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TOWNSHIPS
(60 ILCS 1/) Township Code.

60 ILCS 1/Art. 1

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 1 heading)
ARTICLE 1.
SHORT TITLE AND GENERAL PROVISIONS

60 ILCS 1/1-1

    (60 ILCS 1/1-1)
    Sec. 1-1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Township Code.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/1-5

    (60 ILCS 1/1-5)
    Sec. 1-5. Use of terms.
    (a) A reference in another Act to a town (other than an incorporated town) shall be deemed a reference to a township as that term is used in this Code.
    (b) A reference in another Act to the board of trustees of a town (other than an incorporated town) or township, the board of town trustees, or the board of township trustees shall be deemed a reference to the township board as that term is used in this Code.
    (c) A reference in another Act to an officer of a town (other than an incorporated town) shall be deemed a reference to a township officer as that term is used in this Code.
(Source: P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 5

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 5 heading)
ARTICLE 5.
ADOPTION OF TOWNSHIP ORGANIZATION

60 ILCS 1/5-5

    (60 ILCS 1/5-5)
    Sec. 5-5. Vote on organization. At any general election held in the several counties in this State, the qualified voters in any county may vote for or against township organization in the county.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/5-10

    (60 ILCS 1/5-10)
    Sec. 5-10. Referendum. Whenever a proposition or public question is required to be submitted under this Code for approval or rejection by the electors at an election, the time and manner of conducting the referendum shall be in accordance with the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/5-15

    (60 ILCS 1/5-15)
    Sec. 5-15. Form of proposition. The county board, on the petition of 10% or more of the legal voters of the county, shall certify and cause to be submitted to the voters of the county the question of township organization under this Article. The proposition shall be substantially in the form: "For township organization" or "Against township organization".
(Source: P.A. 88-62; 89-365, eff. 8-18-95.)

60 ILCS 1/5-20

    (60 ILCS 1/5-20)
    Sec. 5-20. Abstract of election returns. The county clerk shall enter an abstract of the returns of the election, prepared and certified as in elections for county officers, file the abstract in the records of the county, and certify an exact copy of the abstract and cause it to be delivered to the State Comptroller.
(Source: P.A. 83-343; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/5-25

    (60 ILCS 1/5-25)
    Sec. 5-25. Effect of vote. If it appears by the returns of the election that a majority of the legal voters of the county are for township organization, then, the county so voting in favor of adopting township organization shall be governed by and subject to the provisions of this Code on and after the first Tuesday of April of the next succeeding odd-numbered year. A majority of the voters voting at the election shall be deemed a majority of the voters of the county.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/5-30

    (60 ILCS 1/5-30)
    Sec. 5-30. Appointment of commissioners to divide county into townships. The presiding officer of the county board, with the advice and consent of the county board, shall at the next session of the county board appoint 3 commissioners to divide the county into townships. The commissioners shall be residents of the county. The commissioners shall be paid for their services by the county.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/5-35

    (60 ILCS 1/5-35)
    Sec. 5-35. Division of county into townships. The commissioners shall proceed to divide the county into townships, making them conform to the townships according to government surveys. Fractional townships may be attached to adjoining townships if the number of the inhabitants or the amount of territory of a fractional township is not sufficient for a separate township. If a township has too few inhabitants for a separate organization, then the township may be added to some adjoining township or divided between 2 or more townships for the time being. When a creek or river so divides a township that it is inconvenient for transacting township business, the creek or river may be made the township boundary, and the fractions so formed may be disposed of as other fractional townships.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/5-40

    (60 ILCS 1/5-40)
    Sec. 5-40. Township names. Townships shall be named in accordance with the express wish of the inhabitants of the township. If there is not a degree of unanimity as to the name, the commissioners may designate the name. The county board may change the name of any township in its county upon a petition of a majority of the voters of the township. No 2 townships in the State shall have the same name.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/5-45

    (60 ILCS 1/5-45)
    Sec. 5-45. Commissioners' report. The commissioners shall make a written report of their proceedings, giving the names and bounds of each township. They shall present the report to the county clerk on or before the first day of March next succeeding.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/5-50

    (60 ILCS 1/5-50)
    Sec. 5-50. Abstract of commissioners' report. The county clerk shall, within 30 days after receiving the commissioners' report, transmit by mail to the Secretary of State an abstract of the report. The abstract shall give the bounds of each township and the name designated for each township. The clerk shall record the commissioners' report in a book kept for that purpose.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/5-55

    (60 ILCS 1/5-55)
    Sec. 5-55. Duplicate township names. If the Secretary of State, on comparing the abstracts of the reports from the several counties, finds that any 2 or more townships are named alike, he shall so inform the clerk of the county which last adopted the name. The county board of that county shall, at its next meeting, adopt for the township some different name. When the name is adopted, the county clerk shall inform the Secretary of State as provided in Section 5-50.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/5-60

    (60 ILCS 1/5-60)
    Sec. 5-60. Record of township names and boundaries. The Secretary of State shall keep a record of the names and boundaries of the several townships.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/5-65

    (60 ILCS 1/5-65)
    Sec. 5-65. Township election. The township election shall be scheduled in accordance with and conducted in the manner required by the Election Code.
(Source: P.A. 87-471; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/5-70

    (60 ILCS 1/5-70)
    Sec. 5-70. Refusal to organize township; annexation.
    (a) If any township refuses or neglects to organize and elect township officers, the county board of the county may order another election for that purpose at the time of the next regular election scheduled under the general election law. The county board shall appoint qualified residents of the township to serve in the township offices and to perform the duties and possess all the rights and powers of those offices until the regular election of officers provided in this Code.
    (b) If the township does not then organize and elect officers, the county board may, at any regular or special meeting, appoint the necessary officers for the township. The persons so appointed shall hold their offices until the next annual township meeting and until their successors are elected or appointed and qualified.
    (c) If the persons appointed under subsection (b) fail to qualify as required by law or if, at any time after the organization of the township, the electors of the township refuse to elect or appoint officers or to exercise the powers required by law, the county board may annex the township to an adjoining township. The township so annexed shall thereafter constitute a part of the township to which it is annexed.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/5-75

    (60 ILCS 1/5-75)
    Sec. 5-75. Township co-extensive with city or village. When, in any county under township organization, there is any territory co-extensive with the limits of a city or village situated in the county and not included within any organized township, that territory shall constitute a township by the name of the city or village. All provisions of this Code shall apply to the township so constituted, the same as if it had been organized under this Article in the case of the organization of new townships.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 10

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 10 heading)
ARTICLE 10. ALTERATION
OF TOWNSHIP BOUNDARIES BY
COUNTY BOARD

60 ILCS 1/10-5

    (60 ILCS 1/10-5)
    Sec. 10-5. County board powers. The county board of each county, except as provided in Article 15, may (i) alter the boundaries of townships, (ii) change township lines, (iii) divide, enlarge, consolidate, and create new townships in its county, (iv) make alterations of the township boundaries, and (v) create a new township whenever, in any territory of not less than 36 square miles or possessing an equalized assessed valuation for taxation purposes of not less than $6,000,000 for the preceding 2 years, three-fourths or more of the voters residing in the territory petition for a new township. The new territory proposed to be organized into a new township shall, however, contain at least 200 legal voters, and the respective remaining portions of each of the townships from which the new township is taken shall also contain at least 200 legal voters and shall either contain not less than 36 square miles or possess an equalized assessed valuation for taxation purposes of not less than $6,000,000 for the preceding 2 years. The county board, however, before taking any final action in any of the matters relating to any of these townships, shall hold a public hearing on those matters after notice of the hearing has been published at least 3 times in a newspaper having a general circulation in the townships affected. The first of the notices shall be published at least 60 days before the date of the hearing. No incorporated town, however, may be divided unless the proposition has been certified to the appropriate election authorities, the referendum is held in accordance with the general election law, and consent to the division is given by a majority of all the electors in the incorporated town voting on the proposition.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/10-10

    (60 ILCS 1/10-10)
    Sec. 10-10. Election in new township. When 2 or more townships are united into one, or when a township is divided into 2 or more townships, a new election shall be ordered in the new township or townships by the county board and held at the time scheduled under the general election law for the holding of township elections. The election shall be conducted in the manner prescribed by the general election law. When parts of several townships are taken to make a new township, an election need not be ordered in the townships from which territory is taken. If, however, any officer of one of those townships continues to reside in the new township, his or her office shall be declared vacant and filled as in other cases of vacancy.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/10-15

    (60 ILCS 1/10-15)
    Sec. 10-15. Terms of officers of new township. The officers elected or appointed at a township meeting shall hold their offices until the next annual township meeting and until their successors are elected and qualified.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/10-20

    (60 ILCS 1/10-20)
    Sec. 10-20. Detachment of part of township.
    (a) If any township lies partly within and partly without any city, village, or incorporated town and both the city, village, or incorporated town and the township are charged with the duty of providing relief and support to poor and indigent persons in the territory lying within both the township and the city, village, or incorporated town, the county board may upon its own motion detach the part of the township within the city, village, or incorporated town and may annex the detached part to one or more townships wholly within the city, village, or incorporated town.
    (b) The township officers of any township from which territory is detached shall continue as officers of the township until the expiration of the respective terms for which they were elected or appointed and until their successors are elected or appointed and qualified, without regard to whether they reside in the township or the territory detached from the township.
    (c) All property belonging to the township from which territory is detached and all debts of that township before the detachment shall respectively remain the sole property and obligations of that township.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/10-25

    (60 ILCS 1/10-25)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 100-107)
    Sec. 10-25. Plan for changes in townships.
    (a) The county board of each county may, subject to a referendum in the townships affected as provided in this Section, adopt a plan for altering the boundaries of townships, changing township lines, dividing, enlarging, or consolidating townships, or creating new townships, so that each township shall possess an equalized assessed valuation of not less than $10,000,000 as of the 1982 assessment year or an area of not more than 126 square miles.
    (b) No alteration or change in boundaries shall be effective unless approved by a referendum in each township affected. The election authority shall submit to the voters of each township affected, at a regular election to be held not less than 60 days after the plan is adopted, the question of approving the alteration or change. The alterations or changes, if approved by the voters, shall take effect on the date of the next township election and shall be applicable to that election. If there is doubt as to the township clerk with whom nomination papers for that election should be filed, the county board shall designate the clerk. In the alteration of boundaries, a county board may not disturb urban or coterminous townships in existence on October 1, 1978.
(Source: P.A. 84-1308; 88-62.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 100-107)
    Sec. 10-25. Plan for changes in townships.
    (a) The county board of each county may, subject to a referendum in the townships affected as provided in this Section, adopt a plan for altering the boundaries of townships, changing township lines, dividing, enlarging, or consolidating townships, or creating new townships, so that each township shall possess an equalized assessed valuation of not less than $10,000,000 as of the 1982 assessment year.
    (b) No alteration or change in boundaries shall be effective unless approved by a referendum in each township affected. The election authority shall submit to the voters of each township affected, at a regular election to be held not less than 60 days after the plan is adopted, the question of approving the alteration or change. The alterations or changes, if approved by the voters, shall take effect on the date of the next township election and shall be applicable to that election. If there is doubt as to the township clerk with whom nomination papers for that election should be filed, the county board shall designate the clerk. In the alteration of boundaries, a county board may not disturb urban or coterminous townships in existence on October 1, 1978.
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

60 ILCS 1/10-30

    (60 ILCS 1/10-30)
    Sec. 10-30. Election after alteration of township boundaries. When township boundaries have been altered under this Article, an election for township officers shall be held in the new townships at the time scheduled under the general election law for the election of township officers. The election shall be conducted in the manner prescribed by the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/10-35

    (60 ILCS 1/10-35)
    Sec. 10-35. Assessment and collection of taxes. The union of 2 or more townships or the division or alteration of a township after the assessor's books have been made out in any year shall not in any manner affect the assessment or collection of taxes assessable and collectible in that year, and those taxes may be assessed and collected in the same manner and by the same officers as if no division, union, or alteration had taken place. If any township has territory detached from it under Section 10-20, however, any tax previously levied by the township for the purpose of caring for poor and indigent persons for the present fiscal year shall be abated and shall not be extended by the county clerk.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/10-40

    (60 ILCS 1/10-40)
    Sec. 10-40. Disposition of township property. When a township possessing real estate is divided into 2 or more townships, the supervisors and assessors of the several townships constituted by the division shall meet as soon as may be practicable after the first township meeting subsequently held in those townships. They may make an agreement concerning the disposition of the township property and the apportionment of the proceeds as is equitable and may take all measures and execute all conveyances necessary to carry the agreement into effect.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/10-45

    (60 ILCS 1/10-45)
    Sec. 10-45. Meeting of supervisors and assessors. Except as provided by Section 10-20, when 2 or more townships possessing real estate are united, or when a part of any township possessing real estate is annexed to another township or townships or taken to form a part of a new township, the supervisors and assessors of the township so united or the township from which the territory is taken and the supervisors and assessors of the township or townships to which the territory is annexed or of which it constitutes a part shall, as soon as may be practicable after the alteration, meet for the purpose and possess the powers provided in Section 10-40.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/10-50

    (60 ILCS 1/10-50)
    Sec. 10-50. Apportionment of township personal property. Except as provided by Section 10-20, when 2 or more townships, any one or more of which possess or are entitled to moneys, rights or credits, or other personal estate, are united, or when a township possessing or entitled to moneys, rights or credits, or other personal estates is divided or altered, the personal estate, including moneys, shall be apportioned between the townships interested in that personal estate by the supervisors and assessors of the townships according to the amount of taxable property in the township or townships united, divided, or altered as that amount existed immediately before the union, division, or alteration. That amount shall be ascertained by the last assessment list of the township or townships. The supervisors and assessors shall meet for this purpose as soon as may be practicable after the union, division, or alteration.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/10-55

    (60 ILCS 1/10-55)
    Sec. 10-55. Notice of supervisors and assessors meeting. Whenever a meeting of the supervisors and assessors of 2 or more townships is required to carry into effect the provisions of this Article, the meeting may be called by either of the supervisors. The supervisor calling the meeting shall give to all the other officers at least 10 days' written notice of the time and place at which the meeting is to be held.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/10-60

    (60 ILCS 1/10-60)
    Sec. 10-60. Cemetery exempt. Section 10-55 shall not apply to any cemetery or burial ground. A cemetery or burial ground shall belong to the township within which it is situated after a division is made.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/10-65

    (60 ILCS 1/10-65)
    Sec. 10-65. Apportionment of township debts. Except as provided by Section 10-20, debts owed by a township or townships united, divided, or altered under this Article shall be apportioned in the same manner as the personal property of the township or townships, and each township shall thereafter be charged with its share of those debts according to the apportionment.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/10-70

    (60 ILCS 1/10-70)
    Sec. 10-70. Apportionment by court. If the several townships cannot agree on a division or apportionment of the real or personal property or debts or any part of the property or debts as provided in Sections 10-40 through 10-65, the dispute shall be submitted to the circuit court of the county. The court shall hear and determine the matter in a summary manner, without pleadings, and shall pronounce judgment as the right of the case may be.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/10-75

    (60 ILCS 1/10-75)
    Sec. 10-75. Inapplicability. This Article does not apply to multi-township jurisdictions for assessment purposes as provided in Sections 2-5 through 2-30 and Sections 2-70 and 9-30 of the Property Tax Code, and the establishment or discontinuance of or withdrawal from a multi-township assessment district is not an alteration of the boundaries of any township, a change in township lines, a division, enlargement, or consolidation of any township, or the creation of a new township for purposes of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 88-62; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 15

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 15 heading)
ARTICLE 15. TOWNSHIP WITHIN
A CITY

60 ILCS 1/15-5

    (60 ILCS 1/15-5)
    Sec. 15-5. Township within city; organization; petition; hearing.
    (a) The county board in any county under township organization, by resolution, may provide (i) that the territory embraced within any city in the county, if the territory has a population of not less than 3,000, shall be organized as a township or (ii) that the territory of any city having a population of not less than 15,000 and composed of portions of 2 or more townships may be organized into a new township under the name designated in a petition under subsection (b). The city shall be known as a coterminous city.
    (b) The county board shall take no action by way of resolution as to any territory under the provisions of clause (i) or (ii) of subsection (a) unless a petition requesting that action, signed by at least 200 voters of the city, has been presented to the county board and the board has held a public hearing on the petition. Notice of the hearing shall be published at least 3 times in a newspaper published in the city or, if there is none, in a newspaper published in the county and having a general circulation in the territory described in the petition. The first notice shall be published at least 60 days before the date of the hearing.
(Source: P.A. 86-1299; 87-1197; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/15-10

    (60 ILCS 1/15-10)
    Sec. 15-10. Disconnection of territory from township; annexation to adjacent township. Until the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1997, whenever a township is organized under this Article and any of the territory of the city not more than one-half square mile in extent and containing not more than 50 inhabitants is disconnected from the city, the county board may, by resolution, upon receiving a certified copy of the resolution or ordinance of the city disconnecting the territory and after a public hearing on the matter following notice given as provided in Section 15-5, disconnect the territory from the township and annex it to an adjacent township or townships.
    Whenever a township is organized under this Article and any of the territory of the city is, after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1997, disconnected from the city by court order or ordinance, the territory shall automatically be disconnected from the otherwise coterminous township and connected to the adjacent township, and the transfer of the territory shall not affect the city's status as a city with a coterminous township. If disconnection is pursuant to court order, the petitioning party in the cause shall, within 30 days of the entry of an order permitting disconnection, serve a copy of the order upon the coterminous township, the adjacent township, and the county clerk by certified mail, return receipt requested, and shall file proof of the service with the circuit clerk. Upon objection by either the coterminous township or the adjacent township within 180 days after the enactment of the ordinance or after service of the court order, the county board may, after receiving a certified copy of the court order or ordinance and after a public hearing on the matter following notice given as provided in Section 15-5, pass an ordinance annulling the automatic disconnection of territory from the coterminous township. The action by the county board shall not affect the disconnection of territory from the city, but shall cause the territory to remain in the coterminous township. The annulling by the county board of the automatic disconnection of territory from the coterminous township shall not affect the city's status as a city with a coterminous township.
(Source: P.A. 90-481, eff. 8-17-97.)

60 ILCS 1/15-15

    (60 ILCS 1/15-15)
    Sec. 15-15. Annexation of territory by coterminous city; referendum.
    (a) Whenever a city that is coterminous with a township has voted to annex any territory in an adjacent township, the city clerk shall, by registered or certified mail, file a certified copy of the annexation ordinance with the clerk of the township in which the proposed disconnection is to take place. Except as otherwise provided in this Article, if, within 45 days after the date of mailing notification, the township board of the township from which the territory is to be disconnected determines by a majority vote of those board members then holding office that the disconnection would not be in the best interests of that township, the board may request that a referendum approving or disapproving the disconnection be held in that township. The city, its coterminous township, and the adjacent township may, however, agree by intergovernmental agreement and without the necessity of a referendum that the territory shall remain part of the adjacent township and shall not become part of the township that is coterminous with the municipality.
    (b) The township clerk of the adjacent township shall, within 30 days after the vote of the township board of the adjacent township, certify the proposition to disconnect the territory from the adjacent township to the proper election officials and the city clerk of the annexing city. The election officials shall submit the proposition to the voters of the township requesting the referendum at an election in accordance with the general election law. The proportionate cost of the election shall be borne by the township requesting the election.
    (c) The proposition shall be substantially in the following form:
        Shall (name of township) include the following
    
described territory that is presently included in (name of township)? (Insert description of territory.)
The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
    (d) If a majority of those voting on the proposition in the township vote in favor thereof, the territory shall be disconnected from the adjacent township and connected to the township that is coterminous with the city. Only upon that connection shall any debts and liabilities of the territory be taken over by the coterminous township.
    (e) If a majority of those voting on the proposition do not vote in favor of it, the territory shall remain with the adjacent township. If, however, at any time after a majority of those voting do not vote in favor of the proposition, the township board of the township in which the proposed disconnection was to take place determines that the disconnection would be in the best interest of that township, the board may request that another referendum approving or disapproving that same disconnection be held in that township. The referendum shall be conducted in accordance with the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 86-1299; 87-1197; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/15-17

    (60 ILCS 1/15-17)
    Sec. 15-17. Township officer after disconnection. A township officer of a township from which territory is disconnected shall continue as an officer of the township until the expiration of the term for which he or she was elected or appointed and until a successor is elected or appointed and qualified, without regard to whether the township officer resides in the township or the territory disconnected from the township.
(Source: P.A. 94-529, eff. 8-10-05.)

60 ILCS 1/15-20

    (60 ILCS 1/15-20)
    Sec. 15-20. Failure of proposition to disconnect; status quo. Where the proposition to disconnect the territory fails and it remains with the adjacent township, the status quo and operation of a township and the officers of a township coterminous with a city at the time provided for in this Article is not to be affected. Where the proposition to disconnect fails, the status quo of a council of a city that is coterminous with a township at the time provided for in this Article and that already is vested with the authority to exercise all powers vested in that township is not affected. Where a city coterminous at the time provided for in this Article has provided by operation of law that certain offices of the city and the coterminous township shall be united in the same person, or that the office and election of highway commissioners shall be discontinued, that provision shall continue to be the case after the proposition to disconnect the territory fails. Where the proposition to disconnect fails, vacancies in any of the township offices in a township coterminous at the time provided for in this Section may continue to be filled by the city council. Where the proposition to disconnect fails or the city, its coterminous township, and the adjacent township agree by intergovernmental cooperation agreement that the territory shall remain part of the adjacent township, the city may annex the territory and by doing so does not relinquish its status as a city with a coterminous township.
(Source: P.A. 86-1299; 87-1197; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/15-25

    (60 ILCS 1/15-25)
    Sec. 15-25. Parcel annexed less than 1% of total equalized assessed value of adjacent township. Within any 12 month period beginning on the date of a coterminous city's first annexation after August 11, 1986, when any parcel of territory lying in an adjacent township is annexed by the city and the parcel constitutes less than 1% of the total equalized assessed value of the adjacent township, and until all such parcels annexed during each such annual period constitute 1% or more of the total equalized assessed value of the adjacent township, each separate parcel shall become disconnected from that township and included in the coterminous township without having the proposition to disconnect submitted to the voters in the adjacent township.
(Source: P.A. 86-1299; 87-1197; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/15-30

    (60 ILCS 1/15-30)
    Sec. 15-30. Payment for property taxes collected by coterminous city. After August 11, 1986, whenever territory is disconnected from a township and connected to a coterminous township before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly, the coterminous city shall provide, on or before December 31 of each year for a period of 10 years, to the township from which the territory was disconnected an amount equal to the real estate tax that was collected on the property in the tax year immediately preceding the disconnection. Whenever territory is disconnected from a township and connected to a coterminous township on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly, the coterminous city shall provide to the township from which the territory was disconnected, for a period of 10 years: (i) no later than 60 days after the first due date for real estate taxes in that county for that tax year, an amount equal to at least 50% of the real estate tax that was collected on the property in the tax year immediately preceding the disconnection and (ii) on or before December 31 of each year an amount equal to 50% of the real estate tax that was collected on the property in the tax year immediately preceding the disconnection.
(Source: P.A. 94-529, eff. 8-10-05.)

60 ILCS 1/15-35

    (60 ILCS 1/15-35)
    Sec. 15-35. Automatic annexation of certain territory; exception; reconnection to adjacent township.
    (a) If, on August 11, 1986, any unincorporated territory in a township that is adjacent to a township that is coterminous with a city (i) is wholly bounded by the coterminous township or (ii) is bounded solely by the coterminous township and (A) a river or lake, (B) property owned by the State of Illinois (except highway right-of-way owned in fee by the State), (C) a forest preserve district, or (D) the Illinois State boundary, that territory shall automatically, by operation of law, become annexed to the city, disconnected from the adjacent township, and included in the coterminous township without having the proposition to disconnect submitted to the voters in the adjacent township, except that when the unincorporated territory is, and as long as it remains, predominantly agricultural in nature, the automatic annexation shall not occur.
    (b) Any territory automatically annexed by operation of law to a city coterminous with a township under this Section, if the sale of alcoholic beverages is permitted in the territory and that sale is not permitted in the coterminous township and city, shall, on June 30, 1987, be disconnected from the city and its coterminous township and reconnected to the township from which it was originally disconnected.
(Source: P.A. 86-1299; 87-1197; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/15-40

    (60 ILCS 1/15-40)
    Sec. 15-40. Parcel with township hall and maintenance building; reconnection to adjacent township. Any parcel of land owned by a township on which both a township hall and a maintenance building are located and that consists of the entire territory that was annexed by operation of law to a city coterminous with a different township under this Article shall, on September 1, 1988, be disconnected from the city and its coterminous township and reconnected to the township from which it was originally disconnected.
(Source: P.A. 86-1299; 87-1197; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/15-45

    (60 ILCS 1/15-45)
    Sec. 15-45. Territory deemed a township. The territory of any organized city, within the limits of any county under township organization and not situated within any township, shall be deemed a township.
(Source: Laws 1877, p. 212; P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/15-50

    (60 ILCS 1/15-50)
    Sec. 15-50. Powers exercised by city council. All the powers vested in the township described in Section 15-45, including all the powers now vested by law in the highway commissioners of the township and in the township board of the township, shall be exercised by the city council. The city council shall perform the duties of a township or multi-township board in relation to the township or multi-township assessor as provided in the Property Tax Code.
    By a resolution passed by a three-fourths vote, the city council of any home rule municipality may cease to exercise the powers of the township board. Vacancies within the offices of township clerk, township collector, and board of trustees resulting from the city council's action shall be filled in accordance with the general election law for the holding of township elections. Any action taken under this Section shall not alter the rights and duties of the township supervisor as chief executive officer of the township or of any other duly elected township officials.
(Source: P.A. 90-698, eff. 8-7-98.)

60 ILCS 1/15-55

    (60 ILCS 1/15-55)
    Sec. 15-55. Combining offices. The city council in a city and township described in Section 15-45 may by ordinance provide (i) that the offices of city and township clerk are united in the same person, (ii) that the offices of city treasurer and township collector are united in the same person, and (iii) that the office and election of highway commissioners shall be discontinued. In any combination of offices under this Section, the combined office shall be filled in the manner provided by law for filling the office of city clerk or city treasurer, as the case may be. The township supervisor shall be, ex officio, supervisor of general assistance.
(Source: Laws 1951, p. 2014; P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/15-60

    (60 ILCS 1/15-60)
    Sec. 15-60. Vacancies. Vacancies in any township office within a city and township described in Section 15-45 may be filled by the city council as provided in Section 60-5.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/15-65

    (60 ILCS 1/15-65)
    Sec. 15-65. Inapplicability. Notwithstanding any provisions of this Article to the contrary, this Article has no application to the office of township assessor in townships organized under this Article that are situated in counties of 500,000 or more.
(Source: Laws 1947, p. 1729; P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/15-70

    (60 ILCS 1/15-70)
    Sec. 15-70. City council meetings; township business. The city council of any coterminous city located in a county with a population of less than 1,000,000 may, by the affirmative vote of three-fourths of its members, authorize the township supervisor to preside over portions of city council meetings when the city council is exercising powers that would ordinarily be exercised by the township board in a township not organized under this Article. While the township supervisor is presiding, the supervisor has one vote and the mayor has no vote.
(Source: P.A. 96-241, eff. 8-11-09.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 20

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 20 heading)
ARTICLE 20. CONSOLIDATION OF
TOWNSHIPS WITHIN CITY

60 ILCS 1/20-5

    (60 ILCS 1/20-5)
    Sec. 20-5. Consolidation of townships within city; petition and referendum. When the territory of any city in a county under township organization is composed of 5 or more congressional townships or fractional parts of congressional townships and the legal voters of the city want to organize the territory into one township, upon a petition of at least one-tenth of the legal voters of the city (to be ascertained by the votes cast at the last preceding presidential election), the county board of the county shall order submitted to the voters of the city, in accordance with the general election law, at the next general election, the question of consolidation of the territory included in the city into one township. The board shall certify the proposition to the proper election officials, who shall submit the proposition at the general election in accordance with the general election law. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall (names or descriptions of congressional
    
townships or parts of congressional townships) contained within (name of city) be consolidated into one township?
The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
(Source: P.A. 81-1489; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/20-10

    (60 ILCS 1/20-10)
    Sec. 20-10. Election results.
    (a) The county clerk shall enter an abstract of the returns of the election held under Section 20-5, made out and certified as in an election for county officers, and shall record the abstract at length upon the records of the county.
    (b) If a majority of the votes are in favor of consolidating all of the townships and fractional parts of townships in the city into one organized township, then at the next regular election for township officers there shall be elected one set of township officers for the territory in the city.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/20-15

    (60 ILCS 1/20-15)
    Sec. 20-15. Assessor. For purposes of the election or appointment of a township or multi-township assessor, a township organized under this Article is subject to Sections 2-5 through 2-30 and Sections 2-70 and 9-30 of the Property Tax Code.
(Source: P.A. 88-62; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 22

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 22 heading)
ARTICLE 22. CONSOLIDATION OF
MULTIPLE TOWNSHIPS
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

60 ILCS 1/22-5

    (60 ILCS 1/22-5)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 22-5. Resolution for consolidation; notice.
    (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the township boards of any 2 or more adjacent townships may, by identical resolutions of each board, propose consolidation by referendum: (i) into a new township; or (ii) into an existing township. Each resolution shall include, but is not limited to, the following:
        (1) the name of the proposed new consolidated
    
township or the name of the existing township into which all townships will be consolidated;
        (2) a description of how each road district or road
    
districts of a dissolving township shall comply with subsection (c) of Section 22-20 if a township will be consolidating into an existing township;
        (3) the names of all townships that will be
    
consolidating and a description of the area of consolidation; and
        (4) the date of the general election at which the
    
referendum shall be held.
    All resolutions shall be passed not less than 79 days before the general election stated in the resolutions. For purposes of this Section, 3 or more townships are adjacent when each township shares a boundary with at least one of the other townships which are to be consolidated.
    (b) Before passing a resolution under subsection (a), each township board shall hold a public hearing on those matters after notice of the hearing has been published on the main page of the townships' websites, if any, and in a newspaper having a general circulation in the townships affected. The notice shall be published at least 30 days before the date of the hearing. The notice shall contain, at a minimum, the name of all townships that will be consolidating and a description of the area of consolidation.
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

60 ILCS 1/22-10

    (60 ILCS 1/22-10)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 22-10. Referendum.
    (a) Upon the adoption of resolutions under Section 22-5 by each township, the township boards shall certify the question to the election authority and the authority shall cause to be submitted to the voters of each township at the general election specified in the resolutions a referendum to consolidate the townships. The referendum shall be substantially in the following form:
        Shall (names of townships) be consolidated into [a
    
new township called (name of proposed consolidated township)/the township of (name of existing township)]?
    The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
    The referendum is approved when a majority of the voters, in each of the affected townships, approve the referendum.
    (b) Before a referendum appears on the ballot under subsection (a), each township board shall publish a copy of the adopted resolution on the main page of the townships' websites, if any, and in a newspaper having a general circulation in each of the townships affected. The notice shall be published at least 30 days before the date of the general election in which the referendum will appear.
    Each township board shall additionally mail a copy of the adopted resolution, along with a copy of the referendum language and a list of all taxes levied for general township purposes in the affected townships, to every registered voter in each township affected. The notice shall be mailed at least 30 days before the date of the general election in which the referendum will appear.
    (c) Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, no tax rate may be extended for any fund of the consolidated district for the first levy year of the consolidated district that exceeds any statutory maximum set forth for that fund, unless the referendum also conforms to the requirements of the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law or other statutory provision setting forth that limitation.
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

60 ILCS 1/22-15

    (60 ILCS 1/22-15)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 22-15. Transition. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, upon the approval of a referendum under Section 22-10:
    (a) There shall be no further nominations or elections for clerks, assessors, collectors, highway commissioners, supervisors, or trustees of any of the separate townships or highway commissions, and the terms of all such officers currently serving shall continue until the third Monday of May of the year in which township officials are elected next following the approval of a referendum under Section 22-10.
    (b) A Transition Township Board is formed and is composed of the members of the separate townships boards. The Transition Township Board has only the following powers: (1) to propose and approve the compensation of all officials of the consolidated township that will be elected at the consolidated election next following the passage of the referendum under Section 22-10; and (2) to propose and approve additional debt to be taken on by any of the separate townships.
    (c) The Transition Township Board shall hold a public hearing no later than the last Tuesday in December before the consolidated township board of trustees are elected next following the approval of a referendum under Section 22-10. If the Board cannot agree on the compensation for an official by the first Tuesday in April before the consolidated election of township officials next following the approval of a referendum under Section 22-10, then the compensation for that official shall be equal to the lowest compensation for the same office between the separate townships in the preceding calendar year.
    (d) The separate townships shall not incur any additional debt without the approval of the Transition Township Board. For purposes of this Section, "debt" has the meaning ascribed to that term in Section 23-5.
    (e) Section 3-7 of the Election Code shall govern those individuals entitled to caucus, vote for, be nominated for, and run for offices for the consolidated township at the consolidated election of township officials next following the approval of a referendum under Section 22-10.
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

60 ILCS 1/22-20

    (60 ILCS 1/22-20)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 22-20. Consolidated township.
    (a) On the third Monday of May of the year in which township officials are elected following the approval of a referendum under Section 22-10, the following shall occur:
        (1) the separate townships cease and the
    
consolidated township is created;
        (2) all rights, powers, duties, assets, and
    
property, together with all personnel, contractual obligations, other obligations, responsibilities, and liabilities of the separate townships are transferred to the consolidated township; those rights include, but are not limited to, the authority to continue to collect, receive, and expend the proceeds of any tax levied by any of the separate townships prior to the creation of the consolidated township without an additional ordinance, resolution, or referendum; the proceeds of any tax levied by any of the separate townships prior to the creation of the consolidated township shall be expended or disposed of by the consolidated township in the same manner as such assessments might have been expended or disposed of by the separate townships; however, if the consolidated township board determines that there is a surplus in the fund for general township purposes on December 31 of the calendar year in which the consolidation occurs, then any portion of the surplus that is solely attributable to the consolidation shall be refunded to the owners of record of taxable property within the consolidated district on a pro rata basis; and
        (3) road districts located within the separate
    
townships are abolished.
    (b) When a new township is created, a new road district encompassing the consolidated township is created. All the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, obligations, and responsibilities of the separate road districts shall vest in and be assumed by the new road district as provided for in the resolutions adopted under Section 22-5. The new township board of trustees shall exercise the taxing authority of a road district abolished under this Section. The highway commissioners of the abolished road districts shall cease to hold office on the date the road district is abolished. The new township board shall exercise all duties and responsibilities of the highway commissioner as provided in the Illinois Highway Code. For purposes of distribution of revenue, the new township shall assume the powers, duties, and obligations of the road district of the dissolving road district. The new township board may enter into a contract with the county, a municipality, or a private contractor to administer the roads under the new road district.
    (c) When a township consolidates into an existing township, all the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, obligations, and responsibilities of the abolished road districts shall vest in and be assumed by the existing township's road district as provided for in the resolutions adopted under Section 22-5. The consolidated township board of trustees shall exercise the taxing authority of a road district abolished under this Section. Highway commissioners of the abolished road districts shall cease to hold office on the date the road district is abolished. The consolidated township shall exercise all duties and responsibilities of the highway commissioner as provided in the Illinois Highway Code. For purposes of distribution of revenue, the existing township's road district or districts shall assume the powers, duties, and obligations of the road district of the dissolving road district.
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 23

