(70 ILCS 410/4)
(from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 7104)
Not less than 1% of the voters in any county having less than
1,000,000 population which is not organized as a forest preserve
district may petition the circuit court of such county to order the
question to be submitted to the voters of such county whether a
conservation district, the boundaries of which shall be coextensive with
the boundaries of the county, shall be organized under this Act. Not
less than 1% of the voters in each county of a group of not more than 5
adjoining counties each of which has less than 1,000,000 population and
none of which is organized as a forest preserve district may jointly
petition the circuit court of the county having the largest population
to order the question to be submitted to the voters of such counties
whether a conservation district, the boundaries of which shall be
coextensive with the boundaries of the group of counties taken as a
whole, shall be organized under this Act.
If the proposed district shall embrace more than one county the
petition shall be accompanied by the written approval of the Department of Natural Resources.
If the proposed district is coextensive with the boundaries of a
single county it shall be designated by the name of that county.
Upon the filing of such petition with the circuit court, the circuit
clerk shall give notice of the time and place of a hearing upon the
subject of the petition which shall be inserted in one or more daily or
weekly newspapers published within the proposed district at least 20
days before such hearing. If no daily or weekly newspaper is published
within such proposed district, notice may be given by posting at least
15 copies in each county in such proposed district at least 20 days
before such meeting in conspicuous public places as far separated from
each other as reasonably possible.
At the time and place fixed for such public hearing the circuit
court shall hear all persons who desire to be heard,
and if the circuit court shall find that the provisions of
this Act have been complied with and that the allegations of the petition
are true then the court shall order a referendum by the legal
voters to be held in the proposed district to determine the question of
organization of the proposed
district. The clerk of the circuit court shall certify the order and the
question to the proper election officials who shall submit the question
to the voters of the proposed district at a referendum in accordance with
the general election law.
Notice of the referendum shall specify the purpose of such referendum with a
description of such proposed district, and the name of the proposed district.
The clerk of the
circuit court shall cause a statement of the results
of such referendum to be entered of record in
the circuit court,
and if such district shall lie in more than one county, a certified copy
thereof shall be filed with the clerk of the circuit court of each such
other county who shall file the same of record in the circuit
court of such county. If a majority of the votes cast in the referendum
are in favor of the organization of a conservation district, such
district shall thenceforth be deemed to be organized.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)