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SPECIAL DISTRICTS
(70 ILCS 2805/) Sanitary District Act of 1936.

70 ILCS 2805/0.1

    (70 ILCS 2805/0.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 411.99)
    Sec. 0.1. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the "Sanitary District Act of 1936".
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 948.)

70 ILCS 2805/1

    (70 ILCS 2805/1) (from Ch. 42, par. 412)
    Sec. 1. Incorporation; referendum.
    (a) Any area of contiguous territory within the limits of a single county and without the limits of any city, village or incorporated town may be incorporated as a sanitary district under this Act in the manner provided in this Section. Any 2 areas that (i) are not contiguous to each other, but each of which is contiguous by itself, and (ii) are less than 1 mile apart from each other, and (iii) are within the limits of a single county and without the limits of any city, village, or incorporated town may also be incorporated as a sanitary district under this Act in the manner provided for in this Section.
    (b) Any 20% of the legal voters residing within the limits of the proposed sanitary district may petition the Circuit Court in the county in which the proposed district is situated, to cause to be submitted to the legal voters of the proposed sanitary district the question of whether the proposed territory shall be organized as a sanitary district under this Act. The petition shall be addressed to the Circuit Court and shall contain a definite description of the boundaries of the territory to be embraced in the district and the name of the proposed sanitary district.
    (c) Upon filing of the petition in the office of the circuit clerk in the county in which the proposed sanitary district is situated, the Circuit Court shall name 3 judges of the court who shall constitute a board of commissioners, which shall have power and authority to consider the boundaries of the proposed sanitary district and whether the boundaries shall be as described in the petition or otherwise. The decision of 2 of the commissioners shall be conclusive and shall not be subject to review in any manner, directly or indirectly.
    (d) Notice shall be given by the Circuit Court of the time and place where the commissioners will meet, by a publication of notice at least 20 days prior to the meeting in one or more daily or weekly newspapers published in the proposed district or, if no such newspaper is published in the proposed district, then by the posting of at least 5 copies of the notice in the proposed district at least 20 days before the hearing.
    (e) At the meeting all persons who reside in the proposed district shall have an opportunity to be heard and to make suggestions regarding the location and boundary of the proposed district. The commissioners, after hearing statements, evidence and suggestions, shall fix and determine the boundaries of the proposed district, and for that purpose and to that extent they may alter and amend the petition. After the determination by the commissioners, or a majority of them, their determination shall be incorporated in an order, which shall be entered of record in the Circuit Court.
    (f) Upon the entering of the order, the Circuit Court shall certify the question of the organization and establishment of the proposed sanitary district, with the boundaries as determined by the commissioners, to the appropriate election authorities 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 shall specify briefly the purpose of the election, with a description of the proposed sanitary district.
    (g) Each legal voter resident within the proposed sanitary district shall have the right to cast a ballot at the referendum. The question shall be in substantially the following form:
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    For Sanitary District
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    Against Sanitary District
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    (h) The Circuit Court shall cause a statement of the result of the referendum to be entered of record in the Circuit Court. If a majority of the votes cast upon the question of the organization and establishment of the proposed sanitary district shall be in favor of the organization and establishment of the proposed sanitary district, the proposed sanitary district shall thenceforth be deemed to have been incorporated and to be an organized sanitary district under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 90-655, eff. 7-30-98; 91-925, eff. 7-7-00.)

70 ILCS 2805/2

    (70 ILCS 2805/2) (from Ch. 42, par. 413)
    Sec. 2. All courts in this State shall take judicial notice of the existence of all sanitary districts organized under this Act.
(Source: Laws 1935-36, Fourth Sp. Sess., p. 16.)

70 ILCS 2805/3

    (70 ILCS 2805/3) (from Ch. 42, par. 414)
    Sec. 3. (a) A board of trustees, consisting of 3 members, for the government, control and management of the affairs and business of each sanitary district organized under this Act shall be created by appointment as provided in paragraph (b) of this Section or by election as provided in Sections 3.1 and 3.2.
    (b) Within 60 days after the organization of a sanitary district, the presiding officer of the county board with the advice and consent of the county board shall appoint 3 trustees, all of whom shall be residents of such sanitary district, who shall hold their offices respectively, from the date of their appointment to the first Monday of the June of the first, second and third calendar years, respectively, next after their appointment and until their successors are elected and qualified. Thereafter, on or before the second Monday in May of each year the appointing authority in the county in which such sanitary district is situated shall appoint one trustee whose term shall be for 3 years commencing the first Monday in June of the year in which he is appointed. The respective terms of the first trustees shall be determined by lot at their first meeting. This paragraph does not apply in a sanitary district which has determined under Sections 3.1 and 3.2 to elect its trustees.
    (c) The appointing authority shall require each of the trustees to enter into bond, with security to be approved by the appointing authority, in such sum as the appointing authority may determine. In sanitary districts electing trustees, as provided in Sections 3.1 and 3.2, the bond required of each trustee shall be in such amount as is determined by the circuit court, with security approved by the circuit court.
    (d) A majority of the board of trustees shall constitute a quorum but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day. No trustee or employee of such sanitary district shall be directly or indirectly interested in any contract, work or business of the district, or the sale of any article, the expense, price or consideration of which is paid by such district; nor in the purchase of any real estate or property belonging to the district, or which shall be sold for taxes or assessments, or by virtue of legal process at the suit of such district. Nothing in this Act shall be construed as prohibiting the appointment or selection of any person as trustee or employee whose only interest in the district is as an owner of real estate in the district or of contributing to the payment of taxes levied by such district. The trustees may provide and adopt a corporate seal for the district.
    (e) Whenever a vacancy in an appointive board of trustees occurs either from death, resignation, refusal to qualify, or for any other reason, the appointing authority in the county in which such sanitary district is situated may fill such vacancy by appointment. A vacancy occurring on a board of trustees elected under Sections 3.1 and 3.2 may be filled by appointment by the remaining trustees. Any person appointed to fill a vacancy on a board of trustees, whether appointive or elected, shall qualify for office in the manner stated in this Section and shall thereupon assume the duties of the office for the unexpired term to which he was appointed.
(Source: P.A. 79-325.)

70 ILCS 2805/3.1

    (70 ILCS 2805/3.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 414.1)
    Sec. 3.1. Upon petition by at least 5% of the registered voters within the territory of a sanitary district, the circuit court of the county in which the district is located shall order a referendum on the question of whether the trustees of the district shall be elected, rather than appointed. Notice of the referendum shall be given and the election conducted in the manner provided in the general election law. The question shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall the trustees of the....        YES
Sanitary District be elected      ----------------------------
rather than appointed?                   NO
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    If a majority of the votes cast on the question are in favor of the election of trustees, trustees shall thereafter be elected as provided in Section 3.2.
    No petition may be filed under this Section within the 6 months immediately preceding the regular election at which trustees of such districts are to be elected under the general election law. The question of electing trustees may not be submitted more than once in any 47 month period.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)

70 ILCS 2805/3.2

    (70 ILCS 2805/3.2) (from Ch. 42, par. 414.2)
    Sec. 3.2. When a district has voted, as provided in Section 3.1, to elect its trustees, 3 trustees shall be elected at the regular election provided by the general election law for the election of such officers, and every 4 years thereafter, to serve for terms of 4 years commencing on the first Monday in the month following the month of their election, and until their successors are elected and qualified except that at the first election of trustees of an existing district organized under this Act held after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1988 and at the first election of trustees of a district organized under this Act after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1988, 2 trustees shall be elected for 4 year terms and 1 trustee shall be elected for a 2 year term. The terms of office of all trustees in office on the date of that election are abolished on the first Monday in the month following the month of the first election of trustees.
    The election of trustees of the sanitary district shall be conducted in accordance with the general election law, provided that such election shall be nonpartisan and no party nominations, party labels, or party voting circles shall be permitted.
(Source: P.A. 85-1342.)

70 ILCS 2805/4

    (70 ILCS 2805/4) (from Ch. 42, par. 415)
    Sec. 4. The trustees shall constitute a board of trustees for the sanitary district. The board of trustees is the corporate authority of the sanitary district, and may exercise all the powers and manage and control all the affairs and property of the district. The board of trustees at the beginning of each new term of office shall meet and elect one of their number as president, one of their number as vice-president, and from or outside of their membership a clerk and an assistant clerk. 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 the president shall devolve upon the vice-president, until such disability is removed or until a successor to the president is appointed and chosen in the manner provided in this Act. The board may select a treasurer, engineer and attorney for the district, who shall hold their respective offices during the pleasure of the board, and give such bond as may be required by the board. The board may appoint such other officers and hire such employees to manage and control the operations of the district as it deems necessary. The board may prescribe the duties and fix the compensation of all the officers and employees of the sanitary district. However, no member of the board of trustees shall receive more than $6,000 per year. The board of trustees has full power to pass all necessary ordinances, rules and regulations for the proper management and conduct of the business of the board and the sanitary district, and for carrying into effect the collection and disposal of sewage and the purposes for which the sanitary district was formed. Such ordinances may provide for a fine for each offense of not less than $100 or more than $1,000. Each day's continuance of such violation shall be a separate offense. Fines pursuant to this Section are recoverable by the sanitary district in a civil action. The sanitary district is authorized to apply to the circuit court for injunctive relief or mandamus when, in the opinion of the chief administrative officer, such relief is necessary to protect the sewerage system of the sanitary district. The board of trustees has the sole and exclusive authority for regulation and inspection of drainage lines to determine their adequacy and suitability for connection to the sewage system of the district.
(Source: P.A. 92-219, eff. 1-1-02.)

70 ILCS 2805/4.1

    (70 ILCS 2805/4.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 415.1)
    Sec. 4.1. 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 operations of such insurance program.
(Source: P.A. 90-655, eff. 7-30-98.)

70 ILCS 2805/4.2

    (70 ILCS 2805/4.2) (from Ch. 42, par. 415.2)
    Sec. 4.2. Within 60 days after the effective date of this Amendatory Act of 1977 every sanitary district organized under the "Sanitary District Act of 1936" shall file with the Secretary of State the official name of the district.
(Source: P.A. 80-424.)

70 ILCS 2805/5

    (70 ILCS 2805/5) (from Ch. 42, par. 416)
    Sec. 5. All ordinances imposing any penalty or making any appropriations shall, within one month after they are passed, be published at least once in a daily or weekly newspaper published in the district or, if there is no newspaper published in the district, in a newspaper published in the county and having general circulation in such district. If no such newspaper is published in the district or county, by posting copies of the same in 3 public places in the district; and no such ordinance shall take effect until 10 days after it is so published. All other ordinances, orders and resolutions, shall take effect from and after their passage unless otherwise provided therein.
(Source: P.A. 91-547, eff. 8-14-99.)

70 ILCS 2805/6

    (70 ILCS 2805/6) (from Ch. 42, par. 417)
    Sec. 6. All ordinances, orders and resolutions, and the date of publication thereof, may be proved 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 the board of trustees, such book or pamphlet shall be received as evidence of the passage and legal publication of such ordinances, orders and resolutions, as of the dates mentioned in such book or pamphlet in all courts and places without further proof.
(Source: Laws 1935-36, Fourth Sp. Sess., p. 16.)

70 ILCS 2805/6.1

    (70 ILCS 2805/6.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 417.1)
    Sec. 6.1. 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.
(Source: P.A. 77-2830.)

70 ILCS 2805/6.2

    (70 ILCS 2805/6.2) (from Ch. 42, par. 417.2)
    Sec. 6.2. The sanitary district, in addition to other powers vested in it, is authorized to enter into agreements with any city, village or incorporated town located partly within and partly without the territorial limits of the sanitary district and which has a sewage system to receive and dispose of all sewage of such city, village or incorporated town collected by its system; and for such purpose the sanitary district may extend its drains, ditches or sewers to connect with the sewage system of such city, village or incorporated town.
(Source: P.A. 85-1136.)

70 ILCS 2805/7

    (70 ILCS 2805/7) (from Ch. 42, par. 418)
    Sec. 7. The board of trustees of any sanitary district organized under this Act shall have power to provide for the collection and disposal of the sewage thereof and the drainage of such district and to save and preserve the water supplied to the inhabitants of such district from contamination. For that purpose they may construct and maintain an enclosed conduit or conduits, main pipe or pipes, wholly or partially submerged, buried or otherwise, and by means of pumps or otherwise, cause such sewage to flow or to be forced through such conduit or conduits, pipe or pipes to and into any ditch or canal constructed and operated by any other sanitary district, city, village, county, public utility or incorporated town, after having first acquired the right so to do. Such board of trustees may co-operate with and enter into contracts with any other sanitary district, city, village, county, public utility or incorporated town for the collection and disposal in whole or in part of the sewage and drainage (or either thereof) of such sanitary district organized under this Act and may enter into any and all joint enterprises and arrangements with such other sanitary district, city, village, county, public utility or incorporated town for the joint collection and disposal of the sewage and drainage of such contracting parties. Such board of trustees may provide for the collection and disposal of sewage and the drainage of such district by laying out, establishing, constructing and maintaining one or more channels, drains, ditches and outlets, for carrying off and disposing of the sewage and drainage of such district together with such adjuncts and additions thereto as may be necessary or proper to cause such channels or outlets to accomplish the end for which they are designed, in a satisfactory manner, including pumps and pumping stations and the operation of the same. Such board of trustees may also treat and purify such sewage so that when the same shall flow into any lake, river or other water course, it will not injuriously contaminate the waters thereof, and may adopt any other feasible method to accomplish the object for which such sanitary district may be created, and may also provide means whereby the said sanitary district may reach and procure supplies of water for diluting and flushing purposes. Nothing in this Act shall require a sanitary district to extend services to any individual residence or other building within the district, and it is the intent of the Illinois General Assembly that any construction contemplated by this Section shall be restricted to construction of works and main or interceptor sewers, conduits, channels and similar facilities, but not individual service lines. Nothing in this Act contained shall authorize said trustees to flow the sewage of such district into Lake Michigan.
(Source: P.A. 85-480; 85-782.)

70 ILCS 2805/8

    (70 ILCS 2805/8) (from Ch. 42, par. 419)
    Sec. 8. Every such sanitary district shall proceed as rapidly as is reasonably possible, by construction, purchase, lease or otherwise, to provide sewers and a plant or plants for the treatment and purification of its sewage, which plant or plants shall be of suitable kind and sufficient capacity to properly treat and purify such sewage so as to conduce to the preservation of the public health, comfort and convenience and to render said sewage harmless, in so far as is reasonably possible to animal, fish and plant life. Any violation of this proviso and any failure to observe and follow same, by any sanitary district organized under this Act, shall be held, and is hereby declared, to be a petty offense on the part of said sanitary district and the trustees thereof may be ousted from office as trustees of said district by an order of the court before whom the cause is heard. It shall be the duty of the Department of Public Health of the State to cause the foregoing provisions to be enforced; and upon the complaint of said Department of Public Health it shall be the duty of the Attorney General or State's Attorney of the County in which such violation may occur, to institute and prosecute such cause by indictment or information in the manner provided by law.
(Source: P.A. 77-2409.)

70 ILCS 2805/8.1

    (70 ILCS 2805/8.1)
    Sec. 8.1. Private funding of public sewers; reimbursement; contract. If one or more persons pay for building a sewer to be dedicated to the sanitary district as a public sewer, and if the sewer will, in the opinion of the board of trustees, be used for the benefit of property whose owners did not contribute to the cost of the sewer's construction, the board of trustees may provide for reimbursement of some or all of the expenses of the persons who paid for the sewer as provided in this Section. The board of trustees may, by contract, agree to reimburse the persons who paid for the sewer, in whole or in part, for a portion of their costs. The reimbursement shall be made from fees collected from owners of property who did not contribute to the cost of the sewer when it was built. The contract shall describe the property that, in the opinion of the board of trustees, may reasonably be expected to use and benefit from the sewer and shall specify the amount of proportion of the cost of the sewer that is to be incurred primarily for the benefit of that property. The contract shall provide that the sanitary district shall collect the fees charged to owners of property not contributing to the cost of the sewer as a condition to the connection to and use of the sewer by the respective properties of each owner. The contract may provide for the payment of a reasonable amount of interest or other charge on the amount expended in completing the sewer, with interest to be calculated from and after the date of completion of the sewer. Nothing in this Section shall be construed to require an owner of property described in a contract to connect such property to the sewer or to pay a fee if such property is not connected to the sewer.
(Source: P.A. 90-558, eff. 12-12-97.)

70 ILCS 2805/8.2

    (70 ILCS 2805/8.2)
    Sec. 8.2. Filing of contract. A contract entered into under Section 8.1 between the board of trustees and persons building a sewer to be dedicated to the sanitary district as a public sewer shall be filed with the recorder of each county in which all or a part of the property affected by the contract is located. The recording of the contract in this manner shall serve to notify persons interested in that property of the fact that there will be a charge in relation to that property for the connection to and use of the facilities constructed under the contract. Failure to record the contract does not affect the validity of the contract.
(Source: P.A. 90-558, eff. 12-12-97.)

70 ILCS 2805/9

    (70 ILCS 2805/9) (from Ch. 42, par. 420)
    Sec. 9. In providing works for the disposal of industrial sewage, commonly called industrial wastes, in the manner above provided whether said industrial sewage is disposed of in combination with municipal sewage or independently, said sanitary district shall have power to apportion and collect therefor, from the producer thereof, fair additional construction, maintenance and operating costs over and above those covered by normal taxes, and in case of dispute as to the fairness of such additional construction, maintenance and operating costs, then the same shall be determined by a board of three engineers, one appointed by such producer or producers, one by said sanitary district, and the third by the two selected as above described. In the event the two so selected shall fail to agree upon a third then upon the petition of either of the parties the circuit judge shall appoint such third engineer. A decision of a majority of said board shall be binding on both parties and the cost of the services of said board shall be shared by both parties equally.
(Source: Laws 1935-36, Fourth Sp. Sess., p. 16.)

