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SPECIAL DISTRICTS
(70 ILCS 3305/) Street Light District Act.

70 ILCS 3305/0.01

    (70 ILCS 3305/0.01) (from Ch. 121, par. 354.9)
    Sec. 0.01. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Street Light District Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-1324.)

70 ILCS 3305/1

    (70 ILCS 3305/1) (from Ch. 121, par. 355)
    Sec. 1. Any area not included within the corporate boundaries of a city, village or incorporated town may be incorporated as a street lighting district in the manner following:
    Fifty or more of the legal voters resident within the limits of such proposed district or a majority thereof if less than 100, may petition the circuit court for the county which contains all or the largest portion of the proposed district to order the question to be submitted to the legal voters of such proposed district, whether such proposed territory shall be organized as a street lighting district under this Act; such petition shall be addressed to the court and shall contain a definite description of the boundaries of the territory to be embraced in the proposed district, and the name of such proposed district: Provided, that the territory incorporated in any district formed hereunder may contain any territory not previously included in any street lighting district.
    Upon filing any such petition in the office of the circuit clerk of the county in which such petition is made it shall be the duty of the court to consider the boundaries of any such proposed street lighting district whether the same shall be those stated in the petition or otherwise.
    Notice shall be given by the court to whom the petition is addressed of the time and place of a hearing upon the subject of the petition which shall be inserted at least once in a newspaper of general circulation published within the proposed street lighting district, or if no newspaper of general circulation is published within such proposed street lighting district, then in a newspaper published in the county which contains all or the largest portion of such proposed district and having a general circulation in such district, at least 20 days before such meeting.
    At such meeting the court shall preside; and all persons in such proposed street lighting district shall have an opportunity to be heard; and if the court finds that the petition does not comply with the provisions of law or that the allegations of the petition are not true, the court shall dismiss the petition; but if the court finds that the petition complies with the provisions of law and that the allegations of the petition are true, the same shall be incorporated in an order which shall be filed of record in the court. Upon the entering of such order the court shall certify the proposition to the proper election officials, who shall submit to the legal voters of the proposed street lighting district the question of organization and establishment of the proposed street lighting district at an election. Notice of the referendum shall be given in accordance with the general election law. Such notice shall specify the purpose of such referendum with a description of such proposed district.
    The proposition under this section shall be in substantially the following form:
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    For Street Lighting District
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    Against Street Lighting District
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    The court shall cause a written statement of the results of such election to be filed of record in the court. If a majority of the votes cast upon the question shall be in favor of the incorporation of the proposed street lighting district, such district shall thenceforth be an organized street lighting district under this Act, and the court shall enter an order accordingly and cause the same to be filed of record in the court and shall also cause to be sent to the County Clerk of any and all other counties in which any portion of the district lies a certified copy of the order organizing such district and a plat of the same indicating what lands of the district lie in such other county or counties.
(Source: P.A. 83-343.)

70 ILCS 3305/2

    (70 ILCS 3305/2) (from Ch. 121, par. 356)
    Sec. 2. All courts in this State shall take judicial notice of the existence of all street lighting districts organized under this Act and every such district shall constitute a body corporate and as such may sue or be sued.
(Source: Laws 1949, p. 1363.)

70 ILCS 3305/2a

    (70 ILCS 3305/2a) (from Ch. 121, par. 356a)
    Sec. 2a. Additional territory having the qualifications set forth in Section 1 may be added to any street lighting district as provided for in this Act in the manner following:
    Fifty or more of the legal voters resident within the limits of such proposed addition to such street lighting district may petition the circuit court of the county in which the original petition for the formation of said street lighting 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 street lighting district organized under this Act and whether the voters of the additional territory shall assume a proportionate share of the bonded indebtedness of such district. The petition shall be addressed to the court and shall contain a definite description of the boundaries of the territory to be embraced in the proposed addition and shall allege facts in support of the addition.
    Upon filing the petition in the office of the circuit clerk of the county in which the original petition for the formation of such street lighting district was filed, it shall be the duty of the court to fix a time and place of a hearing upon the subject of said petition.
    Notice shall be given by the circuit court, or by the circuit clerk or sheriff upon order of the circuit court of the county in which such petition is filed, of the time and place of a hearing upon the petition in the manner as provided in Section 1. The conduct of the hearing and the manner of conducting a subsequent referendum on the question whether the proposed additional territory shall become a part of the street lighting district, shall be carried out in the manner described in Section 1, as nearly as may be, and in accordance with the general election law but the question shall be in substantially the following form, to-wit:
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    For joining the.... Street
Lighting District and assuming a
proportionate share of bonded
indebtedness, if any.
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    Against joining the.... Street
Lighting District and assuming a
proportionate share of bonded
indebtedness, if any.
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    If a majority of the votes cast at the election upon the question of becoming a part of any street lighting district shall be in favor of becoming a part of such street lighting district and if the trustees of said street lighting district accept the proposed additional territory by resolution, such proposed additional territory shall thenceforth be deemed an integral part of such street lighting district and shall be subject to all the benefits of service and responsibilities of said district as herein set forth.
    The owner or owners of any tract or tracts of land not included in a street lighting district, may file a written petition, addressed to the trustees of the street lighting district to which they seek to have their tract or tracts of land attached, containing a definite description of the boundaries of the territory and a statement that they desire that their property become a part of the street lighting district to which their petition is addressed, and that they are willing that their property assume a proportionate share of the bonded indebtedness, if any, of such street lighting district.
    When such a petition is filed with the trustees, they shall immediately pass a resolution to accept or reject the territory proposed to be attached. If the trustees resolve in favor of accepting such territory, they shall file with the court of the county where the street lighting district was organized the original petition and a certified copy of the resolution and the circuit clerk shall then enter an order stating that such proposed annexed territory shall thenceforth be deemed an integral part of such street lighting district and subject to all of the benefits of service and responsibilities of the district. The circuit clerk shall transmit a certified copy of the order to the county clerk of each county in which any of the territory affected is situated.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

