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LIBRARIES
(75 ILCS 16/) Public Library District Act of 1991.

75 ILCS 16/Art. 1

 
    (75 ILCS 16/Art. 1 heading)
ARTICLE 1. SHORT TITLE AND
GENERAL PROVISIONS

75 ILCS 16/1-1

    (75 ILCS 16/1-1)
    Sec. 1-1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Public Library District Act of 1991.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/1-5

    (75 ILCS 16/1-5)
    Sec. 1-5. Definitions. For the purposes of this Act, unless the context indicates otherwise, terms have the following meanings:
    "Board" or "board of trustees" means a board of trustees created under this Act to administer this Act.
    "Certified copy" means a copy of any document within a library's control that is certified by the secretary of the board as a true and accurate copy of the original.
    "Date of effectiveness" means the day a regulation or ordinance takes effect.
    "Date of enactment" means the day a board adopts, by majority vote, an ordinance or regulation.
    "Day" means a calendar day.
    "District" means a public library district established under this Act and includes a proposed public library district.
    "District library" means a library maintained and operated by a district.
    "Election authority" means a county clerk or a board of election commissioners.
    "Judge" means a judge of a circuit court of this State assigned to hear any matter brought before him or her under this Act.
    "Library" means a public library, including one privately endowed or tax-supported or one established under this Act.
    "Municipality" means a city, village, or incorporated town.
    "Ordinance" means an enactment, adopted by majority vote of a board, that applies to the public generally and that implements, applies, or prescribes conduct, imposes a tax, imposes a fee or fine, or assesses a penalty or that otherwise affects the rights of the public concerning the use or operation of a library.
    "Reciprocal agreement" means an agreement between a library and a library agency for the provision of library services as needed by either party.
    "Reciprocal borrowing" means the privilege of a person holding a valid library registration card from a local library to borrow library materials from other libraries.
    "Regulation" means an enactment, adopted by majority vote of a board, that concerns the internal management of a library, including but not limited to enactments concerning personnel matters and the requisition of books and personal property for the library.
    "Resident" means a person residing within the geographic area within which a tax is imposed to support a public library.
    "Resolution" means a statement, adopted by majority vote of a board, that establishes library policy and internal procedures for the governance of a library.
    "Territory", for purposes of annexation, means real estate contiguous to a public library district that is delineated by definite boundaries, including but not limited to a subdivision, plat, township, or municipality.
    "Trustee" means a trustee elected or appointed under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/1-10

    (75 ILCS 16/1-10)
    Sec. 1-10. Establishment of districts and libraries. To provide local public institutions of general education for citizens of Illinois, library districts and libraries may be established, equipped, and maintained by the board pursuant to this Act. That library shall be forever for the use of the residents and taxpayers of the district in which it is located, subject to reasonable rules and regulations the board adopts to render the use of the library of the greatest benefit to the greatest number of those residents and taxpayers.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/1-15

    (75 ILCS 16/1-15)
    Sec. 1-15. Districts established under prior laws.
    (a) Any library district established or formed under any prior law, including those formed under "An Act authorizing the creation of public library districts", approved May 26, 1943, "An Act in relation to the creation of public library districts", approved May 16, 1957, or the Illinois Public Library District Act, shall be deemed to have been established or formed under this Act, notwithstanding the fact that the library district does not meet all of the qualifications for the establishment or formation of library districts set forth in this Act, and shall be subject to the provisions of this Act. No further referendum need be held to authorize the levy of the annual public library tax up to the limitation of Section 35-5.
    (b) The trustees elected or appointed under this Act shall be the successors to the trustees of districts established under any prior law repealed by this Act or set forth in subsection (a), and all right, title and interest in and to property of any type, and all rights and causes of action existing or vested in trustees of districts created under any prior law, fully vests in the trustees elected or appointed under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/1-20

    (75 ILCS 16/1-20)
    Sec. 1-20. Violations of district ordinances; penalties.
    (a) A person who violates an ordinance of a district that provides for a penalty is guilty of a petty offense and shall be fined not less than $25 nor more than $100 for each offense.
    (b) All actions for violations shall be governed by and processed as in the case of violations of municipal ordinances.
    (c) All fines for violations of ordinances involving injury to or failure to return any book, material, or property belonging to the library shall be paid into the Library Fund established under Section 35-25. All fines and penalties for the commission of injury upon the library or the grounds or other property of the library shall be paid into the fund of the public agency or body enforcing those ordinances.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/1-25

    (75 ILCS 16/1-25)
    Sec. 1-25. Confidentiality of records. Each library subject to this Act is subject to the provisions of the Library Records Confidentiality Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/1-30

    (75 ILCS 16/1-30)
    Sec. 1-30. Notice.
    (a) Notice of elections and referenda shall be given in the manner provided by the Election Code.
    (b) Whenever notice must be given by any other provision in this Act, the notice shall be given by publication once in one or more daily or weekly newspapers published or circulated in the district or, where no such newspaper is published or circulated in the district, by posting 10 copies of the notice in conspicuous places within the district as far separated from the others as is conveniently possible. All notices shall be given at least 30 days before the hearing or other matter being publicized by the notice unless otherwise provided in this Act. A copy of the notice shall in each case be posted at the library operated by the district. When the district does not operate a library, a copy of the notice shall be posted at another public place specified by ordinance.
    (c) The notice of a referendum for establishment of, annexation to, or inclusion within a district, transfer of territory to or from a district, or merger of districts must include a map of the district and a legal description of the district and must indicate the territory sought to be annexed, included, transferred, or merged. If the territory sought to be annexed, included, transferred, or merged encompasses the same territory as an existing incorporated town, township, or county, the description of the proposed district shall be by reference to that entity.
    (d) Copies of all notices must be filed with the secretary of the district. When an election to establish a district is sought by the petitioners, copies of all notices must be filed with the petitions for the proposed district to be formed under Sections 5-10 through 5-30. When a municipal or township library is affected, copies of all notices must be filed with the mayor or president of each municipality, or with the supervisor of each township, that lies entirely or partially within the district or proposed district.
    (e) Copies of a notice of a petition filed with a circuit court for conversion of a public library to a library district shall be filed by the petitioners as follows: when a municipal library is affected, with the mayor or president of any municipality affected; when a township library is affected, with the supervisor of the township affected; or when a county library is affected, with the county board of the county affected.
    (f) For the purpose of sending notice and for other purposes as required by this Act, the official mailing address for a library that contracts with another library for certain services is the official mailing address established by the library facility where the services are provided.
    (g) Notices mailed to owners of real estate within a district or proposed district or to voters shall be effective upon deposit in a United States Post Office mailing facility, postage prepaid, correctly addressed to the proper person.
(Source: P.A. 89-188, eff. 7-19-95.)

75 ILCS 16/1-35

    (75 ILCS 16/1-35)
    Sec. 1-35. Election and referendum procedures.
    (a) Elections and referenda provided for in this Act shall be conducted at the time and in the manner provided by the Election Code.
    (b) The Election Code shall govern elections under this Act, except that provisions relating to political parties shall not be applicable to elections under this Act, which shall be nonpartisan.
    (c) The canvass of votes cast at an election under this Act shall be as provided in Section 22-17 of the Election Code. The board of trustees shall act as the canvassing board.
    (d) If a candidate for the office of trustee dies before election day and is nevertheless deemed elected, then the candidate on the ballot who receives the next highest vote as compared with those votes cast for the deceased candidate shall be deemed elected. If there is no such other candidate, there shall be a vacancy.
    (e) In the event of a tie vote in an election on a proposition, the proposition shall fail.
    (f) Any qualified voter in the district may contest the election of any person to the office of trustee or the announced results of a referendum within 30 days after the date of the election or referendum by commencing an appropriate action in the circuit court of the county that contains all or the larger portion of the district.
    (g) The court costs and legal costs incurred by the district involving an election contest shall be borne by the district unless otherwise specified in this Act, but the expenses incurred by any voter contesting any election shall not be an expense of the district.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/1-40

    (75 ILCS 16/1-40)
    Sec. 1-40. Ordinances.
    (a) The contents, date of enactment, date of publication or posting, and effective date of every district ordinance shall be determined from the records of the district secretary and may be proved by the secretary's certificate under the district seal. The secretary's certification shall be as provided in Section 1-109 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
    (b) Every ordinance shall contain an effective date, which shall be no later than 60 days after the date of enactment.
    (c) Every ordinance shall be numbered serially and shall be identified by that number and the date of enactment.
    (d) Every ordinance shall be posted in a public area of the district library building within 3 days after the date of enactment and shall remain posted for 14 days.
    (e) The district secretary shall maintain a certified copy of every district ordinance at the library operated by the district and shall make those copies available for public inspection.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/1-45

    (75 ILCS 16/1-45)
    Sec. 1-45. Continued effectiveness of ordinances and regulations. All ordinances and regulations of a district shall continue in full force and effect until amended or repealed, notwithstanding the enactment of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/1-50

    (75 ILCS 16/1-50)
    Sec. 1-50. Captions. Article and Sec. captions in this Act are a part of this Act but shall not limit, govern, or modify the meaning or intent of other provisions of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/1-55

    (75 ILCS 16/1-55)
    Sec. 1-55. Compliance with ITAP requirements. A library district must comply with the requirements of Section 405-335 of the Department of Central Management Services Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois concerning the Illinois Transparency and Accountability Portal (ITAP). A library district may not submit employment information for the ITAP in a manner that is inconsistent with the requirements of Section 405-335 of the Department of Central Management Services Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 98-246, eff. 8-9-13.)

75 ILCS 16/Art. 5

 
    (75 ILCS 16/Art. 5 heading)
ARTICLE 5. CREATION OF DISTRICT BY PETITION

75 ILCS 16/5-5

    (75 ILCS 16/5-5)
    Sec. 5-5. Authorization. All or any portion of the territory within one or more counties may, under this Act, be organized and formed into a district for the purpose of levying a tax or taxes to pay for establishing, equipping, maintaining, and supporting library services.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/5-10

    (75 ILCS 16/5-10)
    Sec. 5-10. Petition to establish district.
    (a) The organization of a district library in a territory without a local tax supported library or in such a territory and contiguous territory of a municipality, township, or county operating a local tax supported library may be initiated as described in paragraph (1) or (2) of this subsection.
        (1) One hundred or more of the voters of a territory
    
without a local tax supported library may petition the circuit court of the county that contains all of the territory (or a larger portion of the territory than any other county containing a portion of the territory) to cause to be submitted to the voters of the proposed district the question of whether the proposed territory shall be organized as a public library district. The petition shall contain the provisions set forth in this Section and, in addition, shall allege that the territory of the proposed district does not include, in whole or in part, any existing tax supported public library.
        (2) The library board of a local tax supported
    
library established by a municipality, township, or county, or 100 or more of the voters of the municipality, township, or county, may petition to cause to be submitted to the voters of the entire territory the question of whether a public library district shall be organized to include the municipality, township, or county and contiguous territory that is without a local tax supported library.
    (b) The petition specified in this Section shall contain a legal description of the boundaries of the territory to be embraced within the proposed district, shall specify the name of the district and the proposed tax rate limit for the district if it is in excess of 0.15%, and shall petition the circuit court to set the date of a hearing on the petition before a judge of the circuit court. If the territory of the proposed district encompasses the same territory as an existing school district, municipality, township, or county, the description of the proposed district may be by reference to that entity.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/5-15

    (75 ILCS 16/5-15)
    Sec. 5-15. Order for hearing; notice.
    (a) Upon the submission of the petition to the circuit court as provided in Section 5-10, the circuit court shall enter an order setting the date of the hearing on the petition and naming the judge who will preside at the hearing.
    (b) The petitioners shall publish notice of the time, date, and place of the hearing, including the name of the judge who will preside at the hearing. The notice shall be published in accordance with Section 1-30. The petitioners shall also, concurrently with the publication of the notice of the hearing, send notice of the hearing and a copy of the petition to the board of trustees of each public library serving an area contiguous to or within the proposed library district boundaries.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/5-20

    (75 ILCS 16/5-20)
    Sec. 5-20. Hearing. At the hearing ordered under Section 5-15, the petitioners shall present proof of the notice of the hearing and of the matters alleged in the petition to the presiding judge. All persons residing within the proposed district shall have a reasonable opportunity to be heard regarding the location of the boundaries of the proposed district and to make suggestions regarding the boundaries.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/5-25

    (75 ILCS 16/5-25)
    Sec. 5-25. Order for election; notice.
    (a) The judge, after hearing the statements, evidence, and suggestions of the petitioners and other persons appearing before the court, shall enter an order calling an election. The order shall do the following:
        (1) Fix the boundaries of the proposed district. For
    
that purpose and only to that extent, and only upon a showing of good cause, the judge may alter and amend the petition.
        (2) Require a map to be prepared depicting (i) the
    
boundaries of the proposed district, (ii) the boundaries of any municipality or township that lies wholly or partially within the proposed district, and (iii) the county lines of all counties affected.
        (3) Designate the regular election when the election
    
to establish a district will be held. The judge shall certify the order and the question of organization and establishment of the proposed public library district to the proper election authority, who shall submit the question to the voters of the proposed district in accordance with the Election Code.
    (b) In addition to the requirements of the Election Code, notice of the election shall specify the purpose of the election and contain a map and legal description of the proposed district.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/5-30

    (75 ILCS 16/5-30)
    Sec. 5-30. Election; form of proposition.
    (a) The proposition at the election shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall a public library district be established in all
    
or part of (name of county)?
    (b) If no tax rate limit is specified in the ballot, the tax rate limit of the newly organized district shall be as set forth in Section 35-5. If, however, the petitioners, under Section 5-10, specify a rate higher than the rate set forth in Section 35-5, the proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall a public library district be established in all
    
or part of (name of county) with a maximum annual public library tax rate established at (rate)% of the value of all taxable property in the district as equalized and assessed by the Department of Revenue?
In no event shall the tax rate exceed the maximum tax rate set forth in Section 35-10.
    (c) A proposition for the establishment of a public library district shall not be submitted to the voters in the proposed district more often than once in a 12-month period.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/5-35

