(70 ILCS 705/4)
(from Ch. 127 1/2, par. 24)
Trustees; conflict of interest; violations.
(a) A board of trustees consisting of 3 members for the
government and control of the affairs and business of a fire protection
district incorporated under this Act shall be created in the following
(1) If the district lies wholly within a single
township but does not also lie wholly within a municipality, the board of trustees of that township shall appoint the trustees for the district but no township official who is eligible to vote on the appointment shall be eligible for such appointment.
(2) If the district is wholly contained within a
municipality, the governing body of the municipality shall appoint the trustees for the district.
(3) If the district is wholly contained within a
single county but does not lie wholly within a single township or a single municipality, the trustees for the district shall be appointed by the presiding officer of the county board with the advice and consent of the county board; except that in counties with a population in excess of 3,000,000, 2 trustees for the district shall be appointed by the board of trustees of the township that has the greatest population within the district as determined by the last preceding federal census. That board of trustees shall also appoint the remaining trustee if no other township comprises at least 10% of the population of the district. If only one other township comprises at least 10% of the population of the district, then the board of trustees of that district shall appoint the remaining trustee. If 2 or more other townships each comprise at least 10% of the population of the district, then the boards of trustees of those townships shall jointly appoint the remaining trustee. No township official who is eligible to vote on the appointment shall be eligible for the appointment.
(4) If the district is located in more than one
county, the number of trustees who are residents of a county shall be in proportion, as nearly as practicable, to the number of residents of the district who reside in that county in relation to the total population of the district.
(A) In counties with a population of 3,000,000 or
more, the trustees shall be appointed as provided in paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) of subsection (a) of this Section. For purposes of this item (A) and in item (B), "district" means that portion of the total fire protection district lying within a county with a population in excess of 3,000,000.
(B) In counties with a population of less than
3,000,000, the trustees for the district shall be appointed by the presiding officer of the county board with the advice and consent of the county board.
Upon the expiration of the term of a trustee who is in office on October
1, 1975, the successor shall be a resident of whichever county is entitled
to such representation in order to bring about the proportional
representation required herein, and he shall be appointed by the county
board of that county, or in the case of a home rule county as defined by
Article VII, Section 6 of the Constitution of 1970, the chief executive
officer of that county, with the advice and consent of the county board.
Thereafter, each trustee shall be succeeded by a resident of the same
county who shall be appointed by the same appointing authority; however,
the provisions of the preceding paragraph shall apply to the
appointment of the successor to each trustee who is in office at the
time of the publication of each decennial Federal census of population.
Within 60 days after the adoption of this Act as provided in Section
1, or within 60 days after the adoption of an ordinance pursuant to subsection
(c) of Section 4.01, the appropriate appointing authority shall appoint
3 trustees who are electors in the district, not more than one of whom
shall be from any one city or village or incorporated town in a district
unless such city or village or incorporated town has more than 50% of the
population in the district according to last preceding Federal census.
Such trustees shall hold their offices thenceforward and for one, 2 and 3
years from the first Monday of May next after their appointment and until
their successors have been selected and qualified and thereafter, unless
the district has determined to elect trustees as provided in Section 4a, on
or before the second Monday in April of each year the appointing authority
shall appoint one trustee whose term shall be for 3 years commencing on the
first Monday in May next after they are respectively appointed. The length
of term of the first trustees shall be determined by lot at their first meeting.
Each trustee shall, before entering on the duties of his office,
enter into bond with security to be approved by the appointing authority
in such sum as the authority may determine.
A majority of the board of trustees shall constitute a quorum, but a
smaller number may adjourn from day to day. No trustee or employee of
such district shall be directly or indirectly interested financially in
any contract work or business or the sale of any article, the expense,
price or consideration of which is paid by the district; nor in the
purchase of any real estate or other property, belonging to the
district, or which shall be sold for taxes or assessments or by virtue
of legal process at the suit of the district. Nothing in this Section
prohibits the appointment or selection of any person or trustee or
employee whose only interest in the district is as an owner of real
estate in such fire protection district or of contributing to the
payment of taxes levied by the district. The trustees shall have the
power to provide and adopt a corporate seal for the district.
(b) However, any trustee may provide materials, merchandise, property,
services or labor, if:
A. the contract is with a person, firm, partnership,
association, corporation or cooperative association in which such interested trustee has less than a 7 1/2% share in the ownership; and
B. such interested trustee publicly discloses the
nature and extent of his interest prior to or during deliberations concerning the proposed award of the contract; and
C. such interested trustee abstains from voting on
the award of the contract, though he shall be considered present for the purposes of establishing a quorum; and
D. such contract is approved by a majority vote of
those trustees presently holding office; and
E. the contract is awarded after sealed bids to the
lowest responsible bidder if the amount of the contract exceeds $1500, but the contract may be awarded without bidding if the amount is less than $1500; and
F. the award of the contract would not cause the
aggregate amount of all such contracts so awarded to the same person, firm, association, partnership, corporation, or cooperative association in the same fiscal year to exceed $25,000.