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 23 heading)
ARTICLE 23. MERGER OF A SINGLE TOWNSHIP
INTO 2 OTHER TOWNSHIPS
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

60 ILCS 1/23-5

    (60 ILCS 1/23-5)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 23-5. Definitions. As used in this Article:
    "Dissolving road district" means a road district in a dissolving township, which is dissolved under subsection (c) of Section 23-25.
    "Dissolving township" means a township which is proposed to be dissolved into and be merged with 2 other adjacent townships.
    "Equalized assessed value" has the meaning provided in Section 18-213 of the Property Tax Code.
    "Debt" means indebtedness incurred by a dissolving township including, but not limited to, mortgages, judgments, and moneys due through the issuance and sale of bonds, or through an equivalent manner of borrowing for which notes or other evidences of indebtedness are issued fixing the amount of principal and interest from time to time payable to retire the indebtedness.
    "Receiving township" means a township into which a portion of the dissolving township will be merged.
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

60 ILCS 1/23-10

    (60 ILCS 1/23-10)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 23-10. Resolution for merger; notice.
    (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the township boards of any 3 adjacent townships may, by identical resolutions of each board, propose that a township which borders the other 2 townships be dissolved by referendum and all rights, powers, duties, assets, and property, together with all personnel, contractual obligations, other obligations, responsibilities, and liabilities of the dissolving township transferred to the receiving townships. Each resolution shall include, but is not limited to, the following:
        (1) a legal description of the former territory of
    
the dissolving township each receiving township will take upon the dissolution of the dissolving township;
        (2) a description of how all assets and property,
    
together with all personnel, contractual obligations, other obligations, responsibilities, and liabilities of the dissolving township will be transferred to the receiving townships;
        (3) the tax rates for general township purposes for
    
the immediately preceding levy year, as extended and collected in the year in which the resolution is adopted, for the dissolving township and each receiving township;
        (4) a description and amount of all debt each
    
receiving township shall assume after the dissolving township dissolves. The debt shall be assumed by each receiving township in equal proportion to the equalized assessed value of the land and property that will be received by each receiving township from the dissolving township unless otherwise agreed to in the resolutions;
        (5) a description of how each road district or road
    
districts of a dissolving township shall comply with subsection (c) of Section 23-25; and
        (6) the date of the general election at which the
    
referendum shall be held.
    All resolutions shall be passed not less than 79 days before the general election stated in the resolutions.
    (b) Before passing a resolution under this Section, each township board shall hold a public hearing on those matters after notice of the hearing has been published on the main page of the townships' websites, if any, and in a newspaper having a general circulation in the townships affected. The notice shall be published at least 30 days before the date of the hearing. The notice shall contain, at a minimum, the name of the dissolving township and receiving townships and a description of the area each receiving township will receive from the dissolving township.
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

60 ILCS 1/23-15

    (60 ILCS 1/23-15)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 23-15. Referendum and notices.
    (a) Upon the adoption of resolutions under Section 23-10 by all townships, the township boards shall certify the question to the election authority and the authority shall cause to be submitted to the voters of all townships at the general election specified in the resolutions a referendum to consolidate the townships. The referendum shall be substantially in the following form:
        Shall (name of dissolving township) be dissolved into
    
(names of receiving townships)?
    The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
    The referendum is approved when a majority of the voters, in each of the affected townships, approve the referendum.
    (b) Before a referendum appears on the ballot under subsection (a), the township boards shall publish a copy of the adopted resolution on the main page of the townships' websites, if any, and in a newspaper having a general circulation in each of the townships affected. The notice shall be published at least 30 days before the date of the general election.
    Each township board shall additionally mail a copy of the adopted resolution, along with a copy of the referendum language and a list of all taxes levied for general township purposes in the affected townships, to every registered voter in each township affected. The notice shall be mailed at least 30 days before the date of the general election in which the referendum will appear.
    (c) Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, no tax rate may be extended for any fund of the consolidated district for the first levy year of the consolidated district that exceeds any statutory maximum set forth for that fund, unless the referendum also conforms to the requirements of the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law or other statutory provision setting forth that limitation.
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

60 ILCS 1/23-20

    (60 ILCS 1/23-20)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 23-20. Transition.
    (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, upon the approval of a referendum under Section 23-15:
        (1) there shall be no further nominations or
    
elections for clerks, assessors, collectors, highway commissioners, supervisors, or trustees of the dissolving township or highway commissions and the terms of all such officers currently serving shall continue until the third Monday of May of the year in which township officials are elected following the approval of a referendum under Section 23-15;
        (2) a Transition Township Board is formed for each
    
receiving township. Each Transition Township Board shall be composed of the members of the dissolving township boards plus the members of the receiving township board. The Transition Township Board shall only have authority to do the following under paragraphs (3) and (4) of this Section: provide for the compensation for all receiving township officials that will be elected at the consolidated election next following the approval of a referendum under Section 23-15; and approving additional debt to be taken on by the dissolving township;
        (3) each Transition Township Board shall hold a
    
public meeting no later than the first Tuesday in April before the receiving townships' boards of trustees are elected at the consolidated election next following the approval of a referendum under Section 23-15. At this public meeting, the Transition Township Board shall provide for the compensation for all township officials that will be elected at the consolidated election. If the Board cannot agree on the compensation for an official, then the compensation for the same office between the receiving and dissolving townships shall be the lower compensation for the office in the dissolving township or receiving township;
        (4) the dissolving township shall not incur any
    
additional debt without the approval of the Transition Township Board of each receiving township that would assume such debt after dissolution of the dissolving township; and
        (5) Section 3-7 of the Election Code shall govern
    
those individuals entitled to caucus, vote for, be nominated for, and run for offices for the receiving townships at the consolidated election of township officials next following the approval of a referendum under Section 23-15.
    (b) Upon the approval of a referendum under Section 23-15, the receiving townships may enter into an intergovernmental agreement under the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act for any lawful purpose relating to the land or property contained in the dissolving township after the township is dissolved.
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

60 ILCS 1/23-25

    (60 ILCS 1/23-25)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 23-25. Merged township. On the third Monday of May of the year in which township officials are elected following the approval of a referendum under Section 23-15, the following shall occur:
        (a) The dissolving township ceases.
        (b) All rights, powers, duties, assets, and
    
property, together with all personnel, contractual obligations, other obligations, responsibilities, and liabilities of the dissolving township are transferred to the receiving townships as provided in the resolution adopted under Section 23-10. The rights include, but are not limited to, the authority to continue to collect and receive any tax levied prior to the creation of the merged townships without an additional ordinance, resolution, or referendum.
        (c) Road districts located within the dissolving
    
township are abolished and all the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, obligations, and responsibilities of the dissolving road districts shall vest in and be assumed by the receiving townships' road districts as provided for in the resolutions adopted under Section 23-10; the boards of trustees of the receiving townships shall exercise the taxing authority of a road district dissolved under this Section and shall exercise all duties and responsibilities of the highway commissioner as provided in the Illinois Highway Code unless a road district in the receiving township has a highway commissioner who shall assume all duties and responsibilities of the highway commissioner of the dissolving road districts if so resolved by the receiving township board; highway commissioners of the dissolving road districts shall cease to hold office on the date the road district is abolished; and for purposes of distribution of revenue, the receiving townships' road districts, or the township board if no road districts exist, shall assume the powers, duties, and obligations of the dissolving road district.
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 25

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 25 heading)
ARTICLE 25. DISCONTINUANCE
OF TOWNSHIP ORGANIZATION

60 ILCS 1/25-5

    (60 ILCS 1/25-5)
    Sec. 25-5. Petition and referendum to discontinue township organization. Upon the petition of at least 10% of the registered voters of each township of a county, as determined on the date registration closed before the regular election next preceding the last day on which the petition may be filed, that has adopted township organization, the county board shall certify and cause to be submitted to the voters of the county, at the next general election, the question of the continuance of township organization. A signature on a petition shall not be valid or counted in considering the petition unless the form requirements are complied with and the date of each signature is less than 90 days before the last day for filing the petition. The statement of the person who circulates the petition must include an attestation (i) indicating the dates on which that sheet was circulated, (ii) indicating the first and last date on which that sheet was circulated, or (iii) certifying that none of the signatures on the sheet was signed more than 90 days before the last day for filing the petition. The proposition shall be substantially in the form:
        Shall township organization be continued in (name of
    
county)?
The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
    The petition shall be treated and the proposition certified in the manner provided by the general election law. After the proposition has once been submitted to the electorate, the proposition shall not be resubmitted for 4 years.
(Source: P.A. 89-235, eff. 8-4-95; 90-112, eff. 1-1-98.)

60 ILCS 1/25-10

    (60 ILCS 1/25-10)
    Sec. 25-10. Cessation of township organization. If it appears by the returns of the election that a majority of the votes in at least three-fourths of the townships, containing at least a majority of the population in the county, cast on the question of the continuance of township organization at the election are against the continuance of township organization, then township organization shall cease in the county as soon as a county board is elected and qualified. All laws relating to counties not under township organization shall be applicable to the county, the same as if township organization had never been adopted in it.
(Source: P.A. 88-62; 89-365, eff. 8-18-95.)

60 ILCS 1/25-15

    (60 ILCS 1/25-15)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 100-107)
    Sec. 25-15. Election of county commissioners. When township organization ceases in any county as provided in this Article, an election shall be held in the county at the next general election in an even-numbered year for 3 county commissioners who shall hold office for 2, 4, and 6 years, respectively, and until their successors are elected and qualified. Terms shall be determined by lot. At each succeeding general election after the first, one commissioner shall be elected.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 100-107)
    Sec. 25-15. Selection of county governing body; election. When township organization ceases in any county as provided in this Article, the county board may by ordinance or resolution restructure into a commission form of government on or before 180 days after a township organization ceases. If the county board votes to assume a commission form of government, an election shall be held in the county at the next general election in an even-numbered year for 3 county commissioners who shall hold office for 2, 4, and 6 years, respectively, and until their successors are elected and qualified. Terms shall be determined by lot. At each succeeding general election after the first, one commissioner shall be elected.
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

60 ILCS 1/25-20

    (60 ILCS 1/25-20)
    Sec. 25-20. County commissioners' assumption of duties. The county commissioners elected under Section 25-15 shall assume the duties of their office on the first Monday of the month following their election. They shall be the legal successors to the county board of the county and shall have all the rights and emoluments, and be subject to all the liabilities as provided in other cases of counties not under township organization.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/25-25

    (60 ILCS 1/25-25)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 100-107)
    Sec. 25-25. Disposal of township records and property. When township organization is discontinued in any county, the records of the several townships shall be deposited in the county clerk's office. The county commissioners of the county may close up all unfinished business of the several townships and sell and dispose of any of the property belonging to a township for the benefit of the inhabitants of the township, as fully as might have been done by the townships themselves. The county commissioners may pay all the indebtedness of any township existing at the time of the discontinuance of township organization and cause the amount of the indebtedness, or so much as may be necessary, to be levied upon the property of the township.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 100-107)
    Sec. 25-25. Disposal of township records and property. When township organization is discontinued in any county, the records of the several townships shall be deposited in the county clerk's office. The county board or board of county commissioners of the county may close up all unfinished business of the several townships and sell or dispose of any of the property belonging to a township for the benefit of the inhabitants of the township, as fully as might have been done by the townships themselves. The county board or board of county commissioners may pay all the indebtedness of any township existing at the time of the discontinuance of township organization and cause the amount of the indebtedness, or so much as may be necessary, to be levied upon the property of the township.
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 27

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 27 heading)
ARTICLE 27. DISCONTINUANCE OF TOWNSHIP
ORGANIZATION WITHIN COTERMINOUS MUNICIPALITY:
COUNTY POPULATION OF 3 MILLION OR MORE
(Source: P.A. 98-127, eff. 8-2-13; 99-474, eff. 8-27-15.)

60 ILCS 1/27-5

    (60 ILCS 1/27-5)
    Sec. 27-5. Applicability. This Article shall apply only to a township that: (1) is within a coterminous, or substantially coterminous, municipality in which the city council exercises the powers and duties of the township board, or in which one or more municipal officials serve as an officer or trustee of the township; (2) is located within a county with a population of 3 million or more; and (3) contains a territory of 7 square miles or more.
(Source: P.A. 98-127, eff. 8-2-13.)

60 ILCS 1/27-10

    (60 ILCS 1/27-10)
    Sec. 27-10. Petition and referendum to discontinue and abolish a township organization within a coterminous municipality. Upon adoption of an ordinance by the city council of a township described under Section 27-5 of this Article, or upon petition of at least 10% of the registered voters of that township, the city council shall certify and cause to be submitted to the voters of the township, at the next election or consolidated election, a proposition to discontinue and abolish the township organization and to transfer all the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, obligations, and responsibilities of the township organization to the coterminous municipality.
    A signature on a petition shall not be valid or counted in considering the petition unless the form requirements are complied with and the date of each signature is less than 90 days before the last day for filing the petition. The statement of the person who circulates the petition must include an attestation (i) indicating the dates on which that sheet was circulated, (ii) indicating the first and last date on which that sheet was circulated, or (iii) certifying that none of the signatures on the sheet was signed more than 90 days before the last day for filing the petition. The petition shall be treated and the proposition certified in the manner provided by the general election law. After the proposition has once been submitted to the electorate, the proposition shall not be resubmitted for 4 years.
    The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall the township organization be continued in [Name
    
of Township] Township?
    The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
(Source: P.A. 98-127, eff. 8-2-13; 98-756, eff. 7-16-14.)

60 ILCS 1/27-15

    (60 ILCS 1/27-15)
    Sec. 27-15. Cessation of township organization. If a majority of the votes of the township cast are in favor of the proposition to discontinue and abolish the township organization, then the township organization in that township shall cease.
    On the effective date of the discontinuance and abolishment of the township organization, all the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, obligations, and responsibilities of the township shall by operation of law vest in and be assumed by the coterminous municipality.
(Source: P.A. 98-127, eff. 8-2-13.)

60 ILCS 1/27-20

    (60 ILCS 1/27-20)
    Sec. 27-20. Township officers. Upon the effective date of discontinuance, the coterminous municipality shall exercise all duties and responsibilities of that township officer as provided in the Township Code, the Illinois Public Aid Code, Property Tax Code, and the Illinois Highway Code, as applicable. The coterminous municipality may enter into an intergovernmental agreement or contract with the county or the State to administer the duties and responsibilities of that township officer for services under its jurisdiction.
(Source: P.A. 98-127, eff. 8-2-13.)

60 ILCS 1/27-25

    (60 ILCS 1/27-25)
    Sec. 27-25. Business, records, and property of discontinued township organization. The records of a township organization discontinued under this Article shall be deposited in the coterminous municipality's city clerk's office. The coterminous municipality may close up all unfinished business of the township and sell and dispose of any of the property belonging to the township for benefit of the inhabitants of the municipality.
(Source: P.A. 98-127, eff. 8-2-13.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 28

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 28 heading)
ARTICLE 28. DISCONTINUANCE OF TOWNSHIP
ORGANIZATION WITHIN COTERMINOUS
MUNICIPALITY: SPECIFIED TOWNSHIPS
(Source: P.A. 99-474, eff. 8-27-15.)

60 ILCS 1/28-5

    (60 ILCS 1/28-5)
    Sec. 28-5. Applicability. This Article shall apply only to a township that: (1) is within a coterminous, or substantially coterminous, municipality, (2) is located within St. Clair County, and (3) contains a territory of 23 square miles or more.
(Source: P.A. 99-474, eff. 8-27-15.)

60 ILCS 1/28-10

    (60 ILCS 1/28-10)
    Sec. 28-10. Ordinance to discontinue and abolish a township organization within a coterminous municipality; cessation of township organization.
    (a) The township board of a township described under Section 28-5 of this Article may adopt an ordinance, with a majority of the votes of the township board, providing that, upon the approval of a coterminous, or substantially coterminous, municipality's corporate authorities, (1) that the township organization shall discontinue and be abolished; and (2) that the township shall transfer all the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, obligations, and responsibilities of the township organization to the coterminous, or substantially coterminous, municipality. The corporate authorities of the coterminous, or substantially coterminous, municipality shall adopt an ordinance by a majority vote approving such transfer to the municipality.
    (b) On the later date of either the (i) approval of an ordinance by a municipality under subsection (a) of this Section, or (ii) expiration of the township officers' terms after passing an ordinance under subsection (a) of this Section, the township is discontinued and abolished and all the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, obligations, and responsibilities of the township shall by operation of law vest in and be assumed by the municipality, including the authority to levy property taxes for township purposes in the same manner as the dissolved township.
(Source: P.A. 99-474, eff. 8-27-15.)

60 ILCS 1/28-15

    (60 ILCS 1/28-15)
    Sec. 28-15. Coterminous municipality's duties and responsibilities. Upon the effective date of discontinuance and abolishment of the township organization, the coterminous municipality shall exercise all duties and responsibilities of the township officers as provided in the Township Code, the Illinois Public Aid Code, the Property Tax Code, and the Illinois Highway Code, as applicable. The coterminous municipality may enter into an intergovernmental agreement or contract with the county or the State to administer the duties and responsibilities of the township officers for services under its jurisdiction.
(Source: P.A. 99-474, eff. 8-27-15.)

60 ILCS 1/28-20

    (60 ILCS 1/28-20)
    Sec. 28-20. Business, records, and property of discontinued township organization. The records of a township organization discontinued under this Article shall be deposited in the coterminous municipality's city clerk's office. The coterminous municipality may close up all unfinished business of the township and sell and dispose of any of the property belonging to the township for benefit of the inhabitants of the coterminous municipality.
(Source: P.A. 99-474, eff. 8-27-15.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 29

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 29 heading)
ARTICLE 29. DISCONTINUANCE OF TOWNSHIP WITHIN COTERMINOUS
MUNICIPALITY: ALL TOWNSHIPS
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

60 ILCS 1/29-5

    (60 ILCS 1/29-5)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 29-5. Resolutions to discontinue and abolish a township. The township board and the corporate authorities of a coterminous, or substantially coterminous, municipality may by resolutions of the board and corporate authorities, and after referendum of the voters of the township and municipality: (1) discontinue and abolish the township; (2) transfer all the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, obligations, and responsibilities of the township to the municipality; and (3) cease and dissolve all township road districts with the district's jurisdiction and authority transferred to the municipality upon the dissolution of the township.
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

60 ILCS 1/29-10

    (60 ILCS 1/29-10)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 29-10. Notice.
    (a) Before passing resolutions under Section 29-5, the township board and the corporate authorities of the municipality shall hold public hearings on those matters after notice of the hearing has been published on the main page of the respective entities' websites, if any, and in a newspaper having general circulation in the township and municipality. The notice shall be published at least 30 days before the date of the hearing.
    (b) Before a referendum is placed on the ballot under Section 29-15, each township board shall publish a copy of the resolution adopted under Section 29-5 on the main page of the respective entities' websites, if any, and in a newspaper of general circulation in the township and municipality affected. The notice shall be published at least 30 days before the date of the general election in which the referendum will appear.
    Each township board shall additionally mail a copy of the adopted resolution, along with a copy of the referendum language, the date the referendum will appear, and a list of all taxes levied in the affected townships, to every registered voter in each township affected. The notice shall be mailed at least 30 days before the date of the election in which the referendum will appear.
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

60 ILCS 1/29-15

    (60 ILCS 1/29-15)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 29-15. Referendum for cessation of township. Upon the adoption of resolutions under Section 29-5 by both the township and municipality, the township board and corporate authorities of the municipality shall certify the question to the election authority and the authority shall cause to be submitted to the voters of the township and municipality at the next election a referendum to discontinue the township and to transfer all the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, obligations, and responsibilities of the township to the municipality. The referendum shall be substantially in the following form:
        Shall the Township of (name of township) cease?
    The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No". The referendum is approved when a majority of the voters, in both the township and municipality, approve the referendum.
    If the referendum is approved, there shall be no further nominations or elections for clerks, assessors, collectors, highway commissioners, supervisors, or trustees of the township or highway commission, and the terms of all such officers currently serving shall continue until the third Monday of May of the year of the consolidated election in which township officials are elected next following the approval of a referendum under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

60 ILCS 1/29-20

    (60 ILCS 1/29-20)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 29-20. Cessation of township. On the third Monday in May in the year of the consolidated election in which township officials are elected next following the approval of a referendum under Section 29-15:
        (1) the township is discontinued and abolished and
    
all the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, obligations, and responsibilities of the township shall vest in and be assumed by the municipality, including the authority to levy property taxes for township purposes in the same manner as the dissolved township without an additional ordinance, resolution, or referendum;
        (2) all township officers shall cease to hold office;
        (3) the municipality shall exercise all duties and
    
responsibilities of the township officers as provided in the Township Code, the Illinois Public Aid Code, the Property Tax Code, and the Illinois Highway Code, as applicable. The municipality may enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the county or the State to administer the duties and responsibilities of the township officers for services under its jurisdiction; and
        (4) any road district located within the township
    
is abolished and its jurisdiction, rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, obligations, and responsibilities shall vest in and be assumed by the municipality and the highway commissioner of the abolished road district shall cease to hold office. The corporate authorities of the municipality shall: exercise the taxing authority of a road district abolished under this Section; exercise all duties and responsibilities of the highway commissioner as provided in the Illinois Highway Code; and for purposes of distribution of revenue, assume the powers, duties, and obligations of the road district in the discontinued township. The corporate authorities of a municipality may enter into an intergovernmental agreement or a contract with the county, another municipality, or a private contractor to administer the roads which were under the jurisdiction of the abolished road district.
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

60 ILCS 1/29-25

    (60 ILCS 1/29-25)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 29-25. Business, records, and property of discontinued township. The records of a township discontinued under this Article shall be deposited in the municipality's city clerk's office. The municipality may close up all unfinished business of the township and sell and dispose of any of the property belonging to the township for benefit of the inhabitants of the municipality.
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 30

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 30 heading)
ARTICLE 30. ANNUAL
TOWNSHIP MEETING

60 ILCS 1/30-5

    (60 ILCS 1/30-5)
    Sec. 30-5. Annual township meeting.
    (a) The annual township meeting in the respective townships for the transaction of the business of the township shall be held on the second Tuesday of April in each year, after 6 p.m., at the place appointed for those meetings. Elections for township officers shall be held in accordance with the consolidated schedule of elections prescribed by the general election law.
    (b) Whenever the date designated in subsection (a) conflicts with the celebration of Passover, the township board may postpone the annual township meeting to the first Tuesday following the last day of Passover.
    (c) Whenever the consolidated election provided for in subsection (b) of Section 2A-1.1 of the Election Code is rescheduled to the second Tuesday in April under Section 2A-1.1a of the Election Code, the annual township meeting shall be held on the third Tuesday in April at the time designated by the electors or the township board, whichever is appropriate.
(Source: P.A. 88-62; incorporates 88-360; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/30-10

    (60 ILCS 1/30-10)
    Sec. 30-10. Notice of meeting; agenda.
    (a) Notice of the time and place of holding the annual and any special township meetings shall be given by the township clerk (or, in the clerk's absence, the supervisor, assessor, or collector) by posting written or printed notices in 3 of the most public places in the township at least 15 days before the meeting and, if there is an English language newspaper published in the township, by at least one publication in that newspaper before the meeting. The notice shall set forth the agenda for the meeting.
    (b) Agenda. Not less than 15 days before the annual meeting, the township board shall adopt an agenda for the annual meeting. Any 15 or more registered voters in the township may request an agenda item for consideration by the electors at the annual meeting by giving written notice of a specific request to the township clerk no later than March 1 prior to the annual meeting. The agenda published by the township board shall include any such request made by voters if the request is relevant to powers granted to electors under the Township Code.
    (c) Additional agenda items. Any matter or proposal not set forth in the published agenda shall not be considered at the annual meeting other than advising that the matter may be considered at a special meeting of the electors at a later date.
(Source: P.A. 98-653, eff. 6-18-14.)

60 ILCS 1/30-15

    (60 ILCS 1/30-15)
    Sec. 30-15. Place of meeting. The place of holding township meetings shall be some convenient place in the township fixed by the township board.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/30-20

    (60 ILCS 1/30-20)
    Sec. 30-20. Powers of electors at annual township meeting.
    (a) The electors present at the annual township meeting have the powers enumerated in this Article 30. An elector is a person registered to vote within the township no less than 28 days before the date of the annual meeting.
    (b) Notwithstanding the provisions of any other Act, except as provided in Section 6-620 of the Illinois Highway Code, before establishing or increasing any township tax rate that may be established or increased by the electors at the annual township meeting, a petition containing the signatures of not less than 10% of the registered voters of the township must be presented to the township clerk authorizing that action.
    (c) Nothing in this amendatory Act of 1983 (Public Act 83-281) shall be construed to alter existing tax rates.
(Source: P.A. 94-692, eff. 11-3-05.)

60 ILCS 1/30-25

    (60 ILCS 1/30-25)
    Sec. 30-25. Exercise of corporate powers. The electors may take all necessary measures and give directions for the exercise of their corporate powers.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/30-30

    (60 ILCS 1/30-30)
    Sec. 30-30. Time of township meetings. The electors may fix the hour at which township meetings are held.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/30-35

    (60 ILCS 1/30-35)
    Sec. 30-35. (Repealed).
(Source: Repealed by P.A. 88-670; predecessor Section repealed by P.A. 88-294.)

60 ILCS 1/30-40

    (60 ILCS 1/30-40)
    Sec. 30-40. (Repealed).
(Source: Repealed by P.A. 88-670; predecessor Section repealed by P.A. 88-294.)

60 ILCS 1/30-41

    (60 ILCS 1/30-41)
    Sec. 30-41. Notwithstanding any provision of this Act to the contrary, the township board of trustees may make contracts relating to insurance. In no event shall the duration of the contract exceed the board term by more than one year. The township board of trustees shall include in the township's annual appropriation for each fiscal year an appropriation of a sum of money sufficient to pay the amount which, by the terms of the contract, is to become due and payable during the current fiscal year.
(Source: Incorporates P.A. 88-356; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/30-42

    (60 ILCS 1/30-42)
    Sec. 30-42. The board of trustees may provide for the purchase of insurance, including coverage obtained from a risk management association, against any loss or liability of any officer, employee, or agent of the township resulting from the wrongful or negligent act of any officer, employee, or agent while discharging and engaged in his duties and functions and acting within the scope of his duties and functions as an officer, employee, or agent of the township. The insurance shall be carried with a company authorized by the Department of Insurance to write such coverage in Illinois.
(Source: Incorporates P.A. 88-294; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/30-45

    (60 ILCS 1/30-45)
    Sec. 30-45. Property record system. The electors may expend monies for the preparation, establishment, and maintenance of a detailed property record system to provide information useful to assessment officials. The electors may enter into contracts with persons, firms, or corporations for the preparation and establishment of the record system. The record system shall be available to all assessing officials. The property record system shall include up-to-date and complete tax maps except where those maps are otherwise already available or ordered, ownership lists, valuation standards, and property record cards, including appraisals, for all or any part of the property in the township in accordance with reasonable rules and procedures prescribed by the Department of Revenue. The system and records shall not be considered to be assessments and shall not limit the powers and duties of assessing officials.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/30-50

    (60 ILCS 1/30-50)
    Sec. 30-50. Purchase and use of property.
    (a) The electors may make all orders for the purchase, sale, conveyance, regulation, or use of the township's corporate property (including the direct sale or lease of single township road district property) that may be deemed conducive to the interests of its inhabitants, including the lease, for up to 10 years, or for up to 25 years if the lease is for a wireless telecommunications tower, at fair market value, of corporate property for which no use or need during the lease period is anticipated at the time of leasing. The property may be leased to another governmental body, however, or to a not-for-profit corporation that has contracted to construct or fund the construction of a structure or improvement upon the real estate owned by the township and that has contracted with the township to allow the township to use at least a portion of the structure or improvement to be constructed upon the real estate leased and not otherwise used by the township, for any term not exceeding 50 years and for any consideration. In the case of a not-for-profit corporation, the township shall hold a public hearing on the proposed lease. The township clerk shall give notice of the hearing by publication in a newspaper published in the township, or in a newspaper published in the county and having general circulation in the township if no newspaper is published in the township, and by posting notices in at least 5 public places at least 15 days before the public hearing.
    (b) If a new tax is to be levied or an existing tax rate is to be increased above the statutory limits for the purchase of the property, however, no action otherwise authorized in subsection (a) shall be taken unless a petition signed by at least 10% of the registered voters residing in the township is presented to the township clerk. If a petition is presented to the township clerk, the clerk shall order a referendum on the proposition. The referendum shall be held at the next annual or special township meeting or at an election in accordance with the general election law. If the referendum is ordered to be held at the township meeting, the township clerk shall give notice that at the next annual or special township meeting the proposition shall be voted upon. The notice shall set forth the proposition and shall be given by publication in a newspaper published in the township. If there is no newspaper published in the township, the notice shall be published in a newspaper published in the county and having general circulation in the township. Notice also shall be given by posting notices in at least 5 public places at least 15 days before the township meeting. If the referendum is ordered to be held at an election, the township clerk shall certify that proposition to the proper election officials, who shall submit the proposition at an election. The proposition shall be submitted in accordance with the general election law.
    (c) If the leased property is utilized in part for private use and in part for public use, those portions of the improvements devoted to private use are fully taxable. The land is exempt from taxation to the extent that the uses on the land are public and taxable to the extent that the uses are private.
    (d) Before the township makes a lease or sale of township or road district real property, the electors shall adopt a resolution stating the intent to lease or sell the real property, describing the property in full, and stating the terms and conditions the electors deem necessary and desirable for the lease or sale. A resolution stating the intent to sell real property shall also contain pertinent information concerning the size, use, and zoning of the property. The value of real property shall be determined by a State licensed real estate appraiser. The appraisal shall be available for public inspection. The resolution may direct the sale to be conducted by the staff of the township or by listing with local licensed real estate agencies (in which case the terms of the agent's compensation shall be included in the resolution).
    Anytime during the year, the township or township road district may lease or sell personal property by a vote of the township board or request of the township highway commissioner.
    The clerk shall thereafter publish the resolution or personal property sale notice once in a newspaper published in the township or, if no newspaper is published in the township, in a newspaper generally circulated in the township. If no newspaper is generally circulated in the township, the clerk shall post the resolution or personal property sale notice in 5 of the most public places in the township. In addition to the foregoing publication requirements, the clerk shall post the resolution or personal property sale notice at the office of the township (if township property is involved) or at the office of the road district (if road district property is involved). The following information shall be published or posted with the resolution or personal property sale notice: (i) the date by which all bids must be received by the township or road district, which shall not be less than 30 days after the date of publication or posting, and (ii) the place, time, and date at which bids shall be opened, which shall be at a regular meeting of the township board.
    All bids shall be opened by the clerk (or someone duly appointed to act for the clerk) at the regular meeting of the township board described in the notice. With respect to township personal property, the township board may accept the high bid or any other bid determined to be in the best interests of the township by a majority vote of the board. With respect to township real property, the township board may accept the high bid or any other bid determined to be in the best interests of the township by a vote of three-fourths of the township board then holding office, but in no event at a price less than 80% of the appraised value. With respect to road district property, the highway commissioner may accept the high bid or any other bid determined to be in the best interests of the road district. In each case, the township board or commissioner may reject any and all bids. This notice and competitive bidding procedure shall not be followed when property is leased to another governmental body. The notice and competitive bidding procedure shall not be followed when real or personal property is declared surplus by the township board or the highway commissioner and sold to another governmental body.
    The township board or the highway commissioner may authorize the sale of personal property by public auction conducted by an auctioneer licensed under the Auction License Act or through an approved Internet auction service.
    (e) A trade-in of machinery or equipment on new or different machinery or equipment does not constitute the sale of township or road district property.
(Source: P.A. 98-549, eff. 8-26-13; 98-653, eff. 6-18-14; 99-78, eff. 7-20-15.)

60 ILCS 1/30-51

    (60 ILCS 1/30-51)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 30-51. Competitive bidding exceptions. Contracts and purchases that by their nature are not adapted to award by competitive bidding, such as contracts for goods procured from another governmental agency and purchases of equipment previously owned by some entity other than the township itself, are not subject to the competitive bidding requirements of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 100-210, eff. 1-1-18.)

60 ILCS 1/30-53

    (60 ILCS 1/30-53)
    Sec. 30-53. Surplus property. The majority of electors present at an annual or special town meeting may declare property of the township to be surplus for purposes of donating the property to a historical society or other not-for-profit corporation as provided in Section 80-75.
(Source: P.A. 89-100, eff. 7-7-95.)

60 ILCS 1/30-55

    (60 ILCS 1/30-55)
    Sec. 30-55. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 88-62. Repealed by P.A. 90-210, eff. 7-25-97.)

60 ILCS 1/30-60

    (60 ILCS 1/30-60)
    Sec. 30-60. Public graveyards. The electors may authorize the township board to appropriate monies, in excess of the sum provided in the Public Graveyards Act, for the purpose of putting any old, neglected graves and cemeteries in the township in a cleaner and more respectable condition.
(Source: P.A. 84-1264; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/30-65

    (60 ILCS 1/30-65)
    Sec. 30-65. Graves of former armed forces members. The electors may provide for the decoration and maintenance of graves of persons who at any time served in the armed forces of the United States that are within the township.
(Source: P.A. 84-371; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/30-70

    (60 ILCS 1/30-70)
    Sec. 30-70. Court room and office space. The electors at any annual or special township meeting may set aside and maintain space in any township buildings or may obtain and maintain space in privately owned buildings for court room and office use by the circuit court of the county in which the township is located. The electors may supply all maintenance employees and supplies needed to maintain the court room and office space to assist the court in any way the court deems fit in conducting its business. The appearance and furnishings of the court rooms established under this Section shall meet reasonable minimum standards as prescribed by the Supreme Court of Illinois. The standards shall be substantially the same as those generally accepted in court rooms as to general furnishings, arrangement of bench, tables, and chairs, cleanliness, convenience to litigants, decorations, lighting, and other matters relating to the physical appearance of the court room.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/30-75

    (60 ILCS 1/30-75)
    Sec. 30-75. Zoning. The electors may authorize the township board to exercise the zoning powers conferred by Article 110.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/30-80

    (60 ILCS 1/30-80)
    Sec. 30-80. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 88-62. Repealed by P.A. 90-210, eff. 7-25-97.)

