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SPECIAL DISTRICTS
(70 ILCS 810/) Cook County Forest Preserve District Act.

70 ILCS 810/0.01

    (70 ILCS 810/0.01) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6400)
    Sec. 0.01. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Cook County Forest Preserve District Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-1324.)

70 ILCS 810/1

    (70 ILCS 810/1) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6401)
    Sec. 1. This Act shall apply only to forest preserve districts lying wholly within counties having a population of 3,000,000 or more.
(Source: P.A. 80-320.)

70 ILCS 810/2

    (70 ILCS 810/2) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6402)
    Sec. 2. As used in this Act, unless the context otherwise requires, the terms specified in Section 2.1 through 2.3 have the meanings ascribed to them in those Sections.
(Source: P.A. 80-320.)

70 ILCS 810/2.1

    (70 ILCS 810/2.1) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6403)
    Sec. 2.1. "Board" means the county board of commissioners when acting as the governing body of a forest preserve district.
(Source: P.A. 80-320.)

70 ILCS 810/2.2

    (70 ILCS 810/2.2) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6404)
    Sec. 2.2. "County" means a county having a population of 3,000,000 or more.
(Source: P.A. 80-320.)

70 ILCS 810/2.3

    (70 ILCS 810/2.3) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6405)
    Sec. 2.3. "District" means a forest preserve district wholly within a county having a population of 3,000,000 or more.
(Source: P.A. 80-320.)

70 ILCS 810/3

    (70 ILCS 810/3) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6406)
    Sec. 3. Any contiguous territory lying wholly within one county may be incorporated as a forest preserve district under the conditions and in the manner prescribed in Sections 1 and 2 of "An Act to provide for the creation and management of forest preserve districts in counties having a population of less than 1,000,000", approved June 27, 1913, as now or hereafter amended, and the provisions of those Sections shall apply to the same extent as if included herein.
    Nothing in this Act shall impair the validity of a forest preserve district organized prior to the effective date of this Act or affect any rights, obligations or privileges of such a forest preserve district, or those of any person, existing prior to the effective date of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 80-320.)

70 ILCS 810/4

    (70 ILCS 810/4) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6407)
    Sec. 4. All courts shall take judicial notice of all forest preserve districts organized under or otherwise subject to this Act and every such district shall constitute a body politic and corporate, may sue and be sued in all courts and places where judicial proceedings are had, and take any action authorized by law. Every such district may contract, acquire and hold real and personal property necessary for its corporate purposes and adopt a seal and alter the same at its pleasure.
(Source: P.A. 80-320.)

70 ILCS 810/5

    (70 ILCS 810/5) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6408)
    Sec. 5. The county board of commissioners of the county in which a forest preserve district is located shall be the forest preserve district board of such district and the president of the county board shall be the president of the forest preserve district board. The members shall act without any other pay than that already provided by law.
(Source: P.A. 80-320.)

70 ILCS 810/6

    (70 ILCS 810/6) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6409)
    Sec. 6. The board shall comply with the provisions of "An Act concerning the use of Illinois mined coal in certain plants and institutions", filed July 13, 1937, as heretofore or hereafter amended.
(Source: P.A. 80-320.)

70 ILCS 810/7

    (70 ILCS 810/7) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6410)
    Sec. 7. Any forest preserve district shall have the power to create forest preserves, and for that purpose shall have the power to acquire in fee simple or by easements in land, in the manner hereinafter provided, and hold lands containing one or more natural forests or parts thereof or land or lands connecting such forests or parts thereof, or lands capable of being forested, for the purpose of protecting and preserving the flora, fauna, and scenic beauties within such district, and to restore, restock, protect and preserve the natural forests and such lands together with their flora and fauna, as nearly as may be, in their natural state and condition, for the purpose of the education, pleasure, and recreation of the public. Lands may be acquired in fee simple or by easements in land for the consolidation of such preserves into unit areas of size and form convenient and desirable for public use and economical maintenance and improvement and when in the judgment of the Board the public access, use, and enjoyment of such preserves and other purposes of this Act will be served by connecting any such preserves with forested ways or links, lands for connecting links of such width, length, and location as the Board deem necessary or desirable may be acquired in fee simple or by easements in land and held for such purposes and improved by forestation, roads, and pathways. Any such district may also acquire lands in fee simple or by easements in land along or enclosing water courses, drainage ways, lakes, ponds, planned impoundments or elsewhere which, in the judgment of its Board are required to store flood waters, or control other drainage and water conditions, or to recycle secondary treated sewage effluents or wastewater through the production and sale of agricultural, silvicultural or aquacultural products, necessary for the preservation and management of the water resources of the district, provided no debris, tree, tree limbs, logs, shrubbery, or related growths and trimmings therefrom shall be deposited in, along, or upon the bank of any waters and water courses within the State of Illinois or any tributary thereto where the same shall be liable to be washed into or deposited along waters and water courses, either by normal or flood flows, as a result of storms or otherwise, which may in any manner impede or obstruct the natural flow of such waters and water courses. Unforested lands adjacent to forest preserves may also be acquired in fee simple or by easements in land to provide for extension of roads and forested ways around and by such preserves and for parking space for automobiles and other facilities not requiring forested areas but incidental to the use and protection thereof. All work done in or along any water course shall be done in accordance with the provisions of "An Act in relation to the regulation of the rivers, lakes, and streams of the State of Illinois," approved June 10, 1911, as heretofore and hereafter amended, insofar as such Act may be applicable.
(Source: P.A. 98-281, eff. 8-9-13.)

