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SPECIAL DISTRICTS
(70 ILCS 605/) Illinois Drainage Code.

70 ILCS 605/Art. I

 
    (70 ILCS 605/Art. I heading)
ARTICLE I. GENERAL PROVISIONS

70 ILCS 605/1-1

    (70 ILCS 605/1-1) (from Ch. 42, par. 1-1)
    Sec. 1-1. Short title. This Act may be known and cited as the Illinois Drainage Code.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/1-2

    (70 ILCS 605/1-2) (from Ch. 42, par. 1-2)
    Sec. 1-2. Definitions. When used in this Act unless the context requires otherwise:
    (a) "Clerk", when used without qualifying words, means the clerk of the circuit court acting, ex officio, as clerk of a district.
    (b) "Court" means the circuit court of the county in which a district was organized.
    (c) "Ditch" means an artificially constructed open drain or a natural drain which has been artificially improved.
    (d) "Drain" includes ditch and means any water course or conduit, whether open, covered or enclosed, natural or artificial, or partly natural and partly artificial, by which waters coming or falling upon lands are carried away.
    (e) "Drainage district" is synonymous with "district" and includes all types of drainage districts organized under this or any prior Act.
    (f) "Drainage structures" means those structures other than drains, levees and pumping plants which are intended to promote or aid drainage. Such structures may be independent from other drainage work or may be a part of or incidental to such work. The term includes, but is not restricted to, catchbasins, bulkheads, spillways, flumes, drop-boxes, pipe outlets, junction boxes and structures the primary purpose of which is to prevent the erosion of soil into a district drain.
    (g) "Drainage system" means the system by which lands are drained or protected from overflow or both and includes drains, drainage structures, levees and pumping plants.
    (h) "Land" means real property and includes, but is not restricted to, lots, railroad rights-of-way and easements.
    (i) "Landowner" or "owner" means the owner of real property and includes an owner of an undivided interest, a life tenant, a remainderman, a public or private corporation, a trustee under an active trust and the holder of the beneficial interest under a land trust, but does not include a mortgagee, a trustee under a trust deed in the nature of a mortgage, a lien holder or a lessee.
    (j) "Adult landowner" or "adult owner" includes public and private corporations.
    (k) "Municipal corporation exercising drainage powers" means a sanitary district, city, village or other public body empowered by law to exercise and which is exercising drainage functions.
    (l) (Blank).
    (m) "Non-resident" means a person residing outside the county or counties in which the district or any portion thereof is situated.
    (n) "Registered Professional Engineer" means a professional engineer registered under the provisions of the Professional Engineering Practice Act of 1989.
    (o) "Sanitary purposes" includes, but is not restricted to, the protection of residential, commercial and industrial property from inundation and overflow.
    (p) Words importing the masculine gender include the feminine.
    (q) Words importing the singular number include the plural and words importing the plural include the singular.
    (r) "Farm Drainage Act" means and refers to "An Act to provide for drainage for agricultural and sanitary purposes, and to repeal certain acts therein named", approved June 27, 1885, as amended, which Act is repealed by this Act.
    (s) "Levee Act" means and refers to "An Act to provide for the construction, reparation and protection of drains, ditches and levees across the lands of others, for agricultural, sanitary and mining purposes, and to provide for the organization of drainage districts", approved May 29, 1879, as amended, which Act is repealed by this Act.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

70 ILCS 605/1-3

    (70 ILCS 605/1-3) (from Ch. 42, par. 1-3)
    Sec. 1-3. Cross references.
    Where, in this Act, reference is made to a section by its number and no act is specified, the reference is to the correspondingly numbered section of this Act. Where reference is made to an article by its number and no act is specified, the reference is to the correspondingly numbered article of this Act. Where reference is made to "this Article" and no act is specified, the reference is to the article of this Act in which the reference appears. If any section or article of this Act to which reference is so made is hereafter amended, the reference shall thereafter be treated and considered as a reference to the section or article as so amended.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/1-4

    (70 ILCS 605/1-4) (from Ch. 42, par. 1-4)
    Sec. 1-4. Jurisdiction of circuit courts over drainage districts-Venue.
    The circuit courts of the several counties have jurisdiction over all matters and proceedings pertaining to the organization and operation of drainage districts. In those instances in which all the land in a proposed district is situated in a single county, the petition for the organization of that district shall be filed with, and all subsequent proceedings shall be had in, the circuit court of that county. In those instances in which the land in a proposed district is situated in 2 or more counties, the proceedings for the organization and operation of the district shall be had in the circuit court of the county in which the greater portion of the land in the proposed district is situated. After a district has been organized under this Act all proceedings pertaining to the operation of that district shall be had in the court which organized the district without regard to changes in boundaries or area by annexation, detachment or otherwise.
    A district heretofore organized by a circuit court shall be deemed to have been organized in the county in which the court so organizing the district was located. A district heretofore organized by any method other than by order of any court of record shall be deemed to have been organized in the county in which the greater portion of its land is situated at the time when this Act goes into effect, unless it is impossible to determine, without a survey, the county in which the greater portion of its land is situated and in that event the commissioners of the district shall have the power to determine the county in which the district shall be deemed to have been organized.
(Source: Laws 1965, p. 678.)

70 ILCS 605/1-5

    (70 ILCS 605/1-5) (from Ch. 42, par. 1-5)
    Sec. 1-5. Districts organized under prior acts.
    All districts heretofore organized or existing under any act repealed by this Act are declared to be legally organized and shall continue in existence and henceforth operate under this Act. All assessments therein made and all other proceedings therein taken, if in substantial conformity to law, are declared to be valid and legally made or taken. The officers of any such district and the districts themselves shall have and possess all the rights, powers, privileges, duties and obligations of the officers and districts under this Act. Any proceedings begun under a prior act repealed by this Act shall be continued and carried on under this Act to the same extent and with the same effect as though they had been commenced under this Act.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/1-6

    (70 ILCS 605/1-6) (from Ch. 42, par. 1-6)
    Sec. 1-6. Transfer of jurisdiction over and records of existing districts. Within one year after the effective date of this Act the commissioners of each district organized under any prior law by any method other than by an order of the circuit court shall file a report with the circuit court of the county in which the district is deemed organized. The report shall set forth in so far as possible (a) the name of the district, (b) the date and manner in which the district was organized, (c) the act under which the district was organized, (d) the boundaries of the district or a description of the lands and other property included in the district and (e) the drains, levees and other works constituting the drainage system of the district. If any such district was organized in the circuit court of any county then any of the matters required to be set forth in such report by items (c) and (d) above may be shown in such report by proper reference to the book and page of the records of the circuit court by which the district was organized. The report may be combined with a petition for authority to do or perform any of the acts authorized by this Act and shall be accompanied by a current financial report. Upon being filed with the court the report shall be presented to the court, which shall fix the day and hour that the report shall be heard. The clerk shall give notice of the hearing substantially in the form hereinafter provided in Section 4-21 and in the manner and for the length of time provided in Section 4-22. At the hearing any person interested may appear and be heard. Upon the conclusion of the hearing the court may approve, modify, or disapprove the report either in its original form or as modified and thereafter all proceedings in such district shall be had in such court in the same manner as though the district had been organized under this Act. If the commissioners of such a district fail to so report to the court within one year after the effective date of this Act, then any owner of land within the district or other person interested therein may file such a report or petition the court for an order directing the commissioners to file such a report, which petition may be heard on such notice as the court may direct. If any commissioners fail to file such a report after being ordered to do so by the court, then the court may remove them or proceed against them as being in contempt of court.
(Source: Laws 1965, p. 678.)

70 ILCS 605/1-7

    (70 ILCS 605/1-7) (from Ch. 42, par. 1-7)
    Sec. 1-7. Civil Practice Law to Apply - Time for Hearings.) The provisions of the Civil Practice Law and all existing and future amendments and modifications thereof and the Supreme Court Rules now or hereafter adopted in relation to that Law shall apply to all proceedings hereunder except as otherwise provided in this Act. Whenever, by this Act, the court is required to fix the time for hearing any petition or other matter the court may set the same down for hearing on any day of court.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

70 ILCS 605/Art. II

 
    (70 ILCS 605/Art. II heading)
ARTICLE II. RIGHTS OF DRAINAGE--PRIVATE AND MUTUAL DRAINS

70 ILCS 605/2-1

    (70 ILCS 605/2-1) (from Ch. 42, par. 2-1)
    Sec. 2-1. Land may be drained in course of natural drainage.
    Land may be drained in the general course of natural drainage by either open or covered drains. When such a drain is entirely upon the land of the owner constructing the drain, he shall not be liable in damages therefor.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/2-2

    (70 ILCS 605/2-2) (from Ch. 42, par. 2-2)
    Sec. 2-2. Extension of covered drain through land of others.
    When it is necessary for the owner of land which may be drained by a covered drain to extend such drain through the land of others in the general course of natural drainage in order to obtain a proper outlet and the owner of, or other party interested in, the land through which such extension is necessary refuses to consent to the extension of the drain through his land, the person desiring to construct the drain may file suit in the circuit court in the county in which such land lies against the owner or other party so refusing, and summons shall issue in the same form and shall be returnable in the same manner as other summons in civil actions, and proceedings shall be had thereon as in other civil actions in circuit courts.
(Source: Laws 1965, p. 678.)

70 ILCS 605/2-3

    (70 ILCS 605/2-3) (from Ch. 42, par. 2-3)
    Sec. 2-3. Extension of covered drain through land of others-Bond-Costs.
    At the time of commencing the action, the plaintiff shall file a bond in the penal sum of not less than $100 with surety to be approved by the clerk of the circuit court, conditioned upon the payment of all costs accruing in the action and, if the proceedings are not abandoned as hereinafter provided, upon the payment of all damages which may be awarded to the defendant. If the defendant procures the attendance of any witness not reasonably required to the proper defense of the action, then the fees of such witness and the expense incident to subpoenaing him shall, upon motion of the plaintiff, be taxed against the defendant.
(Source: Laws 1965, p. 678.)

70 ILCS 605/2-4

    (70 ILCS 605/2-4) (from Ch. 42, par. 2-4)
    Sec. 2-4. Extension of covered drain through land of others-Plat-Profile.
    At the time of commencing the action, the plaintiff shall also file a map or plat showing the land proposed to be drained, the land across which the drain is proposed to be constructed and the starting point, route and outlet of the proposed drain and a profile showing the elevation of the flow line of the proposed drain and the elevation of the surface of the ground through which the drain is proposed to be constructed.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/2-5

    (70 ILCS 605/2-5) (from Ch. 42, par. 2-5)
    Sec. 2-5. Extension of covered drain through land of others-Trial-Finding or verdict- Judgment.
    If, on the trial of the case, it is found that the proposed drain will be of ample capacity, will not materially damage the land of the defendant and will empty into (a) a natural watercourse, (b) an artificial drain along a public highway, with the consent of the highway authorities, or (c) any other outlet which the plaintiff has the right to use, then the finding or verdict shall be for the plaintiff; and the defendants shall be allowed such actual damages only as will be sustained by entering upon the land and constructing the drain and thereafter keeping the same in repair. If it is not so found, then the finding or verdict of the jury shall be for the defendant. If the defendant refuses to accept, or is incapable of accepting, payment of the damages awarded to him, or is unknown or his whereabouts is unknown, then the plaintiff may, upon order of the court, deposit the amount of such damages with the County Treasurer of the county in which the defendant's land is situated, who shall, upon demand, pay the same to the party entitled thereto and take a receipt therefor.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/2-6

    (70 ILCS 605/2-6) (from Ch. 42, par. 2-6)
    Sec. 2-6. Extension of covered drain through land of others-Construction and maintenance of drain.
    The plaintiff, after paying or depositing the damages awarded and paying the costs taxed against him, may thereupon enter the premises of the defendant and construct the drain, and he or his successors in title may thereafter at all times enter upon such land for the purpose of repairing and maintaining the drain, doing no more damage than the occasion may require. The plaintiff and his successors in title, after constructing the drain, shall keep it in good repair. If, in repairing the drain, the plaintiff or his successors in title cause any damage to any crops growing thereon or to other property of the owners thereof, he or they shall be liable for the actual damage caused. If, in constructing or repairing the drain, the plaintiff or his successors in title shall wilfully cause any unnecessary damage to the land through which it is constructed, to any crops growing thereon or to other property of the owners thereof, he or they shall become liable for and pay to the owner of such land or property 3 times the amount of the unnecessary damage done, to be recovered by such owner in a civil action.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/2-7

    (70 ILCS 605/2-7) (from Ch. 42, par. 2-7)
    Sec. 2-7. Extension of covered drain through land of others-Abandonment of proceedings. If, after obtaining such a judgment, the plaintiff elects not to construct the drain and to abandon the proceedings, the court shall note such voluntary abandonment upon the docket. If the plaintiff fails to construct the drain within 2 years after obtaining such a judgment, the court, on motion of the defendant after notice and hearing, shall note the failure to construct and resulting abandonment of the proceedings on the docket. If the plaintiff abandons the proceedings, either voluntarily or by failure to construct the drain as set forth above, he shall not be permitted to commence another action against the defendant for the same purpose until after the expiration of 5 years from the rendition of the judgment. No such abandonment shall relieve the plaintiff of his obligation to pay the costs accruing in the action as set forth in Section 2-3.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/2-8

    (70 ILCS 605/2-8) (from Ch. 42, par. 2-8)
    Sec. 2-8. Drains and levees for mutual benefit.
    When a ditch, covered drain or levee is, or has been, constructed by mutual license, consent or agreement, either separately or jointly, by the owners of adjoining lands so as to make a continuous line across the lands of such owners, or when the owner of adjoining land is permitted to connect a ditch, covered drain or levee with another already so constructed, or when the owner of lower land connects a ditch or covered drain to a ditch or covered drain constructed by the owner or owners of upper lands, or when the owner of land protected by a levee has contributed to the cost of the construction, enlargement or reconstruction of a levee upon other land, such ditch, covered drain or levee shall be deemed to be a drain or levee for the mutual benefit of all lands connected to, or protected by, it. The mutual license, consent or agreement required in this section need not be in writing, but may be established by parole or inferred from the acquiescence of the parties. When a ditch, covered drain or levee is privately constructed through or on a tract of land and the ownership of such tract is thereafter divided, such ditch, covered drain or levee shall thereupon be deemed a drain or levee for the mutual benefit of all the portions of the original tract connected to, or protected by, such ditch, covered drain or levee.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/2-9

    (70 ILCS 605/2-9) (from Ch. 42, par. 2-9)
    Sec. 2-9. Drains and levees for mutual benefit-Permission to connect.
    It is unlawful for any person to connect a ditch, covered drain or levee with any drain or levee deemed to be for the mutual benefit of the lands connected or protected without the consent of all parties interested in such drain or levee. When an unlawful connection is made, any interested person may recover damages and, if an unlawful connection is made to a covered drain, may compel disconnection.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/2-10

    (70 ILCS 605/2-10) (from Ch. 42, par. 2-10)
    Sec. 2-10. Drains and levees for mutual benefit-Duration of easement.
    Drains and levees deemed to be for the mutual benefit of the lands connected or protected shall constitute a perpetual easement on such lands and shall not be filled, obstructed, breached or impaired in any way without the consent of the owners of all such lands.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/2-11

    (70 ILCS 605/2-11) (from Ch. 42, par. 2-11)
    Sec. 2-11. Drains and levees for mutual benefit-Right to repair.
    The owner of any land connected to or protected by such a mutual drain or levee may, at his own expense, go upon the lands upon which the drain or levee is situated and repair the drain or levee, and he shall not be liable for damage to lands or crops unless he is negligent in performing the work.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/2-12

    (70 ILCS 605/2-12) (from Ch. 42, par. 2-12)
    Sec. 2-12. Interference by Landowner-Penalty-Exceptions.
    The landowner shall not wilfully and intentionally interfere with any ditches or natural drains which cross his land in such manner that such ditches or natural drains shall fill or become obstructed with any matter which shall materially impede or interfere with the flow of water. If the landowner violates the provisions of this section he commits a petty offense. Each day's violation shall be a separate offense. Provided, this Section does not apply to any ditches or drains which are entirely on the land of the landowner, nor does this Section prohibit the construction of artificial impoundments or the temporary interruption of the flow of water by such impoundments.
(Source: P.A. 77-2405.)

70 ILCS 605/2-13

    (70 ILCS 605/2-13) (from Ch. 42, par. 2-13)
    Sec. 2-13. The county board in any county having a population of 250,000 or more may by ordinance require the person for whose benefit any drain tile is installed or constructed after the effective date of this Amendatory Act to, within 30 days after the completion of such installation or construction, record with the recorder of the county in which the land is located a diagram or sketch indicating the location, size and approximate depth of the tile so installed or constructed. Violation of the provisions of this Section is a petty offense.
(Source: P.A. 83-358.)

70 ILCS 605/Art. III

 
    (70 ILCS 605/Art. III heading)
ARTICLE III. ORGANIZATION OF DRAINAGE DISTRICTS

70 ILCS 605/3-1

    (70 ILCS 605/3-1) (from Ch. 42, par. 3-1)
    Sec. 3-1. Drainage districts.
    Drainage districts may be formed to construct, maintain or repair drains or levees or to engage in other drainage or levee work for agricultural, sanitary or mining purposes.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/3-2

    (70 ILCS 605/3-2) (from Ch. 42, par. 3-2)
    Sec. 3-2. Names of districts.
    A district which is organized as an outlet drainage district shall include the term "outlet drainage district" in its name. A district which maintains levees shall include the term "drainage and levee district" in its name. A district which is organized as a mutual drainage district shall include the term "mutual drainage district" in its name, and if such a district also maintains levees it shall include the term "mutual drainage and levee district" in its name. Any other district shall include the term "drainage district" in its name.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/3-3

    (70 ILCS 605/3-3) (from Ch. 42, par. 3-3)
    Sec. 3-3. Petition. A drainage district may be organized upon petition signed by 20% of the adult owners owning more than one-fourth of the land in the proposed district; or by more than one-fourth of the adult owners owning a major portion of the land. When the land in the proposed district is owned by 2 owners only, the petition need be signed by only one owner if he owns at least one-fifth of the land in the proposed district. The petition shall be filed in the circuit court of that county in which the greater part of the land shall lie. It must include: (a) the name of the proposed district; (b) a statement showing the necessity for the district; (c) a general description of the proposed work; (d) a general description of the location of the lands in the proposed district or the numbers of the sections, including township and range, in which the proposed district, or any part thereof, is situated; (e) the names of the owners, when known; (f) the approximate number of acres in the proposed district; (g) a request for the organization of the district; and (h) a request for the appointment of temporary commissioners.
(Source: P.A. 86-297.)

70 ILCS 605/3-4

    (70 ILCS 605/3-4) (from Ch. 42, par. 3-4)
    Sec. 3-4. Setting petition for hearing.
    Upon the filing of the petition, it shall be presented to the court, which shall fix the date and hour for hearing.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/3-5

    (70 ILCS 605/3-5) (from Ch. 42, par. 3-5)
    Sec. 3-5. Notice of hearing. The clerk of the circuit court shall give notice of the hearing on the petition in the manner provided in Section 3-6. The notice shall be entitled "Drainage Notice" and must state: (a) in what court and on what date the petition was filed; (b) a general description of the proposed work; (c) the boundaries of the proposed district or a description of the lands proposed to be included or the numbers of the sections, including township and range, in which the proposed district, or any part thereof, is situated; (d) the name of the proposed district; and (e) the place, date and hour the petition will be heard. The notice may be substantially in the following form:
DRAINAGE NOTICE
    Public notice is hereby given that on (insert date), there was filed in the Circuit Court of the .... Judicial Circuit, .... County, Illinois, a petition requesting the organization of .... Drainage District, in the County (or Counties) of .... and State of Illinois; that the boundaries of the proposed district are as follows: .... (or "that the proposed district is situated in the following sections: ...."); that the work proposed to be undertaken by the district consists of ....; that upon the filing thereof, the petition was presented to the Court and by the Court set for hearing in the .... in the courthouse at ...., Illinois, on (insert date), at the hour of .... .. M., at which time and place all interested parties may appear and be heard if they see fit so to do.
    Dated (insert date).
.............................
Clerk of the Circuit Court of
the ....... Judicial Circuit,
............ County, Illinois
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

70 ILCS 605/3-6

    (70 ILCS 605/3-6) (from Ch. 42, par. 3-6)
    Sec. 3-6. Time and manner of giving notice. Notice of the hearing on the petition shall be given by publishing the notice in a newspaper of general circulation published in the county in which the proposed district is situated. The notice shall be published once each week for 2 successive weeks. The first publication of the notice shall be at least 3 weeks prior to the date fixed for hearing. When the proposed district is situated in 2 or more counties, then such notice shall be given as aforesaid by publishing the same in a newspaper of general circulation published in each of said counties. If no newspaper of general circulation is published in any such county, then publication of the notice shall be in a newspaper having general circulation in that county.
    The petition shall be accompanied by an affidavit of one or more credible persons setting forth the names and addresses of the owners of all the land proposed to be included in the district, if known, or, if unknown, the names and addresses of the persons who last paid the general taxes on the land for which the names or addresses of the non-resident owners are unknown, as shown by the collector's books in the county in which such land is situated. The petitioners or the clerk of the court shall, within 4 days after the first publication of the notice, mail a copy thereof to each person named in the affidavit at the address therein set forth.
    The notice given by mail shall be sent first class, with the postage thereon fully prepaid. The certificate of the clerk of the court or the affidavit of any other credible person, affixed to a copy of the notice, is sufficient evidence of the mailing of notice.
(Source: P.A. 86-297.)

70 ILCS 605/3-7

    (70 ILCS 605/3-7) (from Ch. 42, par. 3-7)
    Sec. 3-7. Hearing. At the hearing, the court shall determine whether or not the requisite number of owners owning the required acreage of land signed the petition or joined as petitioners. The affidavit of one or more credible persons may be taken as prima facie evidence of the sufficiency of the signing of the petition. Any owner of land situated within the proposed district may, at or prior to the time fixed for hearing, file objections to the sufficiency of the petition on the ground that it does not fulfill the requirements of Section 3-3, and, after filing such objections, may be heard with reference thereto and introduce evidence thereon.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/3-8

    (70 ILCS 605/3-8) (from Ch. 42, par. 3-8)
    Sec. 3-8. Findings and determinations by the court. If the court finds that the petition has not been signed as required by Section 3-3 or that the petition does not otherwise fulfill the requirements of Section 3-3, it shall dismiss the petition at the petitioners' costs. If the court determines that the petition has been properly signed and otherwise fulfills the requirements of Section 3-3, it shall find for the petitioners.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/3-9

    (70 ILCS 605/3-9) (from Ch. 42, par. 3-9)
    Sec. 3-9. Appointment of temporary commissioners - Continuance. If the Court finds for the petitioners, it shall notify the appropriate appointing authority which shall be the county board or in home rule counties as defined by Article VII, Section 6 of the Constitution of 1970 the county chief executive officer of the county in which the petition is filed to appoint by majority vote as temporary commissioners 3 competent residents of Illinois own land in the proposed district, provided, however, that for good cause shown the appropriate appointing authority may waive the requirement that the temporary commissioners own land in the proposed district. When the proposed district is situated in 2 or more counties, no more than 2 such commissioners shall be residents of any one county, provided however, that for good cause shown the appropriate appointing authority may waive this residence requirement. In home rule counties appointments made by the chief executive officer shall be subject to the advice and consent of the county board. A commissioner thus appointed shall hold office until his duties are fulfilled or his successor is appointed and has qualified. Upon the appointment of temporary commissioners, the cause shall be continued to a day certain for the filing of their report.
(Source: P.A. 86-297.)

70 ILCS 605/3-10

    (70 ILCS 605/3-10) (from Ch. 42, par. 3-10)
    Sec. 3-10. Oath of temporary commissioners. Before entering on their duties and within 10 days after appointment, the temporary commissioners shall qualify by subscribing to an oath to discharge the duties of the office faithfully and without favor or partiality, which oaths shall be filed with the circuit clerk of the county in which the district is organized.
(Source: P.A. 84-886.)

70 ILCS 605/3-11

    (70 ILCS 605/3-11) (from Ch. 42, par. 3-11)
    Sec. 3-11. Filling vacancies-Removal from office. If for any reason a vacancy occurs in the office of temporary commissioner, the appropriate appointing authority shall appoint a successor, without notice, or upon such notice as the appointing authority may direct, and the fact that the cause has been continued to a later date shall not affect the validity of the appointment. Temporary commissioners may be removed from office for good cause by the appointing authority upon its own motion or upon the petition of any interested landowner.
(Source: P.A. 86-297.)

70 ILCS 605/3-12

    (70 ILCS 605/3-12) (from Ch. 42, par. 3-12)
    Sec. 3-12. Organization of temporary commissioners-Quorum.
    The temporary commissioners shall elect one of their number as chairman and may elect one of their number as secretary. A majority shall constitute a quorum, and the concurrence of a majority regarding any matter within the scope of their duties shall be sufficient.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/3-13

    (70 ILCS 605/3-13) (from Ch. 42, par. 3-13)
    Sec. 3-13. Duties of temporary commissioners.
    The temporary commissioners shall examine the area proposed to be included in the district and the land upon which any portion of the drainage system is proposed to be constructed. They shall not be confined in their deliberations to the system of drainage proposed in the petition, but may consider such alterations or modifications of the same as they believe will best drain or protect the lands in the proposed district with the least damage and greatest benefit to all lands affected. No system of drainage shall be considered or proposed by the temporary commissioners unless such system shall at least provide a main outlet of ample capacity to drain the lands in the proposed district, but this limitation shall not apply to any district proposed to be organized for the sole purpose of protecting lands against overflow.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/3-14

    (70 ILCS 605/3-14) (from Ch. 42, par. 3-14)
    Sec. 3-14. Employment of engineer-Engineer's report.
    The temporary commissioners shall, unless otherwise authorized by the court, employ an engineer who shall be a registered professional engineer competent in the design and operation of drainage systems, to assist them in the performance of their duties. If an engineer is employed, he shall make such surveys and estimates as the commissioners may direct. If the engineer recommends the organization of the district and the performance of work, and the temporary commissioners concur in this recommendation, then the engineer shall prepare a report, which report shall include (a) a description of the existing drainage facilities and conditions in the proposed district; (b) a description of the system of drainage which he recommends to be constructed by the district, giving the route, length and termini of proposed levees, open ditches and tile drains, the top elevations and dimensions of levees, the gradients, bottom widths and side slopes of proposed open ditches, the diameter and gradients of proposed tile drains, the type, plan, location and capacity of proposed pumping plants, and the nature and location of all other work or structures proposed for construction, operation or maintenance by the district; (c) specifications for the performance of the work recommended; (d) a description of the rights-of-way necessary for the performance of the work recommended; (e) completes estimates of costs; (f) a map of the proposed district, showing the boundaries described in the petition, any recommended changes in the boundaries and the nature and location of the proposed work; (g) such profile, cross-sectional and other drawings as may be necessary to describe the proposed work; and (h) the approximate number of acres in the proposed district and such other information as may be required by the commissioners.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/3-15

    (70 ILCS 605/3-15) (from Ch. 42, par. 3-15)
    Sec. 3-15. Report of temporary commissioners. The temporary commissioners shall report in writing to the court on or before the date fixed for the filing of their report. If they are not ready to report by that date, they shall obtain a continuance to a day certain. Successive continuances may be granted. In their report to the court, they shall state (a) the general nature of the land in the proposed district, (b) the drainage condition of the land, (c) the general nature and location and the estimated cost of the drainage system they find to be best suited for the land in the proposed district, (d) a description of any land in addition to that described in the petition which will be benefited by the proposed work and which, they find, should be included in the proposed district, and a description of any land described in the petition which will not be benefited by the proposed work and which, they find, should not be included in the proposed district; provided, however, that the proposed district shall not be so enlarged or contracted that the petitioners no longer meet the proportional requirements of Section 3-3, (e) whether any land lying outside of the proposed district, but within another drainage district or a municipal corporation exercising drainage powers, will be benefited, and, if so, a general description of the same, (f) whether any land lying outside the proposed district, but not to be included in the proposed district and not within another drainage district or municipal corporation exercising drainage powers, will be benefited, and, if so, a general description of the same, and (g) whether the benefits to the land in the proposed district will exceed the probable cost to that land of organizing the district and constructing such work. If an engineer was employed, then the report of the engineer shall be attached to and made a part of the temporary commissioners' report. If the temporary commissioners find that the benefits to the land in the proposed district will not exceed the probable cost to that land, then they shall recommend that the district not be organized. If they find that the benefits to the land in the proposed district will exceed the probable cost to that land, then they shall recommend that the district be organized and shall include in their report, in addition to the information above specified, (a) a complete description of the system of drainage which they recommend, (b) the estimated cost of that system, including all incidental expenses, (c) the estimated annual cost of repair, maintenance and operation of the system, and (d) the name of any other drainage district or any municipal corporation exercising drainage powers which includes land lying outside of the proposed district which will be benefited by the proposed work.
(Source: P.A. 86-297.)

