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TOWNSHIPS
(60 ILCS 1/) Township Code.

60 ILCS 1/Art. 23

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 23 heading)
ARTICLE 23. MERGER OF A SINGLE TOWNSHIP
INTO 2 OTHER TOWNSHIPS
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

60 ILCS 1/23-5

    (60 ILCS 1/23-5)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 23-5. Definitions. As used in this Article:
    "Dissolving road district" means a road district in a dissolving township, which is dissolved under subsection (c) of Section 23-25.
    "Dissolving township" means a township which is proposed to be dissolved into and be merged with 2 other adjacent townships.
    "Equalized assessed value" has the meaning provided in Section 18-213 of the Property Tax Code.
    "Debt" means indebtedness incurred by a dissolving township including, but not limited to, mortgages, judgments, and moneys due through the issuance and sale of bonds, or through an equivalent manner of borrowing for which notes or other evidences of indebtedness are issued fixing the amount of principal and interest from time to time payable to retire the indebtedness.
    "Receiving township" means a township into which a portion of the dissolving township will be merged.
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

60 ILCS 1/23-10

    (60 ILCS 1/23-10)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 23-10. Resolution for merger; notice.
    (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the township boards of any 3 adjacent townships may, by identical resolutions of each board, propose that a township which borders the other 2 townships be dissolved by referendum and all rights, powers, duties, assets, and property, together with all personnel, contractual obligations, other obligations, responsibilities, and liabilities of the dissolving township transferred to the receiving townships. Each resolution shall include, but is not limited to, the following:
        (1) a legal description of the former territory of
    
the dissolving township each receiving township will take upon the dissolution of the dissolving township;
        (2) a description of how all assets and property,
    
together with all personnel, contractual obligations, other obligations, responsibilities, and liabilities of the dissolving township will be transferred to the receiving townships;
        (3) the tax rates for general township purposes for
    
the immediately preceding levy year, as extended and collected in the year in which the resolution is adopted, for the dissolving township and each receiving township;
        (4) a description and amount of all debt each
    
receiving township shall assume after the dissolving township dissolves. The debt shall be assumed by each receiving township in equal proportion to the equalized assessed value of the land and property that will be received by each receiving township from the dissolving township unless otherwise agreed to in the resolutions;
        (5) a description of how each road district or road
    
districts of a dissolving township shall comply with subsection (c) of Section 23-25; and
        (6) 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.
    (b) Before passing a resolution under this Section, 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 the dissolving township and receiving townships and a description of the area each receiving township will receive from the dissolving township.
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

60 ILCS 1/23-15

    (60 ILCS 1/23-15)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 23-15. Referendum and notices.
    (a) Upon the adoption of resolutions under Section 23-10 by all townships, the township boards shall certify the question to the election authority and the authority shall cause to be submitted to the voters of all townships at the general election specified in the resolutions a referendum to consolidate the townships. The referendum shall be substantially in the following form:
        Shall (name of dissolving township) be dissolved into
    
(names of receiving townships)?
    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), the township boards 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.
    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 1/23-20

    (60 ILCS 1/23-20)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 23-20. Transition.
    (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, upon the approval of a referendum under Section 23-15:
        (1) there shall be no further nominations or
    
elections for clerks, assessors, collectors, highway commissioners, supervisors, or trustees of the dissolving township 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 following the approval of a referendum under Section 23-15;
        (2) a Transition Township Board is formed for each
    
receiving township. Each Transition Township Board shall be composed of the members of the dissolving township boards plus the members of the receiving township board. The Transition Township Board shall only have authority to do the following under paragraphs (3) and (4) of this Section: provide for the compensation for all receiving township officials that will be elected at the consolidated election next following the approval of a referendum under Section 23-15; and approving additional debt to be taken on by the dissolving township;
        (3) each Transition Township Board shall hold a
    
public meeting no later than the first Tuesday in April before the receiving townships' boards of trustees are elected at the consolidated election next following the approval of a referendum under Section 23-15. At this public meeting, the Transition Township Board shall provide for the compensation for all township officials that will be elected at the consolidated election. If the Board cannot agree on the compensation for an official, then the compensation for the same office between the receiving and dissolving townships shall be the lower compensation for the office in the dissolving township or receiving township;
        (4) the dissolving township shall not incur any
    
additional debt without the approval of the Transition Township Board of each receiving township that would assume such debt after dissolution of the dissolving township; and
        (5) 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 receiving townships at the consolidated election of township officials next following the approval of a referendum under Section 23-15.
    (b) Upon the approval of a referendum under Section 23-15, the receiving townships may enter into an intergovernmental agreement under the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act for any lawful purpose relating to the land or property contained in the dissolving township after the township is dissolved.
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

60 ILCS 1/23-25

    (60 ILCS 1/23-25)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 23-25. Merged township. On the third Monday of May of the year in which township officials are elected following the approval of a referendum under Section 23-15, the following shall occur:
        (a) The dissolving township ceases.
        (b) All rights, powers, duties, assets, and
    
property, together with all personnel, contractual obligations, other obligations, responsibilities, and liabilities of the dissolving township are transferred to the receiving townships as provided in the resolution adopted under Section 23-10. The rights include, but are not limited to, the authority to continue to collect and receive any tax levied prior to the creation of the merged townships without an additional ordinance, resolution, or referendum.
        (c) Road districts located within the dissolving
    
township are abolished and all the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, obligations, and responsibilities of the dissolving road districts shall vest in and be assumed by the receiving townships' road districts as provided for in the resolutions adopted under Section 23-10; the boards of trustees of the receiving townships shall exercise the taxing authority of a road district dissolved under this Section and shall exercise all duties and responsibilities of the highway commissioner as provided in the Illinois Highway Code unless a road district in the receiving township has a highway commissioner who shall assume all duties and responsibilities of the highway commissioner of the dissolving road districts if so resolved by the receiving township board; highway commissioners of the dissolving road districts shall cease to hold office on the date the road district is abolished; and for purposes of distribution of revenue, the receiving townships' road districts, or the township board if no road districts exist, shall assume the powers, duties, and obligations of the dissolving road district.
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)