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COUNTIES
(55 ILCS 5/) Counties Code.

55 ILCS 5/Art. 2

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Art. 2 heading)
ARTICLE 2. GOVERNING BODIES

55 ILCS 5/Div. 2-1

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 2-1 heading)
Division 2-1. Counties under Township Organization

55 ILCS 5/2-1001

    (55 ILCS 5/2-1001) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-1001)
    Sec. 2-1001. Regular meetings. Regular and special meetings of the county board may be held in any public building located within the county that such county board is elected to serve. Prior notice of the building selected for the meeting shall be provided by the board chairman to each member of the county board in the manner provided pursuant to the rules of the county board. Regular meetings of the board shall be held in June and September, and at such other times as may be determined by the board.
    At each regular and special meeting which is open to the public, members of the public and employees of the county shall be afforded time, subject to reasonable constraints, to comment to or ask questions of the board.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 86-1028.)

55 ILCS 5/2-1002

    (55 ILCS 5/2-1002) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-1002)
    Sec. 2-1002. Special meetings. Special meetings of the board shall be held only when requested by at least one-third of the members of the board, or when requested by the chairman of the board in counties where such chairman is elected by the voters of the county, which request shall be in writing, addressed to the clerk of the board, and specifying the time and place of such meeting, upon reception of which the clerk shall immediately transmit notice, in writing, of such meeting, to each of the members of the board. The clerk shall also cause notice of such meeting to be published in some newspaper printed in the county, if any there be. In case a vacancy arises in the office of clerk, because of death or other reason, then the request shall be addressed to the circuit clerk who shall perform the duties of the clerk pursuant to this Section.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-1003

    (55 ILCS 5/2-1003) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-1003)
    Sec. 2-1003. Chairman and vice-chairman of county board. The county board shall, unless the chairman is elected by the voters of the county, at its first meeting in the month following the month in which county board members are elected, choose one of its members as chairman for a term of 2 years and at the same meeting, choose one of its members as vice-chairman for a term of 2 years. The vice-chairman shall serve in the place of the chairman at any meeting of the county board in which the chairman is not present. In case of the absence of the chairman and the vice-chairman at any meeting, the members present shall choose one of their number as temporary chairman.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-1004

    (55 ILCS 5/2-1004) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-1004)
    Sec. 2-1004. Certificate of election. The supervisors shall severally lay before the board, at the first meeting after the election, their several certificates of election, which shall be examined by the board, and if found regular, shall be filed in the office of the county clerk.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-1005

    (55 ILCS 5/2-1005) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-1005)
    Sec. 2-1005. Quorum; approval of ordinances. A majority of the members of any county board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business; and all questions, ordinances, resolutions, or motions which shall arise at meetings shall be determined by the votes of the majority of the members present, except in such cases as is otherwise provided.
    A county board in a county where the chairman is elected at large may upon passage, adoption or enactment of a specific ordinance, resolution, or motion apply the following provisions: Any ordinance, resolution, or motion passed, adopted or otherwise enacted by the board in a county where the chairman is elected at large shall be presented to the chairman before it becomes effective. If the chairman approves such ordinance, resolution or motion, he shall sign it and it shall become law on the date prescribed; if not, he shall return it to the board within 10 business days with his objections and the board shall proceed to reconsider the matter at its next meeting, to be held within 30 business days of the board's receipt of the chairman's objections. If after such reconsideration a majority of the members of the board pass such ordinance, resolution, or motion, it shall become effective on the date prescribed but not earlier than the date of passage following reconsideration. If any ordinance, resolution, or motion is not returned by the chairman to the board within 10 business days after it has been presented to him, it shall become effective at the end of the 10th day.
    The county board at any properly noticed public meeting may by unanimous consent take a single vote by yeas and nays on the several questions of the passage of any 2 or more of the designated ordinances, orders, resolutions, or motions placed together for voting purposes in a single group. The single vote shall be entered separately in the minutes under the designation "omnibus vote", and in that event the clerk may enter the words "omnibus vote" or "consent agenda" in the minutes in each case instead of entering the names of the members of the county board voting "yea" and those voting "nay" on the passage of each of the designated ordinances, orders, resolutions, and motions included in the omnibus group or consent agenda. The taking of a single or omnibus vote and the entries of the words "omnibus vote" or "consent agenda" in the minutes shall be a sufficient compliance with the requirements of this Section to all intents and purposes and with like effect as if the vote in each case had been taken separately by yeas and nays on the question of the passage of each ordinance, order, resolution, and motion included in the omnibus group and separately recorded in the minutes. Likewise, the yeas and nays shall be taken upon the question of the passage of any other ordinance, resolution, or motion at the request of any county board member and shall be recorded in the minutes. The changes to this Section made by this amendatory Act of the 99th General Assembly are declarative of existing law and do not change the substantive operation of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 99-774, eff. 8-12-16.)

55 ILCS 5/2-1006

    (55 ILCS 5/2-1006) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-1006)
    Sec. 2-1006. Open meetings. The county board shall sit with open doors, and all persons may attend their meetings. The vote on all propositions to appropriate money from the county treasury shall be taken by "ayes" and "nays" and entered on the record of the meeting.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-1007

    (55 ILCS 5/2-1007) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-1007)
    Sec. 2-1007. Administering oaths. The chairman of the board may administer an oath to any person concerning any matters submitted to the board, or connected with its powers and duties, and any member of the board may administer the oath required by law to any claimant presenting a claim against the county to be passed by the board. A member so administering an oath to a claimant may not charge a fee therefor.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/Div. 2-2

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 2-2 heading)
Division 2-2. New Towns - Names

55 ILCS 5/2-2001

    (55 ILCS 5/2-2001) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-2001)
    Sec. 2-2001. Boundaries of towns. The county board shall also have power to change the boundaries of towns, and to create new towns in their respective counties, in manner provided by law; to designate and give names thereto, and to fix the place of holding the first town meeting therein.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-2002

