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MUNICIPALITIES
(65 ILCS 20/) Revised Cities and Villages Act of 1941.

65 ILCS 20/prec. Sec. 21-36

 
    (65 ILCS 20/prec. Sec. 21-36 heading)
REDISTRICTING CITY INTO FIFTY WARDS

65 ILCS 20/21-36

    (65 ILCS 20/21-36) (from Ch. 24, par. 21-36)
    Sec. 21-36. City to have fifty wards.
    The city of Chicago shall be divided into fifty wards. In the formation of wards the population of each shall be as nearly equal as practicable and each shall be composed of contiguous and compact territory.
(Source: Laws 1941, vol. 2, p. 19.)

65 ILCS 20/21-37

    (65 ILCS 20/21-37) (from Ch. 24, par. 21-37)
    Sec. 21-37. Additional territory to be annexed to existing wards.
    Whenever territory is annexed to the city, the city council shall by ordinance declare it a part of the ward or wards which it adjoins: Provided, that at any time after such territory is annexed the city council may provide for the redistricting of the city in accordance with the provisions of this article.
(Source: Laws 1941, vol. 2, p. 19.)

65 ILCS 20/21-38

    (65 ILCS 20/21-38) (from Ch. 24, par. 21-38)
    Sec. 21-38. Redistricting every ten years.
    If the city council has not redistricted the city of Chicago since the taking of the national census of 1940, then within three months after the adoption of this article by the voters it shall be the duty of the city council to pass an ordinance redistricting the city into fifty wards in accordance with the provisions of this article.
    On or before the first day of December, of the year following the year in which the national census is taken, and every ten years thereafter, the city council shall by ordinance redistrict the city on the basis of the national census of the preceding year. All elections of aldermen shall be held from the existing wards until a redistricting is had as provided for in this article.
(Source: Laws 1941, vol. 2, p. 19.)

65 ILCS 20/21-39

    (65 ILCS 20/21-39) (from Ch. 24, par. 21-39)
    Sec. 21-39. When redistricting ordinance takes effect - Substitute ordinance may be submitted. No such redistricting ordinance shall take effect until the expiration of 15 days after its passage. If within such 15 days 1/5 or more of the aldermen elected, who did not vote to pass such redistricting ordinance, file with the city clerk a proposed substitute ordinance redistricting the city in accordance with the provisions of this article, together with a petition signed by them demanding that the question of the adoption of the redistricting ordinance passed by the city council, together with the question of the adoption of such substitute ordinance, be submitted to the voters, then such redistricting ordinance passed by the city council shall not go into effect until the question of this adoption shall have been submitted to a popular vote: Provided, that no alderman shall have the right to sign more than one such petition. Upon the expiration of such 15 days the city clerk shall promptly certify to the board of election commissioners of the city of Chicago, the ordinance passed by the city council and such substitute ordinance or ordinances and petition or petitions, and it shall thereupon be the duty of the board of election commissioners to submit the ordinances so certified to a popular vote at the next general or municipal election, to be held in and for the entire city not less than 40 days after the passage of such redistricting ordinance by the city council.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

65 ILCS 20/21-40

    (65 ILCS 20/21-40) (from Ch. 24, par. 21-40)
    Sec. 21-40. Failure of council to act - One-fifth of the aldermen may submit redistricting ordinance.
    If the city council shall fail at any time to pass a redistricting ordinance as required in this article, one-fifth or more of the aldermen elected shall have the right to file with the city clerk, not less than 40 days before the date of holding any general, municipal, or special election, to be held in and for the entire city, an ordinance redistricting the city in accordance with the provisions of this article, together with a petition signed by them demanding that such ordinance be submitted to the legal voters at the next such election in and for the entire city to be held not less than 40 days after the filing of such ordinance and petition: Provided, that no alderman shall have the right to sign more than one such petition. Upon the expiration of the time for filing any such ordinance the city clerk shall promptly certify to the board of election commissioners of the city of Chicago any ordinance or ordinances, together with any petition or petitions, so filed and thereupon it shall be the duty of the board of election commissioners to submit such ordinance or ordinances to a popular vote at the election specified in such petition or petitions: Provided, that if, after the filing of any such ordinance and petition and not less than 40 days prior to such election, the city council shall pass an ordinance redistricting the city, then the question of the adoption of any ordinance or ordinances filed with the city clerk in accordance with the provisions of this section shall not be submitted to a popular vote. However, after such action by the city council, a substitute ordinance or ordinances may be proposed in the manner provided in this article.
(Source: Laws 1941, vol. 2, p. 19.)

65 ILCS 20/21-41

    (65 ILCS 20/21-41) (from Ch. 24, par. 21-41)
    Sec. 21-41. Redistricting ordinance submitted - Form of ballot.
    If the question of the adoption of one of two or more redistricting ordinances is submitted to the voters at any election, the ballots used for the submission of such proposition shall, in addition to the other requirements of law, conform substantially to the following requirements:
    1. Above the propositions submitted the following words shall be printed in capital letters:
    "PROPOSITIONS FOR THE REDISTRICTING OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO."
    2. Immediately below said words shall be printed in small letters the direction to voters:
    "Vote for One."
    3. Following thereupon shall be printed each proposition to be voted upon in substantially the following form:
 
    ----------------------------------------------------------
        For the adoption of an ordinance for the
    
redistricting of the City of Chicago (here insert "passed by the city council" or "proposed by Aldermen (here insert names of the aldermen signing petition)" as the case may require.
    ----------------------------------------------------------
        For the adoption of an ordinance for the
    
redistricting of the City of Chicago proposed by Aldermen (here insert names of the aldermen signing the petition).
    ----------------------------------------------------------
 
    Whenever the question of the adoption of but one redistricting ordinance shall be submitted to the voters, the form of the ballot shall be substantially as follows:
 
    ----------------------------------------------------------
        Shall the ordinance proposed by Aldermen (Here insert
    
the names of the aldermen signing the petition) be adopted?
    ----------------------------------------------------------
        YES                         NO
    ----------------------------------------------------------
 
    4. All the propositions shall be printed in uniform type.
(Source: Laws 1941, vol. 2, p. 19.)

65 ILCS 20/21-42

    (65 ILCS 20/21-42) (from Ch. 24, par. 21-42)
    Sec. 21-42. Redistricting ordinance submitted - When in effect.
    If the question of the adoption of one of two or more redistricting ordinances is submitted to the voters at any election, the ordinance for which the highest number of votes is cast shall be deemed approved and shall thereupon be in force and effect. If the question of the adoption of but one such ordinance is submitted at any election and a majority of the votes cast thereon are for the adoption of such ordinance, it shall thereupon be in force and effect; otherwise such ordinance shall not go into effect.
(Source: Laws 1941, vol. 2, p. 19.)

65 ILCS 20/21-43

    (65 ILCS 20/21-43) (from Ch. 24, par. 21-43)
    Sec. 21-43. Election and ballot laws to apply where consistent. All election and ballot laws in force in the city of Chicago governing the submission of propositions to a popular vote or applicable thereto and not inconsistent with the provisions of this article shall apply to and govern the submission of any propositions provided for in this article.
(Source: Laws 1941, vol. 2, p. 19.)