70 ILCS 2805/10

    (70 ILCS 2805/10) (from Ch. 42, par. 421)
    Sec. 10. The sanitary district may acquire by purchase, condemnation, or otherwise all real and personal property, right of way and privilege, either within or without its corporate limits that may be required for its corporate purposes. If real property is acquired by condemnation, the sanitary district may not sell or lease any portion of the property for a period of 10 years after acquisition by condemnation is completed. If, after such 10-year period, the sanitary district decides to sell or lease the property, it must first offer the property for sale or lease to the previous owner of the land from whom the sanitary district acquired the property. If the sanitary district and such previous owner do not execute a contract for purchase or lease of the property within 60 days from the initial offer, the sanitary district then may offer the property for sale or lease to any other person. If any sanitary district formed under this Act is unable to agree with any other sanitary district, city, village or incorporated town upon the terms whereby it shall be permitted to use the drains, channels or ditches of such other sanitary district, city, village or incorporated town, the right to such use may be acquired by condemnation in any circuit court by proceedings as provided in Section 4-17 of the Illinois Drainage Code. The compensation to be paid for such use may be a gross sum, or it may be in the form of an annual rental, to be paid in yearly installments as and in the manner provided by the judgment of the court wherein such proceedings may be had. However, when such compensation is fixed at a gross sum, all moneys for the purchase and condemnation of any property shall be paid before possession is taken or any work done on the premises damaged by the construction of such channel or outlet, and in case of an appeal from the circuit court taken by either party whereby the amount of damages is not finally determined, then possession may be taken, if the amount of the judgment in such court is deposited at some bank or savings and loan association to be designated by the court, subject to the payment of such damages on orders signed by such circuit court, whenever the amount of damages is finally determined. The sanitary district may sell, convey, vacate and release the real or personal property, right of way and privileges acquired by it when no longer required for the purposes of such district.
(Source: P.A. 90-558, eff. 12-12-97.)

70 ILCS 2805/10.5

    (70 ILCS 2805/10.5)
    Sec. 10.5. 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 2805/11

    (70 ILCS 2805/11) (from Ch. 42, par. 422)
    Sec. 11. The board of trustees may borrow money for corporate purposes, including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, sewer, drainage, and waterworks purposes, and in evidence thereof issue its bonds payable from taxes unlimited as to rate or amount and to be extended for collection against all taxable property situated therein but shall not become indebted in any manner or for any purpose to an amount which including all other existing indebtedness in the aggregate will exceed 5.75% on the value of the taxable property therein to be ascertained by the last assessment for state and county purposes previous to the incurring of the 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, provided, however, that no indebtedness shall be incurred and no bonds be issued under the provisions of this Section for waterworks purposes until after the proposition of the acquisition, purchase or construction of a waterworks, and to thereafter operate, improve and extend such waterworks has been submitted to the legal voters of the district and been approved by a majority of the voters voting on the question at a referendum and responsive to the provisions hereinafter contained in this Act requiring the affirmative vote of the legal voters of the district to authorize the trustees of sanitary districts organized under the provisions of this Act to acquire by purchase or construction, and thereafter operate, improve or extend waterworks. Whenever the board of trustees of such district desires to issue bonds under the provisions hereof, they shall certify the question of issuing such bonds 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 referendum shall state the amount of bonds to be issued and the purpose for which such bonds are to be issued. The result of the referendum shall be entered upon the records of the district. If it shall appear that a majority of the voters voting at the election on such question shall have voted in favor of the issue of such bonds, the board of trustees shall order and direct the execution of the bonds by, for and on behalf of the district. All bonds issued hereunder shall mature within 20 years from their date and be payable at such time or times and at such place as the board of trustees may prescribe. The question shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall bonds to the
amount of .... dollars be             YES
issued by the .... sanitary       ----------------------------
district for the purpose of           NO
....... (state purpose)
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    Provided that the board of trustees may borrow money for corporate purposes, and may issue bonds therefor, without holding an election or referendum upon the question, if the board of trustees has been directed by an order issued by a court of competent jurisdiction or by an administrative agency of the State of Illinois having jurisdiction to issue such order, to abate its discharge of untreated or inadequately treated sewage, and such borrowing is deemed necessary by the board of trustees of the Sanitary District to make possible compliance with such order. The amount of money that the board of trustees may borrow to abate such sewage discharge shall be limited to that required for that purpose plus such reasonable future expansion as shall be approved by the court or an administrative agency of the State of Illinois having jurisdiction. The ordinance providing for such bonds shall set out the fact that such bonds are deemed necessary to make possible compliance with the order, and shall be published or posted in the manner provided in this Act for publication or posting of ordinances making appropriations. The ordinance shall be in full force and effect after its adoption and publication or posting, as herein provided, notwithstanding any provision in this Act or any other law to the contrary.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

70 ILCS 2805/11.1

    (70 ILCS 2805/11.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 422.1)
    Sec. 11.1. 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 2805/12

    (70 ILCS 2805/12) (from Ch. 42, par. 423)
    Sec. 12. In addition to the powers and authority now possessed by them, the board of trustees of any sanitary district organized under this Act shall have the power, by majority vote:
    (a) To convey, grant, transfer or sell to the United States of America, or to any proper agency thereof, any real or personal property owned by the sanitary district upon such terms as may be agreed upon by the board of trustees, or in consideration of a grant or loan of money by the federal government, or any agency thereof, for the construction, extension, or improvement of any public works project or building.
    (b) To enter into a lease or contract with the United States of America, or any proper agency thereof, and with any other sanitary district, city, village or incorporated town, with reference to any real or personal property for use for any sanitary district purpose, for any period of time not exceeding fifty years, with or without an option to buy such property and with or without a clause to the effect that title to such leased property shall vest in the district at the expiration of such lease.
    (c) To pay for the use of any such leased property in accordance with the terms of such lease; provided that such lease may be entered into without an appropriation for the expense thereby incurred having been previously made; and provided further, that no obligation to pay incurred under such lease shall be considered to be an indebtedness of the district within the meaning of any constitutional or statutory limitation upon such indebtedness, but such obligation shall be considered a current expense of the year for which paid and not an indebtedness of the district.
    (d) To authorize any official to enter into any such lease and to sign the same on behalf of the district, and to execute any deed or other evidence of transfer of title on behalf of the district, to effect or evidence any exercise of the powers hereby granted.
(Source: P.A. 81-1509.)

70 ILCS 2805/12.1

    (70 ILCS 2805/12.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 423.1)
    Sec. 12.1. In addition to the powers and authority now possessed by it, the board of trustees of any sanitary district organized under this Act shall have the power by majority vote:
    (a) To use the general funds of the sanitary district to defend, indemnify and hold harmless, in whole or in part, the board of trustees, members of the board of trustees, officials and employees of the sanitary district from financial loss and expenses, including court costs, investigation costs, actuarial studies, attorneys' fees and actual and punitive damages, arising out of any civil proceedings (including but not limited to proceedings alleging antitrust violations or the deprivation of civil or constitutional rights), claims, demands or judgments instituted, made or entered against such board, trustee, official or employee by reason of its or his wrongful or negligent statements, acts or omissions, provided that such statements, acts or omissions: (i) occur while the board, trustee, official or employee is acting in the discharge of its or his duties and within the scope of employment; and (ii) do not constitute wilful and wanton misconduct.
    (b) (i) To obtain and provide for any or all of the matters and purposes described in paragraph (a) public officials' liability, comprehensive general liability and such other forms of insurance coverage as the board of trustees shall determine necessary or advisable, any insurance so obtained and provided to be carried in a company or companies licensed to write such coverage in this State, and (ii) to establish and provide for any or all of the matters and purposes described in paragraph (a) a program of self-insurance and, in furtherance thereof, to establish and accumulate reserves for the payment of financial loss and expenses, including court costs, investigation costs, actuarial studies, attorneys' fees and actual and punitive damages associated with liabilities arising out of civil proceedings, claims, demands or judgments instituted, made or entered as set forth in paragraph (a), and (iii) in connection with providing for any or all of the matters and purposes described in paragraph (a) and when permitted by law to enter into an agreement with any special district, unit of government, person or corporation for the use of property or the performance of any function, service or act, to agree to the sharing or allocation of liabilities and damages resulting from such use of property or performance of function, service or act, in which event such agreement may provide for contribution or indemnification by any or all of the parties to the agreement upon any liability arising out of the performance of the agreement.
    If the board of trustees of any sanitary district organized under this Act undertakes to provide insurance or to establish a program of self-insurance and to establish and accumulate reserves for any or all of the matters and purposes described in paragraph (a), such reserves shall be established and accumulated for such matters and purposes subject to the following conditions:
    (1) The amount of such reserves shall not exceed the amount necessary and proper, based on past experience or independent actuarial determinations;
    (2) All earnings derived from such reserves shall be considered part of the reserves and may be used only for the same matters and purposes for which the reserves may be used;
    (3) Reserves may be used only: for the purposes of making payments for financial loss and expenses, including actual and punitive damages, attorneys' fees, court costs, investigation costs and actuarial studies associated with liabilities arising out of civil proceedings, claims, demands or judgments instituted, made or entered as set forth in paragraph (a) in connection with the statements, acts or omissions of the board or of a trustee, official or employee of the board or the district which statements, acts or omissions occur while the board, trustee, official or employee is acting in the discharge of its or his duties and within the scope of employment and which statements, acts or omissions do not constitute wilful and wanton misconduct; for payment of insurance premiums; and for the purposes of making payments for losses resulting from any insured peril;
    (4) All funds collected for the matters and purposes specified in subparagraph (3) above or earmarked for such matters and purposes must be placed in the reserves; and
    (5) Whenever the reserves have a balance in excess of what is necessary and proper, then contributions, charges, assessments or other forms of funding for the reserves shall be appropriately decreased.
(Source: P.A. 85-782.)

70 ILCS 2805/13

    (70 ILCS 2805/13) (from Ch. 42, par. 424)
    Sec. 13. At the time of or before incurring any indebtedness, the board of trustees 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, as the same shall fall due, and at least within twenty years from the time of contracting the same.
(Source: Laws 1935-36, Fourth Sp. Sess., p. 16.)

70 ILCS 2805/14

    (70 ILCS 2805/14) (from Ch. 42, par. 425)
    Sec. 14. Except as otherwise provided in this Section, all contracts for purchases or sales by the sanitary district, the expense of which will exceed the mandatory competitive bid threshold, 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 daily or weekly newspaper published in the district or, if there is no newspaper published in the district, in a newspaper published in the county and having general circulation in the district, and the board may reject any and all bids, and readvertise. Contracts for services in excess of the mandatory competitive bid threshold may, subject to the provisions of this Section, be let by competitive bidding at the discretion of the district board of trustees. All contracts for purchases or sales that will not exceed the mandatory competitive bid threshold 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. For purposes of this Section, the "mandatory competitive bid threshold" is a dollar amount equal to 0.1% of the total general fixed assets of the district as reported in the most recent required audit report. In no event, however, shall the mandatory competitive bid threshold dollar amount be less than $10,000, nor more than $40,000.
    Cash, a cashier's check, a certified check, or a bid bond with adequate surety approved by the board of trustees as a deposit of good faith, in a reasonable amount, but not in excess of 10% of the contract amount, may be required of each bidder by the district on all bids involving amounts in excess of the mandatory competitive bid threshold and, if so required, the advertisement for bids shall so specify.
    Contracts which by their nature are not adapted to award by competitive bidding, including, without limitation, contracts for the services of individuals, groups or firms possessing a high degree of professional skill where the ability or fitness of the individual or organization plays an important part, contracts for financial management services undertaken pursuant to the Public Funds Investment Act, contracts for the purchase or sale of utilities, contracts for materials economically procurable only from a single source of supply and leases of real property where the sanitary district is the lessee shall not be subject to the competitive bidding requirements of this Section.
    Where the board of trustees declares, by a 2/3 vote of all members of the board, that there exists an emergency affecting the public health or safety, contracts totaling not more than the emergency contract cap may be let to the extent necessary to resolve such emergency without public advertisement or competitive bidding. For purposes of this Section, the "emergency contract cap" is a dollar amount equal to 0.4% of the total general fixed assets of the district as reported in the most recent required audit report. In no event, however, shall the emergency contract cap dollar amount be less than $40,000, nor more than $100,000. 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. Within 30 days after the passage of the resolution or ordinance declaring an emergency affecting the public health or safety, the District shall submit to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency the full written account of any such emergency along with a copy of the resolution or ordinance declaring the emergency, in accordance with requirements as may be provided by rule.
(Source: P.A. 91-547, eff. 8-14-99; 92-195, eff. 1-1-02.)

70 ILCS 2805/14.1

    (70 ILCS 2805/14.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 425.1)
    Sec. 14.1. Purchases made pursuant to this Act shall be made in compliance with the "Local Government Prompt Payment Act", approved by the Eighty-fourth General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 84-731.)

70 ILCS 2805/14.2

    (70 ILCS 2805/14.2) (from Ch. 42, par. 425.2)
    Sec. 14.2. It is the policy of this State that all powers granted, either expressly or by necessary implication, by this Act or any other Illinois statute to the district may be exercised by the district notwithstanding effects on competition. It is the intention of the General Assembly that the "state action exemption" to the application of federal antitrust statutes be fully available to the district to the extent its activities are authorized by law as stated herein.
(Source: P.A. 85-1136.)

70 ILCS 2805/15

    (70 ILCS 2805/15) (from Ch. 42, par. 426)
    Sec. 15. And in all other respects such contract shall be entered into and the performance thereof controlled by the provisions of Division 2 of Article 9 of the "Illinois Municipal Code", approved May 29, 1961, as heretofore and hereafter amended. Provided, that the contracts may be let for making proper and suitable connections between the mains and outlets of the respective sewers in said district with any conduit, conduits, main pipe or pipes that may be constructed by such sanitary district.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 874.)

70 ILCS 2805/16

    (70 ILCS 2805/16) (from Ch. 42, par. 427)
    Sec. 16. The board of trustees may levy and collect other taxes for corporate purposes upon property within the territorial limits of the sanitary district the aggregate amount of which for each year may not exceed .25% of value, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, except that if a higher rate has been established by referendum before August 4, 1965, it shall continue. If the board desires to levy such taxes at a rate in excess of .25% but not in excess of .5% of the value of all taxable property within the district as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue they shall order the question to be submitted at a referendum to be held within the district. The board shall certify the question to the proper election officials who shall submit the question at an election in accordance with the general election law. The right to levy an additional tax, authorized by the legal voters, may at any time after one or more tax levies thereunder, be terminated by a majority vote of the electors of the sanitary district at a referendum held in accordance with the general election law. The trustees of any such district shall cause the submission of the proposition to terminate the additional taxing power when petitioned so to do by not less than 10% of the legal voters of the district.
    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 a referendum held in accordance with the general election law and has been approved by a majority of such voters voting on the question.
(Source: P.A. 81-1535.)

70 ILCS 2805/17

    (70 ILCS 2805/17) (from Ch. 42, par. 428)
    Sec. 17. The board shall cause the amount required to be raised by taxation in each year to be certified to the county clerk on or before the second Tuesday in September, as provided in Section 157 of the General Revenue Law of Illinois. 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 officer collecting the same to the treasurer of the sanitary district in the manner and at the time provided by the General Revenue Law of Illinois.
(Source: Laws 1965, p. 2517.)

70 ILCS 2805/18

    (70 ILCS 2805/18) (from Ch. 42, par. 429)
    Sec. 18. The treasurer shall, when the moneys of the district are deposited with any bank or savings and loan association, require such bank or savings and loan association to pay the same rates of interest for such moneys deposited as such bank or savings and loan association is accustomed to pay depositors under like circumstances, in the usual course of its business.
(Source: P.A. 83-541.)

70 ILCS 2805/19

    (70 ILCS 2805/19) (from Ch. 42, par. 430)
    Sec. 19. All interest so paid shall be placed in the general fund of the district, to be used as other moneys belonging to such district raised by general taxation.
(Source: Laws 1965, p. 2517.)

70 ILCS 2805/20

    (70 ILCS 2805/20) (from Ch. 42, par. 431)
    Sec. 20. The board of trustees of any sanitary district organized under the provisions of this Act, shall designate one or more banks or savings and loan associations in which the funds and moneys of the sanitary district in the custody of the treasurer or custodian of such district may be kept. When a bank has been designated as a depositary it shall continue as such until ten days have elapsed after a new depository is designated and has qualified by furnishing the statements of resources and liabilities as is required by this Act. When a new depository is designated, the board of trustees shall notify the sureties of the treasurer or custodian of that fact, in writing, at least five (5) days before the transfer of funds. The treasurer or custodian shall be discharged from responsibility for all such funds and moneys which he deposits in a depositary so designated while such funds and moneys are so deposited.
(Source: P.A. 83-541.)

70 ILCS 2805/21

    (70 ILCS 2805/21) (from Ch. 42, par. 432)
    Sec. 21. No bank or savings and loan association shall receive public funds as permitted by this Act, 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 2805/22

    (70 ILCS 2805/22) (from Ch. 42, par. 433)
    Sec. 22. Every such sanitary district is authorized to construct, maintain, alter and extend its sewers, channels, ditches and drains, as a proper use of highways along, upon, under and across any highway, street, alley or public ground in the state, but so as not to incommode the public use thereof, and the right and authority are hereby granted to any such sanitary district to construct, maintain and operate any conduit or conduits, main pipe or pipes, wholly or partially submerged, buried, or otherwise, in, upon and along any of the lands owned by this state under any of the public waters therein; Provided, that the extent and location of the lands and waters so to be used and appropriated shall be granted by the Governor of said State of Illinois, upon application duly made to him asking for such approval: And provided further that the rights, permission and authority hereby granted shall be subject to all public rights, of commerce and navigation, and to the authority of the United States in behalf of such public rights and also to the right of said State of Illinois to regulate and control fishing in said public waters.
(Source: Laws 1935-36, Fourth Sp. Sess., p. 16.)

70 ILCS 2805/23

    (70 ILCS 2805/23) (from Ch. 42, par. 434)
    Sec. 23. Whenever there shall be located within the bounds of any such sanitary district organized under the provisions of this act, any United States military post, reservation or station, or any naval station, the said board of trustees of such district are hereby authorized to enter into contracts or agreements with the War Department, or other proper authorities of the United States, permitting them to connect with any such conduit or conduits, main pipe or pipes, and discharge the drainage, sewage or other impure or contaminated liquids therein.
(Source: Laws 1935-36, Fourth Sp. Sess., p. 16.)

70 ILCS 2805/24

    (70 ILCS 2805/24) (from Ch. 42, par. 435)
    Sec. 24. Whenever the board of trustees of any sanitary district shall pass an ordinance for the making of any improvement which such district is authorized to make, the making of which will require that private property should be taken or damaged, such district may cause compensation therefor to be ascertained, and may condemn and acquire possession thereof in the same manner as nearly as may be as is provided for the exercise of the right of eminent domain under the Eminent Domain Act: Provided, however, that proceedings to ascertain the compensation to be paid for taking or damaging private property shall in all cases be instituted in the county where the property sought to be taken or damaged is situated: And, provided, that all damages to property whether determined by agreement or by final judgment of court shall be paid, prior to the payment of any other debt or obligation.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

70 ILCS 2805/25

    (70 ILCS 2805/25) (from Ch. 42, par. 436)
    Sec. 25. When, in making any improvements which any district is authorized by this Act to make, it shall be necessary to enter upon and take possession of any existing drains, sewers, sewer outlets, plants for the purification of sewage or water, or any other public property, or property held for public use, the board of trustees of such district shall have the power to do and may acquire the necessary right of way over any other property held for public use in the same manner as is herein provided for acquiring private property, and may enter upon, and use the same for the purposes aforesaid: Provided, the public use thereof shall not be unnecessarily interrupted or interfered with, and that the same shall be restored to its former usefulness as soon as possible.
(Source: Laws 1935-36, Fourth Sp. Sess., p. 16.)