60 ILCS 1/30-85

    (60 ILCS 1/30-85)
    Sec. 30-85. Trees. The electors may offer premiums and take actions to induce the planting and cultivating of trees along the highways in the township. The electors may protect and preserve trees standing along or on highways and may purchase, plant, and cultivate trees along the streets and highways in the township.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/30-90

    (60 ILCS 1/30-90)
    Sec. 30-90. Fences. The electors may make rules and regulations for ascertaining the sufficiency of all fences in the township and may determine what is a lawful fence within the township except as otherwise provided by law.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/30-95

    (60 ILCS 1/30-95)
    Sec. 30-95. Livestock running at large. The electors may restrain, regulate, or prohibit the running at large of poultry, cattle, horses, mules, asses, swine, sheep, or goats and may determine the time and manner in which those animals may go at large, unless they are restrained from running at large in some manner provided by law.
(Source: P.A. 94-453, eff. 1-1-06.)

60 ILCS 1/30-100

    (60 ILCS 1/30-100)
    Sec. 30-100. Pounds. The electors may establish and maintain pounds at places within the township that are deemed necessary and convenient and may discontinue any pounds within the township. When a pound is erected, it shall be under the care and direction of a poundmaster.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/30-105

    (60 ILCS 1/30-105)
    Sec. 30-105. Poundmasters. The electors may determine the number of poundmasters, prescribe their duties, and elect poundmasters, either by ballot or in another manner that they determine. Alternatively, the electors may provide for the appointment of poundmasters.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/30-110

    (60 ILCS 1/30-110)
    Sec. 30-110. Impounding and sale of animals. The electors may authorize the distraining, impounding, and sale of cattle, horses, mules, asses, swine, sheep, and goats for penalties incurred and the costs of the proceeding. The sale of animals distrained or impounded shall be conducted, as near as may be practicable, according to the law regulating sales of property by sheriffs for the satisfaction of a judgment of the circuit court. The owner of the animals may redeem them from the purchaser at any time within 3 months from the date of the sale by paying the amount of the purchaser's bid, with reasonable costs for their keeping and interest upon the amount bid at the rate of 10% per annum. The electors may also authorize the impounding of dogs found running at large and provide for their destruction at the end of a reasonable period of time if they are not claimed and the cost of impounding paid.
(Source: P.A. 83-341; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/30-115

    (60 ILCS 1/30-115)
    Sec. 30-115. Public wells. The electors may construct and keep in repair public wells or other watering places and may regulate the use of those wells and watering places.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/30-117

    (60 ILCS 1/30-117)
    Sec. 30-117. Special services; disaster relief. The corporate authorities of a township may, by ordinance, authorize the use of permanent road funds, general road and bridge funds, or town funds for the purpose of collecting, transporting, and disposing of brush and leaves generated from those properties that are contiguous to roads as defined by Section 2-103 of the Illinois Highway Code or located within the unincorporated areas of the township.
    The electors may allow general road and bridge or town funds to also be used for the purpose of providing disaster relief and support services approved by the Township Board of Trustees at a regularly scheduled or special meeting.
(Source: P.A. 97-333, eff. 8-12-11; 97-417, eff. 1-1-12.)

60 ILCS 1/30-120

    (60 ILCS 1/30-120)
    Sec. 30-120. Garbage. The electors may prevent the deposit of night soil, garbage, or other offensive substances within the limits of the township. This Section does apply to refuse disposal facilities regulated by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the county in which the facilities are located.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/30-125

    (60 ILCS 1/30-125)
    Sec. 30-125. Recreational vehicle parking. The electors may adopt ordinances regulating the standing or parking of recreational vehicles on township roads within each township.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/30-130

    (60 ILCS 1/30-130)
    Sec. 30-130. Inoperable motor vehicles.
    (a) The electors may by ordinance declare inoperable motor vehicles, whether on public or private property, to be a nuisance and may authorize fines to be levied for the failure of any person to obey a notice from the township stating that the person is to dispose of any inoperable motor vehicles under his or her control. The electors may authorize a law enforcement agency with applicable jurisdiction to remove, after 7 days from the issuance of the township notice, any inoperable motor vehicle or parts of such a vehicle.
    (b) Nothing in this Section applies to any motor vehicle that is kept within a building when not in use, to an operable historic vehicle over 25 years of age, or to a motor vehicle on the premises of a place of business engaged in the wrecking or junking of motor vehicles.
    (c) As used in this Section, "inoperable motor vehicle" means any motor vehicle from which, for a period of at least 7 days or any longer period of time fixed by ordinance, the engine, wheels, or other parts have been removed, or on which the engine, wheels, or other parts have been altered, damaged, or otherwise treated so that the vehicle is incapable of being driven under its own motor power. "Inoperable motor vehicle" does not include a motor vehicle that has been rendered temporarily incapable of being driven under its own motor power in order to perform ordinary service or repair operations.
(Source: P.A. 85-1209; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/30-135

    (60 ILCS 1/30-135)
    Sec. 30-135. Dealers in second hand articles. The electors may authorize the licensing and regulation and direct the location of all places of business of purchasers, traders, and dealers in junk, rags, and any second hand article, including motor vehicles, except in cities, villages, and incorporated towns in the township that by ordinance provide for the licensing, regulation, or location of places of business of those purchasers, traders, and dealers.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/30-140

    (60 ILCS 1/30-140)
    Sec. 30-140. Regulation of certain occupations. In counties with a population of less than 3,000,000, the electors may regulate hawkers, peddlers, pawnbrokers, itinerant merchants, and transient vendors of merchandise. The township board in those counties may require that any such person register his or her name and the name of any firm he or she represents with the township clerk and may make reasonable restrictions of the hours during which he or she may engage in door-to-door solicitation. The township board in those counties also may prohibit the activities of any categories of persons as it determines to be in the best interest of township residents. Any regulation under this Section shall not apply within the boundaries of a city, village, or incorporated town.
(Source: P.A. 84-822; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/30-145

    (60 ILCS 1/30-145)
    Sec. 30-145. Mental health services. If a township is not included in a mental health district organized under the Community Mental Health Act, the electors may authorize the board of trustees to provide mental health services (including services for the alcoholic and the drug addicted, and for persons with intellectual disabilities) for residents of the township by disbursing existing funds if available by contracting with mental health agencies approved by the Department of Human Services, alcoholism treatment programs licensed by the Department of Public Health, and drug abuse facilities and other alcohol and drug abuse services approved by the Department of Human Services. To be eligible to receive township funds, an agency, program, facility, or other service provider must have been in existence for more than one year and must serve the township area.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)

60 ILCS 1/30-150

    (60 ILCS 1/30-150)
    Sec. 30-150. Police protection by municipality; county under 1,000,000. In counties having a population of less than 1,000,000, the electors may authorize the township board to contract with one or more incorporated municipalities lying wholly or partly within the boundaries of the township, or with advice and consent of the sheriff in the county in which the request for contract services is made, based upon a determination of law enforcement needs of the area in which contract services are sought with the county within which the township is located to furnish police protection in the area of the township that is not within the incorporated area of any municipality having a regular police department.
(Source: P.A. 91-633, eff. 12-1-99.)

60 ILCS 1/30-155

    (60 ILCS 1/30-155)
    Sec. 30-155. Police protection by county in county under 1,000,000; special taxing district.
    (a) In counties having a population of less than 1,000,000, the electors may authorize the township board to contract with the county sheriff within which the township is located to furnish police protection in the unincorporated area of the township.
    (b) The township board may adopt a resolution declaring the unincorporated area of the township a special police district for tax purposes. Proof of the adoption of the resolution authorizes the county clerk to extend a tax upon the special police district in the amount specified in the annual township tax levy, but not to exceed a rate of .10% of the value of taxable property as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue.
    (c) Whenever a resolution creating a special police district has been adopted, the township board shall order the proposition submitted to the voters within the territory of the proposed special police district at an election. The clerk shall certify the proposition to the proper election officials. Notice shall be given and the election conducted in accordance with the general election law. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall a special police district be created to serve
    
the unincorporated areas of (name of township), and shall a tax be levied at a rate of not more than 0.10% of the value of taxable property in the district as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue?
The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
    (d) If a majority of votes cast on the proposition is in favor of the special police district, the district shall be created.
(Source: P.A. 83-209; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/30-160

    (60 ILCS 1/30-160)
    Sec. 30-160. Police protection by municipality or county; county of 1,000,000 or more; special taxing district.
    (a) In counties having a population of 1,000,000 or more, the electors may authorize the township board to contract with one or more municipalities in the township or with the county within which the township is located to furnish police protection in the unincorporated area of the township.
    (b) The township board may declare the unincorporated area of the township a special police district for tax purposes. Proof of the declaration authorizes the county clerk to extend a tax upon the special police district in the amount specified in the annual township tax levy, but not to exceed a rate of .10% of the value of taxable property as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/30-165

    (60 ILCS 1/30-165)
    Sec. 30-165. Fire protection; special taxing district.
    (a) The electors may authorize the township board to contract with one or more municipalities in the township or with the county within which the township is located to furnish fire protection in the unincorporated area of the township.
    (b) With the approval of a majority of the voters in the unincorporated area of a township, the township board may declare the unincorporated area of the township a special fire district for tax purposes. Proof of that declaration authorizes the county clerk to extend a tax upon the special fire district in the amount specified in the annual township tax levy, but not more than a rate of 0.40% of the value of taxable property as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue.
    (c) Any territory within a special fire district that is annexed to a municipality that provides fire protection services within its corporate limits shall be automatically disconnected from the township fire protection taxing district.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/30-166

    (60 ILCS 1/30-166)
    Sec. 30-166. Civil penalties for false fire alarms. The township board of any township providing fire protection services may impose reasonable civil penalties on individuals who repeatedly cause false fire alarms.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

60 ILCS 1/30-167

    (60 ILCS 1/30-167)
    Sec. 30-167. Charge against non-residents.
    (a) The township board of each township may fix, charge, and collect fees not exceeding the reasonable cost of the service for all services rendered by the township against persons, businesses, and other entities who are not residents of the township.
    (b) The charge may not be assessed against residents of the township or persons who request fire protection coverage for an unprotected area and who pay to the township an amount equal to the township's fire protection tax under Article 200 of this Code.
    (c) The charge for such services shall be computed at a rate not to exceed $125 per hour per vehicle and not to exceed $35 per hour per firefighter responding to a call for assistance. An additional charge may be levied to reimburse the township for extraordinary expenses of materials used in rendering such services. No charge shall be made for services for which the total charge would be less than $50.
    (d) All revenue from the charges assessed pursuant to this Section shall be deposited into the general fund of the township.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

60 ILCS 1/30-170

    (60 ILCS 1/30-170)
    Sec. 30-170. Mosquito abatement district.
    (a) The electors may authorize the township board to contract for the furnishing of mosquito abatement services in the unincorporated area of the township.
    (b) The township board may adopt a resolution declaring the unincorporated area of the township a mosquito abatement district for tax purposes. Proof of the resolution authorizes the county clerk to extend a tax upon the mosquito abatement district in the amount specified in the annual township tax levy, but not more than a rate of 0.075% of the value of taxable property as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue.
    (c) Whenever a resolution creating a mosquito abatement district has been adopted, the township board shall order the proposition submitted to the voters within the territory of the proposed district at an election. The clerk shall certify the proposition to the proper election officials. Notice shall be given and the election conducted in accordance with the general election law. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall a mosquito abatement district be created to
    
serve the unincorporated areas of (name of township), and shall a tax be levied at a rate of not more than 0.075% of the value of taxable property in the district as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue?
The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
    (d) If a majority of votes cast on the proposition is in favor of the mosquito abatement district, the district shall be created.
    (e) Any territory within a mosquito abatement district that is annexed to a municipality that provides mosquito abatement services within its corporate limits shall be automatically disconnected from the township mosquito abatement taxing district.
(Source: P.A. 86-310; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/30-175

    (60 ILCS 1/30-175)
    Sec. 30-175. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 88-62. Repealed by P.A. 90-210, eff. 7-25-97.)

60 ILCS 1/30-180

    (60 ILCS 1/30-180)
    Sec. 30-180. Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. The electors may authorize the supervisor to file an application for the township and all other bodies politic established by or subject to the control of the electors to participate in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund under the Illinois Pension Code.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/30-185

    (60 ILCS 1/30-185)
    Sec. 30-185. Transfer of money to city or village. In townships wholly within the limits of an incorporated city or village, the electors may transfer any money in the treasury of the township to the treasury of the city or village. The money shall be used by the city or village in its corporate capacity for (i) constructing or repairing roads, bridges, approaches, or causeways over which it has control, supervision, and jurisdiction, or (ii) planting and cultivating trees along the streets and highways in the city and township. The electors may give full power and authority to expend any money in the city or village treasury that it has to the credit of the township for any of the purposes designated in this Section as decided by the electors or by the township board.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/30-190

    (60 ILCS 1/30-190)
    Sec. 30-190. Rules; fines. The electors may make all by-laws, rules, and regulations deemed necessary to carry into effect the powers granted in this Article 30 and may impose fines deemed proper, except when a fine or penalty is already allowed by law. No offense shall be classified in excess of a petty offense.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/30-195

    (60 ILCS 1/30-195)
    Sec. 30-195. Use of penalties collected. The electors may apply all penalties, when collected, in the manner deemed most to the interest of the township.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/30-200

    (60 ILCS 1/30-200)
    Sec. 30-200. Limitation in certain townships. In townships in which there are incorporated cities or villages, the boundaries of which are co-extensive with the limits of the township, and in townships that lie wholly within the limits of an incorporated city or village, the electors shall not exercise the several powers contained in Sections 30-80, 30-85, 30-90, 30-95, 30-100, 30-105, 30-110, 30-115, 30-120, and 30-135, and the powers and provisions of all cities and villages under their organic law are not repealed by any provision of this Article.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/30-205

    (60 ILCS 1/30-205)
    Sec. 30-205. Advisory referenda. Any group of registered voters may request an advisory question of public policy for consideration by the electors at the annual meeting by giving written notice of the specific advisory question to the township clerk in the same manner as required for an agenda item under subsection (b) of Section 30-10. The agenda published by the township board shall include any such advisory question if the request is timely filed. By a vote of the majority of electors present at a town meeting, the electors may authorize that an advisory question of public policy, for which notice has been given as required by this Section, be placed on the ballot at the next regularly scheduled election in the township. The township board shall certify the question to the proper election officials, who shall submit the question in accordance with the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 98-653, eff. 6-18-14.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 35

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 35 heading)
ARTICLE 35. SPECIAL
TOWNSHIP MEETINGS

60 ILCS 1/35-5

    (60 ILCS 1/35-5)
    Sec. 35-5. Special township meeting. Special township meetings shall be held when the township board (or at least 15 voters of the township) file in the office of the township clerk a written statement that a special meeting is necessary for the interests of the township. The statement also shall set forth the objects of the meeting, which must be relevant to powers granted to electors under this Code. The special township meeting shall be held no less than 14 nor more than 45 days after the written request is filed in the office of the township clerk. Special township meetings may not begin before 6 p.m.
(Source: P.A. 95-761, eff. 7-28-08.)

60 ILCS 1/35-10

    (60 ILCS 1/35-10)
    Sec. 35-10. Notice of special meeting; business at meeting.
    (a) Notice of a special township meeting shall be given in the same manner and for the same length of time as for regular township meetings.
    (b) The notice shall set forth the object of the meeting as contained in the statement filed with the township clerk, which must be relevant to powers granted to electors under this Code. No business shall be done at a special meeting except the business that is embraced in the statement and notice.
(Source: P.A. 95-761, eff. 7-28-08.)

60 ILCS 1/35-15

    (60 ILCS 1/35-15)
    Sec. 35-15. Quorum and powers of electors at special meeting. No special township meeting shall be convened unless 15 or more electors are present at the meeting. The electors at special township meetings when convened have the powers enumerated in this Article. An elector is a person registered to vote within the township no less than 28 days before the date of the special meeting. If a special township meeting is not convened because of an absence of 15 or more electors, that special township meeting shall not be re-convened unless all procedures for a special township meeting are again completed.
(Source: P.A. 95-761, eff. 7-28-08.)

60 ILCS 1/35-20

    (60 ILCS 1/35-20)
    Sec. 35-20. Matters postponed from annual meeting. The electors may act upon any subject within the powers of the electors at any annual township meeting that may have been postponed for want of time at the preceding annual meeting to be considered at a future township meeting.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/35-25

    (60 ILCS 1/35-25)
    Sec. 35-25. Exercise of annual meeting powers. When the special meeting is called by the township board in the manner provided by this Article, the electors may take any action authorized by Article 30 that could have been taken at an annual township meeting.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/35-30

    (60 ILCS 1/35-30)
    Sec. 35-30. Hour of township meetings. The electors may fix the hour at which township meetings shall be held.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/35-35

    (60 ILCS 1/35-35)
    Sec. 35-35. Filling vacancy in township offices. If a vacancy exists in any township office and the vacancy is not filled within 60 days, the electors at a special township meeting may select a qualified person to fill the vacancy and to serve until the expiration of that term. At the meeting, the electors may select the replacement officer by voice vote, and the person receiving the greatest number of votes shall be declared to be elected as the officer.
(Source: P.A. 92-194, eff. 8-1-01.)

60 ILCS 1/35-40

    (60 ILCS 1/35-40)
    Sec. 35-40. Conveyance of land for highway purposes. The electors may convey any land or any interest in land held by the township to the county or State where the conveyance is made for highway purposes. The conveyance shall be made in the same manner and form as a conveyance of land made at the annual township meeting.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/35-45

    (60 ILCS 1/35-45)
    Sec. 35-45. Control of public graveyards; tax.
    (a) The electors may vest control of public graveyards not under the control of any corporation sole, organization, or society in 3 trustees and may elect the 3 trustees.
    (b) The electors may authorize the cemetery trustees to levy a tax for the control, management, and maintenance of cemeteries under the Public Graveyards Act.
(Source: P.A. 88-62; incorporates 88-360; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/35-50

    (60 ILCS 1/35-50)
    Sec. 35-50. Definitions. As used in Sections 35-50.1 through 35-50.6, unless the context requires otherwise:
    "Township board" means the board of trustees, board of town auditors, board of township trustees, or town trustees provided for in the Township Law of 1874 (repealed) or the township board provided for in this Code.
    "Supervisor" or "township supervisor" means the supervisor or township supervisor provided for in the Township Law of 1874 (repealed) or the township supervisor provided for in this Code.
    "Township clerk" means the town clerk or township clerk provided for in the Township Law of 1874 (repealed) or the township clerk provided for in this Code.
    "Voter" means a person qualified to vote under the general election law, including registration within the township no less than 28 days before the date of the special meeting.
(Source: P.A. 88-62; 89-331, eff. 8-17-95.)

60 ILCS 1/35-50.1

    (60 ILCS 1/35-50.1)
    Sec. 35-50.1. Senior citizens' housing. A township may construct, purchase, improve, extend, or equip senior citizens' housing. The township board shall have the power to do the following:
        (1) Own and manage residential rental property for
    
senior citizens.
        (2) Donate township land for senior citizens' housing.
        (3) Expend township funds for the construction,
    
financing, purchase, improvement, equipping, or management of senior citizens' housing.
        (4) Employ or contract with management firms to aid
    
the township board in managing the senior citizens' housing.
        (5) Make contracts necessary in the exercise of its
    
powers under Sections 35-50.1 through 35-50.6.
        (6) Enter into agreements with other governmental
    
units to finance residential rental property for senior citizens.
        (7) Issue revenue bonds payable solely from the net
    
revenue derived from the operation of the senior citizens' housing.
(Source: P.A. 87-922; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/35-50.2

    (60 ILCS 1/35-50.2)
    Sec. 35-50.2. Construction of senior citizens' housing; revenue bonds.
    (a) For the purpose of defraying the cost of the construction, purchase, improvement, extension, or equipping from time to time of senior citizens' housing, including feasibility, engineering, legal, and other expenses, together with interest on its revenue bonds, to the fullest extent permitted by the provisions of Section 9 of the Local Government Debt Reform Act, the township board, when authorized by a majority of the votes cast on the proposition submitted in accordance with the general election law under Section 35-50.3, may issue and sell revenue bonds of the township payable solely from the net income and revenue derived from the operation of the senior citizens' housing, after payment of the costs of operation and maintenance of the senior citizens' housing and provision for an adequate depreciation fund (if a depreciation fund is deemed necessary by the township board). The township board may also from time to time issue revenue bonds to refund any such revenue bonds, at the redemption price authorized, at maturity or at any time before maturity, all as authorized in the ordinance of the township board authorizing the refunded bonds. The bonds shall bear interest at a rate or rates not to exceed the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract for the sale of the bonds, the interest shall be payable semi-annually, and the bonds shall mature within the period of usefulness of the project involved, as determined in the sole discretion of the township board and in any event not more than 40 years from the dated date of the bonds.
    (b) The bonds shall be sold in the manner determined by the township board and, whenever the bonds are sold at a price less than par, they shall be sold at a price and bear interest at a rate or rates such that either the true interest cost (yield) or the net interest rate, as selected by the township board, received on the sale of the bonds, does not exceed the maximum rate otherwise authorized by the Bond Authorization Act. If any officer whose signature appears on the bonds or coupons attached to the bonds ceases to be an officer before the delivery of the bonds to the purchaser, his or her signature shall nevertheless be valid and sufficient for all purposes to the same effect as if he or she had remained in office until the delivery of the bonds.
    (c) Notwithstanding the form or tenor of the bonds, and in the absence of expressed recitals on the face of the bonds that the bonds are non-negotiable, all bonds issued under this Section shall have all the qualities of negotiable instruments under the law of this State.
    (d) With respect to instruments for the payment of money issued under Sections 35-50.1 through 35-50.6, including, without limitation, revenue bonds of a township, it is the intention of the General Assembly (i) that the Omnibus Bond Acts are supplementary grants of power to issue those instruments in accordance with the Omnibus Bond Acts, regardless of any provision of Sections 35-50.1 through 35-50.6 that may appear to be more restrictive than those Acts, (ii) that the provisions of Sections 35-50.1 through 35-50.6 are not a limitation on the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts, and (iii) that instruments issued under Sections 35-50.1 through 35-50.6 within the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts are not invalid because of any provision of Sections 35-50.1 through 35-50.6 that may appear to be more restrictive than those Acts.
    (e) Revenue bonds issued under Sections 35-50.1 through 35-50.6 shall be payable solely from the net revenue derived from the operation of the senior citizens' housing on account of which the revenue bonds are issued. The revenue bonds shall not in any event constitute an indebtedness of the township within the meaning of any constitutional or statutory limitation, and it shall be so stated on the face of each bond.
    (f) Not less than 30 days before the making of a contract for the sale of bonds to be issued under Sections 35-50.1 through 35-50.6, the township board shall give written notice to the Executive Director of the Illinois Housing Development Authority. Within 30 days after receiving the notice the Executive Director of the Illinois Housing Development Authority shall give written notice to the township board stating whether it will finance the senior citizens' housing. If the Illinois Housing Development Authority notifies the township board that it will not finance the senior citizens' housing, the township may finance the senior citizens' housing or seek alternative financing from any other available source.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

60 ILCS 1/35-50.3

    (60 ILCS 1/35-50.3)
    Sec. 35-50.3. Ordinance describing project; submission to voters. A township board shall initiate proceedings for the issuance of bonds under Sections 35-50.1 through 35-50.6 by adopting an election ordinance describing briefly the authority under which the bonds are proposed to be issued, the nature of the project to be financed, the estimated total cost of the project, and the maximum amount of revenue bonds authorized to be issued. No further details or specifications shall be required in the election ordinance, except as otherwise required by the Election Code or Sections 35-50.1 through 35-50.6 of this Act as described in this Section.
    The election ordinance shall direct that a proposition to construct, purchase, improve, extend, or equip senior citizens' housing and to issue revenue bonds payable solely from the net revenue derived from the operation of the senior citizens' housing be submitted to the voters of the township at an election designated in the ordinance, to be held in accordance with the general election law. The township clerk shall certify the proposition to the proper election authority for submission to the voters in accordance with the general election law. The election authority shall give notice of the election in accordance with the general election law. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall revenue bonds in the maximum amount of $
    
(amount) be issued by the Board of Trustees of (name of township), (name of county), Illinois for the purpose of constructing, purchasing, improving, extending, or equipping senior citizens' housing payable solely from net revenues to be derived from the operation of the senior citizens' housing?
The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
    If a majority of the voters voting on the question at the election vote in favor of it, then the township board may adopt additional ordinances or proceedings supplementing or amending the election ordinance so long as the maximum amount of bonds as set forth in the election ordinance is not exceeded and there is no material change in the project described in the election ordinance. The additional ordinances shall fix the amount of revenue bonds to be issued, the maturity or maturities, the interest rate or rates, and all other details in connection with the bonds deemed advisable. The additional ordinances may contain covenants and restrictions on the issuance thereafter of additional revenue bonds as deemed necessary or advisable for the assurance of the payment of bonds thereby issued. Bonds issued pursuant to additional ordinances and proceedings shall bear a date or dates, may be in a form, may carry registration privileges, may be payable at a place or places, may be subject to redemption in a manner and on terms with or without premium, may be executed in a manner, and may contain terms and covenants, all as provided by the additional ordinances and proceedings. The additional ordinances or proceedings shall become effective immediately without publication or posting or any further act or requirement.
(Source: P.A. 87-922; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/35-50.4

    (60 ILCS 1/35-50.4)
    Sec. 35-50.4. Security for bonds. To secure payment of any or all of the bonds, any additional ordinance supplementing or amending the election ordinance shall set forth the covenants and undertakings of the township in connection with (i) the issuance of the bonds and the issuance of additional bonds payable from the net revenue or income to be derived from the operation of the senior citizens' housing and (ii) the use and operation of the senior citizens' housing. The additional ordinance may also provide that the bonds, or those that are specified, shall, to the extent and in the manner prescribed, be subordinate and junior with respect to the payment of principal and interest to other bonds designated in the ordinance. The additional ordinance may in the discretion of the township board provide that the bonds be secured by a trust agreement or depositary agreement by and between the township board and a corporate trustee, which may be a trust company or a bank having powers of a trust company within this State. The agreement may contain provisions for directing and enforcing the rights and remedies of the bondholders deemed reasonable and proper, including the terms upon which the trustee and the bondholders, or either of them, may enforce their rights, but no trust agreement, depositary agreement, or other instrument securing the bonds shall convey, mortgage, or otherwise create any lien on the properties constituting the senior citizens' housing, other than the net revenues with respect thereto as described in Sections 35-50.1 through 35-50.6.
(Source: P.A. 87-922; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/35-50.5

    (60 ILCS 1/35-50.5)
    Sec. 35-50.5. Rules and regulations; rates and charges; use of revenues from operation.
    (a) The township board of any township availing itself of Sections 35-50.1 through 35-50.6 may (i) make, enact, and enforce all needful rules and regulations for the acquisition, construction, extension, improvement, equipping, management, and maintenance of the senior citizens' housing of the township and for the use thereof, (ii) make, enact, and enforce all needful rules, regulations, and ordinances for the care and protection of the senior citizens' housing that may be conducive to the preservation of the public health, comfort, and convenience and to providing the senior citizens' housing, and (iii) charge the residents of the senior citizens' housing a reasonable rent, rate, or charge for the privilege of residing in or using the senior citizens' housing.
    (b) The rents, rates, or charges shall be sufficient at all times to (i) pay the cost of operating and maintaining the senior citizens' housing, (ii) provide an adequate depreciation fund if deemed necessary by the township board, and (iii) pay the principal of and interest on all revenue bonds issued under Sections 35-50.1 through 35-50.6. Rents, rates, and charges shall be established, revised, and maintained by ordinance and become payable as the township board determines by ordinance.
    (c) Whenever revenue bonds are issued under Sections 35-50.1 through 35-50.6, sufficient revenue derived from the operation of senior citizens' housing shall be deposited into a separate fund, designated as the Senior Citizens' Housing Fund of the township. It shall be used only (i) to pay the cost of maintenance and operation of the senior citizens' housing, (ii) to provide an adequate depreciation fund if deemed necessary by the township board, and (iii) to pay the principal of and interest on the revenue bonds of the township issued under Sections 35-50.1 through 35-50.6.
(Source: P.A. 87-922; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/35-50.6

    (60 ILCS 1/35-50.6)
    Sec. 35-50.6. Supervisor; bond proceeds and revenues.
    (a) The township supervisor shall be ex officio treasurer and the custodian of all funds derived from the issuance and sale of bonds under Sections 35-50.1 through 35-50.6 and of all income and revenue derived from the operation of the senior citizens' housing. Before the supervisor receives any funds, he or she shall post with the township board, subject to their approval, a separate corporate surety bond in an amount determined by resolution of the township board. The supervisor shall keep the proceeds of bonds issued and revenues derived from the operation of the senior citizens' housing separate and apart from all other funds that come into his or her hands as supervisor and ex officio treasurer of the township. The supervisor shall deposit the proceeds derived from the sale of bonds and the income and revenues derived from the operation of the senior citizens' housing in separate bank or savings and loan association accounts in a depositary designated by the township board for that purpose; provided, however, that any funds not so deposited shall be invested only in investments that are permitted for the township under the Public Funds Investment Act, as then amended.
    (b) No bank or savings and loan association shall receive public funds under this Section unless it has complied with the provisions of Section 6 of the Public Funds Investment Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-922; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/35-55

    (60 ILCS 1/35-55)
    Sec. 35-55. Senior citizens services; authorization of tax levy.
    (a) The electors may authorize the township board to levy a tax (at a rate of not more than 0.15% of the value, as equalized and assessed by the Department of Revenue, of all taxable property in the township) for the sole and exclusive purpose of providing services to senior citizens under Article 220 including, but not limited to, the construction, maintenance, repair, and operation of a senior citizens center. If the board desires to levy the tax, it shall order a referendum on the proposition to be held at an election in accordance with the general election law. The board shall certify the proposition to the proper election officials, who shall submit the proposition to the voters at an election in accordance with the general election law. If a majority of the votes cast on the proposition is in favor of the proposition, the board may annually levy the tax in addition to any other taxes and not subject to the tax rate limitations set forth in Article 235 of this Act, but subject to the extension limitations in the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law of the Property Tax Code.
    (b) If the township board of any township authorized to levy a tax under this Section pursuant to a referendum held before January 1, 1987, desires to increase the maximum rate of the tax to 0.15% of the value, as equalized and assessed by the Department of Revenue, of all taxable property in the township, it shall order a referendum on that proposition to be held at an election in accordance with the general election law. The board shall certify the proposition to the proper election officials, who shall submit the proposition to the voters at an election in accordance with the general election law. If a majority of the votes cast on the proposition is in favor of the proposition, the maximum tax rate shall be so increased.
(Source: P.A. 92-651, eff. 7-11-02; 92-781, eff. 1-1-03.)

60 ILCS 1/35-60

    (60 ILCS 1/35-60)
    Sec. 35-60. Youth service programs; authorization of tax levy. The electors may authorize the township board to levy a tax (at a rate of not more than 0.15% of the value, as equalized and assessed by the Department of Revenue, of all taxable property in the township) for the sole purpose of providing service programs for youths under Section 215-5. The tax may not be levied, however, unless the tax is approved by the voters at a referendum held in accordance with the general election law. The township board shall certify the proposition to the proper election officials, who shall submit the proposition to the voters at an election in accordance with the general election law. If a majority of the votes cast on the proposition is in favor of the proposition, the board may annually levy the tax.
(Source: P.A. 85-583; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/35-65

    (60 ILCS 1/35-65)
    Sec. 35-65. General assistance tax. If the electors at the annual township meeting fail in any year to levy any tax for general assistance to persons needing that assistance, or a tax for general assistance of an amount sufficient to meet those needs, or a tax of an amount sufficient to qualify the township for an allocation of State funds appropriated for that purpose, the electors may levy the tax, additional tax, or qualifying tax, as the case may be, as may be necessary. In no event, however, shall the total of the taxes levied at the annual and special township meetings for general assistance exceed the statutory rate limit prescribed in Section 235-15.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/35-70

    (60 ILCS 1/35-70)
    Sec. 35-70. Township library tax. The electors may levy a tax for the support and maintenance of a township library under the Illinois Local Library Act.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/35-75

    (60 ILCS 1/35-75)
    Sec. 35-75. Cemetery tax. The electors may authorize the board of managers to levy a tax for the establishment and maintenance of cemeteries under Article 135.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/35-80

    (60 ILCS 1/35-80)
    Sec. 35-80. Participation in Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. The electors may elect to have the township and all other bodies politic established by or under the control of the electors participate as a single municipality in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund under the provisions of the Illinois Pension Code.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 40

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 40 heading)
ARTICLE 40. CONDUCT OF
TOWNSHIP MEETINGS

60 ILCS 1/40-5

    (60 ILCS 1/40-5)
    Sec. 40-5. Time of township meeting; moderator.
    (a) The annual township meeting and any special township meeting shall not be held earlier than 6 p.m., unless the time is changed by the electors at a duly convened meeting.
    (b) At an hour fixed by the electors, but no earlier than 6 p.m. on the day of an annual or special meeting, the electors present shall be called to order by the township clerk, if there is a clerk and he or she is present. If there is no township clerk or if the township clerk is not present, the electors may elect by acclamation one of their number as chairman. The chairman shall, if there are electors desiring admittance to the meeting who cannot be admitted because of the size of the meeting hall, immediately recess the meeting to a time as soon as practicable and to a place sufficiently large to accommodate at least the number of electors present at that time within the meeting hall and those outside the meeting hall desiring to be admitted.
    Electors at the meeting shall be verified as voters registered within the township by the township clerk, or a designee of the township clerk, through the use of township voter registration lists obtained by the township clerk from the election authority having jurisdiction over the township and updated to include voters registered no less than 28 days before the day of the meeting.
    (c) The electors present shall choose one of their number to preside as moderator of the meeting. Before entering upon the duties of the office, the moderator shall take an oath, administered by the township clerk or chairman or some other officer authorized to administer oaths, to faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of the office. The moderator of the meeting shall preside at the meeting, announce the business before the meeting, preserve order, and decide all questions of order. The moderator shall have the same power and be subject to the same penalties, in connection with his conduct as moderator, as judges of election under the provisions of the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 88-62; incorporates 88-360; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94; 89-331, eff. 8-17-95.)

