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COUNTIES
(55 ILCS 5/) Counties Code.

55 ILCS 5/5-30010

    (55 ILCS 5/5-30010) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-30010)
    Sec. 5-30010. Minimum content of preservation ordinance. Every preservation ordinance proposed by a preservation study committee and enacted by a county board pursuant to this Division is required, at a minimum, to contain the following elements:
    (1) Establishment of a preservation commission;
    (2) Standards or criteria for determining the historic archaeological, architectural, or scenic significance of buildings, structures, objects, areas, sites or landscapes; and procedures for recommending designation by ordinance of landmarks or preservation districts;
    (3) Definitions of important words and phrases used in the ordinance;
    (4) Procedures for the appointment of officers and the succession of preservation commission members;
    (5) Procedures for review by the preservation commission of proposed zoning amendments, variations and special use applications submitted to a county regional planning commission or board of appeals;
    (6) Procedures and general criteria for review by the preservation commission of significant alteration, construction, demolition and removal that affects pending and designated landmarks and preservation districts and for the issuance of certificates of appropriateness;
    (7) Procedures for establishing guidelines interpreting the general criteria for review of actions required by paragraph (6) above as those criteria relate to specific designated landmarks or categories of designated landmarks, and to designated preservation districts;
    (8) Procedures and standards for a property owner to demonstrate the economic hardship from the denial of an application for an alteration, construction, demolition or removal, and for lessening the effect of any denial determined by a preservation commission or a county board to deny a property owner all reasonable use of, or a return on, a landmark or property within a preservation district;
    (9) Fees for the filing of any nomination or application and penalties for the violation of any provisions of the preservation ordinance.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-30011

    (55 ILCS 5/5-30011) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-30011)
    Sec. 5-30011. Authority of preservation commission. Every preservation commission established by ordinance of the county board pursuant to the report and recommendations of the preservation study committee shall have the following powers and authority:
    (1) To conduct an ongoing survey of the county to identify buildings, structures, areas, sites and landscapes that are of historic, archaeological, architectural, or scenic significance, and therefore potential landmarks or preservation districts;
    (2) To hold public hearings and recommend to the county board the designation of landmarks or preservation districts identified in the survey;
    (3) To compile information concerning and prepare descriptions of, the landmarks or preservation districts identified and recommended for designation, and the characteristics that meet the standards for designation;
    (4) To prepare, keep current, and publish a map or maps showing the locations and exact boundaries of both proposed and designated landmarks and preservation districts, and, if the preservation commission so chooses, the locations and boundaries of designated State or federal landmarks or districts;
    (5) To keep a register of all designated landmarks and preservation districts;
    (6) To establish an appropriate system of markers or plaques for all designated landmarks and preservation districts, and for streets, roads and highways leading from one landmark or preservation district to another and to confer recognition upon the owners of landmarks or property within preservation districts by means of certificates, plaques or markers;
    (7) To nominate landmarks and historic districts to any state or federal registers of historic places;
    (8) To advise and assist owners of landmarks and property within preservation districts on physical and financial aspects of preservation, renovation, rehabilitation and reuse, and on procedures for inclusion on any state or federal register of historic places;
    (9) To inform and educate the citizens of the county concerning the historic, archaeological, architectural, or scenic heritage of the county by publishing appropriate maps, newsletters, brochures and pamphlets, and by holding programs and seminars;
    (10) To hold public hearings and to review applications for construction, alteration, removal or demolition affecting landmarks or property within preservation districts and issue or deny certificates of appropriateness for such actions;
    (11) To consider applications for certificates of economic hardship that would allow the performance of work for which a certificate of appropriateness may be, or has been denied;
    (12) To develop specific criteria and guidelines for the proper alteration, construction, demolition or removal of landmarks, or of property within preservation districts;
    (13) To review proposed amendments to zoning regulations, applications for special uses or applications for zoning variations that affect any landmark or preservation district. Proposed zoning amendments, applications for special use or zoning variations that affect any landmark or preservation district as defined in the ordinance establishing the preservation commission shall be transmitted to the preservation commission for review and comment prior to the date of the hearing by the county regional plan commission or zoning board of appeals;
    (14) To administer on behalf of the county board any property, or full or partial interest in real property, including a conservation right, which the county may have or accept as a gift or otherwise, upon designation by the county board;
    (15) To accept and administer on behalf of the county board such gifts, grants and money or other personal property as may be appropriate for the purposes of this Division. Such money may be expended for publishing maps and brochures, or for hiring staff persons or consultants or performing otherwise appropriate functions for the purpose of carrying out the duties and powers of the preservation commission and the purposes of this Division;
    (16) To administer any system established by the county board for the transfer of development rights;
    (17) To call upon available county agencies and staff members as well as other experts for technical advice;
    (18) To retain such specialists or consultants, or to appoint such citizen, neighborhood or area advisory committees, as may be required from time to time;
    (19) To testify before all boards and commissions including any county regional plan commission, and the zoning board of appeal on any matter affecting potential or designated landmarks or preservation districts;
    (20) To periodically review any county comprehensive plan and to develop a preservation component in any comprehensive plan of the county and to recommend it to the county regional plan commission and the county board;
    (21) To periodically consult with the county zoning administrator and review any county zoning ordinance and building code and to recommend to the county regional plan commission and the county board any amendments appropriate for the protection and continued use of landmarks or property within preservation districts;
    (22) To adopt rules and procedures for operation of the preservation commission and the conduct of hearings and meetings;
    (23) To undertake any other action or activity necessary or appropriate to the implementation of its powers and duties, or to implementation of the purposes of this Division.
(Source: P.A. 90-655, eff. 7-30-98.)

