board of commissioners.
    Nothing in this Act authorizes the Authority or Board to establish or enforce any regulation or rule in respect to aviation, or the operation or maintenance of any airport or any airport facility within its jurisdiction, which is to conflict with any federal or state law or regulation applicable to the same subject matter.
(Source: P.A. 76-968.)

70 ILCS 5/8.14

    (70 ILCS 5/8.14) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.8-14)
    Sec. 8.14.
    Rules and regulations adopted under and in pursuance of the powers granted by Sections 8.10, 8.11 and 8.12 must be contained in an ordinance which shall be placed on file in the office of the Authority in typewritten or printed form for public inspection not less than 15 days before adoption. Such ordinance may prescribe such fines as the Board of Commissioners deems appropriate of not less than $1 nor more than $200 upon conviction for each offense, and may provide that, in case of continuing violation of any such rule or regulation, each calendar day that such violation continues constitutes a separate offense.
    Notice of the filing of and public hearing upon any ordinance prescribing fines or penalties and of the date and time for its being publicly heard shall be published one time in a newspaper generally circulated within the Authority not more than 30 nor less than 15 days prior to the date of such hearing. Such ordinance may be amended at the public hearing and may be later amended where no new rule or regulation is adopted or existing fine or penalty modified, without pre-filing or publication of notice prior to the adoption of the amendatory ordinance. After adoption, typewritten or printed copies of each ordinance of an authority which prescribes fines or penalties shall be made available at the office of the authority for distribution upon request.
    All fines, when collected, for violations of any such ordinance of an authority shall be paid into its treasury.
(Source: P.A. 76-968.)

70 ILCS 5/8.14a

    (70 ILCS 5/8.14a) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.8-14a)
    Sec. 8.14a. Purchases made pursuant to this Act shall be made in compliance with the "Local Government Prompt Payment Act", approved by the Eighty-fourth General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 84-731.)

70 ILCS 5/8.15

    (70 ILCS 5/8.15) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.8-15)
    Sec. 8.15. In addition to all powers conferred on any Airport Authority under this Act to acquire real or personal property for Airport Authority purposes, every Airport Authority has the power:
    (a) to convey property, real or personal, to any Public Building Commission created pursuant to the provisions of the Public Building Commission Act, approved July 5, 1955, as now or hereafter amended, for the purpose of permitting such Commission to construct a building thereon for lease to such Airport Authority.
    (b) to lease from any Public Building Commission created pursuant to the provisions of the Public Building Commission Act, approved July 5, 1955, as now or hereafter amended, any real or personal property for any Authority purpose, for a period of time not exceeding 20 years.
    (c) to pay for the use of the lease property in accordance with the terms of the lease and with the provisions of the Public Building Commission Act, approved July 5, 1955, as now or hereafter amended.
    (d) to enter into such lease without making a previous appropriation for the expense thereby incurred.
    (e) to undertake, either in a lease with a Public Building Commission or separate agreement or contract with a Public Building Commission, to pay all or part of the costs of maintaining and operating the property of a Public Building Commission for any period of time not exceeding 20 years. However, if any Board of Commissioners of an Airport Authority undertakes to pay all or part of the costs of operating and maintaining the property of a Public Building Commission, such costs of operation and maintenance shall be included in the annual appropriation ordinance or annual budget of such Authority during the term of such undertaking. The rate of tax and the authority to levy taxes necessary to pay Public Building Commission lease payments shall be without limitation.
(Source: P.A. 85-1440.)

70 ILCS 5/8a

    (70 ILCS 5/8a) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.8a)
    Sec. 8a. Competency of judges or jurors in actions where authority is party in interest. In any action or proceeding in which an airport authority may be a party in interest, no person shall be deemed incompetent as judge or juror by reason of his or her being an inhabitant or owner or a life tenant in real estate in such airport authority.
(Source: P.A. 84-551.)

70 ILCS 5/9

    (70 ILCS 5/9) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.9)
    Sec. 9. Procedure for eminent domain. In all cases where land in fee simple, rights in land, air or water, easements or other interests in land, air or water or property or property rights are acquired or sought to be acquired by said authority by condemnation, the procedure shall be, as nearly as may be, in accordance with that provided for the exercise of the right of eminent domain under the Eminent Domain Act.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

70 ILCS 5/9.05

    (70 ILCS 5/9.05)
    Sec. 9.05. 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.)

70 ILCS 5/9.1

    (70 ILCS 5/9.1) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.9a)
    Sec. 9.1. Any territory which is not within the corporate limits of any airport authority but which is contiguous to an airport authority and which territory has no electors residing therein, or any such territory with electors residing thereon, may be annexed to the airport authority in one of the following ways: (1) a written petition, which may be initiated by an ordinance adopted by the board, signed by a majority of the owners of record of all land within such territory, or if such territory is occupied, by a majority of the owners of record and by a majority of electors residing thereon, shall be filed with the Board, which petition shall request annexation and shall state that no electors reside thereon (or that a majority of the electors residing thereon join in the petition, whichever shall be the case) and shall be under oath. The Board of the airport authority to which annexation is sought shall then consider the question of the annexation of the described territory. A majority vote of the Board is required to annex. The vote shall be by "ayes" and "noes" entered on the Board records. A copy of the Board resolution annexing the territory together with an accurate map of the annexed territory shall be recorded with the recorder within the county wherever the annexed territory is located; (2) a written petition, which may be initiated by an ordinance adopted by the Board, signed by at least 10% of the owners of record of all land within the territory, or if the territory is occupied, by at least 10% of the owners of record of all land within the territory and 10% of all electors residing thereon, shall be filed with the clerk of the circuit court of the county in which the district or the greater portion of it is located. A hearing shall be held on the petition. If upon the hearing the circuit court finds that the petition is in compliance with law, the court shall order a proposition to be submitted to the electors at a referendum to decide if the proposed annexation shall take place. The clerk of the court shall certify the order and the proposition to the proper election officials, who shall submit the proposition to the electors at an election in accordance with the general election law. The proposition shall be submitted within the territory as provided in Section 2.3 of this Act. The proposition shall be substantially in the following form:
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    Shall  (description  of               YES
 territory) be annexed to the       --------------------------
 ......  Airport  Authority?              NO
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    If a majority of the electors voting on the proposition vote for annexation and if the board accepts the proposed addition by an ordinance annexing the land, the circuit court shall enter an appropriate order and the annexed land shall thereafter be considered part of the airport authority.
(Source: P.A. 83-1362.)

70 ILCS 5/9.2

    (70 ILCS 5/9.2) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.9b)
    Sec. 9.2. Whenever any contiguous, uninhabited, unincorporated territory is owned by any airport authority, that territory may be annexed by that airport authority by the passage of a resolution to that effect, describing the territory to be annexed. A copy of the resolution, with an accurate map of the annexed territory shall be recorded with the recorder of the county wherein the annexed territory is located.
(Source: P.A. 83-358.)

70 ILCS 5/9.3

    (70 ILCS 5/9.3) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.9c)
    Sec. 9.3.
    Whenever any incorporated territory, containing 60 acres or less, is wholly bounded by any airport authority organized under this Act, that territory may be annexed by that airport authority by the passage of an ordinance to that effect by the Board of Commissioners of the airport authority, describing the territory to be annexed. After the passage of such ordinance of annexation, a copy of such ordinance, with an accurate map of the territory annexed, certified as correct by the Secretary of the Board of Commissioners, shall be filed with the Recorder of the County in which the annexed territory is situated.
(Source: P.A. 77-2834.)

70 ILCS 5/10

    (70 ILCS 5/10) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.10)
    Sec. 10. Forms of corporate action.
    Action of the Board of Commissioners of an airport authority of a legislative character shall be in the form of an ordinance, and after adoption shall be filed with the Secretary and shall be made a matter of public record in the office of the authority. Other action of the board may be by resolution, motion or in other appropriate form, and executive or ministerial duties may be delegated to one or more commissioners or to an authorized officer, employee, agent, attorney, or other representative of the Authority. A majority of the commissioners appointed and qualified shall constitute a quorum to do business.
    The enacting clause of any ordinance shall be substantially as follows: "Be it ordained by the Board of Commissioners of .... Airport Authority."
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 290.)

