(60 ILCS 1/170-20)
    Sec. 170-20. Board powers; annual financial statement; forfeiture.
    (a) The board of directors constitute the governing body of the public hospital; they are the corporate authorities of the township for that purpose and constitute a body corporate and politic separate and distinct from other officers of the township. The board of directors shall exercise all the powers and manage and control all of the affairs and property of the public hospital, may sue and be sued in their corporate name, and may adopt a corporate seal and change it at pleasure. The board of directors may approve the provision of any service and approve any contract or other arrangement not prohibited to a hospital licensed under the Hospital Licensing Act, incorporated under the General Not-For-Profit Corporation Act, and exempt from taxation under paragraph (3) of subsection (c) of Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code.
    (b) The board of directors shall, within 30 days after their appointment and at the first meeting in May of each year thereafter, elect one of their number chairman and one of their number vice chairman. The board shall elect a secretary and a treasurer, neither of whom shall be members of the board of directors. The secretary and treasurer shall perform duties and receive salaries prescribed by the board of directors, and each of those officers shall furnish bonds in a sum fixed by the board of directors for the use and benefit of the public hospital.
    (c) The board of directors may employ and appoint a person or persons they deem necessary and expedient for the operation of the public hospital and its affairs and prescribe their salaries and duties.
    (d) The board of directors shall, within 30 days after the close of each fiscal year, prepare and file with the township clerk a full statement of the financial affairs of the hospital showing (i) the balance (if any) received by the board from any source; (ii) the amount of tax levied the preceding year for the hospital; (iii) the amount collected and paid over to the board; (iv) the amount paid out by the board and on what account, including any amount paid out on indebtedness (specifying the nature and amount of the indebtedness, the amount paid on the indebtedness, the amount paid on principal, and the amount paid on interest account); and (v) the amount and kind of all outstanding indebtedness due and unpaid, the amount and kind of indebtedness not yet due, and when the indebtedness not yet due will mature. The township clerk shall record the statement in the record book of the township as soon as it is filed. The township clerk, within 30 days after receiving the statement, shall also cause the statement to be published in a newspaper of general circulation published within the township in which the hospital is situated. If no newspaper of general circulation is published in the township, the report shall be published in any newspaper generally circulated in the township.
    (e) Any board of directors or township clerk who wilfully neglects to comply with this Section shall forfeit and pay to the township the sum of not less than $50 nor more than $200, to be sued for and recovered by the township and appropriated for repairs of highways and bridges in the township.
(Source: P.A. 86-739; 88-62.)