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SPECIAL DISTRICTS
(70 ILCS 2205/) Sanitary District Act of 1907.

70 ILCS 2205/0.01

    (70 ILCS 2205/0.01) (from Ch. 42, par. 246h)
    Sec. 0.01. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Sanitary District Act of 1907.
(Source: P.A. 86-1324.)

70 ILCS 2205/1

    (70 ILCS 2205/1) (from Ch. 42, par. 247)
    Sec. 1. Whenever any area of contiguous territory within the limits of two counties, having within its limits two or more incorporated cities or villages, and an aggregate population of not less than 3,500 inhabitants, shall be so situate as to be subject to overflow from any river or tributary thereof, and the maintenance of one or more levees for the protection of the same against such overflow, and of a new or improved outlet for the drainage thereof, will conduce to the preservation of the public health and safety, the same may be incorporated as a sanitary district, in the manner following: Any three hundred legal voters resident within the limits of such proposed district, may petition the circuit court for the county in which the majority of such petitioners reside, to cause the question to be submitted to the legal voters of said proposed district, whether they will organize as a sanitary district under this act. Such petition shall contain the name of such proposed sanitary district, and a definite description of the territory intended to be embraced therein: Provided, no territory shall be included within more than one sanitary district under this act.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3817.)

70 ILCS 2205/2

    (70 ILCS 2205/2) (from Ch. 42, par. 248)
    Sec. 2. Upon the filing of such petition in the office of the circuit clerk of said county it shall be the duty of the court to consider the boundaries of such proposed district, whether the same shall be described in said petition or otherwise. Four weeks' notice shall be given by the court of the time and place where such boundaries will be considered, by publication in one or more newspapers published in each of said counties. At such hearing all persons in the proposed sanitary district shall have an opportunity to be heard touching the location and boundary of such proposed district; and after hearing such evidence and suggestions as may be offered, the court shall fix and determine the limits and boundaries of said proposed district, and for that purpose, and to that extent, may alter and amend such petition.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3817.)

70 ILCS 2205/3

    (70 ILCS 2205/3) (from Ch. 42, par. 249)
    Sec. 3. Upon such determination, the court shall order to be submitted to the legal voters of the proposed sanitary district at an election in which all of the electors in the proposed district may vote the question of the organization and establishment thereof, as determined by the commissioners, or a majority of them. The court shall certify its order and the question to the proper election officials who shall submit the question at an election in accordance with the general election law. In addition to the requirements of the general election law, notice of such election shall state briefly the purpose of such election, and contain a description of the proposed district. Each legal voter residing within the proposed sanitary district shall have the right to cast a vote at such election. The question shall be in substantially the following form: "For Sanitary District" or "Against Sanitary District". If a majority of the votes cast upon the question of the incorporation of the proposed sanitary district shall be in favor of the same, the inhabitants thereof shall be deemed to have accepted the provisions of this Act, and the same shall thenceforth be deemed an organized sanitary district under this Act, with the name stated in the petition.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

70 ILCS 2205/4

    (70 ILCS 2205/4) (from Ch. 42, par. 250)
    Sec. 4. Upon the organization of such sanitary district, the circuit court shall order the election of the corporate authorities. Thereupon, the clerk of the circuit court shall certify said order to the proper election official, who shall conduct such election at the time and in the manner provided by the general election law for the election of such officers. Nomination petitions for this initial election shall be filed within the time provided by the general election law with the circuit court clerk who shall perform the election duties of the secretary of the district for such first election.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)

70 ILCS 2205/5

    (70 ILCS 2205/5) (from Ch. 42, par. 251)
    Sec. 5. There shall be 5 trustees, elected as provided in this Section, who shall constitute a board of trustees for the sanitary district. The trustees shall hold office for 4 years, and until their successors are elected and qualified. At all regular elections held after August 20, 1965, 3 trustees shall be elected from the territory of the district in the county having the greater assessed valuation of the district and 2 trustees shall be elected from the territory of the district in the county having the lesser assessed valuation of the district. However, all trustees shall be elected from the district as a whole if the equalized assessed valuation of the district for taxation purposes is less than $100,000,000. The election of trustees to succeed the first board of trustees shall be held at the election provided by the general election law in the year their term expires, and every 4 years thereafter. The trustees shall choose one of their number as president and one as vice-president. In case of the death, resignation, absence from the state, or other disability of the president, the powers, duties and emoluments of the office of president shall devolve upon the vice-president, until such disability is removed or until a successor to the president is elected or appointed and chosen in the manner provided in this Act. All elections for trustees of such sanitary districts shall be held under the provisions of the general election laws of this State.
    In the event there is to be a division of trustees between the counties having a territory within the district, only those voters residing within the limits of the territory of such sanitary district within a county shall be allowed to vote for trustees of the sanitary district, elected from such county. If all trustees are elected at large in the district, any voter residing within the limits of the district may vote for the trustees of his choice irrespective of his county of residence.
    In case of a vacancy in the office of trustee of any sanitary district the county clerk of the county in which the trustee whose office is vacant resided shall notify the Governor of any such vacancy, whereupon the Governor shall issue a writ of election to the county clerk of the county in which such vacancy exists, who shall conduct an election to fill such vacancy at the next regular election provided in the general election law for the election of such trustees. If such vacancy occurs within 28 months before the expiration of the term of the office made vacant, the Governor shall fill such vacancy by appointment.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)