    (75 ILCS 16/5-35)
    Sec. 5-35. Election results.
    (a) The election authority shall, within 10 days after the election, file with the circuit court ordering the election its certificate setting forth the results of the election in each precinct.
    (b) The judge assigned to hear the case shall enter a final judgment setting forth the results of the election based upon the certificate filed in the court by the election authority, and the order shall become a part of the records of the court.
    (c) The question of establishment of a district shall be based upon the majority of votes cast on the question by the voters of the proposed territory determined as follows:
        (1) Where the proposed territory does not include a
    
municipality or any portion of a municipality, then the majority of all the votes cast upon the question shall determine establishment.
        (2) Where the proposed territory does include a
    
municipality or any portion of a municipality, then the votes cast shall be divided into 2 lots. The votes cast within the municipalities shall be counted together, and the votes cast outside of the municipalities shall be counted together, and the question must carry in each group in order to establish the district. If there are 2 or more municipalities within the proposed territory, and the question of establishment carries in both groups as provided in this paragraph but the votes cast in one municipality having its own tax supported library are against establishment of the district, then the district shall be deemed established, but the dissenting municipality with its own tax supported library shall be excluded from the territory of the district.
        (3) Where the proposed territory includes a township
    
having its own tax supported library and the question of establishment carries in all areas as provided in paragraph (2), the township votes on the question shall also be counted separately, and if the votes cast within the township with its own tax supported library are against establishment, then the dissenting township shall be excluded from the territory of the district.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/5-40

    (75 ILCS 16/5-40)
    Sec. 5-40. Transfer and sharing of assets.
    (a) Any assets, including real and personal property and tax and other monies, received or due for the purposes of the library and held by the corporate authority of a municipal, township, or county library included in the library district, shall be transferred to the library district. "Property" includes any building or buildings permanently occupied by and publicly designated as the library building or buildings and used solely for library purposes.
    (b) Nothing in Section 5-35 or 5-45 or this Section shall preclude a municipality, township, or county, by written agreement, from sharing a library building or buildings with a district library when the establishment of a library district has been approved and the district includes wholly within its territory a municipal, township, or county library.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/5-45

    (75 ILCS 16/5-45)
    Sec. 5-45. Authorization to levy tax. When the establishment of a library district has been approved and the district includes wholly within its territory a municipal, township, or county library, only the library district shall levy the annual public library tax.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/Art. 10

 
    (75 ILCS 16/Art. 10 heading)
ARTICLE 10. CONVERSION OF
TAX SUPPORTED PUBLIC LIBRARY TO
PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT

75 ILCS 16/10-5

    (75 ILCS 16/10-5)
    Sec. 10-5. Application. This Article shall not apply in any municipality having a population greater than 500,000.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/10-10

    (75 ILCS 16/10-10)
    Sec. 10-10. Conversion by library board resolution and referendum.
    (a) A tax supported public library in a municipality, county, or township maintained and operated under any other Act may, by conversion, become a library organized, maintained, and operated under this Act by resolution of the public library board of trustees and referendum as provided in this Section.
    (b) The board of trustees of a tax supported public library desiring to convert the existing library to a library district may adopt a resolution calling for the conversion. The board shall certify the question of conversion to the proper election authority, who shall submit the question to the voters at the next regular election. If the board specifies in its resolution that the converted library shall have a maximum tax rate in excess of the existing ceiling or limitation of the library to be converted, the question shall so specify. Notice of the election shall be given in accordance with Section 1-30.
    (c) The proposition shall be submitted to the voters in substantially the following form:
        Shall the board of trustees of the public library in
    
(name of municipality, county, or township), Illinois, be authorized to convert the public library to a public library district as determined by the board's resolution of (date)?
    (d) If the resolution specified a maximum tax rate in excess of the existing ceiling or limitation, the proposition shall be submitted to the voters in substantially the following form:
        Shall the board of trustees of the public library in
    
(name of municipality, county, or township), Illinois, be authorized to convert the public library to a public library district, with a maximum annual public library tax rate established at (rate)% of the value of all taxable property in the district as equalized and assessed by the Department of Revenue, as determined by the board's resolution of (date)?
    (e) If a majority of the votes cast on the proposition are in the affirmative, the board of trustees shall convert the public library to a public library district.
    (f) This Section shall not apply to any library established by the corporate authorities of a municipality under the Illinois Local Library Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/10-15

    (75 ILCS 16/10-15)
    Sec. 10-15. Conversion by library board resolution and approval of corporate authorities.
    (a) The board of trustees of a tax supported public library desiring to convert the existing library to a library maintained and operated under this Act may, rather than utilizing the procedures prescribed in Section 10-5, adopt a resolution calling for the conversion and requesting the approval of the conversion by the corporate authorities of the municipality, county, or township maintaining the existing library. If the corporate authorities approve the conversion within 60 days after the resolution is adopted by the board of trustees, the board of trustees shall convert the public library to a public library district.
    (b) Any library in a home rule unit, as defined in Article VII, Section 6, of the Illinois Constitution, converted under this Section shall have a maximum tax rate not to exceed the greater of 0.15% or the last rate levied by the municipality for library purposes for the most recent year before the conversion, and that rate shall not be subject to any rate limitations or referendum requirements imposed by this Act. That rate may thereafter be increased, however, as provided in Section 35-10.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/10-20

    (75 ILCS 16/10-20)
    Sec. 10-20. Contents of county library board resolution. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, whenever after August 30, 1989 the board of trustees of a tax supported public library adopt a resolution under Section 10-10 or 10-15 calling for conversion of a county library in existence on August 30, 1989 to a public library district, the resolution shall specify the following:
        (1) The number of trustees to be elected for the new
    
public library district. That number shall be not more than the number of trustees on the existing board before conversion.
        (2) The maximum number of trustees who may reside in
    
a single township.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/10-25

    (75 ILCS 16/10-25)
    Sec. 10-25. Conversion by petition and referendum.
    (a) An election for conversion of a public library established in any municipality, county, or township shall be called upon the filing of a petition signed by not less than 10% of the voters (or, if there are 100 or fewer voters, then a majority of the voters) residing within that territory. The petition shall be addressed to and filed simultaneously with the board of library trustees of the existing public library and the corporate authorities of the municipality, county, or township. The original petition shall be filed with the corporate authorities.
    (b) The petition shall specify the new maximum tax rate of the public library district and state the existing tax rate of the public library to be converted if the rate is to be in excess of the existing ceiling or limitation of the library converted.
    (c) Upon receipt of a certified copy of the petition, the board of library trustees shall, within 30 days, file with the corporate authorities an addendum to the petition setting forth (i) the establishment date of the existing public library, (ii) the lawful ceiling on its public library tax levies, (iii) the geographic area of territory involved, and (iv) the identity of the municipality, county, or township involved.
    (d) The corporate authorities shall certify the question to the proper election authority, who shall submit to the voters of the district the question of conversion at an election in accordance with the Election Code. The proposition shall be submitted to the voters in substantially the following form:
        Shall the public library in (name of municipality,
    
county, or township), Illinois, be converted to a public library district?
    (e) If the petition specified a maximum tax rate in excess of the existing ceiling or limitation, the proposition shall be submitted in substantially the following form:
        Shall the public library in (name of municipality,
    
county, or township), Illinois, be converted to a public library district, with a maximum annual public library tax rate established at (rate)% of the value of all taxable property in the district as equalized and assessed by the Department of Revenue?
    (f) If a majority of the votes cast on the proposition are in the affirmative, the board of library trustees shall convert the public library to a public library district, with the maximum annual public library tax rate specified in the proposition.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/10-30

    (75 ILCS 16/10-30)
    Sec. 10-30. Limitation on referendum. A proposition for the conversion of a public library to a public library district shall not be submitted to the voters more often than once every 2 years.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/10-35

    (75 ILCS 16/10-35)
    Sec. 10-35. Petition by library trustees for court order.
    (a) If the voters in the election resulting from the board of library trustees' resolution to convert under Section 10-10, or from the petition of the voters calling for a referendum under Section 10-25, approve the conversion to a library district, or if the appropriate corporate authorities approve the conversion under Section 10-20, the board of library trustees of the public library affected shall, within 30 days, petition the circuit court of the county in which the majority of the territory affected lies for a final order to convert the public library to a library district. The petition shall incorporate, if applicable, the election results and the addendum to the petition for the election.
    (b) The circuit court, upon finding the petition sufficient, shall enter its final order doing the following:
        (1) Approving the conversion of the existing public
    
library of the county, township, or municipality to a public library district subject to this Act.
        (2) Naming the district.
        (3) Designating all incumbent library trustees as
    
trustees of the district until the next regular election of the trustees of the district.
        (4) Fixing the boundary of the newly formed district.
        (5) Specifying the ceiling or limitation upon the
    
annual public library tax or any special tax that may be levied by the district thereafter based upon (i) the existing ceilings or limitations and the obligation of the public library converted or (ii) the ceiling specified in the conversion petition and ballot, but in any case not to exceed the maximum specified in Section 35-10.
        (6) Specifying the first fiscal year of the newly
    
formed district.
        (7) Specifying the first year when appropriation and
    
levy ordinances may be enacted by the newly formed district and requiring the library trustees to cause an abatement of any annual public library tax levy for that same year, so that only one annual public library tax will be levied in that year.
        (8) Specifying the effective date of (i) the
    
conversion and (ii) the acquisition, by the board of library trustees of the newly formed district, of the assets (including personal property, titles to real property, and moneys received or due for the purposes of the public tax supported library by the corporate authority) and assumption of the liabilities of the board of library trustees and of the public library affected by the conversion.
        (9) Specifying the date when the newly formed
    
district shall commence to render library service.
    (c) The trustees of the newly formed district shall promptly publish notice of the order and of its effect.
    (d) The order shall be effective not later than 30 days after the date of its entry.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/10-40

    (75 ILCS 16/10-40)
    Sec. 10-40. Existing bond issue. An existing bond issue shall not be affected by a conversion under this Article and shall continue in full force and effect under the laws governing the bond issue.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/10-45

    (75 ILCS 16/10-45)
    Sec. 10-45. Transfer of assets and liabilities; sharing library building.
    (a) Whenever a tax supported library in a county, township, or municipality has been converted to a public library district under this Article, all of the assets (including any building or buildings (i) solely occupied by and publicly designated as the library building or buildings and (ii) solely used for library purposes) and any liabilities of the public tax supported library's board of library trustees in connection with the operation of its library shall become the assets and liabilities of the public library district. If the library converted to a public library district was eligible to receive its proportionate share of the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund, that eligibility shall continue to apply to the public library district created by the conversion.
    (b) Nothing in this Section shall preclude a municipality, township, or county, by written agreement, from sharing a library building or buildings with a district library if the establishment of a district library has been approved and the district includes wholly within its territory a municipal, township, or county library.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/10-50

    (75 ILCS 16/10-50)
    Sec. 10-50. Continuation of public library tax levy. In any county or counties in which more than one year will elapse between the effective date of the final order entered by the circuit court and the levy of an annual public library tax of the district library created as a result of a conversion, the corporate authority of the public tax supported library shall continue the library's levy.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/10-55

    (75 ILCS 16/10-55)
    Sec. 10-55. Employee retirement program. When the employees of a public tax supported library of a county, municipality, or township are participating in an employer provided Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund or other retirement or pension program and the library is converting to a library district under this Article, the corporate authority shall continue to provide coverage under the retirement or pension program until the newly established district library provides retirement or pension program coverage. In no case, however, shall the corporate authority extend its coverage for more than 547 days after the effective date of the circuit court's final order of establishment. Any payments made by the corporate authority for coverage shall be reimbursed by the district library.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/10-60

    (75 ILCS 16/10-60)
    Sec. 10-60. Home rule unit library; reduction of tax levy. If a tax supported public library of a home rule unit, as defined in Article VII, Section 6, of the Illinois Constitution, converts to a public library district under this Article, that home rule unit, for the year following the year of conversion, shall reduce its property tax levy by the amount levied by the home rule unit for the most recent year before the conversion.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/10-65

    (75 ILCS 16/10-65)
    Sec. 10-65. Inclusion of area subject to local library tax. If a tax supported public library of a governmental unit that levies a tax within an area pursuant to a referendum held under subsection (c) of Section 3-7 of the Illinois Local Library Act converts to a public library district under this Article, all of that area shall be included within the newly created district.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/Art. 15

 
    (75 ILCS 16/Art. 15 heading)
ARTICLE 15. ADDITION OR
DISCONNECTION OF TERRITORY

75 ILCS 16/15-5

    (75 ILCS 16/15-5)
    Sec. 15-5. Annexation of contiguous territory. Territory outside of any district but contiguous to the district may be annexed as provided in Sections 15-10 through 15-45, and each of these Sections constitutes an independent authorization for the annexation of contiguous territory.
(Source: P.A. 94-899, eff. 6-22-06.)

75 ILCS 16/15-10

    (75 ILCS 16/15-10)
    Sec. 15-10. Uninhabited private property within municipality.
    (a) Territory within the boundaries of a municipality that has no voters residing in it and that consists in whole or in part of private property may be annexed to the district as provided in this Section.
    (b) A written petition describing the territory and signed by the owners of record of all land within the territory may be filed with the Board of Trustees of the library district. The petition, made under oath, shall request annexation and state that no voters reside within the territory. The trustees shall then, by ordinance, annex the described territory. No referendum need be held.
    (c) The board of trustees of the library district may adopt an ordinance indicating the district's intention to annex the territory. Prior to adopting this ordinance, the board of trustees of the library district shall send notice of the proposed ordinance to the president of the board of trustees of each public library located within one mile of the territory to be annexed. The library district may, in addition, provide notice of a proposed annexation ordinance on a website maintained by the library district. At any meeting of the board of trustees in which an annexation order under this Section is considered, the board shall provide a reasonable opportunity for any interested person to make public comments on the proposed annexation ordinance. The ordinance shall contain a description of the territory and a statement that no voters reside in the territory. Within 15 days of the passage of the annexation ordinance, the library district shall send notice of the adoption of the ordinance and a copy of the map showing the boundaries of the territory to be annexed to the president of the board of trustees of each public library located within one mile of the territory to be annexed. Upon a 60 day written notice of the ordinance to each of the owners of record of the territory to be annexed and a written receipt of the notice from each such owner, the trustees shall by ordinance annex the described territory. No referendum need be held.
    (d) If an objection to the inclusion in the proposed annexation is filed by an owner of record or a written receipt of notice is not returned by an owner of record in the 60 day period, the property of that owner of record will be excluded from the annexation.
    (e) In no case, however, may territory not contiguous to the district or to territory being annexed to the district be annexed.
(Source: P.A. 95-161, eff. 1-1-08.)