    (55 ILCS 5/2-2002) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-2002)
    Sec. 2-2002. Naming of towns. Whenever the county board shall create a new town, or change the name of an existing town, the proceedings in giving a name to such town, or changing the name of an existing town, shall be as follows: The proposed name to be given to such new town, or existing town, shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State, there to be retained for at least one year; and the Secretary of State, at any time after the filing of such proposed name, shall, upon application of said board, grant his certificate stating that such proposed name, from information appearing in his office, has not been adopted by any city, town, village or municipal corporation in this State; which certificate must be obtained by said board before any action whatever shall be taken by said board toward making such change of name; and all proceedings instituted in any court or other place, under a name changed, without complying with the provisions of this section, shall be held to be void and of no effect. If such name has been adopted elsewhere in this State, the Secretary of State shall so notify the board, whereupon another name shall be filed in his office, which shall there remain in like manner as hereinbefore provided, and the certificate shall be issued by the Secretary of State immediately after such filing, stating that such name has not been elsewhere adopted; whereupon said board may proceed to make such change of name, and not before; and all proceedings pending, and all rights and privileges acquired in the name of such town, by such town, or by any person residing therein, shall be secured to such town or person, and such proceedings continued to final consummation in such name, the same as though the same had not been changed.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/Div. 2-3

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 2-3 heading)
Division 2-3. Reapportionment of County for
Election of County Board

55 ILCS 5/2-3001

    (55 ILCS 5/2-3001) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-3001)
    Sec. 2-3001. Definitions. As used in this Division, unless the context otherwise requires:
    a. "District" means a county board district established as provided in this Division.
    b. "County apportionment commission" or "commission" means the county clerk, the State's Attorney, the Attorney General or his designated representative and the chairmen of the county central committees of the first leading political party and the second leading political party as defined in Section 1-3 of The Election Code.
    c. "Population" means the number of inhabitants as determined by the last preceding federal decennial census.
    d. "Member" or "board member" means a person elected to serve on the county board.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-3002

    (55 ILCS 5/2-3002) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-3002)
    Sec. 2-3002. Counties with population of less than 3,000,000 and with township form of government.
    (a) Reapportionment required. By July 1, 1971, and each 10 years thereafter, the county board of each county having a population of less than 3,000,000 inhabitants and the township form of government shall reapportion its county so that each member of the county board represents the same number of inhabitants. In reapportioning its county, the county board shall first determine the size of the county board to be elected, which may consist of not less than 5 nor more than 29 members and may not exceed the size of the county board in that county on October 2, 1969. The county board shall also determine whether board members shall be elected at large from the county or by county board districts.
    If the chairman of the county board is to be elected by the voters in a county of less than 450,000 population as provided in Section 2-3007, such chairman shall not be counted as a member of the county board for the purpose of the limitations on the size of a county board provided in this Section.
    (b) Advisory referenda. The voters of a county may advise the county board, through an advisory referendum, on questions concerning (i) the number of members of the county board to be elected, (ii) whether the board members should be elected from single-member districts, multi-member districts, or at-large, (iii) whether voters will have cumulative voting rights in the election of county board members, or (iv) any combination of the preceding 3 questions. The advisory referendum may be initiated either by petition or by ordinance of the county board. A written petition for an advisory referendum authorized by this Section must contain the signatures of at least 8% of the votes cast for candidates for Governor in the preceding gubernatorial election by the registered voters of the county and must be filed with the appropriate election authority. An ordinance initiating an advisory referendum authorized by this Section must be approved by a majority of the members of the county board and must be filed with the appropriate election authority. An advisory referendum initiated under this Section shall be placed on the ballot at the general election designated in the petition or ordinance.
(Source: P.A. 93-308, eff. 7-23-03.)

55 ILCS 5/2-3002.5

    (55 ILCS 5/2-3002.5)
    Sec. 2-3002.5. Beginning with members elected at the general election in 2002, counties having a population between 800,000 and 3,000,000 according to 2000 decennial census shall have no more than 18 members on their county board. If the chairman of the county board is elected at-large by the voters of the county as provided in Section 2-3007, the chairman shall not be counted as a member of the county board for the purpose of the limitations on the size of the county board provided in this Section. Neither a member nor the chairman of that county board shall serve simultaneously as commissioner or president of the board of commissioners of the forest preserve district. No person shall seek election to both the county board and the forest preserve commission at the same election.
(Source: P.A. 91-933, eff. 12-30-00.)

55 ILCS 5/2-3003

    (55 ILCS 5/2-3003) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-3003)
    Sec. 2-3003. Apportionment plan.
    (1) If the county board determines that members shall be elected by districts, it shall develop an apportionment plan and specify the number of districts and the number of county board members to be elected from each district and whether voters will have cumulative voting rights in multi-member districts. Each such district:
        a. Shall be substantially equal in population to each
    
other district;
        b. Shall be comprised of contiguous territory, as
    
nearly compact as practicable; and
        c. May divide townships or municipalities only when
    
necessary to conform to the population requirement of paragraph a. of this Section.
        d. Shall be created in such a manner so that no
    
precinct shall be divided between 2 or more districts, insofar as is practicable.
    (2) The county board of each county having a population of less than 3,000,000 inhabitants may, if it should so decide, provide within that county for single member districts outside the corporate limits and multi-member districts within the corporate limits of any municipality with a population in excess of 75,000. Paragraphs a, b, c and d of subsection (1) of this Section shall apply to the apportionment of both single and multi-member districts within a county to the extent that compliance with paragraphs a, b, c and d still permit the establishment of such districts, except that the population of any multi-member district shall be equal to the population of any single member district, times the number of members found within that multi-member district.
    (3) In a county where the Chairman of the County Board is elected by the voters of the county as provided in Section 2-3007, the Chairman of the County Board may develop and present to the Board by the third Wednesday in May in the year after a federal decennial census year an apportionment plan in accordance with the provisions of subsection (1) of this Section. If the Chairman presents a plan to the Board by the third Wednesday in May, the Board shall conduct at least one public hearing to receive comments and to discuss the apportionment plan, the hearing shall be held at least 6 days but not more than 21 days after the Chairman's plan was presented to the Board, and the public shall be given notice of the hearing at least 6 days in advance. If the Chairman presents a plan by the third Wednesday in May, the Board is prohibited from enacting an apportionment plan until after a hearing on the plan presented by the Chairman. The Chairman shall have access to the federal decennial census available to the Board.
    (4) In a county where a County Executive is elected by the voters of the county as provided in Section 2-5007 of the Counties Code, the County Executive may develop and present to the Board by the third Wednesday in May in the year after a federal decennial census year an apportionment plan in accordance with the provisions of subsection (1) of this Section. If the Executive presents a plan to the Board by the third Wednesday in May, the Board shall conduct at least one public hearing to receive comments and to discuss the apportionment plan, the hearing shall be held at least 6 days but not more than 21 days after the Executive's plan was presented to the Board, and the public shall be given notice of the hearing at least 6 days in advance. If the Executive presents a plan by the third Wednesday in May, the Board is prohibited from enacting an apportionment plan until after a hearing on the plan presented by the Executive. The Executive shall have access to the federal decennial census available to the Board.
(Source: P.A. 96-1540, eff. 3-7-11; 97-986, eff. 8-17-12.)