60 ILCS 1/40-10

    (60 ILCS 1/40-10)
    Sec. 40-10. Clerk of the meeting.
    (a) The township clerk, if there is one and he or she is present, shall act as clerk of the meeting and shall keep faithful minutes of the proceedings in a book to be known as the township record. The clerk shall enter at length in the township record every order or direction and all rules and regulations made by the meeting. The entry shall be signed by the clerk and the moderator of the meeting.
    (b) This Section is subject to the Local Records Act.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/40-15

    (60 ILCS 1/40-15)
    Sec. 40-15. Voting.
    (a) All questions upon motions made at township meetings shall be determined by a majority of the electors present and voting, and the moderator shall ascertain and declare the result of the vote upon each question.
    (b) When the result of any vote shall, upon the moderator's declaration, be questioned by one or more of the electors present, the moderator shall make the vote certain by causing the voters to rise and be counted or by a division of the voters.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/40-20

    (60 ILCS 1/40-20)
    Sec. 40-20. Conclusion of business. When the business of the meeting is concluded, the moderator shall announce that fact. After the announcement is made, all miscellaneous business shall be deemed concluded for that day unless the electors shall, at the time of the announcement, order otherwise. In no event, however, shall any question which has been disposed of before the announcement be thereafter reconsidered unless the motion for reconsideration is sustained by a number of votes equal to at least a majority of all the names entered on the poll list on that day up to the time the motion is made.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/40-25

    (60 ILCS 1/40-25)
    Sec. 40-25. Disorderly conduct. If any person acts in a disorderly manner at any meeting and, after notice from the moderator, persists in that conduct, the moderator may order the person to withdraw from the meeting. If the person refuses to withdraw, the moderator may order any police officer or other person to take the disorderly person from the meeting and confine him or her in some convenient place until the meeting is adjourned. The person refusing to withdraw shall, for that offense, forfeit a sum not exceeding $10 for the use of the township to be recovered in a civil action in the name of the township in the circuit court.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/40-30

    (60 ILCS 1/40-30)
    Sec. 40-30. Notice of township regulations. The township clerk shall cause all by-laws, rules, and regulations of the township to be published within 20 days after their adoption by posting them in 3 public places in the town. The clerk also shall cause the by-laws, rules, and regulations to be inserted once in a newspaper published in the township if there is such a newspaper. All by-laws, rules, and regulations shall take effect and be in force from the date of their adoption unless otherwise directed by the electors.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 45

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 45 heading)
ARTICLE 45.
NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES
FOR TOWNSHIP OFFICE

60 ILCS 1/45-5

    (60 ILCS 1/45-5)
    Sec. 45-5. Nominations by political parties. In all townships (other than townships of over 5,000 population that are co-extensive with or included wholly within incorporated towns, villages, or cities not under the commission form of government), nominations by established political parties for candidates for township officers shall, except as otherwise provided in Section 45-15, be held as provided in this Article.
(Source: P.A. 85-694; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/45-10

    (60 ILCS 1/45-10)
    Sec. 45-10. Political party caucus in township; notice.
    (a) On the first Tuesday in December preceding the date of the regular township election, a caucus shall be held by the voters of each established political party in a township to nominate its candidates for the various offices to be filled at the election. Notice of the caucus shall be given at least 10 days before it is held by publication in some newspaper having a general circulation in the township. Not less than 30 days before the caucus, the township clerk shall notify the chairman or membership of each township central committee by first-class mail of the chairman's or membership's obligation to report the time and location of the political party's caucus. Not less than 20 days before the caucus, each chairman of the township central committee shall notify the township clerk by first-class mail of the time and location of the political party's caucus. If the time and location of 2 or more political party caucuses conflict, the township clerk shall establish, by a fair and impartial public lottery, the time and location for each caucus.
    If the chairperson of the township central committee fails to meet the requirements of this Section, the chairperson's political party shall not be permitted to nominate a candidate, either by caucus as provided for in this Section or as otherwise authorized by the Election Code, in the next upcoming consolidated election for any office for which a nomination could have been made at the caucus should the chairperson of the township central committee have met the requirements of this Section.
    (b) Except as provided in this Section, the township board shall cause notices of the caucuses to be published. The notice shall state the time and place where the caucus for each political party will be held. The board shall fix a place within the township for holding the caucus for each established political party. When a new township has been established under Section 10-25, the county board shall cause notice of the caucuses to be published as required by this Section and shall fix the place within the new township for holding the caucuses.
(Source: P.A. 97-81, eff. 7-5-11; 98-443, eff. 8-16-13.)

60 ILCS 1/45-15

    (60 ILCS 1/45-15)
    Sec. 45-15. Township central committee. The township central committee of the township, which is hereby created for the purposes of this Code, shall consist of (i) in all counties of 3,000,000 or less, the elected or appointed precinct committeemen of each established political party within the township or (ii) in counties of 3,000,000 or more, the elected or appointed township committeemen of each established political party. The committee, by a majority of those voting, shall promulgate rules of procedure under Section 45-50.
(Source: P.A. 85-694; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/45-20

    (60 ILCS 1/45-20)
    Sec. 45-20. Caucus result; filing nomination papers; certifying candidates.
    (a) The township central committee shall canvass and declare the result of the caucus.
    (b) The chairman of the township central committee shall, not more than 113 nor less than 106 days before the township election, file nomination papers as provided in this Section. The nomination papers shall consist of (i) a certification by the chairman of the names of all candidates for office in the township nominated at the caucus and (ii) a statement of candidacy by each candidate in the form prescribed in the general election law. The nomination papers shall be filed in the office of the township clerk, except that if the township is entirely within the corporate limits of a city, village, or incorporated town under the jurisdiction of a board of election commissioners, the nomination papers shall be filed in the office of the board of election commissioners instead of the township clerk.
    (c) The township clerk shall certify the candidates so nominated to the proper election authorities not less than 68 days before the township election. The election shall be conducted in accordance with the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 99-522, eff. 6-30-16.)

60 ILCS 1/45-25

    (60 ILCS 1/45-25)
    Sec. 45-25. Caucus in multi-township district.
    (a) On the first Wednesday in December preceding the date of any election at which township officers are to be elected, a caucus shall be held by the voters of each established political party in a multi-township district to nominate its candidates for township assessor.
    (b) For purposes of this Code, the multi-township central committee of each established political party shall consist of the elected or appointed precinct committeemen of each established political party within the multi-township district and shall promulgate rules of procedure under Section 45-50.
    (c) The multi-township central committee of each established political party shall cause notices of the caucuses to be published. The notices shall state the time and place where the caucus for each established political party will be held within the multi-township district and shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the district 10 days before the caucuses are held. Not less than 30 days before the caucus, the multi-township clerk shall notify the chairman or membership of each multi-township central committee by first-class mail of the chairman's or membership's obligation to report the time and location of the political party's caucus. Not less than 20 days before the caucus, each chairman of the multi-township central committee shall notify the multi-township clerk by first-class mail of the time and location of the political party's caucus. If the time and location of 2 or more political party caucuses conflict, the multi-township clerk shall establish, by a fair and impartial public lottery, the time and location for each caucus.
    (d) The result of the election shall be canvassed in the manner provided by the general election law.
    (e) The chairman of the multi-township central committee shall, not more than 113 nor less than 106 days before the multi-township election, file nomination papers as provided in this Section. The nomination papers shall consist of (i) a certification by the chairman of the names of all candidates for office in the township nominated at the caucus and (ii) a statement of candidacy by each candidate in the form prescribed in the general election law. The nomination papers shall be filed in the office of the election authority. The election shall be conducted in accordance with the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 97-81, eff. 7-5-11.)

60 ILCS 1/45-30

    (60 ILCS 1/45-30)
    Sec. 45-30. Validity of nomination papers.
    (a) Nomination papers filed under this Article are not valid unless the candidate named in the papers files with the township clerk or the board of election commissioners, as the case may be, a receipt from the county clerk showing that the candidate has filed a statement of economic interests as required by the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act in relation to the township within the period for the filing of nomination papers under this Article or within a year preceding the date on which the candidate's nomination papers were filed. The receipt shall be filed not later than the last day on which nomination papers may be filed.
    (b) Nomination papers filed under this Article on behalf of a candidate for the office of township or multi-township assessor are not valid unless the candidate named in the papers files with the township clerk or the board of election commissioners, as the case may be, proof of the candidate's qualifications as provided in Section 2-45 of the Property Tax Code.
(Source: P.A. 88-62; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/45-35

    (60 ILCS 1/45-35)
    Sec. 45-35. Notice to candidates to file reports. The township clerk or board of election commissioners, as the case may be, shall notify the person for whom such nomination papers are filed of the obligation to file statements of organization, reports of campaign contributions, and annual reports of campaign contributions and expenditures in the manner prescribed by the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 85-694; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/45-40

    (60 ILCS 1/45-40)
    Sec. 45-40. Assessor candidates; notice to file proof of qualifications.
    (a) In the case of candidates for the office of township or multi-township assessor, the township clerk or board of election commissioners, as the case may be, shall notify the candidates of the obligation to file proof of their qualifications as provided in Section 2-45 of the Property Tax Code.
    (b) In the case of candidates for the office of multi-township assessor, the notification under subsection (a) shall be made to a candidate for that office by the election authority.
(Source: P.A. 88-62; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/45-45

    (60 ILCS 1/45-45)
    Sec. 45-45. Costs of caucus elections. The costs of caucus elections shall be borne by the township.
(Source: P.A. 85-694; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/45-50

    (60 ILCS 1/45-50)
    Sec. 45-50. Caucus procedures.
    (a) The rules of procedure for conducting a township or multi-township caucus must be approved and may be amended by a majority vote of the qualified participants attending the caucus. No participant shall be able to participate or vote at any township or multi-township caucus if the person is or was at anytime during the 12 months before the caucus any of the following:
        (1) An elected or appointed public official of
    
another established political party.
        (2) An elected or appointed officer, director,
    
precinct committeeman or representative of the township committeeman of another established political party.
        (3) A judge of election under Article 13 or 14 of the
    
Election Code for another statewide established political party.
        (4) A voter who voted in the primary election of
    
another statewide established political party different from the party holding the caucus.
    (b) The rules of procedure shall include the following:
        (1) No caucus shall commence earlier than 6:00 p.m.
        (2) The caucus shall commence at the place specified
    
in the notice of caucus.
        (3) Procedures by which qualified caucus participants
    
determine by a majority vote the duties of caucus judges of election. Caucus judges of election shall be appointed by a majority vote of the township or multi-township central committee. No judge of the Supreme Court, appellate court, or circuit court or associate judge shall serve as a caucus judge of election.
        (4) Nominations for selection as a candidate shall be
    
accepted from any qualified participant of the caucus.
        (5) The method of voting (i.e., written ballot, voice
    
vote, show of hands, standing vote) for determining the candidate or candidates selected for nomination.
        (6) Whether candidates will be selected as a slate or
    
as individual nominees for each office.
        (7) Whether written notice of intent to be a caucus
    
nominee is required.
        (8) Other rules deemed necessary by the central
    
committee at the time the rules are promulgated or by the majority of the qualified caucus participants when the rules are being considered at their meeting.
        (9) A participant in a caucus shall be entitled to
    
only one vote for each office for which he or she is voting. A participant's vote shall not be weighted to be equal to more than one vote.
    (c) Individuals participating at an established political party township or multi-township caucus shall comply with each of the following:
        (1) A participant shall be registered under Article
    
4, 5, or 6 of the Election Code.
        (2) A participant shall be registered within the
    
territory for which the nomination is made.
        (3) A participant shall sign an affidavit that he or
    
she is a registered voter and affiliated with the established political party holding the caucus.
        (4) A participant shall not take part in the
    
proceedings of more than one established political party township and multi-township caucus for the same election. This requirement also applies to the township and multi-township clerks.
        (5) A participant shall not sign a petition of
    
nomination for an independent or new political party candidate for the same election.
        (6) A participant shall not become an independent
    
candidate or a candidate of another established political party or a new political party for the same election.
    (d) The voters participating at an established political party township or multi-township caucus shall not select for nomination more candidates than there are to be elected for each office.
    (e) No candidate for nomination at a township or multi-township caucus shall be required to do either of the following:
        (1) Circulate and file nominating petitions to become
    
a candidate at the caucus.
        (2) File a fee to become a candidate at the caucus.
(Source: P.A. 100-219, eff. 8-18-17.)

60 ILCS 1/45-55

    (60 ILCS 1/45-55)
    Sec. 45-55. Nomination by primary election. In (i) counties having a population of more than 3,000,000, the township central committee of a political party composed of the elected township committeeman and his or her appointed precinct committeemen and (ii) townships with a population of more than 15,000 in counties with a population of 3,000,000 or less, the township central committee of a political party composed of the precinct committeemen may, with respect to any regular township election, determine that its candidates for township offices shall be nominated by primary in accordance with the general election law, rather than in the manner provided in Sections 45-5 through 45-45. If the township central committee makes that determination, it must file a statement of the determination with the county clerk no later than November 15 preceding the township election. If the township or any part of the township is within the jurisdiction of a board of election commissioners, the township central committee shall promptly notify the board of election commissioners of the determination. Upon the filing of the determination by the township central committee of a political party, the provisions of the general election law shall govern the nomination of candidates of that political party for township offices for the election with respect to which the determination was made.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/45-60

    (60 ILCS 1/45-60)
    Sec. 45-60. Nominations in certain other cases. Certain candidates for township offices may be nominated as provided in Article 10 of the Election Code.
(Source: P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 50

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 50 heading)
ARTICLE 50. ELECTION OF
TOWNSHIP OFFICERS; DISCONTINUANCE
OF TOWNSHIP OFFICES
(Source: P.A. 100-187, eff. 8-18-17.)

60 ILCS 1/50-5

    (60 ILCS 1/50-5)
    Sec. 50-5. Time of election and terms outside Cook County.
    (a) Except as provided for Cook County in Section 50-10, and subject to the requirements of the general election law and the referendum provisions in Sections 50-25 and 50-30, at the time of the regular township election provided in the general election law, there shall be elected one township collector. The collector shall hold his office for a term of 4 years and until a successor is elected and qualified.
    (b) At the time of the regular township election provided in the general election law, there shall be elected a township supervisor. The supervisor shall be ex-officio supervisor of general assistance. The supervisor shall hold office for a term of 4 years and until a successor is elected and qualified.
    (c) At the time of the regular township election provided in the general election law, there shall be elected one township clerk. The clerk shall hold office for a term of 4 years and until a successor is elected and qualified.
    (d) At the time of the regular township election provided in the general election law, there shall be elected by ballot one township or multi-township assessor, as the case may be, in the manner provided in the general election law. The assessor shall hold office for a term of 4 years and until a successor is elected and qualified.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/50-10

    (60 ILCS 1/50-10)
    Sec. 50-10. Time of election and terms in Cook County.
    (a) Township supervisors, township clerks, and township collectors shall be elected in their respective townships in Cook County at the time of the regular township election provided in the general election law. They shall hold their offices for 4 years and until their successors are elected and qualified.
    (b) Those townships in Cook County lying outside the corporate limits of the City of Chicago, the boundaries of which are co-extensive with the corporate limits of a city, village, or incorporated town, shall elect a township assessor at the time of the regular township election provided in the general election law. Those township assessors shall hold their offices for 4 years and until their successors are elected and qualified.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/50-15

    (60 ILCS 1/50-15)
    Sec. 50-15. Time of entering upon duties.
    (a) In all counties, the township collectors elected at the township election shall enter upon their duties on January 1 next following their election and qualification.
    (b) In all counties, township supervisors and township clerks shall enter upon their duties on the third Monday of May following their election.
    (c) Beginning with elections in 1981 in all counties, the township and multi-township assessors shall enter upon their duties on January 1 next following their election.
(Source: P.A. 93-847, eff. 7-30-04.)

60 ILCS 1/50-20

    (60 ILCS 1/50-20)
    Sec. 50-20. Counties with no township collector.
    (a) No collector in counties under 100,000. In counties under township organization, having a population of less than 100,000, there shall be no township collector elected. The county collector shall be ex-officio township collector, and all the duties of the township collector shall devolve upon and be performed by the county collector.
    (b) No collector in counties over 2,000,000. In counties having a population of more than 2,000,000 inhabitants there shall be no township collector elected on and after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly. Upon the completion of the terms of office of township collectors holding office on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly, the township assessor shall be the ex-officio township collector, and all the duties of the township collector shall devolve upon and be performed by the township assessor.
(Source: P.A. 97-857, eff. 7-27-12.)

60 ILCS 1/50-25

    (60 ILCS 1/50-25)
    Sec. 50-25. Referendum to elect township collector.
    (a) In counties under township organization having a population of more than 100,000 as determined by the last preceding federal census (except Cook County) in which no township collectors were elected in the year 1937, no township collectors shall be elected unless the proposition to elect those officers has first been submitted to the electors of the county and approved in the manner provided in this Section.
    (b) Whenever a petition for referendum, signed by at least 10% of the total number of voters voting at the last general election at which any county officer was elected, is filed with the county clerk not less than 78 days before a regular election, the county clerk shall certify for submission the proposition of electing township collectors in townships in counties described in subsection (a) in accordance with the general election law. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall township collectors be elected for the several
    
townships of (name of county) under Section 50-25 of the Township Code?
The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
    (c) If a majority of the voters voting on the proposition vote in favor of it, there shall be elected in each township in the county at the next regular election for township offices one township collector. The collector shall hold office until the date of the expiration of the term of office of township collectors in Cook County as provided in Section 50-10, and until a successor is elected and qualified. Successors shall hold office for a term of 4 years and until their successors are elected and qualified.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/50-30

    (60 ILCS 1/50-30)
    Sec. 50-30. Referendum to discontinue office of township collector.
    (a) Each county under township organization having a population of more than 100,000 according to the last preceding federal census (except Cook County) in which township collectors were elected for the townships of the county in the year 1937, and counties under township government that have by referendum under Section 50-25 provided for the election of township collectors, may at a regular election submit to a further referendum the question of discontinuing the office of township collector in the county in the manner provided in this Section.
    (b) Whenever a petition, signed by at least 10% of the total number of voters at the last general election at which any county officer was elected and requesting submission to the voters of the county of the proposition of discontinuing the office of the township collector in the county, is filed with the county clerk not less than 78 days before a regular election, the county clerk shall submit the proposition in accordance with the general election law. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall the office of township collector be
    
discontinued in (name of county) under Section 50-30 of the Township Code?
The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
    (c) If a majority of the voters voting on the proposition vote in favor of the discontinuance of the office of township collector, no township collectors shall thereafter be elected in the county unless there has again been submitted to the voters of the county and approved by them a proposition to establish the office of township collector.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/50-32

    (60 ILCS 1/50-32)
    Sec. 50-32. Sangamon County township collectors.
    (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article, the offices of township collector in Sangamon County are discontinued on January 1, 2022. On January 1, 2022, the Sangamon County Treasurer assumes the duties of each township collector in Sangamon County.
    (b) If a township collector's office becomes vacant in Sangamon County before January 1, 2022, the vacancy may not be filled and the Sangamon County Treasurer shall assume the duties of that township collector.
(Source: P.A. 100-187, eff. 8-18-17.)

60 ILCS 1/50-35

    (60 ILCS 1/50-35)
    Sec. 50-35. Further submission of proposition. The result of any vote on any referendum under Section 50-25 or 50-30 shall not be deemed a bar to the further submission of any proposition authorized in this Section.
(Source: P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/50-40

    (60 ILCS 1/50-40)
    Sec. 50-40. Township trustees; time of election and terms. Except in townships organized under Article 15, at the regular township election provided in the general election law there shall be elected 4 members to serve on the township board. They shall be known as township trustees and shall hold their office for a term of 4 years beginning the third Monday of May following their election and until their successors are elected and qualified.
(Source: P.A. 93-847, eff. 7-30-04.)

60 ILCS 1/50-45

    (60 ILCS 1/50-45)
    Sec. 50-45. General election law; definitions.
    (a) The general election law applies to the conduct of all township elections and referenda except those held at an annual or special township meeting, which shall be under the jurisdiction of the township clerk and rules covering the annual township meeting or a special township meeting.
    (b) As used in this Code in connection with elections of township officers and referenda, the following election definitions apply:
        (1) "Voter" or "legal voter" or "elector" means a
    
person qualified and registered to vote under the general election law.
        (2) "Certify" and "certification", when used in
    
connection with elections of officers or referenda, refer to the certification, in accordance with the general election law, of offices, candidates, or propositions to county clerks and boards of election commissioners for inclusion on one ballot at an election.
        (3) "Submit" and "submission", when used in
    
connection with a referendum on a proposition or question, refer to the submission to the voters, in accordance with the general election law, of the proposition or question by county clerks and boards of election commissioners.
(Source: P.A. 87-738; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 55

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 55 heading)
ARTICLE 55.
QUALIFICATION AND TENURE OF
TOWNSHIP OFFICERS

60 ILCS 1/55-5

    (60 ILCS 1/55-5)
    Sec. 55-5. Legal voter and resident. No person is eligible to hold any office unless he or she is a legal voter and has been a resident of the township for one year.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/55-6

    (60 ILCS 1/55-6)
    Sec. 55-6. Criminal conviction. A person is not eligible to hold any office if that person, at the time required for taking the oath of office, has been convicted in any court located in the United States of any infamous crime, bribery, perjury, or other felony.
(Source: P.A. 99-546, eff. 7-15-16.)

60 ILCS 1/55-10

    (60 ILCS 1/55-10)
    Sec. 55-10. Oath or affirmation. Every person elected or appointed to the office of supervisor, township clerk, assessor, trustee, commissioner of highways, township enforcement officer, or collector, before entering upon the duties of that office, shall take and subscribe, before any person authorized to administer an oath of office, the oath or affirmation of office prescribed by the Constitution. Within 8 days after the oath or affirmation is taken and subscribed, it shall be filed in the office of the township clerk or the clerk of the multi-township board, as the case may be, and the county clerk.
(Source: P.A. 86-769; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/55-15

    (60 ILCS 1/55-15)
    Sec. 55-15. Neglect to take oath or affirmation. If any person elected or appointed to any of the offices specified in Section 55-10 neglects to take and subscribe the oath or affirmation and cause the certificate to be filed as required in Section 55-10, the neglect shall be deemed a refusal to serve.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/55-20

    (60 ILCS 1/55-20)
    Sec. 55-20. Pound master; acceptance of office. Every person appointed to the office of pound master, before he or she enters on the duties of the office and within 10 days after being notified of his or her election or appointment, shall cause to be filed in the office of the township clerk a notice signifying his or her acceptance of the office. A neglect to cause the notice to be filed shall be deemed a refusal to serve.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/55-25

    (60 ILCS 1/55-25)
    Sec. 55-25. Collector; bond; oath. Every person elected to the office of collector, before he or she enters upon the duties of the office, shall give the bond required by law. If any person elected to the office of collector does not give the security and take the oath or affirmation required under Section 55-10 within the time limited for that purpose, the neglect shall be deemed a refusal to serve.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/55-30

    (60 ILCS 1/55-30)
    Sec. 55-30. Refusal to serve; forfeiture. If any person elected to the office of supervisor, township clerk, assessor, or commissioner of highways refuses to serve, he or she shall forfeit to the township the sum of $25.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/55-35

    (60 ILCS 1/55-35)
    Sec. 55-35. Entering upon duties of office before taking oath; forfeiture. If any township officer who is required by law to take the oath of office enters upon the duties of his or her office before taking the oath, he or she shall forfeit to the township the sum of $50.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/55-37

    (60 ILCS 1/55-37)
    Sec. 55-37. Misconduct of officers; penalty. Every township officer who is guilty of a palpable omission of duty, or who is guilty of willful and corrupt oppression, malconduct, or misfeasance in discharging the duties of the office, shall be guilty of a business offense and, on conviction, shall be fined not more than $1,000. The court in which the conviction occurs shall enter an order removing the convicted officer from office.
(Source: P.A. 87-946; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/55-40

    (60 ILCS 1/55-40)
    Sec. 55-40. Demand for books and papers by successor upon expiration of predecessor's term. Whenever the term of any supervisor, township clerk, or commissioner of highways expires and another person is elected or appointed to that office, the successor, immediately after he or she enters upon the duties of the office, shall demand of his or her predecessor all the books and papers belonging to the office and under the predecessor's control.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/55-45

    (60 ILCS 1/55-45)
    Sec. 55-45. Demand for books and papers by successor upon vacancy. Whenever any officer named in Section 55-40 resigns or the office becomes vacant in any way, and another person is elected or appointed in the officer's stead, the person so elected or appointed shall make the demand required under Section 55-40 of his or her predecessor or of any person having charge of those books and papers.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/55-50

    (60 ILCS 1/55-50)
    Sec. 55-50. Demand on executor or administrator of deceased officer. Upon the death of any of the officers named in Section 55-40, the successor of the officer shall make the demand required under that Section of the executors or administrators of the deceased officer. The executors or administrators shall deliver up, on oath, all records, books, and papers in their possession or under their control belonging to the office and held by their testator or intestate.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/55-55

    (60 ILCS 1/55-55)
    Sec. 55-55. Delivery of records. It is the duty of every person going out of office, whenever required under Section 55-45 or 55-50, to deliver up, on oath, all the records, books, and papers in his or her possession or in his or her control belonging to that office. The oath may be administered by the officer to whom the delivery is to be made. It shall also be the duty of every supervisor and commissioner of highways going out of office, at the same time, to pay over to his or her successor the balance of moneys remaining in his or her hands as ascertained by the trustees of township accounts.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/55-65

    (60 ILCS 1/55-65)
    Sec. 55-65. Prohibited activities. All township officers shall be subject to the Public Officer Prohibited Activities Act.
(Source: P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 60

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 60 heading)
ARTICLE 60.
VACANCIES IN TOWNSHIP OFFICES AND THE
MANNER OF FILLING THEM

60 ILCS 1/60-5

    (60 ILCS 1/60-5)
    Sec. 60-5. Filling vacancies in township offices.
    (a) Except for the office of township or multi-township assessor, if a township fails to elect the number of township officers that the township is entitled to by law, or a person elected to any township office fails to qualify, or a vacancy in any township office occurs for any other reason including without limitation the resignation of an officer or the conviction in any court of the State of Illinois or of the United States of an officer for an infamous crime, then the township board shall fill the vacancy by appointment, by warrant under their signatures and seals, and the persons so appointed shall hold their respective offices for the remainder of the unexpired terms. All persons so appointed shall have the same powers and duties and are subject to the same penalties as if they had been elected or appointed for a full term of office. A vacancy in the office of township or multi-township assessor shall be filled only as provided in the Property Tax Code.
    For purposes of this subsection (a), a conviction for an offense that disqualifies an officer from holding that office occurs on the date of (i) the entry of a plea of guilty in court, (ii) the return of a guilty verdict, or (iii) in the case of a trial by the court, the entry of a finding of guilt.
    (b) If a vacancy on the township board is not filled within 60 days, then a special township meeting must be called under Section 35-5 to select a replacement under Section 35-35.
    (c) Except as otherwise provided in this Section, whenever any township or multi-township office becomes vacant or temporarily vacant due to a physical incapacity of a township officer, the township or multi-township board may temporarily appoint a deputy to perform the ministerial functions of the vacant office until the physically incapacitated township officer submits a written statement to the appropriate board that he or she is physically able to perform his or her duty. The statement shall be sworn to before an officer authorized to administer oaths in this State. A temporary deputy shall not be permitted to vote at any meeting of the township board on any matter properly before the board. The compensation of a temporary deputy shall be determined by the appropriate board. The township board shall not appoint a deputy clerk if the township clerk has appointed a deputy clerk under Section 75-45.
    (d) Any person appointed to fill a vacancy under this Section shall be a member of the same political party as the person vacating the office if the person vacating the office was elected as a member of an established political party, under Section 10-2 of the Election Code, that is still in existence at the time of appointment. The appointee shall establish his or her political party affiliation by his or her record of voting in party primary elections or by holding or having held an office in a political party organization before appointment. If the appointee has not voted in a party primary election or is not holding or has not held an office in a political party organization before the appointment, then the appointee shall establish his or her political party affiliation by his or her record of participating in a political party's nomination or election caucus.
(Source: P.A. 97-295, eff. 1-1-12.)

60 ILCS 1/60-15

    (60 ILCS 1/60-15)
    Sec. 60-15. Warrant of appointment. When any appointment is made under Section 60-5 or 60-10, the officers making the appointment shall cause the warrant of appointment to be promptly filed in the office of the township clerk, who shall immediately give notice to each person appointed.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/60-20

    (60 ILCS 1/60-20)
    Sec. 60-20. Resignation of officer.
    (a) The township board may, for sufficient cause shown to them, accept the resignation of any officer of their township. Whenever they accept a resignation, the township clerk shall make a minute of the acceptance upon the township records. A resignation of a multi-township assessor, however, shall be made to and may be accepted by the multi-township board, and the clerk of the multi-township board shall make the minute upon the records of the multi-township board and forward a copy of the resignation and minute to the county clerk, the Department of Revenue, each of the township boards in the multi-township jurisdiction, and the supervisor of assessments for entry upon their permanent records.
    (b) Resignations become effective upon acceptance by the township or multi-township board, as the case may be.
(Source: P.A. 85-694; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 65

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 65 heading)
ARTICLE 65. COMPENSATION AND FEES
OF TOWNSHIP OFFICERS

60 ILCS 1/65-5

    (60 ILCS 1/65-5)
    Sec. 65-5. Compensation of township officers. Township officers are entitled to compensation at the rates specified in this Article for each day necessarily devoted by them to the services of the township in the duties of their respective offices. Compensation set by a multi-township board for the multi-township assessor shall be set at least 150 days before the election of that officer. Compensation set by a township board for the township assessor and collector shall be set at the same time the compensation of its supervisor is set. Compensation shall be for time served, and no township officer may receive compensation for any future or anticipated days of duty.
(Source: P.A. 97-736, eff. 7-3-12.)

60 ILCS 1/65-10

    (60 ILCS 1/65-10)
    Sec. 65-10. (Repealed).
(Source: Repealed by P.A. 88-670; predecessor Section repealed by P.A. 88-360.)

60 ILCS 1/65-15

    (60 ILCS 1/65-15)
    Sec. 65-15. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 88-62. Repealed by P.A. 90-210, eff. 7-25-97.)

60 ILCS 1/65-20

    (60 ILCS 1/65-20)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 100-107)
    Sec. 65-20. Road district treasurer; new township; multi-township officers.
    (a) Compensation of township officers shall be set by the township board at least 180 days before the beginning of the terms of officers, including compensation of the road district treasurer, which shall be not less than $100 or more than $1,000 per year. Compensation of a township assessor and collector shall be set at the same time as the compensation of the township supervisor. Compensation of a multi-township assessor shall be set at least 150 days before his or her election.
    (b) The compensation to be paid to each officer in a new township established under Section 10-25 shall be determined under this Section by the township board of the township the whole or a part of which comprises the new township and that has the highest equalized assessed valuation (as of December 31, 1972) of the old townships that comprise the new township.
    (c) At least 150 days before the election of multi-township officers, the multi-township board may establish additional pay of those board members for their services in an amount not to exceed $25 per day for each day of services.
(Source: P.A. 90-210, eff. 7-25-97.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 100-107)
    Sec. 65-20. Road district treasurer; new township; multi-township officers.
    (a) Compensation of township officers shall be set by the township board at least 180 days before the beginning of the terms of officers, including compensation of the road district treasurer, which shall be not less than $100 or more than $1,000 per year. Compensation of a township assessor and collector shall be set at the same time as the compensation of the township supervisor. Compensation of a multi-township assessor shall be set at least 150 days before his or her election.
    (b) The compensation to be paid to each officer in a new township established under Section 10-25 shall be determined under this Section by the township board of the township the whole or a part of which comprises the new township and that has the highest equalized assessed valuation (as of December 31, 1972) of the old townships that comprise the new township.
    (c) At least 150 days before the election of multi-township officers, the multi-township board may establish additional pay of those board members for their services in an amount not to exceed $25 per day for each day of services.
    (d) For the first term of a township consolidated or merged under Article 22 or 23, compensation for township officers of the consolidated or merged township shall be set by the Transition Township Board no later than the first day in April before the consolidated election at which the township officers are to be elected.
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

60 ILCS 1/65-25

    (60 ILCS 1/65-25)
    Sec. 65-25. Township assessor compensation. The township assessor shall receive for his or her services as assessor a sum as provided in the Property Tax Code as full compensation for services performed by township assessors in making assessments of property.
(Source: P.A. 88-62; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/65-30

    (60 ILCS 1/65-30)
    Sec. 65-30. Poundmaster fees.
    (a) The poundmaster shall be allowed the following fees for his services: for taking into and discharging from the pound horses, asses, mules, and neat cattle, 10 each; sheep or lambs, 3 each; and swine, 5 each.
    (b) The poundmaster may receive reasonable charges for the keeping of animals described in subsection (a). The amount of the charge may be regulated by the electors at a township meeting.
(Source: P.A. 86-1028; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/65-35

    (60 ILCS 1/65-35)
    Sec. 65-35. Township collector commission.
    (a) The township or district collector shall be allowed a commission of 2% of all moneys collected by him or her, to be paid out of the respective moneys collected. From that commission, the township or district collector shall be allowed the following amounts of compensation for his or her services:
        (1) In counties of the first class, 2.2% on the first
    
$100,000 collected in the aggregate.
        (2) In counties of the second class, 1.5% on the
    
first $200,000 collected and 0.3% on the next $1,000,000 collected in the aggregate.
        (3) In counties of the third class, 2.2% on the first
    
$200,000 collected and 1.4% on the next $600,000 collected in the aggregate.
    (b) In addition, the township or district collector in townships other than townships whose corporate limits are coextensive with cities or villages shall be allowed, from the commission allowed under subsection (a), an amount sufficient to pay his or her expenses necessarily incurred in the collection of taxes, including office expenses, employees' salaries, and other necessary expenses. This amount is payable only if the collector has submitted his or her annual budget to the township board and the board has approved it.
    (c) After payment of the amounts described in subsections (a) and (b) to the township or district collector as compensation for his or her services, the excess of the commission allowed shall be paid into the township treasury, except that in a township comprised of only one village or city whose corporate limits are coextensive with the corporate limits of the township, the excess shall be paid into the village or city treasury. The township or village board or city council may allow, to the township or district collector of a township whose corporate limits are co-extensive with the corporate limits of a city or village, expense money to cover costs of collection out of the excess commission.
(Source: P.A. 86-1028; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 70

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 70 heading)
ARTICLE 70.
TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR

60 ILCS 1/70-5

    (60 ILCS 1/70-5)
    Sec. 70-5. Supervisor; bond.
    (a) The supervisor, before entering upon the duties of the office, shall give bond to the township, with one or more sureties, (i) in at least double the amount of money that may come into the supervisor's hands, if individuals act as sureties, or (ii) only in the amount of money that may come into the supervisor's hands, if a surety company authorized to do business in this State acts as surety. The bond shall be conditioned on the faithful discharge of his or her duties as supervisor and require that he or she safely keep and pay over all money intrusted to his or her keeping as supervisor. The bond shall be approved by the township clerk and filed in the clerk's office with the clerk's approval indorsed on it.
    (b) Whenever the township clerk ascertains that the bond has been forfeited, the clerk shall institute suit against the supervisor. If the clerk fails or refuses to institute a suit, any person interested in the matter may institute a suit.
    (c) Any person temporarily appointed under Section 60-10 to perform the clerical functions of a supervisor shall, before performing those functions, give bond in the same manner and amount and subject to the same conditions as are required of the supervisor.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/70-10

    (60 ILCS 1/70-10)
    Sec. 70-10. Depository for township moneys.
    (a) The township board shall from time to time, when requested by the supervisor, designate one or more banks or savings and loan associations in which the funds and moneys of the township in the custody of the supervisor shall be kept. When a bank or savings and loan association has been designated as a depository, it shall continue as a depository until 10 days have elapsed after a new depository is designated and has qualified by furnishing the statements of resources and liabilities required by Section 6 of the Public Funds Investment Act.
    (b) When a new depository is designated, the township board shall notify the sureties of the supervisor of that fact, in writing, at least5 days before the transfer of funds. The supervisor shall be discharged from responsibility for all township funds and moneys which he or she deposits in a depository designated under this Section while those funds and moneys are deposited.
    (c) No bank or savings and loan association shall receive public funds under this Section unless it has complied with Section 6 of the Public Funds Investment Act.
(Source: P.A. 83-1362; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/70-15

    (60 ILCS 1/70-15)
    Sec. 70-15. Chief executive officer; fiscal duties; penalty for neglect.
    (a) The supervisor is the chief executive officer of the township.
    (b) The supervisor shall receive and pay out all moneys raised in the township for defraying township charges, except those raised for the support of highways and bridges, and for township library purposes.
    (c) The supervisor shall, within 30 days before the annual township meeting, prepare and file with the township clerk a full unaudited statement of the financial affairs of the township, showing (i) the balance (if any) received by the supervisor from his or her predecessor in office or from any other source; (ii) the amount of tax levied the preceding year for the payment of township indebtedness and charges; (iii) the amount collected and paid over to the supervisor as supervisor; (iv) the amount paid out by the supervisor and on what account, including any amount paid out on township indebtedness, specifying the nature and amount of the township indebtedness, the amount paid on the indebtedness, the amount paid on principal, and the amount paid on interest account; and (v) the amount and kind of all outstanding indebtedness due and unpaid, the amount and kind of indebtedness not yet due, and when the indebtedness not yet due will mature. The township clerk shall record the statement in the record book of the township as soon as it is filed and shall post a copy of the statement at the place of holding the annual township meeting 2 days before the meeting is held. The clerk shall also read aloud the unaudited statement or provide a copy of the unaudited statement to the electors at the annual township meeting.
    (d) Any supervisor or township clerk who wilfully neglects to comply with this Section shall forfeit and pay to the township the sum of not less than $50 nor more than $200. The amount forfeited shall be sued for and recovered by the township in its corporate name and shall be appropriated to repairs of highways and bridges in the township.
(Source: P.A. 98-1108, eff. 1-1-15.)

