(70 ILCS 3610/8.1) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 358.1)
    Sec. 8.1. Any territory which is contiguous to a local mass transit district organized under Section 3.1 of this Act and which is not included in any local mass transit district may be annexed to such contiguous local mass transit district in the manner provided by this Section.
    (a) If there are no legal voters residing in the territory to be annexed, then upon written petition under oath signed by all owners of record of the territory sought to be annexed filed with the secretary of the Board of Trustees requesting annexation, if the Board of Trustees deems it to be in the best interests of the District, such territory may be annexed to the District by an ordinance duly enacted by the Board.
    (b) A petition, signed by 2/3 of the legal voters residing in the territory sought to be annexed and addressed to the circuit court of the county in which the local mass transit district to which annexation is sought was organized requesting that the territory described in the petition be annexed to such local mass transit district, may be filed with the clerk of that court. The clerk of the court shall thereupon present such petition to the court which shall be not less than 20 nor more than 45 days after the date the petition was filed. The court shall give notice of the time, place and date of the hearing, by publication in one or more newspapers having a general circulation within the local mass transit district and within the territory sought to be annexed thereto, which publication shall be made at least 15 days before the date set for the hearing.
(Source: P.A. 93-590, eff. 1-1-04.)