70 ILCS 5/11

    (70 ILCS 5/11) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.11)
    Sec. 11. Records of authority and officers' bonds.
    The Board shall provide for the proper and safe keeping of its permanent records and for the recording of the corporate action of the Authority. It shall keep a true and accurate account of its receipts and an annual audit shall be made of its books, records and accounts. All officers and employees authorized to receive or retain the custody of money or to sign vouchers, checks, warrants or evidences of indebtedness binding upon the Authority shall furnish surety bond for the faithful performance of their duties and the faithful accounting for all moneys that may come into their hands in an amount to be fixed and in a form to be approved by the Board.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 290.)

70 ILCS 5/12

    (70 ILCS 5/12) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.12)
    Sec. 12. Change of name.
    Whenever an ordinance shall be adopted by the Board of Commissioners of said Authority by a two-thirds vote of the membership to change the name of such Authority, a certified copy of such ordinance shall be filed in the office of the County Clerk of the County wherein such Authority or any portion thereof is located and thereupon such change of name of such Authority shall be effective.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 290.)

70 ILCS 5/13

    (70 ILCS 5/13) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.13)
    Sec. 13. Annual appropriations and tax levy. Every Authority created under this Act is hereby empowered to levy and collect a general tax on all of the taxable property within the corporate limits of such Authority for the purpose of paying the cost of operating and maintaining any public airport or public airport facility of the Authority, and any other corporate expenses of the Authority. However, a tax levy imposed by a Metropolitan Airport Authority does not apply to any township, municipality, or unincorporated territory that has been statutorily removed from the jurisdiction of the Authority, has opted out of the Authority, or is currently being taxed by another airport authority. The aggregate amount of such tax for one year, exclusive of the amount levied for bonded indebtedness or interest thereon, shall not exceed the rate of .075% upon the aggregate valuation of all taxable property within the Authority, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue. If there is in effect in the Authority a maximum tax rate established pursuant to Section 2.1a or 13.1, the aggregate amount of such tax for one year, exclusive of the amount levied for bonded indebtedness or interest thereon, shall not exceed the maximum tax rate so established, and in no event shall such maximum tax rate exceed the rate of .075% as hereinbefore set forth.
    The Board of Commissioners of any Airport Authority shall establish the beginning and ending of its fiscal year and annually within the first quarter of the fiscal year shall adopt an appropriation ordinance appropriating such sums of money as are deemed necessary to pay the costs of operating and maintaining any public airport or airports located within the corporate limits of the Authority and under the jurisdiction thereof and other expenses of the Authority and specifying the purpose of each appropriation made.
    An appropriation ordinance adopted by an Authority created under this Act in a county with a population between 700,000 and 3,000,000 shall be immediately presented to the county board chairman. The chairman of the county board has the power to veto or reduce any line item in the ordinance as provided in Section 5-1014.5 of the Counties Code.
    After the adoption of the appropriation ordinance and on or before the second Tuesday in August of each year, the board of commissioners shall ascertain the total amount of the appropriations legally made which are to be provided for from the tax levy for that year. Then, by an ordinance specifying in detail the purposes for which such appropriations have been made and the amounts appropriated for such purposes, the board of commissioners shall levy not to exceed the total amount so ascertained upon all the property subject to taxation within the authority as the same is assessed and equalized for state and county purposes for the current year.
    The limits of the tax rate and the authority to levy as set forth in this Section do not include the rate of or authority to levy taxes required for lease payments to any Public Building Commission. The tax rate necessary and the authority to levy taxes for such lease payments are in addition to such limits and are without limitation as to rate or amount.
(Source: P.A. 88-101; 89-402, eff. 8-20-95.)

70 ILCS 5/13.1

    (70 ILCS 5/13.1) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.13a)
    Sec. 13.1. In any Authority in which there has been established a maximum annual tax rate which is less than the maximum rate otherwise applicable by the terms of Section 13, the Board may, by ordinance or resolution duly adopted, cause to be submitted to the legal voters of the Authority a proposition to increase such maximum tax rate to a rate not exceeding the specific maximum rate set forth in Section 13 by certifying proposition and the ordinance or resolution to the proper election officials, who shall submit the proposition to the voters at an election in accordance with the general election law. In addition to the requirements of the general election law, notice of the submission of such proposition at any election shall be given in the manner prescribed in Section 14.5. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall the maximum general
tax rate of the.... Airport             YES
Authority be increased from          -------------------------
....% to....% of full, fair             NO
cash value?
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    If a majority of the legal voters of the Authority voting upon such proposition vote in favor thereof, the Board may thereafter levy a tax not to exceed the rate so authorized.
    The limits of the tax rate and the authority to levy as set in this Section do not include the rate of or authority to levy taxes required for lease payments to any Public Building Commission. The tax rate necessary and the authority to levy taxes for such lease payments are in addition to such limits and are without limitation as to rate or amount.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

70 ILCS 5/13.2

    (70 ILCS 5/13.2)
    Sec. 13.2. Capital improvement program and budget. Each airport authority organized under this Act may annually prepare and update a 5-year capital improvement program and yearly capital budgets based on the program. The purposes of the program are to (i) inventory the airport authority's capital assets, (ii) determine the match between needs and resources, (iii) plan for capital investments and the maintenance of existing facilities, (iv) analyze the relationships between capital maintenance and operating spending, and (v) assist the airport authority in competing for its fair share of State and federal moneys.
(Source: P.A. 92-836, eff. 8-22-02.)

70 ILCS 5/13.3

    (70 ILCS 5/13.3)
    Sec. 13.3. Appropriations for capital improvements. An airport authority that has prepared a capital improvement program under Section 13.2 may, in its annual appropriation ordinance, appropriate an amount not to exceed 3% of the equalized assessed value of property subject to taxation by the airport authority for the purpose of making specified capital improvements, acquisitions, repairs, or replacements of the airport authority's real property or equipment or tangible personal property. The amount appropriated for that purpose shall be deposited into a special fund known as the Capital Program Fund. Expenditures from the Capital Program Fund must be budgeted in the fiscal year in which the capital improvement, acquisition, repair, or replacement will occur. If any surplus moneys remain after the completion or abandonment of any object for which the Capital Program Fund was established, the moneys no longer necessary for capital improvement, acquisition, repair, or replacement shall be transferred into the airport authority's general corporate funds on the first day of the fiscal year following the abandonment or completion of the project or the discovery of the surplus moneys.
(Source: P.A. 92-836, eff. 8-22-02.)

70 ILCS 5/14

    (70 ILCS 5/14) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.14)
    Sec. 14. Cooperative action with other governments.
    An Airport Authority may apply for and receive the grant or loan of money or other financial aid from the state or federal government or from any state or federal agency, department, bureau or board, necessary or useful for the undertaking, performance or execution of any of its corporate objects or purposes, and any such Authority may undertake the acquisition, establishment, construction, development, expansion, extension or improvement of a public airport or public airports within or without its corporate limits or within or upon any body of water adjacent thereto and airport facilities incidental or appurtenant thereto, aided by, in cooperation with or as a joint enterprise with the state or federal governments or with the aid of, or in cooperation with, or as a joint project with both the state and federal governments. The state and federal governments in so acting may be represented by any authorized state or federal agency, department, bureau or board. An airport authority may participate, by adoption of an appropriate ordinance or resolution, in a public building commission and in a regional planning commission for territory which includes all or any part of the authority, and out of its corporate revenues may make contributions to pay the expenses of any such commission in which it participates.
(Source: Laws 1965, p. 952.)

70 ILCS 5/14.1

    (70 ILCS 5/14.1) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.14a)
    Sec. 14.1. Bond limitation. An Authority may secure the necessary funds to finance part or all of the cost of (i) acquiring, establishing, constructing, developing, expanding, extending or further improving a public airport, public airports, or airport facilities within or without its corporate limits or within or upon any body of water adjacent thereto; and (ii) studying, designing, acquiring, constructing, developing, expanding, extending, or improving any rail facility or related facility as provided in this Act for a Rail Authority established by the Board of Commissioners of the Authority, upon a determination by the Board of Commissioners, that, in its judgment, the rail or other service to be provided by those rail facilities or related facilities will benefit the airport operated by the Airport Authority, through the issuance of bonds as hereinafter provided in Sections 14.1 to 14.5 inclusive, to the principal amount of which at any one time outstanding, together with other outstanding indebtedness of the Authority, shall not exceed 2.3% of the aggregate valuation of all taxable property within the Authority, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue or, until January 1, 1983, if greater, the sum that is produced by multiplying the Authority's 1978 equalized assessed valuation by the debt limitation percentage in effect on January 1, 1979. No such airport project shall be financed by the issuance of bonds under this Section unless such proposed airport project has been approved by the Department of Transportation as to location and size and found by the Department to be in the public interest; provided that the approval of the Department of Transportation as provided in Sections 14.1 through 14.5 is not required in the case of airport projects consisting solely of commercial or recreational facilities or rail facilities or related facilities.
(Source: P.A. 95-641, eff. 10-11-07.)

