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92_SB0519 LRB9203242NTsb 1 AN ACT concerning higher education. 2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 3 represented in the General Assembly: 4 Section 5. The Public Community College Act is amended 5 by changing Sections 3-7 and 3-8 as follows: 6 (110 ILCS 805/3-7) (from Ch. 122, par. 103-7) 7 Sec. 3-7. The election of the members of the board of 8 trustees shall be nonpartisan and shall be held at the time 9 and in the manner provided in the general election law. 10 Unless otherwise provided in this Act, members shall be 11 elected to serve 6 year terms. The term of members elected 12 in 1985 and thereafter shall be from the date the member is 13 officially determined to be elected to the board by a canvass 14 conducted pursuant to the Election Code, to the date that the 15 winner of the seat is officially determined by the canvass 16 conducted pursuant to the Election Code the next time the 17 seat on the board is to be filled by election. 18 A board of trustees of a community college district which 19 is contiguous or has been contiguous to an experimental 20 community college district as authorized and defined by 21 Article IV of this Act may, on its own motion, or shall, upon 22 the petition of the lesser of 1/10 or 2,000 of the voters 23 registered in the district, order submitted to the voters of 24 the district at the next general election the proposition for 25 the election of board members by trustee district rather than 26 at large, and such proposition shall thereupon be certified 27 by the secretary of the board to the proper election 28 authority in accordance with the general election law for 29 submission. 30 If the proposition is approved by a majority of those 31 voting on the proposition, the State Board of Elections, in -2- LRB9203242NTsb 1 1991, shall reapportion the trustee districts to reflect the 2 results of the last decennial census, and shall divide the 3 community college district into 7 trustee districts, each of 4 which shall be compact, contiguous and substantially equal in 5 population to each other district. In 2001, and in the year 6 following each decennial census thereafter, the board of 7 trustees of community college District #522 shall reapportion 8 the trustee districts to reflect the results of the census, 9 and shall divide the community college district into 7 10 trustee districts, each of which shall be compact, 11 contiguous, and substantially equal in population to each 12 other district. The division of the community college 13 district into trustee districts shall be completed and 14 formally approved
by a majority of the members appointed to15 the State Board of Elections with respect to the initial16 division of the community college district into 7 trustee17 districts in 1991, andby a majority of the members of the 18 board of trustees of community college District #522 in 2001 19 and in with respect tothe year following each decennial 20 census thereafter, not less than 60 days before the last date21 established by the general election law for the submission of22 nominating petitions for the next regularly scheduled23 election for community college trustees. At the same meeting 24 of the board of trustees, the board shall, publicly by lot, 25 divide the trustee districts as equally as possible into 2 26 groups. Beginning in 2003 and every 10 years thereafter, 27 trustees or their successors from one group shall be elected 28 for successive terms of 4 years and 6 years; and members or 29 their successors from the second group shall be elected for 30 successive terms of 6 years and 4 years. One member shall be 31 elected from each such trustee district. Each member elected 32 in 2001 shall be elected at the 2001 consolidated election 33 from the trustee districts established in 1991. The term of 34 each member elected in 2001 shall end on the date that the -3- LRB9203242NTsb 1 trustees elected in 2003 are officially determined by a 2 canvass conducted pursuant to the Election Code. 3 Each member must on the date of his election be a citizen 4 of the United States, of the age of 18 years or over, and a 5 resident of the State and the territory which on the date of 6 the election is included in the community college district 7 for at least one year immediately preceding his election. In 8 the event a person who is a member of a common school board 9 is elected or appointed to a board of trustees of a community 10 college district, that person shall be permitted to serve the 11 remainder of his or her term of office as a member of the 12 common school board. Upon the expiration of the common school 13 board term, that person shall not be eligible for election or 14 appointment to a common school board during the term of 15 office with the community college district board of trustees. 