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SPECIAL DISTRICTS
(70 ILCS 410/) Conservation District Act.

70 ILCS 410/1

    (70 ILCS 410/1) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7101)
    Sec. 1. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the Conservation District Act.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 3000.)

70 ILCS 410/2

    (70 ILCS 410/2) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7102)
    Sec. 2. As used in this Act unless the context otherwise requires:
    (a) "District" means a conservation district organized under this Act, "board" means the board of trustees of such district and "trustee" means a trustee of such district.
    (b) "Open land" or "open space" means any space or area of land or water the preservation or the restriction of development or use of which would maintain or enhance the conservation of natural or scenic resources; protect natural streams or water supply; promote conservation of soils, wet lands or shores; afford or enhance public outdoor recreation opportunities; preserve flora and fauna, geological features, historic sites or other areas of educational or scientific interest; enhance the value to the public of abutting or neighboring highways, parks or other public lands; implement the plan of development adopted by the planning commission of any municipality or promote orderly urban or suburban development.
    (c) "Wildland" means any open land which is not under cultivation or otherwise subject to intensive use or development.
    (d) "Political party" means a political party as defined in the general election law.
    (e) "Public office" means an office to which a person is elected or appointed to discharge a public duty for the State or any of its political subdivisions and an office which is established and the qualifications and duties are prescribed by statute.
    (f) "Development of real property" means the constructing, installing, planting or creating of any permanent improvement of real property for the purposes of a district if the district has or plans to acquire an interest.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

70 ILCS 410/3

    (70 ILCS 410/3) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7103)
    Sec. 3. The purpose of this Act is to provide for the creation of conservation districts. Such districts may, and their principal purpose is to, acquire in fee or a lesser right or interest, preserve and maintain wildland, other open land, scenic roadways and pathways; hold such real property, with or without public access, for the education, pleasure and recreation of the public or for other open space values; preserve portions thereof in their natural condition and undertake development of other portions thereof; manage and use such real property in such manner and with such restrictions as will leave it unimpaired for the benefit of future generations; and otherwise promote the conservation of nature, flora and fauna, natural environment and natural resources of the district.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 2396.)

70 ILCS 410/4

    (70 ILCS 410/4) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7104)
    Sec. 4. Not less than 1% of the voters in any county having less than 1,000,000 population which is not organized as a forest preserve district may petition the circuit court of such county to order the question to be submitted to the voters of such county whether a conservation district, the boundaries of which shall be coextensive with the boundaries of the county, shall be organized under this Act. Not less than 1% of the voters in each county of a group of not more than 5 adjoining counties each of which has less than 1,000,000 population and none of which is organized as a forest preserve district may jointly petition the circuit court of the county having the largest population to order the question to be submitted to the voters of such counties whether a conservation district, the boundaries of which shall be coextensive with the boundaries of the group of counties taken as a whole, shall be organized under this Act.
    If the proposed district shall embrace more than one county the petition shall be accompanied by the written approval of the Department of Natural Resources.
    If the proposed district is coextensive with the boundaries of a single county it shall be designated by the name of that county.
    Upon the filing of such petition with the circuit court, the circuit clerk shall give notice of the time and place of a hearing upon the subject of the petition which shall be inserted in one or more daily or weekly newspapers published within the proposed district at least 20 days before such hearing. If no daily or weekly newspaper is published within such proposed district, notice may be given by posting at least 15 copies in each county in such proposed district at least 20 days before such meeting in conspicuous public places as far separated from each other as reasonably possible.
    At the time and place fixed for such public hearing the circuit court shall hear all persons who desire to be heard, and if the circuit court shall find that the provisions of this Act have been complied with and that the allegations of the petition are true then the court shall order a referendum by the legal voters to be held in the proposed district to determine the question of organization of the proposed district. The clerk of the circuit court shall certify the order and the question to the proper election officials who shall submit the question to the voters of the proposed district at a referendum in accordance with the general election law.
    Notice of the referendum shall specify the purpose of such referendum with a description of such proposed district, and the name of the proposed district.
    The clerk of the circuit court shall cause a statement of the results of such referendum to be entered of record in the circuit court, and if such district shall lie in more than one county, a certified copy thereof shall be filed with the clerk of the circuit court of each such other county who shall file the same of record in the circuit court of such county. If a majority of the votes cast in the referendum are in favor of the organization of a conservation district, such district shall thenceforth be deemed to be organized.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

