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MUNICIPALITIES
(65 ILCS 5/) Illinois Municipal Code.

65 ILCS 5/11-136-1

    (65 ILCS 5/11-136-1) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-136-1)
    Sec. 11-136-1. Any 2 or more municipalities, except cities of 500,000 or more inhabitants, may acquire either by purchase or construction a waterworks system or sources of supply of water or sewer systems, or any combination thereof, and may operate jointly a waterworks system or sources of supply of water or sewer systems, or any combination thereof, and improve and extend the same, as provided in this Division 136. The corporate authorities of such municipalities desiring to avail themselves of the provisions of this Division 136 shall adopt a resolution or ordinance determining and electing to acquire and operate jointly a waterworks system or sources of supply of water or sewer systems, or any combination thereof, as the case may be. This Division 136 shall not be construed as limiting, amending or repealing any other laws with respect to joint acquisition and operation of a waterworks system or sources of supply of water or sewer systems, or any combination thereof, but shall be considered as an additional grant of power for the purposes herein set out.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/11-136-2

    (65 ILCS 5/11-136-2) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-136-2)
    Sec. 11-136-2. Upon the adoption of such an ordinance or resolution by the corporate authorities of any such municipality, the mayor or president, with the approval of the corporate authorities, shall appoint one commissioner for each 5,000 population, or part thereof. The commissioners so appointed by each of such municipalities, together with a like commissioner appointed by the chairman of the county board of the county in which the municipality having the greatest population is situated, shall constitute a commission and public corporation with the powers and duties specified in this Division 136. The corporate name of the commission shall be "(here insert appropriate name indicative of the area) Water Commission" or "Water and Sewer Commission" and as such the commission may contract and be contracted with, and sue and be sued.
    The commissioners so appointed shall serve for a term of 6 years, or until their successors have been appointed and have qualified. Each commissioner shall be an elector of the municipality for which he acts as commissioner. However, no person shall be eligible for appointment, if he has held an elective office in the state, county or municipality, until one year after the expiration of the term for which he was elected. A commissioner is eligible for reappointment upon the expiration of his term. A vacancy shall be filled for the balance of the unexpired term in the same manner as that prescribed for the appointment of the person who has ceased to hold office. Each commissioner shall receive the same compensation which shall not be more than $1,000 per year. Each commissioner shall furnish a bond for the faithful performance of his official duties. This bond shall not be less than $5,000 and its costs shall be paid by the commission.
    Each commissioner may be removed for any cause for which any other municipal officer may be removed. No commissioner, or employee of the commission, and no mayor, or president, or other member of the corporate authorities, or any employee of any of the municipalities, shall be interested directly or indirectly in any contractor-job of work or materials, or the profits thereof, or services to be performed for or by the commission.
    A violation of any of the foregoing provisions of this section is a Class C misdemeanor. A conviction is cause for the removal of a person from his office or employment. Any member of the commission or any employee thereof who in any manner contributes money, labor, or other valuable thing to any person for election purposes in any election for office in any of the municipalities which are furnished water by the commission is guilty of a Class C misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 84-1308.)

65 ILCS 5/11-136-3

    (65 ILCS 5/11-136-3) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-136-3)
    Sec. 11-136-3. Such a commission shall organize by appointing a chairman from its own members and a clerk and treasurer, who need not be commissioners. It shall adopt its own rules of procedure and provide for its meetings. The commission has full and complete supervision, management, and control of the waterworks system, or sources of supply of water, or sewer systems, or combination thereof, as provided in the ordinances or resolutions for acquiring and operating the same, and in their maintenance, operation, and extension. The commission is authorized to contract with the municipalities which established the commission or with any other person, firm or corporation for a supply of water, a sewage treatment plant or any other facilities useful in conducting a water supply and sewage disposal system for a period not exceeding 50 years, and the corporate authorities of those municipalities are authorized to enter into contracts with the commission. The commission is authorized to purchase from any person, firm or corporation or municipal corporation including those making up the commission, any sewer or water properties or sources of supplies and municipalities are hereby authorized to sell such facilities to the commission.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/11-136-4

