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TOWNSHIPS60 ILCS 1/125-15
(60 ILCS 1/) Township Code.
(60 ILCS 1/125-15)
Supervisor's and clerk's certificate; tax; board of
(a) The bonds shall be sold, and the proceeds shall be used, solely for
the purpose of procuring and improving one or more parks in the township; specifically, the bond proceeds may be used in connection with one or more acquisition projects, one or more improvement projects, or a combination thereof. The bond proceeds may be used to support projects at parks operated by the township or, through grants or intergovernmental agreements, at parks operated by a municipality or park district. At or
before the time of the delivery of the bonds for value, the township supervisor
and township clerk shall file with the county clerk of the county in which the
township is situated their certificate in writing, under their signatures,
stating the amount of bonds to be issued, their denomination, and the rate of
interest and where payable. The certificate shall include a form of the bond
to be issued.
(b) The supervisor and clerk shall levy a direct annual tax upon all the
taxable property in the township sufficient to pay the principal and interest
of the bonds as and when they respectively mature. The certificate filed with
the county clerk is full and complete authority to the county clerk to extend
the tax named in the certificate upon all the taxable property in the township.
The tax is in addition to all other taxes authorized by law.
(c) If there is a board of park commissioners invested by law with control
over any park that lies wholly or in part in the township, the duties required
of the supervisor and clerk by this Section and subsection (c) of Section
125-10 shall be performed by the board of park commissioners or under its
(Source: P.A. 94-622, eff. 8-18-05.)
60 ILCS 1/125-20
(60 ILCS 1/125-20)
Use of bond proceeds.
The proceeds of the bonds shall be
received and held by the township supervisor but shall be expended under the
direction and upon the warrant of a majority of the members of the board of trustees of
the township. However, a majority of the members of the board of trustees may designate that the bond proceeds be expended under the direction and upon the warrant of the highway commissioner if the highway commissioner provides written consent to that action. If, however, at the time the proceeds are received there is a
board of park commissioners invested by law with control over any park that
lies wholly or in part in the township, the proceeds of the bonds shall be
expended upon the warrants of a majority of the board of park commissioners.
The board of trustees, highway commissioner or board of park commissioners may designate the
parcel or parcels of land or property to be utilized for the purchase of the
parks and may determine the character, time, and manner of improving,
developing, maintaining, and adorning the parcel or parcels.
(Source: P.A. 95-759, eff. 7-28-08.)
60 ILCS 1/125-25
(60 ILCS 1/125-25)
This Article does not repeal any prior
Acts passed by the General Assembly regarding the issuance of bonds for park
purposes but grants additional and supplementary power in relation to the
issuance of bonds for park purposes.
(Source: Laws 1915, p. 722; P.A. 88-62.)
60 ILCS 1/Art. 130
(60 ILCS 1/Art. 130 heading)
60 ILCS 1/130-5
(60 ILCS 1/130-5)
Cemeteries; permitted activities.
(a) A township may establish and maintain cemeteries
within and without its territory, may acquire lands for
condemnation or otherwise, may lay out lots of convenient size for
families, and may sell lots for a family burying ground
or to individuals
for burial purposes. Associations duly incorporated under
laws of this State for cemetery purposes shall have the same power and
authority to purchase lands and sell lots for burial purposes as are
conferred upon townships under this Article.
(b) A township that has within its territory an
abandoned cemetery may enter the cemetery grounds and
cause the grounds to be cleared and made orderly. Provided,
in no event shall a township enter an abandoned cemetery
under this subsection if the owner of the property or the
legally responsible cemetery authority provides written
notification to the township, prior to the township's entry
(1) demonstrating the ownership or authority to control
or manage the cemetery and (2) declining the township authorization to
enter the property. In making a cemetery orderly under this
Section, the township may take necessary measures to
correct dangerous conditions that exist in regard to
markers, memorials, or other cemetery artifacts but may not
permanently remove those items from their location on the
If an abandoned cemetery is dedicated as an Illinois nature
preserve under the Illinois Natural Areas Preservation Act,
any actions to cause the grounds to be cleared and kept
orderly shall be consistent with the rules and master plan
governing the dedicated nature preserve.
(c) In this Section:
"Abandoned cemetery" means an area of land containing
more than 6 places of interment for which, after diligent
search, no owner of the land or currently functioning
cemetery authority objects to entry sought pursuant to this Section, and (1) at
interments have taken place in at least 3 years; or (2)
for which there has been inadequate maintenance for at
least 6 months.
"Diligent search" includes, but is not limited to,
publication of a notice in a newspaper of local
circulation not more than 45 but at least 30 days prior to
a township's entry and cleanup of cemetery grounds. The
notice shall provide (1) notice of the township's intended
entry and cleanup of the cemetery; (2) the name, if known,
and geographic location of the cemetery; (3) the right of
the cemetery authority or owner of the property to deny
entry to the township upon written notice to the township;
and (4) the date or dates of the intended cleanup.
