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SPECIAL DISTRICTS
(70 ILCS 2005/) Rescue Squad Districts Act.

70 ILCS 2005/1

    (70 ILCS 2005/1) (from Ch. 85, par. 6851)
    Sec. 1. This Act may be cited as the Rescue Squad Districts Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-916.)

70 ILCS 2005/2

    (70 ILCS 2005/2) (from Ch. 85, par. 6852)
    Sec. 2. Any contiguous territory having a population of not less than 300 inhabitants and no part of which is already included in a rescue squad district, and no part of which is located in a fire protection district that provides rescue services, may be organized as a rescue squad district as provided in this Act.
    Any 5% of the legal voters within the limits of the proposed rescue squad district may petition the circuit court for the county in which the territory lies to order the question whether the territory shall be organized as a rescue squad district under this Act to be submitted to the legal voters of the territory, but every petition shall be signed by at least 25 legal voters residing within the territory proposed to be organized as a rescue squad district, and in case the territory includes more than one city, village or incorporated town, or any portions thereof, or includes one or more cities, villages or incorporated towns, or any portion thereof, and territory not a part of any city, village or incorporated town, then the petition must be signed by at least 5% of the legal voters residing in each of those cities, villages, or incorporated towns, or portions thereof, and by at least 5% of the legal voters residing in the territory not a part of any city, village or incorporated town. The petition shall contain a definite description of the boundaries of the territory proposed to be organized as a rescue squad district, and shall set forth the name of the proposed district, which name shall be The .... Rescue Squad District.
(Source: P.A. 86-916.)

70 ILCS 2005/3

    (70 ILCS 2005/3) (from Ch. 85, par. 6853)
    Sec. 3. Upon the filing of a petition in the office of the circuit clerk, the court to whom the petition is addressed shall give notice of the time and place of a hearing on the question of the necessity for the organization of a rescue squad district and of the boundaries of the proposed district. The notice shall be published at least once each week for 2 weeks in one or more newspapers of general circulation in the proposed district, and a copy of the notice shall be posted in at least 10 of the most public places in the proposed district at least 10 days before the hearing. The hearing shall be held within 20 days after the petition is filed with the circuit clerk.
    The court shall preside at the hearing, and all persons resident within the territory proposed to be organized as a rescue squad district shall be given an opportunity to be heard touching the necessity of the organization of a district and to make suggestions regarding the boundaries of the district. After hearing the statements, evidence and suggestions, if the court determines that considerations of public health and welfare make the organization of a district necessary, it shall fix the boundaries of the proposed rescue squad district and, for that purpose and to that extent, may alter and amend the petition. In case the boundaries as fixed by the court include any territory not included in the boundaries as described in the original petition, the court shall cause a notice to be inserted at least twice in some newspaper of general circulation in the additional territory, which notice shall state the time and place at which a hearing will be held to permit the owners of the land in the additional territory to appear and be heard on the question of including the additional territory. The notice shall be published at least 10 days before the hearing, and the hearing shall be held within 3 weeks after the court first fixes the boundaries. At the hearing the boundaries of the proposed district shall be finally fixed by the court.
(Source: P.A. 86-916.)

70 ILCS 2005/4

    (70 ILCS 2005/4) (from Ch. 85, par. 6854)
    Sec. 4. The determination of the court as to the necessity for the organization of the proposed rescue squad district, together with the description of the boundaries of the district as fixed by the court, shall be entered of record in the court. Thereupon the court shall certify the question of the organization of the territory included within the boundaries fixed by it as a rescue squad district to the proper election officials, who shall submit the question to the legal voters resident within the territory at an election to be held in the district. Notice of the referendum shall be given and the referendum conducted in the manner provided by the general election law. The notice of the election shall state the purpose of the referendum, describe the territory proposed to be organized as a rescue squad district, and state the time of the election.
    The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
--------------------------------------------------------------
    Shall this territory (describing
it) be organized as The ...........               YES
Rescue Squad District and shall the
District be authorized to levy and     -----------------------
collect a property tax not to exceed
.20% on the property situated in the              NO
District?
--------------------------------------------------------------
    The court shall cause a statement of the result to be entered of record in the court.
(Source: P.A. 86-916.)

70 ILCS 2005/5

    (70 ILCS 2005/5) (from Ch. 85, par. 6855)
    Sec. 5. If a majority of the votes cast on the question are in favor of the organization of the territory as a rescue squad district, the territory shall be an organized rescue squad district under this Act. The district shall have the name set forth in the petition and by such name may transact all corporate business. The district shall constitute a body corporate and politic. All courts of this State shall take judicial notice of the organization of the rescue squad district.
(Source: P.A. 86-916.)