55 ILCS 5/2-3004

    (55 ILCS 5/2-3004) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-3004)
    Sec. 2-3004. Failure to complete reapportionment. If any county board fails to complete the reapportionment of its county by July 1 in 2011 or any 10 years thereafter or by the day after the county board's regularly scheduled July meeting in 2011 or any 10 years thereafter, whichever is later, the county clerk of that county shall convene the county apportionment commission. Three members of the commission shall constitute a quorum, but a majority of all the members must vote affirmatively on any determination made by the commission. The commission shall adopt rules for its procedure.
    The commission shall develop an apportionment plan for the county in the manner provided by Section 2-3003, dividing the county into the same number of districts as determined by the county board. If the county board has failed to determine the size of the county board to be elected, then the number of districts and the number of members to be elected shall be the largest number to which the county is entitled under Section 2-3002.
    The commission shall submit its apportionment plan by October 1 in the year that it is convened, except that the circuit court, for good cause shown, may grant an extension of time, not exceeding a total of 60 days, within which such a plan may be submitted.
(Source: P.A. 96-1540, eff. 3-7-11.)

55 ILCS 5/2-3005

    (55 ILCS 5/2-3005) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-3005)
    Sec. 2-3005. Filing of apportionment plan. The apportionment plan developed by the county board or the county apportionment commission, as the case may be, must be filed in the office of the county clerk by the time required by this Division. The county clerk shall promptly forward copies of that plan to the chairman of the county board and shall keep other copies of the plan available for distribution free of charge to any registered voter of the county requesting a copy.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-3006

    (55 ILCS 5/2-3006) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-3006)
    Sec. 2-3006. Failure to file apportionment plan; election of board members at large. If no apportionment plan is filed with the county clerk as required by this Division, the members of the county board shall be elected at large in the county. If the county board has determined the number of members for the board, that number shall be elected; otherwise, the number of members to be elected shall be the largest number to which the county is entitled under Sections 2-3002 and 2-3002.5.
(Source: P.A. 91-933, eff. 12-30-00.)

55 ILCS 5/2-3007

    (55 ILCS 5/2-3007) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-3007)
    Sec. 2-3007. Chairman of county board; election and term. Any county board when providing for the reapportionment of its county under this Division may provide that the chairman of the county board shall be elected by the voters of the county rather than by the members of the board. In that event, provision shall be made for the election throughout the county of the chairman of the county board, but in counties over 3,000,000 population no person may be elected to serve as such chairman who has not been elected as a county board member to serve during the same period as the term of office as chairman of the county board to which he seeks election. In counties over 300,000 population and under 3,000,000 population, the chairman shall be elected as chairman without having been first elected to the county board. Such chairman shall not vote on any question except to break a tie vote. In all other counties the chairman may either be elected as a county board member or elected as the chairman without having been first elected to the board. Except in counties where the chairman of the county board is elected by the voters of the county and is not required to be a county board member, whether the chairman of the county board is elected by the voters of the county or by the members of the board, he shall be elected to a 2 year term. In counties where the chairman of the county board is elected by the voters of the county and is not required to be a county board member, the chairman shall be elected to a 4 year term. In all cases: (i) the term of the chairman of the county board shall commence on the first Monday of the month following the month in which members of the county board are elected, and (ii) no person may simultaneously serve as a member of a county board and the chairman of the same board if the office of chairman is elected by the voters of the county rather than by the members of the board.
(Source: P.A. 99-924, eff. 1-20-17.)

55 ILCS 5/2-3008

    (55 ILCS 5/2-3008) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-3008)
    Sec. 2-3008. Determination of method of compensation of members of county board. At the time it reapportions its county under this Division, the county board shall determine whether the salary to be paid the members to be elected shall be computed on a per diem basis, on an annual basis or on a combined per diem and annual basis, and shall fix the amount of that salary. If the county board desires before the next reapportionment to change the basis of payment or amount of compensation after fixing those items, it may do so by ordinance or by resolution. Those changes shall not however, take effect during the term for which an incumbent county board member has been elected. In addition, the county board shall determine the amount of any additional compensation for the chairman of the county board. The county board may adjust that additional compensation at any time adjustments in the salary of board members may be made. Those adjustments shall not however, take effect during the term for which the incumbent chairman of the county board has been elected.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-3009