75 ILCS 16/15-15

    (75 ILCS 16/15-15)
    Sec. 15-15. Territory included within municipality or school district.
    (a) A district may, by ordinance, annex territory if that territory is:
        (1) located within the boundaries of a municipality
    
or school district that is included, entirely or partially, within the district;
        (2) contiguous to the district; and
        (3) without local, tax-supported public library
    
service.
An ordinance under this subsection must describe the territory to be annexed. Prior to adopting the ordinance, the board of trustees of the library district shall send notice of the proposed ordinance to the president of the board of trustees of each public library located within one mile of the territory to be annexed. The library district may, in addition, provide notice of a proposed annexation ordinance on a website maintained by the library district. At any meeting of the board of trustees in which an annexation ordinance under this Section is considered, the board shall provide a reasonable opportunity for any interested person to make public comments on the proposed annexation ordinance.
    (b) Within 15 days of the passage of the annexation ordinance, the library district shall send notice of the adoption of the ordinance, a copy of the map showing the boundaries of the territory to be annexed, and a copy of the text of the publication notice required in this Section to the president of the board of trustees of each public library with territory within one mile of the territory to be annexed. Within 15 days after the adoption of the ordinance it shall be published as provided in Section 1-30. The board may vacate an annexation ordinance before its publication.
    (c) The publication or posting of the ordinance shall include a notice of (i) the specific number of voters required to sign a petition requesting that the question of the adoption of the ordinance be submitted to the voters of the district or the territory to be annexed or both, (ii) the time in which the petition must be filed, and (iii) the date of the prospective referendum. The district secretary shall provide a petition form to any individual requesting one.
    (d) If no petition is filed with the library district within 30 days after publication or posting of the ordinance, the annexation shall take effect. If, however, within the 30 day period, a petition is filed with the Board of Trustees of the library district, signed by voters of the district or the territory to be annexed, or both, equal in number to 10% or more of the total number of registered voters in the district, the territory to be annexed or both, asking that the question of the annexation of the territory be submitted to the voters of the territory, the board of trustees may vacate the annexation ordinance or certify the question to the proper election authority, who shall submit the question at the next regular election. Notice of this election shall be given and the election shall be conducted in accordance with the Election Code. The proposition shall be submitted to the voters in substantially the following form:
        Shall (description of territory) be annexed to (name
    
of public library district), (location), Illinois?
    (e) If a majority of votes cast upon the proposition in the district, and also a majority of votes cast upon the proposition in the territory to be annexed, are in favor of the proposition, the Board of Trustees of the library district may conclude the annexation of the territory.
    (f) If, before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly, a district has annexed territory under this Section and that annexation complies with the requirements set forth in this Section, as changed by this amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly, then, for all purposes, that annexation is hereby validated, ratified, and declared to be in full force and effect from: (i) 30 days after publication or posting of the ordinance if no petition was filed with the library district under subsection (d); or (ii) if a petition was filed, on the date that the district concluded the annexation of the territory under subsection (e).
(Source: P.A. 94-899, eff. 6-22-06; 95-161, eff. 1-1-08.)

75 ILCS 16/15-20

    (75 ILCS 16/15-20)
    Sec. 15-20. Referendum for disconnection of annexed territory.
    (a) A referendum for disconnection may be held whenever territory is annexed by ordinance and without the submission of the question to a referendum as provided in Section 15-15. A referendum for disconnection of this annexed territory shall be held upon the filing of a petition, signed by voters in the annexed territory equal to 10% or more of the total number of registered voters residing within the annexed territory. The petition shall be addressed to and filed with the secretary of the district.
    (b) The referendum must be held within one year after the date the territory was annexed. The referendum may also be held, however, as set forth in this Section if the petition is filed within 30 days after the date that the first tax bills reflecting the tax levied by the district are sent to the property owners of the annexed territory.
    (c) Upon the filing of a petition, the district shall certify the question to the proper election authority, who shall submit the proposition of disconnection to the voters residing within the territory to be disconnected at an election held in accordance with the Election Code. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall (description of territory) be disconnected from
    
(name of public library district), (location), Illinois?
    (d) If a majority of the votes cast upon the question are in favor of disconnection, the territory shall be disconnected. In that event, the district shall file with the circuit court of the county in which the majority of the disconnected territory lies an appropriate petition and a certificate by the election authority of the results of the election. The petition shall request entry of an order of disconnection and the preparation of an appraisal setting forth the value of the tangible property of the district, the liabilities of the district, and the excess of liabilities over tangible assets. Notice of the petition shall be published within the disconnected territory.
    (e) The court shall, after a hearing upon the merits, enter its order revising the boundaries of the district and setting forth the liability, if any, yet to be retired and paid by the property owners of the disconnected territory.
    (f) If there are any general obligation bonds of the public library district (or other obligations incurred instead of general obligation bonds under this Act) that are outstanding and unpaid at the time the territory is disconnected from the public library district by operation of this Section, that territory shall remain liable for its proportionate share of the bonded indebtedness or other outstanding obligations incurred instead of bonded indebtedness, and the public library district may continue to levy and extend taxes upon the taxable property in that territory for the purpose of amortizing the bonds or of satisfying the other outstanding obligations until sufficient funds to retire the bonds or to satisfy the other outstanding obligations have been collected.
    (g) The district secretary shall record a certified copy of the disconnection order with the county recorder and file it with the county clerk of each county affected.
    (h) A proposition for disconnection from a district may not be submitted to the legal voters of any annexed territory more than once.
    (i) Annexed territory shall not be disconnected under this Section if the disconnection would result in the district becoming noncontiguous.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/15-25

    (75 ILCS 16/15-25)
    Sec. 15-25. Territory designated for use as street or highway. A library district by ordinance may annex contiguous territory dedicated for use as a street or highway under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Department of Transportation or a county or township highway department if no part of the annexed territory is within any other library district. No referendum need be held.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/15-30

    (75 ILCS 16/15-30)
    Sec. 15-30. Petition of property owners. A library district by ordinance may annex contiguous private property upon receiving a petition by the owner or owners of record of the property for annexation.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/15-35

    (75 ILCS 16/15-35)
    Sec. 15-35. Uninhabited territory included within municipality. Notwithstanding the provisions of Sections 15-5 through 15-30, 15-40, and 15-45, whenever a municipality included entirely or partially within a library district has annexed or otherwise includes within the municipality's boundaries territory contiguous to the district and not in another public library's taxing district, and the territory has no voters residing in it, the library district by ordinance may annex the territory to the district.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/15-45

    (75 ILCS 16/15-45)
    Sec. 15-45. Territory annexed.
    (a) For the purpose of Sections 15-5 through 15-40, any territory to be annexed to a library district shall be considered contiguous to the district notwithstanding that the territory is separated from the library district by a railroad right-of-way, but upon annexation the area included within the right-of-way shall not be considered to be annexed to the library district.
    (b) Upon the annexation of territory by a district, the boundary shall extend to the far side of any adjacent highway and shall include all of every highway within the area annexed. These highways shall be considered to be annexed even though not included in the legal description set forth in the petition for annexation or the annexation ordinance.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/15-50

    (75 ILCS 16/15-50)
    Sec. 15-50. Annexation of territory without tax supported public library service. Territory without tax supported public library service outside of any district, but contiguous to the district, may be annexed to the district by referendum as provided in Sections 15-55 through 15-80.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/15-55

    (75 ILCS 16/15-55)
    Sec. 15-55. Petition of residents or library district board; notice.
    (a) Upon the filing of a petition with the circuit court of the county that contains all of the territory of the district or the larger part of the district, signed by not fewer than 100 voters residing within any territory proposed to be annexed, or upon the filing of a petition by a board of trustees of a library district seeking to annex that territory, the circuit court shall enter an order setting forth the date a hearing will be held on the petition and naming the judge who will preside at the hearing.
    (b) The petitioner shall publish notice of the time, date, and place of the hearing and the name of the judge who will preside at the hearing. The notice shall be published as provided in Section 1-30 and shall be published in the district and in the county that contains all or the larger portion of the proposed district. The petitioner also shall send, concurrently with the publication of the notice of the hearing, a notice of the hearing and a map showing the boundaries of the territory to be annexed to the President of the Board of Trustees of each public library with territory within one mile of the territory to be annexed.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/15-60

    (75 ILCS 16/15-60)
    Sec. 15-60. Hearing. At the hearing, the petitioners shall present proof of the notice of the hearing and the matters set forth in the petition to the judge assigned to the case. All persons residing within the proposed district shall have a reasonable opportunity to be heard regarding the boundaries of the proposed district and to make suggestions regarding the boundaries.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/15-63

    (75 ILCS 16/15-63)
    Sec. 15-63. Court order. The judge, after hearing the statements, evidence, and suggestions of the petitioners and other persons appearing before the court, shall enter a final judgment that shall do the following:
        (1) Fix the boundaries of the territory proposed to
    
be annexed to the district. For that purpose and only to that extent, and only upon a showing of good cause, the judge may alter and amend the petition.
        (2) Require a map to be prepared depicting the
    
boundaries of the district and the territory proposed to be annexed.
        (3) Certify the proposition to the proper election
    
authority of each county in which the district and the territory proposed to be annexed are located, who shall submit the proposition to the voters at a regular election in accordance with the Election Code.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/15-65

    (75 ILCS 16/15-65)
    Sec. 15-65. Referendum; order concerning results.
    (a) Each voter within the territory proposed to be annexed and each voter within the district has the right to cast a ballot.
    (b) If a majority of the votes cast upon the question in the district, and also a majority of the votes cast upon the question in the territory to be annexed, are in favor of the proposition, the entire territory may be annexed. Where there are 2 or more precincts in the territory proposed to be annexed, however, if a majority of the votes cast upon the question by those voting in the district, and also a majority of the votes cast upon the question by those voting in any contiguous precinct in the territory proposed to be annexed, are in favor of the proposition, the precinct so voting shall be annexed.
    (c) The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall (description of territory) be annexed to (name
    
of public library district), (location), Illinois?
    (d) The judge assigned to the matter shall enter an order setting forth the results of the election based upon the certificate filed with the judge by the election authority, and the order shall become a part of the records of the court. Where more than one county is involved in the election, a copy of the original petition, the order calling for the election, and the order setting forth the election results shall be filed by the election authority in the circuit court of each county affected or involved.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/15-70

    (75 ILCS 16/15-70)
    Sec. 15-70. District library building within municipality that is partially within district.
    (a) If a library district has a public library building within the corporate limits of a municipality located partially within the public library district and if the municipality is located partially within a township that does not maintain a public library building within the portion of the municipality located outside the public library district, then the library district may annex the territory within the municipality located outside of the library district as provided in this Section.
    (b) There shall be filed, with the secretary of the district seeking to have the territory annexed, a written petition signed by not less than 100 voters residing within that portion of the municipality located outside the public library district. A petition may be signed by a majority of the voters residing in the territory sought to be annexed if there are fewer than 100 voters residing in that territory.
    (c) After a petition is filed, the district secretary shall certify the question to the proper election authority, who shall submit the question of annexation to all voters residing within the territory proposed to be annexed and to all voters already within the district. Notice of this election shall be given and the election shall be conducted in accordance with the Election Code. If a majority of the votes cast upon the question by those in the territory proposed to be annexed and a majority of the votes cast by those voting within the district are in favor of the proposition, the territory may be annexed.
    (d) The proposition shall be submitted to the voters in substantially the same form as set forth in subsection (c) of Section 15-65.
    (e) The judge assigned to the matter shall enter an order setting forth the results of the election based upon the certificate filed with the court by the election authority, and the order shall become a part of the records of the court. Where more than one county is involved in the election, a copy of the original petition, the order calling for the election, and the order setting forth the election results shall be filed by the election authority in the circuit court of each county affected or involved.
    (f) In the event of an annexation under this Section, the residents of that portion of any township that is so annexed into the public library district concerned shall remain liable for their proportionate share of the bonded indebtedness outstanding as of the date of annexation, if any, of the township, with respect to establishment or maintenance of any public library building of the township. The township may continue to levy and extend taxes upon the taxable property of the annexed portion of the township for the purpose of amortizing the bonds until sufficient funds to retire the bonds have been collected.
    (g) A proposition for annexing territory to a district shall not be submitted to the voters more often than once a year.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/15-75

    (75 ILCS 16/15-75)
    Sec. 15-75. Conflicting annexations. If 2 or more districts under Sections 15-5 through 15-70 adopt ordinances on the same date annexing the same territory, the conflict in the annexation shall be decided by the State Librarian with the advice of the Illinois State Library Advisory Committee.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/15-80

    (75 ILCS 16/15-80)
    Sec. 15-80. Recording annexation ordinance and map. A copy of each annexation ordinance of any library district annexing territory, together with an accurate map of the territory annexed, shall be deposited with and recorded by the recorder and filed with the county clerk of the county in which the annexed territory is situated.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/15-82

