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TOWNSHIPS
(60 ILCS 1/) Township Code.

60 ILCS 1/75-40

    (60 ILCS 1/75-40)
    Sec. 75-40. Road district clerk. In each road district comprised of a single township, the township clerk shall be ex officio clerk for the highway commissioner and shall have the powers and duties as provided in Article 6 of the Illinois Highway Code.
(Source: P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/75-45

    (60 ILCS 1/75-45)
    Sec. 75-45. Deputy clerk.
    (a) The township clerk, when authorized by the township board, may appoint one deputy clerk.
    (b) The deputy clerk has the power and duty to do the following:
        (1) Execute all documents required by law to be
    
executed by the township clerk and affix the township clerk's seal to those documents when required by law. In signing a document, the deputy clerk shall sign the name of the clerk followed with the word "By" and the deputy clerk's own name and the words "Deputy Clerk".
        (2) Attend bid openings with respect to the sale,
    
purchase, or lease of goods or services by the township or the road district comprised of that township.
        (3) Attend township meetings and township board
    
meetings and take minutes of those meetings.
    (c) The deputy clerk shall exercise the powers authorized under this Section only in the absence of the township clerk from the place where the clerk's office is maintained (in the case of powers described in paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection (b)) and only when (i) the clerk has directed the deputy clerk, in writing, to exercise that power or (ii) the township board has determined by resolution that the township clerk is temporarily or permanently incapacitated to perform that function.
(Source: Incorporates P.A. 88-360; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 77

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 77 heading)
ARTICLE 77. TOWNSHIP
ASSESSOR

60 ILCS 1/77-5

    (60 ILCS 1/77-5)
    Sec. 77-5. Election; powers and duties. The township assessor shall be elected and have powers and duties as provided in the Property Tax Code. The township assessor also shall be a member of the board of health for a public health district as provided in the Public Health District Act.
(Source: P.A. 88-62; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 78

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 78 heading)
ARTICLE 78. TOWNSHIP
COLLECTOR

60 ILCS 1/78-5

    (60 ILCS 1/78-5)
    Sec. 78-5. Bond; powers and duties. The township collector shall execute a bond and have powers and duties as provided in the Property Tax Code.
(Source: P.A. 88-62; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 80

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 80 heading)
ARTICLE 80.
TOWNSHIP BOARD

60 ILCS 1/80-5

    (60 ILCS 1/80-5)
    Sec. 80-5. Township board membership; officers.
    (a) In each township, the township board shall consist of the supervisor and 4 other members elected at large from the township under Section 50-5. The township clerk shall be the clerk of the township board but not a voting member, except that in the case of a tie vote to fill a vacancy in a township office, the clerk shall be entitled to cast one vote. Each person on the township board shall cast but one vote. The supervisor shall be the chairman of the board.
    (b) In towns organized under Article 15, all the powers vested by law in the township board shall be exercised by the city council.
    (c) The designations "town auditors", "board of trustees", "board of town trustees", "board of township trustees", and "town board" are changed to "township board". Wherever the terms "auditors", "board of trustees", "board of town trustees", board of township trustees", or "town board" are used in this or any other Act to refer to township officers provided for by this Section, they mean the township board. Wherever the term "trustees" is used in this or any other Act to refer to township officers provided for by this Section, it means the members of the township board other than the township supervisor.
    (d) The change made by Public Act 79-341 does not reduce the term of any member of a town board of auditors elected before its effective date (October 1, 1975) nor does it invalidate any action taken by a board of town auditors or town trustees by reason of the designation used for the board in relation to the action taken.
(Source: P.A. 85-694; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/80-10

    (60 ILCS 1/80-10)
    Sec. 80-10. Board meetings; township and road district accounts.
    (a) The township board shall meet at the township clerk's office for the purpose of examining and auditing the township and road district accounts before any bills (other than general assistance, obligations for Social Security taxes as required by the Social Security Enabling Act, and wages that are subject to the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act) are paid. The board may meet at other times as they determine. The township board may consider and approve bills individually or in a summary statement of any number of bills.
    (b) Upon the request of the supervisor or of any 2 board members, the township clerk shall call a meeting at the time requested and shall furnish to the board members at least 48 hours' notice of the meeting.
    (c) The township board may declare a vacancy in the office of township supervisor or trustee if the supervisor or a trustee has 5 or more consecutive unexcused absences from regularly scheduled township board meetings.
    (d) The township board may adopt rules not inconsistent with this Code to govern its meetings. The rules may provide for excused absences of the supervisor or trustees from township board meetings.
    (e) All meetings of the township board shall be open to the public as provided in the Open Meetings Act.
(Source: P.A. 88-62; incorporates 88-360; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/80-15