55 ILCS 5/5-30012

    (55 ILCS 5/5-30012) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-30012)
    Sec. 5-30012. Appointment of preservation commission. The county board may by ordinance appoint a preservation commission from names submitted by the presiding officers of the county board. The preservation commission shall consist of at least five members. All members shall be residents of the county and may be residents of incorporated cities, villages and towns within the county. The chief executive officer of the county board shall make every reasonable effort to nominate to the preservation commission at least one attorney, one historian or architectural historian, one architect/engineer and one real estate professional knowledgeable in preservation, and the other members shall be persons with a demonstrated interest in pre-history, history, or architecture. Terms of the initial members shall be staggered so that at least five serve respectively for the following terms: one for one year; one for two years; one for three years; one for four years; and one for five years. Any additional initial members shall also serve terms staggered in the same sequence. Successors to initial members so appointed shall serve for five year terms. One of the members so appointed shall be named as chairman at the time of appointment and other officers may be elected by the preservation commission. Vacancies shall be filled by the county board from names submitted by the presiding officer of the county board. Any preservation commission member may be removed by the county board for cause, after public hearing.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-30013

    (55 ILCS 5/5-30013) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-30013)
    Sec. 5-30013. Meetings of preservation commission. Meetings of a preservation commission shall be held monthly, except in those months when no business is pending, and shall be held at such times and places within the county as the preservation commission shall decide. All meetings shall be open to the public. The preservation commission shall keep minutes of its proceedings, showing the vote of each member upon every question, or if absent or failing to vote, and shall also keep records of its official actions.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-30014

    (55 ILCS 5/5-30014) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-30014)
    Sec. 5-30014. Nomination of landmarks and preservation districts. The preservation commission or any person may propose landmarks of preservation districts for designation by the county board by filing a nomination with the preservation commission and it shall contain all information required by the ordinance establishing a county preservation commission. The preservation commission shall schedule a hearing on the nomination within 60 days of its receipt. Notice of the public hearing shall be published at least 15 days in advance thereof in a newspaper of general circulation in the county. Individual notice including a copy of the nomination form shall be given by mail to all owners of record of property nominated as a landmark. Every effort shall be made to give notice to owners of record of property within a preservation district and to owners of property adjacent and immediately surrounding a landmark or preservation district affected by the process for the application for, and review of, a certificate of appropriateness. The newspaper and any individual or general notice shall state the date, time, place, and purpose of the public hearing.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-30015