70 ILCS 2805/25a

    (70 ILCS 2805/25a) (from Ch. 42, par. 436a)
    Sec. 25a.
    The board of trustees of any sanitary district organized under this Act may require that before any connection is made to the sewage or drainage system of the district or the establishment of or connection to any sewage or drainage system, private or governmental, located within the territorial limits of said district, a permit shall be issued by the sanitary district and the district shall after the permit is issued be permitted to inspect the drainage lines to determine whether they are adequate and suitable and in conformance with plans and specifications upon which the permit was issued. The inspection shall be made within a reasonable time after the issuance of the permit and shall be made only with reference to the initial sewage or drainage system connection. In addition to the other charges provided for in this Act, the sanitary district may collect a reasonable charge for the issuance of the permit and the 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 issuing the permit and making the inspection.
(Source: P.A. 78-454.)

70 ILCS 2805/26

    (70 ILCS 2805/26) (from Ch. 42, par. 437)
    Sec. 26. Any district formed hereunder shall have the right to permit territory lying outside its limits whether within any other sanitary district or not to drain into and use any channel or drain made by it, upon such payments, terms and conditions as may be mutually agreed upon, and any district formed hereunder is hereby given full power and authority to contract for the right to use any drain or channel which may be made by any other sanitary district, city, village or incorporated town upon such terms as may be mutually agreed upon, and to raise the money called for by any such contract in the same way and to the same extent as such district is authorized to raise money for any other corporate purposes.
(Source: Laws 1935-36, Fourth Sp. Sess., p. 16.)

70 ILCS 2805/26a

    (70 ILCS 2805/26a) (from Ch. 42, par. 437a)
    Sec. 26a. Any sanitary district created hereunder, after being authorized by an affirmative vote of the legal voters of the district at an election to be held as is hereinafter provided, may acquire, purchase or construct a drainage system, and thereafter operate, improve and extend the same, and pay the cost of such purchase, construction, improvement or extension by the issuance and sale of revenue bonds of the district, payable solely from the revenue to be derived from the operation of the drainage system.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3028.)

70 ILCS 2805/26b

    (70 ILCS 2805/26b) (from Ch. 42, par. 437b)
    Sec. 26b. The trustees of such district, when petitioned so to do by not less than 10% of the legal voters of such district, shall certify the proposition of whether the district should acquire, purchase or construct, and thereafter operate, improve and extend a drainage system to the proper election officials who shall submit the proposition at an election in accordance with the general election law. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall the.... Sanitary District,
.... County, Illinois, acquire by
purchase or construction, and                  YES
there after operate, improve or extend
a drainage system and pay the cost         -------------------
thereof by the issuance and sale of
revenue bonds of the district payable          NO
solely from the revenues to be derived
from the operation of the drainage system?
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    If it shall appear that a majority of the voters, voting on said proposition, have voted in favor thereof, then the trustees of said district shall be fully authorized to acquire by purchase or construction, and thereafter operate, improve or extend a drainage system, and to pay the cost of such acquisition, purchase or construction, improvement or extension by the issuance and sale of revenue bonds of the district payable solely from the revenue to be derived from the operation of the drainage system.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

70 ILCS 2805/26c

    (70 ILCS 2805/26c) (from Ch. 42, par. 437c)
    Sec. 26c. The trustees of any district, having been authorized by an election held pursuant to the preceding section, being desirous of exercising such authority, shall have an estimate made of the cost of the acquisition of the contemplated drainage system, and by ordinance shall provide for the issuance of revenue bonds. The ordinance shall set forth a brief description of the contemplated drainage system, the estimated cost of acquisition or construction thereof, the amount, rate of interest, time and place of payment, and other details in connection with the issuance of the bonds. The bonds shall bear interest at a rate 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, payable semiannually, and shall be payable at such times and places not exceeding 20 years from their date as shall be prescribed in the ordinance providing for their issuance.
    This ordinance may contain such covenants and restrictions upon the issuance of additional revenue bonds thereafter as may be deemed necessary or advisable for the assurance of payment of the bonds thereby authorized and as may be thereafter issued, and shall pledge the revenues derived from the operation of the drainage system for the purpose of paying all maintenance and operation costs, principal and interest on all bonds issued under the provisions of this Act, and for providing an adequate depreciation fund, which depreciation fund is hereby defined for the purposes of this Act to be for such replacements as may be necessary from time to time for the continued effective and efficient operation of the drainage system properties of such district, and such fund shall not be allowed to accumulate beyond a reasonable amount necessary for that purpose, the terms and provisions of which shall be incorporated in the ordinance authorizing the issuance of the bonds.
(Source: P.A. 83-591.)

70 ILCS 2805/26d

    (70 ILCS 2805/26d) (from Ch. 42, par. 437d)
    Sec. 26d. Any ordinance adopted pursuant to the preceding section shall be published in a newspaper published and having a general circulation in the district undertaking the project or, if there is no such newspaper, it shall be posted in at least 3 of the most public places in the district. The publication or posting of the ordinance 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 ordinance be submitted to the electors of the district; (2) the time in which such petition must be filed; and (3) the date of the prospective referendum. The Clerk of district shall provide a petition form to any individual requesting one.
    If no petition for an election is filed with the Clerk of the district within 30 days after such publication or posting, then, at the expiration of the 30 days, the ordinance shall be in full force and effect. If, however, within the period of 30 days a petition is filed with the clerk, signed by a number of the legal voters within the district equal to 10% or more of the registered voters in the district, asking that the question of acquiring, constructing, purchasing, improving or extending the drainage system, and the issuance of revenue bonds therefor, as provided in the ordinance, be submitted to the electors of the district, the trustees shall certify the ordinance and question to the proper election officials, who shall submit the question at an election in accordance with the general election law to decide whether the project and issuance of bonds of the district, as set forth in the ordinance, should be approved.
    If a majority of the votes cast on the question are in favor thereof, the ordinance shall be in effect. But if a majority of the votes cast on the question are unfavorable, the trustees shall proceed no further and the ordinance shall not take effect.
(Source: P.A. 87-767.)

70 ILCS 2805/26e

    (70 ILCS 2805/26e) (from Ch. 42, par. 437e)
    Sec. 26e. Bonds provided for such drainage system shall be issued in such amounts as may be necessary to provide sufficient funds to pay all costs of acquisition, including engineering, legal, and other expenses, together with interest to a date 6 months subsequent to the estimated date of completion. Bonds issued for such drainage system are negotiable instruments. They shall be executed by the president and by the district clerk and shall be sealed with the corporate seal of the district. In case any of the officers whose signatures appear on the bonds, or coupons attached thereto, ceases to hold his office before delivery of the bonds, his signature nevertheless shall be valid and sufficient for all purposes the same as if he had remained in office until the delivery of the bonds. The bonds shall be sold in such manner as the trustees shall determine except that, if issued to bear interest at the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, the bonds shall be sold for not less than par and accrued interest, and except that the selling price of bonds bearing less than the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract shall be such that the interest cost to the district of the money received from the bond sale shall not exceed the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, computed to maturity according to standard tables of bond values.
    With respect to instruments for the payment of money issued under this Section either before, on, or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1989, it is and always has been the intention of the General Assembly (i) that the Omnibus Bond Acts are and always have been supplementary grants of power to issue instruments in accordance with the Omnibus Bond Acts, regardless of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts, (ii) that the provisions of this Section are not a limitation on the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts, and (iii) that instruments issued under this Section within the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts are not invalid because of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts.
(Source: P.A. 86-4.)

70 ILCS 2805/26f

    (70 ILCS 2805/26f) (from Ch. 42, par. 437f)
    Sec. 26f. Revenue bonds issued hereunder shall be payable solely from the revenue derived from the operation of the drainage system properties maintained and operated by said district. These bonds shall not in any event constitute an indebtedness of the district within the meaning of any constitutional or statutory limitation. It shall be plainly stated on the face of each bond that the bond has been issued under this act and that it does not constitute an indebtedness of the district within the meaning of any constitutional or statutory limitation.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3028.)

70 ILCS 2805/26g

    (70 ILCS 2805/26g) (from Ch. 42, par. 437g)
    Sec. 26g. Any holder of any bond or bonds issued under this Act, or of any of the coupons appertaining thereto, may, by mandamus, injunction or other civil action, enforce and compel the performance of all duties required by Sections 26a to 26m, inclusive, of this Act, including the making and collection of sufficient rates for the specified purposes provided by said sections and the proper application of the income therefrom.
(Source: P.A. 83-345.)

70 ILCS 2805/26h

    (70 ILCS 2805/26h) (from Ch. 42, par. 437h)
    Sec. 26h. Any district issuing revenue bonds as provided by this Act shall charge rates for all services performed by the drainage system properties of said district, sufficient at all times to pay the cost of operation and maintenance, to provide an adequate depreciation fund, and to pay the principal of and interest upon all revenue bonds issued for such drainage system.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3028.)

70 ILCS 2805/26i

    (70 ILCS 2805/26i) (from Ch. 42, par. 437i)
    Sec. 26i. The trustees of the sanitary district may acquire, by purchase or contract with an individual, corporation or municipality, a drainage system sufficient for the needs of the inhabitants of the district. In the event that the trustees are unable to agree with any person, corporation or municipality upon the terms under which it may acquire such a drainage system under this Act, then the right to obtain such drainage system may be acquired by condemnation in a circuit court by proceedings 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. The compensation or rates to be paid for such drainage system and the manner of payment shall be determined by the judgment of the court wherein such proceedings take place.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

70 ILCS 2805/26j

    (70 ILCS 2805/26j) (from Ch. 42, par. 437j)
    Sec. 26j. For the purpose of purchasing any drainage system under this act or for the purpose of purchasing any property necessary therefor, the district has the right of eminent domain as provided by the Eminent Domain Act.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

70 ILCS 2805/26k

    (70 ILCS 2805/26k) (from Ch. 42, par. 437k)
    Sec. 26k. Whenever a district owns and operates a drainage system, whether purchased or constructed under this Act, and desires to construct improvements or extensions thereto, it may issue revenue bonds under this Act to pay for that construction. The procedure for that issuance, including the fixing of rates and the computation of the amount thereof, shall be the same as is provided in this Act for the issuance of bonds for the purchase or construction of a drainage system by a sanitary district.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3028.)

70 ILCS 2805/26m

    (70 ILCS 2805/26m) (from Ch. 42, par. 437m)
    Sec. 26m.
    Any district issuing revenue bonds under this Act for a drainage system shall install and maintain a proper system of accounts, showing the amount of revenue received and its application. At least once a year the district shall have the accounts properly audited by a competent auditor. The report of that audit shall be open for inspection at all proper times to any taxpayer, user, or any holder of bonds issued under this Act, or to anyone acting for and on behalf of the taxpayer, user, or bondholder. The treasurer of the district shall be custodian and ex-officio collector of the funds derived from income received from a drainage system purchased or constructed under the provisions of this Act. He shall give proper bond for the faithful discharge of his duties as such custodian, and this bond shall be fixed and approved by the trustees.
    All of the funds received as income from a drainage system purchased or constructed in whole or in part under the provisions of this Act, and all of the funds received from the sale of revenue bonds shall be kept separate and apart from the other funds of the district.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3028.)

70 ILCS 2805/27

    (70 ILCS 2805/27) (from Ch. 42, par. 438)
    Sec. 27. (a) The board of trustees of any such sanitary district shall have power and authority to prevent the pollution of any waters from which a water supply may be obtained within said sanitary district, and shall have the right and power to appoint and support a sufficient police force, the members of which shall have and may exercise police powers over the territory within such sanitary district and over the territory included within a radius of fifteen miles from the intake of any such water supply, for the purpose of preventing the pollution of said waters, and over any interference with any of the property of such sanitary district: Provided, that before compelling a change in any method of disposal of sewage so as to prevent the said pollution of any water, the board of trustees of such sanitary district shall first have provided means to prevent the pollution of said water from sewage or refuse originating from their own sanitary districts.
    (b) Where any such sanitary district has constructed a sewage disposal plant and the board of trustees of such district finds that it will conduce to the public health, comfort or convenience, said board shall have power and authority to build and maintain a dam or dams or other structures in any river or stream flowing in or through such district at any point or points within the boundaries of such district or within three miles outside the boundaries thereof so as to regulate or control the flow of the waters of such river or stream and the tributaries thereof, but shall not take or damage private property without making just compensation as provided for the exercise of the right of eminent domain under the Eminent Domain Act.
    (c) After the construction of such sewage disposal plant, if said board finds that it will conduce to the public health, comfort or convenience, such board of trustees shall have power by whatever means necessary to remove debris, refuse and other objectionable matter from, keep clean and wholesome, and dredge, dam, deepen or otherwise improve the channel, bed or banks of any such river or stream, or any portion thereof, within the boundaries of any such sanitary district or within three miles outside the boundaries thereof.
    (d) The board of trustees of any sanitary district organized under this Act is authorized to apply to the circuit court for injunctive relief or mandamus when, in the opinion of the board of trustees, such relief is necessary to prevent the pollution of any waters from which a water supply may be obtained within the district.
    (e) The sanitary district shall have the power and authority to prevent the pollution of any waters from which a water supply may be obtained by any city, town or village. The sanitary district, acting through the chief administrative officer of such sanitary district, shall have the power to commence an action or proceeding in the circuit court in and for the county in which the district is located for the purpose of having the pollution stopped and prevented either by mandamus or injunction. The court shall specify a time, not exceeding 20 days after the service of the copy of the petition, in which the party complained of must answer the petition, and in the meantime, the party be restrained. In case of default in answer or after answer, the court shall immediately inquire into the facts and circumstances of the case and enter an appropriate order in respect to the matters complained of. An appeal may be taken in the same manner and with the same effect as appeals are taken in other actions for mandamus or injunction.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

70 ILCS 2805/27.1

    (70 ILCS 2805/27.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 438.1)
    Sec. 27.1. Special service areas.
    (a) A sanitary district organized under this Act may provide special services limited to the construction, maintenance, alteration, and extension of the district's drains, sewers, laterals, and other necessary adjuncts, including pumps and pumping stations, in any special service area within the district. The district may levy a tax to provide those special services or to provide for the payment of debt incurred to provide those special services in accordance with this Act.
    (b) The manner of providing special services and of levying the tax authorized by subsection (a) shall be as provided in this Section.
    (c) "Special Service Area" means a contiguous area within a district in which special governmental services are provided in addition to those services provided generally throughout the district, the cost of those special services to be paid from revenues collected from taxes levied or imposed upon property within that area. Territory is "contiguous" for purposes of this Section even though certain completely surrounded portions of the territory are excluded from the special service area. A district may create a special service area within a municipality or municipalities when the municipality or municipalities consent to the creation of the special service area. A district may create a special service area within the unincorporated area of a county when the county consents to the creation of the special service area.
    (d) The corporate authorities of the district shall be the governing body of the special service area.
    (e) Taxes may be levied or imposed by the district in the special service area at a rate or amount of tax sufficient to produce revenues required to provide the special services. Before the first levy of taxes in the special service area, notice shall be given and hearing shall be held under the provisions of subsections (f) and (g). For purposes of this subsection the notice shall include:
        (1) the time and place of hearing;
        (2) the boundaries of the area by legal description
    
and by street location, where possible;
        (3) a notification that all interested persons,
    
including all persons owning taxable real property located within the special service area, will be given an opportunity to be heard at the hearing regarding the tax levy and an opportunity to file objections to the amount of the tax levy if the tax is a tax upon their property; and
        (4) the maximum rate of taxes to be extended in any
    
year and may include a maximum number of years the taxes will be levied.
    After the first levy, taxes may be extended against the special service area for the services specified without additional hearings, provided the taxes shall not exceed the rate specified in the notice and, if a maximum number of years is specified in the notice, the taxes shall not be extended for a longer period. Tax rates may be increased and the period specified may be extended, provided notice is given and new public hearings are held in accordance with subsections (f) and (g).
    (f) Before or within 60 days after the adoption of the ordinance proposing the establishment of a special service area, the district shall fix a time and a place for a public hearing. Notice of the hearing shall be given by publication and mailing. Notice by publication shall be given by publication at least once not less than 15 days before the hearing in a newspaper of general circulation within the district. Notice by mailing shall be given by depositing the notice in the United States mails addressed to the person or persons in whose name the general taxes for the last preceding year were paid on each lot, block, tract, or parcel of land lying within the special service area. The notice shall be mailed not less than 10 days before the time set for the public hearing. In the event taxes for the last preceding year were not paid, the notice shall be sent to the person last listed on the tax rolls before that year as the owner of the property.
    (g) At the public hearing any interested person, including all persons owning taxable real property located within the proposed special service area, may file with the district clerk written objections to and may be heard orally in respect to any issues embodied in the notice. The district shall hear and determine all protests and objections at the hearing, and the hearing may be adjourned to another date without further notice other than a motion to be entered upon the minutes fixing the time and place of its adjournment. At the public hearing or at the first regular meeting of the corporate authorities thereafter, the district may delete area from the special service area, except that the special service area must still be a contiguous area as provided in subsection (c).
    (h) Bonds secured by the full faith and credit of the area included in the special service area may be issued for providing the special services. Bonds, when so issued, shall be retired by the levy of taxes, in addition to the taxes specified in subsection (e), against all of the taxable real property included in the area as provided in the ordinance authorizing the issuance of the bonds or by the imposition of another tax within the special service area. The county clerk shall annually extend taxes against all of the taxable property situated in the county and contained in the special service area in amounts sufficient to pay maturing principal and interest of those bonds without limitation as to rate or amount and in addition to and in excess of any taxes that may now or hereafter be authorized to be levied by the district. Before the issuance of bonds, notice shall be given and a hearing shall be held under the provisions of subsections (f) and (g). For purposes of this subsection a notice shall include:
        (1) the time and place of hearing;
        (2) the boundaries of the area by legal description
    
and by street location, where possible;
        (3) a notification that all interested persons,
    
including all persons owning taxable real property located within the special service area, will be given an opportunity to be heard at the hearing regarding the issuance of the bonds and an opportunity to file objections to the issuance of the bonds; and
        (4) the maximum amount of bonds proposed to be
    