    (75 ILCS 16/15-82)
    Sec. 15-82. Disconnection of municipalities and townships; advisory question; disconnection procedures.
    (a) An advisory question of public policy concerning the disconnection of a municipality or township from the public library district may be placed on the ballot (i) upon the adoption of an ordinance by the governing body of the municipality or township or (ii) when 5% of the legal voters of the public library district present a petition to the board of trustees requesting the advisory question. The governing body adopting an ordinance or the board of trustees receiving a petition must certify the question to the proper election authority, which, in accordance with the Election Code, must submit the question to the electors at the next regularly scheduled election in each public library district in which the municipality or township is located.
    The election authority must submit the question in substantially the following form:
        Should the (insert name of township or municipality)
    
be disconnected from (insert name of library district)?
The votes must be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
    (b) Regardless of the occurrence or outcome of any advisory question under subsection (a), the governing body of a municipality or township may adopt an ordinance to disconnect the territory of the municipality or township from the public library district. Any ordinance adopted under this subsection shall not take effect until it is approved by the board of trustees of each public library district in which any part of the municipality or township is located.
    (c) If the disconnecting entity is a city, then, no later than 90 days after the adoption of the disconnection ordinance, the governing body of the city must establish and maintain a public library under Section 2-1 of the Illinois Local Library Act.
    If the disconnecting entity is an incorporated town, a village, or a township, then, no later than 90 days after the adoption of the disconnection ordinance, the governing body of the incorporated town, village, or township must adopt an ordinance for a referendum to establish a public library under Section 2-2 of the Illinois Local Library Act.
    (d) After an ordinance to establish and maintain a library is adopted by a city under Section 2-1 of the Illinois Local Library Act or after the approval by the electors in an incorporated town, a village, or a township of a referendum to establish and maintain a library under Section 2-2 of the Illinois Local Library Act, the municipality or township shall file with the circuit court in which a majority of the disconnected territory lies an appropriate petition and a certified copy of the disconnection ordinance. The petition shall request entry of an order of disconnection and the preparation of an appraisal setting forth the value of the tangible property of the district, the liabilities of the district, and the excess of the liabilities over tangible assets or property. Notice shall be published by and within the disconnecting territory.
    The circuit court shall, after a hearing upon the matter, enter its order revising the limits and boundaries of the district and setting forth the liability, if any, yet to be retired and paid for by the property owners of the disconnected territory.
    (e) When any territory has been disconnected from a district under this Section and the court order providing for the disconnection also sets forth a continuing liability to be paid by the property owners of the disconnected territory, then the county collector of each county affected shall debit upon his or her books the taxes to be paid and thereafter levied by the district and extended against taxable property within the disconnected territory. The county clerk shall continue to extend district library taxes upon the taxable property within the disconnected territory, and the county collector shall continue to collect district library taxes upon the taxable property within the disconnected territory until the excess liability has been paid and retired.
    The residents and property owners of the disconnected territory are entitled to full and free library service from the district until the earlier of: (i) the final and full payment of the liability; or (ii) the entry of the disconnection order by the court. Upon the date of disconnection, the residents and property owners of the disconnected territory shall no longer be subject to any tax levies by the district other than levies for the excess liability. Upon full and final payment of the liability and thereafter, no resident or property owner of the disconnected territory shall have any right, title, and interest in and to the assets and tangible property of the district affected by the disconnection.
    (f) The board must record a certified copy of the disconnection order with the recorder of deeds and with the county clerk and county collector of each county affected.
(Source: P.A. 94-681, eff. 11-3-05.)

75 ILCS 16/15-85

    (75 ILCS 16/15-85)
    Sec. 15-85. Automatic disconnection from district.
    (a) Any territory within a public library district that is or has been annexed to a municipality (where that municipality maintains a public library) is, by operation of law, disconnected from the public library district as of the January first next after the territory is annexed.
    (a-5) If at anytime prior to, on, or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, the City of Springfield, Illinois, annexes territory within the Chatham Area Public Library District, or any successor thereto, for the development and construction of the proposed Hunter Lake to serve as an additional water supply for the City of Springfield and under subsection (a) that territory is disconnected from the Chatham Area Public Library District, then all remaining territory of the Chatham Area Public Library District is nevertheless deemed contiguous for the purposes of this Act. The remaining territory continues to be a part of the Chatham Area Public Library District or any successor thereto.
    (b) A disconnection by operation of law under this Section does not occur if, within 60 days after the annexation, the public library district files with the appropriate circuit court a petition alleging that the disconnection will cause the territory remaining in the district to be noncontiguous or that the loss of assessed valuation by reason of the disconnection will impair the ability of the district to render fully adequate library service to the territory remaining in the district.
    (c) When a petition is filed under subsection (b), the court shall set it for hearing. At the hearing, the district has the burden of proving the truth of the allegations in its petition. In determining whether to grant the petition, the court may consider at least the following factors:
        (i) whether disconnection will cause the territory
    
remaining in the district to be noncontiguous;
        (ii) whether the loss of assessed valuation by reason
    
of the disconnection will impair the ability of the district to render fully adequate library service to the territory remaining in the district;
        (iii) the convenience of the residents of the annexed
    
territory and whether a plan exists enabling the residents of the annexed territory to use either the public library district facilities or the library facilities of the city, village, or incorporated town to which the territory has been annexed; and
        (iv) whether the city, village, or incorporated town
    
has annexed any other territory within the district within the preceding 2 years and the cumulative effect of those annexations on the financial viability of the district.
    The Court may consider comments by the Illinois State Library, the annexing municipality and its public library, and the library system or systems to which the affected libraries belong. This does not create a right of intervention in these parties.
    (d) After the hearing, the Court may grant the relief it deems appropriate, including, but not limited to, any of the following: (i) denial of the disconnection; (ii) disconnection of the territory from the public library district; (iii) disconnection of the territory from the public library district in parts over a specific period of time not to exceed 5 years; (iv) court approval of a voluntary agreement between the parties that provides for the sharing of real estate tax revenues from the annexed territory for a limited period of time not to exceed 5 years unless extended by mutual agreement of the parties; or (v) submission of the question of disconnection of the territory to the electors of the annexed territory at a referendum to be held at the next general election in accordance with the general election law. The proposition at such a referendum shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall (describe annexed territory) be disconnected
    
from (name of public library district)?
    If a referendum is held, the result of the election shall be entered of record in the Court. If a majority of votes cast upon the question in the annexed territory are for disconnection of the annexed territory from the public library district, the territory shall be disconnected from the public library district.
    (e) If there are any general obligation bonds of the public library district outstanding and unpaid at the time the territory is disconnected from the public library district by operation of this Section, the disconnected territory shall remain liable for its proportionate share of that bonded indebtedness, and the public library district may continue to levy and extend taxes upon the taxable property in the territory for the purpose of amortizing the bonds until sufficient funds to retire the bonds have been collected.
    (f) The county clerk must extend taxes to pay the principal of and interest on any general obligation bonds issued to refund any bond described in subsection (e), as provided in the bond ordinances on file in the office of the county clerk, against all taxable property in the district, including taxable property that was in the district on the date that the bonds being refunded were issued; provided, however, that (i) the net interest rate on the refunding bonds may not exceed the net interest rate on the refunded bonds, (ii) the final maturity date of the refunding bonds may not extend beyond the final maturity date of the refunded bonds, and (iii) the debt service payable on the refunding bonds in any year may not exceed the debt service that would have been payable on the refunded bonds in that year. This subsection is inoperative after June 30, 2002.
(Source: P.A. 96-249, eff. 8-11-09.)

75 ILCS 16/15-90

    (75 ILCS 16/15-90)
    Sec. 15-90. Transfer of contiguous territory to adjoining district.
    (a) Territory that is in a public library district and contiguous with another library district may be transferred to the latter district. Upon the mutual agreement of the boards of trustees of the contiguous districts to the transfer of the territory, each board shall enact a transfer ordinance containing identical language describing the territory to be transferred, the effective date of the transfer, a statement of the assets and liabilities, if any, that are a responsibility of the transferred territory, and the settlement of any excess of assets or liabilities.
    (b) A copy of the transfer ordinance shall be filed with the circuit court of the county that contains all or the larger part of the territory. Upon receiving the ordinance, the circuit court shall enter an order setting forth the date, time, and place of a hearing upon the subject matter of the ordinance, name the judge to hear the cause, and send notice of the date, time, and place of the hearing and of the judge assigned to the president of the board of trustees of each of the involved public library districts and to the secretary of the board of trustees of the public library district containing the territory proposed to be transferred. The date set for the hearing shall be not less than 30 days nor more than 60 days after the circuit court enters the order for the hearing. The secretary of the board of trustees of the public library district containing the territory proposed to be transferred shall, within 15 days of the secretary's receipt of the circuit court's notice of the hearing, publish notice of the hearing as provided in Section 1-30.
    (c) At the hearing before the assigned judge of the circuit court, the validity of the ordinance, including substantiation of the required allegations in the petition, the appropriateness of the location and boundary of the territory to be voted upon for transfer, and other relevant matters shall be considered. All persons residing in the territory to be transferred, all other persons having an interest in the proposed transfer, and the boards of trustees of the involved library districts shall have a reasonable opportunity to be heard upon the subject of the proposed transfer. The judge's determination of the appropriateness of the boundary of the territory proposed to be transferred shall include the following factors:
        (1) The location of the residents in relationship to
    
the total territory proposed to be transferred.
        (2) Maintaining the pre-existing non-residential tax
    
bases of both libraries so far as possible.
        (3) Local traditional traffic, transportation, and
    
marketing routes and the convenience of the residents of the territory proposed to be transferred.
The judge, after hearing the statements, evidence, and suggestions of the persons appearing at the hearing, shall determine (i) whether the ordinance is valid and sufficient according to law and (ii) whether the territory to be transferred would receive substantially equal or greater benefits by being transferred. If the transfer ordinance is found to be valid and sufficient, and the territory to be transferred would receive substantially equal or greater benefits by being so transferred, the judge shall enter a final judgement to transfer the territory.
    (d) The judge assigned to the case shall, after a hearing upon the merits, enter an order revising the boundaries of the district and setting forth the liability, if any, yet to be retired and paid by the property owners of the transferred territory. The liability shall be collected under Section 35-15.
    (e) If there are any general obligation bonds of the public library district (or other obligations incurred instead of general obligation bonds under this Act) that are outstanding and unpaid at the time the territory is transferred from the public library district under this Section, the territory shall remain liable for its proportionate share of the bonded indebtedness or other outstanding obligation incurred instead of bonded indebtedness, and the public library district may continue to levy and extend taxes upon the taxable property in the territory for the purpose of amortizing the bonds or satisfying the other outstanding obligations until sufficient funds to retire the bonds or to satisfy the other outstanding obligations have been collected.
    (e-5) The county clerk must extend taxes to pay the principal of and interest on any general obligation bonds issued to refund any bond described in subsection (e), as provided in the bond ordinances on file in the office of the county clerk, against all taxable property in the district, including taxable property that was in the district on the date that the bonds being refunded were issued; provided, however, that (i) the net interest rate on the refunding bonds may not exceed the net interest rate on the refunded bonds, (ii) the final maturity date of the refunding bonds may not extend beyond the final maturity date of the refunded bonds, and (iii) the debt service payable on the refunding bonds in any year may not exceed the debt service that would have been payable on the refunded bonds in that year. This subsection is inoperative after December 31, 2000.
    (f) The district secretary shall record a certified copy of the transfer order with the recorder and file a certified copy with the county clerk of each county affected.
(Source: P.A. 91-868, eff. 6-22-00.)

75 ILCS 16/15-95

    (75 ILCS 16/15-95)
    Sec. 15-95. Inclusion of local governmental unit in district. At any time after the establishment of a district library, any county, municipality, or township having its own public tax supported library and contiguous to the district may become a part of the district if the proposition is submitted to the voters of both the district and of the county, municipality, or township at an election in accordance with the Election Code and the proposition is approved by a majority of the voters of the district and of the county, municipality, or township voting upon the proposition. The annexation procedures in this Act shall govern the election for inclusion within an existing district.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/Art. 20

 
    (75 ILCS 16/Art. 20 heading)
ARTICLE 20. MERGERS OF DISTRICTS

75 ILCS 16/20-5

    (75 ILCS 16/20-5)
    Sec. 20-5. Mergers authorized. Mergers of 2 or more districts contiguous to each other may be accomplished as provided in this Article.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/20-10

    (75 ILCS 16/20-10)
    Sec. 20-10. Ordinance for merger; notice of intent.
    (a) The board of trustees of a district wishing to merge with a contiguous district having the same limitations upon the annual library taxes that may be levied shall publish notice of its intent to adopt an ordinance for merger with the contiguous district. The notice shall be published in accordance with Section 1-30 in the proposed district and in the county that contains all or the larger portion of the proposed district. The notice shall state the time, date, and place of the meeting at which the ordinance is to be voted upon.
    (b) On the date specified in the notice, the board of trustees may proceed to enact the ordinance for merger. Enactment of the ordinance must be by a two-thirds vote of the trustees serving on the board of each district. Ayes and nays shall be recorded.
    (c) The ordinances for merger enacted by each district need not be worded exactly the same, but each ordinance must specifically state the intent to merge.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/20-15

    (75 ILCS 16/20-15)
    Sec. 20-15. Petition of residents; referendum.
    (a) An election for a merger may be called upon the filing of petitions signed by at least 100 of the voters residing in each of the districts. The petitions shall specify the new maximum tax rate if the districts proposed to be merged do not have the same limitations upon the annual library taxes that may be levied. Separate but identical petitions shall be filed with the secretary of each district affected. The specified petitions shall be filled with the Secretaries of the respective districts within 90 days of each other.
    (b) The secretary of each district shall certify the question of merger to the proper election authority, who shall submit the question to the respective voters of each district affected at a regular election in accordance with the Election Code. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall (name of public library district), (location),
    
Illinois, be merged with (name of public library district), (location), Illinois?
    If the petitions specified a new maximum tax rate, the ballot shall be in substantially the following form:
--------------------------------------------------------------
    "Shall The ....... Public Library
District, of ....... Illinois, be
merged with The ....... Public          YES
Library District, of ....... Illinois,
with a maximum annual public library   -----------------------
tax rate for the merged districts
established at ....% of the value of    NO
all taxable property as equalized and
assessed by the Department of Revenue?"
--------------------------------------------------------------
    (c) If a majority of the votes cast upon the question in each district are in favor of the merger, the districts shall be merged. The election authority of each district shall prepare a certificate of the results of the election.
    (d) A proposition for the merger of public library districts shall not be submitted to the voters more often than once a year.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/20-20

