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SPECIAL DISTRICTS
(70 ILCS 1205/) Park District Code.

70 ILCS 1205/Art. 2

 
    (70 ILCS 1205/Art. 2 heading)
ARTICLE TWO. ORGANIZATION--ELECTIONS

70 ILCS 1205/2-1

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-1) (from Ch. 105, par. 2-1)
    Sec. 2-1. Any territory having less than 500,000 population and so lying as to form one connected area (no portion of which shall be already included in an incorporated park district except in the cases provided for in Section 2-2.1) may be incorporated as a park district, hereinafter referred to as a "General Park District".
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 915.)

70 ILCS 1205/2-2

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-2) (from Ch. 105, par. 2-2)
    Sec. 2-2. In organizing any park district under this Code not less than 100 legal voters resident within the limits of such proposed park district may petition the circuit judge of the county in which such territory, or the greater or greatest portion thereof, in area, lies, to cause the question to be submitted to the legal voters of such proposed park district whether they will organize as a park district. Such petition shall clearly define the territory intended to be embraced in such district and the name of such proposed district. The petition must include an affidavit attesting that notice of intent to petition for formation of a park district has been published as required by the general election law. In cases coming within the terms of Section 2-2.1 the petition shall also set forth facts showing that the proposed park district meets the requirements of that Section and shall be signed by the number of legal voters required by that Section.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)

70 ILCS 1205/2-2.1

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-2.1) (from Ch. 105, par. 2-2.1)
    Sec. 2-2.1. (a) When 2 or more park districts are situated entirely within the corporate limits of the same municipality, a park district coterminous with such municipality may be organized in the manner hereinafter provided, and, when so organized, shall supersede the park districts previously existing within the limits of the municipality. The petition to organize such a park district shall comply with the requirements of Section 2-2, but must be signed by not less than 100 legal voters residing in each of the existing park districts and, if the municipality includes territory not included within any existing park district, by at least 100 legal voters residing in such territory or by at least 10% of the legal voters residing in such territory, whichever is less. The petition shall also state whether the proposed district shall have 5 elected commissioners or 7 appointed commissioners. If the proposed district shall have 7 appointed commissioners, the chief executive officer of the municipality, with the advice and consent of the corporate authorities, shall appoint the commissioners. The initial appointed commissioners shall serve terms determined by lot as follows: 2 for terms of 2 years, 2 for terms of 4 years, and 3 for terms of 6 years. Thereafter, appointed commissioners shall serve for terms of 6 years. A vacancy in the office of appointed commissioner shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as an original appointment. "Municipality" as used in this Section means a city, village or incorporated town.
    (b) (Blank).
    (c) (Blank).
(Source: P.A. 99-16, eff. 1-1-16.)

70 ILCS 1205/2-2.2

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-2.2) (from Ch. 105, par. 2-2.2)
    Sec. 2-2.2. Organization; municipal territory. Where territory to be organized includes any part of a municipality not currently a part of any park district, then the territory to be organized must include all of the municipality.
(Source: P.A. 87-847.)

70 ILCS 1205/2-3

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-3) (from Ch. 105, par. 2-3)
    Sec. 2-3. An organization or reorganization petition under Section 2-2 or 2-2.1 shall be filed in the offices of the clerk of the circuit court in which such proposed district or district to be reorganized, or the greater or greatest portion in area thereof, is situated together with a request that the circuit judge set a date and time for a public hearing thereon. The organization petition shall contain a plat survey of the legal boundaries of the proposed district. The circuit judge shall fix a date and time, not less than 30 days nor more than 180 days after the date of filing of such petition and hearing request, for a public hearing on the subject of the petition. Notice of the time and place of such hearing shall be given by the clerk of the circuit court at least 20 days prior to the date fixed for such hearing by at least one publication thereof in one or more daily or weekly newspapers having a general circulation within the proposed park district.
    If no request for a hearing accompanied the petition or if a hearing on the petition has not been held within the time required by this Section, such petition shall be void and shall be dismissed by the circuit judge.
(Source: P.A. 84-633.)