70 ILCS 810/8

    (70 ILCS 810/8) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6411)
    Sec. 8. Any forest preserve district shall have power to acquire easements in land, lands in fee simple and grounds within such district for the aforesaid purposes by gift, grant, legacy, purchase or condemnation and to construct, lay out, improve and maintain wells, power plants, comfort stations, shelter houses, paths, driveways, roadways and other improvements and facilities in and through such forest preserves as it shall deem necessary or desirable for the use of such forest preserves by the public. Such forest preserve districts shall also have power to lease not to exceed 40 acres of the lands and grounds acquired by it, for a term of not more than 99 years to veterans' organizations as grounds for convalescing sick veterans and veterans with disabilities, and as a place upon which to construct rehabilitation quarters, or to a county as grounds for a county nursing home or convalescent home. Any such forest preserve district shall also have power to grant licenses, easements and rights-of-way for the construction, operation and maintenance upon, under or across any property of such district of facilities for water, sewage, telephone, telegraph, electric, gas or other public service, subject to such terms and conditions as may be determined by such district.
    Whenever the board determines that the public interest will be subserved by vacating any street, roadway, or driveway, or part thereof, located within a forest preserve, it may vacate that street, roadway, or driveway, or part thereof, by an ordinance passed by the affirmative vote of at least 3/4 of all the members of the board.
    The determination of the board that the nature and extent of the public use or public interest to be subserved is such as to warrant the vacation of any street, roadway, or driveway, or part thereof, is conclusive, and the passage of such an ordinance is sufficient evidence of that determination, whether so recited in the ordinance or not. The relief to the public from further burden and responsibility of maintaining any street, roadway or driveway, or part thereof, constitutes a public use or public interest authorizing the vacation.
    Nothing contained in this Section shall be construed to authorize the board to vacate any street, roadway, or driveway, or part thereof, that is part of any State or county highway.
    When property is damaged by the vacation or closing of any street, roadway, or driveway, or part thereof, damage shall be ascertained and paid as provided by law.
    Except in cases where the deed, or other instrument dedicating a street, roadway, or driveway, or part thereof, has expressly provided for a specific devolution of the title thereto upon the abandonment or vacation thereof, whenever any street, roadway, or driveway, or part thereof is vacated under or by virtue of any ordinance of any forest preserve district, the title to the land in fee simple included within the street, roadway, or driveway, or part thereof, so vacated vests in the forest preserve district.
    The board of any forest preserve district is authorized to sell at fair market price, gravel, sand, earth and any other material obtained from the lands and waters owned by the district.
(Source: P.A. 98-281, eff. 8-9-13; 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)

70 ILCS 810/8.1

    (70 ILCS 810/8.1) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6411.1)
    Sec. 8.1. Property owned by a forest preserve district and property in which a forest preserve district is the grantee of a conservation easement or grantee of a conservation right as defined in Section 1(a) of the Real Property Conservation Rights Act shall not be subject to eminent domain or condemnation proceedings.
(Source: P.A. 98-281, eff. 8-9-13.)

70 ILCS 810/8.2

    (70 ILCS 810/8.2) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6411.2)
    Sec. 8.2. Property owned by a forest preserve district shall not be subject to special assessments by any other unit of local government.
(Source: P.A. 80-1443.)

70 ILCS 810/8.3

    (70 ILCS 810/8.3) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6411.3)
    Sec. 8.3. Property owned by a forest preserve district shall not be subject to annexation without express consent of the district.
(Source: P.A. 80-1443.)

70 ILCS 810/8.4

    (70 ILCS 810/8.4)
    Sec. 8.4. Rules and regulations governing construction. All codes, rules, and regulations which govern land use, construction, and alteration of buildings, structures, parts, and appurtenances thereof adopted by the county board of the county in which the district is located shall apply to all construction projects on property owned by the district. The codes, rules, and regulations of any other unit of local government, other than a county, in which the affected district property is located do not apply to construction projects on property owned by the district.
(Source: P.A. 99-313, eff. 1-1-16.)

70 ILCS 810/8.5

    (70 ILCS 810/8.5)
    Sec. 8.5. 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 810/9

    (70 ILCS 810/9) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6412)
    Sec. 9. Every forest preserve district board 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 810/10

    (70 ILCS 810/10) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6413)
    Sec. 10. The board of each forest preserve district has the power by ordinance to purchase or lease as lessee real or personal property (including, without limitation, purchases from and leases with other units of local government, school districts, or the federal government or any of its agencies or instrumentalities) for public purposes pursuant to contracts or leases which provide that the consideration for the purchase or lease may be paid in annual installments during the period not to exceed 40 years; to lease as lessee or to purchase real property or personal property for public purposes pursuant to a lease or purchase agreement which may provide that the district may, at its option, purchase the property which is subject to the agreement or lease upon terms wherein payments previously made, or a portion of them, are deducted from the purchase price of the property as provided for in the lease or agreement.
    The maximum amounts that will become due under the terms of the purchase or lease agreements, together with all other indebtedness of the district, however, must be within the constitutional limitations on the incurring of indebtedness for the district and for pertinent public purposes.
(Source: P.A. 87-1191; 88-503.)

70 ILCS 810/11

    (70 ILCS 810/11) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6414)
    Sec. 11. The board of any forest preserve district may by ordinance regulate and control the speed of travel on all paths, driveways and roadways within forest preserves, and prohibit the use of such paths, driveways and roadways for racing or speeding purposes, and may exclude therefrom traffic, teams and vehicles, and may by ordinance prescribe such fines and penalties for the violation of their ordinances as cities and villages are allowed to prescribe for the violation of their ordinances.
(Source: P.A. 80-320.)

70 ILCS 810/12

    (70 ILCS 810/12) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6415)
    Sec. 12. The board of any forest preserve district may by ordinance regulate, control and license all modes of travel within forest preserves.
(Source: P.A. 80-320.)

70 ILCS 810/13

    (70 ILCS 810/13) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6416)
    Sec. 13. The board of any forest preserve district may by ordinance issue licenses for any activity reasonably connected with the purpose for which the forest preserve district has been created.
(Source: P.A. 80-320.)

70 ILCS 810/14

    (70 ILCS 810/14) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6417)
    Sec. 14. The board, as corporate authority of a forest preserve district, shall have power to pass and enforce all necessary ordinances, rules and regulations for the management of the property and conduct of the business of such district. The president of such board shall have power to appoint a secretary and an assistant secretary, and treasurer and an assistant treasurer and such other officers and such employees as may be necessary, all of whom, excepting the treasurer and attorneys, shall be under civil service rules and regulations, as provided in Section 17 of this Act. The assistant secretary and assistant treasurer shall perform the duties of the secretary and treasurer, respectively, in case of death of said officers or when said officers are unable to perform the duties of their respective offices because of absence or inability to act. All contracts for supplies, material or work involving an expenditure by forest preserve districts in excess of $25,000 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. Contracts for supplies, material or work involving an expenditure of $25,000 or less may be let without advertising for bids, but whenever practicable, at least 3 competitive bids shall be obtained before letting such contract. Notwithstanding the provisions of this Section, a forest preserve district may establish procedures to comply with State and federal regulations concerning affirmative action and the use of small businesses or businesses owned by minorities or women in construction and procurement contracts. All contracts for supplies, material or work shall be signed by the president of the board or by any such other officer as the board in its discretion may designate.
    Salaries of employees shall be fixed by ordinance.
(Source: P.A. 99-264, eff. 1-1-16.)

