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(70 ILCS 10/) Interstate Airport Authorities Act.

70 ILCS 10/0.01

    (70 ILCS 10/0.01) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 250)
    Sec. 0.01. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Interstate Airport Authorities Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-1324.)

70 ILCS 10/1

    (70 ILCS 10/1) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 251)
    Sec. 1. As used in this act;
    (1) The term "party states" means the State of Illinois and any adjoining state; and
    (2) The term "governmental unit" means any city or county located within the confines of any party state or any airport authority organized under "An Act in relation to airport authorities" approved April 4, 1945, as heretofore or hereafter amended, or any comparable authority organized under the laws of another party state and authorized by the laws of such state to combine with governmental units of other party states for the purposes set forth herein: Provided, That the county, if the combining unit is a county, or if the combining unit is a city or airport authority, the county in which such city or airport authority, or the greater part thereof, is located, has a common boundary of an adjoining party state.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 2121.)

70 ILCS 10/2

    (70 ILCS 10/2) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 252)
    Sec. 2. (a) Governmental units in each of the party states are hereby authorized to combine in the creation of an airport authority for the purpose of jointly supporting and operating an airport terminal and all properties attached thereto. The number of such governmental units are not limited as to character or size except that membership shall be composed of an equal number of members from each party state, designated or appointed by the legislative body of the participating governmental unit: Provided, That the federal government may be represented by a non-voting agent or representative if authorized by federal law.
    (b) The authorized airport authority shall come into being upon the passage of resolutions or ordinances containing identical agreement duly and legally enacted by the legislative bodies of the governmental units to be combined into the airport authority. If passage is by resolution, it may be joint or several, however, the resolution, ordinance or enabling legislation of the combining governmental units shall provide for the number of members, the residence requirements of the members, the length of term of the members and shall authorize the appointment of an additional member to be made by the governor of each party state. If the member appointed by the governor shall be selected from the membership or staff of the Department of Aeronautics or its successor agency or aeronautics commission of his state, there shall be no limitation as to place of residence, and the length of tenure of office shall be at the pleasure of the governor.
    (c) The respective members of the airport authority, except any member representing the federal government, shall each be entitled to one vote. Any action of the membership of the airport authority shall not be official unless taken at a meeting in which a majority of the voting members from each party state are present and unless a majority of those from each state concur: Provided, That any action not binding for such reason may be ratified within thirty days by the concurrence of a majority of the members of each party state. In the absence of any member, his vote may be cast by another representative or member of his state if the representative casting such vote shall have a written proxy in proper form as may be required by the airport authority.
    (d) The airport authority may sue and be sued, and shall adopt an official seal.
    (e) The airport authority shall have the power to appoint and remove or discharge personnel as may be necessary for the performance of the airport's functions irrespective of the civil service, personnel or other merit system laws of either of the party states.
    (f) The airport authority shall elect annually, from its membership, a chairman, a vice-chairman and a treasurer.
    (g) The airport authority may establish and maintain or participate in programs of employee benefits as may be appropriate to afford employees of the airport authority terms and conditions of employment similar to those enjoyed by the employees of each of the party states.
    (h) The airport authority may borrow, accept, or contract for the services of personnel from any state or the United States or any subdivision or agency thereof, from any interstate agency, or from any institution, person, firm or corporation.
    (i) The airport authority may accept for any of its purposes and functions any and all donations and grants of money, equipment, supplies, materials and services, conditional or otherwise, from any state, from the United States, from any subdivision or agency thereof, from any interstate agency, or from any institution, person, firm or corporation; and may receive, utilize and dispose of the same.
    (j) The airport authority may establish and maintain such facilities as may be necessary for the transaction of its business. The airport authority may acquire, hold and convey real and personal property and any interest therein, and may enter into such contracts for the improvements upon real estate appurtenant to the airport, including farming, extracting minerals, subleasing, subdividing, promoting and developing of such real estate as shall aid and encourage the development and service of the airport. The airport authority may engage contractors to provide airport services, and shall carefully observe all appropriate federal or state regulations in the operation of the air facility.
    (k) The airport authority may adopt official rules and regulations for the conduct of its business, and may amend or rescind the same when necessary.
    (l) The airport authority shall annually make a report to the governor of each party state concerning the activities of the airport authority for the preceding year; and shall embody in such report recommendations as may have been adopted by the airport authority. The copies of such report shall be submitted to the legislature or general assembly of each of the party states at any regular session of such legislative body. The airport authority may issue such additional reports as may be deemed necessary.
    The requirement for reporting to the General Assembly shall be satisfied by filing copies of the report with the Speaker, the Minority Leader and the Clerk of the House of Representatives and the President, the Minority Leader and the Secretary of the Senate and the Legislative Research Unit, as required by Section 3.1 of "An Act to revise the law in relation to the General Assembly", approved February 25, 1874, as amended, and filing such additional copies with the State Government Report Distribution Center for the General Assembly as is required under paragraph (t) of Section 7 of the State Library Act.
(Source: P.A. 84-1438.)

