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SCHOOLS
(105 ILCS 5/) School Code.

105 ILCS 5/prec. Sec. 19-2

 
    (105 ILCS 5/prec. Sec. 19-2 heading)
BONDS

105 ILCS 5/19-2

    (105 ILCS 5/19-2) (from Ch. 122, par. 19-2)
    Sec. 19-2. School directors - Power to borrow money and issue bonds. For the purpose of building or repairing schoolhouses or purchasing or improving school sites, the directors of any school district, when authorized by a majority of the votes cast on such proposition conducted in accordance with the general election law, may borrow money; and, as evidence of such indebtedness, may issue bonds signed by the president and clerk of the board, in denominations of not less than $100, and bearing 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.
    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 proceeds of any bonds issued under authorization of this Section shall be deposited and accounted for separately within the Site and Construction/Capital Improvements Fund.
(Source: P.A. 86-4; 87-984.)

105 ILCS 5/19-3

    (105 ILCS 5/19-3) (from Ch. 122, par. 19-3)
    Sec. 19-3. Boards of education. Any school district governed by a board of education and having a population of not more than 500,000 inhabitants, and not governed by a special Act may borrow money for the purpose of building, equipping, altering or repairing school buildings or purchasing or improving school sites, or acquiring and equipping playgrounds, recreation grounds, athletic fields, and other buildings or land used or useful for school purposes or for the purpose of purchasing a site, with or without a building or buildings thereon, or for the building of a house or houses on such site, or for the building of a house or houses on the school site of the school district, for residential purposes of the superintendent, principal, or teachers of the school district, and issue its negotiable coupon bonds therefor signed by the president and secretary of the board, in denominations of not less than $100 nor more than $5,000, payable at such place and at such time or times, not exceeding 20 years, with the exception of Lockport High School and bonds issued by any school district as qualified school construction bonds in accordance with applicable federal tax law not exceeding 25 years, from date of issuance, as the board of education may prescribe, and bearing interest at a rate not to exceed the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, payable annually, semiannually or quarterly, but no such bonds shall be issued unless the proposition to issue them is submitted to the voters of the district at a referendum held at a regularly scheduled election after the board has certified the proposition to the proper election authorities in accordance with the general election law, a majority of all the votes cast on the proposition is in favor of the proposition, and notice of such bond referendum has been given either (i) in accordance with the second paragraph of Section 12-1 of the Election Code irrespective of whether such notice included any reference to the public question as it appeared on the ballot, or (ii) for an election held on or after November 1, 1998, in accordance with Section 12-5 of the Election Code, or (iii) by publication of a true and legible copy of the specimen ballot label containing the proposition in the form in which it appeared or will appear on the official ballot label on the day of the election at least 5 days before the day of the election in at least one newspaper published in and having a general circulation in the district, irrespective of any other requirements of Article 12 or Section 24A-18 of the Election Code, nor shall any residential site be acquired unless such proposition to acquire a site is submitted to the voters of the district at a referendum held at a regularly scheduled election after the board has certified the proposition to the proper election authorities in accordance with the general election law and a majority of all the votes cast on the proposition is in favor of the proposition. Nothing in this Act or in any other law shall be construed to require the notice of the bond referendum to be published over the name or title of the election authority or the listing of maturity dates of any bonds either in the notice of bond election or ballot used in the bond election. The provisions of this Section concerning notice of the bond referendum apply only to (i) consolidated primary elections held prior to January 1, 2002 and the consolidated election held on April 17, 2007 at which not less than 60% of the voters voting on the bond proposition voted in favor of the bond proposition, and (ii) other elections held before July 1, 1999; otherwise, notices required in connection with the submission of public questions shall be as set forth in Section 12-5 of the Election Code. Such proposition may be initiated by resolution of the school board.
    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 proceeds of any bonds issued under authority of this Section shall be deposited and accounted for separately within the Site and Construction/Capital Improvements Fund.
(Source: P.A. 99-735, eff. 8-5-16.)

105 ILCS 5/19-3.5

    (105 ILCS 5/19-3.5)
    Sec. 19-3.5. Flood-damaged building. Martinsville Community Unit School District 3C is authorized to issue bonds in not to exceed the amount of $4,000,000 for the purpose of paying the cost of acquiring and improving a school site and building and equipping a new school building on the site to replace all or a portion of a school building closed by the regional superintendent of schools pursuant to Section 3-14.22 of this Code because of flood damage. The replacement building may be larger than the size of and offer more functions than the school building being replaced. Bonds issued pursuant to this Section may be issued without referendum and shall mature not more than 25 years from the date of issuance.
(Source: P.A. 96-517, eff. 8-14-09.)