70 ILCS 810/14.1

    (70 ILCS 810/14.1) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6417.1)
    Sec. 14.1. 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 810/15

    (70 ILCS 810/15) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6418)
    Sec. 15. The board shall have the right and power to appoint and maintain a sufficient police force, the members of which may have and exercise police powers over the territory within such forest preserves for the preservation of the public peace, and the observance and enforcement of the ordinances and laws, such as are conferred upon and exercised by the police of organized cities and villages; but such police force, when acting within the limits of any city or village, but outside the territory owned, leased, or licensed by the district and property over which the district has easement rights, shall act in aid of the regular police force of such city or village and shall then be subject to the direction of its chief of police, city or village marshals, or other head thereof.
(Source: P.A. 99-312, eff. 1-1-16.)

70 ILCS 810/16

    (70 ILCS 810/16) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6419)
    Sec. 16. The board of any forest preserve 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. 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 by furnishing the statements of resources and liabilities as is required by this Section. When a new depository is designated, the board shall notify the sureties of the treasurer of that fact in writing at least 5 days before the transfer of funds. The treasurer of the district shall be discharged from responsibility for all funds and moneys deposited in a bank or savings and loan association, so designated, while such funds and moneys are so deposited.
    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 "An Act relating to certain investments of public funds by public agencies", approved July 23, 1943, as now or hereafter amended.
    Notwithstanding any provision of this Act or of any other law, each official custodian of forest preserve district funds, including, without limitation, each forest preserve district treasurer and each person properly designated as custodian for funds held by an intergovernmental risk management association or self-insurance pool composed solely of participating park districts, forest preserve districts or park district joint recreational programs, is permitted to (i) combine moneys from more than one fund of a single forest preserve district, risk management association or self-insurance pool for the purpose of investing such moneys, (ii) enter into agreements of any definite or indefinite term regarding the deposit, redeposit, investment, reinvestment or withdrawal of forest preserve district, risk management association or self-insurance pool funds and (iii) join with any custodians or treasurers of forest preserve district, park district, Chicago Park District, park district joint recreational program, risk management association or self-insurance pool funds for the purpose of investing any forest preserve district, risk management association or self-insurance pool funds in his custody. When funds are combined for investment purposes as authorized herein, the moneys combined for such purposes shall be accounted for separately in all respects, and the earnings from such investments shall be separately and individually computed and recorded, and credited to the fund, district, park district joint recreational program, risk management association, self-insurance pool or other entity, as the case may be, for which the investment was acquired. The grant of authority contained in this Section is cumulative and in addition to all other power or authority granted by any other law and shall not be construed as a limitation of any power or authority otherwise granted.
(Source: P.A. 85-460.)

70 ILCS 810/17

    (70 ILCS 810/17) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6420)
    Sec. 17. Application of human resource ordinance. Whenever the county in which any such forest preserve district is located shall be governed by any county human resource ordinance, all employees of such forest preserve district shall be selected in accordance with the human resource ordinance in such county and all such employees shall be subject at all times to the provisions of such ordinance.
(Source: P.A. 90-481, eff. 8-17-97.)

70 ILCS 810/17.5

    (70 ILCS 810/17.5)
    Sec. 17.5. Power to deduct wages for debts.
    (a) Upon receipt of notice from the comptroller of a municipality with a population of 500,000 or more, a county with a population of 3,000,000 or more, the Chicago Park District, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, the Chicago Transit Authority, the Chicago Board of Education, or a housing authority of a municipality with a population of 500,000 or more that a debt is due and owing the municipality, the county, the Chicago Park District, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, the Chicago Transit Authority, the Chicago Board of Education, or the housing authority by an employee of the District, the District may withhold, from the compensation of that employee, the amount of the debt that is due and owing and pay the amount withheld to the municipality, the county, the Chicago Park District, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, the Chicago Transit Authority, the Chicago Board of Education, or the housing authority; provided, however, that the amount deducted from any one salary or wage payment shall not exceed 25% of the net amount of the payment.
    (b) Before the District deducts any amount from any salary or wage of an employee under this Section, the municipality, the county, the Chicago Park District, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, the Chicago Transit Authority, the Chicago Board of Education, or the housing authority shall certify that (i) the employee has been afforded an opportunity for a hearing to dispute the debt that is due and owing the municipality, the county, the Chicago Park District, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, the Chicago Transit Authority, the Chicago Board of Education, or the housing authority and (ii) the employee has received notice of a wage deduction order and has been afforded an opportunity for a hearing to object to the order.
    (c) For purposes of this Section:
        (1) "Net amount" means that part of the salary or
    
wage payment remaining after the deduction of any amounts required by law to be deducted.
        (2) "Debt due and owing" means (i) a specified sum of
    
money owed to the municipality, the county, the Chicago Park District, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, the Chicago Transit Authority, the Chicago Board of Education, or the housing authority for services, work, or goods, after the period granted for payment has expired, or (ii) a specified sum of money owed to the municipality, the county, the Chicago Park District, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, the Chicago Transit Authority, the Chicago Board of Education, or the housing authority pursuant to a court order or order of an administrative hearing officer after the exhaustion of, or the failure to exhaust, judicial review.
(Source: P.A. 92-109, eff. 7-20-01.)

70 ILCS 810/18

    (70 ILCS 810/18) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6421)
    Sec. 18. The board shall keep a record of all ordinances and other proceedings which shall be open to the inspection of any person residing in such district at all reasonable and proper times.
(Source: P.A. 80-320.)

70 ILCS 810/19

    (70 ILCS 810/19) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6422)
    Sec. 19. All ordinances imposing any fine or penalty or making any appropriation of money, shall within ten days after their passage, be published at least once in some newspaper published in such district or having a general circulation therein to be designated by the board and no such ordinance shall take effect until ten days after it is so published. All other ordinances and all orders or 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 of such district under the seal of the corporation and when printed in book or pamphlet form and published by authority of such board, such book or pamphlet shall be received as evidence of the passage and publication of such ordinances, orders and resolutions as of the date mentioned in such book or pamphlet in all courts and places without further proof.
(Source: P.A. 80-320.)

