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(65 ILCS 5/) Illinois Municipal Code.

65 ILCS 5/7-6-7

    (65 ILCS 5/7-6-7) (from Ch. 24, par. 7-6-7)
    Sec. 7-6-7. Upon application by the county board of any county to the circuit court, and after a hearing upon such notice as may be directed by such court, any municipality which has less than 50 inhabitants according to the last preceding Federal census may be ordered by the court to dissolve. After service of such order upon the corporate authorities of the municipality acting at that time they shall proceed to close up the business affairs of the municipality as expeditiously as possible and in the same manner as is provided by Sections 7-6-4, 7-6-5 and 7-6-6 in the case of voluntary dissolution. The court may enforce compliance with its order by proceedings for contempt. If ever there is in existence any municipality in which the Bureau of the Census did not determine the population when the last preceding decennial census was taken, the county board of the county in which such municipality is located may, at county expense, arrange with the Bureau of the Census to take a special census of such municipality.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/7-6-8

    (65 ILCS 5/7-6-8) (from Ch. 24, par. 7-6-8)
    Sec. 7-6-8. All courts shall take judicial notice of (1) the existence of Illinois municipalities, (2) of the counties in which they are situated, (3) of the changes made in the municipal territory, and (4) of the dissolution of municipalities.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/Art. 7 Div. 7

    (65 ILCS 5/Art. 7 Div. 7 heading)

65 ILCS 5/7-7-1

    (65 ILCS 5/7-7-1) (from Ch. 24, par. 7-7-1)
    Sec. 7-7-1. Application of Division. This Division shall apply to consolidations of municipalities in this State in counties with less than 200,000 inhabitants, is alternative to any other method of unification allowed by law, and implements the provisions of Article VII, Section 12 of the Illinois Constitution.
(Source: P.A. 85-1159.)

65 ILCS 5/7-7-2

    (65 ILCS 5/7-7-2) (from Ch. 24, par. 7-7-2)
    Sec. 7-7-2. Definitions. In this Division:
    (a) "Consolidation" means the process by which 2 or more municipalities are simultaneously dissolved and a new municipality is incorporated.
    (b) "Consolidating municipality" means a municipality or municipalities which undergo consolidation, thereby being dissolved.
    (c) "Consolidated municipality" means the municipality which is created by consolidation.
    (d) "Consolidation ordinance" means an ordinance to be approved by referendum as provided in this Division which shall define the form of government of the consolidated municipality and provide for the orderly succession of powers, functions, assets, liabilities and personnel of the consolidating municipalities to the consolidated municipality.
    (e) "Transition committee" means a committee composed of the Mayor or Village President or designee thereof of each consolidating municipality.
(Source: P.A. 85-1159.)

65 ILCS 5/7-7-3

    (65 ILCS 5/7-7-3) (from Ch. 24, par. 7-7-3)
    Sec. 7-7-3. Power to Consolidate. Any 2 or more municipalities, located in one or more counties each with less than 200,000 inhabitants according to the most recent federal census, which are contiguous or which upon consolidation shall be contiguous, may consolidate by compliance with this Division. Any 2 or more municipalities shall be deemed contiguous for purposes of this Division notwithstanding that they are separated by a park district or a forest preserve district, or by a railroad or public utility right-of-way or a highway or a toll highway under the jurisdiction of any township or any department or division of the State of Illinois, but upon consolidation, such park district, forest preserve district, right-of-way, highway or toll highway shall not be considered to be part of the consolidated municipality.
(Source: P.A. 85-1159.)

65 ILCS 5/7-7-4

    (65 ILCS 5/7-7-4) (from Ch. 24, par. 7-7-4)
    Sec. 7-7-4. Public Question; Consolidation Ordinance. A public question for consolidation shall be initiated in accordance with Section 28-7 of The Election Code, as now or hereafter amended. Each petition or resolution shall be accompanied by and shall incorporate by reference a proposed consolidation ordinance, which shall be identical, except as to matters of form, for each consolidating municipality. The consolidation ordinance shall be entitled "Ordinance Providing for the Consolidation of the Cities, Villages or Incorporated Towns of (here insert the names of the consolidating municipalities) Into a Single Municipality with the Interim Name of (insert proposed interim name of consolidated municipality)". The ordinance in its proposed form shall be placed on file with the clerk of each of the consolidating municipalities. The clerk of each consolidating municipality shall place such ordinance on file and make it available for public inspection.
    The consolidation ordinance shall provide, at a minimum, for the following: (1) the minimum number of municipalities or the specific municipalities in which the approval of the voters shall be necessary to effect the consolidation; (2) procedures for the selection of the permanent name of the consolidated municipality; (3) the compensation of the corporate authorities of the consolidated municipality; (4) the date the consolidation shall be effective; (5) procedures for the orderly succession of powers, functions, assets, liabilities and personnel and the merger of the administrative offices of the consolidating municipalities; (6) the dates for election of the initial corporate authorities and other elected officers of the consolidated municipality; (7) the identity of the members of the transition committee; and (8) a form of government for the consolidated municipality, including: (i) the powers and functions of the various officers; (ii) their terms of office, whether those terms shall be staggered and if so, the procedure for staggering the terms of the initial officers; (iii) the manner of selection of the officers; and (iv) if the form of government is other than a form established by this Code, whether the positions of treasurer and clerk are elective or appointive. The consolidation ordinance may contain such other matters as are necessary or appropriate for the purposes of implementing the consolidation.
(Source: P.A. 85-1159.)

