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TOWNSHIPS
(60 ILCS 1/) Township Code.

60 ILCS 1/Art. 22

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 22 heading)
ARTICLE 22. CONSOLIDATION OF
MULTIPLE TOWNSHIPS
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

60 ILCS 1/22-5

    (60 ILCS 1/22-5)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 22-5. Resolution for consolidation; notice.
    (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the township boards of any 2 or more adjacent townships may, by identical resolutions of each board, propose consolidation by referendum: (i) into a new township; or (ii) into an existing township. Each resolution shall include, but is not limited to, the following:
        (1) the name of the proposed new consolidated
    
township or the name of the existing township into which all townships will be consolidated;
        (2) a description of how each road district or road
    
districts of a dissolving township shall comply with subsection (c) of Section 22-20 if a township will be consolidating into an existing township;
        (3) the names of all townships that will be
    
consolidating and a description of the area of consolidation; and
        (4) the date of the general election at which the
    
referendum shall be held.
    All resolutions shall be passed not less than 79 days before the general election stated in the resolutions. For purposes of this Section, 3 or more townships are adjacent when each township shares a boundary with at least one of the other townships which are to be consolidated.
    (b) Before passing a resolution under subsection (a), each township board shall hold a public hearing on those matters after notice of the hearing has been published on the main page of the townships' websites, if any, and in a newspaper having a general circulation in the townships affected. The notice shall be published at least 30 days before the date of the hearing. The notice shall contain, at a minimum, the name of all townships that will be consolidating and a description of the area of consolidation.
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

60 ILCS 1/22-10

    (60 ILCS 1/22-10)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 22-10. Referendum.
    (a) Upon the adoption of resolutions under Section 22-5 by each township, the township boards shall certify the question to the election authority and the authority shall cause to be submitted to the voters of each township at the general election specified in the resolutions a referendum to consolidate the townships. The referendum shall be substantially in the following form:
        Shall (names of townships) be consolidated into [a
    
new township called (name of proposed consolidated township)/the township of (name of existing township)]?
    The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
    The referendum is approved when a majority of the voters, in each of the affected townships, approve the referendum.
    (b) Before a referendum appears on the ballot under subsection (a), each township board shall publish a copy of the adopted resolution on the main page of the townships' websites, if any, and in a newspaper having a general circulation in each of the townships affected. The notice shall be published at least 30 days before the date of the general election in which the referendum will appear.
    Each township board shall additionally mail a copy of the adopted resolution, along with a copy of the referendum language and a list of all taxes levied for general township purposes in the affected townships, to every registered voter in each township affected. The notice shall be mailed at least 30 days before the date of the general election in which the referendum will appear.
    (c) Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, no tax rate may be extended for any fund of the consolidated district for the first levy year of the consolidated district that exceeds any statutory maximum set forth for that fund, unless the referendum also conforms to the requirements of the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law or other statutory provision setting forth that limitation.
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

60 ILCS 1/22-15

    (60 ILCS 1/22-15)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 22-15. Transition. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, upon the approval of a referendum under Section 22-10:
    (a) There shall be no further nominations or elections for clerks, assessors, collectors, highway commissioners, supervisors, or trustees of any of the separate townships or highway commissions, and the terms of all such officers currently serving shall continue until the third Monday of May of the year in which township officials are elected next following the approval of a referendum under Section 22-10.
    (b) A Transition Township Board is formed and is composed of the members of the separate townships boards. The Transition Township Board has only the following powers: (1) to propose and approve the compensation of all officials of the consolidated township that will be elected at the consolidated election next following the passage of the referendum under Section 22-10; and (2) to propose and approve additional debt to be taken on by any of the separate townships.
    (c) The Transition Township Board shall hold a public hearing no later than the last Tuesday in December before the consolidated township board of trustees are elected next following the approval of a referendum under Section 22-10. If the Board cannot agree on the compensation for an official by the first Tuesday in April before the consolidated election of township officials next following the approval of a referendum under Section 22-10, then the compensation for that official shall be equal to the lowest compensation for the same office between the separate townships in the preceding calendar year.
    (d) The separate townships shall not incur any additional debt without the approval of the Transition Township Board. For purposes of this Section, "debt" has the meaning ascribed to that term in Section 23-5.
    (e) Section 3-7 of the Election Code shall govern those individuals entitled to caucus, vote for, be nominated for, and run for offices for the consolidated township at the consolidated election of township officials next following the approval of a referendum under Section 22-10.
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

60 ILCS 1/22-20

    (60 ILCS 1/22-20)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 22-20. Consolidated township.
    (a) On the third Monday of May of the year in which township officials are elected following the approval of a referendum under Section 22-10, the following shall occur:
        (1) the separate townships cease and the
    
consolidated township is created;
        (2) all rights, powers, duties, assets, and
    
property, together with all personnel, contractual obligations, other obligations, responsibilities, and liabilities of the separate townships are transferred to the consolidated township; those rights include, but are not limited to, the authority to continue to collect, receive, and expend the proceeds of any tax levied by any of the separate townships prior to the creation of the consolidated township without an additional ordinance, resolution, or referendum; the proceeds of any tax levied by any of the separate townships prior to the creation of the consolidated township shall be expended or disposed of by the consolidated township in the same manner as such assessments might have been expended or disposed of by the separate townships; however, if the consolidated township board determines that there is a surplus in the fund for general township purposes on December 31 of the calendar year in which the consolidation occurs, then any portion of the surplus that is solely attributable to the consolidation shall be refunded to the owners of record of taxable property within the consolidated district on a pro rata basis; and
        (3) road districts located within the separate
    
townships are abolished.
    (b) When a new township is created, a new road district encompassing the consolidated township is created. All the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, obligations, and responsibilities of the separate road districts shall vest in and be assumed by the new road district as provided for in the resolutions adopted under Section 22-5. The new township board of trustees shall exercise the taxing authority of a road district abolished under this Section. The highway commissioners of the abolished road districts shall cease to hold office on the date the road district is abolished. The new township board shall exercise all duties and responsibilities of the highway commissioner as provided in the Illinois Highway Code. For purposes of distribution of revenue, the new township shall assume the powers, duties, and obligations of the road district of the dissolving road district. The new township board may enter into a contract with the county, a municipality, or a private contractor to administer the roads under the new road district.
    (c) When a township consolidates into an existing township, all the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, obligations, and responsibilities of the abolished road districts shall vest in and be assumed by the existing township's road district as provided for in the resolutions adopted under Section 22-5. The consolidated township board of trustees shall exercise the taxing authority of a road district abolished under this Section. Highway commissioners of the abolished road districts shall cease to hold office on the date the road district is abolished. The consolidated township shall exercise all duties and responsibilities of the highway commissioner as provided in the Illinois Highway Code. For purposes of distribution of revenue, the existing township's road district or districts shall assume the powers, duties, and obligations of the road district of the dissolving road district.
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)