70 ILCS 1205/2-4

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-4) (from Ch. 105, par. 2-4)
    Sec. 2-4. If the circuit judge finds, upon such hearing, that the petition meets the requirements of this Act and the general election law, and that the boundaries as defined are reasonable boundaries for the formation of a park district or districts, he shall order the question submitted to referendum and, if applicable, the election of 5 commissioners in such proposed district or districts at the next regular election at which the question may be submitted in accordance with the general election law. Thereupon the clerk of the circuit court shall certify said proposition and, if applicable, offices to the proper election authority which shall conduct such election at the time and in the manner provided by the general election law. Nomination petitions for this initial election, if applicable, shall be filed within the time provided by the general election law. In the case of a proposition to reorganize a district into 2 new districts under subsection (b) of Section 2-2.1, nomination petitions shall be filed separately for each of the proposed districts.
(Source: P.A. 86-307.)

70 ILCS 1205/2-5

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-5) (from Ch. 105, par. 2-5)
    Sec. 2-5. The ballots to be used at such election shall be substantially the following form:
    ( )For Park District
    ( )Against Park District
For Park Commissioners (Vote for five)
(Here insert names of nominees, if any, with square at left opposite each, and five additional blank lines for voters to write in names if desired.)
    ( ).......................................................
    ( ).......................................................
    Names
    ( ).......................................................
    ( ).......................................................
    ( ).......................................................
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and shall include the names of all nominees for commissioners together with five blank lines for voters to write in names if desired; provided however in election jurisdictions where voting devices are utilized, voters may write in names in the manner provided in the general election law governing such voting systems. If the proposed district shall have appointed commissioners, the provisions for voting for commissioners shall be omitted from the ballot.
(Source: P.A. 86-307.)

70 ILCS 1205/2-6

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-6) (from Ch. 105, par. 2-6)
    Sec. 2-6. The circuit court shall canvass such returns and shall enter a judgment of record determining and declaring the results of the election, which judgment shall be filed in the court and if such district shall lie in more than one county, a certified copy thereof shall be delivered to the clerk of the circuit court of each such other county who shall file the certified copy of record in the circuit court of such county.
(Source: P.A. 83-1362.)

70 ILCS 1205/2-7

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-7) (from Ch. 105, par. 2-7)
    Sec. 2-7. Except as otherwise provided in Section 2-7.1, in case a majority of the votes cast upon the question so submitted shall be in favor of the establishment of such district, said district shall then be deemed organized subject to the election of the initial commissioners: Provided, that where a referendum has been held to organize any territory as a park district under this Act at which a majority of the votes cast in the territory proposed to be organized was against the organization of such park district, then in any subsequent referendum to organize a park district, held within 2 years of the date of the previous referendum, which includes any of the territory included in such previous referendum, if a city, village or incorporated town is included in the territory proposed as a district, no such district shall be deemed to be organized unless a majority of the votes cast within the limits of each such city, village or incorporated town and also a majority of the votes cast outside the limits of each such city, village or incorporated town, shall be in favor of the establishment of such district. The clerk shall certify the proposition to the proper election officials who shall submit the proposition at an election in accordance with the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

70 ILCS 1205/2-7.1

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-7.1) (from Ch. 105, par. 2-7.1)
    Sec. 2-7.1. (a) In case of a proposal to organize a park district as provided in subsection (a) of Section 2-2.1, the district shall be deemed organized if the proposal to organize the district receives the favorable vote of a majority of all votes cast on the question, and also receives the favorable vote of a majority of the votes cast within each of the existing park districts and in the territory, if any, not included in any existing park district. Thereupon the old park districts shall cease to exist, and the newly organized district shall succeed to all of their property and all their rights and obligations, including any bonded indebtedness.
    (b) In case of a proposal to reorganize a park district into 2 new park districts as provided in subsection (b) of Section 2-2.1, the district shall be deemed reorganized if the proposal to reorganize the park district receives the favorable vote of a majority of all votes cast within the park district to be so reorganized. Thereupon the old park district shall cease to exist, and the newly organized park districts shall succeed to all of its property and all of its rights and obligations, including any bonded indebtedness, as provided in Section 2-2.1.
(Source: P.A. 83-1346.)