60 ILCS 1/70-20

    (60 ILCS 1/70-20)
    Sec. 70-20. Prosecution for penalties and forfeitures. The supervisor shall prosecute in the name of the township or otherwise, as may be necessary, for all penalties or forfeitures given by law to the township or for its use and for which no other officer is especially directed to prosecute, except as may be otherwise directed by the electors at a township meeting.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/70-25

    (60 ILCS 1/70-25)
    Sec. 70-25. Account of receipts and expenditures.
    (a) The supervisor shall keep a just and true account of the receipts and expenditures of all moneys that come into the supervisor's hands by virtue of the office, in a book to be provided for that purpose at the expense of the township. The book shall be delivered to the supervisor's successor in office.
    (b) This Section is subject to the Local Records Act.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/70-30

    (60 ILCS 1/70-30)
    Sec. 70-30. Annual accounting to township board; certificate of board.
    (a) Within 30 days before the annual township meeting, the supervisor shall account to the township board for all moneys received and disbursed by the supervisor in his or her official capacity.
    (b) The supervisor shall provide each member of the township board with a copy of his or her statement filed in accordance with Section 1 of the Public Funds Statement Publication Act as soon as possible after filing the statement.
(Source: P.A. 88-62; 89-331, eff. 8-17-95.)

60 ILCS 1/70-35

    (60 ILCS 1/70-35)
    Sec. 70-35. Periodic presentation of accounts to township board. The supervisor shall receive all accounts that may be presented to him or her against the township and shall lay them before the township board at or before their next meeting.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/70-37

    (60 ILCS 1/70-37)
    Sec. 70-37. Township attorney. The supervisor, with the advice and consent of the township board, may appoint a township attorney. The township attorney's compensation shall be fixed as provided in Section 100-5.
(Source P.A. 87-708; 88-62; 88-360; 88-572, eff. 8-11-94; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/70-40

    (60 ILCS 1/70-40)
    Sec. 70-40. Failure to perform duties; forfeiture and disqualification. If any supervisor refuses or wilfully neglects to perform any of the duties of the office under the preceding Sections of this Article, he or she shall forfeit to the township the sum of $50 and shall be disqualified to act as the supervisor of the township.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/70-45

    (60 ILCS 1/70-45)
    Sec. 70-45. Supervisors in Cook County. The supervisors of townships in Cook County shall perform the same duties as supervisors of townships in other counties under township organization, except that they shall not be members of the county board or exercise any of the powers of county board members. They shall have the same compensation for their services prescribed by law for similar services rendered by other township supervisors.
    Township supervisors may serve as members of the Cook County Townships Public Aid Committee. The supervisors shall not receive additional compensation for duties associated with the Cook County Townships Public Aid Committee but shall be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses related to service on the Committee.
(Source: P.A. 90-210, eff. 7-25-97.)

60 ILCS 1/70-50

    (60 ILCS 1/70-50)
    Sec. 70-50. Supervisor of general assistance. The township supervisor shall be ex officio supervisor of general assistance in the township and shall administer the general assistance program in the township as provided in Articles VI, XI, and XII of the Illinois Public Aid Code.
(Source: P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/70-55

    (60 ILCS 1/70-55)
    Sec. 70-55. Member of board of health. The township supervisor shall be a member of the board of health for a public health district as provided in the Public Health District Act.
(Source: P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/70-60

    (60 ILCS 1/70-60)
    Sec. 70-60. Road district treasurer. In each road district comprised of a single township, the township supervisor shall be ex officio treasurer for the road district and shall execute a bond and have powers and duties as provided in Article 6 of the Illinois Highway Code.
(Source: P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 73

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 73 heading)
ARTICLE 73. HIGHWAY
COMMISSIONER

60 ILCS 1/73-5

    (60 ILCS 1/73-5)
    Sec. 73-5. Officer of township; election; powers and duties. The highway commissioner of each road district comprised of a single township shall have powers and duties as provided in Article 6 of the Illinois Highway Code.
(Source: P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 75

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 75 heading)
ARTICLE 75.
TOWNSHIP CLERK

60 ILCS 1/75-5

    (60 ILCS 1/75-5)
    Sec. 75-5. Custodian of records.
    (a) The township clerk shall have the custody of all records, books, and papers of the township and shall duly file all certificates or oaths and other papers required by law to be filed in the clerk's office. This Section is subject to the Local Records Act.
    (b) The clerk may administer oaths and take affidavits in all cases required by law to be administered or taken by township officers. The clerk may administer oaths for absent voters as required by the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/75-10

    (60 ILCS 1/75-10)
    Sec. 75-10. Township meeting records. The township clerk shall record in the book of records of the township the minutes of the proceedings of every township meeting held in the township and shall enter in the book every order or direction and all by-laws, rules, and regulations made by the electors at any township meeting.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/75-15

    (60 ILCS 1/75-15)
    Sec. 75-15. Copies of vote entries. The township clerk shall deliver to the supervisor, before the annual meeting of the county board of the county, in each year, certified copies of all entries of votes for raising money made since the last annual meeting of the county board.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/75-20

    (60 ILCS 1/75-20)
    Sec. 75-20. Certification of taxes. The township clerk shall annually, at the time required by Section 18-15 of the Property Tax Code, certify to the county clerk the amount of taxes required to be raised for all township purposes.
(Source: P.A. 88-62; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/75-25

    (60 ILCS 1/75-25)
    Sec. 75-25. Failure to make return; petty offense. If a township clerk wilfully omits to make a return required by this Article, he or she is guilty of a petty offense and shall be fined, for each offense, not more than $10.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/75-30

    (60 ILCS 1/75-30)
    Sec. 75-30. Deputy registration officer. The township clerk, upon appointment as a deputy registration officer by the county clerk under the Election Code, shall have the powers and duties provided in the Election Code.
(Source: P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/75-35

    (60 ILCS 1/75-35)
    Sec. 75-35. Member of board of health. The township clerk shall be a member of the board of health for a public health district as provided in the Public Health District Act.
(Source: P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/75-40

    (60 ILCS 1/75-40)
    Sec. 75-40. Road district clerk. In each road district comprised of a single township, the township clerk shall be ex officio clerk for the highway commissioner and shall have the powers and duties as provided in Article 6 of the Illinois Highway Code.
(Source: P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/75-45

    (60 ILCS 1/75-45)
    Sec. 75-45. Deputy clerk.
    (a) The township clerk, when authorized by the township board, may appoint one deputy clerk.
    (b) The deputy clerk has the power and duty to do the following:
        (1) Execute all documents required by law to be
    
executed by the township clerk and affix the township clerk's seal to those documents when required by law. In signing a document, the deputy clerk shall sign the name of the clerk followed with the word "By" and the deputy clerk's own name and the words "Deputy Clerk".
        (2) Attend bid openings with respect to the sale,
    
purchase, or lease of goods or services by the township or the road district comprised of that township.
        (3) Attend township meetings and township board
    
meetings and take minutes of those meetings.
    (c) The deputy clerk shall exercise the powers authorized under this Section only in the absence of the township clerk from the place where the clerk's office is maintained (in the case of powers described in paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection (b)) and only when (i) the clerk has directed the deputy clerk, in writing, to exercise that power or (ii) the township board has determined by resolution that the township clerk is temporarily or permanently incapacitated to perform that function.
(Source: Incorporates P.A. 88-360; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 77

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 77 heading)
ARTICLE 77. TOWNSHIP
ASSESSOR

60 ILCS 1/77-5

    (60 ILCS 1/77-5)
    Sec. 77-5. Election; powers and duties. The township assessor shall be elected and have powers and duties as provided in the Property Tax Code. The township assessor also shall be a member of the board of health for a public health district as provided in the Public Health District Act.
(Source: P.A. 88-62; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 78

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 78 heading)
ARTICLE 78. TOWNSHIP
COLLECTOR

60 ILCS 1/78-5

    (60 ILCS 1/78-5)
    Sec. 78-5. Bond; powers and duties. The township collector shall execute a bond and have powers and duties as provided in the Property Tax Code.
(Source: P.A. 88-62; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 80

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 80 heading)
ARTICLE 80.
TOWNSHIP BOARD

60 ILCS 1/80-5

    (60 ILCS 1/80-5)
    Sec. 80-5. Township board membership; officers.
    (a) In each township, the township board shall consist of the supervisor and 4 other members elected at large from the township under Section 50-5. The township clerk shall be the clerk of the township board but not a voting member, except that in the case of a tie vote to fill a vacancy in a township office, the clerk shall be entitled to cast one vote. Each person on the township board shall cast but one vote. The supervisor shall be the chairman of the board.
    (b) In towns organized under Article 15, all the powers vested by law in the township board shall be exercised by the city council.
    (c) The designations "town auditors", "board of trustees", "board of town trustees", "board of township trustees", and "town board" are changed to "township board". Wherever the terms "auditors", "board of trustees", "board of town trustees", board of township trustees", or "town board" are used in this or any other Act to refer to township officers provided for by this Section, they mean the township board. Wherever the term "trustees" is used in this or any other Act to refer to township officers provided for by this Section, it means the members of the township board other than the township supervisor.
    (d) The change made by Public Act 79-341 does not reduce the term of any member of a town board of auditors elected before its effective date (October 1, 1975) nor does it invalidate any action taken by a board of town auditors or town trustees by reason of the designation used for the board in relation to the action taken.
(Source: P.A. 85-694; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/80-10

    (60 ILCS 1/80-10)
    Sec. 80-10. Board meetings; township and road district accounts.
    (a) The township board shall meet at the township clerk's office for the purpose of examining and auditing the township and road district accounts before any bills (other than general assistance, obligations for Social Security taxes as required by the Social Security Enabling Act, and wages that are subject to the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act, or other expenses determined by the township board by resolution) are paid, provided that payments made pursuant to a board resolution shall be reviewed and verified at the next meeting. The board may meet at other times as they determine. The township board may consider and approve bills individually or in a summary statement of any number of bills.
    (b) Upon the request of the supervisor or of any 2 board members, the township clerk shall call a meeting at the time requested and shall furnish to the board members at least 48 hours' notice of the meeting.
    (c) The township board may declare a vacancy in the office of township supervisor or trustee if the supervisor or a trustee has 5 or more consecutive unexcused absences from regularly scheduled township board meetings.
    (d) The township board may adopt rules not inconsistent with this Code to govern its meetings. The rules may provide for excused absences of the supervisor or trustees from township board meetings.
    (e) All meetings of the township board shall be open to the public as provided in the Open Meetings Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-1174, eff. 1-12-15.)

60 ILCS 1/80-15

    (60 ILCS 1/80-15)
    Sec. 80-15. Supervisor and highway commissioner accounts.
    (a) The township board shall, at the same time and place as stated in Section 80-10, examine the accounts of the supervisor (including all contingent expenses necessarily incurred for the use and benefit of the township and including the supervisor's accounts as supervisor of general assistance) and of the commissioner of highways of the township for all moneys received and distributed by them. The board shall also examine and audit (i) all charges and claims against their township and against their road district (if not part of a consolidated township road district) and (ii) the compensation of all township officers (except the compensation of supervisors for county services).
    (b) The examination and audit of the accounts of the supervisor as the supervisor of general assistance and the accounts pertaining to Social Security tax payments are not required to be conducted before payments for Social Security taxes and general assistance are made by the supervisor. No examination and audit is required before the payment of wages that are subject to the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act.
(Source: P.A. 85-526; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/80-20

    (60 ILCS 1/80-20)
    Sec. 80-20. Independent audit of accounts.
    (a) All accounts audited under this Article (and those rejected, if any) shall be delivered with the certificate of the trustees (or a majority of them) to the township clerk, who shall keep them on file for the inspection of any of the inhabitants of the township. They shall also be produced by the township clerk at the next annual meeting and shall be read at the meeting by the clerk.
    (b) In townships that receive revenue of $850,000 or more during any fiscal year, exclusive of road funds, the township board shall have the accounts and all records of the township thoroughly audited by a certified public accountant within 6 months after the close of each fiscal year. The board shall have a copy of the accountant's report and recommendations filed with the township clerk and another copy filed with the county clerk for public inspection.
    (c) In townships that receive revenue of less than $850,000 during any fiscal year, exclusive of road funds, the township board shall have the accounts and all records of the township audited and inspected by an independent auditing committee composed of 3 township electors chosen by the board. The audit shall be completed within 6 months after the close of each fiscal year. A copy of the auditing committee's report and recommendations shall be filed with the township clerk and another copy shall be filed with the county clerk for public inspection. The auditing committee shall not contain any member of the township board or any person related to a trustee. Members of the auditing committee shall be proficient in accounting principles and practices and shall be compensated at a rate determined by the township board but not to exceed $50 per day. In addition to the other audit requirements imposed by law, in townships subject to this subsection, the township board shall have the accounts and all records of the township thoroughly audited by a certified public accountant within 6 months after (i) the end of each term of office of the township supervisor and (ii) a vacancy occurs in the office of township supervisor. A copy of the accountant's report and recommendations shall be filed with the township clerk and another copy shall be filed with the county clerk for public inspection.
(Source: P.A. 92-582, eff. 7-1-02.)

60 ILCS 1/80-25

    (60 ILCS 1/80-25)
    Sec. 80-25. Verification of accounts. The township board may require any account presented to be verified by an affidavit setting forth that the account is correct and reasonable and is unpaid (or, if any part of the account has been paid, setting forth the amount that has been paid).
(Source: P.A. 84-947; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/80-30

    (60 ILCS 1/80-30)
    Sec. 80-30. Certification of claim or charge.
    (a) The township board shall make a certificate, to be signed by a majority of the board, specifying the nature of the claim or charge and to whom the amount is allowed. The board shall cause the certificate to be delivered to the township clerk, who shall keep it on file for the inspection of the inhabitants of the township.
    (b) The aggregate amount of claims or charges that have been reduced to judgment shall be certified to the county clerk at the same time and in the same manner as the other amounts required to be raised for township purposes, which shall be levied and collected as other township taxes, except that in the townships mentioned in Section 30-180, the amount shall be certified to the county board, who shall include the amount in their estimate of the township's expenses.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/80-35

    (60 ILCS 1/80-35)
    Sec. 80-35. Township charges. The following shall be deemed township charges:
        (1) The compensation of township officers for
    
services rendered their respective townships.
        (2) Contingent expenses necessarily incurred for the
    
use and benefit of the township.
        (3) The moneys authorized to be raised by the vote of
    
a township meeting for any township purpose.
        (4) Every sum directed by law to be raised for any
    
township purpose.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/80-40

    (60 ILCS 1/80-40)
    Sec. 80-40. Levy to defray township charges. The moneys necessary to defray the township charges of each township shall be levied on the taxable property in the township in the manner prescribed in the Property Tax Code.
(Source: P.A. 88-62; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/80-45

    (60 ILCS 1/80-45)
    Sec. 80-45. Township clerk as clerk of board. The township clerk shall act as clerk of the township board and shall record the proceedings of each meeting of the board in a book which he or she shall provide for that purpose at the expense of the township. The record shall include all certificates of accounts audited by the board.
(Source: P.A. 83-380; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/80-50

    (60 ILCS 1/80-50)
    Sec. 80-50. Payment of accounts; forfeiture for failure to pay.
    (a) Accounts audited shall be paid by the supervisor within 20 days after presentation of a certificate of the township clerk stating the amount and to whom it is allowed, the account, and the date the account was audited. The certificate shall be countersigned by the supervisor before payment of the amount.
    (b) Payments of wages to township employees, however, shall be made at least once a month in accordance with a pay period schedule established by the township board. The schedule shall provide for employee compensation for all wages earned during the pay period, with payment to be made no later than 15 days after the end of the pay period.
    (c) Failure by the supervisor to pay accounts audited as provided in this Section, if the necessary funds are available and the account is a proper expenditure, shall be grounds for forfeiture of his or her bond.
(Source: P.A. 83-380; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/80-55

    (60 ILCS 1/80-55)
    Sec. 80-55. Multi-township board. A multi-township board shall be organized as provided in the Property Tax Code, and shall have only the powers, duties, and responsibilities provided by law. Members of a multi-township board may receive additional pay for their service, determined by the multi-township board under Section 65-10, in an amount not to exceed $25 per day for each day of service and may be reimbursed for any actual expense incurred in the discharge of their duties as members of the multi-township board.
(Source: P.A. 88-62; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/80-60

    (60 ILCS 1/80-60)
    Sec. 80-60. Annual budget and appropriation ordinance. The township board shall comply with the Illinois Municipal Budget Law. The township board must, at least 30 days before the public hearing required by Section 3 of the Illinois Municipal Budget Law, prepare or cause to be prepared a tentative budget and appropriation ordinance and file the ordinance with the township clerk. The township clerk must make the tentative budget and appropriation ordinance available for public inspection for at least 30 days before final action on the ordinance. The required public hearing must be held on or before the last day of the first quarter of the fiscal year before the township board. Notice of the hearing must be given by publication in a newspaper published in the township at least 30 days before the time of the hearing. If there is no newspaper published in the township, notice of the public hearing may be given by posting notices in 5 of the most public places in the township. It is the duty of the township clerk to arrange for the public hearing. The township board at the public hearing may adopt all or part of the tentative budget and appropriation ordinance, as the township board deems necessary.
(Source: P.A. 91-286, eff. 1-1-00.)

60 ILCS 1/80-65

    (60 ILCS 1/80-65)
    Sec. 80-65. Annual audit. The township board shall comply with the Governmental Account Audit Act.
(Source: P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/80-70

    (60 ILCS 1/80-70)
    Sec. 80-70. Fence viewers. The township board shall be ex officio fence viewers as provided in the Fence Act.
(Source: P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/80-75

    (60 ILCS 1/80-75)
    Sec. 80-75. Donation of surplus property to a historical society or other specified not-for-profit corporation. Any property declared to be surplus by the electors under Section 30-53 may by resolution of the town board of trustees be donated to a historical society or other not-for-profit corporation. The resolution shall set forth the historical society or other not-for-profit corporation's intended use of the property, and the board of trustees may require that the transfer be subject to a reversion of the property if the property is no longer used for its original intended use by the historical society or other not-for-profit corporation. The resolution shall authorize the township supervisor to execute all documents necessary to complete the transfer of the property.
(Source: P.A. 89-100, eff. 7-7-95; 89-626, eff. 8-9-96.)

60 ILCS 1/80-80

    (60 ILCS 1/80-80)
    Sec. 80-80. Advisory referenda. By a vote of a majority of the township board, the township board may authorize that an advisory question of public policy be placed on the ballot at the next regularly scheduled election in the township. The township board shall certify the question to the proper election officials, who shall submit the question in accordance with the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 89-331, eff. 8-17-95; 89-626, eff. 8-9-96.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 85

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 85 heading)
ARTICLE 85. TOWNSHIP
CORPORATE POWERS, GENERALLY

60 ILCS 1/85-5

    (60 ILCS 1/85-5)
    Sec. 85-5. Corporate name. The corporate name of each township shall be either ".... Township" or "The Town of .... (name of township)". All acts done by the township and all actions by or against the township shall be in its corporate name.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/85-10

    (60 ILCS 1/85-10)
    Sec. 85-10. Township corporate powers.
    (a) Every township has the corporate capacity to exercise the powers granted to it, or necessarily implied, and no others. Every township has the powers specified in this Section.
    (b) A township may sue and be sued.
    (c) A township may acquire (by purchase, gift, or legacy) and hold property, both real and personal, for the use of its inhabitants and may sell and convey that property. A township may purchase any real estate or personal property for public purposes under contracts providing for payment in installments over a period of time of not more than 20 years in the case of real estate and not more than 10 years in the case of personal property. A township may finance the purchase of any real estate or personal property for public purpose under finance contracts providing for payment in installments over a period of time of not more than 20 years in the case of real estate and not more than 10 years in the case of personal property. A township may construct a township hall under contracts providing for payment over a period of time of not more than 20 years. The interest on the unpaid balance shall not exceed that permitted in the Bond Authorization Act.
    (d) A township may make all contracts necessary in the exercise of the township's powers.
    (e) A township may expend or contract for the expenditure of any federal funds made available to the township by law for any purpose for which taxes imposed upon township property or property within the township may be expended.
    (f) A township may acquire (singly or jointly with a municipality or municipalities) land or any interest in land located within its township limits. The township may acquire the land or interest by gift, purchase, or otherwise, but not by condemnation. A township may (singly or jointly) improve or arrange for the improvement of the land for industrial or commercial purposes and may donate and convey the land or interest in land so acquired and so improved to the Illinois Finance Authority.
    (g) (Blank)
    (h) It is the policy of this State that all powers granted either expressly or by necessary implication by this Code, any other Illinois statute, or the Illinois Constitution to townships may be exercised by those townships notwithstanding effects on competition. It is the intention of the General Assembly that the "State action exemption" to the application of federal antitrust statutes be fully available to townships to the extent their activities are authorized by law as stated in this Code.
    (i) A township may receive funds under the federal Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 and may expend or contract for the expenditure of those funds and other township funds for the activities specified in Section 105 of that Act. The powers granted under this subsection (i) are in addition to powers otherwise possessed by a township and shall not be construed as a limitation of those other powers.
    (j) A township may establish reasonable fees for recreation and instructional programs sponsored by the township.
(Source: P.A. 97-549, eff. 8-25-11.)

60 ILCS 1/85-12

    (60 ILCS 1/85-12)
    Sec. 85-12. Eminent domain. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Code, any power granted under this Code to acquire property by condemnation or eminent domain is subject to, and shall be exercised in accordance with, the Eminent Domain Act.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

60 ILCS 1/85-13

    (60 ILCS 1/85-13)
    Sec. 85-13. Township services, generally.
    (a) The township board may either expend funds directly or may enter into any cooperative agreement or contract with any other governmental entity, not-for-profit corporation, non-profit community service association, or any for-profit business entity as provided in subsection (b) with respect to the expenditure of township funds, or funds made available to the township under the federal State and Local Fiscal Assistance Act of 1972, to provide any of the following services to the residents of the township:
        (1) Ordinary and necessary maintenance and operating
    
expenses for the following:
            (A) Public safety (including law enforcement,
        
fire protection, and building code enforcement).
            (B) Environmental protection (including sewage
        
disposal, sanitation, and pollution abatement).
            (C) Public transportation (including transit
        
systems, paratransit systems, and streets and roads).
            (D) Health.
            (E) Recreation.
            (F) Libraries.
            (G) Social services for the poor and aged.
        (2) Ordinary and necessary capital expenditures
    
authorized by law.
        (3) Development and retention of business,
    
industrial, manufacturing, and tourist facilities within the township.
    (b) To be eligible to receive funds from the township under this Section, a private not-for-profit corporation or community service association shall have been in existence at least one year before receiving the funds. The township board may, however, for the purpose of providing day care services, contract with day care facilities licensed under the Child Care Act of 1969, regardless of whether the facilities are organized on a for-profit or not-for-profit basis.
    (c) Township governments that directly expend or contract for day care shall use the standard of need established by the Department of Children and Family Services in determining recipients of subsidized day care and shall use the rate schedule used by the Department of Children and Family Services for the purchase of subsidized day care.
    (d) Township governments that directly expend or contract for senior citizen services may contract with for-profit (or not-for-profit) and non-sectarian organizations as provided in Sections 220-15 and 220-35.
    (e) Those township supervisors or other elected township officials who are also members of a county board shall not vote on questions before the township board or the county board that relate to agreements or contracts between the township and the county under this Section or agreements or contracts between the township and the county that are otherwise authorized by law.
    (f) The township board may enter into direct agreements with for-profit corporations or other business entities to carry out recycling programs in unincorporated areas of the township.
    The township board may by ordinance administer a recycling program or adopt rules and regulations relating to recycling programs in unincorporated areas of the township that it from time to time deems necessary and may provide penalties for violations of those rules and regulations.
    (g) For purposes of alleviating high unemployment, economically depressed conditions, and lack of moderately priced housing, the trustees of a township that includes all or a portion of a city that is a "financially distressed city" under the Financially Distressed City Law may contract with one or more not-for-profit or for-profit organizations to construct and operate within the boundaries of the township a factory designed to manufacture housing or housing components. The contract may provide for the private organization or organizations to manage some or all operations of the factory and may provide for (i) payment of employee compensation and taxes; (ii) discharge of other legal responsibilities; (iii) sale of products; (iv) disposition of the factory, equipment, and other property; and (v) any other matters the township trustees consider reasonable.
(Source: P.A. 95-119, eff. 8-13-07.)

60 ILCS 1/85-15

    (60 ILCS 1/85-15)
    Sec. 85-15. Township Officials of Illinois. The township board may provide for joining the township in an association of townships or a not-for-profit corporation with membership consisting of, townships and may provide for the payment of annual membership dues and fees. The member townships, acting through the instrumentality, may provide and disseminate information and research services and perform other acts for the purpose of improving township government in Illinois. The instrumentality may be known as the Township Officials of Illinois or another appropriate name as the member townships may determine.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/85-20

    (60 ILCS 1/85-20)
    Sec. 85-20. Merger of special district into township. A special district may be merged into a township as provided in Section 3.6 of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act.
(Source: P.A. 85-672; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/85-25

    (60 ILCS 1/85-25)
    Sec. 85-25. Prompt payment. Purchases made under this Code shall be made in compliance with the Local Government Prompt Payment Act.
(Source: P.A. 84-731; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/85-30

    (60 ILCS 1/85-30)
    Sec. 85-30. Purchases; bids. Any purchase by a township for services, materials, equipment, or supplies in excess of $20,000 (other than professional services) shall be contracted for in one of the following ways:
        (1) By a contract let to the lowest responsible
    
bidder after advertising for bids at least once (i) in a newspaper published within the township, or (ii) if no newspaper is published within the township, then in one published within the county, or (iii) if no newspaper is published within the county, then in a newspaper having general circulation within the township.
        (2) By a contract let without advertising for bids in
    
the case of an emergency if authorized by the township board.
    This Section does not apply to contracts by a township with the federal government.
(Source: P.A. 94-435, eff. 8-2-05.)

60 ILCS 1/85-35

    (60 ILCS 1/85-35)
    Sec. 85-35. Retaining percentage of contract price; trust agreement.
    (a) Whenever any township has entered into a contract for the repair, remodeling, renovation, or construction of a building or structure or the construction or maintenance of a road or highway and the contract provides for retention of a percentage of the contract price until final completion and acceptance of the work, upon the request of the contractor and with the approval of the township board, the amount retained may be deposited under a trust agreement with an Illinois bank of the contractor's choice and subject to the approval of the township board. The contractor shall receive any interest on the amount deposited.
    (b) Upon application by the contractor, the trust agreement must contain, as a minimum, the following provisions:
        (1) The amount to be deposited subject to the trust.
        (2) The terms and conditions of payment if the
    
contractor defaults.
        (3) The termination of the trust agreement upon
    
completion of the contract.
        (4) The contractor is responsible for obtaining the
    
written consent of the bank trustee, and any costs or service fees shall be borne by the contractor.
    (c) The trust agreement may, at the discretion of the township board and upon the request of the contractor, become operative at the time of the first partial payment in accordance with existing statutes, ordinances, and township procedures.
(Source: P.A. 83-372; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/85-40

    (60 ILCS 1/85-40)
    Sec. 85-40. Investment of public funds. All funds of the township shall be invested as provided in the Public Funds Investment Act.
(Source: P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/85-45

    (60 ILCS 1/85-45)
    Sec. 85-45. Pecuniary interest in contracts.
    (a) Except as provided in this Section, no township officer or employee shall be interested, directly or indirectly, in his or her own name or in the name of any other person, association, trust, or corporation, in any contract for work, materials, profits of work or materials, or services to be furnished or performed for the township or for any person operating a public utility wholly or partly within the territorial limits of the township.
    (b) Any elected or appointed member of the governing body may provide materials, merchandise, property, services, or labor if:
        (1) the contract is with a person, firm, partnership,
    
association, corporation, or cooperative association in which the interested member of the governing body of the township has less than a 7 1/2% share in the ownership; and
        (2) the interested member publicly discloses the
    
nature and extent of his or her interest before or during deliberations concerning the proposed award of the contract; and
        (3) the interested member abstains from voting on the
    
award of the contract, though he or she shall be considered present for the purposes of establishing a quorum; and
        (4) the contract is approved by a majority vote of
    
those members presently holding office; and
        (5) the contract is awarded after sealed bids to the
    
lowest responsible bidder if the amount of the contract exceeds $1,000, or awarded without bidding if the amount of the contract is less than $1,000; and
        (6) the award of the contract would not cause the
    
aggregate amount of all contracts awarded to the same person, firm, association, partnership, corporation, or cooperative association in the same fiscal year to exceed $25,000.
    (c) In addition to subsection (b), any elected or appointed member of the governing body may provide materials, merchandise, property, services, or labor if:
        (1) the award of the contract is approved by a
    
majority vote of the governing body of the township, provided that any interested member shall abstain from voting; and
        (2) the amount of the contract does not exceed
    
$1,000; and
        (3) the award of the contract would not cause the
    
aggregate amount of all contracts awarded to the same person, firm, association, partnership, corporation, or cooperative association in the same fiscal year to exceed $1,000; and
        (4) the interested member publicly discloses the
    
nature and extent of his or her interest before or during deliberations concerning the proposed award of the contract; and
        (5) the interested member abstains from voting on the
    
award of the contract, though he or she shall be considered present for the purposes of establishing a quorum; and
        (6) no other vendor is available within a 25-mile
    
radius of the township.
    (d) A contract for the procurement of public utility services by a township with a public utility company is not barred by this Section by one or more members of the governing body being an officer or employee of the public utility company, holding an ownership interest of no more than 7 1/2% in the public utility company, or holding an ownership interest of any size if the township has a population of less than 7,500 and the public utility's rates are approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission. An elected or appointed member of the governing body having such an interest shall be deemed not to have a prohibited interest under this Section.
    (e) Any officer who violates this Section is guilty of a Class 4 felony. Any office held by the person so convicted shall become vacant and shall be declared vacant as part of the judgment of the court.
    (f) Nothing contained in this Section, including the restrictions set forth in subsections (b), (c), and (d), shall preclude a contract of deposit of moneys, loans, or other financial services by a township with a local bank or local savings and loan association, regardless of whether a member or members of the governing body of the township are interested in the bank or savings and loan association as an officer or employee or as a holder of less than 7 1/2% of the total ownership interest. A member or members holding such an interest in a contract shall not be deemed to be holding a prohibited interest for purposes of this Section. The interested member or members of the governing body must publicly state the nature and extent of their interest during deliberations concerning the proposed award of a contract but shall not participate in any further deliberations concerning the proposed award. The interested member or members shall not vote on a proposed award. Any member or members abstaining from participation in deliberations and voting under this Section may be considered present for purposes of establishing a quorum. Award of such a contract shall require approval by a majority vote of those members presently holding office. Consideration and award of any contract in which a member or members are interested may only be made at a regularly scheduled public meeting of the governing body of the township.
(Source: P.A. 89-305, eff. 1-1-96.)

