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SPECIAL DISTRICTS
(70 ILCS 1870/) White County Port District Act.

70 ILCS 1870/0.01

    (70 ILCS 1870/0.01) (from Ch. 19, par. 750)
    Sec. 0.01. Short title. This Act may be cited as the White County Port District Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-1324.)

70 ILCS 1870/1

    (70 ILCS 1870/1) (from Ch. 19, par. 751)
    Sec. 1.
    There is created a political subdivision, body politic and municipal corporation, named "White County Port District", embracing all the area of White County and all the area within the incorporated limits of the City of Grayville. The Port District may sue and be sued in its corporate name, but execution shall not in any case issue against any property owned by the Port District. The Port District may adopt a common seal and change the same at pleasure. The principal office of the Port District shall be in the City of Carmi, White County, Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 77-82.)

70 ILCS 1870/2

    (70 ILCS 1870/2) (from Ch. 19, par. 752)
    Sec. 2.
    All property of every kind owned by the Port District shall be exempt from taxation, however, a tax may be levied upon a lessee of the Port District by reason of the value of a leasehold estate separate and apart from the fee simple title, or upon such improvements as are constructed and owned by others than the Port District.
(Source: P.A. 77-82.)

70 ILCS 1870/3

    (70 ILCS 1870/3) (from Ch. 19, par. 753)
    Sec. 3. All property of the Port District shall be public grounds owned by a municipal corporation and used exclusively for public purposes within the tax exemption provisions of Sections 15-10, 15-15, 15-20, 15-30, 15-75, 15-140, 15-155, and 15-160 of the Property Tax Code.
(Source: P.A. 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

70 ILCS 1870/4

    (70 ILCS 1870/4) (from Ch. 19, par. 754)
    Sec. 4. The Port District has the following functions, powers and duties:
    (a) study the existing harbor facilities within the area of the Port District and recommend to appropriate governmental agencies, including the General Assembly of Illinois, such changes and modifications as may from time to time be required for continuing development therein and to meet changing business and commercial needs;
    (b) investigate conditions within the Port District and prepare and adopt a comprehensive plan for the development of port facilities for the Port District. In preparing and recommending changes and modifications in existing harbor facilities, or a comprehensive plan for the development of such port facilities, the Port District, if considered desirable, may set aside and allocate an area or areas, within the lands owned by the Port District, to be leased to private parties for industrial, manufacturing, commercial, or harbor purposes, where such area or areas in the opinion of the Board, are not required for primary purposes in the development of harbor and port facilities for the use of public water and land transportation, or will not be needed immediately for such purposes, and where such leasing in the opinion of the Board will aid and promote the development of terminal and port facilities;
    (c) issue permits for the construction of wharves, piers, dolphins, booms, weirs, breakwaters, bulkheads, jetties, bridges or other structures of any kind in any navigable waters within the Port District or for the deposit of rock, earth, sand or other material, or any matters of any kind or description in such waters and to regulate beyond the limits or jurisdiction of any municipality the anchorage, moorage and speed of vessels and to establish and enforce regulations for the operation of bridges. Any permit issued or regulation established or adopted by the Port District shall be subject to the paramount authority of the Federal Government to regulate navigation and the Department of Natural Resources of the State of Illinois under the Rivers, Lakes, and Streams Act;
    (d) acquire, own, construct, lease and maintain port and water terminal facilities and transportation facilities thereto within the Port District, and, subject to the provisions of Section 5 of this Act, to operate or contract for the operation of such facilities, and fix and collect just, reasonable, and non-discriminatory charges or rentals for the use of such facilities. The charges or rentals so collected shall be deposited in the treasury of the Port District, and be used to defray the reasonable expenses of the Port District, and to pay the principal and interest upon any revenue bonds issued by the Port District;
    (e) enter into contracts dealing in any manner with the objects and purposes of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

