(60 ILCS 1/115-20)
Referendum on recommended plan; petition.
(a) If the board recommends adoption of the open space plan, or if a
subsequent petition is filed by not less than 5% or 50, whichever is greater, of the
registered voters of the township (according to the voting registration records
at the time the petition is filed) recommending adoption of the open space
plan, then the Board, within 30 days of making of the recommendation or the
approval of the petition, shall file a petition with the township clerk,
requesting the clerk to submit to the voters of the township the question of
whether the township shall adopt the open space plan and enter upon an open
space program, with the power to acquire open land by purchase, condemnation
(except townships in counties having a population of more than 150,000 but
not more than 250,000),
or otherwise in the township and with the power to issue bonds for those
purposes under this Article. Approval of a petition recommending adoption of the open space plan shall be given if the petition is determined to be valid following public notice and a hearing consistent with the requirements of Section 115-10 for the initial petition. The total amount of bonds to be issued under
this Section may not exceed 5% of the valuation of all taxable property in the
township and shall be set forth in the question as a dollar amount. The
township clerk shall certify that proposition
to the proper election officials, who shall submit the proposition to the
township voters at the next regular election. The referendum shall be
conducted and notice given in accordance with the general election law.
(b) The question submitted to the voters at the election shall be in
substantially the following form:
Shall (name of township) adopt the open space plan
considered at the public hearing on (date) and enter upon an open space program, and shall the Township Board have the power (i) to acquire open land by purchase (insert ", condemnation," if the township is in a county having a population of more than 250,000) or otherwise, (ii) to issue bonds for open space purposes in an amount not exceeding $(amount), and (iii) to levy a tax to pay the principal of and interest on those bonds, as provided in Article 115 of the Township Code?
The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
(c) If a majority of the voters voting at the election on the question vote
in favor of the question, the township shall thereafter adopt the open space
plan recommended by the board or by the petition of the registered voters of
the township and shall enter upon an open space program under this Article. If
the proposition does not receive the approval of a majority of the voters
voting at the election on the question, no proposition may be submitted to the
voters under this Section less than 23 months after the date of the election.
(d) If a majority of the legal voters voting at referendum in any township
approved a proposition at the consolidated election in 2001 in reliance upon
and consistent with this Section 115-20 as it existed prior to the effective
date of Public Act 91-847, then that referendum and all actions taken in
reliance thereon are hereby validated and are legally binding in all
(Source: P.A. 94-622, eff. 8-18-05.)