105 ILCS 5/19-3.10

    (105 ILCS 5/19-3.10)
    Sec. 19-3.10. Mine subsidence damaged building. Gillespie Community Unit School District 7 is authorized to issue bonds in not to exceed the amount of $22,000,000 for the purpose of paying the cost of acquiring and improving a school site and building and equipping a new school building on the site to replace all or a portion of a school building closed by the regional superintendent of schools pursuant to Section 3-14.22 of this Code because of mine subsidence damage. The replacement building may be larger than the size of and offer more functions than the school building being replaced. Bonds issued pursuant to this Section may be issued without referendum and shall mature not more than 25 years from the date of issuance.
(Source: P.A. 96-517, eff. 8-14-09.)

105 ILCS 5/19-3.15

    (105 ILCS 5/19-3.15)
    Sec. 19-3.15. School additions; Chaney-Monge School District 88. Notwithstanding the requirements of any other applicable law and without further referendum approval, Chaney-Monge School District 88 is authorized to issue bonds in not to exceed the amount of $3,000,000 to provide for the improvement, alteration, and repair of schoolhouses and to fund the local share as required for a Capital Development Board school construction grant to fund school additions and associated construction and equipment with respect to which a referendum was passed on March 18, 2014.
(Source: P.A. 98-1060, eff. 8-26-14.)

105 ILCS 5/19-4

    (105 ILCS 5/19-4) (from Ch. 122, par. 19-4)
    Sec. 19-4. Bonds issued - Boundaries changed. Where bonds are issued by any school district under the provisions of Section 19-2 through Section 19-6, and before any contract is let for the construction of buildings or improvements in accordance therewith the district boundaries are changed by the formation of a new district including all or a part of said district, or by the annexation of a district in its entirety to another district, then upon the adoption of a resolution by the board of education of the new district or the district to which the territory has been annexed, that the building or improvements are no longer feasible, the board shall by resolution order submitted to the electors the proposition of authorizing the board to use the proceeds of said bonds or the portion thereof allotted to the new district or district to which said territory is annexed for a specific new building or improvement in some locality of the district other than the one specified at the previous election, or for a different improvement, or for a part of the original improvements. In case a new district has been formed, no such referendum shall be held unless the new district embraces territory having as much or more assessed valuation as the territory embraced in the district at the first election. The board shall certify the resolution and the proposition to the proper election authorities for submission in accordance with the general election law.
    Where bonds are issued by any school district under the provisions of Section 19-2 through Section 19-6, and it is determined by the board of education by resolution that it is in the interests of the school district that part or all of the proceeds of said bonds be used for different purposes than authorized but for purposes for which bonds may be issued under the provisions of Section 19-2 through Section 19-6, the board shall by resolution order submitted to the electors the proposition of authorizing the board to use the proceeds of said bonds or a part thereof for the purposes set forth in said resolution and if a majority of all the votes cast on said proposition is in favor thereof the board shall have such authority. The board shall certify the resolution and the proposition to the proper election authorities for submission in accordance with the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 84-1334.)

105 ILCS 5/19-5

    (105 ILCS 5/19-5) (from Ch. 122, par. 19-5)
    Sec. 19-5. Registration, numbering and countersigning. All bonds issued under this Act, except bonds issued by school districts having a population of more than 500,000 inhabitants, before being issued, negotiated and sold, shall be registered, numbered and countersigned by the treasurer who receives the taxes of the district. The registration shall be made in a book in which shall be entered the record of the election authorizing the directors or the board of education to borrow money and a description of the bonds issued, including the number, date, to whom issued, amount, rate of interest and when due.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/19-6