70 ILCS 1870/4.1

    (70 ILCS 1870/4.1) (from Ch. 19, par. 754.1)
    Sec. 4.1. The Port District is authorized and empowered to establish, organize, own, acquire, participate in, operate, sell and transfer Export Trading Companies, whether as shareholder, partner, or co-venturer, alone or in cooperation with federal, state or local governmental authorities, federal, state or national banking associations, or any other public or private corporation or person or persons. The term "Export Trading Companies" means a person, partnership, association, public or private corporation or similar organization, whether operated for profit or not for profit, which is organized and operated principally for purposes of exporting goods or services produced in the United States, importing goods or services produced in foreign countries, conducting third-country trading or facilitating such trade by providing one or more services in support of such trade. Such Export Trading Companies and all of the property thereof, wholly or partly owned, directly or indirectly, by the District, shall have the same privileges and immunities as accorded to the District; and Export Trading Companies may borrow money or obtain financial assistance from private lenders or federal and state governmental authorities or issue bonds with the same kinds of security, and in accordance with the same procedures, restrictions and privileges applicable when the District obtains financial assistance or issues bonds for any of its other authorized purposes. Such Export Trading Companies are authorized, if necessary or desirable, to apply for certification under Title II or Title III of the Export Trading Company Act of 1982.
(Source: P.A. 84-993.)

70 ILCS 1870/4.2

    (70 ILCS 1870/4.2) (from Ch. 19, par. 754.2)
    Sec. 4.2. Purchases made pursuant to this Act shall be made in compliance with the "Local Government Prompt Payment Act".
(Source: P.A. 84-1308.)

70 ILCS 1870/5

    (70 ILCS 1870/5) (from Ch. 19, par. 755)
    Sec. 5.
    Any public warehouse or other public storage or transportation facility owned or otherwise controlled by the Port District shall be operated by persons under contracts with the Port District. Any such contract shall reserve reasonable rentals or other charges payable to the Port District sufficient to pay the cost of maintaining, repairing, regulating and operating the facilities and to pay principal and interest upon any revenue bonds issued by the Port District and may contain such other conditions as may be mutually agreed upon. Upon the breach of any contract or if no contract is in existence as to any such facility, the District temporarily shall operate such facility until a contract for its operation can be negotiated.
(Source: P.A. 77-82.)

70 ILCS 1870/6

    (70 ILCS 1870/6) (from Ch. 19, par. 756)
    Sec. 6.
    All leases or other contracts for operation of any public warehouse or public grain elevator or transportation facilities owned or otherwise controlled by the Port District shall be governed by the following procedure: Notice shall be given by the Port District that bids will be received for the operation of such public warehouse or public grain elevator or transportation facilities. This notice shall state the time within which and the place where bids may be submitted, the time and place of opening bids, and shall be published not more than 30 days nor less than 15 days in advance of the first day for the submission of bids in one or more newspapers designated by the Port District published and having a general circulation within the Port District; this notice shall include sufficient data for the proposed operation to enable bidders to understand the scope and nature of the operation; except that contracts which by their nature are not adapted to award by competitive bidding, such as contracts for the services of individuals possessing a high degree of personal skill, contracts for the purchase or binding of magazines, books, periodicals, pamphlets, reports and similar articles, and contracts for utility services such as water, light, heat, telephone or telegraph, are not subject to the competitive bidding requirements of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 77-82.)

70 ILCS 1870/7

    (70 ILCS 1870/7) (from Ch. 19, par. 757)
    Sec. 7.
    Unless and until revenues from operations conducted by the Port District are adequate to meet all expenditures or unless and until otherwise determined by act of the General Assembly, the Port District shall not incur any obligations for salaries, office or administrative expenses prior to the making of appropriations to meet such expenses.
(Source: P.A. 77-82.)

70 ILCS 1870/8

    (70 ILCS 1870/8) (from Ch. 19, par. 758)
    Sec. 8. The District has power to acquire and accept by purchase, lease, gift, grant or otherwise any property and rights useful for its purposes and to provide for the development of channels, ports, harbors, airports, airfields, terminals, port facilities, terminal facilities, and other transportation facilities within the Port District adequate to serve the needs of commerce within the area served by the Port District. The Port District may acquire real or personal property or any rights therein in the manner, as near as may be, as is provided for the exercise of the right of eminent domain under the Eminent Domain Act, except that no property owned by any municipality within the Port District shall be taken or appropriated without first obtaining the consent of the governing body of such municipality.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

70 ILCS 1870/8.5

    (70 ILCS 1870/8.5)
    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 1870/9

    (70 ILCS 1870/9) (from Ch. 19, par. 759)
    Sec. 9.
    The Port District may lease to others for any period of time not to exceed 50 years, upon such terms as the Board may determine, any of its real property, rights of way or privileges, or any interest therein, or any part thereof, suitable for industrial, manufacturing, commercial or harbor purposes which, in the opinion of the Board, is not needed immediately for purposes of the District.
(Source: P.A. 77-82.)