70 ILCS 2205/6

    (70 ILCS 2205/6) (from Ch. 42, par. 252)
    Sec. 6. Such sanitary district shall be held in all courts to be a body corporate, and politic, under the name and style of .... sanitary district, and by such name and style may sue and be sued, contract and be contracted with, acquire and hold real and personal property necessary for corporate purposes, have a common seal, and change the same at pleasure, and exercise all the powers in this Act conferred. No claim for compensation shall be made or action for damages filed against such district on account of any damage to property occurring after July 1, 1933, unless notice in writing is filed with the board within 6 months after the occurrence of the damage or injury giving the name and residence address of the owner of the property damaged, its location and the probable extent of the damage sustained. All courts of this State shall take judicial notice of the existence of sanitary districts organized hereunder.
    The board of trustees may, by ordinance, change the corporate name of a sanitary district organized under this Act. Such ordinance shall be published at least once in a newspaper having a general circulation within the district and shall become effective 10 days after such first publication. A copy of such ordinance together with a certificate of publication thereof certified by the president of the board shall be transmitted to the Secretary of State. After such ordinance becomes effective all references in any ordinance, resolution, bonds, or any other document to such sanitary district by its former corporate name shall mean and include the corporate name under which such sanitary district is then operating. No rights, duties or privileges of such sanitary district, or those of any person, existing before the change of corporate name shall be affected by such change of name. All proceedings pending in any court in favor of or against a sanitary district at the time a change of corporate name is effected may continue to final consummation under the name in which they were commenced.
(Source: P.A. 83-345.)

70 ILCS 2205/7

    (70 ILCS 2205/7) (from Ch. 42, par. 253)
    Sec. 7. The board of trustees, and its successors in office, shall constitute the corporate authority of the sanitary district, and shall exercise all powers and manage and control all the affairs and property of the district. The board of trustees may select a clerk, treasurer, engineer and attorney, and employ such other clerks and employees necessary for such municipality. All employees selected by the board shall hold their respective offices during the pleasure of the board, and shall give such bonds as may be required by the board. The board may prescribe the duties and fix the compensation of all the officers and employees of the district. The salary of the president of the board of trustees shall not exceed $2,000 per year, and the salary of the other members of the board shall not exceed $1,000 per year. The compensation received by any attorney shall not exceed the sum of $3,500 per year.
    Each trustee shall, before entering upon the duties of his office, execute a bond with security to be approved by the circuit court, payable to the district, in the penal sum of $10,000, conditioned upon the faithful performance of the duties of his office. Each bond shall be filed with and preserved by the county clerk.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 699.)

70 ILCS 2205/7a

    (70 ILCS 2205/7a) (from Ch. 42, par. 253a)
    Sec. 7a. The board of trustees of any sanitary district organized under this Act, 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 ten 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 of trustees 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.
(Source: P.A. 83-541.)

70 ILCS 2205/8

    (70 ILCS 2205/8) (from Ch. 42, par. 254)
    Sec. 8. The board of trustees of the sanitary district shall, within 3 months after its organization hereunder, cause to be filed in the office of the recorder in each county in which the district is situated, a certified copy of the record of the court, in the matter of such organization, showing the name and boundaries of the district, the canvass of the votes, and the result of the election, whereby the district became so organized, and the recorder shall record the same.
(Source: P.A. 83-358.)

70 ILCS 2205/9

    (70 ILCS 2205/9) (from Ch. 42, par. 255)
    Sec. 9. Said board of trustees shall have full power to pass all necessary ordinances, and make all orders, rules and regulations for the proper management and conduct of the business of said board of trustees, and of said municipality, and for carrying into effect the objects for which said sanitary district is formed.
(Source: Laws 1907, p. 289.)

70 ILCS 2205/10

    (70 ILCS 2205/10) (from Ch. 42, par. 256)
    Sec. 10. All ordinances, orders, rules, resolutions and regulations shall before taking effect, be passed upon by the president of the board of trustees. Such as he shall approve, he shall sign, and such as he shall not approve, he shall return to the board of trustees, with his objections thereto in writing, at its next regular meeting after the passage thereof. The president's veto may extend to any one or more items or appropriations contained in any ordinance, or to the entire ordinance; and in case the veto only extends to a part of such ordinance, the remainder shall take effect and be in force; with his objections thereto by the time aforesaid, he shall be deemed to have approved the same, but in case the president shall fail to return any ordinance, order, rule, resolution or regulation and such ordinance shall take effect accordingly. Upon the return of any unapproved ordinance, order, rule, resolution or regulation, the vote by which the same was passed shall be reconsidered by the board of trustees, and if upon such reconsideration, two-thirds of all the members elect shall agree by yeas and nays to pass the same, it shall go into effect, notwithstanding the president's refusal to approve thereof.
(Source: Laws 1907, p. 289.)

70 ILCS 2205/11

    (70 ILCS 2205/11) (from Ch. 42, par. 257)
    Sec. 11. All ordinances making any appropriation, shall within one month after they have been passed, be published at least once in a newspaper published in such district, in each of the counties in which the same is situate; and no such ordinance shall take effect until ten days after it is so published. All other ordinances, orders and resolutions shall become effective from and after their passage, unless otherwise provided therein.
(Source: Laws 1907, p. 289.)