70 ILCS 810/20

    (70 ILCS 810/20) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6423)
    Sec. 20. The president shall preside at all meetings of the board and be the executive officer of the district. He shall sign all ordinances, resolutions and other papers necessary to be signed and he or his designee shall execute all contracts entered into by the district and perform other duties as may be prescribed by ordinance. He may veto any ordinance and any orders, resolutions and actions, or any items therein contained, of the board which provide for the purchase of real estate, or for the construction of improvements within the preserves of the district. Such veto shall be filed with the secretary of the board within 5 days after the passage of the ordinance, order, resolution or action and when so vetoed the ordinance, order, resolution or action or any item therein contained is not effective unless it is again passed by two-thirds vote of all the members of the board. The president may vote in the same manner as the other members of the board. In the temporary absence or inability of the president, the members of the board may elect from their own number a president, pro tem.
    The "Yeas" and "Nays" shall be taken, and entered on the journal of the board's proceedings, upon the passage of all ordinances and all proposals to create any liability, or for the expenditure or appropriation of money. The concurrence of a majority of all the members appointed to the board is necessary to the passage of any such ordinance or proposal. In all other cases the "Yeas" and "Nays" shall be taken at the request of any member of the board and shall be entered on the journal of the board's proceedings.
(Source: P.A. 99-264, eff. 1-1-16.)

70 ILCS 810/21

    (70 ILCS 810/21) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6424)
    Sec. 21. The board may, for any of the purposes enumerated in this Act, borrow money upon the faith and credit of such district, and may issue bonds therefor. However, a district may not become indebted in any manner or for any purpose to an amount including existing indebtedness in the aggregate exceeding .345% of the assessed value of the taxable property therein, as ascertained by the last equalized assessment for State and county purposes. Except for indebtedness incurred under Section 21.1 of this Act and except for indebtedness incurred to construct, acquire, equip, repair, and renovate buildings or other improvements to land of the district or to acquire equipment for the district, no district may incur indebtedness for any purpose other than the acquisition of land including acquiring lands in fee simple along or enclosing water courses, drainage ways, lakes, ponds, planned impoundments or elsewhere which are required to store flood waters or control other drainage and water conditions necessary for the preservation and management of the water resources of the district, unless the proposition to issue bonds or otherwise incur indebtedness is first certified by the district to the proper election officials, who shall submit the proposition to the legal voters of the district at an election in accordance with the general election law and approved by a majority of those voting upon the proposition. No district may incur indebtedness for the acquisition of land or lands for any purpose in excess of 75,000 acres, including all lands theretofore acquired, unless the proposition to issue bonds or otherwise incur indebtedness is first certified by the district to the proper election officials, who shall submit the proposition to the voters of the district at an election in accordance with the general election law and approved by a majority of those voting upon the proposition. Before or at the time of issuing bonds, the board shall provide by ordinance for the collection of an annual tax sufficient to pay the interest on the bonds as it falls due, and to pay the bonds as they mature. All bonds issued by any forest preserve district must be divided into series, the first of which matures not later than 5 years after the date of issue and the last of which matures not later than 30 years after the date of issue.
(Source: P.A. 88-503.)

70 ILCS 810/21.1

    (70 ILCS 810/21.1)
    Sec. 21.1. Contracts with the County.
    (a) A forest preserve district may lease or acquire from the county in which it is located any buildings or other improvements to land of the district or any equipment for use by the district or may borrow money under a loan agreement from the county to pay costs of the district in constructing, acquiring, equipping, repairing, and renovating any buildings or other improvements to land of the district or acquiring equipment for use by the district as the county and the district may agree. A lease may include options to purchase the property or equipment. The lease, installment sale contract, or loan agreement may provide for payment of interest and shall not have a term longer than 30 years.
    (b) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Act, the lease, installment sale contract, or loan agreement may be entered into without a referendum.
(Source: P.A. 88-503.)

70 ILCS 810/21.2

    (70 ILCS 810/21.2)
    Sec. 21.2. Indebtedness of district; additional bonds. For the purpose of making capital improvements to any land acquired or to be acquired by the district and repairs, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or renovation in connection with any buildings of the district or to acquire equipment for the district, the corporate authorities of the forest preserve district in which the improvements or buildings are maintained may from time to time incur indebtedness and issue bonds therefor in amounts not exceeding, in the aggregate, $50,000,000. The bonds shall bear interest at not more than the maximum rate provided by law and may mature up to 30 years from the date thereof. A resolution authorizing the issuance of bonds under this Section may be made effective without the submission thereof to the voters of the district for approval.
    All moneys received from the issuance of bonds as provided for in this Section shall be set apart in a separate fund by the district treasurer and shall be used only for the purposes set forth in this Section.
    The corporate authorities of the district shall provide for the levy of a direct annual tax upon all the taxable property in the district, sufficient to pay and discharge the principal of the bonds at maturity and to pay the interest thereon as it falls due. This tax shall be levied and collected in like manner with the general taxes of the forest preserve district and shall be in addition to the maximum of all other taxes and tax rates that the district is or may be authorized to levy.
(Source: P.A. 93-601, eff. 1-1-04.)

70 ILCS 810/22

    (70 ILCS 810/22) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6425)
    Sec. 22. All general taxes levied by the board of any forest preserve district shall be levied by general categories by March 28 annually for all fiscal years in the same manner as taxes are levied for city and village purposes.
    The board may in each fiscal year levy taxes for general corporate purposes at a rate not exceeding .06% of the value of the taxable property therein, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue. In addition, the board may levy taxes for constructing, restoring, reconditioning and reconstructing improvements and for the development of the forests and lands of such district, the amount of which tax each fiscal year shall be extended at a rate not in excess of .021% of the value of the taxable property therein.
    All such taxes and rates are exclusive of the taxes required for the payment of the principal of and interest on bonds, and exclusive of taxes levied for employees' annuity and benefit purposes.
(Source: P.A. 88-506.)