70 ILCS 1870/10

    (70 ILCS 1870/10) (from Ch. 19, par. 760)
    Sec. 10.
    The Port District has the right and power to grant easements and permits for the use of any such real property, rights of way or privileges which in the opinion of the Board will not interfere with the use thereof by the Port District for its primary purposes. Such easements and permits may contain such conditions and retain such interest therein as the Board deems for the best interest of the District.
(Source: P.A. 77-82.)

70 ILCS 1870/11

    (70 ILCS 1870/11) (from Ch. 19, par. 761)
    Sec. 11.
    With respect to any and all leases, easements, rights of way, privileges and permits made or granted by the Board, the Board may agree upon and collect the rentals, charges and fees that are deemed for the best interest of the District. Such rentals, charges and fees shall be used to defray the reasonable expenses of the District and to pay the principal and interest upon any revenue bonds issued by the District.
(Source: P.A. 77-82.)

70 ILCS 1870/12

    (70 ILCS 1870/12) (from Ch. 19, par. 762)
    Sec. 12.
    The Port District may apply for and accept grants, loans or appropriations from the Federal Government or any agency or instrumentality thereof, to be used for any of the purposes of the District, including marinas and other commercial and recreational facilities, and may enter into agreements with the Federal Government in relation to such grants, loans or appropriations.
(Source: P.A. 77-82.)

70 ILCS 1870/13

    (70 ILCS 1870/13) (from Ch. 19, par. 763)
    Sec. 13.
    The Port District may procure and enter into contracts for any type of insurance and indemnity against loss or damage to property from any cause, including loss of use and occupancy, against death or injury of any person, against employers' liability, against any act of any member, officer or employee of the Board or of the Port District in the performance of the duties of his office or employment or any other insurable risk.
(Source: P.A. 77-82.)

70 ILCS 1870/14

    (70 ILCS 1870/14) (from Ch. 19, par. 764)
    Sec. 14.
    The Port District may borrow money for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, reconstructing, extending or improving terminals, terminal facilities, port facilities and transportation facilities thereto, and for acquiring any property and equipment useful for the construction, reconstruction, extension, improvement or operation of its terminals, terminal facilities and port and transportation facilities, and for acquiring necessary cash working funds. To evidence the obligations of the District to repay any money borrowed, the Port District, pursuant to ordinance adopted by the Board may issue and dispose of its interest bearing revenue bonds or certificates and may also issue and dispose of its interest bearing revenue bonds or certificates to refund any bonds or certificates at maturity or pursuant to redemption provisions or at any time before maturity with the consent of the holders thereof.
(Source: P.A. 77-82.)

70 ILCS 1870/15

    (70 ILCS 1870/15) (from Ch. 19, par. 765)
    Sec. 15.
    All such bonds and certificates shall be payable solely from the revenues or income to be derived from terminals, terminal facilities or port and transportation facilities or any part thereof, may bear such date or dates, may mature at such time or times not exceeding 40 years from their respective dates, may bear interest at such rate or rates payable semiannually, may be in such form, may carry such registration privileges, may be executed in such manner, may be payable at such place or places, may be made subject to redemption in such manner and upon such terms, with or without premium as is stated on the face thereof, may be authenticated in such manner and may contain such terms and covenants, all as are provided by ordinance of the Port District.
(Source: P.A. 77-82.)

70 ILCS 1870/16

    (70 ILCS 1870/16) (from Ch. 19, par. 766)
    Sec. 16.
    Notwithstanding the form and tenor of any such bonds or certificates and in the absence of any express recital on the face thereof that it is non-negotiable, all such bonds and certificates shall be negotiable instruments. Pending the preparation and execution of any such bonds or certificates, temporary bonds or certificates may be issued with or without interest coupons as may be provided by ordinance.
(Source: P.A. 77-82.)

70 ILCS 1870/17

    (70 ILCS 1870/17) (from Ch. 19, par. 767)
    Sec. 17. The bonds or certificates shall be sold by the corporate authorities of the Port District in such manner as the Board determines, except that if issued to bear interest at 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, the bonds shall be sold for not less than par and accrued interest, and except that the selling price of the bonds bearing interest at a rate less than the maximum rate permitted in that Act shall be such that the interest cost to the district of the money received from the bond sale shall not exceed such maximum rate annually computed to absolute maturity of such bonds or certificates according to standard tables of bond values.
(Source: P.A. 82-902.)