    (55 ILCS 5/2-3009) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-3009)
    Sec. 2-3009. Terms of board members; vacancies; elections.
    (a) County board member elections by county board districts. In those counties subject to this Division which elect county board members by county board districts the members shall, no later than 45 days after December 15, 1982, and thereafter no later than September 1 of the year of the next general election following reapportionment, divide the county board districts publicly by lot as equally as possible into 2 groups. Board members or their successors from one group shall be elected for successive terms of 2 years, 4 years and 4 years; and members or their successors from the second group shall be elected for successive terms of 4 years, 4 years, and 2 years. A county under this subsection may, by ordinance, decide to divide the county board districts into 3 rather than 2 groups. If a county adopts an ordinance to this effect, the members of the county board shall divide the county board districts publicly by lot as equally as possible into 3 groups no later than September 1 of the year of the next general election following reapportionment. Board members or their successors from one group shall be elected for successive terms of 2 years, 4 years, and 4 years; members or their successors from the second group shall be elected for successive terms of 4 years, 2 years, and 4 years; and members or their successors from the third group shall be elected for successive terms of 4 years, 4 years, and 2 years. All terms shall commence on the first Monday of the month following the month of election.
    (b) County board member elections at large. In those counties which elect county board members at large, under Sections 2-3002 and 2-3006, the members elected in the general election following reapportionment shall, no later than 45 days after taking office, divide themselves publicly by lot as equally as possible into 2 groups. Board members or their successors from one group shall be elected for successive terms of 2 years, 4 years and 4 years; and members or their successors from the second group shall be elected for successive terms of 4 years, 4 years and 2 years. A county under this subsection may, by ordinance, decide to divide the county board members into 3 rather than 2 groups. If a county adopts an ordinance to this effect, the members of the county board elected in the general election following reapportionment shall, no later than 45 days after taking office, divide themselves publicly by lot as equally as possible into 3 groups. Board members or their successors from one group shall be elected for successive terms of 2 years, 4 years, and 4 years; members and their successors from the second group shall be elected for successive terms of 4 years, 2 years, and 4 years; and members or their successors from the third group shall be elected for successive terms of 4 years, 4 years, and 2 years. All terms shall commence on the first Monday of the month following the month of election.
    (c) Vacancies; time for elections. In counties under subsection (a) or (b), if a vacancy occurs in the office of chairman of the county board, the remaining members of the board shall elect one of the members of the board to serve for the balance of the unexpired term of the chairman.
    In counties under subsection (a) or (b), the time for the election of county board members shall be as provided by the general election law for the election of such members.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 87-924.)

55 ILCS 5/2-3010

    (55 ILCS 5/2-3010) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-3010)
    Sec. 2-3010. Multi-member districts. In making the determination by lot, pursuant to Section 2-3009, as to which members shall serve for 2 years and which for 4 years, the county board of a county having multi-member districts may provide for the drawing of lots in such manner as to insure that in each district the number of members drawing 2 year and 4 year terms, respectively, shall be equal, or as nearly equal as possible.
    Any such determination by lot made before October 1, 1973 is validated.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-3015

    (55 ILCS 5/2-3015)
    Sec. 2-3015. Qualifications of County Board Members and Commissioners. In counties with a population of 3,000,000 or less, no person is eligible to hold the office of county board member or commissioner unless he or she is a legal voter and has been a resident of the county for at least one year next preceding the election.
(Source: P.A. 90-173, eff. 1-1-98.)

55 ILCS 5/Div. 2-4

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 2-4 heading)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 100-107)
Division 2-4. Counties not under Township Organization


    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 100-107)
Division 2-4. Counties not under Township Organization
Organized as a Commission Form of Government
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

55 ILCS 5/2-4001

    (55 ILCS 5/2-4001) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-4001)
    Sec. 2-4001. Oath of county commissioners. Each member of the board of county commissioners shall be commissioned by the governor, and shall, before entering upon the duties of his office, take and subscribe the following oath, which shall be filed in the office of the county clerk:
    I do solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be), that I will support the constitution of the United States, and the constitution of the state of Illinois, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of county commissioner of .... county, according to the best of my ability.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-4002

    (55 ILCS 5/2-4002) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-4002)
    Sec. 2-4002. Time of meetings. The board of county commissioners shall hold regular sessions for the transaction of the business of the county on the call of the chairman, or any two members of said board, whenever the business of the county requires it.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 87-1208.)

55 ILCS 5/2-4003

    (55 ILCS 5/2-4003) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-4003)
    Sec. 2-4003. Chairman. At the session of said commissioners in December of each year, they shall elect one of their number chairman for the ensuing year, who shall preside at their sessions and perform such duties as are or may be prescribed by law or by the order of said board.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-4004

    (55 ILCS 5/2-4004) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-4004)
    Sec. 2-4004. Conduct of meetings. A majority of the members of said board shall constitute a quorum to do business, and, in the absence of the chairman, a chairman pro tem may be appointed. The board shall sit with open doors, and all persons may attend their meetings. The vote on all propositions to appropriate money from the county treasury shall be taken by "ayes" and "nays" and entered on the record of the meeting.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-4005

    (55 ILCS 5/2-4005) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-4005)
    Sec. 2-4005. Administering oaths. The chairman or any member of the board of county commissioners may administer oaths to persons, concerning any matter submitted to the board, or connected with their powers or duties.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-4006

    (55 ILCS 5/2-4006)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 100-107)
    Sec. 2-4006. Terms of commissioners.
    (a) In every county not under township organization having 3 commissioners elected at large as described in subsection (b) or (c), the commissioners shall be elected as provided in this Section.
    (b) In a county in which one commissioner was elected at the general election in 1992 to serve for a term of 4 years and in which 2 commissioners will be elected at the general election in 1994, the commissioner elected in 1994 and receiving the greatest number of votes shall serve for a term of 6 years. The other commissioner elected in 1994 shall serve for a term of 4 years. At the general election in 1996 and at each general election thereafter, one commissioner shall be elected to serve for a term of 6 years.
    (c) In a county in which 2 commissioners were elected at the general election in 1992 to serve for terms of 4 years and in which one commissioner will be elected at the general election in 1994, the commissioner elected in 1994 shall serve for a term of 4 years. The commissioner elected in 1996 and receiving the greatest number of votes shall serve for a term of 6 years. The other commissioner elected in 1996 shall serve for a term of 4 years. At the general election in 1998 and at each general election thereafter, one commissioner shall be elected to serve for a term of 6 years.
    (c-5) In Calhoun County, Edwards County, and Union County, the registered voters of the county may, upon referendum initiated by (i) the adoption of a resolution of the board of county commissioners or (ii) a petition signed by not less than 10% of the registered voters in the county, determine that the board of county commissioners shall consist of 5 commissioners elected at large. The commissioners must certify the question to the proper election authority, which must submit the question at an election in accordance with the general election law.
    The question shall be submitted in substantially the following form:
        "Shall the board of county commissioners of (county)
    