70 ILCS 5/14.2

    (70 ILCS 5/14.2) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.14b)
    Sec. 14.2. General plans and cost estimate to be approved. Before the adoption of any ordinance providing for the issuance of such bonds, the board of commissioners of the authority shall cause a description and general plan for the project to be prepared and submitted to the Department of Transportation, together with an estimate of the cost of the project. The project and the plans and estimate of cost may be changed with the approval of the Department. Prior to undertaking the project, the final plans, specifications and estimate of cost must be approved by the Department. The requirements of this Section do not apply to airport projects consisting solely of commercial or recreational facilities or rail facilities or related facilities.
(Source: P.A. 95-641, eff. 10-11-07.)

70 ILCS 5/14.3

    (70 ILCS 5/14.3) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.14c)
    Sec. 14.3. Bond ordinance. Upon the approval of the general plan and cost estimate for any such project by the Department of Transportation, if required, the Board of Commissioners of the authority shall provide by ordinance for the acquisition or undertaking of such project, and for the issuance of bonds of the authority payable from taxes to pay the cost of such project to the authority or for costs with respect to rail facilities or related facilities as provided in Section 14.1. The ordinance shall prescribe all details of the bonds and shall state the time or times when bonds, and the interest thereon, shall become payable and the bonds shall be payable within not more than 20 years from the date thereof. Any authority may agree or contract to sell, issue or deliver bonds payable from taxes at such price and upon such terms as determined by the Board of Commissioners of the Authority and as will not cause the net effective interest rate to be paid by the Authority on the issue of which such bonds are a part to exceed the greater of (i) the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, or (ii) the greater of 9% per annum or 125% of the rate for the most recent date shown in the 20 G.O. Bonds Index of average municipal bond yields as published in the most recent edition of The Bond Buyer, published in New York, New York, (or any successor publication or index, or if such publication or index is no longer published, then any index of long term municipal tax-exempt bond yields then selected by the Board of Commissioners of the Authority), at the time the contract is made for such sale of the bonds. Subject to such limitation, the interest rate or rates on such bonds may be established by reference to an index or formula which may be implemented or administered by persons appointed or retained therefor by the Authority. A contract is made with respect to the sale of bonds when an Authority is contractually obligated to issue or deliver such bonds to a purchaser who is contractually obligated to purchase them, and, with respect to bonds bearing interest at a variable rate or subject to payment upon periodic demand or put or otherwise subject to remarketing by or for an Authority, a contract is made on each date of change in the variable rate or such demand, put or remarketing. The ordinance shall provide for the levy and collection of a direct annual tax upon all the taxable property within the corporate limits of such Authority, sufficient to meet the principal and interest of the bonds as same mature, which tax shall be in addition to and in excess of any other tax authorized to be levied by the Authority. The bonds may be issued in part under the authority of, and may be additionally secured as provided in, the Local Government Debt Reform Act. Proceeds of bonds issued with respect to rail facilities or related facilities shall be provided to, or expended by the Authority for the benefit of, the Rail Authority.
    A certified copy of the ordinance providing for the issuance of bonds authorized by this Section shall be filed with the county clerk of each county in which the authority or any portion thereof is situated and shall constitute the basis for the extension and collection of the tax necessary to pay the principal of and interest and premium, if any, upon the bonds issued under the ordinance as the same mature.
    The provisions of this amendatory Act of 1985 shall be cumulative and in addition to any powers or authority granted in any other laws of the State, and shall not be deemed to have repealed any provisions of existing laws. This amendatory Act of 1985 shall be construed as a grant of power to public corporations and shall not act as a limitation upon any sale of bonds authorized pursuant to any other law. This amendatory Act of 1985 shall not be construed as a limit upon any home rule unit of government.
(Source: P.A. 95-641, eff. 10-11-07.)

70 ILCS 5/14.4

    (70 ILCS 5/14.4) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.14d)
    Sec. 14.4. Bonds registered and negotiable. Bonds, whether payable from taxes or from revenues, may be made registrable either as to principal or as to both principal and interest and shall be deemed to be negotiable instruments and shall be executed by the Chairman of the Authority and its Secretary and shall be sealed with the corporate seal of the Authority. The facsimile signatures of the Chairman and the Secretary of the Authority may be used on all bonds and on all interest coupons attached to said bonds in lieu of their actual signatures. In case any officer whose signature appears on the bonds, or any portion thereof, or in facsimile form to any bonds or any coupons attached to the bonds, or any portion thereof, ceases to hold his office before delivery of the bonds, his signature, nevertheless, shall be valid and sufficient for all purposes, the same as if he had remained in office until after the said bonds had been delivered.
(Source: P.A. 84-125.)

70 ILCS 5/14.5

    (70 ILCS 5/14.5) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.14e)
    Sec. 14.5. Referendum if bonds exceed 3/4 of one per cent of assessed value. In case any such ordinance provides for the issuance of bonds in an amount which, together with the aggregate of all tax secured bonds theretofore issued under this Section at any time and then outstanding, exceeds 3/4% of the aggregate valuation of all taxable property within the Authority, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, then such ordinance shall not take effect, nor shall any bonds be issued thereunder, until the question whether the bonds shall be issued is submitted to the legal voters of the Authority and approved by a majority of those voting upon the question. The question may be submitted at any election after the adoption of such ordinance. The Board shall certify the question and the ordinance to the proper election officials, who shall submit the question to the voters at an election in accordance with the general election law. The question shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall the.... Airport Authority
be authorized to issue general               YES
obligation bonds in the amount of        ---------------------
$ (fill in amount) for the purpose of        NO
(state purpose)?
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    If a majority of the legal voters of the Authority voting upon such proposition vote in favor thereof, the ordinance providing for the issuance of such bonds shall be in full force and effect and such bonds may be issued as provided in this Section. The principal aggregate amount of any bonds issued under such ordinance shall not exceed, together with bonds theretofore issued under this Section and then outstanding, and other outstanding indebtedness of the Authority, 2% of the aggregate valuation of all taxable property within the Authority, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489; 81-1509.)

70 ILCS 5/15

    (70 ILCS 5/15) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.15)
    Sec. 15. Obligations payable from operating revenue. The Board of Commissioners of an Authority, from time to time, may execute and deliver bonds, notes or certificates of indebtedness payable from revenues, in such form as may be approved by the Board. Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law to the contrary, including particularly but without limitation the Bond Authorization Act, such bonds, notes or certificates of indebtedness: may bear interest at any rate or rates (which may be established by reference to an index or formula which may be implemented or administered by persons appointed or retained therefor by the Authority), may bear such date or dates, may be payable at such time or times and at such place or places, may mature at any time not later than 30 years from the date of issuance, may be sold at public or private sale at such time or times and at such price or prices, may be secured by such pledges, reserves, guarantees or insurance, may be executed in such manner, may be subject to redemption prior to maturity, all upon such terms and conditions as are provided by the Authority in the ordinance authorizing the issuance of any bonds, notes or certificates of indebtedness. The bonds, notes, or certificates of indebtedness shall be payable solely from revenue derived from the operation, management or use of any public airport, or airport facility or facilities in accordance with the rules, regulations, contracts, leases or subleases of the Authority. Such revenue obligations shall not be payable or paid out of funds derived by the Authority from taxation or by funds derived from the sale of any property belonging to said Authority. Any bond, note or certificate of indebtedness issued under this section shall recite in the body thereof that the same is payable solely from the revenue pledged to pay the same, and shall state on its face that the same is not payable from taxation and that it is not a debt within the meaning of any statutory or constitutional limitation. The bonds, notes, or certificates of indebtedness may be issued in part under the authority of, and may be additionally secured as provided in, the Local Government Debt Reform Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-854.)