70 ILCS 1870/18

    (70 ILCS 1870/18) (from Ch. 19, par. 768)
    Sec. 18.
    Before the issuance of any bonds or certificates, the Board shall fix and establish rates, charges and fees for the use of facilities acquired, constructed, reconstructed, extended or improved with the proceeds derived from the sale of such bonds, sufficient at all times with all other revenues of the district, to pay: (a) the cost of maintaining, repairing, regulating and operation of the facilities; and (b) the bonds or certificates and interest thereon as they shall become due; and (c) all sinking fund and other requirements provided by the ordinance authorizing the issuance of the bonds or certificates or as provided by any trust agreement executed to secure payment thereof.
(Source: P.A. 77-82.)

70 ILCS 1870/19

    (70 ILCS 1870/19) (from Ch. 19, par. 769)
    Sec. 19.
    Under no circumstances shall any bonds or certificates issued by the Port District or any other obligation of the Port District be or become an indebtedness or obligation of the State of Illinois or of any other political subdivision of or municipality within the State, nor shall any such bond, certificate, or obligation be or become an indebtedness of the Port District within the purview of any constitutional limitation or provisions. Each bond and certificate shall state clearly that it does not constitute such an indebtedness or obligation but is payable solely from the revenues or income of the Port District.
(Source: P.A. 77-82.)

70 ILCS 1870/20

    (70 ILCS 1870/20) (from Ch. 19, par. 770)
    Sec. 20. The board may, after referendum approval, levy a tax for corporate purposes of the District annually at the rate approved by referendum, but which rate may not exceed .05% of the value of all taxable property within the Port District as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue.
    If the Board desires to levy such a tax, it shall order that the question be submitted at a referendum to be held within the District. The Board shall certify its order and the proposition to the proper election officials, who shall submit the question to the voters at an election in accordance with the general election law. The Board shall cause the result of the referendum to be entered upon the records of the Port District. If a majority of the vote on the proposition is in favor of the proposition, the Board may thereafter levy a tax for corporate purposes at a rate not to exceed that approved by referendum but in no event to exceed .05% of the value of all taxable property within the District as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue.
    The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
--------------------------------------------------------------
    Shall the White County
 Port District levy a tax
 for corporate purposes                  YES
 annually at a rate not to
 exceed ....% of the value           -------------------------
 of taxable property as
 equalized or assessed by                NO
 the Department of Revenue?
--------------------------------------------------------------
(Source: P.A. 81-1489; 81-1509.)

70 ILCS 1870/21

    (70 ILCS 1870/21) (from Ch. 19, par. 771)
    Sec. 21. The governing and administrative body of the Port District is a Board of 3 members, to be known as the White County Port District Board. One member of the Board shall be a resident of the City of Grayville, and the other 2 members shall be residents in the area of White County outside the City of Grayville. All members of the Board shall be persons of recognized business ability. The members of the Board shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for actual expenses incurred by them in the performance of their duties. However, any member of the Board who is appointed to the office of secretary or treasurer may receive compensation fixed by the Board for services as such officer.
(Source: P.A. 80-323.)

70 ILCS 1870/22

    (70 ILCS 1870/22) (from Ch. 19, par. 772)
    Sec. 22.
    The Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint the members of the Board and fill any and all vacancies. If the Senate is in recess when such appointment is made, the Governor shall make a temporary appointment until the next meeting of the Senate. Of the members initially appointed by the Governor, one shall serve for an initial term expiring July 1, 1973, one for an initial term expiring July 1, 1974 and one for an initial term expiring July 1, 1975. At the expiration of the term of any member, his successor shall be appointed by the Governor in like manner and with like regard to place of residence of the appointee.
(Source: P.A. 78-246.)

70 ILCS 1870/23

    (70 ILCS 1870/23) (from Ch. 19, par. 773)
    Sec. 23.
    After the expiration of initial terms, such successor shall hold office for the term of 3 years beginning the first day of July of the year in which the term of office commences. In the case of a vacancy during the term of office of any member, the Governor shall make an appointment for the remainder of the term vacant and until a successor is appointed and qualified. No more than 2 members of the Board may be affiliated with the same political party at the time of appointment.
(Source: P.A. 77-82.)

70 ILCS 1870/24

    (70 ILCS 1870/24) (from Ch. 19, par. 774)
    Sec. 24.
    The Governor shall certify his appointments to the Secretary of State. Within 30 days after certification of appointment, and before entering upon the duties of his office, each member of the Board shall take and subscribe the constitutional oath of office and file it in the office of the Secretary of State.
(Source: P.A. 77-82.)

