(55 ILCS 5/3-8002)
(from Ch. 34, par. 3-8002)
Applicability and adoption.
county board of every county having a county police department
merit board established under "The County Police Department Act",
approved August 7, 1967, as amended (repealed), or a merit commission for
sheriff's personnel established under Section 58.1 of "An Act to
revise the law in relation to counties", approved March 31, 1874, as
amended (repealed), shall adopt and implement the merit system provided
by this Division and shall modify the merit system now in
effect in that county as may be necessary to comply with this Division.
The county board of any county having a population of less than 1,000,000
which does not have a merit board or merit commission for
sheriff's personnel may adopt and implement by ordinance the merit system
provided by this Division. If the county board does not adopt
such a merit system by an ordinance and if a petition signed by not fewer
than 5% or 1000, whichever is less, of the registered electors of any such
county is filed with the county clerk requesting a referendum on the
adoption of a merit system for deputies in the office of the Sheriff, the
county board shall, by appropriate ordinance, cause the question to be
submitted to the electors of the county, at a special or general election
specified in such ordinance, in accordance with the provisions of Section
28-3 of "The Election Code", approved May 11, 1943, as now or hereafter
amended. Notice of the election shall be given as provided in Article 12
of such code. If a majority of those voting on the proposition at such
election vote in favor thereof, the county board shall adopt and implement
a merit system provided in this Division. When a merit board or merit
commission for sheriff's personnel has been established in a county, it may
be abolished by the same procedure in which it was established.
This Division does not apply to any county having a population of more
than 1,000,000 nor to any county which has not elected to adopt the merit
system provided by this Division and which is not required to do so under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)