70 ILCS 5/15.1

    (70 ILCS 5/15.1) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.15a)
    Sec. 15.1. Ordinance authorizing obligations payable from operating revenue; Disposition of revenue; Enforcement of contract against airport authority. The ordinance authorizing the issuance of any such bonds, notes, or certificates of indebtedness payable solely from operating revenue of an airport or airport facility or facilities shall describe such airport, airport facility or facilities, state the purpose or purposes for which the funds derived from the issuance of such bonds, notes, or certificates of indebtedness shall be used and specify the interest rate thereof, which may include a variable interest rate, and any other details in respect thereto as to the Board of Commissioners seem necessary or desirable. The ordinance shall set forth the operating revenues which are to be, and are thereby pledged and apportioned or allocated in whole or in part to the payment of such revenue bonds, notes, or certificates of indebtedness, and which the Board of Commissioners of the Authority determine to be sufficient to pay the cost to the Authority of maintaining such airport, airport facility or facilities, to provide an adequate depreciation fund therefor, adequate reserve funds for the security of the bonds, notes, or certificates of indebtedness, and to pay the principal of, and interest upon, such revenue bonds, notes, or certificates of indebtedness, if apportioned in the manner proposed. The Board of Commissioners shall establish a depreciation fund and may establish one or more reserve funds, to be maintained as a separate account of the Authority for the purpose of providing for the continued and efficient maintenance of such airport, airport facility or facilities during the period such bonds, notes, or certificates of indebtedness may be outstanding and shall make and adopt by appropriate action, all needful rules and regulations for the occupancy, use, maintenance and operation thereof. The charges, tolls, fees, rates or rentals from which the operating revenues so pledged and apportioned or allocated are derived shall be designated by the ordinance and shall be sufficient to pay the cost to the Authority of maintaining such airport, airport facility or facilities, to provide an adequate depreciation fund therefor and adequate reserve funds for the security of the bonds, notes, or certificates of indebtedness, and to pay the principal of, and interest upon, such revenue bonds, notes, or certificates of indebtedness. The Authority may provide by ordinance for the appointment of a trustee on behalf of the owners of any bonds, notes, or certificates of indebtedness of the Authority and may authorize a trust indenture to set forth the duties and obligations of such trustee, which may include the custody and investment of any or all funds of the Authority. While the bonds, notes, or certificates of indebtedness are outstanding, the accounts, books or records of the Authority shall at all times reflect the amount of revenue received from the occupancy or use of such airport, airport facility or facilities, the sums credited to and deposited in any such depreciation fund or reserve fund and the amount of such revenue bonds, notes, or certificates of indebtedness issued and outstanding. The Authority may provide by the ordinance authorizing the issuance of such bonds, notes, or certificates of indebtedness that they shall be registerable, and may be called or accelerated in retirement with or without the payment of a premium or charge therefor, and in such case the bonds, notes, or certificates of indebtedness shall so state. Until payment in full of the bonds, notes, or certificates of indebtedness and interest thereon, the portion of the revenues pledged and allocated to the payment of such bonds, notes, or certificates of indebtedness shall be set aside as a separate fund and used solely for such purpose. The ordinance of the Authority authorizing any revenue bonds, notes, or certificates of indebtedness and any trust indenture with respect thereto may provide that in the event of any failure to pay principal of, premiums on, if any, or interest on the revenue bonds, notes, or certificates of indebtedness, the entire principal of any such revenue bonds, notes, or certificates of indebtedness together with all interest thereon may be declared to be immediately due and payable. In the event the fund becomes sufficient for the payment in full of all outstanding bonds, notes, or certificates of indebtedness due within the current fiscal year for which it is established, and premium, if any, and interest thereon, the surplus above the amount required for such payment from time to time accumulated in such fund may be transferred to the general corporate fund of the Authority by appropriate action of the Board and used for other expenses of the Authority. The ordinance and the provisions of this Act authorizing the issuance of bonds, notes, or certificates of indebtedness shall constitute a contract with the holder of any such bond, note, or certificate of indebtedness, or any coupon evidencing interest thereon, and may be enforced as against such Airport Authority and its corporate officers, in a civil action. Mandamus, injunction or any other appropriate proceeding may be brought and maintained to secure such enforcement.
(Source: P.A. 87-854.)

70 ILCS 5/15.2

    (70 ILCS 5/15.2) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.15b)
    Sec. 15.2. An Airport Authority may construct office, aircraft hangar and service buildings and appurtenant facilities upon a public airport owned and operated by the authority for the use and occupancy of the State Department of Transportation under a lease to the State of Illinois for such purpose. The rents and charges payable thereunder shall be not greater than the total costs to the authority of constructing and maintaining said airport improvements and of funding such costs under the provisions of Sections 8.03, 8.04, 8.08, 15 and 15.1, as amended, of this Act as hereinafter provided. The rentals payable to the authority under such lease, together with such non-tax revenues as are available to the authority, shall also be adequate in amount for the authority to establish and maintain a bond reserve account. Such lease shall not be effective for a longer term than is reasonably required to enable such funding to occur, and in no event shall the term thereof exceed thirty years. Such airport improvements shall be constructed upon plans and specifications approved by the Department of Transportation. The lease of said improvements and the site thereof to the State of Illinois shall be executed by the Department of Central Management Services for the use of the Department of Transportation. In the event the General Assembly does not appropriate the necessary funds for paying the rentals on the lease entered into by the authority under this Section, the authority may lease such facilities to another lessee.
    The authority may secure the funds required for the construction of said improvements through the issuance and sale of revenue bonds as authorized by and subject to the conditions stated in said Sections 15 and 15.1 of this Act, which bonds shall bear interest at a rate not to exceed that permitted in "An Act to authorize public corporations to issue bonds, other evidences of indebtedness and tax anticipation warrants subject to interest rate limitations set forth therein", approved May 26, 1970, as now or hereafter amended. Such revenue bonds shall be primarily secured by the income receivable by the authority under said lease. Other available and unpledged airport operating income may be pledged by the authority to meet any deficiency in the income from the lease in meeting the principal and interest maturities of said revenue bonds and the maintenance and depreciation requirements of said Section 15.1. The principal amount of such revenue bonds shall be based upon the actual total costs of said improvements including costs of engineering and architects services, the costs incidental to the issuance of the bonds, including legal costs, the costs of selling and printing the bonds, and the interest on the bonds during the time of construction. Construction contracts for said improvements shall be awarded upon competitive bids and such bids and the making of awards shall be subject to approval by the Authority and the Department of Transportation.
(Source: P.A. 82-1057.)

