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TOWNSHIPS
(60 ILCS 1/) Township Code.

60 ILCS 1/Art. 25

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 25 heading)
ARTICLE 25. DISCONTINUANCE
OF TOWNSHIP ORGANIZATION

60 ILCS 1/25-5

    (60 ILCS 1/25-5)
    Sec. 25-5. Petition and referendum to discontinue township organization. Upon the petition of at least 10% of the registered voters of each township of a county, as determined on the date registration closed before the regular election next preceding the last day on which the petition may be filed, that has adopted township organization, the county board shall certify and cause to be submitted to the voters of the county, at the next general election, the question of the continuance of township organization. A signature on a petition shall not be valid or counted in considering the petition unless the form requirements are complied with and the date of each signature is less than 90 days before the last day for filing the petition. The statement of the person who circulates the petition must include an attestation (i) indicating the dates on which that sheet was circulated, (ii) indicating the first and last date on which that sheet was circulated, or (iii) certifying that none of the signatures on the sheet was signed more than 90 days before the last day for filing the petition. The proposition shall be substantially in the form:
        Shall township organization be continued in (name of
    
county)?
The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
    The petition shall be treated and the proposition certified in the manner provided by the general election law. After the proposition has once been submitted to the electorate, the proposition shall not be resubmitted for 4 years.
(Source: P.A. 89-235, eff. 8-4-95; 90-112, eff. 1-1-98.)

60 ILCS 1/25-10

    (60 ILCS 1/25-10)
    Sec. 25-10. Cessation of township organization. If it appears by the returns of the election that a majority of the votes in at least three-fourths of the townships, containing at least a majority of the population in the county, cast on the question of the continuance of township organization at the election are against the continuance of township organization, then township organization shall cease in the county as soon as a county board is elected and qualified. All laws relating to counties not under township organization shall be applicable to the county, the same as if township organization had never been adopted in it.
(Source: P.A. 88-62; 89-365, eff. 8-18-95.)

60 ILCS 1/25-15

    (60 ILCS 1/25-15)
    Sec. 25-15. Election of county commissioners. When township organization ceases in any county as provided in this Article, an election shall be held in the county at the next general election in an even-numbered year for 3 county commissioners who shall hold office for 2, 4, and 6 years, respectively, and until their successors are elected and qualified. Terms shall be determined by lot. At each succeeding general election after the first, one commissioner shall be elected.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/25-20

    (60 ILCS 1/25-20)
    Sec. 25-20. County commissioners' assumption of duties. The county commissioners elected under Section 25-15 shall assume the duties of their office on the first Monday of the month following their election. They shall be the legal successors to the county board of the county and shall have all the rights and emoluments, and be subject to all the liabilities as provided in other cases of counties not under township organization.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/25-25

    (60 ILCS 1/25-25)
    Sec. 25-25. Disposal of township records and property. When township organization is discontinued in any county, the records of the several townships shall be deposited in the county clerk's office. The county commissioners of the county may close up all unfinished business of the several townships and sell and dispose of any of the property belonging to a township for the benefit of the inhabitants of the township, as fully as might have been done by the townships themselves. The county commissioners may pay all the indebtedness of any township existing at the time of the discontinuance of township organization and cause the amount of the indebtedness, or so much as may be necessary, to be levied upon the property of the township.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)