70 ILCS 410/5

    (70 ILCS 410/5) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7105)
    Sec. 5. Board of trustees.
    (a) The affairs of a conservation district shall be managed by a board consisting of 5 trustees, except as otherwise provided in this Section. If the boundaries of the district are coextensive with the boundaries of one county, the trustees shall be residents of that county. If the district embraces 2 counties, 3 trustees shall be residents of the county with the larger population and 2 trustees shall be residents of the other county. If the district embraces 3 counties, one trustee shall be a resident of the county with the smallest population and each of the other counties shall have 2 resident trustees. If the district embraces 4 counties, 2 trustees shall be residents of the county with the largest population and each of the other counties shall have one resident trustee. If the district embraces 5 counties, each county shall have one resident trustee.
    (b) A district that is entirely within a county of under 750,000 inhabitants and contiguous to a county of more than 2,000,000 inhabitants and that is authorized by referendum as provided in subsection (d) of Section 15 to incur indebtedness over 0.575% but not to exceed 1.725% shall have a board consisting of 7 trustees, all of whom shall be residents of the county. The additional 2 trustees shall be appointed by the chairman of the county board, with the consent of the county board, and shall hold office for terms expiring on June 30 as follows: one trustee after 4 years and one trustee after 5 years from the date of the referendum. Successor trustees shall be appointed in the same manner no later than June 1 before the commencement of the term of the trustee.
    (c) Trustees shall be qualified voters of the district who do not hold any other public office and are not officers of any political party. Trustees, if nominated by the county board chairman as hereinafter provided, shall be selected on the basis of their demonstrated interest in the purpose of conservation districts.
    (d) If the trustees are appointed, the chairman of the county board for the county of which the trustee is a resident shall, with the consent of the county board of that county, appoint the first trustees who shall hold office for terms expiring on June 30 after one, 2, 3, 4, and 5 year periods respectively as determined and fixed by lot. Thereafter, successor appointed trustees shall be appointed for a term of 5 years in the same manner no later than June 1 prior to the commencement of term of the trustee. If the term of office of any appointed trustee expires before the first election of trustees under subsection (i) after referendum approval of elected trustees, the chairman of the county board who appointed that trustee under this subsection shall appoint a successor to serve until a successor is elected and has qualified.
    (e) When a vacancy occurs in the office of trustee, whether by death, resignation, refusal to qualify, no longer being a qualified voter of the district, or for any other reason, the board of trustees shall declare that a vacancy exists. The vacancy shall be filled within 60 days. A vacancy occurring otherwise than by expiration of term, for appointed trustees, shall be filled for the unexpired term by appointment of a trustee by the county board chairman of the county of which the trustee shall be a resident, with the approval of the county board of that county. An appointed trustee who has served a full term of 5 years is ineligible to serve as a trustee for a period of one year following the expiration of his or her term. In the case of an elected trustee, appointment of an eligible person shall be by the president of the board of trustees with the advice and consent of the other trustees. The appointee shall serve the remainder of the unexpired term. If, however, more than 28 months remain in the term of the elected trustee and the vacancy occurs at least 182 days before the next general election, the appointment shall be until the next general election, at which time the vacated office of the elected trustee shall be filled by election for the remainder of the term.
    If a vacancy occurs in the office of president of the board of trustees, the remaining trustees shall select one of their number to serve as president for the balance of the unexpired term of the president in whose office the vacancy occurred.
    When any trustee during his or her term of office shall cease to be a bona fide resident of the district, or shall move from one township or congressional township in the district to another so that the township residency requirements of this Section are no longer met, then he is disqualified as a trustee and his office becomes vacant. If the district has decided to elect or appoint trustees from single member subdistricts under subsection (i), then when any trustee during his or her term of office shall cease to be a bona fide resident of the subdistrict he or she is disqualified as a trustee and the office becomes vacant.
    (f) Trustees shall serve without compensation, but may be paid their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties.
    (g) An appointed trustee may be removed for cause by the county board chairman for the county of which the trustee is a resident, with the approval of the county board of that county, but every removal shall be by a written order and shall be filed with the county clerk.
    (h) A conservation district with 5 trustees may determine by majority vote of the board to increase the size of the board to 7 trustees. With respect to a 7-member board, no more than 3 members may be residents of any township in a county under township organization or of any congressional township in a county not under township organization. In the case of a 7-member board representing a district that embraces 2 counties, 4 trustees shall be residents of the county with the larger population and 3 trustees shall be residents of the other county. If the district embraces 3 counties, 2 trustees shall be residents of each of the 2 counties with the smallest population and the largest county shall have 3 resident trustees. If the district embraces 4 counties, one trustee shall be a resident of the county with the smallest population and each of the other counties shall have 2 resident trustees. If the district embraces 5 counties, the 2 counties with the largest population shall each have 2 resident trustees and each of the other counties shall have one resident trustee. The pertinent appointing authorities shall appoint the additional 2 trustees to initial terms as equally staggered as possible from the terms of the trustees already appointed from that township or county so that 2 trustees representing the same area shall not be succeeded in the same year.
    (i) Except as provided in subsection (b), a conservation district in a county adjacent to a county with more than 3,000,000 inhabitants may determine by referendum (i) to have an elected or appointed board of trustees, (ii) to have a board of trustees with 5 or 7 members, and (iii) to have trustees chosen at large or from single member subdistricts. If the boundaries of the district are coextensive with the boundaries of a single county, the county board may determine by ordinance to hold the referendum; or if the boundaries of the district are embraced by more than one county, the county boards of each county in the district, jointly, may determine by ordinance to hold the referendum; or a petition signed by not less than 5% of the electors of the entire district who voted in the last gubernatorial election may be submitted to the board of trustees requiring the district to hold the referendum.
    The secretary of the board of trustees shall certify the proposition to the appropriate election authorities who shall submit the proposition at a consolidated or general election according to the Election Code. The Election Code shall apply to and govern the election. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall the (insert name) Conservation District have an
    
(insert "elected" or "appointed") board of trustees with (insert "5" or "7") trustees chosen (insert "at large" or "from single member subdistricts")?
The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
    If a majority of the votes cast on the proposition are in the affirmative, the trustees of the district shall thereafter be chosen as provided in this paragraph. At the next consolidated election, a district that has decided by referendum to have its trustees elected rather than appointed shall elect 5 or 7 trustees as provided in the ordinance or petition and in the proposition. The trustees shall be elected on a nonpartisan basis. The provisions of the general election law shall apply to and govern the nomination and election of the trustees.
        (1) If the district has decided to elect or appoint
    
at large trustees, then with respect to a 5-member board, the residency of members shall be the same as prescribed in subsection (a).
        With respect to a 7-member board, no more than 3
    
members may be residents of any township in a county under township organization or of any congressional township in a county not under township organization. In the case of a 7-member board representing a district that embraces 2 counties, 4 trustees shall be residents of the county with the larger population and 3 trustees shall be residents of the other county. If the district embraces 3 counties, 2 trustees shall be residents of each of the 2 counties with the smaller populations and the county with the largest population shall have 3 resident trustees. If the district embraces 4 counties, one trustee shall be a resident of the county with the smallest population and each of the other counties shall have 2 resident trustees. If the district embraces 5 counties, the 2 counties with the largest populations shall each have 2 resident trustees and each of the other counties shall have one resident trustee.
        (2) If the district has decided to elect or appoint
    
trustees from single member subdistricts, then with respect to a 5-member board of a district embracing a single county, the county board shall apportion the district into 5 subdistricts. One trustee shall be a resident of and elected or appointed from each of the 5 subdistricts. In the case of a 5-member board of a district embracing more than one county, the members of each county board shall, jointly, apportion the district into 5 subdistricts. One trustee shall be a resident of and elected or appointed from each of the 5 subdistricts. The initial subdistricts shall be apportioned within 90 days after the referendum is approved, and the subdistricts shall be reapportioned after each decennial census.
        With respect to a 7-member board of a district
    
embracing a single county, the county board shall apportion the district into 7 subdistricts. One trustee shall be a resident of and elected or appointed from each of the 7 subdistricts. In the case of a 7-member board of a district embracing more than one county, the members of each county board shall, jointly, apportion the district into 7 subdistricts. One trustee shall be a resident of and elected or appointed from each of the 7 subdistricts. The initial subdistricts shall be apportioned within 90 days after the referendum is approved, and the subdistricts shall be reapportioned after each decennial census.
    (j) When a conservation district determines to elect or appoint trustees as provided in subsection (i), the terms of these trustees shall commence on the first Monday of December following the election. The terms of all trustees previously appointed or elected under this Section shall expire on the first Monday of December following the first election.
        (1) If the district has decided to elect or appoint
    