70 ILCS 810/23

    (70 ILCS 810/23) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6426)
    Sec. 23. Any appropriation or levy made for the purpose of constructing improvements in the development of forests and lands of the district need not be expended during the fiscal year in which such appropriation or levy is made. No such appropriation lapses nor may the moneys levied, collected or received for that purpose become part of the general funds of the district for a period of 5 years thereafter and such money may not be considered an asset available for appropriation in a subsequent fiscal year but it shall be retained and held as a separate fund for 5 years to be expended within that time for the purpose for which appropriated and levied, thereafter to become a general asset available for appropriation for corporate purposes. It is not a defense or objection to any appropriation or levy in a subsequent fiscal year for the same purposes that there remain uncommenced or uncompleted projects or unexpended moneys arising in an appropriation or levy of a prior year, for purposes of this Section unless the period of 5 years subsequent to the fiscal year in which the appropriation has been made has elapsed. The limitations upon tax rates imposed by Section 22 are not subject to Sections 162a and 162b of the General Revenue Law of Illinois.
    All moneys collected under this Act shall be paid to the treasurer of such district.
(Source: P.A. 80-320.)

70 ILCS 810/24

    (70 ILCS 810/24) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6427)
    Sec. 24. The fiscal year of each forest preserve district subject to this Act shall extend from January 1, until December 31. The forest preserve district shall, before the commencement or within 60 days after the commencement of each fiscal year, adopt an annual appropriation ordinance, which shall appropriate sums of money required to defray all necessary expenses and liabilities of the district to be paid or incurred during that fiscal year. Transfers from one appropriation of any one fund to another of the same fund, not affecting the total amount appropriated, may be made at any meeting of the Board.
(Source: P.A. 87-1191.)

70 ILCS 810/25

    (70 ILCS 810/25) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6428)
    Sec. 25. In forest preserve districts subject to this Act, all earnings accruing on any investments or deposits, except that pro rata share, if any, belonging to the Bond and Interest Sinking Fund, may be credited to and paid into the corporate fund of such forest preserve district to be used for general corporate purposes.
(Source: P.A. 80-320.)

70 ILCS 810/26

    (70 ILCS 810/26) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6429)
    Sec. 26. Any territory adjoining any forest preserve district organized hereunder and situated in the same county as such district may become a part of such district in the following manner: Upon the filing with the circuit court of the county in which such district is located, of a petition signed by not less than 10% of the legal voters residing within the territory proposed to be annexed, such circuit court shall certify the question to the proper election officials, who shall submit the question of such annexation to the voters at an election held in the territory so proposed to be annexed in accordance with the general election law, and if a majority of the votes cast upon such question shall be in favor of such annexation, such territory so proposed to be annexed shall become and be a part of such forest preserve district.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

70 ILCS 810/27

    (70 ILCS 810/27) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6430)
    Sec. 27. In each forest preserve district subject to this Act a fund to be known as a forest preserve district working cash fund may be created, set apart, maintained and administered in the manner prescribed in this Act for the purpose of enabling such district to have in its treasury at all times sufficient money to meet demands thereof for the ordinary and necessary expenses for district purposes.
(Source: P.A. 80-320.)

70 ILCS 810/28

    (70 ILCS 810/28) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6431)
    Sec. 28. For the purpose of creating a fund as prescribed in Section 27, any district by resolution of its board may incur an indebtedness and issue bonds for the indebtedness in an amount or amounts not exceeding in the aggregate $14,000,000 outstanding at any one time. The bonds shall bear interest at a rate of not more than that permitted in the Bond Authorization Act and shall mature within 20 years from the date of issuance. The board may provide that the resolution or resolutions authorizing the issue of the bonds shall be operative, effective, and valid without the submission of the resolution or resolutions to the voters of the district for approval. The board of the district shall, before or at the time of issuing the bonds, provide for the collection of a direct annual tax on all the taxable property in the district, sufficient to pay and discharge the principal of the bonds at maturity and to pay the interest on the bonds as it falls due.
(Source: P.A. 87-1191.)

70 ILCS 810/29

    (70 ILCS 810/29) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6432)
    Sec. 29. All moneys received from the issuance of bonds as provided in Section 28 shall be set apart in the working cash fund by the district treasurer and shall be used only for the purposes and in the manner hereinafter provided.
    Such fund and the monies therein shall not be regarded as assets available for appropriation and shall not be appropriated by the board in the resolution termed the annual appropriation bill. The board may appropriate moneys to the working cash fund up to the maximum amount allowable in the fund, and the working cash fund may receive such appropriations and any other contributions. In order to provide moneys with which to meet ordinary and necessary disbursements for salaries and other corporate purposes, such fund and the moneys therein may be transferred in whole or in part, to the general corporate fund of the district and so disbursed therefrom in anticipation of the collection of any taxes lawfully levied for general corporate purposes, or in the anticipation of such taxes, as by law now or hereafter enacted or amended, imposed by the General Assembly of the State of Illinois to replace revenue lost by units of local government and school districts as a result of the abolition of ad valorem personal property taxes, pursuant to Article IX, Section 5(c) of the Constitution of the State of Illinois. Moneys transferred to the general corporate fund in anticipation of the collection of taxes shall be deemed to have been transferred in anticipation of the collection of that part of the taxes so levied which is in excess of the amount or amounts thereof required to pay any tax anticipation warrants or general obligation tax anticipation notes and the interest thereon, theretofore or thereafter issued and the amount estimated to be required to satisfy debt service and pension or retirement obligations, as set forth in Section 12 of "An Act in relation to State revenue sharing with local government entities", approved July 31, 1969, as amended. Such taxes levied or to be received for general corporate purposes when collected, or received, shall be applied, first, to the payment of any such warrants or notes and the interest thereon, the amount estimated to be required to satisfy debt service and pension or retirement obligations as set forth in Section 12 of "An Act in relation to State revenue sharing with local government entities", approved July 31, 1969, as amended, and then to the reimbursement of said working cash fund as hereinafter provided. Upon receipt by the district treasurer of any taxes or other moneys, in anticipation of the collection or receipt whereof moneys of such working cash fund have been so transferred for disbursement, such fund shall be immediately reimbursed therefrom until the full amount so transferred has been re-transferred to such fund. Unless the taxes and other moneys so received and applied to the reimbursement of the working cash fund, prior to the close of the fiscal year following the fiscal year in which the last tax penalty date falls due shall be sufficient to effect a complete reimbursement of such fund for any moneys transferred therefrom in anticipation of the collection or receipt of such taxes or other moneys, such working cash fund shall be reimbursed for the amount of the deficiency therein from any other revenues accruing to said general corporate fund and it shall be the duty of the board to make provision for the immediate reimbursement of the amount of any such deficiency in its next resolution termed the annual appropriation bill.
(Source: P.A. 85-459.)