70 ILCS 605/3-16

    (70 ILCS 605/3-16) (from Ch. 42, par. 3-16)
    Sec. 3-16. Petition to add lands to proposed district.
    Any person owning land adjoining the proposed district may, at any time at least 10 days prior to the hearing on the report of the temporary commissioners, petition the court to have such land included in the proposed district. Such petitioner shall give the temporary commissioners at least 10 days' notice in writing of the hearing on the petition, which notice shall include a description of the land sought to be included and the name and address of the petitioner. The petition shall be heard at the same time as the report of the temporary commissioners.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/3-17

    (70 ILCS 605/3-17) (from Ch. 42, par. 3-17)
    Sec. 3-17. Setting report for hearing.
    The report of the temporary commissioners shall be presented to the court on the date last fixed for the filing of the report and the court shall then fix the date and hour for the hearing thereon and the cause shall stand continued until such time.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/3-18

    (70 ILCS 605/3-18) (from Ch. 42, par. 3-18)
    Sec. 3-18. Notice of hearing on report. If the temporary commissioners recommend in their report that the district be organized and that additional land be included in the proposed district, they shall file with their report their affidavit setting forth the names and addresses of the owners of such land, if known, or, if unknown, then the names and addresses of the person who last paid the general taxes on such land as shown by the collector's books in the county in which such land is situated, and the petitioners or the clerk of the court shall, at least 10 days before the date fixed for hearing, mail a notice thereof to each such person at his address as set forth in the affidavit. Notices shall be mailed and proof made in the manner provided in Section 3-6. The notice shall be entitled "Drainage Notice" and must state (a) the general nature of the proceedings and in what court they are pending, (b) the general location of the proposed district, (c) a general description of the system of drainage recommended, (d) the description of the additional land proposed to be included, and (e) the date and hour fixed for the hearing on the report.
    The notice may be substantially in the following form:
DRAINAGE NOTICE
To the owners of the lands hereinafter described:
    You are hereby notified that there is pending in the Circuit Court of the .... Judicial Circuit, .... County, Illinois, the report of the temporary commissioners in the matter of the petition for the organization of .... Drainage District, in the County (or Counties) of .... and State of Illinois; that the general location of the proposed district is ....; that the work recommended to be undertaken in the proposed district by the temporary commissioners consists of ....; and that the temporary commissioners have recommended that in addition to the lands described in the petition, there be included in the districts the lands described as follows: ........................
    You are further notified that the report of the temporary commissioners is set for hearing in the .... in the Courthouse at .... Illinois, on (insert date), at the hour of .... .. M., at which time and place you may appear and be heard if you see fit so to do.
    Dated (insert date).
.................................
Clerk of the Circuit Court of the
............... Judicial Circuit,
............... County, Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

70 ILCS 605/3-19

    (70 ILCS 605/3-19) (from Ch. 42, par. 3-19)
    Sec. 3-19. Other districts or municipal corporations as defendants.
    If the temporary commissioners recommend in their report that the district be organized and report that there is land which will be benefited by the proposed work lying outside of the proposed district but within another drainage district or a municipal corporation exercising drainage powers, then such district or municipal corporation may be made a party defendant in the proceedings. Summons shall be issued and served as in other civil cases. If the summons is not served at least 30 days before the date fixed for the hearing, then the court shall continue the hearing to a day not less than 30 days after such service.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/3-20

    (70 ILCS 605/3-20) (from Ch. 42, par. 3-20)
    Sec. 3-20. Hearing on report.
    Any owner of land in the proposed district or in any other district or municipal corporation made a party defendant may, at or prior to the time fixed for hearing, file objections opposing the confirmation of the report, or any portion thereof or requesting that the report be modified in any particular and, after filing such objections, may be heard with reference thereto and introduce evidence in support thereof. The report of the temporary commissioners shall be prima facie evidence of the matters therein set forth.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/3-21

    (70 ILCS 605/3-21) (from Ch. 42, par. 3-21)
    Sec. 3-21. Modification of report.
    If, after hearing the evidence, the court finds that the report of the temporary commissioners should be modified in any particular to provide the best drainage or protection for the lands in the proposed district, with the least damage and greatest benefit to all the lands affected, and the court is sufficiently informed in the premises, it shall modify the same in accordance with such finding. If the court finds that the report should be so modified but is not sufficiently informed to make the modifications itself, then it shall refer the report back to the temporary commissioners and may give them specific directions for modifying their report. If the report is thus referred back to the temporary commissioners, the court shall continue the hearing to a day certain for the filing of the modified report. Successive continuances may be granted, and no further notice shall be required.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/3-22

    (70 ILCS 605/3-22) (from Ch. 42, par. 3-22)
    Sec. 3-22. Dismissal of proceedings.
    If, at the conclusion of the hearing, the court finds that the benefits to the lands in the proposed district from the proposed work or from any modification thereof will not exceed the cost to those lands, then the court shall dismiss the proceedings at the petitioners' costs, which costs shall include the fees and expenses of the temporary commissioners and reasonable compensation for their agents, engineers and attorneys.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/3-23

    (70 ILCS 605/3-23) (from Ch. 42, par. 3-23)
    Sec. 3-23. Order organizing district.
    If, at the conclusion of the hearing, the court approves the plans for the proposed work or any modification thereof and finds that the benefits to the land in the proposed district from such work will exceed the cost to that land, then the court shall order the organization of the district, which order shall include the name of the district and a description of the district boundaries and shall direct the construction of the work approved by the court and the levy of an assessment to pay the cost thereof, including all incidental expenses, in the amount fixed by the court. The court may also direct the levy of an annual maintenance assessment to pay the cost of repair, maintenance and operation of the system.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/3-24

    (70 ILCS 605/3-24) (from Ch. 42, par. 3-24)
    Sec. 3-24. Effect of order organizing district.
    When the order organizing the district is given or made, the district shall become and be a body politic and corporate under the name set forth in such order, with the right to sue and be sued, to plead and be impleaded, to contract and be contracted with, and to have perpetual succession.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/3-25

    (70 ILCS 605/3-25) (from Ch. 42, par. 3-25)
    Sec. 3-25. Appeals from order organizing district. The order organizing the district shall be final, and separate or joint appeals may be taken by the parties affected thereby as in other civil cases. However, the taking of an appeal or the reversal of the order upon such appeal shall not impair or invalidate the organization as to all other persons not appealing nor delay the work or subsequent proceedings so far as it affects the lands of such other persons, unless the reversal of the order by the reviewing court as to the owners so appealing would work a substantial hardship on the owners or some of the owners not appealing and the appeal has been made to operate as a stay of the enforcement of the judgment. When any such an appeal is taken, the commissioners or any landowner not appealing may, within 15 days after the notice of appeal has been made to operate as a stay, move the trial court to stay the proceedings as to the owners of the lands not appealing, pending the determination of the appeal, upon the grounds that the reversal of the order by the reviewing court as to the owners appealing would work a substantial hardship on all or some of the owners not appealing. In the event the proceedings are so stayed and the order appealed from is thereafter affirmed, or the appeal is dismissed, then, upon the receipt of final process from the reviewing court the trial court shall vacate the stay and the proceedings shall thereafter continue in the same manner as though no appeal had been taken. In the event the proceedings are so stayed and the order appealed from is reversed then, upon the receipt of final process from the reviewing court the trial court may modify or vacate the original order as to the owners of the lands not appealing, as justice may require under the circumstances.
(Source: P.A. 84-551.)

70 ILCS 605/3-26

    (70 ILCS 605/3-26) (from Ch. 42, par. 3-26)
    Sec. 3-26. Alternate method of organization - Referendum. As an alternate to the method of organizing a drainage district hereinbefore provided in this Article, proceedings for the organization of a district may also be instituted upon a petition signed by at least one-tenth of the adult owners who own at least one-fifth of the land in the proposed district. The petition shall be filed in the circuit court of the county in which the greater part of the land in the proposed district shall lie. The petition shall contain all of the information required by Section 3-3 and shall request that the question of organizing the district be submitted to referendum as provided in this section. Upon its filing, the petition shall be presented to the court, which shall fix the date and hour for hearing. The clerk of the court shall give notice of the hearing substantially in the form and manner and for the length of time provided in Sections 3-5 and 3-6.
    At the hearing, the court shall determine whether the petition is in proper form, contains the required information and is signed by at least one-tenth of the adult owners who own at least one-fifth of the land in the proposed district. The affidavit of one or more credible persons may be taken as prima facie evidence of the sufficiency of the signing of the petition. If the petition is not adequate or is not properly signed, the court shall dismiss the petition at the petitioner's costs. If the petition is adequate and is properly signed, the court shall order the question of organizing the district submitted to the adult owners of the land in the proposed district at a special election to be held therein.
    The court shall fix the day upon which the election shall be held, which day shall be not less than 30 nor more than 60 days from the day the order is entered. The court at the time of calling the election shall designate the polling place in the proposed district, shall notify the appointing authority, as described in Section 3-9, to appoint 3 judges of the election and shall designate the hours at which the polling place will open and close. Upon calling the election, the court shall continue the cause to a day certain, which day shall be not less than 7 nor more than 14 days following the day fixed for the election.
    The clerk of the court shall give notice of the election in the manner and for the length of time provided in Section 3-6 in the case of hearing on a petition, except that if notice is given by publication, no notice by mailing shall be required. The notice shall specify the purpose of the election with a description of the proposed district and the time and place of holding the election. The ballots for the election shall be in substantially the following form:
--------------------------------------------------------------
    Shall the proposed (Name of         Yes
proposed district) be organized    ---------------------------
as a drainage district?                 No
--------------------------------------------------------------
The reverse side of the ballot shall show the official nature of the ballot by the certificate of the clerk, and it shall be the duty of the clerk to cause the ballots to be prepared. The ballots and the results shall be returned to the clerk of the court within 48 hours after the election and he shall report the results of the election to the court. The expense of printing ballots and holding the election shall be taxed as costs in the pending proceedings.
    If a majority of the owners voting on the question do not favor the organization of the proposed district, the court shall dismiss the petition at the petitioners' costs. If the majority of the owners so voting favor the organization of the proposed district, the court shall find for the petitioners and proceedings shall thereafter be had in the manner provided by Sections 3-9 through 3-23, inclusive, except that after the court has called the election, no change may be made in the boundaries of the proposed district from those set forth in the petition.
(Source: P.A. 86-297.)

70 ILCS 605/3-27

    (70 ILCS 605/3-27) (from Ch. 42, par. 3-27)
    Sec. 3-27. Organization of drainage district by user.
    Where 2 or more parties owning adjoining or contiguous lands, or their predecessors in title, have, by voluntary action, constructed a combined system of drains, a combined system of levees or a combined system of drains and levees which form a continuous line or a continuous line and branches, the lands connected by such system shall be liable for their just proportion of the cost of such repairs and improvements as may be needed therefor, the amount to be determined, as nearly as may be, on the same principles as if these lands were in an organized drainage district. Whenever such repairs and improvements cannot be made by voluntary agreement, any one or more parties owning land upon which any such work has been constructed may petition the court for the formation of a drainage district to include all the lands connected by such system. The petitioner or petitioners for the formation of such drainage district must show to the satisfaction of the court that his or their land is damaged through the lack of proper repairs to or improvements of such system. After the petition is filed, the procedure and conditions (except as to the number of signers and proportions of area) heretofore prescribed in this Act for the organization of other drainage districts shall be observed, as nearly as practicable. The ditches, drains, levees or other work shall be taken as a dedication of right-of-way and their construction and joining as the consent of the several parties to be united in a drainage district. Commissioners, both temporary and permanent, shall be appointed in drainage districts organized under this section at the time, in the manner and with the qualifications, powers and duties provided in this Act for commissioners of other drainage districts.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/3-28

    (70 ILCS 605/3-28) (from Ch. 42, par. 3-28)
    Sec. 3-28. Outlet drainage districts-Organization. Outlet drainage districts may be organized in the manner provided in Sections 3-3 through 3-26:
    (a) When an open drain, whether natural or artificial, or partly natural and partly artificial, constitutes the common outlet for lands in two or more other drainage districts which may or may not adjoin or for lands in two or more such other drainage districts and lands not within any drainage district; and
    (b) When the purpose of the outlet district is to improve the channel of the open drain constituting such outlet; and
    (c) When the lands to be included in the outlet district are contiguous and will be benefited by the work of the outlet district; and
    (d) When all or a portion of the lands to be included in the outlet district are situated in two or more other districts.
    Any lands which will be benefited by the work of an outlet district may be included therein without regard to whether such lands do or do not lie within another district, however, it shall not be necessary to include in an outlet district all lands which will be benefited by the work of the outlet district or all lands lying within the other districts draining into the outlet proposed to be improved.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/3-29

    (70 ILCS 605/3-29) (from Ch. 42, par. 3-29)
    Sec. 3-29. Outlet drainage districts-Commissioners-Powers.
    Commissioners, both temporary and permanent, shall be appointed for outlet drainage districts at the time and in the manner and with like qualifications provided in this Act for the appointment of commissioners of other drainage districts. Such commissioners shall have the same powers and duties as commissioners of other districts except the following:
    (a) The commissioners of an outlet drainage district shall not have the power to construct any drainage work except the deepening, widening, straightening, relocating or otherwise improving of the channel of such outlet river, stream or other natural or artificial watercourse, and to reconstruct, enlarge, repair and maintain the same. No assessment shall be levied except for these purposes and incidental expenses in connection therewith and to pay damages, if any, and compensation for land taken, and the cost of organization.
    (b) Subdistricts may not be formed in any outlet drainage district.
    (c) No outlet drainage district shall remove, destroy, appropriate or use any levee, drain, ditch or part thereof or other work of any other drainage district or municipal corporation exercising drainage powers without the consent of such district or municipal corporation or without paying just compensation therefor.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/3-30

    (70 ILCS 605/3-30) (from Ch. 42, par. 3-30)
    Sec. 3-30. Outlet drainage districts-Lands included in other districts.
    The fact that land is in an outlet drainage district shall not, in itself, prevent that land from thereafter being included in another drainage district.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/3-31

    (70 ILCS 605/3-31) (from Ch. 42, par. 3-31)
    Sec. 3-31. Mutual Drainage Districts. Owners of lands which require combined drainage or combined drainage and protection from overflow may form a drainage district by mutual agreement, to include lands of their own only, by an instrument in writing duly signed, acknowledged and recorded in the drainage record. This agreement may include the location and character of the work to be done, the method by which the work shall be done, the total amount of the assessment to be levied, the amount of assessments of benefits and damages to be levied against each tract, or so much of these or more as may be agreed upon, and, to the extent provided by the agreement, the proceedings shall be as valid as though the drainage district were organized by petition in court in the manner hereinbefore provided. The appointment, powers and duties of the commissioners of a drainage district organized by mutual agreement shall, except as may be limited by the agreement, be the same as prescribed for drainage districts organized by petition in court, provided, however, that the agreement may include the selection of three drainage commissioners from the signers of the agreement or from others qualified to act. The terms of office of such commissioners shall be until the first Tuesday of the following September and until their successors have been appointed in the manner provided in this Act for the appointment of commissioners of other districts and have qualified. A drainage district organized by mutual agreement shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the circuit court and all such districts shall have all the powers, rights and duties of every kind given to drainage districts organized by petition in court, except as may be limited by the agreement. The above powers, rights and duties shall include, but not be limited to, the power of annexation of lands benefited and the formation of subdistricts as in other drainage districts.
(Source: P.A. 86-297.)

70 ILCS 605/Art. IV

 
    (70 ILCS 605/Art. IV heading)
ARTICLE IV. COMMISSIONERS AND OTHER OFFICERS--SELECTION, QUALIFICATIONS,
POWERS AND DUTIES

70 ILCS 605/4-1

    (70 ILCS 605/4-1) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-1)
    Sec. 4-1. Appointment of Commissioners.
    Upon the organization of the district, the temporary commissioners shall continue as permanent commissioners and shall hold office until the first Tuesday in September following the organization of the district and until their successors are selected and have qualified. On the first Tuesday in September after the organization of any district, or as soon thereafter as may be feasible, and in the manner provided in Section 3-9 of this Act, the appropriate appointing authority shall appoint 3 commissioners for such district, one of whom shall hold office for a term expiring on the first Tuesday of September next, one of whom shall hold office for a term expiring on the first Tuesday of the second succeeding September, and the other of whom shall hold office for a term expiring on the first Tuesday of the third succeeding September, and until their respective successors are selected and have qualified. On the first Tuesday of September of each succeeding year, or as soon thereafter as may be feasible, the appointing authority shall appoint one commissioner, who shall hold his office for a term expiring on the first Tuesday of the third succeeding September and until his successor is selected and has qualified.
(Source: P.A. 77-701.)

70 ILCS 605/4-2

    (70 ILCS 605/4-2) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-2)
    Sec. 4-2. Petition for appointment of commissioners. Whenever a petition signed by a majority of the total number of adult landowners who together own a majority of the area embraced in the district requesting the appointment of an individual as commissioner is filed with the county clerk of the county in which the greater part of the territory of the district lies not more than 4 weeks nor less than 1 week before the first Tuesday of September, then the county clerk shall forward the petition to the appropriate appointing authority and, except for good cause shown, the appropriate appointing authority shall then appoint that individual as commissioner, if he is otherwise qualified.
(Source: P.A. 88-607, eff. 1-1-95.)

70 ILCS 605/4-3

    (70 ILCS 605/4-3) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-3)
    Sec. 4-3. Qualifications of Commissioners. No person shall be appointed or elected commissioner of a district who is not an adult resident of Illinois. Neither shall any person be appointed or elected commissioner of a district who does not own land in the district unless (a) the court in election districts or the appointing authority in other districts finds it to be in the best interests of the district that the requirement of ownership of land in the district be waived or (b) the selection of commissioners is by appointment and a majority of the adult landowners owning a majority of the area embraced in the district have duly petitioned the appropriate appointing authority to allow the appointment as commissioner of an individual who does not own land in the district.
(Source: P.A. 86-297.)

70 ILCS 605/4-4

    (70 ILCS 605/4-4) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-4)
    Sec. 4-4. Oath of Commissioners-Bond of Commissioners.) Before entering on his duties each commissioner appointed or elected under this Act shall qualify by subscribing to an oath to discharge the duties of his office faithfully and without favor or partiality. He shall also give bond payable to the People of the State of Illinois for the use of all persons interested in an amount to be fixed by the court in election districts or the appointing authority in other districts and with surety to be approved by the appointing authority, which bond shall be conditioned upon the faithful performance of his duties and the faithful application of all moneys that may come under his control. The oath and the bond shall be filed with the clerk of the county in which the proceedings to organize the district were held. In the event that a commissioner furnishes a bond with a corporate surety thereon the premium charged by such surety shall be paid by the district. The court in election districts or the appointing authority in other districts, for good cause shown, may, and when petitioned to do so by a majority of the adult landowners owning a majority of the area embraced in the district, shall waive the requirement that a commissioner furnish surety on his bond.
(Source: P.A. 84-886.)

70 ILCS 605/4-5

    (70 ILCS 605/4-5) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-5)
    Sec. 4-5. Election of Commissioners in Districts organized under Farm Drainage Act and certain other Districts. Commissioners for all districts which, at the time this Act becomes effective, are operating and existing under the provisions of the Farm Drainage Act, shall be elected by the adult owners of land in the district in the manner provided by this Section unless the landowners have elected to change from the election to the appointment of commissioners in the manner provided in Section 4-6.
    An election shall be held in all combined, union, special, user, mutual or other districts which were operating and existing under the Farm Drainage Act at the time this Act became effective and in districts which have changed from the appointment to the election of commissioners as provided in Section 4-8, on the first Tuesday in September 1956 and annually thereafter for the purpose of electing a successor to the commissioner whose term will next expire. Commissioners so elected shall serve for a term of 3 years from the date of their election and until their successors have been elected and have qualified.
    In any case where the commissioners have failed to give notice and to hold an election as provided in this Section, the circuit court of the county in which the district is organized may, on the petition of any owner of land in the district, designate the time and place for a special election. Any commissioner elected at such special election shall serve for the remainder of the term expiring 3 years from the date on which the election should have been held and until his successor is elected and has qualified.
    The commissioners in office shall designate the place within the district at which the election will be held and they shall file such designation in writing with the clerk of the circuit court at least four weeks prior to the date of the election. The clerk shall give at least two weeks notice of the time and place of the election by publication for 2 successive weeks in the manner provided by Section 4-22. Notice by mailing shall not be required.
    Voting shall be by secret ballot. The clerk shall cause the ballots to be prepared. The ballots shall show on their face the name of the district, the date of the election, the term for which a commissioner is to be elected, the names of the declared candidates and a blank line for write-in candidates. A square shall appear before each name and before the blank line. The reverse side of the ballot shall show the official nature of the ballot by the certificate of the clerk.
    Every adult owner of land in the district shall be entitled to vote. Any qualified person may declare his candidacy for the office of commissioner and thereby become entitled to have his name placed on the ballot by filing a statement of his candidacy in writing with the clerk at least 3 weeks prior to the date of the election.
    The commissioners in office at the time of the election shall be the judges of the election. In the event that one or more of the commissioners is absent or refuses to serve as judge then the electors present at the opening of the polls may choose a person or persons to fill the vacancy or vacancies. The polls shall open at 2:00 P.M. and close at 4:00 P.M. unless the judges of election shall determine to hold the polls open a longer period to accommodate the voters. In no event shall the polls remain open later than 6:00 P.M.
    Upon the closing of the polls the judges of election shall promptly canvass the ballots and the ballots together with the poll books, tally lists and the results shall be returned to the clerk within 48 hours after the election. The candidate receiving the largest number of votes shall be declared elected. In case of a tie the judges shall determine by lot who is elected. The expense of the election shall be borne by the district.
    In the event that a vacancy occurs in the office of commissioner whether by death, ineligibility, removal from office or failure to qualify the commissioners in office shall fill the vacancy by appointment. The commissioner so appointed shall serve until the next annual election. If the unexpired term caused by such vacancy be for more than one year then, at the next annual election, the adult landowners shall elect a commissioner to complete the then unexpired portion of the term in addition to electing a commissioner for a regular term.
    Commissioners elected under this Section shall, within 20 days after their election, qualify by subscribing to an oath of office and giving bond, in the manner provided in Section 4-4.
(Source: P.A. 86-297.)

70 ILCS 605/4-6

    (70 ILCS 605/4-6) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-6)
    Sec. 4-6. Change from election to appointment of Commissioners in certain districts.
    In all districts which were operating and existing under the provisions of the Farm Drainage Act at the time this Act became effective and in districts which have changed from the appointment to the election of commissioners as provided in Section 4-8, 10 per cent or more of the adult landowners may petition the court to dispense with the annual election of commissioners and to appoint commissioners in the same manner as though the district had been originally organized under this Act. Upon the filing of any such petition the same shall be presented to the court which shall fix the date and hour for hearing and direct the time and manner of giving notice. Upon such hearing the court shall determine whether the petition is signed by at least 10 per cent of the adult owners of land in the district. The affidavit of one or more credible persons may be taken as prima facie evidence as to the proportion of the owners signing the petition. If the petition is not so signed the petition shall be dismissed at the petitioners' cost.
    If at such hearing, the court determines that the petition is signed by at least 10 per cent of such owners but is not signed by a majority of such owners then the court shall order the question of whether the commissioners of the district shall be appointed in the manner provided or elected by the adult landowners of the district submitted to the adult landowners at the next annual election in the district and shall direct the clerk of the district to prepare separate ballots on that question for use in that election. The ballots shall be canvassed by the judges of the election and the ballots and the results of the election returned to the clerk at the same time and in the same manner as is provided in Section 4-5 with reference to the election of commissioners.
    Within five days after the results of the election are returned to the clerk he shall report the results to the court. If a majority of the owners voting on the question do not favor the appointment of commissioners the petition shall be dismissed and the question may not again be put to the landowners until the second succeeding annual election. If a majority of the owners voting on the question favor the appointment of commissioners in the manner provided and the dispensing with the annual election of commissioners the court shall order that thenceforth the annual elections of the district shall be dispensed with and thereafter the commissioners shall be appointed in the manner provided in this Act.
    If at the hearing on the petition the court determines that the petition is signed by a majority of the adult owners of land in the district then no referendum on the question shall be necessary and the court shall thereupon order that thenceforth the annual elections of the district shall be dispensed with and thereafter the commissioners shall be appointed in the manner provided by this Act.
    The commissioners in office at the time an order dispensing with further elections is given or made shall continue in office until the time that their successors would have been elected under the provisions of Section 4-5 and until their successors have been appointed and shall have qualified.
(Source: P.A. 77-701.)

70 ILCS 605/4-7

    (70 ILCS 605/4-7) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-7)
    Sec. 4-7. Appointment of commissioners in districts organized under Levee Act and certain other districts. In all districts which, at the time this Act goes into effect, were operating and existing under the provisions of the Levee Act, or under the provisions of any other act repealed by this Act except the Farm Drainage Act, the commissioners thereof shall hereafter be appointed in the same manner and with like qualifications as though the districts had been originally organized under this Act unless the landowners have elected to change from the appointment to the election of commissioners in the manner provided in Section 4-8. The commissioners in office at the time this Act goes into effect shall continue as commissioners of the district under this Act until the expiration of their terms of office and until their successors are selected and shall have qualified as provided in this Act. Commissioners appointed under this section shall, within 20 days after their appointment, qualify by subscribing to an oath of office and giving bond, in the manner provided in Section 4-4.
(Source: P.A. 86-297.)

70 ILCS 605/4-8

    (70 ILCS 605/4-8) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-8)
    Sec. 4-8. Change from appointment to election of commissioners in certain districts. In any district, whether heretofore or hereafter organized, 10 per cent or more of the adult landowners may petition the court to change the method of selecting commissioners from appointment to election. The practice and procedure on a petition to change from the appointment to the election of commissioners shall follow, as nearly as the facts will permit, the practice and procedure set forth in Section 4-6 for the change from elective to appointive commissioners. The commissioners in office at the time an order is given or made directing that thereafter the commissioners shall be elected in the manner provided by this Act shall continue in office until the time that their successors would have been appointed under Section 4-1 and until their successors have been elected and shall have qualified.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/4-9

    (70 ILCS 605/4-9) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-9)
    Sec. 4-9. Single commissioner.
    Whenever the drains, levees or other work for the construction of which the district was organized are completed, then the appointing authority may, upon the petition of adult landowners owning a majority of the area embraced in the district, dispense with 2 commissioners, and the appointing authority shall thereafter appoint for such district a single commissioner, who shall hold office for a term expiring on the first Tuesday in September of the third year following his appointment and until his successor is appointed and has qualified, and such single commissioner shall perform the duties and be vested with and exercise the powers imposed upon commissioners generally. Whenever, upon the petition of one or more landowners in such district, it appears to the appointing authority that additional work may be necessary in such district, or for other good cause shown, the appointing authority shall appoint 2 additional commissioners in the manner provided by Section 4-10 so as to make a total of 3 commissioners for the district.
(Source: P.A. 77-701.)

70 ILCS 605/4-10

    (70 ILCS 605/4-10) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-10)
    Sec. 4-10. Filling vacancies in appointive commissioners-Removal from office. If, for any reason, a vacancy occurs in the office of commissioner in a district in which the commissioners are appointed the appointing authority may appoint a successor, either without notice or upon such notice as the appointing authority may direct, to fill the vacancy until the first Tuesday of September next, on which date, or as soon thereafter as may be feasible, the appropriate appointing authority shall appoint a successor for the remainder of the term, in accordance with Sections 3-9, 4-1 and 4-2. For good cause shown any commissioner, whether elected or appointed, may be removed from office by the appointing authority upon its own motion or upon the motion of any interested landowner. Notice to such commissioner of the hearing on such motion shall be given as the appointing authority shall direct.
(Source: P.A. 86-297.)

70 ILCS 605/4-11

    (70 ILCS 605/4-11) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-11)
    Sec. 4-11. Organization of Commissioners-Quorum.) The commissioners shall elect one of their number as chairman and shall elect a secretary, who may or may not be a commissioner. A majority of the commissioners constitutes a quorum, and a concurrence of a majority of their number regarding any matter within the scope of their duties is sufficient.
(Source: P.A. 80-579.)

70 ILCS 605/4-12

    (70 ILCS 605/4-12) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-12)
    Sec. 4-12. Meetings of Commissioners-Minutes. The commissioners shall hold an annual meeting of the district each November in the county in which the district is organized. The commissioners shall fix the time, date and place of the meeting and shall give notice of the meeting by publication one time at least 10 days prior to the date of the meeting in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the district is organized. When the district is situated in 2 or more counties, the notice shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in each of those counties. If no newspaper of general circulation is published in any such county, publication of the notice shall be in a newspaper having general circulation in that county. Notice by mailing is not required. The commissioners shall hold other meetings in the county or counties in which the district is located. Meetings may be called by the chairperson or any two commissioners. The commissioners shall keep and preserve a minute book in which their secretary shall record the proceedings of each meeting by making a brief memorandum of all transactions concerning the district. All meetings of the commissioners shall be open to the public and the minutes of the meetings shall at all reasonable times be open to public inspection.
(Source: P.A. 86-297.)

70 ILCS 605/4-13

    (70 ILCS 605/4-13) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-13)
    Sec. 4-13. Pay of commissioners. Each commissioner shall receive for his services a sum not to exceed $30 per day for each day he is actually engaged in the business of his office, and he shall be reimbursed for his necessary traveling and other expenses incurred in the performance of his duties. Each commissioner shall present to the court an itemized account, under oath, of his claim for services and expenses, which shall be audited by the court and certified by it to the treasurer of the district for payment.
(Source: P.A. 86-1266.)

70 ILCS 605/4-14

    (70 ILCS 605/4-14) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-14)
    Sec. 4-14. General powers of commissioners. The commissioners constitute the corporate authorities of the district and shall exercise the corporate functions conferred by law. The commissioners are empowered to: (a) adopt and use a corporate seal; (b) use funds of the district for any lawful purpose and compromise actions and controversies and employ engineers, attorneys and other employees; (c) do all acts necessary for the purpose of surveying, constructing, altering, enlarging, protecting, repairing and maintaining any drain, levee or other work of the district and go upon lands either within or outside of the district for the purpose of examining the same in connection with the work of the district and making surveys, doing no more damage than the occasion may require; (d) upon the payment or tender of the compensation allowed, go upon such lands with their agents, employees, contractors and servants, teams, tools, machinery, instruments and other equipment for the purpose of constructing the work of the district and forever thereafter enter upon such lands for the purpose of constructing the work of the district and forever thereafter enter upon such lands for the purpose of protecting, maintaining and repairing the same; (e) use any part of any public highway for the purposes of work to be done, provided such use will not permanently destroy or materially impair such public highway for public use; (f) authorize any state or federal officer, agent, employee or contractor to go on any lands or rights-of-way of the district for the purpose of inspecting, surveying, constructing, altering, enlarging, protecting, repairing or maintaining any drain, levee or other work of the district; (g) enter into agreements with any department or agency of the State of Illinois relative to the use and control of ditches, drains, levees and drainage structures of the district in conjunction with the operation and management of fish preserves and game refuges and the furtherance of any of the purposes of the "Fish Code of Illinois" or the "Wildlife Code of Illinois"; (h) in the corporate name of the district, contract, sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, and do and perform all acts and things, whether express or implied, that may be reasonably required in order to accomplish the purposes of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-297.)