70 ILCS 1205/2-8

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-8) (from Ch. 105, par. 2-8)
    Sec. 2-8. All courts in this State shall take judicial notice of all park districts.
(Source: Laws 1951, p. 113.)

70 ILCS 1205/2-9

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-9) (from Ch. 105, par. 2-9)
    Sec. 2-9. Candidates for park commissioner elected at the election to determine whether or not a General Park District shall be formed shall be nominated in the same manner and form as prescribed in the general election law, except that the petition for nomination shall be filed with the clerk of the circuit court and shall have the signatures of no less than 25 qualified voters. Candidates for the initial board of commissioners shall file nomination petitions within the time prescribed by the general election law.
    In the event that such park district is organized, then the five persons who shall have received the highest number of votes for commissioners each at such election shall be declared the commissioners of said district.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)

70 ILCS 1205/2-10

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-10) (from Ch. 105, par. 2-10)
    Sec. 2-10. Except as otherwise provided herein, within 30 days after declaration of the result of the election to organize a district, the five persons elected as commissioners shall meet and decide by lot, the term for which each shall hold office. Two shall serve for six years; two shall serve for four years; and one shall serve for two years, respectively and until their successors shall be duly elected and qualified.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)

70 ILCS 1205/2-10a

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-10a) (from Ch. 105, par. 2-10a)
    Sec. 2-10a. Any district may provide by referendum, or by resolution of the board, that the board shall be comprised of 7 commissioners. Any such referendum shall be initiated and held in the same manner as is provided by the general election law.
    If a majority of the votes cast on the proposition is in favor of the 7-member board, or if the board adopts a resolution stating that it is acting pursuant to this Section in order to create a 7-member board, then whichever of the following transition schedules are appropriate shall be applied: At the election of commissioners next following by at least 60 days the date on which the proposition to create a 7-member board was approved at referendum or by resolution, the number of commissioners to be elected shall be 2 more than the number that would otherwise have been elected. If this results in the election, pursuant to Section 2-12 of this Act, of 4 commissioners at that election, one of the 4, to be determined by lot within 30 days after the election, shall serve for a term of 4 years or 2 years as the case may be, instead of 6 years, so that his term will expire in the same year in which the term of only one of the incumbent commissioners expires. Thereafter all commissioners shall be elected for 6-year terms as provided in Section 2-12. If the creation of a 7-member board results in the election of either 3 or 4 commissioners, pursuant to Section 2-12a of this Act, at that election, 2 of them, to be determined by lot within 30 days after the election, shall serve for terms of 2 years instead of 4 years. Thereafter all commissioners shall be elected for 4-year terms as provided in Section 2-12a of this Act.
    In any district where a 7-member board has been created pursuant to this Section whether by referendum or by resolution, the number of commissioners may later be reduced to 5, but only by a referendum initiated and held in the same manner as prescribed in this Section for creating a 7-member board. No proposition to reduce the number of commissioners shall affect the terms of any commissioners holding office at the time of the referendum or to be elected within 60 days of the referendum. If a majority of the votes cast on the proposition is in favor of reducing a 7-member board to a 5-member board, then, at the election of commissioners next following by at least 60 days the date on which the proposition was approved at referendum, the number of commissioners to be elected shall be 2 less than the number that would otherwise have been elected and whichever of the following transition schedules are appropriate shall be applied: (i) if this results in the election of no commissioners for a 6-year term pursuant to Section 2-12 of this Act, then at the next election in which 3 commissioners are scheduled to be elected to 6-year terms as provided in Section 2-12, one of the 3, to be determined by lot within 30 days after the election, shall serve for a term of 4 years or 2 years, as the case may be, instead of 6 years, so that his or her term will expire in the same year in which the term of no incumbent commissioner is scheduled to expire; thereafter, all commissioners shall be elected for 6-year terms as provided in Section 2-12; or (ii) if the reduction to a 5-member board results in the election of one commissioner to a 4-year term, pursuant to Section 2-12a of this Act, then at the next election in which 4 commissioners are scheduled to be elected to 4-year terms as provided in Section 2-12a, one of the 4, to be determined by lot within 30 days after the election, shall serve for a term of 2 years, instead of 4 years, so that his or her term will expire in the same year in which the term of only one incumbent commissioner is scheduled to expire; thereafter, all commissioners shall be elected for 4-year terms as provided in Section 2-12a.
(Source: P.A. 100-351, eff. 8-25-17.)