    (75 ILCS 16/20-20)
    Sec. 20-20. Petition by districts after ordinance or referendum.
    (a) Each district shall, upon enactment of a merger ordinance or upon an election approving a merger, file an appropriate petition with the circuit court of the county in which the majority of the merged territories lie. The petition shall set forth the following:
        (1) The merger ordinances or the certificate of the
    
election authority upon the question of merger.
        (2) The establishment and history of the district.
        (3) The lawful ceiling or limitation upon the annual
    
public library tax levy.
        (4) The territory of the district and a map of the
    
district.
        (5) The bond issues outstanding, the amount of the
    
issues that is due, and the dates payments are due.
    (b) The petition shall request a date for a hearing on the petition and the name of the judge appointed to preside.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/20-25

    (75 ILCS 16/20-25)
    Sec. 20-25. Hearing; court order for merger.
    (a) The circuit court shall enter its order setting forth the date of the hearing and naming the judge who will preside at the hearing. The trustees of each district shall publish notice of the petition and the time, date, and place of the hearing in accordance with Section 1-30 in the proposed district and in the county that contains all or the larger portion of the proposed district.
    (b) At the hearing, all residents of the affected districts shall have a reasonable opportunity to appear and present evidence regarding the lawful ceiling, limitations upon, or duplications of the library tax levies then in effect.
    (c) The judge, upon hearing the petition and the evidence presented and upon finding it sufficient, shall enter a final judgment doing the following:
        (1) Approving the merger of the districts petitioning
    
for merger.
        (2) Naming the district.
        (3) Appointing the incumbent trustees as trustees of
    
the district with the same terms each had as a trustee before the merger.
        (4) Fixing the boundaries of the districts.
        (5) Specifying the ceiling or limitation upon the
    
annual public library tax that may be levied by the district after the merger based upon the limitation specified in the petition for referendum or the merger ordinance. If any library party to the merger was eligible to receive its proportionate share of the Personal Property Tax Replacement Fund, that eligibility shall continue to apply to the entire library district created by the merger.
        (6) Specifying the effective date of the merger to be
    
the ensuing July 1 after entry of the judgment.
        (7) Specifying that the district formed by the merger
    
has acquired the assets and has assumed the liabilities of the districts not excluded in the final judgment.
    (d) The trustees shall publish notice of the order and its effective date in the same manner as for notice of a petition to the circuit court for merger of the districts.
    (e) The order shall be effective not later than 30 days after the date of its entry.
    (f) No further election need be held on the question of merger under this Article.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/20-30

    (75 ILCS 16/20-30)
    Sec. 20-30. Existing bond issue or special tax levy.
    (a) An existing bond issue shall not be affected by a merger of districts, but shall continue in full force and effect, and a special tax supporting the existing bond issue shall continue to be levied upon the residents of the district originally approving the bond issue.
    (b) The merger shall not affect the levy of any other special tax under Article 35. The levy shall continue in full force and effect, and the special taxes shall continue to be levied upon the residents of the district originally authorizing the special taxes.
    (c) Residents of the other district or districts involved in the merger shall not be specially taxed in these instances unless the special taxes are first approved by the voters in the same manner as in the case of the original voter approval, as provided in Article 35.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/Art. 25

 
    (75 ILCS 16/Art. 25 heading)
ARTICLE 25. DISSOLUTION OF
DISTRICT

75 ILCS 16/25-5

    (75 ILCS 16/25-5)
    Sec. 25-5. Dissolution authorized. Dissolution of a district may be accomplished as provided in this Article.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/25-10

    (75 ILCS 16/25-10)
    Sec. 25-10. Petition for dissolution; court order.
    (a) Voters representing 25% of a district's population, but not less than 100 of the voters of a district, may petition the circuit court of the county that contains all or a greater portion of the district than any other county having territory in the district to order the question of dissolution to be submitted to the voters of the district.
    (b) The judge assigned to the matter shall enter an order setting forth provisions similar to those required for an establishment referendum and the regular election at which the referendum for dissolution shall be held.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/25-15

    (75 ILCS 16/25-15)
    Sec. 25-15. Form of proposition at referendum. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall (name of public library district), (location),
    
Illinois, lying in all or part of (name of county), be dissolved?
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/25-20

    (75 ILCS 16/25-20)
    Sec. 25-20. Election results; court order.
    (a) The majority of the votes cast upon the proposition shall determine the matter.
    (b) The judge assigned to the matter shall enter a judgment setting forth the results of the referendum, and the judgment shall be filed in the court. Where more than one county is involved in the referendum, a copy of the original petition, the original order calling for the referendum, and the judgment setting forth the results shall be filed in the circuit court of each county affected or involved.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/25-25

    (75 ILCS 16/25-25)
    Sec. 25-25. Board action to dissolve district and wind up affairs.
    (a) Upon the approval of dissolution under this Article and the entry of the judgment of the circuit court, the board shall proceed with dissolution of the district in compliance with the judgment of the circuit court.
    (b) The board shall continue in existence for the sole purpose of winding up its affairs and for disposition of district property. Trustees whose terms expire shall continue to serve until the board dissolves.
    (c) Personal property of intrinsic value only to libraries may be donated to other public libraries. All other property, real or personal, shall be sold under Section 30-70; the proceeds shall be applied first to the debts of the district, and the balance, if any, shall be paid to the county collector. Where a district lies in more than one county, the proceeds shall be equitably apportioned among the various counties affected, upon a ratio based upon the taxable property of the district within each county. The county collectors shall credit those amounts on their books as a payment on behalf of the taxpayers of the dissolved district toward any other taxes levied by the county involved, and the proceeds shall accrue to each county and shall abate the county tax levy for each county affected as to each taxpayer involved until the credit is used up or utilized and applied.
    (d) The board shall then meet, prepare and file its final report, enact a dissolution ordinance, and direct the filing of certified copies of the ordinance with the county clerk of each county affected and the Illinois State Librarian. The board shall then dissolve.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/25-30

    (75 ILCS 16/25-30)
    Sec. 25-30. Limitation on referendum. A proposition for dissolution of a district may not be submitted to the voters of the district oftener than once every 5 years.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/Art. 30

 
    (75 ILCS 16/Art. 30 heading)
ARTICLE 30. TRUSTEES

75 ILCS 16/30-5

    (75 ILCS 16/30-5)
    Sec. 30-5. Initial appointment of trustees; first election.
    (a) Within 60 days after the establishment of a library district, and if the district is wholly contained within a single county, the presiding officer of the county board, with the advice and consent of the county board, shall appoint the first board of the district from a list of nominees submitted by the petitioners or persons appearing at the hearing. If, however, the district lies in more than one county, the presiding officer of the county board of each county in which the district lies, with the advice and consent of the county board, shall appoint at least one trustee; the remaining appointments, if any, shall be made in each of the counties in the district in proportion to the population of the district.
    (b) The trustees appointed under subsection (a) shall serve until their successors have been elected and qualified at the first election.
    (c) The first election shall be held at the regular election scheduled for trustees of public library districts under the Election Code that occurs more than 4 months following the establishment election of the district.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/30-10

    (75 ILCS 16/30-10)
    Sec. 30-10. Election and terms of trustees.
    (a) Trustees shall be elected every 2 years at the regular election scheduled for trustees of public library districts under the Election Code for 6-year terms. Seven trustees shall constitute a board.
    (b) The trustees' terms shall be staggered. After the first election, the trustees shall determine, by lot, 2 trustees to serve for terms of 2 years, 2 trustees to serve for terms of 4 years, and 3 trustees to serve for terms of 6 years. The terms of all trustees shall begin on the third Monday of the month next following the month of the election.
    (c) At each election of trustees after the first election, the trustees elected to succeed those whose terms have expired shall hold office for the full term of 6 years from the third Monday of the month next following the election and until their respective successors are elected and qualified.
    (d) A district may provide by resolution of the board that the term of its trustees shall be 4 years. If the board adopts such a resolution, then if 3 trustees are to be elected at the next election or if 2 trustees are to be elected at each of the next 2 elections, one of the trustees elected at the next election (to be determined by lot at the first meeting after that election) shall serve a 2 year term.
(Source: P.A. 93-847, eff. 7-30-04.)

75 ILCS 16/30-20

    (75 ILCS 16/30-20)
    Sec. 30-20. Nomination of candidates; ballot.
    (a) Nomination of candidates for election as trustees shall be by petition, signed by a number of qualified voters equivalent to at least 2% of the votes cast at the last election for library trustees, or 50, whichever is less, residing within the district, and filed with the secretary of the district within the time provided by the Election Code. No party name or affiliation may appear on the petition.
    (b) The names of all candidates for the office of trustee shall be certified by the secretary to the proper election authority, who shall conduct the election in accordance with the Election Code.
    (c) The ballot for election of trustees shall not designate any political party, platform, or political principle.
(Source: P.A. 92-355, eff. 1-1-02.)

75 ILCS 16/30-25

    (75 ILCS 16/30-25)
    Sec. 30-25. Vacancies.
    (a) Vacancies shall be declared in the office of trustee by the board when an elected or appointed trustee (i) declines, fails, or is unable to serve, (ii) becomes a nonresident of the district, (iii) is convicted of a misdemeanor by failing, neglecting, or refusing to discharge any duty imposed upon him or her by this Act, or (iv) has failed to pay the library taxes levied by the district. Absence without cause from all regular board meetings for a period of one year shall be a basis for declaring a vacancy.
    (b) All vacancies shall be filled by appointment by the remaining trustees until the next regular library election, at which time a trustee shall be elected for the remainder of the unexpired term. If, however, the vacancy occurs with less than 28 months remaining in the term, and if the vacancy occurs less than 88 days before the next regular scheduled election for this office, then the person so appointed shall serve the remainder of the unexpired term and no election to fill the vacancy shall be held. If the vacancy is in the office of a trustee of a library district with an appointed board, the vacancy shall be filled by appointment by the remaining trustees. Vacancies shall be filled forthwith.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/30-30

    (75 ILCS 16/30-30)
    Sec. 30-30. Compensation of trustees. Trustees shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed from district funds for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/30-35

    (75 ILCS 16/30-35)
    Sec. 30-35. Board name; status; headquarters.
    (a) The board of trustees of each district shall be a body politic and corporate, by the name of "The Board of Library Trustees of the .... Public Library District, ...., Illinois", and in that name may enact ordinances and hold title to property, may sue and be sued in all courts and places where judicial proceedings are had, and may take any action authorized by law.
    (b) At any time after the establishment of a district, the board of the district may enact an ordinance changing the district's name in the form given in this Section. The change of name shall be effective with the beginning of the next ensuing fiscal year following the date of the ordinance's enactment. All assets, liabilities, and other obligations of the district under its former name and all ordinances and other official acts of the district under its former name shall automatically become those of the district under its new name. The board of the district shall file a certified copy of the ordinance changing the district's name with the recorder of deeds, the county clerk, and the county treasurer of each county in which the district in whole or in part is located.
    (c) The board shall establish an official mailing address to be used for all notices.
(Source: P.A. 89-188, eff. 7-19-95.)

75 ILCS 16/30-40

    (75 ILCS 16/30-40)
    Sec. 30-40. Organization of board; qualification and oath of trustees.
    (a) Within 74 days after their election or appointment, the incumbent and new trustees shall take their oath of office as prescribed by law and meet to organize the board.
    (b) The first action taken at the meeting shall be the election of a president, a vice-president, a secretary, and a treasurer from among the trustees. The secretary shall then record the membership of the board.
    (c) Trustees duly elected or appointed as certified by the appropriate election authority or appointing authority shall be qualified to serve as trustees under this Act. The required oath shall be taken and subscribed before a notary public or the secretary of the board.
    (d) Within 60 days after the organization of the board, the secretary shall file, with the county clerk of the county containing all or a larger portion of the district and with the Illinois State Librarian, a statement listing the names and addresses of the trustees and officers and their respective terms in office. The secretary shall report a vacancy on the board to the county clerk and the State Librarian within 60 days after it occurs and shall report the filling of a vacancy within 60 days after it is filled.
    (e) The first officers shall serve until the next regular election of trustees. Thereafter, officers shall serve for terms set by ordinance but not to exceed 2 years, ending on the third Monday of the month following each regular election or until their successors are duly elected by the board. A vacancy in any office shall be filled by the board for the unexpired term.
(Source: P.A. 93-847, eff. 7-30-04.)

75 ILCS 16/30-45

    (75 ILCS 16/30-45)
    Sec. 30-45. Duties of officers.
    (a) The duties of the officers of the board are as provided in this Section.
    (b) The president shall preside over all meetings, appoint members of committees authorized by the district's regulations, and perform other duties specified by the district's regulations, ordinances, or other appropriate action. In the president's absence, the vice president shall preside at meetings. The president shall not have or exercise veto powers.
    (c) The vice president's duties shall be prescribed by regulations.
    (d) The treasurer shall keep and maintain accounts and records of the district during the treasurer's term in office, indicating in those accounts and records a record of all receipts, disbursements, and balances in any funds.
    Annual audit and financial report requirements shall conform with Section 3 of the Governmental Account Audit Act.
    (e) The treasurer shall give bond to the district to faithfully discharge the duties of the office and to account to the district for all district funds coming into the treasurer's hands. The bond shall be in an amount and with sureties approved by the board. The amount of the bond shall be based upon a minimum of 50% of the total funds received by the district in the last previous fiscal year. The cost of any surety bond shall be borne by the district. As an alternative to a personal bond on the treasurer, the treasurer may secure for the district an insurance policy or other insurance instrument that provides the district with coverage for negligent or intentional acts by district officials and employees that could result in the loss of district funds. The coverage shall be in an amount at least equal to 50% of the average amount of the district's operating fund from the prior 3 fiscal years. The coverage shall be placed with an insurer approved by the board. The cost of any such coverage shall be borne by the district. The system shall provide the Illinois State Library a copy of the district's certificate of insurance at the time the district's annual report is filed.
    (f) Any person, entity, or public body or agency possessing district funds, property, or records shall, upon demand by any trustee, transfer and release the funds, property, or records to the treasurer.
    (g) The secretary shall keep and maintain appropriate records for his or her term in office and shall include in those records a record of the minutes of all meetings, the names of those in attendance, the ordinances enacted, the resolutions and regulations adopted, and all other pertinent written matter affecting the operation of the district. The secretary may administer oaths and affirmations for the purposes of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 97-101, eff. 1-1-12.)