issued, the maximum period of time over which the bonds shall be retired, and the maximum interest rate the bonds shall bear.
    The question of the creation of a special service area, the levy or imposition of a tax in the special service area, and the issuance of bonds for providing special services may all be considered together at one hearing.
    Any bonds issued shall not exceed the number of bonds, the interest rate, and the period of extension set forth in the notice, unless an additional hearing is held. No bonds issued under this Section shall be regarded as indebtedness of the district for the purpose of any limitation imposed by any law.
    (i) Boundaries of a special service area may be enlarged, but only after hearing and notice as provided in subsections (f) and (g), the notice to be served in the original area of the special service area and in any areas proposed to be added to the special service area, except where the property being added represents less than 5% of the assessed valuation of the entire original area, as determined by the clerk of the county wherein the land is located, then the notice by mailing requirement of subsection (f) shall be limited only to the area to be added and not to the original special service area. The property added to the area shall be subject to all taxes levied after that property becomes a part of the area and shall become additional security for bonded indebtedness outstanding at the time the property is added to the area.
    (j) If a petition signed by at least 51% of the electors residing within the special service area and by at least 51% of the owners of record of the land included within the boundaries of the special service area is filed with the district clerk within 60 days following the final adjournment of the public hearing objecting to the creation of the special service area, the enlargement of the area, the levy or imposition of a tax, or the issuance of bonds for the provision of special services to the area, or to a proposed increase in the tax rate, no such area may be created or enlarged, no such tax may be levied or imposed nor the rate increased, or no such bonds may be issued. The subject matter of the petition shall not be proposed relative to any signatories of the petition within the next 2 years. Each resident of the special service area registered to vote at the time of the public hearing held with regard to the special service area shall be considered an elector. Each person in whose name legal title to land included within the boundaries of the special service area is held according to the records of the county wherein the land is located shall be considered an owner of record. Owners of record shall be determined at the time of the public hearing held with regard to a special service area. Land owned in the name of a land trust, corporation, estate, or partnership shall be considered to have a single owner of record.
    (k) Any territory located within the boundaries of any special service area organized under this Section may become disconnected from the area in the manner provided in this subsection. A majority of the resident electors and a majority of the record owners of land in the territory sought to be disconnected from the area may sign a petition. The petition shall be addressed to the circuit court and shall contain a definite description of the boundaries of the territory sought to be disconnected and recite as a fact that, as of the date the petition is filed, the territory was not, is not, and is not intended by the corporate authority that created the special service area to be either benefited or served by any work or services either then existing or then authorized by the special service area, and that the territory constitutes less than 1.5% of the special service area's total equalized assessed valuation.
    Upon the filing of the petition, the court shall set the petition for public hearing within 60 days after the date of the filing of the petition. The court shall give at least 45 days notice of the hearing by publishing notice of the hearing once in a newspaper having a general circulation within the special service area from which the territory is sought to be disconnected. The notice (i) shall refer to the petition filed with the court, (ii) shall describe the territory proposed to be disconnected, (iii) shall indicate the prayer of the petition and the date, time, and place at which the public hearing will be held, and (iv) shall further indicate that the corporate authority that created the special service area and any persons residing in or owning property in the territory involved or in the special service area from which the territory is sought to be disconnected shall have an opportunity to be heard on the prayer of the petition. Notice of the filing of the petition, the substance of which shall be as prescribed for the published notice, shall also be mailed to the presiding officer of the corporate authority from which the territory is sought to be disconnected.
    The public hearing may be continued from time to time by the court. After the public hearing and having heard all persons desiring to be heard, including the corporate authority that created the special service area and all persons residing in or owning property in the territory involved or in the special service area from which the territory is sought to be disconnected, if the court finds that all the allegations of the petition are true, the court shall grant the prayer of the petition and shall enter an order disconnecting the territory from the special service area, which order shall be entered at length in the records of the court, and the clerk of the court shall file a certified copy of the order with the clerk of the district that created the special service area from which the territory has been disconnected. If the court finds that the allegations contained in the petition are not true, then the court shall enter an order dismissing the petition.
    Any disconnected territory shall cease to be subject to any taxes levied under this Section and shall not be security for any future bonded indebtedness. When the amount of any taxes levied by a special service area is cancelled due to disconnection of territory, the court may, in the same disconnection proceeding, distribute the cancelled amount upon the other property in the area assessed, in a manner that the court finds just and equitable, not exceeding, however, the amount by which such property will benefit from the special service.
    (l) If a property tax is levied, the tax shall be extended by the county clerk in the special service area in the manner provided by the Property Tax Code based on assessed values as established under that Act. In that case, the district shall file a certified copy of the ordinance creating the special service area, including an accurate map of the area, with the county clerk. The corporate authorities of the district are authorized to levy taxes in the special service area for the same year in which the ordinance and map are filed with the county clerk. In addition, the corporate authorities shall file a certified copy of each ordinance levying taxes in the special service area on or before the third Tuesday of September of each year and shall file a certified copy of any ordinance authorizing the issuance of bonds and providing for a property tax levy in that ordinance by December 31 of the year of the first levy.
    Instead of or in addition to that property tax, a special tax may be levied and extended within the special service area on any other basis that provides a rational relationship between the amount of the tax levied against each lot, block, tract, and parcel of land in the special service area and the special service benefit rendered; a special tax roll shall be prepared containing (i) an explanation of the method of spreading the special tax, (ii) a list of lots, blocks, tracts, and parcels of land in the special service area, and (iii) the amount assessed against each. The special tax roll shall be included in the ordinance establishing the special service area or in an amendment to that ordinance, and shall be filed with the county clerk for use in extending the tax.
    (m) An ordinance establishing a special service area shall not take effect until a certified copy of the ordinance, containing a description of the territory of the area, is filed for record in the office of the recorder in each county in which any part of the area is located.
(Source: P.A. 90-697, eff. 8-7-98.)

70 ILCS 2805/28

    (70 ILCS 2805/28) (from Ch. 42, par. 439)
    Sec. 28. The board of trustees shall have the power to build and construct and to defray the costs and expenses of the construction of drains, sewers, or laterals, or drains, and sewers and laterals and other necessary adjuncts thereto, including pumps and pumping stations, made by it in the execution or in furtherance of the powers heretofore granted to such sanitary district by special assessment or by general taxation, or partly by special assessment and partly by general taxation, as they shall by ordinance prescribe. It shall constitute no objection to any special assessment that the improvement for which the same is levied is partly outside the limits of such sanitary district, but no special assessment shall be made upon property situated outside of such sanitary district, and in no case shall any property be assessed more than it will be benefited by the improvement for which the assessment is levied. The proceedings for making, levying, collecting and enforcing of any special assessment levied hereunder, the letting of contracts, performance of the work and all other matters pertaining to the construction and making of the improvement shall be the same as nearly as may be as is prescribed in Division 2 of Article 9 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as heretofore and hereafter amended. Whenever in said Division 2 the words "city council" or the words "board of local improvements" are used the same shall apply to the board of trustees constituted by this Act, and the word "mayor" or "president of the board of local improvement" shall apply to the president of the board of trustees constituted by this Act, and the words applying to the city or its officers in that Article shall be held to apply to the sanitary district created under this Act and its officers.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 1370.)

70 ILCS 2805/29

    (70 ILCS 2805/29) (from Ch. 42, par. 440)
    Sec. 29. When any special assessment is made under this Act, the ordinance authorizing such assessment may provide that the entire assessment and each individual assessment be divided into annual installments, not more than twenty in number. In all cases such division shall be made so that all installments shall be equal in amount, except that all fractional amounts shall be added to the first installment so as to leave the remaining installments of the aggregate equal in amount and each a multiple of one hundred dollars. The said several installments shall bear interest at a rate not to exceed that permitted for public corporation bonds under "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, except that for the purposes of this Section, "the time the contract is made" shall mean the date of adoption of the original ordinance authorizing the assessment; both principal and interest shall be payable, collected and enforced as they shall become due in the manner provided for the levy, payment, collection and enforcement of such assessments and interest, as provided in Division 2 of Article 9 of the "Illinois Municipal Code", approved May 29, 1961, as heretofore and hereafter amended.
(Source: P.A. 83-1525.)

70 ILCS 2805/29.1

    (70 ILCS 2805/29.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 440.1)
    Sec. 29.1. 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. 2897.)

70 ILCS 2805/30

    (70 ILCS 2805/30) (from Ch. 42, par. 441)
    Sec. 30. Whenever any ordinance providing for any improvement shall in pursuance of authority conferred in this Act provide for payment for same, either in whole or in part, by special assessment, said board of trustees may issue bonds to anticipate the collection of the second and succeeding installments of said assessments payable only out of such assessment when collected and bearing interest at the same rate as provided upon the installments of such assessment. Said bonds shall be issued and subject to call and retirement in the same manner as provided in Division 2 of Article 9 of the "Illinois Municipal Code", approved May 29, 1961, as heretofore and hereafter amended.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 874.)

70 ILCS 2805/31

    (70 ILCS 2805/31) (from Ch. 42, par. 442)
    Sec. 31. Whenever the board of trustees of any sanitary district organized under this Act shall pass an ordinance for the making of any improvement authorized by this Act and shall provide that the same shall be paid for by special assessment, as provided in Section 28 of this Act, the making of which will require that private property shall be taken or damaged, the cost of acquiring the right to take or damage such property may be included in said assessment as a part of the cost of making such improvement. Such compensation shall be ascertained in the manner provided by Division 2 of Article 9 of the "Illinois Municipal Code", approved May 29, 1961, as heretofore and hereafter amended, and all proceedings relating to the taking or damaging of said property and levying such assessment shall be in accordance with said Division 2 of Article 9 of that Code.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 874.)

70 ILCS 2805/32

    (70 ILCS 2805/32) (from Ch. 42, par. 443)
    Sec. 32. Where any municipality in this State, bordering upon any sanitary district created under this Act, has constructed or desires to construct a sewage system for such municipality, any such sanitary district may contract with such municipality for the joint construction, extension, improvement or use of such sewage system upon such terms and conditions as may be agreed upon by such sanitary district and municipality.
(Source: Laws 1935-36, Fourth Sp. Sess., p. 16.)

70 ILCS 2805/32a

    (70 ILCS 2805/32a) (from Ch. 42, par. 443a)
    Sec. 32a. Additional contiguous territory within the limits of the county and within or without the limits of any city, village or incorporated town except territory within the limits of any city, village or incorporated town that furnishes or provides sanitary sewer service may be added to any sanitary district organized under this Act in the manner following:
    Ten per cent or more of the legal voters resident within the limits of such proposed addition to such sanitary district may petition the circuit court for the county in which the original petition for the formation of the sanitary district was filed, to cause the question to be submitted to the legal voters of such proposed additional territory whether such proposed additional territory shall become a part of any contiguous sanitary district organized under this Act and whether such additional territory and the taxpayers thereof shall assume a proportionate share of the bonded indebtedness, if any, of such sanitary district. Such petition shall be addressed to the court and shall contain a definite description of the boundaries of the territory sought to be added.
    Upon filing the petition in the office of the circuit court clerk of the county in which the original petition for the organization of such sanitary district was filed it is the duty of the court to consider the boundaries of the proposed additional territory and such decision shall be appealable as in other civil cases.
    Notice shall be given by the court of the time and place when and where all persons interested shall be heard substantially as provided in Section 1 of this Act. The conduct of the hearing on the question whether the proposed additional territory becomes a part of such sanitary district shall be, as nearly as possible, in accordance with the provisions of Section 1 of this Act; the court shall certify the question to the proper election officials who shall submit the question at an election in accordance with the general election law. The question shall be in substantially the following form:
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    For joining sanitary district and assuming
a proportionate share of bonded indebtedness,
if any.
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    Against joining sanitary district and
assuming a proportionate share of bonded
indebtedness, if any.
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    If a majority of the votes cast on the question shall be in favor of becoming a part of such sanitary district and if the trustees of such sanitary district accept the proposed additional territory by ordinance annexing the same, the court shall enter an appropriate order of record in the court, and such additional territory shall thenceforth be deemed an integral part of such sanitary district. In addition to the manner heretofore provided, any such additional contiguous territory may be annexed to such sanitary district upon petition addressed to the circuit court, signed by a majority of the owners of lands constituting such territory who, in the case of natural persons, have arrived at lawful age and who represent a majority in area of such territory. The petition shall contain a definite description of the boundaries of such territory and shall set forth the willingness of the petitioners that such territory and the taxpayers thereof assume a proportionate share of the bonded indebtedness, if any, of such sanitary district. Upon the filing of such petition and notice of and hearing and decision upon the same by the court, the court shall enter an order containing the findings and decision as to the boundaries of the territory to be annexed. If the trustees of such sanitary district pass an ordinance annexing the territory described in such order to the sanitary district, the court shall enter an appropriate order, and such additional territory shall thenceforth be deemed an integral part of such sanitary district.
(Source: P.A. 83-343.)

70 ILCS 2805/32a.1

    (70 ILCS 2805/32a.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 443a.1)
    Sec. 32a.1. Whenever any contiguous, uninhabited, unincorporated territory is owned by any sanitary district organized under this Act, that territory may be annexed by that sanitary district by the passage of an ordinance to that effect by the board of trustees of the sanitary district, describing the territory to be annexed. After the passage of such ordinance of annexation a copy of such ordinance, with an accurate map of the territory annexed, 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 situated.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 550.)

70 ILCS 2805/32a.2

    (70 ILCS 2805/32a.2) (from Ch. 42, par. 443a.2)
    Sec. 32a.2. Any sanitary district may annex any territory contiguous to it even though the annexed territory is dedicated or used for street or highway purposes if no part of the annexed territory is within any other sanitary district. After passage of the ordinance of annexation a copy of the ordinance with an accurate map of the territory annexed 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 situated.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 550.)

70 ILCS 2805/32a.3

    (70 ILCS 2805/32a.3) (from Ch. 42, par. 443a.3)
    Sec. 32a.3. Unincorporated territory annexation. Whenever any unincorporated territory, containing 60 acres or less, is wholly bounded by any sanitary district organized under this Act, that territory may be annexed by that sanitary district by the passage of an ordinance to that effect by the board of trustees of the sanitary district, describing the territory to be annexed. Prior to the passage of such ordinance, the record owners of all parcels to be annexed shall be notified of the planned annexation. After the passage of such ordinance of annexation a copy of such ordinance, with an accurate map of the territory annexed, certified as correct by the clerk of the board of trustees, shall be filed with the County Clerk of the County in which the annexed territory is situated.
(Source: P.A. 90-558, eff. 12-12-97.)

70 ILCS 2805/32a.4

    (70 ILCS 2805/32a.4) (from Ch. 42, par. 443a.4)
    Sec. 32a.4. 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 or by any other sewer system that is connected to 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. For purposes of this Act, a property is served by a sanitary district if a sewer that is part of the sanitary district's sewer system, part of the sewer system of a municipality that is connected to the sanitary district, or part of any other sewer system that connects to and is served by the sanitary district has been extended to, across, or along the property, whether or not the buildings on the property are physically connected to the sewer.
(Source: P.A. 91-547, eff. 8-14-99.)

70 ILCS 2805/32a.4a

    (70 ILCS 2805/32a.4a) (from Ch. 42, par. 443a.4a)
    Sec. 32a.4a. 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 20 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 or, if there is no newspaper published in the district, in a newspaper published in the county and having general circulation in the 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 the 91st General Assembly 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 20 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 the 91st General Assembly may be extended at any time prior to the original expiration date to a date which is not later than 20 years from the date of execution of the original Annexation Agreement.
(Source: P.A. 91-547, eff. 8-14-99.)

70 ILCS 2805/32a.5

    (70 ILCS 2805/32a.5) (from Ch. 42, par. 443a.5)
    Sec. 32a.5. Any contiguous territory located within the boundaries of any sanitary district organized under this Act, and upon the border of such district, may become disconnected from such district in the manner provided in this Section. Ten per cent or more of the legal voters resident in the territory sought to be disconnected from such district, may petition the circuit court for the county in which the original petition for the organization of the district was filed, to cause the question of such disconnection to be submitted to the legal voters of such territory whether the territory shall be disconnected. The petition shall be addressed to the court and shall contain a definite description of the boundaries of such territory and recite as a fact, that as of the date the petition is filed there is no bonded indebtedness of the sanitary district outstanding and that no special assessments for local improvements were levied upon or assessed against any of the lands within such territory or if so levied or assessed, that all of such assessments have been fully paid and discharged and that such territory is not, at the time of the filing of such petition, and will not be, either benefited or served by any work or improvements either then existing or then authorized by the sanitary district. Upon filing such petition in the office of the circuit clerk of the county in which the original petition for the formation of such sanitary district has been filed it is the duty of the court to consider the boundaries of such territory and the facts upon which the petition is founded. The court may alter the boundaries of such territory and shall deny the prayer of the petition, if the material allegations therein contained are not founded in fact. The decision of the court is appealable as in other civil cases.
    Notice shall be given by the court of the time and place when and where all persons interested will be heard substantially as provided in and by Section 1 of this Act. The conduct of the hearing on the question whether such territory shall become disconnected shall be, as nearly as possible, in accordance with Section 1 of this Act. The court shall certify the question to the proper election officials who shall submit the question at an election in accordance with the general election law. The question shall be in substantially the following form:
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    For disconnection from sanitary district.
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    Against disconnection from sanitary district.
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If a majority of the votes cast on the question shall be in favor of disconnection, and if the trustees of such sanitary district shall, by ordinance, disconnect such territory, thereupon the court shall enter an appropriate order of record in the court and thereafter such territory shall be deemed disconnected from such sanitary district.
(Source: P.A. 100-201, eff. 8-18-17.)

70 ILCS 2805/32a.5-1

    (70 ILCS 2805/32a.5-1)
    Sec. 32a.5-1. Disconnection by agreement.
    (a) A territory that (1) is located within the boundaries and upon the border of a sanitary district organized under this Act, (2) is contiguous, and (3) has no registered voters residing within it, may be disconnected from the district by agreement in accordance with this Section. A referendum is not required for disconnection by agreement in accordance with this Section.
    (b) The owners of territory that is eligible for disconnection by agreement under this Section may enter into a disconnection agreement with the board of trustees of the district. The agreement must contain a definite description of the boundaries of the territory to be disconnected. The agreement may provide for payment to the district by the owners of the territory of a reasonable amount to compensate the district for the loss of future revenues from the territory and may include any other provisions or requirements deemed appropriate by the board of trustees. The agreement shall not become effective without (1) the consent of all owners of record of the territory, (2) the consent of the board of trustees of the district, and (3) the approval of the circuit court as provided in subsection (c).
    (c) Upon execution of an agreement under subsection (b), the owners of the territory may bring a petition for approval of the agreement and disconnection of the territory from the district in the circuit court for the county in which the original petition for the organization of the district was filed. The petition shall be addressed to the court and shall include a copy of the proposed disconnection agreement. The petition shall recite as a fact that as of the date the petition is filed there is no bonded indebtedness of the sanitary district outstanding and that all special assessments for local improvements that have been levied upon or assessed against the territory have been fully paid and discharged.
    Upon the filing of a petition under this Section, the court shall hold a hearing on the petition at which the district and any of the residents or landowners of the district may be heard. The court shall give notice of the hearing in the manner provided in subsection (d) of Section 1 of this Act.
    The court shall consider the boundaries of the territory to be disconnected, the terms of the disconnection agreement between the owners and the district, and the facts upon which the agreement and the petition are founded. The court may approve the agreement and order the territory disconnected from the district if it determines that the requirements of this Section have been met, that the material allegations upon which the agreement and the petition are founded are true, and that the disconnection is not unreasonable or contrary to the general interests of the residents and landowners of the district. If the court determines that the requirements of this Section have not been met, that any material allegation upon which the agreement or the petition are founded is untrue, or that the disconnection is unreasonable or contrary to the general interests of the residents and landowners of the district, it shall not then approve the agreement or order the territory disconnected from the district, but it may allow the district and the owners of the territory to amend the petition and agreement or take other action to cure the defect. The decision of the court is appealable as in other civil cases.
(Source: P.A. 89-705, eff. 1-31-97.)