consist of 5 commissioners elected at large?"
    Votes must be recorded as "Yes" or "No". If a majority of the electors voting on the question vote in the affirmative, then a 5-member board of county commissioners shall be established beginning with the next general election. The County Clerk, in consultation with the State's Attorney for the county, shall develop and present to the board of county commissioners, to implement by the adoption of a resolution, the transition of terms for the current 3-member board of commissioners and the addition of 2 commissioners for 6-year terms. Thereafter, commissioners shall be elected at each general election to fill expired terms.
    (d) The provisions of this Section do not apply to commissioners elected under Section 2-4006.5 of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 96-175, eff. 8-10-09.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 100-107)
    Sec. 2-4006. Terms of commissioners.
    (a) In every county not under township organization that is organized as a commission form of government having 3 commissioners elected at large as described in subsection (b) or (c), the commissioners shall be elected as provided in this Section.
    (b) In a county in which one commissioner was elected at the general election in 1992 to serve for a term of 4 years and in which 2 commissioners will be elected at the general election in 1994, the commissioner elected in 1994 and receiving the greatest number of votes shall serve for a term of 6 years. The other commissioner elected in 1994 shall serve for a term of 4 years. At the general election in 1996 and at each general election thereafter, one commissioner shall be elected to serve for a term of 6 years.
    (c) In a county in which 2 commissioners were elected at the general election in 1992 to serve for terms of 4 years and in which one commissioner will be elected at the general election in 1994, the commissioner elected in 1994 shall serve for a term of 4 years. The commissioner elected in 1996 and receiving the greatest number of votes shall serve for a term of 6 years. The other commissioner elected in 1996 shall serve for a term of 4 years. At the general election in 1998 and at each general election thereafter, one commissioner shall be elected to serve for a term of 6 years.
    (c-5) In Calhoun County, Edwards County, and Union County, the registered voters of the county may, upon referendum initiated by (i) the adoption of a resolution of the board of county commissioners or (ii) a petition signed by not less than 10% of the registered voters in the county, determine that the board of county commissioners shall consist of 5 commissioners elected at large. The commissioners must certify the question to the proper election authority, which must submit the question at an election in accordance with the general election law.
    The question shall be submitted in substantially the following form:
        "Shall the board of county commissioners of (county)
    
consist of 5 commissioners elected at large?"
    Votes must be recorded as "Yes" or "No". If a majority of the electors voting on the question vote in the affirmative, then a 5-member board of county commissioners shall be established beginning with the next general election. The County Clerk, in consultation with the State's Attorney for the county, shall develop and present to the board of county commissioners, to implement by the adoption of a resolution, the transition of terms for the current 3-member board of commissioners and the addition of 2 commissioners for 6-year terms. Thereafter, commissioners shall be elected at each general election to fill expired terms.
    (d) The provisions of this Section do not apply to commissioners elected under Section 2-4006.5 of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

55 ILCS 5/2-4006.5

    (55 ILCS 5/2-4006.5)
    Sec. 2-4006.5. Commissioners in certain counties.
    (a) If a county elects 3 commissioners at large under Section 2-4006, registered voters of such county may, by a vote of a majority of those voting on such proposition, determine to change the method of electing the board of county commissioners by electing either 3 or 5 members from single member districts. In order for such question to be placed upon the ballot, such petition must contain the signatures of not fewer than 10% of the registered voters of such county.
    Commissioners may not be elected from single member districts until the question of electing either 3 or 5 commissioners from single member districts has been submitted to the electors of the county at a regular election and approved by a majority of the electors voting on the question. The commissioners must certify the question to the proper election authority, which must submit the question at an election in accordance with the Election Code.
    The question must be in substantially the following form:
        Shall the board of county commissioners of (name of
    
county) consist of (insert either 3 or 5) commissioners elected from single member districts?
The votes must be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
    If a majority of the electors voting on the question vote in the affirmative, a 3-member or 5-member board of county commissioners, as the case may be, shall be established to be elected from single member districts.
    (b) If the voters of the county decide to elect either 3 or 5 commissioners from single member districts, the board of county commissioners shall on or before August 31 of the year following the 2000 federal decennial census divide the county into either 3 or 5 compact and contiguous county commission districts that are substantially equal in population. On or before May 31 of the year following each federal decennial census thereafter, the board of county commissioners shall reapportion the county commission districts to be compact, contiguous, and substantially equal in population.
    (c) The commissioners elected at large at or before the general election in 2000 shall continue to serve until the expiration of their terms. Of those commissioners, the commissioner whose term expires in 2002 shall be assigned to district 1; the commissioner whose term expires in 2004 shall be assigned to district 2; and the commissioner whose term expires in 2006 shall be assigned to district 3.
    (d) If the voters of the county decide to elect 5 commissioners from single member districts, at the general election in 2002, one commissioner from and residing in each of districts 1, 4, and 5 shall be elected. At the general election in 2004, one commissioner from and residing in each of districts 1, 2, and 5 shall be elected. At the general election in 2006, one commissioner from and residing in each of districts 2, 3, and 4 shall be elected. At the general election in 2008, one commissioner from and residing in each of districts 1, 3, and 5 shall be elected. At the general election in 2010, one commissioner from each of districts 2 and 4 shall be elected. At the general election in 2012, commissioners from and residing in each district shall be elected. Thereafter, commissioners shall be elected at each general election to fill expired terms. Each commissioner must reside in the district that he or she represents from the time that he or she files his or her nomination papers until his or her term expires.
    In the year following the decennial census of 2010 and every 10 years thereafter, the commissioners, publicly by lot, shall divide the districts into 2 groups. One group shall serve terms of 4 years, 4 years, and 2 years and one group shall serve terms of 2 years, 4 years, and 4 years.
(Source: P.A. 91-846, eff. 6-22-00; 92-189, eff. 8-1-01.)

55 ILCS 5/2-4010

    (55 ILCS 5/2-4010)
    Sec. 2-4010. Qualifications of County Board Members and Commissioners. In counties with a population of 3,000,000 or less, no person is eligible to hold the office of county board member or commissioner unless he or she is a legal voter and has been a resident of the county for at least one year next preceding the election.
(Source: P.A. 90-173, eff. 1-1-98.)