70 ILCS 605/4-15

    (70 ILCS 605/4-15) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-15)
    Sec. 4-15. Duty to Keep System in Repair-Minor Improvements.) The commissioners shall make an annual inspection of all the district's improvements and works and keep the drains, levees, pumping plants and other works of the district in operation and repair. The commissioners may, without prior authorization of the court, use corporate funds of the district for the repair, maintenance, operation or improvement of drains, levees, pumping plants and other works of the district when such repair, maintenance, operation or improvement does not involve any substantial or material alteration, enlargement or extension of the drainage system of the district and for the purchase, acquisition or lease of machinery and equipment. If the commissioners find that by reason of error in locating or constructing the drains, levees or other works the lands of the district, or any portion thereof, do not receive the benefits contemplated at the time the assessment for the work was levied, they shall use the corporate funds of the district to achieve the results so contemplated in order that all lands, so far as practicable, shall receive the benefits for which they were assessed. If sufficient funds are not on hand or available for the performance of any such repair or other work, (unless the alternate method of levying an additional assessment for repair work provided by Section 5-18 is being followed), the commissioners shall petition the court for authority to levy an assessment upon the lands benefited to pay the cost thereof and all expenses incident thereto.
(Source: P.A. 84-886.)

70 ILCS 605/4-15.1

    (70 ILCS 605/4-15.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-15.1)
    Sec. 4-15.1. Protection of environmental values. In performing any of the duties and in exercising any of the powers provided in this Code, the commissioners shall use all practicable means and measures, including consideration of alternative methods of providing the necessary drainage, to protect such environmental values as trees and fish and wildlife habitat, and to avoid erosion and pollution of the land, water or air.
(Source: P.A. 86-297.)

70 ILCS 605/4-16

    (70 ILCS 605/4-16) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-16)
    Sec. 4-16. Specific powers of commissioners-Court approval.
    When authorized by the court, the commissioners may: (a) construct additional drains, ditches, levees or other works necessary for the drainage or protection of the lands in the district, including the construction of one or more pumping plants; (b) alter, enlarge, extend, improve, deepen, widen or straighten any drain, levee, pumping plant or other work within the district and may do any such work outside the district when necessary to obtain a proper outlet or to protect the lands in the district; (c) change the method of construction, route, size, capacity, termini or plans of any proposed drain, levee or other work of the district; (d) purchase, acquire or lease and maintain and operate dredge boats, draglines, bulldozers or other machinery or equipment necessary for the construction, repair, maintenance and preservation of any drain, levee or other work of the district; (e) purchase mowing machines, tractors, sprayers or other like equipment for keeping the drains, levees, banks and right-of-way free from weeds, brush or other obstructions; (f) construct access roads when such roads are necessary to protect or maintain any drain, levee, pumping plant or other work or structure of the district; (g) level spoil banks and excavated material to permit cultivation or use for roadway or other lawful purposes; (h) construct headwalls, bulkheads, spillways, surface water inlets and tile outlets as a part of the drainage system of the district; and (i) abandon any drain, levee or other work of the district, or any part thereof, when the same is no longer of value or service to the district or has been adequately replaced or superseded by other works.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/4-16a

    (70 ILCS 605/4-16a) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-16a)
    Sec. 4-16a. Prompt payment. Purchases made pursuant to this Act shall be made in compliance with the Local Government Prompt Payment Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-297.)

70 ILCS 605/4-17

    (70 ILCS 605/4-17) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-17)
    Sec. 4-17. Acquisition of property - Eminent domain. Whenever an order has been entered by the court authorizing the performance of any work, either within or outside of the district, the commissioners shall proceed to acquire all lands, easements, rights-of-way and other property or interests therein which may be necessary to the performance of such work. The commissioners may enter into agreements with landowners to pay reasonable compensation therefor and may use or commit the corporate funds of the district for such purposes without regard to whether such funds are on hand or are yet to be levied or collected. Whenever the commissioners are unable to agree with any landowner or other interested person on the amount of compensation to be paid, or whenever any person interested is not competent to contract or his name or residence is unknown or he is a non-resident of this state, then the commissioners may, on behalf of the district, acquire any such lands, easements, rights-of-way, properties and interests, whether privately owned, publicly owned or held for the use of the public, by the exercise of the right of eminent domain.
    (a) Complaints seeking to take property in the exercise of the right of eminent domain may be filed by the commissioners in any court of competent jurisdiction, in the manner now or as may hereafter be provided by statute.
    (b) When the property sought to be taken is situated within the boundaries of the district, or when the property sought to be taken is not situated within the boundaries of the district but is situated within the county in which the district is organized, the commissioners may acquire the same and have the compensation fixed in conjunction with and as a part of their assessment proceedings. The commissioners shall, in such event, set forth in the assessment roll, or in an application filed therewith, a description of the property sought to be taken and the amount of the compensation allowed by them. The property so sought to be taken shall be described by reference to the plats, plans and specifications on file with and approved by the court, by metes and bounds, by setting forth in general terms a description of the course, width and area of the right-of-way or easement to be acquired and a general description of the property over, across or upon which the same is to be located, or by any combination of these methods, or by any other method which will sufficiently describe the property sought to be taken. The compensation for property taken and the damages to property not taken, if any, shall thereupon be fixed and determined at the hearing on the assessment roll.
    (c) Every owner of property sought to be taken and every other person interested in such property shall be made a party defendant in the proceeding and shall be served with process or given notice as in other civil cases.
    (d) When the court finds that it is in the best interests of the district to acquire the fee instead of a necessary lesser interest in land and that the fee can be acquired by agreement with the landowner, then the court may authorize the commissioners to purchase the fee. Commissioners may, on behalf of the district, accept a gift or legacy of the fee or any lesser interest in land.
(Source: P.A. 83-388.)

70 ILCS 605/4-17.5

    (70 ILCS 605/4-17.5)
    Sec. 4-17.5. 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.)

70 ILCS 605/4-18

    (70 ILCS 605/4-18) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-18)
    Sec. 4-18. Authority to levy assessments.
    In order to perform and carry out the duties imposed and powers granted by this Act or to perform or construct any work authorized by the court, the commissioners may, in the manner provided by this Act, levy assessments upon the lands and other property benefited to pay the cost thereof and the expenses incident thereto. Assessments may be levied when sufficient funds are not on hand or otherwise available (a) for the construction of original, additional or repair work; (b) for the completion of original, additional or repair work; (c) for the performance of annual maintenance work, including the maintenance and operation of pumping plants; (d) to acquire necessary rights-of-way or other property, both real and personal; (e) to pay obligations incurred for incidental expenses, current expenses, obligations incurred in protecting the works of the district in emergencies and in the performance of emergency repair work; or (f) for other lawful purposes as set forth in this Act.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/4-19

    (70 ILCS 605/4-19) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-19)
    Sec. 4-19. Obtaining court authorization. If the commissioners determine that it is necessary or advisable (a) to exercise any of the specific powers conferred upon them by Section 4-16 of this Act, or (b) to levy an additional assessment (unless the alternate method of levying an additional assessment for repair work provided by Section 5-18 is being followed), or (c) to levy an annual maintenance assessment, or (d) to increase an existing annual maintenance assessment, or if the commissioners are requested in writing by a majority of the adult landowners owning one-third of the land, or by at least one-third of the landowners owning the major portion of the land, to exercise any such power or to levy any such assessment, then the commissioners shall file a verified petition in the court in which the district is organized for authority to exercise such power or powers or to levy such an assessment.
    The petition shall contain the following (or so much thereof as may be applicable): (a) a general description of any work or changes proposed to be undertaken; (b) a general description of any equipment proposed to be purchased, acquired, leased, maintained or operated; (c) a statement showing the necessity for or advisability of the levy of the assessment or the exercise of such powers; (d) such plans, profiles or specifications as may be necessary; (e) a description of any lands, rights-of-way or other property which they deem it necessary to acquire for such work; (f) an estimate of costs, including an estimate of any increase or decrease in costs occasioned by any proposed change; (g) the amount of the assessment proposed to be levied, if any; (h) a statement that the benefits to the lands and other property in the district from the proposed work or the exercise of the power or powers proposed exceed the cost to such lands and other property; (i) a request for authority to exercise such powers and to do the acts proposed; (j) a request for authority to levy the proposed assessment; and (k) any other matters which the commissioners may deem pertinent.
    Whenever a petition is filed with the court by the commissioners requesting authority to levy an additional or annual maintenance assessment, such petition must be accompanied by a current financial report in the form set forth in Section 4-32 and covering the period since the last preceding report. If there are lands or other property which will be benefited, but which lie outside the district and within another district or a municipal corporation exercising drainage powers, then such other district or municipal corporation may be named as a party defendant in such petition and shall be served with process as provided in Section 3-19.
    If the proposed work, changes or other powers sought by the commissioners will require the levy of an annual maintenance assessment, or if the petition seeks such an assessment or the increase in any existing annual maintenance assessment to keep any such work or other works of the district in repair or to pay the cost of operating any proposed or existing pumping plant, work or equipment, then the petition shall contain an estimate of the amount of such new or increased annual maintenance assessment and a request for authority to levy such new or increased annual maintenance assessment.
    The commissioners may file with their petition an additional assessment roll or an annual maintenance assessment roll, or both, if any such assessments are proposed.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/4-20

    (70 ILCS 605/4-20) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-20)
    Sec. 4-20. Setting petition for hearing.
    Upon the filing of the petition it shall be presented to the court, which shall fix the date and hour for hearing.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/4-21

    (70 ILCS 605/4-21) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-21)
    Sec. 4-21. Notice of hearing. The petitioners or the clerk of the court shall give notice of the hearing in the manner provided in Section 4-22, except that if the petition does not pray for authority to levy an assessment, then the clerk shall give only such notice as the court may direct. The notice shall be entitled "Drainage Notice" and must state: (a) in what court and on what date the petition was filed; (b) the name of the district; (c) a general description of the authority sought from the court and of the work proposed to be undertaken or other matters proposed; (d) the amount of the assessment proposed to be levied, if any, and (e) the place, date and hour the petition will be heard. If an assessment roll was filed with the petition the notice shall also state (f) the total amount of damages, if any, to be allowed, (g) the total amount of compensation proposed to be allowed, if any, and (h) the total amount of the annual maintenance assessment, if any.
    It shall not be a valid ground for objection on the part of any landowner that any other landowner has not received proper or sufficient notice of the hearing.
(Source: P.A. 86-297.)

70 ILCS 605/4-22

    (70 ILCS 605/4-22) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-22)
    Sec. 4-22. Time and manner of giving notice. Notice of the hearing on the petition, unless other notice is directed by the court as provided in Section 4-21, shall be given by publishing the notice in a newspaper of general circulation published in the county in which the district is situated. The notice shall be published once each week for 2 successive weeks. The first publication of the notice shall be at least 3 weeks prior to the date fixed for hearing. When the district is situated in 2 or more counties, then such notice shall be given as aforesaid by publishing the same in a newspaper of general circulation published in each of said counties. If no newspaper of general circulation is published in any such county, then publication of the notice shall be in a newspaper having general circulation in that county.
    The petition shall be accompanied by the affidavit of one or more credible persons giving the names and addresses of all the owners of land situated in the district, if known, or, if unknown, the names and addresses of the persons who last paid the general taxes on the land for which the names or addresses of the owners are unknown, as shown by the collector's books in the county in which such land is situated. The petitioners or the clerk of the court shall, within 4 days after the first publication of the notice, mail a copy thereof to each person named in the affidavit at the address therein set forth.
    The notice given by mail shall be sent first-class, with the postage thereon fully prepaid. The certificate of the clerk or the affidavit of any other credible person, affixed to a copy of the notice, shall be sufficient evidence of the mailing of the notices.
(Source: P.A. 86-297.)

70 ILCS 605/4-23

    (70 ILCS 605/4-23) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-23)
    Sec. 4-23. Objections-Hearing.
    Any landowner in the district or other party defendant may, at or prior to the time fixed for hearing, file objections to the petition, or any portion thereof, or request that the petition be modified in any particular and, after filing such objections or request for modification, may be heard with reference thereto and introduce evidence in support thereof.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/4-24

    (70 ILCS 605/4-24) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-24)
    Sec. 4-24. Findings - Dismissal - Order. If, at the conclusion of the hearing, the court finds that it is not necessary or advisable to construct any of the proposed work or to make any of the proposed changes or to exercise any of the proposed powers or to levy any proposed assessment, or finds that the cost thereof to the lands and other property in the district will exceed the benefits thereto, then the court shall dismiss the petition. In determining whether the proposed action is necessary or advisable and in determining the cost thereof, the court shall consider environmental values and amenities and may receive testimony from persons especially qualified by reason of training or experience in biological sciences, community planning, natural resource development, conservation, landscape architecture and similar fields. If the court finds that it is necessary or advisable to do one or more of the things proposed and that the benefit resulting therefrom to the lands in the district exceed the cost to such lands, then the court shall also find (a) the things which should be done, (b) the method by which the things shall be done, (c) the probable cost thereof, (d) whether an assessment should be levied or increased, (e) the amount of any assessment or additional assessment or new or increased annual maintenance assessment to be levied, and (f) any other matters which the court deems pertinent, and shall order the things to be done and the levy of an assessment in accordance with its findings. If the court orders the levy of an assessment, and if the commissioners have filed an assessment roll with their petition, then the court shall fix a time for a hearing on the assessment roll and shall continue the cause to a day certain for such hearing and no additional notice shall be required if notice was given by publication and mailing as required by Section 4-22 and by Section 5-6; provided, however, that if there are no objections to the assessment roll, if no jury is required and, if such notice was given by publication and mailing under Section 4-22 and Section 5-6, then the court may proceed to an immediate hearing on the assessment roll. If notice was not given by publication and mailing under Section 4-22 and Section 5-6 then notice of the hearing on the assessment roll shall be given in the form required by Section 5-5 and in the manner and for the length of time provided by Section 5-6. If an assessment is ordered and no assessment roll was filed with the petition, then the court shall direct the commissioners to prepare and file an assessment roll.
(Source: P.A. 86-297.)

70 ILCS 605/4-25

    (70 ILCS 605/4-25) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-25)
    Sec. 4-25. Contingency Fund. In districts which have an annual maintenance assessment, the commissioners may build up and maintain a contingency fund to meet emergencies arising from flood, overflow or act of God to meet maintenance expenses which exceed the annual maintenance assessment and to pay lawful obligations incurred by the district. This fund shall not exceed an amount equal to the total of 2 years' annual maintenance assessment. This fund may be accumulated out of the surplus, if any, of the annual maintenance assessments or out of the surplus from any prior assessment. The contingency fund shall be deposited with the treasurer of the district who may, with prior court approval, invest all or a portion of the funds in interest bearing obligations of the Federal Government or insured deposit accounts. The contingency fund shall be used, with or without prior court approval, to meet emergencies and maintenance expenses of the nature above described, provided, however, that if new or additional works are required in the district, the residue of the contingency fund may, by order of the court, be transferred to the general corporate funds and be used in the construction of work in accordance with the plans approved by the court. The maintenance of this fund shall not prejudice the right of the commissioners to collect annual maintenance assessments.
(Source: P.A. 86-297.)

70 ILCS 605/4-26

    (70 ILCS 605/4-26) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-26)
    Sec. 4-26. Settlement of disputes. In the event of dispute or disagreement between the commissioners and any owner of land in the district with regard to the nature and extent of the drainage system or with regard to the duties and obligations of the commissioners to provide drainage to the lands in the district, to protect the lands from overflow or to keep the drainage system of the district in repair, the commissioners or such owner may petition the court to specify the nature and extent of the drainage system or to specify and define with particularity those duties and obligations with respect to such dispute or disagreement. Upon being filed with the clerk of the court, any such petition shall be presented to the court and by the court set for hearing upon such notice as the court may direct. On such hearing any interested party may offer evidence in support of or in opposition to the petition and the court shall make a binding declaration of the nature and extent of the drainage system or of duties and rights, which declaration shall have the force of a final judgment. The court shall thereafter have the power to enforce any such declaration by appropriate proceedings.
(Source: P.A. 86-297.)

70 ILCS 605/4-27

    (70 ILCS 605/4-27) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-27)
    Sec. 4-27. Contracts, Agreements and Cooperation. The commissioners, subject to the approval of the court, shall have the power and authority:
    (a) To levy and collect assessments as provided in this Act, when such assessments become necessary to avail the district of financial assistance from any appropriation made by the Government of the United States, the State of Illinois or any of their agencies.
    (b) To negotiate for and obtain a loan from the State or Federal Government, or any officer or agency of either, upon such terms and conditions as the commissioners deem to be in the best interest of the district, for the purpose of paying or redeeming outstanding bonds and other obligations of the district, for the purpose of paying the cost or a portion of the cost of any work or improvements beneficial to the district, or for any other lawful purpose.
    (c) To convey, by deed or mortgage, the pumping house site or other real estate owned by the district to the State or Federal Government, or any officer or agency of either, for the purpose of securing a loan of funds to be used for constructing, reconstructing, enlarging or otherwise improving the pumps, pumping station or other property of the district, provided, however, that the title to any property so conveyed shall be reconveyed to the district when the loan has been paid.
    (d) To receive or to accept the transfer of drainage and levee works, or either, which may have been constructed or which are proposed to be constructed by the Federal Government or the State of Illinois or any of their agencies, and to provide, by contract with the State or Federal Government, or any officer or agency of either, that the district shall furnish, without cost to such government or agency, all lands, easements, and rights-of-way necessary for the construction of such works, which contract may also provide that the drainage district shall hold and save the State or Federal Government, or any officer or agency of either, free from damages due to such construction, and that, after completion, the district shall operate and maintain all such works in accordance with such regulations or requirements as may be prescribed by the State or Federal Government, or any officer or agency of either, or by any act of Congress, or of the General Assembly of Illinois, authorizing the construction of such works. If the works constructed or to be constructed by either of these governments or their agencies benefit 2 or more districts, the cost of complying with the requirements of such governments or their agencies and the liabilities to be assumed shall be apportioned between or among the districts benefited as provided in Article XI.
    (e) To convey, grant, transfer or sell to the State or Federal Government, or to any agency of either, any real or personal property owned by the district, upon such terms as may be agreed upon or as security for a loan of money from the State or Federal Government, or any agency of either, for the construction, extension or improvement of any works or levees.
    (f) To lease from the State or Federal Government, or any agency of either, any real or personal property for the purposes of the district, for any period of time not exceeding 50 years, and with or without an option to buy such property, and with or without a clause to the effect that title to such leased property shall vest in the district at the expiration of the lease. Payment for such leased property shall be made in accordance with the terms of the lease, and such lease may be entered into without a prior appropriation or levy for expenses incurred under it. Indebtedness under such a lease shall be considered as a current expense and not as an indebtedness of the district.
    (g) To accept any grant of money or other aid from the State or Federal Government, or any agency of either, that may be granted or allotted to aid in the acquisition of any rights-of-way or other property needed by any such district, upon such terms as may be agreed.
    (h) To effect settlements with the State or Federal Government, or any agency of either, through mutual agreement, for any damages incurred as a result of the change of water level in the district caused by flood control, navigation, irrigation or water power projects and works constructed by the State or Federal Government, or the agencies of either. Funds from such a settlement shall be used by the district for the purpose of constructing and maintaining such remedial works as may be necessary to prevent, abate or reduce the damages resulting from the construction and maintenance of such projects and works by such governments or their agencies, or such funds without prior court approval, may be invested in interest bearing obligations of the State or Federal Government or insured deposit accounts and the interest received thereon used to pay the increased cost of annual maintenance, including the operation of a pumping plant or plants, if any, or for such other purposes as the court may direct.
    (i) To cooperate and enter into agreements with other districts, proper agencies of the United States and State of Illinois, municipal corporations and units of local government and school districts of this State and associations and persons for the formulation of plans and for the construction, operation and maintenance of any and all improvements for flood control, drainage, conservation, regulation, development, utilization and disposal of water and water resources or other purposes of this Act. Such agreements may assign to the several cooperating districts and agencies particular projects or portions of projects for the purposes herein stated and may provide for joint understandings for said purposes and for contributions between districts, districts and agencies or any combination thereof, to execute any work agreed upon with any other of the above mentioned agencies in the State of Illinois to carry out the provisions of this Act. The Districts shall have power and authority, upon order of court, to provide for payment of funds collected for any purpose under this subsection into a special account designated by the cooperating districts and agencies; such funds to be expended in accordance with the understanding and agreement among the parties for the project or work covered by such agreement.
    Whenever the commissioners of any district desire to exercise any of the rights, incur any of the obligations or do any of the things provided in this Section, they shall petition the court for an order authorizing the same. A hearing shall be had on such petition as provided in Section 4-20, and notice of such hearing shall be given in the form, time and manner as provided by Sections 4-21 and 4-22. The proceedings at the hearing and the findings and order to be entered by the court shall be as provided in Sections 4-23 and 4-24, insofar as the same are applicable.
(Source: P.A. 86-297.)

70 ILCS 605/4-28

    (70 ILCS 605/4-28) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-28)
    Sec. 4-28. Sale of district owned real estate-Power of court. The court has power to: (a) authorize the commissioners to sell at public sale and convey any real estate acquired by any district at any foreclosure sale or at any general tax sale or by deed from the owner where an assessment is delinquent thereon or by gift or legacy; (b) authorize the commissioners to sell at public sale any district owned real estate which may have been acquired for drainage, protection or other purposes when such real estate may no longer be needed by the district for any district purpose; (c) authorize the sale of any such real estate free and clear of the lien of any unpaid assessments, installments of assessments, interest, or annual maintenance assessments of such district which are past due and unpaid, but it shall provide for the application of the proceeds of such sale to the payment of any obligation of the district which may be a lien upon such assessment or installment; and (d) fix the terms of sale and the manner of giving notice of such sale.
(Source: P.A. 83-388.)

70 ILCS 605/4-29

    (70 ILCS 605/4-29) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-29)
    Sec. 4-29. Sale of district owned real estate - petition - notice - hearing - order. When the commissioners deem it advisable to sell any real estate owned by the district, they shall petition the court for an order authorizing such sale. The petition when filed shall be presented to the court, which shall fix the date and hour for hearing. The clerk of the court shall give notice of the hearing in the manner and for the length of time prescribed by Section 4-22, and no notice by mailing shall be required. The notice shall be entitled "Drainage Notice," shall be addressed "To All Persons Interested" and must state (a) in what court and on what date the petition was filed, (b) a description of the real estate petitioned to be sold and (c) the place, date and hour the petition will be heard. At the hearing on the petition, any owner of land in the district may appear and be heard without filing written objections. If, at the conclusion of the hearing, the court finds that it is advisable to sell the real estate, or any part thereof, it shall order the commissioners to make such sale, fix the terms of sale, direct the manner of giving notice of such sale and direct the conveyance to be made upon compliance with the terms. The order may also contain any pertinent provisions in regard to the cancellation of the lien of any past due and unpaid assessments, or installments of assessments, or annual maintenance assessments of such district which may be a lien on such land which the court may find should be cancelled.
(Source: P.A. 86-297.)

70 ILCS 605/4-30

    (70 ILCS 605/4-30) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-30)
    Sec. 4-30. Leasing right-of-way and other district property - Easements - Licenses. The commissioners of any drainage district, subject to the approval of the court, shall have power:
    (a) On such terms as the commissioners may determine to be for the best interest of the district, but subject to the rights of the owner of any underlying fee, to grant to the State or Federal Government or any agency of either, to any municipal corporation, public corporation, railroad company, public carrier, telegraph or telephone company, pipeline company or public utility company, or to any person or corporation, a license, easement or right-of-way on, over, along, through or across any drain, levee, drainage structure, right-of-way or real estate of such district for the purpose of constructing or establishing thereon any road, railroad, telephone, telegraph or power transmission line, pipeline, water transmission system, airstrip or airplane landing field or other similar works, provided that the use to be made of the license, easement or right-of-way so granted shall not impair, hinder, prevent or obstruct the use of such property for drainage or protection purposes or cause any material damage to the same.
    (b) To lease for such time, not exceeding 3 years, and upon such terms as the commissioners may determine is for the best interests of the district, the right-of-way of the levee -- any protection area and any other property or interest in property owned by the district, for any lawful purpose, including the pasturing of livestock on the right-of-way of the levee, provided that the use to be made of such property under such lease shall not cause any material damage to any levee or other drainage works of the district and will not impair, hinder, prevent or obstruct the use of such property for any district purpose.
    (c) To construct or to permit the construction of such fences as may be necessary to permit the use of the levee right-of-way for the pasturing of livestock whenever the commissioners determine that it is for the best interest of the district to construct such fences.
    (d) To join with the owner or owners of the fee in leasing any right-of-way of the district or to lease any real estate owned in fee by the district for the production of oil, gas, coal or other minerals on such terms as the commissioners determine is for the best interest of the district, provided that no drilling shall be permitted on any right-of-way or real estate of the district which will impair, hinder, prevent or obstruct the use of such right-of-way or real estate by the district for district purposes.
    Whenever the commissioners of any district desire to grant any license, easement or right-of-way or make any lease as hereinbefore provided in this section, they shall file a petition in the court praying for an order authorizing the same. Upon the filing of the petition it shall be presented to the court, which shall fix the date and hour for hearing. The clerk of the court shall give only such notice of the hearing as the court may direct. The proceedings at the hearing and the findings and order to be entered by the court shall be controlled by the provisions of Sections 4-23 and 4-24 insofar as the same may be applicable.
(Source: Laws 1959, p. 1071.)

70 ILCS 605/4-31

    (70 ILCS 605/4-31) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-31)
    Sec. 4-31. Other powers and duties of commissioners.
    In addition to the powers and duties provided in this Article, the commissioners shall have such other powers and duties as may be specified elsewhere in this Act.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/4-32

    (70 ILCS 605/4-32) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-32)
    Sec. 4-32. Financial Reports of Commissioners. On or before the last day of November in each year, and more often if the court so requires, the commissioners shall make a report, under oath, to the court, showing the amount of money collected by the district since the last preceding report and the manner in which the funds of the district have been expended during that period. Such report shall also contain an itemized statement of the notes, bonds and orders, if any, outstanding and unpaid at the close of the report period and the balance on hand in the treasury of the district. Upon the filing of the report with the clerk of the court, the same shall be presented to the court, and the clerk of the court shall give notice of the date on or before which objections must be filed by publishing a notice thereof in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the district was organized. Any owner of land within the district may file an objection to the report with the clerk of the court within 10 days after the publication of the notice. If any objections are filed within the time prescribed, the court shall set a hearing at a time not later than 4 weeks after the date of the filing of the report. If no objection to the report is filed, the court may approve the report without a hearing. At a hearing on the report the court shall hear evidence on any and all objections which may be urged against the report and evidence in support thereof and may continue the hearing to a day certain or from time to time. At the conclusion of a hearing, the court may approve the report, disapprove the report or order the report modified or amended. Upon the approval of a report, the same shall be recorded in the drainage record. Copies of the financial report shall be available at the annual meeting of the district.
(Source: P.A. 86-129; 86-297; 86-1028.)

70 ILCS 605/4-32.1

    (70 ILCS 605/4-32.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-32.1)
    Sec. 4-32.1. List of Active Commissioners. On or before the last day in December of each year, the commissioners shall file a list of active commissioners with the clerk of the circuit court of the county in which the district is organized. The list shall include the addresses of the commissioners and shall designate the chairperson. Such list shall be recorded in the Drainage Record, as defined in Section 4-35.
(Source: P.A. 86-297.)

70 ILCS 605/4-33

    (70 ILCS 605/4-33) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-33)
    Sec. 4-33. Report on completion of work. Commissioners may (and if money has been or will be borrowed to provide funds for the performance of the work, then the commissioners shall), within 60 days after the completion of any specific work ordered constructed by the court, file with the court a report of the fact that the work has been completed and that the commissioners propose to accept the same. The report shall contain a statement of the actual construction costs, including the cost of any extra work, and all other costs and expenses incident thereto, the date the work was commenced and the date of completion. Upon the filing of the report the same shall be presented to the court and by the court set for hearing. The clerk of the court shall give notice of the hearing by publication for the time and in the manner provided by Section 4-22. Notice by mailing is not required. At the hearing, any owner of land in the district may file objections in writing to the acceptance of such work, stating specifically the reasons therefor, and the court shall hear any and all objections that have been filed and evidence in opposition to the report or in support thereof and may continue the hearing from time to time. Upon the conclusion of the hearing, the court, if it finds that the plans and specifications have been substantially complied with, shall approve the report and authorize the acceptance of the work, but if it finds that there has not been such substantial compliance, then it shall disapprove the report and enter such order as may be appropriate.
    Failure to complete any work for which an assessment was levied or to perform that work in substantial compliance with the approved plans and specifications cannot be interposed as a defense to the collector's application for judgment for delinquent assessments, but this restriction shall not affect the right of a landowner whose land has been or will be damaged by such failure to obtain relief by mandamus or by other appropriate action.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/4-33.1

    (70 ILCS 605/4-33.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-33.1)
    Sec. 4-33.1. Maps.) The commissioners shall file with the circuit clerk and the county clerk of the county in which the district is organized a map showing the boundaries of the districts and the location of all works of improvement.
(Source: P.A. 80-579.)

70 ILCS 605/4-34

    (70 ILCS 605/4-34) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-34)
    Sec. 4-34. Commissioners as officers of court-Verified petition or report as prima facie evidence.
    The commissioners of a drainage district are officers of the court and as such shall be under the control of the court. Whenever the commissioners, pursuant to any of the provisions of this Act, file a petition or report with the court and such petition or report is verified by a majority of the commissioners, the matters and things therein contained shall be presumed to be correct, and, when introduced in evidence in any such proceeding, shall make out a prima facie case for the district.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/4-35

    (70 ILCS 605/4-35) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-35)
    Sec. 4-35. Clerk of the Circuit Court as District Clerk-Drainage Record.) The clerk of the circuit court of the county in which a district is organized is, ex officio, the clerk of that district. He shall maintain for each district organized in his county a "Drainage Record," in which he shall record the order organizing the district; any orders enlarging or extending the boundaries of the district; any orders pertaining to the levy of assessments, the performance of work or the duties of the commissioners; the maps, plats and plans of the district; the list of active commissioners; and all assessment rolls, certificates of levy, reports and other formal records of the district required by law or by order of court to be recorded. When such matters are recorded in the Drainage Record, no additional record thereof shall be required in the records of the circuit court. He shall not be required to keep or maintain the minutes of commissioners' meetings. He shall compile and keep a composite map of all the districts organized in the county. In addition to the duties prescribed in this Section he shall perform such other and further duties as may be required elsewhere in this Act. The clerk shall receive for his services such fees as are allowed by law for similar services by the county clerk or the clerk of the circuit court.
(Source: P.A. 84-886.)