(c) In addition to the above exemption, any trustee or employee
may provide materials, merchandise,
property, services or labor if:
A. the award of the contract is approved by a
majority vote of the board of trustees of the fire protection district provided that any such interested member shall abstain from voting; and
B. the amount of the contract does not exceed $1000;
C. the award of the contract would not cause the
aggregate amount of all such contracts so awarded to the same person, firm, association, partnership, corporation, or cooperative association in the same fiscal year to exceed $2000; and
D. such interested member publicly discloses the
nature and extent of his interest prior to or during deliberations concerning the proposed award of the contract; and
E. such interested member abstains from voting on the
award of the contract, though he shall be considered present for the purposes of establishing a quorum.
(d) A contract for the procurement of public utility services by a
district with a public utility company is not barred by this Section
by one or more members of the board of trustees being an officer or
employee of the public utility company or holding an ownership interest
if no more than 7 1/2% in the public utility company, or holding an ownership
interest of any size if the fire protection district has a population of less than
7,500 and the public utility's rates are approved by the Illinois Commerce
Commission. An elected or appointed member of the board of trustees having
such an interest shall be deemed not to have a prohibited interest under this
(e) Any officer or employee who violates this Section is guilty of a Class 4
felony and in addition thereto any office held by such person so
convicted shall become vacant and shall be so declared as part of the
judgment of the court.
(f) Nothing contained in this Section, including the restrictions
set forth in subsections (b), (c) and (d), shall preclude a contract of
deposit of monies, loans or other financial services by a fire protection
district with a local bank or local savings and loan association, regardless of
whether a member or members of the board of trustees of the fire protection
district are interested in such bank or savings and loan association as an
officer or employee or as a holder of less than 7 1/2% of the total
ownership interest. A member or members holding such an interest in
such a contract shall not be deemed to be holding a prohibited interest
for purposes of this Act. Such interested member or members of the
board of trustees must publicly state the nature and extent of their
interest during deliberations concerning the proposed award of such a
contract, but shall not participate in any further deliberations
concerning the proposed award. Such interested member or members shall
not vote on such a proposed award. Any member or members abstaining
from participation in deliberations and voting under this Section may be
considered present for purposes of establishing a quorum. Award of such
a contract shall require approval by a majority vote of those members
presently holding office. Consideration and award of any such contract
in which a member or members are interested may only be made at a
regularly scheduled public meeting of the board of trustees of the
fire protection district.
(g) Beginning on the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1990 and
ending 3 years after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1990, in
the case of a fire protection district board of trustees in a county with a
population of more than 400,000 but less than 450,000, according to the 1980
general census, created under subsection (a), paragraph (3) of this
Section a petition for the redress of a trustee, charging the trustee with
palpable omission of duty or nonfeasance in office, signed by not less than
5% of the electors of the district may be presented to the township
supervisor or the presiding officer of the county board, as appropriate.
Upon receipt of the petition, the township supervisor or presiding officer
of the county board, as appropriate, shall preside over a hearing on the
matter of the requested redress. The hearing shall be held not less than
14 nor more than 30 days after receipt of the petition. In the case of a
fire protection district trustee appointed by the presiding officer of the
county board, the presiding officer shall appoint at least 4 but not more
than 8 members of the county board, a majority of whom shall reside in a county
board district in which the fire protection district is wholly or partially
located, to serve as the hearing panel. In the case of a fire protection
district trustee appointed by the board of town trustees, the township
supervisor and 2 other town trustees appointed by the supervisor shall
serve as the hearing panel. Within 30 days after the hearing, the panel
shall issue a statement of its findings concerning the charges against the
trustee, based upon the evidence presented at the hearing, and may make to
the fire protection district any recommendations deemed appropriate.
(h) Any elected or appointed trustee of a fire protection district shall be entitled to absent himself or herself from any services or employment in which the trustee is then engaged or employed on the day and time of a meeting of the board of trustees of the fire protection district for the period of time during which the meeting is held and during any necessary time required to travel to and from the meeting. Any trustee availing himself or herself of this provision shall not be penalized in any manner by his or her employer as a result of an absence authorized by this subsection; however, the employer shall not be required to compensate the trustee for the time during which the trustee is absent. No employer shall refuse to grant to a trustee of a fire protection district the privilege granted by this subsection, nor shall any employer penalize or otherwise discriminate against any trustee who avails himself or herself of the provisions of this subsection, except as otherwise provided herein. No employer may directly or indirectly violate the provisions of this subsection. A "meeting" for purposes of this subsection shall have the same meaning as that provided under Section 1.02 of the Open Meetings Act.
(i) Under either of the following circumstances, a trustee may hold a position on the board of a not-for-profit corporation that is interested in a contract, work, or business of the fire protection district:
(1) If the trustee is appointed by the governing body
of the fire protection district to represent the interests of the district on a not-for-profit corporation's board, then the trustee may actively vote on matters involving either that board or the fire protection district, at any time, so long as the membership on the not-for-profit board is not a paid position, except that the trustee may be reimbursed by the not-for-profit board for expenses incurred as the result of membership on the not-for-profit board.
(2) If the trustee is not appointed to the board of a
not-for-profit corporation by the governing body of the fire protection district, then the trustee may continue to serve; however, the trustee shall abstain from voting on any proposition before the governing body of the fire protection district directly involving the not-for-profit corporation and, for those matters, shall not be counted as present for the purposes of a quorum of the governing body of the fire protection district.
(Source: P.A. 95-866, eff. 1-1-09; 96-1039, eff. 7-14-10.)