at-large trustees, then the initial elected board of trustees shall, no later than 45 days after taking office, divide themselves publicly by lot as equally as possible into 2 groups. Trustees or their successors from the larger group shall serve for terms of 4 years; the initial elected trustees from the second group shall serve for terms of 2 years, and their successors shall be elected for terms of 4 years.
        (2) If the district has decided to elect or appoint
    
trustees from single member subdistricts, then the members of the initial elected board of trustees and each subsequent board elected prior to the first decennial census following the initial apportionment shall be elected to a term of 2 years. In the year following the first decennial census occurring after the initial apportionment and in the year following each subsequent decennial census, the 5 or 7 subdistricts shall be reapportioned to reflect the results of the census. The board of trustees elected in the first election following a decennial census shall, no later than 45 days after taking office, divide themselves publicly by lot as equally as possible into 3 groups. Trustees or their successors from one group shall be elected to terms of 4 years, 4 years, and 2 years. Trustees or their successors from the second group shall be elected to terms of 4 years, 2 years, and 4 years. The trustee or successors from the third group shall be elected to terms of 2 years, 4 years, and 4 years.
(Source: P.A. 94-617, eff. 8-18-05; 95-54, eff. 8-10-07.)

70 ILCS 410/6

    (70 ILCS 410/6) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7106)
    Sec. 6. Officers and employees. As soon as possible after the initial election or the initial appointments, as the case may be, the trustees shall organize by selecting from their members a president, secretary, treasurer, and other officers as are deemed necessary, who shall hold office for 2 years in the case of an elected board, or the fiscal year in which elected in the case of an appointed board, and until their successors are selected and qualify. Three trustees shall constitute a quorum of the board for the transaction of business if the district has 5 trustees. If the district has 7 trustees, 4 trustees shall constitute a quorum of the board for the transaction of business. The board shall hold regular monthly meetings. Special meetings may be called by the president and shall be called on the request of a majority of members, as may be required.
    The board shall provide for the proper and safe keeping of its permanent records and for the recording of the corporate action of the district. It shall keep a proper system of accounts showing a true and accurate record of its receipts and disbursements, and it shall cause an annual audit to be made of its books, records, and accounts.
    The records of the district shall be subject to public inspection at all reasonable hours and under regulations as the board may prescribe.
    The district shall annually make a full and complete report to the county board of each county within the district and to the Department of Natural Resources of its transactions and operations for the preceding year. The report shall contain a full statement of its receipts, disbursements, and the program of work for the period covered, and may include recommendations as may be deemed advisable.
    Executive or ministerial duties may be delegated to one or more trustees or to an authorized officer, employee, agent, attorney, or other representative of the district.
    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 district 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.
    All contracts for supplies, material, or work involving an expenditure in excess of $20,000 shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder, after due advertisement, excepting work requiring personal confidence or necessary supplies under the control of monopolies, where competitive bidding is impossible. All contracts for supplies, material, or work shall be signed by the president of the board and by any other officer as the board in its discretion may designate.
(Source: P.A. 94-454, eff. 8-4-05; 95-54, eff. 8-10-07.)

70 ILCS 410/7

    (70 ILCS 410/7) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7107)
    Sec. 7. Deposits. The board of any district, when so requested by the treasurer of the district, shall designate one or more banks or savings and loan associations in which the funds and moneys received by the treasurer, by virtue of his office, may be deposited.
    Each bank or savings and loan association designated as a depository for district funds or moneys shall, while acting as such depository, furnish the district with a copy of all statements of resources and liabilities which it is required to furnish to the Commissioner of Banks and Real Estate or to the Comptroller of the Currency and no bank is qualified to receive such district funds or moneys until it has furnished the district with copies of the last 2 such statements.
    The treasurer of the district shall be discharged from responsibility for all funds and moneys while they are deposited in a designated bank or savings and loan association.
    No bank or savings and loan association shall receive public funds as permitted by this Section, unless it has complied with the requirements established pursuant to Section 6 of the Public Funds Investment Act.
    When a bank or savings and loan association has been designated as a depository it shall continue as such until 10 days have elapsed after a new depository is designated and is qualified. When a new depository is designated, the district shall notify the sureties of the treasurer of that fact in writing at least 5 days before the transfer of funds.
(Source: P.A. 89-508, eff. 7-3-96.)

70 ILCS 410/8

    (70 ILCS 410/8) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7108)
    Sec. 8. Actions of the board of a legislative character shall be in the form of ordinances. All ordinances imposing any penalty or making any appropriations shall be published once in at least one newspaper published in said district, or if no newspaper of general circulation is published therein, by posting copies of the same in at least 15 conspicuous public places in the district. No such ordinance shall take effect until 10 days after it is so published or posted. All other ordinances and resolutions shall take effect from and after their passage unless otherwise provided therein.
    All ordinances, orders and resolutions and the date of publication thereof may be proven by the certificate of the secretary under the seal of the district and when printed in book or pamphlet form and purporting to be published by the district, such book or pamphlet shall be received as evidence of the passage and legal publication of such ordinances, orders and resolutions as of the dates mentioned in such book or pamphlet, in all courts without further proof.
(Source: P.A 86-1297.)

70 ILCS 410/9

    (70 ILCS 410/9) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7109)
    Sec. 9. All courts shall take judicial notice of the existence of a conservation district and of the area of jurisdiction of an existing district and every such district shall constitute a body corporate and politic and as such may sue and be sued in all courts.
(Source: P.A. 83-345.)