70 ILCS 605/4-35.1

    (70 ILCS 605/4-35.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-35.1)
    Sec. 4-35.1. County Clerk-Composite Map.) The county clerk shall compile and keep a composite map showing the boundaries of all drainage districts organized in the county.
(Source: P.A. 80-579.)

70 ILCS 605/4-36

    (70 ILCS 605/4-36)
    Sec. 4-36. (Repealed).
(Source: Repealed by P.A. 88-30.)

70 ILCS 605/4-37

    (70 ILCS 605/4-37) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-37)
    Sec. 4-37. County collector to collect assessments. Except as hereinafter provided in Section 4-38, the County Collector of the County in which any of the lands of the district are situated shall collect all drainage assessments provided for by this Act and assessed against lands in his county. His official bond as County Collector shall stand as his bond as district collector. The collector shall perform such other duties and functions as are specified elsewhere in this Act. The collector shall be reimbursed by each district and subdistrict for the actual costs for his services. Such costs shall be paid out of the funds of the district for which the services were rendered.
(Source: P.A. 83-739.)

70 ILCS 605/4-38

    (70 ILCS 605/4-38) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-38)
    Sec. 4-38. District treasurer; collector.
    (a) The commissioners shall appoint a treasurer of the district. The individual serving as treasurer shall be a resident of this State and shall be bonded for the faithful performance of his duties, in an amount to be determined by the commissioners, but the amount of his bond shall not be less than twice the amount of the annual maintenance assessment, if any. The treasurer's bond shall be presented to the commissioners for approval and, when approved by the commissioners, shall be filed with the clerk and recorded in the drainage record.
    (b) The individual serving as district treasurer may also serve as district collector and then shall collect all drainage assessments provided for by this Act, and perform such other duties and functions as are imposed upon district treasurers and collectors elsewhere in this Act.
    (c) (Blank).
    (d) A treasurer appointed under this Section shall serve for a term of 3 years and until his successor is appointed and has qualified.
    (e) A copy of the resolution of the commissioners appointing a treasurer and fixing his compensation shall be filed with the clerk who shall record the same in the drainage record and another copy shall be left on file in the office of the County Collector of the county or counties in which the lands of the district are situated.
(Source: P.A. 88-30; 88-572, eff. 8-11-94.)

70 ILCS 605/4-39

    (70 ILCS 605/4-39) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-39)
    Sec. 4-39. Clerks, treasurers and collectors of districts organized under prior acts.
    In all districts organized or existing under a prior act repealed by this Act the clerks, treasurers and collectors thereof shall be selected in the same manner as clerks, treasurers and collectors of districts organized under this Act. The powers, duties and obligations of each clerk, treasurer and collector in office at the time this Act goes into effect shall cease on the effective date of this Act unless such clerk, treasurer or collector is the same individual designated for such office under the provisions of this Act, in which event he shall continue in office without interruption. The individuals whose rights to office terminate on the effective date of this Act shall immediately deliver all the records, files, funds and other property of the district in their possession or control to their successors.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/4-40

    (70 ILCS 605/4-40) (from Ch. 42, par. 4-40)
    Sec. 4-40. Liability of Drainage Districts and Commissioners-Indemnification.
    No commissioner shall be personally responsible or liable for any injury, death or damage to property which may be caused, in whole or in part, by the negligence of such commissioner in the performance or non-performance of his duties as such commissioner, unless such injury, death or damage is caused, in whole or in part, by the wilful and wanton misconduct of the commissioner.
    In case any such injury, death or damage is caused, in whole or in part, by the negligence of any commissioner in the performance or non-performance of his duties as commissioner, the drainage district shall be liable for the same, and the district shall indemnify and protect the commissioner against any costs or expenses he may incur by reason of any action brought against him as a result of any such injury, death or damage to property, except where the injury, death or damage to property results from the wilful and wanton misconduct of the commissioner.
(Source: Laws 1963, p. 2753.)

70 ILCS 605/4-45

    (70 ILCS 605/4-45)
    Sec. 4-45. Flood prevention districts; reporting requirement; control. If a flood prevention district has been formed under the Flood Prevention District Act, the flood prevention district shall have the exclusive authority within such areas as designated by the county board to restore, improve, upgrade, construct, or reconstruct levees. If any part of the territory of a drainage district, levee district, or sanitary district overlaps with the territory of a flood prevention district, the drainage district, levee district, or sanitary district shall, at the direction of the county board, operate under the direction of the board of commissioners of the flood prevention district with respect to the restoration, improvement, upgrade, construction, or reconstruction of levees and other flood control systems. At the direction of the county board, the flood prevention district and its assignees shall be permitted to utilize any property, easements, or rights-of-way owned or controlled by the drainage district, levee district, or sanitary district. In addition, at the direction of the county board, the board of commissioners of any such drainage, levee, or sanitary district must comply with any requests for information by the board of commissioners of the flood prevention district, including, but not limited to, requests for information concerning past, present, and future contracts; employees of the drainage, levee, or sanitary district; finances of the drainage, levee, or sanitary district; and other activities of the drainage, levee, or sanitary district. This information must be submitted to the board of commissioners of the flood prevention district within 30 days after the request is received. Nothing in this Section 4-45 or in the Flood Prevention District Act shall preclude or prohibit a drainage district, levee district, or sanitary district that overlaps the territory of a flood prevention district from conducting or performing its normal operation and maintenance of levees under their control, provided such normal operation and maintenance does not interfere with or inhibit the restoration, improvement, upgrade, construction, or reconstruction of levees and other flood control systems by the flood prevention district.
(Source: P.A. 95-719, eff. 5-21-08.)

70 ILCS 605/Art. V

 
    (70 ILCS 605/Art. V heading)
ARTICLE V. LEVY AND COLLECTION OF ASSESSMENTS

70 ILCS 605/5-1

    (70 ILCS 605/5-1) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-1)
    Sec. 5-1. Scope of Article - Kinds of Assessments - Limits on Assessments. The commissioners of a district may levy and collect assessments in the manner provided by this Article. Assessments shall be known and designated as "original assessments", "annual maintenance assessments" or "additional assessments". The designation "original assessment" shall apply only to the first assessment levied for the construction of the original work of the district and may include fees for the recording of documents as provided in this Act. The designation "annual maintenance assessment" shall apply only to assessments levied for the performance of the annual maintenance work of the district, including the purchase of necessary equipment and supplies to perform such annual maintenance work, the operation of pumping plants, to accumulate a contingency fund and to pay the current expenses of the district. The designation "additional assessment" shall apply to all assessments other than original assessments and annual maintenance assessments and shall include assessments for the completion of original, additional or repair work, the performance of additional or repair work, the construction, enlargement or repair of pumping plants, the payment of lawful obligations incurred by the district and for all other lawful purposes as set forth in this Act. No land or other property shall be assessed for benefits more than its just proportion of the entire assessment or in excess of the benefits thereto.
(Source: P.A. 86-297.)

70 ILCS 605/5-2

    (70 ILCS 605/5-2) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-2)
    Sec. 5-2. Original assessments - Property subject to assessment. Upon the Organization of the district, the commissioners shall proceed to make out their assessment roll of benefits, damages and compensation, and they shall include therein all lands, lots, railroads, and other property within the district other than public highways, streets and alleys, which, in their opinion, will be benefited, taken or damaged by the proposed work. Whenever another district or a municipal corporation exercising drainage powers has been made a party to the proceedings to organize the district, then the commissioners shall also include such other district or municipal corporation in their assessment roll.
(Source: P.A. 83-726.)

70 ILCS 605/5-3

    (70 ILCS 605/5-3) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-3)
    Sec. 5-3. Original Assessments - Assessment Roll.
    (1) In their assessment roll, the commissioners shall set down in proper columns (a) the name and address of the owner, when known, of each tract of land (including lots, railroad tracks and right-of-way and like property) within the district and affected by the proposed work or, if the name and address of the owner is unknown, then the name and address of the person who last paid the general taxes thereon, as shown by the County Collector's books; (b) a description of each tract affected, in words or figures or both; provided that, in counties in which a real estate index number system has been established in accordance with Section 9-45 of the Property Tax Code, the index number shall be used in addition to the legal description; (c) the number of acres in each tract of land (but not including lots, railroad tracks and rights-of-way and like property); (d) the amount of benefits, if any, levied against each tract; (e) the amount of annual benefits, if any, levied against each tract; (f) the amount of damages to land not taken, if any, allowed to each tract; (g) the amount of compensation for land taken, if any, allowed to each tract; and (h) the amount of fees for the future recordation of documents anticipated for each tract.
    (2) The commissioners shall also include in their assessment roll (a) the names and addresses of the municipal corporations or quasi municipal corporations owning municipally owned property or property held for public use within the district and affected by the proposed work; (b) a general description of all such municipally owned or controlled property; (c) the amount of benefits, if any, levied against such municipally owned or controlled property; (d) the amount of annual benefits, if any, levied against such property; (e) the amount of damages allowed to land not taken, if any, and (f) the amount of compensation allowed for land taken, if any.
    (3) In like manner, the commissioners shall include in their assessment roll (a) the name and address of any other district or municipal corporation exercising drainage powers and made a party to the proceedings to organize the district, (b) a general description of the lands, lots or other property in such other district or municipal corporation benefited by the proposed work, (c) the amount of the assessment for benefits levied against such other district or municipal corporation and (d) the amount of annual benefits, if any, assessed against such other district or municipal corporation.
    The land to be occupied by the district for its right-of-way and the land or other property to be taken or used for any drainage purposes shall not be subject to assessment for benefits. In describing lands in their assessment rolls, the commissioners shall not be required to describe the same in 40 acre tracts, but they may include in a single description all of the land owned by the same individual or the same group of individuals situated in the same section, or they may use the same descriptions as those used in the Collector's books if such descriptions are otherwise adequate and correct.
    The assessment roll shall be accompanied by an affidavit stating (a) that diligent inquiry and search of public records have been made by the commissioners, or by someone acting under their direction, to determine the names and addresses of the owners of land within the district and subject to assessment; (b) that a careful examination was made of the Collector's books to ascertain the names and addresses of the persons who last paid the general taxes on any lands for which the names and addresses of the owners are unknown; and (c) that such names and addresses are set forth in the assessment roll. The affidavit may be made by the commissioners or by the person who made the search under their direction.
(Source: P.A. 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

70 ILCS 605/5-4

    (70 ILCS 605/5-4) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-4)
    Sec. 5-4. Original assessments-Filing and setting for hearing.
    The assessment roll shall be filed with the court and be presented to the court, which shall fix the date and hour for hearing thereon.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/5-5

    (70 ILCS 605/5-5) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-5)
    Sec. 5-5. Original assessments - Notice of hearing - Contents of notice. The clerk of the court shall give notice of the hearing on the assessment roll in the manner and for the length of time provided in Section 5-6. The notice shall be entitled "Drainage Notice" and must state (a) in what court and on what date the assessment roll was filed, (b) the name of the district, (c) the total amount of benefits proposed to be levied, (d) the total amount of damages, if any, to be allowed, (e) the total amount of compensation proposed to be allowed, if any, (f) if an annual maintenance assessment is proposed to be levied, the total amount of such annual maintenance assessment, and (g) the date, place and hour the hearing will be held.
    The notice may be substantially in the following form:
DRAINAGE NOTICE
    Public notice is hereby given that on (insert date), an assessment roll was filed in the Circuit Court of the .... Judicial Circuit,.... County, Illinois, by the commissioners of .... drainage District; that the total amount of the assessments of benefits contained in the assessment roll is $...., the total amount of damages proposed to be allowed contained in the assessment roll is $...., and the total amount of compensation proposed to be allowed contained in the assessment roll is $....; (if an annual maintenance assessment is included in the assessment roll, then insert here the statement "that the total amount of the annual maintenance assessment contained in the assessment roll is $....";) and that upon the filing of such assessment roll, the same was presented to the court and by the court set for hearing before the Circuit Court in the courthouse at ...., Illinois, on (insert date), at the hour of .... .. M., at which time and place all interested persons may appear and be heard upon all questions of benefits, damages and compensation if they see fit to do so.
    Dated (insert date).
.............................
Clerk of the Circuit Court of
the ....... Judicial Circuit,
........... County, Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

70 ILCS 605/5-6

    (70 ILCS 605/5-6) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-6)
    Sec. 5-6. Original Assessments - Time and Manner of Giving Notice. Notice of the hearing on the assessment roll shall be given in the manner and for the length of time provided in Section 4-22.
    The commissioners shall, at least 10 days prior to the date fixed for hearing and within 4 days after the first publication of the notice, mail a copy of the notice (a) to each person named in the assessment roll as an owner of, or as having last paid the general taxes on, land being assessed and (b) to any other district or municipal corporation exercising drainage powers against which an assessment is being levied.
    Any notice given by mail shall be sent first-class, with the postage thereon fully prepaid. The certificate of the chairperson or the affidavit of any other credible person affixed to a copy of the notice shall be sufficient evidence of the mailing of the notice.
    However, with respect to land located within the boundaries of a municipality, the mailing of the notice required by this Section to the owner of such land or to the person having last paid the general taxes on such land shall be at the option of the commissioners.
(Source: P.A. 86-297.)

70 ILCS 605/5-7

    (70 ILCS 605/5-7) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-7)
    Sec. 5-7. Original assessments - Right to jury. The commissioners and any parties interested have the right to a trial by jury upon all questions as to benefits and damages to any lands and property affected, if a written demand for a jury is filed on or before the date and hour fixed for hearing on the assessment roll. If no demand for a jury trial is filed, then all parties shall be deemed to have waived a jury, and the court shall proceed to hear and determine all questions as to benefits and damages to any lands and other property without a jury. If a trial by jury is demanded by the commissioners or by one or more interested parties, then the court shall submit to the jury all questions as to benefits and damages to any and all lands and property, even though a demand for a jury has not been made by all of the parties interested.
    If any lands or property are sought to be taken by the exercise of the right of eminent domain, then the compensation to be paid for any lands or property so sought to be taken shall be fixed by a jury, unless a waiver of a trial by jury has been filed by each owner of land or property sought to be taken.
    If a trial by jury is to be held, the jury may be drawn and summoned in the manner now or hereafter provided for the drawing and summoning of juries for the circuit court. If the jury is not summoned as above provided, then the court may, when the cause is set for trial, direct the clerk of the court to issue a venire for not less than 12 nor more than 24 competent jurors, as the court shall direct, and deliver the same to the sheriff or coroner, who shall summon such jurors from the body of the county to appear before the court at the time set for trial. The jury shall be impaneled, and the parties shall be entitled to challenge jurors as in other civil cases.
(Source: P.A. 84-886.)

70 ILCS 605/5-8

    (70 ILCS 605/5-8) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-8)
    Sec. 5-8. Original assessments-Objections-Hearing. Any party interested may at or prior to the time fixed for hearing, file objections to the assessment roll, or any portion thereof and, after filing such objections, may be heard with reference thereto and introduce evidence thereon. The court shall hear and determine all objections except those pertaining to the amount of benefits and damages to the lands and property or the amount of compensation to be paid for lands or property sought to be taken, and may enter any proper order after such hearing.
    If no demand for a trial by jury has been filed, the court shall also hear and determine all questions as to the amount of benefits and damages to lands and property without a jury, provided, however, that all questions as to the amount of compensation for lands or property sought to be taken must be determined by a jury unless a jury be waived as provided in Section 5-7.
    If there are issues to be tried before a jury, then the court shall set the cause for trial, and a jury shall be summoned and impaneled as provided in Section 5-7.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/5-9

    (70 ILCS 605/5-9) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-9)
    Sec. 5-9. Original assessments - Oath of jury. When the jury has been selected, the court shall cause the following oath to be administered to the jury:
    "You and each of you do solemnly swear (or affirm) that you will well and truly ascertain the benefits to be assessed and the just compensation and damages to be allowed to the owner (and each owner) of property which is sought to be taken or damaged, and to each person interested therein, according to the facts in the case as the same may appear by the evidence, and that you will truly report such benefits, compensation and damages to the court."
(Source: P.A. 84-886.)

70 ILCS 605/5-10

    (70 ILCS 605/5-10) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-10)
    Sec. 5-10. Original assessments-Assessment roll as prima facie evidence.
    The assessment roll shall constitute the claim of the commissioners on behalf of the district against the several tracts of land and other property and, when offered and admitted into evidence, shall make out a prima facie case on behalf of the district on all issues as to the amounts of benefits, damages and compensation. If admitted into evidence, it shall not be necessary to read the assessment roll to the jury in order for them to take the assessment roll with them to the jury room when they retire for their deliberations.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/5-11

    (70 ILCS 605/5-11) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-11)
    Sec. 5-11. Original assessments-View of land-Organization of jury.
    When a request for a view of the land by the jury has been made in writing by any interested party prior to the commencement of the trial before the jury, and has not been withdrawn, then the jury shall, in charge of the bailiff, or other officer of the court, and at such time as the court may direct, examine the lands and other property to be affected by the proposed work, and in arriving at their verdict they shall consider their view of the premises with the other proper evidence in the case. After the jury has heard the evidence and arguments and been instructed as to the law, they shall retire, select a foreman and a clerk from their number, and proceed to deliberate upon their verdict.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/5-12

    (70 ILCS 605/5-12) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-12)
    Sec. 5-12. Original assessments-Jury's verdict.
    The court shall cause to be prepared and shall submit to the jury a form of verdict, which shall, in all instances, contain the names of the owners, and the description of the land or other property affected, as set forth in the assessment roll. When the amount of the benefits (including annual benefits, if any) assessed and the amount of compensation and damages allowed, if any, are uncontested as to a particular tract of land or other property, then the form of verdict may also contain the amount of benefits (including annual benefits, if any) assessed against and the amount of the compensation and damages, if any, allowed to, such tract or other property. When the jury shall have completed their deliberations, their verdict shall be properly completed and signed by them and filed in the court and, when so filed, shall be taken and held to be the verdict of the jury upon all questions of benefits, compensation and damages arising or which might have arisen in the proceedings.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/5-13

    (70 ILCS 605/5-13) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-13)
    Sec. 5-13. Original assessments-Order approving roll or confirming verdict. If no trial by jury is held, the court shall determine whether the assessments of benefits, compensation and damages and the annual maintenance assessments, if any, as set forth in the commissioners' roll should be changed, modified, disallowed or confirmed, as herein set forth. If the court finds that the assessment of benefits, compensation and damages and the annual maintenance assessment against each tract of land and other property, as set forth in the assessment roll, should be confirmed without modification or change, then the court shall order the assessment roll confirmed and enter judgment thereon. If the court finds that the assessment of benefits, compensation or damages or the annual maintenance assessment should be changed or modified as to any one or more tracts of land or other property, it shall change or modify the same in accordance with its findings, confirm the roll as so changed or modified and enter judgment thereon.
    If a trial by jury is held, then the verdict of the jury shall be filed in the court and the court shall confirm the verdict and enter judgment thereon. When the verdict is returned to the court, it may be placed in form by the court in the presence of the jury and the jury may be recalled at any time after being discharged to correct any errors or omissions therein. Motions for new trial or in arrest of judgment or for judgment notwithstanding the verdict may be made, filed and determined within the time and in the manner provided by the Civil Practice Law.
    In its judgment confirming the assessment roll or verdict, the court shall order the damages allowed to land not taken set off or credited against the benefits assessed against such land. Payment of compensation for land taken may be made by the treasurer of the district directly to the owner of such land or to his legal representative or may be made to the County Treasurer of the county in which the district was organized, who shall, on demand, pay the same to the party entitled thereto.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

70 ILCS 605/5-14

    (70 ILCS 605/5-14) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-14)
    Sec. 5-14. Original assessments - Recording - Certified copies of roll. Immediately after the entry of judgment, the clerk shall make out and certify copies of the assessment roll or verdict pertaining to lands and other property of the district located in each county encompassed by the district. The commissioners shall cause the appropriate certified copies to be filed or recorded in the recorder's office of each county containing lands or other property of the district. The clerk shall also make out and certify a copy of the roll or verdict or the appropriate portions thereof to the district collector or collectors.
    The clerk shall include in each certificate the date the judgment was entered, when and how the assessments are payable and the interest rate.
(Source: P.A. 85-1252.)

70 ILCS 605/5-15

    (70 ILCS 605/5-15) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-15)
    Sec. 5-15. Original assessments-Appeals.
    The commissioners or any other interested party may appeal as in other civil cases from a judgment on any assessment in the same time and manner as is now or may hereafter be provided for taking an appeal from a judgment on the Collector's application for judgment and order of sale for delinquent general taxes. Such appeals may be joint or separate. The taking of an appeal by any one or more persons as to any one or more tracts of land or property shall not operate to defer the collection of the assessments confirmed by such judgment on any other tract of land or property not involved in such appeal, but the collection in such other cases shall proceed as if no appeal had been taken. When, on any such appeal, the cause is remanded for a new trial, then the judgment entered upon such new trial shall make reference to the part of the judgment, if any, not appealed from, and if any assessment be confirmed, the time of payment and rate of interest thereon shall correspond, as nearly as practicable, to the time of payment and interest on the part of the judgment not appealed from.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3809.)

70 ILCS 605/5-16

    (70 ILCS 605/5-16) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-16)
    Sec. 5-16. Additional Assessments. Whenever the commissioners have been authorized by the court to levy an additional assessment, and no additional assessment roll was filed with their petition for such authority, then they shall prepare and file their additional assessment roll with the clerk of the court and notice thereof shall be given by the commissioners as hereinbefore specified for original assessments. The form and contents of additional assessment rolls and the proceedings thereon shall follow, as nearly as the facts will permit, the form and contents and the procedure hereinbefore specified for original assessments.
(Source: P.A. 84-615.)

70 ILCS 605/5-17

    (70 ILCS 605/5-17) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-17)
    Sec. 5-17. When original and additional assessments become due; interest; lien; release.
    (a) Original and additional assessments are due and payable 30 days after the date of the order of the court approving the assessment roll or confirming the verdict of the jury and, unless otherwise ordered by the court, shall thereafter draw interest at a rate to be fixed by the court, which rate shall not exceed the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract or, if a contract has been made for the sale of bonds or other evidences of indebtedness or tax anticipation warrants, a rate not exceeding the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract. However, the court may provide in its order that the assessments shall be payable upon some other more convenient date or in installments of such amounts and at such times as will be convenient for the accomplishment of the proposed work or the payment of bonds that may be issued. Interest on unpaid assessments and installments may be ordered to become due annually on such date each year as may be fixed by the court.
    (b) The assessment constitutes a lien upon the lands, lots and railroad property assessed the same as general taxes from the date of such order until paid. With respect to each original or additional assessment that is not paid by the date payment is due, the district treasurer shall file a lien notice in the office of the recorder of the county. The lien notice shall state the following:
        (1) The name of the district.
        (2) The name of the person or persons to whom notice
    
of the original or additional assessment roll was given pursuant to Section 5-6 or 5-16.
        (3) A description of the land being assessed.
        (4) The date the original or additional assessment
    
was due.
        (5) The amount for which the lien is claimed.
    If the district treasurer is a person other than the county treasurer, the district treasurer shall report to the county treasurer, in the form required by the county treasurer, each lien notice recorded pursuant to this subsection (b).
    (c) When an assessment against any tract of land, or an installment thereof, has been fully paid, the treasurer of the district shall execute a release of the lien of the assessment or installment so paid, and shall deliver a copy of the release to the owner of the tract. In those districts which have appointed as their treasurer persons other than the county treasurer, the treasurer will, when an assessment against any tract of land or an installment thereof has been fully paid, record in the recorder's office of the county in which the land is situated the original release of the lien of the assessment or installment so paid.
    (d) With respect to instruments for the payment of money issued under this Section either before, on, or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1989, it is and always has been the intention of the General Assembly (i) that the Omnibus Bond Acts are and always have been supplementary grants of power to issue instruments in accordance with the Omnibus Bond Acts, regardless of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts, (ii) that the provisions of this Section are not a limitation on the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts, and (iii) that instruments issued under this Section within the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts are not invalid because of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts.
(Source: P.A. 87-374; 88-30.)

70 ILCS 605/5-18

    (70 ILCS 605/5-18) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-18)
    Sec. 5-18. Alternate method of levying additional assessments for repair work in districts organized under the Farm Drainage Act.
    Whenever the commissioners of any district which, at the time this Act becomes effective, are operating and existing under the Farm Drainage Act, determine (a) that it is necessary to repair the drains, levees or other works of the district, (b) that the proposed work will not involve the taking or damaging of land or other property in the district, (c) that sufficient funds are not on hand or otherwise available to perform such work and that it is necessary to levy an assessment to pay the cost thereof, (d) that the assessment to be levied against the lands and other property in the district to pay the cost of such work will not exceed the amount which would be produced by an assessment of $3.00 an acre upon the lands and other property in the district subject to assessment, and (e) that the benefits to be received by the lands and other property in the district from the proposed work will exceed the amount of the assessment to be levied against such lands and other property, then the commissioners may, as an alternate to the method of levying additional assessments hereinbefore provided, levy such an assessment in the following manner.
    The commissioners shall file their certificate of levy and their additional assessment roll with the clerk of the district, together with a report on the condition of the drainage system of the district and a current financial report. The assessment roll shall be prepared in the manner and form prescribed by Section 5-3 insofar as the same may be applicable and when filed shall be recorded in the drainage record. The report on the condition of the drainage system shall include (a) a description of the drainage system of the district and of the condition thereof, (b) a description of the repair work on the system proposed to be performed, (c) such engineer's reports, plans profiles or specifications as may be necessary or appropriate, (d) an itemized estimate of the cost of such work, including all incidental expenses, and (e) the number of acres of land and other property in the district subject to assessment. The current financial report shall be prepared in the manner and form prescribed by Section 4-32 and shall cover the period elapsed since the closing date of the last preceding financial report.
    Upon the filing of the certificate, the assessment roll and the reports, the assessments shall be a lien upon the lands and other property in the district until paid. The assessments shall be payable 30 days after the filing of the roll and shall draw interest at a rate which shall not exceed that permitted in "An Act to authorize public corporations to issue bonds, other evidences of indebtedness and tax anticipation warrants subject to interest rate limitations set forth therein", approved May 26, 1970, as amended. Certified copies of the assessment roll, or portions thereof, shall be prepared, delivered and recorded in the manner prescribed by Section 5-14. The assessments so levied shall be collected as hereinafter provided in Section 5-23.
    Assessments levied under this section against lands, lots, railroad rights-of-way and other privately owned property may, if they become delinquent, be enforced in the manner provided by Sections 5-24, 5-25 and 5-26. On a collector's application for judgment for assessments levied under this section which have become delinquent a landowner shall have the right to interpose any defenses affecting the validity of the assessment, including the defense that the assessment against his lands exceeds the benefits or exceeds the just proportion of the benefits. Assessments so levied against highway authorities for benefits to public highways, against cities and villages for benefits to streets and alleys or other municipally owned property, and against other municipal corporations or quasi municipal corporations for benefits to property belonging to or under the control of such corporations, may, if they become delinquent, be enforced by an appropriate action at law.
    The commissioners shall not anticipate or borrow against any assessment levied in the manner provided in this section.
(Source: P.A. 84-886.)

70 ILCS 605/5-19

    (70 ILCS 605/5-19) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-19)
    Sec. 5-19. Annual maintenance assessments-Establishment. Whenever the commissioners have been authorized by the court to levy or to increase an annual maintenance assessment, and no annual maintenance assessment roll was filed with the petition of the commissioners for such authorization, then the commissioners shall prepare and file their annual maintenance assessment roll with the clerk of the court and notice thereof shall be given as hereinbefore specified for original assessments. The form and contents of annual maintenance assessment rolls and the proceedings thereon shall follow, as nearly as the facts will permit, the form, contents and the procedure hereinbefore specified for original assessments. Certified copies of the assessment roll, or portions thereof, shall be prepared, delivered and recorded in the manner prescribed by Section 5-14. When an annual maintenance assessment roll, or the verdict of the jury thereon, has been confirmed, the clerk shall, except in the case of those districts which have appointed as their collectors persons other than the county collector, make a certified copy thereof and deliver the same to the county clerk; provided, however, if the district is situated in more than one county, then, in that case, the clerk shall make separate certified copies of those portions of the roll or verdict which pertain to lands situated in each of the counties, and deliver the same to the county clerks of such respective counties. When confirmed, the annual maintenance assessment roll or the verdict of the jury thereon shall continue as an annual charge against the lands and other property included therein until increased, reduced, appealed or otherwise changed or a new annual maintenance assessment levied in lieu thereof, as provided in this Act.
(Source: Laws 1965, p. 678.)