55 ILCS 5/Div. 2-5

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 2-5 heading)
Division 2-5. County Executive Form of Government

55 ILCS 5/2-5001

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5001) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5001)
    Sec. 2-5001. Subtitle. This Division shall be subtitled the "County Executive Law".
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-5002

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5002) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5002)
    Sec. 2-5002. Legislative determination. It is declared as a matter of legislative determination that in order to promote the health, safety, morals and welfare of the public it is necessary in the public interest to provide for an elected county executive form of county government in accordance with Sections 4(a) and 6(a) of Article VII of the 1970 Illinois Constitution, and to permit counties which become home rule units by adopting an elected form of county executive government to simultaneously, pursuant to Section 6(b) of Article VII of the 1970 Illinois Constitution, elect not to be home rule units by referendum.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-5003

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5003) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5003)
    Sec. 2-5003. Definitions. As used in this Division, unless the context requires otherwise:
    (a) "County board" or "board" means the governing body of any county other than Cook County which has adopted the county executive form of government under this Division.
    (b) "County executive" means the county official elected by the voters of any county other than Cook County to be the chief executive officer to administer the county executive form of government under this Division.
    (c) "County executive form of government" means that form of government in which the departments of county government are administered by a single county official called the county executive elected at large by the qualified voters of the county. The board shall act as the legislative body of the county under this form of county government.
(Source: P.A. 86-926.)

55 ILCS 5/2-5004

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5004) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5004)
    Sec. 2-5004. Establishment of county executive form of government. Any county other than Cook County may establish the county executive form of government for that county by submission to and approval by the electors of the county of the proposition at a referendum as provided in Section 2-5005. A referendum to adopt the county executive form of government may be called by a resolution adopted by the county board of the county or by the filing of a petition as provided in Section 2-5005.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-5005

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5005) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5005)
    Sec. 2-5005. Referendum on resolution of county board. (a) If the county board adopts a resolution calling for a referendum on the proposal to adopt the county executive form of government and home rule for the county, within the time provided in the general election law, the county clerk and the county board shall provide for the submission of such proposition to the electors of the county in accordance with this Section at the next general election held in an even-numbered year.
    Upon filing of a petition with the clerk of the circuit court of the county within the time provided in the general election law signed by at least 2% of the registered voters in the county or 500 individuals, whichever is less, requesting that the county executive form of government be established in the county, the clerk of the circuit court shall transmit the petition to the chief judge of the circuit court who shall determine the sufficiency of the petition or shall assign the determination of the sufficiency of the petition to a circuit judge who shall make the determination. If the judge determines that the petition is sufficient, he shall certify the sufficiency of the petition and shall issue an order directing the county clerk and the county board to provide for the submission of such proposition to the electors of the county at the next general election held in an even-numbered year.
    The referendum shall be conducted in such a manner as is prescribed in the general election law.
    The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
--------------------------------------------------------------
    Shall the County of
.......... become a Home             YES
Rule County and establish the   ------------------------------
county executive form of             NO
government?
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    (b) If the county board adopts a resolution calling for a referendum on the proposal to adopt the county executive form of government and elect not to be a home rule unit within the time provided in the general election law, the county clerk and the county board shall provide for the submission of such proposition to the electors of the county in accordance with this Section at the next general election held in an even-numbered year.
    Upon filing of a petition with the clerk of the circuit court of the county within the time provided in the general election law signed by at least 2% of the registered voters in the county or 500 individuals, whichever is less, requesting that the county executive form of government be established in the county and that the county elect not to be a home rule unit, the clerk of the circuit court shall transmit the petition to the chief judge of the circuit court who shall determine the sufficiency of the petition or shall assign the determination of the sufficiency of the petition to a circuit judge who shall make the determination. If the judge determines that the petition is sufficient, he shall certify the sufficiency of the petition and shall issue an order directing the county clerk and the county board to provide for the submission of such proposition to the electors of the county at the next general election held in an even-numbered year.
    The referendum shall be conducted in such a manner as is prescribed in the general election law.
    The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall the County of .......                 YES
adopt the county executive          --------------------------
form of government and elect                    NO
not to become a home rule unit?
--------------------------------------------------------------
    (c) If a majority of the voters voting on the proposition described in subsection (a) or (b) vote in favor of it, the board shall proceed to establish the county executive form of government in accordance with this Division. A referendum under this Section may be held in a county only once within any 23-month period.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 86-1028.)

55 ILCS 5/2-5006

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5006) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5006)
    Sec. 2-5006. Election of chief executive officer. The electors of a county which has adopted the county executive form of government under this Division shall, at the next general election, and at the general election every 4 years subsequent, elect a chief executive officer. Nominations for the office of chief executive officer shall be made in the manner provided for other county officers in the general election law. The election of the chief executive officer shall be governed by the provisions of the general election law applicable to the election of county officers.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-5007

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5007) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5007)
    Sec. 2-5007. Term of county executive. The county executive shall serve a term of 4 years, commencing on the first Monday in the month following the month of his election and until his successor is elected and qualified.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-5008

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5008) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5008)
    Sec. 2-5008. Qualifications of county executive. The qualifications for the office of county executive are the same as those for membership on the board. However, the county executive shall not be an elected member of the county board.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-5009