    (55 ILCS 5/5-30015) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-30015)
    Sec. 5-30015. Conduct of public hearing. Oral or written testimony shall be taken at the public hearing from any person concerning the nomination. The preservation commission may solicit expert testimony or present its own evidence regarding the historic, archaeological, architectural, or scenic significance of a proposed landmark or of any property within a proposed preservation district. The owner of any proposed landmark or of any property within a proposed preservation district shall be allowed reasonable opportunity to present evidence regarding historic, archaeological, architectural or scenic significance and shall be afforded the right of representation by counsel and reasonable opportunity to cross examine expert witnesses. The hearing shall be closed upon completion of testimony.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-30016

    (55 ILCS 5/5-30016) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-30016)
    Sec. 5-30016. Recommendation of preservation commission. Within 60 days following close of the public hearing, the preservation commission shall make its determination upon the evidence whether the proposed landmark or preservation district does or does not meet the criteria for designation. A recommendation to the county board that the proposed landmark or preservation district does or does not meet the criteria for designation and should or should not be designated shall be passed by resolution of the preservation commission, and such a recommendation shall be accompanied by a report stating the findings of the preservation commission concerning the historic, archaeological, architectural or scenic significance of the proposed landmark or preservation district.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-30017

    (55 ILCS 5/5-30017) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-30017)
    Sec. 5-30017. Designation by ordinance; publication of map. The county board, upon a recommendation from the preservation commission that the proposed landmark or preservation district should be designated, shall review the report and recommendations of the preservation commission. The county board may schedule a public hearing concerning the proposed designation and shall provide notice of any public hearing in the same manner as provided in Section 5-30014 and conduct the public hearing in the same manner as provided in Section 5-30015. The county board after reviewing the report and recommendation shall within 90 days from receipt of the recommendation of the preservation commission take one of the following steps: (1) designate the landmark or preservation district by ordinance; (2) refer the report and recommendation back to the preservation commission with suggestions for revisions and a further report and recommendation stating its reason for such action. Notice of the action of the county board including a copy of the ordinance designating the landmark or preservation district shall be sent by regular mail to each owner of record of a landmark or property within a preservation district and to owners of adjacent and immediately surrounding property affected by the process for the application for, and review of, a certificate of appropriateness. A map showing the location of all designated landmarks and preservation districts shall be published and amended upon each designation. Copies of the map shall be available to the public at the office of the preservation commission and at the same location and in the same manner as any county zoning map.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-30018

    (55 ILCS 5/5-30018) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-30018)
    Sec. 5-30018. Certificate of appropriateness. A certificate of appropriateness from a preservation commission established pursuant to this Division shall be required before any significant alteration, construction, demolition or removal that affects pending or designated landmarks and preservation districts is undertaken. Such a certificate is required for all such actions from the date a nomination in proper form for designation is submitted to the preservation commission. The preservation ordinance enacted by the county board shall give the preservation commission one or the other of the following powers:
    (1) final authority to deny a certificate of appropriateness upon a finding that the proposed action will adversely affect the historic, archaeological, architectural, or scenic significance of a landmark or preservation district; or (2) authority to delay the issuance of a certificate of appropriateness for a reasonable period of time while negotiations between the property owner and the preservation commission are undertaken to lessen the effect of the proposed action on the historic, archaeological, architectural, or scenic significance of the landmark or preservation district. The preservation commission may hold a public hearing on an application for a certificate of appropriateness in the same manner as provided in Section 5-30014, and conduct the hearing on appropriateness in the same manner as provided in Section 5-30015.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-30019