70 ILCS 1205/2-11

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-11) (from Ch. 105, par. 2-11)
    Sec. 2-11. No person shall be eligible to serve as park commissioner unless that person is a qualified elector of the park district and has resided therein at least one year prior to election or appointment.
    A person is not eligible to serve as park commissioner if that person is in arrears in the payment of a tax or other indebtedness due to the park district or has been convicted in any court located in the United States of any infamous crime, bribery, perjury, or other felony.
    Nominations of candidates for the office of park commissioners in any General Park District at all succeeding elections shall be made by petition signed in the aggregate for each candidate by qualified voters of such district, equal in number to not less than 2% of the number who voted at the last preceding election for commissioners in such district, but in no case by less than 25 of such voters. The petition shall be filed with the secretary of the district.
    In all General Park Districts the secretary of the district shall, in the manner and at the time prescribed by the general election law certify to the proper election authorities the name or names of the candidate or candidates so nominated. The ballot shall have no political party name, platform or principle thereon designated, nor shall any party circle be printed upon the ballot. Where voting machines or electronic voting systems are used, the provisions of this Section may be modified as required or authorized by the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 96-458, eff. 8-14-09.)

70 ILCS 1205/2-12

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-12) (from Ch. 105, par. 2-12)
    Sec. 2-12. Except as may be otherwise determined pursuant to Section 2-12a the commissioners shall be elected for 6 year terms in all districts now or hereafter organized with the exceptions provided in Sections 2-10 and 2-10a as to those first elected.
    In all General Park Districts commissioners shall be elected biennially to take the place of those whose terms expire. Such elections shall take place at the election provided by the general election law.
    Commissioners shall serve until their successors are elected and qualified.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)

70 ILCS 1205/2-12a

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-12a) (from Ch. 105, par. 2-12a)
    Sec. 2-12a. Any district may provide, either by resolution of the board or by referendum, that the term of commissioners shall be 4 years rather than 6 years. Any such referendum shall be initiated and held in the same manner as is provided by the general election law for public questions authorized by Article VII of the Illinois Constitution.
    If a majority of the votes cast on the proposition is in favor of a 4-year term for commissioners, or if the Board adopts a resolution stating that it is acting pursuant to this Section to change the term of office from 6 years to 4 years, commissioners thereafter elected, commencing with the first regular park district election at least 60 days after the date on which the proposition for 4-year terms was approved at referendum or by resolution, shall be elected for a term of 4 years. In order to provide for the transition from 6-year terms to 4-year terms, if 2 commissioners are to be elected at the first such election and if the term of only one commissioner is scheduled to expire in the year of the next election at which commissioners are elected, of the 2 commissioners elected, one shall serve a 2-year term and one a 4-year term, to be determined by lot between the 2 persons elected within 30 days after the election.
    In any district where the board has created 4-year terms pursuant to this Section, whether by referendum or by resolution, the length of terms may later be increased to 6 years, but only by a referendum initiated and held in the same manner as prescribed in this Section for creating 4-year terms. No proposition to increase the terms of commissioners shall affect any commissioner holding office at the time of the referendum or to be elected within 60 days of the referendum.
(Source: P.A. 84-301.)

70 ILCS 1205/2-14

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-14) (from Ch. 105, par. 2-14)
    Sec. 2-14. When the boundaries of any General Park District are coterminous with the boundaries of a village having 50,000 or more inhabitants, and the commissioners are being elected for the same term of office as village trustees, within 30 days after the declaration of the result of the first election held to elect commissioners, the five persons elected as commissioners shall meet and decide by lot the term for which each shall hold office. Two shall serve for six years, two shall serve for four years, and one shall serve for two years, respectively, from the date of their election as commissioners, or until their successors shall be duly elected and qualified.
    When the boundaries of any General Park District are coterminous with the boundaries of a village having 50,000 or more inhabitants, and the commissioners are being elected for the same term of office as village trustees, the provisions of Section 2-12 concerning the term of office of commissioners in General Park Districts shall apply to elections subsequent to the first election held to elect commissioners.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)

