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TOWNSHIPS
(60 ILCS 1/) Township Code.

60 ILCS 1/Art. 10

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 10 heading)
ARTICLE 10. ALTERATION
OF TOWNSHIP BOUNDARIES BY
COUNTY BOARD

60 ILCS 1/10-5

    (60 ILCS 1/10-5)
    Sec. 10-5. County board powers. The county board of each county, except as provided in Article 15, may (i) alter the boundaries of townships, (ii) change township lines, (iii) divide, enlarge, consolidate, and create new townships in its county, (iv) make alterations of the township boundaries, and (v) create a new township whenever, in any territory of not less than 36 square miles or possessing an equalized assessed valuation for taxation purposes of not less than $6,000,000 for the preceding 2 years, three-fourths or more of the voters residing in the territory petition for a new township. The new territory proposed to be organized into a new township shall, however, contain at least 200 legal voters, and the respective remaining portions of each of the townships from which the new township is taken shall also contain at least 200 legal voters and shall either contain not less than 36 square miles or possess an equalized assessed valuation for taxation purposes of not less than $6,000,000 for the preceding 2 years. The county board, however, before taking any final action in any of the matters relating to any of these townships, shall hold a public hearing on those matters after notice of the hearing has been published at least 3 times in a newspaper having a general circulation in the townships affected. The first of the notices shall be published at least 60 days before the date of the hearing. No incorporated town, however, may be divided unless the proposition has been certified to the appropriate election authorities, the referendum is held in accordance with the general election law, and consent to the division is given by a majority of all the electors in the incorporated town voting on the proposition.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/10-10

    (60 ILCS 1/10-10)
    Sec. 10-10. Election in new township. When 2 or more townships are united into one, or when a township is divided into 2 or more townships, a new election shall be ordered in the new township or townships by the county board and held at the time scheduled under the general election law for the holding of township elections. The election shall be conducted in the manner prescribed by the general election law. When parts of several townships are taken to make a new township, an election need not be ordered in the townships from which territory is taken. If, however, any officer of one of those townships continues to reside in the new township, his or her office shall be declared vacant and filled as in other cases of vacancy.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/10-15

    (60 ILCS 1/10-15)
    Sec. 10-15. Terms of officers of new township. The officers elected or appointed at a township meeting shall hold their offices until the next annual township meeting and until their successors are elected and qualified.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/10-20

    (60 ILCS 1/10-20)
    Sec. 10-20. Detachment of part of township.
    (a) If any township lies partly within and partly without any city, village, or incorporated town and both the city, village, or incorporated town and the township are charged with the duty of providing relief and support to poor and indigent persons in the territory lying within both the township and the city, village, or incorporated town, the county board may upon its own motion detach the part of the township within the city, village, or incorporated town and may annex the detached part to one or more townships wholly within the city, village, or incorporated town.
    (b) The township officers of any township from which territory is detached shall continue as officers of the township until the expiration of the respective terms for which they were elected or appointed and until their successors are elected or appointed and qualified, without regard to whether they reside in the township or the territory detached from the township.
    (c) All property belonging to the township from which territory is detached and all debts of that township before the detachment shall respectively remain the sole property and obligations of that township.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/10-25

    (60 ILCS 1/10-25)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 100-107)
    Sec. 10-25. Plan for changes in townships.
    (a) The county board of each county may, subject to a referendum in the townships affected as provided in this Section, adopt a plan for altering the boundaries of townships, changing township lines, dividing, enlarging, or consolidating townships, or creating new townships, so that each township shall possess an equalized assessed valuation of not less than $10,000,000 as of the 1982 assessment year or an area of not more than 126 square miles.
    (b) No alteration or change in boundaries shall be effective unless approved by a referendum in each township affected. The election authority shall submit to the voters of each township affected, at a regular election to be held not less than 60 days after the plan is adopted, the question of approving the alteration or change. The alterations or changes, if approved by the voters, shall take effect on the date of the next township election and shall be applicable to that election. If there is doubt as to the township clerk with whom nomination papers for that election should be filed, the county board shall designate the clerk. In the alteration of boundaries, a county board may not disturb urban or coterminous townships in existence on October 1, 1978.
(Source: P.A. 84-1308; 88-62.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 100-107)
    Sec. 10-25. Plan for changes in townships.
    (a) The county board of each county may, subject to a referendum in the townships affected as provided in this Section, adopt a plan for altering the boundaries of townships, changing township lines, dividing, enlarging, or consolidating townships, or creating new townships, so that each township shall possess an equalized assessed valuation of not less than $10,000,000 as of the 1982 assessment year.
    (b) No alteration or change in boundaries shall be effective unless approved by a referendum in each township affected. The election authority shall submit to the voters of each township affected, at a regular election to be held not less than 60 days after the plan is adopted, the question of approving the alteration or change. The alterations or changes, if approved by the voters, shall take effect on the date of the next township election and shall be applicable to that election. If there is doubt as to the township clerk with whom nomination papers for that election should be filed, the county board shall designate the clerk. In the alteration of boundaries, a county board may not disturb urban or coterminous townships in existence on October 1, 1978.
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