70 ILCS 2805/32a.6

    (70 ILCS 2805/32a.6) (from Ch. 42, par. 443a.6)
    Sec. 32a.6. 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 2805/32b

    (70 ILCS 2805/32b) (from Ch. 42, par. 443b)
    Sec. 32b. Any sanitary district created hereunder, after being authorized by an affirmative vote of the legal voters of the district at an election to be held as is hereinafter provided, may acquire, purchase or construct waterworks, and thereafter operate, improve and extend such waterworks as defined herein, and pay the cost of such purchase, construction, improvement or extension by the issuance and sale of general obligation bonds, revenue bonds or special assessment bonds of the district, which revenue bonds shall be payable solely from the revenue to be derived from the operation of the waterworks.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3190.)

70 ILCS 2805/32b.1

    (70 ILCS 2805/32b.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 443b.1)
    Sec. 32b.1. The board of trustees of any sanitary district created hereunder, after receiving a petition in writing, signed by not less than 50% of the legal voters and not less than 50% of the record owners of land in any contiguous territory situated within such sanitary district, shall have the power, by the issuance of revenue bonds, or by special assessment, as determined by ordinance of the board of trustees, to purchase or construct waterworks within such contiguous territory and thereafter operate, maintain, improve and extend such waterworks as defined in this Act. Such petition, when submitted to the board of trustees, shall contain an estimate of the cost of the purchase or construction of such waterworks. The ordinance to provide for the purchase or construction of such waterworks shall be adopted only by a vote of a majority of the members of the board of trustees. Such ordinance shall contain an accurate description of the territory which will be affected by the purchase or construction of the waterworks, and the costs of such purchase, construction, improvement or extension shall be paid solely by the issuance and sale of revenue bonds of the district secured by and payable solely from the revenue to be derived from the operation of such waterworks, or by special assessment, as the case may be.
    Revenue bonds provided for in this Section may be issued in such amounts as may be necessary to provide sufficient funds to pay all costs of purchasing or constructing such waterworks, including engineering, legal and other expenses. Such bonds shall bear interest at a rate not exceeding the rate 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, payable semi-annually, and shall be payable at such times and places not exceeding 30 years from their date as shall be prescribed in the ordinance providing for their issuance. However, if the board of trustees determines by ordinance that the purchase and construction of such waterworks is to be secured and paid by special assessment, then the proceedings for making, levying, collecting and enforcing any special assessment levied hereunder, the letting of contracts, the issuance of special assessment bonds, the performance of the work and all other matters required or pertaining to the purchase or construction and making of the improvements or extensions shall be as provided in Division 2 of Article 9 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as heretofore and hereafter amended. Whenever in said Division 2 the words "city council" or the words "board of local improvements" are used, the same shall apply to the board of trustees constituted by this Act, and the word "mayor" or "president of the board of local improvement" shall apply to the president of the board of trustees constituted by this Act, and the words applying to the city or its officers in that Article shall be held to apply to the sanitary district created under this Act and its officers.
(Source: P.A. 83-673.)

70 ILCS 2805/32c

    (70 ILCS 2805/32c) (from Ch. 42, par. 443c)
    Sec. 32c. The term waterworks as used in this Act means and includes a water works system or water supply system in its entirety and any integral part thereof, including mains, hydrants, meters, valves, stand pipes, storage tanks, pump tanks, intakes, wells, impounding reservoirs and purification plants.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 726.)

70 ILCS 2805/32d

    (70 ILCS 2805/32d) (from Ch. 42, par. 443d)
    Sec. 32d. The trustees of such district, when petitioned so to do by not less than 10% of the legal voters of such district, shall certify to the proper election officials the proposition of whether the district should acquire, purchase or construct, and thereafter operate, improve and extend waterworks, as herein defined, or any one or more of said things and such election officials shall submit that proposition at an election in accordance with the general election law. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall the................ Sanitary
District,......... County, Illinois,        YES
acquire by purchase or construction,   -----------------------
and thereafter operate, improve or          NO
extend waterworks?
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    If a majority of the votes cast on the proposition at said election are in favor thereof, then the trustees of the district shall be authorized to acquire by purchase or construction, and thereafter operate, improve or extend waterworks.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

70 ILCS 2805/32e

    (70 ILCS 2805/32e) (from Ch. 42, par. 443e)
    Sec. 32e. The trustees of any district, having been authorized by an election held pursuant to Section 32d, and being desirous of exercising such authority, shall have an estimate made of the cost of the acquisition or construction of the contemplated waterworks, and by ordinance shall provide for the method of financing such acquisition or construction. The ordinance shall set forth a brief description of the contemplated waterworks, the estimated cost of acquisition or construction thereof, the method of financing such acquisition or construction, the amount, rate of interest, time and place of payment, and other details in connection with the issuance of any bonds necessary therefor. If all or part of such financing is to be by issuance of revenue bonds, such bonds shall bear interest at not exceeding the rate 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, payable semi-annually, and shall be payable at such times and places not exceeding 30 years from their date as shall be prescribed in the ordinance providing for their issuance.
    This ordinance may contain such covenants and restrictions upon the issuance of additional revenue bonds thereafter as may be deemed necessary or advisable for the assurance of payment of the bonds thereby authorized and as may be thereafter issued, and shall pledge the revenues derived from the operation of the waterworks for the purpose of paying all maintenance and operation costs, principal and interest on all bonds issued under the provisions of this Act, and for providing an adequate depreciation fund, which depreciation fund is hereby defined for the purposes of this Act to be for such replacements as may be necessary from time to time for the continued effective and efficient operation of the waterworks properties of such district, and such fund shall not be allowed to accumulate beyond a reasonable amount necessary for that purpose, the terms and provisions of which shall be incorporated in the ordinance authorizing the issuance of the revenue bonds.
(Source: P.A. 83-591.)

70 ILCS 2805/32f

    (70 ILCS 2805/32f) (from Ch. 42, par. 443f)
    Sec. 32f. Any ordinance adopted pursuant to the preceding section shall be published in a newspaper published and having a general circulation in the district undertaking the project or, if there is no such newspaper, it shall be posted in at least three of the most public places in the district.
    The publication or posting of the ordinance 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 ordinance be submitted to the electors of the district; (2) the time in which such petition must be filed; and (3) the date of the prospective referendum. The Clerk of the district shall provide a petition form to any individual requesting one.
    If no petition for a referendum is filed with the Clerk of the district within 30 after such publication or posting, then, at the expiration of said 30 days, the ordinance shall be in full force and effect. If, however, within said period of 30 days a petition is filed with the clerk, signed by a number of the legal voters within the district equal to 10% or more of the registered voters within the district, asking that the question of acquiring, constructing, purchasing, improving or extending the waterworks, and the issuance of revenue bonds therefor, as provided in the ordinance, be submitted to the electors of the district, the trustees shall certify such question to the proper election officials, who shall submit the question at an election in accordance with the general election law to decide whether the project and issuance of bonds of the district, as set forth in the ordinance, should be approved.
    If a majority of the votes cast on the question are in favor thereof, the ordinance shall be in effect. But if a majority of the votes cast on the question are unfavorable, the trustees shall proceed no further and the ordinance shall not take effect.
(Source: P.A. 87-767.)

70 ILCS 2805/32g

    (70 ILCS 2805/32g) (from Ch. 42, par. 443g)
    Sec. 32g. Bonds provided for in this article shall be issued in such amounts as may be necessary to provide sufficient funds to pay all costs of acquisition, including engineering, legal, and other expenses, together with interest to a date six months subsequent to the estimated date of completion. Bonds issued under this article are negotiable instruments. They shall be executed by the president and by the district clerk and shall be sealed with the corporate seal of the district. In case any of the officers whose signatures appear on the bonds, or coupons attached thereto, ceases to hold his office before delivery of the bonds, his signature nevertheless shall be valid and sufficient for all purposes the same as if he had remained in office until the delivery of the bonds. The bonds shall be sold in such manner as the trustee shall determine except that, if issued to bear interest at the rate of six per cent annually, the bonds shall be sold for not less than par and accrued interest, and except that the selling price of bonds bearing less than six per cent interest shall be such that the interest cost to the district of the money received from the bond sale shall not exceed six per cent annually computed to maturity according to standard tables of bond values.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 726.)

70 ILCS 2805/32h

    (70 ILCS 2805/32h) (from Ch. 42, par. 443h)
    Sec. 32h. Revenue bonds issued hereunder shall be payable solely from the revenue derived from the operation of the waterworks properties maintained and operated by said district. These bonds shall not in any event constitute an indebtedness of the district within the meaning of any constitutional or statutory limitation. It shall be plainly stated on the face of each bond that the bond has been issued under this act and that it does not constitute an indebtedness of the district within the meaning of any constitutional or statutory limitation.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 726.)

70 ILCS 2805/32i

    (70 ILCS 2805/32i) (from Ch. 42, par. 443i)
    Sec. 32i. Any holder of any bond or bonds issued under this Act, or of any of the coupons appertaining thereto, may, by mandamus, injunction or other civil action, enforce and compel the performance of all duties required by Sections 32b to 32n, inclusive, of this Act, including the making and collecting of sufficient water rates for the specified purposes provided by said sections and the proper application of the income therefrom.
(Source: P.A. 83-345.)

70 ILCS 2805/32j

    (70 ILCS 2805/32j) (from Ch. 42, par. 443j)
    Sec. 32j. Any district issuing revenue bonds as provided by this Act shall charge rates for water for all services performed by the waterworks properties of said district, sufficient at all times to pay the costs of operation and maintenance, to provide an adequate depreciation fund, and to pay the principal of and interest upon all revenue bonds issued under the provisions of this Act.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 726.)

70 ILCS 2805/32k

    (70 ILCS 2805/32k) (from Ch. 42, par. 443k)
    Sec. 32k. The trustees of the sanitary district may acquire, by purchase or contract with an individual, corporation or municipality, a water supply sufficient for diluting and flushing its sewer system and for the needs of the inhabitants of the district. In the event that the trustees shall be unable to agree with any person, corporation or municipality upon the terms under which it may acquire such a water supply under this act, then the right to obtain such a supply may be acquired by condemnation in any court of competent jurisdiction by proceedings 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. The compensation or rates to be paid for such supply of water and the manner of payment shall be as may be determined by the decree or judgment of the court wherein such proceedings may be had.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

70 ILCS 2805/32l

    (70 ILCS 2805/32l) (from Ch. 42, par. 443l)
    Sec. 32l. For the purpose of purchasing any waterworks under this act or for the purpose of purchasing any property necessary therefor, the district has the right of eminent domain as provided by the Eminent Domain Act.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

70 ILCS 2805/32m

    (70 ILCS 2805/32m) (from Ch. 42, par. 443m)
    Sec. 32m. Whenever the trustees of a district have been authorized by the affirmative vote of the legal voters of the district to acquire by purchase or construction and thereafter operate, improve or extend waterworks, as herein provided by the provisions of this Act, the cost of the purchase or construction of waterworks and the cost of making further improvements and extensions thereto may be paid from the proceeds to be received from the sale of bonds which may be issued by the district which are payable from taxes, unlimited as to rate or amount, to be extended against all taxable property within the district and as herein provided for in Section 11 of this Act, from the proceeds to be received from the sale of revenue bonds which shall not constitute an indebtedness of the district and shall be payable solely and only from the revenues to be derived from the operation of the waterworks of the district and from assessments to be levied against property which will be benefited, all as may be determined by the board of trustees and such board of trustees may elect to use any or all or any combination of the methods above enumerated in financing the cost thereof. If revenue bonds are to be issued pursuant to the provisions of this Act for the purpose of paying the cost of improving or extending waterworks, the procedure for the issuance thereof and the rights, duties, powers and authority of the board of trustees of the district shall be the same as is provided in this Act for the issuance of revenue bonds for the purchase or construction of waterworks by a sanitary district. It shall constitute no objection to any special assessment that the improvement for which the same is levied is situated partly outside the limits of such sanitary district but no special assessment shall be made upon property situated outside of such sanitary district and in no case shall any property be assessed more than it will be benefited by the improvement for which the assessment is levied or more than its proportionate share of the cost of such improvement. The proceedings for making, levying, collecting and enforcing of any special assessment levied hereunder, the letting of contracts, performance of the work and all other matters pertaining to the construction and making of the improvement shall be the same as nearly as may be as is prescribed in Division 2 of Article 9 of the Illinois Municipal Code, approved May 29, 1961, as heretofore and hereafter amended. Whenever in said Division 2 the word "city council" or the words "board of local improvements" are used the same shall apply to the board of trustees constituted by this Act, and the word "mayor" or "president of the board of local improvement" shall apply to the president of the board of trustees constituted by this Act, and the words applying to the city or its officers in that Article shall be held to apply to the sanitary district authorized to be organized under the provisions of this Act and its officers.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 772.)

70 ILCS 2805/32n

    (70 ILCS 2805/32n) (from Ch. 42, par. 443n)
    Sec. 32n.
    Any district issuing revenue bonds under this act shall install and maintain a proper system of accounts, showing the amount of revenue received and its application. At least once a year the district shall have the accounts properly audited by a competent auditor. The report of that audit shall be open for inspection at all proper times to any taxpayer, water-user, or any holder of bonds issued under this article, or to anyone acting for and on behalf of the taxpayer, water-user, or bondholder. The treasurer of the district shall be custodian and ex-officio collector of the funds derived from income received from waterworks purchased or constructed under the provisions of this act. He shall give proper bond for the faithful discharge of his duties as such custodian, and this bond shall be fixed and approved by the trustees.
    All of the funds received as income from waterworks purchased or constructed in whole or in part under the provisions of this act, and all of the funds received from the sale of revenue bonds shall be kept separate and apart from the other funds of the district.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 726.)

70 ILCS 2805/33

    (70 ILCS 2805/33) (from Ch. 42, par. 444)
    Sec. 33. Any sanitary district created under this Act which does not have outstanding and unpaid any revenue bonds issued under the provisions of this Act may be dissolved as follows:
    (a) Any 50 electors residing within the area of any sanitary district may file with the circuit clerk of the county in which the area is situated, a petition addressed to the circuit court to cause submission of the question whether the sanitary district shall be dissolved. Upon the filing of the petition with the clerk, the court shall certify the question to the proper election officials who shall submit the question at an election in accordance with the general election law, and give notice of the election in the manner provided by the general election law.
    The question shall be in substantially the following form:
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    "Shall the sanitary                 YES
district of .... be              -----------------------------
dissolved?"                             NO
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    If a majority of the votes cast on this question are in favor of dissolution of the sanitary district, then such organization shall cease, and the sanitary district is dissolved, and the court shall direct the sanitary district to discharge all outstanding obligations.
    (b) The County of Lake may dissolve the Fox Lake Hills Sanitary District, thereby acquiring all of the District's assets and responsibilities, upon adopting a resolution stating: (1) the reasons for dissolving the District; (2) that there are no outstanding debts of the District or that the County has sufficient funds on hand or available to satisfy such debts; (3) that no federal or State permit or grant will be impaired by dissolution of the District; and (4) that the County assumes all assets and responsibilities of the District. Upon dissolution of the District, the statutory powers of the former District shall be exercised by the county board of the Lake County. Within 60 days after the effective date of such resolution, the County of Lake shall notify the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency regarding the dissolution of the Fox Hills Sanitary District.
(Source: P.A. 99-783, eff. 8-12-16; 100-201, eff. 8-18-17.)

70 ILCS 2805/34

    (70 ILCS 2805/34) (from Ch. 42, par. 445)
    Sec. 34. If the vote is in favor of dissolution of the sanitary district, there shall be no further appointments for trustees. The officers acting at the time of this vote shall close up the business affairs of the sanitary district, and make the necessary conveyances of the title to the sanitary district property.
(Source: Laws 1957, p. 349.)

70 ILCS 2805/35

    (70 ILCS 2805/35) (from Ch. 42, par. 446)
    Sec. 35. The dissolution of any sanitary district shall not affect the obligation of any bonds issued or contracts entered into by such district, nor invalidate the levy, extension or collection of any taxes or special assessments upon the property in the debtor district, but all such bonds and contracts shall be discharged.
    All money remaining after the business affairs of the sanitary district have been closed up and all the debts and obligations of the sanitary district have been paid, shall be paid to the school treasurer of the school district in which the sanitary district was situated, not including high school districts. When the district was situated in two or more such school districts the money shall be divided between the districts, each district to receive an amount based on the ratio of assessed valuation of real estate of the district which was situated in the sanitary district to the assessed valuation of the real estate of all school districts which were situated in the sanitary district.
(Source: Laws 1957, p. 349.)

70 ILCS 2805/36

    (70 ILCS 2805/36) (from Ch. 42, par. 447)
    Sec. 36. All courts shall take judicial notice of the dissolution of such sanitary districts.
(Source: Laws 1957, p. 349.)