70 ILCS 2205/12

    (70 ILCS 2205/12) (from Ch. 42, par. 258)
    Sec. 12. All ordinances, orders and resolutions, and the date of publication thereof, may be proven by the certificate of the clerk under the seal of the corporation, and when printed in book or pamphlet form, and purporting to be published by authority of the board of trustees, such book or pamphlet shall be received as evidence of the passage and legal publication thereof, as of the dates mentioned therein, in all courts and places, without further proof.
(Source: Laws 1907, p. 289.)

70 ILCS 2205/12.1

    (70 ILCS 2205/12.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 258.1)
    Sec. 12.1. Actions to impose a fine or imprisonment for violation of a sanitary district ordinance or resolution adopted under authority of this Act shall be brought in the corporate name of the sanitary district as plaintiff. Such actions shall commence with a complaint or a warrant. A warrant may issue upon execution of an affidavit by any person alleging that he has reasonable grounds to believe that the person to be named in the warrant has violated a sanitary district ordinance or resolution. A person arrested upon such a warrant shall be taken without unnecessary delay before the proper officer for trial.
    Fines for the violation of sanitary district ordinances or resolutions shall be established by ordinance or resolution and when collected shall be paid into the sanitary district treasury at such times and in a manner prescribed by ordinance or resolution.
    A person who is fined for violation of a sanitary district ordinance or resolution may be committed to the county jail or to any place provided by ordinance or resolution for the incarceration of offenders until the fine and costs are paid. No incarceration, however, shall exceed 6 months for any one offense. The committed person shall be allowed, exclusive of his board, a credit of $5 toward the fine and costs for each day of confinement. The sanitary district may make agreements with a county or municipality for holding such persons in a facility operated by them for the incarceration of violators of laws, ordinances or resolutions.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 775.)

70 ILCS 2205/13

    (70 ILCS 2205/13) (from Ch. 42, par. 259)
    Sec. 13. The board of trustees shall have power to lay out, locate, establish and construct one or more levees or embankments of such size, material and character as may be required to protect said district against overflow from any river, or tributary stream, or water-course, and to lay out, establish and construct all such other or additional improvements or works as may be auxiliary or incidental thereto, or promotive of the sanitary purposes contemplated in this act; and shall have power thereafter to maintain, repair, change, enlarge and add to such levees, embankments, improvements and work as may be necessary or proper to meet future requirements for the accomplishment of the purposes aforesaid.
(Source: Laws 1907, p. 289.)

70 ILCS 2205/14

    (70 ILCS 2205/14) (from Ch. 42, par. 260)
    Sec. 14. The Board of Trustees shall have power to lay out, locate, establish, construct, maintain and operate one or more drains, conduits, treatment plants, pumping plants, works, ditches, channels or outlets of such capacity and character as may be required for the treatment, carrying-off and disposal of swamp, stagnant or overflow water, sewage, industrial wastes and other drainage of such district, and to lay out, establish, construct, maintain and operate all such adjuncts or auxiliary improvements or works as may be necessary or proper for the accomplishment of the purposes intended; and to such end the Board of Trustees shall have power to straighten, enlarge, divert or change the location, course or outlet of any stream or water course or divide the waters thereof and any part thereof by means of new channels, ditches or otherwise and to lay and construct such conduits, drains and pipes and to extend the same in and to the incorporated limits of any city, village or town for the purpose of connecting the same with the drains, mains, outlets or conduits constructed or maintained by such city, village or town, for the carrying-off of the sewage and industrial wastes of such city, village or town, through the drains and conduits and into treatment plants, pumping plants and works of such district and to enter into contract or agreement with any such city, village or town, thereby granting permission for the use of such conduits, drains, treatment plants, pumping plants, and works of such district in the matter of treatment and disposal of sewage and industrial wastes of said city, village or town, for a reasonable compensation therefor to be paid by such city, village or town, and in case the costs of such conduits, drains, treatment plants, pumping plants or works is increased by reason of providing for the treatment, carrying-off and disposal of the sewage or industrial wastes of any city, village or town, then the increased cost thereof and the increased cost of operating and maintaining the same shall be borne by such city, village or town; and the said board of trustees shall have power to receive payment of such compensation, and to do any and all things by them deemed necessary and proper in the furtherance of said purposes; and shall have power thereafter to maintain, repair, change, enlarge and add to such drains, ditches, channels, conduits, treatment plants, pumping plants, works, outlets and other improvements and work, as may be necessary or proper, to meet the future requirements for the purposes aforesaid, and when necessary for such purposes, any such work may extend beyond the limits of such district and the rights and powers of said Board of Trustees over any stream or water course, or work thereon, lying outside such district, shall to this extent, be the same as within said district: Provided, no taxes shall be levied upon any property outside of such district: And provided further, that the district shall be liable for all damages sustained beyond its limits in consequence of any work or improvement authorized hereunder. And provided that nothing in this Act contained shall be construed as superseding or in any manner limiting the provisions of the "Environmental Protection Act", enacted by the 76th General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 76-2436.)

