(65 ILCS 5/3.1-20-22)
(from Ch. 24, par. 3.1-20-22)
Aldermen; staggered terms.
In any city of less than
100,000 inhabitants, a
proposition to stagger the terms of aldermen, with as nearly as possible
one-half of the aldermen elected every 2 years, shall be certified by the
city clerk to the proper election authority, who shall submit the
proposition at an election in accordance with the general election law, if
a petition requesting that action is signed by electors of the city
numbering at least 10% of the total vote cast at the last election for mayor of
city and is filed with the city clerk.
The ballot shall have printed on it, but not as a part of the
proposition submitted, the following information for voters: one alderman
elected from each even-numbered ward shall serve a term of 2 years; one
alderman elected from each odd-numbered ward shall serve a term of 4 years.
The proposition shall be substantially in the following form:
Shall (name of city) adopt a system of staggered
If a majority of those voting on the proposition vote in favor of it, then at
the next regular election for aldermen one alderman shall be elected from
each even-numbered ward for a term of 2 years and one alderman shall be
elected from each odd-numbered ward for a term of 4 years. Thereafter,
their successors shall be elected for terms of 4 years.
(Source: P.A. 87-1119.)