(60 ILCS 1/175-5)
Petition and referendum to establish hospital.
(a) Whenever not less than 5% of the registered voters (according to
the voting registration records at the time the petition is filed) of a
township file a petition with the township clerk requesting that an annual
tax, not to exceed one and two-thirds mills on the dollar, be levied each
year on all the taxable property of the township for the maintenance and
operation of a public nonsectarian hospital described in the petition and
located within or without the township, the township clerk shall give notice
that at the next annual township election, or at an election in accordance with
the general election law if one is requested, a referendum will be held on the
question. If a referendum is ordered to be held at the township meeting, notice
shall be given by posting notices in at least 10 of the most public places in
the township at least 10 days before the day of the meeting. If an election is
requested, the township clerk shall certify that proposition to the proper
election officials, who shall submit the proposition in accordance with the
general election law.
(b) The proposition at a referendum authorized by this Section shall be
substantially as follows:
Shall (name of township) levy an annual tax of not
(Description of hospital.)
The votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
(c) If a majority of all votes cast on the proposition is in favor of the
proposition, the township shall annually levy a tax of not more than one
and two-thirds mills on the dollar on all the taxable property of the
township for the maintenance and operation of the hospital. The proceeds
of the tax shall be paid into a fund known as the Hospital Fund. The
county collector or the supervisor of the township shall pay all money
in the Hospital Fund to the treasurer of the public nonsectarian
hospital within 30 days after receiving the money.
(d) For purposes of this Article, "public nonsectarian hospital" means any
nonsectarian hospital operated by a nonprofit corporation or any nonsectarian
hospital operated by any political subdivision of the State or by any
municipal corporation in the State to which patients are admitted regardless of
race, color, creed, sex, or national origin.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489; 88-62.)