70 ILCS 2205/14.1

    (70 ILCS 2205/14.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 260.1)
    Sec. 14.1. Where any sewer system under the jurisdiction of a city, village or incorporated town is tributary to a sanitary district sewer system, and the board of trustees of such sanitary district finds that it will conduce to the public health, comfort or convenience, the board shall have the power and authority to regulate, limit, extend, deny or otherwise control any connection to such sewer tributary to the sanitary district sewer system by any person or municipal corporation regardless of whether the sewer into which the connection is made is directly under the jurisdiction of the district or not.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 2895.)

70 ILCS 2205/14.2

    (70 ILCS 2205/14.2) (from Ch. 42, par. 260.2)
    Sec. 14.2. Any district formed hereunder shall have the right to require that any sewer system, sewage treatment works or sewage treatment facility constructed in or within 3 miles of the limits of such district which is tributary thereto and not within the limits of any other sanitary district be constructed in accordance with the accepted standards and specifications of such district and shall further have the authority to cause inspection of the construction of such sewer system, sewage treatment works or sewage treatment facility to be made to ascertain that it does comply with the standards and specifications of such sanitary district.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 2895.)

70 ILCS 2205/14.3

    (70 ILCS 2205/14.3) (from Ch. 42, par. 260.3)
    Sec. 14.3. Any sanitary district may annex any territory which is not within the corporate limits of the sanitary district but which is contiguous to it and is served by the sanitary district or by a municipality with sanitary sewers that are connected and served by the sanitary district by the passage of an ordinance to that effect by the board of trustees, describing the territory to be annexed. A copy of the ordinance with an accurate map of the annexed territory, certified as correct by the clerk of the district shall be filed with the county clerk of the county in which the annexed territory is located. The new boundary shall extend to the far side of any adjacent highway and shall include all of every highway within the area annexed. These highways shall be considered to be annexed even though not included in the legal description set forth in the annexation ordinance.
(Source: P.A. 86-1191.)

70 ILCS 2205/14.3a

    (70 ILCS 2205/14.3a) (from Ch. 42, par. 260.3a)
    Sec. 14.3a. The corporate authorities of any sanitary district may enter into an agreement with one or more of the owners of record of land in any territory which may be annexed to such sanitary district as provided in this Act. Such agreement may provide for the annexation of such territory to the sanitary district, subject to the provisions of this Act, and any other matter not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, nor forbidden by law. Such agreement shall be valid and binding for a period not to exceed 10 years from the date of execution thereof.
    Any action taken by the corporate authorities during the period such agreement is in effect, which, if it applied to the land which is the subject of the agreement, would be a breach of such agreement, shall not apply to such land without an amendment of such agreement.
    Any such agreement executed after the effective date of this Amendatory Act of 1983 and all amendments of annexation agreements, shall be entered into in the following manner. The corporate authorities shall fix a time for and hold a public hearing upon the proposed annexation agreement or amendment, and shall give notice of the proposed agreement or amendment not more than 30 nor less than 15 days before the date fixed for the hearing. This notice shall be published at least once in one or more newspapers published within the sanitary district. After such hearing the agreement or amendment may be modified before execution thereof. The annexation agreement or amendment shall be executed by the president of the board of trustees only after such hearing and upon the adoption of a resolution directing such execution, which resolution must be passed by a vote of two-thirds of the corporate authorities then holding office.
    Any annexation agreement executed pursuant to this Section shall be binding upon the successor owners of record of the land which is the subject of the agreement and upon successor corporate authorities of the sanitary district and successor sanitary districts. Any party to such agreement may by civil action, mandamus or other proceeding, enforce and compel performance of the agreement.
    Any annexation agreement executed prior to the effective date of this Amendatory Act of 1983 which was executed pursuant to a two-thirds vote of the corporate authorities and which contains provisions not inconsistent with this Section is hereby declared valid and enforceable as to such provisions for the effective period of such agreement, or for 10 years from the date of execution thereof, whichever is shorter.
    The effective term of any Annexation Agreement executed prior to the effective date of this Amendatory Act of 1983 may be extended at any time prior to the original expiration date to a date which is not later than ten years from the date of execution of the original Annexation Agreement.
(Source: P.A. 83-745.)

70 ILCS 2205/14.3b

    (70 ILCS 2205/14.3b) (from Ch. 42, par. 260.3b)
    Sec. 14.3b. For purposes of this Act, territory to be organized as a sanitary district shall be considered to be contiguous territory, and territory to be annexed to a sanitary district shall be considered to be contiguous to the sanitary district notwithstanding that the territory to be so organized is divided by one or more railroad rights-of-ways or public easements, or that the territory to be so annexed is separated from the sanitary district by one or more railroad rights-of-ways or public easements. However, upon such organization or annexation, the area included within any such right-of-way or public easement shall not be considered a part of or annexed to the sanitary district.
(Source: P.A. 84-654.)

70 ILCS 2205/14.4

    (70 ILCS 2205/14.4) (from Ch. 42, par. 260.4)
    Sec. 14.4. The board of trustees of any sanitary district organized under this Act may require that, before any person or municipal corporation connects to the sewage system of the district, the district be permitted to inspect the drainage lines of the person or municipal corporation to determine whether they are adequate and suitable for connection to its sewage system. In addition to the other charges provided for in this Act, the sanitary district may collect a reasonable charge for this inspection service. Funds collected as inspection charges shall be used by the sanitary district for its general corporate purposes after payment of the costs of making the inspections.
(Source: P.A. 100-201, eff. 8-18-17.)