60 ILCS 1/85-50

    (60 ILCS 1/85-50)
    Sec. 85-50. Demolition, repair, or enclosure of buildings.
    (a) The township board of any township may formally request the county board to commence specified proceedings with respect to property located within the township but outside the territory of any municipality as provided in Section 5-1121 of the Counties Code. If the county board declines the request as provided in Section 5-1121 of the Counties Code, the township may exercise its powers under this Section.
    (b) The township board of each township may demolish, repair, or enclose or cause the demolition, repair, or enclosure of dangerous and unsafe buildings or uncompleted and abandoned buildings within the territory of the township and may remove or cause the removal of garbage, debris, and other hazardous, noxious, or unhealthy substances or materials from those buildings.
    The township board shall apply to the circuit court of the county in which the building is located (i) for an order authorizing action to be taken with respect to a building if the owner or owners of the building, including the lien holders of record, after at least 15 days' written notice by mail to do so, have failed to commence proceedings to put the building in a safe condition or to demolish it or (ii) for an order requiring the owner or owners of record to demolish, repair, or enclose the building or to remove garbage, debris, and other hazardous, noxious, or unhealthy substances or materials from the building. It is not a defense to the cause of action that the building is boarded up or otherwise enclosed, although the court may order the defendant to have the building boarded up or otherwise enclosed. Where, upon diligent search, the identity or whereabouts of the owner or owners of the building, including the lien holders of record, is not ascertainable, notice mailed to the person or persons in whose name the real estate was last assessed and the posting of the notice upon the premises sought to be demolished or repaired is sufficient notice under this Section.
    The hearing upon the application to the circuit court shall be expedited by the court and shall be given precedence over all other suits.
    The cost of the demolition, repair, enclosure, or removal incurred by the township, by an intervenor, or by a lien holder of record, including court costs, attorney's fees, and other costs related to the enforcement of this Section, is recoverable from the owner or owners of the real estate or the previous owner or both if the property was transferred during the 15-day notice period and is a lien on the real estate if, within 180 days after the repair, demolition, enclosure, or removal, the township, the lien holder of record, or the intervenor who incurred the cost and expense shall file a notice of lien for the cost and expense incurred in the office of the recorder in the county in which the real estate is located or in the office of the registrar of titles of the county if the real estate affected is registered under the Registered Titles (Torrens) Act. The lien becomes effective at the time of filing.
    The notice must consist of a sworn statement setting out (1) a description of the real estate sufficient for its identification, (2) the amount of money representing the cost and expense incurred, and (3) the date or dates when the cost and expense was incurred by the township, the lien holder of record, or the intervenor. Upon payment of the cost and expense by the owner of or persons interested in the property after the notice of lien has been filed, the lien shall be released by the township, the person in whose name the lien has been filed, or the assignee of the lien, and the release may be filed of record as in the case of filing notice of lien. Unless the lien is enforced under subsection (c), the lien may be enforced by foreclosure proceedings as in the case of mortgage foreclosures under Article XV of the Code of Civil Procedure or mechanics' lien foreclosures. An action to foreclose this lien may be commenced at any time after the date of filing of the notice of lien. The costs of foreclosure incurred by the township, including court costs, reasonable attorney's fees, advances to preserve the property, and other costs related to the enforcement of this subsection, plus statutory interest, are a lien on the real estate and are recoverable by the township from the owner or owners of the real estate.
    All liens arising under this subsection (b) shall be assignable. The assignee of the lien shall have the same power to enforce the lien as the assigning party, except that the lien may not be enforced under subsection (c).
    (c) In any case where a township has obtained a lien under subsection (b), the township may enforce the lien under this subsection (c) in the same proceeding in which the lien is authorized.
    A township desiring to enforce a lien under this subsection (c) shall petition the court to retain jurisdiction for foreclosure proceedings under this subsection. Notice of the petition shall be served, by certified or registered mail, on all persons who were served notice under subsection (b). The court shall conduct a hearing on the petition not less than 15 days after the notice is served. If the court determines that the requirements of this subsection (c) have been satisfied, it shall grant the petition and retain jurisdiction over the matter until the foreclosure proceeding is completed. The costs of foreclosure incurred by the township, including court costs, reasonable attorneys' fees, advances to preserve the property, and other costs related to the enforcement of this subsection, plus statutory interest, are a lien on the real estate and are recoverable by the township from the owner or owners of the real estate. If the court denies the petition, the township may enforce the lien in a separate action as provided in subsection (b).
    All persons designated in Section 15-1501 of the Code of Civil Procedure as necessary parties in a mortgage foreclosure action shall be joined as parties before issuance of an order of foreclosure. Persons designated in Section 15-1501 of the Code of Civil Procedure as permissible parties may also be joined as parties in the action.
    The provisions of Article XV of the Code of Civil Procedure applicable to mortgage foreclosures shall apply to the foreclosure of a lien under this subsection (c), except to the extent that those provisions are inconsistent with this subsection. For purposes of foreclosures of liens under this subsection, however, the redemption period described in subsection (c) of Section 15-1603 of the Code of Civil Procedure shall end 60 days after the date of entry of the order of foreclosure.
    (d) In addition to any other remedy provided by law, the township board of any township may petition the circuit court to have property declared abandoned under this subsection (d) if:
        (1) the property has been tax delinquent for 2 or
    
more years or bills for water service for the property have been outstanding for 2 or more years;
        (2) the property is unoccupied by persons legally in
    
possession; and
        (3) the property contains a dangerous or unsafe
    
building.
    All persons having an interest of record in the property, including tax purchasers and beneficial owners of any Illinois land trust having title to the property, shall be named as defendants in the petition and shall be served with process. In addition, service shall be had under Section 2-206 of the Code of Civil Procedure as in other cases affecting property.
    The township, however, may proceed under this subsection in a proceeding brought under subsection (b). Notice of the petition shall be served by certified or registered mail on all persons who were served notice under subsection (b).
    If the township proves that the conditions described in this subsection exist and the owner of record of the property does not enter an appearance in the action, or, if title to the property is held by an Illinois land trust, if neither the owner of record nor the owner of the beneficial interest of the trust enters an appearance, the court shall declare the property abandoned.
    If that determination is made, notice shall be sent by certified or registered mail to all persons having an interest of record in the property, including tax purchasers and beneficial owners of any Illinois land trust having title to the property, stating that title to the property will be transferred to the township unless, within 30 days of the notice, the owner of record enters an appearance in the action, or unless any other person having an interest in the property files with the court a request to demolish the dangerous or unsafe building or to put the building in safe condition.
    If the owner of record enters an appearance in the action within the 30-day period, the court shall vacate its order declaring the property abandoned. In that case, the township may amend its complaint in order to initiate proceedings under subsection (b).
    If a request to demolish or repair the building is filed within the 30-day period, the court shall grant permission to the requesting party to demolish the building within 30 days or to restore the building to safe condition within 60 days after the request is granted. An extension of that period for up to 60 additional days may be given for good cause. If more than one person with an interest in the property files a timely request, preference shall be given to the person with the lien or other interest of the highest priority.
    If the requesting party proves to the court that the building has been demolished or put in a safe condition within the period of time granted by the court, the court shall issue a quitclaim judicial deed for the property to the requesting party, conveying only the interest of the owner of record, upon proof of payment to the township of all costs incurred by the township in connection with the action, including but not limited to court costs, attorney's fees, administrative costs, the costs, if any, associated with building enclosure or removal, and receiver's certificates. The interest in the property so conveyed shall be subject to all liens and encumbrances on the property. In addition, if the interest is conveyed to a person holding a certificate of purchase for the property under the Property Tax Code, the conveyance shall be subject to the rights of redemption of all persons entitled to redeem under that Act, including the original owner of record.
    If no person with an interest in the property files a timely request or if the requesting party fails to demolish the building or put the building in safe condition within the time specified by the court, the township may petition the court to issue a judicial deed for the property to the county. A conveyance by judicial deed shall operate to extinguish all existing ownership interests in, liens on, and other interest in the property, including tax liens.
(Source: P.A. 94-841, eff. 6-7-06; 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

60 ILCS 1/85-55

    (60 ILCS 1/85-55)
    Sec. 85-55. Horse-drawn vehicles. The township board may, by ordinance, license and regulate horse-drawn vehicles operating within the township. The ordinance may also (i) prescribe regulations for the safe operation of horse-drawn vehicles and (ii) require the examination of persons operating a horse-drawn vehicle. Any annual fee charged for a license to operate a horse-drawn vehicle may not exceed $50. Any fees charged for a license to operate a horse-drawn vehicle within the township must be used for the improvement of township roads.
    For the purposes of this Section, "horse-drawn vehicle" means any vehicle powered by any animal of the equine family.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

60 ILCS 1/85-60

    (60 ILCS 1/85-60)
    Sec. 85-60. Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator; posting and publication.
    (a) Within 90 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, each township that maintains a website must post on the township's website the following information:
        (1) the name, office address, and telephone number of
    
the Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator, if any, employed by the township; and
        (2) the grievance procedures, if any, adopted by the
    
township to resolve complaints alleging a violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    (b) If a township does not maintain a website, then the township must, within 90 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, and at least once every other year thereafter, publish in either a newspaper of general circulation within the township or a newsletter published by the township and mailed to township residents the information required in item (1) of subsection (a) and either the information required in item (2) of subsection (a) or instructions for obtaining such information from the township.
(Source: P.A. 96-650, eff. 1-1-10.)

60 ILCS 1/85-65

    (60 ILCS 1/85-65)
    Sec. 85-65. Accumulation of funds. Township funds, excluding the township's capital fund, shall not exceed an amount equal to or greater than 2.5 times the annual average expenditure of the previous 3 fiscal years.
(Source: P.A. 100-474, eff. 9-8-17.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 90

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 90 heading)
ARTICLE 90. CORPORATE POWERS
EXERCISED BY COUNTY BOARD

60 ILCS 1/90-5

    (60 ILCS 1/90-5)
    Sec. 90-5. Township wholly within city. In every township lying wholly within any city of more than 50,000 population, all the powers vested in the township shall be exercised by the county board of the county in which the township is located, including all the powers vested in the electors at township meetings and the township board. Where there is only one township lying wholly within the city, however, the powers of the township board of that township shall be retained by that township board.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/90-10

    (60 ILCS 1/90-10)
    Sec. 90-10. County clerk and treasurer as township officers.
    (a) The county clerk of the county in which a township described in Section 90-5 lies shall be ex officio township clerk and township assessor of each such township, and the treasurer of the county shall be ex officio collector and supervisor of each such township. Those officers shall not be required to give any additional bond on account of holding those township offices, but they shall be liable on their official bonds for their acts as township officers in the same manner and to the same extent as if the bonds had been given the township officers.
    (b) County clerks and county treasurers who become ex officio township officers under this Article shall not maintain any other or different public office as township officers than those provided and maintained for them as county clerk and county treasurer.
(Source: Laws 1905, p. 397; Laws 1917, p. 794; P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/90-15

    (60 ILCS 1/90-15)
    Sec. 90-15. Highway commissioner abolished. The office of highway commissioner is abolished in townships described in Section 90-5.
(Source: Laws 1901, p. 314; P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/90-20

    (60 ILCS 1/90-20)
    Sec. 90-20. Application to new township. Whenever, by the annexation of new territory or otherwise, any new or additional township comes to lie wholly within the boundaries of any city to which this Article applies, all the provisions of this Article shall at once apply to that township.
(Source: Laws 1901, p. 314; P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/90-25

    (60 ILCS 1/90-25)
    Sec. 90-25. Election to adopt Article.
    (a) The electors of a township described in Section 90-5 may adopt and become entitled to the benefits of this Article as provided in this Section.
    (b) Whenever 1,000 of the legal voters of the township who voted at the preceding election petition the circuit court for the county in which the township is located to submit to a vote of the electors of the township the proposition whether the township and the electors of it shall adopt and become entitled to the benefits of this Article, the court shall consider the petition and enter appropriate orders in accordance with the general election law. If the petition is found sufficient and the court orders the referendum, the clerk of the circuit court shall certify the proposition and the court order to the proper election officials, who shall submit the proposition at an election in accordance with the general election law.
    (c) An election under this Article shall be conducted in accordance with the general election law. If a majority of the votes cast upon the proposition are for the proposition, this Article shall thereby be adopted by the township, and the mayor of the city shall promptly issue a proclamation declaring this Article in force in the township.
    (d) If the proposition is not adopted at the election, it shall, upon a similar petition, be submitted to a vote of the electors of the township by the court at any subsequent general State, county, city, or township election. An order shall be entered of record in the court submitting the proposition as provided in this Section.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489; 84-1308; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/90-30

    (60 ILCS 1/90-30)
    Sec. 90-30. Application. Notwithstanding any provisions of this Article to the contrary, this Article has no application to the office of township assessor in townships described in this Article that are situated in counties of 500,000 or more.
(Source: Laws 1947, p. 1733; P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 95

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 95 heading)
ARTICLE 95.
LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IN FAVOR OF
AND AGAINST TOWNSHIPS

60 ILCS 1/95-5

    (60 ILCS 1/95-5)
    Sec. 95-5. Civil action. Whenever any controversy or cause of action exists between any townships of this State or between any township and an individual or corporation, the proceedings may be had in civil actions for the purpose of trying and finally settling the controversy. The proceedings may be conducted in the same manner, and the judgment or order in the proceedings shall have the same effect, as in other civil actions or proceedings of a similar kind between individuals and corporations. All process shall be served by leaving a copy of the process with the township supervisor.
(Source: P.A. 83-346; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/95-10

    (60 ILCS 1/95-10)
    Sec. 95-10. Suit in township name. In all suits or proceedings, the township shall sue and be sued by its name, except where township officers are authorized by law to sue in their name of office for the benefit of the township.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/95-15

    (60 ILCS 1/95-15)
    Sec. 95-15. Witnesses and jurors. On the trial of every action in which the township is a party or interested, the electors and inhabitants of the township shall be competent witnesses and jurors, except that in suits and proceedings by one township against another, no inhabitant of either township shall be a juror.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/95-20

    (60 ILCS 1/95-20)
    Sec. 95-20. Township common property. Whenever, by any order or decision in any civil action or proceeding brought to settle any controversy concerning township commons or other lands or the common property of a township, or for the partition of township lands, the right of any township is settled and confirmed, the court in which the proceedings are had may partition the lands according to the rights of the parties.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/95-25

    (60 ILCS 1/95-25)
    Sec. 95-25. Costs. In all suits or proceedings prosecuted by or against township officers in their name of office, costs shall be recovered as in similar cases between individuals. Judgments recovered against a township or against township officers in actions prosecuted by or against them in their name of office shall be a township charge and when collected shall be paid to the person or persons to whom the judgment was awarded.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/95-30

    (60 ILCS 1/95-30)
    Sec. 95-30. Tort immunity. Civil actions against a township or township employee shall be subject to the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act.
(Source: P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 100

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 100 heading)
ARTICLE 100. TOWNSHIP EMPLOYEES

60 ILCS 1/100-5

    (60 ILCS 1/100-5)
    Sec. 100-5. Township attorney and other employees; compensation.
    (a) The township board may employ and fix the compensation of township employees that the board deems necessary, excluding the employees of the offices of supervisor of general assistance, township collector, and township assessor. The township board shall fix the compensation of a township attorney appointed by the township supervisor under Section 70-37. The township attorney shall not be considered a township employee for purposes of the first sentence of this subsection.
    (b) The board shall set and adopt rules concerning all benefits available to employees of the board if the board employs 5 or more employees. The rules shall include, without limitation, the following benefits to the extent they are applicable: insurance coverage, compensation, overtime pay, compensatory time off, holidays, vacations, sick leave, and maternity leave. The rules shall be adopted and filed with the township clerk within 6 months after July 1, 1992. Amendments to the rules shall be filed with the township clerk on or before their effective date.
    (c) Unless otherwise provided and if approved by the highway commissioner, the township board of trustees may employ and fix the compensation of a separate township attorney who shall represent the highway commissioner. Such compensation shall be paid out of the township road fund.
(Source: P.A. 90-190, eff. 7-24-97.)

60 ILCS 1/100-10

    (60 ILCS 1/100-10)
    Sec. 100-10. Township enforcement officer.
    (a) The township board may appoint one or more township enforcement officers to serve for a term of one year and may remove an officer with or without cause. Every person appointed to the office of township enforcement officer, before entering on the duties of the office and within 10 days after being notified of the appointment, shall cause to be filed in the office of the township clerk a notice signifying his or her acceptance of the office. A neglect to cause the notice to be filed shall be deemed a refusal to serve.
    (b) The sheriff of the county in which the township is situated may disapprove any such appointment within 30 days after the notice is filed. The disapproval precludes that person from serving as a township enforcement officer, and the township board may appoint another person to that position subject to approval by the sheriff.
    (c) Every person appointed to the office of township enforcement officer, before entering upon the duties of the office, shall execute, with sufficient sureties to be approved by the supervisor or clerk of the township, an instrument in writing by which the township enforcement officer and his or her sureties shall jointly and severally agree to pay to each and every person who may be entitled thereto all sums of money as the township enforcement officer may become liable to pay on account of any neglect or default of the township enforcement officer or on account of any misfeasance of the township enforcement officer in the discharge of, or failure to faithfully perform, any of the duties of the office.
    (d) The township enforcement officers shall have the same power and authority within the township as a deputy sheriff but only for the purpose of enforcing township ordinances. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Section, township enforcement officers are authorized to enforce county ordinances within areas of a county located within the township pursuant to intergovernmental agreements between the respective county and township to the extent authorized by the agreement. The township enforcement officer shall not carry firearms and will not be required to comply with the Peace Officer and Probation Officer Firearm Training Act. The officer shall attend law enforcement training classes conducted by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board. The township board shall appropriate all necessary monies for the training.
    (d-5) (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, in all actions for the violation of any township ordinance, township enforcement officers shall be authorized to issue and to serve upon any person who the township enforcement officer has reasonable grounds to believe is guilty of a violation of a township ordinance a notice of violation that shall constitute a summons and complaint. A copy of such notice of violation shall be forwarded to the circuit court having jurisdiction over the township where the violation is alleged to have been committed. Every person who has been issued a summons shall appear for trial, and the action shall be prosecuted in the corporate name of the township. Enforcement of county ordinances shall be in accordance with procedures adopted by the county and any applicable State law.
    (2) In all actions for violation of any township ordinance when the fine would not be in excess of $500 and no jail term could be imposed, service of summons may be made by the township clerk by certified mail, return receipt requested, whether service is to be within or without the State.
    (e) The township enforcement officers shall carry identification documents provided by the township board identifying him or her as a township enforcement officer. The officers shall notify the township clerk of any violations of township ordinances.
    (f) Nothing in this Code precludes a county auxiliary deputy or deputy sheriff, or a municipal policeman or auxiliary police officer from serving as a township enforcement officer during off-duty hours.
    (g) The township board may provide compensation for the township enforcement officer on either a per diem or a salary basis.
    (h) (Blank).
(Source: P.A. 97-330, eff. 8-12-11; 98-725, eff. 1-1-15.)

60 ILCS 1/100-10.5

    (60 ILCS 1/100-10.5)
    Sec. 100-10.5. Summons; violation of township ordinances. In a township that does not have a township enforcement officer appointed under Section 100-10, and the township board has contracted with the county sheriff or one or more municipalities to furnish police protection in an unincorporated area of the township as provided in Sections 30-150, 30-155, and 30-160, the county sheriff or a peace officer of the municipal police department of a municipality that has entered into the contract with the township board has the power to issue summons for violations of township ordinances in the same manner as a township enforcement officer under subsection (d-5) of Section 100-10.
(Source: P.A. 89-589, eff. 1-1-97.)

60 ILCS 1/100-15

    (60 ILCS 1/100-15)
    Sec. 100-15. Group insurance. In addition to any powers that it may exercise under the Government Salary Withholding Act, the township board may provide, for the benefit of the township's employees, officials, or retired officials and their dependents, group life, health, accident, hospital, or dental insurance or any combination of those types of insurance. The insurance may include provision for employees, officials, retired officials, and their dependents who rely on treatment by prayer or spiritual means alone for healing in accordance with the tenets and practice of a well recognized religious denomination. The township board may provide for payment by the township of all or a portion of the premium or charge for the insurance for covered persons, except that the township may not pay all or a portion of the premium or charge for the insurance for retired officials and their dependents. If the township board undertakes a plan under which the township does not pay the entire amount of premiums or charges for the insurance, the board may provide for withholding and deducting from the compensation of its employees or officers amounts required to pay the balance of the premiums or charges.
(Source: P.A. 88-62; 89-326, eff. 1-1-96.)

60 ILCS 1/100-20

    (60 ILCS 1/100-20)
    Sec. 100-20. Prevailing wage. The wages of laborers, mechanics, and other workers employed in any public works by the township and the wages of anyone under contracts for township public works shall be subject to the Prevailing Wage Act.
(Source: P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/100-25

    (60 ILCS 1/100-25)
    Sec. 100-25. Compliance with ITAP requirements. A township must comply with the requirements of Section 405-335 of the Department of Central Management Services Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois concerning the Illinois Transparency and Accountability Portal (ITAP). A township may not submit employment information for the ITAP in a manner that is inconsistent with the requirements of Section 405-335 of the Department of Central Management Services Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 97-744, eff. 1-1-13.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 105

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 105 heading)
ARTICLE 105. TOWNSHIP
LAND AND BUILDINGS, GENERALLY

60 ILCS 1/105-5

    (60 ILCS 1/105-5)
    Sec. 105-5. Conveyance or lease for benefit of township. Every conveyance or lease of land made to any person or persons in any manner for the use and benefit of a township or its inhabitants has the same effect as if made to the township by its corporate name.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/105-10

    (60 ILCS 1/105-10)
    Sec. 105-10. Deed. When any conveyance of real estate is made by a township, the deed shall recite the order of the township meeting directing the conveyance. The recital is prima facie evidence of the making and contents of the order. The deed shall be signed by the supervisor in his official capacity and attested by the township clerk unless the meeting ordered that the deed be made by some other officers or persons.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/105-15

    (60 ILCS 1/105-15)
    Sec. 105-15. Weed cutting.
    (a) The township board may provide for the cutting of weeds or grass, the trimming of trees or bushes, the removal of nuisance bushes or trees, or the maintenance of a retention pond or detention pond on any real estate in residential areas in the township no sooner than 7 days after notifying the owner or the appropriate property owners association by mail of the intended weed or grass cutting, bush or tree trimming, nuisance bush or tree removal, or pond maintenance when the owners of the real estate refuse or neglect to cut the weeds or grass, trim the trees or bushes, remove the nuisance bushes or trees, or maintain the pond. The board may collect from the owners the reasonable cost of cutting the weeds or grass, trimming the trees or bushes, removing the nuisance bushes or trees, or maintaining the pond.
    (b) This cost is a lien upon the real estate affected, superior to all other liens and encumbrances except tax liens, if within 60 days after the cost and expense is incurred, the township or person performing the service by authority of the township in his or its own name files a notice of lien in the office of the recorder in the county in which the real estate is located or in the office of the registrar of titles of the county if the real estate affected is registered under the Registered Titles (Torrens) Act. The notice shall consist of a sworn statement setting out (i) a description of the real estate sufficient for its identification, (ii) the amount of money representing the cost and expense incurred or payable for the service, and (iii) the date or dates when the cost and expense was incurred by the township. The lien of the township shall not be valid, however, as to any purchaser whose rights in and to the real estate have arisen after the weed or grass cutting, bush or tree trimming, nuisance bush or tree removal, or pond maintenance and before the filing of the notice, and the lien of the township shall not be valid as to any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienholder whose rights in and to the real estate arise before the filing of the notice. Upon payment of the cost and expense by the owner of or persons interested in the property after the notice of lien has been filed, the lien shall be released by the township or person in whose name the lien has been filed. The release may be filed of record as in the case of filing a notice of lien.
    (c) No provision of this Section applies to any nature preserve or other area that has been designated as a conservation area.
    (d) In addition to any lien or foreclosure action related thereto, a township may institute a civil action or proceeding to recover the amount of money owed for any service performed pursuant to subsection (a).
(Source: P.A. 96-564, eff. 8-18-09.)

60 ILCS 1/105-20

    (60 ILCS 1/105-20)
    Sec. 105-20. Mosquito control and abatement. The township board may provide for mosquito control and abatement or may enter into contractual agreements with counties or with any public or private entity for purposes of mosquito control and mosquito abatement activities.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/105-25

    (60 ILCS 1/105-25)
    Sec. 105-25. Adult entertainment. A township board may license persons or entities engaged in the business of providing adult entertainment within the boundaries of the township but outside the limits of cities, villages, and incorporated towns. The board shall fix the amount, terms, and manner of issuing and revoking licenses, except that license fees for the privilege of engaging in the business of providing adult entertainment may not exceed $300 per year. The operation of an adult entertainment business without a license is a separate petty offense for each day of violation. For purposes of this Section, "adult entertainment" means commercial production, presentation, sale, dissemination, or distribution of material that, when considered as a whole, appeals predominantly to interest in nudity or sex.
(Source: P.A. 83-105; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/105-30

    (60 ILCS 1/105-30)
    Sec. 105-30. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 88-62. Repealed by P.A. 90-751, eff. 1-1-99.)

60 ILCS 1/105-33

    (60 ILCS 1/105-33)
    Sec. 105-33. Donation of surplus public real estate. At an annual or special town meeting, a township board of trustees may by resolution authorize the donation of surplus public real estate to a not-for-profit corporation including, but not limited to, a historical society. The resolution may set forth the not-for-profit corporation's intended use of the property, and the board of trustees may require that the transfer be subject to a reversion of the property if the property is no longer used for its original intended use by the not-for-profit corporation. The resolution shall authorize the township supervisor to execute all documents necessary to complete the transfer of the property.
(Source: P.A. 89-29, eff. 6-23-95.)

60 ILCS 1/105-35

    (60 ILCS 1/105-35)
    Sec. 105-35. Township plan commission.
    (a) In townships located in counties with a population of less than 600,000 and in townships with a population of more than 500 located in counties with a population of more than 3,000,000, the township board may by resolution create a township plan commission. The commission shall consist of 5 members appointed by the township supervisor with the advice and consent of the township board. Their terms of office shall be prescribed by the township board. The township supervisor shall designate one of the members as chairman, and the plan commission may appoint other officers it deems necessary and appropriate. The township board may authorize a plan commission to have necessary staff and shall pay the expenses of that staff.
    (b) Every township plan commission may have the following powers and duties:
        (1) The commission may prepare and recommend to the
    
township board a comprehensive plan for the present and future development or redevelopment of the unincorporated areas of the township. The plan may be adopted in whole or in separate geographical or functional parts, each of which, when adopted, shall be the official plan, or part of the official plan, of that township. The plan may include reasonable requirements with reference to streets, alleys, public grounds, and other improvements specified in this Section. The plan may recommend (i) establishing reasonable standards of design for subdivisions and for resubdivisions of unimproved land and of areas subject to redevelopment with respect to public improvements as defined in this Section and (ii) establishing reasonable requirements governing the location, width, course, and surfacing of public streets and highways, alleys, ways for public service facilities, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, street lights, parks, playgrounds, school grounds, size of lots to be used for residential purposes, storm water drainage, water supply and distribution, sanitary sewers, and sewage collection and treatment.
        (2) The commission may from time to time recommend
    
changes in the official comprehensive plan.
        (3) The commission may from time to time prepare and
    
recommend to the township authorities plans for specific improvements in pursuance of the official comprehensive plan.
        (4) The commission may give aid to the officials
    
charged with the direction of projects for improvements embraced within the official plan to further the making of these projects and, generally, may promote the realization of the official comprehensive plan.
        (5) The commission may prepare and recommend to the
    
township board schemes for regulating or forbidding structures or activities in unincorporated areas that may hinder access to solar energy necessary for the proper functioning of solar energy systems, as defined in Section 1.2 of the Comprehensive Solar Energy Act of 1977, or may recommend changes in those schemes.
        (6) The commission may exercise other powers germane
    
to the powers granted by this Section that are conferred by the township board.
    (c) If the county in which the township is located has adopted a county zoning ordinance under Division 5-12 of the Counties Code, the recommendations of the township plan commission may be presented by the township board to the county board of that county.
(Source: P.A. 91-721, eff. 6-2-00; 91-738, eff. 1-1-01; 92-16, eff. 6-28-01.)

60 ILCS 1/105-40

    (60 ILCS 1/105-40)
    Sec. 105-40. Clean indoor air. Every public enclosed indoor area in the township shall be subject to the Smoke Free Illinois Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-328, eff. 8-11-09.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 110

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 110 heading)
ARTICLE 110. TOWNSHIP
ZONING

60 ILCS 1/110-5

    (60 ILCS 1/110-5)
    Sec. 110-5. Application of Article.
    (a) This Article applies only in those townships in which the electors of the township, at an annual or special township meeting, authorize the township board to exercise the powers conferred by this Article.
    (b) This Article does not apply in any county in which a county zoning ordinance or resolution is in effect. A county zoning ordinance or resolution adopted after the adoption of a township zoning ordinance or resolution under this Article supersedes the township zoning ordinance or resolution.
    (c) Regulations adopted under this Article do not apply to any area that is governed by a municipal zoning ordinance.
    (d) This Article does not apply to the facilities of a telecommunications carrier defined in Section 5-12001.1 of the Counties Code.
(Source: P.A. 90-522, eff. 1-1-98.)

60 ILCS 1/110-10

    (60 ILCS 1/110-10)
    Sec. 110-10. Township board powers.
    (a) For the purpose of promoting the public health, safety, morals, comfort, and general welfare, conserving the values of property throughout the township, and lessening or avoiding the hazards to persons and damage to property resulting from the accumulation or runoff of storm or flood waters, the township board may do any of the following:
        (1) Regulate and restrict the location and use of
    
buildings, structures, and land for trade, industry, residence, and other uses that may be specified by the board.
        (2) Regulate and restrict the intensity of those uses.
        (3) Establish building or setback lines on or along
    
any street, trafficway, drive, parkway, or storm or floodwater runoff channel or basin outside the area that is subject to a municipal zoning ordinance.
        (4) Divide the township into districts (i) of a
    
number, shape, and area and (ii) of different classes according to the use of land and buildings, the intensity of that use (including height of buildings and structures and surrounding open space), and any other classification, all as deemed best suited to carry out the purposes of this Article.
        (5) Prohibit uses, buildings, or structures
    
incompatible with the character of those districts respectively.
        (6) Prevent additions to and alteration or remodeling
    
of existing buildings or structures in a way to avoid the restrictions and limitations lawfully imposed under this Article.
        (7) Submit written objections to the county board
    
concerning a proposed county zoning ordinance, resolution, or variation as provided in Sections 5-12007 and 5-12009 of the Counties Code.
    (b) In all ordinances or resolutions passed under this Article, due allowance shall be made for existing conditions, the conservation of property values, the directions of building development to the best advantage of the entire county, and the uses to which property is devoted at the time of the enactment of the ordinance or resolution.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/110-15

    (60 ILCS 1/110-15)
    Sec. 110-15. Exercise of powers.
    (a) The powers given by this Article shall not be exercised to deprive the owner of any existing property of its use or maintenance for the purpose to which it is then lawfully devoted.
    (b) The powers given by this Article shall not be exercised to impose regulations or require permits with respect to land used or to be used for agricultural purposes or with respect to the erection, maintenance, repair, alteration, remodeling, or extension of buildings or structures used or to be used for agricultural purposes upon that land, except that buildings or structures for agricultural purposes may be required to conform to building or set back lines. "Agricultural purposes" include, without limitation, the growing, developing, processing, conditioning, or selling of hybrid seed corn, seed beans, seed oats, or other farm seeds.
    (c) The powers given by this Article do not include the right to specify or regulate the type or location of any poles, towers, wires, cables, conduit, vaults, laterals, pipes, mains, valves, or any other similar distributing equipment of a public utility as defined in the Public Utilities Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-188; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/110-20

    (60 ILCS 1/110-20)
    Sec. 110-20. Zoning commission; appointment. The township board, when authorized by the electors at an annual or special township meeting to exercise the powers conferred by this Article, shall appoint a zoning commission of 5 members. The commission shall recommend the boundaries of districts and appropriate regulations to be enforced in those districts.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/110-25

    (60 ILCS 1/110-25)
    Sec. 110-25. Proposed zoning ordinance or resolution; hearing; cessation of commission.
    (a) The zoning commission shall prepare a tentative report and a proposed zoning ordinance or resolution for the entire township outside the area regulated by any municipal zoning ordinance.
    (b) After preparing the tentative report and ordinance or resolution, the commission shall hold a hearing on the report and proposal and shall afford persons interested an opportunity to be heard. Notice of the hearing shall be published at least 15 days before the hearing in a newspaper of general circulation in the township and shall also be posted at least 15 days before the hearing in 4 conspicuous places within the township. The notice shall state the time and place of the hearing and the place where copies of the proposed ordinance or resolution will be accessible for examination by interested parties. The hearing may be adjourned from time to time.
    (c) Within 30 days after the final adjournment of the hearing, the commission shall make a final report and submit a proposed ordinance or resolution to the township board. The township board may adopt the ordinance or resolution with or without change or may refer it back to the commission for further consideration.
    (d) The zoning commission shall cease to exist upon the adoption of a zoning ordinance or resolution for the township.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/110-30

    (60 ILCS 1/110-30)
    Sec. 110-30. Enforcement of ordinance or resolution. All ordinances or resolutions adopted under this Article shall be enforced by an officer of the township designated by ordinance or resolution. The ordinance or resolution may require that for any class or classes of districts created by it, applications be made for permits to erect buildings or structures or to alter or remodel existing buildings or structures. The ordinance or resolution may vest in the officer designated to enforce it the power to make orders, requirements, decisions, and determinations with respect to the enforcement of the terms of the ordinance or resolution.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3481; P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/110-35

    (60 ILCS 1/110-35)
    Sec. 110-35. Variations.
    (a) The regulations authorized by this Article may provide that a board of appeals may determine and vary their application in harmony with their general purpose and intent and in accordance with general or specific rules contained in the regulations in cases where there are practical difficulties or there is particular hardship in carrying out the strict letter of regulations relating to the use, construction, or alteration of buildings or structures or the use of land. Alternatively, the regulations may provide that the township board may by ordinance or resolution determine and vary their application in harmony with their general purpose and intent and in accordance with general or specific rules contained in the regulations in cases where there are practical difficulties or there is particular hardship in carrying out the strict letter of regulations relating to the use, construction, or alteration of buildings or structures or the use of land.
    (b) No variation shall be made by the township board without a hearing before the board of appeals. No variation shall be made by ordinance, resolution, or otherwise except in a specific case and after a public hearing before a board of appeals. There shall be at least 15 days notice of the time and place of the hearing, published in a newspaper of general circulation in the township. The notice shall contain the particular location for which the variation is requested as well as a brief statement of the proposed variation.
    (c) Where a variation is to be made by ordinance or resolution, upon the report of the board of appeals, the township board may by ordinance or resolution and without further public hearing adopt any proposed variation or may refer it back to the board of appeals for further consideration. Any proposed variation that fails to receive the approval of the board of appeals shall not be passed except by the favorable vote of three-fourths of all the members of the township board. Every variation, whether made by the board of appeals directly or by ordinance or resolution after a hearing before a board of appeals, shall be accompanied by a finding of fact specifying the reason for making the variation.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/110-40

    (60 ILCS 1/110-40)
    Sec. 110-40. Board of appeals; membership; meetings.
    (a) The township board shall provide for the appointment of a board of appeals of 5 members to serve respectively for the following terms: One for one year, one for 2 years, one for 3 years, one for 4 years, and one for 5 years. The successor to each member shall serve for a term of 5 years.
    (b) One of the members shall be named chairman at the time of his or her appointment. If there is a vacancy, the appointing power shall designate a chairman.
    (c) The appointing authority may remove any member of the board for cause after a public hearing. Vacancies shall be filled by the appointing authority for the unexpired term of any member whose place has become vacant.
    (d) All meetings of the board of appeals shall be held at the call of the chairman and at times and places within the county determined by the board. The chairman (or in his absence the acting chairman) may administer oaths and compel the attendance of witnesses. All meetings of the board shall be open to the public. The board shall keep minutes of its proceedings showing the vote of each member upon every question (or, if a member is absent or fails to vote, indicating that fact) and shall also keep records of its examinations and other official actions. Every rule, regulation, every amendment or repeal of a rule or regulation, and every order, requirement, decision, or determination of the board shall immediately be filed with the township clerk and shall be a public record.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/110-45

    (60 ILCS 1/110-45)
    Sec. 110-45. Appeals; stay of proceedings.
    (a) The board of appeals shall hear and decide appeals from and review any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by an administrative official charged with the enforcement of any ordinance or resolution adopted under this Article. The board of appeals shall also hear and decide all matters referred to it or upon which it is required to pass under any ordinance or resolution or under the terms of this Article.
    (b) The concurring vote of 4 members of the board is necessary (i) to reverse any order, requirement, decision, or determination of an administrative official, (ii) to decide in favor of the applicant any matter upon which it is required to pass under an ordinance or resolution, (iii) to effect any variation in an ordinance or resolution, or (iv) to recommend any variation or modification in an ordinance or resolution or (iv) to the township board.
    (c) An appeal may be taken by any person aggrieved or by any officer, department, board, or bureau of the county. An appeal shall be taken within the time prescribed by the board of appeals by general rule by filing with the officer from whom the appeal is taken and with the board of appeals a notice of appeal specifying the grounds of the appeal. The officer from whom the appeal is taken shall promptly transmit to the board all the papers constituting the record upon which the action appealed from was taken.
    (d) An appeal stays all proceedings in furtherance of the action appealed from unless the officer from whom the appeal is taken certifies to the board of appeals, after the notice of appeal has been filed with him or her, that, due to facts stated in the certificate, a stay would, in his opinion, cause imminent peril to life or property. If the officer makes a certification under this subsection, proceedings shall not be stayed otherwise than by a restraining order granted by the board of appeals or by the circuit court on application, on notice to the officer from whom the appeal is taken, and on due cause shown.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/110-50

    (60 ILCS 1/110-50)
    Sec. 110-50. Hearing and decision on appeal; judicial review.
    (a) The board of appeals shall fix a reasonable time for the hearing of the appeal and give due notice of the time to the parties. The board shall decide the hearing within a reasonable time. At the hearing, any party may appear in person or by agent or attorney. The board of appeals may reverse or affirm, wholly or partly, or may modify the order, requirement, decision, or determination as in its opinion ought to be done, and to that end the board has all the powers of the officer from whom the appeal is taken.
    (b) All final administrative decisions of the board of appeals are subject to judicial review under the Administrative Review Law and the rules adopted under that Law. "Administrative decision" is defined as in Section 3-101 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/110-50.1

    (60 ILCS 1/110-50.1)
    Sec. 110-50.1. Actions subject to de novo review; due process.
    (a) Any decision by the township board of any township in regard to any petition or application for a special use, variance, rezoning, or other amendment to a zoning ordinance shall be subject to de novo judicial review as a legislative decision, regardless of whether the process in relation thereto is considered administrative for other purposes. Any action seeking the judicial review of such a decision shall be commenced not later than 90 days after the date of the decision.
    (b) The principles of substantive and procedural due process apply at all stages of the decision-making and review of all zoning decisions.
(Source: P.A. 94-1027, eff. 7-14-06; 95-843, eff. 1-1-09.)