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5009) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5009)
    Sec. 2-5009. Duties and powers of county executive. Any county executive elected under this Division shall:
    (a) see that all of the orders, resolutions and regulations of the board are faithfully executed;
    (b) coordinate and direct by executive order or otherwise all administrative and management functions of the county government except the offices of elected county officers;
    (c) prepare and submit to the board for its approval the annual budget for the county required by Division 6-1 of this Code;
    (d) appoint, with the advice and consent of the board, persons to serve on the various boards and commissions to which appointments are provided by law to be made by the board;
    (e) appoint, with the advice and consent of the board, persons to serve on various special districts within the county except where appointment to serve on such districts is otherwise provided by law;
    (f) make an annual report to the board on the affairs of the county, on such date and at such time as the board shall designate, and keep the board fully advised as to the financial condition of the county and its future financial needs;
    (f-5) for a county executive of a county that has adopted the executive form of government on or before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, appoint, with the advice and consent of the board, all department heads for any county departments;
    (g) appoint, with the advice and consent of the board, such subordinate deputies, employees and appointees for the general administration of county affairs as considered necessary, except those deputies, employees and appointees in the office of an elected county officer; however, the advice and consent requirement set forth in this paragraph shall not apply to persons employed as a member of the immediate personal staff of a county executive of a county that has adopted the executive form of government on or before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly;
    (h) remove or suspend in his discretion, after due notice and hearing, anyone whom he has the power to appoint;
    (i) require reports and examine accounts, records and operations of all county administrative units;
    (j) supervise the care and custody of all county property including institutions and agencies;
    (k) approve or veto ordinances or resolutions pursuant to Section 2-5010;
    (l) preside over board meetings; however, the county executive is not entitled to vote except to break a tie vote;
    (l-5) for a county executive of a county that has adopted the executive form of government on or before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, if the County Executive is temporarily not available to preside over a board meeting, the County Executive shall designate a board member to preside over the board meeting;
    (m) call a special meeting of the county board, by a written executive order signed by him and upon 24 hours notice by delivery of a copy of such order to the residence of each board member;
    (n) with the advice and consent of the county board, enter into intergovernmental agreements with other governmental units;
    (o) with the advice and consent of the county board, negotiate on behalf of the county with governmental units and the private sector for the purpose of promoting economic growth and development;
    (p) at his discretion, appoint a person to serve as legal counsel at an annual salary established by the county board at an amount no greater than the annual salary of the state's attorney of the county;
    (q) perform such other duties as shall be required of him by the board.
(Source: P.A. 96-1540, eff. 3-7-11.)

55 ILCS 5/2-5010

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5010) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5010)
    Sec. 2-5010. Approval of ordinances. Any ordinance passed, adopted or otherwise enacted by the board shall before it becomes effective be presented to the county executive. If the county executive approves such ordinance, resolution or motion, he shall sign it; if not, he shall return it to the board with his objections, which shall be entered and spread upon the journal, and the board shall proceed to reconsider the matter. If after such reconsideration 3/5 of the members of the board pass such ordinance, it shall become effective on the date prescribed but not earlier than the date of passage following reconsideration. In all such cases the votes of the members of the board shall be determined by ayes and nays and the names of the members voting for or against such ordinance objected to by the county executive shall be entered and spread upon the journal. If any ordinance is not returned by the county executive to the board at its first meeting occurring not less than 6 days, Sundays excepted, after it has been presented to him, it shall become effective unless the board has recessed or adjourned for a period in excess of 60 days, in which case it shall not become effective without his approval. Items of appropriation may be approved or vetoed by the county executive. Any item approved by the county executive and all items not vetoed shall become law, and any item vetoed shall be returned to and reconsidered by the board in the same manner as provided in this Section for other ordinances returned to the board without approval.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-5011

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5011) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5011)
    Sec. 2-5011. Death, resignation or inability of county executive. In case of the death, resignation or other inability of the county executive to act, the board shall select a person qualified under Section 2-5008 and Section 25-11 of the Election Code to serve as the interim county executive until the next general election.
(Source: P.A. 96-1540, eff. 3-7-11.)

55 ILCS 5/2-5012

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5012) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5012)
    Sec. 2-5012. Salary of county executive. The salary of the county executive shall be fixed by the board and shall be not less than 1 1/2 times the amount of the compensation to which a member of the board is entitled.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-5013

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5013) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5013)
    Sec. 2-5013. Discontinuance of county executive form of government. Any county which has adopted the county executive form of government may discontinue that form of government only as provided in this Section. The board upon receipt of a petition, not less than 78 days before a general election, calling for discontinuance of the county executive form of government and signed by a number of registered voters of the county equal to or greater than 5% of the number who voted in the last regular election held in the county at which county officers were elected shall provide by resolution for submission of the proposition for discontinuance to the electors of the county at the next general election. The board shall certify the resolution and the proposition to the proper election officials who shall submit the proposition at the next general election in accordance with the general election law. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall the County of ..........
discontinue the county executive             YES
form of government and (if a home    -------------------------
rule county) become a nonhome rule           NO
county?
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    If a majority of the voters voting on the proposition vote in favor of discontinuance of the county executive form of government, the office of county executive shall be abolished as of the first Monday in December following the holding of the election and the board elected in the county shall meet, organize and resume the conduct of the affairs of the county wholly as the county board. A referendum under this Section may be held in any county only once within any 47-month period.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-5014

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5014) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5014)
    Sec. 2-5014. Certified statements by county clerk. At least 20 days prior to any referendum under Section 2-5005 or Section 2-5013, the county clerk shall file with the Secretary of State a certified statement indicating when such a referendum will be held. Within 30 days after any such referendum the county clerk shall file with the Secretary of State a certified statement showing the results of the referendum and the resulting status of the county as a home rule county or a non-home rule county. The Secretary of State shall maintain such certified statements in his office as a public record.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-5015

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5015) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5015)
    Sec. 2-5015. Superseding plan for election of county board chairman. The adoption of the county executive form of government by any county pursuant to this Division shall supersede any plan adopted by the county board of that county pursuant to Section 2-3007, as now or hereafter amended, for the election of the chairman of the county board by the voters of the county.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-5016

    (55 ILCS 5/2-5016) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5016)
    Sec. 2-5016. Policy concerning exercise of powers by counties. It is the policy of this State that any county with a chief executive officer elected by the electors of the county may (1) exercise any power and perform any function pertaining to its government and affairs, or (2) exercise those powers within traditional areas of county activity, except as limited by the Illinois Constitution or a proper limiting statute, 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 counties to the extent their activities are authorized by law as stated herein.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/Div. 2-6

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 2-6 heading)
Division 2-6. Commissioners in Cook County

55 ILCS 5/2-6001

    (55 ILCS 5/2-6001) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-6001)
    Sec. 2-6001. Election of Cook County commissioners. There shall be elected every 4 years by the legal voters of Cook County 17 county commissioners who shall hold their office respectively for the term of 4 years and until their successors are elected and qualified. Elections shall be held at the time provided by the general election law. Their term of office shall commence on the first Monday of the month following the month of their election. Ten of the commissioners shall be elected from the city of Chicago by the legal voters of that city, and 7 of the commissioners shall be elected from the towns outside of the city by the legal voters of those towns. If a vacancy occurs in the office of a commissioner from the city of Chicago, the remaining commissioners from the city of Chicago shall appoint a suitable person from the city of Chicago to fill the vacancy. If a vacancy occurs in the office of a commissioner from the towns outside the city of Chicago, the remaining commissioners from those towns shall appoint a suitable person from those towns to fill the vacancy.
(Source: P.A. 86-962; 87-570.)