    (105 ILCS 5/19-6) (from Ch. 122, par. 19-6)
    Sec. 19-6. Bond money to school treasurer - Delivery of bonds - Record - Payment. All moneys borrowed under the authority of this Act, except money borrowed by school districts having a population of more than 500,000 inhabitants, shall be paid to the school treasurer of the district. The treasurer shall, before receiving any of the money, execute a bond with two or more persons having an interest in real estate, who shall not be trustees, or a surety company authorized to do business in this State, as surety, payable to the school board of the district in Class I county school units or township trustees in Class II county school units and conditioned upon the faithful discharge of his duties, except that the bond required of the school treasurer of a school district which is located in a Class II county school unit but which no longer is subject to the jurisdiction and authority of a township treasurer or trustees of schools of a township because the district has withdrawn from the jurisdiction and authority of the township treasurer and trustees of schools of the township or because those offices have been abolished as provided in subsection (b) or (c) of Section 5-1 shall be payable to the school board of such district and conditioned upon the faithful discharge of his duties. The bond shall be submitted for approval or rejection to the school board of the district or to the township trustees to which such bond is payable. The penalty of the bond or bonds shall be 25% of the amount of such bond issue, whether individuals act as surety or whether the surety is given by a surety company authorized to transact business in this State. The bond shall be in substantially the same form as that required by Section 8-2 of this Act and when so given shall fully describe the bond issue which it specifically covers and shall remain in force until the funds of the bond issue are fully disbursed in accordance with the law. Upon receiving such moneys the treasurer shall deliver the bonds issued therefor to the persons entitled to receive them, and shall credit the funds received to the district issuing the bonds. The treasurer shall record the amount received for each bond issued. When any bonds are paid the treasurer shall cancel them and shall enter, against the record of the bonds, the words, "paid and cancelled the .... day of ...., 1 ....," filling the blanks with the day, month, and year corresponding to the date of payment.
(Source: P.A. 89-212, eff. 8-4-95.)

105 ILCS 5/19-7

    (105 ILCS 5/19-7) (from Ch. 122, par. 19-7)
    Sec. 19-7. Certified copy of resolution filed with county clerk-Registry of bonds-Extension of tax. Whenever any school district having a population of less than 500,000 inhabitants is authorized to issue bonds, the recording officer thereof shall file in the office of the county clerk of each county in which any portion of the district is situated a certified copy of the resolution providing for their issuance and levying a tax to pay them. The county clerk shall prepare and keep in his office a registry of all such bonds which shall show the name of the issuing body and the date, amount, purpose, rate of interest and maturity of the bonds to be issued, and the county clerk, subject to the provisions of Section 7-14 of this Act, annually shall extend taxes against all the taxable property situated in the county and contained in the district in amounts sufficient to pay maturing principal and interest, and such taxes shall be computed, extended and collected in the same manner as is now or may hereafter be provided for the computation, extension and collection of taxes for general corporate purposes for the issuing district. If no such certified copy of resolution has been filed with reference to any bonds heretofore authorized one shall promptly be filed.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/19-8

    (105 ILCS 5/19-8) (from Ch. 122, par. 19-8)
    Sec. 19-8. Bonds to pay claims. Any school district or non-high district operating under general law or special charter having a population of 500,000 or less is authorized to issue bonds for the purpose of paying orders issued for the wages of teachers, for the payment of claims against any such district, or for providing funds to effect liquidation or defeasance of the obligations of a Financial Oversight Panel pursuant to the provisions of Section 1H-115 of this Code.
    Such bonds may be issued in an amount, including existing indebtedness, in excess of any statutory limitation as to debt.
(Source: P.A. 97-429, eff. 8-16-11.)

105 ILCS 5/19-9

    (105 ILCS 5/19-9) (from Ch. 122, par. 19-9)
    Sec. 19-9. Resolution to issue bonds - Submission to voters. Before any district as described in Section 19-8 shall avail itself of the provisions of that section the governing body thereof shall examine and consider the several teachers' orders or claims or liabilities of a Financial Oversight Panel established pursuant to Article 1H of this Code, or any or all of these, proposed to be paid and if it appears that they were authorized and allowed for proper school purposes it shall adopt a resolution so declaring and set forth and describe in detail such teachers' orders and claims and liabilities of a Financial Oversight Panel established pursuant to Article 1H of this Code and the adoption of the resolution shall establish the validity thereof, notwithstanding the amount of such orders and claims and liabilities of a Financial Oversight Panel established pursuant to Article 1H of this Code may exceed in whole or in part any applicable statutory debt limit in force at the time the indebtedness evidenced by such orders and claims and liabilities of a Financial Oversight Panel established pursuant to Article 1H of this Code was incurred. The resolution shall also declare the intention of the district to issue bonds for the purpose of paying such teachers' orders or claims or liabilities of a Financial Oversight Panel established pursuant to Article 1H of this Code, and direct that notice of such intention be published at least once in a newspaper published within the district and if there be no newspaper published within the district then notice shall be published in a newspaper having general circulation within the district. The notice shall set forth (1) the time within which a petition may be filed requesting the submission of the proposition to issue the bonds as hereinafter in this Section provided; (2) the specific number of voters required to sign the petition; and the date of the prospective referendum. The recording officer of the district shall provide a petition form to any individual requesting one. If within 30 days after such publication of such notice a petition is filed with the recording officer of the district, signed by the voters of the district equal to 10% or more of the registered voters of the district requesting that the proposition to issue bonds as authorized by Section 19-8 be submitted to the voters thereof, then the district shall not be authorized to issue bonds as provided by Section 19-8 until the proposition has been submitted to and approved by a majority of the voters voting on the proposition at a regular scheduled election. The board shall certify the proposition to the proper election authorities for submission in accordance with the general election law. If no such petition with the requisite number of signatures is filed within said 30 days, or if any and all petitions filed are invalid, then the district shall thereafter be authorized to issue bonds for the purposes and as provided in Section 19-8.
(Source: P.A. 97-429, eff. 8-16-11.)

