(65 ILCS 5/5-1-5)
(from Ch. 24, par. 5-1-5)
Electors of any city or village specified in Section
5-1-1, equal in number to 1/10 the number of votes cast for all
candidates for mayor or president at the last preceding municipal
election for such officer, may petition the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court,
or any judge of that Circuit designated by the Chief Judge, in which that
city or village specified in Section 5-1-1 is located to
cause to be submitted to a vote of the electors of that city or village
specified in Section 5-1-1 the proposition whether this Article 5 shall
Upon submission of such petition the court shall set a date not less
than 10 nor more than 30 days thereafter for a hearing on the
sufficiency thereof. Notice of the filing of such petition and of such
date shall be given in writing to the city or village clerk and to the
mayor or village president at least 7 days before the date of such
If such petition is found sufficient the court shall enter an order to submit
proposition at an election.
However, the referendum on the proposition shall not be held on the date of
the general primary election for the municipality.
The clerk of the circuit court shall certify the court's order and the
proposition for submission.
A proposal to adopt this Article 5 may also be initiated and
submitted to the voters in the same manner as is provided in this
Section by the adoption of an ordinance by the corporate authorities.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)