70 ILCS 605/5-20

    (70 ILCS 605/5-20) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-20)
    Sec. 5-20. Annual maintenance assessments - Certificate of levy - Extension of assessment. During the month of November in each year, the commissioners of each district in which an annual maintenance assessment roll has been approved or confirmed shall determine whether it is necessary to collect all or any portion of the annual maintenance assessment for repair and maintenance work or the operation of pumping plants during the ensuing calendar year. If they determine that it is necessary to collect all or a portion of such assessment, then they shall, before the first of December, file with the clerk of the circuit court of the county in which the district was organized a certificate of levy, setting forth the amount of money needed by them for the performance of such work during the ensuing year which amount shall in no event exceed the total of the annual maintenance assessment roll as confirmed by the court and, if the amount so levied be less than the total amount which they are authorized to levy, then the percentage which the amount so levied bears to the total amount authorized, which certificate may be in the following form:
CERTIFICATE OF LEVY OF ANNUAL
MAINTENANCE ASSESSMENT
To ...., Clerk of the Circuit Court:
    The undersigned commissioners of .... Drainage District do hereby certify that they require the sum of .... Dollars, to be levied as an annual maintenance assessment upon the lands and other property and other districts and municipal corporations subject to assessment by the district. Such sum is to be used for the performance of annual maintenance work (and pumping plant operation) during the ensuing calendar year and represents ....% of the total amount of the annual maintenance assessment authorized to be levied by the Circuit Court of this county by its order duly given or made on (insert date).
    Dated (insert date).
........................
........................
........................
Commissioners.
    The owner of any land or other property which is subject to an annual maintenance assessment may object to the amount levied by the commissioners in any year by filing written objections with the court on or before the 10th day of December following the filing of the certificate of levy. Upon the filing of the objections they shall be presented to the court, which shall fix the date and hour for hearing. The objecting landowner or landowners shall give each of the commissioners at least 3 days notice of the hearing by personal service or by mail which notice shall have attached thereto a copy of the objections filed. The objections shall be heard and determined by the court prior to the 20th day of December. Upon such hearing the court may confirm the levy without change or reduce the levy and confirm the same as so reduced. No appeal shall lie from the order of the court but the objectors shall not be precluded from raising the same objections on the Collector's application for judgment and order of sale for delinquent annual maintenance assessments. If no objections are filed by the 10th day of December or if the court fails to hear and determine the filed objections by the 20th day of December then the certificate of levy shall stand as confirmed without further action by the court.
    If the amount levied in any year is less than the total amount of the annual maintenance assessment roll, then the individual assessments shall abate proportionately. Upon the confirmation of the levy, whether by order of the court or by the failure of any landowner to file written objections or by the failure of the court to determine objections, the clerk of the circuit court shall, except in the case of those districts which have appointed as their collectors persons other than the county collector, deliver a certified copy of the certificate of levy, together with a certified copy of the order of the court, if any, thereon, to the county clerk, who shall extend the same on the county collector's books in appropriate columns, and the amounts so extended shall be collected at the same time and in the same manner as general taxes and, when so collected, shall be paid over to the district treasurer in the same manner as taxes of municipal corporations. When the district is situated in more than one county, the clerk of the circuit court of the county in which the district is organized shall deliver to the county clerk of each of such counties a certified copy of the certificate of levy, together with a certified copy of the order of the court, if any thereon, and the county clerks of such counties shall extend the levy against the portion of the lands and property in the district in his county on the collector's books in his office, as above set forth, and the collection and distribution thereof in that county shall be accomplished in the same manner as in districts situated in a single county. In extending annual maintenance assessments in the county collector's books, when the tracts described in the assessment roll do not coincide with the tracts described in the collector's books but the description in the collector's books includes the description on the assessment roll, then the clerk may include the assessment against the smaller tract with the taxes against the larger tract, but such authority shall be procedural only and shall not be construed to extend the lien of the assessment against the larger tract or upon any land or property other than that against which the assessment was actually confirmed. When the tract described in the assessment roll is larger than the tract described in the collector's book, then the assessment against such tract shall be divided in the collector's books proportionately.
    In those districts which have appointed as their collectors persons other than the county collector, the clerk shall certify a copy of the certificate of levy and the order of the court, if any, to the district collector, who shall then be charged with the duty of billing and collecting the annual maintenance assessment so levied as in the case of original and additional assessments.
    In all cases, it shall be the duty of the district collector to collect assessments against other districts and municipal corporations and against property not appearing in the county collector's books.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

70 ILCS 605/5-20.1

    (70 ILCS 605/5-20.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-20.1)
    Sec. 5-20.1. In districts where the county collector collects all drainage assessments provided for by this Act, it shall be the duty of the drainage district commissioners to cause an examination of county general tax records at least once each year to ascertain any changes in ownership of land within the district. Any assessment roll or certificate of levy of annual maintenance assessment filed pursuant to this Act shall be accompanied by an affidavit of the commissioners stating that the search required by this Section has been made during the preceding year and that information in the assessment roll as to tract descriptions and names and addresses of land owners or persons who last paid general taxes on lands coincides with information shown in the county general tax records.
(Source: P.A. 85-489.)

70 ILCS 605/5-21

    (70 ILCS 605/5-21) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-21)
    Sec. 5-21. Annual maintenance assessments-Lien-When assessments become due.
    Annual maintenance assessments are due and payable and are a lien upon the land and other property included in the annual maintenance assessment roll upon the first day of January next succeeding the confirmation of the levy, whether by order of the court or by failure of any landowner to file written objections or by the failure of the court to determine the objections, and all persons are charged with notice thereof. Such lien shall continue until the assessment is paid, and when so paid the collector, if requested, shall deliver to the person or persons paying the assessment a release of the lien of the assessment. One-half of the annual maintenance assessment shall become delinquent, if unpaid, on the first day of the following June, and the remaining half shall become delinquent, if unpaid, on the first day of the following September. Delinquent annual maintenance assessments, or portions thereof, shall draw interest at the rate of one-half of one per cent per calendar month or fraction thereof, from the date of delinquency until paid.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/5-22

    (70 ILCS 605/5-22) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-22)
    Sec. 5-22. Assessments on omitted lands and curing defects in prior assessments.
    When it appears to the commissioners that by reason of omission, mistake, irregularity or improper or insufficient notice or for any other reason not affecting the merits of the assessment, land or other property in the district subject to an assessment has been omitted from an assessment roll, or an assessment has been annulled or held not legally made or is invalid as to one or more tracts of land or other property situated in the district, then the commissioners may petition the court praying that the defects be cured and that an assessment be levied against such lands. The petition shall describe the land or other property sought to be assessed, state the amount of the benefits, if any, assessed against such land or other property, and recite the omission, mistake, irregularity or defect which annulled or invalidated the assessment. Upon the filing of the petition, notice shall be given to the owners of the land or other property sought to be assessed and proceedings had thereon as in other assessment proceedings under this Act. Any such owner may demand that the issues be tried before a jury as provided in this Act.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/5-23

    (70 ILCS 605/5-23) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-23)
    Sec. 5-23. Collection of original and additional assessments-Notice.
    The collector of any drainage district, upon receiving a certified copy of the original or any additional assessment roll, shall collect promptly all assessments, installments and interest as the same become due and payable. Before any such assessment, installment or interest becomes due and payable, the collector shall mail to the owner of the property, when known, and, if not known, then to the person in whose name the property is assessed as shown by the assessment roll, a statement containing a brief description of the property assessed, the amount of any assessment, installment and interest to be collected, the date when such assessment, installment and interest are due and payable, and the person to whom and the place where such assessment, installment and interest are payable. Assessments, installments and interest may be collected and the collection thereof enforced in any manner provided by law, even though such statement is not mailed or received. As the assessments are collected, the collector shall pay the same over to the treasurer of the district.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/5-24

    (70 ILCS 605/5-24) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-24)
    Sec. 5-24. Delinquent assessments-Report to county collectors. Any original or additional assessment, installment, or interest on assessments or installments not paid on or before the date on which the same becomes due shall be deemed delinquent. The district collector or collectors on or before the 8th day of September in each year, shall make out a report of (a) any original or additional assessments, (b) any installments of assessments, (c) any annual maintenance assessments and (d) any interest on any assessment against privately owned land or other property, which were not paid when due and have become and remain delinquent and certify the same to the County Collector of the county in which such land or other property is situated.
    The County Collector to whom such a report is made shall make return of such delinquencies to the Circuit Court with his return of delinquent general taxes, and proceedings shall be had and notice given with like force and effect as in the collection of delinquent general taxes.
    Notwithstanding the report of delinquent assessments to the County Collector or the return thereof by the County Collector to the court, both the district collector and the County Collector are authorized to receive payment of any such delinquent assessments, together with interest, penalties and costs, and may give receipts for the same. The district collector shall keep a memorandum of all such payments received by him, and, on or before the day fixed by the court for the sale of such lands, lots and railroads, he shall present such memorandum to the County Collector, who shall thereupon remove the property from the list of lands to be sold and show such payment upon his books.
    At the sale for delinquent assessments, the commissioners may become purchasers, or they may designate some person to attend the sale and bid on the delinquent property as agent for and on behalf of the district. The commissioners may accept a deed from the owner of any real estate upon which an assessment is delinquent.
(Source: P.A. 80-553.)

70 ILCS 605/5-25

    (70 ILCS 605/5-25) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-25)
    Sec. 5-25. Foreclosure of assessments-Acceleration.) When any original or additional assessment, any installment of any assessment, or any annual maintenance assessment or any interest on any assessment is delinquent and the land or other property against which such assessment was levied has been forfeited to the State upon failure to sell at the County Collector's sale for the nonpayment thereof, the commissioners, in the name of the district, may file a complaint in the Circuit Court of the County in which such land is situated for the foreclosure of the lien of any such unpaid assessment, installment, annual maintenance assessment or interest in like manner and with like effect as in the foreclosure of a mortgage. All owners and parties interested in the lands involved and parties in possession thereof shall be made parties defendant and shall be served with process by summons or by publication in the manner and form provided by law for the service of defendants in the foreclosure of mortgages. No irregularity in the County Collector's proceeding for judgment and sale shall affect the district's right to proceed with such foreclosure.
    When the basis for a foreclosure has accrued, as above provided, then the commissioners may include in such foreclosure all assessments, installments, interest and annual maintenance assessments which have become due prior to the filing of such foreclosure suit. If they deem it advisable, the commissioners of the district may also accelerate the due date of all unpaid original and additional assessments and installments levied by such district after the effective date of this Act against the lands involved in such foreclosure, and may include in such foreclosure proceedings all such accelerated unpaid assessments and installments levied against the land involved. If there has been no such acceleration by the commissioners, any foreclosure shall be subject to all assessments, installments and interest thereon becoming due after the commencement of such foreclosure proceedings. All such foreclosures shall be subject to all annual maintenance assessments which become due after the commencement of such foreclosure proceedings.
    Any judgment rendered in any such foreclosure proceedings may be enforced as other judgments in such court but any sale made under such judgment shall be made by the County Collector or by some other officer having authority to receive state and county taxes designated by the court in such judgment. The commissioners, on behalf of the district, may be the purchasers at any such foreclosure sale. The right of redemption from any sale under any such judgment shall exist in favor of owners and persons interested in such real estate for a period of 2 years from the date of the sale. After the sale of any such lands under any foreclosure order, notice shall be given by the purchaser at such sale, or his assigns, to all parties defendant in such suit and to all owners and parties interested in such land (including all occupants of said land, or any part thereof) at the time of giving such notice, of the fact of the sale of said lands for such unpaid assessments, the date the sale was held, the amount of such sale, and the time when the period of redemption will expire. Such notice shall be given not more than one year nor less than 3 months before the expiration of the time of redemption. Such notice shall be sent by registered mail to all such parties at their respective places of residence if the same can be ascertained upon diligent inquiry, except that all occupants of said lands shall be personally served with such notice. If any owner or party interested is unknown, or if, upon diligent inquiry, the place of residence of any such party cannot be ascertained, then such notice shall be given by one publication in some newspaper published in such county or, if no newspaper is published in such county, then by publication in some newspaper published in another county but having general circulation in such county. Proof of the giving of such notice shall be made to the court in which the suit is pending, and no deed shall be issued until such proof is made and approved by the court.
    If there is no redemption from such sale within 2 years from the time of such sale and proper proof is made of the giving of notice as hereinabove provided, then the court shall order the issuance of a deed which shall vest in the grantee all the right, title and interest in said lands of all parties defendant in such suit and of all their privies in title and interest.
    If a notice as above provided is not given within the time above provided, or if the notice given is defective or insufficient, then the court may, upon proper application, order the giving of another notice and shall extend the time for redemption to a date certain, not less than 3 nor more than 5 months following the entry of such order, so that proper notice may be given.
    The remedy provided by this section for the collection of unpaid assessments shall not be construed to abridge or interfere with the right to enforce the collection of any unpaid or delinquent assessments in the manner provided by the revenue laws of this State or of other provisions of this Act, but the remedy herein provided shall be taken and held as an additional remedy.
(Source: P.A. 79-1360.)

70 ILCS 605/5-26

    (70 ILCS 605/5-26) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-26)
    Sec. 5-26. Receivers.) The court in which a foreclosure suit is pending may, upon motion of the commissioners and without bond, appoint a receiver of the rents, issues and profits of any land or other property which is the subject matter of such suit. The circuit court may also, upon complaint of the commissioners and without bond, appoint such a receiver, even though no foreclosure suit is pending, when any original or additional assessment, any installment of assessment, any annual maintenance assessment or any interest on any assessment is delinquent and the land or other property against which such assessment was levied has been forfeited to the State upon failure to sell at the Collector's sale for the non-payment thereof. If the receiver so appointed is a commissioner or other officer of the district and such commissioner or other officer has given bond for the faithful performance of his official duties as such commissioner or officer and that bond is, in the opinion of the court, adequate to protect the interests of the parties, then the official bond of such commissioner or other officer shall stand as his bond for the faithful performance of his duties as receiver. Any receiver so appointed may be authorized by the court to pay, out of the rents, issues and profits collected by him, any necessary expenses in connection with the operation of the property, including receiver's fees and expenses incurred in the administration of the receivership, general taxes and other special assessments. The receiver shall apply the net income from the property to the payment of the delinquent assessments or installments upon such forfeited property, together with any assessments or installments subsequently falling due and all interest, and when the same, including all penalties and costs thereof, have been fully satisfied, whether out of the income collected by the receiver or otherwise, and the receiver has been discharged, the action shall abate and the owner shall be restored to possession. The remedy provided by this section shall be held and taken as cumulative and shall not be construed to abridge or interfere with the right to enforce collection of any unpaid or delinquent assessment in any manner otherwise provided by law.
(Source: P.A. 79-1360.)

70 ILCS 605/5-27

    (70 ILCS 605/5-27) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-27)
    Sec. 5-27. Rebate of assessments illegally levied and collected.
    When an assessment or a portion of an assessment has been illegally levied and has been collected and no lien has attached to the funds so collected, the commissioners may use those funds, or any part thereof, for the purposes for which the assessment was levied, or they may petition the court in which the assessment was levied for authority to rebate the balance of such funds remaining after the payment of the costs and expenses incident to the levy of the assessment and the collection of the assessment and the rebate thereof. Upon the filing of the petition it shall be presented to the court and set for hearing. The clerk of the court shall give notice of the hearing in substantially the form provided in Section 4-21 and in the manner and for the length of time provided in Section 4-22. Any person interested may appear at the hearing and show cause why a rebate should or should not be made. The court may, upon the conclusion of the hearing, order the commissioners to rebate such balance or a portion thereof or order the commissioners to retain the same, or a portion thereof, to be used for the purposes for which the assessment was levied or for the general purposes of the district.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/5-28

    (70 ILCS 605/5-28) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-28)
    Sec. 5-28. Rebate and abatement of excess assessments-Commissioners' petition. When the individual assessments have been completely paid and the purposes for which the assessment was levied have been accomplished and the funds remaining on hand from the assessment exceed the amount necessary to accomplish those purposes, then the commissioners may either retain such excess and use it for the general purposes of the district or they may petition the court for authority to rebate such excess or a portion thereof. When some of the individual assessments have been completely paid and others are unpaid or only partially paid, but the purposes for which the assessment was levied have been accomplished and the assessment exceeds the amount necessary to accomplish those purposes, then the commissioners may either retain such excess and use it for the general purposes of the district or they may petition the court for authority to rebate and abate such excess, or a portion thereof. Any such petition to rebate, or to rebate and abate, such excess, or a portion thereof, under this Section shall be verified by the commissioners and shall set forth (a) the amount of the assessment levied, (b) the amount collected, (c) the amount delinquent, if any, (d) the amount of the assessment which is not yet due and remains unpaid, if any, (e) the amount expended, (f) the amount of any indebtedness of the district which arose out of such assessment, (g) the amount of any other indebtedness of the district, (h) whether any funds are otherwise available for the payment of such indebtedness, (i) the amount which, in the opinion of the commissioners, should be rebated, or rebated and abated, and (j) the amount which should be retained for the general purposes of the district. Upon the petition being filed, it shall be presented to the court and the court shall set a time and place for hearing. The clerk of the court shall give notice of the hearing in substantially the form provided in Section 4-21, and in the manner and for the length of time provided in Section 4-22. Any person interested may appear at the hearing and show cause why the prayer of the petition should or should not be granted. If the court finds from the evidence that the remaining uncollected balance of the assessment, if any, and the funds on hand or otherwise available are in excess of the outstanding indebtedness, of the district and that no obligation of any contract will be impaired, the court may order the rebate, or the rebate and abatement, of that portion of the assessment not required for the general purposes of the district, provided that no assessment or installment against which there is a valid lien shall be abated without the consent of the holder or holders of such lien.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/5-29

    (70 ILCS 605/5-29) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-29)
    Sec. 5-29. Rebate and abatement of excess assessment - Landowners' petition.
    When any landowner has requested the commissioners to initiate proceedings to rebate, or to rebate and abate, a portion of an assessment under Section 5-28 and the commissioners have failed or refused to initiate such proceedings then the court may, if petitioned to do so by at least 10 per cent of the adult landowners in the district, order the rebate, or rebate and abatement, of that portion of the assessment not required for the general purposes of the district.
    When a landowners' petition seeking the rebate, or rebate and abatement, of the excess or a portion of the excess of an assessment has been filed with the clerk of the court the petition shall be presented to the court and set for hearing by the court. Notice of the filing of the petition and the hearing thereon shall be given by the clerk of the court to the commissioners in the manner and for the length of time directed by the court. Notice shall also be given by the clerk of the court to the other landowners in the district in substantially the form provided in Section 4-21, and in the manner and for the length of time provided in Section 4-22.
    Any person interested may appear at the hearing and show cause why the prayer of the petition should or should not be granted. If the court finds from the evidence that the remaining uncollected balance of the assessment, if any, and the funds on hand or otherwise available are in excess of the outstanding indebtedness of the district and that no obligation of any contract will be impaired, the court may order the rebate, or rebate and abatement, of that portion of the assessment not required for the general purposes of the district, provided that no assessment or installment against which there is a valid lien shall be abated without the consent of the holder or holders of such lien.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/5-30

    (70 ILCS 605/5-30) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-30)
    Sec. 5-30. Roll of rebated, or rebated and abated assessments. When an assessment or a portion of an assessment is ordered rebated and abated then the individual assessments which have been paid, or partially paid, shall be reduced in the same proportions as the unpaid assessments so that no inequity will result from the payment or prepayment of an assessment or an installment of an assessment. The persons who, on the date of the filing of the petition, owned the land or other property with respect to which rebates are payable are the persons entitled to receive such rebates. When an assessment against a tract of land or other property is reduced, and that assessment has been fully paid, the owner is entitled to a rebate of the amount by which the assessment against his land is reduced. When such an assessment is so reduced and the assessment has been partially paid and such partial payment exceeds the assessment as reduced, the owner is entitled to a rebate of the amount by which such partial payment exceeds the assessment as reduced and the unpaid balance of the assessment shall be abated. When such an assessment is so reduced and the assessment is unpaid, or the assessment has been partially paid but such partial payment does not exceed the assessment as reduced, the owner is not entitled to any rebate but his assessment shall abate in the amount by which it is reduced.
    The roll of rebated, or rebated and abated, assessments shall set forth, as to each tract of land or other property, (a) the name of the owner on the date of the filing of the petition, (b) a description of each tract or other property, (c) the amount of the assessment as originally levied, (d) the amount of the assessment paid, (e) the amount of any interest or penalty paid, (f) the amount proposed to be rebated, if any, (g) the amount proposed to be abated, if any, (h) the amount remaining to be collected, if any.
    A petition to rebate, or to rebate and abate, an assessment, or a portion of an assessment, under the provisions of Section 5-27 or 5-28 may be accompanied by a roll of rebated, or rebated and abated, assessments and, if the petition is so accompanied by such a roll, the court shall hear any issues arising on the roll at the time of the hearing on the petition.
    If the petition is not accompanied by such a roll, or if the petition was filed under Section 5-29, 10-1 or 10-2, then the court at the time of ordering the rebate, or the rebate and abatement, of the assessment or a portion thereof shall continue the proceeding to a day certain for the filing of the roll. If the commissioners have not filed their roll before the day to which the proceeding was continued, then successive continuances may be granted. After the roll has been filed, the court, on the day to which the proceeding was continued, shall fix the date and hour for the hearing on the roll and no further notice need be given.
    The hearing on the roll shall be by the court without a jury; except that where only a portion of the work has been abandoned under the provisions of Section 10-2, then any party may have a trial by jury on the roll of rebated and abated assessments if a demand for a jury is made at or before the time the court fixed the date and hour for hearing on the roll.
    At the hearing any person interested may appear and object. At the conclusion of the hearing, if heard without a jury, the court may confirm the roll without change, modify the roll and confirm the roll as modified or enter such other order as may appear proper under the evidence. If the roll is heard by a jury, then the verdict of the jury shall be confirmed by the court. Motions for new trials or in arrest of judgment or for judgment notwithstanding the verdict may be made, filed and determined within the time and in the manner provided in other actions under the Civil Practice Law.
    When the order confirming a roll of rebated, or rebated and abated, assessments has become final, the treasurer of the district shall pay over to the persons named in the roll the amount of the rebates to which they are entitled, as disclosed by the roll, and when so paid, no liability shall attach to the district, the commissioners or the treasurer by reason of the fact that the persons receiving such payments were not in fact the owners of the land on the date of the filing of the petition. If the name or the whereabouts of the owner of any tract is unknown or if the owner is under legal disability and has no legal representative, then the district treasurer may, upon order of the court, deposit the amount of the rebate due such owner with the County Treasurer of the county in which the district was organized, and the liability of the district, the commissioners and the treasurer to make such payment shall thereupon cease. The County Treasurer shall, upon demand, pay the same to the party entitled thereto, taking his receipt therefor.
    Upon the confirmation of a roll of rebated and abated assessments, the lands and other properties shall be released of the lien of the assessment to the extent by which the individual assessments were reduced.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

70 ILCS 605/5-31

    (70 ILCS 605/5-31) (from Ch. 42, par. 5-31)
    Sec. 5-31. Division of Assessment when Ownership is Divided. If, at any time, the ownership of any tract of land is divided in a manner other than that described in any assessment roll and such assessment, or a portion thereof, is unpaid, the landowners may agree upon the division of the assessment or the unpaid portion thereof between or among them and request the division of the assessment on the district collector's books. If the request for division of the assessment is approved by the commissioners, they shall adopt a resolution granting the request and file the same with the Clerk, who shall record it in the drainage record. The district collector, upon receipt of a certified copy of the resolution, shall make a division of the assessment or the unpaid portion thereof on his books to correspond with the agreement of the landowners, and such divided assessment shall thereafter be enforceable only against the separate tracts according to the method of division. Annual maintenance assessments may be divided between or among several owners in the same manner as is hereinabove provided for other assessments. In the absence of such agreement, the district collector shall divide the assessment, or the unpaid portion thereof, on his books to correspond to the ratio of the assessed land area held by each owner after division of such tract to the total original assessed land area of the tract.
(Source: P.A. 86-297.)

70 ILCS 605/Art. VI

 
    (70 ILCS 605/Art. VI heading)
ARTICLE VI. LETTING CONTRACTS, INDEBTEDNESS, BORROWING AND HANDLING FUNDS

70 ILCS 605/6-1

    (70 ILCS 605/6-1) (from Ch. 42, par. 6-1)
    Sec. 6-1. Advertising for Bids on Construction Work and Purchases. Whenever the cost of any work to be performed by the district or the cost of any machinery, equipment, materials or supplies to be purchased by the district will exceed $20,000, the commissioners shall advertise for sealed bids for the performance of such work or the furnishing of such machinery, equipment, materials or supplies by publishing a notice in a newspaper published or having general circulation in the county in which the district was organized not less than once each week for 3 successive weeks. The first such publication shall be made not less than 17 days prior to the date set for opening the bids. The notice shall particularly set out the time when and the place where the bids will be opened, the nature of the work to be performed or the machinery, equipment, materials or supplies to be purchased and the terms of payment. The commissioners may reject any and all bids, may waive any informality in bids received and may continue the letting from time to time. The commissioners may accept any bid they deem most favorable, but if the bid accepted is not the lowest bid, they shall enter in their minutes their reason for not accepting the lower bid or bids. If any person to whom a contract has been let after notice as herein required fails to perform his contract, the same may be relet in such a manner as the commissioners deem best, with or without advertisement for bids.
    The provisions of this Section, however, shall not apply to the contracting, letting or doing of any repair or maintenance work the cost of which will be payable from the annual maintenance fund of the district.
(Source: P.A. 96-536, eff. 8-14-09.)

70 ILCS 605/6-2

    (70 ILCS 605/6-2) (from Ch. 42, par. 6-2)
    Sec. 6-2. Emergency work-Waiver of requirement for bids. The provisions of Section 6-1 shall not apply to the performance of work by the district in the protection, operation or repair of its levees, pumping plants or drainage system during times of flood or other emergency.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/6-3

    (70 ILCS 605/6-3) (from Ch. 42, par. 6-3)
    Sec. 6-3. Interest of commissioner in contracts forbidden.
    No commissioner shall be interested, directly or indirectly, in any contract for the performance of any work by the district, whether original, additional, repair or maintenance, for the purchase or rental of any machinery or equipment by the district, or for the purchase of any materials or supplies by the district.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/6-4

    (70 ILCS 605/6-4) (from Ch. 42, par. 6-4)
    Sec. 6-4. Contracts with highway authorities or railroads for construction, maintenance and use of levees.
    The commissioners may contract with highway authorities or with any person, firm or corporation operating a railroad, to construct or maintain a levee or levees, or any portion thereof, upon such terms as may be for the best interests of the district, and may grant to such highway authorities or such person, firm or corporation operating a railroad the right to construct, operate and maintain a highway or railroad upon, along or across such levee or levees. The commissioners may also contract with highway authorities or with any person, firm or corporation operating a railroad to use any embankment, or any part thereof, constructed by such highway authority or by such person, firm or corporation as a district levee or as a part of the levee system of the district. Any such contract shall be subject to approval by the court, after hearing, either without notice or upon such notice as the court may direct.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/6-4.1

    (70 ILCS 605/6-4.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 6-4.1)
    Sec. 6-4.1. Bikeways and trails. A district may use its established funds, personnel, and other resources to acquire, construct, operate, and maintain bikeways and trails. Districts may cooperate with other governmental and private agencies in bikeway and trail programs.
(Source: P.A. 87-985.)

70 ILCS 605/6-5

    (70 ILCS 605/6-5) (from Ch. 42, par. 6-5)
    Sec. 6-5. Power to incur indebtedness.
    The commissioners may incur indebtedness in excess of uncollected assessments and funds on hand or otherwise available only for: (a) the current expenses of the district, including the fees of its officers, engineers and attorneys, court costs and incidental administrative expenses; (b) the completion of work previously approved by the court in accordance with approved plans when the funds originally provided for such work, whether by assessment or otherwise, are found by the commissioners to be insufficient; and (c) the performance of work by the district in the protection, operation or repair of its levees, pumping plants or drainage system during times of flood or other emergency.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/6-6

    (70 ILCS 605/6-6) (from Ch. 42, par. 6-6)
    Sec. 6-6. Bonds and notes-Interest-Lien.
    The commissioners may, without court approval, borrow money to an amount not exceeding 90% of the amount of assessments, or one or more installments of assessments, unpaid at the time of the borrowing, for the performance of any work, whether original, additional, repair or maintenance, which they may be authorized to perform, or for the payment of any indebtedness they may have lawfully incurred, or for any other lawful purpose. They may evidence the same by notes or bonds in registered form bearing interest at a rate not to exceed the rate of interest payable on the assessment, and not running beyond one year after the date that the assessment or last installment of the assessment against which the money is borrowed will fall due. Such notes or bonds shall not be held to make the commissioners personally liable for the money borrowed, but shall constitute a lien upon such assessments or installments of assessments (and all interest becoming due thereon) for the repayment of the principal and interest thereof.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/6-7

    (70 ILCS 605/6-7) (from Ch. 42, par. 6-7)
    Sec. 6-7. Borrowing in excess of 90% of unpaid assessments. The commissioners for good cause shown may borrow money in an amount exceeding 90% of any unpaid assessments or installments of assessments for the purposes set forth in Section 6-6. Before so borrowing, the commissioners shall petition the court for such authority. Upon its filing, the petition shall be presented to the court, which shall fix the date and hour for hearing. Notice of the hearing shall be given substantially in the form, for the length of time and in the manner provided in Sections 4-21 and 4-22, except that when notice is given by publication, no notice by mailing shall be required. If, upon such hearing, the court finds that such borrowing will be for the best interests of the district, it shall grant the prayer of the petition.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/6-8

    (70 ILCS 605/6-8) (from Ch. 42, par. 6-8)
    Sec. 6-8. Notes and bonds-Resolution-Register-Calling prior to maturity.
    The commissioners shall, by proper resolution, determine the form of the notes or bonds to be issued, together with the date, amount, rate of interest and maturity of the same, and shall designate the assessments or installments of assessments against which the same are to be a lien. A copy of the resolution shall be filed with the clerk and recorded in the drainage record. The treasurer shall keep a register of the bonds and notes of the district, which register shall show the names and addresses of the registered holders, the serial numbers, amounts, rate of interest, date of issue, maturity dates, where the bonds or notes are payable, the amount received by the district for each bond or note and the assessment or installment against which the bond is a lien. The note and bond register shall at all reasonable times be available for inspection by any person interested.
    Any note or bond issued by a district after the effective date of this Act shall be subject to call prior to maturity whenever there are sufficient funds on hand in the bond fund to call one or more of such notes or bonds and to meet all payments of principal and interest due or to become due within the next 12 month period. Whenever the commissioners determine that sufficient funds are on hand in the bond fund, they shall by appropriate resolution also determine the number of the notes or bonds to be called and direct the treasurer to call such notes or bonds. If the number to be called is less than all of the notes or bonds outstanding against such fund, then the treasurer shall determine by lot the serial number of the notes or bonds to be called. The treasurer shall give the registered holder of each such note or bond being called notice by registered mail sent to the address shown on the note and bond register and by publishing a notice thereof in a newspaper of general circulation published in the county in which the district was organized. If no newspaper of general circulation is published in that county, then the notice shall be published in a newspaper having general publication in that county. The notice to be so mailed and published shall specify the issue and maturity dates of the notes or bonds called, the serial numbers of the notes or bonds called, the assessment or installments of assessment against which the notes or bonds are a lien, the date upon which the interest thereon will cease, which date shall be not less than 30 days after the publication and mailing of the notice and shall request that such notes or bonds be presented for payment and cancellation. If notice is given as hereinabove set forth, then such notes or bonds shall cease to bear interest after the date fixed in said notice. Each note or bond issued by a district shall contain a statement that it is subject to call prior to maturity as provided by this section, but the failure of any note or bond to contain such a statement shall not deprive the district of its right to call such note or bond prior to maturity as hereinabove provided.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/6-9

    (70 ILCS 605/6-9) (from Ch. 42, par. 6-9)
    Sec. 6-9. Borrowing against annual maintenance assessment. Whenever an annual maintenance assessment has been confirmed in a district and there are not sufficient funds on hand to perform maintenance work, to operate a pumping plant, or for any other purpose for which annual maintenance funds may be expended, the commissioners may, at any time after they have made and filed their annual certificate of levy, borrow money against the annual maintenance assessment for which such certificate of levy has been filed, to an amount not exceeding 75% of such levy, and may evidence the same by notes of the district bearing interest at a rate not exceeding that permitted in "An Act to authorize public corporations to issue bonds, other evidences of indebtedness and tax anticipation warrants subject to interest rate limitations set forth therein", approved May 26, 1970, as amended and not running beyond one year from the date of issue. Such notes shall not be held to make the commissioners personally liable, but shall constitute a lien against such annual maintenance assessment.
(Source: P.A. 84-886.)