70 ILCS 2005/6

    (70 ILCS 2005/6) (from Ch. 85, par. 6856)
    Sec. 6. Within 60 days after the organization of any rescue squad district under the provisions of this Act, a board of trustees, consisting of 5 members, for the government and control of the affairs and business of the rescue squad district shall be appointed in the following manner:
        (1) If the district lies wholly within a single
    
township, the board of trustees of that township shall appoint the trustees for the district, but no township official is eligible for such appointment.
        (2) If the district is not contained wholly within a
    
single township, but is located wholly within a single county, the trustees for the district shall be appointed by the presiding officer of the county board, with the advice and consent of the county board.
        (3) If the district lies wholly within a
    
municipality, the governing body of the municipality shall appoint trustees for the district.
        (4) If the district does not conform to any of the
    
foregoing classifications, the trustees for the district shall be from each county in the district in numbers proportionate, as nearly as practicable, to the number of residents of the district who reside in each county in relation to the total population of the district. Trustees shall be appointed by the county board of their respective counties, or in the case of a home rule county as defined by Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution, by the chief executive officer of that county, with the advice and consent of the county board.
    Upon the expiration of the term of a trustee who is in office at the time of the publication of each decennial federal census of population, the successor shall be a resident of whichever county is entitled to the representation in order to bring about the proportional representation required by this Act, and the successor shall be appointed by the appointing authority of that county. Thereafter, each trustee shall be succeeded by a resident of the same county, who shall be appointed by the same appointing authority. Of the trustees first appointed, 3 shall hold office until the second Monday in December after the next succeeding general election for members of the General Assembly and 2 shall hold office until the second Monday in December 2 years after the next succeeding general election for members of the General Assembly, and until their successors are appointed and qualified. Thereafter, the trustees of the district shall be appointed in every year in which the term of any of the trustees expires and shall hold office for 4 years and until their successors are appointed and qualified. Each trustee shall be a legal voter in the district. Each trustee shall be compensated at the same rate, which shall not exceed $750 per fiscal year, as determined by the board of trustees.
    Whenever a vacancy occurs in the board of trustees the appropriate appointing authority shall appoint some person to fill the remainder of the unexpired term.
(Source: P.A. 86-916.)

70 ILCS 2005/6.5

    (70 ILCS 2005/6.5)
    Sec. 6.5. Change to elected board of trustees; petition; election; ballot; nomination and election of trustees. Any rescue squad district organized under this Act may have an elected, rather than an appointed, board of trustees if approved by referendum. Upon presentation to the board of trustees of a petition, signed by not less than 10% of the electors of the district, requesting that a proposition for the election of trustees be submitted to the electors of the district, the secretary of the board of trustees shall certify the proposition to the appropriate election authorities who shall submit the proposition at a regular election in accordance with the general election law. The general election law shall apply to and govern such election. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
--------------------------------------------------------------
    Shall the trustees of ......           YES
    Rescue Squad District be        --------------------------
    elected, rather than appointed?        NO
--------------------------------------------------------------
        If a majority of the votes cast on such proposition
    
are in the affirmative, the trustees of the district shall thereafter be elected as provided by this Section.
    At the next regular election for trustees as provided by the general election law, a district that has approved by referendum to have its trustees elected rather than appointed shall elect 5 initial trustees. The initial elected trustees shall be elected as follows: 2 shall be elected for terms of 2 years, 2 for terms of 4 years, and one for a term of 6 years. Except as otherwise provided in Section 2A-54 of the Election Code, the term of each elected trustee shall commence on the third Monday of the month following the month of his or her election and until his or her successor is elected and qualified. The length of the terms of the trustees first elected shall be determined by lot at their first meeting. Thereafter, except as otherwise provided in Section 2A-54 of the Election Code, each trustee shall be elected to serve for a term of 4 years commencing on the third Monday of the month following the month of his or her election and until his or her successor is elected and qualified.
    No party designation shall appear on the ballot for election of trustees. The provisions of the general election law shall apply to and govern the nomination and election of trustees.
    Nominations for members of the board of trustees shall be made by a petition signed by at least 25 voters or 5% of the voters, whichever is less, residing within the district and shall be filed with the secretary of the board. In addition to the requirements of general election law, the form of the petition shall be as follows:
NOMINATING PETITIONS
    To the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of (name of rescue squad district):
    We, the undersigned, being (number of signatories or 5% or more) of the voters residing within the district, hereby petition that (name of candidate) who resides at (address of candidate) in this district shall be a candidate for the office of (office) of the Board of Trustees (full-term or vacancy) to be voted for at the election to be held (date of election).
    The secretary of the board shall notify each candidate for whom a petition for nomination has been filed of their obligations under the Campaign Financing Act, as required by the general election law. The notice shall be given on a form prescribed by the State Board of Elections and in accordance with the requirements of the general election law.
    The secretary shall, within 7 days of filing or on the last day for filing, whichever is earlier, acknowledge to the petitioner in writing his acceptance of the petition.
    The provisions of Section 6 relating to eligibility and compensation of trustees shall apply equally to elected trustees.
    Whenever a rescue squad district determines to elect trustees as provided in this Section, the trustees appointed pursuant to Section 6 shall continue to constitute the board of trustees until the third Monday of the month following the month of the first election of trustees. If the term of office of any appointed trustees expires before the first election of trustees, the authority which appointed that trustee under Section 6 of this Act shall appoint a successor to serve until a successor is elected and has qualified. The terms of all appointed trustees in such district shall expire on the third Monday of the month following the month of the first election of trustees under this Section or when successors have been elected and have qualified, whichever occurs later.
(Source: P.A. 99-295, eff. 8-6-15.)