70 ILCS 5/16

    (70 ILCS 5/16) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.16)
    Sec. 16. Pre-existing public agencies. Except as otherwise provided in this Section, in case any airport authority organized hereunder shall be coterminous with, or shall include within its corporate limits, in whole or in part, any pre-existing public agency authorized to own, operate and maintain a public airport and to levy taxes for any such purpose, and in fact owning, operating and maintaining a public airport or public airport facility located within the corporate limits of such airport authority, such public agency other than any airport authority acquired by a Metropolitan Airport Authority, shall be paid, upon such terms as may be agreed upon by its corporate authorities and the board of commissioners of such airport authority, but in no event shall such public agency be paid in excess of its investment or for any funds advanced to such public agency, or otherwise paid or expended, either directly or indirectly, by the state or federal governments for the acquisition of the land used for such airport or for any such existing airport improvement or facility. The terms of payment shall provide for payment in full within not more than 20 years from the date of such agreement. However, a Metropolitan Airport Authority shall have no authority to acquire a public airport or public airport facilities of an airport which is operated by a municipality with a population over 500,000.
    In case the amount and terms of payment are not so determined by agreement, the board of commissioners of the Authority shall cause a description of such airport and such existing improvements and facilities to be made together with an estimate of the previous actual expenditures of such public agency therefor, and shall tender payment of the total amount so estimated in writing to such public agency. Such tender shall provide for payment by the Authority of the amount tendered within 5 years from the date thereof, any part of the sum remaining unpaid after 12 months from the date to bear interest at a rate not to exceed the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract. In case such tender is not accepted in writing by the corporate authorities of such public agency within 30 days after the same is made, the Authority by its board of commissioners shall file a petition in the circuit court of a county in which the Authority and such public agency are both situated, making such public agency a party defendant thereto, setting forth a description of such airport, airport improvements and facilities, the estimated amount of such previous expenditures by the defendant, the fact of such tender having been made and the date thereof, and praying that there be determined by the circuit court the true amount of such prior expenditures by such public agency. A copy of the petition shall be served upon the presiding officer of such public agency within 5 days after the filing of such petition, and upon presentation to the court of proof of such service, the petition shall be set for hearing within not less than 10 nor more than 20 days. Such hearing may be continued from time to time upon the request of the petitioner or of the respondent, and, upon the hearing, the circuit court shall consider such evidence as may be submitted by the parties and shall determine the amount of such actual previous expenditures made by such public agency. The amount so determined shall be conclusive as between the parties, and shall be paid by the airport authority within 5 years after the entry of the order making such determination, any part of the sum remaining unpaid after 12 months from the entry of the order to bear interest at a rate not to exceed the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract. When paid the sum shall be accepted by the public agency as full payment for such airport and existing improvements and facilities.
    Moneys received by any such pre-existing public agency from such airport authority in consideration of the conveyance or transfer of any such airport property or airport facility shall be held and used by it, in full or to the extent required, for the repayment of its outstanding, lawful airport indebtedness, as the same matures.
    Upon the determination of the amount of payment to be paid by the authority to any such public agency and the approval thereof and the terms of payment by the corporate authorities of such public agency and the board of commissioners of the airport authority, or, in case the amount and terms of payment are not determined by agreement, upon the tender by the Authority as above provided, the airport authority shall succeed to the interest of such public agency in such airport property or facility and shall appropriate and use any such airport property or facility in accordance with its authorized corporate objects and purposes, and any such pre-existing public agency which is coterminous with, or is wholly included within, the corporate limits of an airport authority, shall cease to exercise any power in respect to public airports; and any such public agency which is only in part within such airport authority shall not thereafter own, operate, maintain, manage, control or have an interest in any public airport or airport facility within such airport authority.
    Except in the case of any such pre-existing public agency which, at the time an Authority is established, owns and operates a public airport located within the corporate limits of the Authority, and then only for the period of time required for the acquisition of such airport by the Authority as above provided, and except as otherwise provided in this Section no public agency shall own, operate or maintain a public airport within the corporate limits of the airport authority.
    In case the airport owned, operated and maintained by any pre-existing public agency is located upon land owned by another public agency which by lease or agreement has authorized the establishment of such airport upon its land, the airport authority upon acquiring such airport, or concurrently with its acquisition, may acquire title to such land by agreement with the public agency having title thereto and if the Authority is unable to agree with the public agency in respect to the value of the land, the Authority may acquire title thereto, free and clear from all airport improvements, leases, agreements and encumbrances, as is provided by Section 9 of this Act.
    Nothing in this Section shall prohibit a municipality with a population of over 500,000 from owning, operating and maintaining a public airport within the corporate limits of a Metropolitan Airport Authority.
    With respect to instruments for the payment of money issued under this Section either before, on, or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1989, it is and always has been the intention of the General Assembly (i) that the Omnibus Bond Acts are and always have been supplementary grants of power to issue instruments in accordance with the Omnibus Bond Acts, regardless of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts, (ii) that the provisions of this Section are not a limitation on the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts, and (iii) that instruments issued under this Section within the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts are not invalid because of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts.
(Source: P.A. 86-4.)

70 ILCS 5/16.1

    (70 ILCS 5/16.1) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.16a)
    Sec. 16.1. Sale or disposition of surplus property, etc. An airport authority shall have the power to sell, transfer or otherwise dispose of real property which is no longer needed by, appropriate to, required for the use of, or profitable to the authority, or the continued ownership of which is not in the best interest of the authority. The Board of Commissioners of the authority shall provide therefor by appropriate ordinance or resolution, designating the person authorized to make the sale, transfer, or to otherwise dispose of the property. In every case where such property is to be sold, the Board shall estimate the value thereof. If such estimated value exceeds $1000, the Board shall cause a notice of its intention to sell and inviting offers to purchase such property, which shall be described therein, to be published in a paper of general circulation in the authority, and if the Board shall so elect, it may otherwise and further advertise the sale of such property. At least one publication of such notice shall be made 10 days prior to the consideration of any offer to purchase such property. Any such sale may be on the basis of written sealed bids or by negotiation. The authority may reserve easements, rights in land, and the right of repurchase, or attach other conditions, including those relating to the use of the property in the conveyance, transfer or other instrument of disposition of such property.
    An airport authority shall have the power to sell, assign, transfer or convey any item of personal property in such manner as its Board of Commissioners may specify, with or without advertising the sale, and may authorize any officer or employee of the authority to convert an item of personal property into some other form by using the material in the personal property, and may authorize any officer or employee to convey or turn in any specific article of personal property on any new purchase of a similar article. No article shall be turned in as a part of the purchase price of a similar article, except upon the receipt of competitive bids and in such manner as may be provided for by ordinance, which shall be placed on file for public inspection for at least one week prior to the receipt of such competitive bids. The receipt of competitive bids in any such transaction shall not preclude negotiation by the Board of Commissioners with any bidder with respect to the precise terms of the transaction and the cash sum to be paid by the authority.
    Any deed, grant, conveyance, bill of sale or other instrument, if made by the authority of the Board of Commissioners of an airport authority and which is without fraud or collusion, shall be obligatory upon the airport authority.
(Source: Laws 1957, p. 1028.)

70 ILCS 5/17

    (70 ILCS 5/17) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.17)
    Sec. 17. Dissolution of an authority. In case any Airport Authority has not become or has ceased to be the owner of an airport and has fully discharged all of its debts and obligations or has arranged for the assumption thereof by any other public agency, it may be dissolved in the manner following:
    Its board of commissioners shall adopt an ordinance finding and determining that the foregoing conditions exist and that the public interest does not require continuation of the Authority. A certified copy of such ordinance shall be delivered to the Department of Transportation and if the department shall find and determine that the facts stated in the ordinance are true it shall so certify to the board of commissioners of the Authority. Thereupon the ordinance and certificate shall be published once in a daily or weekly newspaper or newspapers of general circulation within the Authority and, if there be no such newspaper, such ordinance and certificate shall be posted in ten of the most public places in the Authority. Such publication or posting of the ordinance shall include a notice of (1) the specific number of voters required to sign a petition requesting the submission to the electors of the question of the dissolution of the Authority; (2) the time in which such petition must be filed; and
    (3) the date of the prospective referendum. The secretary of the Board shall provide a petition form to any individual requesting one. Unless a petition shall be filed with the board within 30 days after such publication or posting containing the signatures of voters equal in number to 10% or more of the total number of registered voters in the territory of the Authority requesting that the question of the dissolution of the Authority be submitted to an election, the Authority shall be deemed to be dissolved at the expiration of the thirty day period. If such a petition is filed then the question of the dissolution of the Authority shall be certified to the proper election officials, who shall submit the question to the electors of the Authority at an election in accordance with the general election law.
    The question shall be in substantially the following form:
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    "Shall the....                    YES
Airport Authority               ------------------------------
be dissolved?"                        NO
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    The result of the election shall be entered upon the corporate records of the Authority.
    If a majority of the ballots cast on the question are marked "yes" the Authority shall be dissolved. But if a majority of the ballots on the question are marked "no", the corporate authorities shall proceed with the affairs of the Authority as though the dissolution ordinance had never been adopted, and, in such case, the question shall not again be considered for a period of two years. When the business and affairs of any such Authority have been closed up after the dissolution thereof such fact shall be certified by the chairman of its board of commissioners to the county clerk and recorder of the county or counties in which the Authority was situated and to the Secretary of State.
(Source: P.A. 87-767.)

70 ILCS 5/17.1

    (70 ILCS 5/17.1) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.17a)
    Sec. 17.1. Any township located outside the territory of a county in which a Metropolitan Airport Authority is established, but which was included in a pre-existing airport authority which has been acquired by the Metropolitan Airport Authority, may disconnect from such Authority and have the annual tax levy discontinued by referendum, provided that the governing board of the township and the governing bodies of any municipalities with a population greater than 5,000 located within such township have adopted like ordinances or resolutions recommending disconnection from the authority. The ordinances or resolutions shall provide that the question of disconnection be submitted to the electors of the township. Upon the adoption of such ordinance or resolution, the clerk of the township or municipality shall certify the ordinance or resolution and the question to the proper election officials who, upon certification of all the required ordinances or resolutions, shall submit the question to the electors of the township at an election in accordance with the general election law. In the event that a municipality with a population over 5,000 inhabitants lies within more than one township, then for the purpose of the referendum provided for in this Section the municipality as a whole shall vote on the proposition of the township in which the majority of the population of the municipality is located.
    The question shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall .... township
    be disconnected from the                   YES
    ... Metropolitan Airport Authority -----------------------
    and the levy of an annual tax              NO
    by the Authority be discontinued?
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    If a majority of the votes cast upon the question are in favor of disconnection from the Authority, then such township shall be disconnected from the Authority and the levy of an annual tax by the Authority shall be discontinued and the township shall be relieved of all debts and obligations relating to the Authority.
(Source: P.A. 84-1473.)