    (55 ILCS 5/5-30019) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-30019)
    Sec. 5-30019. Certificate of economic hardship. A certificate of economic hardship shall be issued by a preservation commission established pursuant to this Division upon a determination by it that the failure to issue a certificate of appropriateness has denied, or will deny, the owner of a landmark or of a property within a preservation district all reasonable use of, or return on, the property. Application for a certificate of economic hardship shall be made on a form and in a manner as prescribed by the preservation commission. The preservation commission may schedule a public hearing concerning the application and provide notice in the same manner as in Section 5-30014 and conduct the hearing concerning economic hardship in the same manner as provided in Section 5-30015.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-30020

    (55 ILCS 5/5-30020) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-30020)
    Sec. 5-30020. Evidence of economic hardship. An applicant for a certificate of economic hardship may submit any or all of the following information in order to assist a preservation commission in its determination on the application:
    (1) Amount paid for the property, the date of purchase and the party from whom purchased, including a description of the relationship, if any, between the owner of record or applicant and the person from whom the property was purchased, and any terms of financing between seller and buyer;
    (2) Assessed value of the property according to the two most recent assessments;
    (3) Real estate taxes for the previous two years;
    (4) Remaining balance on any mortgage or other financing secured by the property and annual debt service, if any, for the previous two years;
    (5) All appraisals obtained within the previous two years by the owner or applicant in connection with the purchase, financing or ownership of the property;
    (6) Any listing of the property for sale or rent, price asked and offers received, if any, within the previous two years;
    (7) Any consideration by the owner as to profitable adaptive uses for the property;
    (8) If the property is income-producing, the annual gross income from the property for the previous two years, itemized operating and maintenance expenses for the previous two years, depreciation deductions and annual cash flow before and after debt service, if any, during the same period;
    (9) Form of ownership or operation of the property, whether sole proprietorship, for-profit or not-for-profit corporation, limited partnership, joint venture, or other;
    (10) Any other information, including the income tax bracket of the owner, applicant, or principal investors in the property, necessary to a determination as to whether the property can be reasonably used or yield a reasonable return to present or future owners.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-30021

    (55 ILCS 5/5-30021) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-30021)
    Sec. 5-30021. Determination of economic hardship. The preservation commission, upon a determination after review of all evidence and information that the denial of a certificate of appropriateness has denied, or will deny the owner of a landmark or of a property within a preservation district of all reasonable use of, or return on, the property, shall undertake one or the other of the following actions:
        (1) offer the owner of the property reasonable
    
financing, tax or other incentives sufficient to allow a reasonable use of, or return on, the property:
        (2) offer to purchase the property at a reasonable
    
price or institute eminent domain proceedings pursuant to the Eminent Domain Act; or
        (3) issue a certificate of appropriateness for the
    
proposed construction, alteration, demolition or removal.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

55 ILCS 5/5-30022

    (55 ILCS 5/5-30022) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-30022)
    Sec. 5-30022. Appeals. The final denial of a certificate of appropriateness or a certificate of economic hardship by a preservation commission is an administrative decision as defined in Section 3-101 of the Administrative Review Law, and it shall be subject to judicial review pursuant to provisions of said Administrative Review Law and all amendments and modifications thereof, and the rules adopted thereto.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/Div. 5-31

 
    (55 ILCS 5/Div. 5-31 heading)
Division 5-31. County Historical Museum Districts

55 ILCS 5/5-31001

    (55 ILCS 5/5-31001) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-31001)
    Sec. 5-31001. Subtitle. This Division shall be subtitled the County Historical Museum District Law.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-31002

    (55 ILCS 5/5-31002) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-31002)
    Sec. 5-31002. Purpose. The purpose of this Division is to provide for the creation of county historical museum districts to acquire real property and collect and curate materials which help establish or illustrate the history of the county in such aspects as its exploration, settlement, development, activities in peace and war and progress in population, wealth, education, arts, science, agriculture, manufactures, trade and transportation. The museum district shall collect: printed material such as histories, genealogies, biographies, descriptions, gazetteers, directories, newspapers, pamphlets, catalogues, circulars, handbills, programs and posters; manuscripts such as letters, diaries, journals, memoranda, reminiscences, rosters, service records, account books, charts, surveys and field books; and other museum material such as pictures, photographs, paintings, portraits, scenes, aboriginal relics and objects.
    The museum district shall provide for the preservation of and public access to such materials for examination and study; shall cooperate in ensuring the preservation and accessibility of the records and archives of the county and its cities, towns, villages, and institutions; and shall assist in ensuring the preservation of historical buildings, monuments and markers.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-31003