70 ILCS 3305/2b

    (70 ILCS 3305/2b) (from Ch. 121, par. 356b)
    Sec. 2b. The owner or owners of record of any area of land consisting of one or more tracts lying within the boundaries of any street lighting district which (1) is not contiguous in whole or in part to any other street lighting district; (2) contains 20 or more acres; (3) is not subdivided into residential lots and blocks; (4) is located on the border of the street lighting district; and (5) which, if disconnected, will not result in the isolation of any part of the street lighting district from the remainder of the street lighting district, may have the area disconnected as follows:
    The owner or owners of record of any such area of land shall file a petition in the circuit court of the county where the land is situated alleging facts in support of the disconnection. The street lighting district from which disconnection is sought shall be made a defendant and it or any taxpayer residing in that street lighting district, may appear and defend against the petition. If the court finds that the allegations of the petition are true and that the area of land is entitled to disconnection, it shall order the specified land disconnected from the designated street lighting district.
    The area of land or any part thereof disconnected from a street lighting district under the provisions of this section shall not be annexed or added to a street lighting district or included in any petition seeking annexation or addition to any street lighting district, for a period of 2 years from the date of such disconnection.
    The disconnection of any such area of land shall not exempt it from taxation for the purpose of paying any indebtedness contracted by the corporate authorities of the street lighting district prior to the filing of the petition for disconnection. On the contrary, the territory designated shall be assessed and taxed to pay such indebtedness until this indebtedness is completely paid the same as though the territory had not been disconnected.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 4046.)

70 ILCS 3305/2c

    (70 ILCS 3305/2c) (from Ch. 121, par. 356c)
    Sec. 2c. Disconnection. Any territory within a street lighting district that is or has been annexed to a city, village or incorporated town that provides street lighting within such city, village or incorporated town is, by operation of law, disconnected from the street lighting district as of the January first after such territory is annexed to the city, village or incorporated town, or in case territory has been so annexed prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1959, as of January 1, 1960. If there are any bonds of the street lighting district outstanding and unpaid at the time such territory is annexed to the city, village or incorporated town, such territory shall remain liable for its proportionate share of such bonded indebtedness and the street lighting district may continue to levy and extend taxes upon the taxable property in such territory for the purpose of amortizing such bonds until such time as such bonds are retired.
    Territory shall not be disconnected from a street lighting district if all of the following criteria are met: (i) the municipality which contains all or part of the street lighting district does not levy a property tax on the taxable property in the territory, (ii) the municipality passes an ordinance permitting the street lighting district to operate and levy a tax, and (iii) the municipality does not collect a franchise fee from an electrical utility.
(Source: P.A. 96-336, eff. 8-11-09.)

