(65 ILCS 5/5-1-4) (from Ch. 24, par. 5-1-4)
    Sec. 5-1-4. Procedure for adopting managerial form of government.
    (a) Cities and villages described in Section 5-1-1, in order to vest themselves with the managerial form of municipal government, shall act in accordance with the procedure provided in Sections 5-1-4 through 5-1-11 unless modified elsewhere in this Article 5. In cities that are operating under Section 3.1-20-10 and villages operating under Section 3.1-25-75 at the time of the adoption of this Article 5, the forms of petition and ballot prescribed in Sections 5-1-5 and 5-1-7 may at the option of the petitioners be modified to contain the following additional proposition:
        Shall (name of city or village), if it adopts the
    
managerial form of municipal government, continue to elect aldermen (or trustees) from wards (or districts)?
    (b) In any city operating under Section 3.1-20-10 at the time of adoption of this Article 5, at the option of the petitioners and in addition to the optional proposition provided for in subsection (a), the forms of petition and ballot prescribed in Sections 5-1-6 and 5-1-8 may be further modified to contain the following additional proposition:
        Shall only one alderman hereafter be elected from
    
each ward if (name of city) adopts the managerial form of municipal government and also elects to continue the aldermanic organization for the city council?
    (c) If 2 or more forms of petition allowed under this Section are presented to the chief judge of the circuit court or any judge of that circuit designated by the chief judge, the judge shall cause only the question or questions contained in the first petition so presented to be submitted to referendum, if he or she finds that the petition is in proper form and legally sufficient.
    (d) If a majority of the electors voting on the proposition vote to adopt the managerial form of municipal government, then this Article 5 shall become effective in the city or village upon the date of the next general municipal election at which any corporate authority is elected. The operation of the managerial form of municipal government, for purposes of voting on the question to abandon set out in Section 5-5-1, however, shall not be deemed to begin until a manager is appointed.
    (e) The city council or board of trustees of a city or village that adopts the provisions of this Article 5 under this Section may, if it so desires, by the adoption of an ordinance immediately after the adoption of this Article 5 has been proclaimed, appoint a city or village manager and reorganize the administration of the municipality in conformance with this Article 5. This Article 5, except as to the membership of the council in cities or villages in which representation by wards or districts has not been retained, shall be in effect upon the proclamation of the results of the adopting referendum.
(Source: P.A. 87-1119.)