70 ILCS 2205/15

    (70 ILCS 2205/15) (from Ch. 42, par. 261)
    Sec. 15. Such sanitary district may acquire by purchase, condemnation or otherwise, any and all real and personal property, rights of way and privileges, either within or without its corporate limits, required for its corporate purposes: Provided, all moneys for the purchase or condemnation of any property, shall be paid before possession is taken, or any work done on the premises damaged by the construction of any levee, outlet or other work, and in case of an appeal by either party from any judgment whereby the amount of damages is not finally determined, the amount of the judgment appealed from shall be deposited with the county treasurer of said county, subject to the payment of such damages, on orders signed by the judge of such court, whenever the amount of damages is finally determined, and when no longer required for such purposes, to sell, convey, or otherwise dispose of any of said properties.
(Source: Laws 1907, p. 289.)

70 ILCS 2205/15.5

    (70 ILCS 2205/15.5)
    Sec. 15.5. 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 2205/16

    (70 ILCS 2205/16) (from Ch. 42, par. 262)
    Sec. 16. Subject to the referendum provided for in Section 16.1, the board of trustees may borrow money for corporate purposes on the credit of the corporation, and issue bonds therefor, in such amounts and form, and on such conditions as it shall prescribe, but shall not become indebted in any manner, or for any purpose, to an amount, including existing indebtedness, in the aggregate to exceed 5.75% of the value of the taxable property in said district, to be ascertained by the last assessment for state and county taxes previous to the incurring of such indebtedness or, until January 1, 1983, if greater, the sum that is produced by multiplying the district's 1978 equalized assessed valuation by the debt limitation percentage in effect on January 1, 1979; and before or at the time of incurring any indebtedness, shall provide for the collection of a direct annual tax sufficient to pay the interest on such debt, as it falls due, and also to pay and discharge the principal thereof, within 20 years after contracting the same.
    The bonds shall be sold to the highest and best responsible bidder therefor. Notice of the time and place bids will be publicly opened shall be given by publication in a newspaper having general circulation in the district, once each week for 3 successive weeks, the last publication to be at least one week prior to the time specified in the notice for the opening of bids.
(Source: P.A. 81-165.)

70 ILCS 2205/16.1

    (70 ILCS 2205/16.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 262.1)
    Sec. 16.1. No issue of bonds of the district shall be valid (except bonds to refund an existing bonded indebtedness) unless the proposition of issuing the bonds has first been submitted at a regular election to the voters of the district in accordance with the general election law and has been approved by a majority of those voting on the proposition.
    The proposition shall be substantially in the following form:
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    Shall bonds for the purpose
of....(state purpose), in the              YES
sum of $....(insert amount), be        -----------------------
issued by the board of trustees            NO
of the....(insert name of district)?
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(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

70 ILCS 2205/16.2

    (70 ILCS 2205/16.2) (from Ch. 42, par. 262.2)
    Sec. 16.2. All bonds issued pursuant to this Act shall bear interest at a rate or rates not exceeding that permitted by "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 amended.
(Source: P.A. 83-591.)

70 ILCS 2205/17

    (70 ILCS 2205/17) (from Ch. 42, par. 263)
    Sec. 17. The board of trustees may levy and collect taxes for corporate purposes. Such taxes shall be levied by ordinance specifying the purposes for which the same are required, and a certified copy of such ordinance shall be filed with the county clerk of the county in which the district was organized, on or before the second Tuesday in August, as provided in Section 14-10 of the Property Tax Code. After the assessment for the current year has been equalized by the Department of Revenue, the board of trustees shall, as soon as may be, ascertain and certify to such county clerk the total value of all taxable property lying within the corporate limits of such districts in each of the counties in which the district is situated, if the district is situated in more than one county, as the same is assessed and equalized for State and county purposes for the current year. The county clerk shall ascertain the rate per cent which, upon the total valuation of all such property, ascertained as above stated, would produce a net amount not less than the amount so directed to be levied; and the clerk shall, without delay, certify under his signature and seal of office to the county clerk of such other county, in which a portion of the district is situated such rate per cent; and it shall be the duty of each of the county clerks to extend such tax in a separate column upon the books of the collector or collectors of the State and county taxes for the counties, against all property in their respective counties, within the limits of the district. All taxes so levied and certified shall be collected and enforced in the same manner, and by the same officers as State and county taxes, and shall be paid over by the officers collecting the same, to the treasurer of the sanitary district, in the manner and at the time provided by the Property Tax Code. The aggregate amount of taxes levied for any one year, exclusive of the amount levied for the payment of bonded indebtedness and interest thereon, shall not exceed the rate of .20%, or the rate limitation in effect on July 1, 1967, whichever is greater, of value, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue. The foregoing limitations upon tax rates may be increased or decreased under the referendum provisions of the Property Tax Code.
    In addition to the other taxes authorized by this Section, the board of trustees may levy and collect, without referendum, a tax for the purpose of paying the costs of operation of the chlorination of sewage, or other means of disinfection or additional treatment as may be required by water quality standards approved or adopted by the Pollution Control Board or by the court, which tax is not subject to the rate limitations imposed by this Section but may be extended at a rate not to exceed .03% of the value of all taxable property within the district as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue.
    Such tax may be extended at a rate in excess of .03% but not to exceed .05%, providing the question of levying such increase has first been submitted to the voters of such district at any regular election held in such district in accordance with the general election law and has been approved by a majority of such voters voting thereon.
(Source: P.A. 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