    (60 ILCS 1/80-15)
    Sec. 80-15. Supervisor and highway commissioner accounts.
    (a) The township board shall, at the same time and place as stated in Section 80-10, examine the accounts of the supervisor (including all contingent expenses necessarily incurred for the use and benefit of the township and including the supervisor's accounts as supervisor of general assistance) and of the commissioner of highways of the township for all moneys received and distributed by them. The board shall also examine and audit (i) all charges and claims against their township and against their road district (if not part of a consolidated township road district) and (ii) the compensation of all township officers (except the compensation of supervisors for county services).
    (b) The examination and audit of the accounts of the supervisor as the supervisor of general assistance and the accounts pertaining to Social Security tax payments are not required to be conducted before payments for Social Security taxes and general assistance are made by the supervisor. No examination and audit is required before the payment of wages that are subject to the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act.
(Source: P.A. 85-526; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/80-20

    (60 ILCS 1/80-20)
    Sec. 80-20. Independent audit of accounts.
    (a) All accounts audited under this Article (and those rejected, if any) shall be delivered with the certificate of the trustees (or a majority of them) to the township clerk, who shall keep them on file for the inspection of any of the inhabitants of the township. They shall also be produced by the township clerk at the next annual meeting and shall be read at the meeting by the clerk.
    (b) In townships that receive revenue of $850,000 or more during any fiscal year, exclusive of road funds, the township board shall have the accounts and all records of the township thoroughly audited by a certified public accountant within 6 months after the close of each fiscal year. The board shall have a copy of the accountant's report and recommendations filed with the township clerk and another copy filed with the county clerk for public inspection.
    (c) In townships that receive revenue of less than $850,000 during any fiscal year, exclusive of road funds, the township board shall have the accounts and all records of the township audited and inspected by an independent auditing committee composed of 3 township electors chosen by the board. The audit shall be completed within 6 months after the close of each fiscal year. A copy of the auditing committee's report and recommendations shall be filed with the township clerk and another copy shall be filed with the county clerk for public inspection. The auditing committee shall not contain any member of the township board or any person related to a trustee. Members of the auditing committee shall be proficient in accounting principles and practices and shall be compensated at a rate determined by the township board but not to exceed $50 per day. In addition to the other audit requirements imposed by law, in townships subject to this subsection, the township board shall have the accounts and all records of the township thoroughly audited by a certified public accountant within 6 months after (i) the end of each term of office of the township supervisor and (ii) a vacancy occurs in the office of township supervisor. A copy of the accountant's report and recommendations shall be filed with the township clerk and another copy shall be filed with the county clerk for public inspection.
(Source: P.A. 92-582, eff. 7-1-02.)

60 ILCS 1/80-25

    (60 ILCS 1/80-25)
    Sec. 80-25. Verification of accounts. The township board may require any account presented to be verified by an affidavit setting forth that the account is correct and reasonable and is unpaid (or, if any part of the account has been paid, setting forth the amount that has been paid).
(Source: P.A. 84-947; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/80-30

    (60 ILCS 1/80-30)
    Sec. 80-30. Certification of claim or charge.
    (a) The township board shall make a certificate, to be signed by a majority of the board, specifying the nature of the claim or charge and to whom the amount is allowed. The board shall cause the certificate to be delivered to the township clerk, who shall keep it on file for the inspection of the inhabitants of the township.
    (b) The aggregate amount of claims or charges that have been reduced to judgment shall be certified to the county clerk at the same time and in the same manner as the other amounts required to be raised for township purposes, which shall be levied and collected as other township taxes, except that in the townships mentioned in Section 30-180, the amount shall be certified to the county board, who shall include the amount in their estimate of the township's expenses.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/80-35

    (60 ILCS 1/80-35)
    Sec. 80-35. Township charges. The following shall be deemed township charges:
        (1) The compensation of township officers for
    
services rendered their respective townships.
        (2) Contingent expenses necessarily incurred for the
    
use and benefit of the township.
        (3) The moneys authorized to be raised by the vote of
    
a township meeting for any township purpose.
        (4) Every sum directed by law to be raised for any
    
township purpose.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/80-40

    (60 ILCS 1/80-40)
    Sec. 80-40. Levy to defray township charges. The moneys necessary to defray the township charges of each township shall be levied on the taxable property in the township in the manner prescribed in the Property Tax Code.
(Source: P.A. 88-62; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/80-45

    (60 ILCS 1/80-45)
    Sec. 80-45. Township clerk as clerk of board. The township clerk shall act as clerk of the township board and shall record the proceedings of each meeting of the board in a book which he or she shall provide for that purpose at the expense of the township. The record shall include all certificates of accounts audited by the board.
(Source: P.A. 83-380; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/80-50

    (60 ILCS 1/80-50)
    Sec. 80-50. Payment of accounts; forfeiture for failure to pay.
    (a) Accounts audited shall be paid by the supervisor within 20 days after presentation of a certificate of the township clerk stating the amount and to whom it is allowed, the account, and the date the account was audited. The certificate shall be countersigned by the supervisor before payment of the amount.
    (b) Payments of wages to township employees, however, shall be made at least once a month in accordance with a pay period schedule established by the township board. The schedule shall provide for employee compensation for all wages earned during the pay period, with payment to be made no later than 15 days after the end of the pay period.
    (c) Failure by the supervisor to pay accounts audited as provided in this Section, if the necessary funds are available and the account is a proper expenditure, shall be grounds for forfeiture of his or her bond.
(Source: P.A. 83-380; 88-62.)