75 ILCS 16/30-50

    (75 ILCS 16/30-50)
    Sec. 30-50. Board meetings; quorum; voting.
    (a) The board shall call not fewer than 5 regular meetings each fiscal year. Each year, the board by ordinance shall specify the time, place, and date of the regular meetings. Special meetings may be called by the president or the secretary or by any 4 trustees. All meetings shall comply with the Open Meetings Act.
    (b) A quorum shall consist of 4 trustees. A majority of those present shall determine the vote taken on any question, unless a larger majority is specified in this Act.
    (c) All votes on any question shall be by ayes and nays and recorded by the secretary. Absentees and abstentions from voting shall be noted but shall not be counted for or against the question being voted on.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/30-52

    (75 ILCS 16/30-52)
    Sec. 30-52. Trustee's failure or neglect to discharge duty; penalty. Any trustee who, while acting as a trustee or as an officer, fails or neglects to discharge any duty imposed upon him or her by this Act is guilty of a petty offense and shall be fined not less than $25 nor more than $100 for each offense.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/30-55

    (75 ILCS 16/30-55)
    Sec. 30-55. Powers of trustees. The board of trustees of a district shall carry out the spirit and intent of this Act in establishing, supporting, and maintaining a public library or libraries within the district and for providing library service. In addition, and without limiting other powers conferred by this Act, the board shall have the powers set forth in the following Sections preceding Section 30-60.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/30-55.5

    (75 ILCS 16/30-55.5)
    Sec. 30-55.5. Ordinances, regulations, and resolutions. The board may enact, amend, and rescind ordinances and may make and adopt regulations and resolutions for their own guidance and for the government of the library that are expedient and not inconsistent with this Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/30-55.10

    (75 ILCS 16/30-55.10)
    Sec. 30-55.10. Expenditure of moneys. The board shall have the exclusive control of the expenditure of all moneys collected for the library and deposited to the credit of the appropriate funds.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/30-55.12

    (75 ILCS 16/30-55.12)
    Sec. 30-55.12. Purchases. Purchases made under this Act shall be made in compliance with the Local Government Prompt Payment Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/30-55.15

    (75 ILCS 16/30-55.15)
    Sec. 30-55.15. Supervision of facilities. The board shall have exclusive control of the construction of any library building and of the supervision, care, and custody of the grounds, rooms or buildings constructed, leased, or set apart for that purpose.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/30-55.20

    (75 ILCS 16/30-55.20)
    Sec. 30-55.20. Purchase or lease of property; construction of buildings.
    (a) The board may purchase or lease real or personal property and may construct an appropriate building or buildings for the use of the library or libraries established under this Act, using, at the board's option, contracts providing for all or part of the consideration to be paid through installments at stated intervals during a certain period not to exceed 20 years, with interest on the unpaid balance at any lawful rate for municipal corporations in this State.
    (b) The board may refund at any time any installment contract entered into under this Section by means of a refunding loan agreement. The refunding loan agreement may provide for installment payments of principal and interest to be made at stated intervals during a certain period not to exceed 20 years from the date of the refunding loan agreement, with interest on the unpaid principal balance at any lawful rate for municipal corporations in this State. No installment contract or refunding loan agreement for the same property or construction project may exceed an aggregate of 20 years.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/30-55.25

    (75 ILCS 16/30-55.25)
    Sec. 30-55.25. Remodeling or reconstructing a building. The board may remodel or reconstruct a building erected, purchased, or leased by the board when the building needs remodeling or reconstructing or is not adapted to the board's purposes and needs.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/30-55.30

    (75 ILCS 16/30-55.30)
    Sec. 30-55.30. Disposal of property. The board may sell or otherwise dispose of real or personal property that it deems no longer necessary or useful for library purposes under terms the board deems best, but in no event on contracts extending over a period of more than 20 years. The board may lease to others any real property not immediately useful to the district but for which plans for ultimate use have been adopted.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/30-55.32

    (75 ILCS 16/30-55.32)
    Sec. 30-55.32. Sale or disposition of property.
    (a) When the board has determined to sell or otherwise dispose of real or personal property that it deems no longer necessary or useful for library purposes, the property may be sold or disposed of at a public sale as follows:
        (1) Personal property of any value may be donated or
    
sold to any other tax supported library or to any library system operating under the provisions of the Illinois Library System Act under terms or conditions determined by the board.
        (2) Personal property having a unit value of $1,000
    
or less may be disposed of as determined by the board.
        (3) Personal property having a unit value of more
    
than $1,000 but less than $2,500 may be displayed at the library, and a public notice of its availability and the date and the terms of the proposed sale shall be posted.
        (4) In all other cases, except as provided in
    
subsection (b), the board shall publish notice of the availability and location of the real or personal property and the date and terms of the proposed sale, giving the notice once each week for 2 successive weeks. The notice shall be published in one or more newspapers published within the district or, if there is no such newspaper, then at least once in a newspaper of general circulation in the district and published in the county that contains all or the larger portion of the district.
        (5) On the day of the sale, the board shall proceed
    
with the sale and may sell the property for a price determined by the board or to the highest bidder. Where the board deems the bids inadequate, it may reject the bids and re-advertise the sale.
    (b) If the board has determined that any building or buildings that were received from a municipality due to the conversion of a tax supported public library to a public library district under this Act or a prior law are no longer necessary or useful for library purposes, the board by resolution may authorize the sale of the building or buildings and the underlying land to the municipality from which they were received. The value of the property shall be determined by a written MAI certified appraisal that shall be available for public inspection. The resolution shall be published at the first opportunity following passage in a newspaper published in the municipality or, if there is none, in a newspaper published in the county in which the municipality lies and that has general circulation in the municipality. The board may accept any contract proposal for the sale of the property to the municipality determined by them to be in the best interest of the district by a vote of three-fourths of the board members then holding office, but in no event at a price less than 80% of the appraised value.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/30-55.35

    (75 ILCS 16/30-55.35)
    Sec. 30-55.35. Administrator; legal counsel; consultants.
    (a) The board may appoint and fix the compensation of a qualified librarian to act as administrator of the district's daily operations. The administrator may hire other employees deemed necessary by the administrator, fix their compensation, and remove those employees, subject to the approval of the board.
    (b) The board may also retain legal counsel and professional consultants as needed.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/30-55.40

    (75 ILCS 16/30-55.40)
    Sec. 30-55.40. Contracts for library services and other matters. The board may contract with any public or private corporation or entity for the purpose of providing or receiving library service or of performing other acts necessary and proper to carry out the responsibilities, the intent, and the provisions of this Act. This contractual power includes, but is not limited to, (i) participating in interstate library compacts and library systems, (ii) contracting to supply library services, and (iii) spending any federal or State funds made available to any county, municipality, or township or to the State of Illinois for library purposes. If, however, a contract is for the supply of library services for residents without a public library established under this Act, the terms of that contract shall recognize the principle of equity of cost of services to non-residents expressed in this Section and shall provide for the assumption, by the contracting party receiving the services, of financial responsibility for the loss of or damage to any library materials provided to non-residents under the contract.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/30-55.45

    (75 ILCS 16/30-55.45)
    Sec. 30-55.45. Common library or services. The board may join with the board or boards of one or more public libraries within this State in maintaining libraries or for the maintenance of a common library or common library services for the participants upon terms and conditions agreed upon by the participating library boards.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/30-55.50

    (75 ILCS 16/30-55.50)
    Sec. 30-55.50. Title to property. The board may enter into contracts and may take title to any property acquired by it for library purposes.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/30-55.55

    (75 ILCS 16/30-55.55)
    Sec. 30-55.55. Exclusion of certain persons from library. The board may exclude from the use of the library any person who willfully violates an ordinance or regulation prescribed by the board.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/30-55.60

    (75 ILCS 16/30-55.60)
    Sec. 30-55.60. Use of library by nonresidents. The board may extend the privileges and use of the library, including the borrowing of materials on an individual basis by persons residing outside the district. If the board exercises this power, the privilege of library use shall be upon terms and conditions prescribed by the board in its regulations. The board shall charge a nonresident fee for the privileges and use of the library at least equal to the cost paid by residents of the district, with the cost to be determined according to the formula established by the Illinois State Library. A person residing outside of a public library service area must apply for a non-resident library card at the public library closest to the person's principal residence. The nonresident cards shall allow for borrowing privileges at all participating public libraries in the regional library system. The nonresident fee shall not apply to any of the following:
        (1) Privileges and use provided (i) under the terms
    
of the district's membership in a library system operating under the provisions of the Illinois Library System Act or (ii) under the terms of any reciprocal agreement with a public or private corporation or entity providing a library service.
        (2) Residents of an area in which the library is
    
conducting a program for the purpose of encouraging the inclusion of the area in the library district.
        (3) A nonresident who, as an individual or as a
    
partner, principal stockholder, or other joint owner, owns taxable property or is a senior administrative officer of a firm, business, or other corporation owning taxable property within the district, upon presentation of the most recent tax bill upon that taxable property, provided that the privileges and use of the library is extended to only one such nonresident for each parcel of taxable property.
    Nothing in this Section requires any public library to participate in the non-resident card reciprocal borrowing program of a regional library system as provided for in this Section.
(Source: P.A. 92-166, eff. 1-1-02.)

75 ILCS 16/30-55.65

    (75 ILCS 16/30-55.65)
    Sec. 30-55.65. Encouraging additions to district. The board may undertake programs to encourage the addition to the district of adjacent areas without local tax supported library service and may spend funds for this purpose.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/30-55.70

    (75 ILCS 16/30-55.70)
    Sec. 30-55.70. Fines and penalties. The board may provide, by ordinance, fines and penalties (i) for injury to any book or other library material or to any real or personal property belonging to or in the custody of the library and (ii) for failure to return any book or other material or personal property belonging to or in the custody of the library.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/30-55.75

    (75 ILCS 16/30-55.75)
    Sec. 30-55.75. Investment of funds. The board shall invest funds pursuant to the Public Funds Investment Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/30-55.80

    (75 ILCS 16/30-55.80)
    Sec. 30-55.80. Eminent domain. The board may exercise the power of eminent domain.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/30-55.82

    (75 ILCS 16/30-55.82)
    Sec. 30-55.82. Eminent domain. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, any power granted under this Act 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.)

75 ILCS 16/30-55.85

    (75 ILCS 16/30-55.85)
    Sec. 30-55.85. Reserve funds for self-insurance. The board may accumulate and set apart as reserve funds portions of the unexpended balances of the proceeds received from taxes or other sources, for the purpose of providing self-insurance against liabilities of the district.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/30-55.90

    (75 ILCS 16/30-55.90)
    Sec. 30-55.90. Joining associations. The board may join the district and its employees or trustees as a member or members of the Illinois Library Association and the American Library Association or any nonprofit, nonpolitical, Section 501(c)(3) associations, as designated by the federal Internal Revenue Service, having the purpose of improving library development and librarianship. The board may provide for the payment of membership dues, fees, and assessments to the associations.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/30-55.100

    (75 ILCS 16/30-55.100)
    Sec. 30-55.100. Historical museum or library. The board may participate in maintaining a historical museum or library located in the district.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/30-60

    (75 ILCS 16/30-60)
    Sec. 30-60. Resolution concerning library materials and facilities. The board of each district shall adopt, and review at least every 2 years, a resolution for the selection of library materials and the use of library materials and facilities. No employee may be disciplined or dismissed for the selection of library materials when the selection is made in good faith and in accordance with the resolution required to be adopted under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/30-65

    (75 ILCS 16/30-65)
    Sec. 30-65. Reports and audits.
    (a) On or before September 1 of each year, the board shall prepare a written report for the past fiscal year. The secretary shall file certified copies of the report on or before the due date with the Illinois State Librarian and in the library or libraries operated by the district, where the report shall be available for public inspection. The report shall include the following:
        (1) The audit of the secretary and the secretary's
    
records as provided in subsection (c).
        (2) A statement as to any change in the limits and
    
boundaries of the district.
        (3) A statement as to property of any type acquired
    
by the district by purchase, legacy, gift, or otherwise.
        (4) A statement as to the amount of accumulations and
    
the reasons for the accumulations.
        (5) A statement as to any outstanding liabilities,
    
including those for bonds still outstanding.
        (6) Any other pertinent information requested by the
    
Illinois State Librarian.
    (b) Where dissolution of the district has been approved, the board shall prepare a final report.
    (c) The secretary's records shall be audited by 2 other trustees appointed by the president. The audit shall be conducted each fiscal year and upon the change of secretaries. The audit report shall be filed not later than 90 days following the completion of the fiscal year. The report shall certify the accuracy and completeness of the secretary's records and shall list the discrepancies, if any. The report of the audit of the secretary's records shall be made a part of the secretary's records.
    (d) The board shall take whatever action is deemed necessary to cure the discrepancies reported to it by any audit committee.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277; 88-442; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

75 ILCS 16/30-75

    (75 ILCS 16/30-75)
    Sec. 30-75. Donations of money or property. Any person or persons desiring to make donations of money, personal property, or real estate for the benefit of a library may vest title to the donation in the board of library trustees of the district receiving the donation. The money or property shall be held and controlled by the trustees when accepted according to the terms of the deed, gift, legacy, or bequest of the donation. The board shall be held and considered to be a special trustee of the donated property.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/30-85

    (75 ILCS 16/30-85)
    Sec. 30-85. Budget and appropriation ordinance; levy ordinance.
    (a) The board shall, within the first quarter of each fiscal year and no later than the fourth Tuesday of September, prepare and enact a budget and appropriation ordinance pursuant to the provisions of the Illinois Municipal Budget Law. A certified copy of the ordinance shall be published once, and the board shall then ascertain the total amount of the appropriation made for all purposes permitted by this Act and the total amount of monies necessary to be raised for the appropriation.
    (b) By the first Tuesday in December, after publication of the appropriation ordinance, the board shall enact a levy ordinance incorporating the appropriation ordinance by reference and levying not more than the total amount of the appropriation (taking into consideration monies to be raised from other than tax sources) upon all property subject to taxation within the district as that property is assessed and equalized for State and county purposes for that year.
    (c) The secretary shall file, on or before the last Tuesday in December, a certified copy of the levy ordinance with the county clerk of each county affected by the levy. Where more than one county is involved, the secretary shall supply and certify under his or her signature and seal of the district additional information required by each county clerk for the clerk's determination of the portion of the levy required to be levied in his or her county.
    (d) The county clerk shall ascertain the rate per cent that, upon the full, fair cash value of all property subject to taxation within the district, as that property is assessed or equalized by the Department of Revenue, will produce a net amount of not less than the total amount so directed to be levied and then add on for collection loss and costs. The county clerk shall extend this tax in a separate column upon the books of the collector of State and county taxes within the district.
    (e) The secretary shall also file, on or before the last Tuesday of December, certified copies of the appropriation and levy ordinances with the library or libraries operated by the district and shall make copies available to public inspection at all times.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/30-90