70 ILCS 2205/17.1

    (70 ILCS 2205/17.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 263.1)
    Sec. 17.1. The board of trustees of a sanitary district that owns and operates a wastewater treatment plant in a county which has established a stormwater management planning committee in accordance with Section 5-1062 of the Counties Code may levy a tax upon all taxable property within its district at a rate not to exceed 0.03% of the value of such property, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, for the purposes of protecting pumping stations, wastewater treatment plants and combined sewer outfalls from the 100-year flood, paying the principal of and interest on any bonds issued pursuant to this Section for any of the foregoing purposes, and paying the principal of, premium, if any, and interest on, and any fees relating to, any loan made to such sanitary district by the Illinois Finance Authority, pursuant to the Illinois Finance Authority Act, for any of the foregoing purposes, or any bond, note or other evidence of indebtedness of such municipality issued in connection with any such loan. The 0.03% limitation provided in this Section may be increased or decreased by referendum in accordance with the provisions of Sections 18-120, 18-125, and 18-130 of the Property Tax Code.
    The tax authorized by this Section may be levied without referendum by any sanitary district that is located at least partly in a township declared after July 1, 1986 by presidential declaration to be a disaster area as a result of flooding. However, the tax authorized by this Section shall not be levied by any sanitary district not so located unless the question of its adoption, either for a specified period or indefinitely, is submitted to the electors thereof and approved by a majority of those voting on the question. This question may be submitted at any election held in the sanitary district after the adoption of a resolution by the board of trustees of the sanitary district providing for the submission of the question to the electors of the sanitary district. The board of trustees shall certify the resolution and proposition to the proper election officials, who shall submit the proposition at an election in accordance with the general election law. If a majority of the votes cast on the question is in favor of the levy of such tax, it may thereafter be levied in such sanitary district for the specified period or indefinitely, as provided in the proposition. The question shall be put in substantially the following form:
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    Shall an annual tax be levied
for stormwater management purposes            YES
(for a period of not more than
...... years) at a rate not exceeding      -------------------
0.03% of the equalized assessed
value of the taxable property of              NO
the ........ Sanitary District?
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    Any sanitary district in a county that has established a stormwater management planning committee in accordance with Section 5-1062 of the Counties Code is hereby authorized to borrow money and to issue its bonds for the purposes of protecting pumping stations, wastewater treatment plants and combined sewer outfalls from the 100-year flood.
    Any sanitary district in a county that has established a stormwater management planning committee in accordance with Section 5-1062 of the Counties Code is hereby further authorized to borrow money from the Illinois Finance Authority for the purpose of financing the provision of flood protection for sanitary sewage treatment plants, pursuant to the Illinois Finance Authority Act, and is hereby authorized to enter into loan agreements and other documents with the Illinois Finance Authority and to issue its bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness to evidence its obligation to repay such loan to the Illinois Finance Authority. Without the submission of the question to the electors, notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, such sanitary district is hereby authorized to execute such loan agreements and other documents and to issue such bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness, which loan agreements, documents, bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness may bear such date or dates, may bear interest at such rate or rates, payable at such time or times, may mature at any time or times not later than 40 years from the date of issuance, may be payable at such place or places, may be payable from any funds of such sanitary district on hand and lawfully available therefor, including without limitation the taxes levied pursuant to this Section or from any other taxes or revenues of such sanitary district pledged to their payment, may be negotiated at such price or prices, may be executed in such manner, may be subject to redemption prior to maturity, may be in such form, may be secured, and may be subject to such other terms and conditions, all as may be provided in a resolution or ordinance authorizing the execution of any such loan agreement or other document or the issuance of such bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness.
(Source: P.A. 93-205, eff. 1-1-04.)

70 ILCS 2205/18

    (70 ILCS 2205/18) (from Ch. 42, par. 264)
    Sec. 18. Whenever it shall be necessary to take or damage private property for right of way or other purposes, for or in connection with any improvement or work authorized by this Act, such sanitary district may cause compensation therefor to be ascertained, and acquire the same, in the manner provided for the exercise of the right of eminent domain under the Eminent Domain Act: Provided, all such proceedings shall be instituted in the county where the property sought to be taken or damaged, is situate, and all damages or compensation, whether determined by agreement or final judgment of court, shall be paid out of the annual district tax prior to the payment of any other debt or obligation.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

70 ILCS 2205/19

    (70 ILCS 2205/19) (from Ch. 42, par. 265)
    Sec. 19. Whenever it shall be necessary for or in connection with any improvement or work authorized by this act, to enter upon any public property, or property held for any public use, or acquire any easement or rights therein, such sanitary district shall have the power so to do, and when necessary for such purpose may avail itself of any Eminent Domain laws of this state, and may enter upon, use, widen, elevate, and improve any street, highway, wharf, levee, or other property, necessary in furtherance of said purposes: Provided, the former use of any such public property, or property devoted to public use, shall not be unnecessarily interrupted or interfered with.
(Source: Laws 1907, p. 289.)