70 ILCS 410/10

    (70 ILCS 410/10) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7110)
    Sec. 10. Every district shall seek the guidance of and consult with the Department of Natural Resources on all matters relating to conservation and recreation policies and plans.
    In addition to the limitations and restrictions on districts otherwise provided in this Act, the Department of Natural Resources may adopt rules which shall govern the activities and procedures of districts. All proposals and plans of a district for the acquisition of real property, the exercise of the right of eminent domain and the development of real property shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Department of Natural Resources. However, if the Department of Natural Resources adopts rules governing the activities and procedures of districts, the rules shall apply and, unless required by the rules, the written approval of the Department of Natural Resources shall not be required on any matter governed by the rules.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

70 ILCS 410/11

    (70 ILCS 410/11) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7111)
    Sec. 11. Every district shall consider the preservation of natural conditions and protection of flora and fauna as part of its principal purpose and to that end shall set aside a substantial portion of its land to remain in an essentially undisturbed condition.
    A district is empowered to dedicate areas as nature preserves as provided in the "Illinois Natural Areas Preservation Act", as now or hereafter amended, and to cooperate with the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission in matters relating to the purposes of that Act.
(Source: P.A. 82-445.)

70 ILCS 410/12

    (70 ILCS 410/12) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7112)
    Sec. 12. To the extent necessary to carry out the purpose of this Act and in addition to any other powers, duties and functions vested in a district by law, but subject to such limitations and restrictions as are imposed elsewhere by this Act or another law, a district is authorized and empowered:
    (a) To adopt by-laws, adopt and use a common seal, enter into contracts, acquire and hold real and personal estate and take such other actions as may be necessary for the proper conduct of its affairs.
    (b) To make and publish all ordinances, rules and regulations necessary for the management and protection of its property and the conduct of its affairs.
    (c) To study and ascertain the district's wildland and other open space resources and outdoor recreation facilities, the need for preserving such resources and providing such facilities and the extent to which such needs are being currently met and to prepare and adopt a co-ordinated plan of areas and facilities to meet such needs.
    (d) To acquire by gift, legacy, purchase, condemnation in the manner provided for the exercise of the right of eminent domain under the Eminent Domain Act, lease, agreement or otherwise the fee or any lesser right or interest in real property and to hold the same with or without public access for open space, wildland, scenic roadway, pathway, outdoor recreation, or other conservation benefits. A district that is entirely within a county of under 200,000 inhabitants and contiguous to a county of more than 2,000,000 inhabitants and that is authorized by referendum as provided in subsection (d) of Section 15 to incur indebtedness over 0.575% but not to exceed 1.725% may acquire an interest in real estate by condemnation only if approved by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the total number of trustees authorized for that district; such a district may exchange, sell, or otherwise dispose of any portion of any interest in real estate acquired by it by any means within 2 years of acquiring that interest, provided that a public hearing on the exchange, sale or other disposition of such real estate or interest therein is held prior to such action.
    The Department of Natural Resources, the county board, or the governing body of any municipality, district or public corporation may, upon request of the conservation district, set apart and transfer any real or personal property owned or controlled by it and not devoted or dedicated to any other inconsistent public use, to the conservation district. In acquiring or accepting land or rights thereto, due consideration shall be given to its open space, outdoor recreation or other conservation values and no real property shall be acquired or accepted which in the opinion of the district or the Department of Natural Resources is of low value from the standpoint of its proposed use.
    (e) To classify, designate, plan, develop, preserve, administer and maintain all areas, places and facilities in which it has an interest, and construct, reconstruct, alter and renew buildings and other structures, and equip and maintain the same.
    (f) To accept gifts, grants, legacies, contributions and appropriations of money and other personal property for conservation purposes.
    (g) To employ and fix the compensation of an executive officer who shall be responsible to the board for the carrying out of its policies. The executive officer shall have the power, subject to the approval of the board, to employ and fix the compensation of such assistants and employees as the board may consider necessary for carrying out the purposes and provisions of this Act.
    (h) To charge and collect reasonable fees for the use of such facilities, privileges and conveniences as may be provided.
    (i) 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 district and to employ and commission police officers and other qualified persons to enforce the same.
    (j) To undertake studies pertaining to the natural history, archaeology, history or conservation of natural resources of the county.
    (k) To lease land for a period not longer than 50 years from the date of the lease to a responsible person, firm, or corporation for construction, reconstruction, alteration, renewal, equipment, furnishing, extension, development, operation and maintenance of lodges, housekeeping and sleeping cabins, swimming pools, golf courses, campgrounds, sand beaches, marinas, convention and entertainment centers, roads and parking areas, and other related buildings and facilities. In any lease of land leased pursuant to this subsection (k), upon expiration of the lease title to all structures on the leased land shall be vested in the district.
    (l) To lease any building or facility constructed, reconstructed, altered, renewed, equipped, furnished, extended, developed, and maintained by the district to a responsible person, firm, or corporation for operation or development, or both, and maintenance for a period not longer than 20 years from the date of the lease.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

70 ILCS 410/12A

    (70 ILCS 410/12A) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7113)
    Sec. 12A. In acquiring the fee or any lesser right in real property, or in acquiring equipment or other personal property by purchase under this Act, a district may enter into contracts for such purchases providing for payment in installments over a period of time not more than 10 years. The indebtedness incurred under this Section when aggregated with existing indebtedness, may not exceed the debt limits provided in Section 15 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 85-715.)

70 ILCS 410/12b

    (70 ILCS 410/12b)
    Sec. 12b. Eminent domain or condemnation. Property owned by a conservation district may not be subject to eminent domain or condemnation proceedings.
(Source: P.A. 91-629, eff. 8-19-99.)

70 ILCS 410/12c

    (70 ILCS 410/12c)
    Sec. 12c. Special assessments. Property owned by a conservation district may not be subject to special assessments by any other unit of local government.
(Source: P.A. 91-629, eff. 8-19-99.)

70 ILCS 410/12d

    (70 ILCS 410/12d)
    Sec. 12d. Annexation. Property owned by a conservation district may not be subject to annexation without the express consent of the district.
(Source: P.A. 91-629, eff. 8-19-99.)