70 ILCS 5/17.2

    (70 ILCS 5/17.2) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.17b)
    Sec. 17.2. Whenever a township disconnects from a Metropolitan Airport Authority as provided in Section 17.1, such township and the municipalities within such township shall be paid upon such terms as may be agreed upon by their corporate authorities and the board of commissioners of the Metropolitan Airport Authority, but in no event shall any such township or municipality be paid in excess of its investment or for any funds advanced to such Metropolitan Airport Authority or any pre-existing airport authority it has acquired, or otherwise paid or expended, either directly or indirectly, by the State or federal governments for the acquisition of the land used for any such existing airport improvement or facility or for any bonded indebtedness owed by the Metropolitan Airport Authority or the pre-existing airport authority. The terms of payment shall provide for payment in full within not more than 20 years from the date of such agreement.
    In case the amount and terms of payment are not so determined by agreement, the board of commissioners of the Authority shall cause a description of such airport and such existing improvements and facilities to be made, together with an estimate of the previous actual expenditures of the pre-existing authority therefor, less any existing bonded indebtedness of the pre-existing authority, and shall tender payment of the total amount so estimated in writing to such township and municipalities in the proportions specified below. Such tender shall provide for payment by the Authority of the amount tendered within 5 years from the date thereof, and any part of the sum remaining unpaid after 12 months from that date shall bear interest at a rate not to exceed the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract.
    In case such tender is not accepted in writing by the corporate authorities of such township and municipalities within 30 days after it is made, the Authority by its board of commissioners shall file a petition in the circuit court of the county in which the airport facilities of the Authority are located, naming such township and municipalities respondents thereto, setting forth a description of such airport, airport improvements and facilities, the estimated amount of such previous expenditures by the pre-existing authority, the amount of bonded indebtedness owed by the pre-existing authority, the fact of such tender having been made and the date thereof, and praying that there be determined by the circuit court the true amount of such prior expenditures by the pre-existing authority. A copy of the petition shall be served upon the presiding officer of the township and each municipality within 5 days after the filing of such petition, and upon presentation to the court of proof of such service, the petition shall be set for hearing within not less than 10 nor more than 20 days. Such hearing may be continued from time to time upon the request of the petitioner or the respondents, and at the hearing thereon, the presiding judge of the circuit court shall consider such evidence as may be submitted by the parties and shall determine the amount of such actual previous expenditures made and the actual amount of bonded indebtedness owed, and shall determine the amount to be paid to the township and to each included municipality. The amount so determined shall be conclusive as between the parties, and shall be paid by the Metropolitan Airport Authority within 5 years after the entry of the order making such determination, and any part of the sum remaining unpaid after 12 months from the entry of the order shall bear interest at a rate not to exceed the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract. When paid, the sum shall be accepted by the township or municipality as full payment for such airport and existing improvements and facilities.
    The moneys payable by the Metropolitan Airport Authority under this Section shall be apportioned between the township and its included municipalities on the basis of population as determined by the most recent federal decennial census. The portion of each included municipality shall be computed on the basis of the ratio of the population of the municipality to the total population of the township. The township's portion shall be computed on the basis of the ratio of the population of the unincorporated areas of the township to the total population of the township.
    The moneys apportioned to any township shall be used exclusively for the purposes stated in Sections 6-701.1 through 6-701.9 of the Illinois Highway Code, and the moneys apportioned to any municipality shall be used exclusively for the purposes stated in Sections 7-202.1 through 7-202.22 of the Illinois Highway Code.
    With respect to instruments for the payment of money issued under this Section either before, on, or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1989, it is and always has been the intention of the General Assembly (i) that the Omnibus Bond Acts are and always have been supplementary grants of power to issue instruments in accordance with the Omnibus Bond Acts, regardless of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts, (ii) that the provisions of this Section are not a limitation on the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts, and (iii) that instruments issued under this Section within the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts are not invalid because of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts.
(Source: P.A. 92-341, eff. 8-10-01.)

70 ILCS 5/17.3

    (70 ILCS 5/17.3) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.17c)
    Sec. 17.3. Any Metropolitan Airport Authority which, on the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1986, does not have a runway in excess of 5,100 feet shall, prior to the construction of a new runway or the extension of any existing runway to a length in excess of 5,100 feet, publish notice of such intent in a newspaper published within the Authority and having a general circulation within the Authority, for 3 successive weeks. The publication of the notice shall include a notice of (1) the specific number of voters required to sign a petition requesting that the question of the construction of a new runway or extension of an existing runway be submitted to the voters of the Authority; (2) the time within which the petition must be filed; and (3) the date of the prospective referendum. The secretary of the Board shall provide a petition form to any individual requesting one.
    If within 30 days after publication of the last such notice no objection has been made, construction consistent with the notice may commence.
    Objection may be made by filing a petition with the circuit court bearing the signatures of voters in the Authority equal in number to 10% or more of the registered voters in the Authority. If such an objection is made, the construction may not commence until the proposal is approved by a referendum held at the next election in accordance with the general election law. Such referendum shall be held in the entire territory of the Authority.
(Source: P.A. 86-1253; 87-767.)

70 ILCS 5/18

    (70 ILCS 5/18) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.18)
    Sec. 18. Acquisition, construction or improvement of airport - Notice - Bond issues - Disconnection and reconnection of land. After the site of any airport to be acquired, established or constructed by the Authority has been determined upon by the Board of Commissioners of an Authority, the Board shall cause notice to be published at least once in a daily or weekly newspaper having a general circulation within the Authority, stating the location of the site, and if there be no such newspaper, such notice shall be posted in 5 of the most public places within said Authority. No tax secured bonds shall be issued under the provisions of this act by any Authority to pay the cost of acquiring any such airport site or of establishing, constructing, developing, improving or extending an airport on any such site until 60 days after such publication or posting has been made. After the first issue of any such tax secured bonds by an Authority, no other or further notice need be published or posted in connection with and preliminary to making or financing of any improvement, enlargement or extension of any such public airport, its site, or the establishment or extension of its approaches, or clear zones or the installation or extension of any safety or other facility appurtenant to the airport. Any territory within the corporate limits of the Authority containing 20 or more acres, may be disconnected from such airport Authority, upon the filing of a petition in the Circuit Court, alleging (1) that the land is without the corporate limits of any municipality and is not laid out into lots or blocks or otherwise subdivided for urban development as residential, commercial or industrial property or used for commercial or industrial purposes, (2) that the land is not included within any airport or the site of any proposed airport and is not within an area over or on which an approach to an airport has been or is proposed to be established, (3) that the land is not within the provisions of, or affected by, or necessary for the enforcement of, any zoning or other lawful and reasonable regulation established by such Authority, (4) that it is not reasonably necessary for the Authority to have jurisdiction over such land for the protection of property within, and the inhabitants of, the remaining territory of the Authority from any hazard or nuisance resulting from the flight of aircraft, or for the prevention of accidents resulting from the flight of aircraft, and (5) that the disconnection of such land will not destroy the contiguity of the remaining territory within such airport authority.
    The petition seeking disconnection of territory now within the corporate limits of any Authority which has heretofore been determined upon as the site of an airport and has caused notice to be published or posted, must be filed within one year after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1963. Thereafter, any petition seeking disconnection of any other territory must be filed within one year after the date on which the notice of acquisition, establishment or construction of a site for an airport is published or posted, as provided for by this Section, by the Authority in which such territory is located. No regulation of the Authority shall be adopted for the sole purpose of enabling the Authority to retain any territory within its corporate limits by preventing, through such regulation, the disconnection of such territory as herein provided. The Authority from which disconnection is sought shall be made a defendant to such petition, and it or taxpayers residing in the Authority may appear and defend against the petition. If the court finds that the allegations of the petition are true, it shall order the specified land disconnected from the designated Authority, and shall attach to any such order of disconnection the condition that such land or any part thereof shall be reconnected and restored to such Authority by order of court, upon petition of the Authority and notice to be given as hereinafter provided, and after a public hearing, should any such condition thereafter cease to be the fact in respect to such land.
    Owners of separate parcels of land which abut or adjoin may join in a single petition and any such parcels described in such petition may be considered as one parcel for the purpose of determining whether the area has 20 or more acres and of determining whether or not the disconnection of such land or any parcel thereof will destroy the contiguity of the remaining territory of the Authority. Separate petitions filed by owners of separate parcels of land which are contiguous with each other, or which considered together form one contiguous area of 20 or more acres may be considered to relate to one area and may be consolidated for hearing and heard together for the purpose of determining whether or not the disconnection of the entire area described in the several petitions will destroy the contiguity of the remaining territory of the Authority, and if such contiguity is not thereby destroyed, each petition shall be deemed to comply with the foregoing condition respecting the continuing contiguity of the remaining territory of the Authority.
    At any time after the disconnection of any land from an Authority, such Authority may file a petition in the Circuit Court where such disconnection proceeding was had for the reconnection of such land. Contiguous tracts of land under separate ownership may be joined in a single proceeding. If it is found upon such reconnection proceeding that one or more of the conditions for the disconnection of such land no longer exist, such land shall be reconnected with the Authority, provided that no such reconnection proceeding shall attach noncontiguous area to the Authority or destroy the contiguity of the Authority as theretofore established.
    Upon the filing of such a petition for reconnection, the Court shall set the petition for hearing not less than 30 nor more than 60 days after the filing thereof, and the Clerk of the Court shall cause notice to be published of the filing of such petition in a daily or weekly newspaper having a general circulation within the Authority describing the land or territory proposed for reconnection and, if there be no such newspaper, such notice shall be posted in 5 public places within the Authority, at least one of which shall be upon such land or territory or a public place upon land adjacent thereto. The first such notice shall be published, or such notice shall be posted, within 10 days of the filing of such petition and, if published, such publication shall be made on 3 successive weeks, such notice shall be addressed to Whom it May Concern, and shall give the date, time and place of the hearing on such petition. The petition shall allege facts upon the basis of which such land or territory should be reconnected as herein provided, and if the Court shall find, upon the hearing of such petition, that the facts alleged are sufficient to support the prayer of the petition and are true in respect to any land or territory described therein, the reconnection of such land or territory to the Authority shall be ordered forthwith by the Court and shall be effective as of the date of the filing of such petition.
    An appeal from a final order in a disconnection or reconnection proceeding may be taken as in other civil cases. Within 90 days after the order in any such proceeding or proceedings shall become final, the change or changes thereby affected in the corporate limits of the Authority, if any, shall be set forth in a certificate signed by the Circuit Judge before whom such proceedings have transpired which shall be filed in such organization proceedings, and a certified copy of the same shall be filed in the office of the recorder of each county in which the Authority is situated.
    Any lands disconnected from an Authority shall continue subject to taxes to pay the principal and interest of any bonds issued by the Authority prior to the filing of the petition for the disconnection of such lands from the Authority.
(Source: P.A. 83-358.)