70 ILCS 1870/25

    (70 ILCS 1870/25) (from Ch. 19, par. 775)
    Sec. 25.
    As soon as possible after appointment of the initial members, the Board shall organize for the transaction of business, select a chairman and a temporary secretary from its own number, and adopt by-laws and regulations to govern its proceedings. The initial chairman and successors shall be elected by the Board from time to time for the term of his office as a member of the Board or for the term of 3 years, whichever is shorter.
(Source: P.A. 77-82.)

70 ILCS 1870/26

    (70 ILCS 1870/26) (from Ch. 19, par. 776)
    Sec. 26.
    Regular meetings of the Board shall be held at least once in each calendar month, the time and place of meetings to be fixed by the Board. All members of the Board must be present in person to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. All actions of the Board shall be by ordinance or resolution. The affirmative vote of at least 2 members shall be necessary for the adoption of any ordinance or resolution. All ordinances and resolutions before taking effect shall be approved and signed by the chairman of the Board.
(Source: P.A. 78-246.)

70 ILCS 1870/27

    (70 ILCS 1870/27) (from Ch. 19, par. 777)
    Sec. 27.
    All ordinances, resolutions and all proceedings of the Port District and all documents and records in its possession shall be public records and open to public inspection, except such documents and records as shall be kept or prepared by the Board for use in negotiations, court action or other proceedings to which the District is a party.
(Source: P.A. 77-82.)

70 ILCS 1870/28

    (70 ILCS 1870/28) (from Ch. 19, par. 778)
    Sec. 28. The Board shall appoint a secretary and a treasurer, who need not be members of the Board, to hold office during the pleasure of the Board, and fix their duties and compensation. Before entering upon the duties of their respective offices each shall take and subscribe the constitutional oath of office, and the treasurer shall execute a bond in the amount and with corporate sureties approved by the Board. The bond shall be payable to the District in whatever penal sum is directed by the Board, conditioned upon the faithful performance of the duties of the office and the payment of all money received by him according to law and the orders of the Board. The Board may, at any time, require a new bond from the treasurer in such penal sum as may then be terminated by the Board. The obligation of the sureties shall not extend to any loss sustained by insolvency, failure or closing of any savings or loan association or national or State bank wherein the treasurer has deposited funds if the bank or savings and loan association has been approved by the Board as a depositary for these funds. The oaths of office and the treasurer's bond shall be filed in the principal office of the Port District.
(Source: P.A. 83-541.)

70 ILCS 1870/29

    (70 ILCS 1870/29) (from Ch. 19, par. 779)
    Sec. 29. All funds deposited by the treasurer in any bank or savings and loan association shall be placed in the name of the Port District and shall be withdrawn or paid out only by check or draft upon the bank or savings and loan association, signed by the treasurer and countersigned by the chairman of the Board. The Board may designate any of its members or any officer or employee of the District to affix the signature of the chairman and another to affix the signature of the treasurer to any check or draft for payment of salaries or wages, and for payment of any other obligation of not more than $2,500.
    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.
(Source: P.A. 83-541.)

70 ILCS 1870/30

    (70 ILCS 1870/30) (from Ch. 19, par. 780)
    Sec. 30.
    In case any officer whose signature appears upon any bond or coupon or check or draft, issued pursuant to this Act, ceases to hold his office before the delivery thereof to the payee, his signature nevertheless shall be valid and sufficient for all purposes with the same effect as if he had remained in office until delivery thereof.
(Source: P.A. 77-82.)

70 ILCS 1870/31

    (70 ILCS 1870/31) (from Ch. 19, par. 781)
    Sec. 31. The Board may appoint a general manager who shall be a person of recognized ability and business experience to hold office during the pleasure of the Board. The general manager shall have management of the properties and business of the Port District and the employees thereof subject to the general control of the Board, shall direct the enforcement of all ordinances, resolutions, rules and regulations of the Board, and shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board. The Board may appoint a general attorney and a chief engineer, and shall provide for the appointment of other officers, attorneys, engineers, consultants, agents and employees when necessary. It shall define their duties and require bonds of such of them as the Board may designate. The general manager, general attorney, chief engineer, and all other officers employed pursuant to this Section shall be exempt from taking and subscribing any oath of office and shall not be members of the Board. The compensation of the general manager, general attorney, chief engineer, and all other officers, attorneys, consultants, agents and employees shall be fixed by the Board, subject to the provisions of Section 7 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 80-323.)