70 ILCS 410/12e

    (70 ILCS 410/12e)
    Sec. 12e. 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 410/13

    (70 ILCS 410/13) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7114)
    Sec. 13. The fiscal year of each district shall commence April 1 and extend through the following March 31.
    The board shall, within the first quarter of each fiscal year, adopt a combined annual budget and appropriation ordinance as provided in the Illinois Municipal Budget Law. In a district located entirely within a county with a population of less than 750,000 that is contiguous to a county with a population of more than 2,000,000, the district's combined annual budget and appropriation ordinance shall not be considered to be adopted until it is also adopted by resolution of the county board of the county in which the district is located.
    Except as otherwise provided in this Act, a district may annually levy taxes upon all the taxable property therein at the value thereof, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, to be extended at not more than the rates and for the purposes specified hereinafter:
        (1) 0.025% for the general purposes of the district,
    
including acquisition and development of real property which may be in excess of current requirements and allowed to accumulate from year to year, and for any purposes specified by the district; however, no tax may be extended at a rate that will result in accumulation of any amount representing more than 0.075% of the equalized assessed valuation of the district.
        (2) 0.075% for acquisition of real property, which
    
may be in excess of current requirements and allowed to accumulate from year to year, and for any purposes specified by the district; however, no tax may be extended at a rate that will result in accumulation of any amount representing more than 0.25% of the equalized assessed valuation of the district.
        (3) 0.1%, in lieu of the two rates specified in (1)
    
and (2) above, for the general purposes of the district, including the acquisition, development, operation and maintenance of real property which may be in excess of current requirements and allowed to accumulate from year to year, and for any purposes specified by the district; however, no tax may be extended at a rate that will result in accumulation of any amount representing more than 0.325% of the equalized assessed valuation of the district.
    Except as provided in some other Act, a district may not levy annual taxes, for all its purposes in the aggregate, in excess of 0.1% of the value, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, of the taxable property therein.
    After the adoption of the combined budget and appropriation ordinance and within the second quarter of each fiscal year, the board shall ascertain the total amount of the appropriations legally made which are to be provided for from tax levies for the current 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 shall levy not to exceed the total amount so ascertained upon all the property subject to taxation within the district as the same is assessed and equalized for state and county purposes for the current year. A certified copy of such ordinance shall be filed on or before the first Tuesday in October with the clerk of each county wherein the district or any part thereof is located.
(Source: P.A. 94-617, eff. 8-18-05.)

70 ILCS 410/13.1

    (70 ILCS 410/13.1) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7114.1)
    Sec. 13.1. (a) Not less than 5% of the voters in any district may petition the board of that district to levy, in addition to all other taxes which the board is now or may hereafter be authorized to levy, an annual tax for the purpose of providing staff, special educational programming, equipment, supplies, maintenance of facilities and equipment, and funding for research projects associated with endangered, threatened, and protected species, as defined by State and Federal law, of native Illinois fauna and flora. Upon the filing of such petition with the board of a district, the board shall adopt an ordinance calling for the referendum and setting forth the proposition of whether to levy such a tax. The clerk or secretary of the district shall certify the ordinance and the proposition to the proper election officials who shall submit the proposition to the voters of the district at a referendum in accordance with the general election law.
    (b) If such tax is first approved at the referendum by a majority of voters voting on the issue, the board may levy the tax at a rate not to exceed .01% of the value, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, of taxable property in the district. Funds derived from the tax shall not be used for land acquisition or for the construction of permanent facilities.
    (c) The board of any district may maintain within that district buildings and such other facilities as may be used for the protection and study of such fauna or flora, or permit the directors or trustees of any not for profit organization devoted to such purposes to maintain such facilities out of funds belonging to such not for profit organization, or to contract with the directors or trustees of any not for profit organization on such terms and conditions as the board may deem best, relative to the operation and maintenance of facilities for the protection and study of such fauna and flora within the District, out of the tax funds received from this Section.
(Source: P.A. 84-465.)

70 ILCS 410/13.2

    (70 ILCS 410/13.2) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7114.2)
    Sec. 13.2. Purchases made pursuant to this Act shall be made in compliance with the "Local Government Prompt Payment Act", approved September 21, 1985.
(Source: P.A. 84-1308.)

70 ILCS 410/14

    (70 ILCS 410/14) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7115)
    Sec. 14. Gifts, contributions and bequests of money and all licenses, fees and charges and other revenue or other money received or collected by the district shall be deposited in the treasury of the district to be used for the purchase of land, property and equipment and the payment of expenses incurred in carrying out the activities of the district, except that monies given, bequeathed or contributed upon specified trusts shall be held and applied in accordance with the trust specified.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 3000.)

70 ILCS 410/15

    (70 ILCS 410/15) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7116)
    Sec. 15. (a) Whenever a district does not have sufficient money in its treasury to meet all necessary expenses and liabilities thereof, it may issue tax anticipation warrants. Such issue of tax anticipation warrants shall be subject to the provisions of Section 2 of "An Act to provide for the manner of issuing warrants upon the treasurer of the State or of any county, township, or other municipal corporation or quasi municipal corporation, or of any farm drainage district, river district, drainage and levee district, fire protection district and jurors' certificates", approved June 27, 1913, as now and hereafter amended.
    (b) For the purpose of acquisition of real property, or rights thereto, a district may incur indebtedness and, as evidence of the indebtedness thus created, may issue and sell bonds without first obtaining the consent of the legal voters of the district.
    (b-5) For the purpose of development of real property, all or a portion of which has been acquired with referendum-approved bonds, a district located entirely within McHenry County may incur indebtedness and, as evidence of the indebtedness thus created, may issue and sell bonds without first obtaining the consent of the legal voters of the district. Development, for the purposes of this subsection (b-5), shall mean the improvement or maintenance of existing trails, parking lots, bridges, roads, picnic shelters, and other improvements, adding or improving access to conservation areas or district facilities to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, demolition of unnecessary or unsafe structures, and the stabilization, revitalization or rehabilitation of historic structures.
    (c) For the purpose of development of real property, a district may incur indebtedness and, as evidence of the indebtedness thus created, may issue and sell bonds only after the proposition to issue bonds has been submitted to the legal voters of the district at an election and has been approved by a majority of those voting on the proposition. Such election is subject to Section 15.1 of this Act.
    (d) No district shall become indebted in any manner or for any purpose, to any amount including existing indebtedness in the aggregate exceeding 0.575% of the value, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, of the taxable property therein; except that a district entirely within a county of under 750,000 inhabitants and contiguous to a county of more than 2,000,000 inhabitants may incur indebtedness, including existing indebtedness, in the aggregate not exceeding 1.725% of that value if the aggregate indebtedness over 0.575% is submitted to the legal voters of the district at an election and is approved by a majority of those voting on the proposition as provided in Section 15.1.
    The following do not in any way limit the right of a district to issue non-referendum bonds under this Section: bonds heretofore or hereafter issued and outstanding that are approved by referendum, as described in this subsection (d); refunding bonds issued to refund or continue to refund bonds approved by referendum; and bonds issued under this Section that have been paid in full or for which provisions for payment have been made by an irrevocable deposit of funds in an amount sufficient to pay the principal and interest on those bonds to their respective maturity date.
    (e) Before or at the time of issuing bonds as described in this Section, the district shall provide by ordinance for the collection of an annual tax, in addition to all other taxes authorized by this act, sufficient to pay such bonds and the interest thereon as the same respectively become due. Such bonds shall be divided into series, the first of which shall mature not later than 5 years after the date of issue and the last of which shall mature not later than 25 years after the date of issue; shall bear interest at a rate or rates not exceeding the maximum rate 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; shall be in such form as the district shall by resolution provide and shall be payable as to both principal and interest from the proceeds of the annual levy of taxes authorized to be levied by this Section, or so much thereof as will be sufficient to pay the principal thereof and the interest thereon. Prior to the authorization and issuance of such bonds the district may, with or without notice, negotiate and enter into an agreement or agreements with any bank, investment banker, trust company or insurance company or group thereof whereunder the marketing of such bonds may be assured and consummated. The proceeds of such bonds shall be deposited in a special fund, to be kept separate and apart from all other funds of the conservation district.
(Source: P.A. 98-1168, eff. 6-1-15.)