    (65 ILCS 5/11-136-4) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-136-4)
    Sec. 11-136-4. For the purpose of acquiring such a waterworks system or sources of supply of water or sewer systems, or any combination thereof or for making improvements and extensions to such a waterworks system or sources of supply of water or sewer systems, or any combination thereof, such a commission is authorized to issue revenue bonds payable solely from the revenue to be derived pursuant to any contracts with the specified municipalities or with any person, firm or corporation or by virtue of the operation of any properties acquired or to be acquired. These bonds shall not constitute an indebtedness of any of the municipalities represented by the commission. The bonds shall bear interest at a rate not exceeding the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, payable semiannually, and shall mature within the period of usefulness of the property to be acquired or constructed from the proceeds thereof. This period shall be conclusively determined by the commission at or before the time of the issuance of the bonds, and in no event shall any of the bonds be issued with a maturity more than 50 years from the date thereof. The bonds shall be sold in such manner as the commission shall determine, except that if issued to bear interest at the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, the bonds shall be sold for not less than par and accrued interest, and except that the selling price of any bond bearing interest at less than the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, shall be such that the interest cost of the money received from that bond shall not exceed the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, computed to maturity, according to standard tables of bond values.
    Before the treasurer of the commission is entitled to receive the proceeds of the sale of such a bond issue, he shall supply a corporate surety bond in an amount equivalent to the amount of funds to be derived from the sale of the bonds, and, in addition thereto, he shall supply a separate corporate surety bond for the faithful accounting of any funds that may come into his possession in an amount equal to the amount of funds likely to come into his hands in any one year from the revenue to be derived from the operation of any of the properties of the commission. The cost of these surety bonds shall be paid by the commission.
    The revenue bonds shall be issued pursuant to an ordinance or resolution and shall be in such form and be executed in such manner as may be prescribed by the ordinance or resolution. It shall not be necessary that the ordinance or resolution refer to plans and specifications nor that there be on file for public inspection prior to the adoption of such ordinance detailed plans and specifications of the project. This ordinance or resolution may contain such covenants and restrictions in relation to the operation of the properties under the control of the commission and the issuance of additional revenue bonds thereafter as may be deemed necessary or advisable for the assurance of payment of the bonds thereby authorized and as may be thereafter issued. It shall be plainly stated on the face of each bond that it does not constitute an indebtedness of any municipality represented by the commission within the meaning of any statutory or constitutional limitation. Upon the issuance of revenue bonds, the revenue of the commission derived pursuant to contracts entered into for the sale of water to the specified municipalities and from the operation of its properties, shall be accounted for as provided in the ordinance or resolution authorizing the issuance of the bonds. Any commission created under the provisions of this Division 136 may also issue new bonds for the purpose of providing funds for the payment of unpaid bonds in accordance with the procedure prescribed by this Division 136.
    With respect to instruments for the payment of money issued under this Section either before, on, or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1989, it is and always has been the intention of the General Assembly (i) that the Omnibus Bond Acts are and always have been supplementary grants of power to issue instruments in accordance with the Omnibus Bond Acts, regardless of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts, (ii) that the provisions of this Section are not a limitation on the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts, and (iii) that instruments issued under this Section within the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts are not invalid because of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts.
    The amendatory Acts of 1971, 1972 and 1973 are not a limit upon any municipality which is a home rule unit.
(Source: P.A. 86-4.)