70 ILCS 3305/3

    (70 ILCS 3305/3) (from Ch. 121, par. 357)
    Sec. 3. A board of trustees consisting of 3 members for the government and control of the affairs and business of the street lighting district incorporated under this Act shall be created in the following manner:
    (1) If the district is located wholly within a single county, trustees for the district shall be appointed by the presiding officer of the county board with the advice and consent of the county board;
    (2) If the district is located in more than one county, the number of trustees who are residents of a county shall be in proportion, as nearly as practicable, to the number of residents of the district who reside in that county in relation to the total population of the district.
    Upon the expiration of the term of a trustee who is in office on the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1975, the successor shall be a resident of whichever county is entitled to such representation in order to bring about the proportional representation required herein, and he shall be appointed by the county board of that county, or in the case of a home rule county as defined by Article VII, Section 6 of the Constitution of 1970, the chief executive officer of that county, with the advice and consent of the county board.
    Thereafter, each trustee shall be succeeded by a resident of the same county who shall be appointed by the same appointing authority; however, the provisions of the preceding paragraph shall apply to the appointment of the successor to each trustee who is in office at the time of the publication of each decennial Federal census of population.
    Within 60 days after the creation of a street lighting district as provided in Section 1 hereof, the appropriate appointing authority shall appoint 3 trustees. The trustees shall hold their offices for one, 2 and 3 years from the first Monday of May next after their appointment and until their successors have been appointed and qualified. Thereafter on or before the second Monday in April of each year the appointing authority shall appoint one trustee whose term shall be for 3 years commencing on the first Monday in May next after they are respectively appointed. The length of term of the first trustees shall be determined by lot at their first meeting.
    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.
    A majority of the board of trustees shall constitute a quorum. No trustee or employee of the district shall be directly or indirectly interested financially in any contract, work or business or the sale of any article, the expense, price or consideration of which is paid by the district. The trustees shall provide and adopt a corporate seal for the district.
(Source: P.A. 79-319; 79-855; 79-1454.)

70 ILCS 3305/4

    (70 ILCS 3305/4) (from Ch. 121, par. 358)
    Sec. 4. Whenever a vacancy in the board of trustees shall occur, either by death, resignation, refusal to qualify or for any other reason, the circuit court, as that term is defined in Section 3 of this Act, shall fill such vacancy by appointment for the unexpired term; and such person so appointed shall fill the vacancy until the next regular election for that office.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

70 ILCS 3305/5

    (70 ILCS 3305/5) (from Ch. 121, par. 359)
    Sec. 5. The trustees shall exercise all of the powers and control all the affairs and property of such district. The board of trustees, immediately after their appointment and at their first meeting in May of each year thereafter, shall elect one of their number as president and one of their number as secretary. The board shall prescribe the duties and fix the compensation of all of the officers and employees of the street lighting district: Provided that a member of the board of trustees shall in no case receive a sum to exceed $300.00 per annum. The board of trustees shall have full power to pass all necessary ordinances, rules and regulations for the proper management and conduct of the business of the street lighting district for carrying into effect the objects for which the district was formed.
(Source: Laws 1953, p. 226.)

70 ILCS 3305/5.1

    (70 ILCS 3305/5.1) (from Ch. 121, par. 359.1)
    Sec. 5.1. 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 3305/6

    (70 ILCS 3305/6) (from Ch. 121, par. 360)
    Sec. 6. All ordinances imposing any penalty or making any appropriations shall be published at least once in a newspaper of general circulation published in said district, or if no newspaper of general circulation is published therein, then in a newspaper published in the county which contains all or the largest portion of such district and having a general circulation in the district; and no such ordinance shall take effect until ten days after it is so published, and all other ordinances and resolutions shall take effect from and after their passage unless otherwise provided therein.
(Source: P.A. 82-367.)

70 ILCS 3305/7

    (70 ILCS 3305/7) (from Ch. 121, par. 361)
    Sec. 7. All ordinances, orders, and resolutions and the date of publication thereof, may be proven by the certificate of the secretary 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 without further proof.
(Source: Laws 1949, p. 1363.)

70 ILCS 3305/8

    (70 ILCS 3305/8) (from Ch. 121, par. 362)
    Sec. 8. The board of trustees of any street lighting district organized hereunder may contract with any city, village or incorporated town lying adjacent to such district or with a public utility for street lighting service to be furnished by such municipality or utility for the street within such district. The board of trustees may also contract for the installation, rental or use of street lights within the street lighting district and for the furnishing of electric service to be used within such district for street lighting purposes.
    Any street lighting district incorporated under this Act may borrow money for corporate purposes and may issue bonds therefor, but shall not become indebted in any manner, or for any purpose to an amount in the aggregate to exceed 5% on the valuation of taxable property therein to be ascertained by the last assessment for State and County taxes previous to the incurring of such indebtedness. Whenever the board of trustees of such district desire to issue bonds hereunder they shall order the question submitted to referendum at any election to be held in such district in accordance with the general election law. The notice and conduct of the referendum shall be in accordance with the general election law. If a majority of the voters voting on the question shall have voted in favor of the issue of said bonds, the board of trustees shall order and direct the execution of the bonds for and on behalf of said district. All bonds issued hereunder shall mature within 20 years. The question under this section shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall bonds be issued for             YES
street lighting in the amount        -------------------------
of.... dollars?                           NO
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(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

70 ILCS 3305/9

    (70 ILCS 3305/9) (from Ch. 121, par. 363)
    Sec. 9. 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 the debt as it falls due, and also to pay and discharge the principal thereof as it shall fall due and at least within 20 years from the time of contracting the indebtedness. The tax rate shall not exceed .075 per cent of value, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue.
(Source: P.A. 81-1509.)