    (55 ILCS 5/5-31003) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-31003)
    Sec. 5-31003. Definitions. As used in this Division unless the context otherwise requires:
    (a) "museum district" means a museum district organized under this Division.
    (b) "board" means the board of trustees of a museum district.
    (c) "trustee" means a trustee of a museum district.
    (d) "political party" means a political party as defined in Section 7-2 of The Election Code.
    (e) "political office" means any office to which a person is elected or appointed to discharge a public duty for the State or any of its political subdivisions and which is established and the qualifications and duties for which are prescribed by law.
    (f) "development of real property" means the construction, installation, planting or creation of any permanent improvement of real property in which a museum district has or has taken steps to acquire an interest.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-31004

    (55 ILCS 5/5-31004) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-31004)
    Sec. 5-31004. Election. (a) In any county having less than 1,000,000 population which is not organized as a forest preserve district and in which the county board has not in any 3 of the past 5 years levied taxes in support of an historical museum as authorized by Division 6-23, at least 1% of the voters may file with the circuit clerk of the county a petition addressed to the circuit court of the county requesting the creation of a county historical museum district, the boundaries of which shall be those of the county. At least 1% of the voters in each county of a group of not more than 5 contiguous counties, each of which has less than 1,000,000 population and none of which is organized as a forest preserve district and in none of which the county board has in any 3 of the past 5 years levied taxes in support of an historical museum as authorized by Division 6-23, may jointly file with the circuit clerk of the county having the largest population a petition addressed to the circuit court of the county having the largest population requesting the creation of an historical museum district, the boundaries of which shall be those of the counties as a whole. If the museum district shall embrace more than one county, the petition shall be accompanied by the written approval of the Illinois State Museum. A museum district composed of a single county shall be designated by the name of the county.
    The circuit court of the county shall set the petition for hearing. The petition shall set forth (1) a description of the territory to be embraced in the proposed museum district, (2) the names of the municipalities located within the area, (3) the name of the proposed museum district, (4) the population of the museum district, and request that the question be submitted to the electors residing within the limits of the proposed museum district whether they will establish a museum district under this Division to be known as .... Historical Museum District. The petitioners in and by the petition shall designate one or more persons to represent them on the petition, and in the proceedings thereon in the circuit court, with authority to amend, to move to dismiss, or to withdraw the petition. The circuit court shall set the petition for hearing within not less than 30 nor more than 40 days after the filing of the petition with the circuit clerk.
    Notice shall be given by the circuit court of the time and place where the hearing will be held, by publication on 3 separate days in one or more newspapers having a general circulation within the territory proposed to be incorporated as a museum district, the first of which publications shall be not less than 20 days prior to the date set for the hearing and if there is no such newspaper, then such notice shall be posted in 10 of the most public places in such territory, not less than 20 days prior to the date set for the hearing. This notice shall include a description of the territory as set out in the petition, names of municipalities located therein and the name of the proposed museum district and the question of creating such area into a museum district.
    The filing fee on the petition and costs of printing and publication or posting of notices of public hearing thereon shall be paid in advance by the petitioners, and, if a museum district is organized under this Division, they shall be reimbursed out of the funds received by the museum district from taxation or other sources.
    (b) The court may continue the hearing on the petition from time to time. During the public hearing the petitioners may move to amend the petition or to dismiss or to withdraw it, and any such motion shall be allowed by the court. If such petition is not dismissed or withdrawn, the court by written order shall find and determine whether such territory meets the requirements of this Division, and the sufficiency of the petition as filed or amended, and of the proceedings thereon.
    Should 2 or more petitions covering in part the same territory be filed prior to the public hearing, such petitions shall be consolidated for public hearing, and hearing upon the first petition which is filed may be continued to permit the giving of notice of any such subsequent petition or petitions. At the public hearing upon such petitions, the petitioners in the petition first filed may move to amend such petition to include any part of the territory described in the subsequent petition or petitions, either as originally filed or as amended. Any such motion shall be allowed by the court. The public hearing shall proceed upon the first petition as originally filed or as so amended, and further proceedings upon any such other petitions subsequently filed shall be stayed and held in abeyance until the termination of all proceedings upon the first petition, or any such petition may be dismissed or withdrawn upon motion of the petitioners therein by their representatives.
    If such territory, petition and proceedings meet the requirements of this Division, the court shall in, and by the order finding and determining the sufficiency of the petition and that the territory meets the requirements of this Division or by a separate order, order the proposition submitted to referendum in accordance with the general election law. The clerk of the circuit court shall certify the order and the proposition to the appropriate election officials who shall submit the proposition to the voters at an election in accordance with the general election law.
    (c) In addition to the requirements of the general election law, notice of the referendum shall state briefly the purpose of the referendum and shall include a description of the territory. The notice shall further state that any such museum district upon its establishment shall have the powers, objects and purposes provided by this Division, including the power to levy a tax of not to exceed .02 per cent of value, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, of all taxable property within the area of the museum district. Each legal voter residing within the territory shall have a right to cast a ballot at such election. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
--------------------------------------------------------------
    Shall the County Historical
 Museum District Law be adopted
 and the.... Historical Museum
 District be established?                    YES
 If established, the Museum
 District will have the powers,
 objects and purposes provided          ----------------------
 by the Law, including the power
 to levy a tax of not to exceed
 .02 per cent of the value                   NO
 of taxable property, as equalized
 or assessed by the Department of
 Revenue.
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    The court shall cause the order determining and declaring results of the election to be entered of record in the court and a certified copy thereof shall be filed with the circuit clerk of each such other county who shall cause the same to be filed in the records of the court of such county.
    (d) If a majority of the voters in any county voting upon the question of the adoption of this Division and the establishment of a museum district shall be favorable, the inhabitants thereof shall be deemed to have accepted the provisions of this Division, and the territory of the approving county or counties shall thenceforth be deemed an organized museum district under this Division, having the name stated in the petition which shall be evidenced by an order to be entered of record by the court.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-31005