70 ILCS 810/30

    (70 ILCS 810/30) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6433)
    Sec. 30. Moneys shall be transferred from a forest preserve district working cash fund to the general corporate fund of the district only upon the authority of the board, which shall from time to time by separate resolution direct the district treasurer to make transfers of such sums as may be required for the purposes herein authorized. Every such resolution shall set forth (a) the taxes or other moneys in anticipation of the collection or receipt of which such transfer is to be made and from which such working cash fund is to be reimbursed, (b) the entire amount of taxes extended or which the board estimates will be extended, or received, for any year, in anticipation of the collection of all or part of which such transfer is to be made, (c) the aggregate amount of warrants or notes theretofore issued in anticipation of the collection of such taxes, together with the interest accrued and which the board estimates will accrue thereon (d) the aggregate amount of receipts from taxes imposed to replace revenue lost by units of local government and school districts as a result of the abolition of ad valorem personal property taxes, pursuant to Article IX, Section 5(c) of the Constitution of the State of Illinois, which the corporate authorities estimate will be set aside for the payment of the proportionate amount of debt service and pension or retirement obligations, as required by Section 12 of "An Act in relation to State Revenue Sharing with local government entities", approved July 31, 1969, as amended, and (e) the aggregate amount of moneys theretofore transferred from the working cash fund to the general corporate fund in anticipation of the collection of such taxes. The amount which any such resolution shall direct the district treasurer so to transfer, in anticipation of the collection of taxes levied or to be received for any year, together with the aggregate amount of such anticipation tax warrants theretofore drawn against such taxes and the amount of the interest accrued and estimated to accrue on such warrants or notes and the aggregate amount of such transfers theretofore made in anticipation of the collection of such taxes and the amount estimated to be required to satisfy debt service and pension or retirement obligations, as set forth in Section 12 of "An Act in relation to State revenue sharing with local government entities", approved July 31, 1969, as amended, shall not exceed 90% of the actual or estimated amount of such taxes extended or to be extended, or to be received, as set forth in such resolution.
    To the extent that at any time moneys are available in the working cash fund they shall be transferred to the general corporate fund and disbursed for the payment of salaries and other corporate expenses so as to avoid, whenever possible, the issuance of anticipation tax warrants or notes.
(Source: P.A. 81-1506.)

70 ILCS 810/31

    (70 ILCS 810/31) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6434)
    Sec. 31. A forest preserve district under this Act has the power from time to time to construct, equip, acquire, extend, improve, maintain, and operate recreational facilities, including but not limited to natatoriums, swimming pools, ice skating rinks, tennis courts, golf courses, bicycle trails, toboggan slides and ski areas, 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, acquisition, 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, acquired, 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, acquisition, extension or improvement of such facility or facilities or any combination thereof, including the cost of acquisition of any land, 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. 80-320.)

70 ILCS 810/32

    (70 ILCS 810/32) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6435)
    Sec. 32. Whenever the board determines to construct, equip, acquire, extend or improve any recreational facility or facilities or any combination thereof and to issue bonds pursuant to Sections 31 through 39 of this Act to pay the cost or purchase price thereof, such board shall adopt an ordinance describing in a general way the contemplated facility or facilities and setting forth the estimated cost or purchase price. Any such ordinance shall be published within 10 days after passage at least once in a newspaper published in such district and having a general circulation therein to be designated by such board, and no such ordinance shall take effect until 10 days after it is so published. It shall not be 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. Such 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 such district for approval, notwithstanding the provisions of Section 21 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, acquired, 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 such 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 such forest preserve district. The president of such 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. 80-320.)

70 ILCS 810/33

    (70 ILCS 810/33) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6436)
    Sec. 33. The bonds issued pursuant to Sections 31 through 39 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 semi-annually and shall mature within the period of usefulness of the project as determined by such 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 but shall be sold for not less than par and accrued interest. The minimum price at which it may be sold shall be such that the interest cost to the forest preserve 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 810/34

    (70 ILCS 810/34) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6437)
    Sec. 34. Bonds issued pursuant to Sections 31 through 39 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, acquired, 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 such forest preserve 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 31 through 39 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, acquired, 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 such forest preserve district within any constitutional or statutory limitation.
(Source: P.A. 80-320.)

70 ILCS 810/35

    (70 ILCS 810/35) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6438)
    Sec. 35. All 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 any bonds issued under Sections 31 through 39 of this Act for the construction, equipping, acquisition, 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, acquired, 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.
    Such forest preserve 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, such 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. 80-320.)

70 ILCS 810/36

    (70 ILCS 810/36) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6439)
    Sec. 36. Each forest preserve district which issues bonds and constructs, equips, acquires, extends or improves any recreational facility or facilities under Sections 31 through 39 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. Such forest preserve district may provide for the construction, equipping, acquisition, 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 such board.
(Source: P.A. 80-320.)

70 ILCS 810/37

    (70 ILCS 810/37) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6440)
    Sec. 37. The holder of any bond or coupon of any bond issued under Sections 31 through 39 of this Act may proceed either in law or in equity to compel performance of all duties required by those Sections 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, acquired, 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 Sections 31 through 39.
(Source: P.A. 80-320.)

70 ILCS 810/38

    (70 ILCS 810/38) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6441)
    Sec. 38. Any such forest preserve district has the power to acquire by purchase, gift, condemnation or otherwise, property necessary or appropriate for the purpose of exercising the powers granted by Sections 31 through 39. Any land so acquired under such Sections shall not be included as a part of the total acreage of such forest preserve district for the purpose of determining the number of acres of land for which indebtedness can be incurred for the acquisition of land without first submitting the matter to the voters of such district as provided in Section 21.
(Source: P.A. 80-320.)