70 ILCS 3305/10

    (70 ILCS 3305/10) (from Ch. 121, par. 364)
    Sec. 10. The Board of trustees may levy and collect other taxes for corporate purposes upon property within the territorial limits of such street lighting district, the aggregate amount of which including the tax levied for payment of any bonds issued for each year, shall not exceed .125 per cent of value, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, except as provided by Section 10.1. The foregoing limitation upon tax rate may be increased or decreased under the referendum provisions of the General Revenue Law of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 81-1509.)

70 ILCS 3305/10.1

    (70 ILCS 3305/10.1) (from Ch. 121, par. 364.1)
    Sec. 10.1. If the board desires to levy or cause to be levied, annually, more than the rate per cent authorized for corporate purposes by Section 10 or the rate as increased pursuant to this section, as the case may be, the board may adopt a resolution and certify such resolution and the proposition for an assent to increase the annual tax rate to the proper election officials who shall submit the proposition to the voters of the district at an election in accordance with the general election law. The rate as so increased shall not exceed 2.00%. If at such referendum a majority of the votes cast on the proposition is in favor thereof, the board and the authorities of such district may thereafter, until such authority is revoked in like manner, levy annually upon all taxable property of the district, for corporate purposes, the tax so authorized.
    The notice of such referendum election shall specify the proposed increase in the tax rate and shall be published in accordance with the general election law. The proposed increase in the annual tax rate for corporate purposes shall be printed on the ballot and the proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall the annual tax rate for
corporate purposes in (insert name of          YES
district) be increased by ....% from      --------------------
(insert present rate) to (insert               NO
proposed rate)?
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    The board of any district which has the authority to levy the tax at a rate not to exceed .50% as provided for in this Section before October 1, 1977 does not have the authority to increase the tax levy to a rate not to exceed 1.00% unless the question of increasing the taxing authority is submitted to the voters of the district and approved by a majority of the votes cast upon the proposition.
    The board of any district which has the authority to levy the tax at a rate not to exceed .50% as provided for in this Section before October 1, 1977 or at a rate not to exceed 1.00% as provided for in this Section before the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1980 does not have the authority to increase the tax levy to a rate not to exceed 2.00% unless the question of increasing the taxing authority is submitted to the voters of the district and approved by a majority of the votes cast upon the proposition.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

70 ILCS 3305/11

    (70 ILCS 3305/11)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 100-107)
    Sec. 11. Cessation of district organization. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if a majority vote of the board of trustees is in favor of the proposition to annex the district to another district whose boundaries are contiguous, or consolidate the district into a municipality with which the district is coterminous or substantially coterminous, or consolidate the district into the county in which the district sits if the district contains territory within only one county, and if the governing authorities of the governmental unit assuming the functions of the former district agree by resolution to accept the functions (and jurisdiction over the territory, if applicable) of the consolidated or annexed district, then the district shall cease. On the effective date of the annexation or consolidation, all the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, indebtedness, obligations, bonding authority, taxing authority, and responsibilities of the district shall vest in and be assumed by the governmental unit assuming the functions of the former district.
    The employees of the former district shall be transferred to the governmental unit assuming the functions of the former district. The governmental unit assuming the functions of the former district shall exercise the rights and responsibilities of the former district with respect to those employees. The status and rights of the employees of the former district under any applicable contracts or collective bargaining agreements, historical representation rights under the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act, or under any pension, retirement, or annuity plan shall not be affected by this amendatory Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-1002, eff. 8-18-14.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 100-107)
    Sec. 11. Cessation of district organization. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if a majority vote of the board of trustees is in favor of the proposition to annex the district to another district whose boundaries are contiguous, or consolidate the district into a municipality with which the district is coterminous or substantially coterminous, or consolidate the district into the county in which the district sits if the district contains territory within only one county, or consolidate the district into the township in which the district sits if the entire district is located within the district, and if the governing authorities of the governmental unit assuming the functions of the former district agree by resolution to accept the functions (and jurisdiction over the territory, if applicable) of the consolidated or annexed district, then the district shall cease. On the effective date of the annexation or consolidation, all the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, indebtedness, obligations, bonding authority, taxing authority, and responsibilities of the district shall vest in and be assumed by the governmental unit assuming the functions of the former district.
    The employees of the former district shall be transferred to the governmental unit assuming the functions of the former district. The governmental unit assuming the functions of the former district shall exercise the rights and responsibilities of the former district with respect to those employees. The status and rights of the employees of the former district under any applicable contracts or collective bargaining agreements, historical representation rights under the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act, or under any pension, retirement, or annuity plan shall not be affected by this amendatory Act.
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)