"Inadequate maintenance" includes, but is not limited
to, the failure to cut the lawn throughout a cemetery to
prevent an overgrowth of grass and weeds; the failure to
trim shrubs to prevent excessive overgrowth; the failure to
trim trees so as to remove dead limbs; the failure to keep
in repair the drains, water lines, roads, buildings,
fences, and other structures of the cemetery premises; or
the failure to keep the cemetery premises free of trash and
(Source: P.A. 92-419, eff. 1-1-02.)
60 ILCS 1/130-10
(60 ILCS 1/130-10)
Cemetery board of managers; appointment; powers; organization.
(a) If a township owns or controls a cemetery lying within or without, or
partly within and partly without, the territory of the township, the township
collector may appoint a board of 3 persons who shall be known as the cemetery
board of managers. Board members shall hold their office for a period of 2
years or until their successors are appointed.
(b) The cemetery board of managers may receive in trust, from the
proprietors or owners of any lot in the cemetery or any person interested in
the maintenance of a lot, any gift or legacy of money or real, personal, or
mixed property having a value of $50 or more that may be donated to the board
of managers for the use and maintenance of the lot or cemetery. The board of
managers may convert the property into money, invest the money as provided by
motion of the township, and apply the income perpetually for the care of the
cemetery lot or the care and maintenance of the cemetery, as specified in the
gift or bequest and as provided by motion of the township. Every gift or legacy
for any purpose mentioned in this Section made to a cemetery by its name, if
the cemetery has a board of managers appointed under this Section, shall vest
in the board of managers and take effect to all intents and purposes as if made
to that board. The gift or legacy shall not fail merely because the cemetery
is not incorporated.
(c) The board of managers, as soon as may be convenient after their
appointment, shall meet and organize by selecting one of their number to be
president and another of their number to be clerk of the board. The board also
shall select a treasurer of the board, who may or may not be one of their
number and who, before entering upon the treasurer's duties, shall execute a
bond to the People of the State of Illinois for the use of the board of
managers in a penal sum not less than double the value of the money or property
coming into his or her possession as treasurer, conditioned for the faithful
performance of his or her duties and for the faithful accounting for all
property that, by virtue of the office, comes into the treasurer's possession.
The bond shall be in a form and with sureties approved by the township
collector and shall be approved and preserved in the same manner, as near as
may be practicable, as is the bond
of the treasurer of a village.
(Source: P.A. 84-549; 88-62.)
60 ILCS 1/130-15
(60 ILCS 1/130-15)
Treasurer of board of managers.
The treasurer of the board of
managers shall have the custody of all money and property received in trust by
the board of managers and shall pay out that money or property only upon the
written order of the board, signed by at least 2 of the board members. The
treasurer shall keep permanent books of record of all trust funds, all receipts
and disbursements of trust funds, and the purposes of all receipts and
disbursements. The treasurer shall annually make a report in writing to the
board of managers, under oath, showing balances, receipts, and disbursements
and including a statement showing the amount and principal of trust funds on
hand and how invested. The report shall be audited by the board and, if found
correct, shall be transmitted to the township collector at the same time that
the treasurer of a village is required by law to make his or her report, to be
approved and preserved in the same manner if found to be correct.
(Source: P.A. 84-549; 88-62.)
60 ILCS 1/130-20
(60 ILCS 1/130-20)
Clerk of board of managers.
The clerk of the board of managers
shall keep, in a book provided for that purpose, a permanent record of the
proceedings of the board, signed by the president and attested by the clerk.
The clerk shall also keep a permanent record of the several trust funds, from
what sources the trust funds were received, the amounts of the trust funds, and
for what uses and purposes each trust fund was received. The clerk shall
annually, at the time of transmitting the treasurer's report to the township
collector, make a written report, under oath, to the township collector,
stating substantially the same matter required to be reported by the treasurer
of the board. The clerk's report, if found to be correct, shall be approved
and preserved by the township collector.
(Source: P.A. 84-549; 88-62.)
60 ILCS 1/130-25
(60 ILCS 1/130-25)
Removal of officers; accounting.
The township collector may
remove from office any member of the board of managers or the treasurer for
non-performance of duties or for misappropriation or wrongful use of the funds
or property and may require a just and proper accounting for the use of the
funds or property.
(Source: P.A. 84-549; 88-62.)
60 ILCS 1/130-30
(60 ILCS 1/130-30)
Any 2 or more cities, villages, or townships
may jointly unite in establishing and maintaining cemeteries within and without
the corporate limits or territory of either or any of them, may acquire lands
for those cemeteries in common by purchase, condemnation, or otherwise, may lay
out lots of convenient size for families, and may sell lots for family burying
ground or to individuals for burial purposes.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 824; P.A. 88-62.)