70 ILCS 410/15.1

    (70 ILCS 410/15.1) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7117)
    Sec. 15.1. When the board of a district proposes to incur indebtedness and issue bonds, other than tax anticipation warrants, for the purpose of development of real property as provided in subsection (c) of Section 15 of this Act, or for the purpose of incurring indebtedness in the aggregate over 0.575% as provided in subsection (d) of Section 15, it shall order a referendum on the proposition.
    The district shall adopt an ordinance calling for the referendum and setting forth the proposition. The clerk or secretary of the district shall certify the ordinance and the proposition to the proper election officials who shall submit the proposition to the voters of the district at a referendum in accordance with the general election law. For a bond proposition put forward by a district organized under this Act, including a forest preserve district created under Section 18.5, the ballot must have printed on it, but not as part of the proposition submitted, the following language:
        The approximate impact of the proposed increase on
    
the owner of a single-family home having a market value of (insert value) would be (insert amount) in the first year of the increase if the increase is fully implemented.
(Source: P.A. 97-364, eff. 8-15-11; 98-1168, eff. 6-1-15.)

70 ILCS 410/15.2

    (70 ILCS 410/15.2) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7118)
    Sec. 15.2.
    Any district has the power from time to time to construct, equip, extend, improve, maintain, and operate recreational facilities, including but not limited to sand beaches, swimming pools, lodges, housekeeping and sleeping cabins, golf courses, toboggan slides and ski areas, campgrounds, marinas or any combination thereof, and all necessary related facilities, to borrow money therefor, and as evidence thereof, to issue and sell bonds. Such bonds shall be payable solely from the revenue derived from the operation of such facility or facilities constructed, equipped, acquired, extended, or improved in whole or in part with the proceeds of such bonds issued for the construction, equipping, extension or improvement of such facility or facilities and shall be secured by a pledge of the revenues as herein provided of such facility or facilities or any combination thereof so constructed, equipped, extended or improved.
    Such bonds may be issued in such amounts as may be necessary to provide sufficient funds to pay all the cost of the construction, equipping, extension or improvement of such facility or facilities or any combination thereof, as well as the engineering, legal, fiscal and other expenses, together with interest on the bonds to a date 12 months subsequent to the estimated date of completion. All bonds issued hereunder shall have all qualities of negotiable instruments under the laws of this State.
(Source: P.A. 77-1330.)

70 ILCS 410/15.3

    (70 ILCS 410/15.3) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7119)
    Sec. 15.3.
    Whenever the Board of Trustees of any district determines to construct, equip, extend or improve any such facility or facilities or any combination thereof and to issue bonds pursuant to Sections 15.2 through 15.9 of this Act to pay the cost thereof, such board shall adopt an ordinance describing in a general way the contemplated facility or facilities and setting forth the estimated cost. Any such ordinance shall be published within 10 days after passage at least once in a newspaper published in the district and having a general circulation therein to be designated by the board, and no such ordinance shall take effect until 10 days after it is so published. It is not necessary that the ordinance refer to plans and specifications nor that there be on file for public inspection prior to adoption of such ordinance detailed plans and specifications of such contemplated facility or facilities or any combination thereof. The board may provide that the ordinance authorizing the issuance of any such bonds shall be effective, operative and valid without the submission thereof to the voters of the district for approval, notwithstanding the provisions of Section 15 and Section 15.1 of this Act.
    Any such ordinance shall prescribe the method of defraying the cost of the contemplated facility or facilities and fix the amount of the revenue bonds proposed to be issued, the interest rate and the maturities thereof. Such bonds shall be in such form and be executed in such manner, be payable in such medium of payment at such place or places, be subject to such terms of redemption, prior to maturity, with or without premium, and may be made registrable as to principal, all as such ordinance may provide. The ordinance shall also pledge the revenue derived from the operation of such facility or facilities, or any combination thereof, constructed, equipped, extended or improved in whole or in part with the proceeds of such bonds for the purpose of paying maintenance and operation costs and paying the principal and interest of such bonds so issued for the facility or facilities. The ordinance may contain such covenants which shall be a part of the contract between the district and the holders of such bonds with respect to creating accounts and the application of the flow of funds through such accounts, and the restrictions upon the issuance of additional revenue bonds thereafter, all as the board may deem necessary or advisable for the assurance of the payment of the bonds thereby authorized.
    Such bonds shall be executed by the president and by the secretary or treasurer of the board of the district. The president of the board may execute such bonds by his facsimile signature which may be imprinted, engraved or otherwise reproduced on such bonds and on the interest coupons attached thereto. Any bonds bearing the signature or facsimile of an officer in office at the date of signing thereof are valid and binding for all purposes, notwithstanding that before delivery thereof, such person whose signature or facsimile appears thereon has ceased to hold such office.
(Source: P.A. 77-1330.)