70 ILCS 2205/20

    (70 ILCS 2205/20) (from Ch. 42, par. 266)
    Sec. 20. Whenever it shall be necessary to take or use, for any of the purposes contemplated in this act, any portion of any railroad right of way, or property occupied by the track or tracks of any steam, electric, or other railroad company, or any street, highway, wharf, levee or other property, in the operation or use of which the public has an interest, only such easement, use or rights therein shall be acquired as are necessary for the purposes intended; and so far as practicable the use of any such street, highway, wharf, levee, right of way, or property, shall remain in and be reserved to the public, company, or persons otherwise entitled thereto.
(Source: Laws 1907, p. 289.)

70 ILCS 2205/21

    (70 ILCS 2205/21) (from Ch. 42, par. 267)
    Sec. 21. When necessary for or in connection with any of the purposes authorized by this act, the board of trustees may acquire and compel any steam, electric or other railroad company to raise its tracks to conform to the grade of any levee, or other work intersecting or crossing the same, which may, at any time, be established by such sanitary district, and where such tracks run lengthwise upon or along the line of any such improvement, to require and compel such railroad companies to elevate the same to the surface thereof. Also to require and compel any such railroad companies to maintain and keep open and in repair, ditches, drains, sewers and culverts, along and under their tracks, so that filth or stagnant pools of water shall not stand upon their right of way and grounds, and so that the drainage of adjacent property shall not be impeded or interfered with.
(Source: Laws 1907, p. 289.)

70 ILCS 2205/23

    (70 ILCS 2205/23) (from Ch. 42, par. 269)
    Sec. 23. Except as otherwise provided in this Section, all contracts for work to be done and supplies and materials to be purchased by the sanitary district, the expense of which will exceed $10,000 shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder therefor, upon not less than 14 days' public notice of the terms and conditions upon which the contract is to be let, having been given by publication in a newspaper of general circulation published in the district, and the board of trustees may reject any and all bids and readvertise. All purchases or sales of $10,000 or less may be made in the open market without publication in a newspaper as above provided, but whenever practical shall be based on at least 3 competitive bids.
    Where the board of trustees declares, by a 2/3 vote of those elected, that there exists an emergency affecting the public health or safety, contracts totaling not more than $40,000 may be let to the extent necessary to resolve such emergency without public advertisement or competitive bidding. The ordinance or resolution embodying the emergency declaration shall contain the date upon which such emergency will terminate. The board of trustees may extend the termination date if in its judgment the circumstances so require. A full written account of the emergency, together with a requisition for the materials, supplies, labor or equipment required therefor shall be submitted immediately upon completion and shall be open to public inspection for a period of at least one year subsequent to the date of such emergency purchase.
    No person may be employed on the work except citizens of the United States, or those who in good faith have declared their intention to become citizens, and 8 hours constitutes a day's work.
(Source: P.A. 84-1327.)

70 ILCS 2205/23.1

    (70 ILCS 2205/23.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 269.1)
    Sec. 23.1. 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 2205/24

    (70 ILCS 2205/24) (from Ch. 42, par. 270)
    Sec. 24. In case any sanitary district organized hereunder, shall include within its limits, in whole or in part, any drainage district or districts organized under the laws of this state having levees, drains or ditches which are conducive to sanitary purposes, such drainage district or districts shall have paid and reimbursed to it or them, upon such terms as may be agreed upon by its or their corporate authorities and the board of trustees of said sanitary district, the reasonable cost or value of such levee, drains or ditches, which valuation shall in no case be fixed at less than any unpaid indebtedness incurred by such district or districts in contracting the same. Upon such payment being made, the sanitary district shall have the right to appropriate and use such levees, drains or ditches, or any part thereof, as it may desire, for or in connection with any improvements authorized by this act, and for or in connection with the purposes for which said sanitary district is organized; Provided, no such levee, drain or ditch shall be destroyed, removed or otherwise so used as to impair its usefulness for the purposes for which the same was constructed, without the consent of the corporate authorities of such drainage district. In case the board of trustees of said sanitary district and the corporate authorities of any such drainage district shall be unable to agree upon the compensation to be paid or reimbursed to such drainage district, the same may be ascertained and enforced by any proper proceeding in the circuit court.
(Source: P.A. 100-201, eff. 8-18-17.)

70 ILCS 2205/25

    (70 ILCS 2205/25) (from Ch. 42, par. 271)
    Sec. 25. The board of trustees shall have power to appoint and maintain from time to time, such police force as it may find necessary for the protection of any levee, ditch or other improvement authorized by this act, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes for which such district is organized. The members of such police force shall have and exercise like police powers to those conferred upon the police of cities: Provided, that such police, when acting within any city or village, shall be subject to the direction of the police officers of such city or village.
(Source: Laws 1907, p. 289.)

70 ILCS 2205/26

    (70 ILCS 2205/26) (from Ch. 42, par. 272)
    Sec. 26. The board of trustees shall have and maintain an office at some convenient place within said district, where all the books and papers pertaining to the affairs of said corporation shall be open at reasonable times, to the inspection of any taxpayer or other person interested.
(Source: Laws 1907, p. 289.)

70 ILCS 2205/26.1

    (70 ILCS 2205/26.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 272.1)
    Sec. 26.1.
    The board of trustees, its clerk and treasurer, prior to the 15th day of each month, shall submit to the circuit court in which such district was organized a verified statement showing for the preceding month a listing of all persons employed by the district and the total amount of money paid to each person for services performed for the district during the preceding month, including salary, wages, commissions, expenses or other emolument.
(Source: P.A. 77-1299.)