70 ILCS 2805/37

    (70 ILCS 2805/37) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.1)
    Sec. 37. Whenever any territory contained within a sanitary district created under this Act is annexed to any municipality, the sanitary district shall remain responsible for providing sewers and collecting and disposing of sewage in such territory annexed to the municipality and, if the sanitary district is operating a water supply system in such territory at the time of such annexation, the sanitary district shall remain responsible for supplying water in such territory. The municipality to which any territory contained within a sanitary district is annexed shall not, because of such annexation, become responsible for any obligations, or part thereof, of any sanitary district in which such territory is also contained. The fact that territory in a sanitary district is annexed to a municipality shall not affect any obligations, contracts or duties existing between the sanitary district and the municipality at the time of such annexation.
    Where, however, the territory within any sanitary district created under this Act becomes wholly included in one or more municipalities and no part of that territory is in an unincorporated area, any 50 electors residing within the sanitary district may file, within 6 months after being wholly included in one or more municipalities, with the circuit clerk of the county where the district is located, a petition to submit a public question to referendum on whether the sanitary district shall be dissolved. Upon filing the petition with the clerk, the circuit court shall certify the question to the proper election officials who shall submit the question at an election in accordance with the general election law. Notice of the referendum shall be given, and the referendum shall be conducted, in the manner provided by the general election law.
    The question shall be in substantially the following form:
        "Shall (name of sanitary district) be dissolved?"
The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
    If a majority of the votes cast on this question are not in favor of dissolution of the sanitary district, the sanitary district shall continue in operation.
    If a majority of the votes cast on this question are in favor of dissolution, then the district is dissolved.
    If no petition for referendum is filed with the circuit clerk within that 6-month period, then that sanitary district is dissolved by operation of law at the end of that 6-month period. In that event, each of the municipalities within which the territory of that district is located (a) shall be responsible for providing sewers for collecting and disposing of sewage and, if a water supply system was operated by the sanitary district, for supplying water in the part of the district's territory situated within the municipal corporate limits; and (b) shall be liable for that part of any revenue bonded indebtedness of the district outstanding at the time of its dissolution that is in the same proportion of the total outstanding revenue bonded indebtedness as the territory of the district included in that municipality is of the total territory in the district. The general obligation indebtedness of the dissolved district shall be paid from the proceeds of continuing taxes and special assessments as provided in Section 35. The corporate authorities of the municipalities affected shall agree as to the distribution of any personal property of the sanitary district.
    The corporate authorities of any municipality required to provide sewer or water service under this Section may levy and collect for that purpose a tax upon the taxable property within that municipality, the aggregate amount of which for each year may not exceed .25% of the value of such property as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue and that tax shall be in addition to taxes authorized to be levied for the general corporate purposes of the municipality.
    If any tax has been levied for sewer and water purposes after October 14, 1969 and before the effective date of this amendatory Act by a municipality which would have power to levy such a tax under this amendatory Act, that tax is expressly validated.
(Source: P.A. 89-558, eff. 7-26-96.)

70 ILCS 2805/37.1

    (70 ILCS 2805/37.1)
    Sec. 37.1. Dissolution of district with no employees and no bond indebtedness; winding up sanitary district business; tax by acquiring municipalities.
    (a) Any sanitary district created under this Act which is located in a county having a population of 3,000,000 or more, which is wholly included in 3 or more municipalities, which no part is included in any unincorporated area, which has no employees, and which has no revenue bond indebtedness shall, upon July 10, 2015 (the effective date of Public Act 99-14), be dissolved by operation of law. Each of the municipalities within the territory of a dissolved sanitary district shall be responsible for providing sewers for collecting and disposing of sewage.
    (b) The officers of any dissolved sanitary district immediately preceding July 10, 2015 (the effective date of Public Act 99-14) shall close up the business affairs of the sanitary district by conveying title of a dissolved sanitary district's property to the municipalities collecting and disposing of sewage and by liquidating any remaining personal property of a dissolved sanitary district. After all the debts and obligations of the dissolved sanitary district have been satisfied, any remaining monies shall be distributed to the municipalities collecting and disposing of sewage in proportion to the percentage of territory located within the boundaries of each affected municipality.
    (c) The corporate authorities of any municipality required to provide sewer service under this Section after the dissolution of a sanitary district is hereby authorized to levy and collect a tax for the purpose of maintaining, constructing or replacing sewers, upon the taxable property within that municipality, the aggregate amount of which for each year may not exceed 0.25% of the value of such property as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue and that tax shall be in addition to any taxes that may otherwise be authorized to be levied for the general corporate purposes of the municipality as currently provided in Section 37 of this Act. Any outstanding obligations of the dissolved sanitary district shall be paid from the taxes levied and collected pursuant to this subsection.
    If any tax has been levied for sewer or water purposes prior to July 10, 2015 (the effective date of Public Act 99-14) by a municipality that would also have the power to levy such a tax under this subsection, that tax is expressly validated.
(Source: P.A. 99-14, eff. 7-10-15; 100-201, eff. 8-18-17.)

70 ILCS 2805/38

    (70 ILCS 2805/38) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.2)
    Sec. 38. That all sanitary districts heretofore organized under the provisions of this Act and in which proceedings there was a substantial compliance with the provisions hereof and a majority of the voters voting upon the question at an election duly called and held by the county judge for the purpose of voting upon the organization and establishment into a sanitary district under the provisions of this Act of an area of contiguous territory within the limits of a single county and without the limits of any city, village or incorporated town and described in the notice given of such election were in favor of such question and such notice had been given by the county judge or by his order by publishing the same at least once in one or more daily or weekly newspapers published within the territory sought to be organized and established as a sanitary district under the provisions hereof, or if there was no such newspaper, then such notice had been given by posting at least 5 copies thereof within such territory, the date of such publication or posting, as the case may be, being at least 20 days before the day set for the election, are hereby declared validly and legally organized and shall be deemed to have been duly, legally and validly incorporated, organized and established under the provisions of this Act and to have all the powers, rights, duties and obligations conferred upon sanitary districts organized under the provisions of this Act and any and all acts performed and proceedings heretofore had or performed by any such sanitary districts and boards of trustees thereof are hereby declared legal and valid in all respects and all authorizations to acquire by purchase or construction and thereafter operate, improve or extend waterworks conferred on the board of trustees by the affirmative vote of a majority of the legal voters voting on the question at a referendum held within the district are hereby validated and the persons constituting the trustees of such districts as heretofore appointed and qualified and such persons as may hereafter be appointed and qualified and acting as their successors in office shall constitute the corporate authority of such district and shall continue until such time as their successors in office have been duly appointed and qualified as herein provided.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

70 ILCS 2805/39

    (70 ILCS 2805/39) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.3)
    Sec. 39. Alternative special assessment procedure. As an alternative to using the procedure prescribed by Division 2 of Article 9 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended, for making local improvements by special assessment or special taxation as provided in Section 28 of this Act, any sanitary district organized under this Act shall have the power to make local improvements by special assessment or special taxation in accordance with the procedure set forth in Sections 39 through 93 of this Act. The use of this alternative procedure is not mandatory, but shall be at the sole discretion of the board of trustees of the district. The procedure under the Illinois Municipal Code and the procedure under this Act shall not be combined, and the provisions of the Illinois Municipal Code shall not be applicable to any such alternative proceeding under this Act, except that the procedure under this Act may be used in conjunction with the following provisions of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended: Sections 9-2-3, 9-2-4, 9-2-9, 9-2-12, 9-2-45, 9-2-47, 9-2-74 and 9-2-113 relating to federal grants, federal defense projects and governmental aid and assistance, Sections 9-2-14 through 9-2-37 and 9-2-49 through 9-2-51 relating to the taking of property, Sections 9-2-66 through 9-2-71 relating to liens, Sections 9-2-81 through 9-2-98 relating to the collection of special assessments and Sections 9-2-120 through 9-2-137 relating to bonds. When such procedures are combined the committee of local improvements created under this Act may perform all acts to be performed by the board of local improvements under the Illinois Municipal Code.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/40

    (70 ILCS 2805/40) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.4)
    Sec. 40. Appointed committee of local improvements. The board of any district may appoint a committee of local improvements consisting of the members of the board of trustees. The board's right to raise or lower the compensation of any committee member on account of any other office or employment shall not be restricted on account of such person's committee membership. The committee shall elect one member as chairman, one member as vice chairman and from within or outside its membership a clerk and such other assistant clerks or officers as the committee may determine to be appropriate. The board shall provide by resolution for compensation not to exceed $15 per day for each member of the committee while performing his or her duties as a member of the committee.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/41

    (70 ILCS 2805/41) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.5)
    Sec. 41. Ordinance authorizing improvements. When any district provides by ordinance for the making of any local improvement, it shall prescribe by the same ordinance whether the improvement shall be made by special assessment or special taxation of benefited property, by general taxation, by special assessment of benefited property and by general taxation or by special taxation of benefited property and by general taxation.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/42

    (70 ILCS 2805/42) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.6)
    Sec. 42. Restriction on passage of ordinance and abandonment of proposed improvement. No ordinance for any local improvement, to be paid wholly or in part by special assessment or special taxation, shall be considered or passed by the board of any district unless the ordinance is first recommended by the committee of local improvements; provided, however, that after the ordinance for any local improvement has been adopted by the board and before the same is confirmed in court, the board may by ordinance abandon any portion of the proposed improvement without further action by or hearing before the committee.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/43

    (70 ILCS 2805/43) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.7)
    Sec. 43. Estimate of cost and first resolution. All ordinances for local improvements to be paid for wholly or in part by special assessment or special taxation shall originate with the committee of local improvements to whom petitions for any local improvement may be addressed, but the committee may originate a scheme for any such local improvement with or without a petition, and in either case the validity of any subsequent resolution, ordinance or proceeding shall not depend upon the validity or authenticity of any such petition. The committee may request the board's engineer to prepare preliminary plans and specifications for the proposed improvement together with an estimate of the cost of the improvement (omitting land to be acquired), itemized to the satisfaction of the committee and certified by the engineer's signature to be an estimate which does not exceed the probable cost of the proposed improvement, including the lawful expenses attending the improvement. Upon presentation of such preliminary plans and specifications and the estimate of cost, the committee may adopt a resolution describing the proposed improvement and scheduling a public hearing before the committee to consider whether such scheme shall be recommended to the board. The resolution may provide that the plans and specifications for the proposed improvement be made part of the resolution by reference to plans and specifications on file in the office of the district's engineer or to plans and specifications adopted or published by the State of Illinois or any political subdivision or agency thereof. Whenever the proposed improvement requires that private or public property be taken or damaged, the resolution shall describe the property proposed to be taken or damaged for that purpose. The committee shall also fix in the resolution a place, day and time for a public hearing thereon. The hearing shall not be less than 10 days after the adoption of the resolution.
    Notice of the time and place of the public hearing shall be sent by mail directed to the person or entity shown by the County Collector's current warrant book to be the party in whose name the general real estate taxes were last assessed on each lot, block, tract or parcel of land fronting on the proposed improvement. Such notices shall be mailed not less than 5 days prior to the time set for the public hearing and shall be mailed to each such party at the address shown for such party in the County Collector's current warrant book. The notices shall contain the substance of the resolution adopted by the committee, the date when an estimate is required by this Act, the estimate of the cost of the proposed improvement, and a notification that the extent, nature, kind, character and (when an estimate is required by the Act) the estimated cost of the proposed improvement may be changed by the committee at the public hearing thereon. If upon the hearing the committee deems the proposed improvement desirable, it shall adopt a resolution and prepare and submit an ordinance therefor to the board.
    In the event that a local improvement is to be constructed with the assistance of any agency of the federal government or other governmental agency, the committee's resolutions shall set forth that fact, and the estimate of cost shall set forth and indicate the estimated amount of assistance to be so provided.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/44

    (70 ILCS 2805/44) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.8)
    Sec. 44. Public hearing and second resolution. At the time and place fixed in the specified notice for the public hearing, the committee of local improvements shall meet and hear the representations of any person desiring to be heard on the subject of the necessity for the proposed improvement, the nature thereof or the cost as estimated. The district's engineer may revise the plans, specifications or estimate of cost at any time prior to the committee's adoption of a resolution recommending passage of an ordinance as hereinafter set forth. The committee may adopt a second or further resolution abandoning the proposed scheme or adhering thereto, or changing, altering or modifying the extent, nature, kind, character and estimated cost, provided the change does not increase the estimated cost of the improvement to exceed 20% of the estimate set forth in the mailed notice of the public hearing without a further public hearing pursuant to a new mailed notice given in like manner as the first. Thereupon, if the proposed improvement is not abandoned, the committee shall have an ordinance prepared therefor to be submitted to the board. This ordinance shall prescribe the nature, character, locality and description of the improvement and shall provide whether the improvement shall be made wholly or in part by special assessment or special taxation of benefited property and may provide that plans and specifications for the proposed improvement be made part of the ordinance by reference to plans and specifications on file in the office of the district's engineer or to plans and specifications adopted or published by the State of Illinois or any political subdivision or agency thereof. If the improvement is to be paid in part only by special assessment or special taxation, the ordinance shall so state. If the improvement requires the taking or damaging of property, the ordinance shall so state, and the proceedings for making just compensation therefor shall be as described in Sections 9-2-14 through 9-2-37 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended.
(Source: P.A. 100-201, eff. 8-18-17.)

70 ILCS 2805/45

    (70 ILCS 2805/45) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.9)
    Sec. 45. Recommendation by committee. Accompanying any ordinance for a local improvement presented by the committee of local improvements to the board shall be a recommendation of such improvement by the committee signed by at least a majority of the members thereof, together with an estimate of the cost of the improvement, including the cost of engineering services, as originally contemplated or as changed, altered or modified at the public hearing, itemized so far as the committee deems necessary and signed by the board's engineer. The recommendation by the committee shall be prima facie evidence that all the preliminary requirements of the law have been complied with. If a variance is shown on the proceedings in the court, it shall not affect the validity of the proceeding unless the court deems the variance willful and substantial.
    In the event the improvement is to be constructed with assistance from any agency of the federal government or other governmental agency, the estimate of cost shall state this fact and shall set forth the estimated amount that is to be provided by the agency of the federal government or other governmental agency.
    The person appointed to make the assessments as provided hereinafter shall make a true and impartial assessment upon the petitioning district and the property benefited by such improvement of that portion of the estimated cost that is within the benefits exclusive of the amount to be provided by the agency of the federal government or other governmental agency.
(Source: P.A. 100-201, eff. 8-18-17.)

70 ILCS 2805/46

    (70 ILCS 2805/46) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.10)
    Sec. 46. Publication of ordinance. Upon the presentation to the board of the proposed ordinance, together with the required recommendation and estimate, if the estimate of costs exceeds the sum of $500,000, exclusive of the amount to be paid for land to be taken or damaged, the ordinance shall be published in the usual way, in full, with the recommendation and estimate, at least 10 days before any action is taken thereon by the board. Whenever any plat, plan, specification, profile or drawing is a part of the ordinance is attached thereto as a part thereof or is referred to by the ordinance, it is not necessary to publish that plat, plan, specification, profile or drawing in connection with the publication of the ordinance. Publication shall be in a newspaper having general circulation within the district.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/47

    (70 ILCS 2805/47) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.11)
    Sec. 47. Special tax. When the ordinance under which a local improvement is ordered provides that the improvement shall be made wholly or in part by special taxation of benefited property, that special tax shall be levied, assessed and collected, as nearly as may be, in the manner provided in the Sections of this Act providing for the mode of making, assessing and collecting special assessments. No special tax shall be levied or assessed upon any property to pay for any local improvement in an amount in excess of the special benefit which the property will receive from the improvement. The ordinance shall not be deemed conclusive of the benefit, but the question of the benefit and of the amount of the special tax shall be subject to the review and determination of the court, and shall be tried in the same manner as in proceedings by special assessment.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/48

    (70 ILCS 2805/48) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.12)
    Sec. 48. Special assessment. When the ordinance under which a local improvement is ordered to be made contains no provisions for the condemnation of private property therefor and provides that the improvement shall be wholly or in part paid for by special assessment, the proceedings for the making of that assessment shall be as provided in the following Sections.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/49

    (70 ILCS 2805/49) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.13)
    Sec. 49. Petition and jurisdiction of courts. Upon the passage of any ordinance for a local improvement the district, by and through an attorney employed for that purpose, shall file a petition in the circuit court in the county where the affected territory lies, or if the district is situated in more than one county and the proposed improvement lies in more than one county, then in the circuit court in the county in which the major part of the territory to be affected thereby is situated, in the name of the district, requesting that steps be taken to levy a special assessment for the improvement in accordance with the provision of that ordinance. There shall be attached to or filed with this petition a copy of the ordinance, certified by the clerk under the corporate seal, and also a copy of the recommendation of the committee of local improvements and of the estimate of cost as approved by the board. The failure to file any of these copies shall not affect the jurisdiction of the court to proceed in the cause and to act upon the petition, but if it appears in any such cause that the copies have not been attached to or filed with the petition before the filing of the assessment roll therein, then, upon motion of any objector for that purpose on or before appearance day in the cause, such copies shall be so filed. The several circuit courts of this State have jurisdiction of any proceeding under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/50

    (70 ILCS 2805/50) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.14)
    Sec. 50. Appointment of assessing officer. Upon or before the filing of such a petition, some resident of the district appointed by the chairman of the committee of local improvements shall make a true and impartial assessment of the cost of the specified improvement upon the petitioning district and the property benefited by the improvement. This officer need not file an oath, and his appointment need not be confirmed by the court.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/51

    (70 ILCS 2805/51) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.15)
    Sec. 51. Apportionment of cost. The officer specified in Section 50 shall estimate what portion of the total cost of such improvement will be of benefit to the public and what proportion thereof will be of benefit to the property to be benefited, and he shall apportion the total cost between the district and that property so that each will bear its relative equitable proportion. Having found these amounts, such officer shall apportion and assess the amount so found to be of benefit to the property upon the several lots, blocks, tracts and parcels of land in the proportion in which they will be severally benefited by the improvement. No lot, block, tract or parcel of land shall be assessed a greater amount than it will be actually benefited. When the proposed improvement is for the construction of a sewer, it is the duty of such officer to investigate and report the district which will be benefited by the proposed sewer, describing the district by boundaries.
    Where the improvement is to be constructed with aid from any agency of the federal government, or other governmental agency, the proportion of the total cost of the improvement to be raised by the district in addition to such aid shall be the amount allocated between public benefits and benefits of the property affected as above provided.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/52

    (70 ILCS 2805/52) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.16)
    Sec. 52. Determination of benefit to private property owners by assessing officer. In determining the benefit to be received by private property owners as a result of a proposed improvement, the assessing officer, in his or her discretion, may take into account any one or more of the following elements and assign a weight to each: front footage, lot area, lot depth, assessed valuation, number of buildable sites, zoning, highest and best use, acreage, health benefits or a mandate from any governmental agency or a certification from the district's engineer as to the need to construct or install the proposed improvement in order to comply with any existing applicable legislation.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/53

    (70 ILCS 2805/53) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.17)
    Sec. 53. Description of property assessed. In levying any special assessment or special tax, each lot, block, tract or parcel of land shall be assessed separately in the same manner as upon assessment for general taxation, except that several lots or parts of land, owned and improved or listed in the warrant book as one parcel may be assessed as one parcel. However, this requirement shall not apply to the property of railroad companies or the right of way and franchise of street railway companies. Such property and right of way and franchise may be described in any manner sufficient to reasonably identify the property intended to be assessed.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/54