70 ILCS 605/6-10

    (70 ILCS 605/6-10) (from Ch. 42, par. 6-10)
    Sec. 6-10. Extending payment of assessments-Refunding bonds.
    The time of payment of any assessment or any installment thereof may be extended, in whole or in part, whether due or not due, and any notes or bonds of the district, or any part thereof, issued in anticipation of the collection of any original or additional assessment or installment thereof, may be refunded. Notes or bonds not due may be refunded only by agreement with the holders, provided that no holder shall receive an amount in excess of the par value thereof, together with accrued interest.
    In the event that less than all of the notes or bonds are refunded, the due date of a like proportion of the assessment or installment against which the notes or bonds are a lien shall be extended. Assessments or installments, or any part thereof, may be divided into a greater or less number of installments than was originally provided, but the time of payment of any assessment or installment, or any part thereof, shall not be extended beyond 40 years from the date of the order providing for such extension.
    The commissioners may on their own motion, and shall upon receiving a petition signed by the owners of land whose unpaid assessments against which such notes or bonds are a lien equal to at least 25% of all such unpaid assessments, petition the court to extend the time of payment of any assessment or installment, or any part thereof, and to issue refunding bonds. The petition shall set forth (a) a description of all assessments, any part of which remains unpaid, including the date or dates of confirmation, the amount remaining unpaid, the amount due in each year and the rate of interest, (b) the amount of cash on hand, (c) a description of the notes or bonds of the district outstanding, including the date of issue of such notes or bonds, the dates of maturity, the rate of interest and the assessments or installments against which such notes or bonds are a lien, (d) other indebtedness of the district, if any, (e) the assessments or installments they desire to extend, either in whole or in part, together with the desired maturities of the extended assessments, installments or parts thereof and the proposed rate of interest that said extended assessments or installments shall bear, (f) the assessments, installments or parts thereof, if any, they desire to remain as theretofore confirmed, (g) the amount, maturities and rate of interest of the proposed refunding notes or bonds, and (h) if it is proposed to extend the time of payment of assessments or installments, or any part thereof, not yet due, a statement whether the holders of the notes or bonds will surrender their notes or bonds in exchange for refunding notes or bonds or, in the alternative, accept, in payment thereof, an amount not in excess of the par value thereof, together with accrued interest.
    Accompanying such petition shall be an assessment roll, setting forth (a) the name of the owner of each tract of land or other property against which any such assessment, installment or part thereof remain unpaid, if known, or, if unknown, then the name of the person who last paid the general taxes thereon, as shown by the Collector's books, (b) a description of each tract of land or other property, (c) the amount of unpaid assessments or installments against each tract, (d) the amount and maturity of each installment of the proposed extended assessments against each tract, and (e) the amount and maturity of each assessment, installment or part thereof, if any, which is to remain as theretofore confirmed against each tract.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/6-11

    (70 ILCS 605/6-11) (from Ch. 42, par. 6-11)
    Sec. 6-11. Extending payment of assessments-Notice. When a petition is filed as provided in Section 6-10, the court shall fix the date and hour for hearing. The clerk of the court shall give notice of the hearing, which shall be entitled "Drainage Notice" and must state (a) in what court and on what date the petition was filed, (b) the name of the district, (c) the amount of assessment or parts thereof proposed to be extended, (d) the number of installments in which they are presently payable, (e) the number of installments in which it is proposed to make the same payable, (f) the proposed interest rate of such extended assessments, (g) the amount of bonds proposed to be refunded and the amount of refunding bonds proposed to be issued, and (h) the place, date and hour the petition will be heard. Such notice shall be given in the time and manner provided by Section 4-22.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/6-12

    (70 ILCS 605/6-12) (from Ch. 42, par. 6-12)
    Sec. 6-12. Extending payment of assessments - Hearing - Order. The court shall hear such petition and make such order as it deems proper. The court may order the time of payment of any such assessments or one or more installments of assessments, or any part or parts thereof, extended, may change the number of installments into which such assessments are divided, may fix the rate of interest which said extended assessments shall bear, which shall not exceed that permitted in "An Act to authorize public corporations to issue bonds, other evidences of indebtedness and tax anticipation warrants subject to interest rate limitations set forth therein", approved May 26, 1970, as amended, and shall give the owners an opportunity to pay the assessments or installments proposed to be refunded in cash within a reasonable time to be fixed by the court without further notice, and after the expiration of the time fixed and the commissioners have reported such cash payments to the court, the court shall also fix the amount of the refunding bonds and authorize their issuance by the commissioners at a rate of interest not to exceed the rate of interest on the extended assessments, and such refunding notes or bonds shall be a lien upon such extended assessments or installments. Extended assessments or installments shall continue to be a lien upon the lands assessed until paid.
(Source: P.A. 84-886.)

70 ILCS 605/6-13

    (70 ILCS 605/6-13) (from Ch. 42, par. 6-13)
    Sec. 6-13. Extending payment of assessments-Withdrawal of delinquent assessments- Release of forfeited lands.
    Whenever the time of payment of any assessment, installment or portion thereof has been extended as provided in this Article and the extended assessment or installment includes an assessment, installment or portion thereof which is past due and has been certified to the County Collector as delinquent, or the delinquent property has been forfeited to the State for the non-payment of such assessment, installment or portion, the court shall, in its order extending the time of payment, direct that such tract be removed from the delinquent list or direct that such tract be released from such judgment and forfeiture by proper entry upon the tax sale, judgment and forfeiture record of the county in which the land is situated, without charge to the district or the bondholders.
    Where the amount of the assessment to be withdrawn from the delinquent list or to be released from the tax sale, judgment and forfeiture record is less than the whole amount of the assessment or installment for which the property has been certified delinquent or forfeited, only that portion of the assessment or installment the time of payment of which has been extended shall be so released or withdrawn, and in withdrawing or releasing such land, the records shall clearly indicate that only that portion of the assessment or installment the time of payment of which has been extended has been withdrawn or released. The balance of the assessment or installment shall remain delinquent or forfeited, as the case may be, and be collected in the manner provided by law for the collection of such delinquencies or forfeitures.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/6-14

    (70 ILCS 605/6-14) (from Ch. 42, par. 6-14)
    Sec. 6-14. Depository for district funds. Upon request by the treasurer, the commissioners shall designate one or more banks or savings and loan associations as the depository for funds received by the treasurer by virtue of his office. Within 10 days after such designation, the treasurer shall transfer all funds of the district to such depository or depositories and he shall thereafter be discharged of all responsibility for such funds while they are on deposit therein.
    No bank or savings and loan association shall receive public funds as permitted by this Section, unless it has complied with the requirements established pursuant to Section 6 of "An Act relating to certain investments of public funds by public agencies", approved July 23, 1943, as now or hereafter amended.
(Source: P.A. 83-541.)

70 ILCS 605/6-15

    (70 ILCS 605/6-15) (from Ch. 42, par. 6-15)
    Sec. 6-15. Paying out district funds. The treasurer shall pay out district funds only upon a written order signed by a majority of the commissioners, or upon the order of court, and shall carefully preserve all such orders. Notes, bonds or interest coupons which are lawful obligations of the district and obligations for Social Security taxes as required by the "Social Security Enabling Act" may be paid when due by the treasurer out of district funds without the further order of the commissioners.
(Source: P.A. 81-793.)

70 ILCS 605/6-16

    (70 ILCS 605/6-16) (from Ch. 42, par. 6-16)
    Sec. 6-16. Treasurer's Account. The treasurer shall keep an accurate account of all moneys received and disbursed, and on or before the 1st day of November in each year, and at such other times as required by the commissioners, he shall submit to them an accurate account of such receipts and disbursements, together with the commissioners' orders, vouchers and other papers and records necessary to verify such account.
(Source: P.A. 84-886.)

70 ILCS 605/Art. VII

 
    (70 ILCS 605/Art. VII heading)
ARTICLE VII. SUBDISTRICTS AND MINOR SUBDISTRICTS

70 ILCS 605/7-1

    (70 ILCS 605/7-1) (from Ch. 42, par. 7-1)
    Sec. 7-1. Purposes for which subdistricts may be organized.
    Subdistricts may be organized in the circuit court of the county in which the main district was organized for the purpose of providing more minute or complete drainage or protection of lands in one or more particular localities or separate areas in the main district. Subdistricts shall have the right to use the drains of the main district for their outlets.
(Source: Laws 1965, p. 678.)

70 ILCS 605/7-2

    (70 ILCS 605/7-2) (from Ch. 42, par. 7-2)
    Sec. 7-2. Commissioners to examine lands. The commissioners of the main district on their own initiative may, or, if the commissioners are presented with a petition of the landowners meeting the essential requirements as to signers and contents of either Section 3-3 or Section 3-27 so far as the same may be applicable, they shall, examine the lands proposed to be included in the subdistrict and upon which any portion of the drainage system is proposed to be constructed and determine upon the system of local drainage which will best provide more minute or complete drainage or protection to such lands.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/7-3

    (70 ILCS 605/7-3) (from Ch. 42, par. 7-3)
    Sec. 7-3. Employment of engineer - Engineer's report.
    The commissioners shall, unless otherwise authorized by the court, employ an engineer who shall be a registered professional engineer, competent in the design and operation of drainage systems, to assist them in the performance of their duties. If an engineer is so employed, he shall make such surveys and estimates as the commissioners may direct, and he shall report to the commissioners in the manner prescribed by Section 3-14.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/7-4

    (70 ILCS 605/7-4) (from Ch. 42, par. 7-4)
    Sec. 7-4. Report of commissioners. After the commissioners have determined upon the system of drainage which will best provide more minute or complete drainage or protection to the lands proposed to be included in the subdistrict, they shall prepare and file with the court a report on the proposed organization of the subdistrict, meeting as nearly as the facts will permit, the general requirements prescribed in Section 3-15.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/7-5

    (70 ILCS 605/7-5) (from Ch. 42, par. 7-5)
    Sec. 7-5. Payment of expenses incident to report. The commissioners may use general funds of the main district not otherwise committed and not in excess of $2,000 to pay the necessary expenses incident to the preparation of their report, but if the subdistrict is organized and an assessment levied therein, the subdistrict shall reimburse the main district for any funds so expended.
(Source: P.A. 84-886.)

70 ILCS 605/7-6

    (70 ILCS 605/7-6) (from Ch. 42, par. 7-6)
    Sec. 7-6. Setting report for hearing-Notice. Upon the filing of the report, it shall be presented to the court, which shall fix the date and hour for hearing. The clerk shall give notice of the hearing thereon, in the manner and for the length of time prescribed in Sections 3-5 and 3-6. Other districts or municipal corporations may be made parties defendant in the proceedings in the manner set forth in Section 3-19.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/7-7

    (70 ILCS 605/7-7) (from Ch. 42, par. 7-7)
    Sec. 7-7. Hearing on report.
    Any owner of land in the proposed subdistrict or any other district or municipal corporation made a party defendant may, at or prior to the time fixed for hearing file objections to the report, or to any portion thereof, or request that the report be modified in any particular and, after filing such objections or request, may be heard with reference thereto and introduce evidence in support thereof.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/7-8

    (70 ILCS 605/7-8) (from Ch. 42, par. 7-8)
    Sec. 7-8. Order modifying report, dismissing proceedings or organizing subdistrict. At the conclusion of the hearing, the court may modify the report, dismiss the proceedings or approve the report and order the organization of the subdistrict, as in the case of original organization of main districts as set forth in Sections 3-21, 3-22, and 3-23.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/7-9

    (70 ILCS 605/7-9) (from Ch. 42, par. 7-9)
    Sec. 7-9. Effect of order organizing subdistrict.
    When an order organizing a subdistrict is given or made, the subdistrict shall become a body politic and corporate under the name set forth in the order and shall have all the powers of a main district as provided in this Act. The organization of a subdistrict shall not operate to release the land in the subdistrict from the payment of any assessment in the main district, whether theretofore or thereafter levied, and neither shall it give such subdistrict any claim on the funds of the main district for its local use.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/7-10

    (70 ILCS 605/7-10) (from Ch. 42, par. 7-10)
    Sec. 7-10. Commissioners and other officers.
    The commissioners and other officers of the main district, ex officio, shall be commissioners and officers of the subdistrict.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/7-11

    (70 ILCS 605/7-11) (from Ch. 42, par. 7-11)
    Sec. 7-11. Powers and duties of commissioners and other officers.
    The commissioners and other officers of the subdistrict shall have the same powers and duties as are provided in this Act for the commissioners and other officers of main districts, but they shall keep a separate record of their acts and doings affecting the subdistrict. The funds of the subdistrict shall not be commingled with the funds of the main district or any other subdistrict.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/7-12

    (70 ILCS 605/7-12) (from Ch. 42, par. 7-12)
    Sec. 7-12. Minor Subdistricts.
    Minor subdistricts may be organized in such particular localities or separate areas within subdistricts as may require more minute or complete drainage or protection than is provided by the drainage system of the subdistrict. The proceedings for the organization of minor subdistricts shall be carried on in like manner and with like effect as is herein provided for the organization of subdistricts. The commissioners and other officers of the main district, ex officio, shall be commissioners and officers of minor subdistricts, and they shall have the same powers and duties as are provided in this Act for commissioners and other officers of main districts but they shall keep a separate record of their acts and doings affecting each minor subdistrict. The funds of a minor subdistrict shall not be commingled with the funds of the main district, any subdistrict or any other minor subdistrict.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/Art. VIII

 
    (70 ILCS 605/Art. VIII heading)
ARTICLE VIII. ANNEXATION AND DETACHMENT OF LANDS

70 ILCS 605/8-1

    (70 ILCS 605/8-1) (from Ch. 42, par. 8-1)
    Sec. 8-1. Annexation and detachment.
    Lands may be annexed to or detached from a district, subdistrict or minor subdistrict in the manner provided in this Article.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/8-2

    (70 ILCS 605/8-2) (from Ch. 42, par. 8-2)
    Sec. 8-2. Annexation-Right of outside lands to use district drains. Any owner of land which lies outside of a district, subdistrict or minor subdistrict but within the same natural drainage area, or involved in the same system of drainage as the lands within the district, subdistrict or minor subdistrict, may connect his land to any open ditch of the district, subdistrict or minor subdistrict, or, with the prior consent of the commissioners, to any covered drain of the district, subdistrict or minor subdistrict. Any connection so made shall be subject to the conditions of Section 12-1. When any such connection is made, the landowner involved shall be deemed to have consented to the annexation of such land to the district, subdistrict or minor subdistrict.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/8-3

    (70 ILCS 605/8-3) (from Ch. 42, par. 8-3)
    Sec. 8-3. Annexation-Petition by commissioners.
    When any land lying outside of a district has been connected to a district drain or has been or will be benefited or protected by any district work done or ordered to be done, the commissioners may petition the court to annex such land to the district. The petition shall include a description of the land proposed to be annexed, the name of the owner, when known, and a general description of the connection which has been made or a general description of the manner in which the land has been or will be benefited or protected.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/8-4

    (70 ILCS 605/8-4) (from Ch. 42, par. 8-4)
    Sec. 8-4. Annexation-Petition by landowners. When the owners of lands lying outside of a district but within the same natural drainage basin or involved in the same system of drainage as the lands within the district, desire to have their lands annexed to the district, they may so petition the court. The petition must meet the proportional requirements of Section 3-3 as to signers and shall include a description of the lands proposed to be annexed and the names of the owners, when known.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/8-5

    (70 ILCS 605/8-5) (from Ch. 42, par. 8-5)
    Sec. 8-5. Annexation-Setting petition for hearing-Notice. Upon the filing of a petition for annexation, it shall be presented to the Court, which shall fix the date and hour for hearing. The clerk of the court shall give notice of the hearing to the owners of the lands proposed to be annexed substantially in the form provided in Section 4-21 and in the manner and for the length of time provided in Section 4-22. The notice shall include a description of the lands sought to be annexed. If the petition is filed by the landowners and all of the owners of the lands sought to be annexed have signed the petition, then no notice, other than 10 days notice in writing sent by the clerk to the commissioners, need be given.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/8-6

    (70 ILCS 605/8-6) (from Ch. 42, par. 8-6)
    Sec. 8-6. Annexation - Hearing - Order - Appeals. Any owner of land lying in the territory sought to be annexed may file objections to the petition at or prior to the time fixed for hearing and, after filing such objections may be heard with reference thereto and introduce evidence thereon. At the hearing, the court shall determine whether the lands sought to be annexed are connected with a district drain or have been or will be benefited or protected by any work of the district done or ordered to be done and, if the petition was filed by the landowners, whether the lands sought to be annexed are within the same natural drainage basin or involved in the same system of drainage as lands within the district and whether the petition is signed by the requisite number of owners owning the required proportion of the area sought to be annexed. If the court finds for the petitioners, it shall order the lands annexed to the district. The order of annexation shall include a description of the territory annexed and a description of the boundaries of that territory. The order shall be final and separate or joint appeals may be taken by the parties affected thereby, as in other civil cases. The taking of an appeal or the reversal of the order upon any such appeal shall not impair or invalidate such annexation as to lands not involved in the appeal, unless the reversal of the order by the reviewing court as to the owners so appealing would work a substantial hardship on the owners or some of the owners not appealing and the appeal has been made to operate as a stay of the enforcement of the judgment. When any such an appeal is taken, the commissioners or any landowner not appealing may, within 15 days after the notice of appeal has been made to operate as a stay of the enforcement of the judgment, move the trial court to stay the proceedings as to the owners of the lands not appealing, pending the determination of the appeal, upon the grounds that the reversal of the order by the reviewing court as to the owners appealing would work a substantial hardship on all or some of the owners not appealing. In the event the proceedings are so stayed and the order appealed from is thereafter affirmed, or the appeal is dismissed, then, upon the receipt of final process from the reviewing court the trial court shall vacate the stay and the proceedings shall thereafter continue in the same manner as though no appeal had been taken. In the event the proceedings are so stayed and the order appealed from is reversed then, upon the receipt of final process from the reviewing court the trial court may modify or vacate the original order as to the lands not appealing as justice may require under the circumstances.
(Source: P.A. 83-345.)

70 ILCS 605/8-7

    (70 ILCS 605/8-7) (from Ch. 42, par. 8-7)
    Sec. 8-7. Assessment of annexed lands.
    Lands annexed to a district shall be subject to assessment for their just proportion of the cost of any work done or to be done by the district. The lands so annexed shall be assessed with the other lands in the district unless the assessment of the lands previously in the district has already been made, in which event the lands so annexed shall be assessed in like proceedings and with a like right of appeal.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/8-8

    (70 ILCS 605/8-8) (from Ch. 42, par. 8-8)
    Sec. 8-8. Detachment-Petition.
    When any land lying within a district is not connected to a district drain and is not and cannot presently be benefited or protected by any work of the district, the commissioners or the owner of such land may petition the court to detach the same from the district. The petition shall include a description of the land proposed to be detached, the name of the owner, when known, and the reason or reasons why such land is not and cannot presently be benefited or protected.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/8-9

    (70 ILCS 605/8-9) (from Ch. 42, par. 8-9)
    Sec. 8-9. Detachment-Setting petition for hearing-Notice. Upon the filing of a petition for detachment, it shall be presented to the court, which shall fix the date and hour for hearing. The clerk of the court shall give notice of the hearing to the owners of all of the lands in the district substantially in the form provided in Section 4-21 and in the manner and for the length of time provided in Section 4-22, except that when notice is given by publication no notice by mailing shall be required. The notice shall include a description of the land sought to be detached. If the petition is filed by the owner of the land sought to be detached, then 10 days notice shall also be given by the clerk to the commissioners by mailing a copy of such notice to each commissioner.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/8-10

    (70 ILCS 605/8-10) (from Ch. 42, par. 8-10)
    Sec. 8-10. Detachment-Hearing-Order-Costs-Appeals.
    At the hearing, the court shall determine whether the allegations of the petition are true. Any owner of land within the district and the commissioners may appear and be heard with reference thereto without filing formal pleadings. If, at the hearing, the court finds that the land proposed to be detached has been assessed for benefits and that the work for which such assessment was levied has not been abandoned, then the land shall be presumed to have been benefited. If the court finds for the petitioners, it shall order the land detached. The order shall include a description of the land so detached. The costs of the proceedings may be taxed against the petitioners, the detached land or the objectors, as justice may require, without regard to the outcome of the proceeding. The order shall be final and separate or joint appeals may be taken by any person interested, as in other civil cases.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3809.)

70 ILCS 605/8-11

    (70 ILCS 605/8-11) (from Ch. 42, par. 8-11)
    Sec. 8-11. Detachment-Land lying in two districts.
    When any land lies within the boundaries of 2 districts and such land is not connected to a district drain in one of the districts and is not and cannot presently be benefited or protected by the work of that district, the landowner and the commissioners of that district may jointly petition the court to detach such land from that district. The petition may be heard without notice or upon such notice as the court may direct. The remedy provided by this section shall be considered cumulative, and it shall not operate to deprive the owner of such land of the right to have his land detached from a district in the manner provided elsewhere in this Article.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/8-12

    (70 ILCS 605/8-12) (from Ch. 42, par. 8-12)
    Sec. 8-12. Detaching lands from one district and annexing to another district.
    When any land lies within a district and such land is not connected to a district drain and is not and cannot presently be benefited or protected by the work of that district, but such land is or can be benefited by the work of another district, the landowners and the commissioners of the 2 districts may enter into an agreement to detach the land from the former district and to annex the land to the latter district. Such agreement shall be in writing and shall become effective only upon the approval of the circuit court of the county or counties in which the districts were organized. Such approval may be granted upon petition of the landowner or the commissioners, and the petition may be heard without notice or upon such notice as the court may direct.
(Source: Laws 1965, p. 678.)

70 ILCS 605/8-13

    (70 ILCS 605/8-13) (from Ch. 42, par. 8-13)
    Sec. 8-13. Detachment-Effect on assessment.
    An order detaching land from a district shall not in itself operate to abate any assessment previously levied against the detached land.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/8-14

    (70 ILCS 605/8-14) (from Ch. 42, par. 8-14)
    Sec. 8-14. Annexing lands to and detaching lands from subdistricts and minor subdistricts.
    Lands may be annexed to or detached from subdistricts or minor subdistricts in the same manner and with the same effect as is hereinbefore provided for the annexation of lands to and the detachment of lands from main districts. When land is annexed to a main district, it may, in the same proceeding and without a separate petition or a separate hearing, be annexed to a subdistrict or a minor subdistrict. When land is detached from a main district, it shall, in the same proceeding and without a separate petition or a separate hearing, be detached from any subdistrict or minor subdistrict in which such detached land is situated.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/8-15

    (70 ILCS 605/8-15) (from Ch. 42, par. 8-15)
    Sec. 8-15. Detachment of lands in municipal corporation exercising drainage powers- Power of court.
    When a drainage district contains lands lying within a municipal corporation which has constructed drains or levees and which is exercising storm drainage powers in that territory of the same nature as the drainage powers being exercised by the drainage district then all the lands within such municipal corporation and within the drainage district may be detached from the drainage district by the court upon petition of the landowners in the territory sought to be detached, the commissioners of the drainage district or the corporate authorities of the municipal corporation. When any lands are so detached from a drainage district and the drainage system of the drainage district is so situated that it will continue to protect the detached lands from overflow or continue to provide an outlet for the storm drainage of those lands, the municipal corporation shall be liable to the drainage district for its proportionate share of the cost of future construction, repair and maintenance work on the levee or outlet, based upon the benefits to be received by the detached lands.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/8-16

    (70 ILCS 605/8-16) (from Ch. 42, par. 8-16)
    Sec. 8-16. Detachment of lands in municipal corporation exercising drainage powers-Petition-Signers-Contents. A petition of landowners under Section 8-15 must be signed by not less than 100 adult owners of land in the territory sought to be detached, unless there are fewer than 200 adult landowners in such territory, in which event the petition shall be signed by not less than a majority of the adult landowners. Each petition under Section 8-15, whether by landowners, commissioners or corporate authorities, shall contain (a) a description of the boundaries of the territory sought to be detached, (b) the name of the drainage district from which detachment is sought, (c) the name of the municipal corporation in which the lands are situated, (d) a general description of the drains or levees which the municipal corporation has constructed and is maintaining in the exercise of its storm drainage powers, (e) a statement that the storm drainage powers being exercised by the municipal corporation in the territory sought to be detached are of the same nature as the drainage powers being exercised by the drainage district, (f) a statement that the lands sought to be detached constitute all the lands which lie within both the drainage district and the municipal corporation, and (g) a request that such lands be detached from the drainage district. The petition must be verified and shall have attached thereto a map showing the territory sought to be detached.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/8-17

    (70 ILCS 605/8-17) (from Ch. 42, par. 8-17)
    Sec. 8-17. Detachment of lands in municipal corporation exercising drainage powers - Setting petition for hearing - Notice. Upon the filing of the petition, it shall be presented to the court, which shall fix the date and hour for hearing, which date shall be not less than 20 nor more than 60 days from the filing thereof. The clerk of the court shall give notice of the hearing on the petition by publishing a notice in a newspaper of general circulation published in the county in which the drainage district is situated. The notice shall be entitled "Notice of Hearing on Petition to Detach Lands from .... Drainage District" and shall be addressed "To All Persons Interested". The notice must set forth (a) in what court and on what date the petition was filed, (b) a brief summary of the contents of the petition, and (c) the place, date and hour the petition will be heard. The notice shall be published at least once each week for 2 successive weeks. The first publication of the notice shall be at least 2 weeks prior to the date fixed for hearing. When the drainage district is situated in 2 or more counties, then such notice shall be given as aforesaid by publishing the same in a newspaper of general circulation published in each of said counties. If no newspaper of general circulation is published in any such county then publication of the notice shall be in a newspaper having general circulation in that county. Within 4 days after the first publication of the notice, the clerk shall mail a copy thereof to each commissioner of the drainage district and to the corporate authorities of the municipal corporation.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/8-18

    (70 ILCS 605/8-18) (from Ch. 42, par. 8-18)
    Sec. 8-18. Detachment of lands in municipal corporation exercising drainage powers- Objections to petition.
    Any landowner in the drainage district, the drainage district or the municipal corporation may file objections to the petition at or prior to the time fixed for hearing and, after filing such objections, may be heard with reference thereto and introduce evidence thereon.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/8-19

    (70 ILCS 605/8-19) (from Ch. 42, par. 8-19)
    Sec. 8-19. Detachment of lands in municipal corporation exercising drainage powers- Hearing-Order.
    If upon hearing the petition, the court finds that it is not properly signed, that the allegations of the petition are not true or that the proposed detachment is not in the best interest of the district and of the lands proposed to be detached, then the court shall deny the petition. If the court finds for the petitioners and has not been requested in writing to ascertain the proportionate share of the cost of reconstruction, repair and maintenance work on the levee or outlet of the drainage district which shall be borne by the municipal corporation in the future, then the court shall order the lands detached from the district. If, however, the court finds for the petitioners and has been requested in writing to ascertain such proportionate share and appropriate pleadings have been filed, then the court shall continue the hearing for the purpose of hearing additional evidence and ascertaining such proportionate share. When the court has ascertained the proportionate share of the cost of such work which the municipal corporation should bear or such proportion has been fixed by an agreement between the commissioners of the drainage district and the corporate authorities of the municipal corporation and approved by the court, the court shall order the lands detached from the district and by that order establish such proportionate share in accordance with its findings or in accordance with the approved agreement. The failure of a district to proceed with a claim against a municipal corporation for the proportionate share of the cost of future work under this section shall not bar the district from bringing an action against the municipal corporation in the manner provided in Article II of this Act.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/8-20

    (70 ILCS 605/8-20) (from Ch. 42, par. 8-20)
    Sec. 8-20. Detachment of lands in municipal corporation exercising drainage powers- Effect of order detaching.
    The detachment order so entered shall not operate to abate, or to release the lien of, any assessment previously levied against the lands detached or to relieve such lands from liability for assessment by the drainage district for the purpose of paying indebtedness or obligations of the drainage district outstanding at the time of detachment. Immediately upon the entry of the detachment order, all drains, levees, drainage structures and easements of the drainage district in the detached area shall become the property of the municipal corporation without the payment of compensation therefor, and the municipal corporation shall thereafter be charged with the duty of keeping such property in repair.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/8-21

    (70 ILCS 605/8-21) (from Ch. 42, par. 8-21)
    Sec. 8-21. Detachment of lands in municipal corporation exercising drainage powers- Appeals.
    Any order entered on such a detachment petition shall be final, whether granting or denying detachment, and separate or joint appeals may be taken as in other civil cases.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3809.)

70 ILCS 605/8-22

    (70 ILCS 605/8-22) (from Ch. 42, par. 8-22)
    Sec. 8-22. Detachment of Lands in Municipal Corporation Exercising Drainage Powers - Enforcement of Order - Modification. The proportionate share of the cost of future work by the drainage district to be borne by the municipal corporation shall constitute the measure of liability of the municipal corporation to the drainage district and may be enforced by mandamus. The proportionate share as fixed by the court may be set aside or modified by a subsequent contract approved by the court or may be set aside or modified by the court upon application by the drainage district or by the municipal corporation when circumstances have so changed as to make the proportionate share inequitable or unjust as to either party. Notice of the hearing on any petition to modify the proportionate share shall be given as the court may direct.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/8-22.1

    (70 ILCS 605/8-22.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 8-22.1)
    Sec. 8-22.1. In districts where the county collector collects all drainage assessments provided for by this Act, the commissioners of the main district shall provide the county clerk of the county in which a district, subdistrict or minor subdistrict lies with a legal description of the boundaries of such district, subdistrict or minor subdistrict. Within 60 days of any change in such boundaries, the commissioner shall provide the county clerk with a legal description of the new boundaries.
(Source: P.A. 81-983.)