70 ILCS 1205/2-15

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-15) (from Ch. 105, par. 2-15)
    Sec. 2-15. In each Pleasure Driveway and Park District there shall be elected a president and six trustees who shall be legal voters of and reside within said district, who shall hold their respective offices for a term of four years, from the date of said election and until their successors are elected and qualified.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)

70 ILCS 1205/2-17

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-17) (from Ch. 105, par. 2-17)
    Sec. 2-17. In existing Pleasure Driveway and Park Districts nominations of candidates for the office of president and trustee shall be made only by petition in the manner as provided for independent candidates in the general election law. The petition shall be signed by qualified voters in the district equal in number to not less than 2% of the number who voted at the last preceding election for trustees in the district, but in no case by fewer than 25 voters. The secretary of such board shall certify the names of the candidates to the appropriate election authorities, who shall conduct such election at the time and in the manner provided by the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)

70 ILCS 1205/2-17.5

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-17.5)
    Sec. 2-17.5. Fox Valley Park District.
    (a) The Fox Valley Pleasure Driveway and Park District is reorganized by operation of law as the Fox Valley Park District under this Code on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly.
    (b) Each Fox Valley Park District commissioner shall be a legal voter and reside within the park district. The proper election authority shall conduct the elections for commissioners at the time and in the manner provided by the general election law.
    (c) Beginning with the consolidated election in 2017, 7 commissioners shall be elected for 4-year terms, consisting of 6 commissioners from 3 2-member districts, and 1 commissioner elected at large. The terms of office of the initial commissioners elected under this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly will run as follows, to be determined by lot: 4 members shall serve a 4-year term and may be re-elected for subsequent 4-year terms, and 3 members shall serve a 2-year term and may be re-elected for subsequent 4-year terms thereafter.
    The initial three districts of the Fox Valley Park District shall be as follows:
        (1) Those portions of Kane County and Kendall County
    
west of the Fox River.
        (2) Those portions of Kane County and Kendall County
    
east of the Fox River and south and west of a line following Indian Trail Road from the center line of the Fox River easterly to the intersection with Farnsworth Avenue, then southerly along Farnsworth Avenue to the intersection with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, then easterly to the county line.
        (3) Those portions of the district in DuPage County
    
and Will County and that portion of Kane County generally north and east of a line following Indian Trail Road from the center line of the Fox River easterly to the intersection with Farnsworth Avenue, then southerly along Farnsworth Avenue to the intersection with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, then easterly to the county line.
    In the year following the next decennial census and each decennial census thereafter, the board of commissioners shall reapportion the districts to reflect the results of the census. The term of office for the commissioners elected under this Section shall commence on the first Monday of the month following the month of election. The terms of all appointed trustees serving on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly shall end when their successors have been elected and qualified.
    (d) The Fox Valley Park District board of commissioners shall elect officers of the board at the first meeting of the board following the next consolidated election for park district commissioners.
    (e) As of the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly, each Fox Valley Pleasure Driveway and Park District trustee in office shall, as a member of the board of the Fox Valley Park District, perform the duties and exercise the powers conferred upon park board commissioners under this Code, until his or her successor is elected and has qualified.
    (f) Any tax authorized by referendum or other means under this Code and levied by the Fox Valley Pleasure Driveway and Park District before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly shall not be affected or abrogated because of the name change, and the Fox Valley Park District may continue to levy and collect that tax.
(Source: P.A. 98-772, eff. 7-16-14.)