    (70 ILCS 2805/54) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.18)
    Sec. 54. Assessment roll, notice and affidavit of compliance. The assessment roll shall contain (1) a list of all the lots, blocks, tracts and parcels of land assessed for the proposed improvement, (2) the amount assessed against each, (3) the name of the person or entity shown by the county collector's current warrant book to be the party in whose name general real estate taxes were last assessed on each such lot, block, tract or parcel and (4) the address, if any, for such person or entity as shown on such current warrant book. In case of an assessment in installments the amount of each installment shall also be stated. The officer making the roll shall certify under oath that he believes that the amounts assessed against the public and each parcel of property are just and equitable and do not exceed the benefit which in each case will be derived from the improvements and that no lot, block, tract or parcel of land has been assessed more than its proportionate share of the cost of the improvement.
    Notice shall be given of the nature of the improvement, of the pendency of the proceeding, of the time and place of filing the petition therefor, of the time and place of filing the assessment roll therein, and of the time and place at which application will be made for confirmation of the assessment, the same to be not less than 15 days after the mailing of such notices. The notices shall be sent by mail postpaid to each of the specified persons or entities in whose names general real estate taxes were last assessed at the addresses as shown in the assessment roll, but no such notice need be mailed to any such person or entity whose address is not so shown.
    The notice shall state the amount assessed against the specific property on account of which the notice is sent, the total amount of the cost of the improvement and the total amount assessed as benefits upon the public.
    Where the improvement is to be constructed with aid furnished by any agency of the federal government or other governmental agency, the notice shall set forth the estimated amount of aid to be so furnished.
    An affidavit shall be filed before the final hearing showing a compliance with the requirements of this Section and also showing that either the officer making the specified return or some one acting under his direction made a careful examination of the collector's current warrant book and that the report correctly states the persons and addresses as thereby ascertained. This report and affidavit shall be conclusive evidence, for the purpose of this proceeding, of the correctness of the assessment roll in these particulars. In case the affidavit is found in any respect wilfully false, the person making it is guilty of perjury and upon conviction thereof shall be punished according to the laws of this State.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/55

    (70 ILCS 2805/55) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.19)
    Sec. 55. Installments and interest. The ordinance provided for in this Act may provide that the aggregate amounts assessed in each individual assessment shall be divided into annual installments not more than 10 in number. Such division shall be made so that all installments shall be equal in amount except that any fractional amount shall be added to the first installment. The first installment together with interest thereon and on the unpaid balance of the assessment shall be due and payable on first January 2nd after the date of the first voucher issued on account of the work, and successive installments and interest shall be due on each January 2nd thereafter until the assessment is paid. The district shall file with the clerk of the circuit court in which such assessment was confirmed a certificate signed by its clerk or assistant clerk of the date of the issuance of the first voucher within 30 days after the issuance thereof. All installments shall bear interest until paid at a rate specified in the ordinance, which shall not exceed the greater of 9% per annum or 125% of the rate for the most recent date shown in the 20 G.O. Bonds Index or average municipal bond yields as published in the most recent edition of The Bond Buyer, published in New York, New York, at the time the ordinance is passed. Interest on assessments shall begin to run from 30 days after the date of the first voucher issued on account of construction work done, and all accrued interest shall be payable with each successive annual installment. In all cases the district's collector, whenever payment is made on any installment, shall collect interest on the entire unpaid balance of the assessment up to the date of such payment whether the payment be made at or after maturity. Any person may at any time pay the whole assessment against any lot, piece or parcel of land or any installment thereof with interest up to the date of the payment.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/56

    (70 ILCS 2805/56) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.20)
    Sec. 56. Notice by publication. Petitioner, in addition to other required notices, shall publish a notice at least twice, not more than 30 nor less than 15 days in advance of the time at which confirmation of the specified assessment is to be sought, in a newspaper having a general circulation within the district. The notice may be substantially as follows:
"SPECIAL ASSESSMENT NOTICE
    Notice is hereby given to all persons interested that the board of trustees of the ........ sanitary district having ordered that (here insert a brief description of the nature of the improvement), the ordinance for the improvement being on file in the office of the district clerk, having applied to the circuit court of ....... County for an assessment of the costs of the improvement, according to benefits, and an assessment therefor having been made and returned to that court, the final hearing thereon will be had on (insert date) at ....... o'clock, or as soon thereafter as the business of the court will permit. All persons desiring may file objections in that court before that day and may appear on the hearing and make their defense."
 
    Where the assessment is payable in installments, the number of installments and the rate of interest also may be stated.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

70 ILCS 2805/57

    (70 ILCS 2805/57) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.21)
    Sec. 57. Objections. Any person interested in any real estate to be affected by an assessment may appear and file objections to the report by the time mentioned in the notice or within such further time as the court may allow.
    As to all lots, blocks, tracts and parcels of land to the assessment of which objections are not filed within the specified time or such other time as may be ordered by the court, default may be entered, and the assessment may be confirmed by the court notwithstanding the fact that objections may be pending and undisposed of as to other property. Such order of partial confirmation shall be final and appealable with respect to the property as to which the assessment is confirmed.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/58

    (70 ILCS 2805/58) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.22)
    Sec. 58. Review of assessment roll by the court. Upon written objections or motions for that purpose the court in which the specified proceeding is pending may inquire in a summary way whether the officer making the report has omitted any property benefited and whether or not the assessment as made and returned is an equitable and just distribution of the cost of the improvement, first, between the public and the property, and second, among the parcels of property assessed. The court has the power on such application being made to revise and correct the assessments levied, to change or modify the distribution of the total cost between the public and property benefited, to change the manner of distribution among the parcels of private property and to strike out of the roll of awards by the commissioners filed in the case the amount or amounts shown as compensation for property which property has been theretofore donated by any person or persons for the making of the proposed improvement so as to produce a just and equitable assessment, considering the nature of the property assessed and its capacity for immediate use of the improvement when completed.
    The court may either make such corrections or changes, or determine in general the manner in which the corrections or changes shall be made and refer the assessment roll to the officer making the assessment or the district's attorney for revision, correction or alteration in such manner as the court may determine. The determination of the court as to the correctness of the distribution of the cost of the improvement between the public and the property to be assessed is appealable as in other civil cases.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/59

    (70 ILCS 2805/59) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.23)
    Sec. 59. Hearing of legal objections. On the application of the petitioner at any time after the return day the court may set down all objections, except the objection that the property of the objector will not be benefited to the amount assessed against it, and that it is assessed more than its proportionate share of the cost of the improvement, for a hearing at a time to be fixed by the court. Upon this hearing the court shall determine all questions relating to the sufficiency of the proceedings, the distribution of the cost of the improvement between the public and the property, and of the benefits between the different parcels of property assessed, together with all other questions arising in that proceeding, with the exception specified, and shall thereupon enter an order in accordance with the conclusions it reaches. But this order shall not be a final disposition of any of those questions for the purpose of appeal unless the objectors waive further controversy as to the remaining question upon the record.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/60

    (70 ILCS 2805/60) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.24)
    Sec. 60. Trial by jury. If it is objected on the part of any property assessed for such an improvement that it will not be benefited thereby to the amount assessed thereon and that it is assessed more than its proportionate share of the cost of the improvement, and a jury is expressly demanded in the written objection filed with respect to such property, the court shall impanel a jury to try that issue as to that property. As to any property as to which the written objection fails to demand a jury, the court shall try that issue as to such property without a jury. Unless otherwise ordered by the court, all such objections in which a jury is demanded shall be tried and disposed of before a single jury. The assessment roll, as returned by the officer who made it or as revised and corrected by the court on the hearing of the legal objections, shall be prima facie evidence of the correctness of the amount assessed against each objecting owner but shall not be counted as the testimony of any witness or witnesses in the cause. That assessment roll may be submitted to the jury and may be taken into the jury room by the jury when it retires to deliberate on its verdict. Either party may introduce such other evidence as may bear upon that issue or issues. The hearing shall be conducted as in other civil cases. If it appears that the property of any objector is assessed more than it will be benefited by the specified improvement or more than its proportionate share of the cost of the improvement, the jury or court shall so find, and it shall also find the amount for which that property ought to be assessed, and judgment shall be rendered accordingly.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/61

    (70 ILCS 2805/61) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.25)
    Sec. 61. Distribution of deficiency and new notice. Wherever on a hearing by the court or before a jury the amount of any assessment is reduced or canceled so that there is a deficiency in the total amount remaining assessed in the proceeding, the court may in the same proceeding distribute this deficiency upon the other property assessed or upon the district on account of public benefit in such manner as the court finds just and equitable. In case any portion of this deficiency is charged against such property not represented in court, a new notice of the same nature as the original notice shall be given in like manner as the original notice to show the cause why the assessment as thus increased should not be confirmed. The owners of or parties interested in such property have the right to object in the same form and with the same effect as in case of the original assessment, and the court has the same power to dispose thereof.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/62

    (70 ILCS 2805/62) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.26)
    Sec. 62. Precedence for trial. The hearing in all cases arising under this Act shall have precedence over all other cases in any court where they are brought except criminal cases or other cases in which the public is a moving party.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/63

    (70 ILCS 2805/63) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.27)
    Sec. 63. Modification by court or abandonment of proposed improvements. The court before which any such proceedings may be pending may modify, alter, change, annul or confirm any assessment returned as specified in addition to the authority already conferred upon it and may take all such proceedings and make all such orders as may be necessary to the improvement according to the principles of this Act and may from time to time continue the application for that purpose as to the whole or any part of the premises.
    After an ordinance for any local improvement has been filed in court and before or after the court has entered its final judgment thereupon, but before any contract for the work has been entered into, the board may abandon all or any portion of the proposed improvement by filing with the court a petition supported by an ordinance adopted by the board, which need not be preceded by any action or resolution of the committee. Upon the filing of such petition the court shall order the adjustment of the assessment roll according to the changes requested in the petition.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/64

    (70 ILCS 2805/64) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.28)
    Sec. 64. Acquisition of lands as prerequisite to special assessment. No special assessment or special tax shall be levied for any local improvement until the land necessary therefor has been acquired and is in possession of the district except in cases where proceedings to acquire such land have begun and have proceeded to judgment.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/65

    (70 ILCS 2805/65) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.29)
    Sec. 65. Prior improvement of same kind as objection. It is no objection to the legality of any local improvement that a similar improvement has been previously made in the same locality if the ordinance therefor is recommended by the committee of local improvements as provided in this Act. But nothing contained in this Act shall interfere with any defense in this proceeding relating to the benefits received therefrom.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/66

    (70 ILCS 2805/66) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.30)
    Sec. 66. Judgment on installment assessments. In case of a special assessment or a special tax levied to be paid by installments under the provisions of this Act the order of confirmation that is entered upon the return of the assessment roll shall apply to all of the installments thereof and may be entered in one order.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/67

    (70 ILCS 2805/67) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.31)
    Sec. 67. Effect of judgment. The judgments of the court shall be final as to all the issues involved, and the proceedings in the specified cause shall be subject to review by appeal as hereinafter provided and not otherwise. However, by mutual consent of the district and the affected property owner or owners such a judgment may be vacated or modified notwithstanding the expiration of 30 days from the rendition of the judgment except as hereinafter provided.
    Such judgment shall have the effect of several judgments as to each tract or parcel of land assessed, and no appeal from any such judgment shall invalidate or delay the judgments except as to the property concerning which the appeal is taken.
    Such judgment shall be a lien on behalf of the district making an improvement, for the payment of which the special tax or special assessment is levied, on the property assessed from the date upon which a certified copy of said judgment and assessment roll is recorded in the office of the recorder of deeds of each county in which any part of the property is located, to the same extent and of equal force and validity as a lien for the general taxes until the judgment is paid or the property against which any such judgment is entered is sold to pay the judgment.
    Nothing in this Section shall interfere with the right of the petitioner to dismiss its proceedings and for that purpose to vacate such a judgment at its election at any time before commencing the actual collection of the assessment. The court in which the judgment is rendered shall enter an order vacating or annulling the judgment of confirmation on motion of petitioner entered at any time after the expiration of 30 days from the rendition of that judgment or confirmation upon a showing by petitioner that no contract was let or entered into for the making of the specified improvement within the time fixed by law for the letting of the contract, that the making of the improvement under the original proceeding was never commenced or that the making of the improvement under the prior proceedings was abandoned by petitioner. No judgment entered in such a proceeding so dismissed and vacated shall be a bar to another like or different improvement. However, after the contract for the work has been entered into or the improvement bonds have been issued, no judgment shall be vacated or modified or any petition dismissed after the expiration of 30 days from the rendition of the judgment, nor the collection of the assessment be in any way stayed or delayed by the board or any officer of the district without the written consent of the contractor and any and all bondholders.
    Subject to the provisions of Sections 9-2-66 through 9-2-71 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended, the district or its assignee may file a complaint to foreclose the lien in the same manner that foreclosures are permitted by law in case of delinquent general taxes. However, no forfeiture of the property shall be required as a prerequisite to such foreclosure.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/68

    (70 ILCS 2805/68) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.32)
    Sec. 68. Validity of special tax for accepted work and new ordinance. No special assessment or special tax shall be held invalid because levied for work already done if it appears that the work was done under a contract which has been duly let and entered into pursuant to an ordinance providing that such an improvement should be constructed and paid for by special assessment or special tax and that the work was done under the direction of the committee of local improvements and has been accepted by that committee. It shall not be a valid objection to the confirmation of this new assessment that the original ordinance has been declared invalid or that the improvement as actually constructed does not conform to the description thereof as set forth in the original special assessment ordinance if the improvement so constructed is accepted by the committee. The provisions of this Section shall apply whenever the prior ordinance is held insufficient or otherwise defective, invalid or void so that the collection of the special assessment or special tax therein provided for becomes impossible. In every such case when such an improvement has been so constructed and accepted and the proceedings for the confirmation and collection of the special assessment or special tax are thus rendered unavailing, the board shall pass a new ordinance for the making and collection of a new special assessment or special tax, and this new ordinance need not be initiated by the committee.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/69

    (70 ILCS 2805/69) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.33)
    Sec. 69. Supplemental assessments, rebates and new hearing in case of deficiency. At any time after the bids have been received pursuant to the provisions of this Act, if it appears to the satisfaction of the committee of local improvements that the first assessment is insufficient to pay the contract price or the bonds or vouchers issued or to be issued in payment of the contract price, together with the amount required to pay the accruing interest thereon, the committee shall make and file an estimate of the amount of the deficiency. Thereupon a second or supplemental assessment for the estimated deficiency of the cost of the work and interest may be made in the same manner as nearly as may be as in the first assessment and so on until sufficient money has been realized to pay for the improvement and the interest. Alternatively, the district's board may, pursuant to a new ordinance which need not be initiated by the committee, file a petition with the court to assess all or any part of the deficiency against the district on account of public benefit whereupon the court shall enter judgment in accordance with the petition. It shall be no objection to the supplemental assessment that the prior assessment has been levied, adjudicated and collected.
    If too large a sum is raised at any time, the excess shall be abated in accordance with Section 22a.48 of this Act. If the estimated deficiency exceeds 20% of the original estimate, no contract shall be awarded until a public hearing has been held on the supplemental proceeding in like manner as in the original proceedings unless the board files a petition to assess the entire deficiency against the district on account of the public benefit as above provided. More than one supplemental assessment may be levied to meet a deficiency.
    The petitioner, in case it so elects, may dismiss the petition and vacate the judgment of confirmation at any time after the judgment of confirmation is rendered and begin new proceedings for the same or a different improvement as provided in Section 67.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/70

    (70 ILCS 2805/70) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.34)
    Sec. 70. New assessment against delinquents. If from any cause any district fails to collect the whole or any portion of any special assessment or special tax which may be levied, which is not canceled or set aside by the order of any court, for any public improvement authorized to be made and paid for by special assessment or a special tax, the board, at any time within 5 years after the confirmation of the original assessment, may direct a new assessment to be made upon the delinquent property for the amount of the deficiency and interest thereon from the date of the original assessment, which assessment shall be made as nearly as may be in the same manner as is prescribed in this Act for the first assessment. In all cases where partial payments have been made on such former assessments, they shall be credited or allowed on the new assessment to the property for which they were made so that the assessment shall be equal and impartial in its results. If this new assessment proves insufficient, either in whole or in part, the board, at any time within the specified period of 5 years, may order a third new assessment to be levied in the same manner and for the same purpose. It shall constitute no legal objection to any new assessment that the property may have changed hands or been encumbered subsequent to the date of the original assessment.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/71

    (70 ILCS 2805/71) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.35)
    Sec. 71. Certification of roll. Within 10 working days after the filing of the report of the amount and date of the first voucher issued on account of work done, as provided in Section 55 of this Act, the clerk of the court in which such judgment is rendered shall certify the assessment roll and judgment to the district's collector, who may be any person designated by the board from time to time to serve as such collector, or, if there has been an appeal taken on any part of the judgment, he shall certify such part of the judgment as is not included in that appeal. This certification shall be filed by the collector in his office. With the assessment roll and judgment the clerk of the designated court shall also issue a warrant for the collection of the assessment. The court has the power to recall such warrants as to all or any of the property affected at any time before payment or sale in case the proceedings are abandoned by the petitioner or the judgment is vacated or modified in a material respect as hereinbefore provided, but not otherwise. In case the assessment roll has been abated and the judgment reduced in accordance with the provisions of Section 86, the clerk of the designated court, within 10 working days thereafter, shall certify the order of reduction or the roll as so reduced or recast, under the directions of the court, to the district's collector and shall issue a warrant for the collection of the assessment as so reduced or recast.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/72

    (70 ILCS 2805/72) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.36)
    Sec. 72. Payment in advance for land taken and credit. Whenever any warrant is issued by the clerk of the court in which the judgment of confirmation is rendered, for the collection of any special assessment specified in Section 71, that warrant shall not authorize the collection of any assessment levied against the district for and on account of public benefits, but the clerk shall likewise certify the assessment roll and judgment to the collector of the district upon being requested so to do by that officer. The several and respective installments of the amounts that may be assessed against the district for and on account of public benefits and confirmed by the court, shall be paid out by the district treasurer out of any money in his hands that may be used for that purpose whenever he is authorized and directed so to do by the board. Any such district may pay for any land to be taken or damaged in the making of any local improvement specified in Section 9-2-19 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended, before any such assessment or any installment thereof becomes due, and when the same becomes due, the amount so paid shall be credited upon the assessment against the district so paying in advance.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/73

    (70 ILCS 2805/73) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.37)
    Sec. 73. Warrant to collector. If an appeal is taken on any part of such judgment and if the board elects to proceed with the improvement notwithstanding such an appeal, as provided for in Section 79 of this Act, the clerk shall certify the appealed portion from time to time in the manner provided in Sections 71 and 72 as the judgment is rendered thereon, and the warrant accompanying this certificate in each case shall be authority for the collection of so much of the assessment as is included in the portion of the roll thereto attached.
    The warrant in all cases of assessment under this Act shall contain a copy of the certificate of the judgment describing the lots, blocks, tracts and parcels of land assessed so far as they are contained in the portion of the roll so certified and shall state the respective amounts assessed on each lot, block, tract or parcel of land and shall be delivered to the district's collector. The collector having a warrant for any assessment levied to be paid by installments may receive any or all of the installments of that assessment, but if he receives only a part of the installments, then he shall receive them in their numerical order.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/74

    (70 ILCS 2805/74) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.38)
    Sec. 74. Collector's notice. The collector receiving such a warrant shall give notice thereof within 30 days by publishing a notice at least twice in a newspaper having a general circulation within the district. This notice may be substantially in the following form:
"SPECIAL ASSESSMENT NOTICE
    Notice is hereby given that the (here insert title of court) has rendered judgment for a special assessment (or special tax) upon property benefited by the following improvement: (here briefly describe the character and location of the improvement in general terms) as will more fully appear from the certified copy of the judgment on file in my office; that the warrant for the collection of this assessment (or special tax) is in my possession. All persons interested are hereby notified to call and pay the amount assessed at the collector's office (here insert location of office) within 30 days from the date hereof.
Dated (insert date).
...............................
Collector."
                    