70 ILCS 410/15.4

    (70 ILCS 410/15.4) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7120)
    Sec. 15.4. The bonds 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, payable annually or semiannually and shall mature within the period of usefulness of the project as determined by the board, but in no event, exceeding 40 years.
    Each such bond shall be sold in such manner and upon such terms as the board shall determine. If any such bond is issued to bear interest at the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, it shall be sold for not less than par and accrued interest. If it is issued to bear interest at a rate of less than the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, the minimum price at which it may be sold shall be such that the interest cost to the district of the proceeds of the bond shall not exceed the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, computed to maturity, according to the standard table of bond values.
    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 410/15.5

    (70 ILCS 410/15.5) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7121)
    Sec. 15.5.
    Bonds issued pursuant to Sections 15.2 through 15.9 of this Act shall be payable solely from the revenues derived from the operation of the recreational facility or facilities or any combination thereof constructed, equipped, extended or improved in whole or in part with the proceeds of such bonds so issued for the facility or facilities and shall not in any event constitute an indebtedness of the district within the meaning of any constitutional or statutory limitation. It shall be stated on the face of each such bond that the bond has been issued pursuant to Sections 15.2 through 15.9 of this Act, that it is payable solely from the revenues derived from the operation of such facility or facilities or any combination thereof constructed, equipped, extended or improved in whole or in part with the proceeds of such bonds so issued for the facility or facilities and that it does not constitute an indebtedness of the district within any constitutional or statutory limitation.
(Source: P.A. 77-1330.)

70 ILCS 410/15.6

    (70 ILCS 410/15.6) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7122)
    Sec. 15.6.
    All revenue derived from the operation of such facility or facilities constructed, equipped, extended or improved in whole or in part with the proceeds of any bonds issued under Sections 15.2 through 15.9 of this Act for the construction, equipping, extension, or improvement of such facility or facilities shall be deposited in a separate fund. Each fund shall be used only for paying the cost of operation and maintenance of the recreational facility or facilities or any combination thereof constructed, equipped, extended or improved in whole or in part with the proceeds of such bonds so issued for such facility or facilities, and for paying the principal of and interest on the bonds so issued and creating the accounts provided for by the ordinance authorizing their issuance.
    The district shall install and maintain a proper system of account for each fund, showing the amount received and disbursed from the operation of such facility or facilities. At least once each year the district shall have such accounts for bonds properly audited, and the report of this audit shall be open to the public for inspection at all times.
(Source: P.A. 77-1330.)

70 ILCS 410/15.7

    (70 ILCS 410/15.7) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7123)
    Sec. 15.7.
    Any district which issues bonds and constructs, equips, extends or improves any recreational facility or facilities under Sections 15.2 through 15.9 of this Act shall charge for the use thereof at a rate which at all times is deemed sufficient to provide for depreciation and to pay maintenance and operation costs and the principal and interest on such bonds. The district may provide for the construction, equipping, improvement, and extension and may make, enact, and enforce all rules and regulations for the management, maintenance, care, protection and use of such facility or facilities. Charges or rates for the use of any such facility shall be established, revised, and maintained from time to time and shall be payable under the supervision of the board.
(Source: P.A. 77-1330.)

70 ILCS 410/15.8

    (70 ILCS 410/15.8) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7124)
    Sec. 15.8. The holder of any bond or coupon of any bond issued under Section 15.2 through 15.9 of this Act may proceed by civil action to compel performance of all duties required by Sections 15.2 through 15.9 of this Act respecting the facility or facilities for which such bond or coupon was issued. This shall include the duties of establishing and collecting sufficient rates or charges for the use of the recreational facilities constructed, equipped, extended or improved in whole or in part with the proceeds of such bond so held and issued for the purposes herein specified, and the application of the revenue thereof as provided in Section 15.2 through 15.9 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 79-1362.)

70 ILCS 410/15.9

    (70 ILCS 410/15.9) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7125)
    Sec. 15.9.
    Nothing in Section 15.2 through 15.9 of this Act shall prohibit the district from appropriating funds as otherwise provided in this Act for the construction, equipping, extension, improvement, operation or maintenance of any recreational facilities.
(Source: P.A. 77-1330.)

70 ILCS 410/16

    (70 ILCS 410/16) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7126)
    Sec. 16. A district may apply for and receive the grant or loan of money or other financial aid necessary for the undertaking, performance or execution of any of its corporate objects or purposes from any department or agency of the state or federal government. A district may undertake any of its activities aided by, in cooperation with or as a joint enterprise with any department or agency of the state or federal government or any other conservation district, forest preserve district, park district, school district, planning commission, county board, municipality or other governmental unit.
    Any county board, municipality, district or other governmental unit may aid any conservation district in any appropriate manner including equipping, operating and maintaining any conservation or recreation areas and providing, conducting and supervising programs of activities, and may appropriate money for such purposes. All county officers shall render such assistance as shall not interfere with their regular employment. The county board is authorized to make available to the use of the district such county-owned equipment and operators and county-owned materials as it deems advisable.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 3000.)

70 ILCS 410/17

    (70 ILCS 410/17) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7127)
    Sec. 17. This law shall be construed as supplemental and in addition to existing statutory authority and as providing an independent method of financing the cost of acquiring land or rights thereto and holding the same for wildland and other open space preservation purposes, and for the issuance and sale of bonds in connection therewith.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 3000.)

70 ILCS 410/18

    (70 ILCS 410/18) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7128)
    Sec. 18. Not less than 10% of the voters of a district which has been in existence for at least 3 years may petition the circuit court of the county within the district having the largest population to cause the question to be submitted to the voters of such district whether the district will dissolve.
    Upon the filing of such petition with the circuit court, the circuit clerk shall give notice of the time and place of a hearing upon the subject of the petition which shall be inserted in one or more daily or weekly newspapers published within the district and furnished to the board of the conservation district, the Department of Natural Resources, and the county board of each county within the district at least 20 days before such hearing. If no daily or weekly newspaper is published within such district, notice may be given by posting at least 15 copies in each county in such district at least 20 days before such hearing in conspicuous public places as far separated from each other as reasonably possible.
    At the time and place fixed for such public hearing the circuit court shall hear all persons who desire to be heard, and if the circuit court shall find that the provisions of this Act have been complied with then the court shall order a referendum to be held in the district to determine the question of dissolution of the district. The clerk of the circuit court shall certify the question to the proper election officials who shall submit the question to the voters of the district in accordance with the general election law.
    The clerk of the circuit court shall cause a statement of the results of such referendum to be entered of record in the circuit court, and if such district shall lie in more than one county, a certified copy thereof shall be filed with the clerk of the circuit court of each such other county who shall enter the same of record in the circuit court of such county. If a majority of the votes cast in the referendum are in favor of the dissolution of the conservation district, such district shall thenceforth be deemed to be dissolved.
    If the vote is not in favor of the dissolution of the district, the proposition to dissolve the district shall not again be submitted to a vote for a period of 3 years. If the vote is in favor of dissolution of the district, the board shall close up the affairs of the district and make the necessary conveyances of the property of the district.
    All money remaining after the business affairs of the conservation district have been closed up and all the debts and obligations of the district have been paid shall be paid to the county in which such district is located. If the district is located in more than one county, then all such money remaining shall be paid to each county on a pro rata basis of the assessed value of property of the district located in each county. All conveyances of real property shall be subject to the approval of the Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission.
    If there are any bonds of the conservation district outstanding and unpaid at the time the district is dissolved, such district shall remain liable for such bond indebtedness and the district may continue to levy and extend taxes upon the taxable property in such territory for the purpose of amortizing such bonds until such time as the bonds are retired.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