105 ILCS 5/19-10

    (105 ILCS 5/19-10) (from Ch. 122, par. 19-10)
    Sec. 19-10. Payment of liabilities resulting from division of assets.
    Any school district having a population of 500,000 or less is authorized to issue bonds for the purpose of the payment of any liabilities or obligations imposed on such district resulting from the division of assets as provided by Article 7 of this Act or Article 5 of this Act as it existed prior to July 1, 1952.
    Within 90 days after the final order of the county board of school trustees dividing assets as a result of creating a new district the school board of such newly created district or the school board of a district a portion of whose territory is included within the newly created district shall pay any amounts due.
    The school board of a district obligated or liable under the provisions of this Section shall issue bonds to the extent necessary to enable the district to discharge its obligations unless funds can otherwise be made available for such purpose, and such bonds may be issued in an amount, including existing indebtedness, in excess of any statutory limitation as to debt but subject to the 5% constitutional limit.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/19-11

    (105 ILCS 5/19-11) (from Ch. 122, par. 19-11)
    Sec. 19-11. Amount of indebtedness - Interest and maturity. Any district which has complied with Section 19-9 and which is authorized to issue bonds under Sections 19-8, 19-9 and 19-10 shall adopt a resolution specifying the amount of indebtedness to be funded, whether for the purpose of paying claims, or for paying teachers' orders, or for paying liabilities or obligations imposed on any district resulting from the division of assets as provided by Article 7 of this Act or Article 5 of this Act as it existed prior to July 1, 1952. The resolution shall set forth the date, denomination, rate of interest and maturities of the bonds, fix all details with respect to the issue and execution thereof, and provide for the levy of a tax sufficient to pay both principal and interest of the bonds as they mature. The bonds shall bear interest at a rate not to exceed the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, payable annually or semi-annually, as the governing body may determine, and mature in not more than 20 years from the date thereof or as otherwise authorized by law.
    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.
(Source: P.A. 100-531, eff. 9-22-17.)

105 ILCS 5/19-12

    (105 ILCS 5/19-12) (from Ch. 122, par. 19-12)
    Sec. 19-12. Filing copy of resolution-Extension of taxes. A certified copy of the resolution authorizing the issue of bonds under Sections 19-8 through 19-11 shall be filed with the county clerk of each county in which any portion of any such district is situated and the county clerk shall annually extend taxes against all of the taxable property situated in the county and contained in such district in amounts sufficient to pay maturing principal and interest of such bonds without limitation as to rate or amount and in addition to and in excess of any taxes that may now or hereafter be authorized to be levied by Sections 12-11 and 12-11.1 or 17-2 through 17-9.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/19-13

    (105 ILCS 5/19-13) (from Ch. 122, par. 19-13)
    Sec. 19-13. Sale or exchange of bonds. Any bonds issued under Sections 19-8 to 19-11, inclusive, may be exchanged par for par for claims or unpaid orders for wages of teachers, or both, or may be sold and the proceeds received used to pay such claims or orders.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/19-14

    (105 ILCS 5/19-14) (from Ch. 122, par. 19-14)
    Sec. 19-14. Validity of indebtedness-Validity of bonds. Purchasers of such bonds shall not be obligated to inquire into the validity of the indebtedness funded, and bonds issued under sections 19-8 through 19-11 shall be the valid and binding obligations of the school district, notwithstanding the fact that the bonds, together with existing indebtedness, either in whole or in part, exceed any statutory debt limitation in force at the time the bonds are issued.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)