70 ILCS 2205/27

    (70 ILCS 2205/27) (from Ch. 42, par. 273)
    Sec. 27. Said board, its clerk and treasurer, shall submit to the circuit court of the county in which said district is organized, annually, between the first and tenth days of April, or oftener, if required by said court, verified reports, showing all moneys received and the manner in which the same may have been expended. Three weeks' notice of the filing of such report shall be given by publication in like manner as provided in section 2 of this act, and any person interested may appear and object to the approval of the same, in whole or in part, and the court shall make such orders in reference thereto as shall be just.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3815.)

70 ILCS 2205/27.1

    (70 ILCS 2205/27.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 273.1)
    Sec. 27.1. The board of trustees of any sanitary district may arrange to provide for the benefit of employees and trustees of the sanitary district group life, health, accident, hospital and medical insurance, or any one or any combination of such types of insurance. Such insurance may include provision for employees and trustees who rely on treatment by prayer or spiritual means alone for healing in accordance with the tenets and practice of a well recognized religious denomination. The board of trustees may provide for payment by the sanitary district of the premium or charge for such insurance.
    If the board of trustees do not provide for a plan pursuant to which the sanitary district pays the premium or charge for any group insurance plan, the board of trustees may provide for the withholding and deducting from the compensation of such of the employees and trustees as consent thereto the premium or charge for any group life, health, accident, hospital and medical insurance.
    The board of trustees may exercise the powers granted in this section only if the kinds of such group insurance are obtained from any insurance company authorized to do business in the State of Illinois or any other organization or service offering similar coverage. The board of trustees may enact an ordinance prescribing the method of operation of such insurance program.
(Source: P.A. 90-655, eff. 7-30-98.)

70 ILCS 2205/27a

    (70 ILCS 2205/27a) (from Ch. 42, par. 273a)
    Sec. 27a. Any sanitary district having any undistributed or unclaimed money received from the making of any local improvement paid for wholly or in part by special assessment, after complying with all the provisions for the distribution of such rebates or refunds as prescribed in Division 2 of Article 9 of the "Illinois Municipal Code", approved May 29, 1961, as amended, may dispose of such unclaimed rebates or refunds as is prescribed by Sections 9-1-5 through 9-1-14, inclusive, of the "Illinois Municipal Code", approved May 29, 1961, as amended.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 2899.)

70 ILCS 2205/28

    (70 ILCS 2205/28) (from Ch. 42, par. 274)
    Sec. 28. The provisions of this act shall never be construed as authorizing any levee or drainage system for agricultural or mining purposes, but shall be liberally construed for the prevention of overflows and drainage of lands for sanitary purposes, with any sanitary district organized hereunder: Provided, nothing herein contained shall be held to constitute a contract between the state and any municipal corporation organized hereunder, or to prevent the alteration, amendment or repeal of this act, or of any amendment thereof, at any time thereafter.
(Source: Laws 1907, p. 289.)

70 ILCS 2205/29

    (70 ILCS 2205/29) (from Ch. 42, par. 274.1)
    Sec. 29.
    Any sanitary district organized and operated under this Act and having an equalized assessed valuation for tax purposes of $100,000,000 or more may, by referendum as provided in Sections 29.1 through 29.3, be dissolved and a new district created in accordance with the "Metro-East Sanitary District Act of 1974", enacted by the 78th General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 78-1017.)

70 ILCS 2205/29.1

    (70 ILCS 2205/29.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 274.2)
    Sec. 29.1. When a petition, signed by at least 300 registered voters residing within such sanitary district is filed with the State Board of Elections before the November general election in an even-numbered year, and within the time provided in the general election law, but other than a year in which a regular election for trustees of the district is held, requesting that the proposition that that sanitary district be dissolved and be replaced by a sanitary district organized under the Metro-East Sanitary District Act of 1974, the Board shall certify the proposition to the proper election officials who shall submit the proposition to the voters of the district at that general election in accordance with the general election law. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
    Shall the.... Sanitary District be dissolved and be replaced by a sanitary district organized under the Metro-East Sanitary District Act of 1974?
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

70 ILCS 2205/29.2

    (70 ILCS 2205/29.2) (from Ch. 42, par. 274.3)
    Sec. 29.2.
    The votes shall be canvassed and returned in the manner provided for public measures submitted to the electors of the entire State, including the provisions for tally sheets, certificates of results, canvassing and abstracts of votes. Each municipal board of election commissioners shall make its return to the county clerk of the county in which it is located; the county clerks and any county board of election commissioners shall each make returns covering the entire area of their respective counties within the district to the State Board of Elections. Each county clerk and board of election commissioners shall prepare and certify an abstract of votes cast on the proposition in the precincts within its election jurisdiction.
(Source: P.A. 78-1017.)

70 ILCS 2205/29.3

    (70 ILCS 2205/29.3) (from Ch. 42, par. 274.4)
    Sec. 29.3.
    The State Board of Elections shall proclaim and certify the results of the vote on the proposition. If a majority of those electors properly marking ballots on the proposition vote in favor thereof, the district organized under this Act shall be dissolved, effective upon the expiration of the terms of office of the incumbent trustees, and a new district created as provided in Article I of the Metro-East Sanitary District Act of 1974.
(Source: P.A. 78-1017.)