70 ILCS 2005/7

    (70 ILCS 2005/7) (from Ch. 85, par. 6857)
    Sec. 7. The trustees appointed in accordance with this Act shall constitute a board of trustees for the rescue squad district for which they are appointed, and that board of trustees is declared to be the corporate authority of the district and shall exercise all of the powers and control all of the affairs and property of the district. The board of trustees may provide and adopt a corporate seal. Immediately after their appointment and at their first meeting in December of each year thereafter, the board of trustees shall elect one of their number as president, one as secretary, and one as treasurer, and shall elect such other officers as may be necessary. The board of trustees shall provide for the time and place of holding regular meetings and may establish rules for board proceedings. Special meetings may be called by the president of the board or by any 3 trustees, but each member of the board shall be given notice of a special meeting at least 24 hours before the meeting. All of the meetings of the board, whether regular or special, shall be open to the public. A majority of the board of trustees shall constitute a quorum, but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day. The board shall keep a regular book of records of all of the proceedings of the board, which book shall be open to the inspection of any person residing in the district at all reasonable and proper times.
(Source: P.A. 86-916.)

70 ILCS 2005/8

    (70 ILCS 2005/8) (from Ch. 85, par. 6858)
    Sec. 8. The board of trustees of the district shall have power to take all necessary or proper steps to provide rescue services within the district; to purchase equipment, supplies and materials; to recruit rescue squad personnel, who shall be compensated at a rate determined by the board of trustees; and generally to do any and all things necessary or incident to the powers granted by this Act and to carry out the objects of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-916.)

70 ILCS 2005/9

    (70 ILCS 2005/9) (from Ch. 85, par. 6859)
    Sec. 9. Whenever a district owns any personal property which in the opinion of three-fourths of the members of the board of trustees is no longer necessary or useful to or for the best interests of the district, a majority of the board of trustees then holding office, at any regular meeting or at any special meeting called for that purpose, may by ordinance authorize the sale of that personal property in such manner as they may designate, with or without advertising the sale.
(Source: P.A. 86-916.)

70 ILCS 2005/10

    (70 ILCS 2005/10) (from Ch. 85, par. 6860)
    Sec. 10. Purchases made under this Act must be made in compliance with the Local Government Prompt Payment Act, as now or hereafter amended.
(Source: P.A. 86-916.)

70 ILCS 2005/11

    (70 ILCS 2005/11) (from Ch. 85, par. 6861)
    Sec. 11. A rescue squad district organized under this Act may levy and collect a general tax on the property situated in the district, but the aggregate amount of taxes levied for any one year shall not exceed the rate of .20% of value, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue. The board of trustees shall determine and certify the amount to be levied and shall return the same to the county clerk. The limitation upon the tax rate may be increased or decreased under the referendum provisions of the General Revenue Law of Illinois.
    In case the district is located in more than one county, the board of trustees shall determine and certify the amount to be levied upon the taxable property lying in each county and return the same to the respective county clerks of the counties in which the amount is to be levied. In order to determine the amount to be levied upon the taxable property of that part of the district lying in each county, the board shall ascertain from the county clerk of the respective counties in which the district lies the last ascertained equalized value of the taxable property of the district lying in their respective counties, then shall ascertain the rate per cent required and shall, accordingly, apportion the whole amount to be raised between the several parts of the district so lying in the different counties. The tax provided for in this Section shall be levied at the same time and in the same manner as nearly as practicable as taxes are now levied for municipal purposes under the laws of this State.
    All general taxes under this Act, when collected, shall be paid over to the treasurer of the board of trustees, who is authorized to receive and receipt for the same.
(Source: P.A. 86-916.)