60 ILCS 1/110-55

    (60 ILCS 1/110-55)
    Sec. 110-55. Compensation of board of appeals members. The members of the board of appeals shall receive compensation fixed by the township board and approved by the electors at an annual or special township meeting.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/110-60

    (60 ILCS 1/110-60)
    Sec. 110-60. Amendment of regulations; hearing. The regulations imposed and the districts created under this Article may be amended from time to time by the township board by ordinance or resolution after the ordinance or resolution establishing the regulation has gone into effect, but no amendments shall be made without a hearing before the board of appeals. At least 15 days notice of the time and place of the hearing shall be published in an official paper or a paper of general circulation in the township. If there is a written protest against any proposed amendment, signed and acknowledged (i) by the owners of 20% of the frontage proposed to be altered, (ii) by the owners of 20% of the frontage immediately adjoining or across an alley from the frontage proposed to be altered, or (iii) by the owners of 20% of the frontage directly opposite the frontage proposed to be altered, the amendment shall not be passed except by the favorable vote of three-fourths of all the members of the township board.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/110-65

    (60 ILCS 1/110-65)
    Sec. 110-65. Violations; remedies; misdemeanor.
    (a) If any building or structure is erected, constructed, reconstructed, altered, repaired, converted, or maintained (or any building, structure, or land is used) in violation of this Article or of any ordinance, resolution, or other regulation made under this Article, the proper authorities of the township, or any person the value or use of whose property is or may be affected by the violation, in addition to other remedies, may institute any appropriate action or proceedings (i) to prevent the unlawful erection, construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, conversion, maintenance, or use, (ii) to restrain, correct, or abate the violation, (iii) to prevent the occupancy of the building, structure, or land, or (iv) to prevent any illegal act, conduct, business, or use in or about the premises.
    (b) The violation of the terms of any ordinance adopted under this Article shall be deemed a Class B misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 79-1359; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/110-70

    (60 ILCS 1/110-70)
    Sec. 110-70. School district.
    (a) In any hearing before a zoning commission or board of appeals, any school district within which the property in issue, or any part of that property, is located may appear and present evidence.
    (b) In exercising the powers under this Article with respect to public school districts, a township shall act in a reasonable manner that neither regulates educational activities, such as school curricula, administration, and staffing, nor frustrates a school district's statutory duties. This subsection (b) is declarative of existing law and does not change the substantive operation of this Article.
    (c) In processing zoning applications from public school districts, a township shall make reasonable efforts to streamline the zoning application and review process for the school board and minimize the administrative burdens involved in the zoning review process, including, but not limited to, reducing application fees and other costs associated with the project of a school board to the greatest extent practicable and reflective of actual cost but in no event more than the lowest fees customarily imposed by the township for similar applications, limiting the number of times the school district must amend its site plans, reducing the number of copies of site plans and any other documents required to be submitted by the township, and expediting the zoning review process for the purpose of rendering a decision on any application from a school district within 90 days after a completed application is submitted to the township.
(Source: P.A. 99-890, eff. 8-25-16.)

60 ILCS 1/110-75

    (60 ILCS 1/110-75)
    Sec. 110-75. Cooperation with other governmental units. In the exercise of powers conferred by this Article, the township board may cooperate with the county, with other townships, and with municipal or State authorities and may appoint any committee or committees it thinks proper to effect that cooperation.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 115

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 115 heading)
ARTICLE 115. TOWNSHIP
OPEN SPACE

60 ILCS 1/115-5

    (60 ILCS 1/115-5)
    Sec. 115-5. Definitions. As used in this Article, unless the context otherwise requires:
    "Board" means the township board in counties having a population of more than 150,000.
    "Development of real property" means the constructing, installing, planting or creating of any permanent or temporary improvement of real property that has been acquired for open space purposes.
    "Open land" or "open space" means any space or area of land or water of an area of 50 acres or more, the preservation or the restriction of development or use of which would (i) maintain or enhance the conservation of natural or scenic resources; (ii) protect natural streams or water supply; (iii) promote conservation of soils, wet lands, or shores; (iv) afford or enhance public outdoor recreation opportunities; (v) preserve flora and fauna, geological features, historic sites, or other areas of educational or scientific interest; (vi) enhance the value to the public of abutting or neighboring highways, parks, or other public lands; (vii) implement the plan of development adopted by the planning commission of any municipality or county; or (viii) promote orderly urban or suburban development. A township at any time may release a specified parcel of land from an open space plan and allow the development of the parcel to occur. Once development (as defined in Section 115-55) has commenced, the land shall no longer be eligible for acquisition as open space or open land.
    "Open space plan" means the written plan adopted by the board to implement an open space program and includes properly adopted amendments or additions to the plan.
    "Open space program" means the acquisition of the fee or of a lesser right or interest in tracts of open land in the township for open space purposes.
    "Open space purposes" includes (i) the preservation and maintenance of open land, scenic roadways, and pathways; (ii) the holding of real property described in clause (i), with or without public access, for the education, pleasure, and recreation of the public or for other open space values; (iii) the preservation of portions of that property in their natural condition and the development of other portions of that property; (iv) the management and use of that property in a manner and with restrictions that will leave it unimpaired for the benefit of future generations; and (v) otherwise promoting the conservation of the nature, flora and fauna, natural environment, and natural resources of the township.
(Source: P.A. 91-641, eff. 8-20-99.)

60 ILCS 1/115-10

    (60 ILCS 1/115-10)
    Sec. 115-10. Open space plan; petition.
    (a) A board desiring to enter upon an open space program may do so only after adoption of an open space plan under Section 115-15. The board shall commence preparation of an open space plan under that Section only upon the filing with the township clerk of a petition signed by not less than 5% or 50, whichever is greater, of the registered voters of the township (according to the voting registration records at the time the petition is filed) recommending that the board commence preparation of an open space plan. Within 5 business days after the filing of the petition, the township clerk shall provide public notice of the existence of the filed petition in the same manner as notices of meetings of the township board are provided. A hearing shall be conducted no less than 30 days after the filing of the petition to determine the validity of the petition, which may be challenged in accordance with the general election law.
    (b) A proposed open space plan shall (i) identify all open land within the township that the board deems necessary to acquire in order to accomplish the purposes of the open space program; (ii) state the ways in which the acquisition of open land will further open space purposes; (iii) state the estimated costs of implementing the proposed plan; (iv) state the approximate tax, per $100 of assessed value, that will be levied to provide the necessary funds for implementing the proposed plan; (v) state the estimated timetable for implementing the proposed plan; and (vi) establish standards and procedures for establishing priorities for the acquisition of parcels identified in the plan.
(Source: P.A. 94-622, eff. 8-18-05.)

60 ILCS 1/115-15

    (60 ILCS 1/115-15)
    Sec. 115-15. Public hearing.
    (a) Before adopting an open space plan or an amendment to a plan, the board shall conduct a public hearing on the plan or amendment, recommend adoption of the open space plan or receive a recommendation by petition of the voters of the township under Section 115-20 that the open space plan be adopted, and submit the question of adoption of the open space plan to the township voters under Section 115-20.
    (b) The board shall cause to be prepared a notice of the public hearing stating the date, time, place, and purpose of the hearing. The township clerk shall cause the notice to be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the township not less than 15 nor more than 30 days before the date of the hearing. The township clerk also shall send notice of the hearing by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, not less than 20 days before the hearing, to the owners of property being recommended for acquisition and designation as open space or open land under the proposed open space plan. Those owners shall be those parties identified on the most current real estate tax assessment rolls for the county in which the township is located as being the parties to whom current real estate tax bills are being sent. A copy of the proposed plan also shall be filed with the township clerk, who shall make it available to the general public for inspection after publication of the notice of public hearing.
    (c) At the public hearing, all persons desiring to offer statements or other evidence in support of or in opposition to the proposed plan shall be afforded an opportunity to do so orally, in writing, or both.
    (d) Within 60 days after the public hearing, the board shall consider all of the evidence before it and may, based upon that evidence, recommend adoption or rejection of the proposed open space plan in whole or in part. The board's recommendation shall be in writing. If the board does not recommend adoption or rejection of the proposed open space plan, or if a petition from the voters of the township recommending adoption of the open space plan is not filed with the township clerk within 60 days after the public hearing, the open space plan may not be subsequently adopted unless another public hearing is held and notice given as provided in this Section. A recommendation by the board or by petition under this subsection (d) to adopt an open space plan shall be made no later than 138 days before the next regular election in order for the question of the adoption of the open space plan to appear on the ballot at that election. If the question of the adoption of the open space plan does not appear on the ballot, the open space plan may not be subsequently adopted unless another public hearing is held and notice given under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 85-1140; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/115-20

    (60 ILCS 1/115-20)
    Sec. 115-20. Referendum on recommended plan; petition.
    (a) If the board recommends adoption of the open space plan, or if a subsequent petition is filed by not less than 5% or 50, whichever is greater, of the registered voters of the township (according to the voting registration records at the time the petition is filed) recommending adoption of the open space plan, then the Board, within 30 days of making of the recommendation or the approval of the petition, shall file a petition with the township clerk, requesting the clerk to submit to the voters of the township the question of whether the township shall adopt the open space plan and enter upon an open space program, with the power to acquire open land by purchase, condemnation (except townships in counties having a population of more than 150,000 but not more than 250,000), or otherwise in the township and with the power to issue bonds for those purposes under this Article. Approval of a petition recommending adoption of the open space plan shall be given if the petition is determined to be valid following public notice and a hearing consistent with the requirements of Section 115-10 for the initial petition. The total amount of bonds to be issued under this Section may not exceed 5% of the valuation of all taxable property in the township and shall be set forth in the question as a dollar amount. The township clerk shall certify that proposition to the proper election officials, who shall submit the proposition to the township voters at the next regular election. The referendum shall be conducted and notice given in accordance with the general election law.
    (b) The question submitted to the voters at the election shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall (name of township) adopt the open space plan
    
considered at the public hearing on (date) and enter upon an open space program, and shall the Township Board have the power (i) to acquire open land by purchase (insert ", condemnation," if the township is in a county having a population of more than 250,000) or otherwise, (ii) to issue bonds for open space purposes in an amount not exceeding $(amount), and (iii) to levy a tax to pay the principal of and interest on those bonds, as provided in Article 115 of the Township Code?
The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
    (c) If a majority of the voters voting at the election on the question vote in favor of the question, the township shall thereafter adopt the open space plan recommended by the board or by the petition of the registered voters of the township and shall enter upon an open space program under this Article. If the proposition does not receive the approval of a majority of the voters voting at the election on the question, no proposition may be submitted to the voters under this Section less than 23 months after the date of the election.
    (d) If a majority of the legal voters voting at referendum in any township approved a proposition at the consolidated election in 2001 in reliance upon and consistent with this Section 115-20 as it existed prior to the effective date of Public Act 91-847, then that referendum and all actions taken in reliance thereon are hereby validated and are legally binding in all respects.
(Source: P.A. 94-622, eff. 8-18-05.)

60 ILCS 1/115-25

    (60 ILCS 1/115-25)
    Sec. 115-25. Amendments or additions to plan. If the board recommends any amendments or additions to a plan that has been adopted by a township, no property that is the subject of the amendment or addition may be acquired until the revised plan is approved by the voters at a referendum under Section 115-20 unless the amendments or additions do not provide for expenditures in excess of those provided in the original plan and do not provide for the acquisition of property other than from persons who are selling their property voluntarily.
(Source: P.A. 85-1140; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/115-30

    (60 ILCS 1/115-30)
    Sec. 115-30. Property within municipality; petition; referendum.
    (a) If the open space plan recommended for adoption under Section 115-20 contains property that is situated within the corporate boundaries of a municipality, the corporate authorities of the municipality may, within 30 days of the recommendation, vote to authorize the board of a township in a county having a population of more than 250,000 to acquire by condemnation property that is situated within the municipality's corporate boundaries. If the corporate authorities of the municipality fail to act within that 30 day period, then none of the property included in the open space plan that is situated within the municipality shall be acquired by the board by condemnation. The municipality's failure to act constitutes a denial of authority to acquire that property by condemnation.
    (b) If, within 30 days of the decision of the municipality to either authorize or deny the board the authority to acquire by condemnation that property included in the open space plan that is situated within the corporate boundaries of the municipality, a petition is filed with the township clerk, signed by not less than 15% of the registered voters of the municipality residing within the township (according to the voting registration records at the time the petition is filed), requesting that the question of whether the board shall be granted authority to acquire property within its corporate boundaries by condemnation be submitted to the voters of the municipality residing within the township, then the question shall be submitted to those voters in the form of a proposition. The petition shall state the public question to be submitted and contain a common description of the territory in plain and nonlegal language. The description shall describe the territory by reference to streets, natural or artificial landmarks, addresses, or any other method that would enable a voter signing the petition to be informed of the territory proposed to be acquired.
    (c) The township clerk shall certify the proposition to the proper election officials, who shall submit the proposition to the voters of the municipality who reside within the township. The referendum shall appear on the ballot at the same election as the referendum required in Section 115-20. Except as otherwise provided in this Section, the referendum shall be conducted and notice given in accordance with the general election law. The question submitted to the voters at the election shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall the Township Board of (name of township in a
    
county having a population of more than 250,000) have the authority to acquire by condemnation open land that is situated within the corporate boundaries of (name of municipality) for open space purposes?
The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
    (d) The election authority shall include on the ballot the description of the territory proposed to be acquired as set forth in the petition. If the election authority determines that the description cannot be included within the space limitations of the ballot, the election authority shall prepare large printed copies of a notice of the public question that include the description. The notice shall be prominently displayed in the polling place of each precinct in which the question is to be submitted.
    (e) If a majority of the voters voting at the election on the question vote in favor of the question, then the board may acquire by condemnation open land that is situated within the corporate boundaries of the municipality and included in the open space plan recommended for adoption under Section 115-20.
    (f) If the corporate authorities of a municipality deny the board the authority to acquire by condemnation property that is situated within the municipality's boundaries and the referendum does not appear on the ballot at the election specified in this Section, or if the proposition fails to receive the vote of a majority of the voters voting on the question, then the board may not acquire the property by condemnation.
(Source: P.A. 91-641, eff. 8-20-99.)

60 ILCS 1/115-35

    (60 ILCS 1/115-35)
    Sec. 115-35. Property contiguous to municipality; petition; referendum.
    (a) If the open space plan recommended for adoption under Section 115-20 contains property that is contiguous to the corporate boundaries of one or more municipalities, the corporate authorities of any of those municipalities may, within 30 days of the recommendation, vote to authorize the board of a township in a county having a population of more than 250,000 to acquire by condemnation property that is contiguous to the municipality's corporate boundaries. If the corporate authorities of a municipality fail to act within that 30 day period, then none of the property included in the open space plan that is contiguous to a municipality shall be acquired by the board by condemnation. The municipality's failure to act constitutes a denial of authority to acquire that property by condemnation.
    (b) If, within 30 days of the decision of the municipality to either authorize or deny the board the authority to acquire by condemnation that property included in the open space plan that is contiguous to the corporate boundaries of the municipality, a petition is filed with the township clerk, signed by not less than 15% of the registered voters of the township (according to the voting registration records at the time the petition is filed), requesting that the question of whether the board shall be granted authority to acquire property contiguous to the corporate boundaries of the municipality by condemnation be submitted to the voters of the township, then the question shall be submitted to those voters in the form of a proposition. The petition shall state the public question to be submitted and contain a common description of the territory proposed to be acquired in plain and nonlegal language. The description shall describe the territory by reference to streets, natural or artificial landmarks, addresses, or any other method that would enable a voter signing the petition to be informed of the territory proposed to be acquired.
    (c) The township clerk shall certify the proposition to the proper election officials, who shall submit the proposition to the voters of the township. The referendum shall appear on the ballot at the same election as the referendum required in Section 115-20. Except as otherwise provided in this Section, the referendum shall be conducted and notice given in accordance with the general election law. The question submitted to the voters at the election shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall the Township Board of (name of township in a
    
county having a population of more than 250,000) have the authority to acquire by condemnation open land that is contiguous to the corporate boundaries of (name of municipality) for open space purposes?
The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
    (d) The election authority shall include on the ballot the description of the territory proposed to be acquired as set forth in the petition. If the election authority determines that the description cannot be included within the space limitations of the ballot, the election authority shall prepare large printed copies of a notice of the public question that includes the description. The notice shall be prominently displayed in the polling place of each precinct in which the question is to be submitted.
    (e) If a majority of the voters voting at the election on the question vote in favor of the question, then the board may acquire by condemnation open land that is contiguous to the corporate boundaries of the municipality or municipalities and included in the open space plan recommended for adoption under Section 115-20.
    (f) If the corporate authorities of a municipality deny the board the authority to acquire by condemnation property that is contiguous to the municipality's boundaries and the referendum does not appear on the ballot at the election specified in this Section, or if the proposition fails to receive the vote of a majority of the voters voting on the proposition, then the board may not acquire the property by condemnation.
    (g) For purposes of this Section, "contiguous" means contiguous for purposes of annexation under Article 7 of the Illinois Municipal Code.
(Source: P.A. 91-641, eff. 8-20-99.)

60 ILCS 1/115-40

    (60 ILCS 1/115-40)
    Sec. 115-40. Later submission of proposition to include property. If in a township in a county having a population of more than 250,000 a parcel of land cannot be acquired by condemnation because it was not approved at an election under either Section 115-30 or 115-35, that parcel can again be included in a proposition only if (i) the procedures set forth in Section 115-15 relating to amendments that add property to existing open space plans have been followed and (ii) not less than 23 months have elapsed since the date of the election at which the voters failed to approve the acquisition of the parcel by condemnation.
(Source: P.A. 91-641, eff. 8-20-99.)

60 ILCS 1/115-45

    (60 ILCS 1/115-45)
    Sec. 115-45. Powers of township board. In any township in which the establishment of an open space program has been authorized by the voters under this Article, the township board, to the extent necessary to carry out the purposes of this Article and in addition to any other powers, duties, and functions vested in a township by law (but subject to limitations and restrictions imposed by this or another law), has the powers enumerated in the following Sections.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/115-50

    (60 ILCS 1/115-50)
    Sec. 115-50. Study; coordinated plan. The board may study and ascertain the open space resources and outdoor recreation facilities in the township, the need for preserving those resources and providing those facilities, and the extent to which those needs are being currently met. The board may prepare and adopt a coordinated plan of areas and facilities to meet those needs.
(Source: P.A. 79-472; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/115-55

    (60 ILCS 1/115-55)
    Sec. 115-55. (a) The board may acquire by gift, legacy, purchase, condemnation in the manner provided for the exercise of the right of eminent domain under the Eminent Domain Act and except as otherwise provided in this subsection, lease, agreement, or otherwise the fee or any lesser right or interest in real property that is open land and may hold that property with or without public access for open space, scenic roadway, pathway, outdoor recreation, or other conservation benefits. No township in a county having a population of more than 150,000 but not more than 250,000 has authority under this Article to acquire property by condemnation, and no other township has authority under this Article to acquire by condemnation (i) property that is used for farming or agricultural purposes; (ii) property that is situated within the corporate limits of a municipality or contiguous to one or more municipalities unless approval to acquire the property by condemnation is obtained under Section 115-30 or 115-35; (iii) property upon which development has commenced; or (iv) property owned by a religious organization, church, school, or charitable organization exempt from federal taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or similar provisions of any successor law, or any other organization controlled by or affiliated with such a religious organization, church, school, or charitable organization.
    (b) For purposes of this Section:
        (1)  "Development" of property is deemed to have
    
commenced if (i) at least 30 days before the filing of a petition under Section 115-10, an application for a preliminary plan or preliminary planned unit development has been filed with the applicable governmental entity or, if neither is required, a building permit has been obtained at least 30 days before the filing of a petition under Section 115-10; (ii) mass grading of the property has commenced; and (iii) within 180 days of the date the open space plan is recommended for approval by the board under Section 115-5 or by petition of the voters under Section 115-20, 115-30, or 115-35, the installation of public improvements has commenced.
        (2) "Contiguous" means contiguous for purposes of
    
annexation under Article 7 of the Illinois Municipal Code.
        (3) Real property is deemed used for farming or
    
agricultural purposes if it is more than 10 acres in area and devoted primarily to (i) the raising and harvesting of crops, (ii) the feeding, breeding, and management of livestock, (iii) dairying, or (iv) any other agricultural or horticultural use or combination of those uses, with the intention of securing substantial income from those activities, and has been so used for the 3 years immediately preceding the filing of a condemnation action. Real property used for farming or agricultural purposes includes land devoted to and qualifying for payments or other compensation under a soil conservation program under an agreement with an agency of the federal government and also includes the construction and use of dwellings and other buildings customarily associated with farming and agricultural uses when associated with those uses.
    (c) If a township's acquisitions of open land, or interests in open land when combined with other lands in the township held for open space purposes by other governmental entities, equals 30% of the total acreage of the township, then the township may not acquire additional open land by condemnation.
    (d) Any parcel of land that is included in an open space plan adopted by a township that has not been acquired by the township under this Section within 3 years, or within 2 years with respect to existing open space programs, after the later of (i) July 29, 1988, or (ii) the date of the passage of the referendum may not thereafter be acquired by condemnation by the township under this Section, except that if an action in condemnation to acquire the parcel is filed under this Section within that 3 year or 2 year period, as applicable, the parcel may be acquired by condemnation by the township notwithstanding the fact that the condemnation action may not be concluded within the 3 year or 2 year period, as applicable. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if a parcel of land cannot be acquired by condemnation under subsection (a) because of its use for farming or agricultural purposes, the 3 year or 2 year period, as applicable, shall be tolled until the date the parcel ceases to be used for farming or agricultural purposes. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the fee or any lesser right or interest in real property that is open land may be acquired after the 3 year or 2 year period, as applicable, by any means authorized under subsection (a) other than condemnation.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

60 ILCS 1/115-60

    (60 ILCS 1/115-60)
    Sec. 115-60. Classification of areas; structures. The board may classify, designate, plan, develop, preserve, administer, and maintain all areas, places, and facilities in which it has an interest and may construct, reconstruct, alter, and renew buildings and other structures and equip and maintain those buildings and other structures.
(Source: P.A. 79-472; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/115-65

    (60 ILCS 1/115-65)
    Sec. 115-65. Acceptance of money and personal property. The board may accept gifts, grants, bequests, contributions, and appropriations of money and other personal property for open space purposes.
(Source: P.A. 79-472; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/115-66

    (60 ILCS 1/115-66)
    Sec. 115-66. Surplus for maintenance and operation of open spaces. A township that has adopted an open space plan may maintain and receive from year to year funds for maintenance and operation of the township's open spaces in surplus of the amount necessary for the annual maintenance and operation of open spaces within the township. The surplus shall be maintained in a separate fund and not commingled with the township general fund. The surplus shall not be derived from any township tax levy.
(Source: P.A. 94-469, eff. 8-4-05.)

60 ILCS 1/115-70

    (60 ILCS 1/115-70)
    Sec. 115-70. Executive officer. The board may employ and fix the compensation of an executive officer who shall be responsible to the board for the carrying out of its policies. The executive officer shall have the power, subject to the approval of the board, to employ and fix the compensation of assistants and employees the board considers necessary for carrying out the purposes and provisions of this Article.
(Source: P.A. 79-472; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/115-75

    (60 ILCS 1/115-75)
    Sec. 115-75. Fees. The board may charge and collect reasonable fees for the use of such facilities, privileges and conveniences as may be provided.
(Source: P.A. 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/115-80

    (60 ILCS 1/115-80)
    Sec. 115-80. Police powers. The board may police its property and exercise police powers in respect thereto or in respect to the enforcement of any rule or regulation provided by the ordinances of the township and may employ and commission police officers and other qualified persons to enforce the same.
(Source: P.A. 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/115-85

    (60 ILCS 1/115-85)
    Sec. 115-85. Natural resources studies. The board may undertake studies pertaining to the natural history, archaeology, history or conservation of natural resources of the township.
(Source: P.A. 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/115-90

    (60 ILCS 1/115-90)
    Sec. 115-90. Lease of lands. The board may lease land for a period not longer than 50 years from the date of the lease to a responsible person, firm, or corporation for construction, reconstruction, alteration, renewal, equipment, furnishing, extension, development, operation and maintenance of lodges, housekeeping and sleeping cabins, swimming pools, golf courses, campgrounds, sand beaches, marinas, convention and entertainment centers, roads and parking areas, and other related buildings and facilities. In any lease of land leased under this Section, upon expiration of the lease title to all structures on the leased land shall be vested in the township.
(Source: P.A. 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/115-95

    (60 ILCS 1/115-95)
    Sec. 115-95. Lease of buildings or facilities. The board may lease any building or facility constructed, reconstructed, altered, renewed, equipped, furnished, extended, developed, and maintained by the township to a responsible person, firm, or corporation for operation or development, or both, and maintenance for a period not longer than 20 years from the date of the lease.
(Source: P.A. 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/115-100

    (60 ILCS 1/115-100)
    Sec. 115-100. Dedication of nature preserves. The board may dedicate open lands, held by the township under this Article, as nature preserves within the Illinois system of nature preserves as provided in Section 15 of the Illinois Natural Areas Preservation Act and may cooperate with the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission in matters relating to the purposes of this Article.
(Source: P.A. 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/115-105

    (60 ILCS 1/115-105)
    Sec. 115-105. Borrowing money; bonds. The township board may borrow money and issue bonds, after referendum, for the purpose of acquiring, developing, rehabilitating and renovating open lands for open space purposes, as defined in Section 115-5, pursuant to an open space program adopted as provided in this Article, in and for the township in any amount not to exceed 5% on the valuation of taxable property in the township, to be ascertained by the last assessment for State and county taxes previous to the incurring of such indebtedness or, until January 1, 1983, if greater, the sum that is produced by multiplying the township's 1978 equalized assessed valuation by the debt limitation percentage on January 1, 1979.
    Whenever the board desires to issue bonds under this Article, or whenever the board receives a petition from not less than 5% or 50, whichever is greater, of the registered voters of the township, according to the voting registration records at the time the petition is filed, requesting the board to issue bonds under this Article, the board, concurrently with the filing of a petition with the township clerk requesting him to submit to the voters of the township at the next election the question of whether or not to adopt an open space plan and enter upon an open space program, shall certify that proposition to the proper election officials who shall submit to the voters of the township at the next election the question of whether or not the board shall issue bonds to finance an open space program and provide for the levy and collection of a direct annual tax upon all taxable property within the township to meet the principal and interest on the bonds as they mature, which tax shall be in addition to and in excess of any other tax authorized to be levied by the township. The amount of bonds to be issued under this Section shall be set forth in the question as a dollar amount. The election shall be conducted and notice given in accordance with the general election law. The question submitted to the voters at the election shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall (name of township) issue bonds to finance the
    
acquisition, maintenance, development, rehabilitation and renovation of open space lands for open space purposes as provided by the Township Open Space Article of the Township Code and levy and collect property taxes, in excess of any other tax authorized to be levied by the township, sufficient to meet the principal and interest on the bonds as they mature, but not in an amount in excess of $(amount)?
    The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
    If a majority of the voters voting on the question vote in favor of the question, the board shall issue bonds as provided in this Article provided such bonds are issued within 6 months after the voters vote favorably on such question. If such proposition does not receive the approval of a majority of the voters voting at the election on the question, no proposition may be submitted to such voters pursuant to this Section less than 23 months after the date of such election.
    The board shall then adopt a resolution authorizing the issuance of such bonds, prescribing all the details thereof, and stating the time or times when the principal thereof and the interest on the bonds become payable, and the place of payment thereof. The bonds must, however, be payable within not less than 3 nor more than 40 years from date thereof, and be issued to bear interest at not to exceed the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract. Such a resolution shall provide for the levy and collection of a direct annual tax upon all the taxable property within the corporate limits of such township sufficient to meet the principal of and interest on the bonds as they mature, which tax shall be in addition to and in excess of any other tax authorized to be levied by the township.
    A certified copy of the resolution providing for the issuance of any such bonds shall be filed with the county clerk of the county in which the township is located and constitutes the basis and authority of the county clerk for the extension and collection of the tax necessary to pay the principal of and interest upon the bonds issued under the resolution.
    With respect to instruments for the payment of money issued under this Section either before, on, or after the effective date of Public Act 86-004, 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 Article 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 Bonds 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 Article that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts.
    If a majority of the legal voters voting at referendum in any township approved a proposition at the consolidated election in 2001 in reliance upon and consistent with this Section 115-105 as it existed prior to the effective date of Public Act 91-847, then that referendum and all actions taken in reliance thereon are hereby validated and are legally binding in all respects.
(Source: P.A. 91-847, eff. 6-22-00; 92-6, eff. 6-7-01.)

60 ILCS 1/115-110

    (60 ILCS 1/115-110)
    Sec. 115-110. Report. No later than March 31 of each calendar year, the board of any township that has established an open space program pursuant to the provisions of this Article shall file with the township clerk a report describing the actions taken by such board to implement its open space plan. This report shall include at least the following information:
        (1) The amount of taxes levied and received by the
    
township in the preceding calendar year;
        (2) The amount of all monies spent in the preceding
    
calendar year in implementing the open space plan and the specific purposes for which all monies were spent;
        (3) The legal and common descriptions of all lands
    
acquired in the preceding calendar year; and
        (4) The purpose for which all properties acquired are
    
being used.
(Source: P.A. 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/115-115

    (60 ILCS 1/115-115)
    Sec. 115-115. Property tax exemption. All property acquired by any township for open space purposes pursuant to an open space program as defined in this Article shall be exempt from real property taxation for assessment year 1988 and each assessment year thereafter.
(Source: P.A. 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/115-120

    (60 ILCS 1/115-120)
    Sec. 115-120. Applicability. Only the following provisions of Sections of the Township Open Space Act as changed or added by Public Act 85-1140 shall apply to open space programs validly established prior to July 29, 1988 (the effective date of Public Act 85-1140): (i) Section 2.02 (Sections 115-10 and 115-15 of this Code) as such Section relates to amendments that add property to an existing open space plan; (ii) Section 4.02(a)(i) and (iv) (items (i) and (iv) of subsection (a) of Section 115-55 of this Code); (iii) Section 4.02(b) (subsection (c) of Section 115-55 of this Code); (iv) Section 4.02(c) (subsection (d) of Section 115-55 of this Code); and (v) Section 6 (Section 115-110 of this Code). Public Act 85-1140 shall apply to any condemnation action to exercise the right of eminent domain provided in Section 4.02 of the Township Open Space Act (Section 115-55 of this Code) filed on or after June 1, 1988 and not brought to final and unappealable judgment on or before July 29, 1988 (the effective date of Public Act 85-1140). However, the provisions of Public Act 85-1140 shall neither require additional public hearings or referenda in connection with any open space program validly established prior to July 29, 1988 (the effective date of Public Act 85-1140), except with respect to amendments pursuant to Section 2.02 of the Township Open Space Act (Sections 115-10 and 115-15 of this Code) that add property to an existing open space plan, nor render unenforceable or invalid any bonds properly issued in connection with such open space program.
(Source: P.A. 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/115-125

    (60 ILCS 1/115-125)
    Sec. 115-125. Validation. Sections 4.06 through 8 of the Township Open Space Act were inadvertently omitted from the Township Code when that Code was enacted by Public Act 88-62. Those Sections are being added to the Township Code as Sections 115-75 through 115-120. They shall be construed as a continuation of the corresponding provisions of the Township Open Space Act and not as a new or different law. Every otherwise lawful action taken in reliance on and in accordance with those Sections after December 31, 1993 and before the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1994 is hereby validated.
(Source: P.A. 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 120

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 120 heading)
ARTICLE 120. TOWNSHIP
PARKS

60 ILCS 1/120-5

    (60 ILCS 1/120-5)
    Sec. 120-5. Power to acquire park land; inapplicable to church.
    (a) A township, acting through the township board, may acquire lands (not exceeding for any one park 25 acres in extent, unless received as a gift) to be set apart and forever held and maintained and improved as public parks for the free use of the public.
    (b) This Section does not apply to property owned by a church or any organization owned, operated, or controlled by or affiliated with a church, regardless of whether the property is subject to a lease, occupancy agreement, or other contract, agreement, or arrangement with a person or entity other than a church.
(Source: P.A. 86-282; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/120-10

    (60 ILCS 1/120-10)
    Sec. 120-10. Method of acquiring land. A township desiring to procure lands for park purposes under this Article may purchase the lands from the owner or owners or, in the discretion of the township board, may acquire the lands by the exercise of the power of eminent domain in the manner provided by the laws of this State for taking or damaging private property for public purposes. A township may not utilize eminent domain powers with respect to lands located within the boundaries of a municipality that is served by a municipal recreation department, or a park district.
(Source: P.A. 94-622, eff. 8-18-05.)