70 ILCS 1205/2-18

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-18) (from Ch. 105, par. 2-18)
    Sec. 2-18. (a) Except for the Fox Valley Park District on and after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly, in any Pleasure Driveway and Park District in which the legal voters have heretofore determined that the governing board shall be appointed, such method shall continue in effect and the board shall consist of 7 trustees. In such case and if the district is wholly contained within a single county the trustees shall be appointed by the presiding officer of the county board with the advice and consent of the county board. If the district is located in more than one county, the number of trustees who are residents of a county shall be in proportion, as nearly as practicable, to the number of residents of the district who reside in that county in relation to the total population of the district, except that the board of trustees may determine that one trustee is to be appointed from each county within the district, such appointment to be made by the appropriate appointing authority as hereinafter provided. Each trustee shall be appointed by the county board of his or her county of residence, or in the case of a home rule county, by the chief executive officer of the county with the advice and consent of the county board.
    (b) Upon the expiration of the term of a trustee who is in office at the time of the publication of each decennial Federal census of population, the successor shall be a resident of whichever county is entitled to such representation as determined under subsection (a), and he shall be appointed by the county board of that county, or in the case of a home rule county as defined by Article VII, Section 6 of the Illinois Constitution, the chief executive officer of that county, with the advice and consent of the county board. Thereafter, each trustee shall be succeeded by a resident of the same county who shall be appointed by the same appointing authority. The appropriate appointing authority shall appoint trustees biennially for such district on the first Monday in July, to fill the vacancies on the board of trustees caused by the expiration of the term of office of trustees and the trustees shall be legal voters and reside within the park district; provided, that no more than 4 trustees at any one time shall belong to the same political party. Each of the trustees shall receive a certificate of appointment and qualify within 10 days from the receipt of notice of appointment.
    Trustees shall be appointed for a period of 4 years and shall hold their office until their successors are appointed and qualified.
    Whenever a vacancy is created other than by the expiration of a trustee's term of office, it shall be filled by the appropriate appointing authority as provided in subsection (a).
    All trustees appointed for any park district, as herein provided, shall have and exercise all the powers conferred upon trustees elected under the provisions of this Code.
    In a Pleasure Driveway and Park District the trustees of which are appointed as herein provided, whenever a provision in this Code or any other applicable law authorizes a public question of any kind to be submitted to the electors of the district at an election, a petition by electors of the district asking that such question be submitted shall be signed by a number of registered voters of such district equal to not less than 10% of the number of registered voters in the district as of the last preceding regular election.
(Source: P.A. 98-772, eff. 7-16-14.)

70 ILCS 1205/2-19

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-19) (from Ch. 105, par. 2-19)
    Sec. 2-19. The board of Township Park Districts shall consist of three commissioners, each of whom must be a legal voter of and reside within the district. Each shall hold office for a term of six years from the date of his election and until his successor is elected and qualified.
    An election shall be held at the time provided by the general election law, to elect the commissioner whose term then expires. Nominations shall be made in the manner as provided for General Park Districts under Sections 2-11, 2-12 and 2-13 of this Code. The election shall be conducted as provided by the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)

70 ILCS 1205/2-20

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-20) (from Ch. 105, par. 2-20)
    Sec. 2-20. Whenever the legal voters of any Township Park District or Pleasure Driveway and Park District, equal in number to ten per cent of the number of electors voting at the last preceding election held in the district, petition the board thereof to submit the question whether the park district shall reorganize as a General Park District under this Code, the secretary of the board shall certify this question to the appropriate election authorities who shall conduct a referendum on said question in accordance with the general election law. Such petition shall be filed with the secretary of said board in accordance with provisions of general election law.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)

70 ILCS 1205/2-21

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-21) (from Ch. 105, par. 2-21)
    Sec. 2-21. The proposition to be submitted at such election shall be in substantially the following form:
--------------------------------------------------------------
    Shall the.... Park District            YES
reorganize as a General Park District ------------------------
under the Park District Code?              NO
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(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)

70 ILCS 1205/2-22

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-22) (from Ch. 105, par. 2-22)
    Sec. 2-22. If a majority of the legal voters of such district voting on such proposition vote in favor thereof, the park district shall become a General Park District under this Code. Thereupon, the Park District officers then in office or elected at such election shall exercise the powers conferred upon like officers under this Code until their successors are elected and have qualified.
(Source: Laws 1951, p. 113.)