70 ILCS 810/39

    (70 ILCS 810/39) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6442)
    Sec. 39. Nothing in Sections 31 through 39 shall prohibit any such forest preserve district from appropriating funds as otherwise provided in this Act for the construction, equipping, acquisition, extension, improvement, operation or maintenance of any recreational facilities.
(Source: P.A. 80-320.)

70 ILCS 810/40

    (70 ILCS 810/40) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6443)
    Sec. 40. The corporate authorities of forest preserve districts, having the control or supervision of any forest preserves, may erect and maintain within such forest preserves, under the control or supervision of such corporate authorities, edifices to be used for the collection and display of animals as customary in zoological parks, and may collect and display such animals, or permit the directors or trustees of any zoological society devoted to the purposes aforesaid to erect and maintain a zoological park and to collect and display zoological collections within any forest preserve now or hereafter under the control or supervision of such forest preserve district, out of funds belonging to such zoological society, or to contract with the directors or trustees of any zoological society on such terms and conditions as may to such corporate authorities seem best, relative to the erection, operation and maintenance of a zoological park and the collection and display of such animals within such forest preserve, out of the tax provided in Section 41.
    Such forest preserve district may charge, or permit such zoological society to charge an admission fee. The proceeds of such admission fee shall be devoted exclusively to the operation and maintenance of such zoological park and the collections therein. All such zoological parks shall be open to the public without charge for a period equivalent to 52 days each year. All such zoological parks shall be open without charge to organized groups of children in attendance at schools in the State. The managing authority of the zoological park may limit the number of any such groups in any given day and may establish other rules and regulations that reasonably ensure public safety, accessibility, and convenience, including but not limited to standards of conduct and supervision. Charges may be made at any time for special services and for admission to special facilities within any zoological park for the education, entertainment or convenience of visitors.
(Source: P.A. 86-1248.)

70 ILCS 810/41

    (70 ILCS 810/41) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6444)
    Sec. 41. For the purpose of constructing and maintaining and caring for any such zoological park and the buildings and grounds thereof and of securing and displaying zoological collections thereon the corporate authorities of any forest preserve district are authorized to levy annually a tax of not to exceed .035% of value as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, upon all the taxable property in the district. This tax shall be levied and collected in the same manner as the general taxes of the forest preserve district and shall be in addition to the maximum of all other taxes and tax rates which the district is now or may hereafter be authorized to levy upon the aggregate valuation of all taxable property within the district and shall be exclusive of and in addition to the maximum amount and rate of taxes the district is now or may hereafter be authorized to levy under this Act or under any other law which may limit the amount of tax which the district may levy for general purposes. The proceeds of the tax herein authorized shall be kept as a separate fund.
(Source: P.A. 81-1550.)

70 ILCS 810/42

    (70 ILCS 810/42) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6445)
    Sec. 42. For the purpose of making capital improvements and major repairs in connection with a zoological park, the corporate authorities of the forest preserve district in which such park is maintained may from time to time incur an indebtedness and issue bonds therefor in amounts not exceeding in the aggregate $52,640,000. Such bonds shall bear interest at not more than the maximum rate provided by law and may mature up to 30 years from the date thereof. A resolution authorizing the issuance of bonds under this Section may be made effective without the submission thereof to the voters of the district for approval.
    All moneys received from the issuance of bonds as provided in this Section shall be set apart in a separate fund by the district treasurer and shall be used only for the purposes set forth in this Section.
    The corporate authorities of such district shall provide for the levy of a direct annual tax upon all the taxable property in such district, sufficient to pay and discharge the principal of such bonds at maturity and to pay the interest thereon as it falls due. This tax shall be levied and collected in like manner with the general taxes of the forest preserve district and shall be in addition to the maximum of all other taxes and tax rates which the district is or may be authorized to levy.
(Source: P.A. 93-601, eff. 1-1-04.)

70 ILCS 810/42.1

    (70 ILCS 810/42.1) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6445.1)
    Sec. 42.1. For each zoological park subject to this Act a fund to be known as a zoological park working cash fund may be created, set apart, maintained and administered in the manner prescribed in this Act for the purpose of enabling such park to have in its treasury at all times sufficient money for ordinary and necessary expenses.
(Source: P.A. 81-1498.)

70 ILCS 810/42.2

    (70 ILCS 810/42.2) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6445.2)
    Sec. 42.2. For the purpose of creating a fund as prescribed in Section 42.1, a forest preserve district by resolution of its board may incur an indebtedness and issue bonds therefor, not to exceed in the aggregate $3,000,000 including the amount of all such bonds issued for this purpose prior to the effective date of this Act. Such bonds shall bear interest at not more than the maximum rate provided by law and shall mature within 20 years from the date thereof. The board may provide that the resolution or resolutions authorizing the issue of such bonds shall be operative, effective and valid without the submission thereof to the voters of such district for approval. The board of such district shall before or at the time of issuing such bonds provide for the collection of a direct annual tax upon all the taxable property in such district, sufficient to pay and discharge the principal thereof at maturity and to pay the interest thereon as it falls due.
(Source: P.A. 87-1191.)

70 ILCS 810/42.3

    (70 ILCS 810/42.3) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6445.3)
    Sec. 42.3. All moneys received from the issuance of bonds as provided in Section 42.2 shall be set apart in the zoological park working cash fund by the district treasurer and shall be used only for the purposes and in the manner hereinafter provided.
    Such fund and the monies therein shall not be regarded as assets available for appropriation and shall not be appropriated by the board in the resolution termed the annual appropriation bill. The board may appropriate moneys to the working cash fund up to the maximum amount allowable in the fund, and the working cash fund may receive such appropriations and any other contributions. In order to meet ordinary and necessary disbursements for salaries and other zoological purposes, such moneys may be transferred in whole or in part to the zoological fund of the district, and disbursed therefrom in anticipation of the collection of any taxes lawfully levied for zoological purposes, or in anticipation of such taxes, as by law now or hereafter enacted or amended, imposed by the General Assembly of the State of Illinois to replace revenue lost by units of local government and school districts as a result of the abolition of ad valorem personal property taxes, pursuant to Article IX, Section 5(c) of the Constitution of the State of Illinois. Moneys transferred to the zoological fund in anticipation of the collection of taxes shall be deemed to have been transferred in anticipation of the collection of that part of the taxes so levied which is in excess of the amount or amounts thereof required to pay any tax anticipation warrants or general obligation tax anticipation notes and the interest thereon, theretofore or thereafter issued, and such taxes levied or to be received for zoological purposes when collected, or received, shall be applied, first, to the payment of any such warrants or notes and the interest thereon and then to the reimbursement of said working cash fund as hereinafter provided. Upon receipt by the district treasurer of any taxes or other moneys, in anticipation of the collection or receipt whereof moneys of such working cash fund have been so transferred for disbursement, such fund shall be immediately reimbursed therefrom until the full amount so transferred has been re-transferred to such fund. Unless the taxes and other moneys so received and applied to the reimbursement of the working cash fund, prior to the close of the fiscal year following the fiscal year in which the last tax penalty date falls due shall be sufficient to effect a complete reimbursement of such fund for any moneys transferred therefrom in anticipation of the collection or receipt of such taxes or other moneys, such working cash fund shall be reimbursed for the amount of the deficiency therein from any other revenues accruing to said zoological fund and it shall be the duty of the board to make provision for the immediate reimbursement of the amount of any such deficiency in its next resolution termed the annual appropriation bill.
(Source: P.A. 85-459.)

