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(65 ILCS 5/) Illinois Municipal Code.

65 ILCS 5/6-2-7

    (65 ILCS 5/6-2-7) (from Ch. 24, par. 6-2-7)
    Sec. 6-2-7. Certificate of adoption. If the strong mayor form of municipal government is adopted, the mayor or president immediately shall transmit a certificate so stating to the Secretary of State and the clerk and the recorder of the county or counties in which the municipality is located. These officers shall file or record this certificate in their respective offices.
(Source: P.A. 87-1119.)

65 ILCS 5/Art. 6 Div. 3

    (65 ILCS 5/Art. 6 Div. 3 heading)

65 ILCS 5/6-3-1

    (65 ILCS 5/6-3-1) (from Ch. 24, par. 6-3-1)
    Sec. 6-3-1. Initial division into wards. Not later than 30 days prior to the first day on which candidate petitions may be filed for the primary election at which the first municipal officers are to be nominated for office under this Article 6, the corporate authorities shall divide the municipality into wards pursuant to Section 6-3-5.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)

65 ILCS 5/6-3-2

    (65 ILCS 5/6-3-2) (from Ch. 24, par. 6-3-2)
    Sec. 6-3-2. Termination of terms of office.
    The terms of office of all elected municipal officers holding office at the time of the issuance of the certificate of adoption of the strong mayor form of government by the municipality pursuant to Division 2 of this Article 6 shall terminate upon the election and qualification for office of municipal officers pursuant to this Division 3 of Article 6, except that where an existing form of municipal government has the same number of wards as would be required hereunder, the aldermen holding office at the time of the issuance of the certificate of adoption shall serve until the expiration of the terms for which they were elected.
(Source: P.A. 76-746.)

65 ILCS 5/6-3-3

    (65 ILCS 5/6-3-3) (from Ch. 24, par. 6-3-3)
    Sec. 6-3-3. Municipal officers - Terms.
    The municipality shall have the following elected officers: one mayor, one municipal clerk and one municipal treasurer, all of whom shall be elected at large, and aldermen, the number of which shall be as follows: In cities not exceeding 25,000 inhabitants, 8 aldermen; between 25,001 and 40,000, 10 aldermen; between 40,001 and 60,000, 14 aldermen; between 60,001 and 80,000, 16 aldermen; and exceeding 80,000, 20 aldermen. Two aldermen shall be elected to represent each ward.
(Source: P.A. 76-746.)

65 ILCS 5/6-3-4

    (65 ILCS 5/6-3-4) (from Ch. 24, par. 6-3-4)
    Sec. 6-3-4. Terms of office.
    All terms of office of officials elected pursuant to this Division 3 of Article 6 shall be for terms of 4 years, except that aldermen elected at the first election for city officers held pursuant to this Article 6 shall draw lots so that one-half of the aldermen shall hold for a 4 year term, and until their successors are elected and qualified, and one-half of the aldermen shall hold for a 2 year term, and until their successors are elected and qualified. All aldermen thereafter elected shall hold office for a term of 4 years, and until their successors are elected and have qualified.
(Source: P.A. 76-746.)

65 ILCS 5/6-3-5

    (65 ILCS 5/6-3-5) (from Ch. 24, par. 6-3-5)
    Sec. 6-3-5. Division into wards.
    Every city shall have as many wards as one-half the total number of aldermen to which the city is entitled. The city council, from time to time shall divide the city into that number of wards. In the formation of wards the population of each ward as determined by the latest city, state or national census shall be as nearly equal and the wards shall be of as compact and contiguous territory, as practicable.
(Source: P.A. 76-746.)

65 ILCS 5/6-3-6

    (65 ILCS 5/6-3-6) (from Ch. 24, par. 6-3-6)
    Sec. 6-3-6. Redistricting of city. Whenever an official publication of any national, state, school, or city census shows that any city contains more or less wards than it is entitled to, the city council of the city, by ordinance, shall redistrict the city into as many wards only as the city is entitled. This redistricting shall be completed not less than 30 days before the first date on which candidate petitions may be filed for the next succeeding general municipal election. At this election there shall be elected the number of aldermen to which the city is entitled.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

65 ILCS 5/6-3-7

    (65 ILCS 5/6-3-7) (from Ch. 24, par. 6-3-7)
    Sec. 6-3-7. Ward division and election of aldermen - Validation.
    If, after a census is officially published, any city is divided into a greater or lesser number of wards and has elected a greater or lesser number of aldermen than the city is entitled, nevertheless such division and election shall be valid and all acts, resolutions and ordinances of the city council of such city, if in other respects in compliance with law, are valid.
(Source: P.A. 76-746.)

65 ILCS 5/6-3-8

    (65 ILCS 5/6-3-8) (from Ch. 24, par. 6-3-8)
    Sec. 6-3-8. Resignation; vacancy. An alderman may resign from his or her office. A vacancy occurs in the office of alderman by reason of resignation, failure to elect or qualify, death, permanent physical or mental disability, conviction of a disqualifying crime, abandonment of office, or removal from office. If a vacancy occurs in the office of alderman in one of these ways or otherwise, the vacancy shall be filled as provided in Sections 3.1-10-50 and 3.1-10-55. An appointment to fill a vacancy shall be made within 60 days after the vacancy occurs. The requirement that an appointment be made within 60 days is an exclusive power and function of the State and is a denial and limitation under Article VII, Section 6, subsection (h) of the Illinois Constitution of the power of a home rule municipality to require that an appointment be made within a different period after the vacancy occurs.
(Source: P.A. 87-1052; 87-1119; 88-45.)

65 ILCS 5/6-3-9

    (65 ILCS 5/6-3-9) (from Ch. 24, par. 6-3-9)
    Sec. 6-3-9. Qualifications of mayor, city clerk, city treasurer and aldermen - Eligibility for other office.
    No person shall be eligible to the office of mayor, city clerk, city treasurer or alderman:
    (1) Unless he is a qualified elector of the municipality and has resided therein at least one year next preceding his election or appointment; or
    (2) Unless, in the case of aldermen, he resides within the ward for which he is elected; or
    (3) If he is in arrears in the payment of any tax or other indebtedness due to the city; or
    (4) If he has been convicted in Illinois state courts or in courts of the United States of malfeasance in office, bribery, or other infamous crime.
    No alderman shall be eligible to any office, except that of acting mayor or mayor pro tem, the salary of which is payable out of the city treasury, if at the time of his appointment he is a member of the city council.
(Source: P.A. 76-746.)

65 ILCS 5/6-3-10

    (65 ILCS 5/6-3-10) (from Ch. 24, par. 6-3-10)
    Sec. 6-3-10. General elections - Time for.
    The first general election pursuant to this Division 3 of Article 6 shall be held at the time the next general municipal election would have been held had the municipality not adopted this Article 6. At the first general election so held, one mayor, one municipal clerk, one municipal treasurer shall be elected at large and two aldermen shall be elected from each ward.
(Source: P.A. 76-746.)