70 ILCS 1205/2-23

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-23) (from Ch. 105, par. 2-23)
    Sec. 2-23. The first election for commissioners where a Pleasure Driveway and Park District has become a General Park District shall be held at the next regular election for park district commissioners at which time two commissioners shall be elected for a term of six years to succeed the former president and two trustees whose terms have expired. In the succeeding biennial election three commissioners shall be elected to succeed the remaining former trustees, whose terms shall have then expired. These three newly elected commissioners shall decide by lot the term for which each shall hold office. The two drawing the longest term shall serve for six years; and the other shall serve for two years, and until their successors shall be duly elected and qualified. Thereafter commissioners shall be elected biennially for a term of six years to succeed the commissioners whose terms expire. Provided, in former Pleasure Driveway and Park Districts, where the trustees are appointed in the manner provided in Section 2-18 hereof, the first election for commissioners shall be held at the next regular election for park district commissioners after the expiration of the terms of the three or four former trustees (as the case may be) whose terms first expire. Said election shall be held at the time provided by the general election law at which two commissioners shall be elected for a term of six years to succeed said former trustees whose terms have expired. Two years thereafter an election shall be held at the time provided by the general election law, at which three commissioners shall be elected to succeed the remaining former trustees whose terms shall have expired. These three newly elected commissioners shall decide by lot the term for which each shall hold office, in the same manner as above provided for Pleasure Driveway and Park Districts in which the former trustees were elected by the voters.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)

70 ILCS 1205/2-24

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-24) (from Ch. 105, par. 2-24)
    Sec. 2-24. The first election for commissioners where a Township Park District has been incorporated as a General Park District shall be held at the next regular election of such commissioners as provided in the general election law at which time three commissioners shall be elected to succeed the commissioner whose term has expired.
    These newly elected three commissioners shall decide by lot the term for which each shall hold office; the two drawing the longest term shall serve for six years, and the other shall serve for four years, and until their successors shall be duly elected and qualified. In the succeeding biennial election one commissioner shall be elected for a term of six years to succeed the commissioner whose term has expired. Thereafter commissioners shall be elected biennially for a term of six years to succeed the commissioners whose terms expire.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)

70 ILCS 1205/2-25

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-25) (from Ch. 105, par. 2-25)
    Sec. 2-25. Vacancies. Whenever any member of the governing board of any park district (i) dies, (ii) resigns, (iii) becomes under legal disability, (iv) ceases to be a legal voter in the district, (v) is convicted of any infamous crime, (vi) refuses or neglects to take his or her oath of office, (vii) neglects to perform the duties of his or her office or attend meetings of the board for the length of time as the board fixes by ordinance, or (viii) for any other reason specified by law, that office may be declared vacant. Vacancies shall be filled by appointment by a majority of the remaining members of the board. Any person so appointed shall hold his or her office until the next regular election for this office, at which a member shall be elected to fill the vacancy for the unexpired term, subject to the following conditions:
        (1) If the vacancy occurs with less than 28 months
    
remaining in the term, the person appointed to fill the vacancy shall hold his or her office until the expiration of the term for which he or she has been appointed, and no election to fill the vacancy shall be held.
        (2) If the vacancy occurs with more than 28 months
    
left in the term, but less than 123 days before the next regularly scheduled election for this office, the person appointed to fill the vacancy shall hold his or her office until the second regularly scheduled election for the office following the appointment, at which a member shall be elected to fill the vacancy for the unexpired term.
(Source: P.A. 97-131, eff. 7-14-11.)

70 ILCS 1205/2-26

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-26) (from Ch. 105, par. 2-26)
    Sec. 2-26. The election of a park commissioner may be contested in the Circuit Court. Such contests shall be initiated and conducted pursuant to the provisions of Article 23 of The Election Code, as amended, applicable to contests of election of officers elected from districts.
(Source: P.A. 80-638.)

70 ILCS 1205/2-27

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-27)
    Sec. 2-27. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 98-928, eff. 8-15-14. Repealed internally, eff. 6-1-17.)

70 ILCS 1205/2-28

    (70 ILCS 1205/2-28)
    Sec. 2-28. Plainfield Park District board. On and after April 4, 2017, the Plainfield Park District shall have a board of 7 commissioners to be elected as provided under Section 2-10a of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 98-928, eff. 8-15-14.)