    (55 ILCS 5/5-31005) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-31005)
    Sec. 5-31005. Board of trustees. The affairs of a museum district shall be managed by a board of 5 trustees. If the museum district is composed of one county, the trustees shall be residents of the county. If the museum district is composed of 2 counties, 3 trustees shall be residents of the county with the larger population and 2 shall be residents of the other county. If the museum district is composed of 3 counties, one trustee shall be a resident of the county with the smallest population and the remaining trustees shall be residents 2 each of the other counties. If the museum district is composed of 4 counties, 2 trustees shall be residents of the county with the largest population and the remaining trustees shall be residents one each of the other counties. If the museum district is composed of 5 counties, one trustee shall be a resident of each county.
    The chairman of the county board for the county of which the trustee is a resident shall, with the consent of the county board, appoint the first trustees who shall hold office for terms expiring on June 30 after one, 2, 3, 4 and 5-year periods respectively as determined by lot. Successor trustees shall be appointed in the same manner no later than June 1 prior to the commencement of their terms. Trustees shall be selected on the basis of their demonstrated interest in the purpose of the museum district.
    Each successor trustee shall serve for a term of 5 years. A vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term by appointment of a trustee by the county board chairman of the county of which the trustee shall be a resident, with the approval of the county board of that county. When any trustee during his term of office shall cease to be a bona fide resident of the museum district, he is disqualified as a trustee and his office becomes vacant.
    Trustees shall serve without compensation but may be paid their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of official duties. A trustee may be removed for cause by the county board chairman for the county of which the trustee is a resident, with the approval of the county board of that county, but every such removal shall be by a written order which shall be filed with the county clerk.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-31006