    (75 ILCS 16/30-90)
    Sec. 30-90. Termination of appropriations.
    (a) Notwithstanding any limitations imposed by law, all appropriations made in the annual budget shall terminate with the close of the fiscal year provided for, except that remaining balances, in amounts up to 20% of those appropriations, shall be available until August 30 for the authorization of the payment of obligations incurred before the close of the fiscal year and until September 30 for payment of those obligations. All remaining balances shall be available for transfer to be accumulated under this Act.
    (b) Transfers from one appropriation of any amount specified for any object and purpose, not affecting the total amount appropriated, may be made at any meeting of the board by an ordinance enacted by a two-thirds vote of all the trustees present and voting. By a like vote, the board may by ordinance make appropriations in excess of those authorized by the budget in order to meet an immediate and unforeseen emergency. After the adoption of the annual budget and appropriation ordinance, no other and further appropriations (except as specified in this Section or pursuant to the financial provisions of the Illinois Municipal Budget Law) shall be made at any other time during the fiscal year.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/30-95

    (75 ILCS 16/30-95)
    Sec. 30-95. Working cash fund.
    (a) A board may, by ordinance, create and maintain a working cash fund, for the sole purpose of enabling the district to have in its funds, at all times, sufficient money to meet demands for ordinary and necessary and committed expenditures for library purposes.
    (b) The working cash fund shall be known as the public library district working cash fund and may contain any amount deemed necessary by the board to satisfy the purpose of the fund. The balance in the fund shall not, however, at any time be allowed to exceed 0.2% of the full, fair cash value of all taxable property within the district, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue for the year 1998. The money for the fund shall accrue from the public library district working cash fund tax the board is authorized to levy under Section 35-35. The board may appropriate moneys to the working cash fund up to the maximum amount allowable in the fund, and the working cash fund may receive those appropriations and any other contributions.
    (c) Once the fund has been created, the proceeds shall be deposited into a special and separate fund and may be carried over from year to year without in any manner reducing or abating a future annual library tax levy. The fund shall be identified in the budget each year, but shall not be deemed a current asset available for library purposes.
    (d) The proceeds of the fund may be transferred from the working cash fund to the general library fund and disbursed from the general library fund in anticipation of the collection of taxes lawfully levied for general library purposes or in anticipation of taxes imposed before or after the effective date of this Act by the General Assembly of the State of Illinois to replace revenue lost by units of local government and school districts as a result of the abolition of ad valorem personal property taxes pursuant to Article IX, Section 5, subsection (c), of the Illinois Constitution. These taxes, when collected and after payment of tax warrants, shall be drawn upon to reimburse the working cash fund.
    (e) Temporarily idle moneys in the working cash fund may be invested as directed by the governing board of the library district, and the interest earned on the investments may, at the option of the board, be either transferred permanently to the general corporate fund or may remain in the working cash fund. If the interest remains in the working cash fund, it may serve to increase the balance of the working cash fund available for loans, but in no event may the balance of that fund be allowed to exceed the statutory maximum for the fund established in this Section.
(Source: P.A. 95-659, eff. 10-11-07.)

75 ILCS 16/30-100

    (75 ILCS 16/30-100)
    Sec. 30-100. Abolition of working cash fund. The board may, by resolution, abolish a working cash fund established under Section 30-95 and direct the transfer of any balance in the fund, including any interest that has accrued, to the general library fund at the close of the fiscal year. If the board abolishes a working cash fund under this Section, it may be reestablished in the same manner as the fund was originally created under Section 35-35 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 95-659, eff. 10-11-07.)

75 ILCS 16/30-105

    (75 ILCS 16/30-105)
    Sec. 30-105. Tax warrants.
    (a) When there is insufficient money in the general fund to defray the necessary expenses of the district, and the working cash fund has been drawn upon and depleted, the board may cause warrants to be issued and drawn against and in anticipation of any taxes levied for the payment of the necessary expenses of the district, but only to the extent of 85% of the total amount of tax levied. The warrants shall show upon their face that they are payable in numerical order of their issuance solely from the taxes when collected and shall be received by any county collector of taxes in payment of the taxes against which they are issued. The taxes shall be set apart and held for payment of the warrants.
    (b) Every warrant shall bear interest payable only out of the taxes against which it is drawn, at a rate not exceeding the interest rate established by statute, from the date of its issuance until paid, or until notice is given by publication in a newspaper or otherwise that the money for its payment is available and that the warrant will be paid on presentation. Warrants not presented pursuant to the notice shall, after the due date, carry a lower rate of interest as specified, but not less than 3% and for only one year. After that 1-year term, the warrant shall bear no interest.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/Art. 35

 
    (75 ILCS 16/Art. 35 heading)
ARTICLE 35. TAXATION

75 ILCS 16/35-5

    (75 ILCS 16/35-5)
    Sec. 35-5. Tax levy for establishment, maintenance, and support of district library.
    (a) When a district has been organized and established under this Act, the board, upon its formation and qualification of the trustees to serve, may levy an annual public library tax for the establishment, maintenance, and support of a public library or libraries within the district or for contracting for library service. The tax shall not exceed 0.15% (or a greater amount not to exceed 0.60% if the greater amount was authorized by the referendum establishing the public library district) of the value of all the taxable property within the district, as equalized and assessed by the Department of Revenue. Any tax levied under Section 35-35 shall be disregarded in applying the provisions of this Section.
    (b) The board may also levy an additional tax of 0.02% of the value of all the taxable property in the district, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, for the purchase of sites and buildings, the construction and equipment of buildings, the rental of buildings required for library purposes, and maintenance, repairs, and alterations of library buildings and equipment.
    In any year in which the board proposes to levy the additional 0.02% tax, the board shall adopt an ordinance determining to levy the tax. The ordinance may be vacated by the board before its publication.
    Within 15 days after the adoption of the ordinance, it shall be published in accordance with Section 1-30. The publication or posting of the resolution shall include a notice of (i) the specific number of voters required to sign a petition requesting that the question of the adoption of the resolution be submitted to the electors of the district, (ii) the time in which the petition must be filed, and (iii) the date of the prospective referendum.
    The secretary of the district shall provide a petition form to any individual requesting one.
    If no petition is filed with the board within 30 days after publication or posting of the ordinance, the district shall then be authorized to levy the tax. If, however, within the 30 day period a petition is filed with the board, signed by electors of the district equal in number to 10% or more of the total number of registered voters in the district, asking that the question of levying a 0.02% tax be submitted to the electors of the district, the question shall be certified to the proper election authority, who shall submit the question at an election in accordance with the Election Code, unless the board vacates the ordinance within 7 days after the petition is filed. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall the Board of Library Trustees of (name of
    
district) be authorized to levy an additional tax of (rate)% for the construction of buildings, provision of sites, etc., as determined by the board's ordinance of (date)?
    If a majority of votes cast upon the proposition are in the affirmative, the board may levy the additional tax.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/35-10

    (75 ILCS 16/35-10)
    Sec. 35-10. Increase in annual tax rate.
    (a) The annual public library tax may be increased to not more than 0.60% if the voters of the district determine and approve the increase by a majority vote of those voting upon the question at any regular election. The question shall be submitted by the proper election authority pursuant to an ordinance or pursuant to a petition served upon the secretary and bearing not fewer than 100 signatures of voters residing within the district. The question shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall the annual public library tax rate for (name of
    
public library district), (location), Illinois, be established at (rate)% of full, fair cash value instead of at (rate)%, the maximum rate otherwise applicable to the next taxes to be extended?
    (b) Voter approval of an increase under a prior law shall satisfy the requirements of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/35-15

    (75 ILCS 16/35-15)
    Sec. 35-15. Transferred territory; tax liability.
    (a) When any territory has been transferred from a district under this Act and the court order providing for the transfer also sets forth a continuing liability to be paid and retired by property owners of the transferred territory, the county collector of the county involved shall debit upon his or her books the taxes to be paid and thereafter levied by the district and extended against taxable property within the transferred territory. The county clerk shall continue to extend district library taxes upon the taxable property within transferred territory, and the county collector shall continue to collect district library taxes upon the taxable property within the transferred territory, until the excess liability has been paid and retired.
    (b) Until full and final payment of the liability, the residents and property owners of the transferred territory shall be entitled to full and free library service from the district. Upon full and final payment of the liability, the residents and property owners of the transferred territory shall no longer be subject to any tax levies by the district, nor shall they thereafter have any right, title, or interest in and to the assets and tangible property of the district affected by the transfer.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/35-20

    (75 ILCS 16/35-20)
    Sec. 35-20. Status of taxes; multiple counties; annexation.
    (a) The library taxes provided for in this Act shall be in addition to all other taxes or tax rates authorized to be levied by the district or any other taxing authority lying wholly or partially within the district and they shall not be a part of the taxes making up any rate prescribed as a limitation on the amount of taxes the other taxing authority or the district may levy or collect, except that no library district tax for library purposes shall be levied within the district by any other taxing authority.
    (b) Where the corporate limits of any library district lie partly in 2 or more counties, the board shall ascertain the total amount of all taxable property lying within each county, as the property is assessed or equalized by the Department of Revenue for the current year, and shall certify the amount of taxable property in each county within the library district to the county clerk of each county affected. Each county clerk shall then ascertain the rate (expressed as a percentage) that, upon the total valuation of all property subject to taxation within that library district ascertained as provided in this Section, will produce a net amount not less than the total amount directed to be levied by the library district. The county clerk shall then certify the rate under his or her signature and seal and shall extend the library tax to be levied upon the books of the collector of taxes for his or her county against all taxable property in his or her county within the limits of the library district.
    (c) Where the corporate limits of an existing library district are expanded by an annexation, the added or annexed territory shall be subject to the library taxes provided for in this Act to the same extent as territory within the district before the annexation.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/35-25

    (75 ILCS 16/35-25)
    Sec. 35-25. Levy, collection, and deposit of taxes.
    (a) The library taxes provided for in this Act shall be levied by the district and collected in the same manner as other general taxes by the county collector or collectors affected by the levy. The proceeds of all taxes collected for district purposes, and all other moneys belonging to the district, shall be deposited with the treasurer of the district, who shall keep them in separate funds as follows:
        (1) The annual public library tax proceeds shall be
    
kept in the Library Fund.
        (2) The working cash fund tax proceeds shall be kept
    
in the Working Cash Fund.
        (3) The annual restoration fund tax proceeds shall be
    
kept in the Restoration Fund.
        (4) All other tax proceeds shall be kept in special
    
funds as required by law.
    The funds shall be kept in separate and interest bearing accounts in one or more banks or savings and loan associations in which public funds may be deposited or invested as provided by law.
    (b) The treasurer shall not make an expenditure from any fund except upon a warrant certified to as correct by the district librarian and approved by the board.
    (c) The board may transfer moneys from the Library Fund to the Working Cash Fund and from the Working Cash Fund to the Library Fund.
    (d) No bank or savings and loan association shall receive public funds as permitted by this Section unless it has complied with the requirements established under Section 6 of the Public Funds Investment Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/35-30

    (75 ILCS 16/35-30)
    Sec. 35-30. Building restoration tax.
    (a) If a library building is destroyed or seriously impaired by storm, fire, or other casualty, the board, in order to rebuild or restore that library building, may levy an annual tax (to be called the Restoration Fund Tax) not exceeding 0.08333% of the value, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue, of all the taxable property in the district and for not more than 10 successive fiscal years.
    (b) No public library district may levy a tax under this Section unless (i) the board first adopts an ordinance authorizing the levy of the tax and orders the ordinance submitted to the voters of the public library district at an election and (ii) the ordinance is approved by a majority of the voters voting upon the question in accordance with the Election Code. This subsection does not apply to the tax authorized by Section 35-35. This tax shall be levied and collected in the same manner as other general taxes by the county collector or collectors of the county or counties affected by the levy and shall not be included in the aggregate amount of taxes limited by any provision of this Act.
    (c) The board shall not levy a tax under this Section that would produce revenues greater than the difference between the actual cost of rebuilding or restoring the building and the total amount of any insurance benefits paid to the district as a result of the destruction or impairment of the library building.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/35-35

    (75 ILCS 16/35-35)
    Sec. 35-35. Working cash fund tax.
    (a) For the purpose of providing money to establish and replenish a library district working cash fund authorized by Section 30-95, the board may levy an annual tax not to exceed 0.05% of the value, as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue for the year in which each levy is made, of all taxable property in the district. The tax shall be levied and collected in the same manner as other general taxes by the county collector or collectors of the counties affected by the levy, but the collection of the tax shall not be anticipated by the issuance of any warrants drawn against the tax. The tax shall be known as the public library district working cash fund tax and shall be set apart in a special fund as prescribed in Sections 35-25 and 30-95.
    (b) Whenever a tax is first levied under this Section, any taxpayer in the district may, within 30 days after the levy is made, file with the board a petition signed by the voters of the district equal in number to 10% or more of the registered voters of the district requesting the submission of the proposition to the voters of the district at an election in accordance with the Election Code. The board shall certify the proposition to the proper election authority, who shall submit the proposition at an election in accordance with the Election Code. If a majority of the votes cast upon the proposition are in the affirmative, the tax shall thereafter be authorized; if a majority of the votes cast upon the proposition are in the negative, the tax shall not be levied.
    (c) No public library district may levy a tax under this Section for more than 4 years, but the 4 years for which a district elects to levy the tax need not be consecutive.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/35-40

    (75 ILCS 16/35-40)
    Sec. 35-40. Fiscal year. The first fiscal year of any district shall close on June 30 following establishment of the district. Thereafter, the fiscal year of any district shall commence on July 1 and close on June 30.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/Art. 40