70 ILCS 605/Art. IX

 
    (70 ILCS 605/Art. IX heading)
ARTICLE IX. CONSOLIDATION OF DISTRICTS, SUBDISTRICTS AND
MINOR SUBDISTRICTS

70 ILCS 605/9-1

    (70 ILCS 605/9-1) (from Ch. 42, par. 9-1)
    Sec. 9-1. Authority to consolidate.
    Any 2 or more adjoining districts whose drainage or levee systems are connected may merge and form a single consolidated district which shall thereafter be subject to the provisions of this Act. For the purpose of this Article, districts shall be considered as adjoining when any portion of their boundaries are contiguous or overlap. When the proposed consolidated district will include more than 2 districts, it shall not be necessary for each district to adjoin each of the other districts, but it shall be sufficient if each district adjoins one of the other districts.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/9-2

    (70 ILCS 605/9-2) (from Ch. 42, par. 9-2)
    Sec. 9-2. Petition to consolidate.
    A consolidated district may be formed upon petition signed by at least one-tenth of the adult owners who own at least one-fifth of the land in each of the districts proposed to be merged. The petition shall be filed in the circuit court of the county in which the greater part of the land in the proposed consolidated district will be situated. The petition shall set forth (a) the names of the districts proposed to be merged, (b) the name of the proposed consolidated district and (c) the reasons for and the advantages to be derived from such consolidation. The petition shall conclude with a prayer for the merger of the districts into a single consolidated district. Upon its filing, the petition shall be presented to the court which shall fix the date and hour for hearing.
(Source: Laws 1965, p. 678.)

70 ILCS 605/9-3

    (70 ILCS 605/9-3) (from Ch. 42, par. 9-3)
    Sec. 9-3. Notice of hearing on petition. The clerk of the court shall give notice of the hearing substantially in the form provided in Section 4-21 and in the manner and for the length of time provided in Section 4-22, except that when notice is given by publication no notice by mailing shall be required. The notice shall include the names of the districts proposed to be merged and the name of the proposed consolidated district. Within 4 days after the first publication of the notice the clerk shall mail a copy thereof to each commissioner of each district.
(Source: P.A. 86-297.)

70 ILCS 605/9-4

    (70 ILCS 605/9-4) (from Ch. 42, par. 9-4)
    Sec. 9-4. Hearing on petition - Referendum - Order. At the hearing the court shall first determine whether the districts are contiguous and whether the petition is signed by at least one-tenth of the adult owners in each district who own at least one-fifth of the land in each district. If the districts are not contiguous or if the petition is not so signed, the petition shall be dismissed.
    If the districts are contiguous and the petition is so signed but it is not signed by a majority of the adult owners in each district owning more than one-third of the land in each district, or by more than one-third of the adult owners in each district owning a major portion of the land in each district, the court shall then order the question of consolidation submitted to the adult owners of land in each district at a special election to be held in each district. The court shall fix the day upon which the election shall be held which shall be the same day in each district and which shall not be less than 30 nor more than 60 days from the day the order is entered. The court, at the time of calling the election, shall also designate the polling place or places in each district and designate the hours at which the polling places will open and close. Upon calling the election the court shall continue the cause to a day certain, which day shall be not less than 7 nor more than 14 days following the day fixed for the election.
    The clerk of each district shall give notice of the election by publishing notice thereof in the manner and for the length of time provided in Section 4-22 in the case of a hearing on a petition. The ballots cast at the election shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall (name of district in which
election is being held), be merged with       Yes
(name of other district or districts)     --------------------
to organize (name of consolidated             No
district)
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    The reverse side of the ballot shall show the official nature of the ballot by the certificate of the clerk, and it shall be the duty of the clerk to cause the ballots to be prepared. The commissioners of each district shall serve as the judges of the election unless the court shall designate other judges at the time of calling the election. The ballots and the results shall be returned to the clerk of the district within 48 hours after the election and he shall, within 5 days thereafter, report the results of the election to the court. The cost of the election in each district shall be borne by that district. If, in each district, a majority of the owners voting on the question shall favor consolidation and if the court thereupon finds that such consolidation will be beneficial to the major portion of the land in each district, the court shall order the merger of the districts into the consolidated district.
    If, at the hearing the court determines that the districts are contiguous and that the petition is signed by a majority of the adult owners in each district owning more than one-third of the land in each district or by more than one-third of the adult owners in each district owning a major portion of the land in each district, then no election shall be necessary and if the court further finds that such consolidation will be beneficial to a major portion of the lands in each district, the court shall order the merger of the districts into the consolidated district.
    The affidavit of one or more credible persons may be taken as prima facie evidence as to the proportion of the owners signing the petition and of the proportion of the area owned by them.
(Source: Laws 1957, p. 1438.)

70 ILCS 605/9-4.1

    (70 ILCS 605/9-4.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 9-4.1)
    Sec. 9-4.1. Consolidation - Petition of Commissioners.) In addition to the method of consolidation provided in Section 9-2, the commissioners of contiguous districts may petition to consolidate the districts. Such petition must show: (a) the names of the districts proposed to be merged; (b) that the districts are contiguous; (c) the name of the proposed consolidated district and (d) the reasons for and the advantages to be derived from such consolidation. The petition shall be signed by a majority of the commissioners of each district proposed to be merged and shall be verified by at least one commissioner of each district proposed to be merged.
    Time for hearing of the petition shall be fixed and notice thereof given as provided by Section 9-3.
    At the hearing the court shall determine whether the districts are contiguous and whether such consolidation will be beneficial to a major portion of the lands in each district. If the court finds for the petitioners it shall order the merger of the districts into the consolidated district but if the court finds against the petitioners the petition shall be dismissed. In either event, the costs shall be taxed against the districts. The order shall be final. Separate or joint appeals may be taken by any of the parties affected thereby or by the commissioners of the districts, as in other civil cases.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

70 ILCS 605/9-5

    (70 ILCS 605/9-5) (from Ch. 42, par. 9-5)
    Sec. 9-5. Effect of order organizing consolidated district.
    Upon the entry of an order consolidating 2 or more districts, the individual districts shall lose their separate existence and be merged into the consolidated district and the consolidated district shall thereupon become a body politic and corporate with all the powers, rights, duties and obligations of other districts organized under this Act. The consolidated district shall succeed to all the records, property, funds, rights and duties of the merged districts.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/9-6

    (70 ILCS 605/9-6) (from Ch. 42, par. 9-6)
    Sec. 9-6. Commissioners and other officers. Upon the organization of the consolidated district, the duties of commissioners and other officers of each merged district shall cease. The appointing authority as provided in Section 3-9 shall appoint 3 commissioners of the consolidated district to serve until the first Tuesday in September following, and thereafter commissioners shall be appointed as provided in Article IV of this Act. The commissioners and other officers of a consolidated district shall have like powers and duties as commissioners and officers of other districts organized under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-297.)

70 ILCS 605/9-7

    (70 ILCS 605/9-7) (from Ch. 42, par. 9-7)
    Sec. 9-7. Indebtedness of merged districts.
    In case any district merged into a consolidated district has bonds or notes outstanding which are a lien on funds on hand in the treasury of the district at the time of consolidation, or on assessments which are unpaid at the time of consolidation, such lien shall be unimpaired by such consolidation and the lien shall continue in favor of the bond or note holders. The funds on hand and the assessments when collected shall be set apart and held for the purpose of retiring such secured debt and no such funds or assessments shall be transferred into the general funds of the consolidated district until all indebtedness of the merged district has been discharged.
    In case any district merged into a consolidated district has unsecured debts outstanding at the time of consolidation, any funds in the treasury of such district or otherwise available and not committed shall, to the extent necessary, be applied to the payment of such debts. If the funds on hand or otherwise available are not sufficient to satisfy such indebtedness, the court may, if such an assessment would otherwise be authorized, direct the commissioners of the consolidated district to levy an assessment against the lands in the merged debtor district for the purpose of paying such indebtedness. The proceeds of such assessment shall be used to pay the costs and expenses incident to the levy and collection of the assessment and for the payment of such indebtedness, and for no other purpose.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/9-8

    (70 ILCS 605/9-8) (from Ch. 42, par. 9-8)
    Sec. 9-8. Prior obligations and assessments-Annual maintenance assessments. The merging of any district into a consolidated district shall not affect the obligation of any contract entered into by the merged district nor invalidate or otherwise affect the levy, extension or collection of any assessments upon property in such merged district. Such contracts shall be taken over and assumed by the consolidated district. All assessments shall be collected and the proceeds therefrom shall be expended or disposed of by the consolidated district in the same manner as such assessments might have been collected, expended or disposed of by the individual districts.
    If an annual maintenance assessment has been levied in one or more of the districts so consolidated such annual maintenance assessment or assessments shall remain unimpaired by such consolidation and the commissioners of the consolidated district shall have the power to make and file a certificate of levy of an annual maintenance assessment in the same manner as is provided in this Act for other districts. If the commissioners of the consolidated district determine that (a) the annual maintenance assessment is insufficient or (b) is not properly equalized on the lands and other property in the consolidated district they may petition the court for leave to levy an annual maintenance assessment to supersede the former annual maintenance assessment or assessments levied by the individual district or districts. Any such petition shall be filed, set for hearing and heard after notice in the manner provided in Sections 4-19 to 4-24, inclusive. If the court finds that the existing annual maintenance assessment is insufficient or is not properly equalized on the lands or other property in the consolidated district then its order shall include a provision setting aside and vacating the former annual maintenance assessment or assessments effective upon the confirmation of the new annual maintenance assessment roll, but such order shall not in any way affect the collection of any annual maintenance assessments due and unpaid at the time of the confirmation of the new roll.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/9-9

    (70 ILCS 605/9-9) (from Ch. 42, par. 9-9)
    Sec. 9-9. Effect of Consolidation of Districts Upon Subdistricts and Minor Subdistricts.
    The merger of 2 or more districts into a consolidated district shall not affect the organization or operation of any subdistrict or minor subdistrict within any of the merged districts in existence at the time of consolidation, except to avoid confusion the court may rename or renumber the subdistricts and minor subdistricts. The commissioners and other officers of the consolidated district, ex officio, shall become the commissioners and officers of all subdistricts and minor subdistricts within the consolidated district.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/Art. X

 
    (70 ILCS 605/Art. X heading)
ARTICLE X. ABANDONMENT OF WORK, DISSOLUTION OF DISTRICTS, SUBDISTRICTS AND
MINOR SUBDISTRICTS

70 ILCS 605/10-1

    (70 ILCS 605/10-1) (from Ch. 42, par. 10-1)
    Sec. 10-1. Abandonment of entire work. When a petition signed by not less than two-thirds of the adult landowners who own not less than two-thirds of the lands in the district and praying for the abandonment of work theretofore ordered constructed, is filed with the court before the commissioners of the district enter into a contract for the construction of such work and before any lien has attached to the assessment levied to pay the cost thereof, the court shall order the commissioners to abandon such work and to rebate the assessments paid and abate the unpaid assessments. Upon the filing of the petition it shall be presented to the court, set for hearing, and heard after notice in the manner provided in Sections 4-19 to 4-24, inclusive. If notice is given by publication then the clerk of the court shall, within 4 days after the first publication, mail a copy thereof to each of the commissioners. The order directing such abandonment, rebate and abatement shall be conditioned upon the petitioners reimbursing the district within 30 days for all costs and expenses, including the fees of the commissioners, treasurer, clerk, engineers and attorneys, theretofore incurred by the district in connection with the abandoned work and assessment and to be incurred by the district in connection with the rebate and abatement of the assessment abandoned, which costs and expenses shall be fixed and determined by the court in its abandonment order. If the petitioners fail to reimburse the district as provided in the order within such 30 day period, the order shall be vacated and shall thereafter be without force or effect. Any assessment levied to pay the cost of work subsequently abandoned shall be rebated and abated as hereinbefore provided in Section 5-30 of this Act.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/10-2

    (70 ILCS 605/10-2) (from Ch. 42, par. 10-2)
    Sec. 10-2. Abandonment of portion of work. When a petition, signed by not less than two-thirds of the adult landowners in any area which will be benefited by a particular portion of any work theretofore ordered constructed and who own not less than two-thirds of the lands in such area, is filed with the court before the commissioners of the district enter into a contract for the construction of such work and before any lien has attached to the assessment levied to pay the cost thereof, the court shall order the commissioners to abandon such work and to rebate the assessments paid and abate the unpaid assessments attributable to such work. Upon the filing of the petition it shall be presented to the court, set for hearing, and heard after notice in the manner provided in Sections 4-19 to 4-24, inclusive. If notice is given by publication then the clerk shall, within 4 days after the first publication, mail a copy thereof to each of the commissioners. The order directing such abandonment, rebate and abatement shall be conditioned upon the petitioners reimbursing the district within 30 days for the proportionate share of the costs and expenses attributable to the abandoned work and assessment, including the fees of the commissioners, treasurer, clerk, engineers and attorneys, theretofore incurred by the district, and including all costs and expenses to be incurred by the district in connection with the rebate and abatement of a portion of the assessment, which costs and expenses shall be fixed and determined by the court in its abandonment order. If the petitioners fail to reimburse the district as provided in the order within such 30 day period, the order shall be vacated and shall thereafter be without force or effect. Any assessment levied to pay the cost of the portion of the work subsequently abandoned shall be rebated and abated as hereinbefore provided in Section 5-30.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/10-3

    (70 ILCS 605/10-3) (from Ch. 42, par. 10-3)
    Sec. 10-3. Abandonment of work in subdistricts and minor subdistricts.
    The work or a portion of the work of a subdistrict or a minor subdistrict may be abandoned in like manner and with like effect as work in a main district.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/10-4

    (70 ILCS 605/10-4) (from Ch. 42, par. 10-4)
    Sec. 10-4. Dissolution-Power of court.
    The court may dissolve a district in the manner hereinafter provided in this Article.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/10-5

    (70 ILCS 605/10-5) (from Ch. 42, par. 10-5)
    Sec. 10-5. Dissolution-Petition by landowners.
    When the owners of lands within a district desire to dissolve the district they may so petition the court. The petition must be signed by not less than three-fourths of the adult landowners who own not less than three-fourths of the land in the district. The petition must show (a) the reasons for dissolving the district, (b) that there are no debts of the district outstanding or that there are sufficient funds on hand or available to satisfy such debts, (c) that no contract will be impaired by the dissolution of the district, (d) that the district is not obligated to maintain any bridges and (e) that the petitioners will pay any court costs incurred in connection with the petition. The petition must be verified.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/10-6

    (70 ILCS 605/10-6) (from Ch. 42, par. 10-6)
    Sec. 10-6. Dissolution-Setting petition for hearing-Notice. Upon the filing of a petition for dissolution it shall be presented to the court, which shall fix the date and hour for hearing. The clerk of the court shall give notice of the hearing substantially in the form provided in Section 4-21 and in the manner and for the length of time provided in Section 4-22. Within 4 days after the first publication of the notice, the clerk shall mail a copy thereof to each of the commissioners of the district.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/10-7

    (70 ILCS 605/10-7) (from Ch. 42, par. 10-7)
    Sec. 10-7. Dissolution-Hearing-Order-Appeals.
    At the hearing the court shall determine (a) whether the petition is signed by the requisite number of owners owning the required proportion of the land, (b) whether there is a good reason for dissolving the district and (c) whether the other required allegations of the petition are true. If the court finds for the petitioners it shall order the district dissolved but if the court finds against the petitioners the petition shall be dismissed. In either event, the costs shall be taxed against the petitioners. The order shall be final. Separate or joint appeals may be taken by any of the parties affected thereby or by the commissioners of the district, as in other civil cases.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3809.)

70 ILCS 605/10-7.1

    (70 ILCS 605/10-7.1) (from Ch. 42, par. 10-7.1)
    Sec. 10-7.1. Dissolution - Petition of Commissioners.) In addition to the method of dissolution provided in Section 10-5, the commissioners of a district may petition to dissolve the district. Such petition must show: (a) the reasons for dissolving the district; (b) that there are no debts of the district outstanding or that there are sufficient funds on hand or available to satisfy such debts; (c) that no contract will be impaired by the dissolution of the district; (d) that the district is not obligated to maintain any bridges and (e) that the district will pay any court costs incurred in connection with the petition. The petition shall be signed by a majority of the commissioners and be verified by at least one commissioner.
    Time for hearing of the petition shall be fixed and notice thereof given as provided by Section 10-6.
    At the hearing the court shall determine whether there is good reason for dissolving the district and whether the allegations of the petition are true. If the court finds for the petitioners it shall order the district dissolved but if the court finds against the petitioners the petition shall be dismissed. In either event, the costs shall be taxed against the district. The order shall be final. Separate or joint appeals may be taken by any of the parties affected thereby or by the commissioners of the district, as in other civil cases.
(Source: P.A. 80-579.)

70 ILCS 605/10-8

    (70 ILCS 605/10-8) (from Ch. 42, par. 10-8)
    Sec. 10-8. Dissolution-Effect of order-Procedure following dissolution. If an order is entered by the court dissolving a district, the district shall thenceforth cease to be a body politic and corporate. The commissioners of the district shall become vested as trustees with the title to all property of the district, both real and personal, except the drains, levees and other works of the district and the rights-of-way upon which the same are situated, and shall hold in trust all funds belonging to the district at the time of the entry of the order of dissolution. The commissioners shall in the manner directed by the court advertise and sell the real and personal property belonging to the district. The proceeds of any such sale and any other funds passing to the commissioners shall be used to pay the debts of the district, the costs of sale and any other costs and expenses incurred subsequent to the entry of the order of dissolution, and all remaining surplus funds shall be rebated equitably to the landowners. The persons entitled to any such rebate shall be those persons who owned the land on the date of the filing of the petition for dissolution. The commissioners shall make a report to the court of their acts in making any such sale, and they shall report to the court the names of the persons to whom any rebate is proposed to be made and the amounts of such rebates. Such report may be heard by the court upon such notice as the court may direct, and the court at such hearing shall determine all questions with regard to any proposed rebate. Such rebates shall be paid out in like manner and with like effect as rebates paid out under Section 5-30.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/10-9

    (70 ILCS 605/10-9) (from Ch. 42, par. 10-9)
    Sec. 10-9. Dissolution-Subdistricts and minor subdistricts upon petition of landowners.
    Subdistricts and minor subdistricts may be dissolved upon petition of landowners in the same manner as provided in this Article for main districts. The dissolution of a main district shall not result in the dissolution of the subdistricts or minor subdistricts included therein unless the order dissolving the main district expressly so states and neither shall the dissolution of a subdistrict result in the dissolution of the minor subdistricts included therein unless the order dissolving the subdistrict expressly so states. In any subdistrict not dissolved at the time of dissolution of the main district, the subdistrict shall continue in existence and shall have its own commissioners and other officers in the same manner as though it had been originally organized as a main district under this Act. The commissioners and other officers of the dissolved district shall continue as commissioners and officers of the subdistrict until their successors are selected and have qualified as hereinbefore provided in this Act.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/10-10

    (70 ILCS 605/10-10) (from Ch. 42, par. 10-10)
    Sec. 10-10. Dissolution-Subdistrict or minor subdistrict upon petition of commissioners. In addition to the method provided in Section 10-9, when the drainage system of a subdistrict is of the same character, type or nature as any part of the drainage system of the main district, the commissioners of the subdistrict may petition the court to dissolve the subdistrict. Such petition must show: (a) the reasons for dissolving the subdistrict; (b) that there are no debts of the subdistrict outstanding or that there are sufficient funds on hand or available to satisfy such debts; (c) that no contract will be impaired by the dissolution of the subdistrict; and (d) that the drainage system of the subdistrict is of the same character, type or nature as some part of the drainage system of the main district. The petition shall be signed by the commissioners and be verified by at least one commissioner. Time for hearing of the petition shall be fixed and notice thereof given as provided by Section 10-6.
    At the hearing the court shall determine whether there is good reason for dissolving the subdistrict and whether the allegations of the petition are true. If the court finds for the petitioners it shall order dissolution and the main district shall thereupon succeed to the drainage system, funds and property of the dissolved subdistrict and be responsible for the performance and fulfillment of the duties and obligations of the dissolved subdistrict.
    When the drainage system of a minor subdistrict is of the same character, type or nature as any part of the drainage system of the subdistrict in which it is located, the minor subdistrict may be dissolved upon petition of the commissioners of the minor subdistrict in the same manner and subject to the same conditions as is provided by this section for the dissolution of a subdistrict. If a minor subdistrict is so dissolved the subdistrict in which it is located shall thereupon succeed to the drainage system, funds and property of the dissolved minor subdistrict and be responsible for the performance and fulfillment of the duties and obligations of the dissolved minor subdistrict.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/10-11

    (70 ILCS 605/10-11) (from Ch. 42, par. 10-11)
    Sec. 10-11. Dissolution-Drains and levees to remain for common use-Exception. Whenever a district, subdistrict or minor subdistrict has been dissolved as hereinbefore provided, other than dissolution of a subdistrict or minor subdistrict under the provisions of Section 10-10, all drains, levees and other works thereof and the rights-of-way upon which the same are situated shall be deemed to be for the mutual benefit of the lands formerly in the district, subdistrict or minor subdistrict so dissolved and shall be subject to the provisions of Section 2-9, 2-10 and 2-11.
    However, when a subdistrict or minor subdistrict is dissolved under the provisions of Section 10-10, then all such drains, levees and other works and the rights-of-way upon which the same are situated belonging to the suborganization shall become the property of the district or subdistricts so taking over such drainage system.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/Art. XI

 
    (70 ILCS 605/Art. XI heading)
ARTICLE XI. CLAIMS AGAINST AND CONTRACTS WITH OTHER DISTRICTS AND MUNICIPAL
CORPORATIONS EXERCISING DRAINAGE POWERS

70 ILCS 605/11-1

    (70 ILCS 605/11-1) (from Ch. 42, par. 11-1)
    Sec. 11-1. Right to connect drains and levees. Any drainage district may connect its drains, in the course of natural drainage, or its levees to the drains or levees of another district or to the storm drains or levees of a municipal corporation exercising drainage powers. Any municipal corporation exercising drainage powers may connect its storm drains, in the course of natural drainage, or its levees to the drains or levees of a drainage district. If, by reason of such connection, lands or other property in the district or municipal corporation making the connection receive benefits from work theretofore or thereafter constructed by the other public body, then the district or municipal corporation making the connection shall be liable to the district or municipal corporation conferring the benefits for the just proportion of the cost of such work and of the cost of the enlargement, improvement, maintenance, repair and operation thereof based upon the relation which the benefits to the lands in the district or municipal corporation making the connection bear to the entire benefits from such work. Whenever the connection is made for the purpose of obtaining an outlet, such connection in itself shall be prima facie evidence of the fact that lands and other property in the district or municipal corporation making the connection are benefited by such work.
    Any district may, by a contract in writing with another district or with a municipal corporation exercising drainage powers approved in the manner provided in Sections 11-5, 11-6 and 11-7, obtain the right to connect its drains other than in the course of natural drainage to the drains of the other districts or to the storm drains of the municipal corporation. Any municipal corporation exercising drainage powers may in like manner obtain the right to connect its drains other than in the course of natural drainage to the drains of a drainage district. If a drainage district or municipal corporation exercising drainage powers, by reason of connecting its drains other than in the course of natural drainage, causes damage to any lands or other property by flooding or otherwise, it is liable for such damage to the owners thereof or other persons interested therein and such liability shall not be avoided by the terms of any contract between the two bodies.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/11-2

    (70 ILCS 605/11-2) (from Ch. 42, par. 11-2)
    Sec. 11-2. Liability for benefits conferred by districts.
    Whenever any work constructed or ordered to be constructed by any drainage district has benefited or will benefit lands outside of that district but within the boundaries of another district or within the boundaries of a municipal corporation exercising drainage powers, the other district or the municipal corporation is liable to the district conferring such benefits for the just proportion of the cost of such work and of the cost of the enlargement, improvement, maintenance, repair and operation thereof based upon the relation which the benefits to the lands in the other district or the municipal corporation bear to the entire benefits from such work.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/11-3

    (70 ILCS 605/11-3) (from Ch. 42, par. 11-3)
    Sec. 11-3. Liability for benefits conferred by municipal corporations.
    Whenever any drainage or levee work constructed or ordered to be constructed by any municipal corporation exercising drainage powers has benefited or will benefit lands outside of such municipal corporation but within the boundaries of a drainage district, the district is liable to the municipal corporation constructing such work for its just proportion of the cost of such work and the enlargement, improvement, maintenance, repair and operation thereof, based upon the relation which the benefits to the lands in the district bear to the entire benefits from such work.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/11-4

    (70 ILCS 605/11-4) (from Ch. 42, par. 11-4)
    Sec. 11-4. Contracts adjusting claims for benefits.
    Whenever a drainage district has a claim against another district or against a municipal corporation exercising drainage powers, or a municipal corporation exercising drainage powers has a claim against a drainage district for a portion of the cost of constructing, enlarging, improving, maintaining, repairing or operating any drainage or levee work, the commissioners of the 2 districts or the commissioners and the corporate authorities of the municipal corporation, as the case may be, may enter into a written contract settling and adjusting the claim for benefits and fixing the proportionate share of the cost of future maintenance and repair work and operating expenses to be borne by the benefited district or municipal corporation.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/11-5

    (70 ILCS 605/11-5) (from Ch. 42, par. 11-5)
    Sec. 11-5. Petition for approval of contracts adjusting claims for benefits.
    Before a contract adjusting a claim for benefits becomes effective it must be approved by the court or courts having jurisdiction over the drainage district or districts. The commissioners of any district entering into such a contract shall petition the court having jurisdiction over that district for the approval of the contract. A copy of the contract shall be attached to the petition. If the contract is between 2 drainage districts under the jurisdiction of the same court the commissioners of the 2 districts may join in the same petition.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/11-6

    (70 ILCS 605/11-6) (from Ch. 42, par. 11-6)
    Sec. 11-6. Setting petition for hearing-Notice.
    Upon the filing of a petition for the approval of a contract settling and adjusting a claim for benefits it shall be presented to the court, which shall fix the date and hour for hearing. If the contract is between a drainage district and a municipal corporation exercising drainage powers and such municipal corporation was made a party to the proceeding in which the performance of the work was authorized, then the petition may be heard without notice or upon such notice as the court may direct. If the contract is between 2 drainage districts, or if the contract is between a drainage district and a municipal corporation and the municipal corporation was not a party to that proceeding, then the clerk of the court shall publish notice of the hearing on the petition in a newspaper of general circulation published in the county in which the petitioning district is situated. The notice shall be entitled "Drainage Notice", shall be addressed "To All Persons Interested" and must state (a) in what court and on what date the petition was filed, (b) in summary form, the terms of the contract, including the names of the parties to the contract and (c) the place, date and hour the petition will be heard. The notice shall be published once each week for 2 successive weeks and the first publication of the notice shall be at least 2 weeks prior to the date fixed for hearing. When a petitioning district is situated in 2 or more counties then such notice shall be given as aforesaid by publishing the same in a newspaper of general circulation published in each of said counties. If no newspaper of general circulation is published in any such county, then publication of the notice shall be in a newspaper having general circulation in that county. Notice by mailing shall not be required.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/11-7

    (70 ILCS 605/11-7) (from Ch. 42, par. 11-7)
    Sec. 11-7. Hearing on petition-Appeals.
    At such hearing all persons interested shall have the right to appear and be heard. The court may approve or disapprove the contract or, with the consent of the parties to the contract, may modify it. Separate or joint appeals may be taken from the final order of the court as in other civil cases.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3809.)

70 ILCS 605/11-8

    (70 ILCS 605/11-8) (from Ch. 42, par. 11-8)
    Sec. 11-8. Fixing proportionate share of costs when unable to agree. Whenever a drainage district has a claim against another district or against a municipal corporation exercising drainage powers, or a municipal corporation exercising drainage powers has a claim against a drainage district for a portion of the cost of constructing, enlarging, improving, maintaining, repairing or operating any drainage or levee work, and the commissioners of the 2 districts or the commissioners and the corporate authorities of the municipal corporation, as the case may be, are unable to agree upon any or all of the terms of a written contract settling and adjusting the claim for benefits, then the proportionate share of the cost of such work to be borne by the benefited body shall be fixed by a court.
    If the claim is made by a drainage district and the other district or the municipal corporation, as the case may be, was made a party to the proceeding authorizing the performance of the work, then the amount of such benefits shall be fixed in the assessment proceeding at the time and as a part of the hearing on the assessment roll. If the claim is made by a drainage district and the other district or the municipal corporation, as the case may be, was not made a party to the proceeding authorizing the performance of the work or if the claim is made by a municipal corporation, then the commissioners of the district performing the work or the corporate authorities of the municipal corporation performing the work, shall file a complaint in the circuit court of the county in which the defendant, or any part thereof, is situated or in any other court of competent jurisdiction. The pleadings and practice shall be as provided by the Civil Practice Law. A copy of the plans, profiles and specifications, together with a summary of the cost of the work done or an estimate of the cost of the work ordered to be done shall be attached to or filed with the complaint.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

70 ILCS 605/11-9

    (70 ILCS 605/11-9) (from Ch. 42, par. 11-9)
    Sec. 11-9. Counterclaims-Annual benefits.
    In any such proceeding, the defendant may, by counterclaim, set off or recoup any benefits which the defendant may have conferred upon the lands or other property in the plaintiff district or municipal corporation. If the plaintiff district has levied an annual maintenance assessment or if the plaintiff municipal corporation levies an annual tax for the purpose of repairing, maintaining or operating the drainage or levee work conferring such benefits, then, in such proceeding, the plaintiff may inquire into and determine the amount of the annual benefits which the defendant will receive from the repair, maintenance or operation of such work and the defendant may likewise set off or recoup the amount of annual benefits which the plaintiff will receive from the repair, maintenance or operation of drainage or levee work of the defendant.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/11-10

    (70 ILCS 605/11-10) (from Ch. 42, par. 11-10)
    Sec. 11-10. Procedure at trial - View by jury. The issues arising on a complaint filed under Section 11-8 shall be tried as in an action under the Civil Practice Law. If tried before a jury, the jury may view the work and premises if a request for such a view is made in the manner provided in Section 5-11.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

70 ILCS 605/11-11

    (70 ILCS 605/11-11) (from Ch. 42, par. 11-11)
    Sec. 11-11. Judgment. Upon the conclusion of the hearing, the court shall enter judgment according to its findings or according to the verdict of the jury, as the case may be. If judgment is entered for the payment of money, then the court shall also order the district or municipal corporation against which judgment is entered to pay, or to take such steps as may be necessary to pay, such judgment. Appeals may be taken as in other civil cases.
(Source: P.A. 84-547.)