    (55 ILCS 5/5-31006) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-31006)
    Sec. 5-31006. Organization of board. Within 60 days after their appointment, the trustees shall organize by selecting from their number a president, secretary, treasurer and such other officers as are deemed necessary who shall hold office for the fiscal year in which elected and until their successors are selected and qualified. Three trustees shall constitute a quorum of the board for the transaction of business. The board shall hold regular monthly meetings. Special meetings may be called by the president and shall be called on the request of a majority of members.
    The board shall provide for the proper and safe keeping of its permanent records and for the recording of the corporate action of the museum district. It shall keep in order proper systems of accounts showing a true and accurate record of its receipts and disbursements, and it shall cause an annual audit to be made of its books, records, and accounts.
    The museum district shall annually make a full and complete report to the county board of each county within the museum district and to the Illinois State Museum of its transactions and operations for the preceding year. Such report shall contain a full statement of its receipts, disbursements and the program of work for the period covered, and may include such recommendations as may be deemed advisable.
    Executive or ministerial duties may be delegated to one or more trustees or to an authorized officer, employee, agent, attorney or other representative of the museum district.
    All officers and employees authorized to receive or retain the custody of money or to sign vouchers, checks, warrants or evidences of indebtedness binding upon the museum district shall furnish a surety bond for the faithful performance of their duties and the faithful accounting for all moneys that may come into their hands in an amount to be fixed and in a form to be approved by the board.
    All contracts for supplies, materials or work involving an expenditure in excess of $4,000 shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder after due advertisement except work requiring personal confidence or necessary supplies under the control of monopolies where competitive bidding is impossible. All contracts for supplies, materials or work shall be signed by the president of the board and by any such other officers as the board in its discretion may designate.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-31007

    (55 ILCS 5/5-31007) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-31007)
    Sec. 5-31007. Funds. The board of any museum district, when requested by the treasurer, shall designate a bank, banks or other depository in which the funds received by the treasurer may be placed.
    Each designated depository shall furnish the museum district with a copy of all statements of resources and liabilities which it is required to furnish to the Commissioner of Banks and Real Estate or to the Comptroller of the Currency. No bank is qualified to receive museum district funds until it has furnished the museum district with copies of the 2 most recent statements.
    The treasurer of the museum district shall be discharged from responsibility for all funds while they are in a designated bank or depository, except that the amount of such deposits shall not exceed 75% of the capital stock and surplus of such bank or depository. The treasurer shall not be discharged from responsibility for any funds deposited in excess of such limitation.
    When a bank has been designated as a depository it shall continue as such until 10 days after a new depository is designated and is qualified. When a new depository is designated, the museum district shall notify the sureties of the treasurer of that fact in writing at least 5 days before the transfer of funds.
(Source: P.A. 89-508, eff. 7-3-96.)

55 ILCS 5/5-31008

    (55 ILCS 5/5-31008) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-31008)
    Sec. 5-31008. Ordinances. All ordinances of the board imposing any penalty or making any appropriations shall be published at least once a week for 2 weeks in at least one general circulation newspaper published in the museum district. If no newspaper of general circulation is published in the museum district, copies of such ordinances shall be posted in at least 15 conspicuous public places in the museum district. No such ordinance shall take effect until 10 days after it is so published or posted. All other ordinances and resolutions shall take effect from and after their passage unless otherwise provided therein.
    All ordinances, orders and resolutions and the date of their publication may be proven in court by the certificate of the secretary under the seal of the museum district and, when printed in book or pamphlet form and purporting to be published by the museum district, 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.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)

55 ILCS 5/5-31009

    (55 ILCS 5/5-31009) (from Ch. 34, par. 5-31009)
    Sec. 5-31009. Judicial effect. The courts of this State shall take judicial notice of the existence of a museum district and its jurisdiction. A museum district shall constitute a body corporate and public and as such may sue and be sued.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)