65 ILCS 5/11-136-5

    (65 ILCS 5/11-136-5) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-136-5)
    Sec. 11-136-5. Whenever bonds are issued under this Division 136 the revenue received from the operation of the properties under the control of the commission shall be set aside as collected and deposited in a separate fund to be used only (1) in paying the cost of the operation and maintenance of those properties, (2) in providing an adequate depreciation fund, and (3) in paying the principal of and interest upon the revenue bonds issued by the commission, as provided by this Division 136.
    In case the commission has charge of the operation of a complete waterworks system or sewer system including the distribution mains, the commission shall establish rates and charges for water or sewer service or both which shall be sufficient at all times to pay the cost of operation and maintenance, to provide an adequate depreciation fund, and to pay the principal of and interest upon all revenue bonds issued as provided by this Division 136. The rates for water and sewer service need not be the same nor do rates for the same type of service have to be identical in the several municipalities constituting the commission but shall be equitably based upon the net plant account and the expenses of operation in each municipality. Charges and rates shall be established, revised, and maintained by ordinance and become payable as the commission may determine by ordinance.
    In case the commission has charge of the operation of sources of supply of water, the municipalities specified in Section 11-136-1 represented by the commission shall contract with the commission for water. These municipalities shall establish such charges and rates for water supplied by them to consumers as will be sufficient at all times (1) to pay the cost of operation and maintenance of the respective waterworks systems of the municipalities, (2) to provide an adequate depreciation fund therefor, and (3) to pay the charges and rates established by the commission for the sale of water by the commission to those municipalities, and the commission shall establish such charges and rates for water supplied to those municipalities as will be sufficient at all times (1) to pay the cost of operation and maintenance of the common source of supply of water, (2) to provide an adequate depreciation fund therefor, and (3) to pay the principal of and interest on the revenue bonds issued by the commission, under the provisions of this Division 136. Contracts entered into between the commission and the specified municipalities shall include covenants for the establishment of rates and charges as provided in this section.
    Municipality contributions to the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, by commissions created under this Division 136 which have been included under that Fund, shall be considered a cost of operation and maintenance for the purposes of this Section.
    Any holder of a bond or of any of its coupons, issued under this Division 136, in any civil action, mandamus, or other proceedings, may enforce and compel performance of all duties required by this Division 136 to be performed by such a commission or by any of the municipalities, including the making of rates and charges, the collecting of sufficient revenue, and the application thereof, as provided in this Division 136.
    All contracts for the construction of a waterworks system or sources of supply of water, or sewer systems, or any combination thereof, to be let by such a commission, shall be entered into only after advertising for bids, pursuant to a resolution to be adopted for that purpose by the commission. A notice inviting bids shall be published in a newspaper published and having a general circulation in the county or counties in which the municipalities represented by the commission are located, not more than 30 nor less than 15 days in advance of the receipt of the bids. The notice shall be published at least twice. In the resolution directing the advertising for bids the commission also shall establish all requirements necessary for the bidding, for the awarding of contracts, and for the approval of contractors' faithful performance bonds.
(Source: P.A. 80-425.)

65 ILCS 5/11-136-6

    (65 ILCS 5/11-136-6) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-136-6)
    Sec. 11-136-6. Whenever such commission shall pass an ordinance for the construction or acquisition of any waterworks properties or sewer properties or improvements or extensions or mains, pumping stations, reservoirs or other appurtenances thereto, which such commission is authorized to make, the making of which will require that private property be taken or damaged, such commission may cause compensation therefor to be ascertained and may condemn and acquire possession thereof in the same manner as nearly as may be, as provided for the exercise of the right of eminent domain under the Eminent Domain Act. However, proceedings to ascertain the compensation to be paid for taking or damaging private property shall in all cases be instituted in the county where the property sought to be taken or damaged is situated.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

65 ILCS 5/11-136-7

    (65 ILCS 5/11-136-7) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-136-7)
    Sec. 11-136-7. Such commission may construct, maintain, alter and extend its water mains or sewer facilities as a proper use of highways along, upon, under and across any highway, street, alley or public ground in the State, including highways within a municipality, but so as not to inconvenience the public use thereof. Such commission may construct, maintain and operate any conduit or conduits, water pipe or pipes, wholly or partially buried or otherwise in, upon and along any of the lands owned by the State of Illinois and under any of the public waters therein. However, the right, permission and authority hereby created shall be subject to all public rights of commerce and navigation and the authority of the United States in behalf of such public rights and also the laws of the State of Illinois to regulate and control the same. Notice shall be given to the highway authorities of any municipality, county, township, road district or township district in which such highway, street or public way may be situated at least 60 days before any construction or installation work in such highway or street shall commence. All laws and ordinances pertaining to such work for the protection of the public and of public property shall be complied with except that no fee may be charged such commission for the construction or installation of such facilities in such public places.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)