60 ILCS 1/10-30

    (60 ILCS 1/10-30)
    Sec. 10-30. Election after alteration of township boundaries. When township boundaries have been altered under this Article, an election for township officers shall be held in the new townships at the time scheduled under the general election law for the election of township officers. The election shall be conducted in the manner prescribed by the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/10-35

    (60 ILCS 1/10-35)
    Sec. 10-35. Assessment and collection of taxes. The union of 2 or more townships or the division or alteration of a township after the assessor's books have been made out in any year shall not in any manner affect the assessment or collection of taxes assessable and collectible in that year, and those taxes may be assessed and collected in the same manner and by the same officers as if no division, union, or alteration had taken place. If any township has territory detached from it under Section 10-20, however, any tax previously levied by the township for the purpose of caring for poor and indigent persons for the present fiscal year shall be abated and shall not be extended by the county clerk.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/10-40

    (60 ILCS 1/10-40)
    Sec. 10-40. Disposition of township property. When a township possessing real estate is divided into 2 or more townships, the supervisors and assessors of the several townships constituted by the division shall meet as soon as may be practicable after the first township meeting subsequently held in those townships. They may make an agreement concerning the disposition of the township property and the apportionment of the proceeds as is equitable and may take all measures and execute all conveyances necessary to carry the agreement into effect.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/10-45

    (60 ILCS 1/10-45)
    Sec. 10-45. Meeting of supervisors and assessors. Except as provided by Section 10-20, when 2 or more townships possessing real estate are united, or when a part of any township possessing real estate is annexed to another township or townships or taken to form a part of a new township, the supervisors and assessors of the township so united or the township from which the territory is taken and the supervisors and assessors of the township or townships to which the territory is annexed or of which it constitutes a part shall, as soon as may be practicable after the alteration, meet for the purpose and possess the powers provided in Section 10-40.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/10-50

    (60 ILCS 1/10-50)
    Sec. 10-50. Apportionment of township personal property. Except as provided by Section 10-20, when 2 or more townships, any one or more of which possess or are entitled to moneys, rights or credits, or other personal estate, are united, or when a township possessing or entitled to moneys, rights or credits, or other personal estates is divided or altered, the personal estate, including moneys, shall be apportioned between the townships interested in that personal estate by the supervisors and assessors of the townships according to the amount of taxable property in the township or townships united, divided, or altered as that amount existed immediately before the union, division, or alteration. That amount shall be ascertained by the last assessment list of the township or townships. The supervisors and assessors shall meet for this purpose as soon as may be practicable after the union, division, or alteration.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/10-55

    (60 ILCS 1/10-55)
    Sec. 10-55. Notice of supervisors and assessors meeting. Whenever a meeting of the supervisors and assessors of 2 or more townships is required to carry into effect the provisions of this Article, the meeting may be called by either of the supervisors. The supervisor calling the meeting shall give to all the other officers at least 10 days' written notice of the time and place at which the meeting is to be held.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/10-60

    (60 ILCS 1/10-60)
    Sec. 10-60. Cemetery exempt. Section 10-55 shall not apply to any cemetery or burial ground. A cemetery or burial ground shall belong to the township within which it is situated after a division is made.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/10-65

    (60 ILCS 1/10-65)
    Sec. 10-65. Apportionment of township debts. Except as provided by Section 10-20, debts owed by a township or townships united, divided, or altered under this Article shall be apportioned in the same manner as the personal property of the township or townships, and each township shall thereafter be charged with its share of those debts according to the apportionment.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/10-70

    (60 ILCS 1/10-70)
    Sec. 10-70. Apportionment by court. If the several townships cannot agree on a division or apportionment of the real or personal property or debts or any part of the property or debts as provided in Sections 10-40 through 10-65, the dispute shall be submitted to the circuit court of the county. The court shall hear and determine the matter in a summary manner, without pleadings, and shall pronounce judgment as the right of the case may be.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/10-75

    (60 ILCS 1/10-75)
    Sec. 10-75. Inapplicability. This Article does not apply to multi-township jurisdictions for assessment purposes as provided in Sections 2-5 through 2-30 and Sections 2-70 and 9-30 of the Property Tax Code, and the establishment or discontinuance of or withdrawal from a multi-township assessment district is not an alteration of the boundaries of any township, a change in township lines, a division, enlargement, or consolidation of any township, or the creation of a new township for purposes of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 88-62; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)