60 ILCS 1/120-15

    (60 ILCS 1/120-15)
    Sec. 120-15. Townships in certain counties; golf courses and fees.
    (a) A township in a county having a population between 300,000 and 1,000,000 may, by purchase only and not by condemnation, acquire lands not exceeding 50 acres for park purposes or golf courses. A township in a county having a population between 100,000 and 300,000 may, by purchase only and not by condemnation, acquire lands not exceeding 100 acres for park purposes or golf courses.
    (b) If the lands are developed as a golf course, the township board shall charge a fee of those using the golf course and its facilities. The fee shall be at a rate sufficient to pay for the maintenance, depreciation, and operating costs relating to the golf course.
(Source: P.A. 85-1209; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/120-20

    (60 ILCS 1/120-20)
    Sec. 120-20. Park maintenance tax.
    (a) To provide a fund for the maintenance of parks, the township board may levy annual taxes not exceeding 0.02% (or the rate limit in effect on July 1, 1967, whichever is greater) of the value of the property in the township in any one year, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue. The tax shall be levied and collected at the time and in the manner that other township taxes are required to be levied and collected.
    (b) The limitations upon tax rates in subsection (a) may be increased or decreased under the referendum provisions of the General Revenue Law of Illinois.
    (c) The maintenance tax, when levied and collected, shall be kept separate and distinct from all other township funds and shall be applied exclusively to the expense of maintenance and upkeep, adornment, and development of parks acquired by the township or to the acquisition of other lands to be used for public park purposes. In any township in a county having a population between 100,000 and 1,000,000, the moneys provided by the taxes authorized by this Section may be used for the acquisition and development of lands for park and golf course purposes under Section 120-15, subject to the requirements of that Section concerning the establishment of fees for the use of golf courses.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 125

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 125 heading)
ARTICLE 125. TOWNSHIP
PARK BONDS

60 ILCS 1/125-5

    (60 ILCS 1/125-5)
    Sec. 125-5. Power to issue park bonds; park size.
    (a) For the purpose of promoting the health and welfare of its citizens, a township may issue bonds for the purpose of procuring and improving lands to be set apart and forever held as one or more public parks to be kept and maintained for the free use of the public.
    (b) No park shall exceed 25 acres in extent.
(Source: P.A. 90-438, eff. 1-1-98.)

60 ILCS 1/125-10

    (60 ILCS 1/125-10)
    Sec. 125-10. Petition and referendum.
    (a) Legal voters of a township numbering no less than 5% or 50, whichever is greater, of the registered voters of the township, may file a petition in writing in the office of the circuit clerk in the county in which the township is located, with a copy of such petition required to be filed on the same day with the township clerk, asking that a referendum be held to authorize the issuance of bonds for the purpose of providing funds for the purchase and improvement of one or more public parks in the township. The petition shall designate the amount of bonds proposed to be issued for the acquirement and improvement of the parks. Within 5 business days after the filing of the petition, the township clerk shall provide public notice of the existence of the filed petition in the same manner as notices of meetings of the township board are provided. After a hearing conducted no less than 30 days after the filing of the petition, at which time the validity of the petition may be challenged in accordance with the general election law, the circuit court, if it determines that the petition conforms with the requirements of the law, shall certify the question to the proper election officials, who shall submit the question at an election to the legally qualified voters of the township. The court shall designate the election at which the question shall be submitted. The notice of the referendum shall state the amount of bonds proposed to be issued and identify any specific park acquisition or improvement projects intended to be supported by the bond proceeds, and the notice shall be given and the referendum conducted in accordance with the general election law.
    (b) The proposition at the referendum shall be substantially in one of the following forms:
Form A

        Shall (name of township) be authorized to issue park
    
bonds to the amount of $(amount) for the purpose of procuring and improving one or more small parks?

 
Form B

        Shall (name of township) be authorized to issue park
    
bonds to the amount of $ (amount) for the purpose of (identify specific park acquisition or improvement projects)?

 
The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
    (c) If a majority of the votes cast upon the proposition are in favor of the issuance of bonds, the township supervisor and township clerk shall issue the bonds of the township not exceeding the amount voted upon at the township election. The bonds shall become due not more than 20 years after their date, shall be in denominations of $100 or any multiple of $100, and shall bear interest, evidenced by coupons, at the rate of not exceeding 5% per annum, payable semiannually.
(Source: P.A. 94-622, eff. 8-18-05.)

60 ILCS 1/125-12

    (60 ILCS 1/125-12)
    Sec. 125-12. Public hearing following referendum approval.
    (a) Before the bonds shall be sold, the township board shall hold at least one public hearing on the subject of how the bond proceeds may be spent. In addition to providing no less than 15 days' advance public notice of such hearing in a manner consistent with meetings of the township board, notice of such public hearing shall be provided to all municipalities and park districts located within the township. All interested residents and local government officials within the township shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard during the public hearing.
    (b) When Form A of the referendum question is used, the township shall consider all legitimate park acquisition and improvement projects that are submitted in connection with the public hearing. When Form B of the referendum question is used, the township shall consider only those park acquisition and improvement projects that were identified in the question.
(Source: P.A. 94-622, eff. 8-18-05.)

60 ILCS 1/125-15

    (60 ILCS 1/125-15)
    Sec. 125-15. Supervisor's and clerk's certificate; tax; board of park commissioners.
    (a) The bonds shall be sold, and the proceeds shall be used, solely for the purpose of procuring and improving one or more parks in the township; specifically, the bond proceeds may be used in connection with one or more acquisition projects, one or more improvement projects, or a combination thereof. The bond proceeds may be used to support projects at parks operated by the township or, through grants or intergovernmental agreements, at parks operated by a municipality or park district. At or before the time of the delivery of the bonds for value, the township supervisor and township clerk shall file with the county clerk of the county in which the township is situated their certificate in writing, under their signatures, stating the amount of bonds to be issued, their denomination, and the rate of interest and where payable. The certificate shall include a form of the bond to be issued.
    (b) The supervisor and clerk shall levy a direct annual tax upon all the taxable property in the township sufficient to pay the principal and interest of the bonds as and when they respectively mature. The certificate filed with the county clerk is full and complete authority to the county clerk to extend the tax named in the certificate upon all the taxable property in the township. The tax is in addition to all other taxes authorized by law.
    (c) If there is a board of park commissioners invested by law with control over any park that lies wholly or in part in the township, the duties required of the supervisor and clerk by this Section and subsection (c) of Section 125-10 shall be performed by the board of park commissioners or under its authority.
(Source: P.A. 94-622, eff. 8-18-05.)

60 ILCS 1/125-20

    (60 ILCS 1/125-20)
    Sec. 125-20. Use of bond proceeds. The proceeds of the bonds shall be received and held by the township supervisor but shall be expended under the direction and upon the warrant of a majority of the members of the board of trustees of the township. However, a majority of the members of the board of trustees may designate that the bond proceeds be expended under the direction and upon the warrant of the highway commissioner if the highway commissioner provides written consent to that action. If, however, at the time the proceeds are received there is a board of park commissioners invested by law with control over any park that lies wholly or in part in the township, the proceeds of the bonds shall be expended upon the warrants of a majority of the board of park commissioners. The board of trustees, highway commissioner or board of park commissioners may designate the parcel or parcels of land or property to be utilized for the purchase of the parks and may determine the character, time, and manner of improving, developing, maintaining, and adorning the parcel or parcels.
(Source: P.A. 95-759, eff. 7-28-08.)

60 ILCS 1/125-25

    (60 ILCS 1/125-25)
    Sec. 125-25. Supplementary power. This Article does not repeal any prior Acts passed by the General Assembly regarding the issuance of bonds for park purposes but grants additional and supplementary power in relation to the issuance of bonds for park purposes.
(Source: Laws 1915, p. 722; P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 130

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 130 heading)
ARTICLE 130. TOWNSHIP
CEMETERIES

60 ILCS 1/130-5

    (60 ILCS 1/130-5)
    Sec. 130-5. Cemeteries; permitted activities.
    (a) A township may establish and maintain cemeteries within and without its territory, may acquire lands for cemeteries by condemnation or otherwise, may lay out lots of convenient size for families, and may sell lots for a family burying ground or to individuals for burial purposes. Associations duly incorporated under the laws of this State for cemetery purposes shall have the same power and authority to purchase lands and sell lots for burial purposes as are conferred upon townships under this Article.
    (b) A township that has within its territory an abandoned cemetery may enter the cemetery grounds and cause the grounds to be cleared and made orderly. Provided, in no event shall a township enter an abandoned cemetery under this subsection if the owner of the property or the legally responsible cemetery authority provides written notification to the township, prior to the township's entry (1) demonstrating the ownership or authority to control or manage the cemetery and (2) declining the township authorization to enter the property. In making a cemetery orderly under this Section, the township may take necessary measures to correct dangerous conditions that exist in regard to markers, memorials, or other cemetery artifacts but may not permanently remove those items from their location on the cemetery grounds. If an abandoned cemetery is dedicated as an Illinois nature preserve under the Illinois Natural Areas Preservation Act, any actions to cause the grounds to be cleared and kept orderly shall be consistent with the rules and master plan governing the dedicated nature preserve.
    (c) In this Section:
    "Abandoned cemetery" means an area of land containing more than 6 places of interment for which, after diligent search, no owner of the land or currently functioning cemetery authority objects to entry sought pursuant to this Section, and (1) at which no interments have taken place in at least 3 years; or (2) for which there has been inadequate maintenance for at least 6 months.
    "Diligent search" includes, but is not limited to, publication of a notice in a newspaper of local circulation not more than 45 but at least 30 days prior to a township's entry and cleanup of cemetery grounds. The notice shall provide (1) notice of the township's intended entry and cleanup of the cemetery; (2) the name, if known, and geographic location of the cemetery; (3) the right of the cemetery authority or owner of the property to deny entry to the township upon written notice to the township; and (4) the date or dates of the intended cleanup.
    "Inadequate maintenance" includes, but is not limited to, the failure to cut the lawn throughout a cemetery to prevent an overgrowth of grass and weeds; the failure to trim shrubs to prevent excessive overgrowth; the failure to trim trees so as to remove dead limbs; the failure to keep in repair the drains, water lines, roads, buildings, fences, and other structures of the cemetery premises; or the failure to keep the cemetery premises free of trash and debris.
(Source: P.A. 92-419, eff. 1-1-02.)

60 ILCS 1/130-10

    (60 ILCS 1/130-10)
    Sec. 130-10. Cemetery board of managers; appointment; powers; organization.
    (a) If a township owns or controls a cemetery lying within or without, or partly within and partly without, the territory of the township, the township collector may appoint a board of 3 persons who shall be known as the cemetery board of managers. Board members shall hold their office for a period of 2 years or until their successors are appointed.
    (b) The cemetery board of managers may receive in trust, from the proprietors or owners of any lot in the cemetery or any person interested in the maintenance of a lot, any gift or legacy of money or real, personal, or mixed property having a value of $50 or more that may be donated to the board of managers for the use and maintenance of the lot or cemetery. The board of managers may convert the property into money, invest the money as provided by motion of the township, and apply the income perpetually for the care of the cemetery lot or the care and maintenance of the cemetery, as specified in the gift or bequest and as provided by motion of the township. Every gift or legacy for any purpose mentioned in this Section made to a cemetery by its name, if the cemetery has a board of managers appointed under this Section, shall vest in the board of managers and take effect to all intents and purposes as if made to that board. The gift or legacy shall not fail merely because the cemetery is not incorporated.
    (c) The board of managers, as soon as may be convenient after their appointment, shall meet and organize by selecting one of their number to be president and another of their number to be clerk of the board. The board also shall select a treasurer of the board, who may or may not be one of their number and who, before entering upon the treasurer's duties, shall execute a bond to the People of the State of Illinois for the use of the board of managers in a penal sum not less than double the value of the money or property coming into his or her possession as treasurer, conditioned for the faithful performance of his or her duties and for the faithful accounting for all property that, by virtue of the office, comes into the treasurer's possession. The bond shall be in a form and with sureties approved by the township collector and shall be approved and preserved in the same manner, as near as may be practicable, as is the bond of the treasurer of a village.
(Source: P.A. 84-549; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/130-15

    (60 ILCS 1/130-15)
    Sec. 130-15. Treasurer of board of managers. The treasurer of the board of managers shall have the custody of all money and property received in trust by the board of managers and shall pay out that money or property only upon the written order of the board, signed by at least 2 of the board members. The treasurer shall keep permanent books of record of all trust funds, all receipts and disbursements of trust funds, and the purposes of all receipts and disbursements. The treasurer shall annually make a report in writing to the board of managers, under oath, showing balances, receipts, and disbursements and including a statement showing the amount and principal of trust funds on hand and how invested. The report shall be audited by the board and, if found correct, shall be transmitted to the township collector at the same time that the treasurer of a village is required by law to make his or her report, to be approved and preserved in the same manner if found to be correct.
(Source: P.A. 84-549; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/130-20

    (60 ILCS 1/130-20)
    Sec. 130-20. Clerk of board of managers. The clerk of the board of managers shall keep, in a book provided for that purpose, a permanent record of the proceedings of the board, signed by the president and attested by the clerk. The clerk shall also keep a permanent record of the several trust funds, from what sources the trust funds were received, the amounts of the trust funds, and for what uses and purposes each trust fund was received. The clerk shall annually, at the time of transmitting the treasurer's report to the township collector, make a written report, under oath, to the township collector, stating substantially the same matter required to be reported by the treasurer of the board. The clerk's report, if found to be correct, shall be approved and preserved by the township collector.
(Source: P.A. 84-549; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/130-25

    (60 ILCS 1/130-25)
    Sec. 130-25. Removal of officers; accounting. The township collector may remove from office any member of the board of managers or the treasurer for non-performance of duties or for misappropriation or wrongful use of the funds or property and may require a just and proper accounting for the use of the funds or property.
(Source: P.A. 84-549; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/130-30

    (60 ILCS 1/130-30)
    Sec. 130-30. Joint cemeteries. Any 2 or more cities, villages, or townships may jointly unite in establishing and maintaining cemeteries within and without the corporate limits or territory of either or any of them, may acquire lands for those cemeteries in common by purchase, condemnation, or otherwise, may lay out lots of convenient size for families, and may sell lots for family burying ground or to individuals for burial purposes.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 824; P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/130-35

    (60 ILCS 1/130-35)
    Sec. 130-35. Corporate trustee. Whenever any money or other property has been given or bequeathed to the board of managers of a cemetery owned or controlled by a township for the purpose of maintaining a lot in the cemetery or maintaining the cemetery as provided in this Article, the township may provide for the appointment of a corporation authorized to do trust business as trustee of the money or property, in place of the treasurer of the board of managers. The corporate trustee has the same powers, authority, and duties with regard to the administration of the trust funds as are provided in this Article for the treasurer of the board of managers, except that it shall not be required to execute a bond and may charge for its services as trustee amounts agreed upon from time to time with the township authorities. The corporate trustee may invest the trust funds in any investment authorized by the laws of Illinois as proper fiduciary investments. The trustee may retain any property given or bequeathed to it in trust even though the property may not be a legal investment under the laws of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 83-388; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/130-40

    (60 ILCS 1/130-40)
    Sec. 130-40. Minimum amount of gift or legacy. The board of managers may from time to time establish the minimum amount that will be received by gift or legacy for the use and maintenance of any lot in the cemetery, subject to approval by the township collector.
(Source: P.A. 83-388; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/130-45

    (60 ILCS 1/130-45)
    Sec. 130-45. Transfer of funds. When a township cemetery district takes over a cemetery or cemetery authority, the care fund of the cemetery or cemetery authority shall be transferred into the cemetery district fund of the township cemetery district.
(Source: P.A. 91-181, eff. 1-1-00.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 133

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 133 heading)
ARTICLE 133. PUBLIC GRAVEYARDS

60 ILCS 1/133-5

    (60 ILCS 1/133-5)
    Sec. 133-5. Control of public graveyards. The township board may exercise control over public graveyards in the township as provided in the Public Graveyards Act.
(Source: P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 135

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 135 heading)
ARTICLE 135. JOINT TOWNSHIP CEMETERIES

60 ILCS 1/135-5

    (60 ILCS 1/135-5)
    Sec. 135-5. Joint township cemeteries. Any 2 or more townships or road districts, within or without the same county, may jointly unite in establishing and maintaining cemeteries within and without their corporate limits, may acquire lands for cemeteries in common by purchase, condemnation, or otherwise, and may lay out lots of convenient size for individuals or families and sell those lots for burial purposes.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 388; P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/135-10

    (60 ILCS 1/135-10)
    Sec. 135-10. Joint agreement; referendum; board of managers.
    (a) The supervisors of any townships or the highway commissioners of any road districts desiring to unite to establish and maintain cemeteries under this Article may provide by agreement for the joint establishment and maintaining of cemeteries. The agreement shall specify the site of the proposed cemeteries and the proportionate share of the cost of acquiring and maintaining the cemeteries that shall be borne by each of the townships or road districts.
    (b) The proposition for the joint acquisition and maintenance shall state the proposed site of the cemeteries and the proportionate share of the cost of acquisition and maintenance to be borne by the respective townships or road districts. The township board shall certify the proposition to the proper election officials, who shall submit the question to the voters at an election in accordance with the general election law.
    (c) If the proposition is approved by a majority of the voters in each of the townships or road districts voting upon the proposition, the supervisor of each township or the commissioners of highways of each road district shall appoint 3 persons as managers of the cemeteries. Those persons shall be known as the board of managers. They shall be residents of the respective townships or road districts from which they are appointed and shall hold their office for a term of 4 years and until their successors are appointed.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/135-15

    (60 ILCS 1/135-15)
    Sec. 135-15. Vacancies in board of managers. Vacancies in the board of managers occasioned by death, resignation, removal, or otherwise shall be reported by the board to the township supervisors or highway commissioners and shall be filled, in the same manner as original appointments, by the supervisor of the township or highway commissioner of the road district in which the deceased, resigned, removed, or retiring member resided.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 388; P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/135-20

    (60 ILCS 1/135-20)
    Sec. 135-20. Powers of board of managers. The board of managers shall control and manage the cemeteries jointly acquired by the townships or road districts. The board of managers may receive in trust from the proprietors or owners of any lot in the cemeteries, or any person, corporation, association, or society interested in the maintenance of those cemeteries, any gift or legacy of money or real, personal, or mixed property that is donated or bequeathed to the board of managers for the use and maintenance of the lot or cemeteries. The board of managers may convert the property into money, may invest the money in securities in which trust funds may be invested under the Trusts and Trustees Act, and may apply the income perpetually for the care of the lot or the care and maintenance of the cemeteries as specified in the gift or legacy or as provided by the board of managers if the gift or legacy does not specify the manner in which the income is to be expended.
(Source: P.A. 83-1362; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/135-25

    (60 ILCS 1/135-25)
    Sec. 135-25. Vesting of gift or legacy. Every gift or legacy for any of the purposes set forth in Section 135-20 made to a cemetery by its name, if the cemetery has a board of managers appointed under this Article, shall vest in that board and take effect for all purposes as if made to that board and shall not fail merely because the cemetery is not incorporated.
(Source: P.A. 83-388; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/135-30

    (60 ILCS 1/135-30)
    Sec. 135-30. Organization of board; treasurer and bond.
    (a) The board of managers, as soon as may be convenient after appointment, shall meet and organize by selecting one of its members to be president and another of its members to be clerk.
    (b) The board shall also select a treasurer, who need not be a member of the board. The treasurer, before entering upon his duties, shall execute a bond to the People of the State of Illinois for the use of the board of managers, in a penal sum not less than double the value of the money and property coming into his or her hands as treasurer, conditioned for the faithful performance of the treasurer's duties and for the faithful accounting for all money and property that, by virtue of the office, comes into the treasurer's hands. The bond shall be in a form and with sureties approved by the township supervisors or the highway commissioners and shall be filed with the township clerk of one of the townships as determined by the supervisors or with the district clerk of one of the road districts as determined by the highway commissioners.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 388; P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/135-35

    (60 ILCS 1/135-35)
    Sec. 135-35. Treasurer as custodian; annual report.
    (a) The treasurer shall have custody of all money and property received in trust by the board of managers and shall pay out the money and property only upon the written order of the board, signed by at least 4 of its members. The treasurer shall keep permanent books of record of all trust funds, all receipts and disbursements of trust funds, and for what purposes trust funds were received and disbursed.
    (b) The treasurer shall, on or before the first day of July of each year, make a report in writing to the board of managers, under oath, showing balances, receipts, and disbursements, including a statement showing the amount and principal of trust funds on hand and how invested. The report shall be audited by the board and, if found correct, shall be transmitted to the township supervisors or highway commissioners. If the report is approved by the supervisors or highway commissioners, it shall be filed by them with the same township or district clerk with whom the treasurer's bond is filed under Section 135-30.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 388; P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/135-40

    (60 ILCS 1/135-40)
    Sec. 135-40. Clerk's records; annual report.
    (a) The clerk of the board of managers, in a book provided for that purpose, shall keep a permanent record of the proceedings of the board, signed by the president and attested by the clerk, and shall also keep a permanent record of the several trust funds, from what sources the trust funds were received, the amounts of the trust funds, and for what uses and purposes the trust funds were received.
    (b) The clerk shall annually, on or before the first day of July, make a report in writing, under oath, to the township supervisors or highway commissioners as to the same matters required to be reported by the treasurer of the board of managers under subsection (b) of Section 135-35. The report, if found to be correct by the supervisors or highway commissioners, shall be approved by them and preserved by the board of managers.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 388; P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/135-45

    (60 ILCS 1/135-45)
    Sec. 135-45. Removal of officers; accounting. The township supervisors or highway commissioners may remove from office any or all of the members of the board of managers or the treasurer of the board for nonperformance of duties or for misappropriation or wrongful use of funds or property held by them as trustees for the cemeteries. The supervisors or highway commissioners may require a just and proper accounting for the use of those funds or property.
(Source: Laws 1945, p. 388; P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/135-50

    (60 ILCS 1/135-50)
    Sec. 135-50. Tax; petition and referendum.
    (a) When 50 legal voters of each township or road district present a petition to the board of managers asking that an annual tax be levied for the control and maintenance of cemeteries under this Article, the board shall certify the proposition to the proper election officials, who shall submit the proposition to the voters at an election in accordance with the general election law. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form: "For the levy of a tax to control and maintain cemeteries" or "Against the levy of a tax to control and maintain cemeteries".
    (b) If a majority of all the votes cast in each township or road district upon the proposition is for a levy of the tax, the board of managers shall thereafter annually levy a tax, upon all property taxable by the townships or road districts, of not more than 0.10% of value, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, in each township or road district.
    (c) The tax shall be collected in the same manner as other general taxes in the townships and road districts and, when collected, shall be deposited into a separate fund known as the Cemetery Fund.
    (d) The tax shall be in addition to all other taxes that the townships or road districts are authorized to levy and collect.
    (e) The limitations upon tax rates in subsection (b) are subject to the provisions of the General Revenue Law of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489; 81-1509; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/135-55

    (60 ILCS 1/135-55)
    Sec. 135-55. Ordinances; violation; jurors.
    (a) The board of managers may pass ordinances for the government of the cemeteries, including ordinances relating to the operating and speed of motor vehicles and the use of lots, walks, ponds, water courses, vaults, buildings, and other places within the cemeteries, and for the maintenance of good order and quiet in the cemeteries. A person found guilty of violating any ordinance is guilty of a petty offense and shall be fined not less than $5 nor more than $100.
    (b) No person shall be disqualified from acting as a juror in a cause under subsection (a) because of any interest or ownership he or she may have in the lots of the cemeteries.
(Source: P.A. 77-2341; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/135-60

    (60 ILCS 1/135-60)
    Sec. 135-60. Policemen. The board of managers may appoint policemen to protect the cemeteries and preserve order in the cemeteries. The policemen have the same power with respect to any offenses committed in the cemeteries, or any violation of Section 135-55, that city marshals or policemen in cities have with respect to maintaining order in those cities or arresting persons for offenses committed in those cities.
(Source: Laws 1941, vol. 1, p. 284; P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/135-65

    (60 ILCS 1/135-65)
    Sec. 135-65. Transfer of funds. When a multi-township cemetery district takes over a cemetery or cemetery authority, the care fund of the cemetery or cemetery authority shall be transferred into the cemetery district fund of the multi-township cemetery district.
(Source: P.A. 91-181, eff. 1-1-00.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 140

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 140 heading)
ARTICLE 140. TOWNSHIP HALLS

60 ILCS 1/140-5

    (60 ILCS 1/140-5)
    Sec. 140-5. Petition and referendum for township hall.
    (a) Whenever it is desired to build, purchase, or lease, for a longer period than 10 years, a township hall, a multi-purpose senior center, or a combined township hall and multi-purpose senior center in any township, at least 25 electors of the township may, before the time of giving notice of the annual township meeting, file with the township clerk a petition in writing that the proposition of building, purchasing, or leasing a township hall, a multi-purpose senior center, or a combination township hall and multi-purpose senior center and issuing bonds for the building, purchase, or lease be submitted to the voters of the township at the next ensuing general election. The proposition shall be clearly stated in the petition substantially as follows: "Shall (name of township) borrow $(amount) to (build, purchase, or lease) a (township hall, multi-purpose senior center, or combination multi-purpose township hall and senior center) and issue bonds for the (building, purchase, or lease)?" The petition shall be filed in the office of the township clerk.
    (b) The township clerk shall certify the proposition to the proper election officials, who shall submit the proposition to the legal voters of the township at an election in accordance with the general election law. The form of the proposition shall be substantially as follows:
        Shall (name of township) borrow $(amount) to (build,
    
purchase, or lease) a (township hall, multi-purpose senior center, or combination township hall and multi-purpose senior center) and issue bonds for the (building, purchase, or lease)?
The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
    (c) Notwithstanding any provision of this Section to the contrary, any township may, by ordinance or resolution, build, purchase, or lease a township hall, a multi-purpose senior center, or a combined township hall and multi-purpose senior center within the township without referendum approval, if the building, purchasing, or leasing of the township hall, multi-purpose senior center, or combined township hall and multi-purpose senior center is paid or provided for with funds that are not the proceeds of bonds authorized under this Article.
(Source: P.A. 96-1397, eff. 7-29-10.)

60 ILCS 1/140-10

    (60 ILCS 1/140-10)
    Sec. 140-10. Issuance of bonds; terms.
    (a) If a majority of the votes on the question under Section 140-5 are in favor of the question, the township may issue the bonds. To effectuate the issuance of the bonds, the township board shall adopt a resolution authorizing the issuance of the bonds, prescribing all the details of the issuance and stating when the principal and interest shall become payable and the place of payment. These bonds shall be sold in a manner, at a price, and in denominations determined by the township board. The amount of the bonds issued shall not exceed 2.3% of the value of the taxable property of the township as ascertained by the assessment for the State and county taxes for the preceding year or, until January 1, 1983, if greater, the sum that is produced by multiplying the township's 1978 equalized assessed valuation by the debt limitation percentage in effect on January 1, 1979, nor shall the amount of the bonds issued exceed, including the then existing indebtedness of the township, 5.75% of the value of the taxable property of the township as ascertained by the assessment for the State and county taxes for the preceding year.
    (b) If a majority of the legal voters voting on the proposition at an election held under this Article vote in favor of issuing the bonds, the township board may thereafter issue bonds in an amount not to exceed that approved by the voters at the election. The bonds shall be signed and executed in the name of the township by the members of the township board or by a majority of those members, shall mature not later than 20 years from the date of issuance, and 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. The bonds shall be sold at not less than par.
    (c) With respect to instruments for the payment of money issued under this Section either before, on, or after June 6, 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 Article 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 Article that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts.
(Source: P.A. 86-4; 87-1254; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/140-15

    (60 ILCS 1/140-15)
    Sec. 140-15. Tax. The township board shall, in the resolution authorizing the bonds, provide for the collection of a direct annual tax sufficient to pay the interest and principal of the bonds as each falls due. A certified copy of the resolution authorizing the bonds and levying the tax shall be filed in the office of the county clerk of the county in which the township is located, and the county clerk shall extend annually against the property in the township a tax sufficient to raise in each year the amount provided in the resolution for the payment of principal and interest in that year.
(Source: P.A. 86-4; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 145

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 145 heading)
ARTICLE 145. TOWNSHIP HALL, TOWNSHIP
COEXTENSIVE WITH CITY

60 ILCS 1/145-5

    (60 ILCS 1/145-5)
    Sec. 145-5. Petition and referendum to build or purchase township hall.
    (a) Whenever it is desired to build or purchase a township hall in any township whose boundaries are coextensive with the limits of an incorporated city, 25 electors of the township may, before the time of giving notice of the annual township meeting, file with the township clerk a petition in writing that the proposition of building or purchasing a township hall, as the case may be, and the issuing of bonds for the building or purchase be submitted to the voters of the township at an election. The proposition shall be clearly stated in the petition substantially as follows: "Shall (name of township) borrow $(amount) to build or purchase a township hall and issue bonds for the building or purchase?" The petition shall be filed in the office of the township clerk.
    (b) The township clerk shall certify the proposition to the proper election officials, who shall submit the proposition to the legal voters of the township at an election held in accordance with the general election law. The form of the proposition shall be substantially as follows:
        Shall (name of township) borrow $(amount) to build or
    
purchase a township hall and issue bonds for the building or purchase?
The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
    (c) Notwithstanding any provision of this Section to the contrary, any township whose boundaries are coextensive with the limits of an incorporated city may, by ordinance or resolution, build or purchase a township hall without referendum approval, if the building or purchasing of the township hall is paid or provided for with funds that are not the proceeds of bonds authorized under this Article.
(Source: P.A. 96-1397, eff. 7-29-10.)

60 ILCS 1/145-10

    (60 ILCS 1/145-10)
    Sec. 145-10. Issuance of bonds; terms.
    (a) If a majority of the votes cast on the question under Section 145-5 are in favor of the question, the township may issue bonds in denominations of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 each, payable respectively in not less than one nor more than 20 years, with interest payable annually of not more than 6% per annum. The amount of the bonds issued shall not exceed 2.3% of the value of taxable property of the township as ascertained by the assessment for the State and county tax for the preceding year or, until January 1, 1983, if greater, the sum that is produced by multiplying the township's 1978 equalized assessed valuation by the debt limitation percentage in effect on January 1, 1979, nor shall the amount of the bonds exceed, including the then existing indebtedness of the township, 5.75% of the value of the taxable property of the township as ascertained by the assessment for the State and county tax for the preceding year.
    (b) If a majority of the legal voters voting on the proposition are in favor of the proposition, the supervisor and township clerk shall issue a sufficient amount, in the aggregate, of the bonds of the township for the purpose of building or purchasing, as the case may be, a township hall, not to exceed the amount voted upon under Section 145-5. The bonds shall not be sold or disposed of for less than their par value.
(Source: Laws 1907, p. 572; P.A. 81-1550; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/145-15

    (60 ILCS 1/145-15)
    Sec. 145-15. City tax. The city council of the city whose territory is coextensive with the township shall provide for the collection of a direct annual tax sufficient to pay the interest on the debt as it falls due and also to pay and discharge the principal within 20 years from the time of contracting the debt. The amount of the tax shall be certified to the county clerk by the township clerk annually at the time required by law, shall be extended by the county clerk against the taxable property of the township as other taxes, and shall be collected at the same time and in the same manner as other taxes are collected. The tax, when collected, shall be held by the township collector as a fund out of which shall be paid the bonds and the interest on the bonds according to the tenor and effect of the bonds, upon the order of the supervisor and township clerk.
(Source: Laws 1907, p. 572; P.A. 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/145-20

    (60 ILCS 1/145-20)
    Sec. 145-20. "Building" or "purchasing" a township hall, as used in this Article, means the purchasing of real estate upon which to build the township hall or upon which the township hall is situated, as well as to build or purchase the township hall.
(Source: P.A. 90-655, eff. 7-30-98.)

60 ILCS 1/Art. 150

 
    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 150 heading)
ARTICLE 150. TOWNSHIP COMMUNITY
BUILDINGS

60 ILCS 1/150-5

    (60 ILCS 1/150-5)
    Sec. 150-5. Bonds for community buildings. Subject to the provisions of this Article, any township having a population of not more than 25,000 may issue bonds for the purpose of purchasing, erecting, equipping, remodeling, or renovating community buildings.
(Source: P.A. 88-62; incorporates 88-360; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

60 ILCS 1/150-10

    (60 ILCS 1/150-10)
    Sec. 150-10. Resolution for bond issuance; referendum. Beginning August 16, 1993, the board of managers elected under Section 150-15 in a township having a population of not more than 25,000 (according to the last preceding federal census) shall initiate proceedings for the issuance of bonds under this Article by adopting a resolution proposing the issuance of bonds and describing briefly the authority under which the bonds are to be issued, the nature of the project to be financed, the estimated total cost of the project, and the maximum amount of bonds authorized to be issued. The resolution shall direct that the proposition to issue the bonds be submitted to the electors of the township. The township 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.
    The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall bonds for community building purposes be issued
    
to the amount of $(amount)?
The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
    If a majority of the votes cast on the proposition are in the affirmative, the bonds may be issued.
    The provisions of Public Act 88-360 incorporated into this Section by this amendatory Act of 1994 do not affect the obligations of a township or the rights of bondholders with respect to bonds issued under this Article or its predecessor Act before August 16, 1993.
    Notwithstanding any provision of this Section to the contrary, any township may, by ordinance or resolution, purchase, erect, equip, remodel, or renovate a community building without referendum approval, if the purchasing, erecting, equipping, remodeling, or renovating of the community building is paid or provided for with funds that are not the proceeds of bonds authorized under this Article.
(Source: P.A. 96-1397, eff. 7-29-10.)

60 ILCS 1/150-15

    (60 ILCS 1/150-15)
    Sec. 150-15. Board of managers; election; organization; salary.
    (a) The community building or buildings, if authorized at an election, shall be under the care and supervision of a board of managers. The board of managers shall consist of 3 persons who are registered to vote from a residence in the township. Each member of the board of managers may be paid a salary not to exceed $25 per day or $500 per year, as determined by the township board, for attendance at township meetings and business travel pertaining to official duties.
    (b) The first board of managers shall be elected at the regular election at which the referendum for the first issue of bonds for the establishment of a community building or buildings is authorized by the voters. Three managers shall be elected at the time of the regular township election provided in the general election law and until their successors are elected and qualified.
    (c) Candidates for the board of managers shall be nominated by a petition signed by 10 registered voters of the township and filed with the township clerk within the time prescribed by the general election law. The township clerk shall certify the names of the candidates to the proper election authorities. The election shall be conducted in the manner prescribed by the general election law. The 3 candidates receiving the highest number of votes, respectively, shall be declared elected and shall assume the duties of their office on the first Monday of the month following their election.
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