70 ILCS 2005/12

    (70 ILCS 2005/12) (from Ch. 85, par. 6862)
    Sec. 12. A district organized under this Act, in the preparation of its annual budget and appropriation ordinance, may provide that an amount equal to not more than 0.5% of the total equalized assessed value of real property situated in the district shall be allocated to and accumulated in an Equipment Repair or Replacement Fund for the purposes of equipment repairs or replacements of specific types of district equipment. Expenditures from the Equipment Repair or Replacement Fund shall be budgeted and appropriated for the fiscal year in which the equipment repair or replacement will occur. Upon completion or abandonment of any object or purpose for which an Equipment Repair or Replacement Fund has been initiated, monies remaining in the fund shall be transferred into the general corporate fund of the district on the first day of the fiscal year following the abandonment or completion resulting in the surplus moneys in such fund.
(Source: P.A. 98-756, eff. 7-16-14.)

70 ILCS 2005/13

    (70 ILCS 2005/13) (from Ch. 85, par. 6863)
    Sec. 13. Any territory lying adjacent and contiguous to a rescue squad district, and not part of another rescue squad district and not part of a fire protection district that provides rescue services, may be annexed to the district as provided in this Section.
    Upon petition in writing, describing the territory proposed to be annexed and signed by a majority of the legal voters in that territory and by the owners of more than half of the taxable property in that territory as shown by the last ascertained equalized value of the taxable property in that territory being filed with the trustees of the district, the trustees may annex the territory by a resolution which shall be published at least once in a newspaper having a general circulation in the territory and shall include a notice of (1) the specific number of voters required to sign a petition requesting that the question of the adoption of the resolution be submitted to the electors of the territory, (2) the time in which the petition must be filed, and (3) the date of the prospective referendum. The county clerk of the county in which the territory is situated shall provide a petition form to any individual requesting one. The resolution shall be effective 45 days from the date of publication and is subject to a referendum, if a referendum is requested, before the effective date of the resolution, by the lesser of 1,000 voters or 5% of the voters in the district. The trustees may also order the question of the annexation of the territory to be submitted to the legal voters of the district at a regular election by certifying the question to the proper election officials. Notice of the election shall be given and the election conducted in the manner provided by the general election law. The proposition shall be stated as follows: "Shall the territory (describing it) be annexed to The .... Rescue Squad District?" If the majority of all the votes cast on the question is in favor of annexation, the board of trustees shall so certify to the county clerk, and within 10 days of the election the trustees by an order duly entered upon their records shall annex the territory to the district and shall file a map of the annexed territory in the office of the county clerk of the county where the annexed territory is situated. Thereupon the territory shall be deemed annexed to and shall be a part of the rescue squad district.
(Source: P.A. 86-916.)

70 ILCS 2005/14

    (70 ILCS 2005/14) (from Ch. 85, par. 6864)
    Sec. 14. A district organized under this Act may be dissolved and discontinued upon like petition, hearing and election as is provided in this Act for the organization of a district. If a majority of the votes cast on the question at the election are in favor of dissolution, the court shall enter an order of record in the court dissolving the district. The trustees of the district shall immediately proceed to wind up the affairs of the district and shall have the same powers as before dissolution to levy taxes for the purpose of paying the debts, obligations and liabilities of the district outstanding on the date of dissolution and the necessary expenses of closing up the affairs of the district. All property of the district shall be sold and, in case any excess remains after all liabilities of the district are paid, the excess shall be paid to the various common school districts located in the district ratably in the proportion that the taxable value of all the property in each of the school districts bears to the taxable value of all the property in the rescue squad district.
(Source: P.A. 86-916.)

70 ILCS 2005/15

    (70 ILCS 2005/15) (from Ch. 85, par. 6865)
    Sec. 15. The owner or owners of record of any area of land consisting of one or more tracts lying within the corporate limits of a rescue squad district may have the area disconnected from the district as provided in this Section.
    The owner or owners of record of the tract or tracts of land shall file a petition in the circuit court of the county in which the district was organized alleging facts in support of disconnection, including the following:
        (1) That the tract or tracts involved are located
    
upon the border of the district.
        (2) That disconnection will not result in the
    
isolation of any part of the district from the remainder of the district.
        (3) That disconnection will not destroy or impair the
    
effectiveness of the district in the performance of its lawful functions.
        (4) That disconnection will not jeopardize the
    
financial position of the district.
        (5) That disconnection will not adversely affect the
    
public health and welfare.
        (6) That rescue services are provided by a fire
    
protection district or other unit of local government.
    The district from which disconnection is sought shall be made a defendant, and it or any taxpayer residing in the district may appear and defend against the petition. The court shall set the petition for hearing on a date not less than 30 days after the filing of the petition. If the court finds that the allegations of the petition are true and that the area of land is entitled to disconnection, it shall order the specified land disconnected from the district and thereupon that land shall cease to be a part of the district. The land shall not, however, be relieved from any bonded indebtedness of the district previously created as to that land's proportionate share. The decision of the court is appealable as in other civil cases.
(Source: P.A. 86-916.)