70 ILCS 810/42.4

    (70 ILCS 810/42.4) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6445.4)
    Sec. 42.4. Moneys shall be transferred from a zoological park working cash fund to the zoological fund of the district only upon the authority of the forest preserve district board, which shall from time to time by separate resolution direct the district treasurer to make transfers of such sums as may be required for the purposes herein authorized. Every such resolution shall set forth (a) the taxes or other moneys in anticipation of the collection or receipt of which such transfer is to be made and from which such working cash fund is to be reimbursed, (b) the entire amount of taxes extended or which the board estimates will be extended, or received, for any year, in anticipation of the collection of all or part of which such transfer is to be made, (c) the aggregate amount of warrants or note theretofore issued in anticipation of the collection of such taxes together with the interest accrued and which the board estimates will accrue thereon and (d) the aggregate amount of moneys theretofore transferred from the working cash fund to the zoological fund in anticipation of the collection of taxes levied or to be received for any year, together with the aggregate amount of such anticipation tax warrants theretofore drawn against such taxes and the amount of the interest accrued and estimated to accrue on such warrants or notes and the aggregate amount of such transfers theretofore made in anticipation of the collection of such taxes, shall not exceed 90% of the actual or estimated amount of such taxes extended or to be extended, or to be received, as set forth in such resolution.
    To the extent that at any time moneys are available in the working cash fund they shall be transferred to the zoological fund and disbursed for the payment of salaries and other zoological expenses so as to avoid, whenever possible, the issuance of anticipation tax warrants or notes.
(Source: P.A. 81-1498.)

70 ILCS 810/43

    (70 ILCS 810/43) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6446)
    Sec. 43. The corporate authorities of forest preserve districts are authorized, on land now or hereafter under the control of such forest preserve districts, to prepare and maintain grounds for a botanic garden, to acquire, plant, maintain and display botanic material, to conduct research for improvement of plant species and for plant protection against disease and harmful insects, for the general care and growing of plant material, and to erect and maintain such structures appropriate for the purposes aforesaid; or such corporate authorities may authorize the directors or trustees of any botanic garden existing and organized under the laws of Illinois, to maintain a botanic garden as aforesaid out of funds belonging to said botanic garden; or the corporate authorities of such forest preserve districts may contract with a botanic garden or horticultural society organized and existing under the nonprofit laws of Illinois to establish and maintain a botanic garden as aforesaid, within such forest preserve districts, out of the tax provided in Section 44.
(Source: P.A. 80-320.)

70 ILCS 810/44

    (70 ILCS 810/44) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6447)
    Sec. 44. For the purpose of establishing, constructing and maintaining any botanic garden authorized by Section 43, the corporate authorities of any forest preserve district are authorized to levy annually a tax of not to exceed .015% of the value, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, upon all the taxable property in the district. This tax shall be levied and collected in the same manner as the general taxes of the forest preserve district and shall be in addition to the maximum of all other taxes and tax rates which the district is now or may hereafter be authorized to levy upon the aggregate valuation of all taxable property within the district and shall be exclusive of and in addition to the maximum amount and rate of taxes the district is now or may hereafter be authorized to levy under this Act or under any other law or laws which may limit the amount of tax which the district may levy for general purposes. The proceeds of the tax herein authorized shall be kept as a separate fund.
(Source: P.A. 81-1550.)

70 ILCS 810/44.1

    (70 ILCS 810/44.1) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6447.1)
    Sec. 44.1. For the purpose of making capital improvements in connection with botanical gardens, the corporate authorities of the forest preserve district in which such gardens are maintained may incur an indebtedness and issue bonds therefor in amounts not exceeding in the aggregate $32,000,000. Such bonds shall bear interest at not more than the maximum rate provided by law and shall mature within 20 years from the date thereof. The resolution authorizing this issuance of bonds may be made effective without the submission thereof to the voters of the district for approval.
    All moneys received from the issuance of bonds as provided in this Section shall be set apart in a separate fund by the district treasurer and shall be used only for the purposes set forth in this Section.
    The corporate authorities of such district shall provide for the levy of a direct annual tax upon all the taxable property in such district, sufficient to pay and discharge the principal of such bonds at maturity and to pay the interest thereon as it falls due. This tax shall be levied and collected in like manner with the general taxes of the forest preserve district and shall be in addition to the maximum of all other taxes and tax rates which the district is or may be authorized to levy.
(Source: P.A. 93-601, eff. 1-1-04.)

70 ILCS 810/45

    (70 ILCS 810/45) (from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6448)
    Sec. 45. Any member of the board of a district to which this Act applies or any other person holding any other office, trust or employment under such a district who shall wilfully violate any of the provisions of this Act shall be guilty of a business offense and shall be fined not to exceed $10,000 and shall forfeit his right to his office, trust or employment and shall be removed therefrom. Any such member or other person shall be liable for any sum that may be unlawfully diverted from such working cash fund or otherwise used to be recovered by such district or by any taxpayer in the name of and for the benefit of such district, in an appropriate civil action. Such taxpayer shall give bond for costs and be liable for all costs assessed against the district in such suit, and judgment shall be rendered accordingly. Nothing herein shall bar any other remedies.
(Source: P.A. 80-320.)