70 ILCS 10/3

    (70 ILCS 10/3) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 253)
    Sec. 3. (a) A party state shall not be obligated to appropriate funds of the state for the development, support and maintenance of the airport authority. All revenue received from the air facility and the property, both real and personal, within the jurisdiction and control of the airport authority shall be applied to the maintenance and development of the air facility. All limitations upon expenditures, which may be an element of title to the real estate held by the airport authority, shall be observed.
    (b) Revenue bonds to be retired exclusively from income received from the operation of the air facility may be issued by the airport authority and in the name of such authority in accordance with the laws of the state in which the air facility is located, which laws prescribe the terms and conditions for the issuance of revenue bonds by airport authorities.
    (c) The airport authority may secure loans from private financing and offer as collateral those assets, real, personal or mixed, not inconsistent with the laws of the state in which the airport is located.
    (d) Each year on or before the first day of July, the airport authority shall prepare a budget of its estimated expenditures for the fiscal year beginning on the first day of January of the succeeding year and shall on or before the first of July submit a copy of said report to the various combining governmental units. The estimated expenditures shall be allocated and prorated equally between the various combining governmental units and a statement of the allocated amount shall be included in the copy of the budgetary report submitted to the combining governmental units. To provide funds to pay its share of the proposed expenditures, each combining governmental unit is authorized to annually levy a tax on property located within the governmental unit at a rate sufficient to raise funds to pay its prorated share of estimated expenditures. Said tax shall be levied and collected in the same manner as other property taxes are levied and collected by the governmental unit and in accordance with the tax laws of the state in which such unit is located. The money raised by the levying of such tax shall be appropriated and distributed to the airport authority by the governmental unit: Provided, That such funds so appropriated shall be used exclusively for the development and maintenance of the air facility.
    (e) The airport authority may meet any of its obligations in whole or in part with funds made available to it under the provisions of section 2 of this Act: Provided, That the airport authority takes specific action setting aside such funds prior to the incurring of any obligation to be met in whole or in part in this manner.
    (f) The expenses and any other costs for each member of the airport authority shall be met by the airport authority in accordance with such standards and procedures as it may establish under its bylaws and rules and regulations.
    (g) The airport authority shall be required to keep accurate record of all accounts of receipts and disbursements. The receipts and disbursements of the airport authority shall be subject to an annual audit, and accounting procedures established under its bylaws: Provided, That all receipts and disbursements of funds handled by the airport authority shall be audited by a qualified public accountant and the report of the audit shall be incorporated into and become a part of the annual report of the airport authority.
    (h) The accounts of the airport authority shall be open to inspection by the general public at any reasonable time.
(Source: Laws 1963, P. 2121.)

70 ILCS 10/4

    (70 ILCS 10/4) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 254)
    Sec. 4. The airport authority shall have the power to:
    (1) Operate and conduct an airport;
    (2) Operate farming operations on real estate appurtenant to the airport;
    (3) Exercise the power of eminent domain in accordance with the laws of the state in which the airport is located;
    (4) Maintain, operate and extend water and sewer systems on the real estate of the land appurtenant to the airport, and make and collect charges for services;
    (5) Construct and lease industrial and aviation buildings on the land appurtenant to the airport;
    (6) Lease land, now owned by any combining governmental unit, suitable for an airport facility, for a term of not less than 99 years;
    (7) Secure expert guidance on the development of an area air facility to the end that the interests of the area are best served; and to implement that development within the laws of the party states;
    (8) Establish and fix by ordinance a restricted zone for such distances in any direction from the boundaries of such airport facility as in the opinion of the airport authority is necessary and practicable, regulating the height of structures to provide free air space for access by aircraft and for the safe use of the airport, all in a manner not in conflict with the existing laws of the party state in which the airport is located;
    (9) Accept, receive and receipt for federal moneys and other moneys, public or private, for the acquisition, construction, enlargement, improvement, maintenance, equipment or operation of airports and other air navigation facilities and sites therefor;
    (10) Buy and sell machinery for aviation purposes; and to negotiate and contract for personal services, materials and supplies: Provided, That whenever personal property is to be purchased or sold, there shall be due notice and competitive bidding as directed and required by the laws of the state in which the airport is located; and
    (11) Perform all functions and do all acts that are necessary to the total development of a commercial and industrial air facility, not inconsistent with the laws of the party states.
(Source: P.A. 90-655, eff. 7-30-98.)

70 ILCS 10/4.5

    (70 ILCS 10/4.5)
    Sec. 4.5. Eminent domain. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, any power granted under this Act to acquire property by condemnation or eminent domain is subject to, and shall be exercised in accordance with, the Eminent Domain Act.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

70 ILCS 10/5

    (70 ILCS 10/5) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 255)
    Sec. 5. This authority to combine into an airport authority shall become effective at the time when reciprocal authorizing legislation is duly and legally enacted by a party state authorizing governmental units within its confines to combine with governmental units within this state in an airport authority.
(Source: Laws 1963, P. 2121.)

70 ILCS 10/6

    (70 ILCS 10/6) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 256)
    Sec. 6. The provisions herein shall be severable; and, if any phrase, clause, sentence or provision of this act is declared to be invalid or illegal, or the applicability thereof to any state, agency, person or circumstances is held to be invalid, the validity of the remainder and applicability thereof to any other state, agency, person or circumstance shall not be affected thereby. It is the legislative intent that the provisions of this act be reasonably and liberally construed.
(Source: Laws 1963, P. 2121.)

70 ILCS 10/7

    (70 ILCS 10/7) (from Ch. 15 1/2, par. 257)
    Sec. 7. Prior to the commencement of proceedings for the acquisition and establishment of such airports, landing fields, or other air navigation facilities, approval of such acquisition or establishment of such airports, landing fields or other air navigation facilities shall be secured and granted by the Department of Transportation of this state and by the appropriate department or commission exercising comparable functions in any other party state involved.
(Source: P.A. 81-840.)