70 ILCS 5/19

    (70 ILCS 5/19) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.19)
    Sec. 19. Construction of act.
    This act shall be deemed to be a general law, complete in itself and distinct and separate from any prior law. The provisions of this act shall be liberally construed. Nothing contained in this act shall be held to constitute a contract between the state and any municipal corporation organized hereunder, or to prevent the alteration, amendment or repeal of this act, or of any amendment thereof, at any time hereafter. The provisions of this Act shall not be considered as impairing, altering, modifying, repealing or superseding any of the jurisdiction or powers of the Illinois Commerce Commission. Nothing in this Act or done under its authority shall restrict, limit or interfere with the use of the land and facilities of a common carrier and the space above such land and facilities or the right to use such land and such facilities in the business of such common carrier, without approval of the Illinois Commerce Commission and without the payment of just compensation to any such common carrier for damages resulting from any such restriction, limitation or interference.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 290.)

70 ILCS 5/20

    (70 ILCS 5/20) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.20)
    Sec. 20. Partial invalidity.
    If any provision of this Act, or the application of any provision thereof to any property, person or circumstance, is held to be invalid, such provision as to such property, person or circumstance shall be deemed to be excised from this Act, and the invalidity thereof as to such property, person or circumstance shall not affect any of the other provisions of this Act or the application of such provision to property, persons or circumstances other than those as to which it is invalid, and this Act shall be applied and shall be effective in every situation so far as its constitutionality extends.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 290.)

70 ILCS 5/21

    (70 ILCS 5/21) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 68.21)
    Sec. 21. Validation. All contracts, leases, agreements, or other obligations entered into by any airport authority that is authorized under this amendatory Act of 1992 to acquire, own, operate, and finance any commercial or recreational facilities in connection with or relating to any commercial or recreational facility that were entered into or authorized to be entered into by proceedings adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the authority before the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1992 are valid and legally binding obligations of the authority. All instruments providing for the payment of money executed, issued, and delivered by any airport authority that is authorized under this amendatory Act of 1992 to acquire, own, operate, and finance any commercial or recreational facilities, or that any airport authority that is authorized under this amendatory Act of 1992 to acquire, own, operate, and finance any commercial or recreational facilities has assumed or agreed to pay, that were issued and delivered, or assumed, or authorized to be issued and delivered or assumed, by proceedings adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the authority before the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1992, that were authorized for the purpose of financing all or any portion of the cost of any commercial or recreational facility, are valid and legally binding obligations of the airport authority issuing or assuming the obligation to pay the instruments. The acquisition, construction, improvement, equipping, expansion, ownership, or operation by any airport authority that is authorized under this amendatory Act of 1992 to acquire, own, operate, and finance any commercial or recreational facilities before the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1992 is approved, ratified, confirmed, authorized, and validated.
(Source: P.A. 87-854.)

70 ILCS 5/22.1

    (70 ILCS 5/22.1)
    Sec. 22.1. Establishment of a Rail Authority.
    (a) The Board of Commissioners of an airport authority in Winnebago County may, by resolution, establish a Rail Authority as provided in Sections 22.1 through 22.7 of this Act. A certified copy of that resolution shall be filed with the Secretary of State of Illinois. The Board of Commissioners of the airport authority shall not have the power to abolish such a Rail Authority.
    (b) A Rail Authority established pursuant to this Section shall be a body politic and corporate and a public corporation.
    (c) A Rail Authority shall be governed by a Board of Directors. Except as provided in paragraph (d) of this Section, the Board of Directors shall consist of the members of the Board of Commissioners of the airport authority that establishes the Rail Authority. The Board of Directors of the Rail Authority shall establish by-laws and procedures for their actions and may elect such officers of the Rail Authority and its Board of Directors as they shall determine, who shall serve terms as set by the by-laws of the Rail Authority, not to exceed 5 years.
    (d) The composition of the Board of Directors of the Rail Authority may be increased from time to time to include members appointed by the Chairman or President of the County Board of any county that has members on the Board of Directors, all as shall be agreed by the Board of Directors of the Rail Authority, the chairman of the county board of the county in which the establishing airport authority is located, and the county board of the county for which members shall be added; upon such agreement providing for financial contribution to the Rail Authority by the county for which members are added.
    (e) All non-procedural actions of the Board of Directors of the Rail Authority shall require the concurrence of the majority of members of the Board of Directors. Members of the Board of Directors shall serve for terms as provided in the by-laws of the Rail Authority not to exceed 5 years, and until their successors are appointed and qualified.
    (f) There shall be no prohibitions on members of the Board of Directors of the Rail Authority holding any other governmental office or position.
(Source: P.A. 95-641, eff. 10-11-07.)

70 ILCS 5/22.2

    (70 ILCS 5/22.2)
    Sec. 22.2. Provision of rail and related transportation services. The Rail Authority shall also have the power to provide non-rail transportation services within the Counties, which may consist of shuttle bus service to or from an airport, needed storage facilities, and facilities to load, unload, or transfer freight from one mode of transportation to another such mode related to rail or highway transportation and any needed access roads for that service, as the Board of Directors shall determine are appropriate to advance economic development in the Counties. All property or facilities necessary or useful for such related transportation or economic development services are referred to in this Act as "related facilities". The Authority, in providing rail related facilities, may not operate or perform as a rail carrier.
(Source: P.A. 95-641, eff. 10-11-07.)