16 Whenever a vacancy occurs, the remaining members shall 17 fill the vacancy, and the person so appointed shall serve 18 until a successor is elected at the next regular election for 19 board members and is certified in accordance with Sections 20 22-17 and 22-18 of the Election Code. If the remaining 21 members fail so to act within 60 days after the vacancy 22 occurs, the chairman of the State Board shall fill that 23 vacancy, and the person so appointed shall serve until a 24 successor is elected at the next regular election for board 25 members and is certified in accordance with Sections 22-17 26 and 22-18 of the Election Code. The person appointed to fill 27 the vacancy shall have the same residential qualifications as 28 his predecessor in office was required to have. In either 29 instance, if the vacancy occurs with less than 4 months 30 remaining before the next scheduled consolidated election, 31 and the term of office of the board member vacating the 32 position is not scheduled to expire at that election, then 33 the term of the person so appointed shall extend through that 34 election and until the succeeding consolidated election. If -4- LRB9203242NTsb 1 the term of office of the board member vacating the position 2 is scheduled to expire at the upcoming consolidated election, 3 the appointed member shall serve only until a successor is 4 elected and qualified at that election. 5 Members of the board shall serve without compensation but 6 shall be reimbursed for their reasonable expenses incurred in 7 connection with their service as members. Compensation, for 8 purposes of this Section, means any salary or other benefits 9 not expressly authorized by this Act to be provided or paid 10 to, for or on behalf of members of the board. The board of 11 each community college district may adopt a policy providing 12 for the issuance of bank credit cards, for use by any board 13 member who requests the same in writing and agrees to use the 14 card only for the reasonable expenses which he or she incurs 15 in connection with his or her service as a board member. 16 Expenses charged to such credit cards shall be accounted for 17 separately and shall be submitted to the chief financial 18 officer of the district for review prior to being reported to 19 the board at its next regular meeting. 20 Except in an election of the initial board for a new 21 community college district created pursuant to Section 6-6.1, 22 the ballot for the election of members of the board for a 23 community college district shall indicate the length of term 24 for each office to be filled. In the election of a board for 25 any community college district, the ballot shall not contain 26 any political party designation. 27 (Source: P.A. 90-358, eff. 1-1-98.) 28 (110 ILCS 805/3-8) (from Ch. 122, par. 103-8) 29 Sec. 3-8. Following each election and canvass, the new 30 board shall hold its organizational meeting on or before the 31 14th day after the election, except that in 1999, 2001, and 32 2003 (except District #522) the board shall organize within 33 14 days after the first Tuesday after the first Monday of -5- LRB9203242NTsb 1 November in each of those 3 years. In 2003 in District #522, 2 the new board shall hold its organizational meeting on or 3 before the 14th day after the consolidated election. If the 4 election is the initial election ordered by the regional 5 superintendent, the organizational meeting shall be convened 6 by the regional superintendent, who shall preside over the 7 meeting until the election for chairman, vice chairman and 8 secretary of board is completed. At all other organizational 9 meetings, the chairman of the board, or, in his or her 10 absence, the president of the community college or acting 11 chief executive officer of the college shall convene the new 12 board, and conduct the election for chairman, vice chairman 13 and secretary. The board shall then proceed with its 14 organization under the newly elected board officers, and 15 shall fix a time and place for its regular meetings. It 16 shall than enter upon the discharge of its duties. The terms 17 of board office shall be 2 years, except that the board by 18 resolution may establish a policy for the terms of office to 19 be one year, and provide for the election of officers for the 20 remaining one year period. Terms of members are subject to 21 Section 2A-54 of the Election Code. 22 Special meetings of the board may be called by the 23 chairman or by any 3 members of the board by giving notice 24 thereof in writing stating the time, place and purpose of the 25 meeting. Such notice may be served by mail 48 hours before 26 the meeting or by personal service 24 hours before the 27 meeting. 28 At each regular and special meeting which is open to the 29 public, members of the public and employees of the community 30 college district shall be afforded time, subject to 31 reasonable constraints, to comment to or ask questions of the 32 board. 33 (Source: P.A. 90-358, eff. 1-1-98; 90-814, eff. 2-4-99.) -6- LRB9203242NTsb 1 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 2 becoming law.
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