      When such an assessment or special tax is levied to be paid in installments, the notice shall also contain the aggregate amount of each installment, the rate of interest deferred installments bear and the date when payable.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

70 ILCS 2805/75

    (70 ILCS 2805/75) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.39)
    Sec. 75. Collector's demand. The collector into whose possession the warrant comes as far as practicable shall mail a notice to all persons whose names appear on the assessment roll at the addresses shown thereon, informing them of the special assessment and requesting payment thereof. A collector's omission to mail such notice shall not affect the validity of the special assessment or the right of the district to apply for and obtain a judgment thereon. The collector shall maintain accurate records of payments received on assessments.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/76

    (70 ILCS 2805/76) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.40)
    Sec. 76. Contracts payable from assessments and claims limited to funds collected. Except as otherwise provided in Section 9-2-113 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended, no person obtaining contracts from the district and agreeing to be paid out of special assessments or special taxes has any claim or lien upon the district in any event except from the collection of special assessments or special taxes made or to be made for the work contracted for. However, the district shall cause collections and payments to be made with all reasonable diligence. If it appears that such an assessment or tax cannot be levied or collected, the district nevertheless is not in any way liable to a contractor in case of failure to collect the assessment or tax, but, so far as it can legally do so, with all reasonable diligence, it shall cause a valid assessment or assessments, or special taxes, to be levied and collected to defray the cost of the work until all contractors or bond holders are fully paid. Any contractor is entitled to the summary relief of mandamus or injunction to enforce the provisions of this Section.
    The district treasurer shall keep a separate account of each special assessment and of the money received thereunder.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/77

    (70 ILCS 2805/77) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.41)
    Sec. 77. Letting contracts and performance of work by municipality. Except as otherwise provided in Section 9-2-113 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended, any work or other public improvement, to be paid for in whole or in part by special assessment or special taxation, when the expense thereof will exceed $10,000, shall be constructed by contract let to the lowest responsible bidder in the manner prescribed in this Act.
    In case of any work which it is estimated will not cost more than $10,000, if, before or after receiving bids, it appears to the committee of local improvements that the work can be performed better and cheaper by the district, the committee may perform that work and employ or contract for the necessary help or contractor without the necessity of obtaining bids therefor.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/78

    (70 ILCS 2805/78) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.42)
    Sec. 78. Assessment roll in case of alternate specification. Except as otherwise provided in Section 9-2-113 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended, if the ordinance provides for alternate specifications for the kind, nature, character and description of a proposed improvement or the materials to be used in its construction and more than one estimate has been prepared, the engineer shall make his estimate based upon the highest estimate of the cost of the proposed improvement.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/79

    (70 ILCS 2805/79) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.43)
    Sec. 79. Manner and time of letting of contracts. Except as otherwise provided in Section 9-2-113 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended, within 6 months after judgment of confirmation of any special assessment or special tax levied in pursuant of this Act has been entered, if there is no appeal perfected, or other stay of proceedings by a court having jurisdiction, or in case the judgment for the condemnation of any property for any such improvement, or the judgment of confirmation as to any property is appealed from, then, if the petitioner files in the cause a written election to proceed with the work, notwithstanding the appeal, or other stay, steps shall be taken to let the contract for the work in the manner provided in this Act. If the judgment of condemnation or of confirmation of the special tax or special assessment levied for the work is appealed from, or stayed by a supersedeas or other order of a court having jurisdiction, and the petitioner files no such election, then the steps provided in this Act for the letting of the contract for the work shall be taken within 6 months after the final determination of the appeal or the determination of the stay unless the proceeding is abandoned as provided in this Act.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/80

    (70 ILCS 2805/80) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.44)
    Sec. 80. Notice for letting contracts and bids. Except as otherwise provided in Section 9-2-113 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended, notice shall be given by the committee of local improvements that bids will be received for the construction of such an improvement, either as a whole or in such sections as the committee shall specify in its notice, in accordance with the ordinance therefor. This notice shall state the time of opening of the bids, and shall further state where the specifications for the improvement are to be found, and whether the contracts are to be paid in cash, vouchers or bonds, and if in vouchers or bonds, then the rate of interest the vouchers or bonds shall draw. The notice shall be published at least twice, not more than 30 nor less than 15 days in advance of the opening of the bids, in one or more newspapers designated by the committee with a general circulation within the district.
    Proposals or bids may be made either for the work as a whole or for specified sections thereof if permitted by the specifications which are part of the ordinance. All proposals or bids offered shall be accompanied by a bid bond satisfactory to the committee. These proposals or bids shall be delivered to the committee, and at the time and place fixed in the specified notice the committee's engineer or his delegate shall examine and publicly declare the proposals or bids.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/81

    (70 ILCS 2805/81) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.45)
    Sec. 81. Bond of contractor and suit on bond. Except as otherwise provided in Section 9-2-113 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended, the successful bidder for the construction of such an improvement shall be required to enter into a performance and labor and materials bond in a sum equal to 100% of the amount of his bid with sureties to be approved by the committee. This bond shall be filed with the district's clerk and shall be deemed to contain the provisions set forth in Section 1 of "An Act in relation to bonds of contractors entering into contracts for public construction", approved June 20, 1931, as now or hereafter amended. When entering into the contract for the construction of an improvement the bond shall provide that the contractor shall well and faithfully perform and execute the work in all respects according to the complete and detailed specifications, and full and complete drawings, profiles, and models therefor, and according to the time and terms and conditions of the contract, and also that the contractor shall promptly pay all debts incurred by him in the prosecution of the work, including those for labor and materials furnished.
    Suit may be brought on the bond in case of default or failure to pay these debts promptly by and in the name of the district for all damages sustained either by the district or by any person interested, or for the damages sustained by the district and all parties in interest or by any beneficiary or party interested in the name of the district for the use of the party interested as beneficial plaintiff to recover for the labor and materials furnished. However, in no case shall costs be adjudged against the district in any suit brought by any party in interest wherein the district is the nominal, but not the beneficial, plaintiff.
    In advertising for bids or proposals for the construction of such an improvement, the committee shall give notice that such a bond will be required, and all bids or proposals shall be deemed to contain an offer to furnish such a bond upon the acceptance of such a bid or proposal.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/82

    (70 ILCS 2805/82) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.46)
    Sec. 82. Acceptance of bid, contract and forfeiture. Except as otherwise provided in Section 9-2-113 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended, the committee of local improvements may reject any and all proposals or bids should they deem it best for the public good. If the committee is of the opinion that a combination exists between contractors, either to limit the number of bidders, or to increase the contract price, and that the lowest bid is made in pursuance thereof, the committee shall reject all proposals or bids. The committee may reject the bid of any party who does not have sufficient financial responsibility, equipment or manpower to perform the contract, or who has performed unsatisfactorily in completing other projects for the district. It shall reject all proposals or bids other than the lowest regular proposals or bids of any responsible bidder and may award the contract for the specified work or improvement to the lowest responsible bidder at the prices named in his bid. Such an award shall be recorded in the record of its proceedings. Such an award, if any, shall be made within 90 days after the time fixed for receiving bids or such longer or shorter period of time as may be specified in the district's bid documents.
    If no award is made within that time, another advertisement for proposals or bids for the performance of the work, as in the first instance, may be made, and thereafter the committee shall proceed in the manner above provided in this Act. Such a readvertisement shall be deemed a rejection of all former bids, and thereupon the bonds corresponding to the bids so rejected shall be returned to the proper parties. However, the check or bid bond accompanying any accepted proposal or bid may be retained in the possession of the district until the contract for doing the work, as hereinafter provided, has been entered into by the lowest responsible bidder. But if that bidder fails, neglects or refuses to enter into a contract to perform the work or improvement, as provided in this Act, the bond accompanying his bid and the amount therein mentioned, shall be declared to be forfeited to the district and shall be collected by it and paid into its fund for the repairing and maintenance of like improvements. Any bond forfeited may be prosecuted and the amount due thereon collected and paid into the same fund.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/83

    (70 ILCS 2805/83) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.47)
    Sec. 83. Rejection of bids in case of default. Except as otherwise provided in Section 9-2-113 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended, if such original bidder fails or refuses to enter into a contract, which shall be simultaneously executed by the district and signed by the chairman of the committee of local improvements and attested by the district's clerk under the district's seal, then the committee without further proceedings may again advertise for proposals or bids as in the first instance and award the contract for the work to the then regular lowest bidder. The bids of all persons who have failed to enter into the contract as provided in this Act shall be rejected in any bidding subsequent to the first for the same work and in no event treated as the regular lowest bidder.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/84

    (70 ILCS 2805/84) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.48)
    Sec. 84. Completing unfinished work and contractor's bond. Except as otherwise provided in Section 9-2-113 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended, if the contractors who may have taken any contract do not complete the work within the time mentioned in the contract or within such further time as the committee may give them, the committee may relet the unfinished portions of that work after pursuing the bidding formalities prescribed in this Act for the letting of the whole in the first instance.
    All contractors at the time of executing any contract for such unfinished work shall execute a bond as provided for in Section 81 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/85

    (70 ILCS 2805/85) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.49)
    Sec. 85. Appointment of engineers, clerks and inspectors, execution and acceptance of work and recourse on District. The committee of local improvements may appoint an engineer for the committee and such assistant engineers, clerks and inspectors as may be necessary to carry into effect the purposes of this Act.
    The committee is hereby authorized to make or cause to be made the written contracts and receive all bonds authorized by this Act and to do any other act, expressed or implied, that pertains to the execution of the work provided for by the ordinance authorizing such work. The committee shall fix the time for the commencement of the work under such ordinance and for the completion of the work under all contracts entered into by it. This work shall be prosecuted with diligence thereafter to completion, and the committee may extend the time so fixed from time to time as they may think best for the public good. The work to be done pursuant to such contracts in all cases must be done under the direction and to the satisfaction of the committee, and all contracts made therefor must contain a provision to that effect, and also express notice that in no case, except as otherwise provided in the ordinance, or the judgment of the court, shall the committee, or district, except as otherwise provided in this Act, or any officer thereof, be liable for any portion of the expenses nor for any delinquency of persons or property assessed.
    The acceptance by the committee of any improvement shall be conclusive in the proceeding to make the assessment and in all proceedings to collect the assessment or installments thereof on all persons and property assessed therefor that the work has been performed substantially according to the requirements of the ordinance therefor. However, if any property owner is injured by any failure so to construct the improvement or suffers any pecuniary loss thereby, he may recover the amount of the injury in a civil action against the district making the improvement if the action is commenced within one year from the date of the acceptance of the work by the committee.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/86

    (70 ILCS 2805/86) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.50)
    Sec. 86. Excess of assessments over improvements and abatement. Except as otherwise provided in Section 9-2-117 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended, within 30 days after the final completion and acceptance of the work by the committee as provided in Section 22a.47, the committee of local improvements shall have the cost thereof, including the cost of engineering services, certified in writing to the court in which the assessment was confirmed, together with an amount estimated by the committee to be required to pay the accruing interest on bonds or vouchers issued to anticipate collection. Thereupon, if the total amount assessed for the improvement upon the public and private property exceeds the cost of the improvement, all of that excess, except the amount required to pay such interest as is provided for in this Act, shall be abated and the judgment reduced by applying all of the excess first to the abatement and reduction of the amount assessed against the district for public benefit and the remaining excess, if any, to the abatement and reduction of the amount assessed against the private property to be benefited by the improvement, which abatement of the assessment against benefited property shall be credited pro rata upon the respective assessments for the improvement under the direction of the court. In case the assessment is collectible in installments, this reduction shall be made by reducing the amount of the last installment or installments.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/87

    (70 ILCS 2805/87) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.51)
    Sec. 87. Report to court, notice of hearing, certificate of board as prima facie evidence and order. In every assessment proceeding in which the assessment is divided into installments, the committee of local improvements shall state in the certificate whether or not the improvement conforms substantially to the requirements of the original ordinance for the construction of the improvements and shall make an application to the court to consider and determine whether or not the facts stated in the certificate are true. Thereupon the court, upon such an application, shall fix a time and place for a hearing upon the application, and shall record the application. The time of this hearing shall be not less than 15 days after the filing of the certificate and application. Public notice shall be given at least twice of the time and place fixed for that hearing by publishing in a newspaper, in the same manner and for the same period as provided in this Act for publishing notice of application for the confirmation of the original assessment, the publication of this notice to be not more than 30 nor less than 15 days before the day fixed by the order for that hearing.
    At the time and place fixed by the notice or at any time thereafter, the court shall proceed to hear the application and any objection which may be filed thereto within the time fixed in the order. Upon the hearing the specified certificate of the committee shall be prima facie evidence that the matters and things stated are true, but if any part thereof is controverted by objections duly filed thereto, the court shall hear and determine the objections in a summary manner and shall enter an order according to the fact.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/88

    (70 ILCS 2805/88) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.52)
    Sec. 88. Finding against certificate, completion of improvement, supplemental applications and bonds. If upon the hearing the court finds against the allegations of the certificate, it shall enter an order accordingly. The committee of local improvements shall then procure the completion of the improvement in substantial accordance with the ordinance. The committee from time to time may file additional or supplemental applications or petitions in respect thereto until the court eventually is satisfied that the allegations of the certificate or applications are true and that the improvement is constructed in substantial accordance with the ordinance.
    If before the entry of such an order upon such a certificate there has been issued to the contractor in the progress of any such work bonds to apply upon the contract price thereof, that contractor or the then owner or holder of those bonds shall be entitled to receive in lieu thereof new bonds of equivalent amount, dated and issued after the entry of that order. Nothing contained in Sections 86 through 88 shall apply to any proceedings under Section 68 for the confirmation of new assessments levied to pay for the cost of work already done.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/89

    (70 ILCS 2805/89) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.53)
    Sec. 89. Inspection of work. The committee of local improvements shall designate someone to carefully inspect the entire work done pursuant to any such proceeding and contract and the materials therefor during the progress of the work to the end that the contractor shall comply fully and adequately with all the provisions of the ordinance and of the contract under which the work is to be done and the specifications therefor.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/90

    (70 ILCS 2805/90) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.54)
    Sec. 90. Rebates. If, after final settlement with the contractor for any improvement and after full payment of all vouchers or bonds except those bonds and interest coupons not presented for payment, although called and for which funds are available and reserved, within the period of time specified in Section 9-1-5 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as now or hereafter amended, issued on account of that improvement, there is any surplus remaining in the special assessment or special tax above the specified payments and above the amount necessary for the payment of interest on those vouchers or bonds, such surplus shall be applied to reimbursing the public benefit fund for any amounts paid from such fund on account of the improvement. If, after the public benefit fund has been reimbursed, a surplus still remains, the trustees of the district shall declare at once a rebate upon each lot, block, tract or parcel of land assessed of its pro rata proportion of that surplus, provided that no property shall be entitled to a rebate unless the amount thereof exceeds $25, and on any property as to which the amount is less than $25 the amount shall be credited to the district's general fund. Such rebate shall be paid to the owner of record of each such lot, block, tract or parcel at the time of the declaration of the rebate. Should any additional funds be collected after the original rebate is declared, the district shall not be required to declare a supplemental rebate for 5 years from the date the original rebate is declared. The district may deduct for its cost and expenses for declaring and making any rebate not more than 5% of the amount declared to be rebated. The committee shall keep and exhibit publicly in its office an index of all warrants upon which rebates are due and payable and upon proper proof, the warrants shall be repaid to the persons entitled thereto.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/91

    (70 ILCS 2805/91) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.55)
    Sec. 91. Manner of payment of expenses and costs. The costs and expenses of maintaining the committee of local improvements, for paying salaries of the members of the committee, and the expense of making and levying special assessments or special taxes and of letting and executing contracts and also the entire cost and expense attending the making and return of the assessment rolls and the necessary estimates, examinations, advertisements and like matters connected with the proceedings provided for in this Act, including the court costs and the fees to commissioners in condemnation proceedings, which are to be taxed as provided in this Act, shall be paid by the district out of its general corporate fund, provided that any district may, in the ordinance providing for the prescribed assessment, provide that a certain sum, not to exceed 6% of the amount of this assessment, shall be applied toward the payment of the specified and other costs of making and collecting this assessment. The estimate of cost of the improvement may also provide an item setting forth a reserve for deficiency in interest not to exceed 6% of the amount of the assessment.
    The limitation in the preceding paragraph shall not apply to the costs of engineering and inspection connected with any local improvement, but these costs may be included in the cost of the improvement to be defrayed by special assessment or special tax.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/92

    (70 ILCS 2805/92) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.56)
    Sec. 92. Appeals. Appeals from final judgments or orders of any court made in the proceedings provided for by this Act may be taken in the manner provided in other civil cases by the district or by any of the owners or parties interested in land taken, damaged, or assessed therein. However, no appeal may be taken after 30 days from the entry of the final judgment or order. Such an appeal may be prosecuted jointly, and upon a joint bond, or severally, and upon several bonds, as may be specified in the order fixing the amount and terms of such bonds.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)

70 ILCS 2805/93

    (70 ILCS 2805/93) (from Ch. 42, par. 447.57)
    Sec. 93. Validation of assessments. No special assessment shall be considered illegal or invalid on account of any informality in making the assessment, on account of any step in the procedure specified in this Act not being made or completed within the time required by law or on account of any notice or listing, including the assessment roll, having been sent or referred to a person other than the rightful owner of any property assessed.
(Source: P.A. 85-1137.)