(60 ILCS 1/15-15)
Annexation of territory by coterminous city; referendum.
(a) Whenever a city that is coterminous with a township has voted to annex
any territory in an adjacent township, the city clerk shall, by registered or
certified mail, file a certified copy of the annexation ordinance with the
clerk of the township in which the proposed disconnection is to take place.
Except as otherwise provided in this Article, if, within 45 days after the date
of mailing notification, the township board of the township from which the
territory is to be disconnected determines by a majority vote of those board
members then holding office that the disconnection would not be in the best
interests of that township, the board may request that a referendum approving
or disapproving the disconnection be held in that township. The city, its
coterminous township, and the adjacent township may, however, agree by
intergovernmental agreement and without the necessity of a referendum that the
territory shall remain part of the adjacent township and shall not become part
of the township that is coterminous with the municipality.
(b) The township clerk of the adjacent township shall, within 30 days after
the vote of the township board of the adjacent township, certify the
proposition to disconnect the territory from the adjacent township to the
proper election officials and the city clerk of the annexing city. The
election officials shall submit the proposition to the voters of the township
requesting the referendum at an election in accordance with the general
election law. The proportionate cost of the election shall be borne by the
township requesting the election.
(c) The proposition shall be substantially in the following form:
Shall (name of township) include the following
The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
(d) If a majority of those voting on the proposition in the township vote in
favor thereof, the territory shall be disconnected from the adjacent
township and connected to the township that is coterminous with the city.
Only upon that connection shall any debts and liabilities of the
territory be taken over by the coterminous township.
(e) If a majority of those voting on the proposition do not vote in favor of
it, the territory shall remain with the adjacent township. If, however, at any
time after a majority of those voting do not vote in favor of the proposition,
the township board of the township in which the proposed disconnection was to
take place determines that the disconnection would be in the best interest of
that township, the board may request that another referendum approving or
disapproving that same disconnection be held in that township. The referendum
shall be conducted in accordance with the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 86-1299; 87-1197; 88-62.)