 
    (75 ILCS 16/Art. 40 heading)
ARTICLE 40.
BUILDINGS, EQUIPMENT AND ACCUMULATIONS

75 ILCS 16/40-5

    (75 ILCS 16/40-5)
    Sec. 40-5. Buildings and equipment.
    (a) Whenever the board determines or resolves to erect a building to be used as a library, purchase a site for erecting such a building, purchase a building, repair, remodel, or improve an existing library building, build an addition to an existing library building, furnish necessary equipment for a library building, or acquire library materials (such as books, periodicals, films, and recordings) and electronic data storage and retrieval facilities in connection with either the purchase or construction of a new library building or the expansion of an existing library building, the trustees shall proceed as follows:
        (1) If a new building is to be erected or purchased
    
or an existing library building is to be purchased, remodeled, repaired, improved, or an addition to an existing library building is to be erected, or necessary equipment is to be furnished, the board of trustees shall prepare a plan and an estimate of the cost. If a site or a building is to be purchased, the trustees shall make an estimate of the cost of the site or building.
        (2) The trustees may then determine the funds that
    
will be available from accumulations and the amount to be raised from a bond issue, by annual certification or by a mortgage.
        (3) The trustees shall further determine the maximum
    
term, not to exceed 20 years, over which they shall spread the collection of the cost of erecting a new building, remodeling, repairing, or improving an existing library building, erecting an addition to an existing library building, furnishing necessary equipment, purchasing and improving a site or building, or acquiring library materials (such as books, periodicals, films, and recordings) and electronic data storage and retrieval facilities in connection with either the purchase or construction of a new library building or the expansion of an existing library building.
    (b) The secretary shall thereupon post notice of these proceedings and of the meeting when the financing of the acquisition or other project shall be determined. The notice shall specify the place where the plan and estimate are available for public inspection.
    (c) For the purpose of Sections 40-5 through 40-30, the acquisition of library materials (such as books, periodicals, films, and recordings) and electronic data storage and retrieval facilities is considered to be in connection with the purchase or construction of a new library building or the expansion of an existing library building if the determination of the board of trustees to acquire the library materials is made within 5 years from the date that a new library building or the expansion of an existing library building is completed.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/40-10

    (75 ILCS 16/40-10)
    Sec. 40-10. Bonds for buildings and equipment.
    (a) If the board of trustees determines that funds for any or all of the purposes authorized in Section 40-5 are to be provided by a bond issue, 30 days after the posting of the notice required under Section 40-5, the board shall by ordinance provide that the bonds of the district be issued for the payment of the cost (estimated as provided in Section 40-5) of erecting or constructing a building, remodeling, repairing, or improving an existing library building, erecting an addition to an existing library building, or purchasing a building, site, or equipment.
    (b) The ordinance shall also state the time or times when the bonds and the interest on the bonds shall become payable. The whole of the principal of the bonds and the interest on the bonds shall, however, become payable within 20 years, and the interest on the bonds shall not exceed the rate permitted in the Bond Authorization Act. The interest may be made payable at times (annually or semiannually) prescribed by the ordinance.
    (c) The ordinance shall be irrepealable by the board and shall make provision for the levy and collection annually of a special tax upon principal and interest of the bonds as they mature and collection loss and costs. The tax shall be in addition to that otherwise authorized to be levied and collected for library purposes.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/40-15

    (75 ILCS 16/40-15)
    Sec. 40-15. Voter approval of bonds.
    (a) Bonds shall not be issued, nor the special tax imposed, until the proposition to issue the bonds has been submitted to and approved by a majority of the voters of the district voting upon the proposition at a regular election provided that notice of the bond referendum, if held before July 1, 1999, has been given in accordance with the provisions of Section 12-5 of the Election Code in effect at the time of the bond referendum, at least 10 and not more than 45 days before the date of the election, notwithstanding the time for publication otherwise imposed by Section 12-5. Notices required in connection with the submission of public questions on or after July 1, 1999 shall be as set forth in Section 12-5 of the Election Code. The board shall by ordinance designate the election at which the proposition is to be submitted and the amount of the bonds and their purpose. The board shall certify the proposition to the proper election authority, who shall submit the proposition in accordance with the Election Code, subject to the notice provisions set forth in this Section.
    (b) The proposition to issue bonds shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall the bonds of (name of public library district),
    
(location), Illinois, in the amount of $(amount) be issued for the purpose of (state one or more purposes authorized in Section 40-5)?
    (c) When so authorized, the bonds shall be issued in the name of the district, signed by the president and secretary, and countersigned by the treasurer, with the seal of the district affixed.
(Source: P.A. 90-812, eff. 1-26-99; 91-57, eff. 6-30-99.)

75 ILCS 16/40-20

    (75 ILCS 16/40-20)
    Sec. 40-20. Funds instead of bonds.
    (a) If the board of trustees determines to provide funds for any or all of the purposes authorized in Section 40-5 by the annual certification and apportionment of costs (instead of issuing bonds for that purpose), the board shall divide the total cost of the plan into as many parts as the trustees determine to spread the collection of that amount and shall by ordinance certify the amount of one of these parts each year during the term over which the trustees have determined to spread the collection. The ordinance shall be irrepealable by the Board.
    (b) The board shall, in each succeeding annual appropriation ordinance, include an amount certified under subsection (a) and shall, for the amount so certified, either include that amount in the annual library tax levy or levy (in addition to the other library taxes for the district) a special tax to pay that amount.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/40-25

    (75 ILCS 16/40-25)
    Sec. 40-25. Mortgage on library building or site. If the trustees deem it best, in order to provide and secure the necessary money to do any or all of the things they are authorized to do in this Article, they may, at any time, borrow money and execute a mortgage on a library building or site owned or being purchased or on a library building being constructed for the district for an amount not exceeding 75% of the value of the building or site as improved by the plan. The money so obtained shall be used exclusively for purchasing a site or a building, constructing a building for library purposes, remodeling, repairing, or improving an existing library building, building an addition to an existing library building, erecting a new library building, or purchasing necessary equipment for the library, as provided in the plan. The trustees shall determine and certify, by ordinance, the amount of the mortgage and the amount of principal and interest to be retired each year for a specified number of years. The board shall, in each succeeding annual appropriation ordinance, include the amount so certified and shall, for the amount so certified, include that amount in the annual library tax levy or levy (in addition to the other library taxes for the district) a special tax to pay that amount.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/40-30

    (75 ILCS 16/40-30)
    Sec. 40-30. Special tax rate; referendum.
    (a) No board or district may levy the special tax provided for in Section 40-20 or 40-25 unless the ordinance authorizing the special tax is submitted to and approved by a majority of the voters voting on the question at an election.
    (b) The special tax shall be levied at a rate of not more than 0.0833% of the value of all taxable property in the district, as equalized and assessed by the Department of Revenue in any one year, and shall be in addition to the tax otherwise authorized to be levied and collected for library purposes. The special tax shall not be levied for more than the number of years into which the trustees have divided the cost of the plan.
    (c) Submission of the special tax levy to the voters of the district shall be authorized by an ordinance enacted by the board. The ordinance shall designate the election at which the proposition is to be submitted, the total cost of the project, the amount of the annual levy to be certified, and the number of years the levy is to be made. The board shall certify the proposition to the proper election authority, who shall submit the proposition in accordance with the Election Code.
    (d) The proposition shall be substantially in the following form:
        Shall Ordinance No. (number of ordinance), dated
    
(date of enactment), of (name of public library district), (location), Illinois, providing for a total expenditure of $(amount) for (state one or more purposes authorized in Section 40-20 or 40-25), and for the levy of a special annual tax in the amount of $(amount) for (number of years), be approved?
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/40-35

    (75 ILCS 16/40-35)
    Sec. 40-35. Filing of documents; levy and collection of special tax.
    (a) Upon the voters' approval of a bond issue or a special tax supporting an annual certification or a mortgage, the secretary shall file certified copies of each ordinance, and of the certificate of results of the canvass of the referendum on the question of the bond issue or on the question of the special tax for annual certification or the mortgage, with the county clerk of each county affected by the ordinance and election results. The secretary shall also certify under his or her signature and the seal of the district, and file with each county clerk, other information required by a county clerk to determine the total amount of taxes to be extended, along with collection loss and costs, upon the taxable property within his or her county.
    (b) The special tax supporting a bond issue, and the special tax supporting an annual certification or a mortgage, shall be levied, extended, and collected each year, as in the case of other library taxes, until the debt involved has been paid and retired. The special taxes shall not be included separately or together in the aggregate of tax levies otherwise limited by law and shall be in addition to other taxes authorized by law. The special taxes shall not affect any appropriation made or to be made for the maintenance and support of the library or libraries operated by the board.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/40-40

    (75 ILCS 16/40-40)
    Sec. 40-40. Accumulation of funds.
    (a) The board shall determine when it will proceed with constructing a building, purchasing a site or building, remodeling, repairing, or improving an existing library building, building an addition to an existing library building, or purchasing necessary equipment. The board may proceed at once or may determine to wait and allow funds to accumulate.
    (b) If the board determines to let funds accumulate, it shall invest the money as authorized by law until the money is needed for any or all of the purposes authorized in Section 40-5.
    (c) The board may contract to accomplish any or all of the purposes enumerated in subsection (a) and shall apply the proceeds of any special tax as collected and the funds accumulated toward payment for accomplishing those purposes.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/40-45

    (75 ILCS 16/40-45)
    Sec. 40-45. Bids for construction, improvements, or equipment purchases.
    (a) When the trustees determine to commence constructing the building, purchasing a site or a building, remodeling, repairing, or improving an existing library building, erecting an addition to an existing library building, or purchasing the necessary equipment for the library, they may then revise the plan or adopt a new plan and provide estimates of the costs of the revised or new plan.
    (b) The board shall, when the cost is in excess of $20,000, advertise for bids for constructing the building, remodeling, repairing, or improving of an existing library building, erecting an addition to an existing library building, or purchasing the necessary equipment for the library and shall let the contract or contracts for the project, when the cost is in excess of $20,000, to the lowest responsible bidder or bidders. The board shall require from the bidders security for the performance of the bids determined by the board pursuant to law. The trustees may let the contract or contracts to one or more bidders as they determine.
(Source: P.A. 94-435, eff. 8-2-05.)

75 ILCS 16/40-50

    (75 ILCS 16/40-50)
    Sec. 40-50. Special reserve fund; plan.
    (a) The board may, by ordinance, establish a special reserve fund, for the purpose of Section 40-5 or for emergency expenditures for the repair of an existing library building or its equipment. The board may transfer to the special reserve fund, each year, the unexpended balances of the proceeds received annually from annual public library taxes not in excess of statutory limits if (i) the board has resolved to develop and adopt a plan or plans as authorized in this Article and (ii) the board provides in the annual appropriation ordinance for accumulation of those unexpended balances.
    (b) The plan required in this Section shall be developed in general form within 2 years of the adoption of the ordinance establishing a special reserve fund; the plan subsequently may be amended as circumstances may require.
    (c) No plan is needed for the emergency expenditures from the special reserve fund for the repair of an existing library building or its equipment.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/40-55

    (75 ILCS 16/40-55)
    Sec. 40-55. Insurance Reserve Fund; transfers. The board of the Byron Public Library District may, within one year from the effective date of this Amendatory Act of the 93rd General Assembly, by proper resolution following a public hearing (that is preceded by at least one published notice occurring at least 7 days prior to the hearing in a newspaper of general circulation within the district and setting forth the time, date, place, and subject matter of the hearing), transfer money from the Insurance Reserve Fund to the district's Expansion Special Reserve Fund, provided that the amount transferred is not then required for the payment of any liabilities due to be paid from the Insurance Reserve Fund.
(Source: P.A. 93-315, eff. 1-1-04.)

75 ILCS 16/Art. 45

 
    (75 ILCS 16/Art. 45 heading)
ARTICLE 45.
BONDS AND REFERENDA
UNDER REPEALED ACTS

75 ILCS 16/45-5

    (75 ILCS 16/45-5)
    Sec. 45-5. Bonds and referenda under repealed Acts. Repeal of "An Act in relation to the creation of public library districts", approved May 16, 1957, and repeal of the Illinois Public Library District Act shall not abrogate any referendum held under either of those Acts, but the referendum shall be given full effect as if conducted under this Act. Nor shall the repeal of those Acts abrogate any bonds issued under either repealed law, but those bonds shall continue to be deemed as a valid bond issue and legally binding upon the district having sold the bonds, and the district may continue to levy the taxes necessary and sufficient to pay the principal of and interest upon those bonds under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/Art. 50

 
    (75 ILCS 16/Art. 50 heading)
ARTICLE 50. CODIFICATION
PROVISIONS

75 ILCS 16/50-5

    (75 ILCS 16/50-5)
    Sec. 50-5. Prior law.
    (a) A provision of this Act that is the same or substantially the same as a prior law shall be construed as a continuation of the prior law and not as a new or different law.
    (b) A citation in another Act to an Act or to a Section of an Act that is continued in this Act shall be construed to be a citation to that continued provision in this Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/50-10

    (75 ILCS 16/50-10)
    Sec. 50-10. Other Acts of the 87th General Assembly. If any other Act of the 87th General Assembly changes, adds, or repeals a provision of prior law that is continued in this Act, then that change, addition, or repeal in the other Act shall be construed together with this Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/50-15

    (75 ILCS 16/50-15)
    Sec. 50-15. Home rule; mandates. Nothing in this Act as initially enacted (i) is a denial or limitation on home rule powers where no denial or limitation existed under prior law or (ii) creates a State mandate under the State Mandates Act where no mandate existed under prior law.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/50-20

    (75 ILCS 16/50-20)
    Sec. 50-20. Repeal. The following Act is repealed:
    The Illinois Public Library District Act.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)

75 ILCS 16/Art. 55

 
    (75 ILCS 16/Art. 55 heading)
ARTICLE 55. EFFECTIVE DATE

75 ILCS 16/55-5

    (75 ILCS 16/55-5)
    Sec. 55-5. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.
(Source: P.A. 87-1277.)