65 ILCS 5/7-7-5

    (65 ILCS 5/7-7-5) (from Ch. 24, par. 7-7-5)
    Sec. 7-7-5. Form of government. The consolidation ordinance may specify any form of government established by this Code or may define any other form of government not prohibited by law. It is the intention of this Section to permit the adoption of an existing form of government or the creation of a new form of government pursuant to Article VII of the Illinois Constitution.
(Source: P.A. 85-1159.)

65 ILCS 5/7-7-6

    (65 ILCS 5/7-7-6) (from Ch. 24, par. 7-7-6)
    Sec. 7-7-6. Publication of consolidation ordinance. At any time not less than 30 nor more than 60 days prior to the referendum thereon, the consolidation ordinance shall be published by the clerk in a newspaper of general circulation in each of the consolidating municipalities.
(Source: P.A. 85-1159.)

65 ILCS 5/7-7-7

    (65 ILCS 5/7-7-7) (from Ch. 24, par. 7-7-7)
    Sec. 7-7-7. Referendum. A consolidation ordinance shall be effective only upon its approval by a referendum conducted pursuant to Section 28-7 of The Election Code, as now or hereafter amended.
(Source: P.A. 85-1159.)

65 ILCS 5/7-7-8

    (65 ILCS 5/7-7-8) (from Ch. 24, par. 7-7-8)
    Sec. 7-7-8. Approval of Referendum by Voters in Less Than All of the Consolidating Municipalities. Unless otherwise provided in the consolidation ordinance, if the consolidation referendum is approved by the voters in less than all of the consolidating municipalities, the consolidation shall only be effective as to those municipalities in which the referendum is approved and which are contiguous as of the date of the consolidation.
(Source: P.A. 85-1159.)

65 ILCS 5/7-7-9

    (65 ILCS 5/7-7-9) (from Ch. 24, par. 7-7-9)
    Sec. 7-7-9. Form of Question. The question to be submitted to the voters of each consolidating municipality for approval shall be in substantially the following form:
Shall the city, village or incorporated
town (as the case may be) of.............
be consolidated with the cities, villages
or incorporated towns of ................
(and in this manner as far as necessary          YES
filling the blanks with the names of
municipalities to be consolidated) to form
a single municipality with the form of
government and according to the terms of
that certain "Ordinance Providing For the
Consolidation of the Cities, Villages or      ----------------
Incorporated Towns of ..... into
a Single Municipality with the Interim
Name of ..... "(filling the blanks
with appropriate words from the title of
the consolidation ordinance) filed with
the city, village or incorporated town           NO
of ..... on .....? (here filling
in the blanks with the name of the
municipality which has filed the
consolidation ordinance and the date
of filing)
    No other proposition shall appear thereon. The reference in the proposition to the consolidation ordinance shall be deemed proper notice to the electors of what is contemplated by the proposition.
(Source: P.A. 85-1159.)

65 ILCS 5/7-7-10

    (65 ILCS 5/7-7-10) (from Ch. 24, par. 7-7-10)
    Sec. 7-7-10. Transition Matters. (a) The corporate authorities of each municipality in which the consolidation ordinance has been approved by the voters shall adopt the consolidation ordinance at their first regular meeting following the election and declaration of the results thereof. Thereafter, the consolidation ordinance shall take effect as an intergovernmental agreement of the municipalities in which it is effective.
    (b) The transition committee shall hold its initial meeting within 5 days after approval of the consolidation ordinance by the voters and its adoption by each of the consolidating municipalities. The transition committee shall exercise those powers and perform those functions set forth in the consolidation ordinance to effect the orderly succession of powers, functions, assets, liabilities and personnel, to effect the merger of the administrative offices of the consolidating municipalities, and to propose a permanent name for the consolidated municipality.
    (c) The transition committee shall prepare a code of ordinances for the consolidated municipality which shall set forth the powers and duties of the corporate authorities thereof. The code of ordinances and a permanent name for the consolidated municipality shall be submitted for approval by the corporate authorities of the consolidated municipality at their initial organizational meeting.
    (d) Unless otherwise provided expressly or impliedly in the consolidation ordinance, every valid ordinance of a consolidating municipality shall upon consolidation remain valid within the territory of that consolidating municipality until repealed expressly or impliedly by legislation of the consolidated municipality on the same subject.
    (e) Proposed Permanent Name. In determining the permanent name of the new municipality the transition committee and the Secretary of State shall follow insofar as applicable the provisions of Section 2-1-7 of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 85-1159.)