55 ILCS 5/2-6002

    (55 ILCS 5/2-6002) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-6002)
    Sec. 2-6002. Election of president of board. Every legal voter in said county may vote for and designate (upon his ballot cast for county commissioners) one of the candidates for commissioner to be president of the county board, and the person who shall receive the highest number of such votes shall be declared elected president of said board.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-6003

    (55 ILCS 5/2-6003) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-6003)
    Sec. 2-6003. Vacancy in office of president. In case of the death, resignation, removal from office or other inability to act of the president so elected, if more than 28 months of the unexpired term remain, the vacancy shall be filled at the next general election, at which election one of the regularly elected or appointed members of the board of commissioners shall be elected to serve the unexpired term of the president. If less than two years and sixty days of the unexpired term remain, the board of commissioners shall elect one of their number to serve the unexpired term of the president.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-6004

    (55 ILCS 5/2-6004) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-6004)
    Sec. 2-6004. Terms of office of commissioners. The terms of office of such commissioners shall begin on the first Monday of the month following the month of their election, and they shall hold their office respectively until their successors are elected and qualified.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-6005

    (55 ILCS 5/2-6005) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-6005)
    Sec. 2-6005. Oath of commissioners. The said commissioners shall severally, before they enter upon the discharge of their duties, take the oath of office prescribed by the Constitution, and they shall be known as the board of commissioners of Cook County, and as such board shall possess the powers, perform the duties and be subject to the rules, regulations and restrictions hereinafter specified.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-6006

    (55 ILCS 5/2-6006) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-6006)
    Sec. 2-6006. Meetings of board of commissioners. The board of commissioners shall hold regular meetings on the first Monday of December, January, February, March, June and September in each year, except that when such a regularly scheduled meeting would fall on a legal holiday under Section 17 of "An Act to revise the law in relation to promissory notes, bonds, due bills and other instruments in writing", approved March 18, 1874, as amended, the board shall hold the meeting on the day immediately following such a holiday. It shall be the duty of the president of the board of commissioners to call special meetings of the board whenever, in his opinion, the same may be necessary; and he shall preside at all the meetings of the board, and generally perform the duties usually performed by a presiding officer; provided, that in the absence of the president, or of his inability to act, a president pro tempore may be elected, who shall, during such absence or inability possess all the powers and perform all the duties by law vested in and required of the president.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-6007

    (55 ILCS 5/2-6007) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-6007)
    Sec. 2-6007. Voting by president. The president of the board of commissioners shall have the same privilege of voting as any other commissioner; but he shall not have a casting vote upon any question upon which he has voted as commissioner.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-6008

    (55 ILCS 5/2-6008) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-6008)
    Sec. 2-6008. Approval of ordinances. All ordinances, resolutions or motions shall be submitted to said board of commissioners in writing, or reduced to writing before any vote shall be taken thereon; and if adopted by the board, the same shall not take effect until after the same shall have been approved in writing by the president of said board, except as hereinafter provided. It shall be the duty of the clerk of said board to deliver to the president thereof, upon his request, the original (or a copy) of each ordinance, resolution or motion, so passed or adopted by said board as aforesaid, within one day after its passage or adoption; and in case the president approves thereof, he shall sign the same, and it shall thereupon be in full force and effect. In case the president shall not approve any such ordinance, resolution or motion, he shall, within five days after the receipt of the same as aforesaid, return it to the clerk of said board, with his objections thereto in writing. Such veto by the president may extend to any one or more items or appropriations contained in any resolution making an appropriation, or to the entire resolution; and in case the veto only extends to a part of such resolution making an appropriation, the residue thereof not embraced within the veto shall take effect and be in force from the time of the receipt by said clerk of such veto of such part. Upon the return of any such ordinance, resolution or motion by the president, with his objections thereto as aforesaid, the vote by which the same was passed shall be reconsidered by the board of commissioners as to so much thereof as may have been vetoed; and if, after such reconsideration, three-fifths of all the members elected to the board shall agree to pass the same by yeas and nays, to be entered on the journal, the same shall take effect, notwithstanding the president may have refused to approve thereof. In case the president shall fail or omit to either sign and approve or return, with his objections as aforesaid, any such ordinance, motion or resolution which shall have been passed or adopted by the board within six days after it shall have been so passed or adopted, the same shall take effect without the approval of the president.
(Source: P.A. 96-816, eff. 11-9-09.)

55 ILCS 5/2-6009

    (55 ILCS 5/2-6009) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-6009)
    Sec. 2-6009. Powers and duties of commissioners. Said board of commissioners shall have the management of the affairs of said Cook County, in the manner provided by law, and may exercise the same powers, perform the same duties, and shall be subject to the same rules, regulations and penalties prescribed by law for the county board in other counties, except as herein otherwise provided; and shall also be subject to the rules, regulations and restrictions herein provided.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/2-6010

    (55 ILCS 5/2-6010) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-6010)
    Sec. 2-6010. Delegation of powers; appropriations; indebtedness. The said board of commissioners shall have no power or authority to delegate to any committee or other person or persons the "power to act", when such "power to act" shall involve the letting of any contract or the expenditure of public money exceeding the sum of $2,500; and any action of said board, or of any committee thereof, or of any other person or persons in violation of this Section shall be null and void. No money shall be appropriated or ordered paid by said county commissioners beyond the sum of $2,500, unless such appropriation shall have been authorized by a vote of at least two-thirds of the members elected to the said county board. And no officer of Cook County, or other person, shall incur any indebtedness on behalf of the county, unless first authorized by said board of commissioners.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)