70 ILCS 5/22.3

    (70 ILCS 5/22.3)
    Sec. 22.3. Further powers of the Rail Authority.
    (a) Except as otherwise limited by this Act, the Rail Authority shall have all powers to meet its responsibilities and to carry out its purposes, including, but not limited to, the following powers:
        (i) To sue and be sued.
        (ii) To invest any funds or any moneys not required
    
for immediate use or disbursement, as provided in the Public Funds Investment Act.
        (iii) To make, amend, and repeal by-laws, rules and
    
regulations, and resolutions not inconsistent with Sections 22.1 through 22.7 of this Act.
        (iv) To set and collect fares or other charges for
    
the use of rail or other facilities of the Rail Authority.
        (v) To conduct or contract for studies as to the
    
feasibility and costs of providing any particular service as authorized by this Act.
        (vi) To publicize services of the Authority and to
    
enter into cooperative agreements with non-rail transportation service providers, including airport operations.
        (vii) To hold, sell, sell by installment contract,
    
lease as lessor, transfer, or dispose of such real or personal property of the Rail Authority, including rail facilities or related facilities, as the Board of Directors deems appropriate in the exercise of its powers and to mortgage, pledge, or otherwise grant security interests in any such property.
        (viii) To enter at reasonable times upon such lands,
    
waters, or premises as, in the judgment of the Board of Directors of the Rail Authority, may be necessary, convenient, or desirable for the purpose of making surveys, soundings, borings, and examinations to accomplish any purpose authorized by Sections 22.1 through 22.7 of this Act after having given reasonable notice of such proposed entry to the owners and occupants of such lands, waters, or premises, the Rail Authority being liable only for actual damage caused by such activity.
        (ix) To enter into contracts of group insurance for
    
the benefit of its employees and to provide for retirement or pensions or other employee benefit arrangements for such employees, and to assume obligations for pensions or other employee benefit arrangements for employees of transportation agencies, all or part of the facilities of which are acquired by the Rail Authority.
        (x) To provide for the insurance of any property,
    
directors, officers, employees, or operations of the Rail Authority against any risk or hazard, and to self-insure or participate in joint self-insurance pools or entities to insure against such risk or hazard.
        (xi) To pass all resolutions and make all rules and
    
regulations proper or necessary to regulate the use, operation, and maintenance of the property and facilities of the Rail Authority and, by resolution, to prescribe fines or penalties for violations of those rules and regulations. No fine or penalty shall exceed $1,000 per offense. Any resolution providing for any fine or penalty shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the metropolitan region. No such resolution shall take effect until 10 days after its publication.
        (xii) To enter into arbitration arrangements, which
    
may be final and binding.
        (xiii) To make and execute all contracts and other
    
instruments necessary or convenient to the exercise of its powers.
    (b) In each case in which this Act gives the Rail Authority the power to construct or acquire rail facilities or related facilities or any other real or personal property, the Rail Authority shall have the power to acquire such property by contract, purchase, gift, grant, exchange for other property or rights in property, lease (or sublease), or installment or conditional purchase contracts, which leases or contracts may provide for consideration to be paid in installments during a period not exceeding 40 years, and to dispose of such property or rights by lease or sale as the Board of Directors shall determine. Property may be acquired subject to such conditions, restrictions, liens, or security or other interests of other parties as the Board of Directors may deem appropriate, and in each case the Rail Authority may acquire a joint, leasehold, easement, license, or other partial interest in such property. Any such acquisition may provide for the assumption of, or agreement to pay, perform, or discharge outstanding or continuing duties, obligations, or liabilities of the seller, lessor, donor, or other transferor of or of the trustee with regard to such property. In connection with the acquisition of Rail Facilities or Related Facilities, including, but not limited to, vehicles, buses, or rapid transit equipment, the Rail Authority may also execute agreements concerning such equipment leases, equipment trust certificates, conditional purchase agreements, and such other security agreements and may make such agreements and covenants as required, in the form customarily used in such cases appropriate to effect such acquisition. The Rail Authority may not acquire property by eminent domain.
(Source: P.A. 95-641, eff. 10-11-07.)

70 ILCS 5/22.4

    (70 ILCS 5/22.4)
    Sec. 22.4. Bonds and notes.
    (a) The Rail Authority shall have the power to borrow money and to issue its negotiable bonds or notes as provided in this Section. Unless otherwise indicated in this Section, the term "notes" also includes bond anticipation notes, which are notes that by their terms provide for their payment from the proceeds of bonds subsequently to be issued. Bonds or notes of the Rail Authority may be issued for any or all of the following purposes: to pay costs to the Rail Authority of constructing or acquiring any rail facilities or related facilities, to pay interest on bonds or notes during any period of construction or acquisition of rail facilities or related facilities, to establish a debt service reserve fund, to pay costs of issuance of the bonds or notes, and to refund its bonds or notes.
    (b) The issuance of any bonds or notes shall be authorized by a resolution of the Board of Directors of the Rail Authority. The resolution providing for the issuance of any such bonds or notes shall fix their date or dates of maturity, the dates on which interest is payable, any sinking fund account or reserve fund account provisions, and all other details of the bonds or notes and may provide for such covenants or agreements necessary or desirable with regard to the issue, sale, and security of the bonds or notes. The rate or rates of interest on the bonds or notes may be fixed or variable and the Rail Authority shall determine or provide for the determination of the rate or rates of interest of its bonds or notes issued under this Act in a resolution adopted prior to their issuance, none of which rates of interest shall exceed that permitted in the Bond Authorization Act. Bonds and notes issued under this Section may be issued as serial or term obligations, shall be of such denomination or denominations and form, shall be executed in such manner, shall be payable at such place or places and bear such date as the Rail Authority shall fix by the resolution authorizing such bonds or notes and shall mature at such time or times, within a period not to exceed 40 years from their date of issue, and may be redeemable prior to maturity, with or without premium, at the option of the Rail Authority, upon such terms and conditions as the Rail Authority shall fix by the resolution authorizing the issuance of the bonds or notes. In case any officer whose signature appears on any bonds or notes authorized pursuant to this Section shall cease to be an officer before delivery of such bonds or notes, the signature shall nevertheless be valid and sufficient for all purposes, the same as if the officer had remained in office until the delivery.
    (c) Bonds or notes of the Rail Authority issued pursuant to this Section shall have a claim for payment as to principal and interest from such sources as provided by the resolution authorizing such bonds or notes. Such bonds or notes shall be secured as provided in the authorizing resolution of the Board of Directors of the Rail Authority, which may, notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, include in addition to any other security, a specific pledge or assignment of and lien on or security interest in any or all receipts of the Rail Authority and on any or all other revenues or money of the Rail Authority from whatever source, which may by law be utilized for debt service purposes, as well as any funds or accounts established or provided for the payment of such debt service, by the resolution of the Rail Authority authorizing the issuance of the bonds or notes. Any such pledge, assignment, lien, or security interest for the benefit of holders of bonds or notes of the Rail Authority shall be valid and binding from the time the bonds or notes are issued without any physical delivery or further act and shall be valid and binding as against and prior to the claims of all other parties having claims of any kind against the Rail Authority or any other person irrespective of whether such other parties have notice of such pledge, assignment, lien, or security interest. The resolution of the Board of Directors of the Rail Authority authorizing the issuance of any bonds or notes may provide additional security for such bonds or notes by providing for appointment of a corporate trustee (which may be any trust company or bank having the powers of a trust company within Illinois) with respect to the bonds or notes. The resolution shall prescribe the rights, duties, and powers of the trustee to be exercised for the benefit of the Rail Authority and the protection of the owners of such bonds or notes. The resolution may provide for the trustee to hold in trust, invest, and use amounts in funds and accounts created as provided by the resolution with respect to the bonds or notes.
(Source: P.A. 95-641, eff. 10-11-07.)

70 ILCS 5/22.6

    (70 ILCS 5/22.6)
    Sec. 22.6. Exemption from taxation. The Rail Authority and the Rail Corporation shall be exempt from all State and unit of local government taxes and registration and license fees. All property of the Rail Authority or of the Rail Corporation shall be public property devoted to an essential public and governmental function and purpose and shall be exempt from all taxes and special assessments of the State, any subdivision of the State, or any unit of local government.
(Source: P.A. 95-641, eff. 10-11-07.)

70 ILCS 5/22.7

    (70 ILCS 5/22.7)
    Sec. 22.7. Federal, State, and other funds. The Rail Authority shall have the power to apply for, receive, and expend grants, loans, or other funds from the State of Illinois or any of its departments or agencies, from any unit of local government, or from the federal government or any of its departments or agencies, for use in connection with any of the powers or purposes of the Rail Authority as set forth in this Act, and to enter into agreements with the lending or granting agency in connection with any such loan or grant.
(Source: P.A. 95-641, eff. 10-11-07.)