Rep. Sam Yingling

Filed: 5/24/2018





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 2544 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Election Code is amended by changing
5Section 28-1 as follows:
6    (10 ILCS 5/28-1)  (from Ch. 46, par. 28-1)
7    Sec. 28-1. The initiation and submission of all public
8questions to be voted upon by the electors of the State or of
9any political subdivision or district or precinct or
10combination of precincts shall be subject to the provisions of
11this Article.
12    Questions of public policy which have any legal effect
13shall be submitted to referendum only as authorized by a
14statute which so provides or by the Constitution. Advisory
15questions of public policy shall be submitted to referendum
16pursuant to Section 28-5 or pursuant to a statute which so



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2    The method of initiating the submission of a public
3question shall be as provided by the statute authorizing such
4public question, or as provided by the Constitution.
5    All public questions shall be initiated, submitted and
6printed on the ballot in the form required by Section 16-7 of
7this Act, except as may otherwise be specified in the statute
8authorizing a public question.
9    Whenever a statute provides for the initiation of a public
10question by a petition of electors, the provisions of such
11statute shall govern with respect to the number of signatures
12required, the qualifications of persons entitled to sign the
13petition, the contents of the petition, the officer with whom
14the petition must be filed, and the form of the question to be
15submitted. If such statute does not specify any of the
16foregoing petition requirements, the corresponding petition
17requirements of Section 28-6 shall govern such petition.
18    Irrespective of the method of initiation, not more than 3
19public questions other than (a) back door referenda, (b)
20referenda to determine whether a disconnection may take place
21where a city coterminous with a township is proposing to annex
22territory from an adjacent township, (c) referenda held under
23the provisions of the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law in
24the Property Tax Code, (d) referenda held under Section 2-3002
25of the Counties Code, or (e) referenda held under Article 22,
2623, or 29 of the Township Code, or (f) referenda held under



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1Section 3-47 of the Property Tax Code may be submitted to
2referendum with respect to a political subdivision at the same
4    If more than 3 propositions are timely initiated or
5certified for submission at an election with respect to a
6political subdivision, the first 3 validly initiated, by the
7filing of a petition or by the adoption of a resolution or
8ordinance of a political subdivision, as the case may be, shall
9be printed on the ballot and submitted at that election.
10However, except as expressly authorized by law not more than
11one proposition to change the form of government of a
12municipality pursuant to Article VII of the Constitution may be
13submitted at an election. If more than one such proposition is
14timely initiated or certified for submission at an election
15with respect to a municipality, the first validly initiated
16shall be the one printed on the ballot and submitted at that
18    No public question shall be submitted to the voters of a
19political subdivision at any regularly scheduled election at
20which such voters are not scheduled to cast votes for any
21candidates for nomination for, election to or retention in
22public office, except that if, in any existing or proposed
23political subdivision in which the submission of a public
24question at a regularly scheduled election is desired, the
25voters of only a portion of such existing or proposed political
26subdivision are not scheduled to cast votes for nomination for,



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1election to or retention in public office at such election, but
2the voters in one or more other portions of such existing or
3proposed political subdivision are scheduled to cast votes for
4nomination for, election to or retention in public office at
5such election, the public question shall be voted upon by all
6the qualified voters of the entire existing or proposed
7political subdivision at the election.
8    Not more than 3 advisory public questions may be submitted
9to the voters of the entire state at a general election. If
10more than 3 such advisory propositions are initiated, the first
113 timely and validly initiated shall be the questions printed
12on the ballot and submitted at that election; provided however,
13that a question for a proposed amendment to Article IV of the
14Constitution pursuant to Section 3, Article XIV of the
15Constitution, or for a question submitted under the Property
16Tax Cap Referendum Law, shall not be included in the foregoing
18(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)
19    Section 10. The Property Tax Code is amended by adding
20Section 3-47 as follows:
21    (35 ILCS 200/3-47 new)
22    Sec. 3-47. Lake County assessor referendum; election.
23    (a) Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary,
24the election authority for Lake County shall cause to be



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1submitted to the voters of Lake County at the general election
2held on November 6, 2018 a referendum to convert the Office of
3the Chief Assessment Officer of Lake County to an elected
4office rather than an appointed office. The referendum shall
5comply with the provisions of Section 4 of Article VII of the
6Illinois Constitution, and shall be in the following form:
7        "Shall the office of the Chief Assessment Officer of
8    Lake County be an elected office beginning with the 2020
9    general election?"
10    The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
11    The referendum is deemed approved if a majority of those
12voting on the question approve the referendum.
13    (b) In the event that a majority of the electors voting on
14the referendum under this Section are in favor thereof, the
15Office of the Chief Assessment Officer of Lake County shall
16become an elected office. The Chief Assessment Officer of Lake
17County shall then be elected at the first general election
18following the approval of the referendum. Upon election of the
19Chief Assessment Officer of Lake County under this Section, the
20Office of the then-serving Chief Assessment Officer of Lake
21County shall become vacant, and the newly elected Chief
22Assessment Officer shall assume that office.
23    (c) Should the Office of the Chief Assessment Officer of
24Lake County become an elected office as provided under
25subsection (b), any person seeking such office shall comply
26with and be governed by the provisions of Section 3-45 with



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1respect to the election of county assessors and related
3    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
4becoming law.".