70 ILCS 1870/32

    (70 ILCS 1870/32) (from Ch. 19, par. 782)
    Sec. 32.
    The Board shall have power to pass all ordinances and make all rules and regulations proper or necessary, and to carry into effect the powers granted to the Port District, with such fines or penalties as may be deemed proper. All fines and penalties shall be imposed by ordinances, which shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation, published in the area embraced by the Port District. No such ordinance shall take effect until 10 days after publication.
(Source: P.A. 77-82.)

70 ILCS 1870/33

    (70 ILCS 1870/33) (from Ch. 19, par. 783)
    Sec. 33.
    As soon after the end of each fiscal year as may be expedient, the Board shall cause to be prepared and printed a complete and detailed report and financial statement of the Port District operations and of its assets and liabilities and a copy thereof shall be filed with the Governor, the county clerk of the county and a copy mailed to the Mayor and City Council or President and Board of Trustees of each municipality within the Port District.
(Source: P.A. 77-82.)

70 ILCS 1870/34

    (70 ILCS 1870/34) (from Ch. 19, par. 784)
    Sec. 34.
    No civil action shall be commenced in any court against the District by any person for any injury to his person, unless it is commenced within one year from the date that the injury was received or the cause of action accrued. Within 6 months from the date that any injury was received or such cause of action accrued, any person who is about to commence any civil action in any court against the Port District for damages on account of any injury to his person shall file in the office of the secretary of the Board either by himself, his agent, or attorney, a statement, in writing, signed by himself, his agent, or attorney, giving the name of the person to whom the cause of action has accrued, the name and residence of the person injured, the date and about the hour of the accident, the place or location where the accident occurred and the name and address of the attending physician, if any. If such statement is not filed as provided, any such civil action commenced against the District shall be dismissed and the person to whom any cause of action accrued for any personal injury shall be forever barred from further suing.
(Source: P.A. 77-82.)

70 ILCS 1870/35

    (70 ILCS 1870/35) (from Ch. 19, par. 785)
    Sec. 35.
    The Board shall investigate conditions in which it has an interest within the Port District, the enforcement of its ordinances, rules and regulations, and the action, conduct and efficiency of all officers, agents and employees of the Port District. In the conduct of such investigations the Board may hold public hearings on its own motion, and shall do so on complaint or petition of any municipality within the District. Each member of the Board shall have power to administer oaths. The secretary, by order of the Board, shall issue subpoenas to secure the attendance and testimony of witnesses, and the production of books and papers relevant to such investigations and to any hearing before the Board or any member thereof. Any circuit court, upon application of the Board, or any member thereof, may compel the attendance of witnesses, the production of books and papers, and giving of testimony before the Board or before any member thereof or any officers' committee appointed by the Board, by attachment for contempt or otherwise in the same manner as the production of evidence may be compelled before the Court.
(Source: P.A. 77-82.)

70 ILCS 1870/36

    (70 ILCS 1870/36) (from Ch. 19, par. 786)
    Sec. 36. All final administrative decisions of the Board shall be subject to judicial review pursuant to the provisions of the Administrative Review Law, and all amendments and modifications thereof, and the rules adopted pursuant thereto. The term "administrative decision" is defined as in Section 3-101 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

70 ILCS 1870/37

    (70 ILCS 1870/37) (from Ch. 19, par. 787)
    Sec. 37. If any provision of this Act is held invalid such provision shall be deemed to be excised from this Act and the invalidity thereof shall not affect any of the other provisions of this Act. If the application of any provision of this Act to any person or circumstance is held invalid it shall not affect the application of such persons or circumstances other than those as to which it is invalid. The provisions of this Act shall not be considered as impairing, altering, modifying, repealing or superseding any of the jurisdiction or powers of the Illinois Commerce Commission or of the Department of Natural Resources under the Rivers, Lakes, and Streams Act. This Act shall be construed broadly and liberally to effectuate its purpose of improving the prosperity of the Port District by facilitating the removal and marketing of its raw materials and the development of industrial, mining and transportation employment.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

70 ILCS 1870/38

    (70 ILCS 1870/38) (from Ch. 19, par. 788)
    Sec. 38.
    The provisions of the "Illinois Municipal Code", approved May 29, 1961, as amended, shall not be effective within the District insofar as the provisions of such Act conflict with the provisions of this Act or grant substantially the same powers to any municipal corporation as are granted to the Port District by this Act.
(Source: P.A. 77-82.)