(70 ILCS 3705/41) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 212.16)
    Sec. 41. Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act to the contrary relating to the annexation of contiguous territory by a public water district, a public water district created under this Act may acquire by purchase, lease of, or otherwise, any part of the water works property of any city, village, incorporated town, or private corporation which owns and operates a water works system which is located wholly within, or partially within and partially without, the corporate limits of a public water district, upon such terms and conditions as may be agreed upon by such city, village, incorporated town, or private corporation and the public water district. Such water works property, upon acquisition by the public water district, shall become and be operated as part of the water works system of the public water district and the public water district shall have all powers in connection with such water works properties as are conferred upon a public water district by this Act.
    The public water district shall perform all functions and services of such city, village, incorporated town, or private corporation relating to such water works properties so purchased, leased, or otherwise acquired.
    This Section constitutes full and complete authority in and of itself for any city, village, or incorporated town to sell or lease or otherwise dispose of its water works properties to a public water district. Any sale or lease in accordance with this Section shall be exempted from the general sale and lease provisions of Division 76 of Chapter 11 of the "Illinois Municipal Code".
(Source: P.A. 77-2184.)