70 ILCS 410/18.1

    (70 ILCS 410/18.1)
    Sec. 18.1. Organization as a forest preserve district. The voters of a conservation district that is entirely within one county may, by a single referendum proposition, dissolve the conservation district under Section 18 of this Act and incorporate as a forest preserve district under Section 1 the Downstate Forest Preserve District Act. The referendum may be placed on the ballot upon either of the following:
        (1) An ordinance by the county board of the county in
    
which the district lies requiring the referendum.
        (2) The filing of a petition with the board of
    
trustees signed by the electors of the district equal in number to 8% or more of the total number of votes cast for Governor district-wide in the most recent gubernatorial election asking that the question of whether the district shall be dissolved and organized as a forest preserve district.
    The Secretary of the board of trustees of the county board or the board of trustees, as appropriate, shall certify the proposition to the appropriate election authorities who shall submit the proposition at a consolidated or general election according to the Election Code. The Election Code shall apply to and govern the election.
    The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall (insert name) Conservation District be
    
dissolved under the provisions of Section 18 of the Conservation District Act and be organized as a forest preserve district under the provisions of the Downstate Forest Preserve District Act?
The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
    If a majority of the votes cast on the proposition are in the affirmative, the conservation district shall be deemed to be dissolved under Section 18 of the Conservation District Act and the territory shall be incorporated as a forest preserve district under Section 1 of the Downstate Forest Preserve District Act. The resulting forest preserve district shall not be deemed to be the legal successor or assign of the dissolved conservation district.
(Source: P.A. 95-54, eff. 8-10-07.)

70 ILCS 410/18.5

    (70 ILCS 410/18.5)
    Sec. 18.5. Dissolution of conservation district and creation of forest preserve district.
    (a) Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, if the boundaries of a conservation district are coextensive with the boundaries of one county, then the county board may adopt a resolution to submit the question of whether the conservation district shall be dissolved and, upon the dissolution of the conservation district, a forest preserve district created. The question shall be submitted to the electors of the conservation district at a regular election and approved by a majority of the electors voting on the question. The county board must certify the question to the proper election authorities, which must submit the question at an election in accordance with the Election Code.
    The election authorities must submit the question in substantially the following form:
        Shall the (insert name of conservation district) be
    
dissolved and, upon its dissolution, a forest preserve district created with boundaries that are coextensive with the boundaries of (insert name of county)?
    The election authorities must record the votes as "Yes" or "No".
    If a majority of the electors voting on the question vote in the affirmative, then, on the thirtieth day after the results of the referendum are certified, the conservation district is dissolved and the forest preserve district is created. The terms of all trustees of the conservation district are terminated and the county board members shall serve ex officio as the commissioners of the forest preserve district. The chairman of the county board shall serve as chairman of the board of commissioners of the forest preserve district.
    (b) Each county board member shall serve ex officio as a commissioner of the forest preserve district until the expiration of his or her term as a county board member or until the member's position on the county board is otherwise vacated. Upon the expiration of the term of any county board member serving as a commissioner or upon the occurrence of any other vacancy on the county board, the office of commissioner shall be filled by that county board member's successor on the county board.
    (c) The forest preserve district shall serve as the successor entity to the dissolved conservation district and references to the dissolved conservation district or to its officers or employees in any document, contract, agreement, or law shall, in appropriate contexts, be deemed to refer to the successor forest preserve district. Thirty days after the dissolution of the conservation district, all of its assets, liabilities, property (both real and personal), employees, books, and records are transferred to the forest preserve district by operation of law. All rules and ordinances of the dissolved conservation district shall remain in effect as rules and ordinances of the forest preserve district until amended or repealed by the forest preserve district.
    (d) If there are any bonds of the conservation district outstanding and unpaid at the time the conservation district is dissolved, the forest preserve district shall be liable for that bond indebtedness and the forest preserve district may continue to levy and extend taxes upon the taxable property in that territory for the purpose of amortizing those bonds until such time as the bonds are retired.
    (e) The county board members may be reimbursed for their reasonable expenses actually incurred in performing their official duties as members of the board of commissioners of the forest preserve district in accordance with the provisions of Section 3a of the Downstate Forest Preserve Act. Any reimbursement paid under this subsection shall be paid by the forest preserve district.
    (f) A forest preserve district created under this Section shall have the same powers, duties, and authority as a forest preserve district created under the Downstate Forest Preserve District Act, except that it shall have the same bonding and taxing authority as a conservation district under the Conservation District Act. To the extent that any provision of this Section conflicts with any provision of the Downstate Forest Preserve District Act, this Section controls.
(Source: P.A. 94-617, eff. 8-18-05.)

70 ILCS 410/19

    (70 ILCS 410/19) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7129)
    Sec. 19. Landfills.
    (a) No land that is owned or acquired by a conservation district may be used for the development or operation of any new pollution control facility, as those terms are defined in Section 3.330 of the Environmental Protection Act.
    (b) A conservation district may not transfer any land or interest in land owned or acquired by the district to any other entity which the district has reason to know intends to construct, expand or operate thereon any sanitary landfill or regulated waste treatment, disposal or storage facility or develop or operate thereon any new pollution control facility, as that term is defined in Section 3.330 of the Environmental Protection Act.
    A conservation district that wishes to transfer any land or interest in land owned or acquired by the district to any other entity must impose, as a condition of the transfer, a covenant prohibiting the development thereon or operation of any new pollution control facility, as that term is defined in Section 3.330 of the Environmental Protection Act.
(Source: P.A. 92-574, eff. 6-26-02.)