70 ILCS 605/11-12

    (70 ILCS 605/11-12) (from Ch. 42, par. 11-12)
    Sec. 11-12. Effect of judgment fixing annual benefits.
    A judgment fixing the amount of annual benefits between the parties constitutes the measure of liability between them for the repair, maintenance and operation of the work for which such judgment was given and any amounts coming due thereunder shall be payable at such times as the court may direct. The judgment for such benefits may, however, be modified or set aside upon the application of either the plaintiff or the defendant when circumstances have so changed as to make the judgment inequitable or unjust as to either party.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/11-13

    (70 ILCS 605/11-13) (from Ch. 42, par. 11-13)
    Sec. 11-13. Limitation of action for benefits.
    No complaint or counterclaim seeking to establish liability for or to recoup or set off benefits under this Article may be filed more than 5 years after the completion of the work or the making or enlarging of the connection.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/11-14

    (70 ILCS 605/11-14) (from Ch. 42, par. 11-14)
    Sec. 11-14. Joint systems.
    Any 2 or more adjoining drainage districts may by contract establish joint systems of drains, levees, pumping plants or other works and provide for the construction, reconstruction, repair, maintenance and operation thereof. For the purposes of this Article, districts shall be considered as adjoining when any portion of their boundaries are contiguous or overlap. When the joint system is established by more than two districts it shall not be necessary for each of the districts to adjoin each of the other districts but it shall be sufficient if each district adjoins one of the other districts.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/11-15

    (70 ILCS 605/11-15) (from Ch. 42, par. 11-15)
    Sec. 11-15. Approval of contract establishing joint system.
    The contract establishing the joint system shall be reduced to writing and before it becomes effective it must be approved by the court or courts having jurisdiction over the drainage districts. The commissioners of any district entering into such a contract shall petition the court having jurisdiction over that district for approval of the contract. A copy of the contract shall be attached to the petition. If the contract is between 2 or more districts under the jurisdiction of the same court the commissioners of such districts may join in the same petition.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/11-16

    (70 ILCS 605/11-16) (from Ch. 42, par. 11-16)
    Sec. 11-16. Setting petition for hearing-Notice.
    Upon the filing of a petition for the approval of a contract establishing a joint system, it shall be presented to the court, which shall fix the date and hour for hearing. The clerk of the court shall publish notice of the hearing on the petition in a newspaper of general circulation published in the county in which the petitioning district is situated. The notice shall be entitled "Drainage Notice", shall be addressed "To All Persons Interested" and must state (a) in what court and on what date the petition was filed, (b) in summary form, the terms of the contract, including the names of the parties to the contract, and (c) the place, date and hour the petition will be heard. The notice shall be published once each week for 2 successive weeks and the first publication of the notice shall be at least 2 weeks prior to the date fixed for hearing. When a petitioning district is situated in 2 or more counties, then such notice shall be given as aforesaid by publishing the same in newspapers of general circulation published in each of said counties. If no newspaper of general circulation is published in any such county, then publication of the notice shall be in a newspaper having general circulation in that county. Notice by mailing shall not be required.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/11-17

    (70 ILCS 605/11-17) (from Ch. 42, par. 11-17)
    Sec. 11-17. Hearing on Petition-Appeals.
    At such hearing, all persons interested shall have the right to appear and be heard. The court may approve or disapprove the contract or, with the consent of the parties to the contract, may modify it. Separate or joint appeals may be taken from the final order as in other civil cases.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3809.)

70 ILCS 605/Art. XII

 
    (70 ILCS 605/Art. XII heading)
ARTICLE XII. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS--PENALTIES

70 ILCS 605/12-1

    (70 ILCS 605/12-1) (from Ch. 42, par. 12-1)
    Sec. 12-1. Lands within district-Right to use district drains.
    A landowner within any drainage district has the right to use the ditches and drains of the district as outlets for any drains, either open or covered, which he may desire to construct for the more complete drainage of his own land; provided, however, that hereafter when any such drain is connected with any ditch or drain of the district, a proper bulkhead, spillway, drop box, pipe outlet, junction box or other suitable structure shall be constructed and thereafter maintained by the landowner so as to prevent damage to the ditch or drain of the district. The landowner shall obtain the approval of the commissioners as to the type, design and method of construction of the structure before making any connection and the construction thereof shall be subject to the supervision and control of the commissioners. Any landowner who fails to construct such an outlet structure is liable for all damages resulting from such failure. If, after written request by the commissioners to do so, the landowner fails or refuses to construct such an outlet structure, then the district may build the same and recover the cost thereof from the landowner.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/12-2

    (70 ILCS 605/12-2) (from Ch. 42, par. 12-2)
    Sec. 12-2. Lands within district-Rights of drainage.
    Land included within a district shall continue to have the same rights of drainage, both common law and statutory, as land not within an organized drainage district, except insofar as the drainage system of the district may vary from or be inconsistent with natural drainage. The construction of a covered drain by a drainage district in the course of natural drainage or along the course of an open ditch shall not in itself be considered to be an abandonment of the natural drain or the open ditch.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/12-3

    (70 ILCS 605/12-3) (from Ch. 42, par. 12-3)
    Sec. 12-3. Right of landowner to use right-of-way of district.
    The owner of any land over, through or across which a district has acquired a right-of-way for the construction and maintenance of an open or covered drain by grant, dedication, condemnation or otherwise, may use the land occupied by such right-of-way in any manner not inconsistent with the paramount easement of the district. Any use of the right-of-way which will interfere with the operation of the drain or will increase the cost to the district of performing any of its work thereon is deemed to be inconsistent with the district's easement. No permanent structures, including bridges and fords, shall be placed on the right-of-way by a landowner without first obtaining the express consent of the commissioners of the district. Temporary structures, including fences, may be placed on or across the right-of-way without the necessity of obtaining the consent of the commissioners, but shall be removed by the landowner whenever he is notified to do so by the commissioners. A landowner may pasture livestock in an open ditch, but if, in so doing, the ditch is damaged, the owner shall repair such damage, and if he fails to make such repairs, he is liable to the district for the cost of such repairs and all expenses incident thereto.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/12-4

    (70 ILCS 605/12-4) (from Ch. 42, par. 12-4)
    Sec. 12-4. Highway and railroad bridges.
    Whenever a district drain crosses an existing air-strip or airplane landing field owned by any county, township, city, village, Park District, Port District, airport authority, or any other political subdivision or municipality of this state, or which is owned, controlled, operated or leased by another state or a political subdivision of another state under the provisions of Sections 25.01 to 25.04, both inclusive, of the "Illinois Aeronautics Act", or an existing public highway or an existing railroad other than in the course of natural drainage, the district is liable to the highway authority or the railroad, or the political subdivision or municipality which owns the air-strip or airplane landing field, for the cost of constructing any bridge or culvert made necessary by such crossing and shall thereafter be liable to the highway authority or railroad, or the political subdivision or municipality which owns the air-strip or airplane landing field, for the cost of repairing and maintaining such a bridge or culvert.
    Whenever a natural drain or a ditch constructed in the course of natural drainage crosses a public highway or a railroad, or an air-strip or airplane landing field, the highway authority or the railroad, or the political subdivision or municipality which owns the air-strip or airplane landing field, shall construct and thereafter keep in repair and maintain a bridge or culvert of sufficient length, depth, height above the bed of the drain or ditch, and capacity to subserve the needs of the public with respect to the drainage of the lands within the natural watershed of such drain or ditch, not only as such needs exist at the time of construction, but for all future time.
    When a ditch of a district has been, or is to be, constructed in the course of natural drainage across or under a railroad and the bridge or culvert of such railroad is not of sufficient length, depth, height or capacity to allow the water to flow through the same without substantial or material obstruction, the commissioners shall give notice to such railroad to enlarge or replace the bridge or culvert so that the water can pass through the bridge or culvert without substantial material obstruction. If the railroad fails, neglects or refuses to so enlarge or replace the bridge or culvert within 6 months after being so notified, then the railroad, in addition to being liable for all damages caused to land, crops and other property, is liable to the district for damages in the sum of $25.00 for each day beyond the 6 months period that it failed, neglected or refused to so enlarge or replace the bridge or culvert. Such damages may be recovered by the district by an action at law in any court of competent jurisdiction.
    If, in the construction, reconstruction, repair or maintenance of a district ditch in the course of natural drainage, it becomes necessary that a railroad bridge be temporarily removed to permit the performance of such work upon railroad right-of-way, the commissioners shall give the railroad reasonable notice of such fact and the railroad shall, at its own expense and without cost to the district, either perform such work on its own right-of-way or remove such bridge and, upon completion of the work, replace the same. The district shall perform its work with as little interruption to the traffic on the railroad as circumstances permit. If the railroad fails, neglects or refuses to perform such work or remove the bridge by the time specified in such notice, then the railroad, in addition to being liable to the district for the actual damages sustained, is liable for punitive damages in the sum of $25 for each day beyond the time specified in the notice that it so failed, neglected or refused to perform such work or to remove the bridge.
    If a district, by deepening, widening or straightening a natural drain or by changing the established grade, width or alignment of a ditch, removes or threatens to remove the support from under any abutment, pier, wingwall or other supporting member of a highway or railroad bridge, or an airstrip or airplane landing field, the district is liable to the highway authority or railroad, or the political subdivision or municipality which owns the air-strip or airplane landing field, for the cost of protecting or underpinning such abutment, pier, wingwall or other supporting member. The amount of such liability may be fixed and determined by agreement between the drainage commissioners and the highway authority or railroad, or the political subdivision or municipality which owns the airstrip or airplane landing field, or by the allowance of damages in the assessment proceeding or, if there is no assessment proceeding, then by separate action at law. Nothing contained in this paragraph shall be construed as relieving the highway authority or railroad, or the political subdivision or municipality which owns the air-strip or airplane landing field, from its obligation to construct and maintain adequate bridges or culverts over natural drains or over ditches constructed in the course of natural drainage as hereinabove provided in the second paragraph of this section.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3809.)

70 ILCS 605/12-5

    (70 ILCS 605/12-5) (from Ch. 42, par. 12-5)
    Sec. 12-5. Farm bridges. In districts organized prior to June 28, 1919, under the Farm Drainage Act, the districts shall continue to be liable for the construction, reconstruction and maintenance of at least one bridge or proper passageway over each open ditch constructed or ordered constructed prior to the effective date of this Act where the same crosses any enclosed tract or parcel of land in such a manner that a portion thereof is landlocked and has no access from any public highway other than by a bridge or passageway over the ditch. The cost of constructing, reconstructing and maintaining such bridge or crossing shall be paid by the district, except that the commissioners may contract with the owner of any land crossed by the ditch for such owner to construct, reconstruct and maintain any such bridge or crossing, or they may enter into any other agreement with such owner by which the district may be relieved of or released from such liability. If the commissioners and the owner are unable to reach such an agreement, the district may cause the amount of compensation to be paid for a release from such liability to be determined in the manner provided in Section 4-17 of this Act.
    In districts organized under the Farm Drainage Act prior to June 28, 1919, as to ditches ordered constructed after the effective date of this Act, and in all other districts, whether organized under this Act or any prior act, the district is not required to construct, reconstruct, enlarge or maintain any farm bridge or other private bridge across a district ditch, but the cost thereof, when occasioned by the work of the district, shall be taken into consideration in determining the amount to be allowed to the landowner for damages to land not taken. Nothing contained in this paragraph shall be construed to prevent such damages from being fixed by agreement of the parties or to prevent the district from assuming liability for the construction, reconstruction, enlargement and maintenance of a farm bridge or other private bridge in order to reduce the amount of damages to which the owner may be entitled.
    If a district, by deepening, widening or straightening a natural drain, or by changing the established grade, width or alignment of a ditch, removes or threatens to remove the support from under any abutment, pier, wingwall or other supporting member of a private bridge, the district is liable to the owner for the cost of protecting or underpinning such abutment, pier, wingwall or other supporting member. The amount of such liability may be fixed and determined by agreement between the commissioners and the owner, or by the allowance of damages to land not taken in the assessment proceeding or, if there is no assessment proceeding, or, then by a separate action at law. Nothing contained in this paragraph shall be construed as requiring the district to build or enlarge any farm bridge or other private bridge and neither shall it be construed as altering or in any way affecting any agreement between the district and the owner relieving or releasing the district from liability for the construction, reconstruction, enlargement or maintenance of a bridge.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/12-6

    (70 ILCS 605/12-6) (from Ch. 42, par. 12-6)
    Sec. 12-6. When land may be in more than one district.
    If the work of a district or a proposed district includes the construction of a levee to protect the lands within the district from overflow, or the erection and operation of a pumping plant, or both, then all lands so protected may be included within the district, either at the time of organization or by subsequent annexation. The fact that a portion of those lands are already within the boundaries of another district shall not prevent their inclusion in the district so constructing or proposing to construct the levee and pumping plant if the drainage system of such other district does not include a levee and pumping plant. If a ditch or covered drain leading from lands lying within one drainage district is connected, other than by the drainage system of that district, with a ditch or covered drain of another district and such lands are benefited by the ditch or covered drain of the other district, then the lands so connected and benefited may be included in or annexed to the other district and the fact of such connection shall be deemed to be a waiver of any objection to such inclusion or annexation upon the ground that such land is already within the boundaries of and subject to assessment by an organized drainage district.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/12-7

    (70 ILCS 605/12-7) (from Ch. 42, par. 12-7)
    Sec. 12-7. Penalty for obstructing or injuring drain, drainage structure, levee or pumping plant. Whoever wilfully obstructs, injures or destroys any covered drain constructed through the lands of others as provided in Section 2-6 of this Act, or any other drain, levee, drainage structure or pumping plant, whether private, mutual or district, is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. The dumping of trash, refuse or debris into an open drain shall be treated and considered as obstructing a drain.
    The pollution of the water of any drain of any drainage district shall be considered an injury to such drain, within the meaning of this Section. Pollution shall be deemed to be wilful, within the meaning of this Section, if the person, firm or corporation responsible for such pollution shall allow the same to continue for more than 60 days after written notice from the commissioners to abate the same.
    Whoever wilfully cuts or breaches any private, mutual or district levee is guilty of a Class 3 felony.
    Any fines collected under this Section for the obstruction, injury or destruction of a district drain, drainage structure or pumping plant or for the cutting or breaching of any district levee shall be paid over to the district.
    In addition to the criminal penalty imposed by this Section, whoever wilfully or negligently obstructs, injures, cuts, breaches or destroys a private, mutual or district drain or drainage structure, levee or pumping plant is liable for the cost of repairing or reconstructing the same and for any damage to lands, crops or other property that may have resulted therefrom.
(Source: P.A. 77-2405.)

70 ILCS 605/12-8

    (70 ILCS 605/12-8) (from Ch. 42, par. 12-8)
    Sec. 12-8. Penalty for preventing entry by commissioners upon lands or right-of-way.
    Whoever wilfully prohibits, prevents or obstructs the commissioners of a district or their agents from going upon lands either within or outside of the district for the purpose of examining the same or making surveys in connection with the work of the district, or wilfully prohibits, prevents or obstructs the commissioners of a district, their agents, employees or contractors from going upon the right-of-way of the district with their servants, tools, machinery, instruments and other equipment for the purpose of constructing, reconstructing, repairing or maintaining the work of the district, is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. Each day's hindrance constitutes a separate offense.
    Any fine collected under this Section shall be paid over to the district. In addition to the criminal penalty imposed by this Section, whoever hinders the work is liable for all damages which may have been sustained by reason thereof to be recovered in a civil action.
(Source: P.A. 77-2405.)

70 ILCS 605/12-9

    (70 ILCS 605/12-9) (from Ch. 42, par. 12-9)
    Sec. 12-9. Penalty for preventing construction or repair of private drain.
    Whoever wilfully prohibits, prevents or delays the construction or repair of any drain through the land of others, as provided in Section 2-6, is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. Each day's hindrance constitutes a separate offense.
(Source: P.A. 77-2405.)

70 ILCS 605/12-10

    (70 ILCS 605/12-10) (from Ch. 42, par. 12-10)
    Sec. 12-10. Penalty for failure or refusal of commissioner to perform duties-Removal from office.
    Any commissioner appointed under the provisions of this Act who wilfully fails or refuses to perform any duty imposed upon him by this Act is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. Any fines collected under this Section shall be paid over to the district.
    Conviction under this Section is cause for removal from office.
(Source: P.A. 77-2405.)

70 ILCS 605/12-11

    (70 ILCS 605/12-11) (from Ch. 42, par. 12-11)
    Sec. 12-11. Withdrawal of signature from petition.
    After a landowners petition has been filed with the court under any of the provisions of this Act, a petitioner may withdraw his signature from the petition only with the consent of a majority of the other petitioners, or upon a satisfactory showing to the court that his signature was obtained by fraud or misrepresentation.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/12-12

    (70 ILCS 605/12-12) (from Ch. 42, par. 12-12)
    Sec. 12-12. Additional signers to petition.
    At any time before the conclusion of the hearing on a landowners petition filed with the court under any of the provisions of this Act, other landowners shall be permitted to join as petitioners and upon so joining they shall be considered as signers in determining the sufficiency of the petition.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/12-13

    (70 ILCS 605/12-13) (from Ch. 42, par. 12-13)
    Sec. 12-13. Deeds, petitions and contracts in fraud of act.
    All deeds, made for the purpose of preventing or aiding the organization of a district or for the purpose of preventing or aiding any other proceeding taken under this Act, and not made in good faith, are in fraud of the provisions of this Act.
    If the court in which a petition for the organization of a district is pending finds that any other petition for the organization of another district which includes a portion only of the lands involved in the pending petition is on file, yet if the court finds (a) that the petition first filed was filed for the primary purpose of preventing the organization of the other proposed district or for the purpose of preventing the lands or some of the lands described therein from being included in the other proposed district, (b) that all of the lands included in the petition first filed are included in the petition for the other proposed district, and (c) that the lands described in the petition first filed will be protected and drained as adequately and as cheaply by the works proposed in the petition under consideration as they would be by any works which might be constructed by the proposed district described in the petition first filed; then such petition first filed shall be deemed in fraud of the provisions of this Act, and the fact that such petition was first filed shall not be a valid objection to the granting of the prayer of the petition under consideration or to the inclusion of such land in the proposed district.
    If the court in which a petition for the organization of a district is pending finds that a district including a portion only of the lands involved in the petition under consideration has been organized by mutual agreement, yet if the court finds (a) that such mutual district has neither constructed nor contracted to construct any substantial drainage or levee work, (b) that such mutual district was organized for the primary purpose of preventing the organization of the other proposed district or preventing the lands or some of the lands in the mutual district from being included in the other proposed district, (c) that all the lands included in the mutual district are included in the petition for the other proposed district, and (d) that the lands in the mutual district will be protected and drained as adequately and as cheaply by the works proposed in the petition under consideration as they would be by any works which may be constructed by the mutual district, then the agreement organizing the mutual district shall be deemed in fraud of the provisions of this Act, and the fact that such mutual district has been organized shall not be a valid objection to the granting of the prayer of the petition under consideration or the inclusion of such lands in the proposed district.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/12-14

    (70 ILCS 605/12-14) (from Ch. 42, par. 12-14)
    Sec. 12-14. Separate petitions not required.
    Whenever the commissioners of a district petition the court for authority to do or perform any act or thing specified in this Act, such petition may also seek authorization from the court to do or perform other acts and things specified elsewhere in this Act and it shall not be necessary for the commissioners to file separate petitions with the court for each act or thing for which authorization is sought.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/12-15

    (70 ILCS 605/12-15) (from Ch. 42, par. 12-15)
    Sec. 12-15. Continuances and amendments.
    Except as otherwise specifically provided in this Act, any hearing may be continued generally or to a day certain and from time to time as other civil cases. Any petition, report, assessment roll or other pleading may be amended as in other civil cases.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/12-16

    (70 ILCS 605/12-16) (from Ch. 42, par. 12-16)
    Sec. 12-16. Appeals. Unless otherwise provided in this Act, appeals may be taken from the final judgments or orders as in other civil cases. An appeal from a judgment on an assessment roll shall be taken in the time and manner as is now or may hereafter be provided for taking an appeal from a judgment on the collector's application for judgment and order of sale for delinquent general taxes. Appeals may be joint or separate. No appeal shall affect the validity of any order or judgment as to any tract of land or other property not directly involved in such appeal, except as provided in Sections 3-25 and 8-6 of this Act.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3809.)

70 ILCS 605/12-17

    (70 ILCS 605/12-17) (from Ch. 42, par. 12-17)
    Sec. 12-17. Construction of act-Effect of omissions, imperfections or defects in proceedings.
    This Act shall be liberally construed to promote drainage for agricultural, sanitary and mining purposes. The collection of assessments shall not be defeated by reason of any omission, imperfection or defect not substantial in nature occurring in the organization of any district or in any of the proceedings prior to the order confirming an assessment, but such order shall be conclusive that all prior proceedings were regular and according to law.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/12-18

    (70 ILCS 605/12-18) (from Ch. 42, par. 12-18)
    Sec. 12-18. Insufficient notice-Default.
    If for any reason the clerk of the court fails to give proper notice of the hearing on any report, petition or assessment roll, such failure shall not be grounds for dismissing the report, petition or roll, but the court shall continue the cause and direct that proper notice be given. Neither shall it be valid ground for objection on the part of any landowner that any other landowner has not received proper notice. If proper notice is given and any landowner fails to appear within the time specified or within any further time allowed him by the court, then a default may be taken against him in the same manner and with the same effect as in other civil proceedings.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/12-19

    (70 ILCS 605/12-19) (from Ch. 42, par. 12-19)
    Sec. 12-19. Cooperation with other public agencies. Commissioners of a district shall cooperate in the exchange of information pertaining to drainage with the commissioners of other districts and with local, State and Federal governments, officers and agencies operating in fields affecting or related to drainage, including, but not restricted to, the Department of Natural Resources, the State Water Resources and Flood Control Board, the State Soil Conservation Advisory Board, the State Geological Survey of the University of Illinois, and the State Water Survey of the University of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 95-728, eff. 7-1-08 - See Sec. 999.)

70 ILCS 605/12-20

    (70 ILCS 605/12-20) (from Ch. 42, par. 12-20)
    Sec. 12-20. Annual assessments in existing districts-Changeover to this act.
    In any district heretofore organized or existing under the Levee Act in which, prior to the effective date of this Act, there has been levied an assessment of the "Annual Amounts of Benefits" upon the lands in such district for keeping the levees, ditches and other works in repair or to maintain in operation any pumping plant, such assessment of "Annual Amount of Benefits" shall continue as the annual maintenance assessment in such district under the provisions of this Act until the same shall be increased, reduced, abated or otherwise changed or a new annual maintenance assessment levied in lieu thereof by proceedings under this Act.
    Any annual maintenance assessments due and unpaid at the time this Act becomes effective shall be collectible in the same manner as if this Act had not been enacted and, in addition, any remedies for the collection of annual maintenance assessments provided by this Act shall be available for the collection of any such annual maintenance assessments due and unpaid on the effective date of this Act.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 3578.)

70 ILCS 605/12-21

    (70 ILCS 605/12-21) (from Ch. 42, par. 12-21)
    Sec. 12-21. Partial invalidity.
    The invalidity of any provision or section of this Act shall not affect the validity of the remainder of this Act. 1955, June 29, Laws 1955, p. 512, # 12-21.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/12-22

    (70 ILCS 605/12-22) (from Ch. 42, par. 12-22)
    Sec. 12-22. Repealing section. This Act is intended as a complete revision, consolidation and codification of all the statutes of this State relating to the organization and operation of drainage districts and the construction of drains, ditches and levees for agricultural, sanitary and mining purposes and the following acts and all acts amendatory thereof are repealed:
    "An Act to provide for the construction, reparation and protection of drains, ditches and levees, across the lands of others, for agricultural, sanitary and mining purposes, and to provide for the organization of drainage districts", approved May 29, 1879;
    "An Act to provide for drainage for agricultural and sanitary purposes, and to repeal certain acts therein named," approved June 27, 1885;
    "An Act to authorize certain drainage and levee districts to acquire, maintain and operate dredge boats for the construction and preservation of drains, ditches and levees", approved May 16, 1905;
    "An Act to authorize drainage districts and special drainage districts to acquire, maintain and operate dredge boats and other necessary equipment for the construction and preservation of drains and ditches," approved June 26, 1923;
    "An Act to authorize certain drainage and levee districts to acquire, maintain and operate dredge boats, land dredges and other necessary equipment for the construction and preservation of drains, ditches and levees," approved July 1, 1941;
    "An Act to provide for the construction and maintenance of a levee or levees in special drainage districts and to legalize and validate former proceedings, bonds, orders indebtedness and expenditures had, issued or incurred in regard to, on account of, or with the view to the erection and maintenance of such levee or levees," approved June 26, 1923;
    "An Act to authorize the organization of drainage and levee districts for the purpose of accepting works constructed or proposed to be constructed by the United States of America, to authorize existing districts to accept such works, to authorize all districts to comply with the conditions imposed in connection with the construction of such works, and to empower two or more districts to cooperate in accepting and maintaining such works," approved June 12, 1937;
    "An Act to enable the owners of farm lands which form any part of a drainage district, in which there is located in whole or in part a city, town or village, to reorganize as a separate drainage district with certain rights and duties in relation thereto", filed June 26, 1917;
    "An Act to extend the time and provide for the payment of assessments of benefits in drainage districts", approved May 22, 1885;
    "An Act in relation to the abatement of assessments for benefits in drainage districts", filed July 13, 1933;
    "An Act to maintain and improve county ditches heretofore constructed to drain swamp and overflowed lands", approved June 23, 1883;
    "An Act declaring legal drains heretofore or hereafter constructed by mutual license, consent or agreement, by adjacent or adjoining owners of land, and to limit the time within which such license or agreement heretofore granted may be withdrawn", approved June 4, 1889;
    "An Act to enable the commissioners of drainage districts to contract with railroad companies to construct or keep in repair any levee or levees now constructed or to be hereafter constructed in such districts, and to grant to such railroad companies a right-of-way over, on, along or across such levees", approved June 5, 1889;
    "An Act to provide for the dissolution of drainage districts," approved June 4, 1889;
    "An Act authorizing all drainage districts to issue bonds, and providing for the registration and payment thereof", approved June 15, 1895;
    "An Act to authorize the levying of special assessments upon lands, railroads, public highways and municipal corporations situate within any drainage district so as to provide the funds necessary to pay the cost of construction for benefits that shall have been conferred by the construction of any work of improvement, without special assessments having been legally levied prior thereto, and providing for the issuance of bonds payable out of such special assessments, authorized by this act to be levied," approved June 11, 1917;
    "An Act to provide for constructing pumping plants and maintaining the same in operation, in drainage and levee districts and special drainage districts heretofore or hereafter organized, and to legalize and validate former proceedings, assessments, bond issues, indebtedness, and expenditures in regard to, or on account of, the erection, maintenance and operation of pumping plants, and to repeal an act therein named", approved June 27, 1913;
    "An Act to enable adjoining drainage districts to connect their ditches, drains, levees or other works, and to provide for the apportionment of the cost of the construction, operation and maintenance of the work of a drainage district where lands in an adjoining district are benefited thereby, and to repeal an act therein named", approved June 28, 1913;
    "An Act to enable adjoining drainage districts to construct and erect a joint pumping station or joint pumping stations, ditches, levees or other works, to contract for the proportion of the cost of construction and maintenance of the same to be paid by each, and providing for the approval of the same," approved June 27, 1913;
    "An Act in relation to the construction, reparation and protection of drains, ditches and levees across the land of others for agricultural, sanitary and mining purposes, and to provide for the organization of drainage districts, approved and in force May 29, 1879", approved June 7, 1897;
    "An Act to provide for the refunding by drainage districts of money raised by assessments or taxes illegally levied and collected and of money raised by assessments or taxes legally levied where the proposed improvements for which the assessments or taxes were levied, have been abandoned", approved June 1, 1921;
    "An Act in relation to the abatement of assessments for benefits in levee and drainage districts", approved June 15, 1895;
    "An Act to authorize the commissioners of drainage districts to convey property to and lease property from the Federal Government", approved November 20, 1933;
    "An Act to enable drainage districts to effect settlements for damages resulting from changes in water surface elevations of any river, lake, or other water surfaces, or of ground water, caused by flood control, navigation, irrigation, or water power projects and works constructed by Federal Agencies", approved July 17, 1945;
    "An Act to give circuit courts of this State and the Superior Courts of Cook County, in term time, and judges thereof in vacation, concurrent jurisdiction with the county courts, in all matters pertaining to the organization of farm drainage districts, and farm drainage and levee districts, and the operation thereof, and to repeal all acts in conflict herewith", approved June 5, 1909;
    "An Act to provide for the care of water in lakes and artificial ponds or bodies of water within the boundaries of drainage and levee districts, or drainage districts", approved June 17, 1929.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/12-23

    (70 ILCS 605/12-23) (from Ch. 42, par. 12-23)
    Sec. 12-23. Saving clause.
    The repeal of a statute by this Act shall not affect any action pending or rights existing at the time this Act takes effect; neither shall this Act impair the validity of any proceedings taken or assessment levied under such prior statute or impair the validity of any bonds or other obligations or indebtedness outstanding at the time this Act takes effect. The remedies provided under this Act for the collection of assessments shall extend and be applicable to assessments levied under prior acts.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)

70 ILCS 605/12-24

    (70 ILCS 605/12-24) (from Ch. 42, par. 12-24)
    Sec. 12-24. Effective date. This Act shall take effect on January 1, 1956.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 512.)